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John’s Happy Tales Report
7/10/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fufu

Happy July to one and all, it’s good to be back, I was released back into the wild just last Thursday after a very entertaining two weeks of hospital and rehab facility. It’s times like this that I appreciate all the support we have here in the FoG Kennel. Captain Jerry B. and Michelle have filled in the holes as well as Mr. Scott of Dusty and Me, so most of the neat information has been covered. This is a good thing because currently I cannot sit in one spot for very long, as it is very uncomfortable, so I will suggest you do what I did, check out our home page and Scott’s Blog and you will be caught up on all the happenings in the FoG Kennel that are fit to print.

Frozen

I know that Casey now has a home with a private mom all to herself. He was the shyest dog we’ve seen in a long time, but all he needed was a doting human to give him all the attention he could handle, and that’s just what he got, so we’re happy to report that they are doing just fine. Clifford, the big red dog, is gone already. He spent eight days in the kennel, less time than I had to put in at rehab, and he was scooped up and is doing fine with his new family. Maggie, the senior girl who’s human passed away, is doing great in her new home, she is eating well, gaining weight, and is roaching already. Along with Casey, Stormy and Annie are also already in their new homes. It has been a busy couple of weeks, with these results I’d almost be tempted to replace my knee every couple of weeks if it meant moving this many dogs. No, just kidding, twice is enough for anyone. In any case, we’re having a very active summer so far.

Boogie

Dinner with the Dogs is the next item up. We’re still on schedule for Thursday evening, July 20th, all the information is on the website, but basically, it’s an excuse for us to get together with our people during the summer, but inside where it’s nice and cool. Maurice will be supplying the main course and you are welcome to bring any special dish that you’d like to share. In our case, it’s mostly desserts, and our contribution will either be the famous derby pie, which is a large chocolate chip type thing, or the chocolate chip cookies, or maybe both. It’s requested that you RSVP to Michelle, once again, all the information is on the website, or you should have even received a flyer. Please come out and bring some food, we’ll be sharing the hall with a nice Girl Scout Troop, and there will even be a buffet for the hounds.

We had some very interested parties visit the kennel this past week, but no apps have been filed. We currently have eight hounds available, four girls and four boys. I will try to expand on that next week, or you can check Scott’s Blog, he will undoubtedly have some information, or for the final word, check with Michelle or Jerry at the kennel. I am finished, actually, my knee is finished for tonight, so the keyboard will be closing. Thank you again Michelle and Jerry B. for covering for me during this pain in the knee period, and don’t forget Scott, he’s posting several times a week, he’s a greyt read, and he has pictures and updates to boot. Have a greyt week, please try to make it to the Dinner with the Dogs, it’s a Thursday in the middle of summer, what else do you have to do that would be more fun. Plenty of food, plenty of hounds, and of course, the irresistible staff of the FoG Kennel, and our mainstay, our fabulous greyhound community, unlike any other.

Scouts & Hounds Potluck Dinner

Thursday, July 20th, 6:30-9:30 PM
At the Hollywood Jaycees Hall
 
Click Here For All Of The Details.
 
Greyhounds Welcome (One leashed dog per person, please.)
 

Happy Tales Report
7/3/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day. We will be back next week.

Scouts & Hounds Potluck Dinner

Thursday, July 20th, 6:30-9:30 PM
At the Hollywood Jaycees Hall
 
Click Here For All Of The Details.
 
Greyhounds Welcome (One leashed dog per person, please.)
 

Happy Tales Report
6/26/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Stormy

John is not able to write this week’s blog. So instead, here are Michelle’s notes that she wrote for John.

I think today is blog day. We have a big rush yesterday and I’m going in three directions and I am delivering three dogs tonight!! If all goes well, Stormy, Casey and Annie will all be in homes tonight. TWO of the new families will get half price adoption because they are taking Birthday Dogs!! (correction – Casey and Annie were delivered – Stormy was not. Both were Birthday Dogs)

Maggie is doing wonderfully in her new home. Joan and the crew are very happy – but I’m sure you’ve gotten all of that thru Dusty’s blog.

Taylor

We have two new boys in the kennel – A very dark, almost black, brindle boy named Oshkosh Pumped and we’re calling him Boogie. And a tall, very red boy named Atascocita Papa. He’s big and red so he’s now called Clifford. They are both three years old and we’ll have more info up on Petfinder shortly. They are already at the vet so they’ll be ready for adoption soon.

Taylor’s birthday on Sunday was uneventful. He had someone come to look at him but it wasn’t the right fit for him. But that’s okay. He’s still popular and will find his forever home soon.

