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Operation Greyhound – Beading Divas Fundraiser – Feb. 2013 2013/01/31

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Operation Greyhound saved me!

Starla was rescued by Operation Greyhound at 5 years of age from the Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico. Her racing name was Cut Stone and she raced 120 races.

When she arrived at Operation Greyhound there were noticeable blue rings around her eyes. Operation Greyhound took her to the veterinarian to see if they could diagnose why she had this unusual coloring in her eyes. The vet recommended Starla see a specialist for he had never seen this before and an appointment was made right away.

The specialist diagnosed Starla with S.A.R.D.S (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration) meaning Starla was going blind. Starla has some eyesight and uses a prescribed eye medication to slow down the deterioration of her eye sight.

Rescue a greyhound

Rescue a greyhound

Without the love and concern from Operation Greyhound, Starla would by now be completely blind. Starla has been adopted into a loving home with other greyhounds and is doing extremely well thanks to Operation Greyhound’s quick actions in giving the very best to this sweet girl.

This is what greyhound adoption groups do or should be doing.

For the month of February 2013, Beading Divas to the Rescue is helping to raise money for Operation Greyhound of San Diego.

Bracelets cost $20 and the entire amount goes to the charity. All bracelets are handmade and made with donated beads. You can buy them online (add shipping charge). Bracelets ship within 2 to 3 days.

Beautiful black rose

Beautiful black rose

In Tucson, you can buy one of a kind beautiful beaded bracelets made with donated beads here:

–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)
-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775

-Sissy’s Pet Salon, 7350 N La Cholla Blvd (by Albertsons), 229-9898

You can also donate beads to the Bead Drive 2013 on behalf of any 501 c3 animal charity. WE NEED BEADS TO CONTINUE OUR MISSION!

Rescue a Golden of Arizona vet bill expenses 2012 2013/01/26

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Rescue a Golden, AZ

Rescue a Golden, AZ

For the month of January, Beading Divas to the Rescue is selling bracelets for Rescue a Golden on Arizona (RAGofAZ)

RAGofAZ’s vet bill for 2012 was $132,936.58; they rescued/rehomed 167 dogs.

That is amazing!

When Rescue a Golden sees a dog on Craig’s List, they send a letter explaining that they cannot purchase a dog, but can make sure it goes to a good home. Sometimes people are very rude and say nasty things about not giving their dog to a rescue for free to have RAGofAZ to turn around and make a profit by charging an adoption fee.

Adoption fees don’t even come close to the cost of vetting a dog prior to adoption. Most of these dogs come in needing to be spayed/neutered; it’s rare to get a dog that’s up to date on vaccinations. So many are surrendered because they have severe illnesses or injuries resulting in thousands of dollars of vetting fees.

There you have it — the true story of pet rescue.

While you can donate any time to the Goldens, you only have until the end of January to buy some bracelets on their behalf. Bracelet sales have been slow this month; let’s rev it up.

You can buy bracelets online here – the entire cost of the bracelet ($20) goes to the Goldens. We do charge for shipping & handling.

Locally, you can buy bracelets here:
–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)
-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775

You can also donate beads to the Bead Drive 2013 on Rescue a Goldens behalf.

Bead Drive 2013 – Beads Gone Wild 2013/01/24

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Bead Drive 2013

Bead Drive 2013

Yep, it’s that time of year again when Beading Divas to the Rescue need more beads. Since 2009, we have sold more than 3,000 bracelets for animal charities. We rock!

But as you can imagine that is a whole lot of beads.

We are encouraging all the animal rescues that we have raised money for — to tell your Facebook likes, your adopters, and volunteers to donate beads on behalf of your group.

One lucky group will be randomly chosen to receive sales in April. The last time we held a Bead Drive was late 2010 – early 2011. Greyhound Support Transport of Florida won! They raised $1,740.00 during their winning month. The bead drive is open to any 501 c3 animal charity in the continental U.S.

