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Happy New Year from Tucson Jett Greyhound 2013/12/31

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Just pet me while I lie here

Just pet me while I lie here

(written by Jett Greyhound)

Where does the time go? My new year resolution is that I write every month.

Lots of good things have been happening.

Calvin & Jett look out the window

Calvin & Jett look out the window

Sometimes different dogs stay with us. Not only do we have Saffron (an older female) and Carter (my brindle buddy) but this older beagle named Calvin has hung with us on three different occasions. He barks a lot and so loudly but when he’s not barking we are good friends. Karyn takes us all for a walk at the same time and he pulls us around.

I have met all kinds of people. Myself and some other greyhounds went to La Frontera’s United Way kick off. Most of the employees were in awe of me and because I like to get cozy wherever I am, I laid down on the carpet and people knelt down to pet me, as it should be. I also met the AZ legislator Linda Lopez. She found me amazing. I met Jeanette Mares from Ben’s Bells Project too.

Angy & Linda Lopez meet Jett

Angy Shearer & Linda Lopez meet Jett

Then I went to Pima Air Museum again because a dog named Jett belongs there.

There was some Hounds for the Holiday contest and one of the judges Barbara Brown said she never kissed a greyhound so we obliged. I stopped by her place of business and she kissed me. Now she can cross that off her bucket list.

Kissy with Barbara Brown

Kissy with Barbara Brown

Lots of people have come by for lunch or dinner and of course, I got a lot of loving. I like the magic thing that Lizzie does to my ears. Every time she does — I have an eargasm.

Happy New Year to you and dog bless all the dogs still eating 4D meat and stuck the South Tucson dog track. We have our paws crossed that you get out of there and into a loving home like mine so very soon.

Tucson Greyhound Jett’s Sleepover with Donut 2013/08/18

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Jett & Donut relax

Jett & Donut relax

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I went to a sleepover! Usually dogs sleep over my house but I got to go to someone’s house to sleepover. The only other time I slept over someone’s house was at Greyt Escape but there were lots of other dogs around.

You see, my human Karyn, wanted to be dog-free. I find that hard to believe that she didn’t want me and Girlfriend around as she claimed she wanted a break. She was supposed to go away but that fell through. She still figured out how to be dog-free for one night.

I know she must have missed ME very much. Girlfriend, probably not so much. I — Jett — did not miss Girlfriend.

The reason I didn’t miss Girlfriend is because I had a sleepover with my “real” girlfriend Donut and her person Judith. I just happen to live with Girlfriend, the other dog who lives with me. Pay attention. It’s not as complicated as it sounds unlike some mobile devices.

Anyway, Donut has a big backyard and we played there a lot in the early morning and sometimes I sniffed without her. Then we traded dog beds. I chewed bones. I played with toys. I like going there. Maybe I will get invited back another time? I got lots of loving. I wasn’t ignored like I am at my house.

This week was my “Gotcha Day.” I have been living with Karyn for 3 years. I came here when I was 4.5. I was the only dog at that time although some greyhounds stayed with us after their spay or neuter. Then a year later Girlfriend came along. I still pretend like I’m the only dog. Girlfriend thinks she is the alpha but she’s just the bitch.

I am looking forward to my next greyt adventure.

Love you

What you see is what you Jett

Tucson Greyhound Flying High 2013/04/30

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Written by Jett Greyhound

Hi Fans

It’s been like a whirlwind of activity around here. Never, and I mean never, a dull moment.

April was the Greyhound Blitz for National Adopt a Greyhound Month and we have been blitzing like crazy.

I went to the Farmers Market at the Loft Cinema and met every man, woman, child, and dog who came that day. Some guy sang a song about me — When you’re a JETT, you’re a JETT all the way from your first cigarette to your last dying day. He was funny. He wanted to take me home but my human didn’t like that idea.

The following Saturday I went to Pima Air & Space Museum. Wow! What a great place. Big. Friendly. I met so many people, some from Japan and Switzerland, and Austria plus the good old USA. I was quite popular.

