Greyhounds in Gettysburg

giglogothumbWe would like to thank all of our adopters, volunteers and friends for making Greyhounds in Gettysburg a real success; our best event ever!!  Although we have been vending for years at GIG, this year was by far the best.  The event was sponsored by Nittany Greyhounds; this was the first year that they were in charge of the event after it had been run for years by the hard working folks at Triangle Greyhounds.  This year the event took place mostly indoors at the Expo Center near Gettysburg.  It was a big change from the previous location near the outlet mall.  The vendors were all set up indoors while lots of activities took place around the center, indoors and out.

We enjoyed meeting our adopters and hounds.  It’s always wonderful seeing the happy faces of adopters and greyhounds.  Volunteers from our group took charge of the dog sitting tent all day Saturday.  That was a lot of fun, according to the volunteers who got to spend time with so many wonderful dogs.  Also, our group won the costume contest for having the most entries – AND, two of our adopted hounds won first and second place!

One of the reasons we vend at this event is because it brings in much needed funds to help us accomplish our mission.  Thanks to all of the great and unusual items we brought to sell, we had the best year selling!

We so appreciate all of the adopters who stopped by to say hello, all of the attendees who stopped by our vending area and bought items and of course to our wonderful volunteers who all helped make this such a success.

Thanks to the many volunteers at Nittany Greyhounds for all the very hard work they did for so long to make this event fun and enjoyable for all of us.

If you would like to see photos of our event, please go to our Facebook page.

 

Happy Birthday FFGR, Inc.!

FFGR_logo_mediumHappy Birthday FFGR, Inc.! We are eight years old today! Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who are TEAM PLAYERS! Take a bow (wow)! Each dog we place takes countless hours of work on the part of many volunteers. Thank you all if you made a financial donation, thank those of you who opened your hearts and homes to give a greyhound a home, especially those willing to love a greyhound that was old or ill or behaviorally challenged. Thank you for donating items to our vending events. and/or for working our special events and many meet and greet events. Thank you home visitors, transporters, and especially fosterers. You are all angels!

Why Are Seniors So Special?

One of our most favorite parts of working in greyhound adoption deals with finding homes for senior greyhounds.  We love this part of our work because we know that seniors make the best companions.  We will always take in senior greyhounds because we have learned that there are people who know why seniors are special; they make the best adopters.  We hope that you will consider adopting a senior greyhound.

The following article was written by Sue Burkhard and reprinted with permission:

Why are seniors to special?  Thank you for asking 🙂 Let me try to explain.

In life there are so few air-tight, rock-solid guarantees. Greyhounds are, as most of us agree, a special breed. The breed that we all love for a wide variety of reasons. And adopting animals that for the most part come to us as adults, already imprinted and molded in many ways is different than most dog adopters who seek out puppies and very young adults.

We as humans are compelled for some reason to want more. And I think Americans are more prone to this trait than other nationalities, for the sole reason that there is so much more here then in many other places. We are blessed. So naturally when we look for a new companion animal to share our lives, we look for the ones we think will give us “more” time. More time to love, more time to play, more time to share quiet moments, more time to spend happy moments. But then we forget to notice so many of those gifts in our busy homes.

Senior greyhounds don’t always give us more. You take the chance of having a couple months, if you’re lucky, a couple years. However when you adopt a senior greyhound something changes inside your brain. A switch is turned on and suddenly you notice all those things you take for granted in a young dog. You appreciate them more. Those moments of intense play strike a chord deep inside your soul. It’s as if a powerful joy hormone is released throughout your whole body. When they run, the real beauty shines through every time. You see every sprint, every jog, every wobble, and every stumble; and yes, you hold your breath the whole time, and when they are done, you sigh a happy sigh.

When they sleep, you watch them with the wonder you would view a newborn baby. You relish every new day with them. Seniors bring out the best in us. We so want them to be happy and content and comfortable that we strive to make their every moment the best that it can be. We don’t take for granted that they will be here tomorrow, for sadly tomorrow may not come. We understand that and because of that realization we live in the here and now. We don’t have their past to remember, that belonged to someone else. We know we don’t have an extended future with them of many years. What we do have is today.

And today my senior greyhound and I will play in the yard with her ball. I will hold tightly in my mind every toss, every tail wag, every bark and prance. My senior greyhound and I will sit side by side on the sofa, her head resting in my lap, my hand stroking her head, trying to convey just how much I love her, even though I’ve only had her for a year and two months. I will watch my senior greyhound as she rises and as she lies down, as she sniffs the cat, and eats her food. I will notice the light that shines in her eyes when she sees me walk to the treat jar, and I will laugh at the little digging thing she does with her bed. I will fret over her as she comes in out of the rain and make sure she isn’t cold as I dry her off and kiss her head. And I will not take her for granted one moment of the day.

I believe this is, sadly, a major difference between seniors and other greyhounds. They teach us exactly how precious life is every day. Because owners of seniors do know that more isn’t necessarily better. What is it they say about Quality vs Quantity? Owning a senior greyhound could easily explain that definition!

 

 

Join a Party and Help FFGR, Inc.!

