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Cumbernauld Media talks to the woman behind the Cumbernauld 'Great British Greyhound Walk' walk

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:31 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD resident Jenny Mitchell has spoken to Cumbernauld Media about why she has gotten behind the Great British Greyhound Walk.

Ms Mitchell, a Building Surveyor, for Glasgow-based property consultancy firm, James Barr, told Cumbernauld Media about the ‘Great British Greyhound Walk’, and how she came to get involved with its work.

“The Great British Greyhound Walk is an annual large-scale dog walking event that aims to raise the profile of rescued and retired (ex-racing) greyhounds, showing the world what beautiful companions these dogs make once off the track,” Jenny told Cumbernauld Media.

“The event primarily involves hundreds of organised ‘walks’ that are led simultaneously across the nation on the same day, every summer.

“This year, on Sunday 23rd June 2013, the aim is to break previous records and have even more dogs walking together all over the country.

“The Cumbernauld walk is open to Greyhounds, Lurchers and other sighthounds, and each dog walking will receive a keepsake medal.”

Talking about the rationale behind her decision to organise a walk in Cumbernauld, Ms Mitchell said her inspiration came after a “great experience” for her, and her dog, at last year’s Glasgow event.

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Walks are taking part all over the United Kingdom.

She added: “I thought that a walk in the North Lanarkshire area would encourage those who may not be able to attend walks further afield to turn up on the day.

“There are a lot of misconceptions that greyhounds are not great pets which these events hope to dispel, such as the breed needing a lot of exercise, not being suitable for families with children or other pets - including cats.

“Retired greyhounds are generally quite lazy and in general two twenty minute walks a day are usually sufficient, although they do enjoy longer walks.  Greyhounds are good pets to have around children as they are generally of a gentle and placid nature and similarly, as with other breeds, depending on the individual dog, they can co-habit with other animals happily.

“A rescue greyhound is worth taking a chance on. With patience and love they will repay your kindness tenfold. These dogs show a bond and devotion to their owners that can only be described as second to none.

“The event aims to bring owners together regardless of where their hound has been homed from, or their views on racing etc., to celebrate greyhounds, to raise awareness and to promote greyhounds as pets.”
Ms Mitchell told Cumbernauld Media that walks are not exclusive, “are open to everyone” and anybody interested can “simply turn up on the day.”

She added: “We would be delighted if local greyhounds, lurchers and other sighthounds and their owners joined us on June 23rd to help us make the Great British Greyhound Walk of 2013 even more successful nationally, than last year.  

“Our walk starts at 10am from the Cumbernauld Theatre Car Park and will last about an hour, with the walk taking place in Cumbernauld House Park.

“Even if you don’t have a hound of your own, why not come along to “test-drive” one and support the cause, and anyone looking for more information can visit”

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