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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.

John’s Happy Tails Report
12/2/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel, And Sometimes We Get By With A Little Help From The Tourists.

AJ's Crazy Toni

AJ’s Crazy Toni

It was a very bleak weekend as far as greyhound adoptions were concerned. It was so quiet that I feel compelled to mention our cat Bruce the ninja cat warrior is currently playing paper-ball soccer in the hallway. He doesn’t like to lose, so he plays against himself. Quite comical to watch, but I guess you have to be here to fully appreciate it. Thank goodness for the tourist someone muttered yesterday, without them it would have been our version of the Maytag repairman. We had a couple from New York drop by just to get their ‘greyhound’ fix. They’re on vacation and missed their animal, so they stopped by and played with some of ours. The greyhounds were almost the same, but the convertible, shorts, and eighty degree weather will probably be missing when they get back home. Also had some Michiganders (yes, greyhounds do live and thrive up north) who are planning on moving down here in the future. They are veteran greyhound owners, just lost one of their loved ones, and stopped by to check out the kennel and our inmates. Like many owners, they like to have their greys in pairs, so there may be one of ours in their future. We did send twelve dogs to Emerald Coast this past week, so a dozen dogs will be living the good life in preparation for their real homes. We think we have the best kennel in the world, but foster homes are still better in my opinion, as the boys and girls get experience in real home living with full time humans to deal with. We’re also getting more and more emails and letters and pictures from the humans of our dogs that have gone out through the Sunburst Program, which gets them to other parts of the country that have lesser access to greyhound adoption.

Atascocita Daido

Atascocita Daido

Ok, no real in house adoptions last weekend, and there were no returns, but I do have an update on Toni. I picked up Toni, racing name, Ajs Crazy Toni, from a Vet down in the Hammocks last Monday. She was picked up off the street and they cared for her while they searched for her owner, but couldn’t locate anyone. Toni is not a senior citizen, she’s a little black girl, will be seven next February, so she’s no spring chicken, but she’s not yet in the nursing home. She was a brood mom; she has been spayed, and is ready for her forever home. She’s a sweetheart and she’s a good leash walker and car rider. That’s what I know about her so far. We currently have by my count, 30 dogs, and officially I think 33. Three dogs came in at the end of the weekend and I haven’t met them officially yet, although one is named something like Chicks Love Me, and that’s an impressive name. Where would I be now if my mother had named me that? Hollywood? Hollywood jail more likely.

Turbo Catapult

Turbo Catapult

Before I move on to the new dogs, we all want to thank Jill for the fabulous brunch she brought in on Saturday. It was enjoyed by everyone except one idiot who forgot and brought his own Wendy’s. I can call him an idiot because I know him personally, he writes blogs for the kennel, talks a lot, but doesn’t always think or remember things. Maybe Jack will bring something next weekend. We have Dinner with the Doc coming up this Wednesday, please attend if you can. Apparently I am going to be in attendance, so if you need a dog holder, I am available. I also do the poop scooping boogie and a little bit of the brown eclectic-slide, especially when I don’t watch where I’m boogying. The complete details for the dinner are on the website, but it’s this Wednesday the 4th, and it’s from 5:30 until 9 P.M. and Maurice is catering it, which is pretty much all the information I need to know. Bruce is going ballistic, I think he just lost the soccer game and doesn’t know how to handle defeat. Greyhounds are better but cats can be hilarious sometimes.

Atascocita Gar

Atascocita Gar

We received a real nice email from Brenda, who lives in snow country apparently. She adopted Atascocita Gar. Since I used so much space up blabbering, I can’t reprint the whole email here now, but he is doing very well. They love him, he’s adapting to snow, and they’re looking forward to Christmas to see if he accepts the Christmas tree challenge. I will try to update this after Christmas and will hope for a picture of him and Frosty together. He lives with his older adopted greyhound sister and they get along very well so far. Lisa gave me some good ideas for the blog, but she didn’t make me write them down and now they are gone with the wind, lost in the cobwebs of my mind, or somewhere else. Not counting the three greyhounds I haven’t officially met, we also have two new arrivals this past week. Turbo Catapult, aka Riley, is a handsome brindle boy, two years old, and nice sized for a guy, but not large. Atascoctia Daido is a cute little 4 year old black girl with over a hundred and sixty races under her belt, she had a very good racing career and deserves a loving forever home. She is the first dog I have ever given a kennel name to, so I named her Dita, in honor of an old friend from the daytime job’s daughter, she’s quietly elegant, just like the human Dita I know, so you might want to check her out. We currently have only six girls in the kennel, so I’m not pushing the girls, but this one is a little bit special. No adoptions and nothing to write about has turned into four paragraphs, so it’s time to sprint into the sunset and get ready for the big dinner on Wednesday. Have a greyt week, shall return next week good Lord willing and the pee don’t rise.

