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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.

MSGAO Talks Racing at Hutchinson School

HutchinsonSue Arlotta, MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen and Paula Pilgrim, accompanied by Monster, Sylvie and Fuhler, visited Hutchison School in Memphis May 27 to talk to girls (and a few boys) about racing animals.

Vicki discussed farm life, tattoos, race training, muzzles and Bertillon cards — those diagrams showing a greyhound’s markings, down to toenail color.

Paula talked about pet therapy (Sylvie formerly visited Youth Villages as a therapy hound).

Sue took the topic of greys living with cats.

Following a question-and-answer session, the kids and staff had a chance to pet Monster (Sue’s dog) as well as Paula’s Sylvie and Fuhler.

The visit went very well and was enjoyed by all!

Paypal Button Offline for Now

The Paypal button is offline pending resolution of technical issues. We hope to have it restored soon. For those who intended to use Paypal to cover the deposit for the adoption application, please send a $50 check to:
Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option
P.O. Box 2088
1550 N. Ingram Blvd.
West Memphis, Arkansas 72301

When the deposit is received, the reference check for adoption process will begin.

We will alert you when the account is again available.

Scenes from a Dog Wash

Despite early threatening weather, the 2014 Dog Wash was a success nonetheless! See some scenes from an important MSGAO fund-raising event. Click on the image for a larger view. Thanks to all the kennel workers, vendors and volunteers who contributed to the event’s success!
2014 MSGAO Dog Wash

Dogs will be washed, rain or shine!

It’s that time of year again! Time to get those stinky toes washed and trimmed, teeth brushed, and winter coats shaved. An entire day of greyhound spa pampering! 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, rain or shine. This is the day for cleaning that hound and enjoying a little fun yourself.
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What: MSGAO Annual Dog Wash
Date: Sunday, May 18
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Place: Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option kennel

In addition to baths and other grooming, MSGAO is hosting a raffle of goody baskets and serving 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

Directions coming from Memphis:
Southland Drive is still closed for those used to coming the back way to Southland Park Gaming and Racing. Take the Ingram Blvd exit to Southland Blvd. Please be aware the first left turn to come onto the backside of the property (where the truckers park) is down to one lane due to construction.

An alternate route is to come through the front parking lot of Southland Park (turn left once you are through the main entrance), and drive due west to the end of the parking lot. Then turn right and drive due north through the parking lot until you reach the end of the paved parking area. Turn right and drive until you reach the road that comes from the back of Southland to the kennel area. Turn left onto this road (take care not to turn left too early, and turn into the parking area for construction workers). Please observe the 15 mile per hour speed limit through the paved parking lot.

To return to Memphis:
You will take the Ingram overpass and then exit right turn onto the service road. You will then take the service road all the way to the MLK Drive exit, and then proceed onto either the I-55 exit or drive down past the truck stops and take the I-40 exit.

Directions from Little Rock:
Ingram Blvd exit is closed. You will need to take the 7th street exit onto the service road and make a right hand turn onto the exit for Ingram Blvd. overpass. Take the Ingram Blvd exit to Southland Blvd.

An alternate route is to come through the front parking lot of Southland Park (turn left once you are through the main entrance), and drive due west to the end of the parking lot. Then turn right and drive due north through the parking lot until you reach the end of the paved parking area. Turn right and drive until you reach the road that comes from the back of Southland to the kennel area. Turn left onto this road (take care not to turn left too early, and turn into the parking area for construction workers). Please observe the 15 mile-per-hour speed limit through the paved parking lot.

To return to Little Rock:
You will take the first exit (left) to merge onto I-40 West.’

Note: Greyhounds only please.

Bark in the Park Celebrates All Breeds

Of course MSGAO thinks greyhounds rule, but to celebrate National Greyhound Adoption Month, we broaden our view to celebrate all dogs at Bark in the Park. Held April 12 at Overton Park in Memphis, The Stunning Cunning Band put on a fabulous show as the dogs and their owners enjoyed a gorgeous spring day. Check out the images below. Click on the image for a larger view.
Bark 2014

Kennel Closed April 12 for Big Event

The Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option kennel will be closed Saturday, April 12, for the staff to put on the annual Bark in the Park event at the Levitt Shell, Overton Park, in Memphis! This year the event will move a bit later in the day, being held from 2 to 5 p.m.

Headlining the event is The Stunning Cunning Band, which is dedicated to bringing Rockabilly to a new generation. They play a mix of Rockabilly, Early Rock, R&B, Traditional Country and Blues that has a groove that’ll make you move.

We had hoped to have food trucks at the event, but were unable to obtain them. Instead, sweet and salty chips will be served in the MSGAO Ten. And the bake sale will have a variety of sweet treats.

Scroll down a bit for more information!

Find the love of your life…

… by adopting a retired racing greyhound. April is National Greyhound Adoption Month. Celebrate it by welcoming one (or more!) of these wonderful pets into your home and into your heart. Spend some time on our website checking out available dogs or visit our Friends of MSGAO Page on Facebook to learn more about adopting these wonderful pets in waiting. This year marks the fifth annual observance of National Greyhound Adoption Month. Make it a memorable one by adopting a fast friend.