Sunday, 18 September 2011

Action-packed Saturday

Yesterday was such a busy day.

You KNOW how excited I was about going to the annual Great Greyhound Gathering in Nottingham? Well, first I had to wait for the Boy Of The House to do his football training, then we loaded into the car.

But SHOCK! HORROR!! We stopped and got out at the vets in the village!! I shook like you wouldn't believe because I HATE going there. But a very nice lady vet just looked into my left eye which  has got a bit of a red, swollen lump under the lid at the bottom. (We think I might have stuck something into it when I snuffle in the hedgerows on my walks). She prescribed some eye drops and anti-inflammatory tablets and I have to go back Tuesday morning to see if it's improving.

Anyway, after that unpleasant surprise we really DID head off the to Great Greyhound Gathering at Colwick racecourse. There was sunshine and showers on and off all day and it took longer to get there than we thought because we got caught up in football traffic because Derby County were playing Nottingham Forest at the City Ground which is very close to Colwick racecourse.

There was lots of food, and interesting stalls and interesting dogs. I was much more sociable than I was last year and said hello to lots of dogs.

I got stroked a lot - and recognised quite a bit from this blog and my Facebook page which was really cool. I felt like quite the celebrity.

When we had just arrived I met my 'cousin' Alice who found me on Facebook. She was with her people Mandy and John and it was lovely to meet them in the flesh. Sadly, the Lady Of The House hasn't got herself organised and didn't think to get a picture of us all until they had moved on. She was too busy talking. I've had a word. Tsk tsk.

Anyway, here's a few pix to give you a flavour of the day:

I didn't enter any classes, but here are some of the contenders for rescue greyhound of the year. They had to be judged in the big paddocks where racehorses usually stand.

I was happy to just meet everyone and walk around with my people. We also met Janet, who we know from Facebook, who organises the Great British Greyhound Walk.

We met the lovely Donna who runs the Huggy Houndz business and makes the cutest toy greyhounds and greyhound-related gifts.

The LOTH couldn't resist bringing home this little fella who is just too cute to save until Christmas.

I thought he MUST be for me..... but apparently not! Huh!!

"Not every toy brought into this house is yours, Winnie," said the LOTH and the BOTH. "Just MOST of them."

I was also very proud of the BOTH who wanted to buy this tshirt from the GGG. 

Although we know it is natural that greyhounds WANT to run, over the last year we have heard a lot about the abuses that go on in the sport and we think that on the whole we subscribe to the idea that we should race cars not greyhounds. That's our personal view.

Anyway, I was worn out after all that. But the LOTH and three of her girlfriends had a night out at a genuine 1950s American diner that was shipped over here some years ago and now lives just outside the town of Swadlincote. 

Here's a picture of her main course which she thought she'd share with you food lovers out there. It's called a Humphrey Bogart (her joint favourite actor along with Alan Rickman, she says).

Am off to hang about in the kitchen now while she cooks Sunday dinner.

Have a lovely week everyone.


jet said...

I like that shirt Winnie....the more I think about greyhound racing, the more problems I have with it... Barbie made a smart choice, not wanting to chase that silly bit of sheepskin around.... sounds like a fun day.... hope that your eye gets better quickly :)

houndstooth said...

I hope your eye is feeling better soon! I'm also glad it was just a quick detour before you went to have all that fun! It looks like a fabulous day to me. I can't believe that your LOTH forgot to take a picture with your cousin. I'm SO glad you had a word about that! Humans can be so difficult to train.


Bouncing Bertie said...

Hi Winnie
So glad you you got to go to the Greyhound Gathering, despite the sore eyes. Colwick racecourse eh? Is that near Colwick Park where I often go for a walk when I am visiting Gail's parents? (Gail says yes it is). I think the tee-shirt is very fine but Gail says it would be even better and more environmentally friendly if it said 'race bicycles not greyhounds.
Toodle pip!

Sue said...

Looks like a fab time.

Agree about the rcing.

That dinner looks scrummy.

Hope myour eye soon heals up.

rottrover said...

What a fun day, despite the quick stop at the v.e.t.. Hope your eye feels better soon!!

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

You make me want some french fries! Looks like you had a fun day.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Looks like so much fun for you guys!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Definitely agree with the racing part. You guys shouldn't have to be runnin' like that around a track. Chase a ball instead. A good game of fetch is a lot more fun. :o)

Anonymous said...

Pawsome shirt Winnie, I think your Pawrents should have purchased one for you to wear! As well as a toy, so very unfair I agree!

It does look like you did have a pawsome time though!

woos, Tessa

Tucker The Crestie said...

Wow, you had a super busy and fun day!

Benny and Lily said...

What a fun event...Love the tee shirt little man
Benny & Lily

Wyatt said...

Look at all of your relatives!! We think you are the cutest one in the pack! Love the stuffie toy and the tee shirt :)

Wyatt and Stanzie

Hiking Hounds said...

What a fun day! I love the Christmas hound and the BOTH's T'shirt is great.

Declan said...

Looks like a great day Winnie, I'll have to make sure we go next year. Mum's best friend lives at Burton, so she's going to ask about going to the diner near Swad.Might ask myself as I bet the doggy bags are fab! Deccy x

Anonymous said...

Hi There Winnie
Sorry to hear about the eye prob. hope it clears up soon. Must have been a shock tho, arriving at the VET instead of Greyhound Gathering at Colwick Park.

You got there in the end and had a lovely day. Didnt know Greyhounds came in so many different colours.

Know about the weather on Saturday, sunny/rainy showers (some heavy and a bit scary for me...). then sunny again. Weird.


Yay for Winnie and peeps!


Anonymous said...

What a fun filled day you and your peeps had Winnie! That Bogie dish looked delish by the way :) Did you at least get a french fry? ;) Luv the T-Shirt. Great motto!

Waggin at ya,

Sophie said...

Sounds like a very action-packed day indeed, Winnie! :)

That t-shirt is awesome!

tubby3pug said...

It is so cool that you get recognized, you are a greyhound star!

I also have to add that I love Alan Rickman, probably because he plays Snape, Humphrey Bogart is cool too

Kristin G. said...

What fun! I hope your eye is all better. Love the Christmas hound! xo