Skip to content

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/19/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Casey

Maggie has a new home. Saving the world, one greyhound at a time. Well, so it seems. The big news in my world is our recent returnee Maggie, who was returned to us after living happily in her forever home, but was returned to us because her human passed away before she did, and her husband (the lady’s, not Maggie) couldn’t take care of her any more. One of our longtime supporters decided to adopt her, and she basically took over the house upon arrival, so it looks like she will have a loving home to ease the pain of losing her other people. She will be living with another greyhound sister, Zoe, and two chihuahuas, Cassie and Smidgen, and it looks like they all are going to get along together just fine. You can read all about it in Scott’s latest post on his Dusty and Me blog. Yes Michelle, I have already checked it out. Thank you, Joan, you just made my week.

Annie

We’ve got a great picture of the five Birthday Dogs that have birthdays coming up within the next month. I heard that if they are adopted before their birthday, there might be some kind of discount involved. Don’t take my word for it and you didn’t hear it here, but I swear I heard something about half off the birthday dogs, whether you get the front half, or the back half, or maybe just half off the adoption price, but if you are interested in any of them, Annie, Taylor, and Casey are still available, Kango and Maggie have already been spoken for. You can contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel for all the official and up to the second information, I am now just the slow speed messenger, but a happy one. I am sure that our second to none webmaster, Jerry B., will have a photo of the fab-five either here or on the website.

Taylor

We’ve got a doggie dinner coming up next month. It’s Thursday, July 20th, the day before my birthday, so I will not forget it. It’s at the Hollywood Jaycee’s Hall, 2930 Hollywood Boulevard, from 6:30 to 9:30. A lot of us still have fond memories of the last doggie dinner, at the country club, a few years ago, with almost a hundred hounds and a fabulous time. A lot of us still remember the pot luck dinners or actually lunches we had at the kennel on some weekends. We got some mighty fine vittles for those events, so we’re going to try it again, this time with a little more room than the cat testing room at the kennel. You are welcome to bring a dish, side, or salad, just let Michelle know, and please RSVP Michelle so we can have an idea. This event will be indoors and air conditioned, which is very important in July, and we’ll have a girl scout troop there also doing a 50/50 raffle to benefit South Florida Wildlife Care Center, whom they are helping out this year. This is a fundraising event, so bring some money, but we will feed you and it’s a perfect opportunity for your hounds to circulate and socialize. All of the information is on our website flyer, or you can call Michelle, but please remember to RSVP. Food events, greyhounds and greyhound people go very good together, so come on out and grab a bite, we’ll even have a buffet for the hounds, so they can have a bite. We’ll be getting into this more as the event nears, but it will be the FoG event of the summer, so don’t miss it.

Stormy

While we’re here thinking of good times, good food, and good people, thank you Larry Warsh for putting that great photo of the birthday hounds together. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean. Also, a big thank you to Ms. Jill Paul, who donated her carpet to our hounds, and they will all have nice new flooring in their apartments. Now Michelle will want to take the kennels out and deep clean them, so if anyone would like to help, by washing the hounds while she takes on the kennels, she would be more than happy to accept your help. Don’t forget, if the kids are still doing the community service hours, working with the hounds is a lot more fulfilling than most of the other service jobs, so if you have some bored kids, it’s a perfect way to satisfy everyone’s needs.

Logan

On the adoption front, seven dogs were available, now we’re down to five for the moment. Kango is scheduled to try his new home I think next week, and Maggie is settling into her new estate. Annie is a girl, sweet, young, only two years old, and cat tolerant. Stormy is a little bit spicier, more active, would love a nice fenced yard or an active owner who could take her out and about. Those are our two girls. Casey will be two next month, sweet and shy, but coming out of his shell, he was very timid when he first arrived but is finding out that there’s more to life than just the back corner of his kennel, and he’s enjoying it more and more each day. Kango is heading out for a home trial next week. Taylor is our tall, handsome white dog with the injured leg. He will be three years old next week, he won’t be winning any more races, but he will still be a fabulous pet for someone. Logan is a new arrival, just returned from a family life of three or more years. Michelle has the information on him, the family felt they had to give him up, he did not have enough patience with the children, but should do fine in a home without kids, which would fit many dog’s and even a lot of people’s idea of happiness.

