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GiG 2021 is scheduled for September 23-26. Stay safe and hug those hounds!


Thursday, September 23

4:00p Welcome Parade Gettysburg Outlet Mall
Blessing of the Hounds
Hot Dog Social
Free Raffle
8:00p Bonfire Eisenhower Hotel

Friday, September 24

8:00a Battlefield Walk Gettysburg Park Visitors' Center
10:00a Event Check-In Center Opens Allstar Center
Raffle Tickets for both Saturday & Sunday's Raffles Opens
Off Leash Play Area Official Opens (please note small dog and big dog schedule that will be posted at the gate)
10:00a - 4:00p Vendor Sales Allstar Center
11:00a Speaker #1, Dr. Richard Doughty, M.Sc, MB, ChB, BVSc, Attending Medical Pathologist in Oslo, Norway Activities Area, Allstar Center
12:00p Speaker #2, Jacqueline Cavallo, Flying Dog Foundation Activities Area, Allstar Center
1:00p Speaker #3, IDEXX Activities Area, Allstar Center
2:00p Speaker #4, Patti Goettler, CGC Evaluator, AKC Temperament Tester, ATD Tester/Observer Activities Area, Allstar Center
4:00p Allstar Center Closes for the Day
6:00p Greyt Friday Night Fiesta! Eisenhower Hotel Greyt Ballroom

Saturday, September 25

8:00a Sunrise Symposium: Civil War Medicine and The Seminary Hospital During and After the War Seminary Ridge Museum
8:30a Art Workshop: Linda Evans, Greyhound Design Artist (pre-registration required) Allstar Center Cafeteria
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
10:00a - 3:00p Doggie Daycare Opens Batting Cage Behind Allstar Center
11:30a Costume Contest! Activities Area, Allstar Center
12:00p Ice Cream Social Sponsored by Greyt Expectations (free, but donations accepted) Allstar Center
12:30p Speaker #1, Lee Livingood, Behaviorist Greyhounds for Dummies 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
1:30p Speaker #2, Petra Postma, SAGE (Save a Galgo Espanol) Activities Area, Allstar Center
2:30p Speaker #3, Jim Gartland, Executive Director, National Greyhound Association (NGA) Activities Area, Allstar Center
4:00p Allstar Center Closes for the Day
5:00p GAME NIGHT! Eisenhower Hotel Greyt Ballroom
7:00p SIGHTHOUND ART & DECOR RAFFLE Eisenhower Hotel Greyt Ballroom

Sunday, September 26

8:00a Early Bird Group Walk Allstar Grounds
8:30a Radar Fun Run (weather permitting) Allstar Center Open Play Area
9:00a Allstar Center Opens
High End Art Raffle Ticket Sales Opens
9:00a - 10:00a ONLY Breakfast is Served in the Cafeterias Allstar Center Cafeteria (note that you need to be wearing your bracelet for admittance to this)
9:00a - 12:00p Vendor Sales Allstar Center
10:00a Talk Brad Stone, Civil War Museum, Frederick, Maryland, "Animals in the Civil War"
11:30a Fancy Collar Contest Sponsored by the Flying Dog Foundation 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 (The Tooth Fairy) is now taking appointments for anesthetic-free tooth cleaning. The service will be set up in the Activities Area of the Allstar Center and you will set up your own appointment and pay her directly. For a reservation, call Kathy at 310-835-1919 or e-mail her at pettoothfairy@gmail.com.

4:00p

Welcome Parade Gettysburg Outlet Mall

Come to the Outlet Mall for our Welcome Parade. Check in at the registration table in the parking lot, pick up your goodie bag (with valuable Mall discounts) and join in on the parade. Bring your group's flag and fly it proudly as we walk around the Mall, ending at the Gazebo on "Main Street." If you have a cool vehicle and want it in the parade, bring it! The more the merrier!

Blessing of the Hounds

Hot Dog Social

When the parade arrives at the Gazebo, we will do a Blessing of the Hounds, then we'll eat! We'll be serving hot dogs, chips, and cake (courtesy of the Outlet Mall). During the social, Jack's Hard Cider and Atomic Dog will be doing a free cider/wine tasting with sales.

