Go John!

John and Amelia adopted Maggie and Jimmy from us, probably two years ago now. Two beautiful black greys that you may have met at Stalls or Sausage Sizzles.

They have already been so generous in their donations but now John is going to trek through not one event but TWO in the hope of raising some funds for Greyhound Rescue.

https://give.everydayhero.com/au/john-mcfadzean

John writes the following: “EVENT 1- Sunday 10th March:
Cycle the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge- 235km; 3 Epic Climbs covering Tawonga Gap, Mt Hotham & Falls Creek covering over 4,500m of elevation; 13 Hour time limit.
Considered one of Australia’s toughest 1-day rides. Some details below show what makes it such a challenge (and make me slightly concerned)-http://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/great-rides/94609/

EVENT 2- Saturday 18th May:
Run the Australian North Face 50KM- 50km trail run through the NSW Blue Mountains; 11 hour time limit.

Another corker across some tough trail including over 1500m of climbing. http://www.thenorthface100.com.au/RaceInfo/50#Course

While doing this I’m hoping to raise some much needed funds for a cause doing some incredible work against the odds (literally) in Australia.

It’s a little talked about fact that the Greyhound racing industry in Australia is responsible for thousands of healthy dogs being put down every year. It goes deeper than what to do with retirees, and it is estimated that only 1 in 10 dogs bred for racing even make it to the track with thousands of healthy young greyhounds routinely ‘euthanised’ every year. It is especially sad as greyhounds have a gentle nature and a long history of being great family pets.

Greyhound Rescue is a charity which helps save and re-home Greyhounds dumped by the racing industry to be killed, either as youngsters because they didn’t make the cut as a racer, or because they are minimally injured or have reached the end of their racing days. The charity was started by Peter and Janet Flann who single-handedly took on this cause without any state funding, and over the years they have worked tirelessly with some dedicated volunteers to save hundreds of healthy greyhounds from being needlessly put to death, and go on to live long happy lives as pets.

The number of greyhounds killed by the racing industry each year in Australia is staggering, and I’m hoping to raise some much needed funds to help Greyhound Rescue save more of these incredible animals, and also help raise awareness of this little known plight.”

Go John!!! We all support and thank you!!

Please share the link/donate to support this epic journey he will be enduring for the greyhounds!

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Here is John’s diary of the first event: Cycle the Scody Peaks Challenge

Quick update on progress so far (sorry for slight delay, was waiting for some pictorial evidence to come through)…

In a nutshell- EVENT 1 completed, EVENT 2 training going well (well, going!), with the Blue Mountains looming large!

For those of you who asked for some details, this is how things panned out…

EVENT 1: Cycle the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge- Check!
On Friday 8th March I headed down to the Victorian Alps, staying in a cabin half way up Falls Creek Mountain. As Mt Hotham road had been closed due to bush fires and landslides (I know!) the organisers had tweaked the route, meaning we tackled the stunning Mount Buffalo instead, as well as an extra punchy little peak towards the end. As soon as we arrived I immediately became aware of just how big and steep some of the climbs are in this region (the “Alps” part should probably have given this away) and what an effort this was going to be, even in perfect conditions. Turned out the conditions on the day made things all the more taxing…

5.30am on Sunday I headed up the mountain to the start line in Falls Creek, where about 1,500 people were getting ready to kick off a long day of cycling. Having never done the event I was right at the back which gave me a great view as the sun began to rise and everyone started to career down the winding road. Some of those around me had clearly decided that the main part of the cycle they’d make up time would be on the downhill sections, leading to one of the scariest 30 kms of my life- I was going downhill at a pretty conservative 60-odd kmh while others sped past me as if I was standing still, including one poor chap who flashed by at one of the first corners only to disappear off the side of the mountain (he was fine, though his bike wasn’t)! On that first hill alone I counted 3 accidents and 4 punctures. Suffice to say I decided to take it slightly easy on that first hill.

