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In December I am riding for Heifer International. Founded in 1944, Heifer International works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Its approach is more than a handout. Heifer provides animals (e.g., heifers, goats, water buffalos, chickens, rabbits, fish, and bees) and training to impoverished people in over 30 countries. The animals can give milk, meat, or eggs; provide draft power; or form the basis of a small business. Communities make their own decisions about what crops, animals, and market strategies make sense for their everyday conditions and experiences.

Heifer International is based on 12 Cornerstones, such as Sustainability; Genuine Need and Justice; and Gender and Family Focus. Perhaps the best known Cornerstone is Passing on the Gift, in which Heifer recipient families pass on the offspring of their animals to others in need. In this way, whole communities can raise their standard of living.

A donation to Heifer International also can make a wonderful alternative holiday gift. Instead of yet another sweater for Grandma that she really doesn’t need, why not donate a Heifer animal or a share of an animal in her honor? Does your child really need so many new toys? Instead of five new toys, give him/her three new toys and a Heifer flock of chicks. Heifer has honor cards to let your loved ones know of your gift on their behalf.

I have set up a Team Heifer page to support Heifer International through A Year of Centuries. My goal is to raise $500. Please make your donation through If you would like more information about Heifer’s work, please visit Whether you give to honor a loved one or make a regular donation, thank you for taking steps to transform the world for the better.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Make a Fast Friend…Adopt a Greyhound!

Greyhounds are one of the best parts of my life.  I was first introduced to greyhounds when I was at Georgia Tech.  One of my fellow civil engineering students posted flyers about greyhound adoption on the main bulletin board.  Also, she sometimes brought a greyhound to class.  I learned of the need for greyhounds to find homes when they finish their racing careers, and I saw firsthand what loving companions they are.  I really wanted to adopt a greyhound!

Robert and I got married the year after I got out of Georgia Tech.  At the time I had a sweet cocker spaniel, but Robert was willing to adopt a greyhound, too.  Just two months after we got married, we adopted Trooper, our first greyhound, and we’ve had at least one greyhound ever since then.  That was nearly 18 years ago.

We got involved with Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (SEGA), an all-volunteer group that finds homes for as many greyhounds as possible.  SEGA transports greyhounds from the racetrack; makes sure that they are spayed/neutered, get their shots, and receive any other needed veterinary treatment; cares for them at its kennels and in foster homes until adoptions are completed; manages the adoption process and follow-up; and promotes adoption through meet-and-greets.  Additionally, through SEGA’s parent organization, the Southeastern Greyhound Club, adopters can enjoy activities with their greyhounds like pet therapy and social events.

Like people, each greyhound has his or her own personality (doggone-ality?).  These are Robert’s and my greyhounds through the years.  We have loved them all.

Trooper (born 1992; adopted 1995; died 2003)

Walker (born 1995; adopted 2000; died 2002)

Cosmo (born 2000; adopted 2003)

Mr. Spock (born 2003; adopted 2004)

Annieray (fostered 2007)

Hyatt (fostered 2008)

Woofie Wags (fostered 2010) with Shelly the beagle

Lily (born 2002; fostered 2010; adopted 2011)

Think a greyhound might be right for you?  Visit SEGA’s web page at, or come to a meet & greet.  If you can’t adopt now, consider sponsoring a greyhound.  Your donation will help care for a greyhound until he/she finds a forever home.

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