Holiday Events Make Christmas Merry and Bright

Click on the images below to see pictures of holiday events MSGAO attended (Walkin’ and Woofin’ at Orion Starry Nights at Shelby Farms) and conducted (a supply drive/ornament-making event at Seize the Clay on Poplar). Good times with greyt friends!

The Supply Drive raised $1,010 for the dogs awaiting forever homes! In addition, the event brought in: three large boxes of Milk Bones, a 12-pack of toilet paper, 14 rolls of paper towels, three boxes of tissues, two bottles of dish soap, one bag of dog food, two dog blankets, three leashes, three stuffies, one yogurt maker, one large blanket, garbage bags, dental sticks, three toys, eight bath towels, seven bottles of bleach, one bottle of fish oil capsules, one large pack of sponges and one large bottle of Simple Green. Way to support MSGAO!

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Happy Holidays from MSGAO!

Xmas greyWe kennel hounds depend on you
To make our Christmas merry.
Any donation large or small
Makes you our Christmas fairy.
It’s hard for us to sit and beg
It’s an anatomy thing, you see.
But you know we will be joyful
With your gift under our tree.

Please consider a donation to Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option this holiday season. Please make checks payable to Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option. MSGAO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations made to MSGAO are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanaukkah! Joyeux Noël! Buon Natale! Feliz Navidad!
And a Happy Howl-idays to all our fast friends and their loving families!

Holiday Fund-Raiser to Benefit MSGAO

Join Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option for a fun holiday fund-raiser!

ALL BREEDS WELCOME — Door prizes will be awarded!

Bring an item on the MSGAO wish list for admittance to the event. Donate a bag of Costco Kirkland CHICKEN, RICE, & VEGETABLE dog food and receive a $25 gift certificate for Seize the Clay to be used after Jan. 1, 2014.

The MSGAO table will have greyhound ornaments to paint for $10. Different styles will be available. Finger foods, desserts, beverages will be served.

For $15, you can purchase a painted greyhound ornament, hand-crafted by our very own Adam Loeffel, owner of Seize the Clay. They are ready to hang on the tree or to give as a gift.

We will have handmade unique greyhound coffee mugs made by Seize the Clay’s “Mad Potter” Kerry Meyers. These coffee cups are pre-glazed and ready to use. They’re a bargain at $25.

If you missed them at the reunion, 2014 calendars, a few T-shirts and assorted items will be available.

All proceeds will directly benefit MSGAO.

Adam also will have ornaments or plates upon which you can capture your pet’s paw prints for posterity. The plates range from $8 to $15. Seize the Clay has a large selection of items to paint and prices start at $8. So if it is a plate, frame, or mug, there’s something for everyone.

MSGAO Tree Reveals Santa’s Secret!

Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option once again is represented at the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31 at the Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

MSGAO’s tree answers the question: How does Santa really makes it around the world in one night?

After consulting with transportation logistics specialists in Memphis, which is America’s Distribution Center, after all, Santa was advised to upgrade from reindeer power to greyhound power to ensure he completed his Christmas rounds absolutely, positively overnight.

Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 3 to 12.

Click on the picture for a larger image so you can appreciate all the talents and effort that went into this lovely tree. Charles Sexton made and donated the wooden greyhound cutouts. Carrie Sealey painted the large ornaments to look like globes. Tree decorators were Adam Loeffel, lead designer, Vicki Cohen, Alex Diaz, Rachel Chassan and Deena Loeffel.

Greyhounds Have a Busy Fall

The greyhounds and volunteers of MSGAO have had a busy fall, with everything from a scarecrow festival to 5K races/walks, to events promoting adoption and spaying/neutering, to the capper of them all — the annual greyhound reunion at Southland Park Gaming and Racing! Click on the image for a larger view.

Reunion Time Is Drawing Near

Time is drawing near for the 19th Annual Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option Reunion & Auction Gala. This year’s theme is “THE ROOING TWENTIES: THE GREYTEST ERA.”

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time: 5 p.m. (Dinner served at 7:30 p.m.)
Place: Southland Park Gaming and Racing, West Memphis, Arkansas
Dress: Business Casual (or 1920s Period Costume)
Tickets: $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door
RSVP: By using the form below (invitations also are being mailed) or call (870) 735-7317.

The Live and Silent Auctions are two of our biggest fund raisers for the year, so 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. 5. Cash donations to help with Reunion expenses are always appreciated!

Along with other vendors who will have booths set up, MSGAO will also have its “store” at the Reunion. You will be able to purchase Reunion T-shirts, greyhound-related items, homemade dog treats and mixes, among other things. A service elevator is available for moving dogs and people to the upper floor where the party happens.

