The Greyt Summer Fayre and Dog Show 2015

greyhound rescue wales summer fair posterFirst, a very positive update. You may recall the recent Hounds First auction, for which we donated a fleece coat. The auction has now closed and it raised a whopping £3166.50, which will be used to help meet the charity’s vet’s bills. Further congratulations to Hounds First on becoming a member of the Pet Professional Guild, thereby committing the charity to only using training methods which are positive, force free and based on science. Many congratulations to Hounds First on this public commitment, and let’s hope more rescues follow their lead in promoting force-free, effective training.

Andy, our first greyhound, was adopted through Greyhound Rescue Wales, so it’s always a pleasure to attend their events. This weekend, we are going to their Sanctuary in Garnant, Carmarthenshire for The Greyt Summer Fayre and Dog Show 2015.

We’ll have our stall with us, and will have our usual range of coats, raincoats, dog beds and bandanas to tempt you. Card payments very welcome, and if you have the PayPal app on your smartphone, we are also happy to accept payment that way too. If you’re interested in a particular coat, let us know, we’re happy to bring it along if you want to try on. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the weather, and there are some fantastic classes in the dog show – anyone fancy entering Best Bum or Lushest Lurcher? There’s lots of info about the show on the GRW Facebook page or on their website. Hope we see you there, and we’ll have all four of the Milgi hounds with us, if you want to come over and snuggle a supermodel!

Another event run by Greyhound Rescue Wales each year is the Last Hope Walk, and this year it’s being held both in North and South Wales. Last Hope (also known as Rusty) was a greyhound who was brutally murdered, and volunteers from Greyhound Rescue Wales were instrumental in helping to bring his killer to justice. I’ve deliberately not written about his fate in detail, as it’s extremely distressing, but further information is available on line if you wish to look him up. Each year, the charity remembers him by holding a sponsored walk which raises funds to treat greyhounds and lurchers with severe, life threatening injuries or illnesses. This year, we were approached by the charity and asked if we could make some commemorative bandanas for the walk which could also be used as a fundraiser for the fund. Naturally, we were delighted to help, and the first batch of bandanas are being taken along to the Summer Fair on Sunday, and will be available to purchase.

The remainder are being delivered next week and will then be passed on to Greyhound Rescue Wales for them to sell or distribute at their own events. However, if you can’t get to any of Greyhound Rescue Wales' events and would like one, we are happy to reserve one for you and will gladly post it to you at no cost. Please let me know before next Wednesday if you would like one, and I’ll make sure I keep one back for you.

And finally, news on that new product…

You may remember some time ago, that I mentioned we were testing out a Milgi Boot Bag. I’m very fortunate to have a dear friend who has two muddy lurchers and works with horses, so she was ideally placed to test the prototype. After considerable tweaking, we now have a sample and manufacturing is about to begin. I’m hoping to bring the sample with me on Sunday for its first public appearance, and then we are likely to have it on sale at the Great Greyhound Gathering, and possibly on the website before that. I’m genuinely excited about this product – we’ve taken ages to bring it to this stage, mainly because I wanted to get it right. I’ll have some more info and pictures very soon.

Published: 7th August 2015