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Sept: Bracelet Fundraiser-Jackie’s Fund for Injured Greyhounds 2013/09/01

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Bracelets for broken legs

Bracelets for broken legs

Beading Divas to the Rescue is proud to be raising money for Jackie’s Fund for Injured Greyhounds under the Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption (SA Greys) banner.

Jackie’s Fund began as a way to pay for beyond the normal spay/neuter/dental/fecal/etc veterinary expenses. SA Greys has paid for 5 broken leg surgeries, 3 of these dogs within the past 2 months.

While these dogs have either been adopted or are in foster homes recuperating nicely — specialized broken leg surgeries/follow up care can cost from $2,500 to $4,000 per dog.

This is a huge expense for any breed-specific adoption group.

The goal is to keep helping these broken leg dogs from the South Tucson track so they can experience forever homes just like the hounds in your house now.

So buy bling! It’s not too early to buy holiday gifts.

Handcrafted Beading Divas bracelets are made with beautiful donated beads; one size fits most (coiled memory wire used for easy on/off); each bracelet comes with a paw charm.

All bracelets cost $20. You can order them online (add S&H) and the entire $20 goes to the charity.

You can also buy bracelets at these locally-owned Tucson stores:

–-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 (limited selection)
Postnet, 7049 E. Tanque Verde, 733-9700 (closed Sat/Sun-limited selection)

Please pay cash or make the check payable to Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.

Getting a second chance

Getting a second chance

Beading Divas will also be selling bracelets:

Sept 5 – Odyssey Storytelling – 7 pm – FLUXX Theatre (bracelets as raffle prizes!)

Sept 22 – Heirloom Farmers Market – 8 am to noon – St. Philips Plaza

If you don’t want bling, please consider making a donation directly to Jackie’s Fund for Injured Greyhounds.

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Run Free Annie, Tucson Greyhound, Happy Hound 2013/09/01

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Diva Annie

Diva Annie

Annie was part of the Beading Divas’ extended family.

(written by Jerry Tucker)

Annie…. crossed the Rainbow Bridge August 22nd, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Little Annie (the bananie) brought us great joy and taught us so much during her short 8 years with us.

She had to leave us on August 22nd after an unexpected, major surgery and kidney failure at 10 years of age.

Annie was a very special part of our family. She will never be gone from our memories. The love and good times we shared will always be in our hearts.

She came to us October 19, 2005. We met her at the kennel where she had recently arrived from the track. It was instant love with her bouncy, happy, enthusiasm. When we got her home we began to find that she had some fears probably caused by the treatment at the track.

In addition to a general caution of people, she had a fear of the dark. When night came, she would to into her kennel and not come out until daylight. After weeks of working with her, she finally would go out before going to bed for the night…but was frightened of the moon. A few more weeks and she became more trusting …but forever checked the sky when we walked.

Annie was the fastest, most beautiful runner of all our past greyhounds. She loved to run… in the house, in a fence yard—any place. Her favorite antic was to run at full speed toward me and make a quick head fake and turn from a imminent collision at the last minute passing by with a smile on her face.

Annie was also the smartest greyhound we ever had…she NEVER forgot anything or anyone. Something frightened her— never do that again. Someone not kind— avoid. Something not taste right—don’t eat that again. Something causes her pain or discomfort—avoid that situation.

Although shy, she would cautiously warm up to people and other dogs. However, her favorite “dogs friends” were greyt “brother” Mahalo (who misses her very much) and Opa (Greyt Escape).

She loved going to Greyt Escape where she was free to play with Opa, Riley and the others. Happiness, joy and enthusiasm were always in her heart.

Of course, Kathy and I… miss her greatly, but know she has joined Baxter, Bessie and Zoola in that great place where loved ones go when they leave us.

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Annie was often at the Beading “bees” which are held at Greyt Escape. She was just the sweetest girl gently nudging for pets. We will miss this dark brindle beauty’s gentle presence.

Was Annie a Diva or just channeling Carol Channing?

R.I.P. Virginia, Tucson Greyhound, Beloved Pet 2013/09/01

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Beloved Virginia

Beloved Virginia

Virginia was part of the Beading Divas’ extended family. She left planet earth at the ripe old age of 14 1/2

(written by Genie Galina)

The first morning after Virginia spent a terrified first night with us, I walked into the kitchen and she had accidentally put her head in a large, empty cereal container left on the counter for recycling.

She looked hysterically funny, and I think she was in shock. She was still terrified of us so she tried to get away from me, knocking into walls, until I caught up with her and removed the box.

I think that was the first time she truly looked into my eyes (and soul) and I could really see her beauty. Although she remained terrified for a while, that was the day that she and I bonded.

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Virginia lived with Wolfe who went to the Rainbow Bridge. Then Wiggles came into their lives. She lived with and was loved by Genie Galina and Steve Mehlman. Black is indeed beautiful.

In Memoriam-Yuma, a Tucson Greyhound, 7/20/99 – 8/13/13 2013/09/01

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Anne Marie's heart girl

Anne Marie’s heart girl

Yuma is part of the Beading Divas’ extended family.

(written by Anne Marie King)

YUMA KING

Jet black when she came into our lives, Yuma and I grayed together over the 9 years we were blessed to have her. She was a racing champion (unfortunately!) and so was raced until 5.

We already had a handsome black boy, Poseidon (our first greyhound), and were looking for a sister for him after having lost his cocker spaniel companion.

