GRReyt News December 2014
In This Issue
Featured Hound for Adoption
Injured Dog Update
Home for the Holidays!
Thank you to our Foster Homes
Recent Placements
In Memoriam-2014
Join the E-group
Quick Links


Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays everyone!


What an exciting year we've had and next year is looking to be equally as busy and hound filled.  This last month has been especially busy with a flurry of hounds coming and going. We've had newbies from West Virginia, Kansas and Florida; from as young as 18 months to 9 years. Each one nicer than the next. Those southern pups are sure not happy experiencing these colder temps so be sure you keep yours snug and warm.

I love the holiday time! Friends and family visiting, cozy times by the fire and for many, a Christmas tree beautifully decorated and surrounded by lovely wrapped gifts. Beware of hounds experiencing Christmas trees for the first time. Ornaments on low hanging branches could be conceived as play toys and gifts with pretty bows are meant to be opened early by some more curious hounds. And don't be surprised if a newbie lifts his (or her) leg on the tree. They thank you for bringing it inside so they don't have to go out in the cold to relieve themselves.


The GRR Officers and Board of Directors, want to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season.


For the hounds,


Christine Johnson


President, GRR

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Featured Hound for Adoption



Sex: Female
Color: Red Fawn
Age: 18 months
Cats: TBD


Beautiful Kat is 18 months old. Injured at some point earlier in her young life, the broken bones were repaired but not done properly. The technique was wrong and the pin used to hold the bones together was too thin. As Kat grew, the pin bent and then bent more. Now she's permanently disfigured.


When our last group of hounds came from Kansas, Kat was put on the transport truck (hauler) and the driver was asked to find an adoption group to take her in. Lucky for Kat that the driver had my phone number on speed dial for special needs hounds.


Dr. Rob Hart, an orthopedic surgeon formerly at KBVC and now Director of orthopedic and joint replacement surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NYC has examined Kat and seen her x-rays. He is of the opinion that Kat's leg can be straightened by repair & restoration surgery and we will be moving forward to get her on his surgical schedule.


Kat would be grateful if you would make a holiday donation to help us pay for her medical expenses. She would like to walk again, pain free and with all four straight legs. Surgery and post-op care is going to be very expensive but we want to fix that leg.


Injured Dog Update




Sex:  Male

Color:  Black

Age: 3 Years

Cats:  Yes


Hi Everyone,

My name is Jason (racing name unknown) and I just came from a West Virginia track into foster care. I arrived here in Orchard Park, NY on Sunday, November 30th, 2014.  I have two foster brothers, Jack and Kodiak and a foster sister named Jill to show me the ropes of pet life.  My foster Mom is Noreen and my foster Dad is Mike and I really am happy here, settling in well.  I am already roaching so you know I am happy if I am doing that.  My foster Mom said since she hasn't had me too long I would be the best one to do a write-up on me so here it goes.

I am about three years old, a gorgeous, sleek black boy with long legs, a bubbly personality and a very wiggly butt (hope I am not bragging too much).  But I do have the best glossy black coat ever which is pretty soft, if I do say so myself.  Although my real birth date is a mystery since all my records and paperwork were destroyed, my age has been estimated at around three.  While at the track, I suffered a badly broken front left leg on or around October 9th, 2014 and underwent surgery in West Virginia to repair my break.  I had some issues with my leg after the surgery and my repair was x-rayed again on November 13th and everything appeared to be healing nicely.  I do still limp somewhat if I am on it too long or try to run, but I am still healing from this break so hopefully in time I will do better.  I will have to be leash walked for some time yet until everything with my break is healed as well as it will heal. I cannot do the stairs yet, so I am sleeping downstairs in a crate.  But my foster parents have been staying downstairs with me at night so I will not be alone and get scared.  My foster brothers and sister stay downstairs with me too at night.  If they leave me or I cannot see them, I whine. I really like having a champion nearby.  Still not sure I could be an only "child" so to speak, I really love having other fur kids around.
I also love to play with all the stuffies that are in my foster home. I throw them in the air and have a wonderful time until Jill steals them away from me.  I get along great with Jack and Kodiak and for the most part Jill until she gets bossy and bites at me.  When Jill gets snappy or bites at me, I run in the crate and hide immediately; (little secret) you see I am not a fighter, I am more a lover!!  And I love to be cuddled, hugged and kissed. I also love to have my belly rubbed.  I am a leaner too and when I am happy with all the attention I am getting, I just about fall into your lap.

I eat very well and am well on the way to being housebroken; I whine or pace most times when I really have to go outside.  I am not very fond of all the snow in my new foster home (boy, do they have a lot), but I am getting used to it.  I follow my foster brothers and sister so I am learning the ropes quickly and know what I can and cannot do for the most part.  I have had NO accidents in the house and I sleep through the night like the good boy I am in my crate, no whining or fussing.  And I have learned if I go outside and do my business, I come in and line up by the cupboard and we all get treats - every time we go out and do something - love that part the best!!
I am a very gentle guy and a very cautious guy too; loud noises or scary situations will have me running and hiding in my crate.  I am learning my name somewhat and coming more to it when my foster parents call me (but still not all the time).  I am a very sweet boy, with a wonderful personality and loving nature.  And as my foster Mom said to me - "I will make some lucky family a very sweet and special addition to their family".

I will keep everyone updated as I get better, Merry Christmas everyone.

 Love, Jason



Home for the Holidays!
Mija is a golden oldie that found her forever home for the holidays!  This former brood mom is now living with Deborah Pelletier.  Here she is on her comfy bed with the remote close by to take in some holiday movies.
We still have some other brood moms still up for adoption, Lady and Miss Design, as well as our other dogs in foster and even more waiting at the tracks to come to GRR.  If you're thinking of adopting, it would be a great holiday present for these dogs to find their forever homes.

Thank you to our Foster Homes!


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


Nina Malmed and Bruce Levinson with Hodges

Christine Johnson and Chris Procopis with Sugar

Jen Spagnolo and Rich Danise with Warp

The Niznik Family with Wave

Amy Wilbur with Dale

Rich and Christine Durand with Paris

Karen and Desi Marcelynas with Kat

Paul Sinclaire and Tom McFeeney with King

Noreen and Mike Marshall with Jason




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



Recent Placements


The following hounds found homes:


Rollen with the Babon Family

Lexi Jane with Michelle D'Angelo and Mike Wazny

Ripit with Deb and John Singler

Ghost with Wendy and Craig Harround

Beau aka Meatman with Maureen and Larry Czasonis

Berry with Lourdes and George Turner


Congratulations to these lucky dogs and their new families!

In Memoriam - 2014
Many of us lost our beloved greyhounds during 2014.  The January 2015 GRReyt News will have a section dedicated to pets that went to Rainbow Bridge in 2014.  If you would like to share a remembrance of your dog, please send a short write-up (three or four lines maximum) and photo (optional) to Mary at greysrus11@yahoo.com.  All submissions must be received by December 26th.

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.

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