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Week of September 7, 2015

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Greyhounds might not be famous for their swimming skills, but many hounds love to take a dip in a puddle, stream or lake, especially when the weather is warm.  Most of the time, the worst thing that happens is they get wet and muddy. Rarely, however, dogs can be poisoned by blue-green algae.  While a harmful exposure is rare, blue-green algae poisoning can be fatal. So we wanted to tell you more about it. 

Blue-green algae (aka Cyanobacteria) create various forms of toxins as byproducts of their metabolism. Growing blue-green algae colonies form a "bloom," giving the water a bluish, greenish appearance that some describe as "pea soup" like in color. Typically, dangerous blue-green algae blooms grow in the hot weather of late summer and early fall (in other words, now).  Risk factors include high water temperatures, winds concentrating algae on a shoreline, and fertilizer (or other nutrient) runoff. Blooms can occur anywhere throughout the United States under favorable conditions, including unmaintained backyard ponds, small koi ponds and even big puddles. 

While most blue-green algae blooms do not produce harmful levels of toxins, determining whether toxins are present without testing is impossible.  Additionally, to most people, harmless green algae blooms appear indistinguishable from potentially toxic blue-green algae blooms. Take a look at this photo gallery and see if you are confident you can tell the difference.  If not, treat all algae blooms as potentially toxic and keep your dog out. 

A small exposure of only a few mouthfuls of contaminated water can cause a fatal poisoning. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the clinical signs of a blue-green algae poisoning depend on the toxin involved.  However, common warning signs include:
  • Vomiting
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  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in stool or black, tarry stool
  • Pale mucous membranes
  • Jaundice
  • Seizures
  • Disorientation
  • Coma
  • Shock
  • Excessive secretions (e.g., salivation, lacrimation, etc.)
  • Neurologic signs (including muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, paralysis, etc.)
  • Blue discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes
  • Difficulty breathing
If you see any of these signs in a dog that has had access to potentially contaminated water in the last few hours, go immediately to a vet.  Vets do not have an antidote and the prognosis usually is poor, but early and aggressive supportive care can help.  Without veterinary assistance, a dog can die from blue-green algae poisoning in as little as 12 to 24 hours.  Seizures can start within only 30 to 60 minutes  

The most crucial step to take to protect your dog is to prevent access to any potentially contaminated water.  If you have a pond or water livestock, check for algae blooms regularly. Once you see a bloom, keep all animals (horses, cows and cats can also be affected) out of the water unless you test to confirm the absence of toxins. For summer water fun, consider investing in a cheap kiddie pool that you fill with fresh water regularly or share the human pool. 

Please spread the word about blue-green algae poisoning to your friends with water loving dogs by sharing this article.  You can easily do so by clicking the "Forward to a Friend" button below.  Stay safe in the water! 
Each week, space permitting, we hope to bring you our pick of the great hound photos shared in GALT's social media.  This week, we selected an adorable shot of Achilles, fka Show Boat
"A puppy forever. No matter how old they get they will always be our babies."

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Greyt Non-Event, 2015
Greyt Non-Event, 2015

Thanks to all who participated in GALT's annual Greyt Non-Event!  We hope you all enjoyed a day benefitting the hounds with absolutely no requirements to be anywhere or do anything in particular. Participants sent wonderful photos of hounds sleeping the day away and we created a short slide show so that everyone can enjoy them.  Now that we have our volunteers back at work, we will be mailing your t-shirts shortly!
For just $10 you can buy a chance for a $1,000 Visa Gift Card in a Golf Ball Drop that will kick off the Greyt Golf Tournament! That's right, numbered golf balls will be dropped out of a helicopter onto a hole on the golf course. If the closest ball to the hole has your number, you win! You can buy just one ball for $10, three balls for $25 dollars or five balls for $40. The proceeds go to benefit the hounds and you don't need to be there to win.  See the golf ball drop in action!    

North Texas Giving Day: September 17 ~ 6:00 am - Midnight ~ Online
This is an online giving event that provides folks in North Texas the opportunity to come together to raise money for local nonprofits. Every gift made on September 17th helps our chances of winning prizes ranging from $500 to $10,000!
Strut Your Mutt: September 19 ~ 8:00 am - Noon ~ Mueller Lake Park, Austin/Online
You can strut anywhere and don't need a dog!  The GALT representatives will be stepping out this year in Austin on September 19th in the Best Friends Strut Your Mutt. Please support our team here
GREYT Golf Tournament: Sept. 22nd ~ 8:30 am ~ Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson 
Join GALT for a fun day of golf to benefit the hounds! The format includes a shotgun start and 4 player scramble. Cost is $125 for an individual/$500 for a team of four. The entry fee includes: Breakfast & Lunch, Goodie Bag, Range Balls, Greens Fee, Cart Fee, Team Photos, Raffle Prizes and Contests. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd Place; Longest Drive; Closest to the Pin and for a Hole-in-One - a BMW! Register today
Beer Tasting Contest: October 17 ~ 6:30 - 9:30 pm ~ Club Room, Dallas 
Food at 6:30 pm, first pour is at 7:00 pm. $30/ticket. Raffle tickets are $10 a ticket or 6 tickets for $50. Live auction!  Get your tickets today!

GALT Greyt Dallas Cowboys Ticket Raffle: November 22 ~ 4:00 pm ~ Need not be present
Win 6 tickets to the Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, Cowboys against the Carolina Panthers Game for just $20 per ticket! Only 250 tickets printed!  Winner will be notified and posted on our website.  Get your details and tickets here.


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



Duke - 7 yr old male, surrender

Saturday, September 12, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Three Dog Bakery, Southlake
1251 E. Southlake Blvd, #323, Southlake, TX 
In attendance: Wick, Dana, Griffen
Saturday, September 12, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Woof - Cool Stuff for Dogs, Plano
Coit Road, Plano, TX
Saturday, September 12, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Three Dog Bakery, Plano
5960 W. Parker Road, Plano, TX 
In attendance:  Lyndon, Lou Lou


Dusty, aka Flying Dustberry, GALT #1243, December 22, 2003 - September 4, 2015
Beloved and cherished by the Staten Family

Speedy, fka Rob, GALT #0216, May 1, 2003 to September 8, 2015
Beloved and cherished by Stephanie Thompson

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