RDRP GREYT NOSEletter Feb-roo-ary 2017
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Greetings RDRP Newsletter

Ok, it's the day after Valentines Day but here at  Racing Dog Retirement Project we are always about the LOVE!  Warm fuzzies and racing hearts happen whenever we even hear the word greyhound let alone be near one! Oh yes... greyhound humans are all about the LOVE of the hound! These bodacious babes are the epitome of grateful goodness and insurmountable joy! The best way to describe the greyhound is Unconditional love - affection without any limitations or love without conditions. There is nothing quite like it and once you experience it there is no turning back. You will forever be part of the greyhound club... or is that cult? Whatever you call it you will  always family and will feel affection for another on a whole new level. So tell your friends & family and let's get every one of these deserving and magnificent bundles of LOVE adopted ASAP!!!. Please consider opening your home and changing a life.  

Upcoming GREYT Events

Meet & Greets -  A GREYT way to meet greyhounds, volunteers and learn about RDRP!
Every 1st (SRQ), 2nd (Venice) and 3rd (North Port) Saturday from 11 - 1 pm.
TWO NEW Meet & Greets added - 3rd Sat. at Tractor Supply Bradenton, FL from 11 am to 1 pm.
4th Pet Supermarket at 4238 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL (Lockwood Commons) from 11 am to 1 pm. Please see our event calendar for details!

OPEN HOUSE at RDRP - Every 2nd SUNDAY from 1 - 3 pm! An amazing way to get up close and personal with beautiful greyhounds, our nice volunteers and lovely facility! Come on out and see what we are all about. Please review our Adoption Process if you are considering adoption. Please leave your own four legged family members home during our Open Houses, thanks!
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Why Retired Racing Greyhounds Make the Best Pets

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Why Retired Racing Greyhounds Make the Best Pets

We LOVE Our Volunteers!!!

Debbie Barnard

Austin Belknap

Deborah Burdick

Deborah Byrnes

Susan Cavanaugh 

Carol Chilton 

Grace Christie 

Melissa Cohen 

Terry Cox 

Lonnie Davis 

Malonnie Davis 

Jules DiPronio 

Pam Driggs 

Kathy Fecke

Keith Fecke 

Edit Fiebig 

Giselle Fetigan

Carol Fish

Joe  Fredborg 

Denise Fugere

Ron Fugere

Julie Godfroy

Ryan Godfroy

Casey Russell-Graham

Geri Harrison

Glenn Hall

Kay Karioth

Laura Kaufman
Chris Kemper

Christopher Kibby

Heather Koenig

Elaine Leitten

Kim Long

Gini Longarzo

Lori Marshall

Paula Maynard

Sherry McFarland

Ingrid Messina

JoAnn Milivojevic

Anna Nash

Annabelle Noble

Carol Peterson

Kathy Pontillo

Charlene Proeger

Terry Proeger

Jayne Sharpley

Ken Smith

Nancy Sorg

Richard Stern

Cyndi Toales

John Tyler

Megan Udell

Joe Veto

Monica Veto

Nikki West

& anyone I accidentally missed!

Recently Adopted!


Angel Adopted!

angelWhat a greyt Valentine for these ladies! PJ Angels Share (Angel), a shiny almost 4 year old black girl went to her forever home today with Kim Long and Robin Leist of Sarasota.

Savannah. as she will now be known, joins big brother Zen ...who seems quite smitten with her. All the AC volunteers loved how she would roll over for as many belly rubs as she could get.

Congratulations Kim, Robin, Zen and Angel/Savannah from your RDRP family. Hope to see you all at our meet and greets.

Kats adoptedTux Adopted!!

Gable Fort Smith (Tux), a good looking 6 year old boy whose owner could no longer care for him, has found a new home with Rich Foster and Karan Mannweiler of Sarasota and Georgia.

Thanks to our greyt volunteers Gwen and Phil Jung and Nikki K (who helped by fostering), Tux was able to find Rich and Karan who opened their hearts and home to him. It is always sad when someone has to surrender their beloved Greyhound but we are so happy for Tux and his new family.

Congratulations from your RDRP family.

Gio adoptedGio Has A Furever Home!

More adoption news. Another grey has found his forever home. Kiowa Sangiovese, aka Gio, a very handsome 2 year old fawn boy has moved to Palmetto to live with Chris and Michelle Trout.

The Trout family knew it was love at first sight when they met Gio at a recent open house. We all knew he was the perfect grey for this wonderful family.

Congratulations to Gio and his new family from all your RDRP friends!

Gio adoptedTiger Adopted!!! 

It gives me greyt pleasure to post another wonderful adoption. Fly M Tigerwoods aka Tiger, found his forever home today with the most amazing family. Vicki and Jim Savage of Venice and their family knew Tiger was the one at first meeting at a recent open house.

Tiger is a 2 year old red brindle boy with a very gentle manner. He bonded immediately with Gillian and the rest of the family and other family dogs.

Congratulations to the Savages from all of us at RDRP.

gracie 02/29 Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Gracie
I can't believe 2 years have flown by and my girl is such a wonderful greeter in the shop, my customers come to see them both.  

I couldn't have found a better fit for my pack and myself. Thanks to RDRP for allowing me to be her family. Grace Marie Pontillo, we love you!!!!

Happy Birthday Diesel

February 5th 2012

Happy Happy 5th Birthday to my sweet boy!!! I never knew that adopting you would change my life so much!!!! I have met so many wonderful people and I am so proud to help spread the word about how wonderful the greyhound breed is!!!

