Let’s start this edition of the Kennel News with reports of awareness events that have been held recently, by our events coordinators, Steve and Jane Smith.
Penkridge Victorian Market. Sunday 26th November.
On Sunday Eddie and Gordon went along to the Victorian Market to represent the Branch and gain lots of fuss and attention. The afternoon market was extremely busy. It was the first time we’d taken the Roadshow to Penkridge but the event proved really worthwhile. There was several people who seemed genuinely interested in owning a greyhound and lots of information and leaflets were given out. The people of Penkridge were extremely generous as a result we collected £213 to help in the upkeep of hounds waiting to find a home
Indeed, we have received several enquiries at the kennels and one hound has been reserved pending meeting the ‘homers’ other dog at the kennels later this week.
Waitrose Superstore. Saturday 2nd December.
On Saturday we paid one of our regular visits to Waitrose. The Roadshow always receives a friendly welcome. Although the people there are warm hearted the weather is always freezing, even in July and this Saturday was no exception. The added challenge this week was the continuous heavy drizzle. But we weren’t downhearted, Taurus and Evie the two kennel hounds did a sterling job. We met a lot of people who always say hello, give the hounds some fuss and made a generous donation £114.39 towards the kennel costs. Thanks to the volunteers who braved the weather and supported the event on the day.
Hollybush Garden Centre. Sunday 3rd December.
On Sunday the 3rd December we took the Roadshow to the Hollybush for the second time this year. The event proved extremely successful. The garden centre was crowded all day long. The trailer positioned right outside the entrance meant that we were in full view and attracted an awful lot of interest and attention. Several people said they were interested in learning more about owning a greyhound which was encouraging. Peter, the kennel hound got lots of hugs and attention. Molly, Jenna and Gordon who are owned by volunteers also went along to help.
People were extremely generous with £214 being collected through donations, merchandise and the tombola, which will help in looking after the hounds waiting for a home. A big thank you to all the volunteers who supported the Roadshows and helped promote ‘Greyhounds as Pets.
On Friday, 1st December, we held the branch annual Volunteers Night at the Cleveland Arms, Stowheath Lane. Once again we enjoyed a wonderful buffet supplied by Ladbrokes, held the bottle raffle that raised £101 and presented the ‘ Volunteer of the Year Award ‘, before joining the pub disco.
It was decided that this year, the award should go to Jane and Steve Smith not only organising the awareness events, but also for all their hard work and commitment to the branch in many ways. You can see Jane and Steve with their award on our social media pages.
Kennel hounds have visited New Cross and Dovedale Court Care Homes to meet the residents. As usual they were warmly greeted and received lots of fuss and attention, not only in the communal lounges but also in the rooms of some of the residents. Dates for next year have already been put into the kennel diary.
We have changed the venue for the December Branch walk and Carole, our walk coordinator, has sent this reminder for your diary.
Our Greyhound Trust Wolverhampton Christmas Greyhound Walk will take place on Sunday 17th December at Baggeridge Country Park, Gospel End, Sedgley. DY3 4HB..
Time: 10.15am for a 10.30 start. There will be a choice of walks - one and a quarter miles, two and a quarter miles. The walk is for Greyhounds, Lurchers and all Sighthounds.
Afterwards there will be a raffle and sale of merchandise. Please join us for Mulled Wine and a Mince Pie. As usual there will be sausages for the hounds.
Why not take a break from Christmas Shopping and enjoy a walk with your beautiful hounds.
You will be really welcome.
At the kennels, we held the last sponsor weekend of the year and we welcomed back many of our re-homed hounds, who had their nails clipped then enjoyed a gallop around a soggy field. We do have stocks of food, which can be collected during normal opening hours and if your hound missed out on a pedicure, please ring the kennels and talk to the team who will try to fit you in.
The festival fish campaign now stands at 244 tins donated to make the hounds meals that little bit more tasty. If you can spare a few tins of fish in oil please bring them the kennels. As the nights are getting a little chilly, the hounds beds have been topped up with extra blankets and duvets. We always welcome donation of clean sheets, blankets, duvets and towels.
That all for now folks.
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