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Dec. 2009-Buy bracelets for horse rescue 2009/12/26

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December is almost over but there’s a few more days left and you can still buy a one-of-a-kind coiled and beaded bracelet to help out Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary in Green Valley/Amado area.

Please read the previous blog posts.

Until the end of the month, you can buy bracelets at Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Ave, 624-9954.

If you don’t want to buy a bracelet but still want to help out the horse rescue, please read their story and all the amazing things they do to save horses.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas, Greyhound Version 2009/12/24

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Buddy, the Greyhound Service Dog is Festive

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the town
Not a creature was stirring, not even a greyhoun;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there.

The pups were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of meaty marrow bones danced in their heads;
And me in my sequined fleece jammies, and my human in her sweats,
Had just settled in for some cozy evening pets.

When out on the street there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Paws up to the window I flew like a flash,
Nudged open the blinds and threw up the stash.

The moon on the needles of the cacti did glow,
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my Cleopatra-lined eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and 17 tiny sight hound reindeer.

With a little old driver, so nimble and quick,
I knew in a nano-second it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than coursers the sight hounds they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

Now Harmony, Opa, Misty, Gordon, Quinn Jose, Buddy, and Ride-ER
On Saffron, Opal, Riley, Laila, Candy, Rosie, Donut, Franklin, and — Beam-ER
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! GO POTTY! Dash away all!

As dry leaves that before the wild winds fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the sight hounds they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, just for good dogs like you.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I wiggled my velvet ears, and admired this old hound
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all covered with dog hairs and soot;
A bundle of Zany toys he had flung on his back,
And I wondered if he had any Screaming Monkeys in his sack?

His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like apples, his nose like a cherry!
I sniffed his leg and wondered where he had been?
Did he visit Beagles, Labs, Terriers, and kit-tens?

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke encircled his head like a pukey wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly elf,
And I ROOED when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
My tail wagged and I wondered if I was getting fed?

He spoke not a word, nor did I dare bark,
He filled all the stockings; Gee, it was a real lark,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving me a nod, then up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, and gave his hounds a whistle,
Away they all flew, like the crack of a thistle.
But I heard him yell, as he drove out of sight,
“HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL CREATURES BIG AND SMALL, LET’S CLOSE MORE DOG TRACKS IN 2010. AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”

Roo! Roo!    (the end)

<hugs>,

Lily – a.k.a. Drama Queen – still a wild & crazy 12-year-old brindle bombshell

(photo: Diana Hansen)

Buy Bracelets to Help Equine Voices 2009/12/23

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Sample bracelet to benefit Equine Voices

Christmas is around the corner and we still have some beautiful bracelets that will benefit Equine Voice Rescue & Sanctuary in Green Valley, Arizona.

Equine Voices does an awesome job rescuing horses who have suffered a miserable life in the “pee line by peeing into a cup” in the manufacturing of Premarin and to make big pharma richer and more powerful. Equine Voices also rescues other horses from abuse and neglect.

Please consider helping this charity because their monthly expenses range around $15,000 a month! Horses eat hay and hay is costly as well as medical expenses.

These bracelets are one of a kind made with an assortment of donated beads; coil around the wrist so they are easy to take on and off;  one size fits most; some have horse charms, paw charms, and greyhound charms. All the bracelets have names.

You can buy bracelets in Tucson at Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 520-624-9954. Bracelets make great stocking stuffers or treat yourself to a feel good gift that gives back.

Bracelets cost $20. All proceeds from the bracelets in December 2009 go directly to Equine Voices.

Tucson Greyhounds Go Shopping 2009/12/20

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Greyt Marketing 101

Written by Diva Glenda Taylor

A video showing rescued greyhounds mingling with Christmas shoppers on Chicago streets, wearing thick doggie coats adorned with enormous red bows, was recently circulated and prompted an email from AGR adopter Cynthia David. “Hey, we can do that.” Marketing whiz Karyn Zoldan suggested La Encantada shopping center as a suitable venue, and she was ‘right on.’

On the afternoon of December 20, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., five Arizona Greyhound Rescue adopters met at La Encantada and took their hounds for a stroll: Marlene Fischer with Alyse, Mary Freeman and Diana Hansen with service pooch Buddy, Cynthia David accompanied by Harmony, and Mr. Beams took his caretaker Glenda Taylor.

Large Christmas bows were attached to the dogs’ collars and, while most stayed put, one consistently wobbled off to the side: Mr. Beams.

But who cares.

The shoppers and their children were very receptive and delighted to pet the greyhounds and the dogs lapped up the affection.

The AGR volunteers had an opportunity to share with the holiday shoppers the news that the Phoenix race track was closing, and the need for adoptions, fosters, or donations to rescue groups in Tucson that will be taking in some of the Phoenix dogs.

Cynthia created a brief handout that included the websites for AGR and Greyhound Adoption League for people to donate to help with the cost of caring for the displaced Phoenix dogs.