Here are the rules & fine print.

If you are local to the Tucson area, you can drop off beads at these numerous locations or we can try to arrange pick up — ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE HERE FOR THE GEM SHOW.

Greyt Escape
c/o Beading Divas
12150 East 5th Street
Tucson, AZ 85748

One thing you might not know is that all the money raised goes back to the groups. Bracelets cost $20 and the groups receive the entire $20. For online sales, we do charge shipping & handling and with that money pay for postage & mailing supplies. We chip in money when needed to buy memory wire, paw charms, and findings.

Who is this hunk?

photo from celebritysunglasseswatcher.com

Some hot sunglasses — you know the kind that celebrities wear — are for auction now on EBAY. They are sexy. They are fashionable. They grace the pages of Vanity Fair. The money raised for the sale of the sunglasses will go towards our supplies and some wild bead buying (we cannot enter the bead drive drawing). So check it out! Here and here.

We don’t know who the hunk is above. Do you? Kanye and Usher are pictured wearing sunglasses like the ones on eBay. Men with their own sense of style embrace these sunglasses. Go bid!

AZ Golden Retriever story – Beading Divas bracelet fundraiser 2013/01/11

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Nala’s story

“Just wanted everyone to know how grateful I am for all the help RAGofAZ has provided to me. As some of you may or may not know, some nice doctor saved my life and contacted the organization. Fortunately, timing is everything. There was an immediate family that wanted me and was more than willing to take care of me and all my needs.

I moved from the big city to the country. I am intrigued by the quietness and all the wildlife that surrounds me; especially all those rabbits. I now have two 20 lb. cans of delicious nutritious food and am almost at my normal weight. I am no longer timid about eating.

My ear infection is all clear. My mommy said she had dealt with this in the past and knew how to handle it. I squealed and squirmed when I had my first bath. I was afraid of the running bath water, but enjoyed the shower. It took both my mommy & daddy to bathe me. I guess after I was toweled dried and massaged, the bath wasn’t so bad after all!

I am being educated in music. I am learning to love “The Rock”; (that’s Rachmaninoff for those of you who don’t know) and other classical music. In addition, my daddy likes the 40’s music and my mommy gets energized with the 50’s.

I am obsessed with playing ball and now have found my voice, when I want to play more. I have lots of squeaky toy friends and at night, I like to sleep with my beaver. I still cry from time to time, but am getting better about it. My family always says Nala’s home after I have been out to the doctor or shopping.

I am enjoying the cool indoors and sleeping in a bed. I guess you can say I am “Queen of the Manor”.

Kisses, Paws & Waggin’ Tales to all the Goldens & everyone at RAGofAZ! ~ Nala


Rescue a Golden of Arizona goes the extra miles to rescue these dogs. They have happy stories and a few sad stories. You must check them out and also consider buying some bracelets. All are made with donated beads and cost $20. No two bracelets are alike. You can buy them online (add $5.50 S&H) and you can also buy them locally here in Tucson at:

–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)
-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775

Rescue a Golden of AZ – Beading Divas Bracelet Fundraiser – January 2013 2013/01/01

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where every dog matters

Beading Divas to the Rescue is proud to be sponsoring Rescue a Golden of AZ (RAGofAZ) for January 2013. Here is one of their stories written by a volunteer:

Harley’s Heroes

Harley’s story begins with an email received on a Friday morning from our Shelter Walker Team Coordinator, Ed Karsten, about a sick Golden at the Casa Grande Pinal Shelter. Harley was listed as “sick” on the Pinal County Shelter list. Ed contacted the Shelter early that Friday morning and they agreed to release Harley to RAGofAZ as a “medical foster” so we could provide the medical attention he needed. Harley had growths on the outside of his throat and was not eating.

Harley, 10 years old, was abandoned by his owner at a Circle K. He walked up to a customer who was standing in front of the Circle K and asked if he would hold onto his dog while he ran in to pick up something. The owner walked in the front door and went right out the back – never coming back for his 4- legged friend. The customer surrendered Harley to the Pinal County Shelter on Wednesday September 27, 2012.

