Blue Greyhound News
busy month raising funds for our charities. We have now decided to help another
Spanish charity 112carlotagalgos which rescued Eli. Charlotte does some
wonderful work with the galgos and podencos in her care. Please go to her
website at www.112carlotagalgos.com
Pepi's 2014 Calendar
The Blue Greyhound is
putting together a fantastic calendar for 2014 to raise funds for Pepis Dog
Refuge based in Pedrera, near Seville in Spain. The 2013 calendar was a huge
success, and we received ...lots of positive feedback from buyers in the UK,
Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, France, USA and Canada. We would love you
to submit your pictures of your galgos for the calendar. There needs to be a
good selection of galgos sleeping (should be easy!), playing, having fun on
holidays, fun in the snow and Christmas pictures. Each picture you submit
for the competition costs £1. These pictures need to be in high resolution
All pictures to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with payment through
Paypal using this address – please remember to send payment as a donation
then we will not have to pay Paypal fees on this.
We need to have all pictures in by 31st May. Those pictures chosen for the
calendar will be notified by email by 10th June – the 12 winning galgos will
get a bag of doggy treats, and our Calendar Galgo Cover Star will get a
super selection of yummy treats and a toy from The Blue Greyhound.
The calendar is professionally printed with gorgeous large A4 size pictures,
so please support Pepis Dog Refuge and submit those photos of your gorgeous
Forever in our Hearts
our beloved Robbie xx
On the 17th April we
regrettably had to make the decision to have Robbie PTS. I held him in my
arms told him how we all loved him as he made his way to the Bridge to join
Tara, Tina, Bessie, Sadie, Peggy, & Alfie. The last few days he was
obviously in pain, he was suffering, such a hard decision to make, but it is
the last act of kindness we can do for our beloved dogs is to set them free.
The local paper The
Huddersfield Daily Examiner publish Eli’s story with a lovely photo.
Locally she is getting well known and is a bit of a celebrity!
Our gorgeous photo
taken of Eli at the 112carlotagalgos arrives, taken by professional
photographer Martin Usborne. We think Eli is suitably impressed!
See more of
Martin’s work at
We continue to
prepare for our Summer Shows; we have lots of events planned for this year.
Just hope we have a better summer than last year when many events had to be
cancelled due to the heavy rainfall!
his 12th birthday on 16th March – he shared his favorite meal of warm roast
chicken with Cassie and Dillon.
Eli arrived with us
on 25th March. Dillon. Robbie and Cassie all gave her a very warm doggy
welcome. Thankfully Chris Marshall who drove all the way from Spain with
Eli managed to get her home safe and sound despite our heavy snowfall.
Eli will help to promote the plight of the galgos here in the UK.
Our collection/events diary has commenced this
month, a huge thank you to our local Pets at Home for their continued
We have decided to adopt a galgo, they suffer
such dreadful abuse in Spain at the hands of their hunters. After much
deliberation we have decide to adopt Eli from 112carlotagalgos, a very
A Happy New Year to
all our supporters!
We had a poor start
to the year, my old greyhound boy Robbie suddenly started limping on one of
his back legs. An x-ray has revealed he has bone cancer, the prognosis is
poor. We will manage him with pain relief and ensure he is spoilt rotten
for the last few weeks of his life.
Unfortunately Mark had to cancel the auction planned for Pepis Dog Refuge
due to an accident. We wish Mark a speedy recovery, hopefully we can re-arrange
We would like to thank Claire Williamson who held
a fundraising stall for The Blue Greyhound selling homemade cakes and gifts. We
value your dedicated support Claire.
We held a collection in Huddersfield town centre
on Christmas Eve which was a huge success. A big thank you to all our
volunteers and supporters who come out every year whatever the weather!
Auction For Pepis Dog
It has been a year of bad luck for Jane and Alan at Pepis, dogs have been
poisoned with one tragically dying then the floods caused dreadful devastation.
More recently the generator and then their car all packed in, plus there have
been personal family tragedies to contend with.
We are so very
grateful to Mark Bajerski who has kindly offered to help raise funds for Pepis
with his Miracles and Empowerment Circle, by hosting a Christmas Charity
Auction. Mark has held auctions to raise funds previously for dog charities
when living in the UK. He now lives in Mijas, Andalucia in Spain and works as
an International Psychic and Healer.
