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#PawsToGive this #GivingTuesday

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#GivingTuesday

Next Tuesday December 1st is #GivingTuesday.  But you don’t have to wait until then to make your charitable gift to support Paws on the Mountain Greyhound Adoption!

Since 1989, our mission has been to find responsible and loving forever homes for retired racing greyhounds. We are an 100% all volunteer 501c3 charitable organization, with no paid staff. Your entire donation literally goes to the transportation, vetting, feeding, and placement of the greys.

You CAN make a difference!  There are several ways you can donate this giving season — won’t you please take a moment and “Paws to Give”?

— While you’re out and about this weekend, stop by one of our public meet and greets and leave cash or a check in the donation jar. And get some greyhound love in return! Check out our schedule Here.

— While you’re shopping online for #BlackFriday #SmallBusinessSaturday and #CyberMonday, be sure to first register with AmazonSmile, select Paws on the Mountain/Greyhound Rescue Inc. as the charitable organization of your choice, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to us!

— Also while you’re online, help us with our kennel supplies at #AmazonWish.  Check out our wish list Here.

— We Give because We Care!
If you’re active or retired Military or a Federal employee or annuitant, CFC open season is here! Now through January 15, 2021 you can donate to Paws on the Mountain Greyhound Adoption under our former name Greyhound Rescue Inc. Select CFC# 59278 to give a lump sum or payroll deduction.  Show Some Love! You can make a difference! Donate Today! Join the CFC 2020 Giving Campaign Here.

— You can also make a one time donation to PotM via the #PayPalGivingFund or via the #GuideStar #NetworkForGood.

Thank you for your support!

Santa is escorted in Greyt Style!

“Pups” on Parade

21st Annual Holiday Parade – The Avenue at White Marsh

Saturday, 7 December, 9:00am

Rain or Shine

Join Us!

You and your Greyhound(s) are invited to join us as we celebrate the season in this year’s White Marsh Holiday Parade!  2019 is our ninth year participating in the festivities!  And, once again, the adopted Greyhounds of Paws on the Mountain are honored to portray “Santa’s Own” reindeer.

Come to help us get Retired Racers in the public eye and advocate adoption – and Leave with Greyt Holiday Spirit!
For details, and to RSVP, click:

Paws on the Mountain Avenue at Whitemarsh Holiday Parade

Holiday Dangers

This year, for the winter holidays, I am going to add a poinsettia to my table.  I wonder how many pet owners just gasped in horror?  I have avoided poinsettias for years because I heard they are toxic, but this year, I did some research and found out they are not!  That made me wonder what I may have missed over the past few years and now I am brimming with holiday tips for others.  Allow me to share a few:

  1. Christmas trees in themselves aren’t dangerous, but if they aren’t secured, the can fall over and cause injury either from the tree or broken ornaments.  Also, with some live trees, the stagnant water or fertilizers contained in can cause some tummy upset.
  2. Holiday guests- While Holiday guests may affect your mental health, if they aren’t used to your pet, they may leave items out that your pet can get such as medication, food, and other small chewable items (my dog stole my aunt’s hearing aid once!).
  3. Food items- Yep, that fruit cake is dangerous, as is chocolate (especially the dark chocolate); anything containing raisins; Sugarless gum and candies (containing xylitol). Fatty meats and table scraps can also lead to Pancreatitis, so avoid those even if you want to give Fido a little treat.
  4. Drinks- watch out for those holiday drinks to include alcohol and coffee. Yes, too much caffeine or alcohol can be just as dangerous for your pet as it is for you!
  5. Candles and liquid potpourris- This is one I just learned and I am going to have to put my candles and potpourri a little higher.  Also keep in mind your running grey can easily knock over a lit candle.
  6. And back to my poinsettia. While I now know they are not toxic, lets talk about what is- Mistletoe and Holly can both be toxic.  If you feel like you must have mistletoe, remove the berries and place it high.

While this list may make you rethink some Holiday décor and traditions, as with everything, we recommend caution and common sense.  And more than anything, we wish everyone a happy, healthy, and restful holiday season!

For more information on any of the above, please visit: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/holiday-safety-tips

Winter Tips for Your Greyhound

Winter is here! Already, this winter, we have experienced much lower low temperatures and the next few months will see snow, ice and cold winds. While most of us who have greyhounds know that they need special care in the winter, we still want to send along some advice for keeping your hounds safe, warm and healthy.

Since most of our greyhounds (or at least we hope ALL) greyhounds are indoors most of the time, they are not used to going outside in frigid temperatures and their thin skin and lack of thick fur makes them more vulnerable to the frigid temperatures that winter brings.

