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Bob Mazzer Goes To The Dogs

September 13, 2016
by the gentle author

Over the holidays, Contributing Photographer Bob Mazzer & I enjoyed a memorable day out among our friends, both human and canine, at the Romford Greyhound Owners’ Association attending their Annual Greyhound Show. RGOA undertake invaluable work finding homes for retired racing greyhounds and they have rehomed forty dogs so far this year and 2210 in total since 1977. Click here to pick which greyhound you will choose. As the persuasive Julie Coney, long-term stalwart of RGOA, suggested to me, ‘Why stop at just one?’

Colin O’Brien & I had planned to visit Romford dog track together but, since this was not to be, Bob Mazzer very graciously offered to stand in, undertaking the assignment on Colin’s behalf as a fellow-photographer’s affectionate tribute to a good friend.

Photographs copyright © Bob Mazzer

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. September 13, 2016

    This is a glam side of greyhound racing the pics are nice. Most owners treat them as family pets. I am more interested in the after life of these majestic dogs. Greyhound rescue do a good job in rehoming/welfare. Some dogs do not get loving homes ?where do they go. These dogs are soppy and smart they will nudge your hand and they like a warm duvets with odd walk or two or maybe three. John B. PS I was in a pub once something kept nudging my leg under the table !I looked down and saw a pair of smiling whippets eyes looking at me through the gloom that was really nice, of course, I smiled back.

  2. September 13, 2016

    When I retire, I shall have a brace of these beautiful dogs. May have to clear it with my two cats first, though..

  3. September 13, 2016

    Fantastic photos, theres a lot to love there :)

  4. September 13, 2016

    Very strong work Bob. I am interested to know what lens or lenses you were using that day.

  5. Greg Tingey permalink
    September 13, 2016

    Too late now, to bring back Walthamstow dog-track.
    [ But I still talk to a lot of greyhounds, they're so affectionate, usually. ]

  6. M D West permalink
    September 13, 2016

    Got to be a book in that session!

  7. pauline taylor permalink
    September 13, 2016

    My Godson ‘adopts’ retired greyhounds on a regular basis, but based on what he has told me, I don’t think that you should take one home however much you might love them unless you can provide lots of exercise for them. Chris is a fell walker and rock climber used to walking miles at a time so he can give his all the exercise that they need, at the moment I think he has three!! One of his early adoptees won over his father who had previously always insisted that he hated dogs; father was recovering from a triple heart bypass operation and the dog would lie beside him on the sofa keeping him company for hours on end and Sid soon fell in love with her!! Needless to say Chris took her out for regular runs across the fields as well.

  8. Neville Turner permalink
    September 13, 2016

    Photo’s of a working class activity which draws enormous visitors at ever diminishing tracks around the country captlvating pictures well done Bob MAzzer.

  9. Ros permalink
    September 14, 2016

    Really fab pictures from Bob Mazzer and a tribute to Colin for sure.

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