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.
Here's an update from Ron and Sue about their lovely Lilley (Lively Spirit) of the Valley (Hutt Valley that is!)
It's now 5 months since we adopted Lilley. Bringing her home in the car she had her nose out the window. Once it was nice and cold she promptly stuck it in Ron's ear. He reacted with a yelp which produced a grin from Lilley, showing her bottom front teeth. It's now one of her favourite games to play in the car. If Ron doesn't react then there's no grin.
Milo (unraced) has joined the Greyhounds can sit in public brigade (pictured on the right getting lots of praise from Martin!). Woohoo! All the class greyhounds can now sit on command (most of the time! ;-) ).
It's an impressive sight to see the whole class sitting considering it's mostly greyhounds! Mika our Dalmation friend is an awesome sitter!
Last weekend GAP Waikato had a stall at the Cambridge News Expo. This expo is arranged by the local community newspaper, and aims to showcase the organisations that are at work in the Waipa community.
We were thrilled to be invited to take part - and we're looking forward to seeing our picture in the News in the near future! Waipa has a fairly high profile in terms of racing, so the opportunity to promote the work GAP does was very welcome.
You may remember a couple of weeks ago we were challenged to get our dogs to push a ball with their nose. (Not a CGC requirement but a fun activity to improve the bond between hound and human). Tonight's it's Show time.