Sunday, June 22, 2008

New members from across the pond


We have a new member in the group, who has officially captured the title of 'Longest Distance Member', from Bob in California. Now if only we can get them to come to a romp? Morgan lives in Lincolnshire, UK , and has two greyhounds. While searching for a playgroup for her 2, she ran across a website in Birmingham Alabama, instead of Birmingham, England. It happens all the time, we just never get anyone to join after realizing the mistake. So we welcome our long-distance members to the group, Morgan and her two Bella and Charlie.
email:
"Hi Don,

What is worse, is that I am an ex-pat American who used to live in

California! It should have dawned on me to check first, as I know there

are several similarly named places in the UK and US. I was

just so excited to find a greyhound playgroup, as there are none in my area.

Anyway, we will be honoured to be on your members list.

Here is a picture of Charlie ( aka Five Fold Flyer) Black and white male

and Bella ( Araghty Lucy) a fawn female. They are in their cold

weather gear, appropriately British in their waxed coats and snoods.

They are both rescues, and retired from racing. Biggest thing in their day is a cat-sighting.

Oh yes, and a obligatory "roaching" pic, in a world's first:

"Formation Roaching"!

Kind Regards

-Morgan"

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sloppy Joe Picnic at Bob & Ruth's



Celebrate summer with us at the Sloppy Joe Picnic at Bob & Ruth's Friday June 13th 6-10PM Everyone is welcome, but please let Ruth know if you plan on coming so we can have enough food for everyone.

Directions

Saturday, May 17, 2008

DooDah Day 2008 - May 17th



This year we will be participating again in the parade, with a simpler float design, and showing off the greys rather than our mastery of float building and decorating. You are welcome to join us on the float, or marching behind. Entry fee for the float and all passengers is $20, each marcher/dog following the float is charged $5/head. For more details about the festival Click Here

Friday, April 18, 2008

Securing the field and your dogs at The Romp


Due to some incidents at romps and other outdoor activities in the past few weeks involving runaway greyhounds, I thought it might be a good idea to press a few instructions into the member's minds. You really should read the entire article, because if you own a greyhound, odds are this stuff is gonna happen to you too, so it would be good to have some ideas about what to do when that time comes - because it will !!

Security at the soccer field Romp


In times past we have always had plenty people showing up to a romp that had been there many times, knew the drill about checking fences, gates, letting dogs in and out, and all the gear needed for a romp. Now we have so many new members, that you can't be sure who all will show up, and who will be responsible for safety. Perhaps we should have some guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone's greyhound:
  1. The first 2 people arriving at the field should secure the fence before unleashing any dogs. If you are uncomfortable with this, ask the next folks to secure the fence, but do NOT unleash your dogs until they arrive.
  2. Gates #1 and #3 have broken latches, so you will have to sand-bag, or garbage-can gate #3 to prevent dogs from pushing them open

  3. Lash a bungie cord, or a leash around gate #1, and leave latch CLOSED on the inside at all times
  4. Make sure gate #2 (the double gate, usually chained, can be pushed open even when it is chained) is pulled tight to prevent dogs from squeezing out. They have before, and they will again if you are not careful.
  5. Make sure at least one person has a squawker, as prey driven animals DO NOT Respond to "come back sweetie". Besides, if you own a greyhound, you need to have a squawker, they are as important as a leash, and collar.
I am sure alot of this seems like common sense, but it is not. If you have better ideas about how to secure the fence please let us know. If you have a better place to romp, certainly let us know.

We all want you to come to the romps and let your dogs run, but we do want to avoid tragedy, and the stress of trying to run down 10 dogs that can quickly be out of your site.

Order your squawker(s) and muzzle here



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Monday, February 25, 2008

Greyhounds are not Labrador Retrievers....

I found myself in dumbfound astonishment with my own actions today. I work across the street from a beautiful public park with long trails, deep woods, and a creek that all the dogs love to play in. One of my fellow employees and I decided to take our dogs to go play at the creek for lunch, it was really pretty outside today and it has been a while since we had been on an adventure with the furry kids.
Off we set; the two labs (Bingo and Narley), sweet little Rags, and my wonderful greyhound (Dan). We reached the creek in no time after pausing for a few great pictures in the sun and leaves. We crawled down the hill and in went Bingo and Narley diving off the bridge and splashing around in the creek. I led Dan down to the water and let him off his leash so the two rambunctious labs wouldn't get him tangled. Dan played around for a moment and then walked a little farther down. I quickly called him back and he came tail wagging. He playfully turned from me and took off in a little trot, I thought he was going to run a little way and turn and come back...he didn't.

