October 16, 2015


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Halloween is fast becoming the most popular holiday for humans.  But considerable hound safety risks come along with the fun.  Please take a minute to read these Halloween safety tips to make sure your hounds enjoy the day too!

1. Stay In for Trick or Treating: One of the greatest Halloween canine risks is escape through repeatedly opened doors on trick or treat night. The best safety precaution for you will depend on your hound's propensity to escape. Some hounds do well on a leash until the trick or treating stops.  Other hounds are ok with a baby gate or ex pen at the front door.  But shy dogs might need to be kept away from the door entirely, either confined to another room by a closed door or in a crate. 

2. Go Out for Trick or Treating: To stay safe, plan to walk your dogs before dark and to keep them indoors for the rest of the night. If your can't resist trick or treating with your hounds, remember they will be exposed to unusual commotion and noises. Typically brave dogs may become fearful under these circumstances. Keep an extra tight hold on the leash and cross the street to avoid startling decorations or boisterous groups of kids. Watch traffic closely and consider reflective safety leg bands or head lamps to increase visibility.

3. Keep Pets Safe Inside: All pets, especially black pets, are targets for vicious pranksters during the Halloween season.  Because of the association of black with Halloween and the use of animals in some rituals, pets are at risk for being teased, stolen, injured and even killed. Check your fence, gates, doors, and windows to ensure your pets are safely enclosed and keep them inside with you as much as possible for Halloween and a few days thereafter. 

4. Check Tags and Microchip Info: Both the risk of escape and the difficulty of capturing a lost dog increase on Halloween. The trick or treating commotion can send an otherwise brave pup racing away.  And loving pup parents dressed as monsters become unapproachable. In case the worst happens, take some time now to make sure your dogs' identification tags are secure and current and that the contact information associated with your pet's microchip is up to date. 

5. Think Twice About Costumes: Pet costumes are often more fun for humans than hounds. If your doggie looks uncomfortable in a costume, he probably is. Go with a simple bandana instead. If your pup loves to dress, make sure the costume does not restrict movement, breathing, barking, panting, hearing, or seeing.  Remove any objects that might be chewed off and become a choking hazard.  Don't use elastic or rubber bands as they can cut off circulation. Always supervise pets in costume and monitor for over heating.  If your hound dresses for Halloween, take a picture and email it to socialmedia@galtx.org to enter it in GALT's costume contest! The three pictures with the most Facebook likes at midnight on Halloween will win prizes from the GreytStore!

6. Keep Candy Out of Reach: Dogs shouldn't have any candy, but chocolate and candies sweetened with Xylitol are especially dangerous because they are toxic to dogs. Keep all of the sweets out of reach and watch young children with candy to ensure they don't inappropriately share. If you think your pup ingested something harmful, contact your vet or call the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 888-426-4435 ($65 per case).  Remember, candy and wrappers will likely be on sidewalks and in yards for days. Take care that your pup doesn't pick anything up to eat on walks.

7. Watch for Decoration Disasters: Consider how your hound will interact with Halloween decorations in your yard and house.  For instance, a greyhound whip tail can send a lit candle flying off a coffee table.  A hound in a costume might catch fire by brushing up against a candle. Pumpkins can cause stomach upset if ingested. Electric cords can be tripping hazards during zoomies. And, especially sensitive greyhounds can be frightened by electronic screams, moans, and other Halloween noises. Take care to protect your pup from scary, risky decorations such as these.
This week, we selected Shelby, fka Rosa, as our photo of the week. Shelby had a serious case of Sunday bendy nose, complete with snoring, and her new mommy memorialized it forever on Facebook.  Shelby will soon travel to her forever home with a long time out-of-state volunteer.  She is passing her time until the big day relaxing in her foster home.  If you have a hound photo you would like to share, please email it to socialmedia@galtx.org.   


Halloween? Fall thunderstorms? Trips to the vet? Many things can cause anxiety in your furbaby. The ThunderShirt can usually help! Available with just a click to have on hand when needed. Order yours in the Greyt Store today!

Art by April Murphy

of AEM Gallery.

At 1:30 pm, October 25, 2015, GALT is hosting a blessing of the hounds at Les Lacs Park Pavilion, 3900 Beltway, Addison, TX.  The location is right across the street from the Addison Athletic Center.  The blessing will be conducted by Rev. Melissa Bitting. Please RSVP to info@GALTx.org with the number of dogs you plan to bring so we will have plenty of St. Francis medals for all.  This is an all breed event!  Looking forward to seeing 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!!

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' Showplace Art Gallery 15615 Coit Road, Suite 230, Dallas 75248
A selection of vintage Hermes scarves (1950s - 2000s), along with Arthur Court table serveware, Silk Road Collars and lovely jewelry from Northcoast Greyhound Support and other unique one of a kind jewelry, will be available for purchase to benefit GALT's greyhounds! Watch for links soon to participate remotely! 

Remember the Greyhound:  November 12-14 ~ DFW Marriott at Champions Circle
A celebration of all things hound. Dr. Guillermo Couto is the keynote speaker and you need a dinner ticket to hear him speak! Benefiting the Greyhound Angel Network. 

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.

Holidays for the Hounds:  November 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and December 5 ~ Location TBD
Pictures with Santa and Shop the GreytStore!


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  fostering@galtx.org.



Dini, 3.5-year-old brindle female, track injury - fractured right hock
Sedona, 1.5-year-old red female, stray with broken front left leg


Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Petco, Garland
3055 N Pres. George Bush Hwy, Garland, Map
Sunday, October 18, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pet Supplies Plus, Dallas
3315 Trinity Mills Rd, Dallas, TX, Map
Saturday, October 17, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Petco, Addison
5301 Beltline Road Addison, TX, Map
In attendance:  Houston, Angelo, Lyndon & Ringo


Scarlet, aka Scarlet Moon, GALT #773, February 18, 2003 - October 8, 2015
Beloved and cherished by Annette and Jim Hall

Halley, aka Paducah Halley's, GALT #937, July 3 2002 - October 12, 2015
Beloved and cherished by Shannon and Santina Forrest

If your hound has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, please let us know by sending a note to info@galtx.org.

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