Gar

Atascocita Gar 5Hello Michelle,
My name is Brenda and I am the person who has adopted Gar.
He is so handsome and a good boy. He is getting along very well with my
older(12) girl Alli.
He doesn’t know what snow is quite yet but he is getting used to it as we
have had some already this year.
He is eating well (inhales) his food but i am helping him take time to chew.
He loves his walks during the day. We go 2x a day around the block. Has a
strong prey drive but working on that also.
All the pictures I have taken of him are on my phone I will download them
and send you some.
He loves his toys too, He has a big basket of them.
I love him and he is a great addition to our home.
Let’s see what happens when I put the x-mas tree up, :)
I will keep you updated on his progress and send some pictures.
Thank you for the opportunity to be his forever home.
Brenda

John’s Happy Tails Report
11/25/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometimes After An Iguana Invasion.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us, including the hounds, to all of you, and best wishes for a fantastic holiday and please keep it safe. December 4th, which is a Wednesday, will be the day of the upcoming Dinner with the Doc fundraiser and all the information is listed in our flyers that were mailed out and on our website. It’s getting into that special time of year, what better way to kick it off than to party with us at the good doctor’s place? You can check out his office and it’s rumored that he may even give demonstrations on proper procedure for operating on a turkey. Just kidding, but you never know.

Astar Roman Hope

Astar Roman Hope

Adoption action was slow this past weekend, for a change. Not something we really like, but it was definitely appreciated by all of us who got somewhat of a breather and got a chance to catch up on some important things that needed to be completed. No dogs left the kennel, but Firecracker Bea has an application and Foxy Flake has an almost application which happened during the time that I chose to leave the kennel for food, so I don’t have all the information on her status. I’m not myself when I’m hungry and I sure as heck don’t want someone coming in there and telling me I look like Betty White. Foxy Flake is a beautiful what I call light brindle, she just turned three years old a couple weeks ago and did not suffer her career ending broken leg in the bounce house at the party. That’s a false rumor originated by our girl Astar Roman Hope, aka Bella, who lies so much her nose is crooked and if you don’t believe me you can come down to the kennel and check it out yourself. Four girls and eight guys will be going tomorrow on the Emerald Coast run number 9, so the kennel will be a dozen dogs lighter come this weekend. Unofficially we will have three girls and twenty five boys available for adoption. This will be, or already is, a record year for FOG and I’m proud to be a part of it.

No returns officially for the week. We did have MH Time Zone’s application fall through, so he’s still available, no he isn’t he’s heading north. Scratch that. Sunday, Magic Mercey joined us, that brings our girl count up to a grand total of four as I sit here this afternoon. I picked up a senior lady this afternoon from south Dade County. My version of the story is that she was picked up roaming the streets and the owner couldn’t be found. I will have more info next week, but for now, she’s a little black girl, rumored to be a brood mom, how and why she was on the street are unknown, but she’s been at the Vet’s and getting better and will probably be available for adoption by next weekend. Her kennel name is Toni, she rode home with me and I can say that she’s a sweetheart and a good rider and has already been spayed.

Magic Mercey

Magic Mercey

They’re painting a dire picture of the current status of our kennel, with supposedly nothing but BOB’s dogs. BOB’s dogs are kind of an acronym for Black, Old, or Broke dogs, which are not the most desirable dogs in the kingdom according to some. By my unofficial count, we have 28 dogs in the kennel at this moment and 13 of them are not BOB’s dogs, so it’s not as dark a picture as some of us had imagined. BOB’s dogs also make no better or worse pets based solely on the fact of being BOB’s, than any other random dog. Black dogs most of the time will end up with white muzzles, but so did Bill Cosby, Red Foxx, and Brett Favre and none of them suffer from lack of love. There’s nothing wrong with being old, with it comes experience, patience, and mellowness in most cases, all great traits for people looking for a pet that’s comfortable with his life, has been around the block a few times, and understands his limitations and is not a wild and crazy party animal. Broken is also acceptable. The racing career is over, most broken greyhounds suffer right rear hock injuries, which usually heal to where they can run and frolic again, but not on the professional level. I’d be willing to bet that a three legged greyhound is still faster than anything we can put up against it, including ourselves, with the exception of a cheetah or a four legged greyhound. So don’t be afraid to check out a BOB’s dog. I’ve heard ‘Best dog I’ve ever had’ and ‘Dog of a Lifetime’ so many times, and there’s just as many BOB’s referred to as so called regular dogs.

KL Evil Iceman

KL Evil Iceman

New arrivals are slim pickings this week. KC Iceman Frank has been adopted, but we have two new icemen in, named KL Evil Iceman and KL Great Iceman, Murray and Brutus respectively. They are brothers and Murray will tell you that he’s more handsome, faster, and bigger than his brother. Brutus points out that he knows how to take the first turn and isn’t wearing a cast. We love the sibling rivalries here at the kennel. Magic Mercey just arrived over the weekend, and she represents one quarter of the females in our kennel. She’s a big brindle girl, a veteran of over a hundred races, and is looking forward to long afternoon naps on the couch. Last and certainly not least, is my new friend Toni. I know nothing about her except that I think she was picked up off the streets, she’s a senior citizen, and she rides very well in a car. More info on her as I learn it. Ok, time to wrap it up. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, from all of us at the kennel. Thanks to all our volunteers for their dedication, and especially to Maria and her kitchen crew of which I only know Stephanie. They give up those beautiful sleep-in weekends to come help out early while people like me are still snoozing. Congratulations to Diffy for his second consecutive weekend in the play yard without earning a demerit. Also, I’ve learned through the butt-sniffing grapevine, that Rainey and Diffy are fast becoming an item. A word to our alumni, come on out and say hello, just like Rockdown Rex did. We’re always glad to see you and you can even bring your humans if they’re well behaved.