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Bay Area Greyhound Adoption’s, Inc. Newsletter and Current Events

April 2009

Linda Lyman receives “Greyhound Guardian Angel Award” at Sandy Paws:
Bay Area Greyhound Adoption’s, Inc. Board: Linda Lyman, President Ken Gibson, Vice President Kathy Jeske, Secretary Karen Gibson, Treasurer & Newsletter Editor Other Board Members: Ava Blouin Jonathan McKinney Debbie Sandler Jeff Sandler Tiffani Smith How to contact us:
www.bayareagreyhounds.org Email Address : baga@tampabay.rr.com

Phone Number: (813) 272-2332

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Our beloved President Linda Lyman received the prestigious “Greyhound Guardian Angel Award” while at Sandy Paws in March 2009. This award is given once a year to deserving people for their tireless efforts in the fight to rescue animals. Linda was nominated by members of our group and was given a very nice write up which led to the award. We want to thank Linda for all her work to see that as many Greyhounds as possible receive homes. Her efforts make it possible for our group to exist. She is the very core of what we do and we applaud her for that. The following is the nomination presented at the Sandy Paws dinner event when Linda was presented with the award. The speech was orated by Barbara Celli a devoted and long time member of our group: In 2004, a group of friends came together in Tampa to form Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions. We came from different local groups but all had the same desire to

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work together to find loving homes for the Greyhounds. It was under our group’s President Linda Lyman who brought the knowledge and experience from her years of volunteering with other Greyhound groups to make the dream become reality. Linda is one of the most giving people I know. She works with the Greyhounds 7 days a week 365 days a year. I have never known her to take a vacation other than here at Sandy Paws which we have attended every year together since it started. Linda always has a house full of fosters, never hesitation to take the “hard to place” or injured dogs and spends countless hours on the phone helping people with questions or concerns. Besides her stressful full-time job, she devotes her weekends and free time to numerous meet & greets, transporting dogs from the kennels, doing home visits or adoptions, scheduling and organizing events like reunion picnics and pet therapy at nursing homes and speaking at schools and to the media to educate people as to what great pets Greyhounds are. She also runs the quarterly board meetings and sends regular emails to the volunteers and adoptive families to keep everyone up-to-date on the group’s progress and the Greyhounds. I know a lot of times Linda will be up until midnight doing these tasks after taking care of her own and her foster Greyhounds. I truly don’t know where Linda finds the time but she does. We take in several Greyhounds with broken legs each year that require extensive surgery and Linda finds special foster homes for these and attains grants for the bulk of the surgery costs. We average 2-3 adoptions a week with few returns and have 2 yard sales and 2 picnics a year as our major fundraisers. The group has taken in 444 Greyhounds and adopted out about 423 to date. Last year Linda was instrumental in getting the “Second Chance at Life” prison program going in Florida. She worked with Beverly Sebastian and the National Greyhound Foundation to get the inmates at the prison in Hernando County approved and trained. The prison has provided a tremendous relief to us locally in holding Greyhounds until we have room for them. Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions could not do all the things we do without Linda Lyman. Her relentless energy and always cheerful demeanor has guided our growing group to see that a large number of Greyhounds find their forever families. Not only has Linda been the President of our group, she has also been a wonderful kind friend who has helped me and others through the illnesses, accidents and heartbreaking losses of our dear Greyhounds. She truly is a “Greyhound Guardian Angel” in the Tampa Bay Area.

Thank You for all you do. We Love you Linda.

