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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 ***
 

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
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 ***
 

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

Casey

Well, the ever popular Mr. Grata has abandoned us this week, preferring to run around the country. With luck, he’ll find his way back to do next week’s blog. But in the meantime, you’re stuck with me. I am much less adept at making castles from mud pies but I’ll give it a try. The events and notes of the week in no particular order – – –

PJ (Kelly)

As dogs have passed through the FoG kennels and gone into homes, we have saved the racing collars. It was terrific when we could hang the displays on the fences and it really made an impact. But these days they are sitting in bins in the rented storage warehouse that we would like to be out of. It is surprising how much room 2000 + collars can take up. So Scott Sharp (Dusty’s dad) has been helping me cut them off the chains and sort them. When this part of the work is done (we are about 2/3 thru) we will let people know what collars we have and they can claim their dogs’ original racing collar if they like. Some people don’t want to be reminded of their dogs’ past life but the dogs gave their all to that racing career. It’s a part of their history and how their personality and behaviors are formed. Some of our adoption dogs were real champions – and some were Chumlee. But they’re all wonderful, loving dogs. Some of the collars have been lost over the years, I’m sure, so no promises. Make sure we have your email. We’re doing what we can – stay tuned.

Mercury

As for the kennel population, please consider adding a greyhound for the holidays. What better present to give the family – or just yourself. Love on four feet. We have six wonderful boys in the kennel. A couple are returned dogs but that’s okay. You have a better history and know what to expect from a returned dog. If you want a young dog, Casey is only two years old. He’s very shy and sweet. Then we have two three year olds, Kelly and Kal, both black. Mercury and Fella (both 4 yrs. old) are red and red brindle, respectively and neither of them has been in a home yet. They are right off the track and fun, fun dogs. And our boy Logan, wraps up the clan. At six, he is the senior. He was in a home for 3 years but had to be given up. He’s so sweet but he’s often overlooked because of his “features”. He’s missing some toes and has a couple scars. But he’s affectionate and well behaved and deserves a break. I’m sorry to say that none of these dogs is cat tolerant. We’ll have a couple of them at each of the events or give us a call and come visit.

Logan

Be extra, extra careful with your dogs in this weather. Even though it feels nicer out than it was, it’s still really hot and if your dog is running or you go for long walks, heat is the enemy of greyhounds. Mike Smith’s boy, Andy, is in Coral Springs Animal Hospital because he ran a lure course and overheated. We are hoping and praying that he’ll be okay but overheating can kill outright and even if caught quickly (as Mike’s was) it can cause long term problems with the blood makeup. Mike has health insurance on Andy (with a deductible) but without it, this care wouldn’t have been feasible at all. Insurance may be something to think about for your own dog if you can swing it.

The ER vet tech that was talking to Mike said that there should be a reference book about the differences in greyhound physiology. – There is!! There is a super-duper book published by the racing industry about greyhound medical care. It is called Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound. Years ago we gave copies to a number of vet offices including Coral Springs but some of them have changed hands or and the books might have been overlooked – or they just didn’t know they existed. I ran my last copy to Coral Spring Animal Hospital today for Andy’s nurse to use as a reference. When I got back, I went online to buy a couple more copies. There are “resellers” online charging hundreds of dollars for the book!!! If you go on National Greyhound Association’s website, the book costs $20. You want the one with the brown cover. Buy one for your vet – and/or yourself.

Kal

The 2017 Greyhound wall calendars are all gone but we have a couple of the date books left. If anyone still wants calendars, drop me an email and if I get enough interest, I may pick up a few more if I can still get them.

When we adopt out a male greyhound, we give the new owner one of the handmade belly bands that Sue Lambertsen makes for us. It’s a great tool for housebreaking the boys who have a tendency to mark territory. They also give a new adopter a good sense of security when they have a male dog roaming the house for the first time. Greyhounds already know not to go potty in the crate. So most boys only wear them a few days until they figure out this new place is our family crate and then we just keep the band for “emergencies”. A couple weeks ago I grabbed one when I was in the kennel. One dog’s ear wandered through the chain link fence of the kennel and the neighbor-dog took a nip at it. Blood was everywhere!! Ears bleed like crazy! I grabbed a washcloth and yelled for Jerry to grab a belly band and his car keys. The Velcro belly band held the cloth against the ear and controlled the bleeding while we drove to Dr. Ansara in Jerry’s new WHITE car! All is well! No splashes or splatters. Kal’s ear is shaped differently but everything else is back to normal. And the blood washed right out of the belly band!!

Fella

Sue’s handmade belly bands have been a huge factor in the adoption of many, many of our male dogs. Fear of leg lifting is the main reason that people want girl dogs instead of boys. Now many of our owners will swear that the boys are sweeter, more affectionate, quieter and more loving than the girls. Girls want to be boss but boys want to be loved! And yet I still get calls asking for girl dogs and they won’t even consider a boy! They’re making a big mistake. Currently, there are many more boys racing than girls. Thank heaven for Sue’s belly bands! Many of our adopters who have male greyhounds will tell you that they used the belly band and the dog had no problem at all learning to respect the house. That leads me to mention again that we have a wonderful group of guys in the kennel. You really should come by and meet them!!

