20th Oct, 2016

Annie swaps race track for vicarage sofa

Lorna Morris 27th May, 2016 Updated: 12 hours ago

A RESCUED greyhound has joined the congregation of Pershore Abbey after she found a new home with the vicar of the parish.

Rev Claire Lording welcomed the retired racing greyhound, Annie, into her home four months ago after spending some time in the care of Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE).

Welcomed by parishioners, Annie quickly slotted into her new life and has since become an honorary parishioner herself, joining the vicar every weekday evening at the Abbey for the evening service.

Rev Lording said: “Annie is totally adorable and she’s loved by all who meet her.

She gets invited on lots of playdates, my parishioners are always asking if she would like to go out for a walk.

“She is very relaxed and follows me everywhere. She enjoys the services and is so well behaved. Every evening she jumps up and lets me know when it’s time to head to the Abbey.”

One of Annie’s favourite places is the sofa in the Vicarage study and is also partial to jumping in visitor’s cars.

“Annie loves going out in the car, mainly because it means a walk somewhere lovely. However, she will be quick to jump into a visitor’s car if they leave the door open for a fraction of a second too long,” Rev Lording added.

“I wouldn’t be without a greyhound. Annie is the fourth greyhound I have had and they have all been absolutely wonderful in very different ways. They bring so much joy to life. I really think everyone should have a greyhound.”

Hilary Bubb, Regional Homing Officer for the charity, said: “The Herefordshire and Worcestershire region of GRWE is run completely by volunteers and it’s wonderful for us when our dogs go on to have such happy lives. There are so many greyhounds and lurchers in need of a home and we desperately want to be able to help more.”

Anyone who thinks they could offer a dog like Annie a home, can call GRWE on 07000 785 092 or e-mail enquiries@grwe.com for more information.