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Amazing Greys: fun greyhound facts

When you think about it, greyhounds are pretty amazing…

  • Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog & one of the fastest animals on earth, reaching speeds of up to 45 mph within just a few steps.
  • Greyhounds have been bred for function rather than appearance so come in many different colours: black, brindle, red, blue, tan, fawn & almost every possible combination of the above!

Greyhound coat colours

I think Max’s coat is Dark Brindle & Molly’s is Black & White. I’m a real sucker for the Brindles myself, but they are all beautiful (though not sure I’ve ever seen a Dark Red in real life)!

  • Don’t be fooled by their athletic appearance! Greyhounds are notorious couch potatoes & actually require less exercise than many other dogs. They are sprinters rather than endurance runners, & don’t like to waste energy.
  • Greyhounds’ ears have often been tattooed: on the right if bred in England & on both if bred in Ireland. The combination of letters & numbers in the tattoo(s) can be used to trace a dog’s birth date, litter mates & racing history .

I used Greyhound-Data to trace Max & Mollys’ histories. Max, or should I say ‘Bannside Maginty‘ as he was then known, ran 171 races during his 4 year ‘career’ & won a fair few! I even found a video clip of him racing (he’s in trap 4). Molly (‘Monicas Girl‘) was only raced for 1 year, but through the website I have been able to trace of one of her litter-mates (‘Clean the Boots’) who was rehomed by Shawfield RGT just last year. The staff at Shawfield have very kindly agreed to put me in touch with Oscar’s owners, so that hopefully we can arrange for Molly & her brother to be reunited!

  • When running in full stride, greyhounds run with a double suspension gallop (i.e. like a cheetah, not a horse), spending most of the time with all four feet off the ground at once!

Max in full stride

  • Greyhounds have stereoscopic vision, meaning they are best suited to seeing moving rather than stationary objects. They can see things which are far away (up to half a mile!) better than up close.
  • Greyhounds can produce gas that stinks like no other! Prone to sensitive tummies, these dogs are capable of waking you from sleep with their foul-smelling farts!
  • Greyhounds appear in Greek & Roman mythology, are an exception to the widely held Islamic belief that dogs are ‘unclean’, & are the only canine to be mentioned by name in the Bible.
  • Warning! Greyhounds are highly addictive & adopting one can often lead to adopting another! Hence the saying, “If you can see the floor, there’s room for one more…”

a floor-full of hounds: Ben, Charlotte, Danny, Molly & Max

I compiled this list of fun greyhound facts for the photo-book which Gracehounds have just launched, ‘Gracehounds: Four years of greyhound rehoming‘. The full colour 100-page book tells the story of the charity’s first four years, with written contributions from volunteers & adopters, as well as lots & lots of greyhound pics, many taken by the talented (& very patient) Martin.

My drawing is featured on the book’s cover

The books are now available to purchase priced £12.50 each, with 100% of the proceeds going to Gracehounds to help with further greyhound rehoming. To order your copy, download & fill out an order form or email gracehounds@googlemail.com.

Doggy Doodles

Max & Molly are always keen to step onto the cat (or should that be dog?) walk, to model my hand printed dog apparel – they love the attention, & the ample treats that are provided never go amiss either! Showing customers what my T-shirts & bandanas look like when they are actually being worn gives a better impression than displaying the product just ‘on the hanger’, plus the photo sessions with the dogs are always so much fun to do!

However, as anyone who has ever worked with models of the canine nature will know, it can be hard to achieve those perfect ‘poster’ shots & you have to be very opportunistic with your snapping, especially when dealing with a pair of greyhounds with the attention span of a goldfish between them ;-)

What Martin & I did here was drape a large white bed sheet in front of the window & set Molly ‘loose’ wearing my ‘Big Ben’ greyhound T-shirt. I lurked around the sides attracting her attention with little titbits of her favourite treats (tiny cubes of parmesan cheese)  whilst trying not to create shadows, & Martin snapped away with the camera!

When doing shoots like this, we generally hope to get one ‘usable ‘ photo out of the many snaps taken within a space of about 5 minutes, by which time Molly is either bored & just wants to lie down, or overflowing with excitement at all the yummy treats & praise that have been provided & needs to go & have a wee play! As you can see, we got our shot here eventually…

Whilst browsing through the pics from this session, however, it was one of the other images which caught my eye. Whilst this photograph of Molly did not exactly show off my T-shirt design, there was something about the way Molly was looking here with her cute wee greyhound bottom hovering above the ground & her long neck arched back so gracefully that I really liked.

Bored one afternoon, I started doodling & made an ink drawing of Molly based on her stance in this photo. I didn’t include the T-shirt or her collar in my sketch, & though I had originally planned to add in her markings later, I decided against this. There was something about the simple flowing lines of her face & body that I felt would be spoiled by adding in more fussy details.’

I’m really pleased with my drawing, & even more pleased that it has been chosen as the cover art for the new photo-book which our local greyhound rehoming charity, Gracehounds, (where we adopted Molly from) is currently in the process of compiling. As you might expect, Martin has had a fair bit to do with all the photography that has gone into the book, & I have helped with some of the written work too. (More about that, & as well how you can get hold of a copy of the book once it is published, in a further blog post…)

I also think the long sweeping lines of the drawing would potentially make a lovely lino-cut, & would love to experiment making some prints using this technique – perhaps I could make some note cards in this way… At any rate, I’d definitely like to incorporate the drawing into some of my creations one way or another, so watch this space!

&, just so his nose doesn’t get out of joint, I had better point out that Max was involved in the above photo shoot too! Doesn’t he look handsome wearing my 45mph Couch Potato T-shirt?!

You can find the resulting pics from lots more of our fun doggy photo shoots in my Etsy shop, where my hand printed dog T-shirts are available to buy. & you’ll find dog bandannas modelled by Max & Molly in both my Folksy & Etsy shops too!

Molly: A Day in the Life

So what do retired greyhounds do all day anyway…?

Every morning after our alarm clock goes off, Molly will echo it with a few pathetic sounding winges until we acknowledge that she’s awake. This done, these will descend into a low pitched ‘grunt’, indicating she’s ready to come & say good morning as soon as we give the word!  Then, it’s up onto the bed, face licks all round, then she burrows under the duvet between us & settles there until we whisk the cover away & get up for the day…

Molly & me: sleeping beauties!

At breakfast time she will sit  patiently in the kitchen, waiting for the kettle to boil whilst I portion out her & Maxs’ kibble & stir in some warm water to make a gravy (mustn’t forget the gravy – Molly will not eat kibble without gravy!). It barely takes her a minute to lick the bowl clean, & she never fails to check Max’s bowl just in case he has any leftovers (he never does!).


Is it ready yet?

All the excitement of mealtime over, Molly retreats to the lounge to sprawl out on one of the sofas & go back to sleep. She won’t toilet if let outside at this time in the morning, but take your eye off her for one minute & she’ll have left a little ‘present’ behind the sofa for you to clean up – that’s our Molly!

Rejuvenated after her morning nap, Molly’s ready for a day out walking. She’s always beside herself with excitement when she’s having her collar, lead & coat put on, & will even try & put her head through Max’s coat once her own one is already on!! She’ll leap up into the back of the van & then we’re off for the day…

Do we really need the snood Mum?

As we pick up each of my clients‘ dogs, she will always welcome them into the van with a face lick & a tail wag, & she’s the one who keeps the peace in the back of the van whilst I’m driving (grumpy Max gets to sit in the front with me in his ‘doggie belt’!).

Out on our walks, Molly’s recall has yet to be perfected, despite years of practice. She rarely does anything really naughty, but if there’s a big open field you can blink & she’ll be racing off into it, & if there’s anything dirty & smelly on the ground you can guarantee she’ll be rolling in it!

playing on the beach

She certainly tires herself out on her walks & once we get home she’s flat out on the sofa again to recover from all that running. Like most greyhounds, she does assume the funniest poses when she’s sleeping!

Molly’s ‘Jaws’ pose: Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the sofa..!

As her internal clock starts to tick towards ‘dinner’ o’clock she will wake up & this is  the time of day when she’s at her most playful. Molly seldom engages in games which involve any human participation, but she certainly seems to have fun in whatever little world it is she goes off to during her solo play!

Next up it’s dinner time & the whole routine from breakfast is repeated over again. Afterwards, she is always overjoyed to see her darling ‘Daddy’ return home from work & leaps straight up on his knee for a big cuddle! She loves to spend the evening snuggled up on the sofa with the two of us, drifting in & out of dreams.

Molly & Martin

It’s been a full two years since we adopted our pretty little Molly from our local greyhound rehoming charity, Gracehounds, & we don’t regret a single day of it. Happy Mollyversary my gorgeous girl! ;-)

sweet dreams after a hard day’s work!

