From Cynthia Branigan

   As Willie Nelson wrote, and the late greats Merle Haggard and George Jones sang:
"Miracles appear in the strangest of places.
  Fancy me finding you here."
   It's unlikely that they were referring to Lambertville, New Jersey's Shad Festival, but that's the thing about
miracles, you never know where or when.
   What word, other than miracle, can I use to describe the fateful day in 1987 when, seemingly by chance, I bumped into an acquaintance at Lambertville's town-wide street fair. She was looking to re-home an 11-year-old retired racing Greyhound named King.
   King, she told me, had bounced from his third adoptive home, and his future was bleak. She hinted darkly that if a fourth home wasn't found soon, who knew what might happen to him?
  I admit I was more vulnerable to her pitch than usual. My first dog ever, a rescued Border collie named Stockbridge, had died just a week or so earlier and I was grieving. Now, out of the blue, I was faced with the prospect of rescuing a greyhound (a breed about which I, like most people, knew nothing) while simultaneously having the Greyhound rescue me.
   I couldn't let anything bad happen to King, and so I said I'd take him.
   Little did I know that that one decision would change the course of my life, King's life, and ultimately, the lives of tens of thousands of other greyhounds.
   The next day, I picked up King, brought him home, and promised him that his home was with me--forever.
   The following year, I set up a rickety card table at the corner of Church and Union Streets and King and I distributed pamphlets urging people to adopt Greyhounds. We continued for several years until our adoption program grew and another volunteer took over the reins. Now, for what is something like 15 or 20 years, Lambertville residents Kathy Williams and Jared Keller have transformed our profile at the event from the humble card table to a full-fledged booth. Under their direction, The Shad (as we call it,) has become our signature event of the year.
    29 years later we're still at it, and are seeking volunteers to take a shift and carry on this important work. This year, it is held on April 30th and May 1st, from noon until 6. Can you spare a couple of hours? Ask your Greyhound if they think that promoting adoption, and collecting much-needed funds for our organization, is a good idea. You know their answer!
    Help us create miracles by contacting Kathy Williams for more information, or to sign up for a shift. Your Greyhound will thank you for it--and we will, too!


Roger Penske (left), son of the late, great, Lassinagh Silky and prolific sire Flying Penske, goes nose to toes with his Mini Me. This paper mache statue, made by Vermont artist Terri Malloy, is the spittin' image of Roger. And why not? He was the model! The piece was created and donated to commemorate Make Peace With Animals'  25th Annual Homecoming. Luckily for Roger, his adopter had the winning bid at the silent auction.