Heavy Petting in Kanab
They’re taking it to the streets of Kanab – stress reducing and endorphin producing petting – of the almost 200 hounds taking over Kanab, May 17 – 19 for Sighthound Shivoo.
Humans and hounds travel from all over – Texas, Florida, New Jersey, North Dakota, Alaska – just to strut their stuff on the streets of Kanab. This 20th anniversary event is one of the largest, three-day, Greyhound Gatherings in the western United States. Formerly called Greyhound Gathering, Sighthound Shivoo – the new title – reflects growing love and need to rescue and adopt sighthounds around the country.
Chris Titchen, of England, calls it a “bloody good time, without the blood.” Claudia Presto, founder of Kanab’s Greyhound Gang and the event’s organizer, says, “Smart, sweet, silly and sexy – but enough about me. Come pet the hounds, they’re waiting.”
Presto said that while in modern times greyhounds are known for their racing prowess and the abuse and abandonment they suffer when they no longer earn money for their breeders, they’ve historically been treated lovingly as loyal companions of royalty and treasured family members.
Highlights of this event include:
– Parade down Center Street – to the strains of “You Ain’t Nuthin’ But a Hound Dog”, with hundreds of costumed humans and hounds, vying for prizes and attention.
– Blur of Fur – where greyhounds chase their humans down a strip of grass while being clocked with radar guns by Kanab police.
– Hike the Red Rocks – join us for a leisurely walk through the vermilion cliffs of Pugh Canyon
– Chalk & Talk – humans will talk about their hounds to you as they (attempt) drawing pictures on the sidewalks of Kanab. Hound will lay on soft dog beds.
Fundraising activities include over seven hundred donated items in Live and Silent Auctions and Drawings. Hikes, Speakers, Heavy Petting, Food, Fun, and Best Friends tours round out the weekend.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.greyhoundgang.org. Registration is required for those attending the events all weekend, but the public is always invited to view and pet the hounds, and join us at the parade, Chalk & Talk, hike and Blur of Fur.
For more information on the event, contact Claudia Presto at Claudia@greyhoundgang.org or call 435-644-2903.
You Ain’t Seeing Nuthin’ But Hound Dogs
Kanab, Utah – It’s going to be sighthounds galore in Kanab, Utah for the 20th anniversary of Greyhound Gathering – Kanab. It’s getting a minor make over with a new name – Sighthound Shivoo – but you’ll still get to visit with the almost 200 rescued greyhounds and sighthounds along with their human families, who journey to Kanab for festivities from Friday through Sunday, May 17 -19.
The event is the largest, three-day, Sighthound gathering in the western United States and attracts greyhounds and their human families from around the United States as well as Canada and England.
Claudia Presto, founder of Kanab’s Greyhound Gang and the event’s organizer, said, “This gathering is a celebration of these rescued ‘45 mph couch potatoes’ and the families who love them.”
Presto said that while in modern times greyhounds are known for their racing prowess and the abuse they suffer when they can no longer earn money for their breeders, they’ve historically been treated lovingly as loyal companions of royalty and treasured family members. They are the only dog mentioned in the Bible.
A Shivoo/Gathering highlight is the parade down Center Street, to the strains of “Who Let the Dogs Out”, with hundreds of costumed humans and hounds, vying for prizes and attention. Winslow, dressed as a cowboy, complete with hat, gun and boots, majestically suffers the foolishness of his human, who is dressed as his horse.
Another highlight is the Blur of Fur, where greyhounds chase their humans down a strip of grass, while being clocked with radar guns. No humans have yet outraced their hounds.
Other featured events include: Chalk & Talk Sidewalk Festival, Yappy Hour, Art Classes with our Pets, Hikes, Speakers, Food, Fun and Best Friends tours.
Fundraising activities include over seven hundred donated items in Live and Silent Auctions and Drawing.
Registration is required to attend all events, but visitors are always welcome to stop by and pet the hounds and join in the parade.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.greyhoundgang.org.
PO Box 274 • Kanab, Utah 84741• 435-644-2903