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Greyhound Support Transport benefits from bracelet fundraiser thru 2/28/11 2011/02/21

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Let's get those doggies moving out of Florida

Update: The Beading Divas have raised $1,740.00 for GST. Congratulations!

This is the last week to buy bracelets online which will benefit Greyhound Support Transport. They work hard to haul retired racing greyhounds out of Florida to non-racing states and Canada.

Monica Rigo and Crystal Carroll have done an amazing job getting the word out about the bracelet sales and it could be GST has broken the record for online bracelet sales.

Bracelets are one-of-a-kind, made with beautiful donated beads. One size fits most and are easy to put on and take off. Bracelets cost $20/each and all of the $20 goes to GST. The $3 shipping pays for shipping & mailing supplies.

These bracelets are like greyhounds, you can’t just own one.

You can also read more about Greyhound Support Transport here.

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In heartfelt memory: Sweetie Pie greyhound 2011/02/21

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Sweetie Pie catches some rays of sun

The following was submitted by Cyndi Rennick:

Here is a little bit about my Sweetie Pie.

What follows is what flowed out… I just wrote… I tried to give you an overview, and it still isn’t even a fraction of who she was. There will never be another quite like her. I loved her so much.

Sweetie Pie passed just after Thanksgiving, November 29, 2010.

She was 12-1/2. I adopted her right off the Miami track during a “clean-out” of the kennel and we picked her up from the hauler truck at a stop on Interstate 275. She was 5. She was a kennel favorite and ran 181 races. I suppose she made someone a lot of money. She was meant to go to a brood farm, but the kennel manager snuck her out, bless her.

Sweetie Pie’s real life began that day when she was 5 years old and we first saw each other’s face. I fell instantly in love with this tiny bundle of energy and joy. She was funny, happy, curious, and had a sense of humor that I have never seen in another dog in all my life. She was my little ray of sunshine, no matter what kind of day I was having, she could make me smile, and most times, even laugh out loud.

She and I grieved our Bandit together when he passed at 8 from osteo. I somehow always knew she would be with me for longer. I feel like she knew I needed her. When she got cancer herself at 12, she was amazing, always upbeat even through surgery and three chemo treatments. She would have continued on even after she relapsed if I had asked her to, but I knew it was time for me to do the right thing for her and let her go.

For the first time ever, I looked at her and knew that she was tired. She had given so much for so long, I just couldn’t ask for more.

She took a huge part of my heart with her when she left and I still miss her every day. But she also left me with the many lessons she taught me, to laugh in the face of adversity, to enjoy the sun on a warm day, and to be love with all your heart. She was all that and so much more.

I know that she is safe with Bandit now. One day after she left he let me know that he had her. That was a huge relief and I cried and cried.

The house felt so empty after my precious girl was gone, even with Joe and Dodd there, and I think they felt the same way. She was a huge presence in a tiny body, and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Slowly but surely I am starting to smile more than I cry when I think of her.

She was my girl, my little lady, my precious princess, my constant companion and my snuggle bug every single night of our lives together. Life just won’t be the same without her, but we are all better for having known her.

My Sweetie Pie. My girl. My heart. You mattered.

Buy bracelets for Greyhound Support Transport – Feb. 2011 2011/02/12

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Bracelets for a cause

Check out this beautiful batch of original bracelets. So many bracelets for $20 (+ $3 S&H), so little time … until end of Feb.

A message from the Greyhound Support Transport board of directors

Something that should maybe be talked about is what we were able to do at the seasonal closure of Mardi Gras last year. When the season closed, after the first load of adoption dogs left, there were approximately 20 or so dogs that were yet to be placed. A kennel was donated a to use, the track waived the rent, the Mardi Gras greyhound foundation paid the electric and water, the kennel owners provided the food, wormer and shank bones. While, Monica, Myself and Jennifer Arno split up the kennel work. Within 6 weeks all the retirees had been placed into an adoption program. And all of them are long since adopted and in homes now. It was a really fantastic thing that we were able to do. We are very proud of that, because the tracks down here heavily sponsor another program, and that group didn’t lift a finger to help with the closure. GST, with a small operating budget, got the job done and made sure there was no dog left behind.

In Loving Memory: Berry the Greyhound 2011/02/12

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My Berry – Run over the Bridge.  Mom Will Find You.

Six years ago, a beautiful, timid, terrified little greyhound raced into my heart.  In her short six and a half years, she had seen so much sadness. My vow was to see there would be no fear, no sadness and no lack of love for her remaining life.

Run free, sweet Berry

For six years, I have loved and cared for you.  For eternity I will love you and miss you.

