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.