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R.I.P. Callie Rose 2012/07/16

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Callie to the Rainbow Bridge

Callie to the Rainbow Bridge

My brother and sister-in-law rescued Callie from the pound in Florida. She was one day away from her demise. While the other pound dogs ran to be petted, Callie did not. She shivered in her cage.

She came home with them and for the longest time was afraid of men. Poor Callie what kind of damaged life was she subject to before that?

I was fortunate to meet Callie on my visits to Florida. We’re a dog-loving family. Callie was always a tad cautious with me but never the less I was able to take her for walks and give her cookies when others could not get near her.

When my father died and we went to Ohio, Callie came too. She was a welcome hiccup in the day to day chores of dealing with death. I still remember her racing in the snow and the look of sheer joy on her sweet face.

I would sing her the Callie song:

I love my Callie, my little Gallie. I love my Callie, my little Pallie. I love my Callie, my little Callie. Please don’t take my Callie girl away.

Callie tolerated my singing.

And like with all our beloved pets, we cannot fathom that they will leave us. Callie suffered weak rear legs, coughing, and loss of bodily functions. One of the most difficult decisions we pet owners have to make is when to put our friends down. They at least can die with dignity unlike our parents who are kept alive in negligent nursing homes.

During my May visit to Florida, I was thrilled that Callie still wanted to walk around the block and still came to me for treats.

Run free at the Rainbow Bridge dear Callie. I loved you so.

Aunt Karyn

April 2011: Bracelet fundraiser for Animal Crusaders of Arizona 2011/04/14

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Waiting to be adopted from Animal Crusaders of Arizona

Adopt me! Available in Tucson

Animals’ Crusaders is an all volunteer, non-profit (501c3) corporation. We were established in 1955 with the mission of reducing the unnecessary suffering of animals caused by pet overpopulation. To serve our mission we focus our efforts on three programs:

  • mobile spay/neuter clinic trips to nearby reservations,
  • monthly tick/mange dip and shot clinic held at the San Xavier Mission,
  • and rescue and adoption of stray or unwanted animals living on and around nearby reservations.

Buy one-of-a-kind handmade bracelets made with beautiful donated beads. Bracelets cost $20/each and the entire cost goes to Animal Crusaders of Arizona. You can find a large selection of bracelets at Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue in Tucson and a smaller selection at Dirty Dawgs Dog Wash, 2510 N. Campbell Avenue in Tucson.

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.

Yappy News: calendar for greyhound advocates, holiday safety tips for dogs 2010/12/20

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Is red my color?

Dog Friendly News You Can Use

Holiday Safety Tips for Dogs
In the confusion of the day with guests coming and lots of delicious food around, read these tips so your pets have a safe holiday. Also beware of toys with small parts and magnets, not good for kids to swallow nor dogs either.

Holiday Calendar for Animal Advocates
Order this calendar today or tomorrow (12/20 or 21) and receive it gift wrapped or it will be sent to a friend gift wrapped. The calendar is filled with stunning greyhound photographs, adoption info, and history of advocacy accomplishments.

Pet Food Recall
The Kroger Co. is recalling select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets. Kroger stores in the following states are included in this recall: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Bead Drive Contest Continues
The bead drive continues until Dec. 31. We’d like to thank everyone who has sent us beads. Beads have come in from Arizona, Florida, S.C., Nevada, NY, NJ, Mass., GA, Calif. Michigan, Missouri, and Canada. The  random drawing will be held Saturday Jan. 8 in Tucson, more TBA.  There’s still time to send or drop off beads. Here’s a nice article about the Beading Divas and our efforts.

Smile: Two Holiday Videos
Dogs decorate Christmas tree
Greyhound’s first Christmas

Greyhounds as Pets: Pillow, Blanket, Toy at Rest 2010/03/02

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Greyhound as beloved pet dog

I love this photo of Gordon. It captures the sweet nature of retired racing greyhounds who have endured despicable conditions during their racing careers.

He belongs to Cindy and Jeff.  Cindy is actively involved in greyhound rescue.

Soul Survivors in Desert Dog News (Tucson) 2008/12/30

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Pick up the Jan/Feb issue of the Desert Dog News (Tucson’s only pet newspaper).

There’s an article and photo on page 6/7 about Lizzie and her greyhounds, Opal & Rider.

I found my free copy at OK Feed & Supply. (The article is now online.)

Coming in 2009, a list of people to thank for their kindnesses in helping to get the word out about the greyhound accident, one-of-a-kind beaded bracelets with photos and links where to buy them, and a raffle for a beautiful handmade quilt.  

For now you can purchase the bracelets at Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Ave., 624-9954. All beads and labor have been donated.

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