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Greyt Holiday Gift Guide

Our kennel is smaller than it used to be but we still have need of many of the same basic supplies. Below is an updated list of things we could really use to keep the kennel clean and happy. You’ll probably see some ideas for the dog that’s already in your home, too! So – – In no particular order – –

Foods – Rice, macaroni, sweet potatoes (fresh or canned), canned mackeral, peaches, Olewo dried carrots (amazon!). Gift cards for Publix, Sams, or Walmart so we can get chicken thighs or hamburger!

Treats – Large Milkbones or Walmart’s Ol Roy large bones

Maintenance – Laundry detergent & fabric softeners (makes things smell better!), Paper towels, Kid- sized or single bed comforters (See: “AmazonBasics microfiber reversible twin comforter”).

TOYS!! – Zippy Paws.com toys are great, made in USA, and reasonably priced. We have a wholesale account with them so if you contact them and have them shipped direct to us, maybe they’ll throw in some extras. Take some time on the site as many of the toys come in different sizes. Greys need the larger sizes when they are available. Our boys love Jigglerz, Hedgehogs, Cordoroy Cuddlers and Jumbo Donuts. Your dog will love them, too! And Loopys!!

Shipping Address if you need it: 2621 NW 105 Lane, Sunrise, FL 33322

And of course, the best Holiday gift of all for us would be an empty kennel because all of our wonderful dogs had found just the perfectly right home filled with love and warmth and joy – and milk bones!!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/11/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Apollo

Winter is finally here, two weeks before Christmas and it feels good. We adopted out two dogs over the past week, officially one adoption and one home trial, but that’s close enough for me. We had a full weekend of events and a bunch of weather I am told. I spent my week in Georgia, where I encountered the worst snow storm I’ve ever driven in and Tennessee had no snow or rain but lows in the twenties. I guess I should also say it was the only snow storm I’ve driven in, but it was neat. My wife has decided that we will never move to Tennessee, or any place that has winter. There was, however, a flurry of activity in and around the kennel, of which I shall try to report as best I can from my second-hand information.

If your name started with a K, it was your weekend, as Kelly and Kal are both enjoying life in their new homes, just in time for Christmas. On Saturday, Kal was delivered to Rhonda and her family, she was at the book signing event we attended in Coral Gables and followed through with her interest in greyhounds by adopting one. Kal will have a fifteen- year- old Border Collie sibling to help him get adjusted and learn the ropes of retired living. Kal went to his new home with Sam and his son, in Palmetto Bay. Sam is a long-time friend of FoG and his previously adopted hound passed away recently, so they decided that it was time for another, and they chose Kal. Kal was a recent return from a home that had younger children and apparently it was too much for our hound, so we’re going to see how Kal does with Sam and only one youngster. One interesting side note; this is the first time in a long time that we have absolutely no black dogs in the kennel, as Kal and Kelly were our only two black dogs. We still have two weeks left until Christmas and we have five dogs that would love to spend it in their forever homes, so there’s still plenty of work to be done. Apollo, Fella, Mercury, Logan, and Casey are waiting for someone to claim them too. It would be great to see all five of them with a home and loving family in time for the New Year, so if you’ve been looking and thinking about it, what better time than the holidays?

Fella

The weekend was very eventful in itself. The Parkland event on Saturday was very well attended, despite the weather and that’s where Sam and his son came out to see and adopt Kelly. I heard that at least five other dogs were adopted at the event too, which included, I think, three other adoption groups. Sunday was the gathering at the Flamingo Road Nursery and Last Cast BBQ. Scott has at least three blogs about Kelly, Kal, and the BBQ, so you might want to check out his blog “Dusty and Me“, which covers FoG events in greater detail and has greyt pictures and videos. It wasn’t raining Sunday but I heard the weather was nice and chilly, the turnout was very good, and we had some first timers there too, which is always fun.

The mailing of the collars continues. Please have patience Michelle is pleading. She is trying to keep it organized along with adopting dogs, walking dogs, and fighting an awful cold. Please keep the E-mails coming, Remember, if you have moved, please notify her of your new address. She is using priority mail, as their little boxes accommodates the thickness of the collars just right. On a final note, we still have some greyhound calendars left, they make great gifts for friends and Vets. Michelle also has ‘Care of the Racing & Retired Greyhound’ which is the bible of American Racing Greyhounds medical idiosyncrasies. They have cost her about $40 and she has at least three if you’d like to pick one up from her. They also make great gifts for your Vet. Ok, I think that covers most of the news that’s fit to print. Have a great week, stay warm, and don’t bite anyone, should be back to normal and back in the loop next week.

Photos from Flamingo Road Nursery..

Fleas, Ticks & Assorted Critters. . .

Yes, it gets cooler in winter in Florida but honestly, it often does not get cold enough to kill off the biting beasties that plague our pets. There are soooo many products on the market these days that it’s overwhelming when need to buy them. They are not cheap and they are not all the same. It can be confusing. Florida’s weather doesn’t get cold enough for you to slack off in the winter either! It’s a 12 month flea and tick year! So. . . We want to offer a little help. Face the creatures with products that will work for you.

First, decide what you need in your area. Florida dogs pretty universally need Heartworm, Flea & flea eggs and tick coverage. Tapeworm, hookworm and roundworm just seem to come and go. Obviously, if you see some kind of worms in their poop, better treat for these things, too. You might as well treat for all three types. Even if you only identify one kind, the others will be lurking in the background waiting for you to make room for them.

If your dog is NEVER exposed to any of these things (i.e. lives in the Yukon or a plastic bubble in space), you don’t need to do anything. Heartworm is carried by mosquitoes and takes seven months to develop from a bite. Other types of worms can be passed through the pads of the dog’s feet. It’s a messy world out there. Realizing your dog has ticks or worms doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent. It means you live in the real world. So. . .

  1. Look at the list (BELOW) and determine what critters your dog is at risk of harboring.
  2. Find the product or combination of products that cover those exposures.
  3. Go online and purchase them and USE them.

If you don’t like topicals because they leave goo on the dog’s back, find a pill form. If you can’t get pills into your dog, use a liquid. But use something or your dog is going to have a problem. And eventually, it can be a fatal problem. I have publicly come out against oral flea and tick products, preferring not to have poison travel through my dog’s vital organs to stand ready to kill a hitchhiking tick. However, I have to admit that these products have shown great improvement in their safety records over the past few years and those might be the better choice for your lifestyle. But look at all the options to accomplish the coverage you need.

Just about everything on this list is available online. And you can get everything without a prescription somewhere. Just keep looking. Don’t be afraid to purchase generics or from other countries. There are plenty of excellent copies out there now. Most of the copyrights have expired. FoG often uses sites from Australia (www.equine-mega-store.com and www.deadfleaz.com ) and we have worked with both of them for over 15 years. Here in the US the sites change rapidly. But some of our favorites are: Valley Vet Supply, Drs. Fosters & Smith, Chewy.com, 1-800-Pet Meds (nice to support the local folks – Petmeds was founded in Pompano Beach!) and new ones come out every day. Of course, the US market changes rapidly so you may find yourself “shopping” the prices every time. That’s why God invented search engines. God Bless Google!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/4/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Apollo

Last Sunday we had another successful gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch. I am told there was a big enough group to be interesting and fun, yet enough time to visit. We had that great big corral and the dogs responded by hanging around the humans most of the time. Typical. The weather was beautiful but the shade trees were still greatly appreciated. I missed this one because I decided to go and watch UM get thumped up in Charlotte, would have done better going to the Dude Ranch. Hughey’s dad Gene, took some pictures and I think they’re posted on the website. Gene not only took some pictures but he also brought a ton of goodies for the hounds for which we are very grateful for, thank you again Gene.

Christmas is just three weeks away, and now appearing on our website, under the title ‘Greyt Holiday Gift Guide’, is our houndly gift guide for those of you who traditionally or even untraditionally, bring or donate gifts for our inmates. We do not have a large budget and any and all gifts are always greatly appreciated any time during the year, but especially during the season of giving, and I can safely say that a hundred percent of all proceeds go directly to the hounds. Personally, I donate my entire annual salary directly to the hounds, unfortunately I’m only paid 52 attaboys and 8 marshmallows a year for my work. It is truly a labor of love, as it is with all of our staff, but the joy and satisfaction we receive when we get them a loving home is truly priceless.

Fella

Coming up this weekend we have on Saturday the Adopt a Pet Event in Parkland, and on Sunday, a gathering at the Flamingo Road Nursery. There is information on the website for both these events. I will be in Nashville testing out the low twenties temperatures that are forecast there for the coming week, but the rest of you are welcome to join Michelle and the rest of the herd, both events look to be a lot of fun for the hounds and the people. I failed to mention it last time, but I won’t this time. Our collar girl, Lynne, a former Ms. Georgia (to me at least), has been invited to the Flamingo Road Nursery gathering and may make an appearance. She has those greyt Martingale collars and also will custom design one for you if you have such a notion. We were contemplating a nice green and orange UM collar for Diffy, but UM has not looked too great the past couple weeks and he already has a NY Giants collar that he actually refuses to wear, and who can blame him? It’s not that the collar is ugly, it is great, but the Giants are really bad, they even won the Quasimodo look alike contest in Coconut Grove last month. If Lynn can’t make the connection, she has an Etsy store, https://www.etsy.com/shop/40mphpups that you can check out to get an idea of her work.

This computer has decided it does not want to work with me without giving me a hard time, so I shall wrap it up for this week. Have a greyt rest of the week, keep your hounds safe, enjoy the season, and don’t bite anyone.

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

SUNDAY, December 10 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. ***
 

Photos from Dog Dude Ranch…

Adopt-A-Pet Event

Saturday, December 9th from 10 AM to 2 PM.
At the City of Parkland Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland.

Come meet your new best friend!

John’s Happy Tales Report
11/27/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

PJ (Kelly)

All the wagging tails and the entire staff of the almost world-famous FoG kennel hope that you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving and long weekend that followed. The hounds ate well and so did we, the only thing better would be seeing them all in a real home before Christmas. What better holiday gift than one that keeps on giving for years afterwards. No, I don’t mean a pregnant cat, we’re talking about love here, most greyhounds have large hearts filled with an abundance of love and we have six of them currently that have their bags already packed and are ready to enter the second part of their life, the part where they live happily ever after in their loving forever home. Thanksgiving has passed, but we still have Christmas and New Year’s and what a delightful surprise it would be to find a greyhound under the tree on Christmas morning. You don’t have to actually wrap it and hope it stays under the tree, but Michelle has delivered several hounds as gifts on Christmas’ past and it sure beats trying to shop down here without being mauled, maimed, or even worse during the season, so you might want to consider it, Christmas is only about four weeks away. We will be glad to deliver your hound on just about any occasion, Birthday, New Year’s, Hanukkah, Boxing Day (whatever that is), just about any special day.

On the kennel front, it’s been a lot like the night before Christmas, nothing stirring, not even a mouse. No one going out last week, no one coming in. If you can, check the website, we have posted a Christmas Wish List for all the items that we could use, the kennel is smaller than it used to be, but we still go through all the items that we did in the past, and the hounds still have the same needs. So, if the FoG kennel is on your gift list, check out the website and you will find all kinds of ideas and items for our hounds in need.

Casey

The past few weeks we’ve had a couple of nice gatherings and this trend will continue for the near future I am told. Next Sunday we will be back at the Dog Dude Ranch, in the large front corral again. I just got gassed, thanks Creepy or Diffy, the hours will be from 10 A.M. until 1 o’clock again and the address and all the information are on the website. We will be one of only four groups invited to the Adopt a Pet Party in Parkland at the Parkland Equestrian Center the following Saturday, December 9th and we’ll have a flyer on that posted very soon according to the powers that be. The following day Sunday, December 10th, we’re trying to set up a gathering at the Flamingo Road Nursery, but that hasn’t been etched in stone yet, will let you know as soon as I find out or check the website. It doesn’t have to be official with me, I love the BBQ there, I can go there officially or unofficially any time, but it’s only open on the weekends I think.

In the spirit of holiday shopping, Michelle will have with her at these events, an assortment of goodies including greyhound coats, collars, leashes, and miscellaneous items for your hounds stocking stuffers. Don’t forget, if you are traveling this holiday season, especially up north, make sure you have a coat for your dog and be SURE you have ID tags on the collar. One more item, which I hope will make it into our Letters From Home section if it isn’t already there (the updated, just in last week version) if I can get Michelle or Jerry B. our very excellent webmaster, to put it in there. Anyway, I am only going to put in the beginning and the end, but hopefully by the time you see this it will be in the Letters section, there is an old one there from February, but this one is from last week. Anyway, anyway, the beginning is For those of you who have been active with the dogs for a while, you may remember a petrified black dog named Darla. She worked her way through two homes and then she sat in our kennels for a while. She was afraid of everything and did not seem to want human contact. WELL

Dear Michelle,
As Thanksgiving gets closer I thought it would be nice to update you on how Shadow is doing. She has turned into a very talkative playful dog in fact she jumps up on me when I come home from the store. She’s even started giving kisses to my son and loves to run around the dog run. Shadow’s also started giving kisses to visitors. I just wanted to let you know that she’s turning into a really remarkable dog and we’re very blessed that we adopted her from you.

Ok, that’s the short version, but we’re so happy for that girl, she was special or borderline special needs and bloomed late, but quite a success story in the end. Ok, that’s enough, they’re going to cut my pay if I put down too much, so we will stop here for this week. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe, and don’t bite anyone.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Yes, another Play Date & Gathering!
Sunday, December 3 from 10 AM until 1 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
11/20/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

The beginning of the Thanksgiving/Christmas season is just a couple days away. What a thrill for our six current adoptables if they could all go to their forever homes before Christmas. What better gift for the holidays than a new home and loving humans. For that matter, what better gift for us people than a greyhound, the gift that keeps on giving love, companionship, loyalty, friendship, excitement, adventure, (even the most couchy of the couch potatoes manage to get us involved in some kind of adventure or excitement), but most of all, love, and this world could certainly use a lot more love at this time. Greyhounds do not align themselves politically with any party or group. They may have their own opinions, but they mostly keep them to themselves. They don’t send you Facebook garbage or emails telling you how or who to vote for, what you should think, or what to buy, it’s refreshing to wake up in the morning or come home after a long tiring day and see a happy face that lives for you alone, and a wagging tail that I can bet you didn’t get all day from anyone at work or play. So, it’s settled then, if you already have a dog or hound, you might consider getting them some company with whom to spend their lonely days and nights when you are away or busy doing something else. If you don’t have one already, then you might ask someone who has or has had them and they can tell you what you have been missing all this time. I recently saw an article about people that who have dogs, live longer, happier, and healthier lives than those who don’t. Greyhounds will not argue sports with you, your favorite team is their favorite team, you can put whatever team’s logo or gear on them and they will wear it proudly and even sit on the sofa with you and eat popcorn, or better yet, pizza, and watch the game with you without belittling you if you are, say, a Florida Gator fan and happen to be having an off year. They don’t steal your beer and will happily finish up any left overs you might have, saving you time with cleanup and storing food. We have six beautiful former racers currently, I suggest that you check them out on our website, we have profiles on them, you can visit them at the kennel, and even quite possibly arrange for one or two of them to visit you at your house, so you can meet them up close and personal on your own stomping grounds. Kelly, Casey, Logan, Cal, Mercury, and Fella are their names and it would be a beautiful Christmas for all involved if we could get them in a home for Christmas.

Logan

Outside of the Dog Dude Ranch yesterday, not much going on around the kennel. The dogs are all packed, got their hair and fingernails done, or in this case, ears and dew claws, and just waiting for someone to come into their life, sweep them off their feet, and take them away from our temporary housing and let them live happily ever after just like the real pets do. We did have a happy ending for our escape artist last week, or weekend. A recent adoptee, Ms. Stormy, got away from her home, but was found and is back home safe and sound. I am pleased for myself to report that all the dog escapes I’ve known of down here where we can get involved, have ended with the safe recovery of the escapee, so I knock on wood saying this, but cringe every time I hear about one getting out. As we’ve said many times, be very careful, these hounds are very laid back and gentle, but they are a lot quicker than we are and unlike our local professional football team running backs, all they need is an instant and a small opening and they can take it to the house (and beyond) on any play, with or without a good block.

As previously mentioned, we did have a gathering down south at the Dog Dude Ranch, and we thank them again for hosting this and putting up with us. We had a nice turnout, once again we got to meet old friends and new ones. Michelle was giving out the old collars again, if you are interested in obtaining one of them, just let us know and we will try to get it to you. The collars are free of course, you can pick them up at the kennel, or when we have gatherings, we have them with us in the van. Michelle will mail them to you also, if you request, I think the postage is $7.15 and she says she can get a few collars in there, also, if you know someone who had a hound and would be interested in their dog’s collar, have them contact us. We will be back down at the Dog Dude Ranch again on Sunday the 3rd of December, which is in two weeks. A big thanks to all of you who came out yesterday morning, from me especially to my friend that brought the styptic powder yesterday and saved me from bleeding to death. I can’t remember her name and now have even forgotten the dog’s name, usually I can at least remember the dog’s name. Anyway, if I failed to thank you before you left, let me thank you twice at least right now, let me thank you twice right now, it was greatly appreciated. She even left and went home to pick it up and bring it back, going the extra mile if you will. I did go out this morning and get one so we now have one here, lesson learned. Not only are they good for old fools on blood thinners that cut themselves with a new razor, but they’re handy to carry in your dog’s first aid kit, and I can verify that it stops bleeding pretty darn fast, good to have around in case you short cut your dog’s nails or he suffers a minor cut. We have a bunch of pictures posted on the website in case you want to check them out. The famous Slugbug Bob and the somewhat infamous Chumley made appearances, we had two adoptables out there showing their wares, Logan and Fella I think. Diffy and Creepy were our contribution, I spent most of my time talking with Hannah and her humans, they’re planning on getting another hound hopefully in the near future. It was kind of like old home week, we even had two large iguanas in the big tree next door, just like the old days in the play yard in Hialeah. Once again, thank you all for coming out, it was greyt to see you, even though I can’t remember the names as much, but we still love to see you guys, and drop a line once in a while even if you can’t get out there in person, our people and our hounds are truly something special. Scott was hung up in traffic so he didn’t make it, so you’ll have to do without his pictures and descriptions for this week, but I’m sure he’ll make the next one. Meantime, have a beautiful rest of the week, a greyt Thanksgiving and keep yourselves and your hounds safe. Don’t bite anyone.

Click Here to View the Photos from Dog Dude Ranch.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Yes, another Play Date & Gathering!
Sunday, December 3 from 10 AM until 1 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 Dog Dude Ranch – 11/19/2017

John’s Happy Tales Report
11/13/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

Thank all of you who showed up for last weekend’s gathering of the hounds at the Flamingo Road Nursery and the very excellent Last Cast Bar-B-Que stand which always makes a greyt day even better. It was a fantastic weekend if you love greyhounds, great BBQ, and the Miami Hurricanes, which just happens to work for me. Nice turnout, the weather was decent, and even pleasant in the shade under the huts. Michelle has started a new project, dispersing all of the alumni collars from all of the years we’ve been adopting, or at least as many as we can find the owners for. Some people don’t really care, but for a lot of us, great sentimental value. FoG has made it a tradition to keep the original collars of every dog who has gone through our doors, and put them on a long chain for display. We used to hang them on the fences at the Hialeah Kennel during certain holidays and it made quite an impressive sight to see, nearly two thousand collars strung out along the fences, each one representing a greyhound’s life that we and you had changed, most often for the better. Most of us have had more than one, and speaking for myself at least, the chains bring back a lot of beautiful memories, both bitter and sweet. If you have interest in obtaining you dog (s) collar, just contact Michelle or Jerry through the website, or e mail, or phone. We will be at the Dog Dude Ranch this Sunday, located at 6305 S.W. 120 Avenue, in Miami, from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M., and Michelle will have the collars with her in the van. For any information I haven’t covered, you can e mail or call Michelle at the kennel.

Mercury

I did not get the latest up to the minute information for the blog yet, so we are going on a wing and a prayer, but I did not hear of any adoptions going out or dogs coming in this week. You can check out any of our current inmates on the website or visit the kennel, and it’s entirely possible that we can bring one of two out to your place for a home visit if you so desire, or wish to see how one of your current four-legged occupants might react to our people. Most greyhounds get along with people and other animals, there are exceptions of course, and an in-home visit can usually give a very good idea of how a potential adoptee would get along with one of yours.

Casey

Last Saturday, as previously mentioned, we had a good turnout for our gathering and I even remember a couple names of the people I talked to, which is unusual. I did meet Bo, whose humans are from Michigan, so I had to spend some time with them since I originated in Michigan and Bo looks a lot like our Creepy. Scott’s blog ‘Dusty and Me’ has some pictures and talk on his blog, I also saw Bruce, the former Posey, Maurice showed up with Hermes, Joy graced our gathering with her three beautiful hounds, Honey, David, and Turtle. Pie came in, I almost misidentified him as Slug bug Bob, haven’t seen him since the Hialeah kennel days. Two of our adoptables, Kelly and Mercury were mixing and mingling with the crowd, just in case someone was looking for one for themselves. We met a nice young lady named Spencer, from South Carolina, who brought her little French Bulldog over to meet the ‘big boys’. Tulullah, disregard the spelling, was not impressed with any of the big boys and pretty much told them so. The food was great, the weather cooperated, and it’s always a treat to get to see and talk with our old friends, and the collars brought back a lot of old memories and stories from the past, both distant and recent. Don’t forget, next Sunday we will do it again, this time the hounds can get off leash and run around too, so try to drop in if you can, especially our Dade people. Ok, it’s late, that’s pretty much what I have for this week. Keep your hounds safe, the holidays are almost here, almost half of my favorite three months of the year are gone, so enjoy each day, and don’t bite anyone. PS Emma note. The non-greyhound that I went to check on at the animal shelter and adopted last month just came home from her spaying this afternoon. She did good and is resting very comfortably right now, out there watching the Underwear People as I call the wrestling program. She is a beautiful girl and apparently, we will now be living with 2 hounds and 2 regular dogs if my wife does not divorce or dissect me. Please do not send me to the animal shelter ever again.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Sunday, November 19 from 10 AM until 1 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
And we will be here again on December 3rd!
(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 ***
 

Flamingo Road Nursery

Flamingo Road Nursery

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