RDRP GREYT Nose-Letter  June 2016
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Greetings RDRP Newsletter
We had another GREYT month at RDRP, with our Saturday Meet & Greets,Open House, YAPPY HOUR @ Motorworks Brewery, and the RDRP Painting with a Twist Party! All of our events and get-togethers were FUN and successful, thank you to all our volunteers for making these GREYT events happen and to all the wonderful folks who participate. Don't forget our HSSC's Fur Fun Summer Camp Program kicked off yesterday! We are always looking for GREYT ways to help improve our greyhounds lives, our facility and public relations. Let us know if you have any ideas!


Upcoming GREYT Events

Meet & Greet - Every 1st (SRQ), 2nd (Venice) and 3rd (North Port) Saturday from 11 - 1 pm.
Please see our event calendar for details! A GREYT way to meet greyhounds, volunteers and learn about RDRP! 

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 one of our greyhounds. Please leave your own four legged family members home during our Open Houses, thanks!
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With their butt in the air and the front legs stretched out hounds love to Bow & Stretch. Whether it is before going out or getting ready for dinner and playing with toys  Regardless of the time of day... a bow means it's time to play!

How Hyper Is A Greyhound?

Click the hound to play video!
It's a little long.. but you will understand! :-)
Greyhound Cuteness In The Morning (or: How Hyper Is A Greyhound?)

Fur Fun Summer Camp Program

This in from Geri -
RDRP has been participating in the HSSC's Fur Fun Summer Camp Program for several years.  It is really quite  simple.  You show up with your grey and spend about 1/2 hour educating the campers about greyhounds.

Basically, we introduce the greyhounds to the children, have each owner tell a little about their dog(s), explain all the unusual things about greys.  The campers are ages 7-12.
Then we have a question and answer period where the kids can get more info or add their own info.

After that we try to let each camper have a grey to interact with...i.e., walk them around the air conditioned education center.  There are usually anywhere from 5 to 15 campers in each session (one week).

We meet at 2:50 outside the HSSC property on 15th St. In SRQ.  The Education Center is air conditioned and very nice.  We spend just about about 1/2 hour and the kids love it.

So, with all that being said, if you can come out and help, please let me know -  cell (685-4509) or email her at

Thanks to all of you for all your help...and those of you who have been doing this for a while know what a great program it is!

Here are the dates we have signed up for:

June 15
June 22
June 29
No Session the week of July 4th
July 13
July 20
July 27
Aug. 3

Recently Adopted!


Scotty Greyhound(Scotty) was adopted by Charlene and Terry Proeger and their greyhound Flyboy and 2 cats! Scotty  selected them as foster parents and it was all about the love after that. Way to go!!!

 Gloria Greyhound

Gloria will get lots of love from Leslie Storti and daughter Jess and their Australian Shepherd and cat. What a greyt match!!! 

Rags Greyhound
Ashley McClellan and her cute little hound Odin adopted Rags. Look at all the love here!


Congratulations to you all from
your friends at RDRP!


Do YOU have space for a short term foster?

Thank you to all our foster families! Let's all try to help with this! If we find some short term foster homes, we can start to get our male greys neutered. For an uncomplicated neutering, just a few days recovery in a foster home would be sufficient. This would likely expedite adoptions, and also help mellow the pups.
If you might be able to help out with short term foster care, or other types of foster care, contact Geri Harrison. RDRP will help make your foster experience a meaningful one!
To contact Geri, call her cell (685-4509) or email her at

RDRP Buy A Brick

Memorial & Honorary Buy A Brick Program

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

Happy Yappy Birthday Andre!

June 12, 2012

My husband, Lou, went without me the first time to an RDRP Open House to take a look at the greyhounds and told me "you have to come with me to see this one huge male!  He smiled at me and boy can he run!"  I went to the next Open House with Lou and when I saw Andre, I thought "he won't fit in our house" but we both fell in love with him and he fell in love with us and "the rest is history" He has been a wonderful addition to our family and is the sweetest boy!  We could never have imagined that such a large animal could be so gentle, affectionate, well mannered and sensitive.  Greyhounds are "greyt"! ~Jenny Maiure

Yappy Birthday to Lilly

Lilly's 3rd Birthday was June 9th and she celebrated it with her  greyhound sister Poppy, mom & dad Lori Marshall & Mark Sanders and human brother Malen. She loved her prezzies and special b-day dinner too. Lilly is very Yappy to receive love and hugs these days. She is getting to be quite the lover! 