We’d planned on staying for an hour, but we were still ‘at it’ come 3:30 pm. We met some fabulous dog lovers and passed out a load of handouts.

What a glorious day.

(The photo demonstrates how greyhounds make the best ambassadogs. In the photo Harmony is in red, Mr. Beams wears the gold bow, and Alyse wears the blue collar. Diva Cynthia David talks to admirers.)

Photo taken by Diana Hansen

Greyhounds: Golden Girls at 14 2009/12/20

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Rosie & Roulette turn 14 years young

Rosie, on the left, (Bobs Rozier) turned 14 on Nov 2, and Roulette (Coldwater Coleta) turned 14 on Dec 17.

RAINBOW BRIDGE update: Rosie passed away on Oct. 21, 2010; she would have turned 15 in 11 days. Roulette passed away on Nov. 12, 2010; she would have turned 15 in 35 days. Both long-time beauty queens, have left a whole in the hearts of those who loved them.

Both greyhound golden girls belong to Dave & Caryn in Arizona.

Rosie was adopted from HemoPet and Roulette from Greyhound Adoption League.

Roulette still runs in circles and Rosie still counter surfs. Her latest score was a loaf of bread off the island while daddy Dave was engrossed in watching football on TV.

You go girls!

Greyhound Humor: Incorrigible 2009/12/20

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Lily Greyhound

Drama Queen chills out

I am in-cor-ri-gi-ble. Mama Karyn always say that to me.

Here’s the story.

You know I turned 12 on October 20 and I did not have a birthday party like I usually do.  Mama Karyn said she was busy with a big fundraising event and then there was the remodel and so my day came and went relatively unnoticed. I did get a beautiful collar from Greyt Escape and a peanut butter Kong but no real frivolity.

Mama Karyn said my party is coming.  I’m still waiting for my tiara and to fawned over by friends.

I am in-cor-ri-gi-ble because I still chew stuff. Yep, that’s my hobby. Some hounds like to dig holes or do agility but I excel at chewing stuff.

What have I chewed or destroyed lately?

  • Poop bags but there was no poop in them
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Lots of paper – Karyn has so much paper in her office that she’s not going to miss anything that I’ve chewed or so she is hoping. One day I swept everything off her desk including her clock. Why? Because I could.
  • I take stuff out of wastebaskets and spread it around the house sort of like confetti on New Year’s Day.
  • One day she left the pantry open and I ate these funky dog biscuits; they were stale. I ate them anyway.
  • Sandee’s pantie liner – Karyn said that was too kinky and don’t talk about that in public.

She just bought these cool turquoise boots and I know she is going to be out-to-lunch in a hurry one day and then I’ll have my way with them.

Mama Karyn is so dumb sometimes. She comes home and obviously the place is a mess because I was busy messing it up and she says, “Did you do this?”  Duh.  Who does she think did it – the boogie man? I usually look her in the eye and wag my tail and walk away.

Other than being in-cor-ri-gi-ble, life is great here.

Love you, mean it

Ta Ta for now

Lily aka Drama Queen

4th Avenue Street Fair-Bracelets for Equine Voices 2009/12/09

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Bracelets benefiting Equine Voices

The 4th Avenue Street Fair is here in Tucson this weekend, December 11-13. Hooray! Let’s hope all the local merchants and artists make lots of money and the rain stays away.

Once again Lizzie Mead’s Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts will be selling one-of-a-kind beaded bracelets made by Beading Divas to the Rescue and friends. For the month of December, all proceeds from these bracelets will benefit Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary.

The booth will be right across from the store at 330 N. 4th Avenue. Buy a bracelet and help the horses. Buy some jewelry and help local merchant, Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts. Look for the mermaid in the window.

Cat Story: Lost and Found 2009/12/09

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A few weeks ago I went to a dinner party and three of the four of us are devoted pet owners. If you’re a pet owner, you know you go the extra mile or even across the the country as Bob Berzok did to find his cat. The fourth person, a non pet owner, just rolled her eyes a lot. I won’t mention names.

Here’s a heartwarming story of Rommie and his romp in Louisville and how the kindness of strangers and the dedication of pet owners made for a happy ending.

Bob & Linda Berzok said they still exchange holiday cards with the people who helped find Rommie. It’s amazing what animal lovers will do for each other.

Rommie - lost & found

Sunday, November 26, 2006 The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky

