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John’s Happy Tails Report
1/20/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Two Tales Of One Tail’s Trail To A New Home.

P1030799Where to begin? We have a missing dog, in the Miami Overtown area, details are on our website and at the bottom of this page. If you can help or are in that area please check it out, the more eyes and ears we have out there, the better the chances, especially since this is a thirteen year old dog. [UPDATE - DOG FOUND!!!] Thanks to all who braved the Artic weather and brought your dogs for the Wash and Wax day which turned out to be ear cleaning and nail clipping with a rain check for the wash on a warmer day and the wax part was made up by me. The total number of dogs out for last year was finally adjusted officially to 315, and it would be nice to get to a number like 365, for this year, just for fun.

KB’s Hamiter

KB’s Hamiter

Lots of action, only one dog went out, but it was a very successful weekend. TNJ Taylor was our number one dog in seniority, which means he has been at the kennel the longest, almost a full year. Taylor was a victim of bad luck, some of it his own making. He is just two and a half years old, did not race professionally and came to the kennel with some pee issues. It was determined that he had no medical problems so it was determined he had an attitude problem. Taylor is also a no nonsense kind of guy. He got a dream home in south Dade where he had free access of a doggie door and plenty of room and company. Unfortunately, one of the small dogs where he was living kept getting in his face and one day he had had enough so he beat him up, which ended his stay in that house. Naturally a dog with urinary and small dog problems would be more of an adoption challenge for us. This past weekend we had a couple that was willing to give him a chance. They had two previous older greyhounds, one of which had just passed away, and a young bulldog. They brought the young dog to meet with Taylor and it was kind of a disaster, the young dog was very, very high energy and Taylor was scared to death of him. Who knew Taylor was Chicken Little in disguise. We were all disappointed for him losing out again, but later in the afternoon, we had another family come in looking at greyhounds. They had been there with their greyhound the previous weekend, looking for another grey. It was almost exactly my personal life story. Dad and the three kids wanted another greyhound, but mom was not sharing this dream. They tried Taylor with their dog and they seemed to get along pretty good. After his traumatic morning I think Taylor would have even settled for going home with a cat, anything but that bulldog. In the end, mom agreed, which literally made the day for all of us. Since they are already FOG dog owners, they got to take Taylor home on a free home trial right then and there, so off they went. I haven’t heard anything, and being a believer of no news is good news, I’m thinking that everything is going along good so far. So that’s my neat story for the week, maybe even the year, if it works out. Poor dog has been bouncing around for a long time, not getting hardly any looks even, then, lightning strikes and he gets two opportunities in a couple hours. There is always hope, there are people out there that specialize in taking something that many others don’t consider good enough or don’t want, and making something beautiful out of it, and it’s a great feeling to see it happen and be a part of it.

Firecracker Ben

Firecracker Ben

That’s my neat story for the week. Our new number one dog is KB’s Hamiter, we call him Handsome Hammy. He’s a solid black male, four years old, and ran over a hundred professional races, so he is very deserving of leaving the kennel life behind and moving into his forever home. Hammy is very sweet, he likes to cuddle and hug, and will be very excited when he finds out he’s the new number one, just don’t tell him that it means he’s been here the longest without being picked, he might be disappointed. I remember being number two in seniority at my former daytime job. All it meant to me was that I was old and probably looked like number two also. I never had the chance to be number 1, our number one still had three kids in school and was going to be working till he was dead and possibly after that if his wife had anything to say about it. I hear we’re going to have some very nice incentives for some of the dogs like Hammy, that get overlooked and it will be financially worth your while to check these dogs out. The details should be on our website, which is probably where you are right now.

BW's Fima

BW’s Fima

On the other end of the spectrum, I believe we are getting a return this week, BS Bob is the rumor I heard, and will verify it if I get the whole story by next weekend. Life is good, but it’s not always perfect for everyone I guess.

