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Girls – & Greyhounds – Just Wanna Have Fun!

Lily and her entourage, including Lizzie Mead

Greyhound rescue is often a grim business. My friend Karyn spends endless hours unearthing the conditions under which racing greyhounds labor — caged most of the day, fed decayed, steroid-laced food, discarded like trash after their working days are done — to provide ammunition to reporters like Tim Vanderpool (here’s his latest on the topic) and others who bring public attention to these facts. She’s leafletted the dog track, organized email chains and events, created websites…

Her impetus for devoting this time and effort to the cause? The dogs, of course. Karyn and her friends adore their sweet, sleek rescued greyhounds.

I was privvy to some of that puppy love this past Sunday, at a birthday party for Lily, Karyn’s doggie drama queen, who recently turned 12 1/2. The Beading Divas — a group of crafters whose stylish bracelets help support greyhound rescue and other animal causes — were out in full force.

Some highlights:

Getting some love from Michelle

Along with being a Beading Diva, Michelle Caillet runs The Greyt Escapes hotel for greyhounds in Tucson as well as an Etsy shop where she sells her gorgeous greyhound oriented collars and leashes (yes, Lily got one of each for a gift).

Lizzie Mead (aka Lizzie Stardust), in the first picture of this post, runs the Etsy shop where the Divas’ beaded bracelets are sold.

Party girl Lily with Mama Karyn

Lily checking out her gifts

Wide eyed with delight at all the attention!

Did I mention April was Greyhound Rescue Month?

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16 Comments

  1. Posted April 21, 2010 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Love this post! Drama Queen really does look quite happy with all the attention she is getting. If anyone is in the Orlando FL area this coming weekend, there is a really great event for greyhounds hosted by GPA/GO called the Greyt Spring Roo

    They really are pretty dogs 🙂

  2. Posted April 21, 2010 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Since I’m all about the crafts, this is a pretty neat way to raise funds for the doggies.

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted April 21, 2010 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      You *are* all about the crafts Karen, o’ queen of DIY and contributor to The Bark on that topic, so I’m pleased you’re here to put your seal on the divas!

  3. Posted April 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    What a happy looking girl! Great stuff. It’s nice to see dogs that come from such terrible beginnings find a good home.

  4. Posted April 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    What a fun (and inspiring) post, and WHAT a gorgeous and happy dog — love it!!!

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted April 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      Amazing that Lily is 12 1/2, isn’t it?

  5. don
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    My hat is off to Karyn. The courage it takes to see suffering, abuse and the amount of dogs that need help is beyond my ken. I would be a mass of jello after doing what she does.

    God bless people like Karyn. They are the real heroes.

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted April 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      I’ve seen Karyn when she is reduced to Jello, but events like this keep her going.

  6. Posted April 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I am devoted to end the cruel sport of greyhound racing and will start with that dump in Tucson known as Tucson Greyhound Park. Fortunately, I am not alone in my efforts.

    Thanks for this wonderful post commemorating Lily’s special day. The beauty being that Lily just knew it was her special day.

    Here’s another article about the party and the food served at the party:
    http://www.circleoffood.com/blog/2010/04/20/tucson-restaurant-amazing-customer-service-zivaz/

  7. Kate K
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Ms. Lily’s special day is well documented in photos. Nice hat, Ms. Lil!

    • Posted April 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      I think I’d be wide eyed with excitement too getting all those great presents..and what a cute hat…! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few miniature greyhounds here at our local doggie park. I don’t think they were rescue dogs since we don’t have any race tracks here in Hawaii, but they were the sweetest pups you’d ever meet…and fast too!

      Congrats to Lily on her extra special day…!

  8. Posted April 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I realize your post was about the positive side of Karyn’s rescue efforts. I just have a hard time getting past the whole dog racing thing. It would never occur to me to go to a dog race, and I don’t get people patronize this “sport.”

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted April 22, 2010 at 6:15 am | Permalink

      A lot of people just don’t know, Rod. There are similar abuses in horse racing — horses bred to the point that their legs are overly thin, sold for meat after their racing days are – but the stakes are higher so the industry is a bit more careful.

  9. Posted April 22, 2010 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    That last shot is a beauty! What beautiful eyes she’s got, and the bling – quite the glamour girl. My first reaction was, wow – she’s 12 1/2??? How wonderful that she’s aging so well – do I sense a regal demeanor?

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted April 22, 2010 at 6:17 am | Permalink

      Lily had some health problems but in the last year she had acupuncture and other nontraditional treatments and now she’s doing great. She is definitely regal.

  10. Posted April 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Karyn – I’m so glad Lily had fun. She’s just darling.
    And Edie, I think it’s wonderful that you covered Lily’s special day and Karyn’s important work to help racing greyhounds.

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  2. By GREY2K USA: Meet two dogged board members on June 16, 2010 at 6:14 am

    […] well, she and her diva greyhound Lily have turned up here many times, most recently for Lily’s 12 1/2 birthday party. So far, Karyn and Twig have only met virtually, but that will change, because Karyn just joined the […]

  3. […] P.S. Here’s an article about my birthday party.  It’s called Girls & Greyhounds Just Want to Have Fun. […]

  4. By Lily Greyhound, Departed Diva, Rest in…What? on August 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

    […] written about a great party Karyn threw for Lily’s 12 1/2 birthday, and Karyn wrote an obituary here on the Greyhound […]

  5. By Blog the Change on October 1, 2010 at 11:18 am

    […] animal causes. I know several of the divas — see some pictures of a celebration I took part in here — but I’m particularly friendly with Karyn Zoldan, a board member of Grey2K USA who […]

  6. By Just Bead It! on November 11, 2010 at 5:31 am

    […] bracelets to benefit a variety of animal charities (here’s one of my favorite posts, about a birthday celebration for Lily Greyhound). They’ve been so successful at their jewelry selling, in fact, that […]

  7. By The Taj Mahal, the Mona Lisa & Greyhound Racing on December 23, 2010 at 3:35 am

    […] I try to focus on the happy results of rescue rather than on the conditions that may have preceded them. Therefore, all the pictures of greyhounds I’ve previously posted have celebrated the dogs’ post-racing life — for example, this birthday party. […]

  8. […] P.S. Here’s an article about my birthday party.  It’s called Girls & Greyhounds Just Want to Have Fun. […]

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