Humans and hounds travel to Southern Utah from as far away as England just to strut their stuff on the streets of Kanab. The annual event is one of the largest, three-day, Greyhound Gatherings in the western United States.
Greyhound lovers have been around since Ancient Egypt. Greyhounds are even mentioned in Proverbs as one of four things that are stately. In Ancient Egypt, the birth of a greyhound was second in importance only to the birth of a human boy.
Claudia Presto, the event director, said that while in modern times greyhounds are known for their racing prowess and the abuse and abandonment they suffer when they no longer earn money for their breeders, they’ve historically been treated lovingly as loyal companions of royalty and treasured family members.
The modern-day greyhound lovers, who’ve rescued these retired speedy hounds, love to get together and have fun and celebrate. Those who have traveled from all over the U.S. and registered for the event will enjoy Best Friends Animal Sanctuary tours, speakers, hikes, live and silent auctions and a drawing, meals and memories surrounded by the vermilion cliffs.