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Arik and Cherry

Please welcome our newest contributors Cherry and Arik who are going to be sharing weekly adventures with us. Their owners, Tina (Cherry) and Sara (Arik) will be the authors of the blogs.The blogs will be a regular Saturday feature and the first one will be published  tomorrow!

Let us introduce ourselves!

Cherry Arik and Cherry intro


Hello Everyone!

I'm Cherry. I'm three-years-old, and stopped racing before I was even two because I had to have my toe amputated. I broke it twice, and it really hurt. My trainer realised that I wasn't very good at running anymore, so he gave me to the Retired Greyhound Trust, where my Mummy found me soon after.

I loved coming to live with them - nice food, lots of treats, a comfy sofa, and they even let me on their bed. Mummy says this is my forever home, and that she's so lucky to have found me, but I think I'm lucky too.

I met my cousin Arik last year. His daddy was my grandad, the famous double Derby champion, Westmead Hawk. Arik and I got on really well - he's so sweet and gentle and such a handsome chap - so he and his Mummy and Daddy came to stay last Sunday. Unfortunately, on their first evening, I hurt my foot.* More about that in the next post.

I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures on this new blog.

Love and licks, Cherry xxx

By Tina K Burton

*If people want to know what happened to my foot, you can read about it in an earlier blogpost here.

 Arik Cherry and Arik


Hello Everyone!

My name is Arik and I live on the Isle of Wight with my Mummy, Sara.

She adopted me and took me to live with her on 14th March 2013, it was the happiest day of my life. I am a retired racer, but I didn't do very well (hence my retirement). I ran 48 races but only won 6, so my trainer retired me to prevent injury as I always tried really hard to get to the front even when all the other dogs were much faster.

Since moving to the Isle of Wight with Mummy I've discovered lots of new things, like running off-lead on the beach which is really good fun! The sand beneath my paws feels amazing, so cool and refreshing. I always seem to find myself running in a big circle though as I was used to running on a track for so long.

Now that I can run for fun, I can also stop whenever I want and just sniff around the rock pools, or go back to Mummy who always has a treat to give me along with lots of praise, cuddles and kisses.

Last year I met my cousin, Cherry. My greyhound Daddy is her Grandad. She is white and brindle and very, very pretty. She is quite a bit younger than me and likes to bounce around like a greyhound shaped spring. I am much calmer and sometimes I just have to look at her and ask her what she's doing!

Cherry and I have lots of fun when we are together though, and write to each other when we are apart (Cherry lives on Mainland UK in the middle of the countryside), so I hope you will enjoy reading all our adventures.

I have posted a photo of myself so you can see how handsome I am (well, that's what Mummy tells me anyway).

Love & licks, Arik xx

By Sara Mortimer

Meet The Author...
Who Am I?

Hi, my name is Janice and I am the founder of stands for Optimistic and ProActive Seniors Chat. OAPSchat was born in April 2013 as a Facebook page. To date there are over 1460 FB likes. It was in November 2013 that I decided I had enough material and confidence to launch the website.

Since that day, I have been writing articles on all kinds of topics. ranging from hobbies, holidays, food and drink, memories, families, finance and much much more. I now have over one hundred and thirty seven wonderful contributors to date and articles on all different subjects are posted on a daily basis. Over 1400 articles can be read now! Members can comment via disqus, FB and Twitter.

Raffles are held monthly, sometimes more often. A newsletter goes out once a month with my plans for the coming weeks. I am an Independent Happy List Winner 2014 for founding the website.

Loneliness is a big scourge on our society worldwide and the website helps combat this awful isolation by coming together and sharing our thoughts and ideas. OAPSchat is well and truly born now and I hope it will continue to thrive. With your support, I'm confident it will!

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