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April 26th – 29th, 2018

2018 Schedule

Notice: The schedule may change as the event date approaches. Check back often to see the latest details.

There will be a First Aid Station staffed by a vet or vet tech during vending hours, and an emergency vet clinic on call after hours.

What's new:
Wrist bands will be required to enter the activities area,
which includes listening to speakers.
Please remember to wear yours all weekend.
Wrist bands are provided at check-in with each registration.

Legend: Click to see more details, Dogs are welcome at this event

Entire Event

1 on 1 with Doggie 911 Bob Witmer
  During vending hours, Bob Witmer, of Doggie 911 and staff behaviorist for Nittany Greyhounds, will have 30 minute no charge consultations with individuals or rescue groups every hour to discuss behavior issues and develop a plan to address them. Registered participants may signup at the registration table. There are a limited number of sessions available.
Doggie Daycare
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Batting Cages
There will be supervised doggie daycare during vending hours on Friday and Saturday. Muzzles will be required for the dogs and there is a 2 hour time limit so everybody can have an opportunity. Donations are always appreciated by the hosting groups.
Houndstooth Pet Dental
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Houndstooth Pet Dental, Non-Anesthetic Pet Teeth Cleaning will have a clinic. If you would like an appointment, email their office at or call 310.835.1919. The fee is $160-$180 depending on the oral condition. Payment is check or cash and appointments take 20-30 minutes. Go to their website,, for more information about this anesthetic free teeth cleaning.
Off-Leash Play Area
  There will be a fenced area in the open field behind the Allstar Family Fun Center for off-leash play all weekend for large and small dogs.

Please observe the posted rules while using the play area. Volunteers will conduct random checks to ensure that all visitors are being considerate in the play area. We take reports of inappropriate behavior from either dogs or humans in the play groups seriously, and reserve the right to remove anyone who is creating an unsafe or uncomfortable environment.

• Use of play area is at your own risk
• All dogs must be muzzled. No exceptions, regardless of breed
• Dogs must be under visual and voice control of an adult
• No bullying or aggressive behavior
• No dogs under 35 lbs. during regular hours
• Limited to 10 dogs at a time
• Clean up after your dog immediately

Small dog hours will be posted on the fence during the event. The play area will be closed on Sunday for the Blur of Fur Speed Run.
Poop Stations
  We will have several dog walk areas around the outside of the Allstar Family Fun Center and the Eisenhower hotel that will be cleaned on a regular basis. You will be given poop bags with your registration, but there will also be rolls of them everywhere.

Please, please clean up after your dogs. This is vitally important if we are to be welcomed back. Also, please try to walk your dogs outside so they do their business before coming into the Expo Center and/or hotel. We will have clean-up crews but they can't be everywhere at once.

We're depending on you to pay attention to what your dog is doing. If you are staying at another hotel, and you see someone else being inconsiderate, please clean up after them. We want to leave only a good impression no matter where we are in town.


5:30p   Nostalgia Night Welcome Event
  @The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg
20 years ago a few friends got together in Gettysburg to socialize --GiG was born that weekend. Over the years, Kris Murgas and the Triangle Greyhound Society grew the event until 2013 when Nittany Greyhounds took over. So, on Thursday night we are going back to the days at the Outlet Shoppes!

Join us for a welcome reception, free hot dog social, free raffle, special shopping, live music, and other fun activities, including a parade featuring Kris and her group as Grand Marshals! During the parade, adoption groups will be invited to march, flying their colors and banners while leading their dogs. The group with the best presentation will take home a prize! This is going to be "don't miss" evening, so plan to come early.


8:00a 9:30a Historic Walk
  Location and details to come
10:00a 4:00p Check-in
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
Stop by the registration table and get your your goodie bag. Pre-registrants will also receive anything purchased at this time. Day-of registration will also be available for $35. We will have a limited supply of t-shirts and other custom GiG goodies available, but these items can only be guaranteed if you pre-order when registering.

