First of all I would say that I was only ever incidental in the dog equation.  My Wife (Christine) and Son (Daniel) were completely responsible in acquiring a Greyhound, although I was present about 5 years ago when Daniel was only 8 or 9 insisted that we adopt a Greyhound. We had run into a couple at the pet store in Hamilton.

Skyla has been a absolute pleasure to have around the house and has fitted in far better than I

Sharing the Couch

Silver has been with us for six months now, and is completely one of the family. She has a very happy, affectionate nature, and always wants to be part of whatever's happening. She never tires of watching me in the garden and is my most constant companion of the three dogs. Her trainer

Silver at home

taught her to put her paws up on his shoulders for cuddles, and she delights in doing this with me.

GAP is rocking the Bay of Plenty!

For the first time on the 11th January, Greyhounds as Pets had a stand at the Paeroa A & P show.

Paeroa A&P Show

It's a country show that mostly focuses on horses, but don't we all know that horses and dogs go together? We met some lovely people, including some potential foster carers and forever homes!

Zena  has made herself at home and taken over all Wolf's toys and beds. A very loving girl - very playful and energetic!  Loves to help gardening, great if you want to plant  large trees! It has taken a while to build her confidence with new situations, other dogs, lawnmowers and Guy Fawkes crackers . They reduced her to a quivering wreck in spite of all the normal precautions.(I hate them too.)

The idea for a greyhound assistance dog was hatched in 2012 when Melanie Donne from the Kotuku Foundation was researching dog breeds for the Foundation's work with disability assistance dogs. Melanie says, "I found that greyhounds have these wonderful qualities that match nearly perfectly the things we're looking for in an assistance dog. We contacted GAP and asked is there a way we could help?"

Priceless (Fancy Freda) has been with us nearly three years now and boy has the time flown by. It feels like she has always been with us! We did some basic obedience classes at dog school in the beginning, but Priceless wasn't really into it. She struggles to sit and will rarely lay down on anything harder than carpet - this generally includes grass.

Just in case you weren't already in the Christmas mood, here's more of the festive spirit from our gorgeous photogenic hounds!

Babe - (Sexy Babe)

Beryl - (Winsome Deluxe)

Mila (Bronze for Macos)

Koby - (Greywinds Koby)

Lola (lefty unraced)

Lily (Ms. Tournamental)

Lola (Kinetic Flyer)

Richie (Thrilling Tear)

Riley - (Unraced)

 

Asher (Unraced)

Star - (Know Wonder)

Leroy - (Soho Prince)

Jake (Spiral Ebony)

Flossy (Flossy Haka)

Sam (Gridiron)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la  la la.

Harley (Black Timpani)

Tis' the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Blondie (Fancy Kate)

Troll the ancient Christmas Carol, Fa la la, la la la, la  la la.,

Jade (Unraced)

Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Eddy Elf (Edward Cullen) and Havoc (Beatrix Kiddo)

See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la  la.

Chase (Unraced)

Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la la la, la la la  la.

It's just been 4 months since William (Wyndham http://greyhoundsaspets.org.nz/dogs/william-wyndham/) and Polly (Okuku Cracker http://greyhoundsaspets.org.nz/dogs/polly-okuku-cracer/) came home with us. William's kennel coat is long gone thanks to his love of pats and cuddles. Polly made herself at home straight away and is such a playful girl.

So how did Crumpet get her name you may ask, well this was my wife's idea actually and pretty much how you would expect it to be conceived.  Like we were just sitting down at the breakfast table with a plate of Crumpets (as you do), suddenly my wife (Miyuki) say's "if we end up with a greyhound I think Crumpet would be a neat name." I sighed (of course), as trying to imagine calling a dog by this name...

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