Ten Adoption Thoughts

Emme GazingMy life is likely to last 10 to 15 years.  Any separation from you will be quite painful.

 Give me time to understand what you want from me.

 Allow me to place my trust in you – it is crucial for my well-being.

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

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

 Don’t hit me.  Remember that I have teeth but I choose not to bite you.

 Be aware that however you treat me I will not forget it.

 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’ve been in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.

 Take care of me when I get old.  You, too, will grow old.

 Stay with me on difficult journeys.  Never say, “I can’t bear to watch it,” or “Let it happen in my absence.”  Everything is easier for me if you are there.



Rainbow Bridge – Emma Warner

Emma WarnerEmma Warner

 April 15, 1989-October 11, 2015

 It is with great sadness that we have lost a wonderful, sweet, kind, loving and generous young lady, Emma Warner, in our Greyhound Community. There is nothing more special when a young woman donates her time and resources to caring for, advocating for and educating others on how wonderful and special Greyhounds are to enhancing our lives.

Unknown to Emma and her family, Emma was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Vascular which is rare, and an incurable disease. Prior to Emma’s diagnoses, Emma had her ups and downs, but this disease, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Vascular, is what lead to her stroke in January 2011 and her eventual death on October 11, 2015. She was a trooper and tolerated constant pain. The damage from the stroke was something she could not beat.

Emma and her parents (Gary & Pat Warner) have spent many years volunteering to help the Greyhounds from fundraising events, educating people on Greyhounds, transporting fosters, assisting with hauls, and even fostering Greyhounds. They had to stop fostering because of all their foster failures became a growing Greyhound family, one of which included Emma’sown adopted Greyhound, Odie, who stuck to his Mom like glue. Emma’s family will continue in their efforts to do everything they can for Greyhounds including being Santa helpers for the Santo Photo events.

Even though Emma is no longer with us, she continues to assist Greyhounds with another special gift of love. She has asked that donations be made “In Honor of Emma Warner” to

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – Vascular (Tribute Gift)

In honor of Emma Warner



Fast Friends Greyhounds Rescue


Add Emma Warner under special instructions
Or Mail Check with note “In Honor of Emma Warner”
Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue
PO Box 58
Walkersville, MD 21793


Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow BridgeWe are sorry to add to the list of greyhounds that have passed on to the Rainbow Bridge.  We are sad for their loss but so grateful that they had such wonderful homes where they were loved very much……


PJ Terri




PJ Terri, adopted and loved by the Magers family



SE's Fuzzy Man




SE’s Fuzzy Man (Murphy), adopted and loved by the Stitely family




Boc's Fire Ball Best




Boc’s Fireball (Rita) adopted and loved by the Anderson Family







Raider Jim (Raider), adopted and loved by the O’Connell family







Pals Blue Goose (Goose), adopted and loved by the Williams family

Do You Have A Disaster Plan?

Do you have a disaster plan in place in case of an emergency?  The following is borrowed from the Humane Society of the United States.  We hope that you will consider putting together a plan in the event of a disaster.  Although we think it won’t happen to us, it will eventually and we should be prepared:

Start getting ready now

ID your pet

Make sure that cats and dogs are wearing collars and identification tags that are up to date. You’ll increase your chances of being reunited with pets who get lost by having them microchipped; make sure the microchip registration is in your name. But remember: The average citizen who finds your pet won’t be able to scan for a chip, but they will probably be able to read a basic tag!

Put your cell phone number on your pet’s tag. It may also be a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area—in case you have had to evacuate.

Put together your disaster kit

Assemble an emergency kit for yourself and your pet.

Find a safe place to stay ahead of time

Never assume that you will be allowed to bring your pet to an emergency shelter. Before a disaster hits, call your local office of emergency management to see if you will be allowed to evacuate with your pets and verify that there will be shelters in your area that take people and their pets.

Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to find out if they accept pets. Ask about any restrictions on number, size and species. Inquire if a “no pet” policy would be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of animal-friendly places handy, and call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to leave your home.

Make arrangements with friends or relatives. Ask people outside your immediate area if they would be able to shelter you and your pets—or just your pets—if necessary. If you have more than one pet, you may need to arrange to house them at separate locations.

Consider a kennel or veterinarian’s office. Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in disaster emergencies (make sure to include their 24-hour telephone numbers).

Check with your local animal shelter. Some shelters may be able to provide foster care or shelter for pets in an emergency. But keep in mind that shelters have limited resources and are likely to be stretched during a local emergency.

Plan for your pet in case you’re not home

In case you’re away during a disaster or evacuation order, make arrangements well in advance for someone you trust to take your pets and meet you at a specified location. Be sure the person is comfortable with your pets and your pets are familiar with them. Give your emergency caretaker a key to your home and show them where your pets are likely to be (especially if they hide when they’re nervous) and where your disaster supplies are kept.

If you have a pet-sitter, they may be able to help. Discuss the possibility well in advance.

If you evacuate, take your pet

Rule number one: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. You have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able—or allowed—to go back for your pets. Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed.
Pledge to take your pet with you when disaster strikes.

Rule number two: Evacuate early. Don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order. Some people who have waited to be evacuated by emergency officials have been told to leave their pets behind. The smell of smoke or the sound of high winds or thunder may make your pet more fearful and difficult to load into a crate or carrier. Evacuating before conditions become severe will keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.

If you stay home, do it safely

If your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together.

  • Close off or eliminate unsafe nooks and crannies where frightened cats may try to hide.
  • Move dangerous items such as tools or toxic products that have been stored in the area.
  • Bring your pets indoors as soon as local authorities say trouble is on the way. Keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers, and make sure they are wearing identification.
  • If you have a room you can designate as a “safe room,” put your emergency supplies in that room in advance, including your pet’s crate and supplies. Have any medications and a supply of pet food and water inside watertight containers, along with your other emergency supplies. If there is an open fireplace, vent, pet door or similar opening in the house, close it off with plastic sheeting and strong tape.
  • Listen to the radio periodically, and don’t come out until you know it’s safe.

After the disaster

Your home may be a very different place after the emergency is over, and it may be hard for your pets to adjust.

  • Don’t allow your pets to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, and your pet will probably be disoriented. Pets can easily get lost in such situations.
  • While you assess the damage, keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house. If your house is damaged, your pets could escape.
  • Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routines as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems caused by the stress of the situation. If these problems persist, or if your pet seems to be having any health problems, talk to your veterinarian.
  • If your community has been flooded, check your home and yard for wild animals who may have sought refuge there.Wildlife can pose a threat to you and your pet.

Be ready for everyday emergencies

You can’t get home to your pet

There may be times that you can’t get home to take care of your pets. Icy roads may trap you at the office overnight, an accident may send you to the hospital—things happen. But you can make sure your pets get the care they need by making arrangements now:

  • Find a trusted neighbor, friend or family member and give him or her a key. Make sure this backup caretaker is comfortable and familiar with your pets (and vice versa).
  • Make sure your backup caretaker knows your pets’ feeding and medication schedule, whereabouts and habits.
  • If you use a pet-sitting service, find out in advance if they will be able to help in case of an emergency.

The electricity goes out

If you’re forced to leave your home because you’ve lost electricity, take your pets with you to a pet-friendly hotel. If it’s summer, even just an hour or two in the sweltering heat can be dangerous. If you stay at home during a summer power outage, ask your local emergency management office if there are pet-friendly cooling centers in the area.

If it’s winter, don’t be fooled by your pets’ fur coats; it isn’t safe to leave them in an unheated house.

Plans aren’t just for pets

Disaster plans aren’t only essential for the safety of pets. If you’re responsible for other kinds of animals during natural disasters, disaster plans for feral or outdoor cats, horses and animals on farms can be lifesavers.