Friday, July 11, 2014

JOT - Just One Thing!

By Caro Lamont from the Pampered Pets Mystery Series by Sparkle Abbey

Hello – It’s me again. Caro Lamont. You may remember me from previous adventures we’re shared in Desperate Housedogs and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang.  My cousin, Mel, is your feisty protagonist and amateur sleuth in the other two books in the series, Get Fluffy, and Yip/Tuck.

My latest adventure, Fifty Shades of Greyhound, finds me involved in a pet rescue fundraiser. I guess that’s not really big news. The truth is I find myself involved a lot of pet-related events, whether it’s the annual “cough up some cash” Fur Ball, or Orange County’s Yappy Hour. Or Laguna Beach’s Annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off. This latest affair, as you may have guessed from the title, was a greyhound rescue event, The Fifty Shades of Greyhound Gala.


Greyhounds are great dogs and retired racers make great pets!
  • Perhaps one of the oldest dog breeds, greyhounds are loving and affectionate, and generally patient with children.
  • Intelligent and calm, they thrive on the attention of people.
  • Though they are very fast and can reach speeds of over 40 mph, they require no more exercise than your average pet dog.
  • Most have been raised in a kennel and are used to other dogs so they adjust well to other pets in your household.
I know. I know. Probably more than you ever wanted to know about greyhounds.

My enthusiasm is all because of Blanche LeRue, the organizer of the gala and our local greyhound expert. She’d roped me into service as the on-site pet therapist and convinced a ton of influential people to attend the fete. (Things went a bit awry from there, but I won’t spoil the story by telling you the details here.)

The bottom line is that Blanche cared so much about greyhounds that she convinced me and others to care too. Caring is like that – it’s catching!
So, here’s my plea to you, if you could do just one thing for greyhounds it would make a difference. Here are some ideas – JOT one down – you only need to do just one thing.
  • Spread the word about the need for greyhound rescue.
  • Let others know what great pets greyhounds make.
  • If you’re able, help financially support a local rescue. There are many wonderful groups out there who could use your help. Even a little helps a lot.
  • Attend a greyhound event and learn more about these wonderful dogs. Just a tiny bit of your time and I bet you’ll be surprised at what you learn.
So what about you? Do you have a favorite cause? And, if so, what is the just one thing you’d ask the rest of us to do that could make a difference?

 
We’ll be drawing a winner from all of those who comment before midnight, so here’s your chance to give a shout-out about a cause that matters to you, and also have a chance to win a book and some fun swag.

Remember: At Killer Characters there will be a giveaway every single day for the rest of the month, so stop by each day to enter.

 

 

90 comments:

  1. I am passionate about the Humane Society and I would like to tell people that owning a pet is a lifetime responsibility. Take care of your pet and give it as good of life as you'd want for any member of your family. Spaying and neutering is important.

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  2. The feral cats/strays don't have enough attention given to them. 3 or 4 years ago my neighborhood had a number of feral and strays that I fed. Unfortunately I couldn't afford to fix them all.
    rjprazak6@gmail.com
    Becky Prazak

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    1. Strays can be such a problem, Becky. A great cause.

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  3. What would we do without our pets? And for all those animals who are to our pets, it is so important to support their care and rescue.

    Love the puns - "cough up some cash" Fur Ball and Yappy Hour. :-)
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  4. You're right, Sally. What would we do without our pets! Our pets are our favorite breed - rescue!

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  5. We have always had pets. Cats, now dogs. I take good care of these wonderful and wise creatures. I am a lifelong supporter of the SPCA. We have a rescue. Love them all. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for your support of the SPCA! Great that you have a rescue. :-)

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  6. Dogs are the most sensitive, smart and helpful animals. My two dogs are aware and sense everything. When I am sick, sad or upset. They provide me with companionship. I will continue to support and help. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. So true. They really tune in on our emotions and somehow know when we need them most.

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  7. My cause is animal rescue. I can't adopt as many animals as I'd like so I volunteer and donate when I can.

    lkleback@hotmail.com

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  8. I have rescued dogs and cats all my life...currently have five cats and three dogs (all someone else no longer wanted). Their love is unconditional.

