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Great Greyhounds at Stapeley Water Gardens!

Steve Leonard, who highlighted the many reasons why Greyhounds make great pets

Celebrity Vet Steve Leonard helped Stapeley Water Gardens raise a staggering £1225 for Greyhound Rescue West of England as part of a hugely successful Family Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May.

Greyhound Rescue West of England hold regular Meet and Greet sessions at Stapeley Water Gardens, who are keen supporters of the charity.

Through the dedication of the members of Greyhound Rescue West of England, the charity has managed to re-home around 500 dogs in the last 12 months alone, and are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.

Stapeley Water Gardens were proud to sponsor 11 rescued Greyhounds and donate 10 new dog beds to the new rescue kennels on the day.

Vets in Practice star Steve Leonard judged a spectacular line up of rescued greyhounds as part of a fantastic parade which included the courageous Heather, who is a Greyhound Rescue sponsor dog. Heather and her owner Rhona brought with them on the day the famous Baton Bone, which began its journey across the country at Crufts earlier this year. Heather was terribly mistreated and left to die by her previous owners, after her ears were brutally cut off to hide the owner’s identity.

Steve Leonard in his commentary highlighted the reasons why greyhounds make such wonderful pets, which was illustrated by all the fantastic happy dogs that took part in the parade, and much interest was expressed on the day in adopting several of the greyhounds in need of a loving home.

The crowd were also treated to a show by the Allsorts Dog Display Team who performed with their rehabilitated and beautifully trained dogs of a variety of breeds.

Cheshire Waterlife were also present to demonstrate a selection of their magnificent birds of prey; this was a popular event with Steve Leonard who himself was invited to take part in the hands-on demonstrations.

Peggy’s Pet Parlour demonstrated the transformation of a fox terrier, who was trimmed, pampered and polished to perfection.

Fish 4 Dogs were also present on the day to give advice, information and free samples of their fantastic range of natural fish products, which are currently taking the world of dogs by storm. Steve Leonard, wearing his vet’s hat, was interested to try out this new product for himself.

All in all a successful and enjoyable day at Stapeley Water Gardens for everyone - especially the Greyhounds.