Do you like parties?  Would you like to help our organization!  Then join our new fundraiser!  Lauren Berry, a Scentsy consultant, is hosting an on line party and  if you purchase any of the many great Scentsy products, Lauren will donate her commission to our organization!  (P.S. Lauren’s family has adopted four greyhounds from our organization!)

Scentsy began with a simple idea — a safe, wickless alternative to scented candles — and quickly grew into one of the most successful direct selling companies in the world. This wickless concept is simply decorative ceramic warmers designed to melt scented wax with the heat of a light bulb instead of a traditional wick and flame.

We are thrilled that Lauren has made such a generous offer and we hope that you will check out the party and see all the wonderful products offered.  Please tell all of your friends about our party.  Click here to join the party!!

 

Is Your Greyhound At Risk??

The following article is written by Dr. Phil Zeltzman and reprinted (with his permission) from his recently published  newsletter.  We hope that your greyhound will never be put at risk because of obesity; therefore, we are sending this message to all of our adopters and followers of our blog:

Is your pet at risk for the #1 health threat?

 There is a 53% chance your dog is affected. And a 58% risk your cat is implicated.

 It’s a medical concern of epidemic proportions.

 And it is slowly killing our pets – every day.

 What is it?

 U.S. pet obesity rates continued to increase in 2012.

 The number of overweight cats reached an all-time high.

 Such are some of the sobering conclusions of the National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey. This is the 6th annual survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) (full disclosure: I sit on the Board of this prestigious organization).

 The 2012 survey revealed that 53% of dogs and 58% of cats are overweight or obese as evaluated by their family veterinarian. That equals approximately 80 million U.S. dogs and cats at increased risk for weight-related disorders such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension and many cancers.

 “Pet obesity remains the Number 1 health threat to our nation’s pets,” states APOP’s founder, Dr. Ernie Ward. “We continue to see an increase in the number of overweight cats and an explosion in the number of type 2 diabetes cases.”

 New York-based veterinary endocrinologist and APOP board member Dr. Mark Peterson agrees. “The soaring rate of feline and canine obesity is taking a terrible toll on our animals’ health. There is a vast population of overweight cats and dogs facing an epidemic of diabetes. The best preventive measure a pet owner can make is to keep their dog or cat at a healthy weight. Diabetes is far easier to prevent than treat, especially when twice daily insulin injections are needed.”

The fat gap:

 The difficulty vets encounter is that many pet owners don’t recognize when their pet is overweight. In this survey, approximately 45% of cat and dog owners assessed their pet as having a normal body weight, when their vet assessed the pet to be overweight.

 Dr. Ward calls the phenomenon of incorrectly evaluating an overweight pet as normal “the fat gap.” “The disconnect between reality and what a pet owner thinks is obese makes having a conversation with their veterinarian more challenging. Many pet owners are shocked when their veterinarian informs them their pet needs to lose weight. They just don’t see it.”

 Certain breeds showed greater risk for excess weight. Vets classified 59% of Labs and 63% of golden retrievers as overweight or obese. Interestingly, German shepherds had the lowest reported pure breed obesity rate (2 %).

 One consequence of chubbiness is the development of weight-related orthopedic conditions, starting with joint problems.  Many readers probably know more about ACLs (Anterior Cruciate Ligaments) than they wanted to, because their pet needed ACL surgery.  This is just one example of overweight as one possible cause of ACL tears.

 Pets and kids:

 Dr. Ward also sees a clear connection between pet and childhood obesity rates. The causes of pet and childhood obesity are largely the same: too many high-calorie foods and snacks combined with too little physical activity. It would be very beneficial to teach kids, early in life, to put down their video games and pick up the dog leash to go for a walk.

 “This is a battle vets and pet owners must win. Obesity is the number 1 preventable medical condition seen in veterinary hospitals today. Our goal is to help pets and people live longer, healthier, and pain-free lives by maintaining a healthy weight, proper nutrition and physical activity. The most important decision a pet owner makes each day is what they choose to feed. Choose wisely. Your pet’s life depends on it.”

 For fans of numbers out there:

 . The 2012 survey analyzed data from 121 veterinary clinics in 36 States.

. 1,485 dogs and 450 cats were assessed

. Median age of surveyed cats and dogs: 6 years of age

. Based on 2012 survey results and 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) data, 80 million U.S. dogs and cats are overweight or obese.

. Based on 2012 survey results and 2012 AVMA data:

– An estimated 43 million cats or 58% are overweight or obese. Over 29 million cats are overweight, and almost 14 million cats are obese.

– An estimated 37 million dogs or 53% are overweight or obese.  Almost 26 million dogs are overweight, and 11 million dogs are obese.

 The worst part:

 . Almost 46% of dog owners incorrectly identified their overweight or obese dogs as having a “normal weight.”

. Over 45% of cat owners incorrectly identified their overweight or obese cats as having a “normal weight.”

 The best advice a vet can give you, the Holy Grail of pet happiness is this: “Feed your pet less, exercise them more and see your vet at least once a year.”

 There is no greater secret.

 Be safe

 Dr. Phil Zeltzman

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