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Once upon a time, June 2015, GFNC received four momma hounds all about 7 years old at the kennel for adoption. The following are the success stories of all four and the change they have made in the humans life. Plus, the story of a 12 year old returned and placed happily into a Foster home.
Cammie ~Mac's Dr. Cameron
Cammie was our seventh greyhound adoption. We have two rambunctious boy greys: Odin (who just turned eight), and Loki (who is three). We had recently had to put Gracie (our sweet 14-year-old girl) to sleep. I saw the momma hounds on GFNC's site, and thought one of the girls would be a great fit for our pack. I knew that they were usually some of the last to be adopted, and we very much wanted to give one of them a home. Odin is very playful yet sensitive, and Loki . . . well, Loki is a maniac who's basically a 90-lb. puppy. If it can be gotten into, he's into it. Loki's a sweet boy, and we love him dearly, but he can be a bit of a jerk around Odin, stealing his toys, etc. We were looking for a "civilizing influence," a house mom for our canine frat boys, and hoped that one of the momma hounds would be up to the challenge.
So we took our boys to meet the moms. When James brought Cammie out, we knew we had a winner. It was obvious that after having two litters of puppies, she wasn't going to take any crap from just one puppy -- even if he was a 90 pounder. Cammie has been a perfect fit for us. She's playful and loves to run in our big back yard with the boys, chasing the deer down the fence. But if the boys get out of line, all it takes is one firm bark and a stern look from Momma Cammie, and the boys toe the line. Momma hounds are the best!
Lisa & Derek Shearin
Petunia Grace "Tunie"- Mac's Sugar Plum
First, we changed her name. She needed a nice southern name, so she is now Petunia Grace. We call her Tunie. She spent the first few days admiring her reflection in the mirror, the refrigerator, and the oven! Yes, she had lots of teeth removed - 32 in all!! That leaves 6 remaining. With no teeth, her tongue often spills out of the side of her mouth. Sometimes, it wraps around her chin and she lays on it. We are not sure that is comfortable for her, but it doesn't seem to bother her. Eating and drinking have become an adventure because everything falls out of the sides of her mouth! She is gaining weight nicely. She was only 53 pounds when her stitches were removed by our vet, but with a good diet and some extra protein she gained 4 pounds the first month.
She has settled in wonderfully with her greyhound brother, Reese, who is about the same age. He is showing her the ropes of living in a house. She is learning to love soft beds, a big back yard, loving mommies, soft treats, tennis balls, Frosty Paws, and car rides. She even went to the spa and tried out a pool!!! She is very curious and has stolen a few pieces of laundry and a slipper here and there to treasure in her bed!
We love her!!!!
Cyndie Alderman & Merrianne Thurston
Momma Mia ~ Mac's Janice
Janice was born on March 31, 2008 and has already gone to her forever home. She is now being called Mia because her adopter is also named Janice, and she thought folks might think she had lost her mind if she was outside calling her own name. The human Janice always greeted her at the kennel with “Hi Me!” which led to her new name Mia. It is also ironic that she is “Momma Mia” --- get it? Like the movie, broadway play, and ABBA song!?
Mia is 7 years old and is a beautiful red fawn with big brown eyes. She had 2 litters of puppies; the first one shows only 2 puppies (both black) on Greyhound-data; the second one shows 5 puppies (3 red and 2 black). Before Mia came to GFNC to find her forever home, we had already adopted 2 pups from the 2nd litter, Mac’s Bayou Baby and Mac’s River Rat.
Mia is easily adjusting to her new life and enjoying her full retirement. She came to a home with 5 other Greys, 3 females and 2 males, and all have gotten along extremely well. Mia is a quiet, laid back girl with a keen interest in food (like most all newly adopted Greys). She loves to eat even though she had 30 teeth removed during her vet procedure. It’s a good thing we are told to add warm water to our Grey’s food to help them swallow. Mia is relegated to small and soft treats because she cannot chew the larger or harder ones.
When Mia came home, she was quite the “nester” liking to dig up the bedding. Now after only a couple of weeks, she is getting more comfortable and not nesting as much. Mia has been an easy addition to the pack and is a joy to have as a member of the family. Yeah, Momma Mia!
Janice O with her 6
Monty (on ground) Grayson, Freeway, Momma Mia (front) Gwen and Iceman (brindle head down)
Bombay ~ Mac's Bombay
My husband and I had considered a dog for some time. We both LIKE dogs but we couldn't seem to find one we really wanted to keep around and fall in love with. We tried a terrier mix rescue last December and as trained and agreeable as he was, we just didn't click. A few months ago we sat down to figure out what it was we were looking for. We knew we wanted sweet, low key, not overly yappy and not small, that's when I started research into lazy dogs. Not only were greyhounds in every one of those lists, they were noble, beautiful creatures. So, we found ourselves at GFNC kennel.
