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#EveryThreeDays

Every three days, a dog dies on a greyhound track in Florida. And 94% of those dogs are three years old or younger.

Here’s the tragic reality of greyhound racing: it’s cruel and inhumane. That’s why we’re working hard every day to pass Amendment 13 – to phase out this cruelty. We recently released our latest web ad, “Every Three Days,” a powerful spotlight on industry:

Click here to watch and help us share our powerful message with even more people.

Together, we’ll win this November and send a message: this cruelty has no place in our state.

For the dogs,
Team Protect Dogs – Yes On 13

PS – already watched the video? Click here to chip in and help us spread the word!

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2640 Mitcham Drive, Tallahassee FL 32308
 
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Rules for Visitors.

Rules for non pet owners who visit and like to complain about our pets –

  1. The dog lives here. You don’t.

  2. If you don’t want dog hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.

  3. I like my dog a lot better than I like most people.

  4. To you, she’s a dog. To me, she’s an adopted daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn’t speak clearly.

  5. Dogs are better than kids. They eat less, don’t ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called, never drive your car, don’t hang out with drug-using friends, don’t smoke or drink, don’t worry about buying the latest fashions, don’t wear your clothes, and don’t need a gazillion dollars for college.

(The same applies to cats, except they ignore you until you are asleep.)

A Letter to the Dogs – –

Dear Dogs,

When I say move, it means to go someplace else, not switch position with each other so there are still two dogs in the way.

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain MY food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish. Additionally, I do not find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run on steps.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king size bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think that I will continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort. Look at videos of dogs sleeping. They can actually curl up in a ball. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space used is nothing but a DOGGY SCAM!!

My compact discs are not miniature Frisbees.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, try to turn the knob, or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. In addition, I have been using bathrooms for years. Canine attendance is not mandatory.

The proper order is kiss me and then go smell the other dogs’ butts. I cannot stress this enough. It would be such a simple change for you.

Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
8/13/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

My goodness this week has gone quickly. I must be getting the hang of this retirement business. It sure seems like I’m busy, busy every day and when I look back on my week, I don’t see much headway!! Sure I get up early every day but that’s to let out the dogs and make their breakfast – – and then I go check on that dream I left running in the pillow . . . Retirement is awesome!

I did manage to handle a few things. I caught up on a bunch of reading about pulling the proposal to ban dog racing from our election ballot. I have lots of information on who is meeting together and there many opinions out there about how this or that should be worded. But it all seems to be a lot of busywork. I was taught that “a confused mind says NO” so it worries me that with all this back and forth, the possibly misleading (proposed) text of the statute wording itself, and the ambiguous wording (vote YES if you do not want racing?) of the short form on the ballot may lead to inaccurately cast votes. I would like to hope that it will reach a final form early enough for us to spread the word. We’ve just got to see what we get to work with.

Today I was at Broward Pet Cemetery in Plantation. Broward Pet Cemetery is an amazing and beautiful place and the family who runs it is just awesome. You can see more photos on their website and see the hours it is open for visiting.

If you are not familiar with our Greyhound Memorial program, we have a full explanation on the website. From anywhere on our site you will see a pink/purple index across the top and one of the divisions is the Greyhound Memorial. I haven’t updated it in a while but I will get to that soon (hopefully this week) as our system is simpler than we envisioned when we started. We currently have 29 greyhounds, 4 cats and 1 human (Fred Weatherbee – rest his soul!! We still have his girl Mitzi here with us.) Yes, any creature that has been cremated can be part of the FoG Memorial. This lets our babies all be together in a way we can afford. And yes, you can go there and see our triple plot. It is right up front by the hedges. If you enter the grounds and face the parking lot with your back to the office entrance, FoG’s marker is just to your right, up against the hedges.

One of the ways we are able to hold the costs in check is because we “save up” our little boxes and put them in the plot in bunches. It’s the moving of the headstone and digging the grave and then putting it all back together neatly that is labor intensive and hence, costly. The reason I was at there today was to look into another group interment in our plot. Beth and Jordan have taken over the day to day operation of the Cemetery and Beth will get back to me in a day or two about the cost of another “group” interment for our doggies & their friends.