Nose to the ground he was tracking something and he was well ahead of my friend and I. I called but he didn't come this time. Off he went, through the woods and he was gone. Fear instantly hit me as I started to remember all the warnings I had not heeded, all the horrific stories I had heard. Why, Why had I ignored my common sense? We tried to follow him but the woods were thick and the trails split. Greyhounds don't leave as large of foot prints as one might want when you are trying to decide which way they went. The woods opened into a large field, no Dan to be seen. My heart was pounding and my hands shaking as I kept calling as calmly as possible. He had his tattoos, his tag and collar, and his microchip, but the realization that all that didn't matter if he found the road before I could find him. I called my office with my cell and my friend went to get her car, I found myself frantic as that it had been twenty minutes since I had last seen Dan take off up the hill. I climbed through the woods and toward some dogs barking hoping Dan had gone to see who they were. With luck there were people there I told them of my missing boy and they said they would keep and eye out.

At this point it had been 45 minutes, I was about in tears because Dan could be long gone and here I am covering such a small portion of ground. I climbed one more hill and started calling again trying to choke back the tears because I realized this was MY fault and I couldn't yell as loud if I were crying. Then I looked up to see my BEAUTIFUL GREYHOUND! He was walking very slowly toward me, very obviously worn out. I don't know what he was tracking or if he found it, I do know he was overheated but otherwise unharmed! How lucky, luck is the only word for it. I grabbed him in a big hug and finally let myself break down.

All the obedience training and time we have spent together meant nothing today. I suddenly realized 'I have a hound'. Hounds have been bred for centuries to track and hunt prey independent of their handlers. That is their purpose, that is what is in their genes. My friend's labs on the other hand (whom are wonderfully behaved and during all this time were listening to every command) were bred to retrieve things, you know 'I throw it you bring it back'. They were bred to be dependent on their handlers to bring the prey back.

I (now feeling very stupid and greytful) have one: resolved to work harder on my recalls with Dan, two: will never ever try to kill my Grey again by letting him off leash in an unsecured area, and three: will be buying a squawker just in case I may ever need it. I know the squawker would have at least gotten his attention as he was ignoring my calls.

Please learn from my mistakes.
-Brittany Barner

Monday, February 11, 2008

Spring Get-Together - Superior Grill 6:30 Feb. 18



We had so much fun last time, we had to do it again. Just remember the restaurant does not allow greyhounds :)

Retired Racer, & Retired Blood Donor, now fully retired and needs a home



After her second career as a blood donor, Gypsy is now officially retired, and wants to spend her retirement warming your dog bed and your heart. She is a very healthy 10 year old, weighing in at a petite 64 lbs. More info

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Additional Saturday Romp - 12 noon ....it's ON !!

Check out the video below from new members Chris and Christy - they have FOUR GREYHONDS- Bella, Mego, Naive, and Snoopy(one of Lira's pups. For romp schedules and more see Birmingham Greyhound Events

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Additional Saturday Romp about to begin


The 12-PM slot won out by 2 votes so the the New -additional- romp will be at 12noon starting Jan 5th, see you there !

For romp schedules and more see Birmingham Greyhound Events

Holiday Get-Together - Superior Grill 6:30 Dec. 12

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

4th Annual Pet-A-Palooza


Saturday, November 17, 2007

NEW LOCATION...NEW DATE...SAME QUALITY EVENT!

Veteran's Park in Hoover on Valleydale Road

Incredible festival for pets and pet lovers! Adopt a pet! Children activities! Tons of fun!

More info






……..ADMISSION IS FREE

Friday, November 16, 2007

Greyhound Skin, Inside Looking Out

Have you ever wondered how you could be so stupid about something so simple? Have you ever put an innocent “person” into a situation they did not deserve? Have you ever been guilt ridden because you knew better than doing something you do and it caused harm to somebody? Well, a couple of days ago, I did all of the above…..

My pride and joy, Perfectly Fit Wright, was enjoying the effects of his new thyroid medication and instead of lying around, he was standing in the backyard hanging out with a few other greyhounds. Well, in the blink of an eye, my fur child had a gash in his side, due to what we know as “slashing”.

If all began very simple, the greyhounds knew each other, no need to muzzle. It was a small backyard that they played together in all the time, no need to muzzle. But, there was a reason to muzzle….they were more than 2 dogs present!! When dogs start playing (and it does no matter about the breed), they get competitive about what they want and the game is on for who will come out on top. There was a stuff toy involved and Fit was standing in the line of dogs chasing the toy and he was bumped as the pack passed and a tooth hit him in the side, hence 2 inch gash and $272 vet bill.

