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10 things you didn't know about Greyhounds

We all know that Greyhounds are speedy animals, but did you know they also make perfect pets?

The Retired Greyhound Trust is facing a rehoming crisis — more than 8,000 Greyhounds retire from racing each year — and has issued a plea to dog lovers to consider letting a Greyhound into their heart and home.

To raise awareness of the need to provide homes to retired Greyhounds, here are 10 facts you never knew about the breed.

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Why does my dog have blood in his wee?

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Win a Barney's Biscuit Boxes Advent Calendar for your dog!

Barney's Biscuit Box

This week we are giving away a Barney's Biscuit Boxes charity advent calendar to one lucky winner!

The box is packed with 450 grammes of treats from several high street brands, such as Billy + Margot, Natural Way, Pooch & Mutt, Tribal Pet Foods, and Hungry Hector – to name a few! All treats are made from human grade ingredients, no derivatives, preservatives, additives, salt, or sugar!

The advent calendar highlights the issues of puppy farming, so customers can pass this knowledge on to friends and family. This awareness will hopefully stop more people and dogs becoming victims of this industry with a view to shrinking the market for puppy farmed dogs to zero, and to also increase demand for rescue dogs.


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