Sally Lees, our Wellington Area Coordinator, has sent us this update on her sweet as pie hound George!
George (Chile Command) joined our family on 19 December 2009, and we've done things and been places I'd never have imagined, and met wonderful people along the way.
We attend events so others can see how wonderful greyhounds are, including Animates Adoptions Days, fairs, the annual GAP street collection, and up to Napier for Art Deco weekend (twice!).
The test for this week is "Can you still do well at CGC class without any practice during the week?€ It's been a crazy busy week in the Harris household so off to class we go pretty nervous at how we will go with no practice. As we go through our usual drills of sit, stay, and walking to heel, it's pretty obvious that the answer is no, we won't go well without practice! Sam (Gridiron) bounces out of the stay in one second, saunters behind me again on the heel walking and going through the gate was a write off.
We missed week 3 due to other commitments (it wasn't cos we hadn't practiced I promise!) so I thought I would cover mention of the theoretical parts of the CGC course. One of the differences between CGC and a normal obedience course is CGC has a test for the owners to pass too!!!
For those who have participated in GAP promotional and fundraising events you will know that sooner or later our couch potato friends will want to have a lie down. Usually this is sooner rather than later. You may also know that sometimes it is a bit of a pain dragging doggie beds to and from events only for the next person rostered on to do the same thing.
Today was the annual 'Paws in the Park' at Tunnel Gully in Upper Hutt. It's a chance for dogs and their owners to go on a bush walk and watch displays from our local Upper Hutt Dog Training Club. This year the organisers estimated they had over 110 dogs and our greyhounds were well represented with 13 hounds turning up to join in the fun!
Feeling pretty confident this week that Sam has improved. We have been doing lots of practice. Exciting news when we get to class is we have two more greyhounds in the class. Leigh-Anne and Martin with Paddy (Paddy Bond) and Milo (unraced). That's six greyhounds in a class of eight. Class photo coming soon!
One of the cool things about owning a greyhound is being able to tell people they are the second fastest land animal. The downside is that if you take them for a run with other dogs, it ends up being like playing touch against Richie McCaw. Even at a trot, our dog gets annoyed that those old Labradors just won't go faster. And that doesn't help make friends.
GAP runs are a chance to stretch out with your mates!
GAP hounds have taken over Upper Hutt's Canine Good Citizen class with six hounds competing for their Bronze award. Area Co-ordinator, Tania Harris, is keeping us up-to-date with their progress and imparts some top training tips along the way.
What a great walk on Sunday! The t-shirts on us and vests on the dogs raised our visibility, and I think they also encouraged members of the public to approach us more than they would normally do. We had some good conversations, and may have a foster-care application coming our way! That was good work.
We also collected a few dollars in our tins.
Highlights definitely included the gentle Blue having a lie-down in the lake, and Lily managing to make almost all the way around the lake under her own steam. Way to go Lily!