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At this years Greyhound Gathering we will be accepting donations for the Wheeling track kennel where  our adoptable greyhounds come from.

Items that are always needed are DOG FOOD, especially CANNED, for those finicky eaters.
Tough TOYS that will withstand the hard play these hounds can dish out.
NO TOYS with SQUEAKERS!

All the greyhounds at Wheeling THANK YOU!

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THE FOOD CONUNDRUM

One of the most frustrating problems for the new greyhound adopter, is choosing what food should they should use, from among the incredible array of dry, kibbled foodstuffs that are readily available, to nourish their recent arrival.
These foodstuffs are often questionably marketed as “complete nutrition”, and the prices can range anywhere from half a dollar, to well over a dollar a pound. So the new adopter decides upon one or the other, and presents it to their new greyhound, for his/her approval.
Often, the greyhound’s reaction is less than enthusiastic, if not bordering on downright incredulity. When the greyhound does deign to choke down this foreign and unpleasant concoction, just as often, the result is an even more unpleasant, intestinal catharsis.

 

So the adopter, wanting to do the best he/she can for their new greyhound, then decides to buy a more expensive and more hyperbolically marketed kibble— some of which can cost quite a bit more per pound than real meat—only to have Mister or Miss Persnickety Needlenose, raise that needle-nose skyward in disgust, and either refuse to eat, or once again, grudgingly consume the substance, only to turn it into a repulsive, gurgling, projectile liquid, hours later.
So the understandably upset and frustrated adopter turns to social media for advice. There, he or she is subjected to a virtual barrage of suggestions, which span the known universe of dog foods and additives, from the most astonishingly expensive “designer” concoctions, to the most basic, inexpensive, rancid-smelling commercial kibbles—all of them, incidentally, severely lacking the sensory and visceral appeal of the raw meat-based diets that greyhounds are used to consuming.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Glynn, her greyhound Zee.

 

The racing greyhound’s “staple food”, which can comprise 60-70 percent or more of its diet prior to retirement, is almost always beef.

 

Photo courtesy of A Ray Kennel

 

Racing greyhounds in America are fed “not fit for human consumption” beef. And that is because greyhounds are not human, and “not fit for human consumption” doesn’t mean that it isn’t perfectly fit for canine consumption. This beef comprises the basis of their diet, along with kibble of choice, and a variety of other additives, like vegetables, fish, pasta, barley, rice, peaches, buttermilk, yogurt, molasses, or bone meal, to mention a few, depending upon the trainers’ or breeders’ preference.

Photo courtesy of A Ray Kennel

 

(It should be noted at this time, that there is no FDA or USDA classification of meat by “letter grading”— and thus there is no FDA or USDA classification called “4D”, as you may have been led to believe by various and sundry greyhound mythologists. Meat is graded on a “pass or fail” system, and is either deemed fit, or not fit for human consumption—in the latter case, it may be used to feed priceless and rare zoo carnivores, processed into commercial dogs foods used by the vast majority of pet owners, or used to feed racing greyhounds).

Photo courtesy of The Greyt Hound

 

Be that as it may, greyhound breeders and trainers have had hundreds of years to experiment with their greyhounds’ diets. Everything from soup-to-nuts has been tried, at one time or another, in order to gain a legal performance advantage over one’s competitors. It is pretty much agreed upon, by trainers and breeders alike, that beef, as the basis of the greyhound’s diet, produces the best results.
Now, when I trained them for a living, I never handled a greyhound who exhibited symptoms of chronic digestive problems.
Greyhound trainers spend a lot of time assessing the volume, shape, color and consistency of their greyhounds’ digestive output, as it is often reflective of how well the dog is feeling, or whether or not there are internal parasites afflicting them. If one had a greyhound who was discomforted or otherwise indisposed by their food, it would be quite apparent, via the trainer’s ritual stool examinations and observations of the dog in performance, or in day to day activity.

Photo courtesy of A Ray Kennel

So it would seem that for many greyhounds, transitioning from a meat-based diet as an active racer, to a kibble-based diet as a retired pet, is fraught with possibilities. Not many of them are particularly promising or pleasant.
We often read of adopters who have tried a daisy chain of relatively new, excruciatingly expensive, “designer” kibbles. Novel, cleverly marketed versions of these products seem to spring up every month or so, and may become “flavor-of-the-month” choice for frazzled greyhound adopters and their disgruntled greyhounds. It is unclear to me where the research, development and testing of these products is done—and who does it, under what conditions, and under whose supervision.
Nevertheless, with any luck, after trying a dozen or so various foodstuffs, the adopter may happen upon one which agrees with his greyhound, and with which the greyhound is comfortable. Many adopters can’t afford them, and “settle” for a less expensive, commercial kibble.
Whether they are adequately nourished by any of these products, is another question, for another day.
Unfortunately, due to the scarcity of pet meat wholesalers, and to the expense of store bought meats, many adopters have no choice but to resign their greyhounds to an unappealing diet of dried kibble, whatever the brand, or the hype that goes along with it.
Some pet owners have found that the BARF diet—bones and raw food—is a panacea for the retired greyhound’s digestive complications. This sort of diet, or variations upon it, have become popular among aficionados of many breeds, and it more closely resembles the sort of diet that greyhounds are fed while actively training and racing.
There are ample online resources which explain this diet, or “raw feeding” for those who feel it may be of benefit for their greyhounds, and it is not my intent here, to go into detail explaining it. However, the feedback I receive from greyhound adopters who have transitioned their pets from kibble-based diets to “raw” diets, has been unanimously positive.
Now, if you have found an affordable kibble diet that pleases your greyhound, and if your greyhound is happy, healthy and otherwise thriving, there is no need to change or experiment. Each and every greyhound is a law unto themselves. What works for Rover may not work as well for Clover.
For those adopters who are struggling with finding a foodstuff or foodstuffs that suit your greyhound, my advice is to keep in mind what grew, nourished and sustained your greyhound prior to his/her retirement, and brought them to the point where they seized control of your couch.
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FDA Alerts Veterinarians and Pet Food Manufacturers about Potential Presence of Thyroid Hormones in Pet Foods and Treats

