Our Adventures With Retired Racing Greyhounds, Truly, Maggie and Walker

Friday, March 26, 2010


One of my favorite events of 2009 was SEGA's Greyfest, held October 31 at a lovely, private, horse farm.  The day was chilly and it was drizzling.  Tim, Sawyer and I packed Truly and Maggie in the car and we headed east.  All the way there, we were thinking the event would surely be canceled.  We couldn't turn back, though, because we didn't want to miss it if it wasn't canceled. When we arrived, we were happy to see that Greyfest was a "go" even if was wetter and colder than we all would have liked.

We had never been in the company of so many hounds or hound families before!  I bought some greyhound art, Truly and Maggie got new, waterproof coats (they were shivering!), we had a delicious barbecue lunch and we witnessed our first "Blur of Fur!"  We had never seen anything like it.  The hounds are held on one end of a straight track.  At the other end, someone sounds a squawker (squirrel call) and swings a fleece toy hanging from the end of a pole.  The hounds are released, one by one.  As they run the track toward the squawker and toy, their speed is determined by a radar gun.  We didn't think Truly or Maggie would care to run and were pretty skeptical of the whole thing. 

Oh, my!  We were so wrong.  As soon as the squawker sounded the first time, both of them went INSANE.  It was very difficult to handle them.  So, they got a chance to run.  Truly did a great job.  He ran 31 miles an hour.  Maggie was a different story.  When it was her turn - she took off - in exactly the wrong direction.  This helps us understand why we were lucky enough to adopt her when she was only 2 years old.  She a great racer, as long as she doesn't get distracted.  She gets distracted a lot.

We've never seen Truly run like this!

Look at him go!

There's little Maggie!
Now she running in the right direction.

 Everybody needed a jacket.

It's Halloween - we had to have a costume contest.


 Remember Octo-Mom?

 Oh, he's so bad!

And the winner is . . . Wilma Flintstone! 
All of this fun and fellowship supports greyhound adoption.  SEGA's spring Greyfest is coming up April 17. We'll be there!


  1. The Blur of Fur runs are fun, not just for the ones that clock great times, but also for the ones that run in the wrong direction :) Wilma? I thought that was Carrot Top.

  2. Even though it was cold and rainy, this was a great event!