Articles from April 2013

MSGAO Represents at Youth Villages 5K

The dogs were a huge hit at the Youth Villages 5K race on April 20 in Memphis. Vicki Cohen, MSGAO director, along with Tamara Davis, Bill Becker, Brent David, Martha Bowman, Sue Arlotta and Scott Macintire, talked to several serious potential adopters, some while walking and others manning the MSGAO booth.  Paula Pilgrim, whose dog Sylvie has served as a therapy dog at Youth Villages, organized the team and procured the special team T-shirts for the event.  

Fun Day for Dogs and Humans at Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park on Saturday!

Please keep in mind the kennel will not open until 3:30 p.m. Saturday since the staff will all be working at Bark in the Park.  We hope to see you there!

Lady Greyhound Wows Blytheville!

Lady Greyhound (Belle) and Zack the Greyhound Bus stole the show at the Ghosts of Highway 61 Antique Bus Parade in Blytheville, Arkansas!  Vicki Cohen, director of MSGAO, and Sue Arlotta, a long-time volunteer, made the bus costume.  Vicki also made the Lady Greyhound robe.  The elegant embroidery of “Lady Greyhound” on the robe was generously donated by Mary Beth Meatte of Greytcreations Embroidery.  Belle was adopted by Greg and Shannon Steed of Little Rock, and Zack was adopted by Brent and Suzan David.  We thank them and everyone who helped make this event a great success and an excellent showcase for our adoptable hounds. You can view the parade at this link:

Scenes from the antique bus tour!

See Lady Greyhound on Parade in Blytheville!

If you are going to have an antique bus parade, then you better have a greyhound in it.  Not just the capital G version of a greyhound (meaning the  bus) but also Lady Greyhound, who was a major part of advertising campaigns for the bus line.  On April 6 MSGAO’s own  Lady Greyhound will don her finery to participate in the National Antique Bus Show “Ghosts of the Highway” parade in Blytheville, Arkansas.

According to the Blythevillle Courier News, this weekend several hundred participants in the “Ghosts of Highway 61″ Antique Bus Tour, and possibly more groups of antique bus enthusiasts, will be coming in to Blytheville’s historic downtown area.

The Courier News reports that with at least 60 antique Greyhound buses rolling into town, this tour will be the largest in event history, according to Tom McNally, tour organizer, who began putting the events together in 2006. With people coming in from across the country, Blytheville was chosen for this year’s tour destination largely because of the Greyhound Bus Station’s central location in the country and the vast restoration it has undergone over the last few years, the newspaper reported.

Origami Owl by Darlene Marie also will be at the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.with a complete inventory of customizable jewelry (check it out at She is donating 10% of all sales to MSGAO.  This donation also will be honored with online orders if you mention MSGAO.

The weekend-long event is set for Thursday through Saturday, with these events open to the entire community:

  • Memphis recording artist Sonny Mack from 7-10 p.m. Saturday.
  •  Antique Greyhound Bus parade beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring Lady Greyhound!