An annual walk celebrating and raising awareness of
Greyhounds as great pets
across the world,
united for Greyhounds!
BIG, BOLD & BLUE!
The Great Global Greyhound Walk (GGGW) aims to build on its increasing success and go big, bold and BLUE in 2020!
The theme for the event on Sunday 14th June is the colour blue and people and hounds are encouraged to dress up whilst participating in the 100’s of walks organised across the world, with the aim to promote Greyhounds, and their sighthound cousins, as fantastic pets.
Originally named the Great British Greyhound Walk this annual event was begun by the charity Greyhound Walks. Founded by one lady, Janet Peacock, who wanted some company to walk with her Greyhound, the charity organises walks primarily across East Anglia to unite sighthounds and their owners – giving both the chance to relax and socialise together. The idea of a national (and now very much international!) annual walk was sown and has grown to be a very popular date in Greyhound lovers’ diaries.
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! Instantly recognisable with their sleek noble look, Greyhounds have calm temperaments and gentle natures. Most are happy with just 2 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 – several even living with small furry animals.
Over the 10 years its been running, the GGGW has expanded immensely in both numbers and spread of walks, with registrations across the UK from Scotland to Jersey, and globally involving participants in North America, mainland Europe and Australasia, to name a few. Five of last years registered walks attracted over 200 hounds – quite a sight! – however it is important to note that small walks involving just 2 or 3 hounds are equally important to the overall figures and helps increase the coverage across the globe that the event can reach. 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 go on to give one a home in the future. In the past, the GGGW has been proven to find forever homes for hounds that needed them – it is the hope that this side of the event will also increase.
Stay tuned for times, where walks will take place, and registration instructions in your area!!