Opt to Adopt

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month & a time to encourage those who might not normally consider this option to perhaps think about it.

Almost all of my hand screenprinted designs are inspired by greyhound rescue, but this one in particular focuses on the need to ‘Opt to Adopt‘:

The image is derived from a photograph of one of our ex-foster greyhounds, Torres, who has happily now found his forever home:

I have printed this image along with the caption ‘Opt to Adopt’ onto cotton T-shirts, hoodies, tea towels, cushion covers, tote bags & dog bandanas, which are available to purchase via both my Etsy & Folksy shops, with 5% of the profits being donated to Scottish greyhound rehoming charity, Gracehounds.


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Want to learn more about adopting a shelter dog? I have written a guest post on  the EFA (Etsy Artists Helping Animals) blog outlining 10 reasons why I think it’s worth opting to adopt as well as the story of ex-shelter dog & much loved family pet, Brandy.

Agility For Greyhounds!

On the last Sunday of every month, our local greyhound rehoming charity, Gracehounds, hosts an open day at Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian. It’s a chance for anyone keen to learn more about greyhounds to chat with the volunteers & meet the foster dogs. Anyone is welcome to attend, with or without a dog – the aim is to have fun whilst demonstrating what wonderful pets greyhounds & lurchers make.

Along with a nice walk & the chance to meet other sighthounds, there is also a fun agility course for the dogs to try. Now, greyhounds may not be renowned for their prowess in the world of dog agility, but once they get a whiff of one of  the tasty cocktail sausages which Gracehounds provides, all of a sudden they become very keen to please…!

Molly loves agility!

Our Molly is a little star when it comes to agility, & she is very popular with the children who attend Gracehounds’ open days – they practically queue up waiting for a turn to take her round the agility course! I’m so proud of how gentle  & patient she is with them – she absolutely adores all the attention & exercise (& sausages of course!).

Molly jumps over the hurdle…

… then gets her sausage reward!

Last Sunday there was a new addition to Gracehounds’ agility course: a balance ramp. It didn’t take Molly very long until she had mastered that one too & was scampering up & down it for her little titbit of sausage at the end!

Molly quickly learnt how to do the ‘balance ramp’

For the foster dogs especially, the fun agility course is a great way to introduce them to new things which they won’t have experienced before & show them praise & reward. Often they will sit & watch curiously while other dogs have a go at the course, noticing the number of sausages that pass hands, before feeling confident enough to have a wee go themselves! There are always plenty sausages to go round, though whether a dog is interested in agility or not ;-)

Gracehounds currently has 4 dogs who are looking for homes: Katy, Ben, Tom & Charlotte – I have had the privilege of meeting them & they are all absolute darlings, each special in their own unique way! You can find out more about  Gracehounds’ foster dogs by clicking on the pictures below or visiting the Gracehounds website.

Katie is a gorgeous 18 month old brindle girl who is full of fun

Ben is an adorable 5 year old gent who loves to play

Tom is a sweet 6 year old boy

cute little Charlotte is only 6 months old

You can see more photos from Sunday 25th June as well as from all Gracehounds’ open days here.

The Dog House Turns One

It’s hard to believe but The Dog House turned one at the end of last month! My little greyhound-inspired screen printing project started out as an experiment, but one year & 147 sales (& that’s just the online ones!) later it has turned into a successful little business. Although it hasn’t generated a massive profit in its first year, 10% of what it has made has gone directly to my local greyhound rescue, Gracehounds, which is responsible for rehoming many of the dogs who have inspired my designs.

Some of The Dog House‘s best sellers

Firstly, I would like to thank the following individuals, who have all, in one way or another enhanced my Etsy journey through their acts of kindness: Gordana of ajawin.etsy.com, Doris of dadamietz.etsy.com, Annette of dragonhouseofyuen.etsy.com, Vicki of VickiDianeDesigns.etsy.com, Christina of Christianitees12.etsy.com, Olga of ovgilliesdesigns.etsy.com, Lois of Bluebelldesign.etsy.com, Heidi of RedChair.etsy.com, Pey of peylu.etsy.com, Ellen of classichound.etsy.com, Angie of rememberwynn.etsy.com & Alene of IndigoIsland.etsy.com.

A selection of items made by the sellers who have helped me on my Etsy journey

I also want to thank my fabulous Etsy team mates from Handmade 4 Hounds, McEtsy & Etsy for Animals for all their help & support through my first year.

