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Greyt Fashions

So to my regular readers, I’m sorry it’s been almost a week since my last posting.  That’s because I’ve been busy.  Really busy.

On Sunday, the culmination of 2 years of thoughts/ideas and 7 months of planning came to fruition in the form of Greyt Fashions, a fundraiser for greyhound adoption to support Greyhounds as Pets. This is the charity that matched Izzy and me back in 2014.  I aim to support dog adoption each year through fundraising, but this year has certainly topped all my previous efforts with $4994 raised in a single event.

The idea behind the show was simple:  highlight that greyhounds need clothes and let our volunteer owners show off their hounds in the clothing they had chosen for them.

Alongside the show, we had a silent auction and prize raffle of donated goods and services.  I was humbled by the number of sponsors which came on board at the first request.

It was an awesome day, and one that passed quite quickly for me.  Thankfully, the folks at Parker Photography also donated their services and were able to document the day for us.  More photos are expected on my Facebook page later this week as the photographers process and edit their photos.

I feel it is very important that local businesses give back to their communities in a tangible way.  I am in a lucky position to be able to devote some of my time in support of worthy causes and I would rather spend my time on these efforts than traditional ‘marketing.’

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Corporate sponsorship

I’m regularly approached by charities for sponsorship of shows and other events.  I’ve been trading since 2007 and, eight years on, I have developed a sense of what I will and will not support.

Let me explain.

Sponsorship, from the smallest company to the largest, must match the goals and values of the sponsor and the receiver.  Where there is a mis-match, either one party or the other loses out.

Dog shows, for example, are often looking for products for their prize packs.  It’s an ‘easy win’ for a large company to provide bags of food and get their name onto a show program and in front of dog owners.   The recipients of these prize packs get something for free and there’s little loyalty involved.  They may never buy from the company involved again and the large corporate sponsor doesn’t mind because their goal was simply name recognition.

The same is typically not true for products and services provided by smaller businesses.  These businesses need something reciprocal in order to grow and to afford sponsorship in the future.  These businesses may donate to a cause one year, but if they receive no response from your members during the year, they are unlikely to consider sponsorship of benefit to them.

For my business, as an example, I am looking for an on-going link to the groups I support.  I am happy to provide my time and services if I feel that people will direct their business to me in the future.  I have a keen interest in helping rescue dogs, for example.  I get great personal satisfaction from helping dogs in need and when they are adopted, some come back to me as clients.

I rent space from a local training club, for example.  They give me a good rate but in return they get advertising by me bringing other dog owners to their property.  I also acknowledge their support when promoting the workshops I hold there.  Win-win.

This weekend, I sponsored a garage sale.  I did all of the promotion for the event and took time out of my business to seek donations of goods from my clients and from like-minded businesses I deal with.  The benefactor was Greyhounds as Pets (GAP), a charity that works to re-home retired racing greyhounds.

I believe in this cause because my Izzy is a greyhound who came from GAP just over a year ago.  But, more importantly, I get support from the other volunteers in this group.  They recommend me to friends, buy products from my company, and some have registered for a special massage workshop for greyhounds that I am holding.  It’s another case of win-win.

So my plea to rescue groups and other charities is to think about the owner-operated businesses in your area.  What can they do for you but also what can you do for them?

Corporate sponsorship is a different model when dealing with a smaller business and it’s based on relationships.  Please don’t approach us for ‘free stuff’ without offering anything in return.

A little boy meets a greyhound at our garage sale

A little boy meets a greyhound at our garage sale

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Proud Mum

It has been a great week for Izzy (and it’s only Wednesday!).

Over the weekend, she was my ‘demo dog’ at workshops to teach owners how to give their own dogs a relaxation massage.   Izzy is very comfortable on  my massage table and chose to remain there during the last half of the workshop rather than getting down on the floor…

Izzy relaxes on my massage table during my "Learn Dog Massage" workshop

Izzy relaxes on my massage table during my “Learn Dog Massage” workshop

And then on Monday night, she visited a local scout group so our local coordinator for Greyhounds as Pets could talk about the re-homing of retired greyhounds.  Izzy loves children, and soaked up all their love and affection.

