Hi all, Petal and Blue here.

Just touching base to let you know how we are getting on as it is nearly up to October - don't know where time has gone.

Miss you all and we are sorry that we can't get events this year we are sure all our friends will step up to the play. Good luck with all those pats and cuddles and working on increasing our fan club.

The brand new 2018 GAP calendar has arrived and is in the shop for purchase now.

It's full of photos of gorgeous hounds who are now enjoying their retirement as much loved pets.

Hi all

We are now into July and settling into our new home and have met lots of new friends. Offering free pats and cuddles when required is a big job but we are coping. This is readily taken up by our neighbouring units as they miss their own dogs and we make a pretty good substitute and are happy to share the love.

The Chatham is a funny place to us greyhounds as there are no rabbits and hares on the islands so we are not sure what the do for entertainment when they want something to chase here.


Just when Lilo thought it was safe to lie on the sofa, it wasn’t.  Definitely not.

GAP put out a call to consider joining up for Canine Friends. Here was an opportunity to take Lilo visiting to spread her goodwill around people who live in, Rest Homes and/or Retirement Villages.

In June, Petal and Blue started a new adventure with a move to the Chatham Islands - we look forward to following them in their new part of the world.

We were off on our new adventure in early June. Our home was packed up around us, then we were bundled into a car a taken into Wellington. We were then taken to a very busy Wellington airport - quite a change from our quiet lifestyle block in Martinborough!

We are still miles off our fundraising target for the Entertainment Book.

If you had last year's book, it is about to expire, so here's your chance to get the new season's one. 20% of each sale helps us get more deserving greyhounds into forever homes.

Thanks for your help!


It's that time of year again!

We are now taking submissions for the 2018 GAP Calendar! 

All photos need to be at least 300dpi to be the best quality for printing - we have opened up for portrait pics as well as landscape this year! 

Please only send in calendar quality pictures - the hounds need to be in focus - not the background.

Every now and then in life, a day happens that you never see coming, but one that will stay with you forever. This day with Lilo was Sunday 19th March 2017 at the Cambridge Raceway.

Lilo’s owner and trainer, Max Mathews of Litchfield Kennels was celebrating his 90th birthday at the Cambridge Raceway, as the Tokoroa Greyhound Racing Club hosted an afternoon of racing. Howard (my partner), and I were invited to join Max and his family, as Lilo was a rather special hound to this family, to say the least.

The Board has appointed John Telfer as National Coordinator for one year on a fixed term contract. The Greyhound Adoption Programme Trust is undertaking a reconfiguration of its goals and procedures. The Board considers a year is sufficient time to achieve these goals. 

John will lead that process, also temporarily adopting the authorities and responsibilities of the Programme Director.

He is committed to ensuring our wonderful team have the resources necessary to increase our annual adoptions whilst maintaining the Trust’s financial stability.


Well, ‘twas the week before Christmas and all through the house……………there was the fragrance of sardines. Lilo is partial to them – one oily one with each meal gives her a glossy coat and a sea-shanty breath.

Being fussy about teeth, I thought that the breath might be due to teeth needing attention. We have a regular dental each year and it was due.