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John’s Happy Tales Report
7/5/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Murphy

Murphy

Hope you had a happy and safe 4th, fortunately I didn’t hear of any runaway dogs, so maybe everyone made it through the weekend safe and sound. On the kennel front, we still have Denim, the only black dog left from the greyt black dog sale of June. She is a beautiful dog, I don’t know if the special has been held over into July, but you might be able to steal a deal, since we have a new influx of newbies and we need the room in the kennel.

Speaking of new arrivals, I believe there are at least six new dogs coming in to fill the already full ranks in the kennel. Cricket and Murphy are old newbies already, they have been spayed, neutered, and whatever else it takes to make them ready to be classified as adoptables, which apparently isn’t a word because every time I use it, I get a red line underneath it. Cricket is small, cute, and very personable. Murphy is renamed and has no connection whatsoever with Murphy’s Law. For more information on any and all of them, contact Michelle or Jerry or keep an eye on Petfinder or Meet Our Dogs entries.

Cricket

Cricket

So, there’s a glut of greys currently, probably the most we’ve had at one time since we went small kennel. As previously stated, you can check them out on our website, or check out Pet Finder, or call or contact us direct. We are unique in the fact that we can usually arrange for a meeting between you and an adoptable of your choice, either at our kennel or at your adobe, and usually at your convenience. We do go the extra mile and are always there for support, which is what has always made us just a cut above the rest of the groups. This Saturday is supposed to be our weekend at the Pet Supermarket, but there may be a change in schedule, so check with us before you go, if you are coming over specifically to see us. That’s about most of the news that’s fit to print as I have it. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe and cool, and let’s see if we can get Ms. Denim a good home, she is a fantastic girl.


Of Interest to Our Readers…

Mystique and misunderstanding of the black greyhound
by Linda Weber of the LA Greyhound Examiner

Denim

Denim

When you think of the color black, in clothes you think of the Little Black Dress or how sexy a man looks in a tuxedo. For witches and black cats, it conjures up black magic and superstition. But unfortunately, if you are a black greyhound, the mystery of the unknown oftentimes turns into misunderstanding.

In the Middle Ages, only aristocracy were allowed to own greyhounds. Commoners who rebelled and owned and hunted with greyhounds chose them with coloring that made them harder to spot: brindle, red, fawn, and black. Nobles by contrast favored white and dappled dogs that could be spotted and more easily recovered if lost in the forest. Hence, darker colored greyhounds including the darkest color of them all, were considered common and less favored than there fair-haired counterparts.

Denim

Denim

In more recent times, the reasons for shying away from a black greyhound are varied. Some owners mention that when they walk their black greyhound, people will often cross the street to get away from their dog. Sometimes the bias against can be traced to the fact that they are often misidentified as Great Danes or Dobermans or dogs with a more aggressive nature.

As reported by animal shelters and rescue agencies, black dogs are often overlooked when potential adopters come looking for a dog. There is even a name for it: Black Dog Syndrome. The second most prevalent color behind brindle is black so this is definitely an issue in greyhound adoption circles.

However, anyone who has adopted a black greyhound has discovered a hidden treasure. Black greyhounds are just as loving and wonderful as any other colored greyhound. Their ebony coats have a sheen like no other and in a crowd of other greyhounds they definitely stand out. They have a command presence that makes you sit up and take notice.

For anyone who has overlooked a black greyhound in lieu of a lighter-colored companion, reconsider. Don’t just follow the crowd. Choose a black greyhound and be part of a phenomenon which is distinguished from the rest by being black.

Linda has a passion for rescue dogs. She became involved with educating people regarding Greyhounds after adopting an ex-racing Greyhound a few years ago. When she is not traveling the world with her husband, she splits her time between Southern California and Southern Utah with her rescued Fox Terrier smooth mix and Greyhound by her side. Linda donates 100% of her compensation from Examiner.com to greyhound adoption and education groups.

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/27/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

First order of business this week is hound safety. Next Monday is July 4th, and that means celebration of our nation’s independence. It also means that there will be plenty of fireworks. In many cases fireworks and dogs don’t mix. Please be sure to have your hound secure at all times during the day and night. One bang, one bolt, and there could be a major problem; even inside many of them are afraid, so please consider your animal’s safety whatever your plans for the holiday are.

Denim

Denim

We are coming to the end of June, and we have one hound left in the Black Dog Month Sale. Denim is a beautiful black girl, very well behaved, and it would be greyt if we could find her a home by next Thursday. It would be greyt for the adopters too, there’s a fifty dollar discount from the regular $225 adoption fee, so she’s only $175 and you will get a goody bag full of greyhound goodies to go with her. So if you’d like to put a hound in your house and an extra fifty bucks back in your pocket for the holiday, contact Michelle or Jerry and they can arrange a meeting with you, at our place or yours and at your convenience. We also have eight other lovely adoptables that are waiting for their forever homes, so if Denim is not the one, there are still plenty to choose from.

