HUG Building Fund

Challenge 100 Building Fund

I went to bed exhausted and woke up with a vision!

Recently we had our 4th Annual Celebrating Greyhounds Jamboree here in Kerry. It’s a lot of work and organising but also a whole lot of fun – lots of houndy folk get together for a weekend (with their greys, of course) and do walks, meals together, listen to talks, etc. Our 5th Jamboree will be held for the first time on the east coast of Ireland instead of Kerry, all good hound-folk welcome so come along and join us!!

So on Monday night when it was all over I fell into bed in a state of total exhaustion, unusually slept like a log, and woke up this morning with a vision…

Recently, we have had a lovely family build a six-kennel block for HUG hounds on their land. The greys are very well looked after, taken for long walks and given lots of care and attention. Even so, though, kennels are still kennels… which is where my vision comes into the picture.

I’m picturing a house, a 2 storey house. Maybe a former small hotel or guest house with quite a few rooms. Accommodation for people upstairs and all the rooms downstairs turned into doggy sitting rooms. Tiled floors, old settees and armchairs in every room, dividers to split rooms into halves if need be, each room painted in a different bright colour and hounds in ‘the green room,’ for example, having nice green collars and leads. Easy access to individual sheltered outdoor areas so hounds could go outside for spells during the day and while their rooms were being cleaned, and a couple of enclosed fields for walking, free running, agility and training…

There’s also a kitchen area for food preparation, laundry, etc, and a sitting room/information area for folk to come and have coffee while meeting a few
houndies.

Upstairs are several areas of living accommodation. A main area for the person in charge to be staying (this wouldn’t even need to be a permanent person but could rotate weekly, monthly, or as necessary). And extra rooms for visiting helpers to stay when volunteering for a week or three months…

In short, I want to forget the concept of kennels and go for one big huge foster home for our HUG hounds. With the economy in Ireland in such a state there are loads of properties selling cheaply, even half-finished places that builders can’t sell but which we could buy up and finish to our own specifications.

This isn’t a mad idea, well, only a bit… and I really believe that it is totally do-able. A huge foster home for houndies to be happy, relaxed and learn how to live in a home while awaiting their new family to take them to their forever home.

THAT’S my vision. And we’re going to make it come true.

Well, maybe not EXACTLY like this – there are some more sensible folk amongst our group to keep the mad ones in check We are at present doing some serious research as to what is the best plan for our HUG Hounds’ Home, low cost and low maintenance but also giving the hounds as happy a life as is
possible while they are in our care.

If you would like to help us to build our home for HUG hounds please join our ‘Challenge One Hundred’ Buildings Fund by working on any fundraising project you can think of to raise ‘one hundred’ of whatever currency you use where you live. 100 euro, pounds, dollars… we don’t mind!! And, of course, less than 100 is just brilliant too!

Onwards and upwards once more!

Amanda