Bombay walked right up to me and put her nose next to my face. Although we briefly struggled between her and another, we ultimately decided Bombay was a better fit. Within a few days, she had settled into her new routine at our house and successfully made the transition from Kennel to Couch. She mastered the back stairs at first attempt and has thus far barked exactly once. She quickly learns new things, and spends most of her free time snoozing. We just LOVE her and I know I will never consider another breed.
Jennifer and John Robinson
Our Fifth special Grey, Nittany
A fifth special Grey we’d like to give an update on is Nittany. She went directly from a previous home to Volunteer Foster Mom, Jean Colegrove. Nittany’s track name was JR’s Real Deal. The name Nittany was given to her by her adopters who are alumni of Penn State University, home of the Nittany Lions.
Nittany will be 12 years old on August 7th. She is a petite black female who only weighed 46 pounds when she got to her new home. She went to the vet to be checked and have her teeth cleaned, and she too lost a bunch of teeth! In fact, she only has four teeth left, but she is eating well and has gotten up to 55 pounds. Not only that, she is feeling greyt and has more spunk than dogs half her age. She runs and plays with her housemates and house guests and anyone else who will join in her fun. She is enjoying her fenced in yard, loves to lay in the sun and her new “leash on life”!
Greyhound Friends of NC APP is now available. GFNC app available on the Apple app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gfnc/id907241879?mt=8
It is free to download and use on ipad, iphone and ipod. The devices must be running iOS 7.1 or later. It looks best on the iPhone and iPod. There is some vacant space when viewing on the iPad but that is typical given the larger display.
Garrett Howell is a 15 year old whose family has adopted from us and has 3 littermates. This app allows you to keep us with GFNC's website and Facebook, which updates everytime the website or FB is updated.
Our sincere thanks to Garrett!
An excellent YouTube video to watch if your truly considering adopting a Greyhound by Gulf Greyhound Park.
The Greyhound - From Racing to Home.
Hey Greyhound Friends. If you're looking for a fun way to help us raise money for GFNC, all you have to do is shop for dog treats, toys and accessories. You can even sign up to receive a box full of items delivered to your door at the frequency you desire (monthly, quarterly etc.)
We have been accepted as BarkBox's newest "partner"! Support us and get 10% off when you use our special code: BBX1JHA
Help us raise some serious bones - we get a $15 donation with every order! Get started at the link below and at checkout enter our special code BBX1JHA.
For you convenience use this link . BARKBOX
WoofTrax Walk for a Dog Program!
Greyhound Friends of NC is registered in the program. Click on website link and dowload the app.
A download APP for your smartphone(iphone & Android) that supports Greyhound Friends every time you walk your dog. After you download the app onto your smartphone, take the phone with you when you walk your dog(s). Simply press the "Start Walking for Greyhound Friends of NC" button and the app will keep track of your walk. When your walk is stopped it is credited to GFNC. The more people walking, the more WoofTrax can donate, so spread the word.
Donations are funded by their sponsorships, advertising, and investors. Donations are sent out twice per year. Every walk counts whether it is a quick walk, marathons, half-marathons etc or hiking trails. The more people actively walking with the app the greater it benefits GFNC.
You walk your hound(s) anyway so why not promote healthy interaction between your dogs and yourself, and raise money every day to support GFNC.
Missing Dog Protocol: Always remember to call the kennel to let us know that your greyhound has escaped. We can help post on our Facebook, Message Boards, Yahoo Groups and organize search groups. If your dog has it's collar on with all ID tags, you will be the first person they will call. But if you do not have your contact information on the collar, they will call the kennel. We have a database of all owners, hounds tattoo numbers and contact numbers that was listed on the adoption contract. To keep our database up-to-date email the kennel with your new contact information.
Cell Phones: If your upgrading your cell phone, we'll take your OLD phone and recycle it. GFNC has a source to turn in the phones for money. We do not need any of the accessories or manuals only the cell phones. You can drop them off at the kennel or mail them to the attention of Blanche Fedor. Thanks!
GFNC Kennel Wish List
Kennel Wish List: New & Moderately Used blankets Warning on blanket purchases -no velour, fleece too easily shredded by the hounds or handknitted throws the loops are too open and the hands can get their legs or collars caught in the open weave. For their safety, only Acrylic Blankets, please), The hounds have been shredding the blankets and can cause intestinal blockage.
Garbage bags Kitchen & large, washing detergents powder/low suds & liquid, Clorox, Pine-Sol or Lysol, toilet Tissue, Paper Towels.
Used Crates for Resale and Foster Home Use, Bottled Water, Soda and Snacks for volunteers Dish Detergent and monetary donations.
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