May 2015
Wags and Tags
Celebrating the canine-human bond!

          This newsletter is brought to you by Arlington Dog Owners Group (A-DOG), a 501(c)(3) community organization promoting the rights and interests of responsible dog owners in Arlington, MA.  

If you're not already a member, we hope you'll want to  join A-DOG!

Wags and Tags editorial team:  Joan Black, Sue Doctrow, Ellen Leigh, Judy Weinberg 
A-DOG logos designed by Lisa Berasi for Arlington Dog Owners Group, all rights reserved

The Fight to End Dog Racing Worldwide
 Arlington-based GREY2K USA works every day to protect dogs

by Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.

President and General Counsel, GREY2K USA Worldwide

                                                   Headquartered in Arlington Center, GREY2K USA Worldwide is a non-profit team dedicated to passing stronger greyhound protection laws and ending the cruelty of dog racing. I co-founded the organization with political strategist Carey Theil, veterinarian Dr. Jill Hopfenbeck and the Reverend Tom Grey in 2001.  We advocate for greyhounds in the legislative and judicial process and also promote the adoption of our gentle friends worldwide. 


The inspiration behind GREY2K USA dates back to 1992, when my dog Kelsey and I were struck by a speeding train while out for a walk one morning.  Kelsey managed to pull us slightly off course, preventing a head-on collision and saving our lives.  When I awoke from a coma, my first words were, "How's Kelsey?"  I promised right then and there that if I could ever walk again, I would devote my life to helping dogs, and that she and I would do this work together.


 My dear Kelsey had suffered a broken hip the day of our accident, but she was to live until the age of fifteen, dying just a few days after I finished law school.  She helped me through a long rehabilitation, four years of evening law classes and the early days of our campaigns, staying by my side as long as she could.  It is Kelsey's inspiration that continues to motivate my work for her fellow dogs each day.  



Our Work


In recent years, GREY2K USA has phased-out dog racing in many states and successfully prevented its introduction to countries such as South Africa, Jamaica and the Philippines. The organization's most rewarding campaign involved a voter referendum in which four million people were asked to shut down the two tracks of Massachusetts.  In November 2008, Bay State citizens voted overwhelmingly in favor of the greyhounds, starting a chain of events that quickly led to the prohibition of dog racing in our sister states of New Hampshire, Rhode Island and most recently, Colorado.  


All told, we have helped close more than half of all US tracks over the last decade, and we are now working to apply our strategy to help end dog racing worldwide. 


Greyhounds suffer terrible injuries while racing


At tracks nationwide, greyhounds routinely suffer serious injuries. These include dogs that suffer broken legs and spines, paralysis, head trauma, puncture wounds and death from cardiac arrest.  Since 2008 alone, more nearly 12,000 injuries have been reported and in Florida, a dog dies every three days


Small cages are greyhounds' only homes


When not at the track, racing greyhounds endure lives of terrible confinement. They are kept inside warehouse-style kennels inside stacked cages that are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around.  They stay in cages that measure 32 inches high by 31 inches wide by 42 inches deep for twenty or more hours a day!  There are no toys for them and no play.  This is no way to treat a dog! 


You can help save the greyhounds


Please watch our video and sign and share our petition to end dog racing now.  Together, we can end the cruelty of dog racing worldwide.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at






Wine and Whine at Menotomy Beer and Wine

We hope to see you at the next A-DOG party


Save the date for A-DOG's annual wine tasting party at Menotomy Beer & Wine on Broadway in East Arlington!  On Wednesday evening, June 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, A-DOG members can meet for a wine tasting, refreshments and a drawing for some great prizes, donated by Friends of A-DOG businesses or A-DOG itself!  Drawing will be held at approximately 8 pm.  Your well-behaved leashed dogs are always welcome. Thank-you to Menotomy Beer and Wine, a wonderful local business and true Friend of A-DOG, for hosting this party for us each year.  Not an A-DOG member yet?   Join the pack!

Also, volunteers willing to help out (setting up, cleaning up, greeting people, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact us at to volunteer. You will receive an extra ticket to increase your chance to win a prize in the drawing if you help out this way!  Don't worry, volunteers will also have plenty of time to enjoy the party.


Did you know that any time you buy wine at Menotomy Beer & Wine and mention A-DOG, they will generously donate 5% of your wine purchases to A-DOG? This is a great way to earn money for A-DOG, support a great local business "Friend of A-DOG", and enjoy some wine at the same time! 



Photos show Jessica with Pinot (above) and Anita and Joan, with Tim and Kathy in the background.

Third Annual Bark for Life in Arlington 
Doggies and their people enjoyed a beautiful day at the Res while helping the American Cancer Society 




by Joan Black, with The Firefly

The 3rd annual Bark for Life of Arlington was held at the Arlington Reservoir on a beautiful sunny afternoon, May 9, from noon to three.  The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. {American Cancer Bark for Life, A Canine Event To Fight Cancer}.

