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Tucson: Greyhounds and Friends Festival 2009/10/22

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TUCSON–Arizona Greyhound Rescue invites the community and all dog breeds to put their best paws forward for tail waggin’ fun.

Heather Rowe, KOLD-TV anchor reporter and animal defender will be the emcee!

Enter your dogs to win the Biscuit Bakeoff and Canines Got Talent contests. For the latter, dogs will be judged in four separate categories — best trick, best dressed, canine/human lookalike, and best behaved foster dogs.

Other pet rescues that are invited to participate and bring foster dogs include Greyhounds2Go, Greyhound Adoption League (GAL), Cold Wet Noses, Santa Cruz Humane Society and Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary.

Shop for dog merchandise, greyhound specific merchandise, art & stained glass, plants, quilts, and much more. Win raffle prizes for dogs and people, bid on silent auction items, nails trimming (dogs only). Kids can decorate pumpkins.

Everyone can eat, sniff, and be merry for a greyt cause on Saturday, November 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road at Alvernon Way, Ramada A.

The cost is $5/per family which includes a chance to win goodies and gift certificates donated by the shopkeepers on fabulous 4th Avenue.

Check out all the Greyhounds & Friends Festival info including who donated prizes.

If you have questions about the event, contact karynzoldan@yahoo.com

Tucson Greyhounds Accident – 1 year anniversary 2009/10/20

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Rider & Opal, happy & well

Rider & Opal, happy & well



Last year – October 20, 2008 was that horrible day when Lizzie Mead and her two greyhounds Opal & Rider almost became a statistic in a 5-car hit-and-run accident.

This blog was started as a way to help Lizzie pay the horrendous $14,300 vet bill incurred by Opal and Rider.

Lizzie had physical therapy and the dogs recovered just fine.

It was a miracle of miracles.

Beading divas to the rescue helped Lizzie raise $11,300 by telling her story, asking for donations, receiving media coverage, and selling bracelets (her insurance kicked in and she paid $3,000).

The beading divas — Angy, Cynthia, Glenda, Karyn (I’m the wordsmith), Lizzie, Loren, and Michelle have stayed together, bonded, beaded, and sold around 400-450 bracelets  to give back and raise funds for greyhounds and other animal groups in need.

Read the story and donation history.

Thanks to all for your support. Buy a bracelet. Hug your hound or cat or whoever in life is precious to you.

Greyhound Humor: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride 2009/10/20

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Pretty Lily is happy to be home

Pretty Lily is happy to be home

Mama Karyn wanted to do something nice for me, but it backfired.

Here’s the story.

A few weeks ago, Sandee who has purple hair and 32 heart tattoos on her arms and is a long time friend came to visit. She visits twice a year. I have her trained because when she visits, she pets me for hours.

Anyway Mama Karyn had to go pick up her CSA west of the UA, she had a bright idea that I could go for a ride. She said, “Let’s take Lily for a ride. The only time she goes anywhere is to the vet. I want to give her a positive experience.”

So it was a Friday around 4:15 p.m. and we all piled into the car. I have a hard time getting in the car so that is why another person is necessary to sit in the back seat with me.

We get to our destination and Mama K. jumps out of the car leaving me with Sandee. I don’t like being left and I was very nervous especially since I couldn’t see Karyn. About 5 minutes later she comes back and I gave a good sigh of relief.

I forgot to tell you that this was a hot day like 95. Mama takes the route on busy 4th Avenue and the traffic is backed up. She says some bad words. After about four signals we turn left onto 6th Street and smoke starts pouring out from under the car hood.

Mama says, “WHAT THE F***!”

So she panics and turns down the first street she sees which is a one way street going the wrong way and parks the car. The hood of the car looks like a chimney. Some dude in a truck drives up and says the cops are out in full force and we’re going to be towed away.

Karyn freaks! She writes some note and puts in on the dashboard and we jump out of the car. She is acting like a mad woman and both Sandee and I are running to keep up. I have no idea where we’re going. The ground is hot and there are dogs and people everywhere.

Finally we go in a store and it’s cool inside. I am greeted by Lizzie and Leah at Silver Sea Jewelry Store. I am almost relieved but then I heard, “I’ll be back.” And she leaves the store. I already told you that I don’t like to be left. WHERE’S MY MAMA KARYN?

While she was gone, Sandee, Lizzie, and Leah tried to soothe me but I was too nervous. I ran laps around the store and behind the counters. Then Leah left. After what seemed like eternity, Karyn came back and said we have to go. I was so relieved that I finally drank some water.

We found Leah and I was supposed to jump in her car. I cannot jump in Mama’s car but I was nervous and tried. I missed and cried out. Karyn helped me. Whatever! I could stay in the back seat with my head on Karyn’s lap.

Leah drove us home. They all sat down and I got fed. I was so relieved to be home. Then they abruptly left. That’s okay I was glad to be home.

No place like home.

Love ya,  Lily, aka Drama Queen

(photo by Loren Dawn)

Tucson: Books Signing for Greyhound Rescue 2009/10/07

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Book Signing for AZ Greyhound Rescue Fundraiser

Book Signing for AZ Greyhound Rescue Fundraiser

What’s better than a good mystery? A mystery novel about greyhounds and the nefarious dealings of greyhound racing?

But more importantly…are you boring your dog?

That’s the exact question author Edie Jarolim asked herself and then wrote a humorous advice-filled book called Am I Boring My Dog?

Meet the authors — Edie Jarolim and Marlene Bachman at Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, Tucson’s only mystery book store on Saturday, October 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. located at 3146 E. Ft. Lowell Road @ Country Club (far east corner of parking lot).

Greyhounds accompanied by humans are welcome in the store.  

Admission is free and 20 percent of the book sales will be donated to Arizona Greyhound Rescue.

Edie Jarolim has a funny, informative blog which promotes her book, her little dog Frankie, and how she feels about puppy mills. Marlene Bachmann’s book is Obedient Until Death.

Tucson: Bracelets for Greyhound Adoption League (GAL) 2009/10/03

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The recipient of our bracelet sales for October goes to Greyhound Adoption League (GAL) in Tucson, Ariz.

Tucson has a dog racing track so there is always a dire need for retired racing greyhounds to find good homes. GAL has been busy helping Tucson greyhounds be hauled to Calif. and the NW which has no greyhound racing.

Lizzie Mead got her first two greyhounds from GAL – Lace was found in dumpster but fortunately, spoiled to the age of 15, when she died. Whiskey died at 7 of neurological disorder.

You can find an assortment of one-of-a-kind beaded bracelets at:

–Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts – 340 N. 4th Avenue, in Tucson – (520) 624-9954

–Desert Rose Homeopathic Pharmacy – 2550 E. Ft. Lowell Road in Tucson

–online at Lizzies Stardust (etsy.com)

Bracelets are one-of-a-kind made with donated beads, one size fits almost all, easy on and off, bracelets cost $20/each + $3 shipping for online sales.

To donate beads or host an event where the Beading Divas to the Rescue can sell these bracelets for our designated cause — please contact karynzoldan@yahoo.com Put the word “bracelets” in the subject line. Thank you.

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