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I’m so proud!

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Another pack member

Today, I had a consult with a new client who also suddenly suffered the loss of her younger dog just a few days ago.  Since I’ve been through my own loss of Daisy in July and I am now co-sponsoring a pet loss support group in my area, I think I was able to provide her with the understanding she needed at this painful time.

We also discussed when it is ‘right’ to bring another dog into the household.  There is no single ‘right’ answer to this question.

For me, I was not doing well in a dog-less household.  I missed the companionship and unconditional love that Daisy gave me willingly for over 10 years.  But, I knew that replacing Daisy was never going to happen – she was unique.   And I don’t believe we ever replace a dog that has passed; we only open our hearts to a new relationship.

I had to find a dog that needed me as much as I needed them.

This is my way of announcing the adoption of Izzy, a greyhound, from the Greyhounds as Pets adoption scheme.

Izzy, with a selection of her toys

Izzy, with a selection of her toys

Initially withdrawn and a bit overwhelmed at being in a pet home after over 5 1/2 years in a kennel environment, Izzy is now experiencing her second puppyhood.  I have had a few household items destroyed (including a tv remote) and I’m learning to schedule play time for us at least twice daily (in addition to our twice-daily walks).

I am finding great joy in giving a home to a dog who didn’t have one.  The time was right for a new pack member;  I think Daisy loved me enough that she would approve.

In the months and years to come, I’ll be sharing stories about Izzy and our adventures together…but I have no plans to change the banner on this blog.  Daisy was my heart dog and soul mate and it is a fitting tribute to keep her image on the advertising for DoggyMom.com.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

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National Greyhound Adoption Month

April is National Greyhound Adoption Month in the USA.

Although Greyhound racing is increasingly banned in many parts of the country, breeders continue to produce large numbers of the dogs for the racing industry.  And when these dogs are too old to race, or not good earners at the track, their days are numbered…

Murray is a Greyhound currently up for adoption through Greyhounds as Pets

Murray is a Greyhound currently up for adoption through Greyhounds as Pets

Greyhound rescue groups around the globe need more adoptive homes for retired racing Greyhounds.  And they are prepared to get creative in their promotions.  Here’s a great ad from The Greyhound Project:

In New Zealand, a petition has been presented to the Green Party in Parliament to investigate the Greyhound industry.  Read about that initiative in my earlier (January 2013) posting.

If you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, please do some homework about whether this breed is for you.  Rescue groups are interested in finding forever homes for these beautiful dogs and have lots of information to help you make a decision.

SOME GREYHOUND TRIVIA

  • The greyhound is the only dog mentioned by name in the Bible. King James Version, Proverbs, 30:29-31
  • Greyhounds can reach speeds of 45 miles(72km) per hour
  • Greyhounds became the first European dog in the New World when they accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second expedition, which set sail from Spain in September 1493

Investigating the NZ Greyhound racing industry

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The Greyhound Protection League in New Zealand claims that there are over 10,000 greyhounds unaccounted for in the country at present, with a further one thousand unaccounted for annually.   You can sign a petition that requests that the relevant Ministers use their statutory powers to conduct an independent investigation into New Zealand’s greyhound racing industry, and that this information be made publicly available.

By signing this petition, you ask for an independent investigation that makes public:

  • The number of greyhounds bred and imported annually for the racing industry
  • The number of greyhounds retired annually through the Greyhounds as Pets scheme, other agencies or privately*
  • The number of injuries which occur annually in all racing-related activities (such as training, trialing, and competing)
  • The number of greyhounds euthanased annually due to race-related injuries
  • The number of greyhounds euthanased annually for other reasons (and what these reasons are).

*Private rehoming can typically fall into two categories: household pets or breeding stock for pig hunting. As the welfare implications of greyhounds as pig hunting stock may be significantly different than those of a household pet, it would be prudent to define whether a “private adoption” is for the purpose of hunting stock or pet.

Interested?  SIGN HERE.