Author: Karyn Zoldan

Remembering My Beloved Daisy Greyhound

Remembering My Beloved Daisy Greyhound

On the day I write this, it’s 25 days since my beloved Daisy went on a peaceful journey to the great beyond or Rainbow Bridge or wherever we want our pets no longer with us to go. It’s also six months since 15-year-old Girlfriend lead […]

Remembering Girlfriend Greyhound

Remembering Girlfriend Greyhound

On April 8, I was trying to keep my eyes open when a blanket of fatigue cast over me. Before I closed my eyes, I looked at Girlfriend greyhound as she struck the most perfectly sweet pose. My immediate thought was to walk across the […]

Tucson Barney Tests Greyhounds for Cat Tolerance

Tucson Barney Tests Greyhounds for Cat Tolerance

Barney cat and Buddy greyhound
Begging for treats

Sixteen-year-old Barney the Cat has made quite a name for himself in a certain Tucson canine community. Up until recently, he held an important volunteer position at Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption (SA Greys). Yes, you read that right, a cat among the hounds. A Tucson Tail blog is fortunate that he bestowed us a slice of time for this interview:

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A Tucson Tail: Please give us some background…

Barney: I was rescued at 4 years from the Humane Society of So Ariz.  I am big, handsome and really smart. Mama Mary loves cats. I hug, groom and sleep on her at night. Mama Diana is another story and is not as patient with my shenanigans… like yowling, scratching furniture or emptying cabinets when I get bored. She called me “Damn Cat” so often, I thought it was my name.

ATT: You are best known for being a designated greyhound cat tester?  Can you explain to the uninitiated what a greyhound cat tester is and why it’s required?

Cat testing is important to determine if a greyhound can live harmoniously with a feline friend. A volunteer brings the hound on a leash wearing a muzzle (a most important accessory) to my house where I strut around and the hound checks me out, sniffing and sometimes poking me with that muzzled nose.

If the hound goes about his/her business and starts checking out other things and is pretty calm then that dog is considered cat tolerant. Some dogs are a little more interested but may be able to live with cats with training, patience and diligence on the part of experienced greyhound people. Then there are those dogs, who lunge, drool, bark and gnash their teeth and can’t stop staring and want to come after me. These dogs are not cat tolerant and can only be adopted by people who don’t have cats. Yes, I have run and hid from aggressive dogs; it’s the smart thing to do. About 50% of greys are cat tolerant.

Cat and greyhound are pals
Barney loves Kasey

ATT: What’s it like to live with a greyhound?

Greyhounds have always been part of my family. I display confidence with them. Buddy (top photo) taught me the ropes of family life including begging for snacks and roaching. He was my best friend and I was sad when he left. Kasey gets early morning love bumps and ear cleanings. I guess those qualities contributed to my cat tester qualifications. After 8 years of official cat testing, retirement now beckons with benefits of more snacks, more walks on leash and more naps.

ATT: So, what are your hobbies?

Barney: I love to play games…like hide and seek…I hide and everyone looks for me, even the neighbors have played this game with us. They all get in a frenzy thinking I am taking a walk about. The cat tree is my favorite perch to look out the window for birds and lizards and most importantly, to guard the house. Once at our old house, I caught a big lizard in the backyard and I played a game with Mama Mary who kept trying to take it away. Damn, she won. Mama Mary takes me for leash walks in the backyard and on the sidewalk. We are quite the sight and the talk of the neighborhood.

Barney feels superior
I am superior

ATT: I’ve seen a photo of you on top of a tall cabinet. What the heck were you thinking?

Barney: I used to be able to leap tall cabinets in a single bound but not so much anymore. I liked the view from up there. It makes me feel superior — which of course — I am.

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Thanks to Mamas Mary and Diana for coaxing Barney to answer this interview and for providing the photos.

