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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

Tucson Greyhound: Quinn Jose – RIP 2012/09/09

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Qunn Jose

Tucson greyhound: Quinn Jose

Quinn Jose (then just Jose) was a greyhound I (Karyn) fostered several years back. He was a big black hunk of love. Had I been better off financially I probably would’ve foster failed like I did with my second greyhound Lily but I so couldn’t afford a third dog. Heck, I couldn’t even afford a second greyhound.

I wrote a personal ad for him and sent it along to the meet & greet. I don’t remember what it said but I’m sure I praised his attributes. I wanted him to get adopted ASAP because I was getting ready to go on a vacation and wanted to accomplish that before I left.

As it turns out, Cheryl Bennett was at Petsmart buying dog food and she saw Jose and his personal ad and fell in love. She found him goofy and loveable. She filled out the application. I took Jose to her house. She had about 6 or 7 dogs already. I don’t remember what they were but I do remember I think 2 Airdales, 1 Saint Bernard, 1 Scotty, and 1 Beauvier which I had never heard of. I think there was another dog but now cannot remember. Maybe there were 2 Scotties?

While at her house Jose lifted his leg on the chair. I was mortified; Cheryl and her family not so much. She introduced him to her dogs one by one. I was stressed out and overwhelmed but Jose seemed to take it in stride.

The hard part was for me to leave him there and I cried all the way home.

However, he was in the best possible home with the best possible adopter who went on to give tirelessly of herself to various greyhound and Great Dane rescue efforts.

Fortunately, I saw Quinn Jose last week and I knew he was not long for this earth as he was painfully thin and refusing to eat. He had sarcoma. I am thankful that I got to pet his bony body and whisper in his ear and say my goodbyes. Quinn Jose went to the Rainbow Bridge this past Thursday (Sept. 6). I hope he is free of pain now and running and playing with Painter and Lily and Gordon and Buddy and Slim and all the greyhounds who have gone on before him.

It is so hard to lose a pet or any dog or cat that has touched your heart.

Tucson: Gordon Greyhound to the Rainbow Bridge 2012/07/27

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Sweet Gordon Greyhound

See you at the Rainbow Bridge

From Cindy Hall:
Gordon went to the Rainbow Bridge last night. He was bitten by a rattlesnake a couple weeks ago. Evidently that may have compromised his immune system and allowed an aggressive tumor to grow in his wrist. When he stopped eating and sleeping, we knew it was time for him to go.

Gordon was simply the best dog. From the day he arrived at our home, he was well-behaved and sweet. He tolerated countless dogs coming into our home — some for a few hours to cat-test, some to foster, and a few to eventually stay and share his home. He was an ‘ambassadog’ at career days, the JCC, meet and greet events. It is hard to imagine how many lives he brightened.

He was truly loved and will be missed.
Godspeed Go Go~

I met Gordon many years ago. He went to a greyhound event and his foster parents were unable to pick him up so he came home with me for a few hours. It was a really fun few hours as he discovered every single toy and played with them with the most gusto. He tossed them in the air and caught them and shook them and piled them up, hoarding them. Meanwhile my dogs just said, “huh?”

Gordon will always have a big spot in my heart. KZ

Here’s my favorite photo of Gordon.

Gordon loved toys

Gordon loved toys

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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Written by Jett Greyhound

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

Tucson Greyhound Luna Tulip to Rainbow Bridge 2012/02/10

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RIP tulip

RIP Luna Tulip

What a sad story about one of our beloved greyhounds.

She came to Arizona Greyhound Rescue in Feb. 18, 2011 without paperwork, without racing history. She was adopted soon thereafter.

Earlier this year was rebounded back because of some family issues. It happens during these tough economic times. She luckily went to foster care with Shirley S.

Last week Luna who was known as Tulip went to the Rainbow Bridge; she was only 2 years old. She died from Lupus, an autoimmune disease.

Lupus attacks the immune system and views the total body as an “invader.” She was fostered and given extensive medical care, but the Lupus won out in the end.

She is now running free.

Rest in peace dear sweet Luna Tulip.

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

Tucson Greyhounds: The Reason for this Blog 2011/10/20

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Lizzie and her greyhounds

Lizzie and her greyhounds

Here’s Lizzie Mead, 3 years after the hit-and-run accident which left her with a $14,300 vet bill.

This humble blog written by Karyn Zoldan helped to generate buzz about Lizzie’s accident. Donations from far and wide, insurance money, and the sale of bracelets made with donated beads paid off the the vet bill as well as the on the ground footwork and creativity of  greyhound friends — Michelle Caillet, Angy Shearer, Glenda Taylor, Cynthia David, and Loren Dawn.

Then Lizzie wanted to give back and the rest is history.

Now known as Beading Divas to the Rescue, the original seven women, along with a cast of many who donate beads and make bracelets, have  helped to benefit numerous animal charities.

You can read about Lizzie’s accident here.

You can read about our donation history here.

Since we’re all greyhound adopters, October is Arizona Greyhound Rescue month.  Arizona Greyhound Rescue finds forever homes for retired race dogs from Tucson, other states where dog racing still exists too, breeding farms and the occasional greyhound mix or dog in need.

You can buy bracelets at:

Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Ave., in the 4th Avenue shopping district, 520-624-9954

Sissy’s Pet Grooming Salon, 7350 N. La Cholla Blvd (@ Ina/Albertsons Shopping Center), 520-229-9898

Bracelets cost $20 and the entire $20 goes directly to the greyhounds.

Please pay by check payable to AGR or cash only.

If not in Tucson, you can still buy bracelets online via Etsy (add $4 for S&H)

(Photo is courtesy of David Grasse – This is Lizzie Mead with (left to right) Rider (spleen was removed needed 300+ stitches, Opal (eye popped out/put back in), and  Bird, a new addition.)