Monday, August 18, 2014

We Loved Being at The RNA Ekka

Hi Readers, I have just spent ten days at the RNA Ekka along with Mum, Dad, our wonderful GAP volunteers and their humans along with ekka trainees from the house of hound.We have been told that 60,000 humans attended the Ekka on people's day alone with 380,000 visitors overall.

We have had thousands of pats and cuddles, made a heap of new friends, caught up with old friends and generated a heap of inquires for the GAP program.

Ekka - where the city meets the country (and we greys meet everybody!).

We always said hello the the parking lady as she made us feel so welcome.   

Ozzy showing off his official security pass. They took a little bit of time to arrange but they did keep the riff-raff away.
Ozzy posing in the "love" garden near the dog pavilion. I promised I wouldn't tell what else he did in there.
At last, a bi species sign that explains the rules.

I think we need these signs everywhere...
... as it was so busy, especially in the dog pavilion.

There were many complaints received from the hounds regarding the lounge. There were issues with size, fabric, comfort and depth.
Mum did some presentations in the ring explaining the great work I GAP does for we greyhounds.
Mum with Teddy, Zuma zooming and Teddy and Lucy showing their focus skills.
The very handsome Marlin took out best neutered dog and Show champion in the neutered category. Lots of GAP greys also got awards which was fantastic to see.
Dad and me in the ring during a demo.
I spend a lot of time people watching during the Ekka but here I am taking a five minute power nap during the day.

Lucy clowning around on one of the pianos scattered throughout the grounds. It was no Rachmaninoff but it was still pretty good.
There was a very strong cow theme this year. Here is Teddy watching one of the ring events.
The ekka has an animal live birthing display each year as well as heaps of poultry exhibits. Over 100 lambs were born at the show this year with hundreds of city kids traumatized fascinated by the experience.
Mum with Missy Moo the 12 week old greyhound puppy. We think Bandit would have looked like this when he was a lad.
Bree showing her profile.
Ozzy practicing his flirting.
Ditto with Lucy.
Prancer modelling his green jacket. The drawing in the background is based on him so he feels very special.
Testing out the lounge, modesty mode disengaged.
Bandit being interviewed for a school assignment.
Bree chilling out with a GAP fan. Been there, bought the T shirt etc.
Aunty Gail introducing Prancer to two young ladies.
Bandit and friend.
I wonder if these human pups are the source of the sticky bits in my coat?
Pranny working the crowd.
A couple of cuties from one of the local schools.
Minnie's fan club is growing quickly.
Mum swears that she did not go to the cattleman's bar for lunch before this was taken.
The Eddy and Teddy show was very popular.
Security breach - Eddie finds the sandwiches we thought were out of reach.
Carli enjoying one of the ekka's famous strawberry ice creams.
Queensland Rail rolled out its new high tech train for the ekka!
So many children and so many cuddles.
Eddy on a meet and greet.
Mum with Lucy who did very well at her first ekka.
Bree discussing fashion with a young show goer. You should never go Chihuahua before spring.
A lovely peaceful place to be in an otherwise hectic showgrounds.
Sue read the greyhound characteristics brochure to Ozzy as he dozed off...
... to dream that he was being patted while he slept.
Some of Bandit's colourful fan club.
Lucy getting tender pats from this young lady.
This has nothing to do with anything really but Prancer asked that I include it. I think its good that they list the ingredients in case you have a food allergy.
Lola smooching one of the show stewards who dropped in each day to visit.
Lola getting a treat from a sun safe guest.
A little to the left please.
Piggy with David from RQ and Piggy's dad Michael.
Yours truly with a young frozen fan.
Shaun wanted to come in and say hi but was worried about the border collie issue.
Ekka Ted bear visited us and posed with Zuma.

Ribbon winners Marlin and Zuma with some of their fan club.
This assistance dog dropped in for a drink and a rest before taking his owner around the rest of the show.

As did the fire ant detection dog between demos.
Lillee getting cuddles.
This little man loved meeting the greyhounds.
I have been thinking that I need a mascot for some time now. I'm not sure which regiment he is with but isn't he handsome (you know, for a ram).
I'm not sure how these two avoided the ban on gang colours but they seemed nice enough.
Nothing like a finger pressure massage to pep you up when you are tired.

We found that laps make good pillows when away from home.
I love this pic of the kids first touch of a hound.
Massage is good but a nice cuppa is always a winner.
Me snoozing with Ozzy during one of the few visitor lulls.
Queensland transport minister Scott Emerson dropped in to say hi to Mum and Ozzy.
Eddy's fungal problems don't seem to be clearing up as quickly as he had hoped.
Aunty Gail and Mum horsing around on the way to the pavilion.
One of our favourite police teams dropped in to say hi.
Lucy rugged up and zoned out during a break.
Sebastian was overcome with emotion when he met me. It is a common reaction.
The $2.00 cheese toasties are always popular with hound and human alike.
Coco doing a little yoga to relax during her first ekka display.
Eddie practicing his touch work with a new friend.
Lillee with a bumble bee clad visitor.
The rain on Saturday didn't stop these two gents from paying us a visit.
Teddy and Lucy enjoying a snack.

I've posted this video so everybody can see how busy we get and how well our humans handle the noise and congestion at a major promotion.

Well Readers, we are all exhausted here and plan on sleeping for a few days. Thank you to everyone that visited us and thanks again to the RNA, the stewards and our wonderful volunteers. Until next time Readers - make sure you snuggle your greys. Bye for now- Murphy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A well and truly seasoned EKKA professional, your debut was 7 long years ago when you were just starting to become the incredible boy you are. I loved you then and am so grateful to Russell and Bronwyn for giving you an amazing life and sharing your beautiful soul with so many people.