Then I went to the Rainbow Remembrance. That was a sad event as people stood up and remembered the greyhounds that went to the Rainbow Bridge. My human talked about Hush Puppie, Romance, and Atomic Charm — not dogs that I ever met but dogs that never got to be a beloved pet like I am.

Then I went to a Meet & Greet at Royal Kia of Tucson and met lots of new people and kissed some babies. Maybe I should be a politician?

I guess the Blitz is over. Big sigh.

Then we had lots of dogs stay with us. We had Dylan and Christopher (available) and Piper stay here for respite fostering. Piper got adopted by a nice family who came to pick him up; they had his littermate. Saffron stays here sometimes; she’s a nice old gal. Donut is here now; she’s an alpha girl who hogs the couch. And then there’s Carter who I know my human just adores. His people go away a lot and he spends a fair amount of time with us. I don’t mind. He is Girlfriend’s body guard but in a nice way.

So there you have it. Busy. Busy. Busy. Plus I go to middle school again later in May. I can’t wait!

What you see is what you Jett…

P.S. I’m wearing Thera-Paws because I have paw problems but hopefully they are getting better. Paws crossed…so they say.

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?

Tucson greyhound Jett goes to City Council meeting 2012/09/14

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Tucson greyhound Jett goes to City Council meeting

written by Jett Greyhound

The other day I went to this big tall building downtown. I met lots of people. When I stick my needle nose face into their face, they are a bit surprised, laugh, and pet me.

KOLD Channel 13 reporter Bud Foster and I became the best of friends. We were nose to nose. He couldn’t keep his hands off me.

Anyway my human is all over the place with this dog racing steroids thing and sometimes she takes me along.

The City Council was interesting and there was another greyhound — Dilly. She is a masculine female. She was strong and had a beautiful Roman nose. I have a demi-Roman nose. While Dilly was very alert, I relaxed and laid down on the carpet and just listened to the people talking.

Then I was on TV and in the newspaper. We walked our neighborhood and some lady comes running out of her house and said, “Hey, is that the dog in the newspaper today?”

Yep, that would be me.

Do you want my pawtograph?

Love ya. Remember, what you see is what you Jett.

P.S. Yesterday was Girlfriend’s 1st Gotcha Day. Girlfriend is the other greyhound who lives here. She is not my “girlfriend.” Donut is my real girlfriend. Karyn forgot to celebrate. But on another note, GF’s corns are all gone. Now Karyn said we must have a double celebration. Girlfriend is no longer a Corn Dog.

School Daze by Tucson Jett Greyhound 2012/06/09

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5 year old kids learn about greyhounds

5 year old kids learn about greyhounds

School Daze by Tucson Greyhound Jett

Written by Jett Greyhound

Howdy my dear friends. My human Karyn rarely lets me blog as she is either goofing off or working or being the bon vivant she is. Sorry for my tardiness in reporting.

During the week of May 14, we were busy. We went to two different schools. I – Jett Greyhound – am in demand.

On Tuesday May 15, Karyn, Ms. Vigo, and I went to a new school around 12th Avenue & Ajo Way. It was a beautiful elementary school and all the children were so well behaved. We visited a kindergarten class. Ms. Vigo did a short lesson on greyhound racing using a PowerPoint demonstration.

After the lesson, Karyn asked the tiny kids to raise their hand if they were afraid of big dogs. Most of them raised their hand. So Karyn explained how to pet a dog. All the kids gathered around me and petted me. I’m not scary and I love the loving.

Then Ms. Vigo gave them some greyhound pictures to color. The class also gave us a colorful collage. It was a wonderful morning. As usual I confidently pranced around the halls like I owned them.

Tucson greyhound Jett visits school

Don’t blame the dog for loss of homework.

Then on Thursday, May 17 we went to Ms. Vigo’s middle school classes where I have gone several times before. I should be their new mascot because whenever I enter the grounds, many kids remember me and come over to say, “Hi Jett!” Then we went in the office to sign in and I got some love in there too.