If you are interested in having a critter or three included when we open the memorial this time, let me know. It helps if we have a general count for them to work with and the more we put in at a time, the more practical the pricing becomes. I am fairly certain we will have about 15 or more dogs going in this time. And yes, it is open to all living creatures. Please be sure to look at our Big Book of Greyhounds Online. It’s really awesome – if I do say so myself!!

Have a great week and kiss your dogs for me. You know I’m reachable by email or phone pretty much all the time. If you have questions or problems, I’m here for you and your critters.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
8/6/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Well, I like to make the blog about the little this-and-that from around the kennel and around our group. But today, there isn’t much of that and there’s a whole lot of this about the Greyhound constitutional amendment. So let’s jump right in. I’d like to say “the water’s fine” but we have a snag that’s being worked on. It is hopefully not a shark in the water – – but maybe an algae on the top.

Please bear in mind the Constitutional Revisions will be voted on with the General Election on November 6. Many areas (not all) will have primaries prior to the General Election and those will be held on August 28th, 2018. There will not be anything on the August ballot having to do with the greyhounds. So our greyhound vote will be decided on November 6th.

A couple other things to know and keep in mind:

  • To revise the constitution and become law, the provision must receive 60% of the vote.
  • The committee has the right to bundle different provisions so there may be 3 or 4 things that you vote on together. It might make a difference.
  • If the revision passes, it is not slated to take full effect until December 31, 2020. Chances are the state would allow the tracks to close prior to that date but greyhound racing is not actually banned until then.
  • If this constitutional revision gets hung up somehow, this law cannot be voted on again in this format until the Constitutional Revision Committee meets again and that is in 20 years. (not a typo – TWENTY years) That means figuring out a whole new approach.
  • Grey2K and The Committee to Protect Dogs are spearheading this movement and they will need ALL of the help you can give them. Flyers, billboards, radio, TV and everything else costs money!! If you can help, please do. (Please visit protectdogs.org and grey2kusa.org)
  • Post the Protect Dogs sign in your window (house & car) and ask your friends to do the same. It’s simple and direct.
  • Get (or print) copies of the handouts and let your students hand them out in front of Publix or Walmart for school service hours. Buy an inexpensive brochure holder and leave some (neatly – and with permission) on your vet’s counter.
  • Take the dog along if you can. Ask other groups (women’s club, rotary, etc. ) if you can bring a dog for them to meet. Nothing seals the deal like meeting one of our greys.

Okay, I’ll save some of my preaching for next week. We have a long way to go. Many thanks to all the people who are giving their support to getting this bill properly placed and promoted. – Woops – a big PS – – Many, many thanks to Doris Day, my new personal hero!! She donated $1.5 million to the Protect Dogs effort.

In other matters – Jerry was semi-napping (he calls it watching TV) on the couch and spotted a greyhound in the clouds – –

Can you see it?

Have a wonderful week – and hug your dogs for me.

Elvis at Work

Therapy dog event at Alex & Ani jewelry store on Las Olas Blvd. They donate 15% of sales to the Humane Society of Broward County during this event.

Elvis is in the Yard

Elvis’ dad, John Skeeby, came over today with Elvis and their landlady & friend, Susan Trokey who adopted Baby (NR”s Moonbeam) many years ago. Baby is gone now. We had a great time reminiscing and talking greyhounds and they took home an armful of things from the goodies I am selling – she bought the deco lamp and that was a really classy piece.

John took this and sent it. Susan and John in the yard letting Mitzi, Joy and Yahtzee show Elvis (John’s dog) the new shed! I know my arm will still show but that’s okay!!

The two light brindles, butt to butt look like a two-headed dog!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
7/29/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Well, looks like you’re stuck with me for the blog. Our Blogging Buddy John Grata has left us and is now living in Zellwood, just north of Orlando. He’s still going back and forth with the move but he’s committed to being a Zellwoodian. We will miss him but he’s close enough to visit.

