The internationally-renowned dog show Crufts — judging on appearance, agility and even doggy dancing — is on this week in Birmingham. In light of some controversy surrounding its screening on the BBC due to the questioning of certain breeders’ ethics, I’ve invited Kerry Wilkinson of pennydogaccessories to tell us about an organisation called the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT).
Adopting Penny, our first greyhound, coincided with me taking my craft more seriously. Through wanting to help raise money for the RGT, pennydogaccessories was born!
We adopted Penny in May 2007, just before her 10th birthday, which is pretty old to be adopted. The tattoos in her ears told us a lot about her: when her birthday was, who her parents were and also her racing history. She raced in Ireland until she was two years old, then for a further year in the UK, where it came to a sudden end after being knocked down on the track. Her life after that and before being adopted is vague.The local dog warden found her in a ditch with several injuries and she was extremely wary of people, especially men. Luckily she got to know and trust my partner, Alex, quite quickly after they went chasing rabbits together! To this day she walks faithfully by our sides.
Penny is safe and well, which wouldn’t have been possible without the RGT. Before we signed her adoption papers, she underwent an operation to remove a growth from her face and several bad teeth. She was also given tablets for an infection in her tail. All of this was paid for as part of their adoption scheme. In June 2009 we decided to adopt again, this time a more boisterous six-year-old called Fletcher. His original name was Slippy and he had a much more prosperous racing history. Even though he’d been in a home before he came to us, he still received treatment paid in entirety by the RGT to remove a corn from his foot (plus countless dressings and antibiotics afterward).
Photo by pennydogaccessories
So after spending other people’s generous donations on Penz and Boo (their nicknames), when I set up pennydogaccessories on Etsy I pleddged to donate $2 from each sale to slowly pay it all back. To this date I have raised £500 (around $680), partially funded by the lovely buyers of Etsy! Fundraising for greyhounds doesn’t stop there. There are estimated to be up to 9,000 greyhounds retiring from racing every year in the UK alone, with many more in the U.S., Ireland and beyond. There are similar organisations in place worldwide that help promote re-homing and the Etsy Team Handmade4Hounds help raise money for a different one each month. Just search Team H4H to find their members’ items for sale.
If you’re thinking of re-homing a dog, consider a greyhound. They’re very easy to care for and don’t demand too much besides lots of cuddles, the occasional treat and perhaps your place on the sofa!
Many thanks to Kerry for telling us about this wonderful cause. Check out her items ($2 from every sale goes to the RGT) and her Etsy picks below.