Usually I walk around the class and lick ever kid while Karyn talks and the kids ask questions, then I go lie on my bed until the next class comes in. I am a super star. I participate in two different classes.

Here are some notes, the kids wrote to me:

“Hi Jett. You seem like a great greyhound. Nice meeting you.”

“You are so adorable!! I don’t even have to test your running skills (heart, heart).”

“Be a good dog, I know you are.” (happy face)

“You are a brave soul Jett! We love you!!!”

“Hi Jett, I’m sorry about greyhound racing but I’m glad you are free!”

“You cool.”

“Hi Jett, I heard you were a nice dog! I’m glad you don’t have to be in that horrible place anymore! Good thing you have a loving owner.”

“You are so cute!”

“Thank you for coming. I have never met a dog this quiet.”

“Forget the bad memories.”

“You are so cute, strong, and a role model much like a human. Thanks for coming cutie.” (happy face)

So there you have it. Every time I come home from one of these outings, I am pooped but I so love to go.

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My bed is my castle.

Yet, another school wanted us to visit…but we ran out of time as Karyn was going on vacation. I am always happy to come to your school and I’ll bring Karyn with me.

My school spirit even made the PETA newsletter.

When Karyn went on vacation, I had my own adventures but will save that for another time.

Remember…What you see, is what you Jett…

Love from the Jett-Setter

Tucson Jett Greyhound goes to middle school 2012/05/06

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Students learn about greyhounds

Students learn about greyhounds

Jett Greyhound here. I went to school again on Friday. I go to middle school. I have been many times already so when I come on the grounds, the kids run up to me and say, ‘’HI JETT.’’ I was born to be famous and not from racing around some darn track either.

7th graders meet Jett greyhound

7th graders meet Jett greyhound

This time we met with 7th and 8th graders. I don’t do stairs so they had to find a vacant room for us and this time we met in the gym. Karyn talks a bit about animal cruelty/greyhound racing and greyhound adoption and then all the kids ask questions and can have their pictures taken with me.

Checking out Jett greyhound's tattoos

Checking out Jett greyhound’s tattoos

After Karyn finishes talking and they ask her questions, she said, “Pretend you’re 23 years old today. It’s Friday night. Raise your hand if you’re going to the track tonight to bet on the dogs.” Nobody raises their hand. Mission accomplished.

I love those kids and they love me.

Since we were in the gym, these boys wanted to race me. Can you imagine? I left them in the dust each time. Nobody could keep up with me. We ran back and forth, over and over. I was tired but I still ran. It was so much fun.

Jett Greyhound wants kissy kissy

Jett Greyhound wants kissy kissy


After the first class, I was so pooped that I laid down on my bed but I rose to the occasion and ran with the next class. As pooped as I was, I still beat them. They were hooting and hollering and cheering me on.

It was a glorious day and I made so many new friends.

I am so popular – in fact – that I go back again to do the 6th grade in a few weeks and we are maybe invited to another school to meet with first graders.

No matter where you are, remember WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU JETT

Tucson greyhound Jett goes to middle school 2012/03/20

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Jett greyhound goes to school

Jett greyhound goes to school

Jett Greyhound here…

Life is good. I went to middle school last week. One teacher we know teaches a class on kindness to dogs, dog racing, and adopting a greyhound. The teacher Ms. V. also showed the classes two youtube videos. I have good experience and I am the star of the show.

As part of the lesson, the kids have to ask thoughtful questions about dog racing and about greyhounds. Some of the questions were:

“Why does the government allow animal cruelty?”

“Does Jett have many friends?” (Yes – Donut, Saffron, Anabel, Carter, Opa, Riley)

“How often does Jett get a bath?”

“How fast do greyhounds run?”

My human Karyn talks to the class and as she does I wander around the room licking the kids or rest on my bed. These kids were the best. This time I saw something in the corner that I was curious about. There was a dog that looked just like me looking at me but I couldn’t find him.

