Monday, April 12, 2010

Greyhound Public Relations

Saturday morning found us getting up bright and early to go and help with the first of two volunteer projects that we had for the day.  Both of them involved the dogs and it made for a busy day for us and them. 

Our first stop was at the Wellness Fair for the therapy dog group that we volunteer with.  It got interesting before we even got inside.  Right away, the girls knew there was something interesting up ahead.

Not only was there something interesting to see, there were already people waiting to ask us questions about the dogs.  There were some kids outside who were fascinated with Bunny and Blueberry.  Not to mention some adults.  Mr. Taleteller was kind enough to take Blueberry and say that he needed to get her inside, leaving Bunny and me to fend for ourselves.

Inside there were lots of booths with all kinds of different health related services and products.  The Paw to Paw booth is always busy.  We met lots of our therapy dog friends and even a therapy cat showed up.  Flat Nigel also made an appearance, but I'm not sure what kind of therapy he'd do if he came to the nursing home with us.

I always feel a little guilty when we go to this annual event.  People are always crazy about the greyhounds and ask us a lot of questions.  The crowd the forms around them is like people meeting rock stars at times.  Sometimes I feel like we're taking away from the attention the group needs to get for volunteers to go to the nursing homes.  We get asked all the time when we're out with the girls about where people can adopt greyhounds, and I'm happy to help greyhounds get homes.  I just don't want to overshadow the reason we're there.

After we'd spent some time at the Wellness Fair it was time to pack up and move on.  We grabbed a quick lunch and drove home to drop Blueberry off.  Then we headed to the 4H office to help with our introduction to the new kids who are signing up for dog obedience, which Mr. Taleteller and I help volunteer with.  Bunny has been through obedience and usually does pretty well with it.  Our friend has a German Shepard she's done a lot of obedience with as well, but he's getting older and he was at the Wellness Fair with us in the morning, too. 

Of course, when we arrived, Bunny looked at the long flight of stairs that led up to the room where we were meeting and put on the brakes.  No way was she climbing those stairs.  So, we went to plan B.  That was taking the elevator.  I should mention that this elevator makes the OJ Simpson car chase look like the Indy 500.  I began to fear that by the time we got to the top that the meeting would be over, but we made it.

Bunny did pretty well considering that she'd been the center of a mob scene for several hours in the morning and hasn't practiced her obedience much through the winter.  She did charm the crowd yet again, which I suspect is the most important part of going in her eyes.  I saw that she tried to teach Flat Nigel a thing or two, but he wasn't paying attention.  We brought home one very tired, but happy, puppy. 

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  1. So, has Bunny woken up YET?

    That looks like khwite the pawesome day of fun!

    Thanks fur sharing!


  2. Those dogs outside in the pen looked most curious. You did a good job being a spokesmodel for all greyhounds. Exhausting.


  3. What a spookily small world. I've been thinking of getting Alpacas from New Zealand for the large field and barn that we have here. Lo and behold what do you have at the top of the post? What a hectic day you had.

  4. You just can't feel guilty for having pretty dogs. "Don't hate us because we are beautiful." :-)

  5. Mmm those Alpacas looked tasty! Did you get even a nibble?

  6. What fun for you. Exhausting, butt fun!! Grrreat job.

  7. It seems like ya'll have quite da etikit down. Mum says she has a pup that know nuttin bout that. Greyhounds are vewy majical looking so it no wonder they steals da show.

  8. That looked like lots of fun. Those animals in the first picture looked downright scary to me!

  9. So Bunny would rather take the elevator than the stairs? She's like the anti-Dennis!

  10. Wow! I am very much proud of Bunny for all her Saturday activities. It sounds like loads of fun. And when you're a STAR like Bunny, peoples (and alpacas apparently) just naturally flock to you. No reason to feel the guilts.

    Oh, and I'm most glad that Flat Nigel made an appearance in some respectable locations for a change. BOL!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  11. Looks like a busy, but fun, day!

  12. What a fun rewarding day!! I bet Bunny and Blueberry slept a bunch Sunday!


  13. Hi Bunny! What a worthwhile day, looked really interesting. Those llama's lookie like they took a liking to you too!

    Wiry wags Eric xxx

  14. We loved the Llamas(:

    Greyhound Kisses,

  15. Sure you had a pawesome day!
    I understand you were very tired at the end of the day!
    Kisses and hugs

  16. I'm totally jealous of dogs that can go to these busy events and mingle with people. Good for you guys for getting your pups out there! Sounds like you had a great time.

  17. holy alpacas! i've nevarrr seen those before. they have lots of furs. they look kinda cranky, too. are the cranky?
    my mama and i wanna say thanks to ya'll for the volunteering that you do. it's a super good thingie!
    the booker man

  18. My brother Coop would have run screamin' the other way if he had met those scary beasts in the first phot. great jop of being brave


    hope that you help nominate some blogs that do humor...
    or write short stories!

  20. Hey, there's that Flat Nigel guy..! :-)

    Looks like you all had a great day!!!


  21. Ha-woo, what a fun day! We especially like the Alpacas, I think mom would have had a hard time dragging us away from them!

    jack a-aroo & moo too

    (We're furiends of Khyra's -- mom always gets a kick out of your avatar, thought we should drop by & see whose big brown eyes those are!)

  22. Forgive me for visiting your posts in reverse order this week - but it's been just that kind of week. I wonder what dogs must think of animals like Alpacas - ours think the neighbor's Llamas are big dogs.

    Thanks so much for taking our boy out on tour! I hope he behaved! ♥


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