Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Greyhounds: Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, Shop Local

Boo has multiple fractures 
Passive fundraising, dog walking, and attractions coming

Cyber Monday and beyond
While you are hitting the keyboard for the best deals on Dec. 1 or anytime, please remember the greyhounds. Be sure to use Sign up for a free membership and select Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption as your favorite cause. Let your online purchases passively help raise funds for the hounds through gift buying from more than 1,500 of your favorite stores for everyone on your shopping list. It's simple and it works – so far, $800 has reached our coffers because you shopped through Ask your friends and family to do the same.
Remember will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice / enter Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.

Giving Tuesday 
This is a global movement on December 2nd to give back after those great deals you got on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Consider giving whatever you can whether a monetary donation or volunteering your time.
New arrival: Rocker has bedroom eyes 
Get the app Wooftrax and start walking your dog. Download the "Walk for a Dog" app for the Android and iphone and help raise funds for our hounds. Now you have another reason to start walking.

Fry’s Grocery Stores
When you shop at Fry's Grocery Store , a percentage of your purchases will be donated back to "Southern AZ Greyhound Adoption" ID# 37147. You can sign up at any Fry’s in store customer service or if you have an existing card, add our ID# online.

Shop Local 
Michelle and Brian Caillet, proprietors of the Greyt Escape (and who hosted the recent successful yard sale generating around $2,000) is hosting a Greyt Escape Holiday Sale on Sunday November 30 from 10 AM – 3 PM. Shop the entire selection of Greyt Escape accessories and ChellaBella Designs for special deals, sales, closeouts, and brand new merchandise. Email: for directions

Coming Attractions 

Contact to volunteer at any of these three December events:

Festival of the Arts - Oro Valley Marketplace
December 6 and 7
10 AM to 4 PM
Oracle Road south of Tangerine Road
Volunteers with or without greyhounds are still needed on Sunday 

Gulliver is Equine Voices mascot
Equine Voices Holiday Open House
December 13
11 AM to 3 PM
Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary in Amado
Steven Wolf, author of the book, "Comets Tale," (how the dog I rescued, saved my life) will be at the event. Come down and welcome him.
(Sorry, no dogs allowed except service dogs)

Tucson Downtown Parade of Lights and Holiday Festival  
December 20
Festival opens at 4 PM, tree lighting at 5:30 PM, parade at 6:30 PM
Festive volunteers are needed to walk with and without dogs in the parade

Save the date: 
January 13, 2015 – 6 to 7:30 PM
SA Greys will sponsor a free legal seminar on estate planning in conjunction with the law offices of Snell & Wilmer, no solicitation or products will be sold

Nigel Buggers, courtesy Neil Brogan
Here at Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, we are thankful for our adopters, volunteers, donors and people in the community who help us spread the word about all we do to transition retired racing greyhounds into forever homes. Happy Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Drum's Blog

Rory, a four year old red fawn boy, was loved by everyone at the kennel.  Rory, now Drum, is thriving in his forever home and living happily with three small dogs. 

Kennel antics
October 26 - Drum's first day and night in his new home.  He is getting along famously with my 3 little guys, even Brewski.  After several attempts at Brewski's "sneak attacks" from behind and me yelling at him, Brewski finally tried one and Drum turned around and let him know in no uncertain terms that his sneak attacks would not be tolerated!  Good for Drum!  And since then, Brewski hasn't bothered him at all.
Mom, he's in my bed!

November 10 - "...what a surprise I had yesterday.  I took Drum to a dog park here in Gilbert that has a lake.   A lot of owners, mostly of labs of course, throw toys out into the lake and the dogs run in after them.  

I took Drum into the big area and thought he'd just run around the huge area around the lake.  He immediately took off to the far side from me as I casually walked in that direction.  Within 30 seconds, I saw a guy throw a toy for his lab way out into the water.  Drum took off into the water right after him.  There's a slight downslope until he got to about his chest, then it drops off and in he went.  I got really scared at first thinking I was going to have to jump into the water to save him!  But he just kept going and swam after that lab following him until the lab came back onto the bank with his toy.  Well, every time the guy threw the toy for his lab, Drummer ran right in with least 7 or 8 times and loved every minute of it!  I finally had to grab him because the sun was starting to go down and we had to get home.  I honestly didn't think he'd go anywhere near the water.  I guess Drummer showed me!

Drum and Brewski
Last night  Drum was sleeping on his bed and who was laying right next to him on the bed but Brewski, the Dachshund who had such a problem with him initially.  They seem to have become really close buds!"

Guest blogger, Cindy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tucson Greyhounds - Weekly Updates and then some

Who doesn't love a good commute?
When You're a Jet...
Jet is a gorgeous boy who will celebrate his fourth birthday in January. He is looking for his forever home. Jet is living in an apartment and goes to work every day with his foster mom.

He is house-trained and likes to play with squeaky toys. Jet is super lovable (aren't they all?) and will most likely be happy in a quiet or busy home with or without other dogs.

Jet likes to counter surf and stole peanut butter and a banana from the kitchen. He's not telling whether he ate them together or separately.

His foster mom recently wrote a great blog about his first week in his foster home. Thank you Misty

Got Foster Stories? 
Of course you do.  Send to us and we'll publish here or separately.

Two Dozen Plus
SA Greys currently has at least 2 dozen dogs in our care – some are at the kennel, some are in foster care, and some are in foster care and cannot be adopted until they have been rehabilitated. We are an organization that cannot say no to the track. If they ask us to take a dog, we can’t leave him or her behind. Here are the latest arrivals, one has a broken leg.                        
                                                      Sprite says, "Blue is my color."

