May 21

Spring Fling 2013

Posted by lori . 24 Comments


Last Saturday was one of my favorite days of the year…The Spring Fling.

Spring Fling 2013

The Spring Fling is the annual gathering of our Greyhound rescue group, Allies for Greyhounds of West Michigan (AFGWM). It’s held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Spring Fling 2013 Gathering

There are vendors and a silent auction, contests (Best/Longest “Roo,” Longest Tail, Shortest Tail, Best Eyeliner, Best Smile, Baldest Bum, Longest Nose, Longest Sit, Best Trick, Greyhound Look-Alikes, Oldest, Youngest and Traveled Farthest) and a potluck lunch.  We take an AFGWM “family” photo and best of all, visit with all the Greyhound families.

Spring Fling Vet

This year, we also had wonderful vet techs who volunteered to clip nails and clean ears, then they donated all the fees back to our group. Wasn’t that nice! Freedom, Casper and Nikki got their nails clipped; Freedom had one ear cleaned, and Nikki had both ears cleaned. Casper has naturally clean ears.

Fun Run Area

There’s also a fun run area where the dogs can run around and visit (with muzzles) without being on a lead. This is also where they can take care of “business.”

The Set-up

The pups could also be off lead if you brought an enclosure for them. Here’s Freedom, Casper and Nikki’s digs.

Host Pups

Our hosts’ pups spent time viewing the action from their porch. They were very gracious.

Freedom's Bum

I was on a mission this year…for Freedom to win the “baldest bum” contest. I thought we had it in the bag, but last year’s winner was also a contestant, and it was called a tie. A coin toss decided the winner, and we lost. DRATS!

The Handsome Winner

I must say, the winner is a handsome lad. Congratulations, Nick!

Freedom Award

My daughter and her fiancé whipped up a special certificate for Freedom, since I was devastated by the loss.

Spring Fling Family Photo 2

Another cool thing…family photos were available. This may end up being our Christmas card photo. I had to crop it though. Casper decided to sit down during the photo session.

Spring Fling Family Photo

I guess I forgot to tell him that private bits aren’t allowed in the Christmas photo, but now, at least, I have my Awkward Pet/Family Photo submission. Maybe I can win that contest.

Spring Fling 2013 Logo

We also were the first to hear the announcement that our group is changing it’s name from Allies for Greyhounds of West Michigan to Allies for Greyhounds. This name better represents all the hounds the group serves and has placed all over the country. I love the support offered by our Greyhound family. Thank you to all who made this special day possible.

Curious about previous years? Here are my posts from 2012 and 2011.

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24 Responses to " Spring Fling 2013"

  • Daisy says:

    With all those greyhounds….it just had to be a great day!

    Love the Certificate.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • Sue says:

    What a fab event. We have various Greyhound get togethers here, but as I don’t readily have transport I’ve not been able to go:(

    You could still use the full frontal photo if you put a sprig of holly over the offending bits:) LOL

    Lovely family photo, with or without the bits:)

  • Oh gosh dat looks like such a blast…I so should has been theres since I is a greyhound too you knows.
    I am so sorry you not gets da baldest butt winner but your certificate is way betters anyways.

    Hehehehehe…I loves dat foto as a Christmas card.


  • Patty says:

    I have not been able to find a greyhound event while on our travels, but I keep trying. I really miss our group.

    I love the photo of your family and laughed because you had to crop it. LOL The certificate is cute, too.

  • That looks like a great fun time.

  • Pip says:

    That family portrait is just beautiful. Everybody looks so happy.

    Did they have a furriest butt competition? I would have definitely won that one!

    Your pal, Pip

  • This seems like a fun event and a great fundraiser. We all think winners from previous years should be disqualified:) Freedom is a winner with us in all ways!

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  • Oh how exciting…I wish I could have joined in. Do they have bendiest nose….I think I could win that. Shame about the bald bum; you were robbed. Are boy bits really not allowed on Christmas cards…..? oh dear… Deccy x

  • Casper, you crack me up 🙂
    what a great day out, we think you should have won Freedom, nobody could have a balder butt than you, LOL.
    Lynne x

  • Kat says:

    Wow, an event hosted just for greyhounds? What will they come up with next?! Freedom so should have won the baldest butt award, but I think the award drawn up by your daughter and her fiance is much better than any award Freedom could have won at the event.

  • Oh Casper mate….I forgot to say….”Holster…..what holster…” 😉

  • jan says:

    What fun it all looks. I am giggling at Casper’s display for the photograph and also Freedom’s certificate. what an honour – baldest butt!

  • Madi and Mom says:


  • HAHA!! Our girl, Chriselle, has a kinda bald butt too!!! We know she has a lot of greyhound in her. Tons of cuties at the spring fling!! Glad you are supporting rescuing!


  • Oskar says:

    That looks like a great party!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  • Michelle says:

    Looks like fun! I love greyhound gatherings!!!

  • Ann Paws says:

    What a fun event! I just had to laugh out loud at the baldest butt contest! I guess I never really put much thought into how furless greyhounds butts can be.

  • Max's Mom says:

    Ha! I loved you private bits comment and I say, what the heck…send it out just like it is 🙂 Wow, you have one good looking family there! What a great Christmas Card for people to get! Love it! Sounds like it was a great time too!

  • Max's Mom says:

    PS YOUR award was MUCH prettier than the issued award I’m sure! 🙂

  • Wyatt says:

    How fun. It’s great to hang out with furiends, Yeah for the Spring Flings!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  • sue taylor says:

    Now that looks like fun! can’t believe Freedom lost out he sure has a baldy bum LOL. Great photo but agree the cropped version is better LOL……

  • Kat says:

    Love hearing about Spring Fling! I always want to go to GFNC’s get-togethers, but it’s such a distance and there always seems to be so much going on around here…maybe one of these days…

    Love your award…those kids are pretty creative! 😀

  • Beryl and I went to the first (and last!) event of this kind held in New Zealand. She managed 3rd in the baldest bum … she’d win it easily now 🙂 We had the best time, shame it’s so hard to organise here, we’re too spread out.

    Love the au natural Christmas family photo 🙂 Caspar is a boy, so what? Although I can understand how not everyone thinks like me.

  • Amy says:

    For all we know Henry and Max are doing the same but have peeps blocking. Lol. Oh Caspie!

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