After a delicious brunch in Otley we wended our way over to the Northern Greyhound Gathering at Wetherby Racecourse. It was a bright and sunny day, the car parking was easy and entry was free.
The basic layout was a large field with a ring in the middle for the dog judging competitions and a half circle of stalls running around it with every type of greyhound accessory anyone could wish for plus food, dog care and advice as to owning a greyhound.
There was a lady there clipping claws, and also, sausage bobbing for dogs. A great many dogs, mainly greyhounds of innumerable sizes and markings and their owners turned up. Throughout the day we saw plenty of dogs wandering around enjoying Frozzys from Stephs Pet Pantry.
The greyhound competitions are light-hearted and mainly for fun and to raise money for the greyhound charity, not at all like Crufts.
Basically, if you own a greyhound this is a good place to meet other owners and generally have a good time and if you are thinking of adopting a dog you can meet the people who run the greyhound charities and find out more about how to go about it. There were even some greyhounds there who were waiting to be adopted!
There are good toilet facilities on site and a refreshment room, you can bring your own picnic, folding chairs, table, etc as you wish.
A well organised day out in aid of a very good cause..
Here are the classes from the day;
1. Most Handsome Lad
2. Prettiest Princess
3. Best Black Boy – male greyhounds
4. Best Black Girl – female greyhounds
5. Golden Oldie Greyhound – 8 years+
6. Best Greyhound Homed from West Yorkshire Retired Greyhound Trust
7. Best in Show
Any breed of dog:
8. Best Tweeter – #HoundsOfTwitter only
9. Best Lad
10. Best Princess
11. Best Young Handler – 14 years and under
12. Best Booty – for those who are camera-shy!
13. Best in Fancy Dress
As you can see, they have classes open to every breed of dog towards the end, so you don’t have to worry if you want to bring a non-greyhound you’ll still be welcomed! Fifi and greyhound Dolly very much enjoyed their day out, and are looking forward to next year’s event! Fifi got a beautiful new collar from Pink Fluffy Kitty Pet Boutique which she loves!
If you are thinking of adopting a dog, always choose a rescue dog! Dolly the greyhound is from a greyhound rescue centre, and Fifi is a Romanian rescue dog.