Pepis Dog Refuge
Charity Galgo Calendar 2013
Following on from our
successful photo competition for this calendar, it is now on sale. A
beautiful calendar featuring lovely photos of galgos, many of those from
Pepis. Only £6 a calendar available from our Ebay shop. These are proving
very popular and we have had to place a further order from our printers.
These calendars have been posted out to Sweden, Belgium, Finland, France,
USA and Canada, and we have had a lot of positive feedback from them.
Please order soon, limited supply now remaining
Look out for our
Christmas cards on sale soon!.
Thank you to Joanne
Joanne completed the
grueling Isle of Man end to end walk on 23rd September in 11h05m this is a
huge achievement to complete this course of almost 40 miles. Joanne has
raised just over £200 for The Blue Greyhound which is incredible, she has
also supported two other dog charities.
To have Joanne’s committed continued support of The Blue Greyhound is really
appreciated and valued, thank you so much again Joanne.
Joanne is already planning her next event to raise funds, a Coffee morning
to take place next month.
Isle of Man End to End
Our wonderful supporter Joanne Hetherington on the
Isle of Man is undertaking the grueling end to end walk on the Island which
takes place on 23rd September 2012. The course is just under 40 miles and must
be completed in 10 hours. Joanne will be raising funds on the day for The Blue
Greyhound, Cork DAWG and Lancky Dogs.
show your support and help to raise funds by signing up sponsors. We are so
grateful to Joanne for her continued dedicated support and wish her all the best
with her training for this event.
1st April 2012
Please take a look at our page highlighting the charities we are currently
supporting. Recently we added on Pepi’s Dog Refuge in Spain which does some
wonderful work in an area of Spain where there is much animal cruelty. We have
now added on a local charity to The Blue Greyhound which is West Yorkshire Dog
Rescue. This is a small registered charity that again does some fantastic work
taking in unwanted and abandoned dogs, then caring for them with foster carers
until their forever home comes along. They may be a small charity, but they
often deal with some dogs other rescues refuse to take on, on average they
rehome 200 dogs a year. The Blue Greyhound is happy to support their work.
Please take a look at their
From Heaven to Hell,
The Story of the Galgo Espanol by Beryl Brennan, Forward by Anne Finch
This book is being sold to raise funds for
Pepis Dog Refuge and is available from The Blue Greyhound Ebay Shop, a must
read for anyone wanting to know more about the galgo
Throughout the book at the beginning and end
of each chapter, Beryl tells the story of a galga and her puppies, rescued
What happens to the galga, where do her
puppies go, what other events happen at the shelter, what happens with other
Here is a taster from Chapter 1 Origin of
"The bitch cowered in
a corner of the derelict building, eyes dull but fearful, her skeletal body
covered in scars, protecting her puppies struggling vainly to suckle from
her malnourished frame. The woman stood quietly, her eyes adjusting to
gloomy light, observing the scene before her eyes. If she could gain the
bitch’s trust, approach with food and water, then there was a chance that
she could catch her and take her back to the shelter……and then, as the bitch
turned, the woman saw the dog could barely move, not only had the bitch 8
puppies to care for, she had injuries to her front legs…"
How has a descendent of such a noble breed of
dog come to be regarded as ‘vermin’ in the eyes of the Spanish and abandoned
in this way?
This book is a definitive guide to the Galgo
Espanol including the history of the breed, diseases, Spanish and European
animal protection laws, Spanish and International rescue associations. It
is a must read for everyone wanting to know more about this breed of dog
This book is heartbreaking, a buyer on Ebay
who recently purchased this book wrote to me, ‘Have just finished reading
the book, I managed to keep myself just about together until the last bit
where Charl collapsed on the floor and sobbed, I am there with her - the
hopelessness of it all when all that is left is to cry your heart out!’
Anyone involved with rescue work can relate to
this, the situation in Spain is dreadful, how the rescuers cope on a day to
day basis dealing with such cruelty I will never know. Spain should hang
its head in Shame!