A cute story from one of our most recent Greyhound adoptive families: The “Sweets”. Written by Olivia Sweet: We are absolutely crazy about this dog. He is just the sweetest thing. Our 11 hour drive home went
well. (They live in North Carolina). Bob and I have always put a cup of water in the cup holder for our dog to enjoy, but we quickly learned that Gismo didn’t drink out of a cup. Good thing we had bought big bowls for him. I stayed home from work that first Monday, and as someone told me, he did not let me out of his sight even for a second. I thought this poor dog would never get any rest if he jumped up all the time, but through time he has relaxed some. The first night he got up 3 times and each time I got up and encouraged him to get back on his bed. By the second or 3rd night we were just telling him everything was OK and to go back to bed. Those first nights he would get up and stick his cold nose into Bob’s face, then over to my side of the bed for the same treatment in my face. When he had determined that no one had sneaked out while he was asleep, he went back to bed on his own. Now he sleeps through the night, but is an early riser! We take him for a bathroom break when he gets up and then for a 15-30 minute walk in the mornings and one at lunch. After work he goes for a long walk. This weekend he went to the park with us for a 2 mile walk and did well. He is very good with our inside/outside cat (who has become an outside cat for now). He has been around children during the walks and is great. Gismo is so gentle and loving that he makes our hearts melt. We understand why all of you have multiple Greyhounds. Easter weekend with Gismo in our 5th wheel RV. Getting him up and down those few steep steps will be interesting but we are looking forward to showing him off at the campground. I’ll let you know how that goes. I found some adorable Greyhound clothes for Bob and I. I told Bob I knew what we would be getting each other for Christmas and Birthday presents. Thank you again for letting us adopt through your agency. Your write up on each dog was really what drew us to you. The other agencies should follow your example. I think the Sweets have caught the Greyhound bug. We are so very glad Gismo found such a wonderful and loving home.

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And now a “Greyt story” from an Animal Sanctuary in Warwickshire England: A Greyhound Mother

In 2003, police in Warwickshire England opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. It had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished and had clearly been abused. In an act of kindness, the police took the dog which was a Greyhound female to the nearby Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary known as a willing haven for animals abandoned, orphaned or otherwise in need. Geoff and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims: to restore the dog to full health and to win her trust. It took several weeks but eventually both goals were achieved. They named the Greyhound Jasmine and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home. The dog had other ideas. No one remembers now how it began, but Jasmine started welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It wouldn’t matter if it was a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or probably, a rhinoceros, Jasmine would peer into the box or cage and where possible, deliver a welcoming lick. Geoff relates one of the early incidents. “We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them. But she is like that with all our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them and it helps them to not only feel close to her but to settle into their new surroundings. She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs; she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose.” Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary’s resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises of five fox cubs, four badger cubs 15 chicks, 8 guinea pigs, 2 stray puppies’ and15 rabbits. And one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble 11 weeks old was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm and then went into the full foster Mum role. Jasmine the Greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection and makes sure nothing is matted in her fur. “They are inseparable”, says Geoff. “Bramble walks between her legs and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It’s a real treat to see them.” Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.

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Now that’s what I call a real Therapy Greyhound.

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BAGA has recently become a distributor for two new products that can really help your greyhound have a healthy and happy life. The first is Flexicose, which is a liquid joint supplement containing glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM complex. It is the best supplement for arthritic joints we have ever used. Once you use the Flexicose, you will recognize a difference in your dog, and can often avoid giving Rimadyl or other pain medication for arthritis. We recommend it for senior dogs (over 7 years old) or any greyhound that has sustained a racing injury. A 64 day supply is available for $25.00. For more information please go to the following website, www.flexicose.com. A new product we are really excited about is Pet-Z-Life Oral Care Gel and Oral Spray. This is the first product we have seen which will actually remove plaque on a dog’s teeth. Several of our volunteers have tried it on their own dogs, and are very happy with the results. It was used at the last session of the S.C.A.L. prison program in Michigan with equally good results. When used regularly, Pet-Z-Life can eliminate the need for most yearly dental cleanings and the risk to your greyhound from anesthesia. The ingredients are all natural so it is perfectly safe for your pet (it works for cats as well as dogs). The main active ingredient is grapefruit see extract. We have 4 oz. gel or spray for $25.00 which will last 2-3 months when used as directed. We also will have a starter 2 oz. size of the gel for $15.00. All adopters will now receive Pet-Z-Life gel in their adoption kits. For more information on Pet-Z-Life and how it works please go to, www.petzlife.com.

