August 2020 Update

2020 T-Shirt Design by Christian Robinson

Although we are not able to have our annual reunion this year, thanks to COVID 19, we still wanted to have a design to commemorate the year.  We are very, very fortunate that our adopter, Christian Robinson, agreed to come up with this year’s image.  Christian adopted his black greyhound, Baldwin, in October 2017.
Christian is a well-known, award-winning illustrator of children’s books and

 an animator who has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.  He was the winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Rain! in 2014, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for Josephine in 2015, and a Caldecott Honor and a second Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for the illustrations in the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña. 
For more information about Christian, check out this link:

It didn’t take Christian long to come up with the perfect image to capture 2020!  I know that we can all relate, and we hope that this brings a smile!

This image will be printed on the following long and short-sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and masks.

These items will be available for pre-order on the GFFL merchandise page ( until August 20.  Delivery will be in mid-September.

2020 GFFL Apparel and Mask Design




Raffle Update

Congratulations to the Round 1 Raffle Winners!

Your winners of our winners of Raffle 1, which was held July 15 – 22.

  •  Rodney Winegarner- 3 Hound Vase
  •  Kate Black- Toilet Paper Cover
  •  Suzy LaMarca- Hound Reading Paper
  •  Robin Wilson- Hound Plate

 You raised $244 in raffle tickets and an additional $283 in merchandise sales (these will ship shortly also) for a total of $527 raised with 14 orders. Thank you everyone!

Round 2 Raffle

Raffle 2 runs from July 30 to August 6.
Buy your tickets at

Check out these awesome items available in the raffle:



2021 Calendar Photo Call

Final call for calendar photos is Friday, August 7

If you have already sent in photos… NO need to send anymore. Thank you!

ALL PHOTOS MUST be sent to
Send up to 2 or 3 of your favorites.

1- Your Hound (with Name & City)

2- Rainbow Bridge Hound (DOB and date of death)

3- Does your Hound have a non-hound sibling?  Chihuahua, Cat, Rat, Rabbit, Iguana, Snail, etc? You get the idea. Send us a photo of them napping, playing or just hanging out together.  Include your hound’s sibling’s name.

Please, NO people in any of the photos.

We will work to get the calendars completed for ordering by mid-September. Thank you!

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2020 Summer Newsletter


Our Beloved Jon Cabarrus

On April 18, 2020, Jon, 72, reached the end of a valiant 16-year battle with myelofibrosis and then a debilitating stroke following the 2017 Tubbs fire.  Words cannot express our sadness on the loss of this good man.  He left his much-loved wife, Judy, two daughters Jennifer and Denise, two grandsons, Bowen and Hayden, and greyhounds Cici, Gracie, and Nigel.  Jon must have been lonely up in doggy heaven, because Nigel joined him about a month after his death.

Jon and Judy met their first greyhound at a GFFL Meet and Greet in Berkeley in 2009 and it was the beginning of Jon’s passion for this breed.  They adopted Leeta in 2009, Clair in 2010, Cici in 2012, Jaden in 2013, Gracie in 2015, and Nigel in 2017.  It will come as no surprise that more than one of these dogs was a foster fail!

When GFFL moved our dogs up to Windsor, we knew that there was a fairly large greyhound community in Sonoma County, some with GFFL dogs and some with Wine Country Dogs.  I remember coming up and meeting with Jon, Judy, and Ilene to plan the first GFFL entry in the Human Race.  I knew then that we would have great support for our dogs up here.

Jon was a tireless advocate for the dogs and it helped that he was retired and had the time, passion, and energy to devote to the group.  He loved doing the dog transports and Meet and Greets – both in Santa Rosa and frequently in Napa and Sonoma.  He also did most of the home visits in the Santa Rosa area and helped with many of the adoption meetings. He continued to attend the Meet and Greets in Santa Rosa even after he was wheelchair-bound.  He was also always on hand to welcome new dogs coming into the program.  One can only imagine his frustration in not being able to help more with the dogs, but he never, ever complained.  Although he tired more easily towards the end, he was always upbeat and cheerful.

