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CGA 2014 Annual Picnic

hounds getting treatsGreythounds,

Bring your human(s) to our Annual CGA Picnic on Sunday, September 28, from noon to 4pm, at Highland Heritage Regional Park on 9651 S. Quebec near C470 & Quebec in Highlands Ranch.

The cost is $5/person or $15 per family.

From bobbing for hotdogs, to shopping and food, there will be something for every human and hound.

FOSTER SWAP - Bring any gently used items you no longer need for the foster family swap - bed, feeders, booties, etc.

BAKE SALE - Warm up your baking pans and bring goodies for human, hounds, or both for the bake sale.  Please label baked goods with ingredients.

In addition to the silent auction and CGA Store, some of the vendors that will be there present are

Rumor has it there may be pirates there!!!!


Check out our facebook page for announcements and updates.

 

CGA T-Shirt Contest

Since 2008 CGA has held a 'design a t-shirt' contest, which has become an exciting competition that coincides with its annual picnic.  Each year CGA volunteers submit designs that they'd like to see on a t-shirt; those submissions are then posted on CGA's website. 
Next, e-group members and facebook followers are asked to vote for the design they like best.  Although they won't admit to it, the volunteers are extremely talented and the submissions speak for themselves!

This year's contest drew in nine wonderful and varied submissions.  The winning t-shirt design will be featured on a t-shirt which will be sold at this year's Annual Picnic; it will also be available online at www.CGAshop.com. Additionally, we will be doing pre-sales in an effort to make sure that everyone who wants a t-shirt, gets one in his/her correct size!

And now, the winner of the 2014 Annual CGA Greyt T-Shirt Contest.

In Your Heart by Kathy Rowley.In Your Heart

Her design is a picture of one of Kira's puppies, 'Emily'.  She says, "...the t-shirt practically designed itself!! And, one look into Emily's eyes and I had the slogan: Let One Find Its Way Into Your Heart.  She, like so many others, have found their way into our hearts. It's as simple as that."
*The photo was contributed to Kathy by Studio Noda who provides their time to photograph CGA’s calendar In the Company of Greyhounds already on-sale through the CGA Store.

There are no losers, because all of this year's designs were wonderful!


Honorable mention goes to "Greyhound Through the Heart" by the Gaithe family - Jackie, Leon, & Kelsey. The Gaithe family played around and came up with three designs.  They wanted to incorporate the CGA logo with a variety of things related to retired greyhounds.

In Your HeartAdditionally, thanks go out to Nicole Marcisz Ellison, Shari Wagner, Denise Fortman, and Robin Caswell for their submissions; and, thanks to those of you who supported this group of artists with your votes.

The winning t-shirt will be making its debut at the 2014 CGA Annual Picnic on Sunday, September 28th

We hope that this year's contest has inspired others to design a t-shirt to enter in next year's contest.  And, remember, no matter who wins, it's really the dogs who are the winners!

Although voting has ended, we have re-posted all nine of the entries so that you can look back at the designs.  Some of you may have missed seeing them when they were originally posted.
Read more...
 

In the Company of Greyhounds Calendar Available

The 2015 In The Company of Greyhounds calendar is currently in line to be printed; all pre-orders will be ready in time for the picnic, or mailed to you, depending on which option you requested.

It's a beauty!  Calendar sales are still going on, and the purchase price is $12.00 each.  They will be available at the picnic, and orders can still be made on the CGA store website.  Applicable delivery charges will be applied to mail orders.

calendar cover


The calendar was photographed by Studio Noda, in Golden, Colorado, at the Clear Creek Historic Park.  The calendar has 32 beautiful pages, and once again we have a 'Contacts' page and a 'Notes' section.  Something new we've added this year is an In Memoriam page. 

Don't miss a chance to see your friends, and their exquisite Greyhounds, who volunteered this year.  Our 2015 calendar is sure to become a collector's item!

The price for the calendar is $12.00 each beginning Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

All services, except for printing costs, were donated.  All proceeds will be donated to Colorado Greyhound Adoption to help pay for medical expenses for retired racing greyhounds.
 

Newsletter Available

The August-September edition of the CGA Newsletter is available.

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This edition includes the following:

  • CGA Golf Tournament hits a hole in one!
  • It's That Time Again!
  • New Adoptions
  • Greyhound Gourmet by Rachel Jervis
  • Ask The Trainer: Visitors
  • Evie's Answers by Evie Petunia

Colorado Greyhound Adoption publishes a bimonthly newsletter to its members. It contains newsworthy items around the organization, training questions and answers, and various stories about greyhounds in retirement.

The newsletters also highlights the wonderful veterinary hospitals that donate their time and services to help our hounds.

To find archived newsletters, click here.

 

Support Us in the Shelter Challenge

vote sign

Voting has begun for the 2014 Summer Fun Shelter Challenge and will end Sunday, September 21st, midnight (PT).

