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She adopted a starving greyhound. Then she learned about a true rescue hero.

Laura Schenone with her dog Lily; they live in New Jersey. Simon Schaffner


BY CONNIE OGLE
cogle@miamiherald.com
OCTOBER 17, 2017 3:51 PM
http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/books/article179329951.html

Laura Schenone believes the time to talk about the plight of greyhounds is now.

“I think we are reaching a point in our civilization where the planet needs us to rethink how we care for animals,” says the author of “The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril.” Schenone appears Oct. 22 at Books & Books in Coral Gables.

Schenone, who lives in New Jersey and describes herself as a reluctant activist and “not a natural born animal lover,” was inspired to write the book when she adopted a dog named Lily for her sons. A friend involved with a group rescuing greyhounds in Ireland introduced her to Lily.

Lily, a lurcher abandoned and near death, had suffered from malnutrition and mange. But as is so often the case, meeting her was love at first sight for Schenone.

Through the adoption, Schenone learned the story of Marion Fitzgibbon, who has made a career of rescuing animals in Limerick, saving wildlife, street dogs and circus animals. She eventually became the director of the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril. Laura Schenone. Norton. $26.95.

“The Dogs of Avalon” focuses on Fitzgibbon’s tireless efforts to improve conditions for greyhounds and to put pressure on a government that supported an industry that killed thousands of dogs each year. The story is especially relevant in Florida, where earlier this year, 12 racing dogs tested positive for cocaine.

Schenone does not present a one-sided argument. She interviewed “dog men” who raise and race greyhounds.

“Many of them do love the dogs, and many do treat their dogs well,” she says. “I wanted to get that across. But there’s a culture war, the old way of doing things and the new. They’ve been in the business for years, and it connects them to their dads. But we are at a crossroads in this world. We know dogs think and feel. We know they love us. But 10,000 are born every year, and they can’t all run. Many die. Many are injured.”

“The Dogs of Avalon” chronicles Schenone’s own animal rights awakening, too (she’s now a vegetarian, though a struggling vegan — “I hate black coffee,” she says, laughing). She writes about taking her son to Marineland near St. Augustine years ago and his refusal to go into the attraction because the dolphins were in “prison.”

“As a child, he could see what I couldn’t,” Schenone says.

But Fitzgibbon’s work to save animals is the heart of the book.

“I think in our time, when we are seeing so much hatred and vitriol, saying ‘Here are people who decided to make a difference locally’ is what we need,” Schinone says.

Meet a dog from Friends of Greyhounds, a Miami rescue group that will be at the Books & Books reading.
Larry Warsh Photography

Making a difference locally is the mission of Miami rescue group Friends of Greyhounds, which will be at Schenone’s event with dogs available for adoption.

Michelle Weaver, who founded the organization with her husband in 2001, says greyhounds make terrific pets.

“They’re oriented to people,” she says. “ They already have a lot of training. A greyhound is a perfect large dog for South Florida. They don’t smell, they don’t have thick fur, and they desperately need someone to pay attention to them. It’s easy to walk into the Humane Society and see puppies and take home a puppy. These dogs have given it all to racing and training, and when they’re not making money they’re kicked out the door. … and they’re such loving dogs.”

Schenone agrees. She’s besotted with Lily, who’s now 12.

“Greyhounds are so zen and chill and ask for so little,” she says. “They make the most wonderful pets for busy people.”

As for what she hopes readers learn from “The Dogs of Avalon,” Schenone turns again to Fitzgibbon.

“She said, ‘Every living being has the right to live or die with dignity.’ I think this book comes at a moment in time to ask ourselves this question and decide whether or not we believe it’s true.”
 
 

Lily and Schenone’s son Simon when he was 5 (he’s 16 now).

IF YOU GO

Who: Laura Schenone and “The Dogs of Avalon.” Friends of Greyhounds will be in attendance with dogs available for adoption.

When: 4 p.m. Oct. 22

Where: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Info: http://booksandbooks.com/

John’s Happy Tales Report
10/16/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Mercury

Our biggest news of the week, in a week filled with little news is that Jagger has found his forever home. Jagger has moved to the Ocala area with Mark, one of our veteran owners who had moved up there a few years ago. Mark had adopted Taylor and Facebook, but Taylor has recently passed away, so he was in search of an older mature boy, to make their house full again. Jagger is just who he was looking for, and after the preliminaries were taken care of, Jag went up and met Mark and Facebook, they all hit it off, and Mr. Jag has found himself in the care of an excellent greyhound lover and should be set for the rest of his life. This makes my week that much better, Jagger is eight years old and considered a senior, and a return senior no less, but he managed to hit the jackpot, which proves what we always say, there is a perfect home for every dog and a perfect dog for every home, it’s our job to put them together. In adoption news not quite so good, Mercury failed in his attempt for a forever home. He got along with the first dog he met, but a small dog at the home did not hit it off with him, or vice versa. This confirms the opinion that Mercury will have to go to a home that does not include cats or small dogs. That’s ok, there are plenty of those homes available too, all we have to do is find the right one. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Good luck to Mark, Jag, and Face, and wishing them many years of love, happiness, and good health. And thank you for taking these beautiful animals into your homes and hearts.