Jon once told me that he was an introverted guy before getting involved in greyhound rescue and adoption.  But he was so enthusiastic about talking with people about the joys of adopting a greyhound that his shyness disappeared.  Everyone who met him is a witness to his loving kindness to both animals and people.  He is greatly missed.

Will We Be Getting More Dogs?

The answer is “yes”, but we don’t know when.  We still have dogs waiting for flight buddies in South Korea.  Flying Irish Greyhounds and Rawan at Saluki International Rescue in Dubai would love to send us dogs as soon as the COVID crisis settles down enough that it is feasible.  Margie Easter is anxious to get back to Scooby and bring back some galgos for us.  It’s hard to be patient!
2020 Reunion and Virtual Fundraising

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and the ever-changing CDC guidelines we have decided to cancel our Annual Reunion in October.  Although we could accommodate the social distancing, the size of the attendance is not permitted.

In light of the “new” environment we find ourselves in we will be holding raffles online via our online store  You can sort by category “raffle”.

As of July 15, there will be five items in the store for which you can purchase virtual raffle tickets.  Each ticket is $1.00.  You can purchase as many for each item that you want, then check out.  All items will be available for 1 week. On July 22, a name will be “pulled” at random.   Then, on July 30, we will have another five items for which you can purchase virtual tickets.  If these two raffles go well we will have new items on the 15th and 30th of each month.

Winners will be notified via phone or email.  If you are paying by check, the item will  be shipped when the check is received.  We will be working on other fundraising programs.  Stay well and safe and let’s raise some money!

Separation Anxiety Post COVID-19

Many of you may be spending more time at home because of the COVID-19 epidemic.  Now that more businesses are gradually opening up and people are going back to work, our dogs will be undergoing a change in routine.  This can lead to distress and anxiety when they are left alone even if they did not have issues before the “stay at home” orders.

The Los Angeles SPCA has a great article with some tips to start transitioning your dog to accept more alone time.

  • Create a daily routine for your dog that includes consistent times for; waking and going to bed at night, meal times twice daily, outdoor daily walks and play time with toys and a person.
  • Whether you are working remotely and are at home or you are leaving the home during the day, try to follow the same routine as best you can every day so that your dog has some consistency. This then helps your dog be able to predict the day’s activities and this in turn reduces stress for your dog as they know better what is expected from them each day.
  • Make sure to have provided enough activity including mental stimulation and physical exercise before leaving your dog for an extended period of time. This may include a walk outdoors for at least 20 minutes with opportunities to explore and sniff for as long as your dog needs to, practicing obedience training and playing with your dog and a toy.
  • Always confine your dog to the same safe room or place that includes your dog’s bed with familiar scents and bedding, a variety of rotating new and non destructible favorite toys that your dog likes and access to fresh water whenever you leave your dog alone.
  • Provide audio enrichment and create a calm atmosphere for your dog by turning on some soothing classical music, an audio book or the television every time you leave home. This will help to indicate to your dog that this is a time for relaxing and will help to drown out any noise from the outside.
  • Every time you leave home provide your dog with a high value edible item such as a frozen stuffed Kong or healthy chew, treats hidden in a puzzle game or at the very least several high value treats left on your dog’s bed. This is to help keep your dog engaged for the first few crucial minutes when you leave the home and also keeps them close to their bed which helps to prevent them following you out the door as you leave. When returning home remove any enrichment items and save for the next time.
  • When leaving the home use the same phrase to say ‘good bye’ or ‘see you soon’ each time and do not provide your dog with excessive attention when departing or returning home.
  • Practice short departures and longer departures using the same routine and within the home also by closing the door behind you as you go to another room even for as little as a few minutes. This will help to start to desensitize your dog to being left alone.
  • Practice obedience training with your dog using positive reinforcement training methods so that it is an enjoyable experience for you and your canine companion. This will help your dog to learn and motivate your dog to perform these rewarding behaviors which then helps your dog to feel more confident and secure. You can teach and practice with your dog to Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Go to Bed and more and for as little as 10 minutes daily. Then you can try asking your dog to ‘Go To Bed’ in a nice tone of voice, reward with the high value food item on his/her bed as you leave home.
  • Practice teaching your dog a ‘Find It’ game so that you can hide favored toys and/or food rewards in the home. Your dog may spend some time trying to locate them, which will keep your dog busy and mentally engaged.
  • Use available resources if needed from family, friends, neighbors, a professional dog walker or pet sitter by, asking for help to spend at least an hour with your dog in the middle of the day to provide companionship, physical exercise and play when you will be gone for many hours.
  • Don’t overexcite or overstimulate your dog as this can have the opposite effect by making it more difficult for your dog to relax when you leave. Observe your dog’s behavior after physical exercise and activity to determine what type of physical exercise and activity is best and how long is optimal for your individual dog. A healthy balance of mental stimulation and physical activity is usually more beneficial such as a combination of obedience training and outdoor walking.
  • Don’t punish your dog for house training accidents, destructiveness or excessive barking. It will not change this behavior and will damage your relationship by reducing trust and exacerbating fear and stress. Instead use preventative and management techniques by removing valuable items and securing your dog in the confined space properly and by following the above guidelines. Also remember if your dog is in distress this is not a chosen behavior for the purposes of punishing the owner – these are human interpretations of canine behavior.
Rest assured that if your dog has developed Separation Anxiety this behavior problem is treatable but will take time, patience and action on your part to help your dog overcome this problem.

