Monday’s Music Moves Me – GREYHOUND SONGS!

My Monday’s Music Moves Me post today is deeply personal for me as I’ve put together a playlist of Songs about Greyhounds. As most of you know, greyhounds are the loves of my life and have been since 1999.

I was recently invited to participate in a wonderful event put on by the Central Texas chapter of Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT-CenTx), (formerly known as Greyhound Pets of America-Central Texas (GPA-CT)). As an Animal Chaplain, I was extremely honored to do a Blessing of the Greyhounds prior to the Great Global Greyhound Walk.

The Great Global Greyhound Walk is an annual dog-walking event that aims to raise the profile of rescued and retired (ex-racing) greyhounds, showing the world what beautiful companions these dogs make. The event primarily involves hundreds of organized “walks” across the globe, all taking place on the same day.

Originally the event was known as the Great British Greyhound Walk, which started in 2010 but in 2016, the event went global and groups all over the world were coming together to celebrate greyhounds (and other sighthounds), to raise awareness of hounds in need and to continue to promote greyhounds as pets.

Yesterday (Sunday, June 10th) our group had the event at a lovely local lake (Lake Pflugerville, a reservoir in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville) with a wonderful turnout: 66 greyhounds and 1 sighthound (or 64 greyhounds and 3 sighthounds…not sure which); that incredible success puts us at 2nd place, just behind a Cincinnati group who had 73 hounds turnout. How cool!

Pre-Walk group photo of GALT-CenTX members and their hounds

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It was a wonderful day. It was truly an honor to give a Blessing to the group prior to the walk and I so enjoyed the individual dog blessings that I gave as folks returned from the 3-mile walk. I find it very intimate and very spiritual to have that momentary heart connection with the dogs as I whisper a blessing in their ear, look into their eyes and end with a “God Bless You” and a sign of the cross on their beautiful heads. I also had fun handing out the treat bags I put together for the dogs and their people: pretty organza drawstring bags containing treats for the dogs, a St. Francis prayer card and a St. Francis medal for the dogs’ collars. I also had lovely Star of David charms so folks had their choice.

 

I wanted to continue the mission of the event – to bring awareness of the breed, their plight and to promote greyhounds as pets – over to my Monday’s Music Moves Me post so I searched for songs about greyhounds. Who knew there would be so many?! I wanted to share my favorites here with you.

Click on my Greyhound Songs playlist to listen to some music you’ve probably never heard before. It’s rare to find songs about greyhounds specifically and I was thrilled when I discovered these!  Be sure to give each a listen. And for sure check out the associated videos. They’re priceless!

Song info:

  1. Greyhound (Lazy Song) – this song is a wonderful video of various greyhounds set to the Bruno Mars song “The Lazy Song”
  2. Born to Run by Nancy Simmonds (from Greyhound, Born to Run album)
  3. The Race by Matt DahanForever Home Greyhounds used this song for one of its videos
  4. The Greyhound Song
  5. Miami by Nancy Simmonds – a song about a retired track greyhound from Simmonds’ album Musical Tails, 3rd Litter. Greyhound advocate group Grey2K USA used this song in a campaign to end greyhound racing in America.
  6. Greyhound by Nancy Simmonds from her Musical Tails, 5th Litter album

A fun discovery:

Singer/Songwriter Nancy Simmonds has recently completed over 118 purebred dog songs, which are designed to celebrate and honor our canine companions. The series is entitled Musical Tails and has been made available for download from iTunes.com. Designed to reflect the individual personality, temperament and history of each breed these songs have been known to make pet owners smile, laugh and cry.

“One of the greatest rewards of producing these songs has been seeing the reaction from pet owners as they listened to the lyrics describing their pet’s breed,” said Nancy Simmonds, a long time pet owner herself. “What I gave through writing the songs I got back many times over in smiles.”

Nancy began composing dog breed songs in the early 1990’s in Carpinteria, California, after discovering that no similar music existed. “I began madly writing about the popular breeds,” she said. “I loved the process of learning the history of each dog, its terrain, the purpose for which it was bred and then in many cases, I tried to study the music that came from the country of the dog’s origin. After years of writing ‘real songs’ in the music business it turned into a great big fun adventure.

To date Nancy has completed songs for many well-known breeds like the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Pug, Dachshund, Poodle and Shih Tzu. Her collection also includes song for rarer breeds like the Kuvasz, Basenji, Afghan Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Norwegian Elkhound and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

While Nancy has had a successful musical career for over 35 years, her passion has always been for her dog songs. “I think these songs help pet owners celebrate & appreciate their four legged friends,” Nancy said. “It seems I could be busy for a long time recording all the registered breeds – and that that makes me one lucky writer!”

Just for your enjoyment, here are some other cool and comical greyhound videos. All of them are short so you have time to watch them! 

Cal the Greyhound – Looking for a Long-term Commitment: In 2008, the Greyhound Project produced a series of public service announcements to promote greyhound adoption. One of the spots, seen here, featured a black greyhound named Cal who was looking for a long term commitment. Fortunately for Cal, he was adopted soon after filming.

A Greyhound named Mosley does zoomies in the snow while wearing his Batman pajamas. I crack up every time I watch this video! And I am totally on the hunt for these Batman pajamas as I want to buy some for my boys…so if you ever come across them online, email me immediately!

Greyhounds Playing in Leaves: Greys Bree & Bit play in a pile of leaves on a sunny Autumn day.

Lemon the Greyhound: a greyhound named Lemon described by her owner. Hilarious!

Greyhound sings to the HALO theme song: This is River, a 7-year old greyhound who sings to the theme song of the HALO video game. Per his owner, “River won 7 of his 34 career races. He spends most of his retirement time doin’ nothin’ … and singin’ every now and then.”

Greyhounds Home Alone: This is a time-lapse video showing greyhounds home alone activity…

 

I hope you enjoyed my Songs about Greyhounds post. Do you have some favorite greyhound songs or videos that you want to share? f you attended the event yesterday, I’d love to hear about your experience and your favorite part. Tell me in the Comments section below.

Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked Two other co-hosts recently joined the fun: Alana of Ramlin’ with AM and Naila Moon of Musings & Merriment with Michelle. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:

 

 

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I’m a Contributing Writer at My Trending Stories!

I was very honored to be contacted by the My Trending Stories team last week, asking me to be a contributing writer. They said they came across my blog and thought my writing style would be a good fit for their site.

Naturally, I accepted. Here’s my debut article, in the News section. Guess what it’s about?

If you have a minute, please go check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks so much!

Lavally Sunrise (L) edges past the competition on a curve during a daytime race at Romford greyhound track in Essex June 4, 2011. In 1947, 60,000 spectators were recorded at the Derby at White City, one of 21 greyhound tracks then operating in London. In 2011 the Derby was held at Wimbledon Stadium — now the only dog track left in London — and attendance was just 2,423. Picture taken June 4, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Helgren  (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY) - RTR3ENL1

Lavally Sunrise (L) edges past the competition on a curve during a daytime race at Romford greyhound track in Essex June 4, 2011. In 1947, 60,000 spectators were recorded at the Derby at White City, one of 21 greyhound tracks then operating in London. In 2011 the Derby was held at Wimbledon Stadium — now the only dog track left in London — and attendance was just 2,423. Picture taken June 4, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY) – RTR3ENL1

It’s Cray-Cray Over Here … and it’s not even noon yet!

Ay-yi-yi, it’s going to be one of those days. First the day started out scary because one of my guest dogs, sweet Nikita, was having a hard time walking when I took everyone out for their morning potties. She couldn’t stand and kept sitting down, biting at her leg. She’d take a half a step and then go down again. She finally made it into the house and up onto the couch. She refused to eat breakfast, which isn’t like her. I thought I’d have to take her in to see the vet but soon afterward, she made a complete recovery and was walking fine. Maybe her foot or leg fell asleep and that’s why she was having a hard time walking? I’m just grateful that she’s okay.

brindle greyhound on couch

Sweet Nikita

Then at 8:00, a new dog arrived. Cortez. She’s just as her mom described her: a Lab in a Greyhound body. This girl is into everything! She’s very curious and loves toys. I have a whole big basket full of toys here in the living room so she’s in heaven. She settles in nicely and I’m off to take a shower.

I get out of the shower and hear some noise that didn’t sound familiar so I hurry and dry off and come out to see what’s going on. Well, Miss Cortez has broken into the treat-bin and she and my Luca are having a high ol’ time going to town on the snacks. I turned the treat bin upright and see just how much they have eaten and freak out. Of course they ate almost two entire bags of treats, not the crunchy kind, which wouldn’t have been bad, but the greasy kind, the kind that I only give one or two max because they have a relatively high fat content (in comparison to crunchy biscuits). These weren’t tiny bags either. Both had been purchased at Costco so you know how big they are, right?

