Pointy Pembleton is here!

Desperately needed dollars for rescue greyhounds via crowd funding

Dog lovers are invited to help raise dollars for rescue greyhounds by pre-ordering new Australian children’s picture book via an exciting, new crowdfunding campaign, launching today on Chuffed.org

The campaign will fund the production of Pointy Pembleton Visits the Dog Park which is about a gregarious greyhound character who shows children how to accept others that may be a little different.

“We are two Greyhound Rescue volunteers who want to use our skills to raise funds in an innovative and fun new way. Pointy Pembleton teaches children that friendship can sometimes take you by surprise,” said Nat Panzarino, author.

Nat, an English teacher and mother of two, and Fer Wicker, illustrator, have teamed up to bring Pointy Pembleton – picture book hero – to life on the pages of a whimsical, beautifully written book with gorgeous watercolour illustrations.

“We want to use our skills, not only raise funds for dogs in desperate need, but also to raise awareness about greyhounds as family pets. They are wonderful, gentle dogs and they make amazing family pets,” said Fer.

The campaign aims to raise $15,000 to print, market and distribute 2,000 copies of the book. Money from the sale of each book will be donated to Greyhound Rescue Inc.

There are thousands of greyhounds who are unloved, without a family of their own. “No longer wanted by the racing industry, most greyhounds are simply killed. This is referred to by the industry as ‘wastage’,” said Nat.

Rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of retired racing greyhounds in an expensive undertaking.

“Ongoing funds are required for organisations like Greyhound Rescue to continue finding loving homes. These dogs deserve as much love as a poodle or a pug or a chihuahua,” said Fer.

All enquiries: hello@pointypembleton.com 

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Pointy Pembleton is on his way!

Pointy Pembleton is a gregarious greyhound character dreamed up by two of our very own volunteers and based on Greyhound Rescue’s Ambassadog, Zac. Soon, Pointy Pembleton will be the hero of his very own picture book to raise much-needed funds for Greyhound Rescue!

Want to learn more about this seriously super awesome project to help our hounds?

Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and check out the website at www.pointypembleton.com

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Sponsor of the Month – March

Clyde, Debbie & Jack Woods

Birdthdays: Clyde – 3rd May, Debbie – 1st September and Jack – 18th January

When and how did you first start donating to GR?
We first started donating to Greyhound Rescue after meeting a family who looked after dogs when people go on holidays or looked after our beautiful Kelli while we were away. We had heard about GR before and thought what a great organisation and that’s as far as it got.

After speaking to these wonderful people, who also fostered at one stage. It made us more aware of what you guys do for this wonderful dog breed.

After we adopted our second grey we thought we can’t have three at home, we’ll pay for the upkeep for one at Greyhound Rescue who have no government funding provided to try and help. That was about 2 or 3 years ago – we’re not really sure when but it doesn’t matter as long as we do.

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Volunteer of the Month – March

Dicken

No doubt about it, we wish there were more people like this in the world!

Meet Dicken. He is the sort of person that goes about his volunteering work quietly in the background, doing his thing. He’s the sort of volunteer that when we find mysterious but much needed items at kennels that seem to have come from thin air (buckets, bags, etc) it’s a bet Dicken is behind it because he never makes a fuss about his contributions! Thank you Dicken for everything you do!

1.When and how did you first get involved with GR?
I started volunteering at the current kennels about 18 months ago. I came across GR when I was looking for a greyhound to adopt a few years ago and used to help out at the previous GR kennel which was smaller and as well equipped as the current one.
 
2.Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?
I used to have a greyhound but sadly it passed away about 20 months ago. Before that I had two golden retrievers. I’m looking to adopt another one hopefully in the very near future (a greyhound of course).
 
3.What do you find most challenging about GR?
I guess the most challenging part of GR is to change people’s misconception about greyhounds. Many people still think greyhounds are vicious animals because they are muzzled when they are out in public or when they race and because of that some people don’t see greyhounds as family pets. But gladly due to the recent publicity of greyhound racing and the on-going education from animal charity groups such as GR, more and more people now realize greyhounds can be wonderful family pets.
 
4.Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?
I was researching greyhounds a while ago when I was looking to adopt one and came across GR and was really impressed by the effort and determination of Peter and Janet (founders of GR) in saving abandoned greyhounds. Being a small non-profit charity organization without any government subsidies they rely heavily on help from volunteers and sponsors/donors.
 
5.When your friends or family find out that you volunteer what do they say or ask?
They are really supportive and love to know more about greyhounds. Some are even considering greyhounds as they next pets!
 
6.What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering
You won’t regret it. Thinking about what the dogs went through before they arrive at GR and seeing the transformation the dogs make at GR will bring a smile to your face and your heart.
 
7.What do you do when you aren’t volunteering or working?
Chillaxing and sleeping.
 
8. What might someone be surprised to learn about you
I love coffee. I may have 6-7 cups of ristretto a day and still manage to fall asleep on the couch by 8PM!
 