Free Raffle

In your goodie bag, you will find a raffle ticket. During the social, we'll pull tickets for fun prizes! Don't miss this great evening of fun.

8:00p

Bonfire Eisenhower Hotel Front Yard

One of our most popular events -- we'll meet in the front yard of the Eisenhower Hotel for stories and maybe singing! Bring a chair, blanket and drinks and enjoy an evening under the stars.

8:00a

Battlefield Walk Gettysburg Park Visitors' Center

We will meet at the lower parking lot of the visitors center and proceed toward the Pennsylvania Monument. We will have a pro guide to talk with us about what we are seeing along the way.

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

11:00a

Speaker #1 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Dr. Richard Doughty, M.Sc, MB, ChB, BVSc, Attending Medical Pathologist in Oslo, Norway

Corns: A Pain for the Patient and a Mystery for the Veterinarian

Dr. Doughty has worked in a clinical veterinary practice involving both racing and retired greyhounds, and has a long-standing interest in corns. Along with Professor Frode Lingas of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, he is conducting research into the molecular genetics of greyhound corns. He will speak to us about his research, what they have found so far, and you will also have the opportunity for your "corn-dog" to be a part of his study. See the General Information Section for information about what you have to do, or visit the Greyhound Health Initiative Booth.

12:00p

Speaker #2 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Jacqueline Cavallo, Flying Dog Foundation

20 Questions with The Flying Dog Foundation

Note that this session will NOT be graphic, nor will we detail atrocities. Want to discover more about the on-the-ground and the in-the-air efforts of the Foundation? Join us for a 20-question, interactive session where you can get the latest information on our efforts, have some fun and win some prizes. Find out what's up with China's meat trade, hunting dogs in Spain, and the Afghanistan rescue mission.

1:00p

Speaker #3 Activities Area, Allstar Center

IDEXX

Two years ago, IDEXX drew blood from dozens of our greyhound guests, and Dr. ____ will now reveal to us the results of that study.

2:00p

Speaker #4 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Patti Goettler, CGC Evaluator, AKC Temperament Tester, ATD Tester/Observer

Patti is going to talk with us about the differences between service dogs, therapy dogs, and other certifications and training for our greys. Informative, and always entertaining,you don't want to miss this one!

4:00p

Allstar Center Closes for the Day

6:00p

Greyt Friday Night Fiesta! Eisenhower Hotel Greyt Ballroom

Join us for a fun evening of food, fun, games, music, and good friends! We will have our very own Tony Pichler and his band in attendance from 6 to 9, playing live music, there will be several "stations" where you can have fun with your dogs...bobbing for stuffies, paw/tail painting, make-your-own stuffie, a sombrero contest (that means you! bring your best decorated sombrero or your dog's best sombrero and join in the fun...win a prize!), a great taco/enchelada/nacho buffet, open bar, a 50/50 raffle, and whatever else we can think of between now and then. It's going to be a great time! (Note that you must have a ticket to attend this event. If you don't pre-register, some limited numbers of tickets will be available for purchase at the GiG registration desk in the Allstar Center.)

8:00a

Sunrise Symposium
Seminary Museum (bring a chair or blanket; symposium will be in the grassy area at the corner of Springs Avenue & Seminary Ridge, in front of the seminary)

Civil War Medicine and The Seminary Hospital During and After the War

Between July 1 and September 16, 1863, hundreds of wounded soldiers were treated in and around the brick Seminary building. Dozens of civilians came to the hospital complex to help care for these men broken in body and spirit. During this talk, we will focus on how soldiers received initial care after wounding, as well as the structures that were put in place to feed, clean, and care for patients throughout the months following the battle. (Note that each participant will also receive a free pass to the Seminary Museum, good for the weekend so you can come at your leisure...no dogs allowed INSIDE the Seminary but they are welcome to the Symposium. Keep in mind that you will need your Registration Bracelet to attend.)

8:30a

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

"Mirror, Mirror!" Come join the fun and make a framed 8" x 10" decorative greyhound-design mirror, ready to hang and to reflect your creative side. No prior art experience is required. Go as traditional as you like or as wild as you imagine you can be! There will be lots of templates, stamping ideas, stick-ons, and colored bling, including a ready-made, die-cut greyhound and the mirror for decorating.