Ok, I think I have most of it covered for this week. Stay tuned to the website and Scott and his Dusty and Me blog because I am going in for my knee replacement this week, so I will be incapacitated for about two weeks. I am doing rehab at a facility and I don’t do portable or lap tops or tablets or tables or whatever you call the tiny devices, so I hope to be released or at least escape by July 4th, but definitely be out in time for the doggie pot luck dinner in mid-July. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone and keep the hounds safe, especially in the heat of the summer.

Photo created by Larry Warsh of LarryWarshPhotography.com. From left to right: Annie (3 on 7/3), Taylor (3 on 6/25), Maggie (7 on July 3), Casey (2 on 7/20), Kango (4 on July 1).



Scouts & Hounds Potluck Dinner

Thursday, July 20th, 6:30-9:30 PM
At the Hollywood Jaycees Hall
 
Click Here For All Of The Details.
 
Greyhounds Welcome (One leashed dog per person, please.)
 

You Are Invited to the Scouts & Hounds Potluck Dinner

Hollywood Girl Scout Troop 10102 and Friends of Greyhounds are joining together for a “Pot Luck Dinner with the Dogs.”

Thursday, July 20th, 6:30 to 9:30 PM

At the Hollywood Jaycees Hall, 2930 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 33020.
Click here for a map & driving directions.

Greyhounds Welcome (One leashed dog per person, please.)

WHAT to BRING: A Side or a Salad or a “Sweet” (Dessert). And a Greyhound if you have one!

PLEASE RSVP so we know how many people & dogs to expect and let us know what you are bringing! RSVP by text to Michelle 954-937-9663 or email her at fogdogs@comcast.net and questions are welcome!

Click to view a printable flyer in a separate window.

Friends Don’t Leave Friends in HOT Cars!!!!

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/11/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Casey

We’re hitting the keyboard a little early this week mainly because I have what could be a nice little story almost ready to go. Today Michelle took in a tiny, skinny little girl called Maggie. Her racing name was WW’s Drag Strip, and she was retired and came to us after only sixty professional races. She must be a good looking little girl, she was adopted out within ten days, back in January of 2013. Maggie was her Mama’s dog, she lived for her and snuggled with her every night. But Maggie’s Mama just passed away. So Maggie just arrived back in the kennel. I don’t know the exact circumstances, but it’s for sure that dad can’t take care of her by himself, so he brought her back to us. The problem here is that she is very uncomfortable at the kennel. She is a small girl, a little underweight, most likely from the recent stress, but she is cat tolerant and Michelle would really like to get her back into a real home environment as soon as possible. Where this becomes a nice little story is when someone see’s this and decides they have room to take this girl in and let her continue her retirement in a loving home, like she’s been accustomed to for the past four years. Yes, another greyhound needs to be rehomed through no fault of their own, and it’s tough because they don’t understand anything but the hurt of losing their home. Maggie will be seven on July 3rd, if we can find her a new home by then, she will really have a great reason to celebrate her seventh birthday. Remember, she’s got all the experience of a seasoned veteran, all she needs is some TLC and as soon as possible. If you can open up your heart to this girl, remember, previous FoG owners get a free home trial, you can see how she works with you without obligation, or if you know someone who is looking for a mature, loving companion, not a crazy youngster, have them contact us, I am pretty sure that Michelle can even arrange a visit to their house. I love them all, and they all deserve a loving forever home, but I have a big soft spot in my heart for the special needs and the returned dogs. The word is out, so keep Maggie in mind, even if you can’t take on another one yourself at the moment, you might know someone that she would fit in perfectly with, they are out there, all we have to do is find them.

