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John’s Happy Tails Report
8/25/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside The FoG And Around The Mulberry Bush.

It’s probably been sixty years since I’ve seen a mulberry tree so that ends that story. It was a busy week for fundraising. We have reached and passed the 20% mark, so we’re moving on in a steady, slow pace, much like the way I walk. Four more of these and we’re there. I will have to be content with all second hand information for this week, as I was completely out of the loop and missed all the events.

IMG_20140824_151802116First of all a big thank you to everyone who helped make the fundraisers a success and who helped out. Marnie set up one of the events, the Funky Buddah I believe, but don’t quote me on it. The last I heard that netted over six hundred dollars, thank you Marnie very much. The Pet Fair and Macy’s events also added another couple hundred dollars and if I am incorrect in this, it will be edited out hopefully. Also reported that two dogs were adopted but I haven’t confirmed that as of yet. I do know that Ace High Jessie went out on a home trial this week and we’re keeping our paws crossed that that will turn out for the best for her. I know her potential human adopters, and if it works out, she will be a very lucky and happy girl. According to my sometimes inaccurate calculations, there are currently nine dogs available for adoption. We’re working on updating the profiles and getting some good current pictures on the website and Pet Finder. If you like photography, love to take pictures of dogs, and the West Broward area is convenient to you, Michelle and Jerry would be very happy to have you drop in with your camera and take some pictures for us of our beautiful adoptables. Our former ace photographer has grown up and gone off to college on us, and the replacement crew, aka my family, lives in Dade County and is somewhat travel challenged currently. We can make it very convenient for you to fit into your schedule if you’re willing to stop by and shoot our dogs. Also, if you are anxious to meet our dogs, you can call Michelle or Jerry and set up an appointment at your convenience to visit and view. I’ve also heard some whisperings about them even bringing a dog or two to your house for a looksee.

Homeless Boy

Homeless Boy

CVs Candy

CVs Candy

My list of the current roster is as follows. Atascocita Daido, 5 years old black girl. I don’t know how she got here but will find out. Benny of Ruckus, black guy, 4 years old, he’s a return. Chase the Storm, 4 year old brindle, a return I believe. Atascocita Sue and Atascocita Otto, both 9 year old returns, white and black. Como Se Yama, 11 years old, found on the streets, beautiful little red girl. O Ya Shotgun Red, a red fawn 4 year old boy. CV’s Candy, 4 year old fawn girl. And last but not least, Homeless Boy, an about to be 3 year old black boy. If you’re wondering why so many returns, it’s because we don’t have the ability to house a lot of greyhounds yet, but we are as we always have, open to taking back all returns and greyhounds that have been abandoned or dumped in shelters. So, for the near future, we may have as many returns as recent retirees , but we’re working on rebuilding back up to at least two dozen available greys at all times. Ok, we’re going to also try to get a couple dog’s profiles on here each week for those who don’t do the website or Pet Finder. We’ve had a lot of interest in setting up a little dog gathering in a nice dog park or some other appropriate place, as the alumni are missing each other. It hasn’t happened yet, but it will. I’m not totally angered or disappointed because it’s still very hot outside during the day, so a late afternoon gathering would probably be more appropriate. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas please notify FOG or post it on the facebook, I know Gunner and Scar’s dad, Jon, was thinking about it for September, after labor day and everyone’s settled down. For the southern connection, we have been doing, with the exception of yesterday, the Miami Springs dog park on Royal Poinciana Blvd., which is the street that runs along the canal on the opposite side of Okeechobee Rd. It’s reachable heading north and west from the circle in Miami Springs , or from the NW South River Drive exit on the Palmetto Expressway, heading south and east. It’s just past Miami Springs Senior High School. If you see the large pedestrian crossover bridge, it’s right next to that. We’ve had Trent and Lizzy drop in, Joan O’Brien is somewhat of a regular also, and Slugbug Bob has even been there to haul grass with our Diffy, Newie, and Charles the psycho. So far, the people with small dogs have been very good with keeping them in the other area, and the other dog breeds have been friendly as well. We had Joan leading a pack of eight or nine dogs around the field last week. So if you have a grey that’s lonely for his people, or you just don’t have a place for them to run, come on out. We’re usually there around seven p.m. or just after, depending if the pain in the train is crossing, which it sometimes does, and we usually only spend an hour at most, as the troops get pooped out pretty quick, so it’s short, sweet, and fun. If you do catch the train coming in from the north, you can just hop over the bridge and take Okeechobee Road down to the first bridge back over the canal, go to the circle, take the first right, which is Poinciana, and follow it back up to the park. Got it? If not, feel free to email me at the FOG website. Ok, enough for today, next week is another week, next big goal, 50 per cent and half way there. Have a great week and don’t step in it if you can help it.
Ace HIgh Jessie in Her New Home

Ace HIgh Jessie in Her New Home

Subject: Happy Tales

From: Beth Tattershall
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2014 7:05 PM
To: Michelle Weaver
Subject: Happy Tales

Forward this to John Grata please. Star wants to know if he needs help writing the Happy Tales report.