Cat-astrophe averted

Feline, couple reunited after scary adventure in Louisville

By Katya Cengel, Feature Writer
This year, Linda and Robert Berzok’s Christmas card will feature a picture of their 13-year-old cat Rommie, and words about their Louisville miracle.
Thanks to the generosity and caring of strangers, the Berzoks’ longhaired gray, white and black cat is home again in Arizona after an unplanned adventure.
The Berzoks were driving from their summer home in upstate New York to their winter place in Arizona on Nov. 1 when they stopped in Louisville for the night.
As they opened the car door at the Extended Stay America hotel on Dutchmans Lane, Rommie leaped out.
The cat, rescued from the streets 13 years earlier, always had been nervous. She had to be kept away from children, dogs and even guests. It took 10 years before she would jump onto Robert Berzok’s lap.
“It brought out all the nurturing in us to take care of her,” said Linda Berzok, a 63-year-old writer and food historian.
Toothless, clawless and extremely timid, Rommie’s fate weighed heavily on the Berzoks, who for the past five years have been making the drive from New York to Arizona and back with Rommie.
“She’s like a character in our lives,” Linda Berzok said. For 30 minutes, their “little girl” hid under cars and bushes around the parking lot. Then she disappeared.
After more than four hours of searching, the Berzoks went to bed. But Robert Berzok, a 62-year-old retired communications director, didn’t do much sleeping. Every few hours he would get up, get dressed and search.
In the morning they searched again. They spent another night in Louisville and the next day they placed an advertisement in The Courier-Journal and made a few fliers.
Then, filled with dread, they continued home.
Once in Arizona, they placed a new advertisement in the newspaper, this time with a photo of Rommie, and made more detailed fliers, which they sent to several Louisville organizations, including Alley Cat Advocates, which spays and neuters stray cats.
Vicki Litton, a retired BellSouth worker from St. Matthews, called the Berzoks and told them about a cat she had found. Robert Berzok asked if it had teeth. Litton said it did. It wasn’t Rommie.
Several more Louisvillians called the Berzoks with supposed sightings.
Then, more than a week after Rommie had gone missing, Pat Cundiff called to tell them about a cat she had spotted matching Rommie’s description.
Robert Berzok flew to Louisville that night.
At the Extended Stay, people called to offer suggestions and support. Cheryl Jewell, a volunteer with Alley Cat, worked nearby and kept an eye out for the cat.
Berzok posted 400 fliers and photos of Rommie in the neighborhood. But after almost a week, there still was no Rommie. Berzok was paying his hotel bill when he heard that a woman searching nearby had heard a cat’s cry.
Litton had spotted a culvert and decided to drop a little cat food in front.

That’s when she heard a hiss.
She closed off the culvert with cat carriers. Berzok showed up unsure whether it was his cat. Litton thought it was and called her husband, Gary, who brought poles to try to poke the cat toward a carrier.
But it wouldn’t budge.
Jane Harper, of Alley Cat, and her husband showed up. Jewell snuck away from work and managed to secure some cat traps. For four hours they tried to coax and prod the cat out.
As he got a better look, Berzok became convinced that the cat probably was Rommie.
Next on the scene was Capt. Ann Camp with Metro Animal Services. She brought another pole. Cat food and sardines were placed near the traps.
Berzok got down on the muddy ground and edged closer to the cat, which slowly edged closer to him. When it was about 2 feet away he grabbed it.
Rommie emerged — muddy, scrawny and scared, but well.

Berzok began to cry, then Litton, then the rest.

“It was sweet; it was just the best feeling in the world,” Litton said.
Berzok and Rommie stayed in the hotel that night free, thanks to the general manager, Robert Flores.
Alley Cat provided Rommie with a new brush and carrier. The next morning she took her first flight. Not wanting to risk any other mishaps, Robert Berzok bought Rommie her own ticket so she could sit with the passengers. He’s also instituted a strict car policy.
“She can have the run of the car,” he said. “But before any door is opened, she must be in a carrier cage.”

Buy bracelets to help Equine Voices horse rescue 2009/12/01

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Horse surgery is expensive!

December 2009–Hound adopters help hoof rescue. Buy a bracelet to help rehabilitate rescued horses.

Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary is a 501(c) 3 non profit located in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. It is dedicated to saving the lives of Premarin (PMU)* mares and foals and other horses in need.

*Premarin is a form of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women. It is derived from the urine of pregnant mares.

With a small staff and strong volunteer support, Equine Voices has saved the lives of more than 300 horses since 2005. Horses that are rescued are rehabilitated and adopted out to loving, forever homes.

Taylor, a 6-year-old Quarter horse mare, was rescued on July 30, 2009, from a “killer buyer” in Phoenix. (A killer buyer is a person who goes to horse auctions for the sole purpose of purchasing horses to take them to slaughter in Mexico.) When Taylor was found, she had a broken shoulder and was hobbling around on three legs.

The next day she was slotted to be crammed into a trailer with other horses and driven to her death in Mexico. Instead, she was carefully loaded onto a different trailer and taken to a vet who performed surgery and put a metal plate in her shoulder. Taylor currently resides at Jumpin’ Jack Ranch (home of Equine Voices) and is on stall rest while her shoulder heals.

Equine Voices Expenses:
•    The cost of caring for a healthy horse is approx. $125/ month. This amount is higher for horses that need special feed, medicines and/or supplements. On average, Equine Voices cares for between 40 and 50 horses at a time.
•    Equine Voices hay bill is approx. $5,000 a month.
•    Monthly expenditures total approx. $15,000.

Help get the word out about Equine Voices. Find out how you can help this very worthy horse rescue.

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