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Because Greyhounds lack a fat layer and
The next day, MCGA received a call that
an undercoat, they cannot withstand extreme
the trap caught something. Well, it turned
hot or cold temperatures, so the worst was
out that they caught a cat - a very angry cat.
presumed. Even so, for years after Cassie went
MCGA reset the trap and tried again.
missing, some members continued walking
On Feb. 12, a check of the trap revealed
the area where she got loose in hopes that
that the lost Greyhound was one smart cookie.
she had survived.
She managed to go into the trap, remove the
"It really haunted several people," said
bowl with the food in it, and take it safely five
Mary McCormick, a member of Music City
feet away from the trap without setting off
Greyhound Adoption (MCGA).
Miracles Do Happen
Fast forward almost five years, to Feb. 9,
2017, when MCGA received a call from Tonya
Cook in LaVergne, Tennessee, about five miles
Cook reported seeing what she thought
was a Greyhound at her back fence almost
every day for the last three-plus years. On
Feb. 10, McCormick set up a humane trap
and actually saw the Greyhound. McCormick
couldn't be sure, but the hound looked like
Cassie, just with much more white in her face.
This time, the MCGA trappers were
Cassie outsmarted the trap the first time around, but
warm blankets, some smelly food and a bowl that was
bolted down proved to be too much to resist, and she
was caught. Photo courtesy of Music City Greyhound
determined to be smarter than the dog.
Britt Phillips bought lots of different smelly,
stinky foods, such as tuna and sardines. They
reset the trap one more time, but this time
the bowl was bolted to the back of the trap,
and a blanket was gently placed over the
The next day - Feb. 13 - is one that goes
down in MCGA history. The group received
the call they had been waiting for. Cassie was
caught in the trap.
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MCGA volunteers took no chances - Cassie stayed
secure in the trap until safely inside the veterinarian's
office. Photo courtesy of Music City Greyhound Adoption.