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Bracelets for Tucson greyhounds fundraising 2010/01/25

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beautiful bracelets for greyhounds

January 31 is the last chance to buy bracelets to help Arizona Greyhound Rescue raise badly needed funds for all the dogs that they take in from the Tucson Greyhound Park and the now closed (hopefully forever) Phoenix Greyhound Park.

Bracelets cost $20 (+$3 shipping if you buy them on Etsy.com).

All bracelets are one-of-a-kind handmade from donated beads.One size fits most.

Thanks to Jean Williams, Lyle Rayfield, and Stephanie Urdiales who recently donated exciting stashes of beads!

You can buy bracelets at:

Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, 624-9954.

Some bracelets are now also back available at the Desert Rose Homeopathic Pharmacy located at 2550 E. Ft. Lowell Road, 918-0100.

Greyhound – Marching Orders? 2010/01/19

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Where's Beamer's couch?

I think I’m on my way out. Perhaps she’s still mad at me for nipping Turbo. But I’m a potato without a couch!

This morning, after my morning walk and breakfast, I’m contentedly snoozing on my couch, limbs twitching with ecstacy as I dream of romping with greyhound friends that have crossed over the rainbow bridge in a meadow far, far away.

The door bell rings. Of course, I leap up to investigate. Three elderly bruisers enter the home. Following Mom’s directions, they hoist the couch and carry it out the front door. Not so much as a ‘May I?” from these guys or from Mom. Now what’s a boy to think?

Is Mom sending me a message that she doesn’t love me any more? Is she telling me that some cute female is going to replace me? If so, perhaps I should file a discrimination charge with the Attorney General’s Office based on gender, or file a grievance with Arizona Greyhound Rescue? After all, I have some rights, don’t I? I’m not going to take this ‘roaching’ down. I’m going to protest.

I emailed my buddy Alyse, down the street, and she and I are going to ask Marlene, Alyse’s Mom, to intervene and talk to my Mom.

I’ve been a faithful companion to Mom. Yes, I do get in the trash. Yes, I am territorial and try to intimidate any dog that comes here temporarily, letting them know which beds are mine and which beds are available to them. No, I’ve never chewed or anointed anything in the home. I’m a very clean pooch and learned the doggie door the first night I moved in. No, I don’t jump on visitors – well, not very often, and I don’t get on Mom’s bed. I think I’ve been pretty patient over the two years I’ve lived here considering the numerous foster dogs that I’ve had to train. So why am I losing my favorite bed?

I think Mom is going to trade me in for a younger model. Yes, I’ve heard about human males trading their wives for a younger version, but trading a pooch – this is absolutely unheard of – don’t you agree? Mom’s love their dogs, sometimes, more than their husbands, and dogs usually rate #1. Why am I an exception?

I’m really out of sorts today. Keep roaming around, trying to find something comfy to snooze on, but my favorite is gone, vanished, no longer available to me.

Please contact my Mom and tell her that I’m worth keeping. I love my Mom and I’m very comfortable in my home and our daily routine. But I’m feeling rejected and one very sad greyhound. I’m waiting for a pink slip but dreading its arrival. Where would I go? I don’t want to leave. H E L P!

Dear Readers: I have purchased a new three-seater couch that will arrive on January 21. I adore my Beamer and he will not receive a pink slip. But he will be thrilled when the new couch arrives. It is big enough for Beams and I to snuggle while we watch T.V. or I’m reading. I’ve tried to explain this to him, but he’s a dog. All he knows is that his couch is gone and, temporarily, he’s not a couch potato.

P.S. You can help local retired racing greyhounds find forever homes by buying bracelets this month (Jan 2010).

Tucson: Bracelets benefit AZ Greyhound Rescue 2010/01/12

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One-of-a-kind bracelet to help greyhounds

Reminder, one of a kind bracelets for $20 are now on sale at Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Ave (in the 4th Avenue shopping district – shop local), 624-9954.

