Sunday, 3 April 2011

Fair thee well

So yesterday was the Spring Fair organised by the Lady Of The House and her friend Alyson.

It was a very windy day so the first challenge was for the LOTH to make the Retired Greyhound Trust banner she'd been lent stay firmly attached to the wall outside our village hall.

I didn't help because at this stage I was strolling along from our house with the Man Of The House.

As you can see, thanks to lots of string she eventually succeeded.

The format for the fair was that the LOTH and Alyson had invited five craftspeople along to sell their wares and alongside that we were doing a tombola, a bric-a-brac stall and collecting donations instead of charging admission and THAT was the money that was going to the RGT.

It was my first meet and greet so I was a bit nervous, but the MOTH had brought me a familiar furry blanket that I lie on at home and I was soon happily saying hello to people as they arrived.
Apparently, inside the fair it was really busy and the LOTH didn't have chance to take any pictures, she said, until it had quietened down a bit.
Outside, I soon had some company. The LOTH's friend Jane bought her two greyhounds, Jack and Sophie  - and a friend of the LOTH's from primary school (who she hadn't seen for 20 years!!) also turned up with her greyhound called Lulu.

I'll be honest, at first I wasn't sure about them. You may remember that although I love people I'm not the most naturally sociable when it comes to other dogs. I told Lulu (pictured left above) that this was MY show and would she please get her nose out and stop poaching my customers.

But the MOTH told me that we were ALL there to show people what great pets greyhounds make - and I should stop being so unfriendly.

So I closed my eyes and sighed heavily and then decided to slap on a smile and be friends for the greater good.

We were all good pals by the end of the afternoon and we made a great team along with our folks. The GOTH and the BOTH did lots of work inside. The GOTH made tea and coffee for everyone and the BOTH helped on the tombola as well as collecting donations at the door.

And when we got home and counted up the money the bric-a-brac, tombola and donations had made £178 - which the LOTH was very pleased about. We're planning to make it up to £200 - one way or another - this week before we send it off to the RGT.

Thanks for all your encouragement before I did my meet-and-greet. It did help to know you were rooting for me. Huge thanks also the the stallholders who supported us and to friends Dawn and Dom - we couldn't have done it without you.

To make the weekend even more special I was the week's featured blogger on Pet Blogs United which is so lovely and exciting and has introduced me to some new friends already.

If you've not visited Pet Blogs United already - do stop by and say hi. They do a wonderful job of creating links between pet bloggers and highlighting good causes.


Finn said...

Looks like a great day Winnie, it must have been nice to see some other dogs of your own kind, I know it gets me excited! We read your feature on PBU, congratulation, and nice to learn a little more about you.

4-legged Wiums said...

Well done Winnie for deciding to like the other dogs afterall ;) Arrow is just the same, and not too sure about them either!

Oskar said...

I'm not great with other doggies either, but I'm glad you worked it out in the end. What a great fundraising team.

Thanks for the shout-out for PBU. We love having you as our featured blogger!

Nubbin wiggles,

scotsmad said...

We're soooo happy the Fair was successful...more things for the greyhounds.

We're the opposite, we love other dogs, but not other people.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

houndstooth said...

Winnie, I knew you'd be fabulous! Look at you, you meet and greet like a pro. I'll bet you will be able to get together with some hound friends now and have a good time, too! I'm so happy that you are able to help out your old kennel, too!


Benny and Lily said...

Winnie you look like you are having a good time. You approved of those other doggies we see
Benny & Lily

Sue said...

Well done on such a fab amount raised for the RGT.

Brenda said...

Looks like a terrific event. And I'm thinking how smart of MOTH to bring your familiar blanket! :)

George the Lad said...

Hi Winnie, paws up to you for being so good on the day, I know its not easy doing things when you don't feel like it.
See Yea George xxx

Pup Fan said...

Looks like a great event!

Jon Terry said...

Hi Winnie! Oskar and Pam sent me over to say "hello". Well done! you sure did well to help raise that much :)

Love ya,
Jon Terry

Bobby said...

Well done to you all for the fund raseing day.
Winnie you did so well with the meet and great.
You were so good with the other dogs, see it can be good to have furends,
Licks Bobby.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Hi very nice to meet you. I hopped over from PBU.

Amber DaWeenie