To celebrate its one year anniversary, The Dog House is having a Spring Sale! Lots of hand printed items, including adult & kids clothing, tote bags & doggy accessories have been reduced by 1/3 until the end of March.

A selection of the items on sale at The Dog House


Why Greyhounds Make Great Pets

Until a few years back, the word ‘greyhound‘ for me conjured an image of the dog as portrayed on the cover of Blur’s 1994 album, Parklife: a muzzled racing machine; a ‘sports’ dog;  bred for a life on the track & nothing more… How wrong I was!

Good music, bad cover

Several years down the line, I’m a little older & a lot wiser (when it comes to greyhounds at least) & would like to share my new-found wisdom, in the hope that others discover what fantastic pets these animals make. & here’s why…

Greyhounds love human company

Greyhounds adore human company. Having often been starved of it for the first few years of their lives, they can’t wait to get to know their first ‘real’ human! Providing them with nutritious food & a warm comfy place to sleep  are already enough to win these easy-to-please guys round. Throw in a couple of walks a day & you rock their world! Often greyhounds won’t have received any affection from humans during their life on the track, so may not seek it immediately. However, it doesn’t take them long to figure out that having these long necks of theirs rubbed, their ears fondled & their spine stroked from top to tail feels good & they’d like some more please! ;-)

Greyhounds are affectionate

Once they get to know you, greyhounds are incredibly affectionate animals. They display this in all sorts of different ways, from ‘kissing’ your hand with their nose, leaning their head in your lap, rubbing their muzzle up against you, licking your face (if you don’t mind that kind of thing, which I don’t!) & full-on rolling right over & presenting their belly to be rubbed! Greyhounds are very loyal pets, probably because of the stark contrast in how you treat them compared to how they were treated during their racing days, & they look up at you over that long long nose of theirs & you know they trust you 100% completely. I think they know that you’ve rescued them & that creates a bond that never breaks.

Greyhounds are loyal

Greyhounds are beautiful

Tall & elegant, with long graceful limbs & an aristocratic stance, greyhounds really are the cat-walk models of the dog-world. Take a step closer & you’ll see the beauty continues in their slender faces. Those wide brown eyes & furrowed brow project a steady calmness, when a greyhound extends it’s neck & rests its chin gently upon you. Watching a greyhound run, their bodies seem to glide effortlessly in one fluid motion from the top of their nose to the tip of their tail. It is wonderful to see them able to veer where they please, unrestricted by the confines of a track or muzzle – you can see the pure joy expressed in their face & the ‘dance’ they weave as they run.

Greyhounds are beautiful

Greyhounds are wise

Greyhounds dance

Greyhounds are entertaining

A pet greyhound will never fail to keep you entertained! Their facial expressions alone are priceless – who could fail to be amused by those cheeky eyes set at the end of that comical needle nose & under the dog-world’s most expressive eyebrows, with those cute little rose-bud ears perched on top? In addition to being one of the world’s fastest land animals, greyhounds are capable of going from placid to completely bonkers in 0.03 seconds! It’s these playful little bursts of energy which punctuate their calm, almost regal, composition that make them so endearing. & before you know it, they’ve nodded off again…

Greyhounds are fun

Greyhounds are hilarious

You will also find that greyhounds are capable of falling asleep in seemingly any position, no matter how unnatural looking: head dangling off the sofa, check; nostrils squashed against the floor, check; completely upside down, check!! They say that greyhounds are ‘the biggest lap dog in the world’ & it’s true – it’s amazing how they will manage to compact themselves up into a ball on your lap & squeeze into the smallest of spaces.

Greyhounds will sleep anywhere


Greyhounds are healthy

Unlike many pure-bred dogs, greyhounds don’t suffer the deleterious consequences of inbreeding. This is most likely because they have been (& still are) bred for functionality & not form. The wide range in both size & colour of greyhounds reflects a healthy genetic diversity.  With the exception of a certain susceptibility to injuring these long limbs of theirs if allowed to run freely in unchecked environments, they are not typically prone to illness, & not expensive to insure. It is important to keep their teeth clean &, as with other large breed dogs, to ensure that periods of exercise & eating are well spaced (to avoid the risk of ‘bloat‘ or gastric volvulus) but other than this no special attention is needed.  Unlike most large breed dogs, greyhounds have a relatively long life-span, usually living until they are 12 years old or so (compare this to an average life span of 9 years in great danes).

