The Danger of Open Gates

It’s time for another reminder for all of our adopters to watch for open gates. In the past two weeks, we’ve had two incidents where hounds have escaped through a gate that was left open or not properly latched.

In one instance, the open gate led to a hound escaping and running in a neighborhood for several hours. Someone called animal control and they came out and took the hound in. At some point the dog had lost its collar and tags or the collar and tags were removed by children in the neighborhood. The employees at the shelter called a local adoption group and those people emailed all of the groups in the area with the dog’s ear numbers and asked whose dog it was. We had to make a lot of phone calls and go through a lot of problems to get the dog back to its adopter. In the end the adopter had to pay $50 to spring his hound from the shelter and we had to spend the better part of an evening emailing back and forth to other groups that did not need to be involved.

Last week another dog got out of a gate that had not been latched properly. This was an upsetting call because the adopter lives near a very busy highway. But fortunately, a neighbor found the dog in his yard and called us. The dog had been wearing only our FFGR tag with our phone number on it. We were able to unite dog and adopter in this case within a few hours. When we spoke with the adopter about placing another tag on the dog, we were told that the dog was micro chipped. The person who found the dog did not want to call animal control and was happy that he had a phone number to call.

We realized that even though a dog is micro chipped, it’s a good idea to keep the micro chip tag on the collar as well as the FFGR identification tag. It’s still a good idea to add a tag with personal information on it. Even it people do pick up a micro chipped dog, they still may end up having to call animal control and having the whole process of getting a dog back home delayed. This could be avoided by using additional tags.

We know that with summer coming, we will undoubtedly get more calls about escaped dogs. Please do a fence inspection and make sure fencing is in good shape. Check all gate latches to make sure they work properly. Replace worn latches. Lock gates or at least put a carabineer through latch holes to secure them.

DON’T ASSUME ANYTHING! The majority of dogs escaping from open gates get out when the adopter opens the door to let their hound(s) out and sees all too late that the gate is open. Make sure all gates are closed before letting dogs out. This will only take one moment but might save a dog’s life.

We hope that all of our hounds stay safe!

Responsible Pet Ownership

Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner as dictated by the pet

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.

10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so.

Wanted – Foster Homes!!!!

We constantly get offers of help. “What can I do?” “Just call if you need me.” If you want to help Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc. in the most important way, why not try fostering? We have the typical problems that ALL organizations have……….people will foster only to fall in love with the greyhound and then they adopt it making it impossible to foster again! This is good for the greyhound, but it always leaves us without enough foster homes.

Many people do not want to foster because they think that they won’t be able to give up the greyhound once it comes into their house. But why not try it? If you have never fostered, try it one time. Your one time fostering experience will not only help our organization greatly, but it will help get one greyhound ready for it’s forever home. What can be more important than that?

If we all help one dog at a time, we can make a huge impact and help many dogs. Please call us if you feel that you would like to try it. Fostering will cost you nothing but time. We take care of all of the dog’s needs. All you need to do is take care of your foster dog like you would take care of your own.

Please consider helping just once. You will not regret it!!!

Event – Walk-n-Wag

For the 17th year, Frederick County Humane Society will be hosting it’s annual Walk-n-Wag in Baker Park, Frederick. For the seventh year we will be participating in this special event! This is one of our favorite events!! This is a major fund raiser for FCHS. There will be lots of vendors, rescue groups, informational programs and lots of activities for you and your dog. We encourage all of our adopters to register for this event and come out and have fun! We will have three available greyhounds to meet; all are looking for their forever homes. Come out and visit us and our hounds. Let us tell you about greyhounds and what great pets they make.For more information and to register, click on the title of this post. See you there!

Rainbow Bridge – B’s Morgan Adams (Morgan)

May 1, 1996 – May 13, 2011

Once in awhile a very special greyhound enters our lives. Morgan came to us in March of 2010 after being in a home for many years. Her owner had a run of bad luck and Morgan was placed in an adoption kennel for several months. The people who ran the kennel were concerned for her well being because of her age and negotiated with the owner to give Morgan up for a real home. We were happy to bring Morgan into our lives and give her a home for however long she needed it.