Look for the mermaid in the window.

If you’re not local to Tucson, you can buy them online at Etsy-Lizzie Stardust (plus $3 shipping).

Bracelets come with a choice of greyhound or paw print charm.

“I just received the most beautiful bracelet that I purchased from the Beading Divas. It’s just about the prettiest thing I’ve seen. Really spectacular beads. Take a look on Etsy, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.” –Jean Rettus/AGR adopter/volunteer

For the entire month of January, bracelet sales help Arizona Greyhound Rescue which is located in Tucson/Marana. AGR rescues retired racing greyhounds from Tucson Greyhound Park and the now defunct Phoenix Greyhound Park.

Help give these deserving greyhounds get a new lease on life…a dog’s life not a throwaway enslaved race dog.

(photo: Michelle Caillet)

Greyhound Reclaims his MOM 2010/01/06

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After two years of sharing my Mom with a continuous flow of rescued racing greyhounds, finally, she’s mine, all mine. Our last foster dog, Turbo, found his forever home in November 2009.

I was a bad pooch. I nipped Turbo pretty good and WOW was I chastised. Checking Turbo’s wound, Mom was nipped by Turbo on the left eyebrow. We’re talking deep purple and black. It took over a month for the bruise to disappear and Mom reminded me frequently that her disfiguerment was my fault and I was a brat. Turbo had to go to the vet and get a couple of stitches, so I was in the toilet – so to speak – for a long time.

So here’s my defense. I knew that Turbo was looking to connect and he’d decided that my Mom was going to be his Mom. I think not. As I told him, you’re here temporarily, so remember I’m the Alpha around here. This guy had the nerve to sit on the doggie bed close to Mom’s computer. That’s my bed. Well, actually, it’s Ice’s bed, but I can intimidate Ice to get off the bed and move to another one. Hey, sorry, intimidation is part of my charming personality. But Ice knows how to get Mom’s attention, so now that bed is closely monitored. No more am I allowed to intimidate Ice to move – I’m given an alternate bed – I guess I can live with that especially when Mom’s attention is elsewhere and I can ‘do my thing’ with Ice. Not sure how long I’m going to get away with this because Ice is getting pretty feisty and tried to nip me the other day. He may be small, but he has a courageous heart and I know Mom would back him up – after all, he’s the first born around here.

But I’m happy that Mom can now spend more time with me. We walk our customary two miles a day in the mornings and she plays throw and catch with me in the afternoons. I’ve got new toys to toss, and I get more scratches behind the ears.So I’m one happy camper.

We took a hike in the Catalina Mountains last Sunday, and it was glorious. New smells, lots of dogs to greet, and a couple of horses. Boy, I don’t think I will try to nip or intimidate those guys – I’m out tonnaged – but they couldn’t get through my doggie door, so I’m safe, Mom will not be bringing these guys home to foster!

Tucson: Bracelets benefit retired racing greyhounds 2010/01/05

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Beautiful bracelets help greyhounds

For the month of January 2010…all bracelet sales will benefit Arizona Greyhound Rescue located in Tucson/Marana.

You can buy bracelets at Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Ave., 624-9954. They cost $20.

If you’re not local to Tucson or can’t make it to 4th Avenue, you can buy them online at Etsy’s Lizzie Stardust (+$3 shipping charge).

Bracelets are one-of-a-kind, coiled for easy on and off, one size fits most. All the beads are donated. All help benefit greyhounds this month.

Here’s a special thanks to Joan Athey who is an AGR volunteer & adopter and jewelry maker. She has donated many beautiful bracelets that we sell to raise funds for the animals. (Karyn Zoldan bought two of Joan’s bracelets. KZ sold one of Joan’s bracelets off her wrist in a restaurant!)

Got beads to donate to help animal rescues? Email: karynzoldan@yahoo.com to arrange pick up or simply drop them off at Silver Sea Jewelry.