Max

Max

In other news, Akira has been confirmed and reconfirmed as mighty fine, smart, well behaved, and terrific so far, so it looks like he’s going to do ok in his new home. His human is Steve Ginsberg, who has Charlie’s Canine College. Just a little mention in case you are looking or know of someone looking for a dog trainer. Also a little shout out and a big thank you to Mike Griesemer, from Groom Waggin’. He came by and caught up the nail clipping in the kennel. With that many dogs, nail clipping gets away from you fast. Mike and Mary are long time adopters and we highly recommend Mike’s work. He is a mobile groomer which means he comes to you, and you can check him out at www.groomwaggin.com. We have long supported our alumni after adoption, and we appreciate and support our adopters, especially the ones that mutually support us. The greyhound community is made up of many wonderful and unique people.

Billy

Billy

In kennel news, Ms. Vicky has her cast removed. She has received a lot of attention already, but she will not be available for adoption and on restriction, no running, until after her August 3rd doctor visit. She is still listed as a maybe for cat tolerance; most likely it will depend on the cat. Cat tolerant hounds are not in stock at the current moment, but we have two new arrivals which might turn out to be. We have one boy and one girl, both five years old, and both brindle. Michelle needs to rename them, if you have any suggestions, you can contact her. Their current names are Mercy and Ticket. Ticket is the girl and Mercy is the boy. She’s looking for new names that sound similar to their old names so we don’t confuse them totally, if you have any ideas, send them in. Billy, Andy, Max, Asia, Harry, Ironman, Denim, and Vicky are all waiting for you to check them out, either at our place or yours, so don’t just think about it, act on it, it could be a life changing event for both of you.

Happy Harry

Happy Harry

We have a new section on the website called the Greyhound Resources. It’s full of the practical useful information that we used to exchange when we gathered at the old kennel. Please make sure to check it out, there’s lots of ideas, links, and reminders that are very useful. We also plan on adding to it as we go along, so check it periodically, and if you have any ideas for it, don’t hesitate to contact Michelle. Don’t forget, you can contact Michelle or Jerry at the website, fogdogs@comcast.net, or give them a call, for any up to the minute information on any of our dogs, or any questions that you might have. And, last but not least, remember, it’s summer, dogs and rolled up windows do not mix, please check your back seat before you leave your car parked in the sun. Have a safe and happy week and holiday from all of us here at the kennel.

Requiem for a Greyhound

Some photos and video of Ginger, a.k.a. D.C’s Doodle, b.July 27, 2002 d. June 14, 2016

Rest in Peace, Ginger.

Good Dog.

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/20/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Vicky

Vicky

Adoptions have slowed down quite a bit, as has been traditional in the past during the hot summer months. With all the heat, it seems that people, animals, and businesses slow down. We did have one bright spot; Akira has found her forever home. Steve and Robyn have opened their hearts and their home to this handsome young guy. Steve is the owner/trainer of Charlie’s Canine College and a long time adopter of our greyhounds. Miss Vicky should be shedding her cast very soon and will be looking for her forever home. She is a beautiful little red brindle girl and will probably be out and adopted in a heartbeat. If you try to pet her, she will slide down on the floor and roll over for you to pet her tummy, and she loves people.

Ironman

Ironman

Michelle is starting a new section on the website for resources. She intends to make it a place where she can put all the little links and notes to help adopters find the information and companies so they can take good care of their dogs without breaking their banks and they can know where to start looking when they want to buy something or do something for their hounds. It will be a good place to list things, places, and businesses that she is asked about all the time. We already have Catherine’s List of Greyhound friendly restaurants and resorts on the website. So often places will say that they are ‘dog friendly’, but limit the weight of the dog to 25 pounds, or it’s an outside restaurant with no shade for the dogs. Just neat little things that come in handy and very useful during the years spent with our hounds. Many of us love to take our hounds out whenever possible and this section will help with that and all aspects of their needs. The items will be added in bits and pieces so check the website periodically if you can.

Denim

Denim

We’ve currently got about nine dogs available for adoption. We are located in Sunrise, you can check out the dogs on the website or directly with Michelle or Jerry. You can arrange for a visit at the kennel at your convenience and it’s entirely possible that you can arrange for a visit from one or two of our adoptables at your own house, and of course, at your convenience. We are always there to offer support to our alumni, greyhounds are a very special breed and the greyhound community is made up of some very special people also. Come check us and the hounds out and you will see what I mean. Have a greyt week, shall return next week with a brand new story.

