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.
The Greyhound Adoption Programme Trust Board wishes to advise that it has accepted Noel Brown's resignation from his position as Programme Director effective Friday 3 February 2017. Noel leaves with the Board's best wishes in his future endeavours. At present, a replacement for Noel has not been made but the Board is exploring a number of options and will update you accordingly. In the interim, any urgent matters can be addressed to the Board Chair, Alastair Donald, otherwise it is business as usual and all normal GAP activities will continue to be delivered as they are now.
We recently adopted our greyhound Zia from the GAP kennels in Levin, having farewelled 2 much loved terriers over the past 2 years. We were immediately besotted with our 8 year old gorgeous girl. I thought that a good way to do a bit of fundraising and awareness of the adoption programme would be to promote GAP during the Kapiti Arts Trail (I am a potter/ceramic artist, Greendale Studio Ceramics in Otaihanga). This was held over 2 weekends in Oct /Nov and is an event where Kapiti artists open up their studios to the public once a year.
The Big Day finally arrived and Lilo put on her best collar and prepared to meet the crowds who had come to see Her Garden.
There were probably around 1,500 people who came from far and wide over the four days; some on foot, some in cars and some in coaches. Not just to see Lilo's garden, but sixty others as well.
Madam Lilo's spectacular offering was a show stopper. The guests would read her sign and go around the fence to view:
I am devastated to be writing a "memoriam" of Bomber. Bomber was not yet seven when he died and it was a massive shock with very little time to process that he was terminally ill, as we had had no idea he was ill until early that morning.
Isla and I started fostering greyhounds in 2014, since then we have fostered 8 hounds. Some have stayed for months but most have found homes within a few weeks and we have only had one return customer. A testament to the GAP process of matching hounds to homes.
The GAP 2017 Calendar stars have been announced! See below for the hounds that made this years calendar. A very big thanks to all who submitted pictures for the calendar this year. They just get better and better!
A very special thanks again to Falyn Cranston for her expert work on the production of the calendar!
Cover: Asher (unraced)
Mr & Miss January: Frank (unraced) and Zola (Dolly Scramble)
Co-stars: Bella (Rhyme in Melody) | Ben (unraced) and Izzy (Imperative) | Blondie (Fancy Kate)