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Beading Divas Bracelets Help Tucson Injured Greyhounds 2014/12/01

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Downey required shoulder surgery

For the month of December, Beading Divas to the Rescue is jazzed to be raising funds for Jackie’s Fund for injured greyhounds under Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.

Bracelet sales will specifically help pay for broken legs and other extraordinary veterinary costs as dogs transition from track to forever homes.

Jackie’s Fund Recipient
Downey had a dislocated shoulder and the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson popped it back into place. Wanda, proprietor of the Lazy Grey Ranch, took him to recover when the shoulder popped out again. So Downey had major shoulder surgery to hold the shoulder in place until scar tissue can build up and the shoulder can stay in place on its own.

Downey is a very tall and lanky boy. He is a true love who listens well, gets along with everyone and enjoys being in a home. He goes for his first post surgery check up next week. (Paws crossed)

The seven founding Beading Divas have deep roots to the greyhound rescue community with retired race dogs in their past, their present, their couch, and their future. Like most everyone under the SA Greys umbrella, we believe that retired racers deserve to live out their lives as beloved pets and want to provide these dogs with that opportunity.

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Christmas and Chanukah are on the horizon. These one-of-a-kind bracelets make great gifts for your stylish friends and family. And really, is there such a thing as too much bling?

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Bracelets helping hounds

Bracelets are made with an assortment of donated beads. One size fits most and all bracelets come with a paw charm which signifies our mission to help 501 c3 animal charities. Bracelets cost $20 and the charity receives the entire amount.

Online Matching
When you buy bracelets online (add S&H), the first 50 bracelets ($1,000) will be matched by Karyn Zoldan, A Tucson Tail, on or before Dec. 26.

The following local venues sell bracelets:
–-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
–Coyote Wore Sideburns Hair Salon, 2855 E. Grant Road, 623-7341
–-Sissy’s Pet Salon, 7350 N La Cholla Blvd (by Albertsons), 229-9898 (limited selection)

Bracelets will also be for sale at:
Oro Valley Festival of Arts – Dec. 6 and 7 (look for Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption banner
Fourth Avenue Street Fair – Dec. 12-14 (look for booth across from Silver Sea, 330 N. 4th Avenue)

If bling is not your thing, please consider making a donation directly to Jackie’s Fund or sponsor one of the 3 or 4 extraordinary needs hounds recuperating at the Lazy Grey Ranch. To sponsor a hound, contact president@sagreyhoundadoption.org

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Sept. – Bracelets for Tucson Injured Greyhounds 2013/09/21

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Stray greyhound found in Oro Valley

Stray greyhound found in Oro Valley

If it’s September, it must be bracelet sales for Jackie’s Fund for Injured Greyhounds/Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.

You still have plenty of time to buy one-of-a-kind beaded bracelets made with donated beads from our community and beyond. Every bracelet comes with a paw charm.

In the past few months SA Greys has spent $15,000 fixing broken leg dogs from the South Tucson dog track as well as an emaciated stray senior greyhound found in Oro Valley. Parker spent multiple nights at the Veterinary Specialty Center in canine ICU. All the hounds are recovering. That is what a dedicated breed rescue is all about.

Buy bracelets on Sunday/Sept 22 – Heirloom Farmers Market at St. Philips Plaza – 8 am to noon – Look for the Beading Divas / Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption table. Bracelets cost $20.

Buy me!

Buy me!

If you can’t make it to the Farmers Market, here are other local 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)
Postnet, 7049 E. Tanque Verde, 733-9700 (closed Sat/Sun-limited selection)

Or BUY BRACELETS ONLINE (add $5.50 s&h/US)

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?

Dec. 2012 – Project Going Home – Greyhounds Leaving Tucson Dog Track 2012/12/01

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For December 2012, Beading Divas to the Rescue is proud to support:

Going Home, a project of the Greyhound Protection League.

Going Home means that when the greyhounds stop racing, they have the opportunity to safely leave Tucson Greyhound Park and go to suitable adoption groups.

Kisses for the hounds

Greyhound Protection League covers the costs for safe transport as well as veterinary services when required, flea & tick products, and food until the dogs reach adoption groups. Dozens of lucky greyhounds are on their way home but many more are waiting…

Kennel operators or dog owners who want Going Home to help pet out Tucson dogs, contact GPL/Going Home.

Bracelets are one-of-a-kind made with donated beads. Bracelets coil around for easy on/off; one size fits most. Bracelets cost $20 and the entire amount is donated to the charity. Bracelets can be paid for with cash or a check made payable to Greyhound Protection League.

