Water-Bowl Challenge Issued

MSGAO is taking a new twist on the ice-bucket challenge making its way around social media. We want to raise awareness of greyhound adoption, raise some money and have some fun. We are challenging adopters to either dump water on themselves or their dogs or pay $10 to MSGAO. We like it best, of course, when people take the challenge and still donate money or kennel supplies.

Go to the Friends of MSGAO Facebook page to see the videos posted so far. We hope to see many more!

Speaking of the reunion…

You may have seen the alert below on greyhound-friendly accommodations for those planning to attend MSGAO’s annual reunion of greyhound adopters and their adoptees. That posting means the time for the big celebration is drawing near!

Greyhounds enjoy the 2013 reunion!

Greyhounds enjoy the 2013 reunion!


The celebration is set for Oct. 11, 2014, at Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, Arkansas. Here are the things you need to know:
Time: 5:30 p.m. (Dinner served at 7:30 p.m.)
Dress: Business casual (or theme-related costume). We’ll share more with you on that soon. It’s a cool one!
Tickets: $25 per adult in advance ($30 at the door), $10 for children
RSVP: By using the form below or calling (870) 735-7317
Activities: Cocktail hour, parade of adopted dogs on the race track, contests and shopping galore with auctions and vendors!
Entry/Parking: Due to ongoing construction, parking will be different than in previous years. Maps will be posted when they become available.

Anyone who has attended a previous reunion will tell you how much fun the Live and Silent Auctions are. The auctions are two of MSGAO’s biggest fund raisers for the year. Donations of auction items, greyhound-related and otherwise, are now being accepted. If you have something to donate, or if you know of a business that would be willing to donate a product or service, please let Director Vicki Cohen know as soon as possible. Auction donations should be received by Oct. 1. Cash donations to help with Reunion expenses are always appreciated!

We’ll be telling you more in the coming weeks about the big event, such as revealing the theme. In the meantime, you can reserve your spot early using the form below.
MSGAO Reunion Registration Form-2014

Make your reunion reservations early

If you are making plans to travel to the reunion Oct. 11 and need to arrange accommodations, here is a greyhound-friendly hotel to consider.
Days Inn West Memphis
1100 Ingram Blvd
West Memphis, AR 72301
Telephone: (870) 735-8600
email: daysinn09011@gmail.com

`Mini’ Dog Wash a Success

A huge thanks to everyone who brought their dogs to the MSGAO kennel for the impromptu “mini” dog wash Aug. 23. With your help the adoption kennel received some much-needed supplies and raised $673!
min wash

A Refreshing Event for Your Greyhound!

The Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option kennel in West Memphis, Arkansas, will be offering a summer refresher for adopted dogs. On Saturday (Aug. 23) a “mini dog wash” and supply drive will be conducted from 11-4.

Baths, nail trims, and shaving all will be available. The event is being billed as a “mini” dog wash because it won’t offer food, an auction, or raffle items of the big May event.

Items needed at the kennel include:
–Paper towels
–Dawn dish soap
–Bleach
–Bath towels
–New or unused toys
–Blankets
–Leashes
–Scrap carpeting
–Large or small Milk Bones

Come out and treat your hound to a refreshing spa day before the summer’s end!

Spa day set for Aug. 23!

Spa day set for Aug. 23!

PayPal Functioning Again!

The PayPal button that has been deactivated for a while has been resurrected now that technical issues have been corrected. You can now donate money to MSGAO or pay the adoption application deposit using this handy online tool.

MSGAO on Facebook!

While Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option has had an active Friends community on Facebook, a page of its own only recently became a reality at MSGAO on Facebook.

Give us a like on Facebook!

Give us a like on Facebook!

This new page is intended to broaden our reach, especially to the younger generation via social media and other outlets. MSGAO will be updating the page with news, pictures, and important information from the kennel! Check back frequently!

MSGAO Greyhounds in the News

Three handsome greyhounds — Midas, Cal and Batman — were featured on the cover of the July 18 issue of Memphis Business Journal. Greyhound adopter Troy Keeping was pictured with the dogs from the Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option kennel.

Troy

Troy, who feeds his adopted greyhounds Tink and Conrad with his earnings as general manager of Southland Park Gaming and Racing, is overseeing an era of growth and expansion at the West Memphis, Ark., home of greyhound racing.

Southland Park Gaming and Racing provides the adoption kennel facilities and other support to MSGAO. The 58-year-old operation proudly proclaims it is the home of the world’s fastest greyhounds.

Southland currently is in the midst of a $37 million expansion. When the new Sammy Hagar-themed sports bar and gaming space are completed in December, parent Delaware North Cos. will have invested $147 million in the historic gambling venue.

Greyt Art Galore

The talent pool is deep among the painters who turned out to capture their greys on canvas at the Paint a Grey event at Pinot’s Palette in Memphis on June 22. Click on the image below to get a larger view of the greyt creations!

Artists at work at Pinot's Palette, where we raised some funds and had some fun!

Artists at work at Pinot’s Palette, where we raised some funds and had some fun!

‘Paint a Grey’ Fund-Raiser for MSGAO

Is there a budding artist inside you? You can find out on June 22 when Pinot’s Palette is hosting a “Paint a Grey” fund-raiser. Let your creative spirit have some fun from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 5040 Sanderlin Ave., Suite 111, Memphis, TN 38117. Cost is $45 per painter.
Pinot
This event is for beginners, experienced painters and anyone in-between. You will begin with a canvas prepared with a greyhound drawing (see accompanying picture), and end with a painting to take home for your wall. Staff will be on hand to help anyone who needs assistance or instruction.

Bring a photo of your greyhound if you want to use paint colors of your own hound, or do something entirely different! Be “artsy,” and use bright, surrealistic colors! (Think Picasso or Andy Warhohl.) Or be creative, and make your painting more like a comic greyhound portrait. It’s YOUR painting! It will be unique to your imagination and style!

This is a fun — and different — fund-raiser for anyone who loves greyhounds! Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Bring your own potable beverages (or not). Glasses, cork screws, bottle openers and wine buckets will be supplied.

Space is limited; preregistration and prepayment are required. To sign up, click: www.pinotspalette.com/Sanderlin/Class/23634 or call (901) 761-0012.