Karyn told the class that I only get 2 or 3 baths a year and generally don’t have the dog smell that other breeds do but that my feet smell like Fritos. So of course all the kids wanted to smell the bottom of my paws. They also spent a lot of time looking at my tattoos.

The kids then wrote notes to me and Karyn read them to me when we came home. Here are some of the notes:

“Jett, you are big and awesome.”

“Jett, I will never go to a race track.”

“Jett, I am glad that you are safe.”

“Thank you for bringing that cute Jett.”

“When I grow up, I’m going to get a cute dog like Jett.”

So there you have it. I can tell you I was pooped but am always happy to go and help the class learn about greyhounds.

I’m a good boy. Remember…What you see, is what you Jett

Happy Birthday Tucson Greyhound: Jett 2011/12/19

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Is this how the Bee Gee's got started?

Written by Tucson greyhound Jett

Hey hound dogs and your love slaves…

Today is my birthday. Well, Happy Birthday to me! We’re gonna have a party, party.

I guess not. Those lyrics don’t apply to me.

Anyway I am to be 6 years young on December 19, 2011. Whoopeee! SIX!

I am one lucky dog or so my human Karyn reminds me. I am lucky because I survived greyhound racing. Unlike some of my would be friends and ancestors who break their legs and hocks, who are electrocuted, who have heart failure, who collide and tumble on the ground, and who are put to sleep which means they don’t wake up ever — yes, I am one lucky dog.

My human said that December 19 is special to her in another way too because in 2009, that was when the Phoenix Greyhound Park closed its doors forever. I raced there and then raced in Tucson too.

Yes, I am forever lucky.

I would like to thank Jenny at Greyhounds-2-Go who took me in and then let my Karyn adopt me. Four paws up to Jenny! Here’s a photo of Jenny at the Greyhound Fall Festival. One of her dogs broke her pelvis racing. That must have hurt really badly. The hound is fortunate that Jenny rescued her.

Hugs to Greyhounds-2-Go

Jenny rocks!

The top photo of me was taken at the school where I go sometimes. The teacher Ms. Vigo teaches a class on animal compassion and animal cruelty. Karyn tells them about dog racing and how to adopt a greyhound. The kids are fun and ask the best questions. Then we have a love fest.

In the top photo, the kids knew it was my birthday so one girl brought a party hat for me to wear. I also got some presents. The Bee was too big for my skinny head but I humored them. Somehow I cannot see myself as a bumble bee. Buzz off.

This next photo is Ms. Vigo and her class and me. It was a great day and I hope they keep inviting me back. I am happy to go to other schools and visit people who need cheering up. While I am kind and on my best behavior (I don’t mark in inappropriate places), I do not own a pet therapy vest.

Jett Greyhound visits the school.

Forgot my homework

It does appear that Karyn has invited some of her friends over on Monday so I just might be getting some dog treats. Jett Greyhound can never have enough dog treats.

My life is very interesting and have many canine friends visiting. More about that later.

What you see is what you Jett.

Love ya, the Jett-Setter

Tucson Greyhound Jett Goes to School 2011/10/31

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Jett Greyhound goes to school

Jett Greyhound goes to school

Blog post written by Jett Greyhound, Tucson jett-setter

Yo boys and girls and my 4-legged friends,

A couple of weeks ago, my human love slave Karyn took me to a middle school here in Tucson. Ms. Vigo did a lesson on dogs and compassion and since I’m a dog — a greyhound to be exact — I was invited to be part of the lesson. The lesson also included a portion about dog racing and adopting a greyhound.

Karyn answered questions asked by the students.

The kids were sure smart and loveable. I loved them all and licked most of them. I got so excited I jumped on the principal but she said she didn’t mind. I also poked my nose in all the classrooms with open doors. Greyhounds are nosy, me especially.

Karyn was relieved that I didn’t relieve myself in an inappropriate spot. If she’s relieved, then I’m relieved.

I hope they invite us back because one of the boys was afraid of dogs until he met me.

Life is good here and full of surprises but more about that next time.

Until then…

Hugs & treats from your Jett Greyhound

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