GRReyt News September 2014
In This Issue
Tag Sale
2015 Calendars
Lyme Disease
Featured Hound
Foster Homes Desperately Needed
Injured Hound Profile
Thank you to our Foster Homes
Upcoming Events
Recent Placements
Thrivent Financial Choice Dollars Help GRR Hounds
Join the E-group
Quick Links


Event Calendar

Hello Friends, GRRers & Fellow Greyhound Lovers: 


With every new season, there comes change. This fall, GRR has had a big change. Since our inception over 14 years ago, the heart of GRR has been in Cross River. My husband and I founded GRR from our condo there. For over 10 years, fosters, healthy and not, lived with us and our own hounds. Each newbie was carried up a flight of stairs to be bathed in the tub, cat testing was there, every broken-legged foster (and there were many) was carried up to the bedroom to sleep with us at night. The office was there, housing all the dog records and supplies, all the financials were done there and stored there too. After all, GRR is an incorporated business so like any other business we are required to keep records.


Three years ago, we decided to buy a home in CT. Not that we wanted a house. Definitely not. But GRR was receiving dogs from far away, not like when the tracks were open in the northeast and we could drive to get them. Haulers were coming in at all hours of the day or night and the way GRR did dog intake just wouldn't work at a condo.


As luck would have it, GRR's treasurer Britta was looking for a new place to live at the same time we were moving so she moved into the condo and the office stayed in Cross River.

Britta has moved and my husband and I rented out the condo. The office is no longer in Cross River. 15 years of a business has been purged, packed and moved. Damn near killed me, but with the help of my wonderful nephews and their friends, the move to storage and our garage in CT happened. The PO Box remains active and adoptions will continue. Logistics will be different, but that's a work in progress. If you have things you want to return to GRR or donations of goods, please DO NOT drop them on the stoop at 42 Winterberry. Our new tenant isn't responsible for any GRR business. Call me at 914-763-2221 to arrange drop off and I'll let you know where.


Cross River was a wonderful place for GRR. My husband and I have lots of fond memories of all the hundreds of dogs we took in over the years. GRR goes on, just not the way it used to.


Always for the hounds,

Christine Johnson


President, GRR

Good Quality Items Needed for Tag Sale on September 20th             


If you have good quality items in good condition that you no longer want, instead of calling the Salvation Army, how about donating them to GRR? We can't accept furniture, clothes or books, but anything else would be welcome. Donations should be delivered to either Katonah or Stamford no later than 9/13 which will give us time to price the items for the tag sale. For Katonah drop off, call Nina at 914-232-6668 and for Stamford, call Christine at 914-391-5272. The hounds thank you!!

Nina at the 2013 Tag Sale
Celebrating Greyhounds Calendars


It's that time of year again and GRR is getting ready to place our order for the 2015 calendars. They're chock full of beautiful and fun greyhound photographs. Some of GRR adopters' photos have been featured in the past. Wall calendars are $12 and desk style calendars are $15. Shipping is $3.50 each or $5.00 for multiple copies (up to 5). Don't miss out, quantities are limited. Place your order by email to BrittaBetzin@msn.com.

Lyme Disease              

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria associated with deer ticks and is very common in the GRR adoption area in CT and NY. Symptoms in dogs include:

  • Lameness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Kidney problems
  • Stiff walk with an arched bark
  • Sensitive to tourch
  • Difficult breathing
  • Fever, lack of appetite, and depression may accompany inflammation of the joints
  • Swollen lymph nodes near the bite site
  • Heart abnormalities
  • Nervous symptom complications

See this link from Pet MD on Lyme Disease for more information on symptoms and treatment.

Featured Hound




Sex: Male
Color: Black

Age: 4
Cats: Yes


As you can see, Daniel is a stunning black male. A real looker! If you're looking for an 80 pound lap dog, he's your guy. He'd much rather lean against you for neck scritches and pets than lie down. He leans so hard that if you step away, he almost topples over. As is the case with most of the big guys, his goal in life is to love and be loved. A real gentle giant.