Then I turn around and look into the living room and what do I see: a puddle of pee sprawling through the grout lines in the tile. I think Cortez did this one too. So I shoo everyone outside and clean up the pee and mop the floor.

Then I get everybody back in the house except the two knuckleheads who devoured the chicken and bison jerkeys. I grab a bottle of peroxide and walk them out to the dog run where I proceed to make them throw up. I had to make them vomit all those treats up. All that fat could’ve caused an attack of pancreatitis and that’s really bad! Not to mention a really expensive trip to the vet.

So both of them vomit up all they ate. And it was a lot! I could tell who ate what: Cortez ate all the chicken jerkeys and Luca got the bison jerkeys. They each threw up about four to five times before it was all out of them. Now they’re just sacked out in the living room, probably dreaming about jerkey…

Luca

Luca

Cortez

Cortez

Ah, just another day at The Grey Zone. I wonder what the afternoon will bring?…

Greyhound Racing to End in Texas

Finally!! Here’s the latest news from greyhound ambassador group Grey2K, taken directly from their email sent out earlier this week:

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“Dear Friends,

Yesterday, GREY2K USA learned that the last greyhound track in Texas was calling it quits! That’s right, Gulf Greyhound Park, the third and final dog track in the Lone Star State will close its doors to live racing by January 1…

Gulf Greyhound Park is one of the worst dog tracks in the country, and this is truly a victory for everyone who cares about dogs. Hundreds of greyhounds will now be released from their cages and given the second chance they deserve…

More than two thousand greyhound injuries have been reported at Gulf since 2008 alone, including broken legs, puncture wounds, a broken neck and a crushed skull. During the same period, 115 dogs died or were destroyed due to the severity of their injuries. Meanwhile, the amount of money gambled on live racing fell by 61% over the last decade. As a result, there were fewer and fewer funds available to care for the greyhounds, and at least one kennel worker was sanctioned for failing to seek veterinary care for an injured dog. Another trainer was also caught on tape using live rabbits to bait his dogs.

Once Texas racing ends later this year, greyhound racing will be legal and operation in just six states. Thanks to everyone who worked with us last summer to keep slot machines out of Gulf Greyhound Park. The track spokesperson has conceded that this was the last hope she had for keeping the aging facility afloat and acknowledges that “the economics of live greyhound racing have significantly deteriorated.”

Enough greyhounds have suffered and died while racing in Texas, but soon this cruelty will come to an end. Please continue to support our work until the dogs in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, West Virginia and worldwide get the same chance.

Together we can do it!

Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.
President
GREY2K USA

Carey M. Theil
Executive Director
GREY2K USA”

 

This is a huge victory in the fight against dog-racing. Please consider donating to your local greyhound groups or national organizations like Grey2K. Greyhound Pets of America-Central Texas is one of the local Austin groups. I’ve been a GPA member for 16 years. Every dollar helps.

And always take the opportunity to sign petitions to end dog-racing (or horse racing). Your signature matters!

MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!

It’s Christmas Eve 2014. I spent a lovely evening with friends, eating pizza, drinking rum & cokes and sharing stories. Then we went out and drove around the neighborhood searching for the winners of our subdivision’s Outdoor Decorating Contest.

I snapped a few pics of the ones that we found:

I loved the one that was set to music, perfectly synced up to a specific radio station playing Christmas music. The best light-show was when the Trans Siberian Orchestra came on. Love that music! Below is a video of one of my favorites, Trans Siberian Orchestra’s holiday song, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo”:

Speaking of music, this evening I heard a sound that is absolutely music to my ears: I had just fed the dogs their dinners — I have nine dogs here right now: seven Greyhounds, a Whippet and a Lab mix — and I stood in the kitchen waiting while they finished. It was so quiet except for the crunch-crunch munch-slurp sounds coming from every corner of the house, happy dogs chowing down. It was an absolute symphony of contentedness!

Tomorrow morning I’m going to continue the tradition that I started several years ago. Many of you know that while most people are spending Christmas with their families, I’m here at home watching everyone else’s dogs. Dogsitting is what I do for a living and missing holidays is just the nature of my business. So instead of opening presents on Christmas morning, I scramble up a couple dozen eggs and each dog gets a scoop of scrambled eggs on top of their breakfast, complete with a Merry Christmas kiss on top of their head when I set their bowls down.

cartoon greyhound in Santa hat

What Christmas traditions are you most fond of? Have you started any new traditions? If so, please share with us what they are.

Let me take this time now to wish you all a

VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

May it be filled with endless blessings and love!

xoxoxo

clay greyhound in Christmas Santa hat