Fella

Next Sunday afternoon we will be guests of Laura Schenone and Books and Books of Coral Gables, which is just off Lejeune Road, just north of Coral Way, on Aragon Avenue, from 4-6 P.M. She is the author of “The Dogs of Avalon” Ms. Schenone is from New Jersey and has also written “The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken” and the James Beard Award winning book “A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove”, all three books are non-fiction and actually all three look pretty interesting to me, but the “Dogs of Avalon” looks like a must read to me and anyone at all who is interested in our hounds. We will have a couple of our adoptables with us for the signing and dogs are allowed in the store in case you want to stop by and say hello. You can check out “The Dogs of Avalon” and Ms. Schenone on the internet, but better yet, stop in and chat for a while and check out our dogs and her books, an afternoon much better spent than watching the NFL on TV.

Ok, if I can get out of going to Orlando this weekend I will be there for sure, but try to stop by and bring your hound, as previously stated, they are welcome in the store for the event. That covers most of the excitement for this week, remember, you can check out our hounds by contacting Michelle or Jerry on the website, email, smoke signal, whatever, and they can answer any questions you have about our inmates, you can make an appointment to come visit them at the kennel and we can probably even bring them to your abode at your convenience if you live within a reasonable distance from our kennel in Sunrise. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe and cool, and don’t bite anyone.

Meet & Greet at Books & Books

Sunday, October 22, 4 to 6 PM
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables (click here for a map)
 
We are the guests of Laura Schenone who is the author of “The Dogs of Avalon”.
She will be signing and promoting her book and helping us show off our greyhounds.
(click here for more information)
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
10/9/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Jagger

Over a quarter of the way though a third of the way through my favorite quarter of the year, or, in layman’s terms, the first week of October is history. We’re still recovering from last month’s storm, or at least the FoG kennel fence is. The fence is essential for obvious reasons, and our repair people have finally arrived on the scene, that was Sunday, so I hope to hear sometime later today that repairs have been completed, but I’m not counting on it. We still have seven fantastic dogs available and ready to go to their forever homes. Scott has covered them all in his blog “Dusty and Me” and I encourage you to check that out, it is the latest and most up to the minute, and I mean minute literally, information on the who, what, where, when, and why’s of our kennel. He also has photos and video to go along with the news. My priorities, as usual, are the dogs with the extenuating circumstances, the current list includes Logan and Jagger, both now closer to senior status than young studs. Jagger lost his human through no fault of his own, the foolish human made a common mistake that a lot of us make, he got old. No longer able to take care of his longtime friend, he had to return Jagger. Yes, we support our hounds all through their lives, which means we do take them back when they can no longer live in their former forever homes for whatever reason. Jagger is home experienced, has the routine down pat, is gentle, has a great personality. He is not used to cats or kids, so that may hinder some potential adopters, but he’s ready, willing, and able to get back into a real home as soon as possible. Logan’s story is a little more complex. He started off well in his new home but the combination of too much activity caused by one of the kids, who was a special needs child, along with just too many people too up close and personal with him, caused him to unravel a bit and just not like anyone or anything about his new home. He was returned to our kennel, melancholy and not eating, but has managed to come around in the past couple weeks, eating much better, he’s in better spirits, and a lot more like his old happy self, and as Scott describes, his easygoing personality is now on display every day. Logan has lived hard and played hard, he has some racing scars and a couple missing toes from the racing days, but with the right individual and home environment, he still has plenty of love and devotion left to give to the right human, and when all is said and done, he is still better looking than I am, and I just got a haircut.

Logan

On the bright side, I have noted a couple of notes that are noteworthy and worth noticing, so sit up and take notice, take notes if necessary, and pay attention to the good news. Ms. Stormy will be going on a home trial in a couple days. If she can get along with the resident Italian Greyhound, it could mean a new home for her. I’ve been coaching her in Italian the past couple days and she’s ready to make a good impression on her new people, she has even learned (partially) how to sing Cara Mia almost as good as Jay Black of Jay and the Americans, she loves spaghetti and has been practicing the proper way to eat it, ala, Tramp in the Movie ‘Lady and the Tramp’. Also, at some point today, Mercury will be auditioning for a new home with one of our previous owners and their small dog, so if he does good, he will be a happy (old) puppy, this family treats their pets like royalty. Keep your fingers, toes, and dewclaws crossed and maybe this will be a two-dog day afternoon.

