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Tucson Yappy News: Rally to Remember, 3 Pet Fundraisers 2010/08/28

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Look at that greyhound face!

August 31 – Rally to Remember Missy the Greyhound
Three years ago, a racing greyhound named Missy was senselessly euthanized at Tucson Greyhound Park even though others tried to save her. This incident illuminates everything that is wrong with greyhound racing: Dogs still die. Dogs break their hocks and legs. Dogs suffer serious injuries. Greyhound welfare is not a priority. The rally happens August 31 in midtown Tucson at 4915 E. Speedway (1 block east of Swan), in front of an off-track-betting bar. Join animal advocates and greyhound adopters as we remember Missy from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Signs are available or bring your own. Read about the Tucson greyhound Missy debacle.

Celebrating Mahalo Tucson Greyhound
Mahalo might not have his mug shot on a postage stamp but here’s one better, his riveting face will be on a Visa credit card. The credit card is a fundraiser for GREY2K USA. Every time you use the card, the national greyhound advocacy group committed to ending greyhound racing nationwide receives a small percentage. Sign up for your Mahalo credit card today!

September 11 – Dog Wash Fundraiser/All Breeds Welcome
Get those dirty dogs washed at Arizona Greyhound Rescue’s second summer dog wash held at a new location, this time in the parking lot of PAWS Veterinary Center located at 300 E. River Road. This event is in conjunction with the United Way’s Days of Caring where employees from Tucson businesses volunteer for a day for local non-profits. The good folks from Geico will be there. Who knows? You just might meet the gecko. Dog wash hours: 8 a.m. to noon; no appointment required, first come/first served. $10/wash, $10/nail trim or $15/both.


September 11&12 – Books & More Entertainment Sale and Raffle

After your dogs are clean, come on down to the Humane Society’s Sale & Raffle featuring a huge selection of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS, software, videogames, kids’ stuff, fine arts, and more! Most items are $4 or less! Sale runs both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And then there are 9 amazing raffle baskets to win. What fun at the Companion for Life Center located at 3465 E. Kleindale Rd.

P.S. The Humane Society needs wet cat food and dog food suitable for puppies.

Buy bracelets to benefit Tucson pit bulls – bracelet fundraiser ends August 31.

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Buy bracelets to benefit Tucson’s Adopt a Bull, pit bull rescue 2010/08/22

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Buy bracelets for Tucson pitbull rescue

There’s still time in August 2010 to buy bracelets to benefit Adopt-a-Bull, a Tucson rescue for pit bulls and other bully breeds.

Adopt-A-Bull is a foster-based organization who rescues animals from Tucson local area shelters, as well as offers placement assistance to those who are in need of placing their dog, or a dog that they have found.

Adopt-A-Bull’s strong emphasis on education and public awareness allows volunteers and supporters to break the often negative stereotype that bully breeds have by promoting high standards of care and socialization that play a crucial part in creating “good breed ambassadors.”

You can buy bracelets online via Lizzie Stardust at Etsy.com (please add $3 shipping).

Locally, in Tucson you can buy bracelets at these two locations:

Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Ave., 624-9954 – Also at this location only, Adopt-a-Bull is selling bracelets for $10 which includes cloisonne beads and a clicker.

Dirty Dawgs, 2510 North Campbell Ave, 777-6045

Tucson Greyhound: Jett’s Stream – Hello World 2010/08/22

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Jett Greyhound: Hello World!

Hello Tucson and the World

I am Jett Greyhound. I am a retired racing greyhound. I use to race around the dog track here in Tucson.

My person has a lot to say about that and none of it is good. She uses cuss words that I am not allowed to repeat. I am a good boy and a gentleman so I won’t repeat them.

Anyway, she refuses to talk about my racing name, how many races I ran which she says the industry data is not up to date so it’s a moot point, whatever that is.

My person Karyn says the only thing that matters is — I am here now in a home with three soft dog beds.

Wow!

I heard through the greyt vine that I have big paws to fill as Karyn recently lost her almost 13 year old greyhound Lily, aka Drama Queen.  My person said she had a big hole in her heart and I was here to fill it.

A hole in the heart sounds painful.

I can fill the hole and make Karyn feel better.

We’re going to have a great life together. You’ll just have to wait and see…

Today I went to the Save More Animals adopt-a-thon at a nice hotel in a carpeted ballroom. I got microchipped. Karyn almost fainted when she saw the vet insert a long needle into me. As for me, Jett Greyhound, I didn’t feel a thing. My god-mama Cynthia made me feel so brave.

That was my debut out and I met a lot of people, kids, and lots of dogs, like more greyhounds and found out I was really popular with the Golden Retrievers. I stuck my needle nose into their inner circle.

That’s me in the photo. Aren’t I a handsome boy?

BFN

Posted by…What you see is what you JETT…Greyhound

Tucson: Buy bracelets to benefit Adopt-a-Bull, help place pit bulls 2010/08/08

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Adopt-a-Bull / Tucson non-profit

Beading Divas to the Rescue’s charity for August is:

Adopt-A-Bull is an all volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization, who specializes in“bully type” placement including Pit Bulls, Bulldogs, and other bully breeds.

Adopt-A-Bull is a foster-based organization who rescues animals from Tucson local area shelters, as well as offers placement assistance to those who are in need of placing their dog, or a dog that they have found.

Adopt-A-Bull’s strong emphasis on education and public awareness allows volunteers and supporters to break the often negative stereotype that bully breeds have by promoting high standards of care and socialization that play a crucial part in creating “good breed ambassadors.”

All sales of bracelets for the month of August go to Adopt-a-Bull. Bracelets are one-of-a-kind. One size fits most. All are made with donated beads and come with a paw print charm for $20.

