Sunday, October 27, 2013

Canine First Aid Course

Hi Readers, brother Eddie and I got volunteered to help out at GAP's first ever first aid course for canines.

It was a great success and covered a wide range of topics all designed to help your pooch until you can get them to a trusted veterinarian. There are more courses coming up soon so I'll probably "volunteer" Teddy to help out at the next one. Sara and Mandela were also drafted into help and we all did a greyt job in our joint roles of victims/models.

"I said canine, not equine!". This big guy is used to teach basic anatomy to jockeys. "The hay goes in the front end" , that sort of thing.
Some of the horses stabled at Deagon getting some exercise. It was lovely to see them after they were hosed off as they are almost as perfect in form as a greyhound is.
Me with my, um, ass in a sling!
Sara with aunties Gail and Leah helping out in a demonstration.
Me helping in a bandaging demo. Just in time for my Halloween costume as well.
Then it was Manny's turn  to help out. I don't recall getting treats?
Dad with Eddie. Eddie is hoping Liz will save him from whatever is going on.
Eddie decided it wasn't all bad after all and decided to take a snooze.
Me after the class was done watching the horses strut their stuff.

Thank you to Leah, Gail and Mum for putting on the course and thank you to everybody who attended. And of course, thanks to Sara, Mandela and Eddie for helping me out as super models for the day. We also did an adoption right after the class so it was all go for me. Until next time, yours in bandages - Murphy. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

GAP Memorial Walk

Hi Readers, we had a different kind of walk today. We gathered to remember our friends and pets that are no longer with us. It was late afternoon and we met at the Redcliffe jetty and cast flowers into the ocean for our loved ones.

The far end of the Redcliffe jetty was our destination.
Aunty Jenny lead the way ...
.. and the rest of us followed one by one. Here is Mum throwing in a flower for my lost brothers and sisters.
The current quickly disbursed the flowers but they were a pretty sight on the ocean waters.
A lone flower on the ocean.

Well Readers, I'm off to contemplate the meaning of life, remember my family and be grateful that the GAP greyhounds have Aunty Gail and Mum to help them find homes now. And of course its almost dinner time so I'll contemplate that as well. Bye for now - Murphy.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Dogs Qld All Dog Sports Spectacular

Hi Readers, this weekend the GAP team headed out to the Dogs Qld Durack showgrounds to participate in the All Dog Sports Spectacular. There was breed judging, fly ball, lure coursing, dancing with dogs, agility, earth dogs and heaps more. It was also a very hot weekend with temps around 36 degrees Celsius (96 Fahrenheit - blah).

I hope you enjoy the photographs -

 The event was run by Dogs Queensland.
Me looking alluring at the start of day one.
Teddy has mastered roaching in his cool coat. Here he is is flirting with a visitor to the stand.
Aunty Gail with GAP's new recruit Manny the Border Collie. Cute isn't he?
For once Teddy was on the receiving end of the puppy teeth.
I got so many pats over the weekend. I love meeting the public and talking about GAP.
 A couple of poodlesque visitors to the GAP stand.
 This little apricot girl was a delight and was so well behaved.
There were heaps of sight hounds there so we felt right at home. Check out this lovely afghan.
This English bull terrier was a handsome dog and a crowd favorite.
Cleo the borzoi was there as well. She was cuddling Dad so I was a little jealous (but don't tell him).
 Waiting for judging in the fluffiest tails category.
The synchronized dog stacking event was also very popular.
The biggest guy at the show.
The griffons came in as runners up in the most likely to cause chaos category...
.. while the dachshunds were the clear winners again.

It was brother Eddie's 3rd birthday today so this big blue boy dropped in to wish him well.

 Did I mention it was really, really hot this weekend?
Teddy was as cute as always and won over everybody from kids to seniors with his antics.
Another of our neighbours cooling off under a tree after a hose down.
Aunty Gail rapping about GAP with Jessie James (no really!).
A slight technical issue on day one of the lure coursing ...
... was soon fixed. Look at her go!
 Um, did I mention it was hot?
Eddie and Manny flaked out after a big day of meeting and greeting.
 Teddy being cute!
Mum helping us model our cool coats. We had these on most of the time.
Mother and daughter cuties. Its not all about work you know people!
The dalmatians were well represented over the weekend.
 And cool coats were the order of the day across all breeds.
This french bulldog quickly surrendered to having its whiskers trimmed.
Teddy and friend.
A few visitors chatting about greyhound adoption through GAP.
After two long and very hot days it was time to head home.

Well Readers, I'm off for a snack, some electrolytes and a good lay down before dinner. Until next time - bye for now - Murphy.