Greyhounds are multicoloured

Greyhounds are long-lived

Greyhounds are clean

Although not a non-shedding breed (like poodles, for example), greyhounds shed very little hair & are therefore a good choice for dog lovers (like me) with mild allergies. Their short coat does not pick up much dirt or moisture, & you won’t need to dry or wash them as they’ll take care of that themselves, grooming their own coats (& sometimes each others – aaaww!) like cats. Greyhounds have a unique, subtle ‘earthy’ smell, which is quite unlike that of any other dog I’ve come across ( & nothing like that awful ‘wet dog’ smell!) – it makes you want to snuggle into their long necks & breath it in!

Greyhounds are self-cleaning

Greyhounds don’t need much exercise

Contrary to popular belief, greyhounds do not require a lot of exercise. Dubbed ’45 mph couch potatoes’, greyhounds are designed to excel at running short distances but they are no marathon runners! A couple of 20 minute walks a day is plenty exercise for most greyhounds, after which they will be delighted to retake up their position on the sofa. Greyhounds are capable of much more exercise than this though, if you accustomise them to it – just don’t expect them to keep up the 45 mph pace for the entire walk! On the other hand, they do make wonderful ‘hot water bottles’. ;-)

Greyhounds are 45 mph…

…couch potatoes

Greyhounds need you

Bred in large numbers for the racing industry, did you know that almost all greyhounds are ‘retired’ from racing by the time they are a few years old? As soon as a greyhound is no longer winning enough races to ‘earn’ its keep, it becomes surplus to trainers’ requirements. While some trainers are responsible & do their best to find good homes for all dogs that they retire, many are not so. The result is an overwhelming number of greyhounds who end up neglected or abandoned, in dog pounds, put to sleep or, at worst, mutilated (ears are cut off to remove tattoo evidence of the dogs’ identity) & murdered (thus avoiding veterinary fees for euthanasia).

Luckily, there are many UK (& worldwide) greyhound rescue charities, who take in these retired dogs & care for them whilst they await rehoming. One of the largest greyhound rehoming charities in the UK is the Retired Greyhound Trust. This is where we adopted our first greyhound, Max, from. However, there are also lots of smaller organisations who operate locally, such as Midlothian-based Gracehounds,where we adopted our Molly from in 2008. Without these charities & the people who choose to welcome greyhounds into their homes as pets, these amazing animals will at worst be destroyed & at best live out the rest of their lives in the confines of a kennel.

Greyhounds need you

So, next time someone mentions greyhounds I hope you might spare a thought to consider the wonderful sweet-natured pets that these animals make, rather than the stereotypical image of dogs chasing a mechanical rabbit around a track.

I you are interested in adopting a retired greyhound as a pet, you can find out more by clicking on the links below or by enquiring at your local greyhound rehoming charity.

Congratulations to Colin!

Back in May this year, Colin, Lynne, Katy & I completed the 10K long Great Edinburgh Run in aid of Gracehounds, our local greyhound rehoming charity. Subsequently, Colin set his sights on another challenge & decided to run the 2009 New York City Marathon to raise further funds for the charity.

Roddy & Sophie ‘help’ Colin with his training

Since May, Colin has been hard in training (the rest of us took the more greyhound-like approach & relaxed on our sofas!) & on 1st November, joined by friends & family in New York, he completed all 26.2 miles of the marathon. He has raised a total of almost £3000 for Gracehounds!

17 down, 6 to go: Colin at 17 miles

Colin says,

“Well, I did it. It was not the fastest time – 4:24:41 putting me in 23,797th place but, with 43,741 starting and 43,475 finishing, it means that 19,944 runners crossed the finish line after me!

I’ve been amazed at the support I’ve had and the money you donated. It will be a great help to the dogs in the coming year.

All money donated will go to the charity to look after the dogs and none to the marathon or travel.  Thank you for your support.”

25 miles & still running

You can still sponsor Colin via his Just Giving page & see more photographs of the event here.

a proud moment

In other news, Gracehounds has recently found permanent homes for both Torres & Snowflake, & welcomes latest foster dog, Jackson.

Looking for Forever Homes

Gracehounds is currently searching for permanent homes for 6 beautiful greyhounds: Torres, Poppy, Roddy, Marcus, Tar & Snowflake.

Torres

Torres (who my partner & I fostered for 6 months), is a 2 year old male ex-racer. During his time in foster care he has blossomed into a lovely natured, affectionate, handsome boy. He enjoys the company of other dogs & well-behaved children but is not suitable to live with cats.  Torres loves to play, & is also quite content to curl up in bed or stretch out on the sofa & just relax!