I say all this to say, it does not matter what breeds are around your greyhound. When play is involved, they are all aggressive because they are having a good time and not watching where they are running. Where the problem exists is other dogs do not have the same skin as a greyhound. A greyhounds’ skin is like a piece of tissue paper that you wrap around your Christmas gifts before putting in a box.

And then, the vet sutures the injury and the sutures tear the skin because the skin is so thin. My vet told me that she has sutured a greyhound 3 times before because the sutures tear the skin.

I say all this to say, please do not allow your greyhound around other dogs (greyhound or non greyhound) running off leash without EVERYONE being MUZZLED, due to the fact that ALL dogs have teeth and your greyhound has tissue skin. At romps, in backyards or wherever your greyhound is running freely with another pack of dogs, please request that ALL DOGS, no matter the size, age or breed, be muzzled.

-Kathy Wright

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Greyhound Pool Party


Of course the pool party was a blast, Fit, Gracie and Ginger went swimming while the rest of us snacked by the pool Slideshow

Monday, September 24, 2007

GREYHOUND PARTY----PLEASE COME!!!

at PAT'S house
Saturday Sept 29
6pm til?
to celebrate Ruth's 70th and Pat's 50th and everything else worth celebrating!

You bring---
food (whatever you want to throw on the grill)
drink
dog
Pat will supply ice, napkins, paper plates, plastic cutlery, condiments and the like.

Rulz:
no one can go upstairs in my house. Iz not cleen. Catz will be there, so no dogz allowed either.
Don is appointed LIFEGUARD (in case doggie falls in pool), and thus will wear Speedo. Squawker optional.
Homeowner is not liable for doggie cuts and bruises acquired from homeowner's crappy landscaping/thick forest. Or if drinking partygoer falls in pool and drowns while Don is not paying attention.

Directions: to 2505 Panorama Place, Vestavia, 35216
from I-65 take exit 252, and head North on Hwy 31. Turn right at the traffic light (Vestavia Parkway) where the new Milo's is. Parkway winds around behind Pizitz Middle School and dead ends at stopsign. Turn right (Panorama Trail). Take the next left (Panorama Place). We are the second driveway on the RIGHT. If I feel like it, I might put balloons on the mailbox. Good luck negotiating the uphill driveway. Put your parking brake on.

Friday, September 21, 2007

If I Didn't Have Dogs...

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.

My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair.

When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I would have money .......and no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grand kids through college.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.

My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.

My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.

My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.

I would no longer have to Spell the words:B-A-L-L, F-R-I-S-B-E- E, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T,
B-I-K-E, G-O, R-I-D-E

I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.

I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading "mud" season.

I would not have to answer the question "Why do you have so many animals?" from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

How EMPTY my life would be.

~author unknown
posted by Pat Christians

Thursday, September 20, 2007

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

Have you ever thought about having your houndie blessed?
Ruth Slocum and I were just talking about this the other day. I'm sure several churches around Birmingham do this annually (call and ask!).

Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1124 Hwy 31 South in Vestavia Hills, does!
The following paragraph is taken from their most recent newsletter:

"The Fifth Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held Sunday, October 7th, at 3:00pm outside on the lawn north of Grace Hall. The service of gratitude for our animal companions traditionally occurs in the month when the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi is celebrated. Francis is known for loving all creatures in the name of Christ. All members and friends of the congregation are invited to attend and to bring pets in an appropriate container or on a leash Our own Tammy Stumpff, who is a veterinarian, will present the homily. For more information, call Chruch Administrator Betsy Murphy at 822-1124."

Also, GreyFest (Oct 6 in Newnan GA) will hold a blessing of the animals at the beginning of the event, 10:15 am est, if I remember correctly.

Dr Stumpff works at Kidd Animal Clinic on Rocky Ridge Road in Vestavia Hills.

~contributed by Pat Christians, Mandy and Ester's mom

Monday, September 10, 2007

Reverse “Back” Sneezing


What is that you ask? It is: a greyhound that you have had less than 36 hours struggling to breathe, an asthma attack, at 2:30am. You jump straight up in the bed while trying to flip on the light and find the greyhound (remember the 36 hours part above) trying to breath and realize that you know absolutely nothing about this hound. The greyhound is standing there, head down and chest moving rapidly struggling to breathe. You try to gain your composure and figure this out. After all, you are an experienced greyhound owner, right?