Pop Up Cart: Hot Dogs Benefit for the Dogs

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Pop Up Cart: Hot Dogs Benefit for the Dogs,
$3 each

Funds donated to Friends of Greyhounds

The Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, order quarter pound all-beef hot dogs on a hoagie roll and all funds will be donated to Friends of Greyhounds, a non-profit (501c3) corporation whose mission is to provide retired racing greyhounds with a caring environment and loving homes. The funds raised will help build a new kennel in West Broward.

Whole Foods Market Coral Springs
810 University Drive

Happy Hour at America’s Backyard

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Friday, September 26, 5-10 PM

100 SW 3rd Avenue, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33312

Raffles & Giveaways

Purchase a $20 Ticket for Drinks and the proceeds benefit Friends of Greyhounds

Online sales of the Ticket for Drinks has ended.

You can purchase your $20 Ticket for Drinks at the event.

See you at America’s Backyard.

John’s Happy Tails Report
8/18/14 Mostly Happy Tales About The Future Kennel And Local Happenings Is What We’ve Been Reduced To.

Not only that but Michelle has covered the week’s items with her latest Dog Days of Summer Post, which turns out great for me because I just got in an altercation with a big roach and lost, so I am somewhat incapacitated as my left knee or thereabouts is rendered useless for the time being. We are currently very close to 20% in raised money for the new kennel. We are progressing slowly but surely.

As covered previously, we have eight dogs up for adoption. A little bit of everything is how I would call it, old, young, experienced, male, female, including two beautiful white and black seniors that are ready, willing, and able to move in with you, hopefully together, since they’ve been together so long it would be a shame to split them up now. We have Macy’s coupons on the website, they are only good this Saturday, so check the website for complete details and if Macy’s is in your plans this week, maybe you can help us out too. [Click here for more information about Macy's] Michelle, as many others are, is in love with the Today Show on NBC. She has written them and asked that they come down and see who we are and what we do, maybe help us out a little bit. Most of the time this is a long shot, but you never know, if we get a bunch of people sending in facebook and twitter, we might get lucky. It could happen to us, but we’ll never know if we don’t try, so it doesn’t cost anything but a little time, give them a holler and maybe we can get some help from some big people. We also have ongoing projects that you can check on the website. Every little bit helps and if we get some big bits, all the better. If you feel ambitious, especially if you are in the Broward area, FOG can use virtually any kind of volunteer help from filing, cleaning, typing, composing, decomposing (just kidding), there are thousands of things to be done, we got a long way to go and a short time to get there (Jerry Reed couldn’t have sung it better), so if you can help us push the pedal to the metal, it would be greatly appreciated. Check out Michelle’s Blog and there’s plenty of little and big projects to choose from. I also noticed that Stephen Seal has issued a challenge that he will match will match the first person to make a $2,500 donation. Note that I said first and not all. Just in case you read it like I did the first time. Anybody know our biggest Marlin, Mr. Stanton? Maybe you could ask him to donate something for every home run he hits. At the rate he’s going, we could get the money real quick. Where’s Mark Buehrle when you need him? He was a Marlin and a friend of dogs, unfortunately he’s now in Toronto. Anybody know a professional baseball or football player that’s a friend of animals. If I knew our local boy Sam Young personally I’d ask him to see if any of the guys in the locker room could help us out, it’s rumored that some of those guys make some pretty good money. Anyway, my version of California Dreaming, maybe someone really knows someone with some great connections. The world of sports is a great place to look, lots of people with big bucks and good hearts if you can get to them, some have been known to help champion a cause that’s near to their heart.

Miami Springs Dog Park

Miami Springs Dog Park

On the local front, we have Jonathon, aka Pachino and Gunner’s dad, talking about having a little social get together after labor day in September. He has a dog park in mind I think up around the Oakland Park area, so maybe we can get something going on that. This past weekend at the Miami Springs dog park, we had Joan O’Brien both days and Slugbug Bob made a special appearance on Sunday. We hit there usually on Saturday and Sunday evening, a little after seven. It’s a nice park, all grass, plenty of room to run, and the other people and dogs are all nice and well behaved. Yesterday there were about ten or eleven dogs, which was unusual, including our three greyhounds, and everyone got along, with our Charlie being the closest to a PITA of all. Just before dark, Joan led about eight of the others on a romp around the perimeter and it was tremendous to watch, but too dark to get a good video of it. Next weekend is fantasy football for my people, so we will not be there on Sunday, but if you’re in the area on Saturday, come on out, it’s short and sweet, maybe a couple bugs, but we have a good time, and it will have to do until the new venue comes along.

