So what’s happening in June??

As many of you will know if you have got as far as this website, we have a monthly sight hound meet up on the first Sunday of every month. The next one is Sunday 3rd June.

As many of you will also know, York throws itself into the Great Global Greyhound Walk! This year it is happening on 10th June. The theme this year is ‘Fall in love with a greyhound’.

I can hear many of you wondering whether we are having two walks in two weeks?

The answer is yes! Not everyone can get to the GGGW so we don’t want you to miss out on your usual monthly walk and so will be meeting as usual on 3rd.

See you there!

 

White rabbits white rabbits!!

Who can believe that it’s nearly May day (but who’s complaining!!)

This Sunday is our next pointy dog walk which means that we are nearly half way through the year. This in turn means that it’s coming up to the Great Global Greyhound Walk on 19 June!!

We are always on the look out for volunteers to help us on the day and so if you fancy helping behind the scenes, please give us a shout. Otherwise please turn up on the day and help us celebrate all that’s fantastic about having a pointy dog in your life.

This year we are raising money for 112 Carlota Galgos, a rescue based in Spain.

CG logoOne of our walking friends, Helen and her family, recently went to visit the rescue while on a family holiday and this is what she had to say:

‘Having been following 112 Carlota Galgos on Facebook for some time, I just happened to wonder if we were anywhere near them on a recent holiday to Spain. To my amazement we were only half an hour’s drive away, so I contacted them to ask if it would be possible to visit. We (myself, my husband, and 3 children) visited the next afternoon – unsure of what to expect, apart from lots of wonderful galgos!

Initially we met the ‘house dogs’, namely Ambo the ‘Ambassadog’, and Beethoven, as well as a couple of others, some horses and some chickens!

Charlotte was so welcoming and unassuming, happily taking us on a tour of the ‘finca’. We met the wonderful Miracle and Cheyenne, then we moved round to The Orchard.

miracleI was completely stunned by The Orchard. It’s a large, enclosed area with about 6 large wooden summer house type structures. Each ‘house’ has a tiled floor with a drain and around the three internal walls there is a raised platform where each dog has its own soft bed. Each house sleeps around 6 dogs and there is a fenced off gravelled area outside of each of the houses. Generally however, the dogs have free access to The Orchard and are only shut in their houses at night.

finca 1 finca 2There is also a large paddock that the dogs have access to and they are walked regularly along the country lanes.
To see all the galgos (around 30 of them) so happily playing together was a wonderful sight. We spent at least an hour helping out and making friends with all of the beautiful dogs and we could easily have stayed much longer.

I was completely in awe of the amazing set up for the gentle souls – it genuinely brought tears to my eyes.
Charlotte and her band of volunteers give the galgos their total, unconditional love, showing them safety and comfort, and allowing them to begin to trust humans after their often horrendous start in life.

No dog is allowed to go to their forever home until they are completely ready, and needless to say, we wanted to bring them all home.

finca 6Meeting Charlotte, experiencing her tireless dedication, and seeing the amazing and wonderful work she does has left a lasting and deep impression on us all. We left a donation, but we all came away feeling that we want to do more. When I found out that this year’s Great Global Greyhound Walk in York was going to support Charlotte and her galgos I was so happy.

It is incredibly difficult to describe the beauty of the Finca and how it feels to be there, but it truly was an inspiring and humbling place to be. It’s definitely somewhere we want to go back to and help in any way we can. What an amazing place! Please come along to the walk on June 19th and help support a truly worthwhile cause.

Christmas Hounds

What a great turn out for our Christmas walk.

According to my list/memory there were at least 39 skinny dogs and their owners, and hopefully our plan B route was a good alternative to the mud on the river banks.

Thanks for all our pointy dog friends we raised £175 today for Greyhound Gap!!

Berry and Patch, Merlin and Roxy, deserve special mentions for the effort they made with their dashing festive outfits and pullovers, but there was a lot of tinsel action generally and more than a few Santa hats, so thanks to everyone for getting into the spirit of the occasion!

Thanks for digging deep and making such an effort everyone, and to those who brought festive goodies and treats.

See everyone in January.

Tina x

Our last walk of the year

Shake out your tinsel, dust off your antlers, and head down to the Fulford Arms for the Christmassy greyhound and lurcher walk on Sunday 2nd December at 10.30 am for 11 am start.

We need your help to achieve a festive feel to the last pointy get together before Christmas.

There might well be a Christmassy raffle and some festive fundraising for Greyhound Gap, there will hopefully be mulled wine available in the pub, and Rudolph will be there to make sure there is no bah humbugging (is humbugging a word???!)

See you there!  🙂

x

November chilliness didn’t put you off.

Great turn out today for the November walk despite the ‘not quite freezing but not very warm either’ weather. Loads of new pointy faces which is great (how are people finding out about us I wonder?) with some people and hounds travelling quite a distance to share their Sunday morning walk with us.

Also a bit of a houndie fashion show today, with loads of the dogs showing off their winter wardrobes.

There were at least 40 dogs, possibly more, quite a sight! It was great to see Maggie and Alex from RSPCA who are looking for homes, having a day out of their kennels and looking very dashing in their lovely warm coats.

Anyone who would like their details adding to the email list but who left before I had chance to catch them, please get in touch.

Hope to see as many people as possible for our December walk at which we will of course expect a festive theme, and where we will no doubt be asking folks to part with a bit of money to raise much needed funds for those hounds not as lucky as ours.

See you soon. 🙂

 

Remember, remember, 4th November – the next greyhound and lurcher walk!

the next walk is this Sunday 4th November, setting off, as always, from the Fulford Arms at 11 am.

No idea of the forecast but let’s wrap up warm and do it anyway.

We’ve been really lucky with the weather and have enjoyed some fab sunny autumn Sundays, so paws crossed this week will be the same.

Thanks to all our regular walkers for always making it worth turning out for, and especially those who turned up to our September walk, when we raised a fantastic £80 with a raffle in aid of Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue, having had their help in finding sanctuary for a homeless greyhound girl called Molly, who had been taken in by the  Skinner clan.

Looking forward to seeing loads of pointy friends on Sunday!

🙂