A retired Sheffield greyhound has found the purr-fect new playmate - a cat!
Kizzy, a nine-year-old former racing greyhound who raced under the name Roman Princess, lives in Stocksbridge with owner Zena Evans, seven other dogs and three cats including her furry feline friend, 18-month-old Minnie.
Zena, who works at the Sheffield Retired Greyhound Trust’s Gosling Moor Farm at Wortley, said: “I have always had cats so when I started to think about getting dogs as well it was important that I knew they would get on with my feline friends.
“Roy and Lynda Cattlin, who run the RGT farm, are experts at matching new owners with dogs and they did exactly that for me with each of my greyhounds as it was so important they got on with my cats.
“However, the relationship between Kizzy and Minnie really is something special.
“Minnie is a feral kitten who was the runt of a litter of farm kittens. She found her way into my home and never left! She rules all the dogs but has forged a really lovely relationship with Kizzy.
“It is a really unexpected friendship but absolutely lovely to see.
“Obviously it was vital the dogs I brought into my home didn’t mind that there were cats about as well but I did not expect them to become bosom buddies like they are.”
Since its formation in 2006, the Sheffield Retired Greyhound Trust, which is heavily subsidised by Owlerton Greyhound Stadium in Sheffield, has found new homes for more than 1,000 retired greyhounds.
For more information about the Trust, to help give a dog a home or volunteer at the farm, visit www.sheffieldretiredgreyhounds.co.uk or call 0114 288 8300.