Meantime, I’ve been working my way through the last of the warehouse “stuff”. We have made some considerable donations to our local Salvation Army store and I am on a first name basis with the guy at the receiving truck. That’s done now though – okay maybe one more box. And I have unearthed a plethora of things too good and too useful to give away but we can’t keep it all. So we’ve put low prices on some of it and we’re offering it to you and/ or your friends – or enemies – or relatives – former students – you get the idea. Dog wise, we have travel kennels, Thundershirts, fancy collars, leashes, the portable sound system and Greyhound Bobbleheads. We personally also have a huge Florida Marlins collection, B&G Christmas plates, Mikasa China, all the heavy duty shelving from the warehouse and sorting/ stacking bins. With luck, I can talk Mr. Berlin, our intrepid webmaster into putting a link here that you can click and see all the details and prices on what we are selling. [Click Here – It’s a good thing I read the blog before I publish it.] That way you won’t miss a bargain on something you want and yet you don’t have to read it if you don’t want another single thing. (even though it’s an amazing collections of “stuff” and you really should check it out).

We still have microchips for the dogs. We used to do that at the kennel but once we lost that space, chipping has been hit or miss. If you don’t know if your dog has a chip, I have a reader and we can check it for you if you want. It only takes a second. Racing dogs are not generally chipped by the racing owners. So check and if your dog needs to be microchipped, let’s get together and get it done. I charge $25 for the chip (implanted) and that includes a prepaid registration. Microchipping is the very best way to ensure your dog gets home but it only works if the chip is registered and the information is up to date. It does not replace having an ID tag but if that tag is gone, the dog always has the chip. It only takes a minute and $25 is a low price. Get it done!

So I’m going back to my cleaning and sorting and trying to get things out to people who want them or need them or just appreciate them. But we are out of the warehouse on the 13th. Our “garage”/kennel looks like the warehouse exploded in here and left piles of stuff everywhere. Slugbug and Hughey were being “dog-sat” in the kennel while we sorted and worked on the stuff from the warehouse. They thought it was all entertainment for them!! I think it kind of interfered with their napping, though. We’ll have it under control soon. There’s nothing left in the warehouse itself but the shelving units and I’m hoping they will sell. I’ve even swept it!! My cute little shed is getting full but that’s what sheds are made for.

My week is cut out for me. I hope your week will be a little more organized than mine have been lately. Hug your greyhound for me – – and see if you neighbors need some shelving!!!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

For Sale – If you see something you like, email or text or call Michelle.

For Sale – If you see something you like, email or text or call Michelle.

Cell is 954-937-9663
Email is fogdogs@comcast.net (Note: I don’t get email on my phone).
Everything is at the Sunrise house except the shelves but they are nearby.


Dog Travel Kennels – These are Marchioro Travel Kennels. The kind we used in the back of the white van! Safest & best in the business. Large size (called Clipper 7) is what we are selling. On Amazon they sell for $192. This is the absolute safest travel kennel for dogs or other animals. Top & bottom can be nested for easier storage. These crates are 36 long x 26 hi x26 wide. We keep the XL size in the back of the van and when we needed to move a lot of dogs, we supplemented with these large size ones. They are fine for a normal sized greyhound in the car but not big enough for a grey for air travel. But for a slightly shorter dog, they would be fine for air travel. These have definitely been used!! Have three for sale (possibly a fourth) I’m asking $75 online for each one but honestly, if you offer $60, I’ll probably take it!!

Thundershirts – XL Size only. They are advertised for 65 to 110 pounds but because of the grey’s shape, these actually fit only the very large males. But these are all brand new, in the package and if you have a large greyhound or another breed in the 65 to 110 range, These are a DEAL!! Thundershirts are one of the only non-drug solutions for storm phobic greys! Will sell for $25 each. (I think we have 4 but maybe more)

Microchipping – We still have a good supply of microchips and if you dog (any breed) is not microchipped, he or she SHOULD BE!!! Microchips help dogs get back home. I have the chips and the registration materials. The fee is $25 for the chip and includes a pre-paid registration with Pet-Trac. I will come to you, or you can come to the house, or we can meet in the middle. But get your dog chipped!! Invite the neighbor dogs (alll breeds) for a chipping party!! $25 each including lifetime registration is a DEAL!!!

Miscellaneous Greyhound “Stuff”: -things we don’t need any longer – make an offer!

