I had 2 wonderful travelling companions, Anthony (who is Jade's Dad ... and also Jazz and Leo's but they didn't come with us) and Claire (who is Indie's Mum). Anthony did a magnificent job driving as he was towing an amazing 6 berth greyhound trailer. Very luxurious mode of transport for the 6 girls who were in there. We took up 8 female greyhounds in all, 4 were being picked up by new parents or foster parents.
We had a lunch stop at Taumaranui on the way up, where we literally stopped traffic while we gave the girls a walk around under the lovely shady trees. Cars were slowing down and one car full of nice ladies turned around and got out to enjoy their first pat of Greyhounds:-)
|Anthony and Claire with Jade, Bess, Sasha, Flash, Candy (?), Indie, Beryl and Molly|
|Anthony with the girls. 7 Greyhounds don't take up that much room really:-)|
|Beryl in the coolest spot she could find!|
|Part of the crowd, with Arrow Wium sauntering past:-)|
|Snoopy, Arrow and Noel-John Wium winning best Irish Brace:-)|
|Bess and Beryl minding our spot|
|Bess with her new parents who are totally in love with her!|
|Even non-black Greyhounds were feeling the heat!|
|The very handsome Brodie:-)|
|Claire's Indie looking after someone else's blanket!|
|Helen with her stunning matching boys, Enzo and Cruzer|
|A couple of our local 'lads', Bryce and Fish:-)|
|Prettiest bitch line-up. Jill and her Mum, Lynda, in the middle taking it out. Our hostess, Victoria with Gillie on the right getting 2nd place and Gabby on the left was 3rd|
|Jill again, with her Dad, Lincoln and Elizabeth.|
|Me and Bess saying goodbye|
|Stanley the lion!|
Later in the afternoon some of us took our dogs for a run in the neighbours big paddock. It was still hot and Sasha decided the best way to cool off was to lie in a trough. Jade thought splashing Sasha and Beryl would help them. I don't think Beryl was that impressed though, lol!
That evening a scrumptious BBQ was served and it was a feast! Spit roasted lamb, BBQ king fish, salads, spuds etc with the biggest strawberries I've ever seen for dessert if you still had room!
|Me and Claire ... we BOTH look awful Claire, lol!! Great sunnies though:-)|
|Indie at the BBQ; again taking over someone else's blanket! Enzo and Cruzer's I suspect.|
|Hmmm, that's not my bed Beryl!|
We had a fairly leisurely trip home, stopping at Taupo for an icecream for us and the 4 girls. And while we didn't stop traffic this time we did get plenty of looks and also some video taken of us walking through town.
|Stunning scenery, Lake Taupo with Mt Ruapehu still with some snow on at the end of November!|
|Me and Beryl at the lake.|
Our hosts, Victoria, Sam, Lily and Dougal the resident Airedale, did a splendid job organising everything and the whole weekend ran smoothly.
If you're still here you're possibly wondering where Frankie was for the weekend? I would have loved to have taken him too but there wasn't room and being obsessed over by 50 or so Greyhounds might have been a bit much for him:-) So he had a blast staying at Creature Comforts Pet Lodge running around for 3 days with other dogs. I don't know who was the most tired, him, me or Beryl!
I hope everyone has had the best Christmas. Personally I've really enjoyed blobbing out with the kids and recharging the mental and physical batteries.
Here's something I haven't done for a while, joined in on the Saturday Pet Bloggers Hop. Details can be found at Life with Dogs. Enjoy:-)