For those traveling long distance to attend the reunion, these hotels will accommodate your greyhound:

  • Motel 6 (next to Econolodge), 2501 S. Service Road, West Memphis, (870) 735-0100, no pet fee.
  • Days Inn (next to Margarita’s) easy walking to the event, 1100 Ingram Blvd., West Memphis, (870) 735-8600. When calling for reservations please mention the Greyhound Reunion on Oct. 12 for special pricing.
  • Extend A Suites (down Service Road between Shoneys and Applebees): 210 West Service Road, West Memphis, (870) 735-3232, $25 pet fee.
  • Click on the link below to access the reunion form.

    MSGAO Reunion Registration Form-2013

    MSGAO Represents at Lichterman Nature Center

    Mid-South Greyhound Adoption is getting double-duty out of its entry in the pantheon of scarecrows now decorating the expansive grounds of Lichterman Nature Center. Ms. Scoopy daPoopy is not only promoting greyhound adoption at this celebration of fall, but also responsible pet ownership.

    Ms. daPoopy is among scores of scarecrows — life-sized, ecological, green, scary, silly, funny and educational — on display from Sept. 12 through Nov. 22 at the nature center on Quince Road in Memphis. Each scarecrow delivers messages ranging from recycling to planting for wildlife.

    Ms. daPoopy’s message aims get more pet owners picking up. Memphis officials have said an increasing amount of pet waste is posing a threat to the Mid-South’s water systems and are asking people to clean up after their animals. “Scoop the Poop” signs for your yard can be obtained from the City of Memphis Storm Water Program at (901) 576-6721. A city ordinance prohibits leaving behind your pet’s waste on public property. You’ll note Ms. daPoopy is picking up after her charming greyhound in the display!

    MSGAO board member Adam Loeffel designed Ms. daPoopy. Paul Cohen was photographer for her installation at Lichterman.

    Summer Adoptions!

    Congratulations to all the adopters who opened their homes and hearts to MSGAO’s fabulous greyhounds! Click on the image to make it larger.

    Davy and Monster Make Stage Debut

    The four-legged stars of The Royal Family” production of Theatre Memphis are ready for their debut! MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen and Monster and Davy‘s owner Sue Arlotta crafted special collars fit for kings so the greyhounds would look fittingly regal. Opening night was a great success. “The audience really did ooh and aah when they came on stage tonight wearing these. And they were such a big hit at the after party!” Sue reports.

    Greyhound adopter Gail Black, who attended the opening night performance Aug. 16, said, “The cast and staff at the theatre are solid fans of greyhounds now! A special night for MSGAO, and greyhounds!”

    Monster, Davy and MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen

    A special MSGAO night at the theater is set for Aug. 31. When you call (901) 682-8323 to reserve your tickets, mention MSGAO and you’ll get a $10 discount on the usual $25 price

    Local Greyhounds Appearing in Theatre Memphis Production

    We’re betting some retired racing greyhounds steal the show when The Royal Family is staged by Theatre Memphis Aug. 16 to Sept. 1.


    The play, written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, parodies the renowned Barrymore family of actors.  It includes a scene that requires two greyhounds, roles being admirably filled by none other than Monster (aka Monster Chaos) and Davy (KGB Davys Locker).  Adopter and  MSGAO volunteer Sue Arlotta graciously allowed her pups to demonstrate their acting chops, with Vicki Cohen, MSGAO director, giving her time to dog-wrangling/stage mother duties.


    Monster and Davy will be stealing the show in the Theatre Memphis production of The Royal Family.

    The dogs attended numerous rehearsals in preparation for their debut on stage.   “We have finished our first week of rehearsals and Davy and Monster are pros!” Vicki reports.  ”On our first night we did the first walk-through in slow motion. Very good. The director called for the second try a little faster. Very good. On the third try the director said to go at full speed with the scream. ‘Scream?’  (I hadn’t seen a script).”

    “Davy pulls me into the building. They are loving this!”  Vicki says.

    And according to Vicki, the play’s director also told the cast: “And you do realize that it doesn’t matter what you’re saying, no one is listening to you.”

    It’s obvious Monster and Davy are going to steal the show and provide excellent advertisement for greyhound adoption.  The Playbill will include information on MSGAO and a lobby poster will promote the adoption program.

    “Everyone is thrilled to have the greyhounds on the stage,” Vicki notes.  Maybe some of the actors will be inspired to get greyhounds of their very own!

    For details on the play and ticket information, go to Greyhound adopters who attend the performance can get $5 off the adult price of $25 if they call the box office with the code CARDMSRF. The box office number is (901) 682-8323.

    Let’s get all the Greyhound lovers here to support Davy and Monster and spread the word about adoption!