If I don’t get much done today …

Two days ago, Parker (a stray grey) was picked up at a shelter in Brownsville and taken to a “greytel”. Yesterday someone picked him up from the greytel and took him to Corpus Christi to another greytel. Today he’s on his way to New Braunfels where I’ll pick him up at a gas station and take him to my greytel. Saturday, I’ll take him to Waco where someone from Dallas will pick him up and give me George (greyhound-saluki mix). I’ll take George to my greytel for a long stay (so more like a grey b&pee) while he recovers. Parker will join the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT) group, and GALT’s George will hang out with Gregory from Greyhound Pets of America–Central Texas (GPA-CenTex). Their host is Fabian from Greyhound Adoption Program–Queensland. 

I am a member of two groups in Texas and do what I can to help. Neither group tries to get me to choose, and I love them for it. They’re in it for the hounds and help each other when they can.

The government of New South Wales has signed a law banning greyhound racing there starting 1 July 2017. The adoption groups have a year to get ready for what might be an influx of greyhounds into already stressed adoption groups. Now is the time to band together. Are you in it for the hounds or for your own group’s glory? I’m a dual citizen. I know my Australian counterparts can do it. It’s a great opportunity to get volunteers who don’t have the space or time to help out. 

Organise. Get together. Build a Facebook page just for this. Get these hounds to groups all over Australia. And man, when I go over in February, I’m going to help.


GALTx eNews:  Welcome to Our Rescues from West Texas!

On June 6th, a concerned citizen directed two animal control officers to a residence in West Texas reporting dogs without water or food. Upon arrival, the officers found a dead puppy in a pen with two live puppies. The live puppies were in bad condition, with their skeletons easily visible. Their feeders contained only food covered with black mold. Their dog house had a collapsed roof and was filled with feces. The dead puppy was mangled and partially consumed. 

The officers found another pen with two adult males, an empty water bucket and long disused free feeder container. A third pen had one adult female, again with a long disused free feeder. Her dog house consisted of a dog cage and a similar enclosure in a dog box in the bed of a pickup. When an officer put the adult female in his truck, he heard a noise from the other side of the pickup bed and found another female with a horrific open wound on her chest. They immediately took her to a veterinarian. The officers found another female in some weeds at the back of the residence, and it was obvious she was the puppies’ mother. The officers removed a total of 7 live dogs from the property and found another 6 dead puppies, from the age of 6 weeks to 4 months, in a dumpster.  

The officers promptly contacted GALT’s West Texas representative, Lonnie Jones, and GALT took custody of all of the living dogs. GALT transported the puppies and the injured female to Dr. Wick Culp of Animal Medical Center in Amarillo. On June 8th, the officers transported the other four adults to transport volunteers in Wichita Falls, Texas. On June 13th, GALT brought the puppies and injured female to Dallas. Classy, Lady Bird, Laura,George, Lyndon and puppies Butch and Etta are now with GALT, under the care of Dr. Ellis and Dr. Soileau of VCA Preston Park Animal Hospital (PPAH). Click here to see more photos of these sweet souls or here for a slideshow. 

Classy is a female, black saluki mix estimated to be about 2 years old. She likely experienced a penetrating injury that abscessed. PPAH is cleaning and treating her wound daily, but Classy may require surgery as the wound heals. She is also carrying a large load of intestinal parasites. She only weighs 43 pounds.  

Lady Bird is a brindle and white female greyhound estimated to be about three years old. She has had multiple litters of puppies, including Etta and Butch. She tested positive for Ehrlichia Canis and is carrying a large load of intestinal parasites. Laura is a white and brindle female greyhound, estimated to be 4 or 5 years old. She has had multiple litters of puppies, and has several scars on her head and neck. Both of Laura’s eyes appear to be in the early stages of Pannus. She is being treated for Ehrlichia Canis as well as a large load of intestinal parasites.

George is a red greyhound/saluki mix estimated to be about 3 years old. He has a very low platelet count, Ehrlichia Canis, and a large load of intestinal parasites. Lyndon is a black male greyhound who is about three years old. He is undergoing treatment for severe intestinal parasites.

Puppies Butch and Etta are about 6 weeks old. On arrival, both were dehydrated, thin and anemic due to intestinal parasites. Their foster family feeds them small meals multiple times a day to help them gain weight and they are being treated for the parasites. Click here to see more cute puppy pictures of them both!

Vet bills for this rescue effort will be considerable and we would greatly appreciate any assistance you can give. Click the link below to make a donation today!

Help The West Texas Rescues!

Will code for funds. Money can’t buy me happiness. I just want more of it to give away.


I didn’t finish my code last night and did not care. I still coded. Have gone only one day without coding since code school finished. I have not always completed a mini project, but I coded. Same goes for last night:


I swerz flipCard is defined. SWERZ! My abdominal muscles aren’t, but … c’mon. I know it is. 

I wanted to build a matching game that I could alter. After watching Adam Khoury’s video tutorials on building a matching game and creating an Array.prototype for shuffling, I got started building a matching game. Probably started too late, looking back with my hindsight shades. Maybe another few hours, and I’d have found my error(s?), but here’s the deal: yes, I love coding, but there are more important things in my life. I foster greyhounds. I got Gregory yesterday, one of the Pensacola Six to come in yesterday. Zero home experience. Obsessed by the mirror (such a teen). Clueless about sliding glass doors. Major velcro tendencies. Yesterday I could have started coding earlier, or I could have hung out with this fella: 


Admitting that I love something more than coding is not to say that I don’t still love it. I would hope that we all love something involving sentient beings more than coding. Getting back to my match game, to learn it, I’m starting with a simple (read: boring) matching of pairs of letters. I hope to change the “deck” once it works to something involving greyhound rescue or even my other love: foreign languages.

 I plan on finishing the memory game today, but let’s not end this defeated: I did have some wins. I can explain the Fisher-Yates shuffle in layman’s terms and can code it by heart now. I didn’t plan on memorizing it; memorization came from obsessive love, like your crush’s mobile number.


I want to shuffle all the things!


Pre-adoption bath. Siggie is not a fan.
It’s Siggie’s last day with me. Tonight she’ll go to bed as the only-dog with a family that recently lost two 12-year-olds. Siggie will have cats and pet cattle as buddies. We already have a playdate set up, so this is not too sad for me. Welcome to diva life, Siggie. I’ll miss you.

In my post Iron Yard bootcamp fantasies, I’m coding on the side (for freezle) for the greyhound adoption community. I might also be nude, as this <em>is</em> a fantasy. 


The reason I want to earn more: Greyhounds. 

I do not care about having a bigger house; that’s too many rooms to clean. I do not want a newer car; that’s $$$ for what is really just a hound-hauler. I want the funds to foster more greyhounds and to donate to more organizations. I’m a member of Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (in Dallas) and Greyhound Pets of America—Central Texas (in Austin). The more the merrier. It’s not about the groups; it’s about the hounds. 

GPA-Central Texas was recently featured in Bark Post for their fundraiser: Greyt Gatsby. My current foster, Siggie, is the last photo before the video.