As I caressed your ears, stroked your silky head that used to peek around corners at me, kissed your little nose and spoke to you of my love, I lay stretched out in front of you.  You closed your eyes for the last time, gazing at the one who loved you most, knowing I will love you forever.

Until we meet again at the Bridge.  Godspeed, Flying Berry.

The above content and photo was submitted by our friend Nancy Weller of Missouri. Berry was adopted from MI REGAP. You can read Nancy’s blog here.

Feb 2011 – Buy bracelets to benefit Greyhound Support Transport 2011/02/06

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Baubles for your brain

The bracelet sales continue!

Greyhound Support Transport is doing a bang up job of getting the word out!  I think we broke a record in how many bracelets were sold online within a few short days so far this month.

Great job ladies!

You can learn more about Greyhound Support Transport here.

You can buy bracelets online at Etsy.com

In loving memory of Chance, a Doberman friend 2011/02/06

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In loving memory of Chance

In Loving Memory of
Chance
You Were So Loved – You Are So Missed

With heavy hearts and a tear in our eyes, after seven years we must say goodbye.
Please understand, we’ve done all we could. If we could do anything else, you know we would.

I’m sitting right here, gently rubbing your ears while I talk to you softly, trying to hold back the tears.
The memories you gave us, we’ll never forget – especially the ones of the day we all met.

One last hug and one last kiss – you have no idea, how much you’ll be missed.
To look into your eyes, this one last time, you tell me it’s ok, you know it was your time.

Your eyes are closed now, and you go to sleep. We’ll pray to the Lord, your soul he’ll keep.
Go in peace, now, our dear friend. We’ll stay right here with you until the end.

Dream of that special day and time, when we’ll meet at the Bridge, and all will be fine.
We’ll run and play, side by side, with a soft warm feeling, deep down inside.

Your memory will live on in each one of us. You’ll always be number one to all of us.
Have a safe journey through the night. I promise when you awake, everything will be alright.

So with heavy hearts and tears in our eyes, just for now our friend – we say goodbye.

~1/30/2011~

By Chuck & Mary Danielian

2 greyhound heroes: Cara Brockoff and Noni Davis 2011/02/06

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Two Greyhound Heroes

Here are two Greyhound Heroes.

These wonderful women inspire me (Karyn Zoldan) to be a better person and help rescue more greyhounds from the hell known as greyhound racing.

The woman on the left is Cara Brockoff of Northcoast Greyhounds. Cara donates thousands and thousands of dollars every year to greyhound rescue groups in need, through online auctions and raffles for beautiful jewelry.

The woman on the right is Noni Davis. Noni happened to be in the right place at the right time which was Guam. Noni and her husband Dave Davis helped ready almost 200 Guam greyhounds leave Guam for the United States. Noni has very sad stories about finding emaciated hounds in the jungles of Guam, tied to fences, starving, abused, and living in deplorable conditions. Noni and Dave both volunteered for GAIN (Guam Animals in Need) and helped Greyhound Protection League and numerous other greyhound rescue groups in the U.S. get these deserving hounds off the island.

I was fortunate to rendezvous with these two amazing women at Elle Restaurant in Tucson for a nice dinner and conversation.

Feb. 2011 – Buy bracelets to benefit Greyhound Support Transport 2011/02/01

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Buy me now!

Congratulations to Greyhound Support Transport — they are the lucky winners of the Bead Drive Contest drawing held last month.

During the month of February, all bracelets sales will be given to them. It’s a short month so you better start buying.

During Greyhound Support Transport’s first year –2009 — their goal was to place 200 dogs. They surpassed that with 250.

In 2010 their goal was to place 250 dogs. They placed nearly 400. And because they were able to place so many, a lot of those dogs were from farms and other racetracks in Florida not just in Miami.

The majority of dogs went out West to Oregon and Colorado to Greyhound Pet Adoptions Northwest, Homes 4 Hounds, and Oregon Greyhound Adoption; all three are located in Oregon. In Washington state dogs go to Greyhound Pets Inc and in Colorado, Almost Home for Hounds.

On the East coast, dogs go to Forever Home Greyhound Adoptions, Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, Fast Friends, and many others, although in small numbers, as that’s where the majority of other Florida retired racers go. Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions in Tampa also homes alot of dogs for GST.

As we go through the month, you’ll learn more about Greyhound Support Transport. Not an adoption group, they haul retired racing greyhounds out of Florida to non-racing states and Canada.

Please consider buying a bracelet or three as gifts to help the dogs get to be couch potatoes that much faster.

In Tucson, bracelets can be purchased at Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Ave., or Dirty Dawgs dog wash, 2510 N. Campbell Ave.

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