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GiG 2022 is scheduled for April 21-24. Stay safe and hug those hounds!


Thursday, April 21

4:00p Welcome Parade/Blessing of the Hounds/Social Gettysburg Outlet Mall
6:00p - 8:00p Bill's Get-to-Know-You-Game Night Grand Ballroom, Eisenhower Hotel

Friday, April 22

8:00a Battlefield Walk Location to be Announced
10:00a Event Check-In Center Opens Allstar Center
Raffle Tickets for both Saturday & Sunday's Raffles Opens Allstar Center
Off Leash Play Area Official Opens Allstar Center
10:00a - 4:00p Vendor Sales Allstar Center
12:30p Speaker #1: Michael Owens, SHUG - The Ugly House Activities Area, Allstar Center
1:30p Speaker #2: Ace Mattock Activities Area, Allstar Center
2:30p Speaker #3: Tracey McLaurin, Director, Senior Sighthound Sanctuary, Stephens City, VA Activities Area, Allstar Center
4:00p Allstar Center Closes for the Day
6:30p - ? "Lost in the 50's" Sock Hop! Grand Ballroom, Eisenhower Hotel

Saturday, April 23

8:00a Sunrise Symposium Seminary Ridge Museum & Education Center
8:30a - 10:00a Art Workshop: Linda Evans, Greyhound Design Artist (pre-registration required) Allstar Center Cafeteria
9:00a Allstar Center Opens
9:00a Saturday & Sunday Raffle Ticket Sales Opens
9:00a - 3:00p Event Check-In Desk Opens Allstar Center
9:00a - 4:00p Vendor Sales Allstar Center
10:30a Costume Contest! Activities Area, Allstar Center
11:30p Ice Cream Social Allstar Center
12:00p Speaker #1: Shelley Ann Lake, DVM Activities Area, Allstar Center
1:00p Speaker #2: Brad Stone, Docent, Civil War Medical Museum, Frederick and U.S.S. Constitution, Baltimore, Maryland Activities Area, Allstar Center
1:00p Saturday Raffle Ticket Sales End (Note that Sunday's raffle ticket sales will continue)
1:30p - 3:30p Saturday's Dollar Raffle Winners Posted & Prizes Distributed
2:00p Speaker #3: IDEXX Activities Area, Allstar Center
3:00p Blur of Fur Fun Run Off Leash Play Area
4:00p Allstar Center Closes for the Day
6:30p Bonfire Eisenhower Front Yard

Sunday, April 24

8:00a Early Bird Walk Allstar Grounds
9:00a - 10:00p Grab 'n Go Breakfast is Served Allstar Cafeteria
9:00a - 12:00p Vendor Sales Allstar Center
10:00a Speaker #1: Lee Livingood, Author of "Greyhounds for Dummies" Activities Area, Allstar Center
12:00p High End Raffle Ticket Sales Close
12:15p Raffle Tickets Drawn (must be in attendance to win)
1:00p Event Close

General Information

Houndstooth Anesthetic-Free Dentals -- Kathy, the Tooth Fairy, will be joining us at GiG, and for just $190, you can get your fur baby's teeth cleaned without anesthetic. If you want an appointment, please go to houndstoothdental.com and request an appointment. The appointment, and the payment, will be between you and Kathy--you won't see it on your event registration. Kathy can be reached by phone at 301-835-1919 if you have questions.
Note that this year, there will be no doggie babysitting offered. Your dogs are welcome at all events, though, so hopefully this won't be too much of an inconvenience. Thank you.

4:00p

Welcome Parade/Blessing of the Hounds/Social Gettysburg Outlet Mall Parking Lot (by the flag pole)

Bring your hounds and come to our Welcome Parade at the Gettysburg Outlet Mall. When you arrive, come to the Registration table in the parking lot (by the flag pole) and get your swag bag and Free Raffle Ticket. We'll walk around the mall and end up at the Gazebo on "Main Street." We will then have a Blessing of the Hounds, a Hot Dog Social, and a Free Merchandise Raffle!

