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.

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