By Sara Taylor, CABI CPDT-KA, SPCA LA Director of Animal Behavior & Training

2021 Calendar Photo Call

If you have already sent in photos… NO need to send anymore. Thank you!

ALL PHOTOS MUST be sent to
Send up to 2 or 3 of your favorites.

1- Your Hound (with Name & City)

2- Rainbow Bridge Hound (DOB and date of death)

3- Does your Hound have a non-hound sibling?  Chihuahua, Cat, Rat, Rabbit, Iguana, Snail, etc? You get the idea. Send us a photo of them napping, playing or just hanging out together.  Include your hound’s sibling’s name.

Please, NO people in any of the photos.

We will work to get the calendars completed earlier this year. Thank you!

What to do if Your Dog Gets Loose – Helpful Reminders

The fastest way to get your dog back home is to maximize the number of people looking for it.  This is why we ask adopters to notify us right away at 1-800-446-8637 when a dog gets loose.  We know that it’s instinct to immediately get in the car and drive around, looking for the dog.  But before you do this, let us know.  While you’re looking, we can put together a poster and organize volunteers to distribute them in the area.  We can also send these to the local shelters, veterinarians, and post on social media (Craigslist, PawBoost, local lost and found pet sites, Nextdoor, etc).

Ask people to not approach or call to the dog, but call the adopter.  The posters will also emphasize this.  Most dogs, even the ones who are confident, will be scared when they are in unfamiliar territory.  If approached by a stranger, they may run away, putting them in even greater danger.

If you are the adopter and you have eyes on your dog, first have other people, if around, back off, sit down, and turn their backs on the dog.  Second, try to bring your own energy level down.   It will also help if you have favorite treats with you.  Don’t rush up to the dog; don’t look directly at him; sit down sideways to the dog or lay down on your stomach or back and sing softly.  You can use words that are associated with fun things – “walk”, “treat”, “cookie”, etc.  Let the dog come up to you and then slowly put a leash on him.  Carry a slip lead with you, just in case the dog doesn’t have a collar.

Here are some additional tips from the Missing Animal Response Network, who specialize in capturing skittish, hard-to-catch dogs:  The problem with panicked dogs is that most rescuers call the dog to try and get the dog to come to them … big mistake!  Never call a stray dog. Don’t look at it, don’t pat your leg, clap your hands, and don’t walk towards the dog.  If the dog has a skittish temperament, typically he is in “fight or flight” mode and will be running in fear.

This is what’s going on.  The dog is running because people are looking at him, going towards him, calling him, and he is getting more and more afraid.  When you add an adopter (or a rescuer) into the mix who is panicked (and conveys that in their voice), it just freaks the dog out even more. What you want to do instead is use calming signals and try to do everything you can to calm and attract the dog. Lip licking, singing, yawning, feigning like you’re eating food off the ground are such signals.  Let the dog come up to you – it may take some time, so be patient.