6:00p - 8:00p

Bill's Get-to-Know-You Game Night Grand Ballroom, Eisenhower Hotel

The Axell family will again provide a fun evening of games and surprises, all designed to help you get to know other guests, meet up with old friends, and maybe win some prizes! (Note that this is a ticketed event--sign up on-line with your event registration and you will receive your "grand prize" ticket when you arrive.)

8:00a

Battlefield Walk Location to be Announced

10:00a

Event Check-In Center Opens Allstar Center

Raffle Tickets for both Saturday & Sunday's Raffles Opens Allstar Center

Off Leash Play Area Official Opens Allstar Center

Please note small dog and big dog schedule that will be posted at the gate.

10:00a - 4:00p

Vendor Sales Allstar Center

12:30p

Speaker #1 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Michael Owens, SHUG

The Ugly House

In March 2020, The Sighthound Underground began the process of establishing an adoption center in Spain. Since then, we've had to overcome some interesting challenges but our dream is slowly taking shape. Between stick shifts and leaky roofs, we have met some fantastic dogs and the people who love them. We hope we are building something that will help the next generation of sighthounds find their way to forever couches. Come hear our success story!

1:30p

Speaker #2 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Ace Mattock, Working Dog Handler, Trainer & Advocate, Volunteer: Greyt Heart Service Dogs

"No Bad Dogs"

An informative talk that dives into behavioral differences between the various lines of greyhounds as well as issues that seem to plague the breed as a whole and ways you can navigate these issues with your hounds.

Ace is a dog trainer from the DMV area with a background in sport dog conditioning and training as well as extensive experience with sighthounds. Ace trains professionally and has 3 dogs of his own, including both Irish and American greyhounds. With years of work in the dog industry, as well as experience with behavioral modification, Ace will offer insights on the behavioral issues common to greyhounds.

2:30p

Speaker #3 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Tracey McLaurin, Director, Senior Sighthound Sanctuary, Stephens City, VA

Why Senior & Special Needs Sighthounds Matter! (And why you should adopt one!)

Come learn how a new non-profit organization was formed during the height of the pandemic, all with the focus of short & long term care of senior & special needs sighthounds. Since its inception in Sept, 2020 the group has brought in and placed over 50 hounds from the US & Europe! Tracey McLaurin, Executive Director, for the group will share her joys, triumphs, and also some heartbreaking moments of launching this unique group. (Tracey has been involved with dogs her entire life, from showing in conformation and obedience to greyhound adoption, managing a large pet boarding facility and working with a vet. Most recently, she has been involved in sighthound rescue, including launching the Sanctuary in 2020, devoted to senior and special needs sighthounds. Her 'day job' is as Executive Director for a non-profit EMS organization. She lives in Winchester, VA with her husband, Kenneth, 6 greyhounds, 2 Afghan hounds, a passel of podencos and a hound mix.)

4:00p

Allstar Center Closes for the Day

6:30p - ??

"Lost in the 50's" Sock Hop! Grand Ballroom, Eisenhower Hotel

Bring your hounds and join in the fun! Live music, great food, interactive games, and a 50/50 will highlight this social! We'll have three contests: a Fancy Collar Contest sponsored by the Flying Dog Foundation, one for the best dressed 50s hound and human combo; and one for the best Elvis impersonation (people). The games will include doggie tongue painting, bobbing for stuffies, and other fun things to do with your hounds. We're still working on the buffet and will post when we have it together. There will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle...we'll come up with some other things too!

8:00a

Sunrise Symposium: Art and Photography on Seminary Ridge
Seminary Ridge Museum & Education Center

(Notes: You will also receive free weekend passes to the Museum with your attendance but no dogs are allowed inside the building. Also, Please bring a chair as this will be outside (dogs allowed on the grounds). It will also include a bit of easy walking.)

Speaker: Codie Eash, Director of Education & Museum Operations

Soon after the Lutheran Seminary moved to the ridge that now bears its name, various 19th-century observers remarked upon the campus as "a delightful and hallowed retreat" with "a beautiful view," featuring a "handsome four story brick building...on a commanding eminence." Soon, artists turned those words into imagery, creating sketches, paintings, engravings, and photographs of the picturesque grounds and structures�from before the Civil War, through the Battle of Gettysburg, and into modern times. During this tour, we will focus on a handful of such artistic representations, including landscape painters in the 1830s, post-battle photographers, and military history artists of today. (Note, this is an event to which you can bring your dogs, but you'll need your registration bracelet displayed to get in.)'