Six teams and many individual owners and a total of 43 dogs -- many dogs wearing purple bandanas with their heads and tails held high -- walked the scenic 1 mile loop around the Reservoir raising almost $6,500.00.  Among the walkers were A-DOG members Joan Black with the Firefly and Eileen Jones with Molly.  Donations are still being accepted. Please consider a contribution.


"It was an incredible day for our pups."remarked Dee Savioli organizer. "Thank you to everyone who came out."  



Special thanks to all the vendors and volunteers, including: 

Janice Zazinski of Beloved Companion for providing complimentary massage for the dogs and delightful conversation with their human companions.


Dog Willing was on hand demonstrating FUN scent work. It was plain to see that   "the nose knows" and scent following is a wonderful and engaging learning activity. 


Last Hope K-9 Rescue contributed to the festivities with adorable adoptable dogs

who are currently waiting in foster for their FURever, FORever homes.  There were many kisses, wiggles and wags compliments of  the Last Hope furbabies.

Last Hope K9 Rescue is a 501(c)(3) organization, a volunteer-run, foster-based rescue based in Massachusetts. Ask us how you can help! (


A huge shout out to the Jones Family, J.B.Licks for donating ice cream for human and canine alike, Fit Doggie and Me for supplying water bottles and Crate Escape for "poop" bags and doggy treats. Thank you to all who donated and cheered. Special thank you to Deanna Savioli and the many volunteers who supported this event.  I hope others consider joining Bark For Life in the future. The Firefly and I had a wonderful time together supporting a great cause. 



  Photos (top to bottom):  Joan and The Firefly, headquarters for the event on the Res beach, Janice Zazinski of "Beloved Companion" massaging away and a pup on the scent trail provided by "Dogwilling".

"Two Front Paws Up" for Pawsome People and Awesome Dogs!
Congratulations to.....


Humane Lobby Day  in Massachusetts, held this year on May 13 at the Massachusetts State House, and was co-hosted by the MSPCA. This is an annual day, organized by humane societies, to meet with your legislators as their constituents in support of pending animal protection bills. Thank-you to participants for sharing their experiences, including:  
  • Hildy Martus:  Many of our legislators do support these bills but a few do not due to interests of their constituents in issues such as "not banning Sunday hunting" or  powerful lobbying against initiatives such as "banning the use of bull hooks on circus elephants."  Human Lobby Day is an opportunity to meet with your legislators or their aides and be a voice for the animals which is very important. As the aide from my state Rep. Dave Rogers said, "Animals can't vote. There are so many bills that come through the state house and the ones affecting people have the priority." We have to be their voices and work for more humane and compassionate laws. 

  • Rosemary Tirell:  Representatives from The Companion Animal Protection Act Coalition of Massachusetts attended Humane Lobby Day as well. In the past year, they have researched other states that have CAPA as law and have found evidence nationally,  that keeping shelter data, being transparent with these data and allowing approved rescue organizations access to homeless pets in public and private shelters saves lives. Their goal is for every healthy or treatable pet in a Massachusetts shelter, be adopted into the loving home they deserve. CAPA - MA Coalition visited with several legislatures in order to share their ideas. 



Paws in the ParkSave a Dog animal shelter, located in Sudbury, MA, held its 15th annual Paws in the Park Dog Walk Dog Walk Fundraiser on May 3.  The event, held on a beautiful spring day at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, was a fun way for the shelter to educate people about the importance of adopting shelter and rescue dogs while raising money for their mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and find adoptable homes for abandoned dogs.  Some of the highlights of the day's activities included a K-9 frisbee show by Flying High Frisbee Dogs, a parade of adoptable dogs, silly dog games including dress your dog, agility games, and a dog/human look alike contest.  In addition, there were nearly 60 vendors set up at the event, including 18 other dog rescue groups.  Fundraising for this year's Paws in the Park was especially important as Save a Dog is in the process of purchasing the property where their shelter is located and where they have been renting for the past seven years.  If you are interested in donating to the shelter, volunteering at the shelter, or learning more about dog adoptions, please contact Save a Dog



Bark for Life in Arlington teams raised $6500 for the American Cancer Society.  The 3rd annual event was held at the Arlington Reservoir on May 9  (see full article above by participant Joan Black)




Photos:  (Top) participants in Humane Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House (photo sent by Hildy Martus).  (Bottom) Miles Freitas, 3, pulls on his dog, Hanna, to get to the finish line as he and father, Matt, left, participated in the Dress Your Dog event at Paws in the Park. (Daily News Photo/ Dennis Stein)  


PAWS to Mark Your Calendar!
Save the dates for coming events



APRIL WAS OUR OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP MONTH BUT WE NEED YOU ON OUR TEAM ALL YEAR!  If you haven't already, join the A-DOG Pack.  "NEW" or "RENEW", IT IS EASY TO DO...Sign up today here.  