A message from: Brenda Fulcher Of: the Florida Veterinary Specialists and Cancer Treatment Center Blood Bank
Those of us who have pets feel a strong bond with our animals and many of us feel that our pets are part of the family. We love and nurture them, care for their special needs and nurse them when they are sick or hurt. We each have our own personal motives for doing what we do for our four-legged children. For some, the reason may simply be the love of a breed, and for others, perhaps it’s the horror of euthanasia as a method to control pet overpopulation. In fact, some of you may be like I am and wish that you could save them all. You may not be able to take them all off the streets and give them a home, but there is another way that you and your pet can help those in need. Just as in human medicine, there is a constant need in veterinary medicine for donated blood. Animals need transfusions for a variety of reasons-blood loss due to trauma, immune-mediated diseases, coagulation disorders from heat stroke, and so on. Florida Veterinary Specialists and Cancer Treatment Center (FVS) is a specialty referral and emergency veterinary hospital that currently has an active blood donor program and we are in the process of instituting a full-scale high-volume blood bank. Therefore, we need to expand our donor base. Our three hospitals (FVS, Brandon Veterinary Specialists and New York City Veterinary Specialists) alone perform an average of 370 canine and feline transfusions per year, or approximately 31 per month. To achieve our goal of providing adequate supply of blood products for FVS and her affiliated hospitals along with other veterinarians, we must recruit many more donors. Greyhounds are the preferred donors for several reasons: -They are usually very calm and well behaved during the procedure and they rarely need any kind of sedation. -They have easily accessible veins for the donation. -Most greyhounds are what we consider to be the universal donor. Potential canine donors need to meet the requirements below: -Be between the ages of 1 and 8. -Dogs must weigh at least 50 pounds and cats at least 10 pounds. -Be neutered or spayed with no prior pregnancies. -Should have no prior transfusions.

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Spring 2009 Picnic April 19, 2009 At Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes, Shelters 303, 304, 305 & 306 12 – 4 PM RSVP by: April 17, 2009 – 813-272-2332 or baga@tampabay.rr.com
(Please respond with the number of people attending and your choice of lunch entrée)

Food Drinks Auction Raffle Greyhound Nail Trimming Vendors with Greyhound Products Greyhound Games Picnic Lunch $6.00 Choice of Meat Entrée: BBQ Pork BBQ Chicken Hot Dogs
Donations needed! If you are attending the picnic and would like to help the Greyhounds please bring an item to donate. We especially need: Pre-paid Gas Cards (for the kennel truck) Printer Paper and Gift Certificates from Staples and Office Depot Gift certificates from Petsmart and Petco Canned Dog Food, Dog Biscuits and Toys Bath Towels (for cool-down coats for the foster dogs at the meet and greets during the hot weather)

Please bring your greyhounds only. Some greyhounds are not small dog friendly. Thank You for your cooperation.

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OUR FEATURE THIS NEWSLETTER IS SWEET GRACE

Registered Name: Atascocitasheila Call Name: Grace Whelp Date: October 10, 2007 Color: Fawn FEATURED PET THIS MONTH! ADOPTION FEE IS JUST $100! Here is a young greyhound, a real sweetheart, just over a year old and oh so cute! She is a pretty fawn with a beautiful black mask. Her foster mom named her Grace because she isn't very graceful! Grace came to us from a greyhound breeder because she was injured while a tiny puppy and has some neurological damage which is not anything that can be fixed medically. Her breeder thinks her mother may have lain on her when she was first born, but we don't know that for sure. Grace will not be able to race, but will be fine for a pet. She has a sort of uncoordinated way of walking, but she gets around fine and runs and plays just like any other pup. She is growing like a weed and is up to 65 lbs. now. She will be around 70 lbs. or a little more when she is fully grown at around age 2. Grace absolutely loves her toys, loves to play soccer outside, and go to the dog park. She now barks to let you know when she wants to come inside from playing and is extremely affectionate. Grace loves to lie in your lap and snuggle--doesn't realize that she is getting too big to be a lap dog. When nighttime comes, all she wants to do is fall asleep exhausted, but when morning comes, watch out! She is full of energy and wants to play. One of her favorite activities is to go to the dog park where she can run and play with her pals. She is already house trained, and is great to take on car rides. She is learning good house manners and how to walk on your left side on a leash. She is not a destructive chewer, but like any pup may occasionally chew things, so she needs to be supervised. We recommend crating her when you are not at home, at least until she settles in. She is good in a crate but will cry for a few minutes when you first leave her. Just give her a kong or a couple of treats and a squeaky toy and she settles right down. Grace is living in a foster home with two other greyhounds, an Italian Greyhound, and two cats, and gets along fine with them. Grace is playful and active as a puppy and will nip in a playful way when she is excited, just like she would do with the other pups at the farm. For this reason, we do not recommend that she go to a home with young children. She is fine with older children (10 and over) and is a real charmer who you can't help but fall in love with. Grace's is a featured pet this month. HER ADOPTION FEE IS JUST $100! This is $125 off of her normal $225 adoption fee, which includes her spay, 3-yr vaccines, microchip, leash and collar, grooming glove, adoption guide, Pet-Z-Life tooth gel, toothbrush, and her stuffie toy. For more information or to meet this charming pup, please call us at 813/272-2332.