Welfare Trust has announced that it will cease to operate from the end of
April. At present they are still dealing with the outstanding funds and
allocating grants. This was a difficult decision for Wendy and all the trustees
to make. Over the years the Sighthound Welfare Trust has made a significant
contribution to sighthound welfare at a time when not many organisations existed
to help. However, today things are very different, many rescues have their own
fundraising ideas, forums, Facebook presence and this is how it should be. It
was felt now that SWT was competing with them on the fundraising front rather
than helping, this was never intended or desired.
It is an end to an era, SWT worked extremely hard,
so many dogs and rescues have been helped over those years. Many dogs now in
kind loving homes due to the work of SWT. The forum was a close knit community
where advice was readily on hand. SWT will be missed.
SWT raised funds for
sighthound charities in the UK, Ireland and Spain. From the work SWT did many
people became aware of the plight of the galgo in Spain, these dogs suffer
dreadfully at the end of the hunting season with excess of 50,000 cruelly
disposed of. In recognition of this The Blue Greyhound has decided to raise
funds for Pepis Dog Refuge in Pedrera, near Seville in Spain. Pepis relies
entirely on voluntary contributions to continue its work; many of the dogs they
take in are the much traumatised galgos. Jane and Alan Brian set up Pepis in
2005 after discovering a dog hanging from a tree, it had been cruelly killed.
Since then it has become a labour of love and they have given shelter to over
The Blue Greyhound is happy to support their
fantastic work, please download their leaflet for further information
Pepis Leaflet or visit their
The Blue Greyhound has been nominated as one of the
charities to benefit from a book launch expected in April/May. The book sales
are expected to raise a million dollars for charity. We are so grateful to be
nominated as a beneficiary for this, it is very exciting.
More news on this to follow very soon!!
As we start the New Year we would like to thank all our
volunteers/supporters for their committed continued support.
There are so many both locally and nationally who
contribute to ensure The Blue Greyhound is successful in raising much needed
funds for those dogs that need it. Our local collectors, the Isle of Man
fundraisers, Seascale sorting office (Cumbria), plus the many people who donate
craft items, cards, etc.
THANK YOU TO YOU
Christmas Eve 2011
We collected in Huddersfield town centre on Christmas Eve.
Thank you so much to all our volunteers who helped with their festive hounds.
A special thank you to the very kind lady who always brings
us lots of bags of food for the dogs when we are out collecting. These were
taken down to Whitehall Dog Rescue, Brian who runs Whitehall was very grateful
for this donation.
Annual Clairvoyance Evening did not take place this year due to the sudden
death of Una Pearce in October. Una with colleagues had raised money
for many charities over the years. She was a good friend of The Blue
Greyhound; the money she raised has helped so many dogs. We are truly
grateful. A very special lady who will never be forgotten.
Isle of Man Fundraisers
A big thank you to Karen McHarg and Joanne Hetherington for
their committed support to The Blue Greyhound.
In August Karen had a
stall selling The Blue Greyhound merchandise at the annual sponsored greyhound
walk and raised £138.
In November Joanne held a coffee morning and sold lots of
The Blue Greyhound goodies raising £144.
The Blue Greyhound Dogs Visit!
When we held a collection in Huddersfield town centre in
August we were invited to bring our dogs to meet the residents of Greenacres.
Greenacres is a residential home for elderly people in Meltham. Our dogs took
up the invite and went and met all the residents in September, they were a huge
hit! They absolutely loved all the attention and one gentleman very kindly fed
them his bourbon biscuits which were soon devoured. Lots of pictures were taken
and the residents had a collection whilst we were there and raised £34.81 which
was wonderful. Dillon, Cassie and Robbie behaved impeccably and were real
ambassadors; they have been invited to return soon!
The calendars we produced for Lincoln Greyhound Rescue are selling well. A
big thank you to everyone that donated photo’s for the calendar. There are
only a limited number left now, these can be purchased through our Ebay shop:-
or direct from Lincoln Greyhound Rescue :-
Greyhound is putting together a fantastic calendar for 2012 to raise funds for
Lincoln Greyhound Rescue. We would love you to submit your pictures of your
greyhounds and lurchers for the calendar. There needs to be a good selection of
hounds sleeping (should be easy!), playing, having fun on holidays, fun in the
snow and Christmas pictures. Each picture you submit for the competition costs
50p. These pictures need to be in high resolution please.
pictures to be sent to
email@example.com, payment can be sent through Paypal using this
address – please remember to send payment as a donation then we will not have to
pay Paypal fees on it.
