Ok, pickin’s is slim this week. We won’t be at Pet Supermarket until after the New Year. Don’t forget the Horses and Hounds event coming up in February the 19th. That’s a Sunday and it was changed to that date from the Super Bowl date, so put that on your calendar, it will be a greyt event. We seem to have run out of material for the moment. Have a great rest of the week, and we thank you again for all of your support throughout the years.
Happy end of November as my favorite three months of the year flash by at the speed of light, now leaving us with just a couple days over a month till the end of the year. We hope that everyone had a greyt Thanksgiving, our new resident Creepy is doing fine, starting his second week with us. The belly band was long gone until Sunday when for no reason, he decided to lift his leg on Julie’s pile of empty mailing postal boxes. Fortunately, they were covered and nothing was damaged except my ego and his pride. Hasn’t happened again, and he’s fitting in beautifully otherwise, quite the opposite of Diffy and proving that they may look and act alike on the outside, but each one has their own individual personality.While I was browsing through our website today, I came upon the Greyhound Resources section. This was new to me, although it may have been there for quite a while, I tend to miss things on occasions. This little section has currently eight items that are well worth reading, topics including, Recipes, Your Greyhound’s History, Health Matters, Affordable Websites, Recreation, Emergencies, Micro chipping, and Lost Dogs. If I get the space and time, I will try to mention one each week. Starting with Lost Dogs, which I think gives the most upsetting and helpless feeling of them all. Looking out in the yard and finding them gone is, to me, worse than having your car stolen. First thing to remember, if you are local, please call us immediately, we will help you. Second, do not be ashamed or embarrassed, it’s happened before and it will happen again, and even to people who think it cannot happen to them. Check this short article out, and keep it or our website handy just in case. I am happy to report that I have been on several lost dog hunts (yes some of us will even take to the streets to help search if we can), and, although I’ve never personally found a lost hound, I have captured and saved another breed dog that was running loose in the same area at the time. I can also say that every dog hunt that I’ve heard of or been involved with has had a happy ending, with the hound being safely returned to their humans. Who finds the lost animal, how or why he got lost is not important, the thing we want is to have them safely reunited with their people. It’s not fun out there on the streets for people, let alone animals that are lost, frightened, and hungry. Don’t forget, the Horses and Hounds event has been switched to Sunday, February 19th. If anyone has, or their companies have something that they can donate for our silent auction, please contact Michelle at the website or 954-937-9663. Horses and Hounds is pretty much our premier fundraiser, so if you have an item that would help, please let us know. This past week, a sweet girl named Gia won the National Dog Show BEST IN Show award. Although the show hounds look a bit different than our racing hounds, this event has definitely expanded the general public’s interest in greyhounds, which is very good news for us. Michelle says there’s already been an increase in inquiries about our hounds and the show is airing again next Saturday, so we will be in the news and on the tube in the near future as well. This was Gia’s 44th Best in Show win and the event started with around two thousand dogs representing 202 breeds, so she beat the whole field and there’s a lot of buzz going on right now about greyhounds. It looks like Santa’s elves have nothing on Michelle, along with the Resources section, she’s also updated the Wish List for this year, to reflect more of what we need now as opposed to what we used to need with the larger kennel. Those of you who do your shopping online, please consider using FoG for your ‘Amazon Smile’ donations. The Smile donations add up quickly and are very helpful, Amazon even reminds you of it when you log in. If you are getting your ‘kids’ new comforters this Christmas, don’t forget the kennel, our inmates would like to call ‘dibs’ for any that you no longer have use for. Single bed comforters are perfect size, but they all can be used, even the elephant comforters can be divvied up for those of you with Dumbos. We have a new girl in the kennel, a little petite red girl named Annie. She has just arrived, came in with an injured leg, but is getting along very nicely. Cute, friendly, and lively are her first three attributes. It’s big boy week, Keene and Ralph have been getting some serious looks this past week, so if you’ve got a nice big boy with plenty of energy in mind, you might want to check them out, especially if you have a nice fenced in yard, they love to run and are both poetry in motion when they get their motors going. We’ve also got Jackson and Darla sitting here, bags packed and ready to go home with someone for Christmas. Darla is super shy and Jackson needs his people available all the time, so they will require special humans to hook up and take care of their special needs, but they also will make a beautiful addition to the right home. If you think this might be you, contact Michelle or Jerry, we do have our special people out there who seek the special needs adoptable.
Fireball has made it to his new home, so we congratulate him and his new family and wish them much happiness, health, and love. Ok, don’t forget to check out the Resources Section of our website, don’t forget the new date for Horses and Hounds is February 19th. Thank you all for your support over the years, we’ve always tried to be there for you and we appreciate you always being there for us. Have a safe week, enjoy the last month of the year and let’s see if we can get some more hounds into loving homes in time for Christmas.
One final note, which I forgot, under the topic of donations. We are still set up for v-Dac (Vehicle Donation to any Charity). If you are getting a new car for Christmas, in lieu of the comforter, we will be glad to take your old car off your hands. Any used car would be fine, you can get a nice write off and it would help us out too, even if it’s not running.
Horses and Hounds has been changed to February 19th, the old date was on Super Bowl Sunday, not a good idea, so if you are going or know anyone who is, remind them of the change. We still have a couple months to get the word out about the change. It’s possible that Larry Warsh will be at the Horses and Hounds to take pictures and we will have a blessing of the animals too, nothing mentioned about us. It’s a day before President’s Day, so you will have a day to recuperate if this kind of thing wears you out. I know our animals slept all afternoon yesterday after they got home.Last week we mentioned that Scott and Moondust (Dusty) were spending a lot of time together and they might be an ‘item’. Scott adopted Dusty and it looks like an adoption made in heaven, both were looking very happy together at Auggie’s yesterday. Fireball is out on a home trial, was being returned, then maybe not, then maybe returned, then maybe not. Trials and tribulations of first weekend together, most of us have been through that at one time or another. I think my parents had the same thing the first week they brought me home from the hospital, but they kept me, and in the end, they were glad they did, so we’ll be keeping our fingers and dewclaws crossed for Fireball and all those who are making their first transition from racing or rescue kennel to real world household pet. Jackson also went out to foster parents, now we have room for him, but it’s not certain if he’s coming back to the kennel or not. Reward Joy, our senior girl that was returned, has now become a regular house pet at the kennel residence, so she doesn’t have to worry about spending her sunset years in the kennel or without being adopted, so congratulations to her. It’s also rumored that Andy has found his forever home. His future dad, Mike, is rebuilding his fence, and it’s not to keep himself safe inside, so we’re pretty sure it’s for Andy. Yes, it’s the same Mike that had his two boys, Oliver and recently, Bear, cross the bridge. Andy doesn’t know it yet, but we all know that he’s going to heaven on earth, Mr. Smith takes excellent care of his charges. I’m personally wondering if he eventually ends up with two, only time will tell.
Ok that pretty much sums up the excitement at the FoG kennel, a busy week and fun weekend. Next comes Thanksgiving, remember most of the hounds love turkey, turkey neck, turkey broth, turkey gizzards and other parts, they even like it when you sit there and spell out the word turkey for them, so keep them in mind when you’re fixing them the leftover sweet potatoes. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the FoG kennel and thank you for your continued support over the years, we’ve made a difference in nearly two thousand greyhound lives and countless humans no doubt.