May 9 - 31 (opening reception May 9, 3-5pm).  Art Rocks Spy Pond.  Bring your leashed dog to admire the public art installation at Spy Pond park.

Tuesday, May 26 (7:30-8:30 pm)  A-DOG MEETINGJefferson Cutter House Community Room, Arlington Center.  (This will be our third of four A-DOG meetings in 2015. Doors open at 7 pm and refreshments will be served.)


Sunday, May 31 (11am - 3pm, rain or shine)  Somerville Dog Owners Group's Spring Fling, annual fun this year at the Zero New Washington Dog Park in Somerville.  Get your tickets here!


Wednesday, June 10 (6:30 to 8:30) A-DOG Annual "Wine and Whine" Membership Celebration.  A wine tasting party at Arlington's Menotomy Beer, Wine and Spirits, a Friend of A-DOG.  We'll have refreshments and prizes.  Your well-socialized leashed dogs are welcome!


Saturday, July 18 (7-9 PM).  Save the Date! K9 RAVE 2015 is coming to the Ed Burns Arena at 422 Summer Street, Arlington.  Are you and your canine companion ready to have a ROCKING good time?  K9 RAVE will be a festival of FUN activities including music, food, demonstrations, vendors, dance and an "off leash" area. This is the first event organized by K9 RAC {K9 Recreational Activities Committee} under the leadership of Director Daria Pannesi. More details will follow. For questions or further information please contact the Arlington Recreation Dept.





Future A-DOG Meetings:  Annual Meeting, Tuesday, October 27 (7:30 - 8:30 pm) Jefferson Cutter House Community Room, Arlington Center.  Town Day booth planning session, Tuesday, August 25, same time and place. 


Send us calendar items for possible inclusion in this section in future Wags and Tags issues!  


Help Wanted: Your Dog's Face Here?
Wags and Tags Welcomes Your Contributions

A-DOG Members and supporters, Wags and Tags is YOUR monthly newsletter!  I f you have suggestions for an article, including one you'd like to write, for a future issue, please contact us ( with "Newsletter" in the subject line.   
Maybe you'd like your dog to be one of our " Arlington dogs, or A-dogs ", like Molly, Remy. Tammy, potcake Lexi and others. You don't have to live in Arlington, but can be a neighbor who enjoys Arlington's dog recreation benefits, or otherwise supports our mission.  You can also suggest a special Rainbow Bridge memorial tribute to a beloved canine family member you've lost, like the moving tributes to Isabel, Raleigh, Strummer and Cita.  
Or, maybe you're a  Friend of A-DOG  Business and want to describe how you help A-DOG and what you offer to our community of dog owners and dog-friendly people.  Your business, too, can be featured like Bette Yip's Picture Perfect Pets, BlueSky Dogs, GoPlay!, Menotomy Beer Wine and Spirits,Your Wonderful Dog and Maida Pharmacy & Compounding Center.
Suggested article length for the newsletter is 500 words or fewer but this is only a guideline.  We will also need at least one photo, preferably a jpg or gif format, compressed to a size no greater than 1 MB.  (Please send the photo as a separate file, not imported into a Word document.) Depending on the topic, you might want to write a longer version for our website, with a link in the Wags and Tags article.

Articles on any other topic of potential interest to dog owners are welcome.  So are more volunteer editors and writers.  Please send us your story proposals!  Wags and Tags editorial team:  Joan Black, Sue Doctrow, Ellen Leigh and Judy Weinberg

The Irish Setter on the computer photo is reprinted from a website called "iget2work".



Our third  A-DOG meeting  for 2015
A-DOG is having four meetings in 2015. Come join us on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30-8:30 pm at the Community Room of the Jefferson Cutter House, 611 Mass Ave (at Mystic, in Arlington Center).  The Community Room is accessible via the rear entrance at the municipal parking lot.  Doors open at 7 and refreshments will be served.  

Our last 2015 Meeting will be in October (Annual Meeting).  In addition, there will be an August planning session for Town Day.  Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Jefferson Cutter House.


A-DOG Membership!
A-DOG's membership year runs from April 1 through March 31, so some full memberships are up for renewal.  If your membership has expired, you should have received a reminder letter and there is Membership Drive information on our website.  If you join now, your annual full membership will be good through March, 2016.  As an A-DOG Full Member, you are entitled to discounts and benefits from our Friends of A-DOG businesses.  And, your dues and donations to A-DOG are tax deductible, to the full extent allowed by law.  
Shop for A-DOG!  

Please support businesses that support responsible dogowners in Arlington by patronizing our Friends of A-DOG Businesses.  Welcome to our newest Friends of A-DOG, Maida Pharmacy & Compounding Center and Joe Trains Dogs.  Also, when you buy from Amazon, please start at the Amazon Smile website and choose "A-Dog The Arlington Dog Owners Group, Inc" as your preferred nonprofit group.  Amazon will make a donation to A-DOG and your purchase will not cost any more!

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