Saturday was an odd day but can't really talk to much about it otherwise someone may loose their job but involved a wolf, not a wild one roaming the Northants countryside :o) , but not a wolf dog either, google wolfdog, might shock you, it did me, but check the wiki' links on google makes for fascinating reading but when a friend changes his job at the end of September I'll shall come back to the wolf encounter....
Sunday was the Northants Retired Greyhound Trust fundraiser, they have two during the year to raise funds for ex-racers and a chance for like minded owners to meet up and potential/perspective owners looking at re-homing greyhounds to come and have look. The first of the year was cancelled due to the weather and is held in the grounds of some country house/school which was a shame as it's lovely setting, the second at the end of August/September used to be held at Towcester Horse Racing course, the owners have also opened a greyhound racing track, so as you can imagine during the planning stages protest were made and the owners obviously miffed by the protest said "no more"....now myself I think the actions by the protesters were justified, I've seen myself the actions of SOME trainers and what they've done with their dogs once they've finished with them, I've to date have owned 5 ex racers, 4 of which were treated appallingly by their trainers/owners BUT I've got one current one James racing name James Destiny, who's owner is one of many good trainers, in fact Jim's (James) temperament (very friendly) I put down to his previous owners care and love for his dogs.
I felt the protesters should've approached the owners of the race course and asked for free access during race meetings, and to set up a stall to raise money, meet some of the owners/trainers and exchanged details so when they retire their dogs they might contact them to re-home them......
Still the sun was out and when the welcomed strong cooling breeze dropped the sun was hot, very hot I look like a lobster...ooops!
|"AREN'T GREYHOUNDS HARD TO HANDLE?"...NOPE!|
|MY 11 MONTH OLD MACK|
|TAKING A BREAK, WHIMMSY|
So I spent time photographing other greyhounds...here's a few...
|REMINDED ME OFF THE DOG FROM THE AMERICAN COMEDY, THE RASCALS?|
|TYPICAL RETIRED GREYHOUND "LAZY WALK"|
|THESE DANGLING COLLARS WOULDN'T LAST TWO SECONDS WITH MY DOGS, NOR THE SCARVES|
|PIP, A 14 WEEK OLD ITALIAN GREYHOUNDxLURCHER,|
|"Pssst, I THINK THEY'VE SUSSED OUT WE'RE NOT GREYHOUNDS"|
Haven't got a clue what the above breed is, almost didn't see it in the grass!
My Jim and Mack got first place in brace (walking two dogs together) which won me a bronze statue and a 15 kilogram bag of dog food producded by a company in Northatnts, the bag when sold raises money for the Retired Greyhound Trust which is really good idea. Jim got a second place rosette in his individual class, Mack got second and Whimmsy got a third, the rosette's will be donated back to the Northants Greyhound Trust (all our rosette's from Kennel Club and other dog shows get donated back, saves money and materials remaking new ones).
Great day was had talking to other greyhound owners, meeting people who hadn't considered a greyhound as a pet and other dog owners, there is one other thing to note, we did have a large area to walk the dogs and me being a birder who hates plastic dog pooh bags and treading in pooh I was also pleased to see no plastic bags lurking in the grass and hedges and no pooh to step in after the show, brilliant and without sounding to condescending, well done for not laving a mess behind.
Sorry if you're not "into" dogs but I am.....love them as much as wildlife and photography.