Monday, April 27, 2009

The GIG is UP

"Attention Greyhound shoppers"
If you didn't hear that calling you were probably not in Gettysburg for the annual
GIG festivities. Vendors from Canada to Florida and points west were there. Items of use to items of pure vanity were available for greys as well as humans. There were seminars and shows to go along with the shopping. At the VAGA tent, sales were brisk but the nail trimming seemed to have no end. Grey after grey, a galgos or two and a few (non-greys) that showed up just to join the party. If there was any downside it was the warm temperatures that left a few canines and humans mildly distressed. All in all it was a greyt time. So if you missed this one, mark your calendar next April and come on down.

As always, a big thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The "Ultimate Buckeye"

Articulate, captivating, intelligent, down to earth, just a few of the accolades I will use to describe a man who can mesmerize a room full of people. He is the man I call the "Ultimate Buckeye". The near mention of his name in the greyhound community opens a floodgate of responses from "what can I do to help", to "where can I hear him speak". Over 60 people on an Easter weekend, and donated items from around the country and aboard, helped make the "Lick Canine Cancer" event a most memorable evening. This man who works with greyhounds, this man who touches so many of us, because of what he represents to us "HOPE" is Dr. Guillermo Couto. This is my third opportunity to hear Dr. Couto speak. Each time he comes back with new information on different programs and studies, relevant on some level, to every greyhound owner. You cannot leave one of his presentations without asking yourself "when does this man sleep". From blood studies, cancer research, teaching, travelling and everything in between, it would be hard to find a more dedicated individual.

On behalf of myself, the VAGA membership, and guests, thank you Dr. Couto for all you do. Thank you for inviting us to take a look into the world of the "Greyhound Health and Wellness Program". Most of all, thank you for gracing us with your attendance at this event.

For more information on the Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program, as well as Dr. Couto and his Hound Team, links are available for you in the left sidebar. 100% of the proceeds from this event goes to support this program.

In closing, as with any event, none of this would have been possible without an outstanding group of volunteers. Their time, support, efforts, and dedication are what made this evening what it was. Thanks to you all.