Rescue dog helps Sunderland pensioner recover from stroke

Ann and Joseph Silcock have adopted Timmy from the Greyhound Rescue charity to help Joseph to recover after a stroke.
Ann and Joseph Silcock have adopted Timmy from the Greyhound Rescue charity to help Joseph to recover after a stroke.
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A PENSIONER who suffered a stroke is enjoying a new lease of life after taking in a rescue dog.

Joseph Silcock, 67, and wife Ann decided to take in a dog after reading about the Greyhound Rescue NorthEast charity in the Echo.

Now they have welcomed a new addition to their Silksworth home – Timmy.

The 10-year-old former racing dog has been credited with helping them keep fit.

Ann, 70, said: “Since Joseph had his stroke 17 months ago, we’d stopped going away on holiday.

“He’d stopped going out as much, but he comes out with me and Timmy on a morning now. It’s a slow walk, but it’s really good for him. I take Timmy out two other times a day as well, and it’s nice for me, as a carer, to get out of the house.

“You don’t feel like going for a walk when it’s just you by yourself, but it’s different when you have a dog.

“Timmy’s an absolute delight.He’s no bother at all.”

The charity also rehomes whippets and lurchers.

For more details visit www.greyhoundrescuenortheast.com or tel. 07702 407 876.