Greyhound walk set to take place in Pakefield
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With waggy tails and wet noses, dozens of greyhounds, whippets and lurchers will take part in a walk this month to raise awareness of the breeds and highlight their suitability as family pets.
The Great Global Greyhound Walk is being held in Pakefield on Sunday, June 19.
Originally launched in Great Britain, it has now gone global, with dogs and owners taking part in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and across Europe.
It is all part of a campaign organised to raise awareness of the number of retired racing dogs in need of loving homes.
Lowestoft walk organiser Becky Carr said: 'The thing I like about greyhounds is their nature.
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'They are very quiet, loyal, lazy dogs and they have lots of character.
'The walk will be a chance to meet lots of like-minded people.
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'It will be a chance to meet the dogs and see their temperament. We will probably have about 50 greyhounds and lurchers there hopefully and to be honest you won't hear a peep from any of them, they are such quiet dogs.'
Greyhounds normally finish their racing careers at four or five years old but dogs that do not make the racing grade are re-homed as young as 18 months.
Miss Carr became interested in greyhounds after re-homing a former racing dog, David's Best Mate, from Yarmouth Homefinders in Hainford, which is part of the Retired Greyhound Trust.
David became well-known thanks to a blog ghost-written by his owner and he built up a massive online following as 'he' recounted his love of 'sosidges', snoozing and going for a walkies.
David died in 2014 and Miss Carr will be completing the walk with her current greyhound Arthur.
The walk starts at the car park in All Saints Road in Pakefield at 11am and continues along the beach to Claremont Pier before returning along the cliff top. It is open to greyhounds, sighthounds and other breeds from the greyhound family.
Contact Miss Carr on 07515 870559 for more details.
To find out more about re-homing a retired racing dog, visit www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk