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Tucson Jett Greyhound Speaks 2015/07/22

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Jett greyhound loves to roach

R & R forever

Jett greyhound here.

I have not blogged for a long time. I prefer to lay on my back with my legs up in the air catching some zzzzz’s. While some misguided folks might think we want to race, us greyhounds prefer comfort and relaxation.

Always lots of stuff happening in this household.

Calvin & Jett

Calvin & Jett

Lots of dogs have stayed here — Calvin the Beagle (he barks a lot), an English bulldog who watched TV all day, more greyhounds, and fun poodles named Harpo and Cookie. I don’t know how she managed it but Cookie slept on Karyn’s bed all night while me and Girlfriend just glared at her.

dogs can dine at Delectables

My birthday lunch

Last year on my birthday (Dec. 19) Karyn took me to lunch. Yep, we went to Delectables and the waiter brought me my own water bowl and my own lunch. Karyn said that my lunch cost more than hers. No worries, I’m worth it. We went with Donut greyhound. Then on Girlfriend greyhound’s birthday (March), she went with Donut and on Donut’s birthday (April), I went again.

Who’s birthday is next?

Life is good here. I eat a lot of grass and then vomit. Karyn is looking for a solution. My corns still bother me but I only walk on the sidewalk or grass. Karyn is my love-slave. She is always stroking me and kissing my pink belly.

As always, love you, and you too,
Jetty Spaghetti

Galgos del Sol – amazingly dedicated rescue 2015/06/18

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Galgos del Sol river rescue

Galgos del Sol river rescue

Galgos del Sol rescues take all forms — We are prepared to run out of the house at any time to jump fences, search through orange groves in 100º weather, tiptoe around private property, shimmy into impossibly tight spaces, plunge into tunnels, and dodge traffic.

Our car is always prepared with leashes, treats, and a chip scanner. We are perpetually on call. Sometimes a galgo is ready to be saved and a few kind words do the trick.

Galgos del Sol

Ravaged galgo in Spain

Other times, terrified of humans and ravaged with hunger, these dogs will stay just out of reach for months.

We study their routines, leave food and water, and slowly build their confidence until they can be approached. One galgo, Chase, eventually allowed one of our volunteers to sit near him, but as soon as she raised her arms to slip a lead over his head, he’d bolt. After sitting with him for hours one day, she began singing softly. He fell asleep deeply enough for the lead to finally be attached.

We have been bitten and covered with poop, vomit, pee, worms, fleas and ticks on more occasions than can recounted. One galgo was so frantic once we got him into the car that he chewed through the lead restraining him and leapt on the dashboard throwing himself against the front window to escape.

When we rescue a dog, regardless of time, day or night, we alert our vet that we are on our way for a dog to be evaluated and treated. No matter how many dogs we rescue, it is always a rush and never predictable.

Their ultimate gratitude makes all the sleepless nights crawling on hands and knees through fields with a torch hoping to catch a glint of an eye, more than worthwhile.

Please contribute to them directly, find a bracelet in our ONLINE Etsy store, or find a bracelet to fall in love with at the following Tucson venues Thank you.

Galgos del Sol bracelet

Adopt me!

–-Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–-Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
–-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775
–-Sissy’s Pet Salon, 7350 N La Cholla Blvd (by Albertsons), 229-9898 (limited selection)

Galgos del Sol Fundraiser: Beading Divas Bracelets 2015/06/01

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Galgos del Sol fundraiser

Meet Galgos del Sol

For the month of June, Beading Divas to the Rescue is thrilled to be fundraising for GALGOS DEL SOL.

In 2007, Galgos del Sol (GDS) founder Tina Solera, moved to southern Spain with her husband and two young children. Little did Tina realize that their decision would change her life forever as well as the lives of hundreds of galgos desperately needing help.

Always an animal lover, Tina could not tolerate the treatment of the Spanish galgos, a traditional hunting dog breed, and decided to devote herself to their rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing. The galgos with their indomitable spirits, needle-noses and long legs, completely captured her heart. One galgo rescued, gave way to another and another until it became clear that the Solera household was vastly undersized for the number of dogs that needed rescuing. There were nights that Tina slept in her car with a newly rescued galgo simply because there wasn’t any more room.

With no prior experience in running a non-profit, Tina established Galgos del Sol, a registered Spanish charity, and became proficient in the Spanish language. Murcia, the area in which the Soleras reside, is a prolific hunting ground making the demands on GDS relentless. In addition to the Solera’s finca, GDS has galgos and podencos kennelled and fostered in various locations locally and has relationships with organizations in France, Belgium, Germany, the UK, and the USA for adoptions.

With over 100 dogs in the care of GDS, major fundraising is underway to build proper kennels to house all the dogs in one facility that will include an education center and provide space for a much desired volunteer program. Presently GDS dogs are in three locations and have reached a critical point. They must expand in order to provide safety and security for the dogs. The land has been purchased, architectural designs have been approved by the local council, and electricity and water brought into the property. Next steps are raising the funds to build the kennels and a small building for storage, minor veterinary care and to serve as a meeting place for volunteers.

In addition to Spain, GDS is a registered charity in the UK and a 501c3 in the US.

Fundraiser for Galgos del Sol

Adopt me!

This month’s fundraising benefits the galgos’ care. If bracelets are not your thing, please consider MAKING A DIRECT DONATION and checking out their spectacular website and its photos.

You can find bracelets online via Etsy.com. All one-of-a-kind bracelets are a $20 donation. Each comes with a paw charm. Shipping costs vary based on U.S. and international. Please be patient as we are all volunteers and the fulfillment volunteer also has a responsible full-time job.

The following local Tucson venues sell bracelets:
–-Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–-Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
–-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775
–-Sissy’s Pet Salon, 7350 N La Cholla Blvd (by Albertsons), 229-9898 (limited selection)

Fundraiser: Animals on Native American Reservation, ROAR 2015/05/15

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Funds raised help abandoned pups

For May, Beading Divas to the Rescue fundraiser continues for ROAR.

Last winter, nine small puppies were pulled out of a log on the Pine Ridge Reservation. No one knew how they got there or what happened to their mother. But the rescue surely saved their precious little lives.

The nearest water source was a creek, but the water was mostly standing water and probably not too tasty or healthy.

Once the Oglala Pet Project (OPP), one of the many Program Partners of the ROAR Program, had placed the orphaned puppies into their foster network, the pups were fed, given water, wormed, vaccinated and spayed/neutered prior to adoption.

ROAR

These pups were saved

A story like this is why ROAR created Pet Promise service to help with spay and neuter services. Reducing the dog and cat population is an important step to improving the health and welfare for animals on Native American reservations.

ROAR provides supplies and subsidies to empower care giving and rescue of animals that are abused, neglected, injured, diseased, or abandoned.

ROAR (Rescue Operation for Animals of the Reservation) aids struggling animals and people who care for them on American Indian reservations.

Beading Divas Bracelets

Adopt me

One of a kind beaded bracelets may be ordered online. All bracelets cost $20 (add $5.50 S&H) and come with a paw charm (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!). For venues local to Tucson selling bracelets, click here.

ROAR – Beading Divas Bracelets Fundraiser May 2015 2015/05/01

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ROAR stray pups

For May, Beading Divas to the Rescue is excited to be fundraising for ROAR (Rescue Operations for Animals of the Reservation). ROAR won the random drawing from Bead Drive 2015.

Eevee was originally a stray female who needed serious intervention by a professional. Every time someone tried to approach her, she would disappear. She eventually returned with a litter of five puppies.

Since Eevee was so fearful of people, rescuers had to be very careful to respect her space while getting her the help she and her puppies needed. They found the puppies first and then returned for their mother. With determination, Eevee and her puppies were finally reunited.

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Mom tries to save pups

Sadly, one of the pups died the following day. It was apparent Eevee and the remaining four pups were infested with ticks. Medical attention for mom and babies was an important next step.

After telling this story, Dr. Holgate lamented, “The strays challenge us; it’s never what you prepare for, especially with the pups.” Fortunately, this dedicated doctor continues to persevere.

A story like this is why ROAR created our Pet Promise service to help with spay and neuter services. Reducing the dog and cat population is an important step to improving the health and welfare for animals on Native American reservations.

ROAR provides supplies and subsidies to empower care giving and rescue of animals that are abused, neglected, injured, diseased, or abandoned.

Beading Divas bracelets

Adopt me – I’m one of a kind

One-of-kind bracelets are made with donated beads, one size fits most (like a slinky for easy on and off). All bracelets come with a paw charm — especially suitable for the animal lover and the fashionable. All bracelets cost $20.

The following local Tucson venues sell bracelets:
–-Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–-Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
–-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775
–-Sissy’s Pet Salon, 7350 N La Cholla Blvd (by Albertsons), 229-9898 (limited selection)

You can also find a large selection online (add S&H) on our Etsy site.

Tucson CARES bracelet fundraiser continues 2015/04/27

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Tucson Cares adoptable cat

Sadie says: Adopt Me!

Here’s what one Tucson rescue is willing to do to save a cat…

The bracelets are also available at Benarda Veterinary Hospital during regular business hours during April.

Tucson CARES Director was at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for a meeting regarding a forthcoming event and swung by intake to drop off some paperwork just as a family brought in a neighborhood stray with newborn kittens.

HSSA recommended “euthanasia” on this young momma who had signs of pyometra (infected uterus) or dystocia (undelivered kitten/s) and offered a bottle feeding foster for the kittens.

The treatment for either of these conditions is a spay and antibiotic therapy. Late in the day the only vets available to us were emergency clinics with the lowest estimate being $1,200 for the spay and overnight hospitalization, so she was transported on the spot to a more affordable vet in Nogales who met us after hours to perform emergency surgery.
She was hospitalized on IV fluids and injectable antibiotics for septicemia and is now doing fabulously.

Sadie is a loving, bright vocal cat with incredible markings. She gets along well with other cats and seems to be in joyful shock that she is actually in a home. She is available for foster or adoption. Contact us at info@tucsoncares.org or 520-990-8912.

Beading Divas fundraiser

Adopt me!

Last few days to buy one-of-a-kind beaded bracelets to benefit Tucson CARES . If you don’t want more bling, consider donating directly. You can buy bracelets online too.

Tucson CARES, Beading Divas Bracelets Fundraising Recipient 2015/04/01

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Tucson CARES saves cat

Emma – before surgery

Beading Divas to the Rescue is excited to be fund-raising for Tucson CARES during the month of April 2015.

Upon Pima Animal Care Center’s truck pulling right onto PACC’s property, Emma the cat was removed by Jessica S., Tucson CARES’ director who happened to be on the premises after hours.

Jessica immediately took Emma home, gave the cat pain meds, fluids and offer watered down baby food.

The following morning — without any notice– her vet executed a remarkable reconstruction after performing a mandibulectomy because the lower jaw was fully split and damaged too badly for repair. Emma the cat also received an esophageal feeding tube to support her during recovery.

Tucson CARES for cats

Emma – ready for adoption

Because of the intensity and concentration of her injury, the vet thought that Emma may have been kicked.

This amazing cat is currently in foster care; she is fully healed and available for adoption. The only special need she has from her injury is when she needs future dental care, as all pets do, although she has very few teeth left, the veterinarian must be mindful that what remains of her lower jaw cannot handle much pressure.

This youngster gets along well with other cats and dogs, tumbles around like a kitten, loves sunbathing in a windowsill, chirping at the birds and adores eye contact and abundant affection from her human, yet she is still very independent.

Contact Tucson CARES at 520-990-8912 or info@tucsoncares.org to learn more about Emma or come visit her at the Adopt Love Adopt Local mega adoption event on April 11 if she’s not adopted by that time. Tucson CARES will also have an amazing selection of handmade, one-of-a-kind Beading Diva bracelets at the mega adoption event AND at Kismet, the eclectic green boutique 2626 E. Broadway Blvd., call to make sure the store is open – 207-9994.