We missed a week, had to go out of town, and Ms. Michelle missed a column, she has trouble keeping track of the days and I know how she feels. So, we’re back on schedule, no blood, no foul. It looks like there are currently eight adoptables in the kennel at the moment, six boys and five girls. You can get all the information on them by checking the website, contacting Michelle, visiting them in person or having them visit you in person at your house. President Jerry is incapacitated with a lingering severe cold. No, he’s not faking it, he even had to cancel his plans for the big family shindig, so he’s really, really sick. I hope everyone got through Halloween ok, didn’t hear of any mishaps with any of our alumni. Next up is Thanksgiving. My favorite three months of the year, October, November, and December are basically halfway gone as of tomorrow. Why doesn’t summer pass this quickly?We did the Everyday Green Expo last weekend, had a greyt time and got to see a lot of old friends. Again, our thanks to Jerry B., our webmaster, he was there to lend a hand, Andy and Keene were on hand to work the crowd as the meet and greet hosts. Lynn, the collar lady was also there with her collars. She’s expanded her line quite a bit and will be at the coming Horses and Hounds next year on Sunday, February 5th. Mike Smith also stopped by, both his big boys, Oliver and Bear are gone now, I didn’t know about Bear, so my belated condolences, shared quite a few weekends with them at the kennel. Both were big beautiful animals, a lot like their dad, and I am proud to call them my friends, even if they never said anything to me. We do have some shakin’ and bakin’ on the adoption front. Tabby has just received an application and has her bag packed already. Lee also has an application, but has not been feeling too well lately, so we are waiting until he is feeling better, so we can get him neutered and he can move on up to the East side. He’s had some diarrhea, so maybe he found out about the snipping ahead and it scared the crap out of him. Jackson has been living in a foster home for a while and will be coming back as soon as there’s room. Special thanks to Mr. Scott, he’s been helping us out with walking the dogs. The Vet wanted Dusty to do leash walks to help heal her bad leg. Now Dusty is sort of living with Scott, which is how these things turn out a lot, and she just may end up there permanently. Back in our day, our mothers would have died if Dusty and Scott were ‘living together’ and not married. Times have changed a bit. Since the notes I receive are not in any particular order, I know that Mike is not ready for another dog yet, and that Mike has a ‘hold’ on Andy, so I’m going to be optimistic and assume that the ‘hold’ note came after the ‘not ready yet’ note. So, good luck to all the hopefuls involved, we’ve got our fingers and dewclaws crossed for you, and I think one of Jerry’s dogs even has his eyes crossed, but I can’t verify if it’s normal or for the adoptable hopefuls. And, furthermore, Fireball has a human that’s very interested in him, so he joins the list too. As fate would have it, one of my regular dogs passed away a couple months ago, and we were just made aware of a greyhound that needed adoption. His name is Creepy; he is a beautiful two-year-old dark brindle boy. He was either born with, or suffered skull damage, his head is deformed and crushed in on the sides. This did not prevent him from being a racing greyhound, but he broke his leg on the training track, so his career was ended. There was some panic because it was thought no one would want to adopt a disfigured and broken dog. It was thought wrong; he is now living at our house under Chris and Julie’s care. He needs some work, he has worms, ear infection, and cryptorchidism of some sort, but we’re hoping we can get him back in ship shape. I love stories about people who take the animals that wouldn’t have much of a chance at getting a home, and this one is personal, we’re putting our money where our mouth is, literally, so we’ll see how it turns out, will keep you posted. Instead of the end of the road, we hope to get him the home with plenty of food, water, shelter, a good bed, and plenty of love from his six humans, two dog brothers, and two cats. The cats are optional and not guaranteed. We now have a two thirds greyhound majority in the house, and a three fifths dog majority in the animal senate. It’s interesting that we had a dog with cancer live for almost two years, then suddenly leave us right before another one who had virtually no chance and really needed someone, and we happened to be in the right place at the right time for him. Of course, you will be getting updates on the Creepmobile with regards to his progress in his new life. Ok, last but not least, November is our month at Auggie Doggies. That means we are the group of the month. We will be there next Sunday, the 20th, from eleven in the morning until three in the afternoon. Larry Walsh will be there to do photos and portraits. If you would like family, dog, dog and family, family and dog, someone else’s dog, casual, formal, whatever you want, Larry can do it. He is an excellent photographer. The sitting will cost twenty dollars and you will get an 8×10 for yourself. He will post on his website all the photos and you can choose whichever ones you want. I can see my pictures of my girls, one at Christmas with Santa Clause, hiding behind the curtain and holding their tails to keep them still, and the picture of them at the baseball game. They do bring back beautiful memories from twenty years ago. They laughed when I did it, but it was well worth it. As previously stated, Larry does excellent work, so stop by Auggie Doggie’s this Sunday if you can. For all the details, you can check our website under Upcoming Events. Ok, that should be most of the news for the week, and the week before. Have a greyt rest of the week, come by Auggie’s this weekend if you can, check out the website, we have eight adoptables just waiting to go home with you. I just got a new one, it’s a good feeling to know you’re giving a beautiful animal a chance at a good life with love and security, and the neat thing is you will be paid back a thousand times over in love and devotion.
