Our Volunteer Spotlight!
Heather Peyatt and Chris Egolf
Heather Peyatt, Chris and Terrance Egolf live in Cromwell IN., and have been associated with AG for six years. They have six greyhounds: Shelby (6), a Lurcher foster fail in 2013, Zander (6), a grey foster fail in 2014, Fire (6), a grey foster fail in 2016, Murry (5), a grey adopted in 2017, Bing (4), a grey foster fail in 2018, and Sweet Pea (4), a grey adopted in 2018.
We contacted Heather and asked her to share her experience with Greyhounds, as well as volunteering with American Greyhound, and she relates their story below:
“We adopted our first greyhound Caly in June 2012. I had fallen in love with the breed through my career as a dog groomer. Greyhounds were always just the best dogs, and I knew one day I would want to adopt one of my own. I’m from Kenosha WI., and since there was a track there, Kenosha had a lot of greyhounds in and around the town. We then started attending meet and greets and met Paulo at a one of them, and ended up adopting him in March 2013. We kept attending meet and greets as well as other events, and I asked how we could be of more help, so we then started fostering in September 2013. To date, we’ve fostered 20 greyhounds, including the ones we have foster failed on. Caly was our first greyhound, and we lost her in June 2017. She was my first certified therapy dog through TDI who I was so proud of, as she made the dream of adopting a greyhound and having a therapy dog come true! Caly was certified in March of 2016, and loved to visit nursing homes and libraries. She had to retire her therapy work the following May due to being diagnosed with osteosarcoma. She was a very happy dog and loved doing her therapy work.
Caly was also the dog who started the Greyt Readers program in Goshen, IN., and the program has grown since then and is always one of our favorite events. Murry and Bing both go to Greyt Readers too. Murry has started the Greyt Readers program at the local community center for the kids during the summer, as well as their after-school programs during the week. The director of the community center is very happy with the response the kids have had with Murry, and he has been very happy to have us continue the program at the center.
We love doing events for American Greyhound, and we are always looking to start new events to help get the group’s name out there. We participated in the Fort Wayne pet expo, and also did events at two wineries, as well as the Fall Festival at Brooke Pointe and Tails and Trails on Syracuse which was a family and dog friendly event at the community center that included canine activities and a walk around the beautiful Lake Syracuse.
One of the things we love most about American Greyhound are the events we participate in. We are currently working on putting together a certified therapy dog group for American Greyhound through a local trainer who has put together and certified other groups. I really love doing therapy work as it has been a dream and passion of mine for many years. I am so happy to have had that dream become a reality with Caly. Chris and I have done other things with American Greyhound, which include Chris going on hauls for dogs, I have helped processing adoption applications, and we help transport and get supplies to the groups foster families. American Greyhound has become a second family to me in IN., and I have met so many new people I can now call friends. The area I live in has grown so much with volunteers and that really excites me. Chris has been so supportive of my volunteer work, and he also loves being a part of American Greyhound as well. Plus, I couldn’t do all that we do without him.”