WS White Jean

WS White Jean

Thirteen dogs are going to Emerald Coast tomorrow morning, for our first run up north for 2014, so there will be a bunch of new dogs in by next weekend in case you didn’t see any you liked last week. Joy of joys, this is good news but there will be new profiles to do, old profiles to do, and pictures to catch up. The in box is never empty. During the week we had four new arrivals, one boy and three girls. Firecracker Ben has joined us, he’s a good looking three year old brindle boy. Nancy Kovack is a three year old brindle girl, her kennel name is Petunia, and I Am Very Classy says it all about our other four year old lady brindle. Superior Destroy has also just limped in, with a career ending hock injury, and she had a promising career in progress too. Her kennel name is Phoenix, and she is the first (and I hope not the last) greyhound Kim has named for us. Kim is one of our outstanding and dedicated volunteer kennel workers and she’ll be more than happy to introduce you to Phoenix or any of our family of hounds. Git n Reba and Firecracker Ben were new arrivals last weekend, along with BW’s Fima and WS White Jean. This gives the webmaster a little more flexibility when selecting a few photos to put into the blog. [Thank you John, I do appreciate this.] We’re also looking into Happy Tales or a separate column for the letters, photos, and emails that we receive on our adopted dogs, which I call the alumni. We’re always fascinated to see and hear how they are doing and I think most everyone else is too, so we’re working on a separate space for them, as they are now in the Happy Tales section intermingled with my blog archives. Ok, three weeks into the new year, stay safe, keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and your greyhounds even closer still or something like that.

John’s Happy Tails Report
1/13/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Next Sunday, From Under The Wash Cloth.

Poopadoodle doo, just because we didn’t adopt out any dogs doesn’t mean we don’t have to do the blog. Still much news regardless. Ok, we officially didn’t adopt any dogs out this weekend, not actually unusual for January, when people are recovering from Christmas, New Years, and the holiday spending bills. Last week Braska Tootie and Wind Goddess were delivered and four dogs, BA Colt, Superior Faith, AJ’s Toni, and Magic Mercey went to Gold Coast Gainesville and we have the year’s first trip to Emerald Coast in the planning stage for early February. Next Sunday is the washday fundraiser. Real racing trainers will be here (you expected fake?) washing, waxing, clipping nails, and cleaning ears. I was kidding about the waxing, and the donation is $20 for the whole smear, and $10 for just the nails. We’ll have some basic snack, most likely Hot Dogs, and they will also be on sale. Bring money, we need it. Also, BS Bob was supposed to go to his new home today, he will be living with his new IG (Italian Greyhound) little brother, Vinny, and we wish them all the most love and best health for the rest of their years together.

KB's Loudnclear

KB’s Loudnclear at Home

Last weekend was still very active, as we had a lot of visits from alumni, we got the van washed and cleaned inside and out, thank you splendid volunteers, and there were a lot of looks, but no takes. It’s been discovered that one of our very new girls, Astarsweetandhot, has a sibling living up north and his owner wants to adopt her and have them live together, so that’s in the works. There were no fewer than three groups of visitors with what is now known as ‘John Syndrom’, where the kids and one of the spouses wants a dog, but the other spouse, usually the wife (in my case, she does all the work in the household, so she does have a valid (but insignificant to us) point) is not quite as sure about it and will need a little more time to assess the merits of the new addition. It’s a fairly common situation and I do feel better knowing that I wasn’t the only one that ‘didn’t need another dog’ in the house. Yes, they are complete indoor dogs, they cannot live outdoors, so if you live in a tent you will have to consider another breed, or, move indoors. On the other hand, there were also no returns, so we at least didn’t lose any ground.

Acehigh Jessie

Acehigh Jessie

We got word this week that one of our dogs was seen at a Christmas parade in Gainesville, from the email, the lady even moved to accommodate him and now he has a loving home with her. His name is Andre, and was known in the racing world as Flying Nomadic. Another Sunburst dog, Loudnclear, has found a beautiful home up north, living with two other greyhounds. He is now living with two gorgeous fawn greys. If we have pictures available, the webmaster might post them, especially the one where he’s laying his head on the other’s head, it looks like they’re doing very well together.

Gretas Hotcake

Gretas Hotcake

I’m hoping that our webmaster Jerry has acquired some of the new pictures, as we featured some of the veterans last week. Acehigh Jessie is one of our new babes. She is the sister of Acehigh Casino, also one of our fresh arrivals. This Donnie/Marie brother sister act is every bit as cute as the original Osmonds, Casino (Dude) is drop dead gorgeous, and Jessie has a set of ears as good or better than my favorite Mouseketeer, Annette, if you don’t believe me, come check her out. Greta’s Hotcake is a little red beauty, and she could have me if she played her cards right. Actually I’d take her in a heartbeat, and she’s only a vowel away from being Grata’s Hotcake. Don Coryell has also just arrived with as good a record in racing as the famed football coach, and our Donnie is much better looking. Sorry, I always saw him on the sidelines and he always was doubled over and looked constipated to me. Our Donnie is just the opposite, sleek and fast moving.