I love you Diesel!!!!

Febrooary 26 
is Depp's
first gotcha day!!

Congrats handsome boy!!


hound redHappy Birthday Red

Birth date: 02/03/13

Yes, I’m a gorgeous red head with a greyt personality. My soft sweet face will keep you smiling forever. I am playful and eager to please everyone I meet.

Please ADOPT me soon!

Melanie & Liam!

Here's a Valentine day photo from Melanie Branscomb and her best beau Liam.
Aren't they both just the cutest? 

Liam and Bailey, his feline brother, celebrating Bailey's 15th birthday which was on Jan. 21st. (That's about 90 in human years I think!)

Mary Baker  1949 - 2016

Mary was one of the original members and served on the Board for many years of
RDRP f/k/a Make Peace with Animals. A small dog lover she and her husband Jeff quickly became enamored of these couch potatoes. They adopted many senior and special needs Greyhounds and even moved to a home with acreage so the dogs could run for fun. She, along with the secretarial business she co-owned created much of the original printed material along with the original "snail mail" newsletter.

Mary and Jeff hosted an annual garage sale each year at their home. This was
previously one of the largest fundraisers for the organization. She tirelessly picked up, stored, priced, sold and then delivered unsold merchandise to other not-for- profit organizations afterward.

Mary spent many hours picking up dogs, bathing, picking off ticks and fleas, feeding and scooping poop at the many facilities that housed dogs over the years before the adoption center. She was an integral part of matching dogs with the right family and getting them the medical care they needed before adoption.

Mary cared very deeply about the Greyhounds and the organization and was always quick to laugh and had an easy smile. While she was unable to contribute in a physical way in recent years due to her health, the Greyhounds were never far from her thoughts.

Jeff Baker 1949 - 2011
adopt a greyhound

Plus some Terrific Tips for First-Time Retired Racing Greyhound Owners and Quick Greyhound Facts!
This is a truly comprehensive and delightful article with greyt photos of our beloved Greyhound breed!
Click here to read!

Greyhounds & Volunteers doing Greyt things!

Volunteer Gini Longarzo  recently got volunteer Pam Driggs and her grey-baby Tiger involved with Paws for Friendship. I asked Gini about her experience with Paws for Friendship, this is what she said;
"We are in our third year with PFF. For the first year we did nursing homes and rehab centers, then added the school and that seems to be the best fit for us. Lily is 12 now and we both get a little tired walking the halls of the nursing homes, but it is all rewarding. 

The students love Lily and look forward to her visit every week. They just had a joint birthday party for Lily and Gavin. The kids were so excited. They made cards, gave the dogs gifts and just thoroughly enjoyed themselves! 

It definitely is a win-win solution for both the students and the dogs (as well as the teachers, the aides and me!!).  The teachers noticed changes in the children after just the first visit.  They are calm, while they are petting Lily and reading without judgment".

Pam Driggs feels that the program will be good for her tiger too.  "We finally had Tiger's first day in the Paws For Friendship program. We went to a local school and the kids took turns reading to him. It was a hit all around!! We can't wait to go back!!"

Paws For Friendship Incorporated is a non-profit Organization of Volunteers sharing the unconditional love of their personal pets with people in need throughout the world.


If RDRP had one wish right now it would be for FOSTER families! Fostering greys allows them a better chance at finding furever homes quicker! The life of a greyhound waiting for his or her forever home is often long, lonely & uncertain. People come and go… and the beautiful grey waits. RDRP is trying to get our kidz nueter/spay procedures done and we can not do that unless we have foster families following the procedure.

RDRP will help make your foster experience a meaningful one! Learn more about FOSTERING here...

Contact Geri, call her cell (685-4509) or email her at
Greyhound Fleece Coats
Gorgeous Fleece Coats

For anyone needing fleece coats for their greyhounds (or other wonderful things), Kathy Pontillo, greyhound mom, owner of Bone Appetite Pet Store will have them available in her store which is centrally located at 5275 University Pkwy, Sarasota 34201. The store is in the Kohl's/Fresh Market Plaza. The coats are $20 all of which goes to RDRP. Also, coats are always available at all Open Houses the second Sunday of each month.

********PLEASE remember dear greyhound lovers to send us your greyhound stories, tips, photos, birthdays, gotcha days, greyt resources, videos, and anything else that is greyhound lover shareable to Team Newsletter by the 10th of the month.  

RDRP Buy A Brick

Memorial & Honorary Buy A Brick Program

GREYT GIFT IDEA! Each brick can have up to three lines with 18 letters per line (including spaces). All lines will be centered on the completed brick. Words will all be capital letters. A donation for one brick is $50.00. At an additional donation of $10.00 per brick you can also have a running Greyhound engraved on the brick.  Download & Print Form

Adore our beautiful greyhounds at Petfinder, make an appt. with one of our adoption experts or stop out the 2nd Sunday of every month from 1 - 3 pm.
Join us at our Meet & Greets at PetSmart SRQ, PETCO Venice and Pet Supermarket North Port the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Saturdays from 11 - 1 pm & also 3rd Saturday Bradenton Tractor Supply 11 - 1 pm.
4th Saturdays at Pet Supermarket 11 - 1 pm.
***NEW Meet & Greet Petco University Pkwy January 29, 2017 @ 2 – 4:00 pm

Ways to support RDRP

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