leading up to the greyt event. The weather had been stormy
and wet. The weather forecast changed daily (if not hourly) as Saturday,
June 1 approached. All the more reason why we needed our jumbo tent. The
owner of the tent had moved, and up to the last minute, we didn't know if
we would have it available. Thanks to some good detective work, and
persistence on Tom Leesnurm's part, the afternoon before the picnic, we
Friday, the day before the picnic, started off cold and overcast as the
serious outdoor preparations started. In the middle of lawn cutting and
trimming, the rain came down once more. "The show must go on" so
we headed out to pick up the huge picnic tables and chairs that we were
going to use, thanks to our friends at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Thankfully there were 8 volunteers still available to set up the big tent,
which is always an event onto itself !
Saturday, June 1 dawned clear and
cool. The weather gods were with us once more.... as the sun
actually came out. The reception area was ready, and we did not
have long to wait, as the first guests were arriving as set-up was
being completed. Our large selection of greyhound related
goodies were once again available, and many a new Silk Roads
adorned many a greyhound's neck.
|We can attest from our
Boomer's first hand experience that these ladies know what they
are doing. Boomer, who is almost 11, has been a little slow in
getting up from a down position lately, and after his session he
was noticeably better, with a real spring to his step. Sandy also
showed us what areas to focus on, to keep him limber and feeling
good. A portion of the proceeds from working on almost twenty
greyhounds was donated back to us by the ladies. Give them a
call, especially if you have a dog that is getting a little stiff
with age or an old injury.
||Other very popular, and entertaining
events of the day included a contest for the greatest distance
travelled, longest tail (which was won by a hair), slimmest waist
(greyhound, not people!) and the most senior greyhound. We
thought of a widest waist contest too, but with discretion,
decided against it <G>.
The "egg and spoon" greyhound race was rather funny, but
not as comical or entertaining as the greyhound "get
naked" contest, (hey, you had to be there....)
|Watching all this activity must have
certainly stimulated appetites, as "hot dog" sales were
very brisk, and almost two hundred were sold before we ran out!
Sales of water, soft drinks and chips went well too.
However, the highlight of the noontime feast was a HUGE birthday
cake that Melissa and J-R Brisson had custom-made for the
occasion, plus enough bagged treats for all the greyhounds
there! By happy coincidence, June 1 was the fifth birthday
of their wonderful boy "Baco Noir" (formerly Bob O).
Melissa and J-R not only brought the cake, plates and accessories,
they served it up as well. Baco thought the whole day was put
together just for him!
||If we thought the silent auction was interesting, we hadn't
seen anything yet. The LIVE auction proved as hard fought (and
entertaining) as last year's. We had many amazing items, including a
stuffed toy racing greyhound from Gulf Greyhound Park, Galveston Texas,
that Douglas & Danielle Walker had flown home with the day before!
Items were as varied as a small Greyhound Bus Lines ball cap, to a unique
cement and stained-glass greyhound patio stone.
Among the many highly
prized items were a beautiful signed "World of Robert
Bateman" book, a beautiful framed and numbered print "The
Fast Lane", and a limited edition framed print "Meeting of the
Again, thanks to wonderful donations from a number of people and
organizations, we had some greyt door prizes, which were drawn for as the
day came to a close.
Our count indicated two-hundred people and about one-hundred greyhounds
graced our front lawn throughout the day, making this the best attended
event yet. Part of the reason for this event is to highlight what the
organisation does, and to that end, the picnic was mentioned on local
radio, local television, as well as local and regional newspapers, and a
Nation wide syndicated radio show.
A very sincere thanks to all the volunteers, and our special guests, who made this
day possible. This was the 10th and final AAG Picnic....