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Upcoming Events

Save the Date for These Fun Events

Event season is kicking off…. please check our website often and mark your calendars.  Your hound is not going to want to miss all the fun this year!

Sonoma County Human Race
April 28, 2018

The Sonoma County Human Race is the largest charitable fundraiser in the country.  GFFL has participated in this event for several years now and it has grown to be one of the biggest fundraisers for our group.  This event historically has been on Mother’s Day weekend, but this year it’s a week earlier to avoid conflicts.  This event is held in Santa Rosa and with the fires that struck the region in October, I would expect a large turnout to help the area.  
Here are the details.

  • Date: Saturday, April 28
  • Start Time: Meet up at GFFL booth 7:30 AM,  walk starts at 8 AM
  • End Time: usually done by 10:00am
  • Where: Herbert Slater Middle School, Santa Rosa
  • Event Theme: Sonoma Strong, Better together.
  • Our costumes/theme: still evolving, but here is what is in the works.  Rebuilding (Dogs will wear “silks” with blueprints, humans hard hats and tool belts.)

Too far?  Too early??  That’s OK, you can still help.  When the Human Race website goes live (hopefully in the next couple of weeks), each group will have a page within it.  Individual team members will create a page to raise money; they will set goals to achieve and to ask for donations.  But you don’t need to walk to set up a fundraising page!  You can set up your own, or you can donate to an individual or to the group.  The idea is to hit our overall goal.   
We will send an update when the website is live and the Team page is created and you can donate to help us help GFFL.

The Great (Greyt) Global Greyhound Walk
June 10, 2018, 10 AM

Mark your calendars and come out for a walk. This walk is just that… a walk with other sighthounds and their humans.  This is a world-wide event that was started in the UK.  We currently have three walks set up.  This is to bring awareness to the breeds…. think of it as a World Wide Mobile Meet and Greet.

If you don’t see one near you, you are welcome to set one up and register it with GGGW  http://www. uk/
South Bay/Peninsula
Stanford University
Meet at Cantor Center
328 Lomita Dr
Stanford, CA
If interested, can meet up for lunch after at Max’s at the Stanford Shopping Ctr
Please register at…
http://www. uk/walks/stanford-california- walk/

Santa Rosa
Spring Lake Regional Park
Meet in the upper parking lot by the swimming lagoon.  There is a $7 parking fee
Please register at….
http://www. uk/walks/santa-rosa- california-walk/

Garcia Bend Park
7654 Pocket Rd
Meet in the parking lot. When facing the river we will walk to the left.
Please register at…
http://www. uk/walks/walk-submission- sacramento/

Hope to see you soon!!!!!

Item Donations
Have an item or two you would like to donate for future fundraising?
We would love it…Feel free to contact Vanessa Borrero at
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November 2017 GFFL News

Dear Friends of GFFL,

First up … we have our new van!

Albany Ford and Subaru found us another van with a medium roof and rear air conditioning and were kind enough to deliver it to the company who applies signage and then bring it back to the dealership. Julie Carroll and Janet Lockard picked it up on October 30 and met up with Marni Parmar and Margaret Lynch to bring it the rest of the way up to Santa Rosa.


Thanks to all for making this happen!  We could not have done this without the generosity of our friends and supporters all over the country.

Housing Update

The other piece of good news is that I have found a rental house in Healdsburg and moved in on Monday, November 6.  I will have a 2-car garage so that I will have space to store crates, etc.  I know that people have been holding donations, so next week, we’ll be able to take them!

Reunion Accounting

It is so sad that such a great reunion was followed by such a downer here in the Wine Country.

I have posted this on our Facebook page, but wanted to let everyone in the group know that I need people to send me an email to let me know how much they spent on merchandise at the reunion. 

I don’t need lunches and raffle tickets.  For those who paid by credit card, I will assume that it is merchandise (including the silent and live auction) unless you let me know that part of it was a donation for gas, food, etc.