You can buy bracelets online via Lizzie Stardust at Etsy.com (please add $3 shipping).

Locally, in Tucson you can buy bracelets at these two location:

Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Ave., 624-9954 – Also at this location only, Adopt-a-Bull is selling bracelets for $10 which includes cloisonne beads and a clicker.

Dirty Dawgs, 2510 North Campbell Ave, 777-6045

Tucson greyhound: Drama Queen to the Rainbow Bridge 2010/08/08

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Lily at 9 - Carmen-Miran-DOG

The Divine Miss Lily went to the Rainbow Bridge on Friday, August 6. She was 12 years 9 months.

She left planet earth lying on her dog bed with me curled up next to her at Sunrise Pet Clinic. Before they administered a shot to calm her down, she ate numerous cookies. We had time to say our goodbyes and she had a sly smile on her face probably thinking about all the cookies that lay ahead during her next adventure.

Lily will be met at the Rainbow Bridge by my beloved Painter and all the pet dogs that we remember who were our friends — Buddy, Bosco, Jazzmo, Frieda, Jan, Mikey, Lace and Whiskey, Poseidon, Missy, Chessy, Ferrari, Domino, Libby, Tula, Wolf, Daphne, Slim, Charlie, Bessie, Baxter, Zoola, Winna & Holly, Bitsy, Bob Dog and Micha, Cartier, Cairo, Sienna, Senorita, Dakota, Calypso, Jessie, Zowie, Bandit, Sega, Raisin, Quincy, Zeus, Rocket & Moose, Kelsey, Skip, Aimee, Toby, Dog and DogII, Sandy & Dexter, Sam and Chipper…and Chester the cat.

I used to say that Painter was 99.9 percent good boy and Lily was 75 percent good girl but it was the other 25 percent that was memorable. Lily had a penchant for shoes and since I’m a slob, she had her share of chewing shoes and purses. She also had more accessories than I have and really liked bling. On the rare occasions that I did pick up my shoes, she would overturn wastebaskets and tear up paper, once an entire bag of income tax receipts. She had this mischievous behavior her whole life.

Lily also was a counter surfer. She once ate an entire rotisserie chicken, bones and all, as well as raw salmon burgers on a Styrofoam plate. Fortunately, she only took two bites out of the Styrofoam.  She knocked the butter dish on the floor and ate half a stick of butter and a big piece of Roquefort cheese; Painter ate the wrapper.

After Painter died, Lily became the only dog which was a position she favored. Though not dog friendly, she loved people and was always loving and curious towards them. Before Jodi & Tom moved, they would sometimes invite my hounds to spend the night. Jodi said each and every time Lily walked in the house, she went directly into the bedroom, and pooped on their pink rug.

Lily celebrated birthday parties and would be the life of the party knowing that it was her special day.

Although she had many nicknames, she was best known as Drama Queen, hence, this blog.  She didn’t like those two words. When I said, “Who’s the Drama Queen?” she would talk back and stomp her feet.

Lily (and Painter) brought much joy into my life and into the lives of many people. When she was still able to jump on the bed, I’d wake up some mornings and her little head was on my pillow and her stinky breath in my face. Lily ate poop. Among her ailments, she was going blind. While she couldn’t see very well, there was nothing wrong with her hearing as she barked and barked when she heard something disturbing. Her racing name was “Impatient Roar.” It was a good fit. Mercifully, she only raced six times.

Painter was earnest and eager to please–Lily was not so much. We mostly did life on her terms. She was the boss, applesauce. Lily loved to play “find the cookie”. If I forgot to play this game after dinner, she reminded me. She drove me crazy until we played. When I said, “Do you want to play FIND THE COOKIE?” joy radiated across her sweet face.

Dogs hold a special place card in my heart especially greyhounds. They are survivors like none other. The lucky ones have the ability to survive their gruesome racing lives and move forward to find the softest spot in the room. I was blessed to be owned by Lily since she was 2 years 3 months old, nothing short of a miracle.

If you would like to honor Lily, please consider making a donation to your favorite greyhound rescue group or animal shelter. The day I adopted my first greyhound in 1998, I learned about the horrors of greyhound racing. I have never stopped hating its existence. In 2005-2006, more than 150+ greyhounds disappeared from the dog track here in Tucson  never to be found; and in 2008, there were 104 injuries involving 97 dogs, which includes 11 dogs euthanized at the track. These figures are according to the injury reports obtained through a public records request from Arizona Department of Racing.

Across the country, dog tracks are falling like dominoes. Let’s keep up that mission and vision.

Please remember your good times spent with Lily. Cherish each and every day spent with your dogs, cats, and horses.

Lily Greyhound Zoldan
(October 20, 1997 – August 6, 2010)
Adopted from (formerly) GPA/LA & OC now Fast Friends

Thank you for reading.  You can read more about Lily’s zany antics here.

Lily at 12 1/2 - Happy Bling Girl

Karyn Zoldan

‘Take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.’
~ Elie Wiesel

(photos: Diana Hansen & Loren Dawn)


Tucson: Buy bracelets to benefit Tucson pit bull breeds, dog rescue 2010/08/01

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pitbulls & pretty bling

For the month of August, Beading Divas to the Rescue, will be donating the sales of bracelets to Adopt-a-Bull located in Tucson.

The group saves pit bull breeds and rare mastiffs from death row.

Pit bulls may get a bad rap but they are worth saving and make great pets.

Cuddle with me!

You can buy the bracelets online via Etsy.com

Or you can buy them locally in Tucson at:

–Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 520-624-9954

–Dirty Dawgs, 2510 North Campbell Ave, 777-6045

Bracelets cost $20 (plus $3 S&H for online sales). All are one of a kind. One size fits most. They come with a paw charm

Give your wrist a treat! Good woman!

Written by Karyn Zoldan

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