Happy Birthday to Junebug!

Sweet little Junebug turned 3 on June 13th. 
Parents Dana Cuper Laggan & Russ Laggan.

Happy Yappy to Norman!

Norman turns 4 on June 24th! His mom Megan Udell says "My sweet, goofy boy who turns 4 years old on June 24th has recently decided that late morning walks require a 5 minute stop to lay around and enjoy the shade! Here's a couple pictures of him enjoying his mandatory 5 minute rest stop!"

The reason RDRP has GREYT photos!

Here is the story of how our volunteers Elaine & Jim Leitten got involved with their GREYT work at RDRP

Ruby GreyhoundWe lost one of our dogs in August 2014 and decided to foster then to keep our other dog company. The dog I was going to foster went into heat so we could not take her and Geri picked out and brought Ruby Sparks to the house for us to foster.  Her adoption picture was on the RDRP web site.  Ruby has a "Roman" nose and the picture of her was definitely not complimentary.  Someone wrote in and asked RDRP to post a better picture of Ruby because she looked so ugly that no one would be interested in her.  She was living with us so Jim took some pictures of her and forwarded them on to post.  He got so many compliments on those three pictures and was asked to do more dogs.  So he then volunteered to do the pictures for the adoptable dogs.  The first three he did were inside and  he was not happy with them.  So from then on we took the dogs outside and the rest is history.  He is still doing them and has photographed over 100 dogs.  In the meantime we decided to adopt the girl with the Roman nose, still call her Ruby and she has the most adorable personality and is beautiful.  So he has been doing pictures since the fall of 2014.

Jim sits down to be at eye level with the dogs.  I bring the dogs outside in the front of the AC in a specific area for a good background and he starts to snap away.  He uses squeaky toys, a whistle, turkey call even a wolf howl on an MP3 player.  Anything to get the dogs attention and ears up looking at him.  If we are lucky we have a third person standing behind Jim throwing a ball up to get the dogs to focus.  Some dogs are more difficult to get their attention and some can be exuberant.  He takes about 100 pictures give or take of each dog.  At home he reviews them all and decides photographically which picture is the best for each dog.  Then he photo shops the leashes and me out of the picture.  

Jim and I agree that these are the most beautiful gentle dogs that deserve the best home possible.  He tries to photograph each dog so that it has a personality behind her/his picture.  We want to share our love of these dogs with as many people as possible and this is our personal way of doing it.  It  is so rewarding to know that someone saw a dog's picture and that person might be the one giving the greyhound it's forever home.

Jim has had an interest in photography his entire life and takes greyt joy in sharing this hobby to showcase these awesome animals.  Digital photography just makes it more interesting and fun.

Me.......I just LOVE the greyhounds and want everyone to know about them.

Photo Courtesy ~ Paula Maynard & Mambo
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 11th of the month.  Our RDRP GREYT Newsletter will go out mid-month.
Madison Campbell loves animals and it is important to her that animals, like the beautiful greyhound, be treated well. She decided to have Racing Dog Retirement Project be her project for the National Junior Honor Society. We thank YOU Madison and so do all the greyhounds!
Use Amazon Smile ( when shopping online!  Simply select RDRP as your chosen nonprofit organization each time you shop and RDRP will receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases at no extra cost!
Did you know you can help support our greyhounds in need at no cost doing something you likely do every single day or at least weekly? Earn donations for RDRP with every mile you walk, bike or run with your dog(s), by yourself or with friends when you use the Walk for a Dog app on your iPhone or Android device. Use it at least once a week to be considered "active" and your activity will do double duty: help you and help greyhounds in need! Just go to the website on your phone and sign up with your email. Input your name and choose Racing Dog Rescue Project as your group
Please help us spread the word about this easy, no cost way to help greys every single day. To learn more
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 SRQ, Venice and North Port.1st, 2nd & 3rd Saturdays from 11 - 1pm. 

Ways to support RDRP

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