Articles from April 2011

A Show of Appreciation for a Good Samaritan

A contribution has been made to MSGAO in honor of the good deed performed by Stephanie Crump, who adopted Miss Esperanzo (aka Miss). Stephanie was honored by Susie Andrews. Here’s what happened, in Susie’s own words.

“We have two dogs, one a rescue chow mix, and the other a yellow lab. Of course, they’re our family. They got out and went on an adventure while we searched high and low for them. Neighbors, friends, service workers all helped us look to no avail. They have microchips, so they were immediately reported as missing.

“I got a call on a Monday morning. Someone had found them and taken them to a Germantown vet where they were scanned and we were immediately called. The lovely lady’s name is Stephanie Crump. She went beyond the call of duty. She saw them in the bushes near Poplar, and coaxed them out and they jumped in her car. When I picked them up, they were lounging in her backseat.

“I don’t know many people who would do what she did. Because of her love for animals, we have our dogs back. She would not accept a reward, and so I asked for her favorite charity. She named MSGAO.

“In Stephanie Crump’s honor, my son and I are donating $100 to MSGAO.

“Thank you for your work and for honoring Stephanie. I understand she has her second greyhound. You probably already know her. I had the pleasure to meet her under unusual circumstances.”

We join Susie in commending Stephanie for her actions and thank both of them for this generous contribution.

Funds Put to Good Use

The recent Texas Roadhouse event, in which MSGAO was the featured not-for-profit, brought in $585. The money was used to buy tires for the kennel truck. Thanks to all who contributed toward the travel safety of the adoptable greyhounds!

Greyhounds join Easter celebration

Greyhounds representing MSGAO are all decked out for Easter at the historic Victorian Village in Memphis. Peter Cottontail, posing with his new friends, is lucky these are retired racers!

We Barked in the Park!

Well, not too many greyhounds barked, since they tend to be the strong silent types, but there were some yips and yaps to go along with the soulful singing of Joyce Cobb and her fabulous band at the second annual Bark in the Park.

We thank all the humans who turned out to chill — literally — with their canine companions at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. Great prizes were won, fun was had and a good cause was supported. A highlight for the dogs was ice cream treats, which they lapped up despite the cold!

Thanks also to the vendors and volunteers who were generous in support of the event! Special thanks go to the sponsors who made the event possible: Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Red Wax (concert sponsor), Hollywood Feed, Seize the Clay, Clark Beverage Group Inc., and bluepaw design.

300 Strong!

The Friends of Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option page on Facebook has reached the 300-member milestone! Even better, the adopted dogs count on Greyhound Data shows 554 dogs have found homes through the program since tracking (the online kind, not the racing variety) began!

Kennel Schedule Changed for Bark in the Park

The MSGAO kennel will be closed Saturday until 3 p.m. for Bark in the Park. Hours will be 3 to 5 p.m. April 16. Join us at Bark in the Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Overton Shell to celebrate all things canine! Joyce Cobb will entertain!

Riverkings Miller Lite Jersey Auction to Benefit MSGAO

Jeff Brasher selected MSGAO as the non-profit to benefit for his portion of the proceeds for the Riverkings’ Miller Lite Jersey Auction. The auction was held April 12 at the Southaven Fox and Hound. Check out Paul Cohen getting his jersey on!

Cal Is Looking for Love

Cal the Greyhound on YouTube

In celebration of National Greyhound Adoption Month, share Cal’s engaging plea for a long-term commitment with your friends and then give your retired racer a big ol’ hug.

Bark in the Park

10 days to go! Hope to see everyone there!

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Bark in the Park to Celebrate All Breeds

Bark in the Park is evolving in its second year. This celebration of all dogs, scheduled April 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park in Memphis, is getting bigger and better — and musical, to boot!

Joyce Cobb, one of Memphis’ great voices, will be the featured entertainment. She and her band will perform, thanks to the generosity of a donor. In addition the event will feature contests, door prizes, vendors, food and T-shirts.

The event celebrates ALL dog breeds–not just greyhounds–and their owners. It will help MSGAO raise awareness among non-greyhound owners about greyhound adoption. We also will get a chance to demonstrate how well greyhounds get along with other dog breeds.

The inaugural Bark in the Park had a terrific turnout. Get the word out so it will bigger and better! Your dogs will enjoy socializing, as will we humans!

The event is free and open to the public and dogs. No other pets, please!