Next Sunday, 23rd June, will see thousands of greyhounds & their owners walking together all over the UK as part of the Great British Greyhound Walk – a fun annual event to bring greyhound lovers together & raise awareness of what wonderful pets these dogs make.
My doggy family & I helped organise & attended the first Edinburgh GBGW in 2011. I made some brightly coloured doggy bandanas for all the hounds on our walk to wear, photos of which caught the organisers’ (Greyhound Walks) eye & led to me being asked to make bandanas for ALL the dogs taking part across the UK in 2012, & again this year – a lot more than the original 20 I made back in 2011!
the pic that started it all: Max wearing his GBGW 2011 bandana
Earlier this year, bandana production began here at Max and Molly Designs, & this year I have handmade a total of four hundred and sixty three GBGW 2013 bandanas - that’s a whole lot of screen printing been going on!!
GBGW 2013 bandanas come in red & blue
This year the organisers of the GBGW are holding a ‘Bling My Bandana’ competition, in which hound owners are encouraged to get their creative juices flowing & customise their GBGW 2013 bandanas. So far I’ve seen all sorts of fancy neck wear that will be adorning greyhounds’ necks on the walk this year!
our own effort at blinging a bandana, modeled by the gorgeous Sandy
The lucky winner of the Bling My Bandana competition will receive a fabulous hamper filled with goodies for their hound, including a personalised hand printed bandana featuring their dog’s name along with any Max and Molly Designs image of their choice, which we are donating to the prize.
personalised hand printed bandanas by Max and Molly Designs
The dogs & I will be doing our own little local walk as part of this year’s Great British Greyhound Walk. I may not be able to walk far myself (having yesterday undergone surgery on my knee!) but we will set off from Cockenzie harbour (just across the road from our house) at 10am & see how far along the coast we get… Any sighthound pals of Molly, Sandy, Dennis & Gizzy are of course very welcome to join us =)
walking along the coast from Cockenzie harbour
Our walk will be dedicated to the memory of my beloved greyhound Max, who was the perfect ambassador for greyhounds as pets at the GBGW 2011 (& in everything he did) & sadly is no longer walks with us here on earth. xx
Max at the GBGW 2011 – photograph by Lindsey Cleland / Edinburgh Photographic