Mr Ruggles saw his opportunity and seized it.
There I was, sitting with Sian who works at Dogs Trust discussing which dog to feature when a little greyhound head popped up at the table as if to say “What about me?”.
So when the dog we had decided on was reserved later that day, the next choice had to be friendly greyhound, Mr Ruggles.
Dogs Trust has recently seen an influx of ex-racing greyhounds, like Mr Ruggles, into their centre.
So, it’s not surprising that, in their General Election Dog Manifesto, Dogs Trust is asking for an industry commitment that the number of dogs entering racing should match the numbers that can be rehomed.
Greyhounds can make great family pets. Contrary to expectation, they don’t require a lot of exercise but can be surprisingly lazy.
I saw Mr Ruggles again this morning - laid on his back, on a cushion, with his feet up the wall listening to the radio.
He is suitable for a first-time dog owner and children aged seven and upwards.
If you would like Mr Ruggles to be your first dog, seize the opportunity and call 01895 453930 or see him at Dogs Trust, Harvil Rd, Harefield UB9 6JW.
For those concerned about the safety of children around dogs, Dogs Trust has prepared a comprehensive Be Dog Smart guide full of helpful hints for dog owners and non-dog owners on how to stay safe around dogs. It includes information on how children should interact with dogs, the best way to stroke a dog, how to prepare your dog for a new baby and reading a dog’s body language. Dogs Trust is also offering free dog safety workshops for parents and children. If you would like to arrange a Be Dog Smart workshop at your local school or community centre or if you would like a copy of the guide, visit www.bedogsmart.org.uk.