We’ve got a bunch of VIPs headed to our convention – they’ll be strutting down the red carpet on four paws.
While we may not actually have red carpets laying down, our VIPs are just as important and even more special: our Charity for 2017, After The Track!
We love helping out our four-legged friends, especially when they’re so eager to be a part of our community! Let’s not forget that they’re rockstars themselves, having been racing dogs that know how to put on a show. We’ve got a few of these amazing greyhounds joining us over the weekend – why not get to know them a little better beforehand? (And yes, they are all good dogs. Every one of them!)
Racing name: P’s Nip N Tuck
Her Story: Retired racer from Ebro, Florida, she’s truly one of the “Rock Stars” of the After the Track entourage. Going on 6 years being our #1 “ambassa-dog”, Phoenix draws crowds everywhere with her ability to chill out in literally any situation. Diva level: Rhianna (or maybe Mariah Carey at the gym).
Favorite Pastimes: Thievery. Everything is hers – from hoarding mom’s boots, to stress-testing all the donated foster toys. She also enjoys sleeping up to 22 hours a day. She also enjoys nibbling the tummy of her kitty brother, Beeker.
Personality: Pretty on the outside. Cartoon theme songs running 24/7 on the inside.
Charity Work: Phoenix is a certified St. John’s Therapy Dog and a Canine Blood Donor.
“Fur”sona: When taking over her mom’s bed, her legs make her like an octopus learning to use chopsticks.
Racing name: Backwood Valdez (Although he technically never raced. But please, don’t bring this up to him in conversation. He is very sensitive about his career that never was.)
Favourite Toy: He’s not big on toys. He’s more inclined to read a good book. If he had to choose though, it would probably be his “bobo”, which is a little stuffed rabbit that he has had since retirement.
Favourite Pastimes: Eating, thinking about the next meal, going on walks (the sole function of these walks is to search for food), having his ears and neck “scritched”, stealing food from his mommy, disobeying mommy, scheming on the downfall of the feline species, dreaming of eating, being the object of any and all human attention whenever possible, and reading creative non-fiction. Did we mention eating?
Personality: A deep thinker and gentle soul. Benz is a deity trapped in a dog’s body. He’s beautiful guy with a huge heart and a curious spirit.
“Fur”sona: A wise owl (hunting for his dinner).
Racing Name: CTW Arch Bishop
M.O.: Magnum is a big, goofy boy who loves head scratches, car rides and his giant bed. Coming out of Texas and then Alabama, he raced 9 times only before retiring in May 2015 at the age of 2.
Favourite Things: He loves all other animals and people. He pulls the classic greyhound “chatter”, which means that he clicks his teeth when he’s happy. He’s constantly looking for attention (or a nice crunchy duck foot), but the rest of the time, he’s napping the day away.
Personality: Laid back, friendly and easy going – Magnum is truly the “Boy Next Door” of ATT. He is one of our favourite meet-n-greet dogs (mainly because he’s so tall, you don’t need to stoop to pet him!).
Fun Fact: Magnum’s mom is a member of the paparazzi — and uploads several photos of him to his own Facebook account daily!
“Fur”sona: A majestic reindeer in a Hawaiian shirt.
Racing Name: Flying Curate
Fun Fact: Cricket got her name because from the day she entered her forever home, she hopped up and down like a cricket to greet people. She is always jumping and excited to meet new friends!
Favourite Things: Hands down, she loves to go for walks. She likes nothing more than getting out and exploring the world. Every time her mom makes a move to the door, Cricket assumes that it’s walk time and the bouncing starts again! This said, she also loves snuggling on the couch with her head in mom or dad’s lap.
What Motivates Her: She loves meal times! She gets so excited when her bowl is being filled that she chatters her teeth in excitement. As a good sister, she always checks to make sure her brother, Gee, hasn’t missed anything from his. Sharing is caring, after all.
Personal Struggles: Since retirement she has tried very hard to master the roach (where greyhounds sleep stretched out on their back). She’s almost there! She studies Gee intently, and she believes one day she will master the technique!
“Fur”sona: A cricket of course! Or maybe a kangaroo.
Racing Name: PD Dark Winonah
Aliases: Wynonna from Daytona. Track Legend.
Record: Retired after winning her last race in Sept 2012, Wynonna raced a total of 144 times, and was quite the competitor. Even now, when she hangs out with her greyhound friends at the park, she has been known to let everyone else to run a few laps around the park first, before cutting in for the win.
Bio: Wynonna found a forever couch once she made her way to Canada. Despite loving to chase “Lucky” (Daytona Beach Track’s lure bunny), she lives in harmony with a sassy, furry kitty brother named Boa.
Favourite Toy: She has a lot of toys to choose from, so it’s hard to pick a favourite, but if she had to choose, it would be the little squeaky chicken her foster sister (Phoenix!) gave to her when she brought Wynonna to her “fur”ever home.
More About Wynonna: She is cool and calm, and has even helped to save other dogs by being a canine blood donor. She is a “Danger Magnet” since where ever there is trouble, she seems to find it! Spends more time in the vet’s office than any other dog.
“Fur”sona: The elusive “Wynicorn” … a rare sight indeed! Come on by, if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse!
Racing Name: AMF Open Arms
About: They say “nice guys finish last”, but that’s not the case with Tux. Retired from racing in 2015 at the age of 4, Tux had a successful career, having raced almost 180 races at Daytona Beach Kennel Club. It’s in his genes, as his dad is famous greyhound hall-of-fame legend, Flying Penske.
Challenges: Tux is unable to walk down the street without stopping to greet everyone he sees. He’s the ultimate outgoing hound. He also suffers from multiple personality disorder – he thinks he’s a cow! His mom is always catching him grazing in the backyard eating grass.
Career Path: After retirement, Tux wanted to share his talents with the world (other than racing, that is). Most notably, his uncanny ability to brighten a room with his sweet face. He is an active St. John Ambulance Therapy dog, and regularly brings comfort and support to people in his community.
Favourite Things: As his racing name suggests (AMF Open Arms), he absolutely loves hugs.
“Fur-sona”: A Holstein Cow. Mooooooo-ve along, little doggies!
Click here to visit our Charity page, dedicated to After The Track!
That’s it for our Spotlights heading into Furnal Equinox 2017: Rock The Fandom! With so many more rockstars and special guests that’ll be in Toronto, you’ll just have to find them all in under two weeks’ time. Stay tuned for our final updates leading up to our convention’s start!