YOU CAN HELP OUR CAUSE: By using Goodsearch.com as your search engine on your computer and list Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions as your charity. Please save the weight circles from bags of Purina pet foods for us. The circles are located on the upper side of each bag. Please send your weight circles to us at P.O. Box 21641, Tampa, Fl 33511, or drop them off at one of our meet-and-greet locations. We receive money for each weight circle we submit. Your help and support is Greatly appreciated! Thank You!

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Veterinarian’s Page Spotlight Veterinarian: Dr. Callum Hay, BVMS, MRCV Veterinary Specialists/Surgeons Veterinary Surgical Services (Orthopedics, soft tissue, neurosurgery) 7512 Paula Drive, Suite 103 Tampa, Fl 33615 (813) 901-5100 Dr. Hay once again has shown great compassion and expertise with more of our broken leg greyhounds. BAGA would once again like to recognize the constant help and support of: Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Fontenot of SUNSHINE ANIMAL HOSPITAL. Westchase Veterinary Center and Emergency Clinic 12043 Whitmarsh Lane Tampa, Fl 33614 (813) 818-0087 Care Animal Hospital 511 E. Bloomingdale Ave. Valrico, Fl 33511 (813) 684-7387 (PETS) Southern Eye Clinic (Ophthalmology) 5406Hoover Boulevard, Suite 20 Tampa, Fl 33613 (813) 881-9799 Tampa Bay Veterinary Neurology (Neurosurgery and Neurology) 238 East Bearss Avenue Tampa, Fl 33613 (813) 265-2860 (727) 535-3600 Florida Veterinary Specialists and Cancer Treatment Center 3000 Busch Lake Boulevard Tampa, Fl 33614 (813) 933-8944
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Helpful Phone Numbers for Lost and Found: 24 hour pet watch: 1-866-597-2424 or www.24petwatch.com BAGA Hotline: 813-272-2332

Thanks To:
Our Board Members: BAGA would like to extend a special thanks to the members of our board who work so hard to ensure things run smoothly within our organization. There is a lot of work that goes into running an organization of this size and our board members work tirelessly to ensure everything gets completed and that our group members and families are taken care of. All of our location sponsors: Their support allows us to conduct “Meet and Greets” so potential adopters can see feel and experience the Greyhounds. All of the donators: Everyone who gives of their time, donates gifts and prepares food for our picnics. They have become more successful each time.

A special thanks to one of our largest supporters: They provide food, event tents and promotional items.

Some tips for the health and well being of your Greyhound:
1.) It is so very important to ensure you keep collar and tags including the microchip tag on your Greyhound at all times even when indoors. They can shoot out of an opened door very quickly and be gone. 2.) Flea and tick season is upon us. Please ensure your Pets are protected against these unwanted predators by using flea and tick prevention. Remember, DO NOT place any type of tick collar on your Greyhound other than “Preventic” which you can purchase at your local veterinarian. 3.) Always use heartworm medication each month throughout the year. Heartworms never take a break. Also, be sure to remember to document the date each month you administer the medication. Most boxes have stickers and a place on the box you can use to keep track.

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