need to have all pictures in by 14th May. Those pictures chosen for the
calendar will be notified by email, by 31st May – the winning hounds will get a
goody bag of their choice of some delicious homemade treats from The Blue
New Charity - Lincoln Greyhound Rescue
The Blue Greyhound has included Lincoln Greyhound Rescue as one of its
supported charities. Lincoln Greyhound Rescue is part of the Doris Banham
Dog Rescue. It is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of
abused and abandoned greyhounds. It is a voluntary organisation that
totally relies on donations to continue its vital work. They collect dogs
from pound situations as well as from trainers. Please see The Blue
Greyhound Ebay shop for Lincoln Greyhound Rescue t-shirts, sponsor dogs and
The Blue Greyhound continues to support
Greyhound Action and Action For Greyhounds UK. We have some super Greyhound
Action t-shirts and a great selection of Action For Greyhounds notelets
available in our Ebay shop.
Happy New Year
Happy New Year
2011 to all our supporters and a big thank you again to everyone who has helped
us raise funds for The Blue Greyhound throughout 2010. We have a fantastic
network of supporters, whether you help out on collections/events, donate goods
to sell on Ebay or hold your own fundraising event, we are very grateful for
Last year our fundraising ended with our ever
successful annual Clairvoyance evening which was a sell-out, our thanks go to
Una and Sandra for all their hard work again, then we had a fantastic collection
in Huddersfield Town Centre on Christmas Eve. This year we will be as busy as
ever raising funds for our designated charities as well as promoting greyhounds
as pets, but also helping to raise the awareness of the cruelty and exploitation
of these wonderful dogs in the name of ‘sport’.
Following the sudden death of Alfie in
September, Robbie has joined The Blue Greyhound pack. An oldie at 9 years
old, he traveled all the way from Scotland to join us. Thank you to
everyone at the Greyhound Awareness League for making this possible. Robbie
is now at last in his forever home with Cassie and Dillon. He has settled
in very well and is very much loved.
Christmas Cards &
checked out our Ebay shop recently? We have a lovely selection of unique
handmade greyhound Christmas cards kindly made and donated by Penny one of our
will soon be listing some packs of Christmas cards designed by Tomasz Adamski
and some greyhound calendars, both produced by Action For Greyhounds UK.
Thank You to Anne Sykes for yet another
donation to The Blue Greyhound. Anne is a local tarot card reader and many of
her customers donate to us. We would like to thank Anne for her continued
support and commitment.
On Sunday 26th September, our beloved Alfie
suddenly died. He had only celebrated his 11th birthday earlier in the
month. Alfie had always been fit and well, so his loss has been a huge
shock. He was a wonderful ambassador for his breed, a real gentle giant who
helped raise funds for The Blue Greyhound in his younger days.
Alfie will be greatly missed by all his family
as well as Dan, Nancy, Harry and of course his companions Dillon and
Run free at the Bridge Alfie with Peggy until
we meet again.
August Isle Of Man
On 8th August Team Greyhound held their annual sponsored walk.
All proceeds from the walk were donated to the RGT and The Greyhound
Team Greyhound again held a fundraising stall, to raise awareness & sell
Blue Greyhound goodies.
A total of £230 was raised which is wonderful.
A big thank you to Team Greyhound for all their hard work and special thanks
to Joanne for her continued support & dedication.
We are now selling
the official 'Blue Greyhound Huggyhoundz' in our eBay shop. Bessie
stands at 14" high and 17" long - a good old fashioned armful of cuddly
hound. Bessie wears a pretty matching bandanna with her picture on.
She comes complete with her own adoption certificate so you have the option
to change her name. For more information see
As you can see, our greyhound Alfie has fallen in love with her.
Isle Of Man
Our grateful thanks again go to 'Team
Greyhound' on the Isle of Man for their continued support. On 11th
June, they held a fundraising barbecue to coincide with the TT races.
The Blue Greyhound goodies sold well on the evening. £200 was raised,
which also included a couple of sales after the event. A special thank you
to our wonderful supporter Joanne Hetherington who continues to co-ordinate the Blue Greyhound fundraising on the Isle Of Man.