9. If you could use three words only to describe greyhounds, what would they be?
Lazy, easy-going, funny.
 
10. And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!
They’re all my favourites but if I really have to pick one it’d be Humphrey. Whenever he sees you he can’t wait to jump up to give you lots of kisses on your face (and muddy paw prints on your shirt on a rainy day).
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Upcoming Events

Our volunteers are often out and about in the community to spread awareness and raise some much-needed funds for our greyhounds. Check here for events coming up through the year!

2018 Events

September

Sunday 16th: Dogs in the Park
Jamison Park, Racecourse Road, Penrith
9.30am – 3.30pm
Join us for a fun day out in Western Sydney! Events include dog sports demonstrations, best-dressed pet competitions and dog trick contests – not to mention greyhounds to cuddle! This is a free event.

October

Saturday 20: Super Furry Festival
Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills
9am – 3pm
The Super Furry Festival brings together a number of animal charities to raise awareness, funds and adoptions for animals needing homes.
This is a free event. More information »

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What Makes A Rescue Tick?

Hollie – Kennel Manager Extraordinaire

Hollie is one busy lady – this superhero wears gumboots- and if she isn’t running around after the greyhounds, she’s busy cuddling them! She can usually be found with a hose in one hand, her phone in the other, and a dog (or goat!) by her side….

 

What is your role in GR?

I’ve been with GR for 5 years as Kennel manager/mum and an assortment of hundreds of other jobs.

 

How much time do you spend on your role? Weekly/Daily?

Too much! Every morning weekdays, and often afternoons as well. Plus I’m on call.

 

What does a typical shift/day involve for you?

Getting up early to let all the dogs in the hospital out to toilet and check on them, then all the dogs in our top kennel area. Then I go through, disinfect and hose everything, clean out torn bedding, put new bedding in, pooper scoop the yards, feed them, and then take dogs to the vets for desexing. By the time 11am rolls around I’ll have already taken a dozen phone calls as well, dropped my kids to school, and then check on the volunteers who do the bottom kennels. If a volunteer calls at the last minute unavailable I often have to do all the hounds down the bottom as well, morning and/or afternoon. I do meet and greets, pick up dogs coming in, do surrenders, collect dog food, giving advice to adoptive families who call, collect donations, and help at events.

 

What is the thing you like best about your role?

Being the first contact for dogs arriving to rescue, the bonding the time in the van (chucking them chicken nuggets). Meeting new dogs and seeing dogs that have been here a while finally find their perfect family.

 

What frustrates you about your role?

There’s always too much to do and not enough people during the week to help at kennels. Ausilia’s neverending emails, and being hounded by our paperwork nazi Kate. I would rather pick up 34 greyhounds poo all day than touch paperwork.

 

Anything else to add?

There’s so much going on behind the scenes that people have no idea about, I couldn’t do it without my A Team (you know who you are). I hate paperwork and getting emails, but I love my job because I love the dogs. If I could adopt them all I would, but I can’t so I live with all instead.

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Sponsor of the Month – February

Greg & Jeannine Barrett

Birthdays: Greg – 9th Oct Jeannine -19th April

1.When and how did you first start donating to GR?

We started donating to GR shortly after we adopted Jack 4 years ago because we wanted to give back to the rescue who saved our Jack.

2.Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?

Yes we have Jack our rescued greyhound who turns 8 in March.

 3.How does it make you feel to sponsor?

Being a sponsor makes us feel good knowing we are helping the hounds at the shelter.

4.Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?

GR help greyhounds in need and having adopted Jack from GR they are close to our hearts.

5.When your friends or family find out that you sponsor a hound what do they say or ask?

They ask us what GR do with our sponsor money and they know how much we love Jack so they are happy to hear we sponsor.

6.What would you tell someone who is thinking about  or sponsoring?

We would tell them that adopting or fostering a greyhound is a wonderful way to help hounds who need a home but if you can’t then sponsoring a hound is another greyt way to help them.

7.What do you do when you aren’t working?

We spend a lot of quality time with Jack.

8.What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

We are sci-fi nuts

9.If you could use three words only to describe greyhounds, what would they be?

Lazy, Goofy and Loving

10. And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!

 Dino – he’s tall dark and handsome and we are currently one of his sponsors.

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Healthy Hound Corner – Bloat

*****All information in this article is intended as a guide only. Please see your vet for any medical concern/s with your hound*****

Like all large deep chested dogs, greyhounds are susceptible to bloat. This condition is fatal if not treated quickly enough. Bloating can occur  without warning and many owners may mistake it for indigestion. Gastric torsion will often result in a bloated belly (the ladies may look pregnant!) and you may even see the stomach twisting and turning. However, you can’t be sure that it will be that noticeable. Once the stomach starts to twist and turn it can torsion, which can be fatal. It cuts off the circulation in the stomach and blood gets pushed into the main organs while the stomach dies. Nobody wants that!!

