Articles from May 2012



RiverKings Support MSGAO

Proceeds from the Mississippi RiverKings’ recent jersey auction were donated to Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option in support of the non-profit organization’s efforts to place retired racers in forever homes. Pictured are RiverKings Vice President of Sales Nathan P. Gosline, Clark Beverage Group Southaven General Manager Jeff Brasher, Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option Director Vicki Cohen, and RiverKings mascot Sheldon the turtle. Funds are a result of the live auction in March of the team’s game-worn, warm-up jerseys featuring Clark Beverage brand Coors Light.

MSGAO thanks the Riverkings and the Maddox Foundation, the Hernando, Miss-based independent private foundation that owns the minor-league hockey team, for their generous support of adoption efforts!

Change of Reunion Plans

The annual reunion — the biggest and best celebration of greyhound adoption — is being rescheduled. The event will be returning to its originally scheduled date, October 13. It had been moved forward a week, but is now back to the original date. So if you’ve marked your calendar already, we hoped you used pencil! All kidding aside, we apologize if these changes have caused any inconvenience and we hope you and your adopted hounds will be able to join us for the celebration of all things greyhound!

Continuing Tales from the Greyt Life

Adopting a grey allows you to participate in group walks to promote adoption!

Not sure whether adopting a greyhound is a good thing to do? To help you through this dilemma, we offer more testimony from people who have taken the plunge. These observations about life with a greyhound were provided by actual owners who posted on our Friends of Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option Facebook page. We’ll continue to share these testimonials in the future!

If I don’t close the door to my son’s room Aurora will go in and take all the stuffed animals and put them in her bed instead. One afternoon I walked in my bedroom and there was a mountain of every stuffed animal he owns.
― Sarah Blumkin

KeeKee has taught Abby (standard poodle) how to race, which is interesting since KeeKee didn’t race. In turn Abby has taught KeeKee how to jump and chase her in the back yard ― typical bouncing poodle style. Lenny thinks they have both lost their minds.
― Pat Holleman Goode

One of my favorite memories of Echo happened just a week or so after I brought her home. She hadn’t shown any interest at all in small fluffy things, and was too much of a princess to put her feet in any water. I took her on a walk by the lake with Dazzle one day, holding her leash in one hand and Dazzle’s in the other. Some ducks were in the water but Echo didn’t seem interested. I turned around to check on Dazzle for a fraction of a second, and when I turned back, Echo was 3 feet in the air, suspended over the water, and about to reach the end of her leash. She got yanked back, I got yanked forward, and we both fell in the lake with a splash!
― Rachel Hogue

Please feel free to share your tales from the greyt life (or what you’re missing if you don’t have a greyhound) via our Facebook page (Friends of Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option).

2012 Dog Wash

2012 Dog Wash

It’s that time of year again–time to get those stinky feet washed and nails trimmed, coats bathed and shaved, and teeth and ears cleaned!  The MSGAO Annual Dog Wash is one of our big fundraisers for the year, and we need your dirty greyhound(s) to show up for a spa day.  This is the day for cleaning that hound and enjoying a little fun yourself.

What:   MSGAO Annual Dog Wash
Date:   Sun., May 20th
Time:   11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Place:  Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option

In addition to baths and other grooming, MSGAO is hosting a raffle of goody baskets and lunch.  So come out and enjoy the day while your pooch gets some pampering!

Prices:

  • The Greyhound Quickie (bath, nail trim, teeth cleaning) – $25
  • The Greyhound Works (bath, nail trim, teeth & ear cleaning, shave) – $40
  • Bath – $15
  • Shave (bath included) – $30
  • Nail Trim – $7
  • Teeth Cleaning – $7
  • Bar-B-Que Lunch - $6

 

Note:  Greyhounds only please.

Diamond Brand Dog Food Recall Affects Costco’s Kirkland Brand

Many of you may be concerned about the recall of Diamond brand dog foods. This recall has been expanded and also includes Costco’s Kirkland brand, which as many of you know is used at the MSGAO kennel. The kennel’s supplies have been cleared as safe. We are providing the recall information so those of you who use the Costco food also can determine whether your pet’s food is affected. You also can find this information on the Friends of MSGAO Facebook page.

Recall Notice

May 4, 2012: Diamond Expands Voluntary Recall

UPDATED: CORRECT PRODUCTION CODE INFORMATION

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

Batches of the brands manufactured between December 9, 2011, and April 7, 2012 are affected

Consumer Contact: 866-918-8756

Diamond Pet Foods today announced that it is expanding a voluntary recall to include batches of nine brands of dry pet food formulas manufactured between December 9, 2011, and April 7, 2012 due to potential Salmonella contamination.

In April 2012, Diamond Pet Foods initiated three voluntary recalls of Diamond manufactured dry dog food. Although none of the additional products being recalled have tested positive for Salmonella, the company is pulling them from store shelves as a precaution. Diamond Pet Foods is coordinating efforts with federal and state health and regulatory agencies and decided to independently expand the recall to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.

The company stated: “We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets.”

Brands included in the recall include:

    Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
    Country Value
    Diamond
    Diamond Naturals
    Premium Edge
    Professional
    4Health
    Taste of the Wild

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production code on their bag. If the code has a “2” or “3” in the ninth position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are December 9, 2012, through April 7, 2013.

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada. Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.

    Alabama
    Florida
    Georgia
    Indiana
    Kentucky
    Massachusetts
    Maryland
    Michigan
    Mississippi
    New York
    North Carolina
    Ohio
    Pennsylvania
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Virginia
    Canada

The Kirkland Signature products included in the recall include:

    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables (Best Before December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs (December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013)

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production code on their bag. If the code has both a “3” in the ni9th position AND an “X” in the 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013.

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

    Alabama
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Florida
    Georgia
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New York
    North Carolina
    Pennsylvania
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Canada
    Puerto Rico

Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may cause consumers and their pets. Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST. Consumers may also go to a special website, www.diamondpetrecall.com, for more information. The company is working with distributors and retailers to ensure all affected product is removed from shelves.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have received a limited number of reports of salmonellosis, the illness caused by Salmonella. Diamond is working with the CDC, but due to patient confidentiality, is not commenting further.

Who Needs a Shave?

Save the date for the MSGAO Annual Dog Wash: Saturday, May 20 at the MSGAO kennel. Here is one greyhound who will challenge the clip artists’ skills (photo courtesy of Jeff Dewald)!

Bark in the Park in Pictures!

Ray Wong of GPA Nashville shared his photos of the recent Bark in the Park event. As the pictures show, a good time was had by all — especially the dogs! In the meantime, the event created some fine awareness about greyhound adoption in general and MSGAO in particular. Click on the image below for a larger view.