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John’s Happy Tales Report
3/29/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Even Horses And Hounds At This Time Of Year.

Ok, it’s apparently officially time to start the hype for next month’s Horses and Hounds event which happens to be coming up this very Sunday from 2:30 until 5 o’clock on Piping Plover Road. I am fascinated by the name Piping Plover Road, but you don’t have to be. The physical location is just south and west of Lake Worth, a hop, skip, and jump from residents of Broward County, a little further for us Dade people, but well worth the trip and a nice afternoon out. It’s free and one of our major fund raising events for the year. The estate is beautiful, there will be food and a horse show, you can get up close and personal with horses, and if you are a dog, you don’t have to be a greyhound to attend. All well behaved dogs are invited and encouraged to take part in the doggie show. We will also have the usual silent auction with lots of great items to bid on, and they even have an area where the greys can mix and mingle and run around a little bit. The temperature is forecast to be right around eighty degrees so it should be pleasant weather. So make plans to attend, it’s a great way to spend a spring Sunday afternoon around dogs and horses in a beautiful country estate setting. I think I’ve just convinced myself to go.

P1080010We will have a few of our adoptables there to see and be seen with, but we can only bring so many. If you are coming stag and you want to come drag, contact Michelle and drop by the kennel early and you just might be able to bring one of them to the event as your own adopted hound if you stop by this week. Lynne, our famous collar lady from the Hialeah Kennel days, will be there with her handcrafted custom collars. Chris got Syracuse and New York Giants collars from her a couple years ago, and finally, our boy Diffy is able to wear the Syracuse collar, at least, with pride, and we’re hoping he’ll be able to again wear the Giants collar in his lifetime, but he’s already seven years old, so it’s maybe fifty/fifty with him, but you can get lots of other greyt looking neck wear from Lynne, you don’t have to go with team designs. Friends of Greyhounds will also have dollar bags of dog cookies. I urge you to buy some, the dogs like them and Michelle spent many hours of her waking life preparing them for this occasion, she has blisters, callouses, and mental scars to testify to this. There will also be a limited supply of inexpensive dog beds available, first come, first serve. In accordance with tradition, the dogs that we have available for adoption will be wearing colorful Leis, so don’t be afraid to come up and check them out if you see one you like.

2015 Donate Your Dime - Whole Foods Market® Coral Springs

2015 Donate Your Dime – Whole Foods Market® Coral Springs

In other news, Donate your Dime is back at the Coral Springs Whole Food Market from April 11th until July 3rd. Patrons will be offered ten cents and three options if they reuse their shopping bags, and one of the charity options will be Friends of Greyhounds. We are hoping to be able to get some volunteers and sit outside the doors this year. Ten cents a bag doesn’t sound like much, but last year we received over eleven hundred dollars, so it pays off in the long run. If they see us out front when they’re going in, it does plant a little seed in their heads, so it’s worth the effort.

Sam was delivered to his new home and it looks like he’s going to do very well. It seems that Sam is their first dog and greyhound, and they are delighted with all the things he’s been able to teach him about how to treat your pet. It looks like he’s hit the adoption lottery for sure. Ok, it looks like we’ve covered most of the excitement.

We also have the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival coming up at the end of April, and, as always and eternally, we can always use and even appreciate any and all volunteers, most likely you can spend as much or as little time as you have, and there’s a wide variety of things that need to be done. We can definitely use volunteers at this Sunday’s Horses and Hounds, with the auction and the booth or just hanging around with one of the adoptables, so if you have the time, we have the task, check with Michelle or Jerry and they will be glad to fulfill your volunteer wishes.

You Are Invited to Horses & Hounds

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
 
Hosted by Jane Bistline & Jeri Caprio
Sponsored by the Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation
 
Click here for information, driving directions and more.
 

Hermes & Hughey

Hughey received his injected chip today from Michelle from “Friends of Greyhounds.
Maurice my Greyhound Grandparent brought along his Greyhound Hermes.
They became buddies.

