They’re the gentle giants of the dog world.
If you can’t pass a greyhound without stopping to say hello, cancel your plans for Sunday afternoon.
The Great Global Greyhound Walk takes place in the Lee Fields on Sunday, June 9th at 1pm, with dozens of sighthounds (greyhounds, lurchers, salukis and whippets) gathering at the park on the day to celebrate the breed and encourage people to adopt one from Cork’s animal shelters.
It’s all part of a global event involving thousands of sighthounds all over the world, strutting their stuff on over 200 different routes and trails in an effort to show the public what great pets these magnificent, gentle and sadly oft abused dogs make.
On the day, braids made of wool in Cork’s own red and white will be available to buy for the small donation of €2. Any money raised will be used to purchase special Martingale collars for sighthounds in Cork rescue centres. These collars are more comfortable and safer for sighthounds.
The 5k walk will start at 1pm from the Lee Fields next to the Kingsley Hotel, just opposite County Hall and head towards the city on riverside pathways, past the Shakey Bridge and into Fitzgerald’s Park, where the hounds will meet their adoring public.
Surprisingly, sighthounds do not need a huge amount of exercise; often referred to as the ‘60kph couch potato’, they tend to enjoy a wild burst of running before many hours of sleeping on the sofa.
If you are considering adopting a sighthound and you’d like to know more about the breed, this is the place to speak to local owners and ask questions. Last year, one foster pup even found his forever home at the event.
Even if you’re not in the market for a new BFF, all animal-lovers are invited to drop by to hand out rubs and belly scratches.
Check out the Great Global Greyhound Walk Facebook page here for all the details and updates.