1515 S.W. 1st Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale
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Larry Warsh Photography will be at Auggie’s Doggies
Sunday, November 20th, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Call 954-830-4730 for an appointment (walk-ins accepted)
Larry Warsh Photography will be at Auggie’s Doggies
Sunday, November 20th, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
1515 SW 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
Call 954-830-4730 for an appointment (walk-ins accepted)
Happy Halloween to you and yours. Don’t forget to keep your leashes tight if you’re out and about tonight, and keep an eye on anybody outside in the yard this evening, there are people who like to scare animals too, so maybe outdoor activities this evening should be short and sweet. Diffy is afraid of the wind, garbage cans, and tree limbs blowing, no telling what a goblin would due to his mind.We won’t be at Pet Supermarket on Saturday this coming weekend, but if you are planning to be out and about on Sunday and would like to stop by, check the website because we may substitute Sunday for Saturday. Hate to miss a meet and greet there, we always have a greyt time and always come away with goodies for the hounds. For those of you looking forward a bit into next year, the annual Horses and Hounds will be held on Sunday, February 5th, 2017. A little closer in November, on the 12th, we’ll have a booth at the Green Expo at Quiet Waters Park. It’s all about reuse, recycle, and reduce, so why not show our recycled dogs. November will also be Auggie Doggie Month, we’re planning on having Mike from Groom Waggin stop by to do nail trimming and take care of your dog’s manicure and pedicure needs. Also, Larry Warsh, from Warsh Photography, will be set up to take your family portraits just in time for the holidays. I used to think that was silly, and now, years later, looking at some of the old Christmas cards brings back some beautiful memories through the tears, of days when we were all younger, healthier, and seemingly happier. As I look at the photos I have here of my first two dogs, with Santa Clause, and the photo of three others at the Marlin’s game, it brings back beautiful memories. I’ve finally come to realize that I am one of those people who can be accused of loving my animals more than my fellow man. This seems like the appropriate time to mention that I’ve been reminded to make sure I remind everyone to get out and vote next week. I guess it’s kind of like your garden, whether you use cow manure or bull manure, it’s your choice, but don’t forget to fertilize and water. May need something stronger than water to drink before, during, and after this election, but get it done. It may be a political message, but at least it wasn’t a paid political message. As soon as we have the dates finalized, you’ll be hearing more on our Auggie Doggie adventure.
The yard sale was washed out, thanks to the inclement weather. Will try again as soon as we get regrouped. We have some higher end items listed on Craig’s List, if you are looking for doggie related items, crates, pens, etc., even if it’s not for a greyhound, you can check that out also. Not much activity on the adoption front this past week. The new brother and sister act have received some looks already and the girl, Gert, has been chosen already. Her brother Lee is still available, he’s a smaller sized guy. You can check out all of the inmates on our website or Pet Finder, or you can visit them in person at the kennel, all you have to do is make an appointment, usually can be arranged at your convenience. You can even arrange for an in-home visit, again at your convenience, and see how they look on your couch, or roaming your kitchen. Michelle and Jerry will be awaiting your call, and our adoptables are always glad to meet you. Have a safe week, keep your goblins close and your hounds closer.
