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The Grapehound Wine Tour® July 23-26, 2020

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We hope everyone is home staying safe from this nasty corona virus.  We also hope you are using some of the time taking some long walks and enjoying some time with your hounds.  Susie and I find that our greyhounds and our walks are one of the bright spots in our daily routine.   (I tell people that our life is so boring, staying at home hasn't changed our life much at all!)

First, at this early date (and we are still months away) we plan to hold the Grapehound Wine Tour® as planned.  The only reason we would cancel the event is if we are asked to do so by local or state authorities.  Greyhound groups depend on the money we raise.  We think that after these widespread "stay at home" orders expire, everyone is going to be readyby mid-summer for some time with greyhound people, some wine buying (especially some wine buying) and some greyhound shopping.

We're adding Boundary Breaks Winery as our Wednesday night venue for Early Birds.  It is a gorgeous winery with a view of Seneca Lake.  Other host wineries again will include Atwater Estate Vineyards, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Catharine Valley Winery, and Fulkerson Winery.

This is a critical time in the world of greyhound events.  As you know, these events--- whether it's Greyhounds in Gettysburg®, Mountain Hounds, The Grapehound Wine Tour®, Beach Bound Hounds, or Greyhounds Reach the Beach® -- raise tens thousands of dollars to help bring ex-racing greyhounds from the racetracks and find them homes.  This process of greyhound adoption is not cheap.  Groups most often have to pay for transportation and  vetting, including shots, deworming and dental cleanings, and that's not counting if a dog is not in perfect health.  When you combine the stresses of this global pandemic on these events along with the fact that some Florida tracks are closing their doors early due to the virus, this creates what has been described by one greyhound official as a "perfect storm:"  many dogs in need and not as much money available to help them.

You know, even without this pandemic, greyhound events are getting smaller or slowly going away.  Remember Greyhounds Rock Fredericksburg?   Some probably don't.  It's gone.  Beach Bound Hounds is closing after their event this year.  Last year their event was washed out by a hurricane.   They did everything right and their event still had to be cancelled.   The event held by the Greyhound Gang in Kanab, Utah, is not being held this year.  The managers of most events (and I speak mainly for myself) are getting older and the times are more challenging.  Harder to find suitable venues, harder to get liability insurance, harder to find volunteers willing to do the hard and laborious task of staging a major event.

So what can you do?

We know some folks are really financially strapped right now and it's all they can do to get by.  We understand that.  But if you can help your favorite greyhound group or your local SPCA, now is the time to help.  They can't hold the find raisers or picnics which they usually use to support their adoption efforts.  So, please support them if you can.  The need for homes for dogs does not just go away because we're afraid of a virus.

But if you can financially help support your local adoption groups or your favorite events, please do so.  Your support will help us to help more greyhounds.  

Another fun thing thing you may wish to do to help the hounds is to buy one of our specialty greyhound shirts to show off in your neighborhood when you walk your hounds.  Our first shirt this spring is about to be rolled out for sale.  It's a gorgeous blue shirt called "Walking the Dog," perhaps a most appropriate name for a shirt at this time in history, since walking our dogs is one of the things most of us can still do outside the home.  This shirt is cute as a bug.  We'll be sending more information in a day or two on this shirt in our monthly email.  Look for it.  If you're not on our email subscription list, you can add your name at www.grapehounds.com   (Look for the the words 'Sign up for email updates...'  )

Another thing we're doing is having a drawing for those who'd like to get a shirt but can't buy one at this time.  We're going to give away five shirts in your size for free through a drawing.  If you have ever bought one of our shirts in the past, then you're eligible for our drawing!  More details in our next email.

So, please stay safe and hug your hounds as we try to get through this corona virus thing together.  Look for our email about the first shirt in a series of fun shirts we'll be offering this spring to pick up people's spirits and help the greyhounds.  We think we all need a bright spot at a difficult time and we need to help our adoption groups and help the hundreds of hounds which need homes. 

Above all, please do what you need to do to stay safe.

Larry B., President

The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc.

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I can't WAIT for this to come out as an email update for everyone not on Greytalk!! please send so that I can forward. We are planning on being there unless we are unable to due to ongoing restrictions that mean the tasting rooms aren't open. 

Gracie (AMF Saying Grace) - 10/21/12
Bella (KT Britta) - 4/29/05 to 2/13/20


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Posted (edited)

We just wanted to let everyone know that registration is now open for The Grapehound Wine Tour®, July 21-26, 2020.  For those not familiar with the event, The Grapehound Wine Tour is a gathering of sighthound owners hled at wineries in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York near Watkins Glen.  The event features wine-tasting, brew pubs, music, greyhound vendors and a Sunday walk to nearby 215 ft. Taughannock Falls.

We will be taking steps to avoid large gatherings of people in closed spaces this year, and instead, we will be emphasizing well-spaced outdoor activities.   Wineries are working hard to create personal wine tasting experiences without any crowds.  We also wanted to announce that we have a great new purple logo three-ply cloth mask which is a classy but economical way to stay safe when you go out and about.  You can register and see our new Grapehound logo mask here:      https://shop.grapehounds.com/products

Edited by countrypaws

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Hi, Larry!  We are planning to go to Grapehounds.  Even with the necessary changes, it is an event that we so look forward to.  And this year, we really need it.

We got our T-shirts, and love them---so well done.  And the graphic is beautiful.

We are going to register soon.  I was wondering---we are planning to order the Grapehound masks.  If we do, will they be mailed before the event?  We could really use them now. :nod

Nancy, Mom to Evangelina, Kiva and Laila
Missing Lacey, Patsy, Buster, my heart dog Nick, Winnie, Pollyanna, Tess, my precious Lydia, Calvin Lee, and kitties Lily, Sam and Simon
My Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Catsburgandhoundtown

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