Don Coryell

Don Coryell

We had a bunch of visitors over the weekend, and I will never get tired of saying how much we love to see the ‘alumni’ stop by. I apologize for almost never getting both owner and dog’s name correct, but kennel manager Chris, Michelle, Jerry, and Jerry always come to the rescue. I have an excuse, I’m old, but we really love to see them. I actually wrote down six of them last weekend, and guess how many I can now name off? Six! It’s amazing what you can remember if you write it down and don’t forget where you put it. Cher, who is pretty regular in attendance and Wingo, who is moving to California, taking up surfing and looking for the Beverly Hillbillies I heard. Ramsey and his human showed up, Ramsey is the former Lane Jones and looking good, Atascocita Gabe, is a black dog, looking a little more ‘mature’ now, as the black dogs tend to do with the onset of the white muzzle. Gabe always liked to do turnout with the girls, he was no dummy, but we didn’t let him do that until after he was fixed. We’re not as dumb as he thought we were either. Kwix was here, possibly thinking about adding a new brother or sister to his home, and Skate McQueen, known to us as Skate, is looking very good. Turbo Eduardo, or Turbo, is looking magnificent; my only problem is that I didn’t write him down, so I can’t remember if he was here Saturday or last week. Oh well, that’s some of them, and they’re all doing very well in the real world of house pets. Ok, time to get this in before I forget, no pun intended. We hope to see you this coming weekend, and if your dog needs a washing, clipping, and ear cleaning by professionals, we need the cash, so let’s get together, we’d love to have your company in any case.
 
Greyhound Dog Wash by the Florida Kennel Trainers

Meet the Trainers — Sunday, January 19, 10 AM to 3 PM
 
Wash, Ears Cleaned & Toenails Trimmed – $20
Toenails Trimmed – $10
Hot Dog, Chips & Soda – $3
 
All Proceeds Benefit Friends of Greyhounds
 

KBs Loudnclear

Dear Michelle and Fogdogs,

We are very happy with this new addition to our “pack”. He is adjusting beautifully here!

One thing we do need to register him in our county is a copy of the actual rabies certificate with the doctor’s signature. The list provided was helpful to see, but not enough for the county. The vet’s office will try to help us with this by contacting our vet, so we’ll see how it goes.

Here are some pictures of him now with our other two fawn greyhounds!

Vicki

p.s. Our vet gave a booster today and the locally required certificate…all done!

John’s Happy Tails Report
1/6/14 Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And In The Near Future, From The Doggie Bath Tub.

As we await the first deep freeze of the new year, I hope that in two weeks the weather is greyt for our upcoming Greyhound Wash day, scheduled for Sunday, January 19th, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. Bring your favorite greyhound out for a wash, ear cleaning, and toe trimming or just a toe trimming. All proceeds go to Friends of Greyhounds. The donation is $20 for a wash, ear cleaning, and nail trimming, $10 if you just want the nails done.This event is for greyhounds only so don’t try to sneak in your SUV or your Chihuahuas, our people can tell the difference. The wash will be provided by our local trainers from the racing kennels, so you will get an excellent and professional job guaranteed.

Acehigh Casino

Acehigh Casino

It was a busy weekend at the kennel, lots of action both good and average. Braska Tootie and Wind Goddess both got applications, and we had several looks which could produce homes In the near future including but not limited to TNJ Taylor, TMC’s Rowdy Boy, Acehigh Casino, who are all part of our semi special needs candidates corps, and several of the girls were seen parading around with potential owners. Latin Angel sent us an email from her new home, she loves the humans, but is not excited as of yet with the snow. Oh yes, some of our adoptees find their way up to the frozen north. Fuzzy’s Bob Dylan and O Ya Shotgun Red were also delivered during the week and we’re hoping to hear from them in the near future.

