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John’s Happy Tales Report
2/13/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all from the lovers at the FoG Kennel on this, the eve of Valentine’s Day 2018. I’ve decided I like the current arrangement of the kennel, although I do miss going in any time I want and visiting and working with nearly five dozen dogs and some great people, which went a long way towards easing me into retired life, graduating from giving people bills and useless garbage they didn’t want, to making a difference in beautiful dogs and in most cases, beautiful people’s lives, by helping to hook them up together for years of companionship and love. The part I like about the current set up is, unlike the old days, when someone came into the kennel, each dog had about a one in fifty-six chance of being chosen. Many times, great dogs just didn’t get adopted for a long time because others were more outgoing or looked prettier. With our reduced number, everyone is seen and personalities known more intimately, with anywhere from one in three to about one in six chances of getting a home. I like those odds much better than the old ones, I think it’s much better for all concerned this way.

BJ

Speaking of being adopted, Einstein arrived and was adopted about as soon as he arrived. He has done his medical stuff and will be heading to a condo in Miami probably this week. We currently have BJ and Fella on the roster, I have no understanding on how Fella is still available, I have the inside word that he is a fantastic dog, so he needs to be in a real home now if not sooner. His birthday was last week and I had hoped he’d be in his home by then, but his birthday came and went and he’s still with us. Please check out this guy, he will be an excellent pet. We also have a new arrival coming in tomorrow, her name is Sly. She is twelve years old, her mom is moving to Argentina and doesn’t think she could handle the trip, so she’s back with us, hoping to pick up a good foster home to finish out her career. Sly is on meds and special food, so she will need someone special to be able to take care of her. Her chances of adoption do not seem very good, but we always manage to find that ‘special’ person out there that will go the extra mile required to make our ‘special needs’ animals lives better. I believe she is not cat tolerant, we will have more information on her as we get to know her better.

Charlie, our newly graduated Therapy Hound, joined the Miami Dade Fire Rescue CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) Team, and his proud mom Shawn couldn’t be prouder of him. You can see more about that in Scott’s ‘Dusty and Me’ blog of course, along with news and pictures of what’s going on in the kennel, so check that out if you can, always an interesting and informative read about the happenings in our little hound community.

37th but not least, we did the meet and greet at our local Pet Supermarket last Saturday. New adoptable BJ was there and the star of the show, he entertained and had a great time himself. Hopefully this will result in an application for him, or at least some people will check us out. We’ll keep our fingers and dewclaws crossed for him and Fella, our current inmates. Ok, we’re a little late this week, Michelle and I have problems determining which day of the week is which, but better late than never, as long as we keep the hounds moving, we’re good. Have a great Valentine’s Day and a greyt week, don’t bite anyone.

MIchelle & BJ at Pet Supermarket

It’s Luna’s 5th birthday today.

It’s Luna’s 5th birthday today. If she wasn’t screwed up before she will be now.

John’s Happy Tales Report
2/5/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

Into February we race, Ground Hog Day has come and gone and we will have ten more months of summer. Almost all is quiet at the present time, we received two new dogs over the weekend and one is gone already. Idris Elba (the greyhound, not the actor) arrived, was seen yesterday and it gone. He was, and actually still is, a handsome two-year-old black and white boy. He will be going to the Vet this week and will do his physical and the neutering thing, and then he will be going to live on the 18th floor of a Miami condo, so another one has departed almost before he arrived. We still have Fella, packed and waiting for his real home people to show up and take him away. His fifth birthday is coming up this Thursday, the 8th. What better birthday surprise than to be adopted on your birthday. This is a beautiful dog, I have no understanding how he’s still here, but whoever gets this guy is going to be a very lucky and happy person, he is a good dog and I got that from a very reliable source. Our other new arrival is a gorgeous two-year-old red boy, Dutch Blackjack, who goes by the name BJ. BJ came in a little bit timid, but will be somebody’s love bug, he loves people. He also has beautiful eyes, so if eyes is for youz, come check this guy out, or, contact the kennel and it’s entirely possible we can arrange a visit to your house at your convenience of course. That’s the kennel report and most of the excitement that I have for this week.

BJ

FoG alum Charlie, who lives with his human Shawn, a Captain in the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department, and his older greyhound sister Dee Dee, recently graduated from a six-month course in PTSD and mobility service, and is now a qualified Service Dog. Scott’s Blog “Dusty and Me” has a nice little story about them and also a little video of another alum, Kango. Kango is a special needs hound, he’s losing his eyesight, but was adopted anyway by Rick. As you can see, Kango is doing very well in his home in Cutler Bay, and does my heart good to see. Thanks also to Scott for bringing these stories to life for us through his blog.

The collars are still going out, Michelle is working diligently on them, even as I speak, or write, or sit up and speak, whichever. We have collars going out all over the place, many people have moved over the years. If you know someone that has moved and might be interested in the collars, have them email Michell at the FoG website. Scott has scouted out the old BBQ stand and they are no longer there. They’ve put up a sign that says Activity Area but nothing is going on there at the moment. The BBQ people have promised to notify us if they set up in a new location and we will pass that information along if we get any.

Ok, that’s about all the news that’s fit to print. One more thing, thanks again to all of you who have supported us and the hounds over the years, we couldn’t have done it without you. All the lives that have been saved and the love, happiness, and sometimes heartache, have made this part of my life better and I’m sure the majority of us feel that way too. We’ve all been a part of something good and positive at least, compared to all the sadness and evil going on, and that should give you a warm fuzzy feeling deep down inside. Not unlike the caterpillar you may have accidentally or otherwise swallowed in your misspent youth. Have a greyt week and let’s see if we can get my friend Fella a beautiful home for his birthday this coming week, this guy is a gem and he deserves his forever home. Pleeze!

Charlie the Fire Dog

Charlie, formerly Dunnit All, is a full fledged, trained and certified working dog for Miami-Dade Fire & Rescue. He does 24 hour shifts at the station along with his Captain/Mom Shawn Campana.

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/30/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

Another successful weekend has passed as we sit on the eve of the historical blue, red, blood, super moon lunar eclipse and whatever else that’s happening tomorrow night that I didn’t mention. First time in over 150 years which means the last time this happened, the Civil War had just ended, so it is worth mentioning at least, if not watching. With our luck, we’ll probably end up with cloud cover. In other earthlier news, we thank again the Dog Dude Ranch humans for letting us host another romp in the park. The weather was perfect, or near perfect, and we had close to two dozen hounds plus their humans in attendance according to Ms. Michelle. Scott has a short video in his blog, you can check that out in his ‘Dusty and Me’ Blog. A large thank you also, to those who brought a bunch of donations, especially the dog biscuits and laundry supplies.

Sisters Rainy and Sunny Meet At Dog Dude Ranch

The Collar Project is moving forward, Tuesday, hopefully, another batch of collars will be going out and Michelle will be in the process of getting an updated list on the ones we’ve found, so you can check to see if any of yours are on the list.

On the adoption front, newly adopted Kal and his mom were at the Ranch on Sunday. He’s doing great, loves the Gables, and has his mom wrapped around his little dew claw. Cheyenne was just about adopted as soon as she arrived at the kennel, by Kim Silverman. For those who don’t know (and there are some), Kim’s parents were our 32nd FoG adoption back in 2002. Kim was our first student volunteer and she and her parents were, and have remained good friends of the FoG kennel throughout the years. Only Fella is currently in the kennel, and he has an application but the potential adopters have not contacted the kennel yet, so he is still technically available.

Believe it or not, this just about covers everything, at least everything that I know at the moment. We need to get Fella a good home, he’s a good egg, good looking, great disposition, healthy, so there’s no reason for him to be sitting in our kennel, alone, bags packed and ready to go, so if you are interested in a greyt hound, come check him out, or even better, you can probably arrange a home visit, as Michelle is not overwhelmed with quantity at the moment. Have a great week, keep your hounds warm and safe, and don’t bite anyone.

Sunday at Dog Dude Ranch



Courage & His Girlfriend

Photo of Kebo Kwik Hank now called Courage. Adopted by Ed and Elizabeth Farah in SW Miami in 2011. He is shown with his girlfriend in the park. Cute Couple!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/22/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

Do you have your collar? Do you want your collar? Even better, do you want your dog’s collar? The Dollar Collar Project has taken almost complete control of our Vice President’s life. She eats, drinks, dreams, and smokes collars. The light at the end of the collar tunnel has turned on, although still somewhat dim, but visible. Once Michelle gets all the collars tagged, sorted, separated, logged, twigged, and in order, she will put out a new list, hopefully by this weekend. We are, of course, referring to the over two thousand collars that represent all the dogs that have gone through our kennel for adoption over the last decade and a half. There is a lot of sentimental value in these collars for many people, great memories, bittersweet in most cases, but still, they bring thoughts of a love affair in the past, still held dear in our hearts. If you would like, or know anyone who would like the original collar from one of our alumni, contact Michelle at the kennel or through our website, and we’ll see if we can hook you up.

This Sunday is the gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch, 6305 S.W. 120 Avenue, in South Dade, but decently close to a turnpike exit. It will be from 10 until 2 o’clock, that’s also in the daytime. There is no reason for the Dollar in the previously stated Dollar Collar Project, except to be able to call it the DCP, so you can disregard the dollar part. I was told to pass the word to park on the road, but I think she really means park outside the ranch on the side of the road. I told you she’s been smoking some of the collars and it’s starting to show. Michelle says she will also be parking on the road, so if you if you want her to pull any collars, please email or notify her in advance so she can have them out, she doesn’t think she would want to be running back and forth to the truck, and I’m sure the rest of us agree that we wouldn’t want to see that either. It would be quasi-interesting to see how many times she could actually run back and forth. Draw up a pool or something. Maybe not.

Cheyenne

Ok, there’s only two dogs in the kennel at the current moment, Fella and Cheyenne, and I haven’t heard anything on either of them, so they are still available. Fella is a good guy, and Cheyenne is a just arrived, she’s really a princess and a real sweetheart. I know both of them through a mutual friend and both are destined to be excellent pets, so check them out. Cheyenne is a cow-dog, a small cow-dog, which means she’s petite and has black splotches on a white background instead of vice versa. She is two years, two months old and very playful. This girl is also very smart for a greyhound. Greyhounds are not known for intelligence, but every once in a while, we get a sharp cookie come through, and she’s one of those who has brains to go with her beauty.

One last note, Michelle will be on Federal Jury Duty this week so you may have some excitement trying to contact her, but President Jerry will definitely be available the whole week and would love to bless your animals if you bring them in to the rectory. Sorry, just kidding about the last part, it’s an old true story joke about one of our priests, but that’s another story and irrelevant at this time. Ok, have a great rest of the week, try to get out to the gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch, full information about it on our website, and hopefully Dusty and Scott will be out there to cover it while I’m doing a robotics gathering. Keep your pets warm and safe, don’t bite anyone and no collar smoking.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

SUNDAY, January 28 from 10 AM until 2 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
(Click here to learn more about Dog Dude Ranch)
 
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/15/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

After celebrating a MLK Holiday lunch and a mixing of new sod with our back-yard earth, we are ready to tackle the Monday Blog. This will be slim pickin’s this week. We did the last or maybe not so last gathering at the One Last Cast BBQ yesterday at the Flamingo Road Nursery. Today was supposed to be the day that we found out for sure. I was afraid to look so it’s entirely possible that the matter has been decided and Dave said the results would be on their Facebook page today, so you might get the answer by checking there. Perfect day for lunch outside and gathering hounds, weather beautiful, beautiful people and hounds and excellent food. Scott has it covered very nicely on his ‘Dusty and Me’ Blog, along with some pictures to go with it. We always enjoy getting together with our friends, four and two legged, old and new. Diffy was so excited that he was chattering even before we left the house. We ran into a friend, also a former greyhound Mom, that we hadn’t seen for at least five years, so we spent the afternoon catching up. We will be having another gathering in two weeks, this time down in South Dade where the hounds can roam about freely off leash, so keep that in mind for the Sunday after next, the 28th of January.

