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Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so that they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they miss someone very special to them, who had been left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.
You have been spotted and when you and your special friend meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. Your hands again caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your beloved pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together ..............

To anyone who has lost their special friend, please feel free to send their photo's and story to us and we will add them to this page.


Gail – age 6, with big brother Rocky
Gail – age 8, with big brother Charlie
Gail – age 10, with Spirit
Gail – age 9
Gail – age 5
Gail – age 8,having fun at Kilmarnock Stables, ‘Off the Lead’ with the Sussexc Greyhound walking group

Dear Croftview
Thank you for rescuing me when I was abandoned in Ireland after I hurt my paw Hare coursing. I was very thin and had almost given up on life.
I have had 6 wonderful years as part of the Roberts greyhound family – lst as a companion to Rocky, then when Rocky passed on I became ‘top dog’ with big boy Charlie and then little Spirit. However, I am now in a lot of pain walking and having had my morning sausage and pieces of cheese, I now just want to go to sleep.
Goodnight everyone.


Hi I just wanted to let you know that beautiful Lara (racing name Lara's choice) has sadly passed away today. She was in kennels with you for 18 months before we found her. Although very timid and shy with people she didn't know, she had a huge character and so much love to give to those she trusted - she was the best doggie/friend/loved one anyone could ever want. Our hearts are in pieces and she has left a massive hole in our family. Thank you Croftview so much for rescuing her and for giving her to us - she really was so special in every way. Steve McIndoe



Charlie was put to sleep today (5th Jan 2017) at 1pm at home by the VET.
He had been 9 months at Croftview after his owner had died, and overlooked as everyone said ‘a lovely boy but BIG and age 9…’. 
We brought him home – for a year or so we thought as he was the same age as Rocky who had died on Boxing Day the week before.
We have had him for 4 years and he was 13 ¼ . Not bad for a 40kg big boy!
He has had wobbly back legs for the last couple of years but suddenly had difficulty standing on Boxing Day and kept falling over.
An injection the next day did help but this morning he was unable to stand at all and in distress so we had no alternative.
He was such a loveable boy and tried so hard to keep going and will be sorely missed by us both, his fur sisters (Gail 10) and Spirit (4) and all those at his ‘local’ The Plough where he regularly could be found stretched out in front of the ‘Gentlemen’ - fortunately being black & white he could be seen!!!
We won’t forget him…..
Judy & Peter
Gail and Spirit


Dear all at Croftview
Just to let you know that our beloved Twiggy has gone to the Rainbow bridge. We got her in 2007 when she was 4 and she has been the most beautiful loving dog who has made us smile and laugh every day. She was a PAT dog for 5 years and enriched the lives of the elderly that she visited and everyone who met her fell in love with her. After suffering back pain she suddenly became paralysed last week and we had to put her to sleep at the age of 13. Thank you so much for introducing us to her and the greyhound breed. Run free my beautiful girl.
From Anne & Peter Hodges and family

Kauto Julie...AKA our Baby Girl Kay

We have said goodbye and goodnight to our beloved Kauto Julie...AKA our Baby Girl Kay. She was known as Judy in the kennels.
We adopted her in July 2011 and she was such a shy girl. She was frightened of literally everything and everyone. Over time she became more confident and curious...she would come bounding down the stairs to say hello to whoever walked through the door and made sure she got that ear rub she always loved. She loved her walks through the fields exploring with her companion greyhound Smoothie bounding through the long grass and stretching her legs. She was such a happy girl with a fantastic character, perfect in every way. She would sit and rest her head on your lap and paw at you if you stopped stroking her, she would chat to you and would always make you feel loved. She was our beautiful black beauty. 

She recently developed a very aggressive tumour which got devastatingly worse over the course of a few days and sadly it was best for her to close her eyes for the final time. We were with her till the end. Her head nestled into my dad's lap whilst I was stroking her ears. She has gone to the Rainbow Bridge where she can be free of pain and can run around to her hearts content.
I wanted to thank you for introducing us to Kay. She has been a faithful and loyal companion who we will always love and cherish. She will always be with us in our hearts.

Rest in Peace Baby Girl.

Goodbye and Goodnight. 

Harvey Brackley 06.10.2005 - 21.10.2016 

I thought I would let you know that our beloved boy Harvey ( you named him Lee and his racing name was Dan Harvey Lee) went to sleep for ever yesterday. 

He was diagnosed with lymphoma at the beginning of September following the development of some swollen glands in his neck that had us rushing to the vets only to hear awful news confirmed by a biopsy a couple of weeks later.

The point of this story really is to say that we are devastated at his passing and at the moment I am not sure how I am going to live with out him.The future looks a bit bleak. I love him so so much. The day we brought him home I thought I was mad as I had never had a dog before let alone a 2 year old greyhound who was virtually terrified of his own shadow.  What a lovely lovely boy he came to be, perfect in every way. The picture attached was taken a few weeks ago just after his diagnosis. He was just over 11 years old. 

Although he was still shy of strangers , you were so right when you said he would always be shy but very loyal to us he did get a lot better but at home as you can see he was king of the castle , so loved and so cherished. Not a day went by when I wasn't thankful for him.I would love to see this and his photo on the website in memory of him. 
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