The Great Global Greyhound Walk returns
After the cancellation of the 2020 event due to Covid, the Great Global Greyhound Walk (GGGW) is now back and aiming to have 10,000 hounds taking part to walks around the world. The GGGW will take place on Sunday 19 September, with its participants encouraged to wear the colour blue on their walks.
A GGGW statement says, “Despite the world battling against Coronavirus there has been an amazing initial response to the 2021 running, which has been delayed from its usual date in June to allow for Covid regulations to become more manageable in many countries.
“Within 48 hours of opening the website for registrations, there were over 50 walk listings submitted.”
The annual dog-walking event, formerly called the Great British Greyhound Walk, is the brainchild of registered charity Greyhound Walks, founded by Janet Peacock. Walks now take place annually not only in the UK, but also across North America and mainland Europe, Asia and Australia. This year saw the registration of the first walking event in Africa, in Cape Town!
The event’s aim is to bring together Greyhounds and their owners to raise awareness of the breed and show the public what wonderful pets they make.
“Greyhounds are misunderstood by many – believed to be high maintenance and needing lots of exercise; nothing could be further from the truth – they are known as 40mph couch potatoes for good reason!” GGGW says.
“Instantly recognisable with their sleek noble look, greyhounds have calm temperaments and gentle natures. Most are happy with just two twenty-minute walks per day – but many are happy to do more too.”
“They are more adaptable than people realise and can suit many different lifestyles and family circumstances – some even living with small furry animals.
“The ultimate goal is for the general public to see the hounds out on their walk, meet them, and learn about their lovely characteristics – and maybe even give one a home in the future.”
Registrations for walks are now open and can be made via the GGGW website. Nearly 8,800 sighthounds walked ‘together’ across the globe in 2019, when the event celebrated its 10th anniversary.