** 12 Fancy Martingale Collars (new) –

** 4 Double dog leashes – new – (the “Y” ones) – several color choices

** Greyhound Bobbleheads!!! – limited edition collectables put out by the tracks in 2002 (?) you won’t find anywhere else!! We have about a dozen of these strange little creatures. You won’t find them anywhere else!!

** A large collection of greyhound “things” – Clock, Statues (several!), Hangers, Silouette cutout/ standup, A large, beautiful metal art deco table lamp, greyhound stuffed dog – – and more!! Buy one or the whole box.) Surprise your greyhound friends with one at Christmas!!

Deluxe Portable Sound System – This is the Fender PS250 portable PA system that we used at Horses & Hounds and other events. 250 Watts of Clear Stero Sound, High Performance Speakers, built-in Digital Reverb, four Mono Mike/Line inputs, Vocal Input Priority, Two Stereo inputs & RCA Connections. Power Supply Mode Switch (may be used anywhere in the world), original instruction manual, Mixer amp, Mikes, all cables, and it all closes up together to transport! Weighs 45 pounds all together in a sleek case. Only used 8 or 10 times. Also have 2 speaker stands included. Great for parties, picnics, sports & rallies!! Like new and PRICED to SELL! Only $350.

Storage Shelving – Now that we are out of the warehouse, we don’t need these shelves – –

** Black Plastic unit -heavy duty – 5 shelves 3’x18″ – 17″ poles. Excellent condition- $15

** Black plastic – smaller but very sturdy – 2 shelves – 34″x 14″ – 17″ poles – $5

** Beige plastic unit – Very STRONG – 5 shelves – 36″ x 24″ – 20″ poles. Excellent condition. Poles will store in backs of the shelves when broken down. Good Unit! – $20

** Gray metal shelving unit – All steel frame with wood shelving – Excellent condition, clean & very sturdy. 70″ high – 5 shelves – 35 3/4 x 18″ – $20

** Older metal 5 shelf unit – sturdy but looks terrible – $5 or free with other purchase!!

Stacking/ Nesting Bins – industrial sorting bins – 11 bins – 19 x 12 ½ – 12 ½ in deep – these will nest inside of each other or when turned the other way, will stack without crushing. Not new but incredibly useful. $30 for set.

Marlins Collection – Four BIG boxes of Baseball “STUFF”:

** Three (Yes – 3 ) large boxes of early Florida Marlins memorabilia and stadium giveaways: coke bottles, toy trucks, flags, beanie bears, programs, media guides, newspapers from World Series, “batting gloves”, limited edition glass paperweight(#150 0f 500), Cheerios box, baseballs, and WAY MORE!

** One big storage box of our baseball card collection consisting of over 200 Florida Marlins autographed cards (including about 25 Kane Co. Minor league), 300 unsigned marlins cards, assorted Topps cards from 74-76, 1992 Donruss (series II) complete, and some league card sets. Also includes a good supply of cello sleeves & card holders. Take it all home for $300 cash.

Bing & Grondahl Christmas Series Plates – – Thinning out my collection – Offering 10 B&G Christmas Plates – Years are 67 thru 73 plus 77, 78 & 81. A nice selection! Buy now and surprise Nana at Christmas! A wonderful traditional gift. Plates are Mint condition with packaging for only $150. Will also include a copy of the Christmas Plates book by Pat Owen with the stories of all of the plates’ scenes.

Mikasa China Dinnerware Set – Silver Swirl pattern #474 – Purchased in Italy in 1964, this set is in mint condition. We lost a couple pieces during moves but we have 75 pieces. This pattern is available online from private sellers so you can supplement the set. (Measurements are diameters): Dinner Plates (10½ “- 9); Salad plates (7½”- 8); Bread plate (6½”.-12); Coffee Cups (16); Saucers (6″-12); Desert bowl (5½” -11); Soup/ Veg Bowl (1); Large Serving Bowls (10″ – 2); Oval Platter (17″ long – 1); Sugar bowl with lid – 1; Cream pitcher – 1; Gravy Boat with saucer – 1 – Asking $400 but will consider offers.

Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
7/23/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

I was reminded this week by one of our vendor’s newsletters that this July marks the 30th anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. We are fearful of the sharks in the sea but we seem to tolerate the ones in our houses that we call “Table Sharks”!!

