A COUPLE from Coventry who adopted a rescue Greyhound, later discovered he was the grandson of their previous dog who had died just weeks earlier.
Doreen and Stewart Hawthorne knew they wanted to adopt another ex-racing Greyhound after 13-year-old Mavis passed away earlier this year.
They had adopted Mavis in 2016 from Dogs Trust Kenilworth and so it was to the Kenilworth rehoming centre they turned to once again.
Doreen immediately spotted five-year-old Rici, who bore a striking resemblance to Mavis.
“It was a few days after he’d come home with us we decided to look into his background and discovered the family link.
“When we adopted Mavis we found out she had had several litters of puppies and when her racing days were over, she had been taken to a vet to be put to sleep.
“Luckily, the vet asked Dogs Trust Kenilworth to take her in and we were fortunate enough to adopt her.
“Here we are several years later with her grandson – it’s wonderful.”
Doreen was able to trace Rici’s family history using his racing tattoo and records.
Emma-Jane Thomas, Manager at Dogs Trust Kenilworth, said: “This is a first for Dogs Trust Kenilworth.
“We were delighted when Doreen told us about Rici’s relationship to Mavis.
“They are both very lucky dogs to have found Doreen and Stewart, but I know Doreen and Stewart feel they are the lucky ones.”
Anyone who could give a Dogs Trust dog the forever home they deserve, can visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming to start the virtual adoption process.