We learned that the person who was coming to speak about the Candy Cane Rescue greyhounds will not be able to attend.
We plan to have a number of great speakers this October including
Dr. Dr. Noe Reyes, Chief Medical Officer, ELIAS Animal Health who will speak on a breakthrough in immunotherapy treatment for greyhounds with osteosarcoma.
Jennifer Saker, who runs the Greyhound Amber Alert facebook page, will speak on preventing and finding lost greyhounds.
Paul Noia who will speak on the virtues of CBD products which are being used in many aspects of life for humans and animals
Christine Stinger will discuss issues related to feeding sighthounds a raw diet.
Jane Fowler, a rep from Pets Global will talk about the health benefits of the numerous varieties of kibble made by Pets Global (Zignature brand).
Elaine Knuth will speak about the dogs helped by Desert Hound Express Foundation and their work in finding homes for salukis.
Carol Becker will speak about what she expects to happen with the greyhounds who will be thrown out of a job by the end of greyhound racing in Florida in December, 2020.
Cassidy Grunninger of Dunner Law PLLC, in Washington D.C., will do a presentation for us on trademark and copyright law. Any small business people should consider attending.
Bernie Wright will attend from Ireland to speak about the current situation with irish Greyhounds.
Jacqueline Howard will talk about the efforts of Candy Cane Rescue to rescue greyhounds from the meat trade in China.
More to come. Watch this space.
Why Can't Everything be in Dewey Beach? This brings up a suggestion we hear from time to time from the "old timers." Why can't we have the event, with vendors, speakers and registration, all in Dewey Beach like we used to do? To answer this question, you have to understand how the little town of Dewey Beach has changed from 1995 until today.
History From 1995 to 2008 the event was managed by The Greyhound Project. It was held in tents, parking lots and restaurants around the Town of Dewey Beach. After a nor'easter blew down the vendor tents in 2007, the Greyhound Project decided to stop managing the event. The reasons were eloquently expressed and had to do with the development of condos and hotels in Dewey Beach which diminished open areas or restaurants where the event could be held. They also cited the difficulty of obtaining liability insurance after the tents blew down. Thus the event officially "left" Dewey Beach with the Greyhound Project in 2008 due to the lack of available space.
Today, ten years later, Dewey Beach still offers very few suitable options for hosting the event. We have combed through the parking lots and businesses of Dewey Beach to find a location. We have checked with parking lot owners and real estate experts. We have spoken to Town officials. Condos have taken over much of the open space of the town. Space is at a premium. A small home in Dewey Beach will sell for over a million dollars. There is much less room now for the event than there was in 2008 when the Greyhound Project decided the town could no longer support the event. Businesses do not want to give up their parking lot. Many businesses do not allow dogs.
The Hyatt Place in downtown DB, perhaps the one space that is large enough to host the event, offered us a reasonable price for their modest meeting room for 2018. Their ballrooms, after remodeling, are now priced at $10,000 each ... not for the week but for one day. Not a realistic option for a charity trying to help greyhounds.
With our securing the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center as our host location for 2019, all these concerns about where to hold the event in Dewey Beach have disappeared. Our vendors do not have to buy an annual vendor license for $109 as they had to do in Dewey Beach. We do not have to buy a business license for the event.
The Summer is Over So Things Should be Cheap
Those who think the summer tourist season is over by Labor Day, and that we should be able to get bargains everywhere, are misinformed. Prices at hotels and restaurants can be very high at this time of year. October is peak wedding season for this beach resort, particularly for the Washington, D.C. crowd. Compared to Washington, D.C., Dewey Beach prices are a bargain. In 2018, there were auto races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Dover Speedway. This competition for accommodations impacts area hotel availability and prices.
E-Booklet We asked whether or not the E-Booklet was helpful in planning your weekend. 83% of respondents felt the E-Booklet was helpful. 5.5% felt that they glanced at it but it wasn't all that helpful. About 8% offered a comment.