By the top of Tawonga Gap (the first peak) I’d managed to get a good rhythm and had moved up through the line well, feeling confident about the hills, especially with the distraction of the scenery which was awesome. What started to concern me was the heat. By 9am the temp was around 32 Degrees, and every minute the sun was rising I could feel the temperature going up too.

Mount Buffalo was one of the most incredible cycles of my life, around 25 kms long, amazing views at every steep turn, and at the top there was an old gent with a hose! Man I was pleased to see him!! Given the heat the various hoses set up around the course were attracting quite a crowd. After queuing to top up my water, I left the others enjoying a well-earned break and headed down the hill on my own. 30 kms of beautifully cambered winding road completely to myself. Heaven after the earlier Falls Creek descent mayhem.

This was the point after which the joy ended! On reaching the lunch stop at about 11.30am the temp had reached around 40 degrees, and the next 100 kms felt like I was being roasted in a merciless, rolling oven (in fact one of the towns was called Ovens! I laughed, because otherwise I’d have cried!). I’ve honestly never been so conscious of all my energy being sapped out of me as I felt during the next 100kms. As the afternoon wore on we passed cyclists strewn across the side of the road, huddled under lone trees for at least a little respite. I managed to join a few people growing into a mini peloton for some of this section, giving us at least a little occasional slipstream from the fan-heater wind, though this splintered pretty quickly given the fatigue setting in.

Ironically, it was the smallest peak of the day, Rosewhite Gap, which caused the most pain so far. After 160km and that sapping heat I felt every inch of it. Then the pain continued to the 200km mark at which point I reached the base of Falls Creek. 30 kms of serious climbing to go…

I can’t remember the pain, but remember getting into a good rhythm again. I’d managed to keep eating throughout the course so my brain knew I had some energy left even if my body disagreed. I drank about 1.5 litres of water every hour or so, but even so, I was parched. With 17km to go I passed our cabin and my ‘support team’ (Mel and the dogs!) had a little extra water for me (good skills- how did you guess!), and as I continued a kid and his mum were pouring jugs of ice cold water over passers-by- again, a life saver, but then the rest of the climb I was on my own. Littering the road were poor souls who’d blown up or decided to take a 5 minute r&r in the hope of finding that last ounce of energy, some curled up in the foetal position (quite a disturbing sight!)! I don’t remember the pain but it must have been extreme because I recall seeing the 4 kms to go sign and thinking that I might just stop and call it a day! Clearly that wasn’t really an option so I told my legs to shut up and get on with it.

Almost 20% had to abandon with heat exhaustion or technical difficulties, and I’m sure I came close on numerous occasions. In the end I crossed the line 11 hrs 15 mins after starting that morning (9hrs 30mins of cycling time), thankfully well within the 13 hour limit, and still in one piece.

Not sure I have the words to describe how good the steak and beer tasted that night!

http://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/great-rides/94794/

On to EVENT 2- the North Face 50KM trail run through the Blue Mountains.

A couple of niggling injuries (running hurts!) meant that the running training was a little slow to get going after the 3 peaks, but last weekend I was in the Blue Mountains and things are starting to click again. A few big trails and the injuries seem to have gone. With this in mind I woke early this morning and covered 23kms of trails before work. Only 27kms to go! One thing is for sure- this is going to be incredibly hard, so some work to be done before 18th May.

Oh, and we’ve received $1,787 in donations so far, which is quite unbelievable! Many thanks for your kind support, it’s really appreciated. Would be great to keep this going!

Cheers,
John

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URGENT CALL TO FOSTER SOME OLDER GREYHOUNDS

Once again we are putting out the call for foster carers in the greater Sydney area for our rescued greyhounds. By going into foster care not only do the dogs have a better life, they learn how to be better happier pets. Some may never have used stairs, heard vacuum cleaners, slept inside on a comfy bed, seen glass doors, had to go out to pee, been given guidance on “good dog manners”…the list goes on.

