And then there were seven….

You’ve been following the story of our beautiful Harry Potter pups lately on Facebook and on the Website, here’s the rest of the tale…

A few weeks ago, a volunteer with NCGL reached out to a kind individual who was looking to move some Greyhound x Wolfhound puppies into new families. At that time, we found out that there weren’t only the 7 puppies we were contacting them about, but a bunch of adults that also may need a place to go. Their owner was very ill and had reached out to neighbours to make sure his dogs were taken care of while he was in the hospital. NCGL agreed to take the pups and put the offer out to take in any adults that the owner may want to part with when he felt better.

Sadly, last week the owner’s health took a turn for the worse and he passed away. At that time, we were contacted by two incredible neighbours who had been taking care of the pups at the farm – making sure they were fed, had water and were loved on. With care and affection, the pups had begun to trust these two amazing people – we asked that if it were possible to catch as many as they could and put them back on their dog houses or in the barn in preparation of us coming down. The property is not fenced in and is surrounded by large open fields, it would be quite the task to try and round up 7 dogs.

A group of 4 awesome Volunteers got together on Saturday and made the trip 5-6 hour north where we would stay overnight in a motel and meet the neighbours at the property Sunday Morning to pick up the pups and get them back to Calgary.

When we arrived at the farm, we were informed that the neighbours had managed to catch five of the six dogs on the property. The one boy was VERY shy, and they weren’t able to get a hold of him – we all walked around the property for about an hour putting down some cat food and trying to catch even a glimpse of this elusive boy – but soon realized that with ‘strangers’ on the property he would never show himself. The heartbreaking decision was made to start heading back to Calgary with the 6 we had with the commitment to come back and get this last sweetheart as soon as he could be caught.

While we were thanking these incredible people for taking such good care of these pups, we were informed that they had 13 bags of dog food for donation to help feed these beauties and the Estate of the pups’ owner had left us a very generous donation to help take care of the dogs he loved so much in life. Tears were shed, hugs were passed around and thank yous were exchanged – it’s not every day you meet such generous and kind people – we hope to stay friends and will be sharing updates when we get them as these beautiful dogs start this new chapter in their life. These neighbours even sent these babies off with beautiful brand-new leashes purchased by them!

Once again, the absolutely amazing and generous folks over at Springbank Pet Resort offered to take in these pups until we can move them into foster care despite them being almost completely booked with it being a long weekend! We couldn’t take in large groups of dogs with unknown histories without them – we are so grateful for them and their amazing staff! The pups will all be seeing the awesome folks over at Springbank Pet Hospital who have offered to treat our pups and make sure their feeling tip top while they stay! Thank you!

We ended up picking up 4 males and 2 females on Sunday. We’re going to stick with the Harry Potter theme and want to WELCOME:






to the group! All of the dogs need to be vaccinated, wormed, spayed and neutered. There are some wounds that require treatment and some of the dog have some teeth that need to go. We also believe that Hermione is pregnant! She will be visiting a vet this week to make sure but we’re about 99.9% sure we have more babies on the way. The last dog left on the farm was caught by the loving neighbours after we left on Sunday, they didn’t give up and because of their hard work and dedication he will be joining NCGL next Monday!

Our amazing volunteer Harley the Cat worked extra hard on Monday cat testing all the new guys – we’ve determined that Hermione is cat safe and the 4 boys did well – because of some fear caution should be exercised when introducing them to new pets as when they gain some confidence their feelings on small critters may change.

The 7 puppies we picked up 3 weeks ago are all in foster care and will be getting spayed and neutered in the next couple of weeks. All of your donated dollars and support are the reason we can help deserving dogs like these guys – thank you so much for your continued support! We also thank you for your patience, we know we’ve been slow to get back to some of you but there has been a lot of work to be done!

While this has all been going on, we also picked up another sweet little girl we’re calling Izzy! Izzy is a 5-month-old Greyhound x Wolfhound cross with a sprinkle of Border Collie thrown in to make her that much cuter! Izzy will need to be spayed and have her vet work done but stay tuned for updates about this pretty little girl! We want to thank Nina, Judi, John and her awesome foster parents for making this happen! Welcome to the group! It’s been a busy week for all of us – we can’t thank you enough for everything you all help us accomplish!

We will be moving these babies into foster care a soon as we can so stay tuned. If you’d like to donate towards their care you can email us at with an e-transfer or questions on other methods to send funds. Thank you so much for all of your generosity!

We want to send our condolences to the family who lost a loved one this past week, we hope he can rest well and in peace knowing that the dogs he loved so much in life are taken care of and are about to start their journey as much loved family members. These pups were very loved by their dad, They love people and we know they were well taken care of. We send you, your family and friends our thoughts

UPDATE – 2019-02-26


We’d like to welcome Lupin to NCGL! Lupin was the last boy our volunteers couldn’t catch when we went up to pick up the dogs – but the amazing neighbours didn’t give up and were able to catch him! They even gave him a ride today to a location much closer to Calgary where our volunteers Nina and Laurel travelled to pick him up. We know that both us and all these fabulous pups are so thankful to these two amazing people for taking such good care and loving them.

NCGL is in real need of 5 foster homes in or around Calgary that willing to foster the adult dogs we picked up a week and a half ago! The dogs are friendly but can be shy – they initially tested well with cats but should be monitored as they become more comfortable in their surroundings. All expenses are covered by the group, we just need your love and patience to get these guys ready for their new life.

If you’re interested in fostering please contact us at

We want to once again thank the incredible staff at Springbank Pet Resort for taking these guys in until we have foster homes lined up, you all rock the casbah.

(This boy sure looks like Albus!)


Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League