Saturday, January 24, 2015

AVAILABLE HOUND CAMI

Meet Cami, one of our available hounds we would love to see find her forever home. We think this active girl would do best as an only. For more information, please visit our website.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM MEETING

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM MEETING

When
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Where
City of Tucson Midtown Service Center
1100 S. Alvernon Way
(northwest corner of 22nd and Alvernon)

There will be a Communications team meeting Sunday, January 25th from 1-3 pm at the 22nd Street Police Sub-Station. And, yes! you should attend.
It is going to be a informative and fun meeting covering a whole host of topics, which will include: what Communications has been up to, what we want to do, and how we are going to accomplish it. There will also be a social media expert who will discuss aspects of social media and how they can be utilized to our benefit and will answer any questions you may have. We will be helping our individual volunteers get set up with their respective platforms and meet the other volunteers they will be working with. We will be working on the new blogging schedule. We will also be offering a short photography tutorial for anyone interested. 
We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for all you do for the hounds.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

THE FOSTERING OF A GREYHOUND

The Fostering of a Greyhound
by SA Grey's volunteer Misty
In June of 2014, I adopted my first pet ever. Seriously, first pet ever for me. He was a White and Brindle Greyhound named "Wink". I changed his name to "The Doctor" for a couple of reasons; first, because I'm a mad Dr. Who nerd, and the second, just like Dr. Who, he showed up when I needed him the most in my life. We had more fun together and I couldn't have loved another breathing and living creature more. Then in July, he started having seizures, brutal seizures, and two Vets couldn't figure out what was wrong with him.  Mid September, I had to rebound him. Two days after I had rebounded him so that he would get the medical attention that he so desperately needed, he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. The agony was more than my heart could bare. To this day, my heart still breaks for my beloved Dr., he was my first pet as well as my first love.
After that, I knew I had to help the other hounds, as well as Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, where I had adopted the Dr. from. I absolutely love all of the wonderful men and women who help these houndies, and am forever grateful to them for helping me with the Doctor. So I signed up to volunteer, for both kennel turnout and for fund raisers; there is always so much enjoyment being around everyone and I was able to get my greyhound fix as well.   
It was brought to my attention that I should start fostering.  After some serious thought, I signed up. It is the most gratifying experience ever!  To watch a greyhound transition from kennel to foster is something to behold. Their big soulful brown eyes tell you that they're scared, as well as excited to be leaving the kennel to a new unknown home. Of course, there's excitement and fear in my eyes as well, because you really never know what to expect when you bring a retired greyhound home. They know nothing of the "Outside World", such as riding in a car, walking up stairs, walking on carpet and even laying on a bed covered with big soft blankets and scattered new toys. 
When they first walk into your home, as well as your heart, they just wander around, sniffing everything, just so very curious. And of course, they are very wary of all the new noises. The funny thing is, they can find their food and water bowls right off the bat; these houndies certainly love their kibble and treats! And of course, there's the housebreaking. They are quick learners, though sometimes forget to let you know they need to go potty. Hey accidents happen, and there's always good carpet cleaners on the market, so, it's all good. It's interesting to watch them walk on grass and sniff all the other dogs that were there before them. It's usually not a quick process to walk them out to potty, as they're just so fascinated by the grass and the other smells, after all, they may never have been on grass before or around other breeds of animals. So when you are potty training the houndie, strap on your most comfortable sneakers and your iPod, as you're going to be out for a while!
As the days go by, your foster hound is going to start showing his trust in you and comfort in your home by following you everywhere in the house. They'll start to sleep on their own beds instead of the floor, which they are accustomed to. They'll even start the notorious "Roach" or "Vogue", this is when you really know that your foster hound feels safe and comfortable, and that's when you realize that you are doing your job and doing it well! 
After about a week, you'll start showing them off to your friends and family. Everyone who encounters your foster hound is in such awe of them and their infinite majestic beauty. I've encountered several people while out with my hounds who tell me that they've never seen a Greyhound in "real life" before and they can't believe how big they are! I'm so used to the houndies now, I don't see how big they are, I only see how big their hearts are.   
I take them to PetSmart, where they love to shoplift. Seriously, shoplift! They'll find the biggest squeaky toy they possibly can fit in their mouth and just walk away with it, I've even had a hound that got it out of the package before I could get it from his mouth. Needless to say, I have spent a small fortune in squeaky toys, and I'm totally OK with that. What's really funny is when they walk out of PetSmart with the toy in their mouth, their head held high as they're smiling like they've pulled off an "Oceans 12" heist.  It's a very cute moment, as well as a heart warming.
After a couple of weeks, they've completely acclimated to home life. They've discovered they love them some Peanut Butter, Bananas and even Ritz Crackers. They've dominated your couch and even YOUR bed. They know they are loved beyond words. They've found a home. A home that was beyond their hopes and their dreams. And you've discovered that you love them more than they know. You also know that every day is going to be a fun new adventure for the two of you. And you forget about the part where there is something coming down the pipe.
You get the call from the adoption coordinator; your foster hound has found a forever family. Your heart immediately breaks, then it's filled with joy as you know that SA Greys has found the perfect forever family for your foster. The date of transfer has been set. You pack their favorite toys and snacks to send with them, all whilst crying of course. The hound knows something is up as he watches you cry. He walks over to you to give you kisses. His way of saying, "It's going to be OK, I promise". You can't turn back now as you've promised your foster hound that you would find him a forever home and family and that they would love him as much as you do. 
The day before the transfer, you over treat the houndie. You over play with him, you hold him tightly all night long, you smother him with human kisses and rub his tummy to his hearts content.  
The day of the transfer, you load him and his favorite belongings up in the car, secretly hoping that the forever family has changed their minds. They don't. You take him to the new family, and sit and chat for a little bit. Then the heart crushing moment comes when they've signed the agreement, and you hand over the lead. 
When you hand over that lead, you are also handing over a piece of your heart and soul with it. No dam or barrier in the world can hold back your tears; they gush out uncontrollably. The adoptive family totally understands how you feel and promises that they'll provide him with the best home ever. 
Your mind races. Your heart races. Did I do the right thing? Should I have had foster failed him? But how could I deny this wonderful, loving and funny fur baby this chance for my own selfish needs and wants?  How could I deny yet another hound a chance to get out of the kennel and into my foster home? 
You give your foster hound one last kiss and hug. You turn and watch him with his new forever family as you walk away.Though you cry on your way home, your heart is smiling knowing that you've helped this wonderful animal find his Petdom. 
For the next few days, you lay on your couch, binge watching Animal Planet and eating Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. When you've picked yourself up and have regained your composure, you head back to the kennel to pick up your next foster dog who needs a forever home and this blissful, rewarding process starts all over again. 
This is what we do. Those of us that foster. We are here to transition the Greyhounds from kennel to forever home. It's the most wonderful and most painful experience you'll ever have. To watch these hounds blossom from shy, scared and isolated dogs into busy, playful, loving and lazy pets is truly an experience to behold. 

