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!

The Masterton A&P show was over the weekend of the 16th & 17th of February. It was down on punters from last year but we got some quality interest over the show which was great. Plus lots of dog visitors including a Jack Russell puppy that was adorable. Not to mention awesome for the public to see the greyhounds being so chilled with the little tike.

On Saturday we had the second Martinborough Fair of the year. It was (thankfully) a bit cooler than the February one so the hounds didn't melt this time!

Oops - someone took the corner too fast!

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