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John’s Happy Tales Report
3/22/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Spring has sprung, the annual Global Pet Expo is history, and as usual, we have had a small measure of success from the event. Now all of the dogs will be sleeping with nice, soft, comfortable beds, which is a first in a while. So the inmates are set, and they can await their forever homes in well-deserved comfort. Sometimes smaller is better, it’s easier to keep up ten beds than fifty something. So the weekend trip was a complete success.

Happy Harry

Happy Harry

We also had some dog movement as well as the standard bowel. Happy Harry managed to have it both ways. He went out to a really nice home, and then the human got a work schedule change that would have left him alone over ten hours daily, which is unacceptable for all the humans and dogs involved, so he has returned. Home Alone was a cute movie but it doesn’t work for greyhounds for long hours. So Harry is available again, with a little home experience under his belt and has vowed to keep his bags packed and ready in case he goes out this week, so we wish him luck. Sierra was delivered this past week, to live with Iron Dog or vice versa, and Autumn is in her new home and doing well. We also have three new arrivals, Denim is a beautiful retired four year old girl and Akira and Sam are two three year old males. They are already on Pet Finder and you can contact the kennel, Michelle or Jerry and get all the information on them, and probably even arrange for a house visit if you live in the area.

Denim

Denim

The annual Horses and Hounds is coming up on April 3rd, so join us if you can, and we will be at Pet Supermarket again this weekend, the details are on the website, but it’s usually ten till two but I don’t know at this moment if it’s Saturday or Sunday. The kennel is smaller, but the workload is still considerable, and we can always use help around the kennel. Michelle and Jerry are approaching the ‘Golden Years’ and no longer can sprint like they did in the days of yesteryear. Those of you that might have some spare time, or if you are a student looking to fulfill your service hours, what better place to be than with our inmates. No, it’s not all scoop and shovel, there is plenty of work to be done besides the physical hound work, such as paper work and other office tasks that take up Michelle’s valuable time, and so any and all help is always greytly appreciated. You can call Michelle and probably set up a time that is convenient for your time of availability. Michelle and Jerry will be waiting alongside their respective phones, breathlessly waiting for your call. Well, maybe not breathlessly, but any help is both needed and appreciated, especially if you live in the Sunrise area. Ok, that’s most of the information up to the moment. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone.

You Are Invited to Horses & Hounds

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
 
Hosted by Jane Bistline & Jeri Caprio
Sponsored by the Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation
 
Click here for information, driving directions and more.
 

Sierra’s Lazy Sunday

Here’s what happens when you don’t make room for Sierra on the couch :)

Thanks for delivering Iron Man today. We love him already.

Brandy

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John’s Happy Tales Report
3/14/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Billy

Billy

Highlight of the previous week was the meet and greet at the fabulous Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Boulevard. With their 10% donation program we netted seven cases of dog food and a couple ten pound boxes of milk bones for the inmates. A few of our alumni stopped by to liven up the gathering and a good time was had by all. This weekend the former baby wolf holders will be in Orlando for the big pet fair, we’ll see what kinds of goodies they come back with this time.

Happy Harry

Happy Harry

We have some continued activity on the adoption front. Autumn has an application, but won’t be going to her new home until next weekend. Her new dad works for Natur-vet and will be representing his company at the event in Orlando and will be taking her when he gets back home. Uno, also known as Where’s One Eye, has been officially adopted by our webmaster, a wonderful ending for Uno, as he gets a well-deserved retirement home to spend the remainder of his golden years in, along with other greyt siblings, as Jerry apparently tries to reclaim his old nickname of ‘Sixdog Jerry’. Seal has been taken off the home trial list and has been officially adopted also. He has a nice family and two fine girls to walk his neighborhood with. It’s rumored that there will be two new arrivals coming in next weekend, more on that when I find out more on that. Steve is doing well in his new home, he has a cat sibling, but more importantly to him, a greyhound sister and a big, big yard to run around with her in.

We’re starting work around the kennel with the various construction projects. The volunteer firemen (professional firemen – volunteers at the kennel) will work on the kennel improvements. Michelle and Jerry want to thank them for their efforts and thank one of our long time donors for footing the bill for the materials. The work is slow because they can only do so much with limited space for the dogs to move to, but little by little it will get done. Ok, this is all the news that’s fit to print at the moment.

