GRReyt News March 2015
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Hello Friends, GRRers & Fellow Greyhound Lovers:

Are you sick of winter yet? Well I sure am!! Snow, snow and more snow. But spring is around the corner and with that comes thoughts of GRR's annual picnic. Fun and games and food and hounds and more hounds, as far as the eye can see. Beautiful Bennett Memorial Park in Bethel, CT is the home of our picnic and it's always a wonderful event. The date has been set for June 20th and we need some helpers to make the day a success. So let's get a picnic committee together. We need people to set up and break down on picnic day, a team to manage the GUGG booth and so much more. So who's available to help? We'll have our first meeting in early April. Join the committee by emailing me at Christine@greyhoundrescuerehab.org

For the hounds,

Christine Johnson

President, GRR

Foster Home Needed




Sex: Male

Color:  Brindle

Age:  4 years

Cats and Small Dogs:  No


After spending several months in a boarding kennel, Ian came to GRR unexpectedly. He is four years old with a helicopter tail, an intense interest in anything you're willing to offer him to eat (and anything you might leave in paw's reach for his munching pleasure) and is a curious and fun loving guy. He gets along well with other greyhounds and the other medium to large breeds he's met, however cats in a home aren't his cup of tea. Because he came to us suddenly, he's in a temporary foster home, however, it's a bit overcrowded with three resident hounds and another long term foster. Ian needs another foster home right away; one where he can learn what pet life is all about. If you can help out, email Christine@greyhoundrescuerehab.org.


Featured Hound by Sharon Niznik




Sex: Female
Color: White and Red Fawn
Age: 2 years
Cats and Small Dogs: No

If you're looking for a way to warm up after this brutally cold winter, I know a loving companion who will warm your heart. Wave is an amazing character.  During the day, she has silly puppy moments with bursts of energy, but by dinnertime she will pass out on her favorite bed.  She takes a little while to warm up to new people, but when you win her trust, she will shower you with sloppy kisses and a thumping tail.  She's doing well on closed stairs and leash walking, but sometimes needs gentle reminders to slow down.  Smooth floors are still a challenge as she's always in a hurry.  Wave loves her squeak toys, zoomies in the snow, and rolling into a cockroach to get her belly scratched.  I think she would thrive in a home with another big dog or a patient, caring family who is home a lot.  So who is ready to meet their new best friend?




Harvey School Winter Carnival by Christine Johnson


The Winter Carnival at the Harvey School was a fundraiser for children and GRR's hounds were a big hit. We were situated in a large, carpeted room away from the masses so the hounds would be more at ease and lots of families found us, showering attention on our terrific hounds. One of the student groups had volunteers available to help us out and they didn't hesitate to take over a leash!   GRR volunteers were: Annette with Addie, Ruth with Meg, Christina with Courtney, Lea with her foster dog Shay (Shakespeare) who did exceptionally well at his first event and was really well mannered for a 19 month old pup, and my niece, McKenzie Rieger. Last but not least was my gentle giant, Bowie, the only non-brindle of the group, who reveled in all the belly rubs he got from children and adults alike.



Annette, Addie, Bowie, Ben (Harvey School volunteer), Courtney, Christina, Shakespeare and Lea

Greyhound Help Wanted Help Wanted


We posted a request for Event Chairpersons in the February GRReyt news, but no one volunteered.  Please consider volunteering for this important role:
The chairperson is the event leader. They schedule the date with the location, bring the GRR brochures and merchandise for sale along with the donation jar and arrange for volunteers to attend. The locations for GRR events can be craft shows, pet stores, farmers' markets, town fairs, etc. Areas where event chairs are currently most needed are mid- and southern Westchester and southern Fairfield. Being the event chair is hard work, but it's rewarding to know you're helping the hounds.  The time commitment is approximately three-five hours per event.
If this is of interest to you but you don't want to commit off the bat, you may want to shadow a current event chair to see what the role entails first. For those not wanting to chair a monthly event, perhaps you can share a location with another volunteer and do every other month.  Think about it, you'll meet greyt people and have a greyt time.  To volunteer or for more information, contact our event coordinator, Ruth Tara at rt37si@aol.com

Vegan and Vegetarian Diets for Dogs


Did you know that dogs can follow a vegan or vegetarian diet?  Cats can't, but dogs can.  So if you are a vegan or vegetarian and feel conflicted about giving your dog meat or perhaps you just don't want to support factory farming or you are concerned about the animal byproducts in commercial pet foods, etc., know that it is safe for your dog to be a vegan or vegetarian.  Check with your veterinarian about changing your dog's diet if this is of interest to you. 

There are many websites with information on vegan and vegetarian diets for dogs, the following are just a few:


Thank you to our Foster Homes!


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


Nina Malmed and Bruce Levinson with Hodges and Ian

The Niznik Family with Wave

Karen and Desi Marcelynas with Kat

Noreen and Mike Marshall with Jason

Paul Sinclaire and Tom McFeeney with Valiant

The Baxters with Shakespeare

Penny Zwart with Buttah



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


Recent Placements!



The following hounds found homes:


Warp with Jen and Rich Danise

Sally with Rita Fowler

Prissy with Keri and Dan Levine

Rocky with the Secor Family


Congratulations to these lucky dogs and their new families!




In Memoriam


None to report.



The In Memoriam section is a monthly item in the newsletter.  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 the 25th of the month to be published in the newsletter the following month.

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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.

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