We have about 6 confirmed people coming to the Pot Luck in three weeks. Really need to rally the troops. Everybody says they want to get together and in the summer it’s too hot to do much outside. This is a great way to visit with greyhound friends and they’ve got to eat anyway!!

(Honestly, if it doesn’t pickup, I’m going to have to cancel. There’s 8 girls in the Scout troop. I would hate for them to outnumber us.)

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

Scouts & Hounds Potluck Dinner

Thursday, July 20th, 6:30-9:30 PM
At the Hollywood Jaycees Hall
 
Click Here For All Of The Details.
 
Greyhounds Welcome (One leashed dog per person, please.)
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/19/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Casey

Maggie has a new home. Saving the world, one greyhound at a time. Well, so it seems. The big news in my world is our recent returnee Maggie, who was returned to us after living happily in her forever home, but was returned to us because her human passed away before she did, and her husband (the lady’s, not Maggie) couldn’t take care of her any more. One of our longtime supporters decided to adopt her, and she basically took over the house upon arrival, so it looks like she will have a loving home to ease the pain of losing her other people. She will be living with another greyhound sister, Zoe, and two chihuahuas, Cassie and Smidgen, and it looks like they all are going to get along together just fine. You can read all about it in Scott’s latest post on his Dusty and Me blog. Yes Michelle, I have already checked it out. Thank you, Joan, you just made my week.

Annie

We’ve got a great picture of the five Birthday Dogs that have birthdays coming up within the next month. I heard that if they are adopted before their birthday, there might be some kind of discount involved. Don’t take my word for it and you didn’t hear it here, but I swear I heard something about half off the birthday dogs, whether you get the front half, or the back half, or maybe just half off the adoption price, but if you are interested in any of them, Annie, Taylor, and Casey are still available, Kango and Maggie have already been spoken for. You can contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel for all the official and up to the second information, I am now just the slow speed messenger, but a happy one. I am sure that our second to none webmaster, Jerry B., will have a photo of the fab-five either here or on the website.

Taylor

We’ve got a doggie dinner coming up next month. It’s Thursday, July 20th, the day before my birthday, so I will not forget it. It’s at the Hollywood Jaycee’s Hall, 2930 Hollywood Boulevard, from 6:30 to 9:30. A lot of us still have fond memories of the last doggie dinner, at the country club, a few years ago, with almost a hundred hounds and a fabulous time. A lot of us still remember the pot luck dinners or actually lunches we had at the kennel on some weekends. We got some mighty fine vittles for those events, so we’re going to try it again, this time with a little more room than the cat testing room at the kennel. You are welcome to bring a dish, side, or salad, just let Michelle know, and please RSVP Michelle so we can have an idea. This event will be indoors and air conditioned, which is very important in July, and we’ll have a girl scout troop there also doing a 50/50 raffle to benefit South Florida Wildlife Care Center, whom they are helping out this year. This is a fundraising event, so bring some money, but we will feed you and it’s a perfect opportunity for your hounds to circulate and socialize. All of the information is on our website flyer, or you can call Michelle, but please remember to RSVP. Food events, greyhounds and greyhound people go very good together, so come on out and grab a bite, we’ll even have a buffet for the hounds, so they can have a bite. We’ll be getting into this more as the event nears, but it will be the FoG event of the summer, so don’t miss it.

Stormy

While we’re here thinking of good times, good food, and good people, thank you Larry Warsh for putting that great photo of the birthday hounds together. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean. Also, a big thank you to Ms. Jill Paul, who donated her carpet to our hounds, and they will all have nice new flooring in their apartments. Now Michelle will want to take the kennels out and deep clean them, so if anyone would like to help, by washing the hounds while she takes on the kennels, she would be more than happy to accept your help. Don’t forget, if the kids are still doing the community service hours, working with the hounds is a lot more fulfilling than most of the other service jobs, so if you have some bored kids, it’s a perfect way to satisfy everyone’s needs.

Logan

On the adoption front, seven dogs were available, now we’re down to five for the moment. Kango is scheduled to try his new home I think next week, and Maggie is settling into her new estate. Annie is a girl, sweet, young, only two years old, and cat tolerant. Stormy is a little bit spicier, more active, would love a nice fenced yard or an active owner who could take her out and about. Those are our two girls. Casey will be two next month, sweet and shy, but coming out of his shell, he was very timid when he first arrived but is finding out that there’s more to life than just the back corner of his kennel, and he’s enjoying it more and more each day. Kango is heading out for a home trial next week. Taylor is our tall, handsome white dog with the injured leg. He will be three years old next week, he won’t be winning any more races, but he will still be a fabulous pet for someone. Logan is a new arrival, just returned from a family life of three or more years. Michelle has the information on him, the family felt they had to give him up, he did not have enough patience with the children, but should do fine in a home without kids, which would fit many dog’s and even a lot of people’s idea of happiness.