Fella

Apollo is officially adopted, he made his social debut yesterday with Matt, Debbie, Jake, and Shar Shar as chaperones, Shar Shar being his new hound sibling and It looks like they get along very well, I think they were the ones that started the impromptu singing, or rooing as we call it. The best news of the adoption week is Casey. He went out a few days ago to some old FoG friends who now live in Georgia. They are helping a local family member through surgery and when they return home in a couple weeks, Casey will be going with them to a beautiful home and a big fenced yard he can call his own. If Casey settles in, this will be a fantastic deal for him and his humans will be getting a wonderful love hound, even if he is a little shy. So, we’re wishing all the best for Casey, Apollo, and their humans for many years of love, happiness, and good health, as always.

This leaves us with only Fella, who was supposed to go on a home visit to Coral Gables this morning, but I have not heard the results on that yet, so he may be gone too. I do know that the kennel has acquired one more girl, this afternoon Michelle picked up Cheyenne, who just finished her racing career. I don’t know her personally, but I was told that she is a cow dog, which in my daughter’s language is a black and white greyhound. I don’t know if she’s black and white, or white and black, but she is a cow dog. Scott will be there to gather more information and will probably have a picture or two of her up and posted pretty quickly. So, check out Scott’s Blog for up to the minute information, I do know where both dogs came from and they are both very nice dogs according to my sources, so check them out if you are in the market for a hound. That pretty much covers the FoG world up to the moment with the information I have available. Michelle is still working the collars and we’ll see what happens this week, Casey potentially getting a home makes my week, so we’re happy at the Grata Animal Farm, have a greyt week, stay warm and don’t bite anyone.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

SUNDAY, January 28 from 10 AM until 2 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
(Click here to learn more about Dog Dude Ranch)
 
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***
 

Photos from Flamingo Road Nursery..

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/8/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

We’re off to a greyt start in 2018, one week down and already an adoption. Mercury has joined the ranks of the newly adopted, just went out to his new forever home in Sunrise, not too far from the kennel. Scott has a nice piece on it in his ‘Dusty and Me’ blog, along with Logan, who is a very recent adoption. They were both doing very well the last I heard, and we wish them and their families many years of happiness, love, and good health.

Casey

This leaves only Casey and Fella in the kennel at the moment. Casey is our shy guy, but he’s making good progress and has even become rated as cat tolerant, a change of heart from when we originally got him. My Diffy is quite similar, he is very introverted, very shy and afraid being around other people and at social events, but he’s still a fantastic addition to my house. He gets along with three siblings and two feline brothers as well as the other six (at last count) members of the household. So, scared-y pants and anti-social or not, The Diff gives us and gets love just as good as any of the rest of our herd, including Emma, who is a social butterfly and is a walking love bug. So, don’t let that stop you from adopting animals with these personalities, they are as loving and many times even more so than your average ordinary pet. Just don’t schedule too many black-tie affairs for them. I have personal knowledge of Fella, and my sources tell me that guaranteed, he is going to be a fabulous pet, and that’s from people who know him and have been around him professionally and socially. I have heard that there will probably a couple more adoptables coming into the kennel shortly too, so if you are looking for a beautiful hound, check our site out frequently, I am usually the last to find out about the new arrivals.

Michelle is working diligently on the collar project. She is making progress in leaps and bounds, however that isn’t showing up on the mailings yet, so put the rope away, disperse the lynch mob, and please try to give her a little more time to get them out. Thanking you in advance from the rear.

We have two gatherings coming up, the first one being this weekend at the Flamingo Road Nursery, the One Last Cast BBQ stand on the side by the Tiki huts in particular, that’s this Sunday, the 14th, from 11-3 and the weather is supposed to be decent, high near 70 and sunny, doesn’t get much better than that. And, for those who plan further ahead, Sunday, the 28th, we’ll be at the Dog Dude Ranch in South Dade from 10-2. Ok, we’re off to a good start, hopefully we can continue. I know Fella will be gone pretty darn quick, and I’d love to see Capt. Casey get his forever home, he’s earned it, just like all the rest of them. Have a beautiful cool week, keep the hounds safe, and don’t bite anyone.

This just in, Casey has an in-home appointment tomorrow to meet a family, so keep your fingers and dew claws crossed for him.