Several people in past surveys said they wanted the E-Booklet sooner, more than a week to ten days before the event. The fact is, information is changing right up to the beginning of the event. Speakers can change their minds or new speakers could decide to respond to invitations posed months earlier. Vendors cancel or decide to attend. Hotels get new owners and change policies. A booklet produced a month early would be even less accurate than the booklet we create now. We do post regular changes to the event on this Updates page so that people have new and changing information ahead of time. Printing the E-Booklet even earlier would not help people get more accurate and correct information.
Traffic Some folks complained that the traffic at the beach is very heavy, especially on Rt. 1. As we indicated above, the beach is very popular at the beginning of October. We wish there was less traffic but we unfortunately don't have that power.
Schedule Communication Some folks wanted better communication about the event schedule. We send out an E-booklet with a great deal of information a week before the event. We also handed out a double-sided sheet at the registration table with schedule information. That said, we think we can do a better job of make the schedule clearer within one section of the booklet. Some folks said there were too many things going on for a four day weekend. Part of the beauty of this event is that while you can't do everything, you get to chose what you do.
Informal Iggy Party
The annual Iggy party hosted by Sarah Dougherty will take place again this year!
When: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm or so.
Where: 1603 Bayard Ave., Dewey Beach (north end of town), outside on the back deck and fenced back yard. In the event of rain, festivities will move to the front screened porch.
Please bring beverages or snacks to share, drop in anytime. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you want to make use of the hot tub!
** This is an unofficial event, not part of GRTB. Anyone with Italian Greyhounds or Whippets is welcome. **
Greyhounds Reach the Beach® is a registered trademark of The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc. The trademark refers to the greyhound event begun in 1995, and held in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, for four days every Columbus Day weekend. Managed by The Greyhound Project for many years, the event is now managed by The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc., a Delaware registered, IRS approved 501(c)3 non-profit Delaware corporation established for the benefit of greyhounds and other sighthounds.
All proceeds from The Grapehound Wine Tour® event in New York and the Greyhounds Reach the Beach® event in Delaware go to pay for event costs and the balance donated to participating 501(c)3 greyhound adoption organizations so that they may transport, vet, and place adopted greyhounds from race tracks around the country. No officer or member of our Board of Directors receives any money whatsoever for our volunteer services.
Sam Keenan, a pet photographer from Erdenheim, PA, will be taking candid photos and doing portraits on the beach for greyhound families at the event. You may reach herat email@example.com
Donations for 2018 Our expenses were very high in 2018 but we were able to raise about $8,500 for greyhound adoption. Thank you for your help is supporting greyhound adoption!
2018 proceeds were donated to
Greyhound Pet Adoption of Delaware (Newark, DE)
Forever Home Greyhound Adoption (Middleburg, NY)
God's Greyts (Orlando, FL)
Midwest Greyhound Adoption (Sugar Grove, IL)
Virginia Greyhound Adoption (Mechanicsville, VA)
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2019 Greyhounds Reach the Beach® Updates!
October 9-13, 2019
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Cape May-Lewes Ferry Discount
Each year we set up a discount on the Cape May Ferry for our greyhound participants. You may reserve your trip for the dates between October 5th and October 14, inclusive.
Please mention Greyhounds Reach the Beach and cite
Group Customer Number – CN108434
Travelling between October 5th and October 14th. Departure times TBD
Your one-way discounted prices are below
The standard cost of the ferry in October is $35.00 for vehicle and passenger and $10 for each additional passenger over 14 years old.
So there is a nice savings in this discount. Typically a driver and passenger would cost $45 for a one way trip; with this discount it's only $28, a $17 savings each way.
Call 1-800-643-3779 to resrve your trip. (Can't use discount code on website).
New GRtB 25th Anniversary Shirts
Our new Greyhounds Reach the Beach® anniversary shirts are designed and ready for 2019!
Advance orders are now closed. Some shirts in most sizes will be available for sale at the event but try to buy early (Weds or Thurs) as we expect to sell out.
Walking Tours We have arranged two walking tours with the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society in downtown Rehoboth Beach on Thursday, Oct. 10 (9AM-11AM) and on Friday, Oct. 11 (2-4PM). The Thursday tour is open to the public and the Friday tour is for greyhound owners and dogs. Be sure to reserve your spot by calling (302) 227-7310. Tours may be cancelled if they are not filled.
