Sixteen years ago, Brenda Pennix adopted her first greyhound and fell in love with the unique breed. Upon adoption, she realized there was no other breed that could capture her heart in the same way.

In 2002, the Greyhound Adoption of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. was born and she began dedicating her life to her newly formed nonprofit. She made it her mission to find good homes for retired racing greyhounds that are often neglected after their racing careers have ended.

Since 2002, over 900 retired racing greyhounds have been placed in special homes and currently there are over 300 active members serving 50 miles.

When the organization started, the initial goal was to place one greyhound in a home each month. Now GAGC places an average of about seven dogs each month. Although GAGC is not nearly as large as some of the other greyhound nonprofits in the area, Pennix is still pleased with its size.

“We are not concerned with numbers, it’s all about finding a good family. We will only place a dog in a home [if] we feel it is special and the best possible fit for the dog,” Pennix says.

“I believe this is my mission in life,” Pennix says. “Every time I pull a dog out of a crate, I make a promise to them I will find them the best home. I won’t give up until I know it is the perfect fit.”

Just like people, every greyhound has a different personality and what works for one dog might not work for another.

The first priority is the quality of placements, but GAGC is also dedicated to its involvement with local events. Exposure to the community educates families on the loveable companions.

GAGC can be found at local Petsmarts, where pet lovers can interact with the breed through meet-and-greets. GAGC is also a proud sponsor of Cincinnati’s annual Flying Pig Marathon and Heart Mini Expo.

The favorite event of the year is the annual greyhound family picnic, which Pennix started as a way to give back to the organization. The picnic is a time for families to come together and celebrate all of the greyhounds that have been placed over the years.

Pennix never dreamt her organization could have developed into something like this: a big, supportive family with a mission. People have realized what these dogs can add to their families.

“The secret is out,” she says.

To learn more about the Greyhound Adoption of Greater Cincinnati, call 513-624-7040 or visit

A Tour and a Pour
New Mason residents welcomed over coffee

Recently ranked the seventh best small town by Money Magazine, Mason has a lot to offer when it comes to that small-community feel. Mason is reaching out to new residents via everyone’s favorite morning brew to show just how great the city can be. Hosted by Community Basket Representative Courtney Allen, the Mason Community Center, 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road, puts on new resident coffees the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. The events introduce new residents to information necessary for a smooth transition into Mason as well as friendly faces from the community.

“The program started in October of 2009 to create a place for new residents to go to get information, meet people and ask questions,” says Patti Mulkie, marketing coordinator for the Mason Community Center. The idea to host a coffee event, “fit with the idea to make the Mason Community Center the hub of Mason,” says Mulkie.

During the event, new residents can socialize with other new community members, take a tour of the community center and city building as well as have all of their moving and settling-in questions answered by local members of the Chamber of Commerce and community center staff. This gives residents the opportunity to iron out any bumps in their transition to Mason as well as find out about all the programs in the community. “The New Resident Coffee covers everything from trash pick-up days and paying your gas bill to where the bike paths around the city are located,” says Mulkie.

The New Resident Coffee events at the Mason Community Center provide a low-key environment to get to know your fellow neighbor and become a part of the Mason family.