Thursday, April 17, 2014

Roooo for the Ice Cream Social

Let's hear it for whipped cream and ice cream! The Greyhounds did a big rooooo for the special treat at the Ice Cream Social. And, the humans enjoyed ice cream sundaes with all the toppings.


If you felt photogenic, you and your special someone had your photo taken by Heather Binnie.
 

It was a chance to buy a new collar for your Greyhound at the Greyt Escape booth.


Check out all the photos from a fun day.  Click Here!

Thanks to all the SA Greys' volunteers who did a great job organizing a splendid day.  Many thanks to all those who donated raffles items and congrats to all those who won the lovely prizes. And, thanks to the folks who attended. Needless to say the Greyhounds were all beautiful and enjoying being together.



 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wink - The Story of a Broken Leg Racing Greyhound

My name is Wink.
My name is Wink. I'm a new member of Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption's family. I'm a beautiful white and brindle greyhound boy.

I have good news and bad news. First the bad news – I broke my leg which ended my racing career. Now the good news – volunteers from Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption are now caring for me.

I was very frightened when all this happened. Now I'm in a foster home where my foster mom keeps telling me I'll be fine.

While my leg heals, I'm learning about family life and my new career as a pampered companion. I share my foster home with three female greyhounds and so far, we are all getting along. There are also four cats here. I never saw one before, but they don't interest me much.

Wink and his new "pack".
There is something called a doggie door but I've not figured it out yet. It is some kind of magic that lets my foster sisters run inside and outside. I'm getting use to a lot of new things right now and that will just be on the to do list.

Area rugs help me not slip.
The floors are all concrete and I have some problems getting my footing on them. The other greys do not have this problem so I think I can handle this. In the meantime, I have a big crate with my bed and a big rug in front of it so I don't slip.  My foster mom takes me out on a leash so I don't run and slide on the floor. I'm not supposed to run anyway. Once I'm out in the yard, I can be off leash and check things out but still...No Running. I'll try to keep you up to date on how I'm doing and when I'll be ready to go to my own forever home.

From the Foster's Point of View
It takes a lot of volunteers to make this all work. I was asked to foster Wink. Even though I have never had a dog with a broken leg, I was willing to learn and knew I would have the support of SA Greys.

I keep telling myself I will not foster fail...as I cannot have another greyhound join my pack. So why did I take him in?  Because he has as much right to a forever home as any other greyhound and cannot get there by himself. He needs extra loving care. It will take a lot of volunteer hours and financial support to get him to a forever home but when I look into his face, I know it is worth it. How could I not take him in?

Wink's story will be an ongoing series following a greyhound who broke his leg during a race at Tucson Greyhound Park in Tucson, Arizona until the time he moves into his forever home and hopefully after.

You can help inured greyhounds by donating to ARIZONA GIVES DAY or on the SA Greys website.

Guest Blogger: Linda Begega - Board Member of SA Greys
                         and Wink's Foster Mom

Choose Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption on AZ GIVES DAY

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption really needs your help to continue our mission of placing retired racing Greyhounds into loving, forever homes.

Hayley spending some quiet time
We have taken in 6 broken leg Greyhounds in the last 3 months. They needed costly treatment or surgeries. In the first 3 months of 2014, we have spent nearly $30,000 in veterinary expenses. This does not include expenses for two of the dogs; a broken leg dog's treatment can cost between $2,000 to $4,000.

You can support Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption on AZ GIVES DAY. Donate on April 9 or schedule your donation ahead of time. Just click here and see how your donation can help a Greyhound. If you give ahead.....please check the box AZ GIVES DAY.

Please be as generous as you can in giving to Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption. Even a minimum $10 donation would help us greatly. We thank you for choosing our group.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Join in Celebration Marking Equine Voices' 10th Year in Horse Rescue

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption is invited and is very excited to help Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary celebrate their 10 year anniversary at a special horse event: Building a Community of Compassion.

Gulliver, Equine Voices Mascot
The celebration will be a fun filled day for all ages with lots to do. Remember, you don't have to be a "horse person" to enjoy the event.  If you are into animals, music, food, auctions, you do want to be part of this happening for rescued horses.
  • An opportunity to meet Gulliver - Mascot of Equine Voices
  • Bid on a special items at the silent auction 
  • Take a chance on winning fabulous raffle prizes
  • The live dessert auction is a must-see! (Including gluten free)
  • Watch training demonstrations with rescued horses
  • Listen to the original music by The Amber Norgaard Band
  • Munch on good food from Eegees, On the Road CafĂ© and Lovin' Spoonfuls
  • Buy merchandise from "Gulliver's Store" 
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 11:30am to 3:30pm
Place: Brandi Fenton Memorial Park - 3482 E. River Rd., Tucson
Addmission: $5  - Children 7 years of age and under have free admittance

For all the details check out the event flyer and be sure to visit their website for more information about our friends at Equine Voices.

Carol Grubb, trainer puts Gulliver through his paces at the 2012 event.

                          

SA Greys is holding a special Meet & Greet at the event. The M&G is taking place in an area away from the horses. The only greyhounds on the grounds will be by special invitation. Equine Voices requests that you leave family dogs at home for the safety of the horses and dogs. Let the pooches take a snooze while you are gone and give them a special treat when you come home.

Equine Voices is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Premarin mares and foals from neglect, abuse and slaughter. During their 10 years Equine Voices has also rescued burros, abused horses used to carry illegal drugs across the border, horses destined for slaughter as food in other countries, as well as other horrific situations. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sierra Greyhound Finds Her Forever Home

You got to love a first time adopter who looks at the available hounds page and decides she wants a greyhound who has a broken leg.

While we love all our adopters, we are doubly thrilled when one wants to help a broken leg dog or a special needs dog.

Sierra (before medical treatment)
In this case, we're talking about Sierra who we have blogged about before.

Now that Sierra is better, she loves to play with her "brother" Judo, a Rottie/Lab mix rescue from PACC. They love to cavort and will run and play chase together at least once a day.

Sierra and brother, Judo, love to play
When she had her broken leg, she couldn't put weight on it and then even after the bandages were removed, maybe out of habit she didn't put weight on it, but now she walks on all fours most of the time.

From adopter Katherine H., "We are weaning her off anti-inflammatory meds, which we had her on for some of her post-surgery, tarsal osteoarthritis. The joint seems much better than when we got her. The inflammation in her joint is much reduced, though she will probably have some residual tenderness since the joint didn't heal straight. It has been great to see her progress so fast, and hard to believe that we have had her for almost three months."

This fabulous family is excited to see how the next the months continue to heal her and how her playfulness will unfold.
                                                                        
SA Greys is always looking for foster care individuals and families to care for retired racers after their spay/neuter surgery. Watch these special dogs blossom under your care.

If you adopted a dog from us, please email us with your story and photos. We love to share them with the world. Who knows? Your story may influence more greyhound adoption. How ROO is that?