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    1. Oops...forgot something...

      patucker54 at aol dot com

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    2. Isn't that the truth, Pat! Their love certainly is unconditional. :-)

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  9. This book is on my list..... Our first border collie was through a rescue group...
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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    1. (Not sure where our reply went so apologies if this posts twice.)
      Thanks, Alicia! Caro, our pet therapist/amateur sleuth, has a heart for border collies. :-)

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  10. My cause, and charity of choice, is the ASPCA. I am an animal lover through and through.

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  11. I got Bear from a friend so she wasn't a rescue dog. I have had several dogs that I got from the Humane Society. My uncle got two dogs from a no-kill shelter. I would never go to a pet store to buy a dog. I've seen too many stories about dogs who have been rescued from the puppy mills and the terrible condiiions they live in and the resulting illnesses.

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    1. You make a great point. We were unaware of all of the situations with puppy mills until we got involved with a couple of our local rescue groups. What a terrible thing.

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  12. Hi Sparkle. I tend to favor social causes but I am firmly behind my local Angel Memorial Hospital and the MSPCA. They do outstanding work, for free if necessary. I think it was St. Francis who said you can judge a society by the way it treats its animals (or something along those lines). Love this series.....

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    1. Thanks, Mary Louise! So glad you're enjoying the series. :-) Whoever said it, it's very true, how a society treats its animals says a ton about its values.

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  13. Love greyhounds and whippets. I rescued two whippets years ago and have been involved in dog rescues in some way - from transporting to just donations - ever since. I'll certainly get this book, too. Sounds like fun to read. I like cozies. Thanks. airieanne on fb

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    1. Airieanne, what a great point about transportation. There are times when something as simply as transporting a rescue makes a huge difference!

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  14. I'd add to your list--"look into ways to end the misuse/abuse of these dogs in greyhound racing."
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Libby, that's a very important point!

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  15. I love cats. Our cats were all strays that we found in our backyard. We used to feed strays outside.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Sparkle (our kitty, Sparkle, that is) was found wandering and taken to the local ARL. We'd lost our long-time family cat and Sparkle picked us! We'd glad she did. :-)

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  16. you made me want to check out rescuing a greyhound. wish me luck.

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    1. Carol, they are such wonderful dogs. Let us know if you end up rescuing a greyhound. :-)

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  17. I've adopted several shelter dogs through the years, but the cause closest to my heart is for our senior c\citizens.
    When my mom had to go into a senior home/rehab after she broke her hip, I would visit her everyday. I brought homemade treats and read to her since her eyes did not allow her to read anymore. I noticed how many had no one visiting them so I started including her roommate and several other residents. Even after my mom passed away I still occasionally drop in with some treats or just to visit. It is surprising how much it can brighten up someone's day. I'd encourage everyone to take a few minutes every so often and drop in to volunteer at their local senior's center.
    Oh...cozy mysteries were always the favorite so just donating your already read books would be appreciated, too. Most centers have a little library that can always use books that the residents would enjoy.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ellie, that's a super suggestion. Just a few minutes of your time can make someone's day a little less lonely. When my mom was in the care center I was amazed and saddened at how many people had no one to visit them. Also, donating books is a great idea! Thanks much for your suggestions.

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  18. animals in shelters

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  19. I love all animals and I would tell everyone to treat all animals with lots of love and properly take care of them. If I had the means I would save them all! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. So true, Robyn. Wish we could save them all.

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  20. Until having the privilege of being matched to an amazing service dog, Skittles, our family pets were all adopted from local animal shelters. The charity nearest to my heart is ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities), ECAD is a win win organization. The students (wards f the State or detention system) learn about unconditional love and obtain job skills, the clients who gain independence and receive unconditional acceptance and love, and beautiful 4 footed friends who are cherished and happy doing what they absolutely enjoy with tails wagging and large doggy smiles! servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  21. What a great cause! Just checked out their website. It is definitely a win win group!

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  22. I'm passionate about Breast Cancer Awareness and service to Veterans and their families. I do the Avon Walk every year. And my husband and I both very involved with the VFW. We are also looking at getting more involved with service dogs for veterans. My husband has one and she's awesome. We are wanting to get more involved with helping veterans who need a service dog.

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  23. My cause is funds for pediatric cancer. Almost all the cancer funding goes to adult cancer research and very little is invested in pediatric. I have a 3 yr old grandchild who has Neuroblastoma a cancer that only hits children under 5. The drugs used to treat childhood cancers are adult drugs and we need to see if we can help these children. OK, off my soapbox.