In Tucson you can buy bracelets 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

You can also order bracelets online using our Etsy store (Lizzie Stardust). If you order online, add $5.50 for S&H. International orders, add $7.50. Orders are usually shipped within 2 to 3 days.

Bracelets will be for sale at the 4th Avenue Fair in Tucson on December 7, 8, and 9. Look for the booth directly across from Silver Sea Jewelry.

Go Greyhounds – Beading Divas Fundraiser – October 2012 2012/10/01

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Meet Wings - a Tucson greyhound

Meet Wings – a Tucson greyhound

This month Beading Divas to the Rescue is proud to sell bracelets to benefit Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption (aka SA Greys). This group is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding loving forever homes for greyhounds throughout Tucson, Southern Arizona, and Southern New Mexico.

As with every breed specific adoption group, every dollar has meaning and purpose. For instance, here’s an idea how much it costs to transition ONE retired racing greyhound for ONE month.

$100 – checkup & fecal test
$4 probiotics for one dog for a week
$22 dewormer (Panacur)
$5.10 Heartgard Plus (per dog after negative SNAP test)
$6 Bordatella shot (to prevent kennel cough)
$11 Frontline Plus (per dog per month)
$192 Kennel per dog per month (includes dry dog food)

$340.10 plus…

$260 for spay or neuter, dental, SNAP test, microchip, baseline blood work and any shots due

$600.10 per dog per month

Yet, the cost to adopt a greyhound is $250. Why $250? It’s what the local market will bear.

Do the math! For every retired racing greyhound, Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption must raise an additional $350 in order to break even.

Is it worth it? Of course! Giving a chance to a retired racing greyhound to enjoy being a cherished family pet is priceless.

That’s why this Tucson greyhound adoption group needs your help.

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).

If you don’t want any dazzling eye candy for your wrist, consider making a donation directly to the group perhaps volunteering.

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.

Buy bracelets for Tucson Greyhounds 2011/10/22

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Done racing, enjoying life

We’re going around the final stretch for Arizona Greyhound Rescue.  During the month of October, all the sales of Beading Divas bracelets benefit AGR.

AZ Greyhound Rescue is located in Marana and serves all of Pima County and south east Arizona as well as Pinal County and parts of Maricopa County.

AGR gets retired racing greyhounds from the dog track in South Tucson as well as other greyhounds who have raced in Arkansas, Florida, Texas, and Tijuana, Mexico and from breeding farms all over the country. AGR also occasionally takes in greyhound mixes from PACC and other rescues throughout the state.

If you don’t want a bracelet, maybe you want to sponsor a dog? You can also get involved by providing foster care or volunteering at the kennel or a meet-and-greet. There are lots of ways to help out and it’s good for your psyche and soul.

Follow this link for where to buy bracelets in Tucson and online. Bracelets cost $20 and every penny of it goes directly to AGR. For online bracelets, add $4 S&H.

(Photo courtesy of Dawn Heinemann)


Tucson Greyhound: Jett’s Gotcha Day 2011/08/14

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The following is written by Jett Greyhound, the Jett-setter

Friday – August 12 – was my “gotcha” day.  I’m not sure what that means but my human Karyn seemed all excited about it when she picked me up at The Greyt Escape. I didn’t get any presents or  special treats though. She kept saying happy happy “gotcha, gotcha, gotcha.”

I have been living in this crazy household for one year and it sure beats a crate at the dog track.

I can sleep all day and I get to eat really good food and treats.

My human loves on me and this house is my bed.  I sleep on the dog beds, the human bed, the sofa, and the bed on the patio.  It’s all mine but sometimes I share.

Not only do I get two-legged visitors but lots of four-legged visitors.

My favorite four-legged visitor is Donut. She is sweet. We love on each other and sometimes she lays on my dog bed while I’m on it too!  I like Donut so much that sometimes she lays on the human bed with Karyn and there’s no space for me. That’s okay as I lay nearby. I am a gentleman.

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Freckled Friends - Jett & Donut

Donut and her human and me and my human take long walks and hang out. Donut is sweet. Once she visited for four days without her human and life was just about perfect.

Another friend is Carter.  He came last year before he got adopted and he was a cool dude.  Then he got lost and my human was out of her mind looking for him. (She didn’t lose him.)   Then he got found and came to visit with his human. It was good to see him.  Then he just came again for 12 days to stay with us. We are good buddies. My human loves Carter very much. He loves to play with my toys and so I let him.