At present our kennels are full as we have had

A SUDDEN INFLUX OF GREYHOUNDS, PARTICULARLY OLDER ONES WHO HAVE HAD A HARD LIFE AND DESERVE NOT TO BE IN KENNELS. CAN YOU HELP THEM PLEASE?

If you are able to become one of our foster carers we would be truly grateful. Foster carers really only need 2 main things- the time to give a greyhound some real love and attention (walks, cuddles, good food, comfy bed) and a secure house/yard. If you already have other pets or kids (or not) that’s OK- we can choose a greyhound that will suit your household, if we don’t have a suitable one right now it won’t be long til we do! Please contact us urgently Peter 0412 562 104 or peter@greyhoundrescue.com.au.

Help Us Help Them.

 

 

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An amazing $7000 raised for Boots’ operation

On Australia Day, Saturday 26 January, we posted the below story about Boots on this website and also our Facebook page. Well the donation tally began to rise  immediately with an incredible number of people donating to help with the operation. There were a few people on Facebook suggesting it was not worth it- that it was better for Boots to be euthanaised.  We found those suggestions upsetting as our policy has and always will be no-kill unless the dog is suffering and there is no other option. Many of our supporters jumped behind us which was comforting.

24 hours into the campaign over $3000 had already been donated and by Wednesday $4800. Several people donated huge amounts- $1000 each from two parties, as well as $500 from another. Whether big or small it all counted and on Thursday we had $6000 in the kitty. Last night (Friday), not quite a week since the Boots campaign began, Peter advised the committee that a staggering $7176.00 had been donated. Enough to cover the operation, the post operative care and even help with another hound’s toe amputation!

Greyhound Rescue is truly humbled by this amazing show of community support and will be forever grateful. Boots operation will take place next week and we will update you on his progress. Once he has recovered he will be looking for a forever human family. I think you can be sure that Boots will always be a very lucky and loved hound.

Thank you all so very much,

Peter and Janet Flann and the Greyhound Rescue committee and volunteers

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BOOTS’ STORY

This is Boots. He is the most gorgeous two year old who was saved by some kind hearted vet nurses who could not bear to see him put down for no reason. Unfortunately, although Boots has had a second chance at life, he still has a big struggle ahead and we are calling on some help, any help, by way of donations to help cover what will be a very hefty vet bill.

You see from X-rays it would appear that Boots had an injury to his hip as a puppy- a fracture that was never treated (no surprise there- clearly this is why he was thrown away). This injury has interfered with the growth plate and as a result Boot’s two thigh bones are 4cm different in length- which has caused extra stress on his hip. As a result of this his hip is worn out and he needs a replacement. Remember, poor old Boots is only two and a half years old.

Our very kind orthopaedic vet has knocked $500 off the cost of this operation for us and did not charge for the consultation. But we still need to find $6500. Of course there is a cheaper option where they just cut off the head of the femur, which seems to work with little dogs, but it does not sound like a good option for Boots- and in that situation if the operation did not work, amputation is then the only option.

Boots will need 6 weeks recovery, basically in a cage, and we see little option but that he does that with Peter and Janet at home. One of our amazing volunteers Verity has pledged $1000 to start the ball rolling.

I guess we feel like we are always asking for your hard earned money- but as you know we get no funding from the government that supports greyhound racing and the bills just keep on coming. We are not willing to euthanize an otherwise perfectly healthy young greyhound.

If you think you can help us, we would be so “greytful” and so would Boots!

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Any donation can be made into our bank account and use the reference “BOOTS OP”. Please include your name so we can thank you!

The bank account details are:

AccountName: Greyhound Rescue Inc
BSB: 012289
Account No: 524792379

Or you can donate via PayPal:  

Why do we think it’s worth doing? Because we think Boots was made for walking, not hopping, that’s why!

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A Tribute to Britney

Britney and Princess were our first two greyhounds in Australia and both came to us in 2005.