No one really knows what causes bloat but there have been some behaviours that are exhibited by some dogs that experience bloat. Nervous or high-strung dogs can be susceptible to bloat and there is an indication that stress plays a part in the disease. Dogs that are fed dried dog food in large quantities also may experience bloat more than others. Whether this is due to some food allergy or sensitivity is not known.

Dogs that gulp a large amount of water, and gulp their meals may also can experience bloat more than others.  Gulping food from the floor rather than an elevated dish can also contribute .It might be due to the additional air that is taken in with the food that causes bloat or some other unknown factor. Popping your houndie’s food and water bowls on top of a crate is an easy option, although if you are DIY minded something more stylish like the below made with an old chair and bowl prevents the bowl moving around.

In general, a natural food diet seems to be beneficial for dogs that experience bloat. Avoid cheap kibble with high cereal content and stick with something that is more nutritious and chewy that takes longer to eat. For example offal, chicken frames, and other and raw meaty bones (also good for teeth!) It is highly recommended greyhounds be fed twice daily instead of one meal to help prevent bloat, as they are less likely to gulp their food if fed more often.

Exercise may also contribute to bloat if done just prior to eating or directly after eating. Try to exercise you dog in between meals and not close to meal times.  No vigorous exercise should be undertaken one to two hours before and after meals. Your houndie is best in the horizontal position after a meal as demonstrated here…

 

 

Above all, if you have any question whether your houndie has bloat take them immediately to your vet. Do not attempt to relieve your dog’s distress if you are not someone who knows how to do this without hurting the hound. Any big changes in your dog’s diet should also be discussed with your vet, especially if you are converting to home made meals, to ensure proper nutrition.

We hope you have a healthy happy houndie!

 

 

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Volunteer of the Month

Our volunteers are the very backbone of what we do at GR. Without them, we could not possibly save and rehome as many greyhounds as we do. While every single one of our volunteers is important no matter how much they do whether hands on with the dogs or behind the scenes, every month we are introducing just one of them to you and acknowledging their amazing efforts. These volunteers have demonstrated exceptional passion, commitment, reliability, and co-operation to make GR what it is, and we thank them tremendously.

Sarah Thomas – February Volunteer of the Month

Birthday: 14th June

1.When and how did you first get involved with GR?

After learning about the plight of greyhounds in Australia and finding some spare time from work I got in touch with Peter to enquire about how I could help in GR. I first started volunteering for GR in October 2013 and I’ve been doing the Tuesday morning shift at the kennels ever since.

2.Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?

I have 2 whippets, Indie and Zephyr and a greyhound Reg who was a spectacular foster fail! We adopted him 2 years ago from GR.

3.What do you find most challenging about GR?

The hardest part about looking after our kennel kids is seeing the sometimes terrible situations these dogs come from. And then after you spend so much time with them week after week, you start to see their true personalities shine through. The transformation is amazing and its wonderful to be part of a team of people so dedicated to helping these dogs. You really get so attached to them and the longer they’re in kennels the harder it is to say goodbye to them when they find their forever home, but its of course a happy farewell.

4.Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?

GR relies purely on donations and the amount of time, energy and resources that go into saving these dogs is incredible. The no kill policy was also really important to me.

5.When your friends or family find out that you volunteer what do they say or ask?

They mostly ask about what greyhounds are really like, so I get to dispel lots of myths about them and tell people how lovely they are to be around.

6.What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering

Do it! You meet some amazing people, as part of this team you make a huge difference to the dogs and its great knowing you’re a part of giving them a wonderful new life.

7.What do you do when you aren’t volunteering or working?

I love to go running, and I love planning the next travel adventure.

8. What might someone be surprised to learn about you

I love watching french films

9. If you could use three words only to describe greyhounds, what would they be?

Gentle, affectionate and forgiving

10. And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!

Loki is my favourite kennel kid! He really is such a smoocher, he loves to play and go for a run but he’s equally as happy having a cuddle with me too.

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Future Vet Kids Camp

Scott is a vet who lives in Toronto and for the last six years has come to Sydney in January to run a Summer Camp for children interested in becoming a vet. Scott is a very inspirational person and some of his initial students are now in University studying Vet Science.

Since the inception six years ago, Greyhound Rescue has gone along to give a talk about greyhounds and Greyhound Rescue , taking along a greyhound or two for the students and Scott to have hands on.

January 2017 was no exception and Peter accompanied by Izzy and greyhound Rocky, who has been adopted by Izzy and Mum Alyson, went along to let the students know about GR. Rocky is the most calm greyhound ever and let Scott do a demonstration examination for the students, during which the students listened to Rocky’s heart. Only a greyhound would put up with so much attention.

Thank you to Scott for inviting us to his Summer Camp and for his donation of $200 to help GR, also thank you to Izzy and Rocky for coming along to help.

We look forward to seeing Scott again in 2018

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