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    1. You are welcome to hop on that soapbox any time, Kiki! A very important cause and one that needs more attention.

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  24. Greyhound would be my choice for a dog, wish our association would permit them! Thanks for info!
    Lynn/MI
    lynn@tangledyarn.com

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    1. You're welcome, Lynn. The research we did on greyhounds was so interesting.

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  25. Spaying and neutering your pets and taking care of strays and getting our local shelter to be a no kill shelter. Finally got our shelter to spay or neuter adopted pets.

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    1. Spaying and neutering makes a big difference in the pet population. Great that your local shelter is now taking care of adopted pets.

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  26. I am so looking forward to all of the wonderful books coming out in the near future! I can't wait.
    I love all of your books!
    n-foust@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much! We have a lot of fun with them. :-)

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  27. I donate my hair to Locks of Love every few years. My aunt discovered a lump on her 40th birthday, had a double mastectomy the very next day and spent the new 4yrs battling cancer before passing away. The thing that bothered her most during that time was becoming bald due to chemo and drug trials. I do other things to contribute to breast cancer awareness but this seems to be something that is so easy for people to do but no=one seems to think of doing it.

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    1. Locks of Love is a great program. So glad you're a part of that effort. One of our critique partners does this also.

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  28. My passion is giving homes to animals no longer wanted. We currently have a 15 year old cat that we adopted when she was 10. Unfortunately she does not like any other animals, so at the moment it's a one pet family, but she is a real character and a welcome addition to the family

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    1. Good for you, Crafty. :-) It's always so much easier to get people to adopt kittens and puppies but older pets need our love too.

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  29. I support several animal rescue/welfare groups. Lollypop Farm (the local Humane society), GRASP, Buffalo Humane, Big Dogs Big Hearts,and Joyful Rescues (local animal rescue groups), Animalkind, a not so local cat rescue, and Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program.

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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    1. Katreader, those sounds like great groups to be involved with!

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  30. I'm a staunch believer and practitioner of dog rescue. Thanks for the great books on dogs!

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    1. You're very welcome, Diana. We are amazed at how much we learn with each new book. :-)

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  31. I have a friend back east who has a rescue greyhound. I love the pics she posts. Enza loves sticks - and I don't mean little ones, but big tree branches -- maybe 5 or 6 ft long and several inches around. lol
    My granddaughter worked at a Humane Society for awhile -- first in the adoption side, then in selecting the animals from the pound and drawing blood, micro-chipping, and giving shots. She's decided she'd like to be a vet tech and help sick and injured animals. Now she's working for a vet clinic while she studies. And she has 3 rescue cats, and one rescue dog now -- and has had 2 other rescue dogs. So, my shout-out is to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, and to all those who work so hard to find forever homes for the fur babies.

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    1. Donna, they are such amazing dogs and those we talked to with greyhounds had such great stories. Sounds like your granddaughter has quite a heart for animals. We wish her well and we'll join you in a shout-out to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and those who work there!

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  32. I think we have enough needs to help actual people that ought to take precedence over pets, though I do love animals and pets. My charities are local food banks. I do love reading cozies about pets, as long as the writers don't go overboard making the pets more important than people.

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    1. Richard, local food banks are so essential as a safety net for those in our communities who are the most vulnerable. Applause to you for your support in helping those in need!

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  33. My cause is PAWS! I help rescue and foster abandoned dogs and cats, even possums and rabbits! I know the importance help and donations make. I did not know so much about Greyhounds though. Thank you so much Caro. Everyone needs to know what great pets Greyhounds make!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. They are amazing! Kudos to you on your rescue work with abandoned animals.

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  34. I make things for Primary childrens hospital festival of trees in Nov. Have to start early. Also make hats for those in need and donate them. I like the causes company do for troops on facebook. rlrlaney at yahoo dot com

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    1. Rhonda, those are such great causes. Our local children's hospital does a festival of trees also. Here in the Midwest with our winters not having a hat is a real hazard. Great work!

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  35. We have a food pantry that I support, the need is so great.

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    1. Karen, you're right, the need is great and food pantries are strapped for resources!

