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R.I.P. ICE the American Eskimo Dog, Tucson 2012/10/27

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RIP - Ice

RIP – Ice

The following was written by Glenda Taylor, greyhound adopter & original Beading Diva

My life was blessed when a dear friend asked me if I would adopt Ice. His original adopters were moving to Florida and no longer wanted a dog. From speaking with the breeder, I learned that Ice had been fed, walked and groomed, but never allowed in the home, spending all of his time, alone, in the back yard.

I had recently lost a female greyhound due to kidney disease, and my male greyhound, Happy Endings, was lonely without a dog pal. I agreed to meet Ice. When the breeder walked Ice into the room, momentarily, I stopped breathing. This beautiful white dog with a gentle spirit came right up to me, and placed his two front paws on my knees. We fell in love, instantly. He was my fur kid, he knew it, I knew it, and he came home with me that day.

A year or so later, I adopted Daisie Mae, a Golden/Chow pooch that had been rescued from an abusive home. Ice and Daisie Mate clicked immediately, and became inseparable. They were similar in size and weight, and watching them romp throughout the house, charging in and out of the doggie door, with Haps following on behind, warmed my heart. Ice was now sleeping on my bed, had companionship when I was working, and would serve as my protector when he accompanied me to work on the weekends.

When Ice was ten, I started fostering greyhounds. At 30 lbs., Ice was always a gracious host, but made it clear that, despite his size, he was the alpha in the home. None of the greyhounds I fostered every challenged his position.

Starting in the spring of 2012, Ice began to have seizures. They became progressively more aggressive. To watch my buddy claw at the air, his entire body helpless and shuddering because his neurological system was out of whack, was unbearable. I would hold him, stroke him, and talk to him, during these seizures, and I believe he heard me. When I touched him, his first reaction was to nip, but somewhere in his brain, he knew it was me, backed off and let me hold him.

I went through seizures with my first greyhound, Molly. One evening, when I saw her bounce off my couch onto the floor, I knew it was time for her to cross over, just like it was time for Ice to move on and become reacquainted with Daisie Mae.

In my opinion, true love is letting our pets go when it’s their time, not our time. Once my darling’s quality of life has deteriorated to mere existence, it’s time to let our best friends move on, regardless of how painful it is for us.

I miss my little guy so much, but I’m thankful that he and I connected and enjoyed thirteen wonderful years.

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Bracelets and Holiday Bear Raffle for Tucson Greyhounds 2012/10/23

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Bracelets benefit Tucson greyhounds

Bracelets benefit Tucson greyhounds

For October, Beading Divas to the Rescue is raising money for Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption located in Tucson (actually Marana is where their kennel is).

So for the month of October, all bracelet sales benefit this Tucson greyhound non-profit. They take greyhounds who have finished their racing careers at the South Tucson dog track and transition them along with being spayed & neutered and any veterinarian expenses, and find these wonderful dogs — forever homes. It’s a costly process and one worth doing. so these retired racing greyhounds who have spent their whole lives in the atmosphere of race tracks can live the rest of their lives as beloved pets.

Please consider buying a bracelet online or at any of these local venues:

–Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
–Sissy’s Pet Grooming Salon, 7350 N. La Cholla Blvd (in Albertsons Shopping Center), 229-9898
-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 212, 529-2775

The above locations accept cash or make a check payable to Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption. Bracelets cost $20 and if you order online, add $5.50 for S&H. Every bracelet is handmade and one-of-a-kind made from donated beads.

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption is also having a Holiday Bear raffle. The wonderful polar bear is wearing a red scarf and looks so real and cuddly. Retail value: $190. The bear was generously donated by Mostly Bears. You can read about it here and find out how to buy tickets. The drawing will be in December, just in time for holiday delivery.

Tucson Greyhound Basco Needs TLC, Vet Bills 2012/10/13

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Basco: I'm worth saving

Basco: I’m worth saving

Basco has suffered a complex broken hock injury and now will get a second chance as a beloved pet. He needs a quiet foster home for rest & recuperation. He is being cared for by Veterinarian Specialty Clinic here in Tucson and will require 3 months healing time.