Turbo Sean

Turbo Sean

There were no returns last week and we had three new arrivals, much needed girls. BW’s Fima is a cute little three year old red girl, Greta’s Hotcake raced 162 times , she’s a four year old hot little red, and only one letter away from being Grata’s Hotcake, and I’d take her in a Brooklyn minute. Astarsweetandhot is a two year old youngster, she’s brindle and hot, as are all our girls. Puppy people may want to check out our new brother sister act, Acehigh Casino and Acehigh Jessie, a big boy and a big girl. Neither raced professionally and I met Casino, we call him Dude, and he is going to make someone very, very happy, that is a guarantee from myself and kennel manager Chris. We just did the photos on the dozen that arrived last weekend, so they aren’t up yet, but more than half were girls. The only thing that we’re currently having a premium on right now is the cat tolerants, so you cat people will be a little more restricted, but we have about twenty that will be tested as soon as we can negotiate the contract with the cat, and we’re hopeful that we’ll get a bunch of ‘just say yes to cats’ out of the new bunch. Before I forget, I also got a chance to visit up close and personal with another of our special needs guys, Turbo Sean. He is reportedly crate aggressive, which means you don’t want to enter his crate without his permission. He may just need some TLC, as we did some walking and talking last weekend and he is a beautiful dog. He is very gentle and he sticks close to you and clings to your every word. He may just need someone he can learn to trust and he will be one mighty fine friend for the right human for the next decade or so.

Tnj Taylor

Tnj Taylor

I’ve finally managed to try to carry around a pen and paper with me so I can write down things and help me actually remember more than two percent of what I experience. TNJ Tabasco dropped in for a visit, he’s still in great shape and as handsome as ever. Ginger also came out to the play yard, racing name not written down and has something to do with Fine Line but can’t locate it. She’s also doing very well and looking extremely fit. Didn’t write down the white one either, I know he was coming out to run around, and he did everything but that. His humans are old time Hialeah people and so are his grandparents, but his name escapes me now. Ok, I’m just starting the pen and paper thing, so it will take some practice. In any case, we all love to see the alumni come out, so if you get a chance, stop in and say hello any weekend you can, it will give you a reason to take your dogs for a ride and they’ll love you for it. Ok, have a greyt week, I’m looking forward to meeting another Italian Greyhound and a Beagle, both are hopefully coming back next weekend to possibly choose one of our adoptees for their new big brother or big sister. Have a great week, stay safe and warm, and get ready for the bath fest.

GIVE WITH A CLICK – Only a few days left!

Dr. Leslie Hack of Boca Veterinary Clinic is celebrating her 50th birthday with a contest called “Give with a click”. It costs you nothing but if you go to their Facebook page, you can click for Friends of Greyhounds we could win $1000 in medical fees at Boca Veterinary Clinic. That’s a few dogs getting neutered so they can get homes. Plus they have challenged some of their clients to participate, too and at least one of their clients has already agreed to donate so they can double the prizes! There are only 9 groups competing so we have a GREYT chance! You can only click once during the campaign (at least I think that’s the way it works) so we need to really get everyone going on this and ask all your friends and their friends. We could SURE use $1000 in pre-paid vet care!

Someone’s going to claim this prize and we really need it! It will only take a minute and it would be a nice help for the greyhound bank account. Give with a Click! Is my new favorite game! VOTING CLOSES JANUARY 6TH!!! Get your click in now!

Give with a Click (CLICK ME!)

Give with a Click (CLICK ME!)

Usually, it’s the birthday person who receives gifts. However, being that she has spent half of her life devoted to the care and well-being of animals, Dr. Hack has launched the “Give with a Click” reverse birthday celebration. As your neighborhood veterinary hospital, we try to make our sophisticated, full service veterinary care available to all members of our community. In the spirit of the Season of Giving, and Dr. Hack’s 50th, BVC is taking the concept of gift giving one step further.

So what is “Give with a Click”? This reverse birthday celebration involves nine local charities. They range from small and barely known organizations, to larger and more well-known ones. All you have to do is select the charity of your choice on BVC’s Give with a Click Facebook Page.

First prize will receive a $1,000 vet care voucher
Second prize will receive a $750 voucher
Third prize is a $500 voucher.
Fourth prize is a $250 voucher.
Voting closes MONDAY JANUARY 6th!!!!

John’s Happy Tails Report
12/30/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And This Time Direct From Barf City.

Pass Word

Pass Word

Still can’t believe we have been writing this for over a year, this week’s blog comes to you from the home of my three sick dogs and to add an exclamation point to that statement, one of them just gassed me mercilessly. We’re wishing everyone a Happy New Year in 2014 from all of our staff, volunteers, and the dogs, and especially a very healthy year, as I’ve found out that the health issue becomes more and more important as the years pass. We almost hit a record three hundred dogs adopted for 2013, which would be a record. I don’t have the official count and I’m sure Michelle will post it as soon as she gets it tallied up. I believe it will be a record year and it was a spectacular year by all accounts. The Sunburst program helped out a lot too, giving us a chance to find homes for our beautiful greys as far north as Canada and across the North and Northeast. My first New Year’s resolution will be to catch up on the profiles, as the photos are in good shape; the blog is done, so we know which project to get busy on. We currently have an almost full kennel with about 54 dogs by my count, which is unofficial, but it’s pretty close. We have a two to one ratio of boys to girls but still have almost twenty girls to choose from. We have dogs from a few months under two years old to a senior who is eleven, and from 57 pounds up to 90. Black dogs, white dogs, fawn, red, brindle and just about everything in between. We have two Iceman brothers if you’re looking for a brother act and if you’re Donnie and Marie oriented, we have Acehigh Casino and Acehigh Jessie looking for a home, but neither sing.