By 11AM on Friday we had two Transport Team volunteers en route to Casa Grande to pick up Harley.

By 3PM on Friday Harley was met at the vet clinic by our Vet Care Liaison and Vet Care Coordinator. Harley had a broken tooth, very red gums, malnourished, matted hair and very large tumor-like growths on his body. It was a Friday evening, so the decision was to board him at the vet for further evaluation and treatment.

On Saturday morning, after viewing the x-rays, the examining vet determined that Harley had a large tumor on his lungs and advanced Valley Fever. His recommendation was to euthanize.

At 1PM on Saturday afternoon, the Vet Care Liaison, Vet Care Coordinator, and our Director of Golden Operations gathered around Harley and whispered loving words in his ear. This wonderful boy is no longer in any pain. A beautiful soul became an angel that day.

Harley’s Heroes:
–Ed Karsten
–Norm Fee
–Orlando Baker
–Nancy Baker
–Kay Fee

Do we wish we could have made a difference in Harley’s life? You bet… If only we could have gotten him sooner, before the tumor grew to the size it did. Yet, we know he passed away in the loving arms of 3 people who loved him and knew what a great companion he was.

It’s our policy, whenever possible, to not let a dog go to the Rainbow Bridge without first being adopted. The Vet Care Coordinator, Nancy Baker and her husband became Harley’s adopted family before she helped him to the Bridge.

This is a shining example of what rescue groups do. Kudos to Rescue a Golden of AZ for sharing this touching story and the work they do for Golden Retriever rescue.

You can help them out by making a donation to their group or buying some bracelets. All bracelets are one-of-kind and made with donated beads. Bracelets cost $20 and the entire $20 is given to the group. Cash and checks made payable to RAGofAZ are accepted. (Sorry no credit cards.)

You can buy bracelets locally in Tucson at:

–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)
-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 212, 529-2775

If you order online, add $5.50 for S & H. International orders, add $7.50. Orders are usually shipped within 2 to 3 days. More bracelets will be added online after January 7.

Tucson greyhound Jett: school daze 2013/01/01

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The following was written by Jett Greyhound

Hi fans. I went to middle school in December and met with the most amazing class ever. These 6th graders were super bright. They asked my Karyn all the right questions about dog racing. If these kids governed the world, there would be no dog racing and no animal cruelty.

While visiting the school I was still limping. I have some debris deep inside my paw pad. It’s a big OWIE. We have been to my lovely veterinarian and even to that fancy specialty place and so far no solution except to amputate my toe. Cha-ching! Those are my Karyn’s sound effects.

The students all wrote me notes too. I will share some:

Jett, I hope you never have to go through that racing again and get better!

Dear Jett, you are the cutest dog ever!!!

I hope your paw heels (sic) and your life has many adventures ahead.

Dear Jett, I know that you can’t read but I hope that you live long and live happy with your owner. You are a really nice and cute dog!

There are more but I don’t need to share all of them. Sharing is not my favorite activity.

I have been to this school many times and the kids remember my name. Today I went in an elevator. It was an elevating experience.

Life has been hectic at my house because there never seems to be any down time for my Karyn. She is always on the go. We had Saffron stay with us. Saffron’s person and Karyn are friends and Saffron stays here a lot. She is an old gal but kind of fits right in. As you can see in this photo below she is making herself cozy. We thrive on cozy.

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Then some black and white dog stayed here for one day. He was a nice dude. And now some black dog with tuxedo markings have been staying here. I don’t know his story but he’s a bit grabby when it comes to treats. Girlfriend barely tolerates him.

So there you have it. I hope to get to the computer more often but Karyn hogs the keyboard. Hey hounds, are any of you missing a toe (or a digit as the specialist guy said) and if so, what is life without a toe?

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