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Week of September 28, 2015

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October 1st is National Black Dog Day, a day set aside to recognize the challenges black dogs face finding forever homes.  The phenomenon is commonly called Black Dog Syndrome, or BDS.  Many factors contribute to Black Dog Syndrome, such as bad luck superstitions about black animals, the difficulty of taking good photos of black dogs, and the natural tendency for the human eye to notice lighter colors.  Generally speaking, humans tend to think black is evil and blondes have more fun.  These inaccurate stereotypes carry over into adoption choices.  As a result, black dogs universally take longer to find adoptive homes than their lighter counterparts. 


Big black dogs (BDD), like black sighthounds, have it even worse.  These dogs must overcome BDS and the popularity of smaller dogs.  Many people feel like a big dog will make more of a mess, be harder to handle, and take up too much space.  Some greyhound groups won't even take them.  In reality, big sighthounds are gentle giants who can curl up in the tiniest of spaces.  And let's be honest, little dogs often challenge their humans with their barky selves.


You can help overcome BDS and BDD!  The next time you adopt, consider taking home a black coated pet and be sensitive to their adoption challenges.  If you already have black dogs, share pictures in social media, with your friends and family, and talk about how black dogs make great pets.  Take a minute to mark October 1, 2016, on your calendar as a day to raise awareness about black dogs.  And most importantly, help the GALT big black dogs like those below get adopted by sharing the pictures of them that we post in social media.  Thank you!





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 this photo of Willow, aka Princess, fka Button.  A year ago September 24, Willow came to GALT as part of a cruelty seizure. Here's a note from her human:  "All we know is that she was 29lbs, had lots of puppies, missing teeth, 7 or 8 years old and was very scared. She is now a healthy 50lbs, acts like a puppy when we go for a walk/ride or when we get home. She brings so much joy to our lives and are blessed she chose us to be her family. Having said that we decided to make today 9/24 her official birthday and we are saying she's 8yrs old. So happy birthday to my sweet, rambunctious, snugly little Willow."  The eyes say it all.

Our new pink tee is ready for October. A GALT Exclusive design by Barry, our artist who designs with sparkles. We are introducing our very own Winged Greyhound! This soft cotton V-neck shirt is sure to become one of your very favorites! Order yours in the Greyt Store today!
Remember The Greyhound is a celebration of all things hound benefiting the Greyhound Angel Network.  GALT is a proud sponsor and vendor this year!  Dr. Guillermo Couto is the keynote speaker on Saturday night! Please note that you must be registered to hear his speech. This is an event you don't want to miss.  Greyhound enthusiasts travel for miles just to be there. It is November 12th through the 15th and will be at the DFW Marriott Hotel and Golf Club on 3300 Championship Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76177 

For tickets, complete the Greyhound Angel Network REGISTRATION FORM and mail it to the address provided on the form (RTG, P. O. Box 42025, Houston, TX 77242).  If you have any questions or wish to pay for your registration by PayPal, RTG's email is  See you there!
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!

Barktoberfest: October 24 ~ 1:00pm - 3:00pm ~ North Lakes Park, 2001 W. Windsor Dr., Denton
Join the GALT greys at their booth during this carnival of family fun.  Bring out your hounds too!!

Blessing of the Hounds: October 25, 2015 ~ 1:30pm ~ Les Lacs Park Pavilion, 3900 Beltway, Addison (across the street from the Addison Athletic Center)
Blessing will be conducted by Rev. Melissa Bitting.  St. Francis of Assisi medals will be awarded to each attending greyhound.  RSVP to with the number of dogs you plan to bring so we will have plenty of medals for all attending.

Great Rescue Roundup:  November 7 ~ 10:00am - 3:00pm ~ Fort Worth Stockyards
Three to four available GALT Greyhounds will be at this fun annual event.

Holidays, Hermes & Hounds: November 7 ~ 10:00am - 5:00pm ~ Artists Showcase Gallery
A selection of vintage Hermes scarves (1950s - 1990s) will be available for purchase to benefit GALT's greyhounds!  Refreshments will be served. 

GALT Greyt Dallas Cowboys Ticket Raffle: November 22 ~ 4:00 pm ~ Need not be present
Win 6 50 yd line tickets with VIP amenities to the Thanksgiving Day Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers Game. $20 per ticket! Only 250 tickets printed! Get full 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



Gezabel, 8-yr-old brindle female, return

Saturday, October 3, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Orvis, Dallas
300 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX, Map
Sunday, October 4, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Petco, West Plano
1601 Preston Road, Plano TX, Map

Honey, fka, Coral, aka Vicki's Trick, GALT #421, February 20, 2002 - September 21, 2015
Beloved and Cherished by Marc, Valarie, Stewart & Garrett Atwood

Moira, fka Sasha, GALT #1220,  2006 (est) - September 28, 2015
Beloved and cherished by Lisa Bengelsdorf

Pearl, fka LRC Pearl, GALT #1480, October 19, 2003 - September 29, 2015.
Beloved and cherished by Lisa & Sheldon Samuels

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

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