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Come join us for “Festival of the Greyhound”  March 7-10, 2019

Join us at Villas by the Sea Conference Center on Jekyll Island, GA


A short update to Dr. Smith’s topic:
Dr. Smith will discuss the latest information on the canine genome, how that information can shed light on some of the issue that affect Greyhounds, and how that information might be used to develop new treatments. Among the topics discussed will be the impact of genes on osteosarcoma in the Greyhound. Dr. Smith is known for his ability to present the most recent and sophisticated science on this subject in a manner that everyone will understand.


Dr. Katie Green is a graduate of Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also a staff Veterinarian with Lap of Love; an in-home hospice and end-of-life practice.  Her seminar will be on “Aging with Grey-ce; maintaining high quality-of-life and departing with dignity.”


Kathy Shafer has been caring for your pet’s teeth without anesthesia for almost 30 years.   She has designed special handling techs and instruments to take non anesthetic dental to the next level.

Houndstooth Non Anesthetic Pet Teeth Cleaning has specialized in preventative dental care and are regarded as the premiere provider in this unique field. They pioneered interest in this alternative consideration service to veterinary clinics across the nation. .  Follow up care for those patients that had a dental surgical procedure, bring the mouth back to a healthy state and now need follow up care and a way to keep it that way.


Dr. Bruce Smith 

Bruce F. Smith, V.M.D., Ph.D. – Following graduation from Haverford College with a B.A. in Biology, Dr. Smith received his V.M.D. (veterinary medicine) and Ph.D. (genetics) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and 1993 respectively. While at the University of Pennsylvania, he was a member of the Veterinary Medical Scientist Trainee Program and a Kleberg Fellow.  In 1993, he joined Auburn University where he is currently a Scientist in the Scott-Ritchey Research Center and a Professor of Pathobiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Smith is the Director of the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC).  This program seeks to enhance and expand cancer research at Auburn University and to build collaborations and research partnerships throughout the region and the country.

Dr. Smith’s teaching focuses on genetics and molecular biology and his research focuses on genetic and cell-based therapies of cancer and muscular dystrophies, and the translation of these therapies into a clinical setting.


The Georgia Sea Turtle Center Turtle Crawl Races have a new date. Now, the whole family can race for turtles March 9, 2019. With this race happening in the morning, but the same day as the Sandy Paws event, it is suggested that you reserve your hotel room NOW! Check with the hotel of your choice to find out about their cancellation policy. If you wait too long, your room could be gone as extra people are expected.
“Per the DMV:
As of July 1, 2018 Hands-Free Georgia Act prohibits drivers from operating a wireless communication device or stand-alone electronic device while driving. Drivers may only use voice commands via an earpiece, headphone device or device worn on the wrist
All drivers, regardless of age, are banned from texting while behind the wheel.”




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SOMETHING NEW!!!! As you know, there is usually a bar set up for our evening activities. The cost of this to Greythound Guardians is not really cost effective and takes away funds that may be donated. Therefore, Villas by the Sea is allowing us to BYOB!!!! Don’t forget bottle openers and drink ware for your personal use. Anything you want to bring will be ok and they will provide ice (for free).

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