Maggie

The Pet Supermarket meet and greet in Boca yesterday was a bust, no adoptions. Annie and Stormy were there, got some interest, but received no apps so far. The Boca store does not do the dog food collection for us like the store on Sunrise did, claiming that it’s too complicated to explain to the customers. Don’t know if I’m supposed to write this or not, but it will disappear if not, anyway, the point being that not all Pet Supermarkets are created equal, and it’s a shame that they don’t participate because we need all the help, especially food, that we can get.

No dog adoptions this past week and no additions, but we have some waiting in the wings, so if anyone is thinking about adopting, come on in, or contact us, now is a good time to help us make some more room for incoming.

We’re working on a gathering event, indoors, for around July 20th, which is a Thursday. Don’t have all the pieces yet, but it will involve Girl Scouts, Troop #10105 out of Hollywood, to be exact. Hopefully by next week we will have all the details, but we will have pot luck dinner, indoors, air conditioned, well behaved greyhounds on leash and well-behaved Girl Scouts, leash not required, are welcome, at Hollywood Jaycee’s Hall. The girls are working with the Florida Wildlife Care Center, and will be raising funds for them. We’re working on a joint dinner and fundraiser, possibly raffles, rummage sales, so stay tuned here, or to the website, and probably Dusty and Me’s Blog for more information. That’s about it for this week, don’t forget Maggie, Michelle hopes to have some pictures of her up also, so check the website or Scott’s Dusty and Me Blog, because he will probably come up with some pictures on his site for sure. Have a greyt week, keep your animals cool, and don’t lose yours and bite anyone. No teeth, no suit I sometimes, but not very often say.

Annie & Stormy at Pet Supermarket

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/5/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fuzzys Bob Dylan

Greetings, there’s slim pickings this week, but one tidbit makes up for it a thousand times over in my wittle bb-brain. Kango has a home. A real home, with human family and siblings and even a hound brother. The Kango project was taken on by humans Rick and Janine and their daughters Kat and Samm. They already have Bullet, adopted from us in March of 2016, so what some thought of as impossible, has happened. Kango will be residing in a home down in Cutler Bay very shortly, and from what I’ve seen and heard, he is one lucky dog. As with all the special needs dogs, Kango’s adoption fee has been waived and FoG will take care of all his prescribed medications. It looks pretty good from here, and whether or not it works out, as nothing in life is guaranteed, these people will be in my heart and prayers for the rest of my life for just having the heart to give it a try. Special people they are, and as I’ve often said, they are out there, they just have to be found, and what a beautiful example to set for your children, and today’s kids desperately need some real role models to follow besides the garbage that is promoted in today’s media. Ok, we got the editorial and human-interest items out of the way pretty quick.

Stormy

A quick thank you to Leslie Glynn, she is making sure all our adopted dogs are marked on Greyhound Data, that way, if one gets lost and is found, they can call and notify us and we can help get them back home. As Michelle says, or maybe, doesn’t say, ‘Tattoos are Forever’. We’re also getting notices that the dog flu has returned to some of the states, including Florida. At the moment, it’s only in the panhandle and is considered a low-level outbreak, but keep updated on it, and if it spreads down here we will be posting news about it and how to avoid it. Don’t panic yet, but keep your ears up and your dewclaws crossed. Eyes are optional.

Taylor

We currently have five adoptables in the kennel. Stormy is our three-year-old lady in waiting. At the moment, our only girl. Beautiful, shiny, happy, and full of fun, she loves to run, but only for a moment or two, then it’s back to the couch. Her only drawback is she flunked the cat test, so those of you with felines in your house, you will probably have to pass on her. Taylor is a beautiful white guy, ran 27 races, got bumped on the 28th and injured his leg. He’s now rehabbing and won’t run again with the big boys, but he will be an excellent pet and will still outrun anyone in the neighborhood with ease when he gets completely healed. Casey may or may not be a special needs dog now. He came into the kennel, totally introverted and shy. He took up helping Kango through his medical eyesight problems, became sort of his big brother and spent many hours in the kennel talking to Kango and eventually brought him out of his funk. Now that Kango has been adopted, Casey has shown dramatic signs of improvement himself and has made great strides in improving his self-esteem and self-confidence. He’s still kind of shy, but will be a dedicated and loving companion for some lucky adopter. Michelle has all the up to the minute data on all our dogs and will be glad to answer your questions about any of them, and will even make an appointment for you to meet them at the kennel or even at your adobe, at your convenience even. Fuzzy has just entered our kennel. He is an alumnus, and has just been returned. I don’t have the details on his reason for return as of yet, but you can also find out all about him by contacting us. Whenever a dog is returned we request that the owner or family write us a paper that describes the returnee, the good, the bad, the ugly, the wonderful, any and everything that will help them in their search for their next home. Most of the time it’s not the dog’s fault, but we still want an honest statement that will help him find his real forever home. That’s the current line-up and as always, there’s some waiting in the wings to come in and some may go out by next Monday.

That’s all folks, the FoG kennel gospel for the first week in June, according to John. We have a neat little blog that comes out several times a week, if not daily, by Scott, one of our dedicated volunteers, who has nice stories about his adventures with his girl Dusty, and lots of nuggets about our kennel, as he visits several times a week to do volunteer work and visit the inmates. A lot of his work has nice photos as well as information on upcoming events, our gatherings and the meet and greets at the Boca Pet Supermarket. The latest has a nice picture of Kango with his new human and brother, it’s an easy read and very entertaining. Have a greyt week, watch out for the ankle biters that come out of nowhere, and don’t bite anyone.

John’s Happy Tales Report
5/29/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Kango

After two weeks of fantastic weather in the 50’s and 60’s, with no computer, no news, no sports, I come back to sweltering heat. I did not meet one greyhound in my travels. There was plenty of activity down here though, my first act was to read all of the Dusty and Me stories to get caught up on the news. I suggest that you check out Scott’s blog if you aren’t already addicted to it, as I am. It chronicles his adventures with his girl Dusty, and the daily happenings of our kennel. It also includes a calendar of our upcoming events and has a lot of inside information on our current inmates, as well as stories and pictures about the recent adoptions and deliveries.

Stormy

This coming weekend, on Sunday, June 4th, for those of us down south, and those who don’t mind traveling a bit, we will have a play date and gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch, located at 6305 S.W. 120 Avenue, Miami, from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M. We will be in the front corral and dogs (greyhounds only) will be allowed off leash to romp, play, drink beer, and let off steam in general, until they poop out, or sixty seconds elapses, whichever comes first. We had a greyt time there last time, so join us if you can, this will be one of the last, if not the last outside gathering until the weather cools off again at the end of the year. Thanks in advance to the owners of Dog Dude Ranch, we always have a good time there. We are also looking for a nice place to gather inside somewhere that is air conditioned, so we can have a casual pot luck dinner without frying ourselves and our hounds. There is a hall in Ft. Lauderdale called POA hall that we used a while ago, but now they won’t rent it out unless a Ft. Lauderdale police officer requests it, so if we have or know of any Ft. Lauderdale police officers in our community that would vouch for us, please contact Michelle, or if you have a suggestion for another suitable venue, let us know.

Casey

We had a gathering this past Saturday at the Flamingo Road Nursery, thanks to those of you who came out, and Posey ended up meeting his new family there, as he picked up an app from a nice couple from Wilton Manors. We also had a meet and greet at the Pet Supermarket in Boca, and Savvy met his new family there and was delivered that next Friday. These little gatherings and meet and greets do pay off. We did a gig at the Riverside Elementary school, showing off our beautiful hounds to about seven or eight classes. We got a bunch of beautiful hand written thank you cards from the kids, some of them are posted on the website. I do urge you to check the website and especially Scott’s Dusty and Me blog which will give you excellent almost daily information on our kennel and the adoptable hounds.

Taylor

As previously stated, I go away for a couple days and all heck breaks loose. Can’t use hell because everything that has happened has been good. I will attempt to cover all the movement, but I may miss some. Savvy, who met his match at the Pet Supermarket meet and greet, was delivered Friday. He has a new mom, grandma, two sisters, and a fenced in yard. He’s a happy camper. Posey, met some people at the Flamingo Road Nursery and has an app, I believe he will be delivered tomorrow evening. Recently adopted Randy’s humans have been in to talk about Kango, who is one of our special needs hounds, the one with the sight problem. He may have an opportunity for a home with them. Nothing guaranteed yet, but Michelle has new or different information on his problem, which might help make it easier for him to get a home. I will update that when I get more information, it would be fabulous if he can get a home with another greyhound. Word is in that Backwood Herman, who was adopted a while back, is doing just fine up in Coral Springs. Today, Domino went home with Daniel, who is a previous FoG adopter. Daniel’s dog Jeff just lost a battle with cancer, and he came to the Flamingo Road Nursery gathering and fell in love with Domino. Adopters who have previously adopted with us, have the option of taking a potential adoptable home for a free home trial. If this works out, Domino is going to have a wonderful human companion and a great home. I think I have covered all the action, if not, I will catch up next week, or you can check out Scott’s Dusty blog. It’s been a busy two weeks down here. I will update who is left in the kennel, but I think there’s Kango, Casey, the shy boy, but from what I’ve heard, is making progress daily in coming out of his shell. Taylor is a handsome white dude, and Stormy is our only girl at the moment. For all the information on any and all of our inmates, you can contact Michelle or Jerry, and as usual, if there’s an empty kennel, it will be filled PDQ. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone, and keep your hounds and yourself cool and hydrated.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Sunday, June 4 from 10 AM until 1 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
 
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 – 5/27/2017

Not John’s Happy Tales Report
5/22/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

John is on vacation this week. Since no one can write a blog like John can we would like to offer the following…


Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

SATURDAY, May 27 from 11 AM until 2 PM
At the Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie
(Click here for driving directions.)
 
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 & seats by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
*** All leashed greyhounds are welcome. ***
 
Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Sunday, June 4 from 10 AM until 1 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
 
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***
 

Career Day at Riverside Elementary School Including Letters From the Students

Friends of Greyhounds was invited to Riverside Elementary School in Little Havana for their Career Day. We took Posey a brindle, 3 year old male dog from the kennel and Slinky, a 9 year old black female. The dogs met students from several classes from grades 2 through 5 and everyone had a wonderful time.


John’s Happy Tales Report
5/15/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Kango

What can I say, it’s almost mid-May? We are almost half way through May and I’m almost out the door headed for the great Northeast, but they have threatened to halve my pay if I don’t cover the events for the week, so rather than work for nothing, I’m going to comply and work for nothing, as half of my salary is pretty much the same as none of my salary, which is the same as all of my salary. I cash the same check every week. Just kidding, but I am out the door on Monday and there is some kennel news. In the adoption department, we have Buford who already has gotten an application and was delivered today. His new home is on the third floor but he took the steps like he knew what he was doing. We almost had a returned dog but they managed to turn it around. In any case, we were ready to accept him back at the kennel. We do stand behind and support our people, which sometimes means they are returned. The majority are victims of life with humans, meaning they are left without their home because of divorces, financial crisis, health issues, changing of living quarters, death, and a thousand other issues that we encounter, either seen or unforeseen, but far beyond the control of the greyhound. Don’t like it, but it happens. I’m one of those people who swear that if something like that happens to me, I would starve and my dog would eat, if I am homeless, the dog would sleep in the car, etc., but I’ve never faced such circumstances, so I can’t condemn anyone who has and felt forced to give up their dog for their personal circumstances. The good news, we are there, we will take them back and re-home them. Our unofficial motto is ‘There’s a perfect animal out there for every adopter, and for every adopter out there, there’s a perfect animal’ and we’ve lived by that for seventeen years. The rest of the good news is that these guys and girls that suddenly find themselves alone, make excellent pets in their own right. They are already used to living in a house, they know the rules and most of them fit right in to a new regular routine. Most of them also come with letters or notes telling exactly what the dog is like, his personality and his likes and dislikes, so there is no guessing about how they are going to behave, basically fewer surprises. So, to make a short story long, we have Buford headed to his forever home, and a big, beautiful fawn Fuzzy, becoming available and looking for his real forever home.

Taylor

I highly suggest Mr. Scott’s blog, Dusty and Me, as he has become a kennel fixture and taken these animals to heart. He even has photos of Buford’s delivery today. He is at the kennel virtually every day and has reports on what’s going on at the kennel, he has some inside information on each of the inmates, a bunch of information on upcoming events, some pictures and notes on our alumni that contact us from the outside world, as well as sneaking in some tidbits about his life with his girl Dusty, and their adventures together. If our excellent webmaster is on the ball, somewhere right around here, he will have Scott’s link posted and you can check it out. Actually, I look forward to seeing it every day, if it’s not daily, it’s very close to being so.

We currently have a full kennel, only one girl, Stormy, is available, the rest are guys. We have a bunch of youngsters, a special needs dog named Kango, who’s story is a bit of a heartbreak, but it still has the potential to have a happy ending when we get that ‘perfect person’ for him, as previously stated, they all have the perfect home out there waiting for them, it’s our job to find it. We always do, by the way, sometimes it takes longer than sooner, but we work tirelessly to make it happen. You can check the dog’s profiles on the website, Scott’s blog has some good stuff, and you can meet them in person by making an appointment at your convenience, or if you live within reasonable distance, you can even have them visit you at your house. So, if you are even remotely interested in one of these beautiful dogs, just contact us and we can arrange a meeting and you can see for yourself what you’ve been missing.

Casey

Upcoming events. It’s getting into summer for real, our outdoor activities slow down around this time of year as the long hot summer approaches, so this may be the last hurrah. Greyhounds, like most of us, do not care for the summer heat. They are indoor dogs, so if you didn’t know that before, you do now. They love air conditioning. Remember to keep your pets, whatever kind you have, safe and never leave them inside a car in the sun, summer or any time of year. It seems stupid to have to be so repetitive, but we have several deaths every year, both animal and children, so I guess it has to be repeated and repeated over and over again. Upcoming, Sunday, May 21st, meet and greet at the Pet Supermarket, Boca, 9798 Glades Road, from 2-6 P.M. Saturday, May 27th, probably our last spring gathering at the One Last Cast BBQ, located at the Flamingo Road Nursery, on Flamingo Road, 11 A.M.-2 P.M. The BBQ is excellent, decent prices, and the nursery is second to none in the area. With the plants, flowers, and greyhounds, a real feast for the eyes, and the food is a real treat for the tummy. Sunday, June 4th, another gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch, on S.W. 120 Avenue. It turned out last time there was plenty of seating and shade. This is for the Dade, south Dade, and adventurous Broward people, as it’s down south, but easily accessible. It’s from 10 A.M until 1 P.M. That takes care of the immediate and near future happenings. We’re also working on an air-conditioned event at Showman’s Hall on Griffin Rd., more details on that as we set it up. Sunday, August 20th, save the date, Animal Adoption Fair at the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale. That’s always a fun event, so keep it in mind, or as I say, keep it on the back burner.

Wow, no wonder she wanted a nice little blog before I left, there’s a bunch of stuff coming up. Ok, we have a full kennel less one Buford so please keep our dogs in mind. There are profiles online and you can most likely get more personal details from Michelle. Do check out Scott’s blog, it’s fun and informative, and it will also give you some insight into the world of living with a greyhound pet, they are beautiful companions, just ask Randy’s humans. Have a greyt week, keep your animals hydrated and safe, and don’t bite anyone.

Buford At His New Home.