Mission (Rev: Jan 2011)
The mission of The [Singing and] Dancing Greyhound Comedy Show was to educate and entertain. Although primarily a dog resource, we did venues as diverse as pet fairs, state and county fairs, humane societies, schools, hospitals, parades, rehabilitation centers, senior centers, RV rallies, Founders’ Days, libraries, churches, store and car dealership openings and mall entertainment. (See our Tour History Page for references.)
We were the only troupe providing a mobile, full-service "Greyhound Infotainment Center" to help raise funds for organizations, spice up picnics, reunions, fun days or info-tain the younger generation. Full service included: Dancing Greyhound Comedy Shows, seminars on No Fear/No Pain Methods of Discipline, Do Your Own Dog Dentals, Introduction to Fostering, Behavior Problem Solving round tables and other dog-related subjects, with question-and-answer time. For youth groups or schools we had a special presentation on dog safety and reading canine body language, while the Girls provided comic relief in the back ground. We did nail clipping clinics at Greyhound gatherings.
Our program was tailored to meet our host’s needs. The shows ran from eight minutes and shorter to 45 minutes and longer. Seminars ran about an hour with extra time for Q&A. (However, we only sang for Greyhound and Basset groups.) We could be booked for as many events in a single locale as our schedule allowed. There were always other groups in the community who would enjoy a little free fun and laughter.
We never charged a fee for our services; it was what we did with our retirement. We were on a fixed-income from a single government pension; our policy was, "We don't charge you and you don't charge us."
For informational purposes only, the following was part of the original Dancing Greyhounds scheduling procedure.
Inviting the Dancing Greyhounds – FAQ’s
Q: How do I know if they are available or will be in my area?
A: Check their Tour Page; however, we must limit the Team to one city per weekend. Minnesota on Saturday and New Mexico on Sunday is not doable.
Q: How much do they charge or how much will it cost to have them appear for us?
A: Nada! If you are a non-commercial, non-profit, pro/neutral group, we do not charge. In return we ask you not to charge us to perform at your function, i.e., registration fee, entrance or parking.
We never want to turn down a Greyhound or humane society group, a school, church or senior center just because they don’t have funds. We do not care how big or small your group or turn out is.
We do accept donations. The Girls love stuffies and treats. A burger or beverage at your event is nice. Other donation ideas are gift cards.
Q: What do I need to provide?
A: The Team will need a place to park their fully self-contained motorhome. A parking lot, with owner’s permission is preferred. The Girls’ motorhome/RV is 52 feet long, as we tow a car carrier. We are 12 feet tall, so we have to watch out for low trees and electric wires.
Please, no private campgrounds. We have our own water, electricity. We will need parking accommodations for the night before and the night of your event. (We do not drive after dark.) We clean up after our love objects and are respectful of our surroundings.
We take the Girls “dressing room” to the events, so they may rest in the Queensize, with air conditioning, before performances. In this case we will still be 12 feet tall, but can unhook our car carrier and reduce our length to 32-33 feet.
Q: What do the Girls need for their performance?
A: They will need an area at least 15 feet by 30 feet. The bigger the better, as shady as possible.
We have preformed indoors on stages, astro-turf like surfaces, conference rooms, gymnasiums, class rooms, lobbies, malls, club houses, senior center day rooms and a parking garage.
Outdoors: No dry sand volley ball courts! Asphalt and concrete is great. Basketball and tennis courts, soccer or baseball, fields, parking lots, OK! If grass or dirt, level surfaces are appreciated. Other dogs must not have recently used it for a bathroom.
We have our own ring set up and sound system. If you do not approve of our rope flags, you may certainly build your own for us.
Q: How long is the show?
A: The standard performance is about a half-hour. Depending on weather and the Girls’ moods, it could run 45 minutes or longer. If you have a set time limit, we can conform. If more than one performance is desired, the Girls require at least an hour between shows. IOW, the shows can be as long or as short as you need. We will cater to your news media, so they do not need wait to get photos.
To promote your event, you may use any of the photos or bio information from our site. If using something from a particular photogs link, please credit him or her.
Q: What other services do you offer?
A: Seminars on: Companion training, No Fear/No Pain Methods of Discipline, behavior problem solving, fostering, general problem solving. We have an excellent DIY Greyhound dental, using members of the audience. Probably anything else Greyhound you can think of.
Nail clipping clinics are offered for donations.
We do school programs, mainly geared to the 13 and under group. The Girls put on a show, I give a few pointers on how to avoid dog bites and how to approach a strange dog. (Don’t.) A question and answer period is available. Organized petting time can be arranged. This runs about an hour and we have handled up to 850 children in one day, through multiple performances.
Visits to hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers or other places that would provide your group with PR opportunities can be arranged if our schedule permits.
We have three requirements:
1. A statement you have no anti-racing agenda or other canine political issues.
2. An area 15 feet wide by 30 feet long to perform, preferably concrete, asphalt or a non-skid surface, indoors or out. (We can do less area. Notify us in advance if slick floors.) We have our own ring set-up.
3. A no-cost area to park our home and car carrier for the night prior to your event and the night of the event. We do not drive after dark. A parking lot, with owner permission is fine. We are fully self-contained.
It does not matter if your event is large or small, dog related or not. Please check our Tour page for dates and route.
Note to Greyhound Groups: We will not become involved in political agendas or local rivalries. We promote the adoption of Greyhounds and want humans and dogs to live in harmony. Therefore, we accept invitations from pro-Greyhound racing or neutral groups only. If your intent in inviting us is to cause dissension or involves animal rights organizations, we respectfully decline.