I vividly remember bringing Poseidon to the kennel to meet Yuma – such a beautiful, sweet, shy girl. It was love at first sight for all of us. I always wished Yuma could have told us about her life before we met her.

She never got over her skittishness around noise & commotion (of which we had plenty, being a household with 2 young children), although she slowly stopped being shy around us and other people. Yuma and Poseidon were fast friends and playmates until we lost Poseidon in 2007. Stuffies and squeakies were a favorite for both hounds.

Yuma was truly my “heart girl.” She was my sweet, loving, shadow-companion, always there to comfort me when she knew I needed it. She would come up to me, bow her head and rest the top of her head against my leg – and stay there as long as I needed to pet and cuddle her to feel better. I only hope she knows how very special and loved she is. I truly have never met a gentler, sweeter soul than our Yuma.

If only we humans could learn to be as accepting and loving as our furry friends – wouldn’t the world be that much nicer…

Run free, my beautiful girl – we miss you more than we can possibly express.

Mommy, Daddy, John, Gracie & Tara Blue

Florida: 2,000 greyhounds leave Florida in 2 years – Hooray! 2013/08/21

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Free at last

Free at last

In just two years — Greyhound Alliance/Sunburst Project — has safely transported 2,000 ex-race dogs out of Florida to non-racing states and Canada. That’s something to celebrate!

Midwest bound

Midwest bound

This is the last week of bracelet sales to benefit the Greyhound Alliance/Sunburst Project. This group safely transports retired racing greyhounds from Florida Panhandle dog tracks, other Florida tracks, and Alabama to rescue groups in non-racing states and Canada. You can learn more about them here.

And you can buy one-of-a-kind bracelets online here (new bracelets have been added). Bracelets cost $20 + $5.50 S&H in US; outside US/varies.

Locally in Tucson you can buy bracelets at this independently owned 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)
–-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 (limited selection)

Where's the couch?

Where’s the couch?

Help the hounds bust out of Florida! The photos on this page are some of the lovely dogs who are now in their forever homes.

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

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Jett & Donut relax

Jett & Donut relax

Written by Tucson Jett Greyhound

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

Beading Divas-Greyhound Alliance/Sunburst Project, Aug 2013 2013/08/01

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Thanks for new beginnings

Thanks for new beginnings

In an extremely rare occurrence Beading Divas to the Rescue opted to give the Greyhound Alliance/Sunburst Project another month of bracelet sales.

August 2013 is their 2nd anniversary and that means in two years they have successfully and safely transported 2,000 retired racing greyhounds out of Florida to adoption groups in non-racing states and Canada!

Everybody’s got to feel good (very good) about that.

You can buy bracelets online via Etsy. Bracelets cost $20/each (+S&H) and are available online as well as locally in Tucson.

The Greyhound Alliance’s Sunburst Project opened its Sunburst Kennel at Ebro, Florida, on August 1, 2011, partnering with GPA Emerald Coast, to move greyhounds from the tracks in the Florida Panhandle and beyond.

The Project is 100% funded by donations and grants.

Support from the greyhound community has enabled Sunburst to continue its mission – the Kennel remains open, as long as they can financially support it, and hopefully move 100 hounds a month, as was accomplished in May and June 2013.

During the month of August, when you buy a bracelet for $20, a donor is matching every sale. So $20 = a $40 donation. Buy 5 bracelets = $100 and the Sunburst Project receives $200. Do the math. It’s not too early to be proactive and buy holiday gifts.

This is your chance to help put more hounds on a haul on their way to forever homes, to help support the kennel where the dogs stay waiting for their haul, or to help with vetting and medical expenses.

The Greyhound Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)3 Illinois charitable organization.

Locally in Tucson, you can buy bracelets at these fine 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)
–-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

(FYI: There are 7 original Beading Divas who make the decisions and on our respective birthday months, each Diva can choose the charity. In May, Karyn Z chose GA/SP and in August, Glenda T chose GA/SP.)

Beading Divas Bracelets Help Florida Greyhounds 2013/05/27

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one-of-a-kind bracelet

one-of-a-kind

This is the last week of bracelet sales to benefit the Greyhound Alliance/Sunburst Project. This group safely transports retired racing greyhounds from three Florida Panhandle dog tracks to rescue groups in non-racing states and Canada. You can learn more about them here.

And you can buy one-of-a-kind bracelets online here (new bracelets have been added). Bracelets cost $20 + $5.50 S&H in US; outside US/varies.

Locally in Tucson you can buy bracelets at this independently owned 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)
–-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 (limited selection)

Help the hounds bust out of Florida!

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.

April is Adopt-a-Greyhound Month 2013/04/01

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Petey is a Sweetie

Adopted!

It’s only fitting that Beading Divas Bracelets aka Greyhound Injury Fund announce this special month.

This blog started because Lizzie Mead who is a greyhound adopter was in a hit-and-run car accident. Her two greyhounds suffered thousands of dollars in injuries; they have recovered and continue to thrive. Six original greyhound adopters came together to help raise money to pay the vet. And we did — in six short months.

So we go back to our roots as greyhound adopters to honor the greyhounds even though we have since raised money for a variety of dog shelters and dog breeds, cats, pigs, ferrets, horses, and wildlife.

Lucky greyhound

Rider survived accident

For people in Tucson, we want to remind you that Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption is having an April BLITZ month with numerous meet and greets, a wine tasting fundraiser, remembrance event, and will be participating in the Earth Day Festival. You can check out the schedule here.

Also read this fabulous article in the Sunday edition of the Arizona Daily Star.

Hug your hounds!

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