Darla

Darla

You can contact either Michelle or Jerry to find out all the information on the dogs we currently have available. My list, as it stands at the moment, includes Happy Harry, who is a big dark brindle. He is young in age and spirit. He likes to talk, eat, bark and wag his tail, but not necessarily in that order. If you live in Kansas, Texas, or West Virginia, Harry is not available for adoption, as he is wanted for assault and battery after doing a cat scan. Just kidding, he really isn’t, but he has shown to be not cat tolerant, so if you have a feline in your residence, you may want to pass on Harry. Unless of course, you don’t like or want the cat. Are we allowed to say that? Probably not, it will be edited out no doubt. We also have Darla, a beautiful little black girl. Darla is extremely shy but she will come around in time. That’s ok, my Diffy is afraid of his own shadow, but he is a tremendous dog, so don’t hold that against them, shy dogs make excellent pets too. We also have Billy. Mr. Billy snapped at (he says he beat the dogfood out of a little yapper) a small dog that aggravated him by wrapping him up in his retractable leash. He is a gentle and loving dog, as long as he’s not placed in a situation where another unrestrained smaller canine can irritate him. Otis is a handsome brindle boy and Ironman is a tall white dog with brindle patches. Both are happy, healthy and ready for a real home. I don’t know them yet, but as previously stated, you can contact the kennel and get up to the minute information on any of our hounds.

We’re half way through March, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to those of you who celebrate it. Will be back next week with more information on new arrivals, and don’t forget, we have the Horses and Hounds event coming up as well as the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival. Have a greyt week, give your hounds a hug from us.

You Are Invited to Horses & Hounds

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
 
Hosted by Jane Bistline & Jeri Caprio
Sponsored by the Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation
 
Click here for information, driving directions and more.
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
3/7/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Billy

Billy

You know it’s been a slow week when the most exciting thing going on is about the visit to the wolf babies. Michelle and Jerry took a rare three day vacation up to the panhandle and got to visit with our dogs’ relatives, the wolves, at Seacrest Wolf Preserve. And there was some kennel action. At last report, all the new adoptees were doing well in their new homes, so that’s good news. Autumn was just adopted and will be delivered early next week, and Steve is being considered as a second dog in a home, so we’re still moving along. I see the dog list is a little behind, but I am sure it will be updated very shortly. I know that Billy and Happy Harry are available, and Uno, aka Where’s One Eye. We have a total of eight dogs in the kennel right now. The pictures may not be up to date but they are ready for company if you want to visit. Hope to have an up to the minute next week.

Uno (Where's One Eye)

Uno (Where’s One Eye)

Also on the hope list, we have some firefighters volunteering to do some construction work that is needed in the kennel; we shall see how that works out. We will be at the Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd. this weekend on Saturday from 10 until 2 o’clock. The Pompano Seafood Festival (April 22 – 24) is set, we will be there officially, and the Horses and Hounds event on April 3rd is also fast approaching. You can check the website for the dates and times. Just because I don’t always know exactly how many inmates we have available for adoption doesn’t mean it is unknown, you can contact Jerry or Michelle and they will always be able to give you up to the minute information on any and all greys available for adoption. I think that about does it for this week, even I can’t stretch it any further at the moment. So, that does it for now, unless Michelle gives a wolf report, have a greyt week, next week is another week.

You Are Invited to Horses & Hounds

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
 
Hosted by Jane Bistline & Jeri Caprio
Sponsored by the Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation
 
Click here for information, driving directions and more.
 

Hughey (Duke) comes home for his retirement from racing.

My new Baby 2.5 years old.

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John’s Happy Tales Report
2/29/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel, Even In Leap Years.

