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Archive for May 7th, 2014

Boat/Dog Blog: We’re fundraising again!

Posted by indigodream on 7 May, 2014

May 7th 2014

Indigo Dream is on her way to Birmingham to take part in the Birmingham Canal Navigation (BCN) 24-hour Marathon Challenge on the 24th & 25th May. As before, we’re using it as an opportunity to raise funds for the Retired Greyhound Trust – to be split between our favourite branches – Greyhoundhomer, who have been so supportive in letting us adopt so many needy hounds and Perry Barr, who  do a great job of rehoming greyhounds in Birmingham as well as being named after a rather fine flight of locks 🙂

The BCN 24-hour Marathon Challenge is exactly that – a challenge to cruise round as much of the BCN in 24 hours, gathering points along the way. You get points for completing obscure parts of the BCN, doing locks and for answering “treasure hunt” questions.

In 2011 we came third and raised a splendid £2,500. This year, our crew are working on a really tough route, we are going to try very hard to do better but only YOU can help us to beat our fundraising target!

Our human crew will be  Christine from nb Ketura, Greygal and the Synth Prof from nb Henry H with Sue (that’s me!) and Richard from nb Indigo Dream. Our greyhound crew will be Archie, Henry, Herbie and Rosie – all experienced narrowboaters 🙂

Our journey into narrowboating and retired greyhounds started in May 1996 when we bought our own boat, Indigo Dream, and adopted our first retired greyhound, Blue. Blue was soon joined by our second greyhound, Lou, and we cruised the length and breadth of England together.

Sadly, Blue and Lou are long gone, but Indigo Dream cruises on with their houndie successors. So far, we have welcomed 33 retired greyhounds on board, as well as 13 of their “honorary greyhound” friends. Everywhere we cruise, the greyhounds are the stars – they teach people the virtues of rehoming a gentle companion who will be forever grateful for their forever sofa.

We welcome all donations, not matter how small. It takes very little to bring a smile to a retired greyhound’s face 🙂

Ways to donate...

Ways to donate…


Many thanks to Mrs P for doing the  artwork for us!!!


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