Last Saturday saw Dash and me heading west. We were the special guests of Bristol-based Dog Action Welfare Group (aka DAWG). The morning began with a mass walk and, with over 120 hounds in attendance, we made a very impressive spectacle. Some of the dogs who’d been brought from kennels for the day had coats advertising their availability, so let’s hope a few would-be adopters were swayed. After the walk, it was back to the local Pets At Home for a reading from ‘Dash: Bitch of the Year’. The original plan was to read in the store, but there were so many people (and hounds) in attendance that we blocked the entrance. The only alternative was to give the reading outside. Next stop Wembley Arena! This was followed by signing and selling of books, with Dash adding her much coveted pawprint sticker. As befitted the star of the show, Dash also showed off her customized red and gold coat. For more snaps of the event, go to: http://southwestdawg.wordpress.com/. In terms of how the figures stacked up, over £700 was raised to help greyhounds and lurchers less lucky than Dash. This was topped off when the store presented DAWG with a cheque for a mammoth £5,800 towards the cost of new kennels. All in all, I’d say the day was a ‘greyt’ success. The next event in the calendar promises to be just as exciting – Crufts! On Saturday 12th March (hound and terrier day), we’ll be making a guest appearance with Tuffies dog beds (Hall 5, stand 56) from 10.00–14.00. Hope to see you there!