Please send info to me at  We will need to figure out merchandise sales so that I can pay sales tax on it.  Thank you!

New Dogs

We are working on bringing in new dogs.  We brought in three dogs from the Caliente track on November 13th (two boys, Dion and Smokey, and one girl, Touille).  It looks like we will also be getting a greyhound and a greyhound/saluki mix from Dubai, and maybe a few more whippets.  Stay tuned!





We ordered more GFFL calendars and Celebrating Greyhounds Desk Diaries.  These are available on the “How to Help” page of the website.  You can send a check to the PO Box 549 in Fulton, CA 95439 or pay using the Paypal icon on the website.  The cost is $15 for either calendar plus $3.00 for shipping.

We have also ordered more GFFL denim shirts and baseball caps.  These will also be available on the website.

Brochures and Business Cards

My supply went up in flames, so I have ordered more of each.  For event hosts, let me know if you need more and I’ll send them out to you.


Fiona’s puppies have gotten really big!  They are almost 16 weeks old now and will be spayed or neutered soon.  They will then be ready for adoption.  They look more like German Shepherds than Greyhounds, but they have great temperaments!  Let Barbara know if you are interested in adopting.

Shoe Drive Relaunch
From Vanessa Borrero

We are going to relaunch our Shoe Drive. As you are aware the fires in Sonoma County were devastating for many as well as for GFFL. We were slated to end our Drive on October 31, but we put it on hold to focus on more pressing matters. We officially relaunched on November 12 and will continue to collect until Monday, January 15, 2018.

You can drop off shoes at your local Meet & Greet or hold on to them and we will work on a round up. We have the storage in Santa Rosa until January 15th in Santa Rosa, so if you happen to be in that area, we can work on getting them to that location. These should be bagged with 25 pairs tied or rubber banded together in a clear 40 gallon trash bag.

We had 87 bags picked up  November 11. Marisa Kjartansson has about 25 bags, so that is a total of 112, that means we ONLY NEED 188 bags to complete our goal. Of course more is better, but lets get those 188!!!!

For those of you who want a refresher on the shoe drive, here are the details below:

We have partnered with Funds2Orgs to turn gently used/new shoes into $$ for GFFL.

Below are some details, I’ve attached a flyer, you can also use this link.

Goal: 300 bags w/25 pairs each (we can exceed this!!)
How: Collect at meet & greets, at work, ask your friends on Facebook, post  on Next Door, talk to your local thrift and shoe stores.
Why: The Hounds of course!!! 🙂

Each pair needs to be banded together and bagged. I have bags/rubber bands that I will send out to the  meet & greet leaders. They must be matched pairs. NO chewed, holes, broken shoes will be accepted. They still need to have some life in them.

What happens to the shoes? They are sent overseas to developing communities where an individual or small family can then set up a business and help support their family/community.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Vanessa Borrero at: greyhound2013us@gmail

Cookie Cutter Dogs
From Michele Czaja

I was recently following the story on GFFL’s Facebook page about the Texas Blood Bank Greyhounds.  The Greyhound Protection League’s president Susan Netboy was keeping us all abreast on the plight of these poor dogs and their subsequent rescue.  In series of posts, tempers flared when one rescue group reportedly said they wanted females and no black dogs.  As a recent adopter of a black greyhound, I too was outraged that anyone WOULDN’T want to adopt a black dog.

I was talking to my Mom about this and she said that before Fiona, my black greyhound, she was afraid of black dogs and would never have had one as a pet.  Fiona has changed her mind.  I later thought about it and thought, why do people want cookie cutter dogs?

For those who have not been to my house (which is most of you!), I am a collector of copper cookie cutters.  I am always on the lookout for new designs to display on my kitchen walls.

For years, I wanted a greyhound cookie cutter.  I found a tin cookie cutter and despite its “tin-ness”, I had proudly displayed the tin cutter.  Last year, I FINALLY found a copper greyhound cookie cutter.  I was thrilled.  Since I haven’t figured out where to hang that last 5 copper cutters, including my copper greyhound, I have displayed all 5 on my toaster oven, and I have included my tin greyhound.