8:30a - 10:00a

Art Workshop (pre-registration required) Linda Evans, Greyhound Design Artist

"Color Me Greyhound!"

Art that pops with vibrant hues lifts our spirits and shouts out FUN!

Using a simple printed hound outline and some design templates, you'll learn how to add the color that makes your creation go from 0 to 45mph!

All materials are provided for you to take home your own eye popping framed piece of hound art... ready to hang with pride!

9:00a

Saturday & Sunday Raffle Ticket Sales Opens

9:00a - 3:00p

Event Check-In Desk Opens Allstar Center

9:00a - 4:00p

Vendor Sales Allstar Center

10:30a

Costume Contest Activities Area, Allstar Center

One of the favorite activities of the whole event! We will give first and second prizes in four categories: Best Group Presentation; Best Other Animal; Best Military, and Funniest. We will meet in the Activities/Speaker's Area of the Allstar Center, parade around the inside of the Center, then back to the starting point for the awarding of prizes by three impartial judges.

11:30a

Ice Cream Social SSponsored by Greyt Expectations Adoptions Allstar Center

Ice Cream will be served in the corner by the Activities Area entrance! Free, but donations are appreciated. This is "people" ice cream that we share with our hounds, so come get refreshed and support a greyt cause!

12:00p

Speaker #1 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Shelley Ann Lake, DVM

Veterinarian, trainer, helper, and adoption coordinator. Those are just a few of the many hats that Shelley has worn during her time in the racing industry. For almost 30 years, Shelley has been involved with greyhounds and it is clear why -- she is in love with the breed. That love has sparked a lifelong commitment to these hounds, including working at the Woodlands track until its closing in 2008. Her career as a vet also started with the racing industry and she has continued treating, working with, and researching greyhounds personally and through adoption groups. She currently has 18 greys of her own, mostly seniors or dogs with disabilities.

Dr. Lake has traveled from Kansas to be with us and we're keeping this about you. Bring your medical questions specific to sighthounds and she'll help sort it all out for you.

1:00p

Speaker #2 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Brad Stone, Docent, Civil War Medical Museum, Frederick and U.S.S. Constitution, Baltimore, Maryland

"The Role of the Navy in the Civil War" : The Navy has an often overlooked role in the Civil War. The Navy made important advancements during that time, such as the use of ironclads, submarines, amphibious warfare, the first attempts at using aircraft carriers, hospital ships, and the widespread adoption of racially integrated crews. (Brad Stone is a former U.S. government seior public affairs executive who headed the public affairs operations of the U.S. FDA and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He has given dozens of presentations and several of his talks have been nationally televised."

Saturday Raffle Ticket Sales End (Note that Sunday's raffle ticket sales will continue) Allstar Center

1:30p - 3:30p

Saturday's Dollar Raffle Winners Posted & Prizes Distributed Allstar Center

2:00p

Speaker #3 Activities Area, Allstar Center

IDEXX: Dr. Coyne

GREYHOUNDS & HOOKWORMS: What You Should Know

This presentation will provide a background on hookworm infestations in greyhounds, discuss the benefits of fecal testing, and present data from the fecal collection study conducted at GiG in 2021. Treatment and control of medication-resistant hookworms will also be discussed. - Dr. Coyne is a graduate of the Veterinary School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Global Manager for Clinical Studies at IDEXX Laboratories.

3:00p

Blur of Fur Fun Run Off Leash Play Area (adjacent to the Allstar Center)

Think your dog is the fastest? The slowest? The least interested in running? Well come find out during our Blur of Fur Fun Run. Using our radar gun, we'll time your furbaby on a 100' straight run course. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest, and the slowest! (Note that this event will not happen if the weather is inclement.)

4:00p

Allstar Center Closes for the Day

6:30p

Bonfire Eisenhower Front Yard

Join us after a busy day; wind down around the fire and enjoy stories, music, and good friends.

8:00a

Early Bird Walk Allstar Grounds

Let's get the morning started right with a quick walk around the grounds. We'll meet by the Allstar main entrance, walk down around the parking lot, by the lake, and back to the Allstar Center.