Dylan, Misty's current foster greyhound

Sunday, January 4, 2015

THE ADORABLE NOEL

Meet Noel, one of the three sisters that came to SA Greys over the holidays. She is an adorable, lovable, somewhat shy, and tiny girl, whose silver muzzle makes her look older than she is. She is settling into her foster home well and is looking for her perfect forever home where she will be spoiled rotten, as she so deserves. For more information on Noel (or any of our other available hounds) please go to our website


Monday, December 29, 2014

Tucson Greyhounds Coming Attractions

Dylan goes to work with his foster mom


No Place Like Home…Show
SA Greys has been invited to participate in the Arizona State Home Show at the TCC (Tucson Convention Center)

January 9, 10, 11 2015 

Many adopted and foster greyhounds are requested to participate. If you have never done a meet & greet, here’s your opportunity to make a pawsitive impression on potential greyhound adopters and supporters. Thousands of people from all walks of life come to the Home Show. Every couch potato can have his or her day at the Home Show. Volunteers without dogs are also needed. Contact sagreysvolunteers@gmail.com to volunteer or sign up here to secure your spot.

Use VolunteerSpot in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/B2BXNH
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Forever Home Happiness
Zona arrived at her forever home in Texas and is soaking up the love.

Bling! 
There’s only a few more days left in December to buy one-of-a-kind beaded bracelets to benefit Jackie’s Fund for Injured Greyhounds.  In January, Beading Divas to the Rescue will choose another worthy animal charity to raise money for.
                                                           
Bracelets helping hounds

Thank You – Michelle & Brian Caillet 
Thank you! 
The Caillets (owners of the Greyt Escape) held a yard sale last month and raised $2,460! It was a massive amount of time and effort but SA Greys appreciates your initiative and all the hard work as well as all the people who donated items, tagged and priced, and volunteered. Treasures abounded.

If you or your group would like to host a fundraiser to help the hounds, please contact president@sagreyhoundadoption.org

COMING ATTRACTIONS

January 13, 2015
6 to 7:30 PM
Free Legal Seminar - Estate Planning
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. Let’s save your seat. RSVP to communications@sagreyhoundadoption.org 
Location: City of Tucson, Midtown Substation, 1100 S. Alvernon Way, (@ 22nd Street)

January 20, 2015 
Noon to 8 PM
Greyt Bites – Dine Out – Panda Express 
7848 N. Oracle Road @ Magee
20% of your check benefits SA Greys when you present a flyer. BYO friends. neighbors, co-workers, and scout troop. Download the flyer here. (Click on the Panda Express icon.)

January 31, 2015 
12:30 to 1:30 PM
Volunteer Orientation 
Volunteers – past, present, and future are invited to a 60-minute orientation which will provide an overview about the various volunteer opportunities available at SA Greys. Also what makes greyhounds different from other dog breeds will be discussed.
Location: Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road, Tucson 85741 (NW)
RSVP: labegaga@gmail.com