February 23, 2008
GALT is honored to have been asked, for the first time this year, to have three of its Greyhounds participate in the DIFFA Fashion Show at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The Greyhound models were Sophie (owned by Kris Schuster) and Raider and Corky (owned by Nancy Colwell). An account of their day is below, as well as pictures of them 'struttin' their stuff" on the runway:
The day started with check-in at noon for rehearsal at 1pm. Nancy and Kris walked the dogs up and down the runways to get them used to the elevated paths and make sure they were comfortable getting on stage with open backed stairs (that was the biggest challenge for Corky and Sophie). After a number of trips up and down the runways, they visited with Rhonda with RSC Show Productions, who was running the show – she loved the Greyhounds; "they are so elegant looking."
About 2:30 p.m. they let the dogs go home and rest up for the big event. They returned at 5:30 p.m. and were escorted backstage. That was a whole other world and a real eye-opener. The Greyhounds were in a spot where they could be seen by all passing, and they received lots of extra love and attention. Nancy and Kris answered many questions and handed out business cards to those expressing interest in the Greyhounds. Everyone was so nice - they retrieved water for the hounds and couldn't say enough nice things about "how well behaved they were with so much going on."
There were many photo opportunities for the dogs with their assigned models and others who wanted pictures with them all. About 8:30 p.m. they took the stage and received their two minutes of fame and made us proud. Their models/handlers said they took the corners perfectly as if they were trained to do this every day. As they made their way out of the event area people continued to stop them and ask questions and ask to have more pictures taken with the hounds. People said they did great on the runways and said they "made the show."
Then they crashed and burned, as we knew they would. Kris and Nancy were tired, too, after a very long day.