Ok, I think I have most of it covered for this week. Stay tuned to the website and Scott and his Dusty and Me blog because I am going in for my knee replacement this week, so I will be incapacitated for about two weeks. I am doing rehab at a facility and I don’t do portable or lap tops or tablets or tables or whatever you call the tiny devices, so I hope to be released or at least escape by July 4th, but definitely be out in time for the doggie pot luck dinner in mid-July. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone and keep the hounds safe, especially in the heat of the summer.

Photo created by Larry Warsh of LarryWarshPhotography.com. From left to right: Annie (3 on 7/3), Taylor (3 on 6/25), Maggie (7 on July 3), Casey (2 on 7/20), Kango (4 on July 1).



Scouts & Hounds Potluck Dinner

Thursday, July 20th, 6:30-9:30 PM
At the Hollywood Jaycees Hall
 
Click Here For All Of The Details.
 
Greyhounds Welcome (One leashed dog per person, please.)
 

You Are Invited to the Scouts & Hounds Potluck Dinner

Hollywood Girl Scout Troop 10102 and Friends of Greyhounds are joining together for a “Pot Luck Dinner with the Dogs.”

Thursday, July 20th, 6:30 to 9:30 PM

At the Hollywood Jaycees Hall, 2930 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 33020.

Click here for a map & driving directions.

Greyhounds Welcome (One leashed dog per person, please.)

WHAT to BRING: A Side or a Salad or a “Sweet” (Dessert). And a Greyhound if you have one!

PLEASE RSVP so we know how many people & dogs to expect and let us know what you are bringing! RSVP by text to Michelle 954-937-9663 or email her at fogdogs@comcast.net and questions are welcome!

Click to view a printable flyer in a separate window.

Friends Don’t Leave Friends in HOT Cars!!!!

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/11/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Casey

We’re hitting the keyboard a little early this week mainly because I have what could be a nice little story almost ready to go. Today Michelle took in a tiny, skinny little girl called Maggie. Her racing name was WW’s Drag Strip, and she was retired and came to us after only sixty professional races. She must be a good looking little girl, she was adopted out within ten days, back in January of 2013. Maggie was her Mama’s dog, she lived for her and snuggled with her every night. But Maggie’s Mama just passed away. So Maggie just arrived back in the kennel. I don’t know the exact circumstances, but it’s for sure that dad can’t take care of her by himself, so he brought her back to us. The problem here is that she is very uncomfortable at the kennel. She is a small girl, a little underweight, most likely from the recent stress, but she is cat tolerant and Michelle would really like to get her back into a real home environment as soon as possible. Where this becomes a nice little story is when someone see’s this and decides they have room to take this girl in and let her continue her retirement in a loving home, like she’s been accustomed to for the past four years. Yes, another greyhound needs to be rehomed through no fault of their own, and it’s tough because they don’t understand anything but the hurt of losing their home. Maggie will be seven on July 3rd, if we can find her a new home by then, she will really have a great reason to celebrate her seventh birthday. Remember, she’s got all the experience of a seasoned veteran, all she needs is some TLC and as soon as possible. If you can open up your heart to this girl, remember, previous FoG owners get a free home trial, you can see how she works with you without obligation, or if you know someone who is looking for a mature, loving companion, not a crazy youngster, have them contact us, I am pretty sure that Michelle can even arrange a visit to their house. I love them all, and they all deserve a loving forever home, but I have a big soft spot in my heart for the special needs and the returned dogs. The word is out, so keep Maggie in mind, even if you can’t take on another one yourself at the moment, you might know someone that she would fit in perfectly with, they are out there, all we have to do is find them.

Maggie

The Pet Supermarket meet and greet in Boca yesterday was a bust, no adoptions. Annie and Stormy were there, got some interest, but received no apps so far. The Boca store does not do the dog food collection for us like the store on Sunrise did, claiming that it’s too complicated to explain to the customers. Don’t know if I’m supposed to write this or not, but it will disappear if not, anyway, the point being that not all Pet Supermarkets are created equal, and it’s a shame that they don’t participate because we need all the help, especially food, that we can get.

No dog adoptions this past week and no additions, but we have some waiting in the wings, so if anyone is thinking about adopting, come on in, or contact us, now is a good time to help us make some more room for incoming.