Two dogs were adopted this past weekend, O Ya Shotgun Red and Latin Angel. Being old, senile, and not there Saturday, I may have missed one, seems like there were three, but I do know these two are on their way, if not out the door already. Shotgun is just off the track after a very good racing career and the same with Latin Angel, who is a little doll. She was in and out so fast she hardly got her bags unpacked. Adoptions seem to be a lot like the NFL officiating, especially if you are a Steeler’s fan, hit some, and miss some. One dog comes in and is off to a new home immediately and another dog may be the bridesmaid for a while before they get their keeper humans, you just never know. There were no returns that I know of last week.

We got a little report from Connecticut, I didn’t get the photos but the email was as follows.

Hi Michelle,

Happy New Year! We are writing to share with you the wonderful news that we have adopted one of your beautiful Greyhounds. She came to us through Connecticut Greyhound Adoption and her racing name was “payable mouse” but we have named her Brindy. We feel so blessed to have her join our family. Brindy is so gentle and sweet and our two daughter’s Gina and Emily love to take Brindy out for walks around the neighborhood. Brindy is enjoying her retirement and seems to be very happy with us. She has brought us all so much joy, and we look forward to many years of love and happy memories with her.

Best wishes,

JC's Arlene

JC’s Arlene

More stories of love and happiness, which is a good business to be in, even if it’s nonprofit, and we wish them many years of love and health. These stories are generally the rule and not the exception, and I love hearing and reading each one, it makes me feel good to be a human being, as all of us unfortunately aren’t able to spread good will, unconditional love, and happiness around as much as we should or could.

Turbo Momentum

Turbo Momentum

I think we just got some more new pictures in, so I will mention JC’s Arlene, Turbo Momentum, and Pass Word as new arrivals in case the webmaster might want to share their pictures here. We also gained about a dozen new greys over the past week, it looks like five girls and seven boys joined us. I will leave the details on them until next year since I didn’t get their pictures last weekend. Ok, we wished everyone a Happy and Healthy (and safe) New Year, we got some adoptions over the weekend, so this year finished on a happy note, and we got some names for the webmaster to put pictures with. I like the term webmaster, sounds like some kind of highly intelligent spider, but if you’ve seen the picture of TMC’S Rowdy Boy sitting in his lap, you might think otherwise. Thank each of you for all that you’ve done to make FOG the success that it has become, may we learn from our mistakes and never put the dogs anywhere else but first, they all deserve a chance to bring their love and affection into someone’s life, so help spread the word about these wonderful animals.

*****IMPORTANT REMINDER*****

It is one of those nights again where HOUND SAFETY is extremely important. Please check all of your gates and leash walk your “firework/loud noise” phobic hounds even in a fenced in yard. A frightened hound can jump to new heights when scared. Pull out the thunder coats and leave closet door and crates open if it makes them feel better to go there. Feed your pups early and be mindful of their emotional needs on this New Years eve. HOUND SAFETY FIRST!! Lets set the goal of “NO GREYHOUND AMBER ALERTS” as we celebrate the New Year SAFELY!

John’s Happy Tails Report
12/23/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel, Infinity, And Beyond.

Bold Dash

Bold Dash

Merry Christmas and Mele Kalikimaka which is the same in Hawaiian and is probably the only state which will be anywhere near our Christmas weather forecast. This week we can talk about just about anything we want, as there were no adoptions over the weekend to crow about. The closest we have to that are three deliveries that were made last week, Flying Herradura, Chicks Love Me, and Cyber Monday are hopefully settled into their new homes and are already snug as a bug in a rug, no pun intended for Slugbug Bob who was a visitor to the party last weekend after too long an absence from our play yard.

