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FastFriends Annual Greyhound Picnic in the Park

Greyhound and Owners at the Picnic
Greyhound and Owners at the Picnic
Linda Weber

The FastFriends.org Annual Summer Picnic in the Park was held on June 14th in La Habra Heights, CA. Over a hundred and sixty people signed up with a rough estimate of 150 Greyhounds.

This annual event was created to raise money that goes directly to support ex-racing Greyhound adoption and always is a much anticipated occasion for both humans and hounds alike.

The venue is Hacienda Park and provides a large grassy area with lots of trees just perfect for spreading a blanket, setting up your dog’s blanket and settling in to watch the events.

The picnic is a fun way for people who own Greyhounds to get together, or for people who just want to see the Greyhounds en mass and how they interact. About 15 Greyhounds available for adoption were also on-site so people could view them and ask questions.

The event started with the Blessing of the Hounds to recognize past pet companions who have passed and crossed the “Rainbow Bridge”.

There were fun events like musical chairs and the egg and spoon contest which required coordination between human and dog. There were also events where the dogs showed off their personal attributes like the hot dog dunking contest where the dog had to dunk their head in a tub of water, grab hot dog portions and gobble them up. They also had the shortest/longest tail, oldest/youngest dog and most-alike looking dogs. The prizes awarded were a sturdy squeak toy which the winners gladly accepted.

One of the most anticipated events is the costume contest where dogs are dressed up in an array of colorful and inventive costumes. Many owners also get into the spirit and dress to a theme. The winner this year was a dog in motorcycle apparel complete with a leather vest, jeans and a little helmet. The winner is determined by a rousing handclapping and cheering of the crowd.

The Greyhounds have their own event that they look forward to with the help of the local fire department setting off their siren to start the “Roo Fest”. A few humans even joined in on this event. A second Roo period was added because the Greyhounds have so much fun.

The silent and live auctions, as well as the raffle prizes made possible by generous donors, also raised much-needed funds in addition to the entry fee for the picnic.

Food donated by the attendees made for an abundance of tastes that really made the picnic a success. No one ever leaves hungry from this event.

Vendors that had Greyhound-themed items or fun stuff for Greyhounds were there and their continued support is always appreciated.

While the purpose of the picnic is to raise much-needed funds for FastFriends.org in their continuing quest to save ex-racing Greyhounds released from the track and provide them with forever homes, it is also a fun time to network with other Greyhound owners. Friendships are made and information shared.

If you missed this year’s event or would like to attend next year’s picnic, check out FastFriends.org.

Reviewer adopted her ex-racing Greyhound from www.FastFriends.org.