Beading Divas bracelets

Adopt me!

The following local venues sell bracelets:
–-Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–-Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
–-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775
–-Sissy’s Pet Salon, 7350 N La Cholla Blvd (by Albertsons), 229-9898 (limited selection)

You can also find a large selection online (add S&H) on our Etsy site.

And the winner is…Bead Drive 2015 2015/03/14

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just who are those Divas?

Beading Divas minus one

UPDATE: ROAR did accept our invitation to be the May recipient.

UPDATE: We found Jan P. and she chose ROAR – Rescue Operation for Animals of the Reservation. We will be contacting them Monday AM (via phone + email) to explain what we do and determine if they want to be our fundraising recipient for May. The chosen group also has to participate in the promotion and provide stories, photos, and laminated posters for point of purchase at Tucson venues. They will have 72 hours to respond.

And the winner is…this is where it gets complicated…

There are two rescues with the same acronym so we are trying to contact the person who submitted the name. Jan P. from Tucson chose that group. She apparently doesn’t have voicemail. If we can’t reach her by noon on Monday (3/16) then we will go to envelope #2 which is now sealed and not even any of the Beading Divas know what charity is in that envelope.

If we do reach Ms. P. and she gives us the correct charity, we will contact that charity and give them 72 hours to accept our offer to fund-raise for them in May. If they don’t respond or turn us down (it happens), we’ll open envelope #2 which is now sealed and will contact that charity, giving them 72 hours to respond.

If no response from #2, we’ll go to envelope #3 which is now sealed and hope they want us to fund-raise for them. It shouldn’t be this hard.

Now a word about the entries and other prizes:
38 different groups were represented; all will be added to our consideration pool. Entries are listed by how many entries they had:

Multiple entries
24 – SA Greys
6 – Hope Animal Shelter
6 – TCWN
4 – HSSA (winner 2013)
4- Pawsitively Cats
3 – Greyhound Support Transport/Sun State Adoption (FL) (winner in 2011)
3 – Handi-Dogs
3 – Gabriel’s Angels
3 – Frosted Faces Foundation (San Diego)
2 – Pima Paws for Life
2 – Mostly Cockers & Poms
2 – Hermitage Cat Shelter
2 – PACC Pima Animal Care Center

1 entry
–Miss Maggie May’s Rescue
–Smiling Dog Rescue
–pit bull rescue
–Animal Crusaders of Arizona
–Arizona Greyhound Rescue
–Arizona Chihuahua Rescue
–D-S Rescue
–Equine Voices
–Amazing Aussies of Arizona
–Spay & Neuter Solutions
–Paws Patrol of Green Valley
–Arizona Basset Hound Rescue

1 entry from not in Arizona
–Tri City Animal Sanctuary (TX)
–Grey Rescue of Idaho
–GPA-Cape Giradeau (MO)
–GALT – Greyhound Adoption League Texas
–Tri State Bloodhound Rescue (Texas)
–Rotts of Friends (Woodland, CA)
–Grey Long (KS)
–Gods Greys (Orlando)
–Elite Greyhounds of Loxahatchee FL
–Boston Terrier Rescue of North Texas
–GreySave (So Cal)
–WRAP – Whippet Rescue & Placement (IN headquarters/nationwide)
–ROAR –

bracelets that pop

a tale of two bracelets

1st Place Winner:
Random drawing from entries received. One 501c3 animal charity will be chosen as the recipient for May 2015 bracelet fundraising.
Winner: TBD…

2nd Place Winner:
Random drawing from entries receives. One 501 c3 animal charity will be chosen to receive 3 bracelets to be used as fundraising or volunteer appreciation.
Winner: SA Greys – Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption

Additional Prizes:
–3 Wild Card Drawings:

Each random winner receives 1 bracelet in their choice of colors
Winners: Sue Bergier, Kate Monteverde, Mary Ann Neisz

–Surprise! Drawing:
Donations received from outside Arizona will be included in a special random drawing. Winner receives 3 bracelets for their chosen animal charity to be used for fundraising or volunteer appreciation.
Winner: Whippet Rescue and Placement – WRAP (headquarters in Indiana)

–Traveling Treasures Drawing:
The bead donation package that was sent the furthest distance will receive 1 bracelet in their choice of colors. Bead donations in this category were from different places in FL, NY, MD, and NH.
Winner: Judy Henneke – New Boston, New Hampshire 03070 – 2,659,02 miles

Hal-e-LOOT-ya Drawing:
Biggest single bead donation received: Winner will receive a bracelet in their choice of colors.
Joan Smith – donated the biggest single bead donation (HSSA) at the Screamery!