Uno (Where's One Eye)

Uno (Where’s One Eye)

Check the date; you won’t see it again for four years, at least the February 29th part. It’s been a quiet week as far as news is concerned, at least with my sources. We have movement, which is the most important item. Seal and Duke both have applications and if all goes well, both will be going to their new homes on Wednesday. Seal is going to Cutler Bay with a nice family and two teenaged humans for sisters. Duke is furthering his education by going to live with a retired university professor in Oakland Park. As usual, we are keeping our paws and fingers crossed and wish both of them and their humans many years of love, happiness, and good health. I have inside information that two new adoptables have arrived or will be there by the time this is posted. One I do not know, but the other, I believe his name is Iron Man, is a white and brindle, handsome as can be, and will make a very good addition to any household, according to my inside information. As a racer, you wouldn’t want to bet on him, but as an excellent pet, he’s as close to a sure thing as you can get. As with all the inmates, you can contact the kennel for up to the moment news and they can give you all the information on any of our ‘people’.

Happy Harry

Happy Harry

We were at Pet Supermarket last weekend again, the one on E. Sunrise Blvd. As usual, we were well treated, got to meet a bunch of people from around the world as well as locals, and we picked up some donated grub and cash while we were at it. We won’t be there this weekend, something about Michelle is taking Jerry up to north Florida to feed him to the wolves or feed the wolves, some such. If we see Jerry next weekend, it was feed the wolves, if Jerry turns up missing, in may have been the former. March is about five hours away, and looming on the calendar horizon we have Horses and Hounds coming up as well as the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival. Pompano was my first meet and greet and I did it with Charlie the Indian, who actually was at the Pet Supermarket last weekend. I love Charlie, he’s looking greyt, a little older, but no wiser I’m afraid. We love it when the old alumni stop in and see us, or at the least, send an email or photo to let us know how they’re doing. Ok, I’ve done my best to make a mountain out of an anthill this week. We still have at least eight dogs in the kennel, or maybe not, every one that I see looks like he’s gone already except maybe Happy Harry, so, hopefully next week I will have an updated list to go with. Meanwhile, have a fabulous week, stay tuned for more, and keep an eye out for Jerry.

Charlie’s Cat Bed

Charlie stole the cat’s bed. I like the cat in the background, plotting revenge!
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John’s Happy Tales Report
2/23/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Back again, a day late but not a dollar short. Compared to last weekend, it’s been a very quiet week. We now have eight dogs in the kennel for adoption including two returns, as usual due to family concerns more than the dog’s fault. Last week Asia and Charlie went directly to their new homes from Pet Supermarket, and as of the moment both are doing very well with their new humans. We will be out at the Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd. again this Saturday from ten until two o’clock, but without the hotdogs this time. Also on the horizon coming soon in the next couple months, the Horses and Hounds event and the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival.

Uno (Where's One Eye)

Uno (Where’s One Eye)

Michelle says we need to hold a giant yard sale to clean out a bunch of stuff that has accumulated since the kennel was closed. If anyone has any ideas for a great heavily trafficked location or even better, a commercial spot on a main street, please email her. We will be looking for volunteers for this and of course, we can always use any and all help around the kennel, so if you have some free time you’d like to donate to help out with the adoptables, or any teens that need service hours, feel free to contact Jerry or Michelle.

Steve (Skate McQueen)

Steve (Skate McQueen)

Where’s One Eye, no that’s not a question, that’s a dog named Uno, who was surrendered to us because his family could no longer care for him. He is ten years old, but apparently his humans are older, his human mom passed away and his human dad is no longer able to care for him, so he needs a loving home to finish out his career. Uno is well behaved, in good health, so you will not be getting someone else’s problem; he’s just a victim of unfortunate circumstances. Steve is another return, he was living happily in his home but again, circumstances forced his family to inherit more members of the household, among them, four children. The combination of too many people, four of them children apparently caused him to snap at one of the kids, so naturally the dog has to go. We have six others available at the moment and you can check them out on our website and if you are more than just interested, you can contact Michelle or Jerry and get all the information on them and perhaps even arrange to meet them at the kennel or even at your house, at your convenience.

That’s my story for this week, please do check out the profiles, or come see them in person, or arrange for them to come meet you in your residence. We will be at the Pet Supermarket again this Saturday, if you’re in the area stop by and say hello. We will have one or two of the inmates with us so if you’ve never met a real live racing greyhound up close and personal, here’s your chance. Have a greyt week, give your hounds a hug from us and thank you for all the support you’ve given us over the years.