Greyhounds make wonderful table sharks. Their long legs and muscular chests form the perfect pedestal for supporting that slender, stealthy nose on its way to your tabletop, sliding across the tablecloth, and onto that plate full of sandwiches!! Just how you wanted to impress the in-laws!! But then those big, beautiful eyes will convince you that they were starving and really intended to split with you!!

The authorities offer a lot of ideas for taming the table shark. Recently, one of our vendors did a great summary of the table shark training tips. This is what they say:

(1) Ignoring the dog can be very effective. Don’t make eye contact and don’t give in even once!! (Okay, that one might be hard to do. And if you have a family at the table, I guarantee someone won’t follow the rules!)

(2) Train your dog to an alternate response (??) Their explanation: “train your dog to provide an alternative response. You can use a clicker to treat your dog to associate lying on a mat with getting a treat thereby isolating treat rewards to a specific area.” (Oye, good luck with that one. My dogs would be eating off the table while I searched for the clicker!)

(3) Use baby gates or a food puzzle toy to occupy the dog while you eat. (Sure. It’s fun to try to eat with the human family while the canines sit at the fence staring at you. That doesn’t last here. Jerry is a softy!! As for the food puzzle thing, we got one once but never figured out how to put the food in it. Last I saw, the cat was playing with it.

(4) The Boston group just recommends ‘using the “stay” command’ for dogs. Well, some of them will do it. Probably not when you want them to but you can try.

So I guess Shark Week won’t apply to our table sharks! But a shark can’t give you that “I need a belly rub” look or share your couch when you just want to curl up and watch TV. I think our greyhounds have been trained to be the best house dogs in the world. It’s not their fault our tables are kinda low.

Have a wonderful week – And hug your hound for me!

Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
7/16/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

I can’t believe it’s Monday already. We have been hustling around the kennel. It’s been mostly people business (as opposed to dog-business) but it’s still keeping us busy. We have committed to be out of the big warehouse in like 2 weeks. I have a ton of things to do and to go through and to eliminate and repackage – and apparently I need to start with finding out when we need to be out so we don’t have to pay any more rent! We’ll get there.

The dogs are thrilled with me bringing in all the smelly dog toys from the kennel and an assortment of other stuff to snif. Of course, everytime I find something I think our folks can use, there’s a glitch of some sort. For instance, the four, new, in the package, Thundercoats – are all XL sized. They say that’s for 60-100 pound dogs but it always seems too large for our guys. And one of them is pink! I’m pretty sure we don’t have a girl dog that large!! Oye!

Going through all the photos was the hardest part. I managed to thin that down but it was a process. I had lots of family albums for my side and Jerry’s and then there were the doggie pictures!! I have three big albums of pictures taken when I delivered the greyhounds and many, many more pictures from the playyard and our events. It was the hard part – – but it was the best part. I discovered that if you pull all the blank pages out of the old albums, they don’t take up as much room! So I really didn’t have to eliminate much at all. Whew!!

We are donating a lot of things to our local Salvation Army shop. Jerry Berlin lives near there and he calls that his “offsite storage”. I told the guy at the receiving truck that and he thought it was hysterical. But I still have a ton of stuff. Once I am totally through it, I may try to do an indoor yard sale for you folks as there is a lot of stuff that would only appeal to greyhound people and I don’t want to just donate it. We can let the dogs play in the yard while you look at things. We’ll see when we get there.

Looks like Boxer Friends Rescue is going to take some of the unclaimed collars. I’ve emailed a dozen or more large dog rescues and they were the only ones, so far, to want anything. But I’m not done yet!! (I think I already told you that we were able to give all the big metal bowls to Miami Humane Society!)

So no dogs for adoption this week and no dogs returned. So that’s okay. I have a couple dogsitting dogs and that keeps me getting out of bed every day. It also gives Chumlee someone to play with. His brother & sisters are tired of him!!

Summer’s here so keep your dogs cool and go easy on the hard running. Have a wonderful week and if I can get done with the projects around here, maybe we can schedule an “open yard” (as opposed to “open house”) and let people bring the dogs and visit with one another. We’ll see. Have a great week and as John Grata would say – – try not to bite anyone!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle