GIG

The last weekend of April we went to the Greyhounds in Gettysburg event (www.greyhoundsingettysburg.com).  Mitch and I went to this event in 2007 with Maggie and Booyah.  We just went up for one day and did a ton of shopping.  I will be honest it was not our favorite event and we did not really have a desire to go again.  We decided to go to this event this year to hear Dr. Couto speak, but we enjoyed a lot more of the event than just his speech.  If you have the opportunity to hear Dr. Couto speak, make sure you do.  He is amazing and continues doing wonderful work for the wellness of all sighthounds and is a greyt resource to the Sighthound community, even from afar.  If you are on Facebook, you may want to check out his new page “The Greyhound Health Initiative”.

We were both pleasantly surprised at how much fun we had and plan to attend again next year.  We arrived mid afternoon on Friday, had lunch and did a bit of shopping and walking around visiting with greyhound friends. After day one of walking around and shopping, the kids, except for Ziva, were pretty tired and slept very well in our hotel room.

Our sweet Pippi girl.

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Cueball sleeping with one ear up to make sure he doesn’t miss out on any adventures.

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Ziva enjoys her first hotel bed.

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We stayed in the 1863 Hotel right in Downtown Gettysburg.  Which put us within walking distance of battlefields, shops, and restaurants.

We went out to dinner at Sweeney’s Tavern just done the road from our hotel on Friday evening. It is very similar to the Farnsworth Inn and actually has the same menu. I had the Game Pie (Duck, Turkey and Pheasant) and it was fantastic! It was a period time dining experience. We learned some neat things about the Tavern. During the filming of the movie Gettysburg, the film crew spent a lot of time at the Tavern. In 1992, the Tavern purchased the Gettysburg movie props from Turner and has the case proudly displayed along the wall of the restaurant.

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On Saturday, we took a short morning walk around one of the battlefields that was close to our hotel. We did not go on any organized battlefield tours but would like to do that at next year’s event.

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Mitch and the kids pose for a family picture.
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After our walk, we headed to the Expo Center to hear Dr. Couto speak, which was the highlight of our trip. I never get tired of hearing this man talk. He spoke for 1 1/2 hours and then took questions for another 1/2 hour. We learned a lot and it never hurts to hear information you have heard again. 🙂

Saturday was a beautiful day. We ate lunch outside with the kids and then relaxed for a bit before heading back in to do some more shopping and visiting.

Lady, who you may remember from our recent post “Greyt wines and Recently Retired Hounds”, came by to visit with us. She is doing great and enjoying her retirement. 🙂

She is a stunningly beautiful large fawn female.
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Pippi is our touchy-feely hound and frequently uses other hounds to rest her head. Cueball doesn’t seem to mind too much.
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Ziva was intrigued by the Iggy’s having their turn in the fun run area.
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After a fun filled day, we headed back to the hotel for a quick nap and bite to eat.

Ziva proudly displaying the toy she picked out from VAGA’s booth while we were shopping.
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While the kids rested at the hotel, we went for a walk through downtown Gettysburg. We met these two lovely siblings.
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And the lovely Oreo, who was giving carriage rides through downtown.
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We stopped for some ice cream at Kilwins before heading out to the winery event at Hauser Winery.

Unfortunately, it was so windy at the winery that after 45 minutes we pulled the van around to where we were sitting in the grassy area and put the kids in the van. I was hoping to get a lot of pictures at the winery, but it was just too windy. These were the only two shots I was able to get. We did enjoy good conversation and some good wine.
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We packed up and headed home early on Sunday. All in all, it was a great trip and we look forward to attending again next year.

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