All materials will be provided - $36/person and attendance is limited.

9:00a - 3:00p

Event Check-In Desk Opens Allstar Center

9:00a

Saturday & Sunday Raffle Ticket Sales Opens

9:00a - 4:00p

Vendor Sales

10:00a - 3:00p

Doggie Daycare Opens Batting Cage Behind Allstar Center

11:30a

Costume Contest Activities Area, Allstar Center

We will meet in the Activities/Speakers area for line-up and we'll do a parade around the Allstar Center...so don't forget your costumes. We will give cash prizes for the following categories!

  • BEST OTHER ANIMAL
  • BEST MILITARY
  • BEST GROUP THEME
  • MOST AMUSING

12:00p

Ice Cream Social Sponsored by Greyt Expectations (free, but donations accepted) Allstar Center

Come get some ice cream for you and your hound!

12:30p

Speaker #1 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Lee Livingood, Behaviorist, Author of Greyhounds for Dummies

Greyhounds for Dummies

Bring your copy of this almost-mandatory book and get it autographed by the one and only Lee Livingood. She is going to answer your burning questions about behavior and training of our wonderful greys!

1:00p

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

1:30p

Speaker #2 Activities Area, Allstar Center

Petra Postma, SAGE (Save a Galgo Espanol)

Galgo Adoption: The Parts You Don't See

What actually happens behind the scenes when you decide you want to adopt a Galgo from Spain? A constantly changing scene of red tape, frustrating nightly calls with uninformed airline personnel, hard-fought import permissions, grumpy customs agents, and other fun stuff.

2:30p

Speaker #3 Activities Area, Allstar Center (will need a bracelet to enter)

Jim Gartland, Executive Director, National Greyhound Association (NGA)

The State of the Industry: What Comes Next?

4:00p

Allstar Center Closes for the Day

5:00p

GAME NIGHT, featuring the Fantastic Billy Axell et al! Eisenhower Hotel Greyt Ballroom

This has become a favorite of our guests and we're sure he won't disappoint! It's going to be a great time...Join us!

7:00p

SIGHTHOUND ART & DECOR RAFFLE Eisenhower Hotel Greyt Ballroom

Sponsored by Flying Dog Foundation...benefits both the Foundation and Nittany Greyhounds

Join us for an evening of friends, fun, and fantastic art! Refreshments will be served during this social and you may bring your hounds! The Foundation has acquired an impressive catalog of new and vintage framed prints and other art pieces (20+) that attendees can win. There is no charge to attend and raffle tickets will be ONLY sold during this event. Winners need not be present to win; however, winners not present will need to pick up their prizes from the Foundation's booth at GiG by closing time on Sunday. Shipping will not be available. This event will benefit the Flying Dog Foundation's efforts to rescue China Meat Trade Greyhounds, and 20% of the donations will benefit Nittany Greyhounds' Adoption Program.

8:00a

Early Bird Group Walk by the Lake

We will meet at the off leash play area, and we will take a leisurely walk around the property, by the lake and back to the Allstar Center.

8:30a

Radar Fun Run Allstar Center Open Play Area

Think your dog is the fastest? Maybe the slowest? Come join us for a fun run; we'll clock your dog with a radar gun. Prizes awarded for first and second fastest, and definitely for the slowest. Bring your lawn chair and join us for this really fun event.

9:00a

Allstar Center Opens

High End Art Raffle Ticket Sales Opens

9:00a - 10:00a ONLY

Breakfast is Served in the Cafeteria Allstar Center Cafeteria

We'll give our registrants a free hot breakfast (note that you need to be wearing your bracelet for admittance to this).

9:00a - 12:00p

Vendor Sales Allstar Center

10:00a

Talk

Brad Stone, Civil War Museum, Frederick, Maryland "The Critical Roles That Animals Played in the Civil War"

Brad Stone will discuss the intriguing history of animals used in the Civil War and their profound impact on the military, then and now. During the War, animals played a key role in the war effort. Horses and mules not only moved the armies, but fed soldiers and carried them into battle. Other equally important contributions were made by other animals including dogs, cats, badgers, pigs, and silkworms. Even elephants "almost" played a key role in the war effort. In short, animals contributed in a wide variety of ways to every major aspect of the War. - Brad Stone served with the federal government as a senior public relations executive dealing with a wide variety of public health issues. He currently combines his interest in the Civil War and medical history by being a volunteer docent in the Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, and aboard the USS Constitution in Baltimore Harbor.