This is an opportunity to help CGA win monetary grants ranging from $500 to $10,000, vaccinations, and pet beds.

Though you do not need an account to vote, having an account will let you support CGA in upcoming Challenges, including recruiting others and participating in some of the mini-contests (like the story and recruiting contests).

vote sign


In the 2013 mini photo contest, CGA received $500 with Katie's runner up photo of her greyhound Shelby.  So sign up for an account to vote daily or vote daily without an account.

Thanks Katie and Thank YOU for your support.  Please tell a friend !!

Also, click to help animals at The Animal Rescue Site! who is a sponsor of the Shelter Challenge.

 

Volunteer Wanted: Foster Vet Coordinator

We are in need to fill an extremely important position for CGA.

The Foster Vet Coordinator helps ensure the health of each dog that comes into foster care by working with our foster families and network of veterinarians  to determine the best course of action for a dog.  We would like to split this position between two people to make it more manageable.

PURPOSE: To assist CGA Foster families with approving, arranging, and scheduling veterinary care for Foster Dogs after their initial Spay/Neuter Package.  
(Initial Spay/Neuter arrangements are managed by the Intake Veterinary Coordinator).

This position is the "face" of CGA to our participating veterinarians, and to our foster families.  This position is the "Point Person" for foster families and veterinarians regarding veterinary care.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Answer phone calls and emails from foster families regarding veterinary concerns.
  • Keep a "knowledge base" of information about common greyhound maladies, particularly those experienced while in the fostering transition.
  • Counsel Foster Families on remedies and methods when veterinary care is not required.
  • Identify participating Veterinarians and Specialists.
  • If veterinary care is required, provide approval to the veterinary office.
  • Make arrangements for appointments, or provide guidance on how the family can make their own appointment.
  • Follow up with the Veterinarian for outcomes, recommendations, and diagnosis.
  • Provide care cost estimates to the Board Of Directors for extraordinary expenses, including surgeries and non-routine treatments.
  • Liasion between the Veterinarian/Specialist, and the Foster Family and the Board of Directors in situations that require mediation.

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Excellent "Customer Service" skills.    Friendly phone manner.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Excellent follow-through skills
  • An understanding of greyhound behavior and greyhound-specific maladies (at the layman level).
  • Philosophies on care and expenses should align with CGA's status as a non-profit.
  • Should have knowledge of and familiarity with CGA's culture and philosophies.

TIME COMMITMENT:
Varies depending on how many dogs are in foster at any given time.

If this is something you would be interested in, please contact Naomi Weaver at greytgirl2002@yahoo.com.
 

Hi! I’m Forrest!

altI was told that there is a movie made about a guy named Forrest and I'm thinking it might be about me!
I definitely love to run!  Run, Forrest, Run!!


I am a three year old, male, blue fawn greyhound.  I am super affectionate and will walk right up and put my head under your hand so you can give my ears a scritch.  Scritches are one of the things I like best! alt

I am enjoying retirement so far, but it sure is confusing.  I am a confident boy and sometimes think maybe I should be in charge.  Bad stuff happens when I try to be in charge, so we are working on my behavior.  I even got to meet with a trainer so we could help get me sorted out. 

I need to learn that good stuff happens when I let the human be in charge, but I am not convinced yet.  My foster papa says I need a human who is experienced with dogs and can help me be a good pack member rather than a lousy pack leader. 

I am potty trained and do well in my crate.  I would be fine in a condo or apartment as well as an only dog.   I have a complicated pack right now in my foster home and I am learning how to fit in with everyone.

Do you have the patience and experience to help me continue to learn my manners and learn how to not be in charge?  I want to be a Very Good Boy!
 

semenik's with greyhoundsSay Hello to the Semenik's!

David and Lisa adopted their first greyhound, Tia, in 2001.  Having fallen in love with the breed, they continued to adopt, and currently share their home with Ozzy & Jett (pictured). 

They wanted to give back, and started volunteering with CGA by helping to staff Meet & Greets and other events.  "It was then that we realized what an amazing group we were working with.  I enjoyed [volunteering] so much that I decided as soon as I graduated, I would make it a priority to volunteer even more time to helping CGA and the hounds," says Lisa.

After graduating in 2013, Lisa sent in her application to be the merchandise coordinator.  "This position appealed to me because I used to handle the merchandise ordering and distribution for the company I currently work for so this was something I was very comfortable doing.  I talked to David and we both agreed this would be a great way for us to help support this amazing organization," confirms Lisa.

We are overjoyed that Lisa and David came forward to take over as our Merchandise Coordinators!

Since taking over the store, they've updated the inventory and it's back up on our website.  They've been asking people what they'd like to see more of in the store, and will be working on that in the future.

With event season getting in full swing, take a look at the CGA shop for swag such as sunglasses with the CGA logo or clothing to wear at events and Meet and Greets.  And keep your eyes open for postings on CGA Facebook and the Yahoo! eGroup about upcoming sales.

Thank you, Lisa & David!
 
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