P1030530We actually ended up a plus one for the weekend, as we got a return; I have his name as Bold Dash. I believe he is about ten or eleven years old, and from what I’ve seen, he’s a classic dirty old man, as he still very much likes the ladies. He looks to be in good shape and I don’t have his story but I believe his human lost their home and there are children where they would have lived and he doesn’t like children. It does look like he likes to help produce them though. You can get his full story at the kennel. I am a wealth of partial and misinformation, but I have been known to get things right despite myself on some occasions.

Dimaggio

Dimaggio

Our party was a great success, lots of great food, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, meatballs, and potato casserole were among the hot items, plenty of rabbit food and cold cuts and enough sugar filled desserts to cause cavities for the next two years, including homemade cookies, cakes, derby pie, brownies and pies. Lots of old and new friends dropped by with their humans and we do love to see our alumni whenever we can. Thank you all for stopping by I know I speak for the entire staff when I say it makes my week to see them and hear their stories of life in the retirement home. Special animals and special people who care for them, the greyhound community is truly unique.

While I’m on the subject of greyhounds, I have been asked to share with you a few cute greyhoundisms which may or may not be exclusive to greyhounds, but are noteworthy and I cannot be cited for error if I don’t commit either way. Greyhounds like to smile. For those not in the know, it can be frightening, but we do have smiling greyhounds that walk among us. Greyhounds are also enthusiastic pack rats, they love to collect all sorts of items and bring them to their spaces. Not always to chew them up, but they find comfort in having your scent around them, so try to smell decent and the next time your remote is missing, you may want to check old fourleg’s room. Some happy and/or excited greyhounds will chatter their teeth. I do this when I’m locked in the walk in freezer, but they do it when their favorite human burst upon the scene, whether they’ve been gone an hour or a week. Roaching is probably not unique to greys, but they do it best since they have long spindly legs, of course that’s just our opinion even if it is accurate. That’s four greyt reasons to love our dogs all the more.

Slatex Lexi June

Slatex Lexi June


Hi, This is the family of Widget (Slatex Lexi June) This is our first ever greyhound adoption and it has gone fantastic. When we drove out to see the Greyhounds my mom said’ “I can’t believe we might take home a new dog today!” To which I responded, “Might?” Sure enough it came down to two dogs- an excited black female and a shivering little brindle female. After petting the brindle for almost an hour it was clear she had adopted us. She came home with us to her new family of a mom, dad, human sister (17), poodle sister (14 years old), and hedgehog sister. Widget instantly fit right in to our family. She has had some bumps with potty training but with our geriatric poodle, accidents are no big deal. It was amazing to see how much she changed since we got her. It is adorable to come home and watch her jump around, so excited to see you. Widget has seen her first snow, though she isn’t too fond of it! She has stolen her first plate of food off the counter. She is certainly a natural born snack hound! But that makes her perfect for our family. She loves weaving through all the doorways, hanging out in the kitchen with us (and food), and just snuggling in her blankets. Widget just got her tag and she’s getting ready for her first family Christmas. We all love Widget and she is such a great little girl. Everyone loves her! In addition, adopting a greyhound was such a fantastic feeling!

O Ya Shotgun Red

O Ya Shotgun Red

That’s a report from Widget’s humans, formerly the Slatex Lexi June, a beautiful little brindle that found her forever home in snow country. My kind of story, and we have a lot more of them like that, here’s wishing Widget and her humans a long, wonderful, and healthy life together. Only two new faces arrived this week, Acehigh Casino, who will be a special needs dog and need special people as he has suffered seizures which ended his racing career. Latin Angel is just that, a little red brindle angel. Don’t know if she barks Spanish or not, but she is a little beauty and probably won’t be with us very long. I have to mention a couple more new arrivals so Jerry can find some photos of them to post, since I don’t know if he has acquired the pictures of the newest arrivals. Dimaggio is a big white guy, even better looking than me, O Ya Shotgun Red was an excellent racer and has just retired, I think I’m better looking than he is but he’s definitely faster than me. Ok, have a beautiful Christmas, hope the spirit is with you, stay safe on the roads and come on down for a visit if you haven’t already done so. Spread the word about the beautiful hounds and next week we will start another year of changing lives, both human and dog, for the better with these wonderful loving animals.

John’s Happy Tails Report
12/16/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Another Party For Next Weekend… Allright!