The only thing that you remember is putting FrontLine on the greyhound at 10:30pm and you start thinking….OH MY GOD, I HAVE KILLED THE DOG because she is having an allergic reaction to the flea medication!! You rush to call the emergency vet and when the voice on the end of the phone asked for name of business, you act like it’s a human, IMAGINE THAT…., and you scream DOG EMERGENCY in the phone. The recorded voice tells you, “We do not have that listing, please call back later”.

You realize you are out of control and the dog is still heaving trying to decide whether she wants to breathe or puke. You need to make a rational decision, take the dog that you poisoned to the emergency clinic since you cannot call them (remember from above)!!

I grab the leash, run out to the car and away we go to the emergency clinic. When we get there, the dog has stopped all this nonsense and you walk in, the greyhound eyes the clinic cat and you know you are in for a time. Remember, it is now almost 3:00am, you are not sure what you are wearing and you have not brushed your hair.

After the information about the dog that you know nothing about is taken, you are seen by the vet and you are told……

"Some dogs sneeze out and some dogs sneeze in………"

"When they sneeze in they have post nasal drip in their throat…." NICE.

"And, they choke and need to cough it out…." even NICER, "but after that, they are fine."

Therefore, your dog has allergies………why does the dog have allergies at 2:30am, she has had all day to have allergies!

And the diagnosis is: Reverse Sneezing

The emergency vet obviously saw my state of mind and told me she was not going to charge me for post nasal drip. MY HERO!

Only in my world....they (whoever they are) said the 2nd child is the worse. Remember child number 1 is Perfectly Fit, which barely breathes and never woke up during this whole ordeal nor got up when we got back from the emergency clinic.

-Kathy Wright


Non-Greyhound example of Reverse Sneezing

Friday, September 7, 2007

Homeless Greyhounds Need Help

These two girls just lost their home and need your help. They are both "cat-safe", and very> sweet girls. Aubrey is 7-years old, and is full of personality and likes to stand up and give kisses. Flirt is 5-years old, a little shy, "cat-safe"and is afraid of stairs, but she is very sweet and affectionate and will make a great addition to your family. Click links above to see more pics, and contact us for more info.

Pat's Grey Cruzer



Pics of Pat's customized cruiser picking up some homeless dogs


Slammed full of hounds.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

GreyFest




Saturday Oct. 6 - Summerwind Farm, Newnan Georgia

Fun for the whole family, this year Greyfest will feature games such as these for the hounds:

Bobbing for Weenies - who can bob for the most hot dogs?

Blur of Fur - see your hound run at record speed

Greyhound Bingo - will your square be "the one" that receives the precious deposit?

Pawdicures - give your hound the works with nail clipping, filing, and ear cleaning

Pupography - great fun and festival carnival photos for the whole family

Paw Painting - you've probably got a Claude "Bonet" at the end of that leash

Paw Reading - see what lies in your hounds future, look for Madame Zumi around the grounds

And these for the kids:

Bandana Game - select a bandana and win a prize

How Many? - guess how many treats are in the jar

Bobbing Ducks - pick the marked ducky and win a prize

Suckers - pick the sucker and win a prize

More info at the website here

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Family Fun Day - Shelby Humane Society




Saturday, August 25, 1-6 PM at Hoover Public Safety Building. Shelby Humane Society is offering $20 microchip implants for your pup, and free cookies, along with great disaster preparedness info from a number of local government agencies. More info

Thursday, August 2, 2007

27th ANNUAL DOG DAZE FESTIVAL


Saturday, August 4, 2007 Rain or Shine
225 Parkway Drive, Trussville, AL 35173 - Map
Gates open at 9:00 am and close at 4:00 pm. Admission is $2.00 per person. The Festival has over 200 Vendors which include Arts/crafts, Food, Business, Civic, Medical Screenings and Children's Area (which has additional charges) Dog Daze is normally attended by 10,000 to 12,000 people.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Slocumb's Second Sighthound Social


Friday night the 21st, everyone is invited to the Slocumb's Second Sight-hound Social, a replay of the Hot dog party, please bring your hound(s), a beverage(or 2), and something to go with your burger(chips, condiment, or bowl-o-sumptin).

Starts at 6:30 in Huffman, directions are here

1401 Highpoint Terrace Bob & Ruth 854-0134

See you there.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Vestavia Romp

Friday, June 8, 2007

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Romp 6-3-07

Welcome to new members Mark, Kacy(sp?), and their new pup Gracie



Friday, June 1, 2007

Hot Dog Party at Bob n Ruth's

Two new members showed up with their pups, welcome Tracy and Lisa. We also watched as the hounds chased the "rabbit" also know as short Georgia.


Tuesday, May 29, 2007