WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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A Dog's Best Friend DISTINCTIVE FINE ART 144 Great Road, Acton, MA • 978.263.5105 www.powersgallery.com • call for hours Featuring "Kindred Spirits" The artwork of Mary Bourke, Jane Dahmen and Jane Parsons April 28–June 3, 2012 Opening Reception on Saturday, April 28, 4–7pm over nine thousand former race dogs—that may have otherwise been killed—in permanent homes. Greyhound Friends started one Mother's Day when Coleman and her son, Nolan, heard about a greyhound dog named Boston Boy. His racing career was over and his long-time owner/trainer could not find anyone to walk him. Knowing that this meant the dog would probably be put down, Coleman and her son went to meet Boston Boy. They ended up loading the large dog in their tiny Ford Pinto and taking him home to their similarly small Cambridge apartment. Coleman won't admit how many greyhounds came to stay in that two-bedroom apartment, but it's safe to assume that she was relieved when Greyhound Friends eventually acquired enough momen- tumto secure space for the dogs to be housed elsewhere. Greyhound Friends' current kennel facility is modern, immaculate, and has room for thirty dogs to stay while they await adoption. It's staffed by volunteers like Kathy, who originally began her involvement with the group by going to the kennel in the morning to let the dogs out, give them fresh water, and clean their stalls. "At one point," laughs Kathy, "I started bringing home dog laundry and Bob joked that I was taking in laundry for my job." But as her experience with Greyhound Friends grew, so did her determination to make an impact. Kathy eventually became president of the board of directors, becoming inti- mately involved with everything from fundraising, to community out- reach, to the process by which the dogs make their way from the racetrack to the kennel to people's homes. The combination of a weak economy, political changes, and strict regulations regarding the care and transport of animals makes this a challenging undertaking. "Many people think that because there is no longer greyhound racing in New England, there is no longer racing anywhere," Kathy explains. "And as a result our donations are down." In fact, greyhound racing is still prevalent in much of the country and abroad, only now it costs more money for Greyhound Friends to transport the dogs from farther distances back to their facility in Hopkinton. "Bringing each dog here costs us a lot of money," Kathy says. "We provide all their medical care. We spay or neuter the dogs, we 96 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012

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