Frostbite – Even though greyhounds have a fur coat, it is extremely thin and will not protect them from extreme elements. Most greyhounds cannot endure temperatures below freezing for more than 10 to 15 minutes. Greyhounds left outdoors can get frostbite and even freeze to death much sooner than other breeds of dogs that have heavier coats. Signs of frostbite include pale skin that is cool tothe touch, with decreased sensation in the affected area. If you suspect frostbite, gently warm the area with warm – not hot – water and then take your greyhound to your veterinarian. Once an area has been frozen it becomes more susceptible to cold and frostbite. The bottom line is: do not allow your greyhound to stay outside long enough to put it in to any jeopardy!

If you have to go out for any length of time, please put a coat on your greyhound. Our rule of thumb is that, if we need a coat, our greyhound needs a coat. There are many coat makers around and it’s very easy to find them on the internet. If you cannot afford a coat but need one, please contact us immediately. We keep a stack of donated coats that we’d be happy to share with you!

Antifreeze: Although most people are aware of the fact that antifreeze is toxic to dogs, veterinarians still report that it continues to be a wide spread problem. We are sending along a reminder to keep garage floors and driveways clear of antifreeze spills and do not allow open containers of antifreeze anywhere near where your greyhound travels. If you suspect that your greyhound has been exposed to antifreeze, contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center or your veterinarian immediately

Snow and Ice: Everyone who has adopted a greyhound knows that they LOVE

to run in the snow! They can run with abandon and sometimes can get hurt badly if they skid, fall and/or run into objects. Make sure that your yard is clear of items that cannot be seen in the snow but tripped over when a greyhound runs fast. Remember, a greyhound can reach up to 40 miles per hour in a few steps. It takes much more for them to slow down than it takes for them to get up to speed.

Because a greyhound has such thin skin, everyone knows how easily they can cut themselves. One hazard that we run into a lot involves snow that melts and re-freezes. When the greyhound walks on this type of surface, they can get cut easily when their weight causes them to fall through the coating of ice that’s formed over the snow. If they run, the cuts can even be bad enough to warrant stitches. Watch for these types of surfaces and keep greyhounds from running. Or better yet, leash walk your greyhound when these types of surfaces exist.

Ice/Snow Melting Products – If you don’t have a fenced in yard and you leash walk your greyhound, you already know that they can step in a lot of stuff outside, from salt to sleet and snow to mud. There is not much you can do except to avoid areas where there is a lot of salt. If you use salt to melt your own driveways and sidewalks, check to make sure that you are buying products that are safe for dogs. Once you bring your greyhound inside, take the extra time to clean and dry off paws. At that time look for cuts or abrasions and treat them.

Check fences and gates – More greyhounds are lost in winter than any other season because it’s so easy for them to lose their sense and perspective during a snowstorm if they get loose. Check gates more often to make sure the wind hasn’t blown them open; it is a good idea to walk your fence line to check for openings or areas where sections could be blown down. Losing a greyhound in the dead of winter is a recipe for disaster.

Be cautious when outside in the dark – Since there are fewer daylight hours in the dead of winter, many people have no choice than to be out with their greyhound in the dark of the morning or at night. Keep your hound closer than usual and make sure all leashes are in good condition and collars are properly adjusted. Be careful when crossing streets and alleys that your greyhound is close to your side and easier to see. Use reflective gear so both you and your hound are easier to spot.

We hope that all of our adopted hounds stay safe and warm!

Article courtesy of Greyhound Ranch Adoptions.  SnowHound image Courtesy TC7.  

Happy 4th of July

Who doesn’t love a good celebration?  And what could be more special than celebrating our Country?  As most greyhound owners know, our pups love a celebration and our Country…except when it involves fireworks!  Why do we mention this?  July 4th is one day when there are more lost dogs than any other.

What can be done to minimize this risk?

  • Start by checking all gates and ensure they are closed.
  • Take your pup out for a long walk early in the day to wear them out then make sure you are indoors before the fireworks start (don’t forget to hydrate!)
  • If he or she is especially nervous, consider trying a thunder coat or talking to your vet for a calming medication.
  • Try not to leave him or her alone during the fireworks.
  • While it may be fun to celebrate with your greyhound, July 4th may be one celebration you don’t want to take him/ her too.
  • Most importantly, act normal.  The minute you start anticipating your greyhound having a problem, he or she will sense something is wrong and will feel like they have a reason to react.  Not all greys have a problem with fireworks.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July.  And, don’t forget to thank those men and women who keep our Country free!