Kelly

One final note, on the ‘other’ dog item from last week. Our girl Emma, the ‘greyhound that was not a greyhound’ that I rescued from the Dade Animal Shelter, is now part of our family, at least for the time being. Three of her puppies were adopted, and one is still there, looks exactly like her. I don’t have a picture of her at the moment, but she is about 90% Weimaraner, with a full tail, beautiful disposition, in good health except she was greatly emaciated if that’s a proper term, or completely starved, skin and bones, more precise description. Two things I did learn. The new Dade animal shelter is much, much nicer than the old one. I don’t know the policies and conditions but all I said was that it is a much nicer facility than the old. And, two days later, one of their people came out and checked up on her as a follow up. I did not know that they did this. He was telling me not to be offended (I guess no one is allowed to be offended in America anymore, but that’s another story), and I said quite the opposite, I’m glad they actually do come out and check and make sure the dogs go where they’re supposed to. This guy was nice, he said he was the one that transported her and that she looked so much better than she did when they brought her in. They don’t give you information about her previous life except that she was confiscated, but that’s ok, her life will be good from here on out. Maybe not mine so much if I am killed for bringing home another stray, but hers will be good I am sure. So, Emma is in, her daughter (about 13 weeks old) Bella, is waiting to get adopted. I’m rooting for our hounds to get their forever homes, but also keeping an eye out for Bella. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe, and don’t bite anyone, it’s not worth it.

John’s Happy Tales Report
10/2/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

PJ (Kelly)

Happy October to you, we have regained control of the keyboard and are coming to you live from the desk of the happy blogger. We are finally into October and greeted by the news that from 9/22 through 11/5 the Flamingo Road Nursery has their ‘Pumpkin Patch’ event which means no gatherings there for us as a group, however you can still go there anytime with your hound and the BBQ stand is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s a nice event, the hounds are welcome to wander and they have some nice displays and photo opportunities as well, so it’s still a fun place to go on the weekends, and I think they even have a hay ride, but don’t know if the hounds are allowed on that. Worth checking out.

DKC Jagger

We currently have seven hounds available for adoption, we have them on the website, and Scott’s blog ‘Dusty and Me’ is currently profiling them individually as well as some videos of each one, and they will also be linked to the dog’s Pet Finder link, so we’re trying to get as much coverage on them as possible. Michelle has made it known that the dogs have been in house too long, and she will be very flexible as far as adoption fees are concerned, we just want to get them into a good home ASAP. So, if you are a good or even average negotiator and you are interested in a greyhound for a pet, this is a great time to check us out, Michelle can make the price right just for you. Come on in, or you can even make arrangements for us to come to you, it’s possible you will wind up making a fast friend for life.

Stormy

Currently only one event on hand for the near future and it’s still in the works. It’s a book signing at a ‘Books & Books’ store in Miami and the author wants a greyhound group to be present, so it could be us. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. I have an update on the fence situation. The fence guy has arrived, thank goodness. He’s finally been able to get the supplies needed to restore the fence, as there has been a run on construction material for some reason over the past few weeks. Tomorrow the posts and fence panels should be back in place by tomorrow, which could be a good thing. I remember my father had a grocery store when I was little and the kids would come in for free candy and he’d always tell them ‘Come back tomorrow, everything’s free tomorrow’. They would return the next day and he’d tell them the same thing. Took them a while to figure it out. I wanted a cardinal or blue jay that I had seen around the yard for a pet. He told me that I could catch them if I put salt on their tails, so I spent some of my young childhood with a handful of salt chasing the birds. Took me a while to figure that one out too. Yes, if you can get close enough to put salt on their tail, you can just grab them. Life is not always fair growing up with people that are smarter and have a weirder sense of humor than you yourself do, got plenty of exercise though, running around chasing birds. Ok, so I wasn’t the sharpest little knife in the drawer, at least I knew about tomorrow.

Logan

Since there’s not much going on and our hounds are getting excellent ink and photo coverage, I guess I can relate the past weekend’s event here too. As you know, or know now, we are always available to search and rescue greyhounds, whether lost, spotted running the streets, or in animal shelters. Last weekend we were notified about a greyhound that was in the Dade animal shelter. Since we live about ten minutes away, and FoG is in Sunrise, Michelle asked me if I would go check it out. If it was a greyhound, we would take it and bring it to our kennel. I totally hate the Dade shelter (the old one in Medley), vowed never to go back again, but, as previously stated, we live a few minutes away and it would be asinine to make them come down from Sunrise, especially for nothing, so I said I’d go. I took our former kennel commander Chris, to make sure of the dog’s identity. I wasn’t even going to go in, but they have a new facility just off the Palmetto, over on 79th avenue, it looked nice, so I went in to check it out. The dog’s name is Emma, she’s about as close to a greyhound as I am. She’s like a blue hunting hound, a little girl, maybe a year or two old. She was confiscated from someone, probably, she’s totally emaciated, all skin and bones. She was happy to see us, wagged her tail, and looked pretty good for the shape she’s in. They are feeding her small meals three times a day and won’t be able to spay her for a month. It was predetermined in my mind that I wasn’t going to be able to go into the shelter, look at the dog, see that she wasn’t a greyhound, and say ‘Sorry kid, tough luck, you’re not a greyhound so you get to die next week’. So, I am now the proud owner of an emaciated and miserable looking blue hound of some sort, it’s not a greyhound for sure. I can’t save them all, but at least one more shelter animal will get a second chance at a real home. Unfortunately, I have three dogs and two cats already at home, my wife has been threatening me for 42 years about doing this kind of thing and one day she’s going to snap and kill me outright. This is not a greyhound, but I need to find a beautiful home for this little hound. I hope I can put a picture of her on here next week, maybe not, since we have seven of our people that need homes, but if not, I also understand, this is greyhound rescue site, but if you know anyone who might be interested, let me know through the website. I’ve covered the cost of the adoption and will cover the cost of the spaying, she’s basically free to a good home. I just need to see that she will have a loving home, she’s already been through enough and hasn’t even started her life yet, she deserves something better than to be starved, abused, then put down. It could also possibly save a human life because my wonderful wife has put up with this stuff for so many years, but she also understands that I couldn’t just walk away knowing that I killed the dog. I know Dade isn’t supposed to be a kill shelter, but the numbers just don’t work, they can’t possibly accommodate every animal that is dumped there. Even the short time we were there we saw several people bringing dogs in to leave. So, please, we have seven beautiful hounds available, they are waiting for you with their bags packed and ready to go to a real life, and if you know someone looking for something a little different, like a little blue hound, let me know. I will have more information on my friend Emma, we’re picking her up this Thursday morning. Have a greyt rest of the week, don’t bite anyone. Word just in, and I mean literally. No word on the fencing, the guy didn’t show up, is sort of missing in action, no word from him where, why, or what. Join us next week when Unsolved Greyhound Mysteries explores if I am alive, what happened to Emma, the seven Greyhounds ready to hit the road, and the fence that wouldn’t die, but wouldn’t rise either.

After Irma — Update From The Kennel — by Michelle

I am hijacking John’s blog this week but we’ll get him back to you next week. Settle down with a cup of coffee or a beer – this is a long one…

I hope all of your came through Irma with flying colors. But judging by the news and our own home, chances are there was damage. I hope it was minimal. Trees will re-grow but a roof won’t. We lost our roof in Wilma but are pleased to report only some slight shingle damage this time. At least, that’s what we think it is but our roofers haven’t been by to inspect us yet. Our impact windows faced their first test with flying colors although we cheated and put down a big old metal awning over the largest set of windows in the back. We had left it there for the shade it cast, so why not.

Weathering the storm: First challenge – We have had a generator for years and we pulled it out of storage. Jerry worked on it for two days and it refused to cooperate. One evening (Thursday night, maybe? I wasn’t sure what day I was in!) as the storm was coming closer, the 11 pm news said that Rick Case Honda had a truckload of generators arriving in the morning. I got up extra early and was about 20th in line. We got a new genny but it was very pricey. I am very dissappointed with the Rick Case companies. I appreciate that they brought in the gennys at the last minute but they really raised the prices.

Later that day, Jerry left to go man a ham radio at a County shelter. He had picked the animal location at Millenium School. He had no phone unless he hung out a door which was against the rules. So for three day of the hurricane, we touched base half a dozen times by phone. He used most of his calls to tell me about the school cafeteria food he was getting. He had a blast.

Our house didn’t lose power until about half way through the storm. The last hour or so was the scariest as the heat in the kennel and the house had built up and I was very worried about the dogs overheating. Towards the end I was cheating and opening the side sliding windows a bit to get some relief and fresh air. We made it through. Once the storm was over, we set the genny up. By evening, we were listening to it’s rumble and counting our blessings as the media began to show us what we had missed.

We had a couple of neighborhood adopters bring their dogs over in the evening so it was a greyhound hurricane after-party at our house. We started the genny once the storm had passed and about 11 pm it ran out of fuel. We needed it for the fridge and the kennel air conditioner and a light or two. We were speculating about taking shifts to watch it and keep it running during the night when we saw a flicker from above. It was not an angel, but close enough. The family room ceiling lights were coming on! We had lights and refrigerator and air conditioning! We all slept well that night, grateful to FP&L.

I Miss the Fencing: The giant swamp that was in our yard is finally drying up a bit. There wasn’t much foilage to begin with. BUT – – – The biggest and toughest impact for us has been the loss of our fencing. We have seven dogs in the kennel and four family/ house dogs. The back fence stayed up and we are able to prop up the short side for now. It won’t last much longer. The longest side, where they run out the door and down the side of the house to get to the backyard, is trashed. We have two panels precariously standing on their own. The rest were pushed down by the storm. The posts were snapped off cleanly at ground level. There will be no “jury-rigging” those. On the plus side, it created a nice boardwalk for a while as long as you didn’t mind the snap of the boards as you walked over them. The dogs were not pleased either with the boardwalk or with leash walking! And when leash walking this many dogs, you feel like you just got finished and it’s time for another walk!!

Once Jerry was released from the shelter he was staffing, he remembered that Steve Holloway was storing some portable fencing in his attic for us, leftovers from an old event. We brought that over so we could walk the dogs. It has been a godsend!! We used the rolls of plastic net and the metal posts, added some miscellaneous pieces of orange plastic fencing found in our warehouse and the three Jerrys built us a semi-secure fence. You’ve heard of “The Three Amigos?” We had our own. Jerry Deitch (the President of FoG), Jerry Deitch (the son of the President of FoG) and Jerry Berlin ( Webmaster and boardmember of FoG) pounded stakes into Sunrise’s “ground” made of the coral boulders they dug out to create 595. They created a temporary fence. It has been helpful but definitely not the permanent answer.

I heard the dogs barking at one point (all the days have run together for me) and I stopped an FPL supervisor from cutting away one section of the fence. It was a worker and a supervisor and they said they had to cut the fence so they could walk into the yard to inspect the area at the base of the pole near and facing our yard. I told them not to cut the fence any further and I would bring them through the house. They said they were not allowed to enter the house. We started arguing and another (apparently higher ranked) guy came around and told them don’t worry about it, they could see everything they needed just fine. No one said “sorry about that cut section in your fence, lady” But they KNEW we had dogs and we needed that fencing.

Jail Break!! The first breakout was the four housedogs and our one girl from the kennel, appropriately named Stormy. We did not see that FPL had pushed down the temporary fencing at the back of the house to work on a pole. And they just left it like that! They never even tried to set it back up or let us know. The dogs trotted out to the back yard and right across the pile of plastic sheeting that used to be the fence and away they went!! Thank goodness we had other people here and the pack was gathered up in a short time. We did learn that five dogs escaping will seem to have pre-planned their routes to go in five different directions!! Our 12 year old lady, Mitzi, was just as excited about leaving but she ran a different way than the pack. She went around and sat on the front step to wait for us! No injuries on anyone and they thought it was great fun. I was just about in the cardiac unit!!

From that point, the dogs ALWAYS had humans in the yard and except for the four house dogs, not more than three kennel dogs out at a time. You’d think we could watch three dogs. Not so. We had three other breakouts after that but all by the same dog. Mr. Jagger, an 8-year old brindle boy (returned because dad had to go live in a nursing home) is an escape artist and it took a while to figure out how he was getting out. He would be there and suddenly he was gone! Turns out he was sliding underneath the edge of the orange fencing and it was right at a point where he could run between two houses and be on a completely different street. One time he was picked up (muzzle and all!) by a lady taking kids to school. I had run into the house to grab a squawker and get help and when I came out she was pulling her car onto our swail. Momma just said “Are you looking for Jagger?” (His name was on his muzzle and collar.) Jagger was sitting proudly in the front seat and the giggling girls were in the back. I however was having a meltdown! Needless to say, I thanked momma and the girls profusely. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. She was a brave lady putting a big strange, muzzled dog in a car full of little girls!! Apparently the whole neighborhood knows we run a greyhound rescue from the house. We really love our neighbors.

Once we figured out that he was going underneath the fence, Dusty’s dad, Scott, helped me block off the exits. We zip-tied downed sign poles, lumber and an assortment of construction debris left at our ongoing FP&L projects in the neighborhood to make the bottom of the net fencing less flexible. We still walk Jagger on a leash and he hates it. Too bad. He still works his way to the escape area and tests it regularly. But, me, overweight and sweaty, running around this neighborhood chasing a greyhound is not a pretty sight! No one deserves that, especially not my good neighbors.

Repairs for the Fence: We had the fence guy out the day after the storm. He accepted a large check from us and said he’d be back when he could get materials. We haven’t heard from him again, yet. The “boardwalk” was promptly stacked up on the swail on Tuesday and within an hour our amazing Sunrise waste management people had loaded it up and taken it away! They are awesome! Scott (of dustyandme.com ) has been a big help with the walking and handling dogs. I’m getting really worn out and wish the fence was fixed. This is not helping my bad knee.

Help Wanted – Adopt! : So, people ask “what can I do to help?” Well, this is a time when people are just concentrating on re-establishing what they had and are not throwing parties or taking trips or adding to their lives unnecessarily. Everyone wants to get “settled” again before they make any more moves. Many businesses will come to a screeching halt soon as we all focus on rebuilding. One of our good friends is a caterer and expects the next few months to be a real nail-biter for them. Landscapers, roofers and movers will be busy. But adopting large dogs will be put on the back burner.
That’s a problem. These kennel dogs need real homes. We have six handsome boys and one shiny black girl. Is there room for just one hurricane orphan to come live at your house? Let me be perfectly clear – I’m talking adoption, not fostering. Greyhounds get attached to their owners and fostering is just setting them up for heartbreak. Of course we are here for our dogs if they are not right for you. But we hope to find them good, permanent homes.
Our current adoption fee is $225 and we all agree that these dogs are worth it. BUT. . . I will certainly be generous with discounting the adoption fee and will entertain offers of less – even way less – if it means getting one of these great dogs into a permanent, loving home. Please come visit them and hopefully, fall in love! (PS – none of them are cat tolerant. Sorry!)

Other Helping Ideas: We still have dogs and dog food still costs money. I don’t really expect much movement in the adoption field for a while (please, please, prove me wrong!!) But we need to keep the van moving, get the fence up and feed the dogs. If you can send a check, small or large, we would appreciate it. Of course there are online ways to donate, too. If you shop online, sign up to let FoG be your “Amazon Smile” charity. Every penny counts.

If you have a small group of teens with nothing to do, arrange to bring them over to wash dogs or brush dogs. We could use some better photos of our dogs if you have some talented photographers. (but you should wait until the fence is up or the background will be yucky.) We have Greyhound Calendars and date books for sale. If you’re in the area, stop and pick one up. ($15 & 20 respectively) We don’t have much scheduled as far as events for a while. That could change at any time so keep tabs on us. If you have an idea for a place we can gather, let me know!! We won’t be gathering at Flamingo Road Nursery for a while as they have a huge Oktoberfest event that runs from now until Nov. 5th. It’s a fun time – but no greyhounds!

Are they still running ?? Just prior to the storm, Flagler/ Magic City Casino had come up with a plan which the state had approved. Magic City (Miami) would use the license for it’s Jai Alai fronton to keep the casino license intact. They would play Jai Alai at the Magic City Casino and the dogs would not be required to run. That’s thinking out of the box!! But with the hurricane came some major damage at Mardi Gras (Hollywood) casino and track. I hear their roof structure is badly damaged and they may relocate their racing to Flagler’s track to meet their legal requirements and maintain their parimutuel wagering license. I don’t know the details and don’t know how it’s going to work but that’s one to watch, isn’t it!! I feel bad for the Hollywood employees that will be out of work but I am hoping that they too find a unique way to keep their slot machines and poker tables without running races. We’ll see.

That’s certainly enough of my rambling to make you feel like you know what’s going on at FoG. We’re a mess but we are still here. Hope you’ll come by sometime. I miss seeing all of you and the dogs get lonely. Stay dry and stop by if you’re in the area!!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle (& Jerry & all the dogs!)


This is the area where the dogs run out from the back door of the kennel, down the side of the house and out to the yard area.

This is the area where the dogs run out from the back door of the kennel, down the side of the house and out to the yard area.



This is the area where the dogs run out from the back door of the kennel, down the side of the house and out to the yard area.

This is the area where the dogs run out from the back door of the kennel, down the side of the house and out to the yard area.



The gate.

This area adjoins our neighbor and we have managed to prop it up with the bench (that used to be down at the kennel!) But it is slipping a bit every day.



The sandbags we used to hold the backdoor closed – It worked!!

This is the area where the dogs run out from the back door of the kennel, down the side of the house and out to the yard area. This is another angle taken a couple days later when things were dryer.



How we lashed the garbage cans down and protected them. After all, we couldn’t put them in the garage! I thought it was pretty inventive. You should have seen me out there standing on the back bumper of the van tying down trash can lids in the wind and rain! (Just the start of the rain!)

John’s Happy Tales Report
9/18/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

*** POSTPONED ***
 
Dog Dude Ranch has sustained a lot of damage to their large trees
which means large cleanup. They are still without power and only
able to communicate with cell phone hot spots.
We will have to postpone the party on the 24th.
 

Here we are, in-between storms at the moment, just trying to get past Irma, saying no way Jose to the one doing loop-de-loops off the east coast, and trying to get Maria to go out into the open north Atlantic and rooting for Lee to stay gone. We hope everyone weathered the storm ok and at least have your power back on by now. The FoG kennel suffered minor damage except for the fence, which must be replaced. We still have seven dogs available for adoption. You can check the website for all the information on any or all of them. Six boys and one girl currently available.

Logan

We had the gathering at the Flamingo Road Nursery and Last Cast BBQ stand, very well attended, considering the recent storm and still summer weather. We had nearly two dozen visitors over the course of the morning and afternoon, old friends, new friends, two and four legged, and even some of the curious customers stopped by to check out the hounds. The BBQ was great in my book, we like the lemonade slushy, the weather cooperated for the most part and I didn’t notice it being too warm until close to two o’clock, there was even a slight breeze on occasions. The weather will get more hound friendly as we progress. In case you didn’t hear, the off-leash event at the Doggie Dude Ranch has been postponed, they are still cleaning up from Irma’s visit, so that will be done in the near future.

Logan is our feature hound for this week, he is a return, so he knows perfectly how to live in a home. He is protective of his people, but is not child friendly, so he would fit in a house with no kids. He is very loving, he’s been in the kennel since June, doesn’t know why he doesn’t have a home, all he really needs is a comfy bed, decent food, a run and a treat once in a while, and some love. He certainly deserves that, so hopefully someone will help him out and back into his real forever home this time.

Stormy

The new calendars have arrived, Michelle had them at the gathering. Actually, there are date books and calendars, the date books are twenty and the calendars are fifteen dollars each. If you are in the Sunrise area, stop in and pick one up, they have a history of disappearing quickly. We have an alumnus in this one, for the first time ever I think. Speaking of storms, Teddy the Dog did a shirt for the Texas hurricane Harvey and raised fifty thousand dollars, now they are doing one for hurricane Irma, to benefit the Search Dog Foundation and I’m sure the link for this will appear here magically, or you can check out the website for more information. They are good shirts, good people, and it’s a good cause.

As previously mentioned, the gathering on Saturday was a lot of fun, and we had a nice turnout. Scott was there with the irrepressible Dusty Barker. He mixed and mingled, got some great pictures and met old friends and made new ones. You can check it all out in his blog, Dusty and Me. I embarrassingly add that I met a lot of BBQ and hung out by the fans a lot of the time, but I will do better next time for sure. Thanks to all of you who came out, and thanks to all of you for all your support throughout the years, through thick and thin. Speaking of thick and thin, SixDog Jerry B’s new girl Wendy came in pretty thick but has slimmed down very nicely under the watchful eye of Jerry B., so congrats to her. Ok, have a safe week, no storms, and don’t bite anyone.

Flamingo Road Nursery

9/14/17 BRIEF MIDWEEK BULLETIN FROM FoG CONCERNING THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES.

Just wanted to drop a note, may or may not be posted. The GATHERING AT FLAMINGO ROAD NURSERY IS STILL ON. THIS SATURDAY, THOSE OF US THAT ARE LEFT AND ABLE, WILL BE AT WHAT’S LEFT OF THE FLAMINGO ROAD NURSERY FROM 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. Word is that the BBQ stand is up and operational and all systems are go, so if you can, come on out and say hello. It’s good socialization practice for your hounds, the food is always great, people like to see the hounds and we always make new friends, both people and four legged.

Michelle has the NEW CALENDARS and will bring them to the gathering, and a couple of our adoptables will be in attendance. We will be there, and you can see my new knee up close and personal. It looks the same as the old knee except it has a stripe down the middle. Just kidding, but the new calendars will be there, and, for the first time ever, according to Michelle, we have an alumnus in the calendar.

The week after, we hope to be doing the gathering at Dog Dude Ranch if it’s up and running and at that event, the hounds will be able to run and romp (for the first forty seconds, which is usually what they do). My people need the exercise and I like the food, so I will be at both events in any case.

That’s about it, come on out Saturday, Michelle will be glad to fill you in on the hurricane story, and Scott and Dusty should be there also. This is all I have for the moment, continue having a greyt week, hope you got through the storm ok and don’t bite anyone.

PS to the Blog –

Dog Dude Ranch has sustained a lot of damage to their large trees which means large cleanup. They are still without power and only able to communicate with cell phone hot spots. We will have to postpone the party on the 24th.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Saturday, September 16 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. ***
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
9/4/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

DKC Jagger

Appropriately enough it has been a quiet, very quiet week at the kennel, even Dusty and Scott are laying low during these final (we wish) dog days of summer. It’s just as well, after Harvey, now everyone is focused on Irma and her possible visit to south Florida, so it’s justifiable that kennel activity at the moment is nonexistent. It’s just not a good time to be thinking about adding an addition to your household when it’s possible that this time next week we may be without electricity, which includes air conditioning, travel about town may be hindered or shut down, so, we wait with quiet anticipation on the next few days to see what Irma has in store for the rest of the world.

PJ (Kelly)

We do have two events tentatively scheduled if we get through the current crisis, both are informal gatherings, no fundraisers, expectations, etc., and hope that the weather will be kind to us. First, on Saturday 16th, 11 A.M. to 2 P.M., we will be at Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie, just south of 595 or north of Griffin. Flamingo Road Nursery has The Last Cast BBQ stand/restaurant on the side, plenty of shade, tiki huts, usually a decent breeze comes through, and Michelle and I both love the BBQ. If you have not been here before, it’s a great way to spend a couple weekend hours, we have the hounds, also plenty of people passing by with their own dogs, or by themselves, a lot of them just have to stop and say hello to the hounds, so if you’re working on your hound’s social skills, like we are with our Diffy, it’s a great place for them to practice their manners. The BBQ is worth the trip even if you don’t have your own hound, and it’s fun to roam through the nursery and check out all the beautiful plants and flowers that you could take home and kill with your black thumb. It’s only three hours, usually we’re in and gone by the time anyone thinks about it starting to get a little warm. As previously stated, plenty of room and usually a little breeze, and the lemonade slushies are a good way to stay cool and refreshed. The hounds must be leashed of course, and the floor is cement, but you are welcome to bring a bed or cushion for them to lounge on. The second event is a week later, on Sunday, September 24th, from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M. at the Dog Dude Ranch, 6305 S.W. 120 Ave., Miami, we will be in the front, fenced corral area. Dogs will be allowed off leash to roam and run, or run fifty seconds then lounge around the rest of the time, which is what ours did last time. There was decent shade and enough seating, but you can also bring your own lounge chairs if you want to.

Logan

That’s about all the news that’s currently fit to print, no action in the kennel this week, incoming or outgoing, we still have the Magnificent 7, six boys and one girl available for adoption, not counting Yul Brenner, you can check the website for all the information on them, or you can contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel and they can answer just about any questions you have about the current inmates, or greyhounds in general, that adopting out over two thousand greyhounds worth of experience can provide. Storm on the horizon, don’t forget to include your animals in your hurricane preparations, they need supplies too. Have a safe week, hopefully we’ll be back next week, unscathed, and ready to move forward into the beginning of the end of summer. Don’t bite anyone, and if you do, make sure your shots are up to date. Don’t forget to check out Scott’s blog, ‘Dusty and Me’ when he gets back on the airwaves.

I searched on the phrase “vacuum a greyhound” and noticed there are a disturbing number of videos showing dirty buses.

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Saturday, September 16 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, September 24 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 ***
 

Lunch Was Good

Lunch was GOOD today, and yes, Facebook got hot dogs slices.
He always gets hot dog slices.

Mark & Face

John’s Happy Tales Report
8/28/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

Three more days and we’re done with August, which will put us closer to the not as hot season where we can schedule more gatherings at the Dog Dude Ranch in western Dade and my favorite, the Flamingo Road Nursery, with its tiki huts, neat plants and the famous Last Cast BBQ stand. Michelle is trying to plan on doing once a month at each location if possible. Our hounds would probably go for that. Just finished vacation in Pennsylvania, but saw no greyhounds, now we have some show on about Princess Diana and my eyes are still blurred from visit to eye doctor today, but at least I can blame any and all mistakes on that, so I am covered.

Mercury

We did the Pet Supermarket meet and greet on Saturday, it was a slow day customer wise, resulting in a slow day for the greyhound people. Sunday’s Animal Adoption Fair at the War Memorial was much busier and we met a lot of people. There is a new video on our website, “25 reasons why your next dog should be a greyhound”, you might want to check that out, and we also have our current roster, six boys and one girl, who have their bags packed and are ready to go to their forever homes. Mercury and Fella are the two new arrivals, both beautiful young studs, Fella is a brindle and Mercury is what I call red. Also, we have two returns, Kelly (PJ) had a fabulous home, was doing great, but did not get along with the young grandchildren, so he will have to find a spot without young kids. Jagger is eight years old, his human dad had to go to assisted living, so he was expendable. Both these dogs are home experienced (which many people prefer), and are well behaved, one happens to need to be in a home without young children and the other needs people that can take care of him for his entire life. Probably not the owner’s fault, nor the dog’s fault in either case, these things happen, but it’s the hound that usually suffers the consequences. If you are looking for a dog that is house ready, you might want to start your search with them. Actually, I believe Logan has a similar story and is also available. Having adopted out over two thousand greyhounds over the years, it is assured that some will be returned for some reason or other, and we have always managed to get them back out into the real loving permanent home they all deserve. I know that we’ve even officially adopted some who have passed away while still in our kennel. Frivolous deed to some people I’m sure, but to me it meant a final shred of dignity for one of these beautiful animals, who will soon be forgotten by the rest of the world, but at least they were cared for and belonged to someone, even if it was just us and before they got their real home. I thought it was nice, I cried when I found out about it. The dogs and cats have, for the most part, cast their fates to the humans, and as we’ve seen, that’s not always a good thing.

PJ (Kelly)

In the good news section, we have Fufu, now known as Lia, is still doing great. Kango, aka, Ray Charles, is also having a ball, Scott has some video of him zooming around his back yard. He’s the one that is losing his eyesight, but found some beautiful people to take him in. Frozen, now known as Lola, is also lovin’ her new digs with Frank and Irene. During a passing severe thunderstorm, she tried to hide in the refrigerator, which they said was hilarious to see. Yes, she survived. So, the recent adoptees and their adopters are doing excellent as it stands. We’ve got two new returns and two new arrivals. I always push and like to see the returnees get rehomed as soon as possible, especially the older ones, so keep Kelly, Jagger, and Logan in mind, they’ve already got a taste of the good life and I’m sure they’re wondering when they can go back to a real home. We have one girl, Stormy, she is a bundle of joy and energy, check out the website for more information on any and all of our inmates, or you can call Michelle or Jerry for any and all information and any questions you might have. As always, I definitely recommend you to check out Scott’s blog, ‘Dusty and Me’, he does it several times a week, usually, and has information and pictures and video and stories about all the goings on in the kennel. It’s fun, informative, and more updated than my blog. Good God Gertrude. I think I can personally debunk the myth about yogurt being a good solution for greyhound gas. Wow, our walls are sweating and my vision is even more blurred than it was. I can’t even verify which one is doing it. Maybe I don’t want to know anyway. Ok, that’s it for this week, have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe, and don’t bite anyone.

Animal Adoption Fair