Style Update and Special Announcement: Matching Boots with Billy

posted on: Friday, 20 March 2015

I am so honored today to announce a very special new project for Fashion Foie Gras with Dogs Trust in the UK. As you all know, I am a crazy animal lover and I've shared with you my many experiences with dogs around the world other the years - in particular, my beloved Boomer. Sadly, as I am a bit of a wanderer these days, I haven't been able to keep a pet of my own in London. It just becomes too hard on the animal, in my particular situation. But, I so badly wanted to find a way to be a part of animals' lives when I was in London, so I found a way. Enter Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity that provides outreach programs, education, information, legislation, and, most importantly here, dogs for rehoming. This is an organization that is, in short, just about the most amazing charity I've come across in my 35 years on the planet. And if you are a dog lover, I think you're going to like what's coming next.

After speaking extensively with Dogs Trust about how I could help them in their efforts to rehome our four legged friends, we hatched many plans to work together, the first of which I'm kicking off today. Here's the first thing you need to know. Dogs Trust never EVER puts a healthy dog down. Every dog is worthy of a home and life, even if that means the furry friends stay a little longer than usual with the friendly folks at the shelter. So.... I wanted to start by helping to spread the word about the amazing canines that are looking for new homes in the UK. 

What does this mean for FFG readers?

From this day moving forward, every Friday FFG will feature a new canine friend looking for a family at Dogs Trust. These are dogs I have met and played with at the shelter, and ones which I have fallen head over heels in love with in the process. Essentially, they are Heinz 57 fabulousness that I would adopt in a heartbeat, if I could. They all have incredibly unique stories and personalities and I'm hoping to share it all here with each introduction. We're going to try and shake things up with the posts on Fridays - some will be style posts with the pups, and others will just be me getting down and dirty with my spirited little sprinters. 

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Billy, the greyhound. I'm starting with Billy for two reasons. First of all, I have been dreaming about Billy since the day I met him. He was the one elegant gentleman that I wish I could have adopted above all others. Secondly, I'm starting with Billy because he was the biggest surprise for me. I have never in my life been a lover of greyhounds. They are dogs, so of course I love them no matter what, but greyhounds have never been a breed I lean towards adopting. Billy changed all of that. 

Billy's story is much like that of most greyhounds that find themselves in shelters- he's a former racing dog. He's now hung up his racing duties, however, and currently just wants to find himself a home where there's a comfortable bed and a loving human. Of course you can read all of that in Billy's profile online, but here's what the profile won't tell you. I selected Billy to come out and be my style partner in crime because was was strikingly beautiful. When I first laid eyes on him, he picked his head up from his bed in the most sophisticated fashion. It was as if he was a ballerina. Even as he stood up to greet his lead, he did so with style and grace. Immediately, he was pegged as my style partner for this visit.

Billy and I started outside, where he walked with me like a seasoned professional. We joked he'd be perfect for a future catwalk. He enjoyed every bit of the camera attention he received. But, that wasn't the best part. We came inside after a while and based ourselves in the training room, which you'll be seeing a lot of in the posts to come. Once Billy was off his lead, he stayed by my side, walking as I did. Then we entered into play mode with a tennis ball and Billy came alive. He leapt through the air with the greatest of ease, fetching the ball and returning for love, attention and another episode of retrieving. I'm afraid I exhausted the big man. It's obvious he gets lots of affection from the volunteers at the Dogs Trust, which I can easily understand as this big softy is just too lovable to leave alone. Leaving him was damn near impossible.

Billy is still looking for a home, as I write this. He is truly one of the most special pups I have met in quite some time and would be an excellent addition to any family. 

Check out Billy, and all his other friends currently waiting for families, by clicking over to the Dogs Trust website. And, if you can't adopt, think about donating. I was so amazed at what I saw at the Dogs Trust facility. In fact, that's a whole other story and one which I'll be sharing more of in the future. Bottom line is that all this incredible work with the dogs requires a lot of money to keep running and a lot of manpower to operate. So, whether it's through time or money, I hope I can encourage you to be a part of this incredible organization. See you next Friday with a new pup to promote!