11:30p

Fancy Collar Contest Activities Area, Allstar Center

Sponsored by the Flying Dog Foundation

Dress your pup in your fanciest collar; or make a fancy collar and come show it off! Think festive and fun, and compete for one of three prizes. Winners will receive a gift certificate from a collar vendor: $100 for first place; $75 for second place and $50 for third place. Winners will be selected by independent judges based on originality and visual presentation. So come on, we know you have dozens of collars! Dress one up for this fun contest!

12:00p

High End Raffle Ticket Sales End

12:15p

Raffle Tickets Drawn

Must be in attendance to win.

1:00p

Event Closes


Houndstooth (The Tooth Fairy) is now taking appointments for anesthetic-free tooth cleaning. The service will be set up in the Activities Area of the Allstar Center and you will set up your own appointment and pay her directly. For a reservation, call Kathy at 310-835-1919 or e-mail her at pettoothfairy@gmail.com.

FOOD:
Friday: We will feature the Mexican Food Truck all day and light sandwiches from Nana's Cookies. The Allstar Snack Bar will be open, and our PA Pride vendors will provide light fare.

Saturday: J.J.'s Smokehouse will join us on Saturday, providing your favorite BBQ foods. Note that there will be vegan/vegetarian options available. The Allstar Snack Bar will be open, and our PA Pride Vendors will provide light fare.

Sunday: We will offer a free hot breakfast to registered guests (you'll need your bracelet to be served). Will be served in the cafeteria area of the Allstar.

BABYSITTING AREA:
Please note that we ask that you provide your name and a cell phone number when you leave your dog with us, and that you respect a two-hour maximum time for babysitting.

OFF LEASH PLAY AREA:
Note that large dogs will need to be muzzled in the off leash play area. There will be scheduled times for large dog and small dog play (small dogs do not need to be muzzled). Please do not leave your dogs in the off leash play area unattended and pick up after your dogs.

WASTE PICK-UP:
There will be disposal places around the Eisenhower and they will be emptied every day. PLEASE USE THEM...we are able to be here at the discretion of the hotel and the Allstar Center so we must insist that you pick up after your dogs. In town, the same holds true...please remember to take bags with you wherever you happen to take your dogs.

AUTHORITY FIGURES:
The Board Members of Nittany Greyhounds will all be wearing bright orange shirts that say Authority Figure on the back. Anyone wearing said shirts will be able to solve any problems you may have. Don't hesitate to ask, or come to the Registration desk of you have an issue.

SAFETY:
We are asking that you please wear a mask, whether you have been vaccinated or not. As of right now, we will not be mandating anything, but we do ask that you be considerate of all of our guests. Some vendors may ask you to wear a mask in their booths; please respect that request. They will have a sign posted if they want you to do that. Our event is a NO POLITICS ZONE. Please respect others' opinions and requests.

There will be hand sanitizer and masks in every swag bag, there will be wipes and sanitizing stations around the Allstar Center, and we will distance as much as possible.

HANDICAPPED PARKING:
Directly in front of the Allstar front door, there are a dozen handicapped parking spaces. These are for our guests who have handicapped placards only. If you need to offload temporarily, that's alright but you will be asked to move your vehicle after you have finished unloading.

SEATING:
Please bring a chair or blanket for those down times; be sure to bring water for yourself and your hounds, although we will have some cooling stations around outside the Allstar. There will be NO water stations inside of the Center; the floor becomes slippery so the only drinking stations will be outside. You may put up a pop-up tent if you choose, outside of the Allstar on the grounds, or you may bring an x-pen for inside of the Activities area.

REMEMBER THAT BRACELETS ARE REQUIRED TO LISTEN TO THE SPEAKERS, TO BE IN THE ACTIVITIES AREA, FOR THE HOT BREAKFAST ON SUNDAY AND FOR THE SUNRISE SYMPOSIUM.