Details will available in the GRtB Ebooklet which will be sent out to registrants soon.
Pirate Party Bus We have scheduled a local bus tour for greyhounds and owners on Friday, 10/11, from 10AM to 2PM. The tour will travel via bus through old Lewes, then stop for a nice walk on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park. The tour will end with an a la carte luncg at Crooked hammock Brew Pub. Call (302) 569-2273 to make your reservation. Cost if $30 if you are registered, $40 if you're not.
Update 9/10 All mail order shirts were shipped by 9/23.
The printing company found that the Haines ladies cut shirts were not the right proportions for printing our wrap-around logo. We have changed the ladies cut shirts to comparable 100% cotton navy blue shirts made by Port & Company. The universal cut shirts are still Gildan.
Our gorgeous Greyhounds Reach the Beach® logo was designed by greyhound artist Linda K. Evans of East Clarendon, Vermont. Linda will be exhibiting her art at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center this October with about thirty other top greyhound vendors.
Greyhounds Reach the Beach®
October 10-13, 2019 It's all about the greyhounds.©
Our E-booklet is completed and we have emailed a copy to each registrant. The current E-Booklet version is 1.7.
The E-Booklet contains our schedules for the event, information about the vendors who will be with is, a schedule and biographies of speakers, and much more.
Temporary Policy from Delaware Division of Health about Dogs on Restaurant Decks
[The Delaware Division of Health recently suspended -- and then reinstated -- its policy of allowing dogs on restaurant patios and decks for restaurants which choose to allow dogs. Here is their newest update to this policy.
Animals and Food Establishments
Information for Food Establishment Permit Holders and Persons-in-Charge
Question: As the permit holder or person-in-charge of a food establishment, can my customers bring their dog or other animals into the interior of a food establishment?
Answer: No, the State of Delaware Food Code, in chapter 6 section 501.115 titled “Prohibiting Animals” prohibits animals in food establishments. The restrictions apply to live animals. Only in specific situations (such as the use of service animals) and under controlled conditions are live animals permitted inside a food establishment. The reasons for the restrictions include, but are not limited to: Animals carry disease-causing organisms and can transmit pathogens to humans through direct and/or indirect contamination of food and food contact surfaces. Animals shed hair continuously and may deposit liquid or fecal waste, creating the need for more frequent and
rigorous cleaning efforts.
Question: As the permit holder or person-in-charge of a food establishment, can my customers bring their dog to the outdoor area of a restaurant?
Answer: While it is prohibited, the Division of Public Health (DPH) food safety inspection officers will not strictly enforce this provision of the Food Code until further discussions can take place. DPH will
provide updated guidance by the end of 2019. If food stablishment owners elect to allow dogs in outdoor areas in the meantime, it is recommended they follow Industry Best Practices.
Industry Best Practices
Food establishments are allowed to restrict dogs from outdoor dining areas. There should be separate access to the outdoor area; no dog should pass through any interior area of a restaurant.
There should be no food storage or preparation in the outdoor area. This includes beverage stations and food stations, such as raw oyster bars. Dogs may be allowed in outdoor areas with bars, but customers with dogs should not be seated directly at the bar.
There should be conspicuous signage posted at each entrance to the outdoor area that notifies all consumers that dogs may be present in the area.
There should be written policies, available for review upon request, describing food establishment procedures for the safe and sanitary cleaning of surfaces and materials soiled by urine, fecal, vomitus matter, etc. The food establishment’s existing vomit and diarrhea clean up procedures may be utilized.
Exclude any dog that is not well controlled by its owner or handler. Dogs should be on a leash and not socialize with other diners or employees, unless welcomed.
Dogs are not allowed on chairs or tables.
Dogs are not permitted to eat or drink out of restaurant glasses or dishes. Single use bowls should be provided upon request. Disposable bowls should never be placed on tables, chairs, or food contact surfaces.
Food establishments should revise food employee hand washing policies to include additional hand washing after any contact with dogs and/or their disposable dishes.