First Scottish Greyhound Gathering to take place

Sonia Graham with tall and small greyhounds Harry and Tilly, at the rescue kennels in Reston
Sonia Graham with tall and small greyhounds Harry and Tilly, at the rescue kennels in Reston

Manderston will host the first ever gathering of Scottish greyhounds for a Dog Show on Saturday (July 18) to recognise the great work done by the Retired Greyhound Trust in Scotland and North England.

The show will have classes for all breeds of dog including lurchers and crossbreeds.

The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) has been running since 1975 and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The Trust works hard to find new and loving homes for greyhounds across its network of nationwide branches that include the Borders, Edinburgh, Fife and the Isle of Skye.

Every year, dedicated volunteers who work for the RGT find hundreds of homes for retired greyhounds, but there are many more awaiting adoption.

Greyhounds have been in the news in recent years as a popular campaign called ‘Ban the Bolt’ has sought to abolish the legal use of captive bolt guns to destroy ex-racing greyhounds.

Bolt guns are a popular way of disposing of greyhounds since lethal injection is much more expensive. However, this practice can cause dogs to suffer for hours before they die.

The campaign to ban the bolt has enjoyed widespread support and has the backing of celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon.

The event on Saturday represents an opportunity to see greyhounds at their finest and promises to be a fun day out for all the family, who can enjoy the dog show alongside trade stands, refreshment stalls and children’s entertainment and games.

The grounds of Manderston, kindly offered by Lord Palmer, are a fitting setting for this wonderful occasion.

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather, head along to Manderston on Saturday and enjoy the show.