Mini jockey Emily Nickles took out the best-dressed at Nelson’s Great Global Greyhound Walk on Sunday. Photo: Barry Whitnall Photography

Nelson greyhounds take part in ‘Great Global Walk’

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Almost two dozen greyhounds paraded through Nelson central on Sunday as part of the Great Global Greyhound Walk, celebrating rescued and retired racing greyhounds.

‘Greyhounds as Pets NZ’ joined the ‘Great Global Greyhound Walk’, a British event that went global in 2014.

Last year’s event saw 275 walks across the globe promoting greyhounds as pets instead of racers.

“We just want to raise awareness for greyhounds and what awesome pets they are,” says greyhound owner Olivia Martyn, who adds there are a lot of misconceptions about the animals.

“People always say they must need heaps of exercise but they are the laziest pet you’ll ever meet.”

The walk started and finished at Trafalgar Park and the best-dressed competition went to mini jockey Emily Nickles.

The group’s next walk is December 6 and Olivia says anyone who wants to participate or is interested in greyhounds should visit the ‘GAP Nelson and Marlborough’ Facebook page.