We never expected that Morgan would be one of the greatest blessings we ever received in our lives. When we got her to our home, we knew that she may not live very long but we were committed to giving her the best and most loving home possible. But when she arrived she turned our lives into a most wonderful adventure and it lasted a little over a year. We had anticipated a few weeks to months. But it was our good fortune to have her in our lives for so long.

To say she was special was an understatment! She was a huge presence with her bubbly personality and good natured attitude. She was such a “can do” dog! And she was funny! We laughed at her antics all the time.

She never gave over to another dog and they all respected her and gave her plenty of space. She always got the bed she wanted, the space she needed and the attention she demanded. She knew what she wanted and had a way of letting us all know exactly what she wanted! We could read every expression on her face and in her eyes.

In spite of her ailing health as she aged, she never slowed down and found a way to adjust to everything. She had a tail wag and a kiss for everyone all the time. Never have we been around a dog with so much spirit and vigor. She could turn the worst day into something to laugh about.

Getting up in the morning was always wonderful as Morgan was there with her kisses and a wagging tail to greet us.

We will miss Morgan more than words can say. In spite of the fact that we only had her a short time, we would never have missed having her in our lives for anything. There is a huge empty hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

Rest in peace sweet Morgan knowing that here on this earth you have made many friends and were deeply, deeply loved.

Event – Grapehounds Virginia

Come visit us for the second year at this great regional event this weekend (May 13 through 15)! This is a big event where greyhound adopters and the general public are invited to visit several wineries. Part of the activities will include wine tasting; vendors selling greyhound related items will also be on hand. This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for greyhound owners who want to enjoy northern Virginia wineries in the spring. FFGR, Inc. is a participating sponsor and will receive part of the proceeds for our organization. Our group will also be vending to earn money to help our hounds. Particpating hotels in the area are waiving pet fees and offering group rates. Keep watching our web site and this event notice for more information!

Welcome on Friday
Like last year, there will be a welcome event at a Leesburg area winery on Friday evening where vendors, adoption groups and attendees will get to relax in one place and socialize with hors d’oeuvres, wine and refreshments, renewing old relationships and making new ones.

Special this year is the fact that the welcome event in Leesburg will be hosted by the owners of North Gate Vineyard, Mark and Vicki Fedor. Mark and Vicki are the proud owners of their own greyhound.

The Main Event on Saturday
The main event on Saturday will be at Lost Creek Winery, just north of Leesburg. Lost Creek Winery is a spacious venue and will feature:

•large greyhound vendor tents for indoor shopping,
•music provided by Cindy McConnell on acoustic guitar,
•wine tasting at Lost Creek and several other wineries,
•plenty of space to hang out and socialize,
•doggie babysitting for some local exploration,
•food available from Uncle Moe’s Soul Food.

The Weekend Continues!
Sunday activities will be at the spectacular Barrel Oak Winery near Delaplane, Virginia, with views of the nearby foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For more information on this GREYT event, click on the title of this post. We hope to see you all there!

Event – Bark in the Park

For the first time, our group will be participating in this event!

Enjoy a fantastic afternoon with your furry, four-legged friend, at the Frederick County Parks and Recreation annual Bark in the Park. Our group will be present to discuss greyhounds and what great pets they make! We will have greyhounds looking for their forever homes; come on out and meet them! We will also be vending and we have lots of great items for your dogs (any breed!)! Your pooch will have an opportunity to run free in one of our off-leash areas, test and sharpen his or her skills on the agility course, participate in doggie contests, and make new friends. Bark in the Park also provides great opportunities for families to adopt a dog, learn different training techniques, sample dog-related products, and visit exhibit booths. This event is sure to be a dog-gone good time! Beat the rush by pre-registering now or you can register on site the day of the event. Dog owners must bring a collar, leash, and proof of rabies vaccination for entry. Limit 2 dogs per owner.

For information on this event, click on the title of this post. Hope to see you there!

Utica District Park
10200 Old Frederick Road
Frederick, Maryland