Honley Show 2010
We attended Honley Show on 12th June, and had
another fantastic day. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work
on the day, and to all our supporters who visited our stall. Our
gorgeous soft toy greyhound was won by one of our younger visitors who
correctly guessed the pup's name - IZZY.
Sighthound Welfare Trust
The Blue Greyhound
has included Sighthound Welfare Trust as one of its supported charities. SWT is
a registered charity that raises funds and donates grants to many sighthound
charities in the UK, Eire and Spain. Please check out their website at
The Blue Greyhound
Our shop continues to
increase sales, thank you to all those wonderful people who regularly donate
goods. Last month another portrait from the artist Thomasz Adamski raised £
258 for Greytexploitations designated charities.
out our shop for some great bargains.
Cassie joined us
on 13th March 2010, yet another greyhound discarded by the greyhound racing
industry. Cassie is loving her retirement and never stops wagging her tail.
She will now take over Peggy’s role and help to raise funds for The Blue
Cassie loves her
new brothers Dillon and Alfie!
beautiful blue greyhound girl helped to raise funds for The Blue Greyhound, sadly lost her fight with renal failure on 13th February 2010, at the age
of only 9 years. She was a wonderful girl who will be greatly missed by her
Peace Peggy until we all meet again at Rainbow Bridge
Thank you to all
The Blue Greyhound supporters and volunteers without whose continued support and
help we could not continue our work. Last year we raised over £11,000 which is
wonderful. This money has helped many dogs as well as assist Greyhound Action
with its’ continued fight against greyhound racing.
The Blue Greyhound
also donates to other charities whenever possible, in recent months this has
included donations to Dog Action Welfare Group in Cork, Lincoln Greyhound Rescue
and GreytExploitations – who will donate this donation to local greyhound
On Tuesday 17th November, we held our annual Clairvoyance Evening. As
last year, it was a total sell-out & The Blue Greyhound raised £462. Our
heartfelt thanks to Clairvoyants Una Pearce, Sandra Lee & Antoine Reeves and
everyone who helped make the evening a big success.
The Blue Greyhound
eBay shop raised a fantastic £396.92 for this original portrait of Rusty The
Greyhound that was donated to
www.ActionforGreyhounds.co.uk by the artist Thomasz Adamski. Many
thanks to Thomasz and all the bidders!
Greyhounds Galore 2010
The Blue Greyhound goes from strength to strength. Cheques are sent
monthly to our three chosen causes. Last month, we sent out cheques
totaling over £900. A big thank you to all our supporters.
Action for Greyhounds
UK - 2010 Calendar
The 14 x A4 page calendar features 9
greyhounds rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed by AFG and a further 3
greyhounds belonging to supporters. Photographs are supported by text
relating to the greyhounds featured and remembering greyhounds lost. Further text on
the inside page highlights the inevitable welfare issues associated with
commercial greyhound racing.
from www.actionforgreyhounds.co.uk. Soon to be stocked in The Blue
Greyhound eBay shop.
Sponsored Walk - Isle
On Sunday 16th
August, a sponsored greyhound walk took place on the Isle of Man, with all
the proceeds going to the RGT, and The Greyhound Sanctuary.
Greyhound - Isle of Man’ (Joanne Hetherington, a supporter of TBG together
with friends Sally, Karen & Jayne) held a fundraising stall, to raise
awareness & sell Blue Greyhound goodies. A total of £363 was raised
which was fantastic. A big thank you to Joanne for all her hard work
on the day.
raised a grand total of £3275 on the day!!
June 09 Fundraising
Another great month for good causes sees TBG write cheques totaling over £1,200
to the charities.
Gala, 27th June 09.
appearance at this fantastic event for The Blue Greyhound. Over 70 charity
stalls, all doing plenty of business. Spot our stall if you can!
Show May 09
Attended by over 14,000 people, and a good few of them visited "The Blue
Greyhound's" stall. Over
£600 was raised. Thanks once again to all our wonderful volunteers.
Bark in the Park August 08.
A doggy fun day in Ravensknowle Park,
Action Collection May 08.
Huddersfield Town Centre. One of TBG's first town centre collections.
Blue Greyhound Media Coverage
Huddersfield Examiner May 09
Report on the very successful first year of "The
Huddersfield Examiner Jan 04
Report of when Bessie
hung up her collecting tin.