Unfortunately Britney joined Princess ‘Over the Rainbow Bridge’ this Xmas, she would have been 13 years old in February.

As you can see from the photographs Britney in her prime had the most beautiful and striking dark blue coat, loved to collect things(shoes in this case), was a pickle at times with that ‘what me?’ look when caught having destroyed her bed!!

Britney was a real character but we loved her lots, like all of them, and it was a privilege to have had her as a pet.

Rest in Peace, Britney.

Lots of love

Peter and Janet

 

 

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Happy Xmas

From everyone at Greyhound Rescue to everyone who has adopted a greyhound, donated, helped in one of many ways or just followed the amazing story of the greyhounds on our website.

It has been a wonderful year and we wish you all:

A VERY MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Last events for 2012

Santa is on his way! Come down and support the hounds while you shop at Bunnings:

SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER- Bunnings Parramatta sausage sizzle- hosted by Matthew and his new adopted hound Tess

MONDAY 24 DECEMBER – Gift wrapping courtesy of Nora and Ed at Bunnings Belrose

SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER – Bunnings Belrose sausage sizzle. Meet the hounds and stock up on stuff for your New Year celebrations!

Hope to see you there- all proceeds to Greyhound Rescue. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Thank you for all your support this year.

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Annual PP Benefit Night raises $2500

Pure Platinum hosted their annual fund raiser for Greyhound Rescue and the RSPCA on Thursday 22nd November and once again it was a greyt success!

This year it raised an amazing $2500 for Greyhound Rescue, which will go a long way towards a much needed new vehicle!

This was the fourth year PP have organised this event for us and we thank Rob and his colleagues who assist most sincerely for their time and effort to help us. It is always an enjoyable and fun evening for both boys and girls and we look forward to the next one.

PP Benefit Night Supporting Greyhound Rescue and RSPCA

 

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Run for the Greys! Can you help Sue raise $1000 for Greyhound Rescue?

Sue Bradshaw is one of our volunteers and she has recently committed to run for the greys! Please sponsor her run or donate – it all goes to Greyhound Rescue to help us buy a new wagon to replace our tragic old one with 300,000 on the dial! Having committed to raise $700 she has already surpassed that so now has her eye on $1000! This link will take you to her fundraising page. Every dollar with help! Thank you Sue and all that donate to help the beautiful greys!

Please use this link to access Sue’s fundraising page. http://makingadifference.gofundraise.com.au/page/BradshawS

 

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TRIVIA NIGHT RAISES $2750

Last Saturday we had to compete with Halloween Parties and so numbers were down a bit but the faithful few dug deep to raise $2750 and had a very enjoyable evening in the process, with the winning table taking home a case of good quality wines.

The inimitable Portia Turbo was in great form, looking very young in her outfit for the evening (pictured here, photo courtesy of Ann Marie). Greyhound Rescue would particularly like to thank Portia for her continuing support for the greyhounds, helping us to raise approx $9000 throughout 2012 as well as fostering one of our greyhounds, Snowy, the best trained greyhound in Sydney!!

Prizes were donated by Virgin wines, Cumulus wines, Blue Tongue Brewery, Jenny Winsor, Helene Ruma, Les and Janine, Jenny Nappa, Sheridan, Bella Mowbray and Portia. Thank you all.

 

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Help please for a transport vehicle!!

CAN YOU HELP US PLEASE!!

Our current form of transport is an ageing 1995 vehicle with 332,000 km on the clock.

Yesterday IT BROKE DOWN AGAIN and we will be without transport for a few days.

We have had $5000 donated towards a new vehicle but need more than that.

We urgently need either MORE DONATIONS towards a new vehicle or a CAR FIRM WILLING TO DONATE A NEW OR USED VEHICLE. In either case we are a fully registered charity  and donations are fully tax deductible and we can put advertising on a donated vehicle.

PLEASE HELP US AND THE GREYHOUNDS IF YOU CAN

 

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