March 27, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers, veterinarians, and the pet food industry to be aware that pet food and treats made with livestock gullets (meat from the throat region) have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and thyroid hormones. Pets that eat food or treats containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs and usually triggered by thyroid cancer.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death.

The FDA is issuing this alert now after a recent Center for Veterinary Medicine investigation into reports of three dogs in different households that showed signs of hyperthyroidism. In these cases, extensive testing on all three dogs conducted at a reference laboratory showed elevated thyroid hormone in the blood, but ruled out thyroid cancer. Reference lab interviews with the dogs’ owners revealed that all three dogs had been fed BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe TM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs and/or Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs.

Based on the recommendation of the reference lab’s consulting veterinarian, the feeding of these dog foods was discontinued. After the dogs stopped eating these products for a few weeks, their clinical signs disappeared and thyroid hormone levels returned to normal. An FDA lab tested unopened cans of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe TM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs and Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs and confirmed that they contained active thyroid hormone. The source of thyroid hormones is likely from the use of gullets from which the thyroid glands were not completely removed before adding to pet food or treats.

After consulting with the FDA, both WellPet (the maker of Wellness) and Blue Buffalo (the maker of Blue Wilderness) initiated voluntary recalls of select lots of the affected products on March 17, 2017.

WellPet voluntarily recalled of certain lots of 13.2 ounce cans of Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs with best-by dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19, and 30 AUG 19 printed on the bottom of the can. The UPC Code is 076344894506.

Blue Buffalo Company voluntarily recalled of one lot of 12.5-ounce cans BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe TM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs with a best-by date of June 7, 2019 printed on the bottom of the can. The UPC code is 840243101153.

The FDA appreciates the cooperation and swift action taken by both firms to address this issue. If your dog has eaten either of these foods and is showing symptoms of hyperthyroidism, discontinue feeding of these foods and consult your veterinarian, making sure to provide your dog’s dietary history, including what the dog has been eating, how much, and for how long.

Consumers who have any of the recalled food should not feed it to their animals and can refer to the company press releases for further instructions about returns/refunds.

Questions about whether a particular pet food or pet treat product contains livestock gullets and/or thyroid hormones should be directed to the product manufacturer.

The FDA provides more detailed information about the issue of thyroid hormones in pet food in its Letter to Veterinary Professionals and Letter to Industry.

Link to this information:   https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm548883.htm

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All the wonderful cooks will have lots of goodies to eat while attending the 2015 Gathering this coming Sunday, 8/30.

Concession Menu 2015

Sweet goodies to enjoy at the Gathering or to take home…..

Bakery Table 2015

Gathering Reminder logo

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GPA Wheeling

At this years Greyhound Gathering we will be accepting donations for the Wheeling track kennel where most of our adoptable greyhounds come from.

Items that are always needed are DOG FOOD, especially CANNED, for those finicky eaters.
Tough TOYS that will withstand the hard play these hounds can dish out. 

NO TOYS with SQUEAKERS!

The greyhounds also would like some nice DOG BEDS to relax on.

All the greyhounds at GPA Wheeling THANK YOU!

 

 

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We will be serving….

Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

Grilled Hot Dogs

Coney Dogs

 

Concession area

There will also be chips, soda pop and water available.

concession

Afterwards, stop over at the bakery tables to pick up a home-made sweet treat!

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FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE

Date:  Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:  Marlington Middle School
                          10320 Moulin
                          Alliance, OH 44601

Admission:   $1.00

 

OGGA will have a booth this year at Frosty’s Christmas Boutique.  We will be selling  Spirit Line Jewelry and home made dog cookies.

Come out an shop among 135 vendor tables stocked with handmade crafts, baked goods, indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations, apparel, primitives, candles and more.

Stop in the cafeteria to enjoy home cooked food prepared by Lexington Staff.

Visit with Frosty and get your picture taken with Santa.

Parking is Free and admission is $1.00.

 

Lexington Elementary student council Members will provide coat check.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The OGGA Bakers are busy making all your favorites & some new items for the Gathering…

 

 

CUPCAKES

 

LEMON BARS

 

PECAN PIES

 

PUMPKIN PIES

 

PINEAPPLE WALNUT CAKES

 

FRESH BAKED DINNER ROLLS

 

STICKY BUNS

 

GREYT HOUND TREATS

 

And that’s just what they have baked today, imagine how much more they will have baked for the Gathering on Sunday!!!

 

 

 

 

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