Happy Trails to you, Roy Rodger’s version, Happy Tails to you, FOG version. My Christmas cards are completed possibly this is the earliest ever. Cost of almost a hundred stamps, whatever. Cost of cards and envelopes, whatever. Feeling gained when wishing people you may only communicate once a year, a sincere Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year, magnificent. Feeling gained when you mail a hundred cards, knowing you are supporting not only the Post Office, but your own pension, warm and fuzzy. Feeling of appreciation and gratitude knowing that although you may not get the 96 inch tv or the G-40000 mephone, you are still better off than 98.6% of the rest of the world, fuzzy and warm. Knowing that you’ve angered at least one person by making them say ‘Darn the Grata’s, now we’ve got to send them one back’… priceless. Unlike the Maytag repairman, this past weekend more resembled Times Square on New Year’s Eve. I’ve also reached the age where I realize that a Healthy New Year is a heck of a lot more important than a Happy one.

MV's Caden

MV’s Caden

Enough of the me, myself and Iphone, onward to our most important and favorite item, our beautiful greys. We almost had four adoptions this weekend, but will have to wait to see if they all pan out. MV’s Caden went home for a home trial but was returned this afternoon. I don’t know what happened but apparently he and his to be adopted brother Rockdown Rex, did not get along as well as they did when they met here. He was sitting in the kennel having a (root) beer when I came in, so he’s back. Caden is the kennel talker, so I am positive he will be getting another shot sooner than later. It would have been neat just for Christmas, but it was not meant to be. Hopefully we got some feedback to share with his next potential. Flying Herradura also got an application. She has a leg injury I believe, she came in and went looked at so fast, I haven’t even met or photographed her yet. Chicks Love Me has already been delivered according to my sources in the dining room. Word also coming down the hallway is that BS Bob has a chance to go to a family who has an IG, which in kennelspeak is Italian Greyhound after he has cleared his medical problems. The IG’s name is Vinny and he’s still not my cousin, but he is a very active little guy, so I’ll be hoping he gets to go with Bobby.

Boyzpoochiemomma

Boyzpoochiemomma

We had a return this week, just in time for Christmas, her name is Boyzpoochiemomma, and she’s a beautiful six year old who has lost her home. She is injured but I don’t have her complete story yet, hope to update it, but anyway, it looks like she’ll be available for adoption when she clears her medical problems, but she’ll be fostered until she gets better.

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday

Two new additions last week and I think they are both injury related retirements. JC’s Arlene is a sweet little brindle girl, three years old, and ready for her forever home. Turbo Momentum also arrived, he’s a two year old brindle boy. That brings our unofficial count to 13 girls and 29 boys. Last but not least, we have a young guy, who will qualify as the largest dog in the kennel. He’s very young, his racing name is Ace High Casino, we call him Dude and he weighs in at ninety pounds. He will probably be a special needs dog as he suffers seizures and he’s currently at the Vets right now getting his check up and when I get more information on him I will pass it on. We have some recent additions that may not have been featured including Cyber Monday, if big and black is for you, he could be your dog. If you’re into cool, the Iceman brothers might interest you. We have two brothers, Brutus and Murray, known in the racing world as KL Great Iceman and KL Evil Iceman. That will give Jerry a few faces to work with.

Don’t forget we have a party coming up next weekend. President Jerry will be cooking dogs (no one we know), there will most likely be the standard potato salad and coleslaw, and from there it can get interesting. I’m working on homemade cookies or cake, I heard Jill is bringing homemade cake and there will be plenty of surprises as it’s pot luck and it’s always pretty darn good. Lynn the Collar Lady will be there for sure on Saturday, I probably should have mentioned her before the food, but looking at me you can see where my priorities are. So come on out to the kennel if you can, should be plenty of food, we have over forty fabulous dogs to choose from, the weather should be excellent, and the dogs love company.

Holiday/Birthday/Retirement Party

Saturday, December 21 (leftovers on Sunday!)
Pot Luck – bring a dish if you want.
 
Come and celebrate Christmas, Michelle’s Birthday and Jerry’s Retirement.
 
Lynn the Collar Lady is coming on Saturday, too.
 

John’s Happy Tails Report
12/9/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel, Sometimes With A Little Help From Our Northern Friends.