We’re working on a gathering event, indoors, for around July 20th, which is a Thursday. Don’t have all the pieces yet, but it will involve Girl Scouts, Troop #10105 out of Hollywood, to be exact. Hopefully by next week we will have all the details, but we will have pot luck dinner, indoors, air conditioned, well behaved greyhounds on leash and well-behaved Girl Scouts, leash not required, are welcome, at Hollywood Jaycee’s Hall. The girls are working with the Florida Wildlife Care Center, and will be raising funds for them. We’re working on a joint dinner and fundraiser, possibly raffles, rummage sales, so stay tuned here, or to the website, and probably Dusty and Me’s Blog for more information. That’s about it for this week, don’t forget Maggie, Michelle hopes to have some pictures of her up also, so check the website or Scott’s Dusty and Me Blog, because he will probably come up with some pictures on his site for sure. Have a greyt week, keep your animals cool, and don’t lose yours and bite anyone. No teeth, no suit I sometimes, but not very often say.

Annie & Stormy at Pet Supermarket

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/5/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fuzzys Bob Dylan

Greetings, there’s slim pickings this week, but one tidbit makes up for it a thousand times over in my wittle bb-brain. Kango has a home. A real home, with human family and siblings and even a hound brother. The Kango project was taken on by humans Rick and Janine and their daughters Kat and Samm. They already have Bullet, adopted from us in March of 2016, so what some thought of as impossible, has happened. Kango will be residing in a home down in Cutler Bay very shortly, and from what I’ve seen and heard, he is one lucky dog. As with all the special needs dogs, Kango’s adoption fee has been waived and FoG will take care of all his prescribed medications. It looks pretty good from here, and whether or not it works out, as nothing in life is guaranteed, these people will be in my heart and prayers for the rest of my life for just having the heart to give it a try. Special people they are, and as I’ve often said, they are out there, they just have to be found, and what a beautiful example to set for your children, and today’s kids desperately need some real role models to follow besides the garbage that is promoted in today’s media. Ok, we got the editorial and human-interest items out of the way pretty quick.

Stormy

A quick thank you to Leslie Glynn, she is making sure all our adopted dogs are marked on Greyhound Data, that way, if one gets lost and is found, they can call and notify us and we can help get them back home. As Michelle says, or maybe, doesn’t say, ‘Tattoos are Forever’. We’re also getting notices that the dog flu has returned to some of the states, including Florida. At the moment, it’s only in the panhandle and is considered a low-level outbreak, but keep updated on it, and if it spreads down here we will be posting news about it and how to avoid it. Don’t panic yet, but keep your ears up and your dewclaws crossed. Eyes are optional.

Taylor

We currently have five adoptables in the kennel. Stormy is our three-year-old lady in waiting. At the moment, our only girl. Beautiful, shiny, happy, and full of fun, she loves to run, but only for a moment or two, then it’s back to the couch. Her only drawback is she flunked the cat test, so those of you with felines in your house, you will probably have to pass on her. Taylor is a beautiful white guy, ran 27 races, got bumped on the 28th and injured his leg. He’s now rehabbing and won’t run again with the big boys, but he will be an excellent pet and will still outrun anyone in the neighborhood with ease when he gets completely healed. Casey may or may not be a special needs dog now. He came into the kennel, totally introverted and shy. He took up helping Kango through his medical eyesight problems, became sort of his big brother and spent many hours in the kennel talking to Kango and eventually brought him out of his funk. Now that Kango has been adopted, Casey has shown dramatic signs of improvement himself and has made great strides in improving his self-esteem and self-confidence. He’s still kind of shy, but will be a dedicated and loving companion for some lucky adopter. Michelle has all the up to the minute data on all our dogs and will be glad to answer your questions about any of them, and will even make an appointment for you to meet them at the kennel or even at your adobe, at your convenience even. Fuzzy has just entered our kennel. He is an alumnus, and has just been returned. I don’t have the details on his reason for return as of yet, but you can also find out all about him by contacting us. Whenever a dog is returned we request that the owner or family write us a paper that describes the returnee, the good, the bad, the ugly, the wonderful, any and everything that will help them in their search for their next home. Most of the time it’s not the dog’s fault, but we still want an honest statement that will help him find his real forever home. That’s the current line-up and as always, there’s some waiting in the wings to come in and some may go out by next Monday.

