Articles from March 2012

Calendar Dogs?

The deadline is looming to enter your dogs’ photos for an opportunity to be included in the 2013 Celebrating Greyhounds Calendar, just like one of Rachel Hogue’s did in 2012. There are wall and desk versions of the calendar, created as a way of providing a fund-raising product to adoption groups. Pictures need to be submitted by April 6.

The calendars feature adopted greyhounds from around the world and an abbreviated directory of greyhound adoption groups. Most calendars are sold through adoption groups, and all proceeds from the calendar benefit greyhound adoption groups and greyhound placement.

To submit a photo, please include your name and address, your dog’s name, and your adoption group’s name and location ON EACH PHOTO. The information should be printed on tape or a label before applying it to the back of the photo.

Prints of any size are acceptable. It is generally better not to try to enlarge a smaller print. The original is usually clearer and easier to work with.

Digital photos should be on a CD with individual printouts clearly marked with the photo name/number. Be sure your full name, address, your dog’s name, and your adoption group’s name and location is on EACH printout as well as the CD.

If you have photos that were taken by someone else, please obtain their written permission for us to use the photos. An email from the photographer is acceptable for this purpose. If the photo was taken at a nursing home or therapy program of some sort, please obtain permission from the program.

Photo selection is typically done by a group of volunteers in early April for the following year.

Send your best photos (each labeled) to:
The Greyhound Project, Inc.
Attn: Calendar photos
P.O. Box 5239
Framingham, MA 01701

Photos that are not used in the calendar are passed along to CG Magazine and may appear in a future issue.

We’re Gonna Bark in the Park Once Again

Bark in the Park, a celebration of all dogs, will be conducted by Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option on Saturday, April 14, 2012, rain or shine. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park, 1930 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104.

The Sheriffs of Nottingham have great taste in dogs!

The Sheriffs of Nottingham will entertain with their cool blues sound. Two of the band members are greyhound adopters!

Other features of the third annual event include vendors with dog-related products and services, contests, prizes, bake sale and box lunches.

All dogs are welcome, as long as they are accompanied by humans!

Bluegrass Festival Will Celebrate Greyhounds

Want to share some summer fun with your greyhound? Then check out the 2012 Greyhound Festival of the Bluegrass on July 27, 28, and 29, 2012, in Louisville, Kentucky. The theme of the seventh annual event is “The Political Greyhound,” a nod to the election year!

The festival will be held at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center, 395 Paroquet Springs Drive, Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Among the events will be the Ice Cream Social, Greyhound Games and a Salute to Seniors.

The festival is conducted by Shamrock Greyhound Placement. Other scheduled events include Bingo, a costume contest, memorial ceremony, Paw Draw, live and silent auctions, special memorial auctions, raffles, and vendors.

Guest speakers scheduled are:

  • The Lexus Project of New York about their legal defense of at-risk Greyhounds.
  • Dr. Catherine White on renal failure. A hands-on class will be offered to familiarize attendees with infusion equipment.

General registration opens in early April. There is a limit of 200 attendees. The registration fee covers three meals on Saturday and admittance to all the greyt events.

There is no additional pet fee, however, attendance is limited to greyhounds.

Reduced hotel rates are available at Sleep Inn & Suites; the pet fee is included in the discount rate. Mention “Greyhound Festival of the Bluegrass” when making reservations to receive the discount.

Greyhound Festival of the Bluegrass is a fund-raiser for Shamrock Greyhound Placement, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to finding loving homes for retired racing greyhounds. For details, visit .

Greyt Turnout at Pet Safety Event

MSGAO represented at “Paws for a Cause,” a pet safety event, March 18 at the Shops at Saddle Creek in Germantown, Tennessee, as the pictures below demonstrate!

The Greyt Life (or Look What You’re Missing If You Don’t Have a Greyhound)

In case you are unsure whether adopting a greyhound is a good thing to do, we offer some testimony from people who have taken the plunge. These observations about life with a greyhound were provided by actual owners who posted on our Friends of Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option Facebook page. We’ll share others in the future!

I’m enjoying my first night off from schoolwork in a long time with the hubby and snuggling with our greys on the couch. I cannot imagine life without the most lovable and loyal dogs I’ve ever had. A couple quirky things: Nick makes the funniest noises when he sleeps and Elmo insists on curling up in the iggy’s bed. We have to fight to get him out of her bed. Oh and Nick hoards toys too. :)

― Carrie Mills Sealey

Anna and Packer are so sweet, well-behaved and loving! I had to be separated from my husband for six months after moving from Arkansas to North Carolina, and they were the best company! They provided companionship and were a great way for me to meet many different kinds of people. When I’m sick, they take turns cuddling with me in bed.

― Rachel Bowman

Ford steals my clothes out of the hamper. One day I found him with two pairs of panties around his neck, throwing a bra in the air and catching it. I also have a tiny “bangs” hairpiece from Jessica Simpson (because I wanted to see what I looked like with bangs without committing to cutting my hair) that I only wore for a couple of hours. I found it in Ford’s crate. Any day I could come home and he’ll be in full drag.

― Tamara Jeanette

Bodine School Shows Its Appreciation

You may recall that greyhounds adopted through MSGAO visited the Bodine School in Memphis in early February so fifth- through eighth-graders could learn more about the breed. Apparently the students enjoyed the visit, if their generous donation to MSGAO is any sign!

This huge cache of dog treats and kennel supplies was received March 1 at the adoption kennel with the following written on the card:

“Dear Mrs. Cohen and MSGAO,
Thanks so much for coming to talk to us about greyhounds. We loved learning about and meeting the dogs (except for Winston the rabbit — he did not). We have been collecting supplies ever since and are pleased to make this donation on behalf of The Bodine School.
Your friends,
The Bodine School Bulldogs!

Sylvie (with owner Paula Pilgrim) and Riley and Lazer (with owner Renee Dingler), joined MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen in visiting the school. The Bodine School’s primary objective is to empower all individuals with dyslexia to understand their specific learning needs and to maximize academic success.