Five-year-old Patch, like hundreds of other rescued Greyhounds, was simply abandoned when he grew too old to race. He spent a year at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London, and only recently did his luck take a drastic turn for the better.
Two-hundred miles away in St. Brelade, Jersey in the Channel Islands, Malcolm and Gail Hickmott live with several Greyhounds, a breed they have always adored. Once they discovered the unfortunate fate of these cheetah-like dogs after they are no longer “useful” for racing, they adopted their first rescue, Chappie.
Since then, Chappie has kept spots warm for numerous later Greyhounds when the Hickmotts started an entire rescue of their own. In fact, Patch was about to discover just how great humans (and canine friends!) could be. The Hickmotts told the Daily Mail that they kept checking on the pup’s status at the rescue center, expecting him to be scooped up quickly, but he was still there each time.
Mr. Hickmott says of the underrepresented breed:
People misjudge greyhounds entirely. They spend their lives in public as racers and in kennels, but they make the best pets.
And as many pet parents know, rescued pets often make the very best friends. After all, they see something in you that you sometimes see in them: you saved their lives, and that bond is unbreakable. Plus, Greyhounds are notorious couch potatoes despite their muscular build and incredible stamina.
Patch, now sporting the tough-guy moniker “Mr. T,” will have the rest of his life to ponder his circumstances, but first he had to kick back in his own private plane for the two-hour journey to St. Brelade. After removing the seats in the rear of the small aircraft and providing a fluffy duvet for their canine passenger, the pilot and Mr. Hickmott took to the skies en route to his rescue in Jersey.
“He took full advantage of the duvet,” said Hickmott, “but he wasn’t quite sure about the plane to begin with.” We can’t really blame him—planes can be scary, but I think Mr. T can agree it was worth the trip.
As Mr. T settles in, Hickmott had this to say about the dog’s new life:
Things are going really well and we can’t understand why no one wanted him, as he is such a wonderful dog. He has melted into home life straight away and now loves nothing more than a walk by the sea with Gail and his new greyhound friends.
Like the rest of us, their minds were blown away by the idea that no one would adopt this sweet, gentle guy. “Rehoming him is one of the best things I have ever done,” Hickmott says. “[H]e’s as good as gold.”