9:00a - 10:00p

Grab 'n Go Breakfast is Served Allstar Cafeteria

Note: you will need to have your registration bracelet in order to be served. The breakfast consists of a breakfast sandwich and drink.

9:00a - 12:00p

Vendor Sales Allstar Center

10:00a

Speaker #1 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Lee Livingood, Author of "Greyhounds for Dummies" "Running With The Big Dogs: The Art and Science of Living With a Retired Racing Greyhound", lessons from a quarter-century of living with, working with, and loving ex-racing greyhounds.

Lee is the award-winning author of Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies. She's been helping greyhound adopters and others with behavior challenges and training for more than 25 years. She's offers Greyhounds 101, a manners class exclusively designed for retired racing greys. In addition, she offers private, in-home behavior consultations in the Harrisburg, PA, area. She also manages the reactive dog program and teaches other classes at Redfern Canines in Harrisburg. Lee is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Association of Professional Dig Trainers, and the Pet Professional Guild.

12:00p

High End Raffle Ticket Sales Close

12:15p

Raffle Tickets Drawn

Must be in attendance to win.

1:00p

Event Close


ANESTHETIC-FREE DENTALS
Kathy, the Tooth Fairy, will join us this year and is currently taking appointments for anesthetic-free dentals. She will be set up in the Activities Area at the Allstar Center and you will set up your own appointment and pay her directly. Dentals will be $190/dog. To reserve a space, go to www.houndstoothdental.com, or call with questions at 310-835-1919.

FOOD
On both Friday and Saturday, we will feature 4 food trucks in addition to the Allstar Snack Bar.

DOGGIE BABYSITTING
Note that we will not be offering babysitting this year. All events are set up for dogs, so please do consider bringing your babies with you.

OFF LEASH PLAY AREA
Large dogs will need to be muzzled to play off leash in the fenced area. There will be times scheduled specifically for small dogs and the schedule will be posted on the fence at the entrance. Please respect these times as the little dogs need time to play too! (Note that small dogs don't need muzzles.) Also note that the play area will be closed from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday for the Fun Run.

WASTE PICK-UP
There will be poop bags and disposal buckets everywhere...be sure to use them! We are invited here at the discretion of the hotel, so please pick up after your dogs. If you need poop bags, come to the registration desk and we'll give you some. Be considerate...not only at the Allstar but downtown as well.

AUTHORITY FIGURES
The Nittany Greyhounds staff will have on bright orange shirts with Authority Figure written on the back. Anyone wearing these shirts will be able to solve any problem you may have. Don't hesitate to ask anyone wearing one of these shirts or come to the Registration Desk.

SAFETY
We will be providing masks and hand sanitizers, but we are not mandating that anyone wear a mask. Please do whatever makes you comfortable, and if you are not feeling well, don't come into the Center. We want to keep everyone safe. Some vendors may ask you to wear a mask in their booth and we are asking that you respect them enough to do that if requested.

Also remember that GiG is a NO POLITICS event! This is a social gathering and we want everyone to have a good time. Please respect others' opinions and just walk on past, or ignore any conversations you may not want to hear. It's important that we are able to disagree without being disagreeable, and anyone who is will be asked to leave the premises.

HANDICAPPED PARKING
Directly in front of the Allstar, there are a dozen handicapped parking spaces. These are for our guests who have auto placards only. If you need to offload, you can park there temporarily, but will be asked to move your vehicle when you have finished. We have shuttles to and from the parking lots, so we can get you to the Center if you need help.

SEATING
Please bring a chair or blanket for down times, and be sure to bring water for yourself and your hounds. If it is hot, we will have water in baby pools outside of the Center. Note that we do not put water bowls inside the Center; the concrete gets slippery when wet, so all water for dogs will be outside. You may use a pop-up tent outside if you like, or you can bring an x-pen for use inside of the Activities Area if you want to confine your hounds.

Please don't leave your hounds unattended in an x-pen or a tent.

BRACELETS
Note that your registration bracelet, which you will be given when you check in at the registration desk, is required to go in to hear the speakers, and to attend some of the social events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you have questions about what your Registration Fee is used for, please see the "Pricing" Section of this web site for a complete explanation.