It’s December and traditionally we are sparsely attended on most weekends, last weekend being no different. The week was highlighted by our Dinner with the Doc, a Wednesday evening dinner in the parking lot of our dear/deer Dr. Willie and his staff at the Welleby Veterinary Center. There was close to a couple dozen well behaved greyhounds in attendance, and even more humans. We got to see many old and new friends, and enjoy an excellent dinner. There should be a nice selection of great photos posted on the website or facebook, from our roving casual photographer Larry Warsh. The weather was perfect and it must have looked strange to the people driving by to see tables set out in the parking lot and a bunch of large dogs roaming around, with no fences. Dr. Willie hosted or co-hosted the event with Michelle and his office was open to tours for those who always wondered what the inside of a veterinarian’s back room looked like but were afraid to ask. Thank you Maurice, for providing the fabulous dinner, all those who volunteered their time and talent to make it happen, and all who attended and brought their well behaved greyhounds. I have no knowledge of any incidents whatsoever, so everyone was on their best behavior, which is normal for our greys.

Wind Goddess

Wind Goddess

As previously stated, we are at our slow time of year. There was no Emerald Coast run last week and I have only one adoption to report. BS Bob has an application for adoption, as he tested out very good with his potential little brother, an Italian Greyhound name Vinny. Not my Cousin Vinny, but probably is somebody else’s. Bob has a current medical condition that is being treated, so his adoption won’t be until he’s given the medical clearance Clarence, which will probably be next month which will also be next year. Firecracker Bea was delivered to her new home during the week, she had been pending for a couple weeks and should now be settled in to her new home.

What we lack in adoptions, we are making up for in tourists. We’ve had quite a few people from up north stop in both last week and this past weekend, just to say hello and get their ‘greyhound fix’ because they miss their own pets. We’ve had Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, and Germany (yes Germany) represented among the people that I have met, and probably a few others that i missed too. You are always welcome to stop by and say hello and talk greyhound with us. I can talk till you drop it has been said of me.

I wanted to write a little about the idiosyncrasies of greyhounds as compared to other breeds. Of course I did not write it down like I said I would and Lisa did not email me the information like she said she would so what we have here is two wrongs that don’t make a write. I remember that some of them do smile, and it all goes dark after that. We did get a beautiful email from the humans of the former Ronald Regan, now known as Cormack. He lives in Asbury Park, NJ, a place that I visited long ago to see one of my best Navy friends, who lives in Joisey and has a summer house in Asbury Park. This is part of their letter and is typical of our greyhound adoptees.

Ronald Regan (Cormack)

Ronald Regan (Cormack)


To give you a short glimpse into his life, he bolts up and down the stairs at will, loves his food and treats, runs figure-8′s in our fenced-in backyard, loves his walks around town each morning, and par for the course with greyhounds, sleeping! His older greyhound sister Eligia has helped to give him comfort in his new home, and my partner larry and i are doing our best to make sure he has the best life imaginable.Below are a couple of photos from his first two weeks we’d like to share. We’d also like any information you can give us on how we can register him with the National Greyhound Association. Our Eligia is registered, as is our beloved, yet since passed Keagen, whom we lost earlier in the year, and we hope to add Cormack’s certificate to the wall. Thanks so much for entrusting Greyhound Friends of NJ with Cormack, for without that, he would not be in our lives. We love him so dearly, and are thrilled to have him in our family!

A lot of people think it’s sad that they come into and go out of our lives so fast, but I think it’s beautiful that they manage to stay in our hearts for the rest of our lives, or at least in my case they do.

Killer Kolt

Killer Kolt

There has not been a lot of movement this past week, but we have received some new retirees. The magnificent seven arrived this past week, brought in by Michelle from the wilder parts of Florida, five girls believe it or not, and two boys. Ladies first, Superior Faith, a four year old black girl with over a hundred sixty professional races. Braska Tootie, a three year old lassie, white and brindle ticked, Wind Goddess, a four year old fawn that looks like a goddess with her captivating dark eyes, Pass Word is a brindle girl, only two years old, and Berkley Bonnie, a beautiful three year old brindle girl. Killer Kolt just arrived giving us two colts in the kennel, BA Colt, and Killer Kolt. Kolt is a big handsome red brindle that won’t be two until February. Last and certainly not least, we have Dimaggio. Not Joe or Dom, although his kennel name is Domino, he’s a large two year old white dog with black ticking. We’re unofficially up to about forty two dogs, so the famine is over temporarily, but we anticipate making one more run up north before the end of the year, so if any of these newbies interest you, you might want to drop by the kennel and check them out. In the meantime, have a greyt week, drive safely, I don’t know about the rest of the area, but Hialeah is very interesting to drive in especially during the Christmas season, so drive carefully and defensively.

Photos From Dinner with the Doc

Photos from Dinner with the Doc on December 4, 2013. Hosted by Welleby Veterinary Center & Friends of Greyhounds.