So I hope to see everyone at the Flamingo Road Nursery (Saturday 11/11) and/or Dog Dude Ranch (Sunday 11/19). Details are on the top of the homepage on the website. Have a great week and remember that it may seem cooler to you than it does to your dog. You’re not walking barefoot on the sidewalk wearing a fur coat. And yes, I know this was long. Won’t you be happy to have John back again!!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Saturday, November 11 from *** NOON until 3 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 by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
*** All leashed greyhounds are welcome. ***
 
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 ***
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
10/31/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Kal

Happy Halloween to you from Mercury, Kal, Fella, Logan, Casey, and Kelly. They will be spending this Halloween at our kennel, but are waiting for you to come in and take one of them into your heart and home. One third of the final three months is now history, or will be in about six hours. We must be having fun, time is definitely flying. We currently have six beautiful hounds available for adoption and we’d love to have them in their forever homes by Thanksgiving or Christmas. As they say, there’s no place like home for the holidays.

Fella

Things have gone similar to molasses in winter time at our kennel since the storm. The good news, the fence is now repaired and things are getting back to normal for Michelle, Jerry, and the inmates. No fencing definitely turned the daily routine into chaos after the storm. I did want to mention that we now have great videos of the inmates on our website now, so I did remember to mention that part.

We had no activity on the adoption front this past week, but didn’t get any returns either, which is a good thing, we’ve had a spat of those in the recent past. We did have one nice couple from Naples (Florida, not Italy) that came and looked, and even liked, but we haven’t heard anything further as of the moment I am writing this. Now that people are finally starting to recover from the storm, we will have the holidays approaching, which will be on the forefront of most people’s thoughts and activities. Michelle is working on the chain and collar project. We have all the collars of every dog that has been adopted over the years, most of them are on plastic chains and we used to display them on the kennel fence back when we were in Hialeah. Michelle will be listing them all and making them available for those adopters who want them. This will be an interesting and large undertaking, fortunately she is retired and has very little else to do, so we’ll see if this project is finished in my lifetime.

I’m about to head out the door and head for the Quasimodo Look Alike Contest before the crowd gets too ugly, but before I go, I want to mention that we’re planning a couple of gatherings for later in the month. The usual suspects, The Dog Dude Ranch on Sunday, November 19th, and tentatively The Flamingo Road Nursery and the famous Last Cast BBQ Stand, on Saturday the 11th of November. Ok, that’s it for October, wish me luck in the contest, don’t bite anyone, and have a greyt week.

FoG's Collar Chain


 
 
Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Saturday, November 11 from *** NOON until 3 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 by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
*** All leashed greyhounds are welcome. ***
 
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 ***
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
10/23/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Casey

Three fourths of October gone and I have no idea where it went. I told you this would happen. Unfortunately, we haven’t even been blessed with any cool weather, although that’s not unusual as Tom Jones would say, and that may actually change by the end of the week, for a night at least. The highlight of the week was my first ever book signing event, and it turned out to be the highlight of my week. Ms. Laura Schenone was in town, Coral Gables to be exact, to talk about her new book, a nonfiction item titled “The Dogs of Avalon”. She gave a presentation that we missed half of because of our quest for parking, and there were a lot more people there than I figured on. We brought Creepy, Michelle brought a couple of our adoptables, and there were a few other greyhounds there for the ‘hands on’ experience. I was impressed enough to pick up a copy, Anne has started reading it already and she says it’s nice. From what I’ve seen, this book has excellent reviews and it deals with the history of our beautiful greyhounds, Marion Fitzgibbons, a lady who started an international network of rescues, and also the rescue efforts of other animals as well. It also deals with the author’s personal relationship with the hounds. Check out the reviews, if you are reading this, then you will be just as excited to read this as I am. I love writing, wish I had followed it up when I was young, but, at least I finally got to meet a real live author, and her book is about one of my favorite subjects, so I can’t wait to dive into ‘The Dogs of Avalon’.

Logan

Outside of that, not much on the good news front. We have another return, Casey, who went out about four months ago has come back. He is a special needs hound, he was very shy, very, very shy. Casey tried, his experienced greyhound human tried, but he just wasn’t happy. Michelle thinks he would do well in a home with one or two other hounds to live with. He seems to do better in the company of other greyhounds, so if you already have a hound or two and would like to help out this special guy, contact us, Michelle that is, and we can arrange for you to meet him. He’s a beautiful dog, just needs the right home. You can check the website, contact Michelle, or check out Scott’s latest blog about him. On a happier note, Jagger is doing fabulous in his new home with his new brother Facebook, who has also doubled as his pillow during some of their naps. I also saw Randy and Luna at the book store, both are doing good in their new homes, and the famous Hermes was there with Maurice. I did notice that Hermes doesn’t seem to be the giant I used to think of him as, when he’s standing next to our Creepy. The Creepster is on the poop list this evening. He decided to try to dig his way to China in the front courtyard and got a nice two-foot-deep start before he was discovered. With a face like his, and being a first-time offender, I decided not to kill or maim him, just gave him a halfhearted ‘Bad Dog’. He looked so proud of his work that I did well by not laughing out loud. Ok, so greyhounds aren’t perfect, we knew that anyway.

One final note, we got some news from Bill and David, who live in the Lower Keys. We were wondering how our hounds did with Hurricane Irma. They have Tulip and Skye, and they survived, although they lost their house and their hundred-year-old buttonwood tree. They evacuated to Central Florida to ride out the storm, so they are safe and sound, but have a lot of rebuilding of life and property to do. It’s good to know that at least one of our families survived safe and sound with just material damage, which can be dealt with when you consider what could have happened had they stayed. Hopefully all the rest of them came out ok too.

That’s about the best we can make out of nothing, we are news less tonight, Michelle had a crisis of some sort this afternoon, so I know her mind is not on blog at the moment, so this may be updated, added, or even moved back to tomorrow. In any case, have a greyt week, stay out of trouble, and don’t bite anyone.

Greyhounds meeting Laura Schenone the author of The Dogs of Avalon.

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/