On Sunday 12th May the Masterton South Rotary Club and Henley Trust hosted a Dogs' Day Out at Henley Lake in Masterton. They kindly allowed us to have a GAP stand at the event which was very much appreciated.
The Wairarapa put on a gorgeous autumn day for us which was fabulous and we had an awesome turnout of hounds, including visitors from the Hutt and two hounds (and their owners) who are new to the Wairarapa - Plank (Planking) and Todd (Major Conquest). It was lovely to meet you!
This month 'Hibiscus Hounds' were invited to promote ourselves at the first Open Day of '4DogSake' Doggy Daycare Centre which is on the little road to 'Snow Planet', Silverdale. Only adoption dogs were invited i.e. GAP, Council Shelter dogs and SPCA. The 'Hibiscus (30 mins north of Auckland on the East Coast) Hounds' currently comprise of 9 local GAPPERS plus 6 lovely out-of-town honorary members and we meet up at weekends for a local walk along the Orewa Beach followed by, most importantly, coffee for the humans!
Solo has been with us since January 2012, and each day with him has been pure joy. There was never really any 'settling-in' period - from the first day we started the long journey home from Sanson, it felt as if he'd been with us forever. Overnighting in Rotorua, Solo was completely at home with us in the dog-friendly motel, and he settled straight in once we were home, after testing all the beds and settees for comfort.
Recently I took a drive up to Woodville from Masterton to see the Simply Grey exhibition at Alias Grace (Beautiful - if you can get there go have a look!). I got chatting to Sonja and before I knew it had agreed to my first foster, a hound that needs to get her Canine Good Citizen Foundation certificate. She is set to go into a Pet Therapy Programme with the Kotuku Foundation in Wanganui. We already have two hounds and I really enjoy training, so thought 'why not!' and then checked with the other half and he said yes!
Almost two years ago, me and my wife Kat saw a handsome looking hound on the GAP website and decided to investigate further. Sonja at the kennels informed us that Billy (Sambo Warrior) was a recently retired 5yr old who was exceptionally timid. It turned out he was being fostered by Jacquie and Tony just out of Hamilton, so we arranged a time to head out and meet him - and that term is used loosely as we couldn't get within a foot of him.
It's been a fast and furious week for GAP in Waikato! Our monthly walks are held on the last Sunday of the month - last weekend that meant a beach romp at Raglan. We had 15 humans, 11 hounds, a whippet and a poodle! As well as assorted other friends who were enjoying a fine but windy day. These walks are thoroughly enjoyable, with lots of stories about our favourite hounds, support and tips for new owners, and plenty of laughs.
Here's an update on Tux (Not Suited) the Wonder Dog from Masterton.
Tux (Not Suited), our big black and white boy, was with us for fostering after a couple of other homes didn't work out. He fitted in so well and Lace loves him, so it was an easy decision to adopt him.
Lace came to us when we found her being given away on Trade Me. She is an absolute darling and she never raced (she just can't be bothered).
Here's a couple of pictures of Tux and Lace sharing a bed. Whichever bed Tux has, Lace wants it!!
Meet Lola (Kinetic Flyer). She's a very special hound embarking on an amazing journey to become a therapy dog. We will follow her progress through her training and keep you updated on how she's doing. I was lucky enough to meet her yesterday and in the 30 minutes I spent with her watching her play and giving her cuddles she made me smile and warmed the soul.