New This Year! In 20 goodie bags (randomly placed), we will have "Find Digger" footprints on event maps. If you get one of those maps, and you bring it to the Registration Table for a prize.
10:00a 4:00p Vendor Shopping
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
Your favorite vendors will be back along with a few new vendors selling a huge variety of canine and human items! Shopping closes promptly at 4pm.
Noon 4:00p Raffle Opens
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
Wonderful prize packages will be up for raffle! Tickets will be drawn at 2pm on Saturday and posted at the raffle tables. Winners will have until 4pm on Saturday to pick up prizes. Raffle tickets will be available for sale during the event at the raffle table and when you register. The cost is 1 for $1 / 6 for $5 / 30 for $20.
Noon 1:00p Why Does My Hound Do THAT? Claudia Presto
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
They Sniff, Snort, Snuggle, Rooo, Roost, and Run... but WHY? We all know greyhounds are special, but their behaviors can sometimes cause you to hoot, head scratch, and holler. During this organic Q&A session, your question gets you a free "Why Does My Hound Do That?" booklet. Other prizes will be given out during the talk too, while supplies last. Come find out why your grey acts that way! Presented by Claudia Presto, Executive Director, Greyhound Gang, Kanab, UT.
1:00p 2:00p Your Greyhound's Second Career: Animal-Assisted Therapy Samantha Abate
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Help wanted! Hospitals, schools, and beyond are recognizing the incredible benefits therapy dogs can bring to those they serve. Your retired racing greyhound is perfect for the job! This session will highlight some of the outstanding contributions therapy dogs have made in recent years, cover the basics of becoming a registered therapy dog team, and review the many different "jobs" therapy dogs can have. Presented by Samantha Abate, BRN, Director of Nursing Quality & Research, Inspira Health Network.
2:00p 3:00p The Paranormal in Gettysburg Ashley Brennan
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Ashley will educate us on basic ghost hunting techniques and how to implement them toward investigating some of the most haunted spots in Gettysburg. What makes Gettysburg so haunted? What exactly are spirits and what evidence do they leave behind? Presented by Ashley Brennan, founder of Keystone Paranormal Investigation Association.
3:00p 4:00p DIY Canine Massage Basics and Other Modalities: Supplementing Medical Care for a Healthier Dog Robyn Boreman
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Come learn canine massage with Free Motion Animal Massage! This is hands on, so bring your dog!

Included in this class is:
• An introduction on what conditions massage therapy can help.
• An overview of kinesiology, red light therapy, and the use of essential oils for dogs.
• A basic anatomy lesson.
• Lesson on different strokes and techniques.

At the end of the class we will have a very hands on learning approach – where you will go through the full sequence of massage. Presented by Robyn Boreman, Certified Canine Massage Therapist, Lewistown, PA.
6:00p 7:30p Newbie Night Reception
  @Eisenhower Hotel
This is for those of you new to greyhound adoption and have had your greyhounds, or other sighthounds, for less than a year. We will socialize, answer your questions, provide refreshments, and prizes. This is a greyt way to learn, meet others new to greyhounds, and get integrated into the weekend's activities.
7:30p   Bonfire, Ghost Stories, and Luminaries
  @Eisenhower Hotel Grounds
Follow the path of luminaries in remembrance of lost loved ones to the bonfire for an evening of stories. Bring a chair and drinks and join us by the fire. Please feel free to take you luminaries with you as a keepsake when you leave.


8:00a 9:30a Historic Walk
  Location and details to come
8:30a 10:30a Art Workshop Linda Evans
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Cafeteria
Linda will offer both beginning and advanced instruction in her style of painting. You will begin with a basic design and add your spin on it. Linda also promises something totally new for this year! The session has limited attendance and available for pre-registration only.
10:00a 4:00p Check-in and Raffle Continues
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
Pre-registrants can check in at this time and get all the items purchased in advance. The raffle will continue and tickets will be for sale and can be put into bags for a chance at winning great prizes donated by our vendors.

Remember to look for the "Find Digger" footprints on event maps random placed in goodie bags.
10:00a 4:00p Vendor Shopping
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
The vendors will be open for business again! Shopping closes promptly at 4pm.
11:00a   Costume Contest and Parade
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
Put on your best costume; dress up the hounds, and come to the entrance of the Activities Area for a line-up. We'll parade around the Expo Hall at 10:30am and end up at the Off Leash Play area for judging in several categories. There will be a $40 cash prize for the best in each category.

• Best Group Costumes (more than 3)
• Most Creative Costume
• Ugliest Costume (intentional)
Noon 1:00p Untitled Seminar Gene Baur
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Gene Baur has been hailed as the "conscience of the food movement" by Time Magazine. He is a pioneer in the field of undercover investigations and farm animal rescue, spending his life advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His efforts have been covered nationally and he has published two best-selling books. He serves as President and Co-Founder of the Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California and was recently named one of Oprah Winfrey's Supersoul 100 Givers.
1:00p 2:00p Untitled Seminar Dana Scott
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
What would happen if somebody produced a magazine that showed what holistic health care is really about and how most of today's dogs are over serviced by the veterinary industry? What if a magazine wasn't afraid of finally letting holistic vets and experts tell dog owners about the real dangers of vaccines, drugs, and kibbles?

"We represent a thriving community of like-minded vets, breeders, trainers and dog lovers whose mission is to bring out the very best in our four legged friends. Dedicated to ethics and integrity in every aspect of our digital and print publications." Presented by Dana Scott, Editor in Chief and Founder of Dogs Naturally Magazine.
2:00p 4:00p Raffle Ticket Winners Posted
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
Winning numbers will be posted on the wall above the raffle prizes. You will have until 4pm to pick up your prizes.
2:00p 3:00p Untitled Seminar Brian Collins
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Presented by Brian Collins, Executive Director, Greyhound Health Initiative.
3:00p 4:00p Untitled Seminar Dr. Nicola Mason, Ph.D.
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. Currently, three main types of cancer treatment exist for dogs and cats – surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. These treatments are used either alone or in combination to eliminate cancer cells from the body.