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/14/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Denim

Denim

It was a quiet week as far as movement in our kennel. No adoptions or applications, although we had several people showing interest at the meet and greet at the Pet Supermarket, and even a worker at the Beverly Hills where we had our gathering last night. The meet and greet was again excellent as we came home with a lot of donated food and goodies. We currently have nine adoptables according to my count, the newest being Ms. Vickie, who is tiny, cute, and just something special. She will be up for adoption if her injury shows enough healing. She will have to be adopted locally because she will have to have some follow up visits to the doctor, but she’s going to make a beautiful pet for someone, Michelle says she is special.

Vicky

Vicky

We had the gathering last evening at the Cooper City Beverly Hills. It was lightly attended, whether it was because of the recent shooting senselessness, or the heat, or people just couldn’t accept that it was just a gathering and not a fund raiser, is unsure, but we had a grey time and a great meal. We are entering the hot part of the year, and it was warm, but we were happy to see the alumni. Old timers Rainey and Slash showed up, one of our latest adoptions, Roscoe, showed up with his famous radar ears, and Kay, who is a white beauty, was adopted so quickly that I have nothing written on her except her March birthday. That was three years ago and she’s still as beautiful as ever. Of course all the hounds brought their humans, and we were glad to see them too. Two of our adoptables , Lucy and Denim, were on hand to further sharpen their social skills. Slash was also sharpening his pickpocket skills; he deftly relieved me of one of those nice Beverly Hill rolls while I wasn’t paying attention. It was a small gathering, but we all had a greyt time.

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Ok, that’s all the news that’s fit to print at the moment. As previously stated, I believe we still have about nine dogs available for adoption. For complete information you can check the website or contact Michelle or Jerry and they can give you all the details. You are welcome to stop by the kennel, unlike the old days of five hours only on the weekend, you can call and schedule an appointment at your convenience or even better, arrange for a visit to your home to meet them on your turf. Michelle can usually arrange a meeting at your convenience, so what better way to meet them. Don’t forget, Billy, Harry, Max, Akira, Asia, Ironman, Andy, and our new girl Vickie, or Vicky, are waiting to meet you. And we currently have Denim, who qualifies for our black dog month program throughout June. Adopt her and it’s fifty bucks off the adoption fee plus you’ll get a nice doggie bag full of gifts. Currently we do not have any cat tolerant dogs available, but are hoping to bring some in as soon as we can. Have a greyt week, remember, it’s summer and hot, so keep your hounds cool and safe.

Our Hearts and Our Sympathies and Our Prayers

I know that this is not a forum for personal comment but I feel so strongly about the heinous shooting in Orlando that I cannot let it go without saying something. The dogs Jerry and I care for are family to us and we carry them in our hearts all the time. When we adopt a dog to other people, we are extending our family. We have a number of adopters with strong ties to the LGBT community and to the Orlando area. I know many of them are stunned and hurting right now. I just want them to know that we are all horrified by the cold blooded cruelty of the murders at Club Pulse and we are so very sorry for all the pain that horrible man has caused. Fifty people died on the scene. Fourty-nine of them were innocents and number fifty was the shooter. Death was too easy for him. There are still many more victims in hospitals.

It’s not right and it’s not the American way. Jerry and I and our family and all the greyhound families that make up Friends of Greyhounds offer our hearts and our sympathies and our prayers. Whether you are straight or gay or martian, black or white or brindle there should be a voice inside demanding our attention. It might be religious teachings or scouts or Jiminy Cricket, but somewhere we all get introduced to right and wrong. This was 100% wrong and we are so, so sorry for all the people in Orlando, residents and visitors. It will be a long time before it regains the title of the Happiest Place on Earth.

God please grant us Peace – – and more common sense and compassion!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/6/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy invasion, which was the beginning of the end of WWII. Hopefully it’s still politically correct to commemorate historic events in America without offending some small group or organization. Speaking of groups, don’t forget next Monday evening, at the Beverly Hills Café, from 6-9 P.M., we will be having a hound gathering. Humans are welcome and it is just a social, not a fundraiser, so have no fear, come out, have some food, see some of the old gang (getting older) and enjoy the evening. This Saturday we will be at our favorite Pet Supermarket at 801 E. Sunrise Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale for the standard 10-2 meet and greet, stop by and say hello if you are in the area. Also on this Wednesday, June 8th, all Pet Supermarkets are having $5 off on Canine Greenies, which is worth a trip to your local store. Michelle is also welcoming a new volunteer on Sunday, all volunteers and any help is always greytly appreciated.