Beading Divas to the Rescue would like to thank everyone for their participation including our Bead Drive donation drop-off partners, EVERYONE WHO DONATED BEADS, the cast of creative characters who make bracelets, our fellow Beading Divas for the tasty repast we sampled during the drawing, people who came to our drawing happening. It takes a village to do what we do and we thank everyone who is a part of it.

Eat more pie

National Pie Day

P.S. Karyn Zoldan won the fabulous pie from Food from Ascension Café in the 4th Avenue Shopping District. She graciously shared it with all who were present. Yum.

Beading Divas: Michelle, Cynthia, Angy, Loren, Lizzie, Glenda, Karyn

Woofs without Roofs, March Beading Divas Fundraiser 2015/03/01

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Woofs without Roofs

helps pets belonging to Tucson’s homeless people

Woofs without Roofs is a 501 (c)3 organization that provides free veterinarian care to the pets belonging to Tucson’s homeless population.

The inspiration for Woofs without Roofs came about as veterinarians see pets affected daily by financial constraints not allowing for basic health services, such as core vaccines and internal parasite prevention. Woofs without Roofs believes that the pets of Tucson’s homeless community have a right to basic health care, and this in turn will promote health and wellness of the entire Tucson pet (and pet owner) community.

The Arizona Daily Star wrote about them in 2014.

You can follow them on Facebook.

Beading Divas Bracelets

Adopt me!

Bracelets are one-of-a-kind, all made with donated beads and come with a paw charm. One size fits most. All bracelets cost $20. Bracelets enhance any outfit from casual jeans to that little black dress and attire in between.

The following local venues sell bracelets:
–-Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–-Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
–-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775
–-Sissy’s Pet Salon, 7350 N La Cholla Blvd (by Albertsons), 229-9898 (limited selection)

You can also find a large selection online (add S&H) on our Etsy site.

BARK Tucson goes the extra mile to save a dog 2015/02/18

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BARK Tucson

8 surgeries saved Skitters

Meet Skitters. BARK picked this Chihuahua up at PACC right before Thanksgiving. Poor Skitters was surrendered to be euthanized due to a massive head wound.

ALLEGEDLY the surrenders said that an ignored abscess ruptured, but it appeared as if something inflicted violence on the dog’s dome. The result: a soda-can circumference area of skull exposed and a ear dangling.

Immediately it was noted that Skitters still was completely lucid, had a good appetite and loved affection.

Over the next few days Dr. Wilcox and PACC staff took the time to remove all the stinky dead skin from the wound, clean him up and begin patiently stretching the skin back together and dosing the guy with some quality medication to keep infection and pain at bay.

Fast forward past one vet office who promised an operation but then took a quick look at Skitter’s exposed skull and recommended that we have him euthanized immediately. Then BARK found Dr. Laudonio and his staff at ACACIA ANIMAL HOSPITAL , who had previously done an awesome job fixing a difficult leg break a few years back (Khalessi aka Broken Leg Dog) adopted through BARK.

Astonishingly enough, Dr. Laudonio was able to snip and stretch Skitter’s skin to snugly cover his entire head. After 8 vet visits, a head full of stitches and six cold laser treatments, Skitters is now ready for adoption!

Beading Divas bracelet

Beading Divas bracelet

For the month of February, you can buy bracelets to benefit BARK Tucson. Bracelets are one-of-a-kind made from donated beads and come with a paw charm. Support a Tucson animal rescue while dolling up your fashion sense with style. Check out a big selection online

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