Written by Karyn Zoldan

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So. AZ Clydesdale celebrates 17th birthday; virtual invitation

So. AZ Clydesdale celebrates 17th birthday; virtual invitation

I love horses, particularly Clydesdales and Gulliver, the mascot from Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary in Amado, AZ, is my favorite. He’s turning 17 and having a virtual birthday party on June 23th and YOU are invited. A Tucson Tail interviewed him. Take it away […]

Interview with Daisy Greyhound: The Covid Life

Interview with Daisy Greyhound: The Covid Life

The Greyt Mag interviewed me: GM: Daisy, tell the audience a little about yourself. DG: It’s obvious that I am a greyhound…I raced. I had 17 offspring. I’m missing a toe. I came to adoption via foster through Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.  I am 11 […]

Tucson Greyhound Celebrates 15th Birthday

Tucson Greyhound Celebrates 15th Birthday

Happy 15th Birthday

Girlfriend greyhound celebrated her 15th birthday today March 8, 2020. She is my first greyhound (out of four) that flew through her 13th birthday, sailed past her 14th birthday and turned 15.

Around 14 3/4 she suffered a bad kidney infection where she urinated in the house for 21 days but after three different antibiotics and a urine culture, the kidney infection is gone…thanks to Cipro and an astute vet.  I can now attest that I’m a whiz (no pun intended) at collecting urine samples from female greys. Then she had an abscessed tooth where her face swelled and she drooled blood. The swelling has greatly diminished but there is still some blood dripping from her scabby face now and then.

None of these impediments have stopped her though.

Daisy is 11 1/2
Girlfriend still supervises me in the kitchen and eats voraciously; still wants to play find the cookie and twirls around in anticipation; still jumps off the couch when the leashes come out and goes for a daily short walk. She still has a zest for life and even with a grotesque corn on her right paw and some stiffness in her old joints, Girlfriend will trot around the patio.
Every two weeks her vet makes a house call to give acupuncture which has helped on my levels.
Today she celebrated with her sister 11 1/2 year old Daisy and her friend/my boyfriend 9 year old Drummer greyhound. The dogs enjoyed their turkey pupcakes and puppacinos. The adults enjoyed their dinner and the dogs.
Drummer the Hunk is 9 years young

I feel so fortunate to still have Girlfriend in my life. My heart bursts with love for Girlfriend and Daisy and all their four-legged friends.

Getting Catty and More with A Tucson Tail

Getting Catty and More with A Tucson Tail

Is your neighborhood plagued by feral cats? First you see a stray cat and then another and then another. Did you know that here in Tucson, feral cats are called community cats and there are resources available to curb their numbers and provide them with […]

6 Things I Learned from Living with an Old Dog

6 Things I Learned from Living with an Old Dog

“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” ~Sydney Jeanne Seward Six Things I Learned from Living with an Old Dog –Be thankful your dog is healthy enough to live to an old age. –Be proactive. More frequent visits to […]

Fall in love with Zen Donkey Sanctuary in Marana

Fall in love with Zen Donkey Sanctuary in Marana

zen donkey rescue
Feed me more chips!

Last week I had the pleasure of returning to Zen Donkey Sanctuary – what a special place – a labor of love (and 501c3 non-profit organization) tended by Sandy and her husband and a few volunteers including Liz who arranged for our visit and her chariot drove us there…somewhere in the back roads between North Marana and Oracle Junction.

more chips please

The donkeys find their way to Zen after being abandoned and/or neglected or the owners have come on bad times. The same can be said for the goats, pigs, one horse. Two senior donkeys were nearing 40 years old!

2 little piggies
Sandee feeding chips to miniature donkeys
Ate too many chips

As for the dogs, some are strays wandering the road while others are Pima Animal Care Center medical fosters or dogs that have been at the shelter the longest and probably won’t be adopted. Fourteen canine rescues who are tripods, seniors, deaf and blind…unwanted but are cherished here for their individuality.

Please follow Zen Donkey on Facebook. They have my heart.

Click here read about my previous Zen Donkey visit with the Beading Divas.

Grants for Supporting Tucson Rescues’ Adoptions

Grants for Supporting Tucson Rescues’ Adoptions

Hats off to the many of Tucson’s local animal rescue organizations – you do so much with so little. You are conversant in stretching your hard-earned fundraising dollars to cover routine veterinary expenses and other expenses. But what happens when a dog or cat needs […]