After putting the greyhound cutters together, I noticed that the shapes aren’t quite the same, the obvious color difference, and how they cut into cookie dough differently.  I love the tin cutters shape and better cut, but I love the copper’s color. Even though they are the same subject, their subtle differences both touch my heart.

My greyhounds have been all colors (except blue).  They all had different personalities, beautiful coats, different shapes.  I loved them all and there was nothing cookie cutter about any of them.

Celebrate the holidays by baking cookies for your greyhound.  I modified my human peanut butter cookie recipe for dogs.  My dogs like ‘em!

Peanut Butter Cookies For Dogs Recipe

1 cup of wheat flour
1 cup of oats
1 egg
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
½ cup shredded carrrots
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda

Grind oats in a food processor to a course flour.  Mix all ingredients.  Cool dough in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.   Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Roll out dough and use your favorite cookie cutters to cut shapes.  Place on cookie sheet.  Bake 30-40 minutes.  Cool and share with your favorite hound.

If you don’t want to cut out cookies, roll dough into small balls.  Place on baking sheet and give them a thumb-press.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

(Tin greyhound cookie cutters are available on Etsy, Copper cutters are available on Amazon.)

Upcoming Scentsy Fundraiser 

We will be relaunching our Scentsy fundraiser on November 16. Help the hounds while taking care of your holiday shopping. Stay tuned for more information.

GFFL Contacts

Emergency Lost & Found

Barbara Judson
510-525-3844 or

Julie Carroll*  –

Barbara Judson – bajudson@gmail.com510-525-3844

Michele Czaja* – mbczaja@comcast.net831-659-9225

Nora Star – – 707-277-9167

Bonnie Amiot  – –  650-359-6262

Laurie Appling  – –  650-218-8948

Deb Chadbourne Dennis  – –  707-372-9555

Mary Lynne Strupp*  – –  916-879-5918

Betsy McGee  – betsymcgee@yahoo.com415-925-1314

Jon Cabarrus  – jsurrabac@aol.com707-575-7120
Lisa Pinto – chessmont@comcast.com707-792-9288

While Barbara and Jon are getting lives back together, please call one of the other GFFL board members.  They have an asterisk behind their names.

Copyright © 2017 Greyhound Friends for Life, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Greyhound Friends for Life

PO Box 549

Fulton, CA 95439

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GFFL’s Partnership with Scooby, Spain

             Pepe small   Cuco 1 cropped   Bonnie_2   Morena small


In April, 2014, we announced that we were entering into a partnership with Scooby, the well-known Galgo rescue organization in Spain.   GFFL adopter Margie Easter has been facilitating the partnership and usually brings dogs back from her volunteer time at Scooby once or twice a year. Adopters Sheryl Owyang and Victor Quan brought our first two galgos, Bonnie and Juanillo, to us in October 2014. Since then, we have brought in 5 more (Bond, Calisto, Cuco, Morena, Pepe), with a new boy, Guelo, arriving at the end of November.

Scooby started in 1987 as a shelter, providing refuge for the stray cat and dog population and numerous galgos discarded, mainly by the local coursing fraternity in the area of Medina del Campo, Valladolid. Scooby was founded and is led by honorary President Fermín Pérez, a science teacher at the main senior school in Medina del Campo.

Tens of thousands of galgos are bred annually in Spain, in the hopes of producing the national coursing champion. Medina del Campo is the focal point for those with coursing interests in Spain. Many galgueros (breeders and owners of galgos) live in Medina and the surrounding areas. Since Fermín made the world aware of the galgo situation, the association has grown throughout the years. What began in old ruins, with bed frames as fencing, and an old warehouse without electricity, hear, or water, has moved and grown into a new, large refuge sanctuary, all with the help of international supporters and volunteers, dedicated to Scooby and its important work. Over the years, the galgueros have started bringing their unwanted galgos to Scooby after the hunting season. On average, Scooby houses about 450 dogs, mainly galgos. From there, Scooby re-homes the galgos and mixed-breed dogs via partner organizations, mainly in Europe and North America.

(More: Spain –, USA –, Margie’s Blog –

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