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

SUNDAY, January 14 from 11 AM until 3 PM
At the Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie
(Click here for driving directions.)
(Click here to learn more about Flamingo Road Nursery)
 
Lots of parking and you can wander the grounds, check out the farmer’s market
and look at lots of plants, fountains and wind chimes!
 
Join FoG at the big shady tables by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
*** All leashed greyhounds are welcome. ***
 
Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

SUNDAY, January 28 from 10 AM until 2 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
(Click here to learn more about Dog Dude Ranch)
 
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/1/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

Merry belated Christmas as we did not sing last week for some reason and almost missed today, but we are here, so Happy and Healthy 2018 to all our humans and hounds. We made it to 2018 so that’s a good start. Michelle obviously has been as busy as a toothpick in whitewater rapids, but we do hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. And, now it’s time to go back to work or whatever the same old same old is for each of us. Got through yesterday with no reports of lost or runaway dogs, so that’s a good start. I personally checkout out the One Last Cast BBQ and Flamingo Road Nursery last Saturday and they are both there and lookin’ and cookin’ good. I got out with another excellent lunch and about sixty bucks worth of new flowers we can torture for the next couple months. Look for a hound gathering there in the near future.

Mercury

Michelle is working diligently on getting the collars out. She will be back into the collar search again this week if all goes well with the holiday cleanup, so she requests as much patience as you can afford her. There are just three dogs left in the kennel, Fella, Mercury, and Casey. The big story of the week was Logan getting adopted. He was spotted by Darrell, who lives with three greyhounds in New Port Richey. That’s a little bit up the line, but Scott and Dusty happened to be going up in that area to visit his parents, so he stopped by to do the inspection and Darrell, his hounds, and house passed with flying colors. As Michelle doesn’t say, it turned out to be a greyhound Valhalla, not one, but two fenced yards, lots of green grass outside, and plenty of dog beds inside. Yeah, I had to look up Valhalla too, or if you didn’t, in Norse mythology, it’s a heavenly place to go. Scott was there and you can check it out on his blog ‘Dusty and Me’, which has the greyt details. The latest reports have Logan doing fine with his new home and three sister hounds. He’s a happy puppy and he’s earned it, so we wish him, Darrell, and his hounds many years of love, happiness, and good health.

Casey

We now have three hounds in the kennel left for adoption, which may or may not be significant. Fella is a red brindle guy, good looking, energetic, and will be celebrating his fifth birthday on February 8th, so it would be nice if he could get a home for his birthday. My people know Fella personally and they say he is a great dog, going to be a great addition to any home, so he has our personal stamp of approval, I don’t get to personally inspect many of the hounds any more, but I can vouch for this Fella. Mercury is a gorgeous red guy, he’ll be five in April. He also has plenty of love and energy, would go great with an active human, he loves dog sports, would probably do well in coursing, beach running, or even maybe bowling. Both these guys love romping in parks (fenced in of course) and living life to it’s fullest. And then there’s our Casey. His racing name was Killer KC, but he is a total pacifist. I was told he didn’t want to race because he was afraid of the rabbit, he also didn’t want to hurt the other dog’s feelings, so he let them all go past him so he wouldn’t embarrass any of them. He was told to find another line of work, unfortunately he had no previous training in any other line of work, so he had to retire and is now working on becoming a pet greyhound. I also heard that he gave his entire life savings to a rogue kennel worker who ran off with the money and his girlfriend, so Casey trusted no one, two or four legged for a long time. Then he came to our kennel, and with a few months of patience and love, he has made great strides towards trusting the world around him again. He’s a little hard to get to know, but once he knows and trusts you, he is a very sweet and loving hound. He is almost what we call a special needs dog, but he’s borderline, he’s shown he will be a beautiful companion for the right human. We have had many of this type over the years and we’ve had just as many special people who take the challenge to work with him, and it works out, and the reward Is, to me at least, much greater to be able to give these dogs a loving home, because they definitely will repay you with their love for the rest of their life. Ok, the new year is getting old, so we’re caught up with all the news that’s fit to print. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds warm, it’s supposed to cool off a bit, and don’t bite anyone.