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


Schools will soon be getting out for the summer and happy plans for vacation are probably underway. If you're planning to leave your dog at a boarding facility, you may be required to have your pet vaccinated for CIV (Canine Influenza Virus). There was a recent outbreak in the Midwest that caused more than 1,000 dogs to become sick. This article is a quick read to better understand the disease, its symptoms and treatments and more about the vaccine available Canine Flu.


And speaking of summer, GRR's annual picnic is right around the corner. The long range weather forecast for June 20th is PERFECT!! Looking forward to seeing all the hounds and their human chauffeurs there.

For the hounds,

Christine Johnson

President, GRR


Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Greyhound by Mary Fleming


David Letterman's retirement (I will miss watching his show) inspired me to compile the following Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Greyhound. Here we go, Greyhounds:


#10. Are low allergy risk

#9. Are not big barkers

#8. Don't shed a lot so less vacuuming is required

#7. Don't have that doggy smell

#6. Are couch potatoes so they don't require a lot of exercise

#5. Are big dogs and intimidating so you don't need a separate watch dog

#4. Make great therapy dogs

#3. Are loveable and sweet

#2. Get along well with other dogs and many can live with cats and other small animals

#1. Need homes, adopt one and make a fast friend!


Think about adopting foster dog Romeo or one of our other adoptable dogs


Featured Hound by Brian Thomas and Kevin Haber 

Quick Vic     


Sex: Male
Color: Brindle
Age: 3 years

Medium and Large Dogs:  Yes
Cats and Small Dogs: No


Quick Vic, a playful brindle three year old male, is a recent arrival from West Virginia.  He is currently in a home with two other greyhounds, two adults and our eight year old son. He loves any and all attention from two-legged members of the house or four-legged. Never the one to be left behind, he insists on investigating what you are doing and follows you from room to room. Due to a badly healed leg, we try to restrict him from over doing it and he stands in the doorway behind a baby gate observing the happenings in the kitchen or from the living room. Quick Vic has begun to notify us when he wants to go outside by standing at the door or walking back and forth.

He walks well on a leash. He knows his name, follows directions well, eats his meals without qualms and falls in line when it is time for bed. In the morning, he greets you with a smiling face and is ready to help get your day started. 

Tour for Life Event Review by Christina Wong

Foster RayRay, now adopted!


North Shore Animal League America's Tour of Life, the largest mobile adoption event, stopped in Southbury, CT this year on May 2nd!  Multiple adoption groups participate each year, and so does GRR. Thanks to Ed and Kathy Miller for chairing this event in the past few years!  GRR set up a tent and our wonderful ambassadogs did a greyt job promoting themselves!  The hounds enjoyed being outside and getting attention from everyone!  GRR's volunteers were:


Ed Miller

Michelle Sica with Dino

Barbara and Pete Medina with Apple

Myself with Courtney

And special thanks to Brian Thomas for bringing foster RayRay 


The Volunteers


Picnic Memorial by Ruth Tuccio

As our much awaited annual picnic approaches, I would like to invite everyone to join us as we gather together to remember our beloved hounds waiting at the Bridge. As we read their names, each family will receive a blessed votive candle along with plantable seeded paper to take home as a remembrance.


Chaplain Janice Lautier will once again be with us to bestow a blessing on our hounds. We look forward to seeing everyone at this very special event.


If you wish to have your dog(s) remembered at the memorial, please email me privately at rmtuccio@gmail.com with the names you would like to be read. In honor of my first girl Chelsea, the candles and the seeded paper will be our gift to you. 


Bowie and Bone Cancer-The Final Chapter by Christine Johnson 


After his front leg amputation on April 20th, Bowie healed remarkably well, both physically and mentally. Sure it took a few days for him to learn to balance as a tripod, but by the end of the first week, he was going for short walks. By the end of the second week, he was prancing and hopping when he saw the leash, jumping on and off our bed with no issues and back to sleeping between us on his back with all three legs in the air. We were very encouraged so on May 14th, Bowie had his first chemo treatment. All it took was 15 minutes at the vet and we were on our way home. We were armed with anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea meds as some dogs experience symptoms 48-72 hours after chemo. We were prepared for the worst and even though Bowie's appetite was a bit off, he didn't have any adverse reactions and was in excellent spirits. Routinely, blood work is done 10-14 days after chemo and on May 22nd, Bowie's blood work was stellar!


Memorial Day dawned clear with a beautiful blue sky. It was going to be a glorious day. The dogs had been out and Bowie did his usual routine. He ran in and jumped on the bed to snuggle back in with me. Except he screamed and his rear leg was hiked up. He still snuggled in and turned upside down, but as I felt his legs, one knee was definitely thicker. He wasn't exhibiting any pain, but in my heart, I knew what had happened. We went to the vet where x-rays confirmed that Bowie had more cancer and the weakness had caused the bone to break. Our beautiful boy went to the Bridge that afternoon. Six and a half years old was way too young.


If I had to do it again and all the circumstances were the same, I definitely would have amputated. He had a month of pain free, good quality life and love. If we hadn't amputated, we would have lost him in the same timeframe, but each day during that time would have been increasingly painful for him.


What did I learn from this experience? I insisted that his other front leg and shoulder be x-rayed before the amputation. God forbid I have to live through this again, I will have all legs, shoulders and hips x-rayed before making a decision. Run free my precious boy.  


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 Kenny Rogers

The Niznik Family with Wave

Noreen and Mike Marshall with Jason

Catherine Rupani with Vanessa

The Danise Family with Cream Puff aka Fancy and Romeo

Brian Thomas and Kevin Haber with Quick Vic

Paul Sinclaire with Mattie

Christine Johnson and Chris Procopis with Rusty Peters




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

Recent Placements!

Musa and Chiqui


The following hounds found homes:


Andrew with Kiye Sakai

Rosie and PJ aka RayRay with Jill and Marcus Orellana

Rowena with Beth and Ed Duffy

Musa and Chiqui with the MacLeod Family

Selene with George and Kim Bova


Congratulations to these lucky dogs and their new families!



In Memoriam


Highwind Tiboron aka Gunnar January 2005-April 2015


Doreen Day




Flying Bowie November 2008 - May 2015


You came as a foster and weren't supposed to stay. Each day as your broken leg healed, so did you become entrenched in our hearts. No dog has ever been as benevolent, loving and crazy silly all at the same time. You'll be missed more than words can express.


Christine Johnson and Chris Procopis 





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