Smelly old rescue dogs light up our lives

It was refreshing to read Chitra Ramaswamy’s article (She takes an age to walk now, but I love my old dog, smells and all, 2 June ). Two years ago we adopted a rescue greyhound, Arthur, aged 10. Greyhounds are cruelly treated, and produced on an industrial scale for UK racetracks. (We are one of only eight countries in the world where greyhound racing – which makes money from the betting industry – is legal.)

A carabiner is a quick and easy way to leash your dog.

Arthur came to us anxious and with a neck injury. He sleeps around 20 hours a day, and his back legs are going. But he knows how to make a smell at the most opportune times; just as we are about to sit down for a meal, or watch a film with family. But I wouldn’t have him any other way. Smells and all.Jane DoddsHay-on-Wye, Powys I could fully relate to Chitra Ramaswamy about her elderly staffie. We are on our third, and all have been rescue dogs. Lewis also sports a very grey muzzle, his legs are rigid and he skates on the hard floor. Staffies are the most lovable, misunderstood dogs. Adopt one and give it a happy home.Linda TheobaldLondon