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Cozy Carter

A few weeks ago this all white dude named Petey stayed here. He was just off the dog track and being neutered. He’s all white with some freckles. We love freckles. Petey was fun. My human fell in love with Petey or so she said. I heard he got adopted by a nice family and that makes me happy.

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Go Petey!

Then there is Saffron. Her human and my human are friends too. Saffron is a bit of an older woman but very kind. I went to visit her at her new house which is closer to mine so I’m sure we will become better pals.

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Seductive Saffron

One day I went to visit someone who had an older greyhound named Harmony (she flirted with me) and a small dog Mimzy who was the boss of us all.  And on two separate occasions other dogs stayed a short while – Torque who marked everything and  Daisy who growled at me.

So as you can see I am a popular boy dog and have friends too.

Life is good. I hope that every greyhound dog has the chance to live a wonderful life like me.  And happy “gotcha” to you too.

(Photos courtesy of Loren Dawn, John Clark, and Karyn Zoldan, not in that order.)

Tucson Dogs: Greyhounds & Friends Fall Festival 2010 2010/11/07

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Remembering Buddy, greyhound assistance dog

Tucson Greyhounds & Friends Fall Festival 2010

Arizona Greyhound Rescue invites greyhounds and their adopters as well as all breeds of dogs and their companions to a memorable event on Saturday – November 13 at Brandi Fenton Park.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Buy accessories for you and your dogs.

Listen to live music.

Enter the biscuit bakeoff. You just might win the $40 Trader Joe’s gift card and make your dog proud.

Savor the live dessert auction with delectables by one of Tucson’s best female pastry chef.

Learn to dance with your dog.

Meet 7 dog rescues and 1 horse rescue. Get interactive with dogs available for adoption. Maybe there will be a canine love connection?

Mingle. Make new friends and remember old.

Eat: Kettle korn, hot dogs, and smoothies for sale.

Win lots of prizes — three different raffles with awesome prizes.

Silent auction.

The cost is $5/per family and all proceeds go to Arizona Greyhound Rescue which rescues retired racing greyhounds from the South Tucson dog track.

Bring your friends — 2-legged and 4 legged. Leave the cats at home.

Have fun!

(photo – Diana Hansen – Buddy will be honored and remembered at the GFFF.)

Tucson Yappy News: greyhound calendars, pet festival, cat fundraising 2010/11/07

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Can't a girl get any privacy?

Tucson: Yappy News You Can Use

Good News
Lush Cosmetics in the UK started a wonderful campaign to educate the public about why they shouldn’t bet on the dogs and greyhound adoption awareness. Kudos to Lush! Watch the beautiful video.

Bad News
45  racing greyhounds belonging to a trainer from the Ebro Dog Track in Florida starved to death. That’s an unspeakable crime. There’s much finger pointing going on as people complained about the smell but nobody investigated. Finally, GPA-EC (Emerald Coast) reported it and thank you for that. Ebro is a seasonal track which recently closed. Read more and find out what you can do to end the cruel sport of greyhound racing.

Beading Divas in the News News
Thank you to Zocalo for writing a nice story about Lizzie Mead, the Beading Divas, and the Greyhound Fall Festival in their November issue. You can read it here.

Best Greyhound Calendar News
Like most pet calendars, they’re a dime a dozen but GREY2K USA’s calendar is a bit different. Yes, there are gorgeous photos of greyhounds from all over the planet but this is more than pretty pictures. Various dates are highlighted for the accomplishments, struggles, and ongoing fight to end greyhound racing.  Smile at pictures and educate yourself about the progress made. It’s the greyhound calendar for advocates! Order yours today.

Tucson Greyhound Festival News
Bring your greyhound as well as all breeds of dogs and come on down to the Greyhound & Friends, a Fall Festival this Saturday, November 13 at Brandi Fenton Park in Tucson from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lots of stuff for you and your dogs presented by Arizona Greyhound Rescue.

Bead Drive Contest News
Get the skinny on how you can enter the drawing for your favorite animal charity. Got beads?

Cat Fundraising News
Casa de los Gatos, Arizona’s largest no-kill cat rescue located in Tucson is having a wine tasting fundraiser on Sunday November 14  from 4 to 6 p.m. at CataVinos Wine Shoppe, voted #1 wine bar by Best of Tucson/Weekly. Purrfect! Cat supplies are also welcome.

(photo: Michelle Caillet)

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