Forgot to mention a little note we got about CD’s Shannon.

Dear Greyhound Friends,

We are Tom and Gail, of North Wales, Pennsylvania. A note to let you know that we have adopted CD’s Shannon through Greyhound Friends of New Jersey. Her name now is Zarha. She has a loving home now with another female greyhound and has experienced Greyhound parents.

Zarha is absolutely adorable and doing amazingly well after only 3 weeks in our home! She is so smart and affectionate. Thank you for helping to bring this amazing little girl into our home and lives! She is part of our family and has found her forever home.

Our girl Shannon made it up to Pennsylvania, and it’s looking good for her. I love getting these notes and pictures. Have a greyt week, stay positive, we’ll see what next week brings.

Boot Kamp Beast is Helping FoG!!!

Donation based Boot Kamp classes with 10% of the donations to be given to Friends of Greyhounds.

Saturday, September 6 & September 20 at 7:00 AM
RSVP – phone or text to 954-693-6333 or


Dog Days of Summer? FOG Days of Summer!!!

So is this what they call the Dog Days of Summer? Every day is a dog day around here! We are forging forward in our quest for the new kennel! I hope everyone is watching the purple progress bar on the homepage of the website. Donations have slowed considerably and it’s time to shake things up. We need to build some serious momentum. There’s a couple things we can do.

Make sure you’re coming to one or two of our FUNdraiser Parties. Keep an eye on the upcoming events page. Bring your friends to the Yappy Hour at Funky Buddha Brewery on Sunday, August 24 (2 – 6 pm. We’ll have raffles every hour. Click here to view the flyer.

And on September 9th, we’ll be at YOLO Restaurant on Las Olas from 6 – 8 pm. Donate $10 or $20 and get a free drink, apps and Raffle tickets!

Your dogs can come to these fundraisers and they are open to the public. The Yolo space is kind of “compact” so plan accordingly. (i.e – if your dog gets panicky in crowded spaces. . .) And watch for more of these kinds of things.

We will have a booth at the Animal Adoption Fair at War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday (Aug. 24). This is a general adoption fair with all kinds of animals and supplies and things. I could use some people to man (or woman) the booth and the show is from 10 AM to 6 PM. It’s all indoors so it’s air conditioned and “rain or shine”. Even the parking is free. Come on out. Click here to view the flyer.

Ready to donate? Stephen Seal has a challenge out on his Linkedin page. He’ll match the first person to make a donation of $2500. So go link up with him (tell him you’re a greyhound lover). Make your money work for the dogs!

I’m throwing out a list of things that would help the dogs get into their new home and y’all pick what works for you, ok? Here’s a few things that could help:

  • We need things to use for raffle prizes – not necessarily dog oriented. Gift certificates from stores or for services, the kitschy little thing you bought for somebody and never gave them – or that someone gave you (regifting works here – new, please) At some point we want to have a big social/ fundraiser/ silent auction and will be able to use just about anything of good quality and value.
  • Someone to do basic data entry (typing!) – I have a list of addresses to write to for donation but it needs to be re-typed. I can scan the pages or fax them to someone. It’s 10 pages of addresses but could be split among people. You can return it to me by email or fax – no travel required. But I really need this NOW.
  • I have a slightly more elaborate version of the data entry, too. I have a list of executives and their companies. I’d like to get addresses to write to them. Can you research these for me? There’s just 26.
  • Como Se Yama

    Como Se Yama

  • Events – we’d like to get into some of the large, non-dog events that are held in south florida. Our lazy dogs don’t compete well against the little fluffy ones at dog events. But we’re a main attraction if we can get a booth at shows like the “Restaurant Food Show” at Fla. State Fairgrounds or the Miami Boat Show or Camper show… you get the idea. One of our people said the Gun & Knife show brings in a lot of generous guys! A simple booth where we can have a couple of dogs and ask for donations and adoptions is all we want to do. Any ideas would be welcome and someone with a contact for any of this or that would do some of the legwork would be amazing! I’m just throwing this out there because sometimes people have connections we don’t know about.
  • Tell EVERYONE. I’m computer oriented but not so savvy about social media. FoG doesn’t have a Twitter account yet (that I know of) and if you have active tweeters (?) that could commit to getting us rolling and handle it for a few months at least, it would be a good move for us. Then there’s Pinterest (?) and linked in and Google plus. We need everyone to tell everyone to tell everyone that we need their help to build this kennel. The price was just dropped on the property and I am scared to death that someone will pull it our from under us before we get the down payment in place.
  • Grant research and grant writing – The big grants take time but there are a lot of small grants out there that are not quite so elaborate to qualify for. If internet research is your thing, this is a good project. You’ll need to find the listings and the sites and then check to see that (a) the grant is still being given and they still have funds for it (b) the parameters for qualifying. I have two people writing grants right now but these things take time – and that’s what we are short of!
  • Acehigh Jessie

    Acehigh Jessie

  • Origami Owl Charm jewelry is all the rage right now and we need a location in Broward to hold an OO fundraiser party. We have the supplier, just need a spot. Any ideas? If this goes well, we’ll need to do one in Dade, too, you know!
  • August 23rd is Macy’s Shop For A Cause day. This year they’ve gone digital, too! That means we can sell you a ticket for $5 that will get you 25% off at any Macy’s. There’s some strings, of course, but just the normal ones. Macy’s does this every year and the digital addition is awesome!! Click here to buy your ticket and FoG gets to keep the $5. You can use it at any Macys all day Saturday, 8/23. Get some for your friends, too!
  • Help at the house – I am chugging away on the computer with mailing lists and paperwork and fundraising of all sorts and I could use some help. If you could give me just a half day on a regular basis, that would be awesome. I have filing that is overflowing and input to do. The available dogs need photos and profiles and the kennels need to be swept and mopped. When we closed the adoption center, everything got dumped in the warehouse and in my office! Help, on a regular, predictable basis that gets to know our systems and routine, would be a real blessing around here.
  • Atascocita Otto & Atascocita Sue

    Atascocita Otto & Atascocita Sue

  • Adopt a Greyhound – This may be the most important thing of all that you can do. Please remember that we still have 8 dogs available for adoption and each one of them is special in his or her own right. We have a wonderful pair that has already been in a home and could walk right back into yours. Atascocita Sue and Atascocita Otto are a sweet couple. We’d break them up if it means getting them into homes. But if you have just a little bit of extra room, they’d fit right in. Then there’s Yammy (Como Se Yama – found on the streets of Miami) who is soo sweet and should be given the chance to live out her life in a home. She’s 10 years young and has a few health issues so a doggie door would be awesome for her. Acehigh Jessie and CV’s Candy are young (2 & 4) and full of energy. Jessie was in a home for a short while but the owner had to move. She is so well behaved and sweet. Candy is right off the track and playful as a new puppy. Wait, she would be a new puppy, right? Benny of Ruckus and Homeless Boy are both big and black and wonderful! Benny has been in a home for a short time and was a good boy just a little too much for the new owner. O Ya Shotgun Red is a tall show-stopping guy, playful and ready for a new home. Lots of wonderful choices. Come get one – and help us make room for another one.

And yes, there’s more to come. But I’m in the middle of another mailing and I need to get back to work. Hope to hear from all of you! And keep those checks and donations coming in!! We need every penny and we need it soon!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,

Purchase Your Shopping Passes Here for Macy’s Shop for a Cause – Saturday, August 23rd

S14_SFAC_lockupSince 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $48 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental event on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Shop For A Cause gives you the opportunity to give back to your community and to help our organization. Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass* for exclusive savings in every Macy’s store on Saturday, August 23, and we keep 100% of the proceeds. Plus, you can enter to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card.

Find the magic of giving back, as Macy’s celebrates a national day of support for our community.

Sales of the Macy’s Pass are closed. FoG would like to thank all who participated.

Your purchase of a pass has the following benefits:

  • Passes are good on all purchases on 8/23/14 in every Macy’s store!
  • Pass entitles shopper to 25% off all purchases. Limited exclusions apply and are
    listed on the pass. Key brands which rarely go on sale (Coach, Polo, Ralph
    Lauren, Michael Kors, INC) are included in the savings pass.
  • 100% of the $5 will directly benefit Friends of Greyhounds!

When you complete your purchase, you will be presented with your pass to print.
Thank you from Friends of Greyhounds and enjoy your shopping at Macy’s on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
*Some exclusions and restrictions apply.

Happy Hour at YOLO Restaurant

Happy Hour at the YOLO Restaurant
333 E. Las Olas Blve, Ft. Lauderdale.

Tuesday, September 9, 6-8 PM
$10-20 suggested donation.

First drink free + Appetizers.

Raffle Items!


Animal Adoption Fair

Sunday, August 24, 10 AM – 6 PM.
Free admission!
At the War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th Ave, Fort Lauderdale.

2014 AAF poster