TorresTorres

Torres loves his teddies!

Poppy

PoppyPoppy is a 2 1/2 year old female ex-racer. She is a beautiful girl, who is still quite shy. She’s just starting to come out of her shell & is curious about everything she has not seen before. A lovely sweet-natured dog, Poppy gets on well with the other dogs in her foster home, & is slowly being introduced to the world outside it.

Poppy

Poppy is a very pretty wee dog

Roddy

RoddyRoddy is a 2 1/2 year old male ex-racer. He is a very handsome boy with a coat as soft as cotton-wool. Full of affection, Roddy loves to play, especially with his brother, Marcus. He also loves to snuggle in bed. He gets on well with most other dogs & may be suitable to live with older children.

RoddyRoddy

Roddy relaxes

Marcus

MarcusMarcus is a 2 1/2 year old male ex-racer. Like his brother, Roddy, he has a beautiful white & black coat. Marcus is full of fun & adores playing with everybody & everything! His long tail is always wagging as he investigates the world around his foster home.

MarcusMarcus

Marcus is very playful & curious

Tar

TarTar is a 6 1/2 year old male ex-racer. He has a wonderful comical face with big ears & a wee bent nose. A very laid back dog, Tar is at ease with other dogs, cats & children. Until recently Tar was living with his friend, Snowflake, but due to a change in their owner’s circumstances is now looking for a new home.

TarTar

Tar is a very easy going dog

Snowflake

SnowflakeSnowflake is a 6 year old female ex-racer. She is a gentle, sweet-natured dog with beautiful markings. Although she’s quiet, she likes to play & is happy around other dogs & children but not cats. Like her friend, Tar, a change in her owner’s circumstances means Snowflake is now looking for a new home.

SnowflakeSnowflake

Snowflake has a lovely white coat

All the dogs are currently in foster care, while they await the arrival of that special someone. You can find out more about the dogs, as well as the adoption process, on Gracehounds’ website: www.gracehounds.plus.com


Roddy & MarcusTar & Snowflake

brothers Roddy & Marcus groom each other; Snowflake & Tar relax in the sun

You can see more pictures of some of the foster dogs here.

Hot Dogs!

Last weekend, Gracehounds hosted their second annual Hot Dog Show & Spring Fair at Vogrie Country Park, Midlothian.  The greyhound gods must have been smiling on us because not only was it dry, but the sun shone all day long & there wasn’t a cloud in the sky!

After an early start, to give time for all the tents to be erected, stalls set up & dogs walked, the event opened at 11am on Sunday & drew in crowds of people & dogs for the rest of the day until close at 4pm. The main event  was the Hot Dog Show, with categories taking place throughout the day. There were both sighthound & non-sighthound categories, including Prettiest Pooch, Dapperest Dog, Littlest Hobo, Golden Oldie & Best Rescue Dog.

Best Dog in Show – both sighthound & non-sighthound categories

Max, Molly & Torres were duly entered into all the relevant categories, but none of them any luck picking up any rosettes. However, when it came to the Happiest Family Group category, the 3 of them won the judges over & took home first prize!

Besides the dog show itself, there were many stalls run by Gracehounds volunteers, as well as some from outside companies, selling home baking, plants, jewellery & refreshments to name just a few.  There was also an Art Show, displaying work for sale by several local artists, including some of my fellow Etsyians & my partner Martin’s phography. & of course I was there with some of my hand printed goods from The Dog House.

Setting up The Dog House stall

The event was very much child-orientated, with numerous games, quizzes & activities  for the little ones, including a ‘pin the tail on the greyhound’ competition! The dogs were kept well entertained too, with a fun agility circuit to keep them active, a chill-out tent where they could relax & cool down, & professional dog trainer, Maxwell Muir, on hand to answer any doggy questions their owners had.

2 of Gracehounds most recently rehomed dogs, Daisy & Rosie, with their new Mum in the Art Tent

It was wonderful to see many of dogs which Gracehounds has successfully rehomed there with their families. The charity has found loving homes for 19 dogs since starting up in 2007.  The charity’s current foster dogs (including our Torres) were also present & able to enjoy the event. All in all, a great day was had by all & the total sum raised was over £2400, which will go directly to caring for the charity’s foster dogs whilst they await rehoming.

Martin, Max, Molly, Torres & I win Happiest Family Group!

You can see a full set of the photographs that were taken at the event here.