Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Three days left in the year, and then we start over, fresh, anew, with new hope. We enter the New Year on a somewhat reduced scale as far as operations are concerned, but we are still moving dogs at a steady pace, and not just the pretty ones, but as always, the young, the old, the injured and sick, and the returns as well. It makes me feel good to know that some animals that probably wouldn’t get a chance in another group or even make it to an adoption group, have been able to find loving homes and have a second or even third chance at life through our efforts, and that they are doing well. That speaks highly of the kind of people that adopt these dogs.This Saturday, starting off the New Year right, we will be at our favorite Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Boulevard, from ten until two in the afternoon, you are welcome to stop by and say hello. We’re also hoping to have another pow wow at the Flamingo Road Nursery in the near future. The weather is cooler now and we haven’t gotten together for a while, so hopefully we can get that set up. The kennel is changing almost daily, I think we currently have six adoptables sitting in the waiting room, bag packed, and waiting for the bus to their new forever home. I know Max and Charlie are there; they sent me a Christmas card and asked me to make sure I mention them. Joey and Sweetheart are also there I think. I counted Mandy and Doc, they are gone, but there may be a couple new arrivals by the time this hits the airwaves. The best idea is to just call or contact Michelle or Jerry and they will be glad to give you the up to the minute information on one and all. One advantage continues for our scaled down operation. Unlike the previous dozen or more years, you can now see the dogs at just about any time that is convenient to you. No longer just weekends for a few hours, you can now contact Michelle or Jerry and set up a time to see a dog, or, you can probably schedule a meeting with one of more of them at your house at your convenience. Just contact them and they will be happy to set something up for you. Doc, I think, has joined the Navy. He went to live with someone on the Naval Base, Key West. Beautiful scenic trip it is, but I don’t wish the drive down there on anyone, lots of two lane and delays if there’s an accident and there always seems to be an accident. But, he was delivered safe and sound and the last I heard he is doing well if he doesn’t eat the Legos. Legos are cool, I have a friend who builds and collects them. They are also expensive; please Doc, no Legos for lunch if you know what’s good for you. He also has a sibling to share life with, so, best wishes to Doc, his new brother/sister, and his new humans and may they enjoy a beautiful and healthy loving life together. Ginny also has an application and will be delivered on New Year’s Eve, so best of luck to her and her new people. Mandy also just received an application, but I don’t even have the details on her yet. Remember, New Year’s Eve is coming, please be aware and extra secure when you are out and about or even outside your own house. Lots of fireworks and loud noises and flashes, which can scare the dogfood out of a lot of dogs, so please make sure you have them leashed if you are out and about and be careful even if they’re in the yard, they don’t often, but they are all capable of jumping a fence, and an ounce of prevention is worth a few days of searching the streets. The kennel is planning some small projects to improve the outside area for the dogs, possible patio, and covered area where the dogs can go outside without getting soaked. I believe Michelle will be elaborating on this in the near future and will be able to explain it better than I can at the moment. Ok, last blog for the year. This is like number 144 or thereabouts total. I just wanted to help out a little bit and put something on the website that could update what’s going on with us. Hopefully it is getting the job done and it takes a little bit of work off of Michelle so she doesn’t have to spend extra time on this, as she has been known to run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, always has more to do than she can get done it seems. It’s also a fun way to stay in touch as I don’t get up to Broward very often, but I still get to be in the circle and find out what’s happening with our four legged friends. It’s worked out well and I believe that three and a half of the four people that actually read some of it, like it, so it’s a win/win situation for all concerned. Next week is another year, so have a Happy New Year, celebrate, have fun, but please, please, be aware of what and when if you have your dogs out and about or in the yard, some spook easy and of all the bad or sad memories of past kennel events, the worst one for me is the feeling when you’re out searching the streets looking for someone’s dog that has run away. Fortunately all the searches I’ve been involved with have ended happily, but it’s not a pleasant thing to do. Usually it’s only twice a year, July 4th and New Years, so keep that in mind and give your hounds a hug and a kiss from us, and for everyone, wishing you a Happy and HEALTHY 2016.
4 years ago today, a sweet, mellow, laid-back BIG boy came into my life.
He’s my first greyhound. My heart dog.
He just turned 7 years old last week.
I love my big boy.
Happy gotcha day, Taylor.
Mark & Taylor & Face
Today is Lana’s one month anniversary with us. She’s vibrant, mischievous, hilarious and loving. She has her own stocking that will be full of goodies. Thanks again for everything you do!
Kim, Brian, Lana, Hurley, Kiwi and Savannah
It’s that awkward time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the leftovers are gone and Christmas dinner is still over the horizon, there’s no college football except for Army/Navy. But it’s the holiday season even though it’s eighty degrees and has rained every day, just like the summer pattern, and doesn’t seem like it. Happy Chanukah for those who are celebrating and today is also the 7th of December, 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. So all of the important information has now been covered, onward to the kennel.