Asia

Asia

Summer is basically here, so again, be aware of pets locked in cars with the windows rolled up, yours and others. It still happens all the time. Also, with summer we have the increase of ticks and fleas. Two excellent websites for prevention products are Equine-Mega-Store.com and Deadfleaz.com. Both are reliable and cheaper than a lot of local sites. Remember, if you went to a BBQ and thought there might be mosquitos, you wouldn’t drink “OFF” and let it course through all your internal organs before coming out your pores to kill a mosquito, so consider what you’re doing when you give your hound an oral flea or tick killer. Greyhounds are chemically sensitive; the long term effects may not be what you bargained for.

Ironman

Ironman

Black Dog month is off and running and we have results already. Black Dog #1, Darla, has been adopted by her foster parents. Her human Mom is home most of the time, she gets a lot of attention and has a nice small yard to play in, and that seems to be just what she needed. She’s doing greyt and seems to do better every day. Black Dog #2, Chloe, went to live with Faber and family, as planned on Saturday. Faber was glad to see her, and the humans were pleasantly surprised to learn that Chloe came with a $50 discount and a goodie bag. So far all is going greyt with them. Black Dog #3, Chris Carter, was adopted by the Draschners. They’ve been adopting our dogs since 2002 and Michelle can’t say enough about how good they’ve been to FoG and our dogs over the years. They also have a pet sitting service, Happy Paws Pet Sitting Service, if you need sitting service, I believe they are in the Miami area, don’t hesitate to check them out, they’ve been treating animals right for many years. Black Dog #4, Abra, now lives in Miami Shores. Her new family had previously adopted one of our hounds through the Humane Society many years ago, and they are ready to continue the tradition with another one of our adoptables. They have a new house and a nice yard and Abra reportedly walked in like she owned it, so it looks pretty good for her too. So the Black Dog Program is off and running, currently the only black dog left is Denim, but there will undoubtedly be more. If you’re looking for a nice black girl, she comes with a discount and a heart full of love, so come check her out, or contact Michelle and we can probably arrange for her or any of our adoptables to come visit you at your adobe. Vicky is a new arrival, she’s a brindle, but still very adoptable. For up to the minute information on any and all our dogs, you can contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel, or through the website or phone.

Denim

Denim

Ok, that covers most of the dirt for the past week. Vicky, Andy, Ironman, Akira, Denim, Harry, Asia, Billy, and possibly some others are waiting for you to come down and sweep them off their feet and take them away to live happily ever after, or maybe invite a couple of them over to your house for a look/see and it might end up as love at first sight. They are beautiful pets, unique as well as exotic in their own way. Go ahead, ask anyone who owns one and see what they say about them. Have a greyt week; don’t forget next week’s gathering at the Beverly Hills Café in Davie, information is on the website, from 6 to 9ish.

Gathering at the Beverly Hills Café

Monday, June 13th at 6 PM
5544 S. Flamingo Road, in Davie/Cooper City
[Click here for driving directions.]
 
We will have the outside area reserved for us.
Let’s get together to see friends and catch up on the gossip.
Sit, gab, eat and let the hounds socialize a bit.
 

Sierra at the beach today!

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John’s Happy Tales Report
5/30/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Vicky

Vicky

Monday, June 13th at 6 P.M., that is the day, and don’t you forget it. We will be having a gathering at the Beverly Hills Café, located at 5544 S. Flamingo Road, in Davie/Cooper City. We’ve done it before and we’re doing it again. We will have the outside area reserved for us, the food is usually very good, and all we need is cooperation from the weather. This is not a fund raiser, just a little get together hopefully to see some of our old friends and catch up on the gossip. So if you can, please stop by, you don’t have to eat, just sit and gab with a coke and let the hounds socialize a bit. That’s actually two weeks from tonight.

Jett

Jett

In udder news, most of the cows have come home safely. As previously reported Chloe now has an app. and should be delivered to her new home by next weekend. She’s going to live with fellow kennelmate Faber, who was adopted a couple weeks ago. All went well with him, so now it’s her turn. We wish both of them and their humans nothing but the best for their happily ever after. Asia is living in a foster home which might turn into a foster failure. If she can get the butterflies out of her stomach, she has a greyt chance make it her forever home. We’re rootin’ for you Asia, you go girl. Max and Akira are back in the kennel and ready for adoption. Akira is back for a while, her foster family is on vacation, and Max ran his mouth too much or something, so he’s looking for a fresh start.

