Today I went all the way to GAPSA to support the National Adoption Day. (It also gave me the chance to get some mileage on my car, which goes for it’s 3000km service and had only 900km on the clock). The event was held at the Greyhound Racing SA sheds at Angle Park.
It was a long drive down, made longer by the roadworks and by missing the turn off and having to loop round, quite a few kilometers, to get back. But I enjoyed the drive, and Rassilon decided that the northern suburbs are different to his usual southers area, so he stood up and stuck his head out the car window to get the best view. (The benefit of a new, bigger car).
When we got to GAPSA, I put Rassilon’s Therapy Dog harness on him. Well that attracted quite a few people that were interested in doing therapy work, so I passed on the details for them to contact TDS.
But the biggest attraction was Rassilon’s colour. There were quite a few brindle dogs there, but none as light as Rassi. Even the owners of greyhounds were coming up and commenting on how beautiful his colour was.
I decided to have a BBQ sausage, and I ordered one for Rassi. It was so perfect the way he acted. There was the people selling the sausages and a few people at tables eating and some more waiting to buy something all watching. So I ordered 2 sausages in bread. The guy asked if I wanted cheese with them, so I said, I would have cheese on mine, and turning to Rassilon I asked him, Do you want cheese of yours, and in perfect timing, he instantly barked his answer, so I said to the volunteer, Yes, he wants cheese too. Lots of witnesses to this thought it was terrific. AND…this time, Rassilon was relaxed enough to even eat his sausage. Last time we went to GAPSA he was so stressed he didn’t eat.
Actually, having him speak on command was something most people were impressed with. He was not as quick to speak today because there was so much going on, and lots of other dogs around him. I will be nice and say that, while the other dogs were all to keen to come and sniff and say hello, Rassilon ‘tolerated’ them.
But the best news is, GAPSA had 18 dogs available for adoption, and ALL 18 WERE ADOPTED,
with more names on the list to adopt when more dogs become available.
There was plenty of stalls with clothing, beds and food for greyhounds, even a photographer.
The kids on the bouncy castle made more noise than all the greyhounds put together.
The GAPSA enquiry tent. They also had people walking around all the time.
What a wonderful sight. The cages that held greyhounds up for adoption, now empty.