The meet and greet at the Sunrise Blvd. Pet Supermarket last Saturday was excellent as usual, and netted 18 cases of food for the hounds. Thank you Pet Supermarket for letting us use your facilities to show off our beautiful hounds, if you get a chance come on down to say hello and patronize them, they have an excellent and friendly staff and have all your pet needs. Speaking of needs, if you are interested, Michelle and the hounds have drawn up a ‘wish list’ of the primary items that are always needed.
Figured I’d take it verbatim, less chance of messing anything up in the translation. In the past we’ve done some meet and greets at Publix, but I haven’t heard of anything scheduled in the immediate future, maybe Michelle will see this and check it out. The kennel is full and if anyone wishes to volunteer at the kennel, they are also more than welcome. The Kennel is in Sunrise, only eight to ten greyhounds, not as overwhelming as the old kennel days, but still plenty of work to do, so if you have some spare time or maybe the kids are looking for community service time, I believe they are still doing that too, and you don’t have to go all the way down to Hialeah.
While our friends are Christmas shopping, the primary items on the doggies’ list are RICE, spray Lysol, beef or chicken gravy packets or gravy base. BLANKETS !! smallish ones like single bed size or heavy couch throws. Every so often it snows in a dog kennel and a blanket disappears in the snow!! Carpet scraps – about 30” wide and any length over 30” Canned or fresh sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, laundry detergent & fabric softener (makes the kennel smell go away!) and if a good rawhide or squeaky toy got in the box or bag, that would be okay. I guess people might not think that Large Milk Bones are a “necessity” but at our kennel, they sure sleep better with a good night time cookie.
We still have Charlie, Max, Rocky, and Allie available, and there are four new girls just arrived, and two boys waiting in the wings. Allie has a serious looker and she may be gone by the time this hits the website. Also, one of the new girls is already gone and another also has a serious looker, so things are moving along. The new girls will be spayed and ready for adoption by the end of the week. If the girls go, then there will be two new boys in immediately. The new girls are all two years old but haven’t even had time to be cat tested yet.In closing, I want to mention an email we received this week from Jacki, who adopted BS Bob. He came to us while still being treated for heartworms. Jacki fell in love with him and adopted him and after a year, they finally got the negative result that they have been waiting for, so he is officially cured. She has also adopted a sweet girl, Colbie and both are living the good life that they deserve. Our webmaster may come up with a picture of them here, if not you should be able to find their story on our website in the ‘Letters from Home’ section (click here). We love to hear from the alumni, so anytime you want, feel free to send us an update, story, and/or pictures; we’re always glad to get them. Ok, that’s this week’s story as I know it, stay tuned, we’ll see what goes next week. If you have any questions about any of our adoptables, please call or email Michelle or Jerry at the kennel, they can give you all the up to the minute information on all the dogs and can make arrangements for you to meet them in person, and quite possibly even at your home, so if you are interested or might be interested, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
I haven’t sent any updates before but we just got such big news that I had to share with FOG. Lucky (aka BS Bob) is officially heart-worm free! We have been battling his heart-worm for over a year and we finally received that much wished for negative test. I want to thank you all for what you do and thank you for bringing these amazing dogs into my life. I have also adopted Cry Colbie. She is a little older but is more of a puppy then ever! I have attached a couple pictures of Lucky in his element (one roaching and the other in a giant puddle cooling off after a really fast run around the dog park). I also attached a picture of the sweet girl Colbie.
Thank you again!
Lucky (BS Bob) and Colbie and their very lucky human Jacki
Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving weekend was as good as ours. Today is the last day of November, believe it or not, tomorrow starts the last month of 2015. Another year has flashed by believe it or not. Nothing exceptional going on this past week, adoption-wise, so this will be a short edition, or short for me anyway.First of all, Happy Birthday to Slugbug Bob, who finally managed to get his party done after last week’s rain delay. All our dogs are special, but with what his human’s went through, he has a special special place in the hearts of many of us at the kennel. No events coming up this week. We have four dogs officially in the kennel at the current moment and as soon as Michelle recovers from her cold/virus she hopes to be bringing in the next wave. Charlie, Max, Rocky, and Allie, aka, Allison makes up the kennel, and I’m amazed that Allie hasn’t been taken already, she’s the only girl and she’s a beauty. All recently adopted were doing very well as of the last report on them.
Michelle’s internet and computer are being repaired, so she isn’t getting any emails at the moment, so if you want to contact her you will have to text or call her. The kennel occupants will continue celebrating Thanksgiving, she cooked down the turkey carcass and they will be enjoying that for a couple more meals. Nothing better than a cooked down turkey carcass, kind of makes you wish you were a greyhound.
So that’s about it from the kennel area, even looked behind the scoop buckets but couldn’t come up with anything else for the moment. Happy rest of the week to everyone, from all of us at the kennel, stay safe, and hopefully next week we will have a few new additions to our roster.