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


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


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


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)
Pat will supply ice, napkins, paper plates, plastic cutlery, condiments and the like.

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


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


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


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

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

DoDah Safety Treats recipe

1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/3 cup margarine
2T bouillon granules
1 1/2 c hot water
3/4 c powdered milk
3/4 c cornmeal
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour
optional: add cheese and/or garlic powder

In large bowl pour hot water over oatmeal, margarine, and bouillon granules; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in powdered milk, cornmeal and egg. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Knead 3 to 4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a very stiff dough. Pat or roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutter and place onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Allow to cool and dry out until hard. Makes approx. 1-3/4 pounds

DoDahDay 2007

The big day is upon us. This Saturday starting at 9am we will be putting the float together for it's debut on the world stage. We will be meeting at Highland Ave & 33rd St. S by the golf course (click for map) All group members are welcome to ride on the float on a 'first-come' basis, so be there early to help out and ride. You are also welcome to march alongside, but DDD rules state you must pay $5 to walk. If you have questions please call Don @ 823-0326

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Anubis, Guardian of the Dead

Anubis, straight from King Tut's tomb, riding atop the Gilded wooden chest, he will be leading the parade float at DoDahDay on May 19th. More

Night of Stars Party at the Racetrack

Night of Stars Party at the Racetrack

Saturday May 12, there will be a party hosted by the Racetrack Adoption Kennel where the telecast of the Night of Stars photo contest winners will be announced.Details coming soon about when and where, if you have details call Don @ 823-0326

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Excellent medical reference available

A wonderful resource from Greyhound Adoption of Ohio Inc. This guide addresses topics such as thyroid, skin, normal blood values, anesthesia and other topics that are unique in greyhounds compared to other breeds. Download the PDF

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Greyhound still missing in Gadsden Alabama

After a tragic accident in Gadsden, Alabama Friday morning, several greyhounds escaped their crates. Early Friday morning, a driver transporting 38 greyhounds across Alabama lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the median on Interstate 59 South. Of the 38 dogs being transported, several escaped from the overturned vehicle. Unfortunately, 4 of those dogs ran into traffic and were killed instantly. Two more dogs died from wounds received as a result of the accident, totaling six dead.

An additional 5 greyhounds left the scene, 2 were recovered in good health yesterday, and two more were recovered today. We are still looking for one brindle female that is assumed to be running free in the area of Interstate 59 around mile marker 81.
Due to the conditions of the bodies of those killed, the grey still running loose could be one of the following:

WJS Spellbound - a brindle female with a white chest (answers to "Saddles")
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Coal Camp Ditty - a dark brindle female (answers to "Debbie")
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Anyone wanting to help search or if they find a dog should call Jeff Barber 256-312-1085

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tee-Shirt Design

Due to several requests, a new t-shirt has been designed. If you would like to order a t-shirt, please click here. Shirts will be $8 each for pre-orders, and $12 each after order is placed.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Recalled Dog Food

The complete list from the FDA updated April 16, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

Egyptian Headdresses for your pups

Fit models the latest fashions for DoDahDay. For the boy that has everything, and the discriminating lady, an Egyptian headdress says "My mommy loves me". Kathy W. is taking orders today, they are unbelievable.
Please click for larger images

Friday, April 13, 2007

DoDahDay float nearing completion

The DoDahDay float is nearing completion as the custom artwork is added by new team member and local artist Anonymno. The inside has been carpeted with a fine Berber "egyptian weave", and upholstery has also been added by the good folks at Slocum's Float Design & Fabrication

More detail

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Greyhound photo contest

The AGTOA in conjunction with the Night of Stars is looking for your greyhound pet photos. The deadline for submission is April 14th.

All details,entry forms etc. are on the site below

Details at Night of Stars website

Saturday Romps in Trace Crossings

It looks like Saturday romps at Trace Crossings have come to an end. The romp on the 31st was moved to the bottom fields (next to Hoover Met)until about 8:50, when the rest of Hoover showed up to play soccer. Somebody needs to find and alternative field if we want to continue romping on Saturdays.