Please foster a hound. If you cannot -- ask your friends, neighbors, family, co-workers, and Facebook friends. If you cannot foster, please consider volunteering your time or making a donation or adopting. We need your help to transition these precious hounds to forever homes. Help us get more exposure in the community or across the nation. To foster a greyhound, fill out an application/if new or contact the coordinator.

El Tour de Tucson
This world-class event happens Saturday, Nov. 22 around town. If you have a meet & greet or volunteer at the Marana kennel be sure to allow extra time. Freeway ramps are closed between Tangerine Road and downtown. Check out the route to plan your movement. And if you’re riding – be safe!

Coming Attractions 
UPDATE: Saturday volunteers are almost full; needed most - Sunday volunteers

Oro Valley Festival of the Arts - Dec. 6 & 7
Held twice annually, this two day festival features up to 150 artists and exhibitors in all mediums, live music on the main stage, food vendors, family arts activities and greyhounds!

Volunteers are needed with or without their dogs to greet the public and talk about the joys of greyhound-ism. Some people have never petted a greyhound. Imagine that. Be their ambassadors.

Please consider volunteering with or without your dog. It's a great way to meet other volunteers and help the hounds put their best paws forward. You can sign up here.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Bay, Buzz and buddies - New SA Greys Arrivals

We thought you might like to meet some of the recent arrivals, Bay, Buzz, Jackson, Sprite, Zig Zag (our latest Jackie's Fund dog), and Aura our most recent "honorary greyhound".


It takes some hounds at the kennel a while to figure out toys, and some leave the kennel and move to foster homes without getting it.  Bay and Buzz have been comparing notes, and as you can see, they had it figured out after just a few days - toys are fun!

Jackson is a bit shy and fearful of people, but the calm and gentle kennel volunteers are helping him as he figures out his new life and new routines. 

Sprite, smashing in blue on a recent chilly morning.
Sprite came to us with a limp and a high fever and was not feeling very well.  This photo was taken right after she received the news that she was off to a foster home for some TLC.  She is a very cute and petite little girl - blue is her color, don't you think?

Sprite is consulting with the vet on Buzz's exam
Sprite was feeling well enough to give the vet at Twin Peaks some advice on Buzz's initial exam.  It must have been well received - the vet earned a kiss after the exam.

Zig Zag at the vet
This is ZigZag, a broken leg dog and the latest beneficiary of Jackie's Fund.  ZigZag went right from the track to Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, so watch for updates.

Aura is our latest honorary greyhound, a cute greyhound mix, who is in foster and enjoying life with her big brother, a black (of course!) greyhound Andy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tucson Greyhounds: Pinups, the Pet Connection, Coming Attractions

November 15 - See You There
Weekend Update

Artist Trunk Show – November 14
Baubles, bangles, beads…what’s not to like? 4-7 PM, complimentary wine and snacks served. 10% of sales will be donated to SA Greys. Location: Orange Grove / .75 miles west of Oracle Road. BYO friends. For the address/info, check out the Facebook event.        

Pinups, Pets, Cars - November 15 
This event has something for everyone. Let's see -- pinups (AZ Dolls), adoption groups (SA Greys, Rescue a Golden AZ, Tucson Cold Wet Noses and Tucson Reptile Rescue), vintage cars, raffles, vaccinations (for dogs), food, music, fun, fruits & vegetables. Please bring dog food donations. It all happens at the Rincon Valley Farmers Market, 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail. The Pet Connection portion runs from 9 AM – 2 PM and the car show from 11 AM – 2 PM.

Check out our calendar for meet & greets around town.

Thank YOU
Last weekend some fabulous adopters/volunteers in our greyhound community held two different fundraisers on our behalf.

Thank you to Michelle & Brian Caillet of the Greyt Escape who held a two-day yard sale where a steady stream of shoppers left with massive amounts of must-have items. Thank you also to everyone who delivered and contributed items and their time volunteering.

Later that night Dancers Anonymous and the DanceLoft led by Reness Nasca-Vaughan dedicated their ticket sales to SA Greys. Take a bow!

We so appreciate these funding efforts. If you have more opportunities for us, please contact John Clark, President.  
Tripp Does the Hokey Pokey

Shout Out to PCC Vet Tech Club
Where would the world be without vet techs? SA Greys loves the vet techs and for all they do for the pet community. Come out to Bookman's on Speedway/Wilmot from 2 to 4 PM to meet the Pima Community College vet techs who dazzle us under their monikker -- "For the Love of Paws." They will be promoting the vet tech program through games and fun activities. These canine and feline-loving good citizens will also be fundraising for the American Cancer Society's Bark for Life event on November 15.  Thank you for all you do.

Coming Attractions 

Oro Valley Festival of the Arts - Dec. 6 & 7
Held twice annually, this two day festival features up to 150 artists and exhibitors in all mediums, live music on the main stage, food vendors.  family arts activities and greyhounds!

Volunteers are needed with or without their greyhounds to greet the public and talk about the joys of greyhound-ism. Some people have never petted a greyhound. Imagine that. Be their ambassadors.

Please consider volunteering with or without your hound. It's a great way to meet other volunteers and help the hounds put their best paws forward.

You can sign up to volunteer here.  You do not need to register or keep a password. Easy, peasy

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Thank you for reading. ROO