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  36. I help out in the Alzheimer's section of a local nursing home where my MIL is a resident, and I'm sure other nursing homes would appreciate an hour here and there from others helping out too. It's such a tough time there, especially when the residents lash out in anger (and then forget about it right afterward). I choose to remember my MIL before the Alzheimer's struck, as she was a gentle and giving woman, always helping others. It's hard, though, as she has physically assaulted family members who were helping her (and then she went to the nursing home where everyone is happier and healthier).

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    1. {{{Hugs}}} to you, Laney4. We have some first-hand experience with Alzheimer's and it's so hard on family members and care-givers. So glad you help out. What a blessing you must be to them!

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  37. I try to help out our local Animal Welfare League as much as I can. There are just so many animals in need of homes. My MIL also rescues Grey Hounds and fosters many and adopts even more. If I won this book, I would be gifting it to her. I think she would get a kick out of it.

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    1. Kudos to you and to your MIL on your work on behalf of animals. There is so much need.

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  38. I'm really very unhappy with dogs right now. One came so close to attacking me when I was walking yesterday. The owner finally caught up to it when it was a couple of feet from me. He claimed the dog was very friendly, but then why was it barking and growling at me with his fur standing up? I don't think I have ever been so afraid. There have been other dogs that have been less than friendly the last few years and one of those is a sister's dog. It has bitten people. The dogs we owned in the past would never have acted that way.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. So sorry you had that experience, Elaine.

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    1. We met our first greyhound and a book event and we were completely enthralled!

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  40. We rescued two dogs - Bodie was left on the side of the road (he is part st bernard/australian shephard mix) and Eddie was an abused puppy(hound dog/collie mix) - previous owner pulled on his ears, it took 6 months before he would let us pet him on the head. We have them now over 5 years. they are so loving and lovable!
    Volunteer , Volunteer and Volunteer - for what ever cause you are passionate about. I help with our local Special Olympics and a member of the local Lions club. Our motto is "We Serve". It is a wonderful feeling to bring a smile to someone or help lift their burdens.

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    1. A great motto and great advice! Volunteer, Volunteer and Volunteer - for what ever cause you are passionate about!

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  41. The greyhound story sounds wonderful! One of my favorite causes, though not dog-related, is very worthy: Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a social outreach ministry to communities of homeless. My family with its 3 kiddos has taken the the MLF truck to various locations around Austin TX to serve food and clothing along with smiles and words of encouragement to those needing some help up. My kids have enjoyed serving hot chocolate (winter) or lemonade (summer) and a cheery smile to others. It's a small thing that can mean a lot.

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    1. What a great program, Melissa. And what a great name. :-) We all need to think about those small things to us that can't mean a lot to someone else.

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  42. My cause would be the diabetic association. My husband is diabetic and it would be nice if there was a cure. Thereadmaster@me.com

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  43. I'm part of The Alba Carter Foundation. We make baby blankets (crochet, knit, quilt, tie-fleece) to donate to our local children's hospital. We have about 4 parties a year where we provide felt and volunteers tie it into blankets, plus people make blankets from all over the United States and send them to us. Last year we donated over 700 baby blankets to two different children's hospitals. It's our way of giving a warm hug to these little ones and to let their parents know that they are not alone.

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    1. A beautiful warm hug to the little ones...

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  44. So many worthy causes. The cause I work for is the church community outreach program. We provide food, clothing, home maintenance assistance for the elderly and disabled, we also assist in finding shelter where we can for the homeless.

    DelAnne
    InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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    1. DelAnne, sounds like a great program. Even small home maintenance tasks can be challenging to the elderly and disabled.

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  45. All my pets are rescues... 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 horses! People that must have an animal from a breeder I just don't understand.
    Guess I am not meant to! We have property in the country that has water on it and my husband and I are always stopping to get
    turtles out of the road. We scoop them up and they get a free ride and we release them on the property. There is plenty for them to eat and it keeps them out of the road. People around here actually look like they try and run the turtles over. I just shake my head... it gives me a headache. The animals were here first and with all the construction that happens where are the animals supposed to live.... guess if I knew the answer to that question I could just retire!!!!

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  46. They have been having a lot of news about hot cars, Not only should you remove your children, but your pets too.Too many unnecessasary deaths of both. Remember that it gets hot for all of us out there.

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  47. I have been active with Whippets activities for the last 19 years. Involved in bree activities as well as welfare and rescue activities.

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