We have three new dogs that have just arrived. Sunday, we picked up two smaller sized four year olds, I don’t have their names yet, so I’ll just call them Donnie and Marie, as they are brother and sister, but not sure if they sing and dance or not. Marie is red and Donnie is a dark brindle. Tabby is a beautiful little red girl that arrived the same evening. All three are calm and very affectionate. All three are scheduled for the trip to the vet and will be ready for adoption this coming week. We also have about nine others who have their bags already packed and are just waiting for the right human or human family to take them away and live happily ever after. We have anything from a young stud, to a senior girl and everything in between. Check out our website for a more complete description of each one. Our group has always taken all greyhounds, not just the pretty ones in perfect shape, they all deserve a second chance to live the life of a pampered pet, so you will find some special needs dogs here, some seniors, some broken, but they are all special in that they will be the perfect pet for the right person or family, all we have to do is connect them to the right home.Jackson has just moved to a temporary foster home, so he’ll get some individual attention. He loves people and wants to be with them all the time. He will need a home that can give him a little extra attention. He is allergic to anesthesia and he has some toes missing on one of his front feet. There are people out there, and I am one of them, that the more issues or challenges a dog has, the more appealing it is to give him a good life. I know many people that have adopted so called ‘special needs’ dogs and they’ve turned out to be the best animals they’ve ever had. Our Miss Scarlet was supposed to be fostered by a family with another greyhound, but after one day, it was decided that she would be a permanent member of their family. Talk about foster failures, I wonder what the record time for foster failure is. This Saturday, the 29th, from 9 A.M. until 2 P.M., at the kennel, aka, 2621 N.W. 105 Lane, Sunrise, we are holding a yard sale. Lots and lots of dog stuff, supplies, bowls, raised feeders, donated stuff, but not for greyhounds, with low, low prices, so drop by, send a friend or two. All proceeds go to Friends of Greyhounds and it will help in emptying out space in the storage. Many of our owners also have other dogs, so this is for everyone, not just the greyhounds and their people. On Saturday, November 12th, we will be in the Pet Expo section inside of the Everyday Green Expo at Quiet Waters Park, from 10 A.M. till 2 P.M. Stop by if you are in the area, we love company. Also, next month will be Friends of Greyhounds month at Auggie Doggie’s dog supply store at 1515 S.W. 1st Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale. They are next to the Car Museum with parking both in front and in back. They are a small walk through store, but EVERYTHING is US sourced, US manufactured foods and treats. It’s a neat place, we’ll be there off and on for the whole month, and I’ll have more on it next week, or you can check our website or call Michelle or Jerry for all the information on everything I talk about here. The Halloween Party at Pet Supermarket was reported to be a howling success. Jill was not there, but Danny and Mike took great care of us, and we went home with a bunch of canned foods and even some dog treats. If you are ever in possession of an extra bag or box of dog treats, and want to get rid of them, look no further. We will be glad to take them off your hands. I think the treats are in the grey area. We must have food and medicine for the dogs, along with the essential supplies, however dog treats are not considered totally essential (except by the dogs) and we get them when we can afford them. The dogs do love their treats and they go a long way towards making up for the other creature comforts we can’t afford to give them, like individual showers, wi-fi, stereo and tv systems, state of the art gyms, things that even the common criminals in American prisons are provided with by the taxpayers. So, rice is nice, but if you ever have an extra treat or two lying around the house, think of our beautiful hounds with their sad liquid brown eyes, watching, waiting for the one thing in life they really enjoy, their evening treat. The preceding was a paid announcement from the current FoG inmate’s association and does not reflect the views of the FoG kennel. Well, actually it does, we love them to have treats also. Ok, enough of this, have a greyt week, and remember Halloween will be here, keep your hounds safe, there’s some scary things going on out there and the hounds don’t know that it’s not for real, so keep them close and leashed or inside.
