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.
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.
Did I mention April was Greyhound Rescue Month?