The Great (no better than great, fantastic) British Greyhound Walk 2012

What can we say, our Great British Greyhound Walk in York on Sunday at the Fulford Arms was….. there’s no other word for it……. awesome.

Thanks to the hounds of Yorkshire for persuading their owners to bring them along despite the dreary and damp weather forecast, we had 98 pointy dogs (well okay then there were a couple who were slightly less pointy than others, but mostly they had long noses and were skinny!) which made us the best attended walk out of the 67 walks that day in Britain.

Even better was that our fundraising after the walk for Greyhound Gap was so well supported, and we raised a total of £703.77 with our twisty arm techniques raffle, Greyhound Gap merchandise, and water and wine stalls.
We even had a fun dog show with the theme Spice Dogs, which everyone participated in with enthusiasm.  All the Old Spices won a prize because otherwise how could you choose from all those grey pointy muzzles??
We also raised a further total of £365.50 on Just Giving Pages for Claire, one of our volunteers, and the Holgate Hounds, so that brings the grand total to just over £1065…..  Thank you hounds of York and your owners!!
So many local businesses have helped by providing raffle prizes etc, and will be listed separately on our ‘supporters’ page.
A huge thank you must go however to Claire Walsh and her family who ran the Greyhound Gap merchandise stall so efficiently and beautifully, and who baked and crocheted and laminated and decorated for the stall.
Thanks also to Jean and Gillian for baking and creating, to my mum who knitted 30 wine bottle covers and dog jumpers, to the judges of the dog show, and to our fantastic volunteers Rose, Milly and Chloe, chief hound counters, medal makers and raffle ticket sellers.
To our regular walkers who brought raffle prizes, and finally to those hounds who turned up on the day to support the walk, thank you!
You can see some lovely pictures of the day on the website of Terry Michael the photographer who gave up his time to ensure we had a record of the day – here is a link to the photos (password dog)
There is also a fab video montage on his facebook page if you can find and like that. There are some lovely ones of Babe, Jane and David’s foster hound.
Finally thanks to everyone at York Greyhound and Lurcher Walks (aka Team Pointy Nose) and of course all those pointy dogs including our lovely Holgate Hounds.
We had a really fantastic day showing off about how brilliant our dogs are to other pointy dog owners.
Hopefully someone somewhere in York will wonder what was so special about those 98 hounds and decide to find out a bit more, and maybe give one a home……


The Great British Greyhound Walk 2012

Pointies at the ready, come and join us for York’s second Great British Greyhound Walk on Sunday 24th June! We’ll be setting off at 10.30 sharp so please come as early as you can. (See note about parking below – please allow extra time for this).

We are very chuffed to be doing this again this year as part of a national event to raise awareness of the joy of greyhounds and lurchers and the fact that so many more homes are needed.

Where? Fulford Arms pub, Fulford Rd

When? Sunday 24th June at 10 for a 10.30 start.

Who? All pointies (greyhounds, lurchers, whippets, salukies, deer hounds, borzois…all sighthounds so if you’re pointy and a hound, come on down!)

What? The walk takes about an 1 hour, and we go along the river Ouse, over Skeldergate Bridge, along the other side of the Ouse (past Rowntree park), back over Millenium Bridge and then back to the pub for festivities and fund-raising.

See you there 🙂

The June walks!

Hurray for the 15 noble and soggy doggies who made it last Sunday (3rd June)….and don’t forget, folks, it’s the BIG ONE on the 24th June! There will be stalls (including some beautiful handmade collars and houndtastic home baked treats), a raffle with some FANTASTIC prizes (more donations always welcome!) plus of course the Daft Dog Show, with the categories named after the Spice Girls. So, do you have a Ginger Spice living with you? A Sporty one? A Posh one? (You get the drift…). Plus an additonal category – ‘Old Spice’ for the grizzly pups over 8 years old.

Usual time – (10 for a 10.30 start). See you all there!! NOTE: we can’t use the pub car park for cars this year cos there will be too many people, hounds and stalls but we’ve scouted about and there is on-street parking available down Hospital Fields Road – David has put a map in the GBGW page on this blog and he and Steve will also be there on the day to direct you. It’s not far from the pub but you might want to allow a bit of extra time to walk to the pub once parked.