Yard sales and parties are the theme for mid-October. Last Saturday we had a yard sale at Beth’s house. We netted about $120, but the really good news is that a lot, lot, lot of small stuff went, which made just about enough room in the storage for a small, semi navigable path through it, which also enabled the discovery of a bag of stuffies, which is a great morale booster for the inmates. They sleep very nicely after they’ve worn themselves out chewing on a nice fresh stuffie. We now have a very happy kennel, if the warden is happy, the inmates are happy, it rolls downhill. We now have a kennel yard sale scheduled for Saturday, October 29th, 9 AM until 2 PM, at 2621 N.W. 105 Lane, Sunrise. We will have a ton of large dog stuff (not all of it greyhound stuff), but large dog nevertheless. There will be a bunch of house items mixed in with the raised feeders, dog bowls, and other doggish items. Also included will be 8 pieces of artwork from the art auction, an assortment of non-greyhound sized metal crates, and a bunch of beautiful dog sweaters and sweatshirts that don’t fit greyhounds.Also coming up this Saturday is the annual Pet Supermarket dog Halloween Party. We will be there from ten in the morning until two o’clock, at the Pet Supermarket on University Drive just north of Sunrise Boulevard on the east side of the street. Jill’s parties are legendary, at least with the local dog folk, and we will be there with one of our adoptables. There is also a costume party and a good time is usually had by all, so drop by if you get a chance. On the dog front, I have not heard of any returns, so that should mean that all the recent adoptions are going well so far. Max, our almost ‘special needs’ dog, has just gone out to a beautiful family that is home most of the time and is willing to work with him and give him lots of love and attention, so we’re all keeping our fingers and dewclaws crossed for him, he’s a great guy, he just wants a loving family to be close and personal all of the time, so good luck to them. Currently we have none, zero, nada, zip, that is no dogs in the kennel that are not spayed/neutered, and there are no cast wearing dogs. Everyone has been ‘fixed’ in more ways than one, and all are ready to go to their new loving homes. All you have to do is stop by the kennel and check them out. Orrrrrrr, it’s entirely possible that we can bring one or two to your casa for an in home inspection and meeting. At your convenience of course. This is neat and something we could never do when we had the big kennel in Hialeah, open only on the weekends, so if you can’t or don’t want to come to the kennel, contact us and quite possibly the (a couple of them anyway) can come to you. These dogs make beautiful pets, ask anyone who’s ever had one, they can tell you, or better yet, meet them and check them out in person, you just may fall in love. Have a greyt week, keep your animals and yourself safe.
Had this been written this morning, we would have said that Ms. Scarlett has been the object of much affection, but had not received the final word, now, procrastination has paid off. Ms. Scarlet has an official application as of 3 o’clock this afternoon. So, hopefully her wait has ended and she’ll be on her way very soon. She has her bag packed and sitting outside the door, or maybe Aunt Michelle packed it for her, in any case, this is a happy event. To equalize the scale, Reward Joy has returned to the kennel. She is nine years old, was living happily with her family and her human dad passed away. The family must move away and she won’t be going with them. I know, I don’t understand either, if I lived in a car, my dog would have the front seat, but there may be circumstances I don’t know about, and the main concern is getting back into a loving home. She is a nine-year-old fawn brindle lady, has house experience and has no problems with children, cats, or other dogs, so she’s ready to move into to her final forever home, all we need is someone who will take in a senior and give her love for her last years. If you can do this, or know someone who might, please give Michelle or Jerry a call or contact them at the kennel or website.There was no splash party this past weekend. Thank you Matthew. Actually, thank you Matthew for sparing our area, would rather miss an hour party than suffer major damage, so it turned out well for south Florida. There also will be no meet and greet at the Pet Supermarket this coming weekend. We are deferring until the following weekend, October 22nd, when Jill will be having a combo Customer Appreciation/Halloween party at the Pet Supermarket on University, just north of Sunrise Blvd. There will be treats, discounts, a few vendors, and of course, costumes. Jill is well known for her store parties, so it should be a lot of fun. We will be there from 10 A.M. until 2 P.M. so stop by and say hello if you are in the area. The highlight for this weekend is the Community Yard Sale. We’ll be joining Beth and David Tattershall at Cocopalms Community Center, located at intersection of Lyons Road and NW 6th Manor, across from Windmill Park in Coconut Creek. The hours are from 9 A.M. until 2 P.M. It is a community yard sale, so there will be other groups there too, we will have artwork, office and shop supplies, lots of miscellaneous pet supplies and stuff for greyhounds and non-greyhounds that have been donated to us. Remember, we’re downsizing from 50 dogs to 10 and not vice versa, so we need customers to purchase and take away our items, so we can downsize or empty our rented warehouse. We do not need items donated, but thanks anyway, we are trying to eliminate as much as possible and make some much needed cash at the same time. Speaking of unloading, if anyone needs raised feeding dishes, we have about a half dozen new ones. Just sayin’.
Ok, that’s just about it for another week, stay safe, have a greyt week and stop in and say hello if you can at either or both of the upcoming events. As always, we will have an adoptable with us at the Pet Supermarket party, so if you’ve never met a real live racing greyhound up close and personal, this is your chance, and bring the kids, most greyhounds love kids.