Canine surprise for Ken at The Fearnes

31st January 2011

Resident Ken Coulthwaite with Jenny Boyce from Caring Carines and Deputy Home Manager Lynne Rourke

Kenneth Coulthwaite, a former award-winning breeder, trainer and racer of greyhounds, was re-united with his favourite breed in a surprise visit to The Fearnes, a Care South care home in Knyveton Road, Bournemouth where he has lived for the past five years.

Mr Coulthwaite, 80, is a lifelong devotee of the breed and used to keep his dogs as pets once they became too old to race. After his last dog, Hope, died he retired and moved to Bournemouth.

A special visit was arranged from Annie and Sasha, two greyhounds whose owner Jenny Boyce is a volunteer for Bournemouth based voluntary group Caring Canines. Annie and Sasha are two of 110 therapy dogs working with their owners and Caring Canines to help people understand dogs, renew an affection for dogs, and be confident in their company.

“Ken blew the dogs a kiss and perked up no end after their visit” said Alan Wyeth, Home Manager of The Fearnes.

Kenneth Coulthwaite was born in Lancaster and used to run a newsagents shop in Hythe, Southampton. Following the Falklands War he was asked to run his dogs in a charity event in aid of Falklands veterans. He won the trophy, which he later presented to the Falklands War Museum.