It was a case of "spot the statue" recently when the local chapter of Greyhounds As Pets owners and their dogs headed out of the gate and off for a walk to visit their bronzed cousin Bitzer Maloney and his friends at Tauranga's waterfront.

The group of ex-racing greyhounds were only too happy to help Bitzer, Hairy and friends take on the pesky Scarface Claw.

Local Greyhounds as Pets co-ordinator Anne Betham said most people don't realise how hilled out, lazy, quiet and placid real-life Bitzer Maloneys are.

"The greyhounds just loved the attention that they got from all the children and adults with lots of pats, cuddles and photos taken while they were there," she says.

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The outing was one of the monthly walks Greyhounds as Pets hold on the second Sunday of each month around the region.

"A number of early morning drivers, shoppers and cafe-goers rubbed their eyes and stared in amazement as the greyhounds and owners casually walked through central Tauranga and the new Wharf Street Dining Precinct," Anne says.

Information on adopting a greyhound and profiles of the dogs currently looking for homes can be found on the GAP website - www.greyhoundsaspets.org.nz or on their Facebook page.