| It was a great day out thank you Monika. Photos and videos are on FB.|
The inaugural City of Derry Stroll to GAIN Homes 27/8/17 2pm-4pm
Thank you to everyone who gathered at the Foyle Valley Railway Museum to show their support in promoting greyhounds as pets.
The event was arranged in conjunction with the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, Destined and the Brandywell Greyhound Racing Supporters Committee.
Sponsors of the event were GAIN dog food, Jollyes Pet Store Buncrana Road, and Micky McLauglin and family who provided most of the refreshments for the day.
The atmosphere was jovial (barring a few who were suffering the effects of watching the early morning McGregor fight), the weather was perfect and the dogs thoroughly enjoyed their stroll which was lead by Michael Feeney’s Fuse Wire (Godsend x Keston, Jul 14) who donned the coveted Stroll to GAIN Homes jacket (photo 2).
In addition to members of the public and press who turned up to meet the dogs there were;
47 adults registered for the stroll (including 7 BGRSG committee members)
23 under 18’s
A special mention must go to our Event Organisers: Angela McCafferty from Destined and Stephanie English from the BGRSG and it’s Committee members and all our volunteers which included staff from Destined, first aiders, stewards, admin’s for registration, route safety/clearance inspectors and our judge.
Our judge Martin McLaughlin picked his favourite hounds of the day as;
1st; Speedy Joe (Ace Hi Rumble x O Garney Pearl, Sep 12) owned by Stephen Radcliffe (received a GAIN jacket and food voucher)
2nd; Hather for Da (Ballymac Maeve x Culmore Gift, Jul 09) owned by Siobhan Duffy (received a GAIN food voucher)
The Greyt Explorations FB competition winners who received rosettes and a Jollyes goodie bag were;
1st; Water Witch (What a Lark x Jakes Lady, Apr 05) presented by Angela McLaughlin
2nd; Skelper owned by Stephanie English
Joint 3rd; Waffles the terrier owned by Karen O’Reilly and her son Jacob and Hather for Da owned by Siobhan Duffy
Best ‘lookalike’ greyhound; Susan the lurcher/bull terrier cross owned by John McGuinness
Our volunteers from Destined were Conor, Angela McCafferty, Carmen and Roisin. They were awesome and thoroughly earned the most coveted gifts of the day; cuddly dogs wearing embroidered jackets to mark the special event made and donated by Deirdre Kyle and a Jollyes gift bag. Carmen is photographed holding the Judge’s favourite greyhound of the event: Speedy Joe.
The event concluded after we all enjoyed a mouth-watering abundance of sandwiches, cakes, sweets, tea and coffee compliments of Micky McLaughlin and his family.
Looking forward to the next Stroll to GAIN Homes event and in the meantime we will continue to promote greyhounds as pets.