That’s all folks, the FoG kennel gospel for the first week in June, according to John. We have a neat little blog that comes out several times a week, if not daily, by Scott, one of our dedicated volunteers, who has nice stories about his adventures with his girl Dusty, and lots of nuggets about our kennel, as he visits several times a week to do volunteer work and visit the inmates. A lot of his work has nice photos as well as information on upcoming events, our gatherings and the meet and greets at the Boca Pet Supermarket. The latest has a nice picture of Kango with his new human and brother, it’s an easy read and very entertaining. Have a greyt week, watch out for the ankle biters that come out of nowhere, and don’t bite anyone.

John’s Happy Tales Report
5/29/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Kango

After two weeks of fantastic weather in the 50’s and 60’s, with no computer, no news, no sports, I come back to sweltering heat. I did not meet one greyhound in my travels. There was plenty of activity down here though, my first act was to read all of the Dusty and Me stories to get caught up on the news. I suggest that you check out Scott’s blog if you aren’t already addicted to it, as I am. It chronicles his adventures with his girl Dusty, and the daily happenings of our kennel. It also includes a calendar of our upcoming events and has a lot of inside information on our current inmates, as well as stories and pictures about the recent adoptions and deliveries.

Stormy

This coming weekend, on Sunday, June 4th, for those of us down south, and those who don’t mind traveling a bit, we will have a play date and gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch, located at 6305 S.W. 120 Avenue, Miami, from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M. We will be in the front corral and dogs (greyhounds only) will be allowed off leash to romp, play, drink beer, and let off steam in general, until they poop out, or sixty seconds elapses, whichever comes first. We had a greyt time there last time, so join us if you can, this will be one of the last, if not the last outside gathering until the weather cools off again at the end of the year. Thanks in advance to the owners of Dog Dude Ranch, we always have a good time there. We are also looking for a nice place to gather inside somewhere that is air conditioned, so we can have a casual pot luck dinner without frying ourselves and our hounds. There is a hall in Ft. Lauderdale called POA hall that we used a while ago, but now they won’t rent it out unless a Ft. Lauderdale police officer requests it, so if we have or know of any Ft. Lauderdale police officers in our community that would vouch for us, please contact Michelle, or if you have a suggestion for another suitable venue, let us know.

Casey

We had a gathering this past Saturday at the Flamingo Road Nursery, thanks to those of you who came out, and Posey ended up meeting his new family there, as he picked up an app from a nice couple from Wilton Manors. We also had a meet and greet at the Pet Supermarket in Boca, and Savvy met his new family there and was delivered that next Friday. These little gatherings and meet and greets do pay off. We did a gig at the Riverside Elementary school, showing off our beautiful hounds to about seven or eight classes. We got a bunch of beautiful hand written thank you cards from the kids, some of them are posted on the website. I do urge you to check the website and especially Scott’s Dusty and Me blog which will give you excellent almost daily information on our kennel and the adoptable hounds.

Taylor

As previously stated, I go away for a couple days and all heck breaks loose. Can’t use hell because everything that has happened has been good. I will attempt to cover all the movement, but I may miss some. Savvy, who met his match at the Pet Supermarket meet and greet, was delivered Friday. He has a new mom, grandma, two sisters, and a fenced in yard. He’s a happy camper. Posey, met some people at the Flamingo Road Nursery and has an app, I believe he will be delivered tomorrow evening. Recently adopted Randy’s humans have been in to talk about Kango, who is one of our special needs hounds, the one with the sight problem. He may have an opportunity for a home with them. Nothing guaranteed yet, but Michelle has new or different information on his problem, which might help make it easier for him to get a home. I will update that when I get more information, it would be fabulous if he can get a home with another greyhound. Word is in that Backwood Herman, who was adopted a while back, is doing just fine up in Coral Springs. Today, Domino went home with Daniel, who is a previous FoG adopter. Daniel’s dog Jeff just lost a battle with cancer, and he came to the Flamingo Road Nursery gathering and fell in love with Domino. Adopters who have previously adopted with us, have the option of taking a potential adoptable home for a free home trial. If this works out, Domino is going to have a wonderful human companion and a great home. I think I have covered all the action, if not, I will catch up next week, or you can check out Scott’s Dusty blog. It’s been a busy two weeks down here. I will update who is left in the kennel, but I think there’s Kango, Casey, the shy boy, but from what I’ve heard, is making progress daily in coming out of his shell. Taylor is a handsome white dude, and Stormy is our only girl at the moment. For all the information on any and all of our inmates, you can contact Michelle or Jerry, and as usual, if there’s an empty kennel, it will be filled PDQ. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone, and keep your hounds and yourself cool and hydrated.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Sunday, June 4 from 10 AM until 1 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
 
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***
 

Photos from Flamingo Road Nursery – 5/27/2017