Despite these treatments, some cancer cells usually survive leading to disease relapse or progression. Unfortunately, most patients usually die of relapsed, drug-resistant metastatic disease.

Another type of therapy that is rapidly gaining attention in the treatment of cancer in people is immunotherapy. In this therapeutic approach, the patient's own immune system is used to target and kill cancer cells in the body. Dr. Mason runs a translational research laboratory that focuses on ways to train the immune system to recognize and kill cancers in dogs, with exciting and ground-breaking results!

Presented by Dr. Nicola Mason, Ph.D., VBetMed, Associate Professor of Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
6:00p 8:00p General Reception
  @Eisenhower Hotel Pool Area
Free for everyone to attend. There will be a cash bar and other activities to be determined.
7:00p   Champagne Banquet and Keynote Speakers Senator Alloway and Dr. Martin Goldstein
  @Eisenhower Hotel Grand Ballroom
The 20th anniversary banquet will consist of stations this year with more options and a free glass of champagne will be included with each meal. Our guest speakers will be Senator Alloway and Dr. Martin Goldstein.

Senator Richard Alloway of the 33rd District (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin & York Counties) and co-author of Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Animal Cruelty Act (Libre's Law), which was signed into law in summer of 2017. Libre, a Boston Terrier, was rescued at 4-months old from an Amish dog breeder who had left him for dead. Libre suffered from a host of ailments but has recovered and is in a new home. His rescue drew national attention and inspired the effort to write a law guaranteeing the rights of animals in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Marty is considered by many experts, and thousands of satisfied clients, to be America's foremost integrative veterinarian. The results he has achieved have been so astounding that today critically ill dogs and cats from all over the world are brought to Smith Ridge Veterinary Center where doctors trained by Dr. Marty give these animals a new chance at life and health. Many people who arrive have exhausted all of the available conventional treatment options and are faced with a very sick pet who is only getting worse; others are true-believers in a integrative-only approach to maintaining their animal's health or treating their malady.

The full menu:
Appetizer station: Cheeses, Veggies, Fruit, Meatballs, Mini-Tacos, Assorted Deep Fried Veggies/Cheese Sticks
Soup station: Chicken Noodle soup, Vegetable soup, Crackers
Chef-carved meat station: Steamship Round of Beef, Ham, Silver Dollar Rolls, Condiments
Potato bar: Mashed potatoes, Baked potatoes, French Fries, Sour Cream, Butter, Chives, Bacon Bits, Shredded Cheese, Gravy, Jalapenos, Broccoli, Chili, Salsa
Vegetarian bar: Mac & Cheese, Baked Ziti, Tortellini Alfredo
Dessert bar: Pies, Cakes, Cheese Cakes

There will be NO doggie babysitting for the banquet this year, but we are encouraging adoption groups to set up babysitting for their individual adopters, if possible.


10:00a 3:00p Check-in Continues
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
Pre-registrants can check in at this time and get all the items purchased in advance.
10:00a 2:00p Silent Auction
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
A few select art pieces designed specifically for this 20th Anniversary year of Greyhounds in Gettysburg will be available to bid on. Highest bidders win!
10:00a 3:00p Vendor Shopping
  @Allstar Family Fun Center
The vendors will be open for business one last time. Shopping closes promptly at 3pm.
11:00a 1:00p Before the Couch: A Panel Discussion Industry Professionals
  @Allstar Family Fun Center Activities Area
Panel Members:
• Shelley Lake, DVM, Abilene (Kansas) Adoption Coordinator
• Randy Finnegan, Owner, Magic City Kennel at Southland and Dream Kennels Greyhounds
• Shane Bolender, Director of Racing, Southland
• Melony (Cleveland) Holdren, Trainer, Farm Hand, Former Director of the AGRAC
• Jenn Boswell, Director of Adoption, Birmingham (Alabama) Race Course, Trainer, and Road Warrior

We have invited prominent members of the greyhound racing industry to help us understand the lives of our greys while they are working and before they enter the adoption world. Each member will be asked to speak about their role in the dogs' lives, followed by a Q&A session. During the event and prior to Sunday, write your questions onto cards and submit them for asking.
1:30p 3:00p Blur of Fur Speed Run
  @Off-Leash Play Area
Come get your dog clocked to see how fast they really are! Prizes awarded for fastest and slowest dogs! If the grass is wet, this event will not be held. The Off Leash Play Area will be closed during the speed run.
3:00p   Memorial and Closing Ceremony
  @Allstar Outdoor Pavilion