Florence was discovered with a little bit of assist from the Dunedin group. Picture / Provided
Florence was by no means going to make it as a racing greyhound.
Skilled in Rangiora by Calum Weir and his accomplice Might Cutler, she by no means even went to the racetrack.
“She did not even trial,” says Cutler. “She was simply not into it; she prefers stomach rubs.”
And so, she was adopted out as an alternative to a loving residence in Dunedin. However a number of weeks in the past, Florence slipped out of the gate of her new residence.
Meredith Fleury, who has been serving to greyhound rehoming teams within the Dunedin space for 5 years, runs a Fb web page known as ‘Dunedin Greyhound Neighborhood’.
“Late afternoon on the Friday, I observed some posts on a Misplaced and Discovered web page that Florence had gone lacking within the North East Valley space,” says Fleury.
“I went to canine coaching within the space that night time, so I went and had a glance across the space earlier than and after coaching. I bumped into Shona, the proprietor of Florence, and he or she mentioned that Florence nonetheless hadn’t been discovered.
“I went residence and determined that I might do some postings on the Dunedin Greyhound Neighborhood Fb web page and get a bunch of individuals collectively to assist look on Saturday morning if she wasn’t discovered in a single day.”
Fleury estimates round 10 individuals turned as much as search on Saturday morning, and so they spent some two hours wanting across the space. She returned within the afternoon with one in every of her personal canine for one more look however did not have any luck.
“We had a scheduled greyhound stroll the following day (Sunday) for a few of our Fb group members. We determined to cancel that, and get everybody out looking with their greyhounds as an alternative to boost public consciousness.
“Round 15 to twenty individuals turned up on Sunday morning with their canine. Throughout that search, Florence truly popped up on one of many tracks alongside the quarry, however then she rotated and trotted away – however at the very least we knew she was round.”
In the meantime, Fleury and Cutler – who had by no means truly met in particular person – have been in shut contact.
“I requested Might if she knew of any sounds that the canine would affiliate with to assist carry her residence, and he or she steered a whistle is likely to be acquainted to her.”
And Cutler was planning to move to Dunedin, alongside along with her employee, Erika Matterson – and that is when Greyhound Racing New Zealand stepped in and paid for his or her flights.
“As quickly as we arrived on Monday, we went to the quarry,” says Cutler.
“It felt just like the unattainable. A quarry with a number of uphill trails, a number of hiding spots and many hazard zones, which additionally led to a park with a great deal of open house – a number of bush and farmland throughout.
“There was a sighting an hour after we received there, so we rushed down, however she was gone by the point we received there. We stalked all day and night time and began to lose hope, particularly when the climate turned.”
By Tuesday, Florence had nonetheless not been discovered, and the climate forecast was dire for the remainder of the week.
“We have been about to lose gentle late Tuesday, and all of a sudden, there was one other sighting,” remembers Cutler.
“We bolted up there and we managed to entice her, together with Kerry Hurst (of Parkavon Kennels) and his apprentice coach, Liv Hill, who had additionally come to assist.”
On day 5, Florence was discovered, and remarkably, she was in glorious situation, all issues thought of.
“She ate as quickly as she received residence and settled in along with her household once more immediately,” says Cutler.
“The greyhound group was completely wonderful. Their dedication and energy received us by the times – we knew that everybody was in Florence’s nook.
“Meredith is all the time wonderful with something greyhounds-related, and as soon as I discovered she was organising all the pieces, I used to be relieved. With out her, we would not have discovered her.”
Fleury laughs: “If there’s something to do with greyhounds occurring down right here, I am often in the course of it! It was a incredible collaboration by everybody.”
Each Fleury and Cutler are in agreeance: “While you undertake a greyhound, you undertake a group,” they each say.