(written by Karyn Zoldan) & (photo-Michelle Caillet)

Tucson Beading Divas to the Rescue Celebrate 2010 2010/01/04

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Cheers to bracelets helping animal rescues

The Beading Divas had a meeting of the minds yesterday as well as their creative spirit and along with six other women fashioned 37 one-of-a-kind coiled and beaded bracelets.

Along with the bubbly, the Divas celebrated raising $11,800 from bracelet sales in 2008-2009. Almost $4,000 went to help pay Lizzie’s astronomical vet bills and $7,800 went to an assortment of charities helping 4 cats, 17 greyhounds, and 1 horse. Of course.

New bracelets will be posted on Etsy this week (with a link to follow) and a/o Jan 1, 2010 sales of bracelets benefit Arizona Greyhound Rescue.

So, who are these Beading Divas?

In the photo above:

Top left to right: Glenda Taylor, Lizzie Mead, Angy Shearer, Cynthia David

Bottom left to right: Michelle Caillet, Karyn Zoldan, Loren Dawn

(photo: Brian Caillet)

Feral Cats: How One Woman Makes a Difference 2010/01/02

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semi-feral cats in Woodland, Wash.

WOODLAND, Wash.–We can’t always count on non-profit animal organizations to do everything. Here’s the story of how one dedicated cat-loving woman in Washington is making a difference for semi-feral cats.

2011 update on Flickr.  This woman is amazing.

Newest Update Cats seemed hungry.

NEWER UPDATE with photo + comments. Last of 20 cats have been trapped, spayed & neutered. An amazing story how one woman really made a difference.

UPDATE with photos and comments.

What are semi-feral cats? Cats that are used to being around humans as they live in a parking lot, but are too wild to touch/ handle/catch. A person would be shredded if they tried.

These poor cats live in a parking lot at a rundown apartment housing. They are not properly cared for. Rebecca found these cats by driving around looking for something interesting to photograph. Little did she know where that would lead…

She would like to intervene and provide trapping, spaying/neutering and releasing and then to ensure the cats are fed. The owner of the housing development would not sign a release so the feral cat organization could not go on the property to help.

Did she give up? NO! Rebecca made friends with the residents. Ingeniously, she handed out a letter written in Spanish explaining who she was and that she wanted to help the cats. Since then she has been making a 60 mile round trip to trap one cat at a time and then she takes them to her vet. She brought the cats a dog igloo to keep them warm, feeds them and traps them. She now has two live traps and was happy to catch three cats recently.

Cat in Dog Igloo

Rebecca has been picking up the tab. Now a few of her Flickr friends have sent money to help.

My friend Diana considers Rebecca a hero and so do I. This task has to be so difficult to accomplish alone but she is passionate and dedicated. Let’s say it’s part of her DNA to find lost and neglected animals, get them medical care, and then find them homes.

You can view her stunning cat photos on Flickr titled “Woodland Cats.”

Then consider helping her cause by passing along this story or sending a small donation.

Thank you for reading.

Happy New Year 2010 2010/01/01

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Saffron greyhound rings in 2010

It was a very good year for the Beading Divas to the Rescue.

Please read our donation history.

Saffron, Diva Loren’s greyhound wishes everyone a good year.

In December we raised $1,460.00 for Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary.

In January 2010, we’re going to raise money for Arizona Greyhound Rescue (AGR). The Phoenix Greyhound Park closed (YOWZA!) and many of those dogs are now racing at Tucson Greyhound Park. Tucson race dogs are being displaced for the Phoenix dogs. It’s a negative domino effect.

AGR is picking up some of the slack.

After January 3, bracelets will be for sale on Etsy and the link will be updated.

Thanks to everyone who bought bracelets and helped animals in need.

We are the Beading Divas to the Rescue: Angy, Cynthia, Glenda, Karyn (the blogger), Lizzie, Loren, and Michelle.

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