So far Basco has earned the title Mr. Mellow by the vets and vet staff who have had the pleasure of caring for him.

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption (SA Greys) is hoping that you will consider buying a bracelet or two, making a donation for Basco’s medical needs. Also if you can volunteer or foster — if not Basco, there is always a need for foster homes and volunteers.

In Tucson you can buy one-of-a-kind coil beaded bracelets for $20 at these locations:

–Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
–Sissy’s Pet Grooming Salon, 7350 N. La Cholla Blvd (in Albertsons Shopping Center), 229-9898
-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 212, 529-2775

The above locations accept cash or make a check payable to Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.

Or if you are not local, consider buying them from our secure online store (add $5.50 S&H).

Basco is like many retired racing greyhounds. He deserves a second chance just like the hounds in your heart and on your couch. Can you help?

Thank you

Meet Southern Arizona Greyhounds 2012/10/08

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Petey is a Sweetie

Petey is a Sweetie

Buy bracelets to help Southern Arizona Greyhounds

Every October Beading Divas to the Rescue chooses a greyhound adoption group to raise money for. Why greyhounds?

Well, because on October 20, 2008, greyhound adopter Lizzie Mead was on the way to the dog park with her two greyhounds when she was in a hit-and-run accident. Her dogs Rider and Opal suffered $14,300 in vet bills. Rider had 300+ stitches and his spleen was removed and Opal’s eye popped out. Fast forward 4 years later and the dogs are doing fine as is Lizzie Mead.

This month Beading Divas to the Rescue is raising money for Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, Tucson’s newest greyhound adoption group. Even though they are new, many of their dedicated volunteers have been around the block or two and have decades of adoption experience.

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption is a 501 c3 so any donations you give, are tax deductible, which is important to people on the end of giving and record keeping.

There are many ways you can help the greyhounds besides buying a bracelet or two.

You can volunteer. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated at the Marana kennel.

If you’re retired or have a flexible schedule, and live in northwest Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, or Saddlebrooke area or don’t mind driving…volunteering at the kennel would give you an up close personal experience directly with the greyhounds who just exited track life. These initial days of meeting new people make for heart-warming, life enriching experiences. Volunteering at the kennel is always in the morning.

Go Greyhounds – Beading Divas Fundraiser – October 2012 2012/10/01

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Meet Wings - a Tucson greyhound

Meet Wings – a Tucson greyhound

This month Beading Divas to the Rescue is proud to sell bracelets to benefit Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption (aka SA Greys). This group is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding loving forever homes for greyhounds throughout Tucson, Southern Arizona, and Southern New Mexico.

As with every breed specific adoption group, every dollar has meaning and purpose. For instance, here’s an idea how much it costs to transition ONE retired racing greyhound for ONE month.

$100 – checkup & fecal test
$4 probiotics for one dog for a week
$22 dewormer (Panacur)
$5.10 Heartgard Plus (per dog after negative SNAP test)
$6 Bordatella shot (to prevent kennel cough)
$11 Frontline Plus (per dog per month)
$192 Kennel per dog per month (includes dry dog food)

$340.10 plus…

$260 for spay or neuter, dental, SNAP test, microchip, baseline blood work and any shots due

$600.10 per dog per month

Yet, the cost to adopt a greyhound is $250. Why $250? It’s what the local market will bear.

Do the math! For every retired racing greyhound, Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption must raise an additional $350 in order to break even.

Is it worth it? Of course! Giving a chance to a retired racing greyhound to enjoy being a cherished family pet is priceless.

That’s why this Tucson greyhound adoption group needs your help.

In Tucson you can buy one-of-a-kind coil beaded bracelets for $20 at these locations:

–Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
–Sissy’s Pet Grooming Salon, 7350 N. La Cholla Blvd (in Albertsons Shopping Center), 229-9898
-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 212, 529-2775

The above locations accept cash or make a check payable to Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.

Or if you are not local, consider buying them from our secure online store (add $5.50 S&H).

If you don’t want any dazzling eye candy for your wrist, consider making a donation directly to the group perhaps volunteering.

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