Foster Homes Desperately Needed


Dear Foster Mom
Author Unknown


There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love,
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.

I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold,
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend,
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.

And just when I thought you'd done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.

First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go,
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss,
Along came a new family, they even have kids!

They took me to their home, forever to stay,
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear,
No matter how far, you will always be near.

And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on,
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day,
You never really give your fosters away.

You gave me these thoughts to remember you by,
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time,
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.

Sugar on the mend
Injured Hound Update 


Sugar by Christine Johnson


Sex: Male
Color: Fawn
Age: 2 years
Cats: TBD


Sugar is now four weeks post-op and his repaired broken front leg is coming along excellently. He's still in bandages only because of complications with "thin greyhound skin" and Sugar's was thinner than most. After surgery, the incision opened up leaving a gaping wound but rather than re-suture, Dr. Hart and I decided that I would do daily bandage changes. The wound is getting SO close to being healed. Sugar and I can't wait for the day he doesn't need bandages anymore.


He's a happy go lucky guy who gets along brilliantly with the rest of our pack. He is a real sacker too!! After he comes in from being outside, he looks for the nearest bed and that's all she wrote. In the next couple of weeks, he'll be looking for his forever home and I can tell you all this, if our pack of hounds wasn't already large, he would be staying right here.

Sugar and Fred



Thank you to our Foster Homes!


We'd like to thank the following who are currently fostering:


Nina Malmed and Bruce Levinson with Hodges

Deb and Dave Sullivan with Ghost

Christine Johnson and Chris Procopis with Sugar

Annette Deluca with Daniel

Deb Gwaltney with Lap

Jen Spagnolo with Warp

The Albanos with Wave




E-mail christine@greyhoundrescuerehab.org if you can foster.


GRR Table
2013 Road Knights Auto Show
Upcoming Events

Volunteers are needed at our events to spread the word about greyhound adoption and to raise donations for our medical fund.  The following are our September events:
9/6 Mohegan Lake Petsmart 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
9/6 Scarsdale Choice Pets noon-3 p.m.
9/13 Brookfield Petco 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
9/14 Road Knights Auto Show Peekskill 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
9/14 The Shops at Nanuet 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
9/20 Saxon Woods (White Plains) Garage Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
9/20 Greenwich Pet Pantry 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
9/20 Thornwood Petland Discounts noon-3 p.m.
For more information on the above, go to our Event Calendar.  Please help out if you can.

Recent Placements


The following hounds found homes:


Missy with John Silbert

Billy aka Role Model with Leigh Weaver and Peter Kaufman

Divo aka Divide with John Baker and Alex Nazario

Jonny with Yili and Donald Kilpatrick 


Congratulations to these lucky dogs and their new families!



John and Missy



Billy comfortable in his new home
Thrivent Financial Choice Dollars Help GRR Hounds


Thrivent Financial not only does financial planning, but also life insurance, long-term care insurance and other services.


Depending on the type of service you use with Thrivent, "Choice Dollars" are available for you to donate to the organizations on their list of approved recipients. GRR is on their list.

The Choice Dollars have no effect on your interest or dividends. It is one of the benefits of doing business with them. The Choice dollars are distributed quarterly and you can change your recipient each time. Occasionally there are "Direct Dollars" that you may also donate.


The local Thrivent contact is William O'Doherty located in New Jersey. The phone number is 1-800-838-1159 EXT 103 and his e-mail address is william.odoherty@thrivent.com. He can help with any further questions.


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You can use iGive for searches too. A penny a search and a portion of each purchase will be donated to your favorite cause.

How often do you search or shop online? Start helping today.  

Join the E-group


GRR has an e-group for adopters and volunteers. It's a greyt way to post comments, questions or share greyhound stories. If you would like to join, please contact Jason at snowjay@prodigy.net.

If you'd like to see a topic featured in the newsletter or you have a story for the newsletter, please contact Mary at greysrus11@yahoo.com.

Greyhound Wish