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.
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:
Click on the link below to access the reunion form.
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.
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!”
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!
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.
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 http://www.theatrememphis.org/). 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!
Vicki Cohen, director of Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option, and Rachel Hogue, a trainer for North Shore Kennel at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, spread the word about greyhound adoption on Aug. 1 at Hutchison School in Memphis. Rachel is a graduate of Hutchison, the Class of 2005.
Accompanying them were Dewty, Rachel’s recently adopted ex-racer, and Sylvie, adopted by Paula Pilgrim. This was Dewty’s first volunteer experience since he is fresh off the track. Sylvie is a veteran meet-and-greeter along with participating in numerous other greyhound adoption events. Sylvie also has served as a therapy dog visiting Youth Villages in Memphis.
Vicki and Rachel spoke with a crowd of about 50 girls ages 6 to 10. The girls learned about the evolution of a greyhound’s experience, from life on the farm as a puppy, to schooling, to racing and then to adoption. They also shared general facts about the breed.
Let’s hope some of the girls are inspired to someday adopt a fine greyhound of their own! We thank Hutchison School for inviting MSGAO for this interesting field trip! (Click on the picture for a larger view.)
Greyhound Pets of America Nashville (GPAN) cordially invites all greyhound adopters to attend the organization’s annual Greyhound Picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Centennial Park’s large events shelter.
The free picnic is open to all greyhound adopters and people interested in greyhound adoption who share GPAN’s commitment to finding loving, appropriate, permanent homes for these dogs.
The afternoon will feature a silent auction, sack raffles, food, games, crowning of king and queen and amazing items for sale at GPAN’s booth.
This is a fun family event that brings quite literally hundreds of greyhounds and their families together each year! Please come and help us raise money so we can help more hounds.
The pictured flyer also includes the date and basics on GPAN’s Winter Gathering in February so you can mark your calendar. (Click on the image for a larger version.)
Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option supplies dogs for GPAN’s program.
For details, check the website at www.gpanashville.
July 5, 2013
Clark Beverage sponsored the Coors Light RiverKings warm-up jerseys and chose the Greyhound Adoption Option organization as its charity of choice to receive the $2,782 from the jersey auction.
The MSGAO is a non-profit organization focused on ensuring Greyhounds in the area have good homes. Much more information can be found at www.midsouthgreyhound.com or by calling 870.735.7317.
The RiverKings return to the ice and their nonprofit fundraising activities starting in October through March of next year.
By: Colby Dorris | email@example.com
Mid-South Greyhound Adoption now has surpassed 700 dogs placed in forever homes! We asked adopters who are members of our Facebook page to share what led them to opening their homes and hearts to these magnificent, silly, loving, awesome, gentle dogs. Here’s what they shared.
Steve Nave: I wanted a big dog and did a lot of research and thought greyhounds looked like a viable option. Big but easy to handle and very gentle. I went up and met Robert and Becky Frost and their greys. I was sold!
Jessie Huffine Blevens: We knew we didn’t want a puppy. There was a show on Animal Planet about adopting retired racers. We researched the breed, found MSGAO and went to check it out. We were picked by two of the most wonderful companions anyone could ask for, and the rest is zoomie, roaching, rooing, snarting history!!
Kelley Moore Snodgres: I saw two greyhounds together at a dog park. I loved my Italian greyhound and had been around a greyhound many years before and they just fascinated me. So started researching them and realized they were the perfect inside large dog for our family! Now I think they are the best dogs ever!!!
If you’ve been contemplating adopting a greyhound, then we welcome your visit to the MSGAO kennel. You may just find a new fast friend!
In addition, the Friends of Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option’s Facebook page has surpassed 500 members. Feel free to join us there to share the joys of greyhound adoption.
Note: The Friends of MSGAO Facebook page is independent of MSGAO and all opinions expressed there are solely those of the posters and are neither endorsed by nor affiliated with MSGAO.