Ironman

Ironman

Special thanks to the staff of Welleby Vet Center, especially Joanie, who called us when someone brought in a greyhound that was running wild in the streets of Oakland Park Boulevard, almost totally naked and against traffic, but not drunk. Fortunately Michelle recognized the collar and the dog and she was quickly reunited with her humans. They had just moved to a new house and she got out. Please make sure you have a tag on your dog’s collar. Microchips are good too, but make sure the information is registered, kept up to date and accurate with them also. Cellphone numbers on tags are also excellent. We also did last Saturday at our favorite Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd., met lots of people and brought back 7 cases of donated food. Thank you Pet Supermarket for always making our weekends just a little bit better.

Abra

Abra

We still have our ‘Black Dog Month’ going on all through June. There is a fifty dollar discount if you adopt a black dog along with a nice goody bag full of, what else?, goodies for your hound. Each black bag will be a little different, but they will all start with six months’ worth of heartworm prevention, plus a toy, vet wrap, poop bags, and other useful items for your new adoptee. Abra, Denim, and Chris are three of our black dogs that come to mind immediately, and they may have acquired more since my last check. Remember, the ‘black dog syndrome’ is very real, and for every breed, not just the greyhounds, so please give them some consideration; they are all beautiful regardless of what they look like on the outside. Have a greyt week and keep June 13th in mind, we love to see our alumni and old friends.

John’s Happy Tales Report
5/23/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Asia

Asia

Fresh back from NC and beautiful fifties weather, we find the kennel filled to capacity and beyond with dogs also waiting to get in. If you can foster a greyhound and live in Broward, please email and let Michelle know, she can put you on her list. All our regular fosters are full; Greyhound Ranch and Senior Sanctuary are also full. One of our best friends, The Sunburst people have suffered the death of the air conditioner, which has left them scrambling to keep the dogs cool until it’s replaced. Greyhoundalliance.org is their address for anyone who would like to help them, they are one of the very best greyhound adoption groups out there and any and all donations would be appreciated. We’ve sent over two hundred greyhounds to homes in other parts of the country through them. You can read about one of FoG’s trips to the Greyhound Alliance’s Sunburst Project in Ebro by clicking here.

Chris Carter

Chris Carter

On the good news front, Faber has just gone to his new home. He has a mom, grandma, and sister to keep him company. Not sure if they are all human, all dogs, or a mix, but anyway, best wishes for him and his new family for many years of love and good health. If he does well, it’s possible that Chloe may join him in a couple weeks. We’re keeping our fingers, eyes, and paws crossed. More good news, Asia has returned to her foster home. Every dog that goes out is actually double good news. The dog that is going to a real home to life and it makes room for another retired racer waiting in the wings, to come in for his or her chance to move on to the retired life they so richly deserve.

Denim

Denim

We will be at our favorite Pet Supermarket this coming Saturday, May 28th, from 10 until 2 as usual. I am willing to bet that there will be one of our black beauties there to meet you if you drop by to say hello. Our world has suddenly gone dark as we have five black dogs in our kennel. Black is beautiful, but it can also be an unneeded problem. Check out the black dog problem section on our website (click here), it’s a very real problem and there’s zero reason for it. I have two black dogs and love both of them. We have designated from now until the end of June as ‘Black Dog Month’. For those of you who are only motivated by financial incentives, the regular adoption fee is $225, you can get a black dog during this event for $175, for no other reason than black dog syndrome is stupid, but real. I know three of our black dogs are Denim, a big black girl, Jett, a brand new return, and Chris, who retired because of a leg injury. I believe he has healed or is near healed and I know from inside information that he is going to make someone very happy, he’s a sweet boy, very gentle, yet playful, and one of the very few dogs we’ve ever had that wears his ears forward. Must be seen to be believed, but trust me, it’s an unusual sight. We also have a brand new arrival, her name is Abra, and she’s also a little black beauty. Ok, remember, we have the blacks discounted for the next five weeks, if saving money is your incentive, now’s the time. If looks are your turn on, there’s nothing like a nice shiny black beauty. Speaking of which, Ms. Michelle could use some help with bathing the beauties, all of them, so if you like greyhounds, soap and water, and have the spare time or need community service hours, this is your calling. And a final parting shot, for those who adopt one of our blacks, there will also be a goody bag included. I know not what will be included, but it will include at least a six month’s supply of heartworm prevention. Ok, if you’re interested, check out our dogs on line or in person at the kennel, or contact us and it’s highly likely that we can arrange to bring one or two to your home to meet you in your adobe. Remember also, it’s getting hotter out, make sure your dogs are hydrated and never left in a locked up car. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone, and we’ll see what next week brings.