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Week of May 25, 2015




Any day now, the sunny hot summer weather will be here.  For many, the sunshine will be a welcome break from the rain.  But remember how the hot weather can affect your pups and keep a lookout for their safety.  Here are some hot weather tips to remember: 


Never, ever leave your dog in a parked car, not even for just a minute.  Cars are like "greenhouses on wheels" that, within minutes, become the hottest places most humans will ever experience.  Read more about why and how cars heat up so fast here.  The temperature a parked car reaches in the sun depends on a number of factors.  But you can expect your car to heat to about 100 degrees within 10 minutes when it is only 80 degrees outside.  Rolling down the windows a crack, or even more, has surprisingly little effect on the temperature inside.  Don't believe it?  Take a few minutes on a sunny day to sit in the car and relax.  Roll down the windows a couple of inches and see how long it takes for you to feel uncomfortable.  Convinced?  Take a look at the ASPCA's suggestions on what to do if you see a dog in a hot car. 


Pavement also reaches dangerous temperatures quickly on sunny days.  If the air temperature is 77 degrees, expect the pavement to be a paw burning 125 degrees.  So before you make your dog walk on it, feel it with your hand for at least ten seconds.  If it is uncomfortable for you, it will be uncomfortable for your dog.  Also watch for your dog lifting paws - that's a sign he is not comfortable and he needs to move now.  Learn more about hot pavement here and consider training your pup to wear protective boots if you're going to be walking on paved surfaces. 


Remember that greyhounds are sensitive to both heat and cold because they lack insulating fat.  Please only exercise your greyhound when the air temperature is under 80 degrees.  Shoot for the cooler morning or evening hours.  Keep your walks short, walk where there is plenty of shade, or incorporate water related activities in your exercise routine.  For that dressed up, cool dog look, you might also invest in a good cooling coat or cooling collar.


And speaking of water, make sure your pup always has access to plenty of fresh, clean water at home and on the go.  Keep a collapsible bowl and a spare bottle of water just for your pup in the car.  When walking with your dog, carry enough water for both of you and stop in the shade to offer it to your dog often.  Cool water is best.  Ice cold water can shock the dog's system causing vomiting or other health concerns.   


When you're away from home, leave the air conditioning on for the comfort of your pup and make sure your pup can get inside to enjoy it.  Fans are less effective for dogs than humans because dogs cool primarily by panting rather than sweating.  A well insulated, built-in dog door can help keep the costs down.  Dogs dig to get cool, so maybe cut you diggers a little slack in the hot months.  See if you can provide more shade or a kiddy pool for outdoor cooling.  

Homemade Frosty Paws are a welcome hot weather treat too! 


Even if you take all precautions, be diligent in watching for heatstroke.  Signs include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, and a deep red/purple tongue.  If you see any of these signs, move your pet to shade or air-conditioning.  Apply cold towels to the dog's head, neck, and chest, offer water, and immediately seek veterinarian assistance.


Stay hot weather safe and have a greyt summer, Everyone!


GALT is extremely sad to report the passing of a dear friend and ally - Mr. Marques Haynes, who was a world class basketball player having played with both the Harlem Globetrotters and the Harlem Wizards. Mr. Haynes, who owned greyhounds himself, was very generous of his time and celebrity assisting GALT in its mission of adopting our retired greyhound athletes. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Mr. Haynes will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched - especially ours.



Honest, if we thought we could hold this event without water wings, hip boots and an ark, we would. We can't even mow the field since it is so wet. If you would like a refund, please email, or would you please consider donating your brunch fees? GALT just took in 4 greyhounds from a cruelty case in Austin last week, as well as two broken legs in the last two weeks.. If you monitor our site you'll note how many greyhounds are on injured reserve. They appreciate your caring. Thank you for your participation and continued support of the GALT greys! 




Special thanks to the 24 GALT volunteers who manned the concession stand at the Colonial Country Club for the Crowne Plaza Invitational Golf Tournament over the Memorial Day weekend.  The event helped GALT to raise critically needed funds and market GALT's important mission.  We could not have done it without the time and hard work of these volunteers. 




Our Sure Fit Harness is now available in Red & Royal as well as the traditional black. Get it at the link

Yappy Hour at Coffee House Cafe June 6 - Bring your well-behaved, people and dog-friendly, leashed pooches to the patio for an afternoon of libations and fun benefiting GALT. Cost is $10 per person and includes one beer or house wine. Full menu is available and tickets will also be available at the door.  One Raffle Ticket $5.00 or 3 Tickets for $10.00. Tickets are at the link


Batman, 6-yr-old brindle male, shelter

Mystic, 4-yr-old fawn female, shelter

Atlas, 18-mo-old black male, shelter

Zeppelin, 18-mo-old black male, shelter

Icy, 8-yr-old white & black female, owner surrender

Margo, 3-yr-old brindle female, stray

Stella, 5-yr-old fawn female, return

Bruiser, 10-yr-old red male, return

Trudy, 8-yr-old brindle female, return

Mooch, 5-yr-old red female, breeder

Lolly, 5-yr-old red female, breeder




If you have been considering fostering, or know someone who is considering fostering, now would be a great time to jump in! If you can help, please contact Jennifer Vilches at


 Mystic, Atlas, Zeppelin, Mooch, Lolly
There are no meet & greet events scheduled for this weekend.


Mingo, fka Rapido Mingo, GALT #446, October 4, 2002 - May 26, 2015
Beloved and cherished always by Johnny Dobson


Ashton, fka Whistler's Twig, GALT #564, March 8, 2003 - May 28, 2015
Beloved and cherished by Marjy and James LaGesse and family
Cooper, aka "Bulldog," July 156, 2004 - May 29,2015
Beloved and cherished by Katie and Mark Nardecchia of Shagly Photography

If your hound has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, please let us know by sending a note to

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