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John’s Happy Tales Report
4/18/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

The end of meet kennel crisis is about to arrive, sound the alarm and alert the people, we will soon have an overflow of adoptable hounds, WE NEED YOUR HELP, we have more hounds than room at the kennel, and as stated in Michelle’s Blog, if you have been thinking about adopting, adding a second or even third four-legged member to your family, now is the time to go into action. It’s the end of the racing meet, some dogs will be moving on to other race tracks, but there will be many that will be retired. We will have hounds available for adoption, fostering, and free home trials. Check out Michelle’s blog for all the details. I won’t repeat the whole thing here, but I wanted to reemphasize the important items, and in a nutshell, if you have been thinking about adding a or another hound to your home, this is the perfect time to act. It’s a sign, as they said in ‘Sleepless in Seattle’. Four replies have already come in, and you can check Michelle’s post for all the doggie details.



Briefly, on the kennel front Denim is currently in a free home trial. Her potential forever home is in Miami Springs with former FoG alumni Tough Task. If this is ever read by Patrick and Nubia, if you are interested, we have taken my Diffy to the dog park next to the high school without any major problems and when he’s had a chance to run with other greyhounds, he has a greyt time, so if you have the notion, send me an email through the website and maybe we can get them all to run together sometime. No matter where you live in the Springs, the dog park is close. We also have two brand new special needs arrivals, Darla, who is extremely shy, and Chris, who tore some ligaments, are looking for forever homes.



Over the years, the administration has lost track of many of our adopters, as a result, the mailing list has not kept up with everyone that has adopted with us. This becomes painfully obvious at times like this when we want to get the word out to everyone we possibly can. We use MailChimp, and if you can sign up for it, it would be very good for all parties involved, especially the greys. As with everything, you can contact Michelle or Jerry or the website and get all the information you need. Michelle also has one photo left that was taken and not picked up at the Horses and Hounds, if that’s you, you can contact her and she will be glad to send it to you. Our webmaster will hopefully post a picture of it in this blog.

Unclaimed Horses && Hounds photo.

Unclaimed Horses & Hounds photo.

Ok, that about covers it, don’t forget the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is this coming weekend, we’ll be there and as always, we’re looking for volunteers. We still have the Whole Foods Promotion, with the store in Coral Springs, if you bring your own bags they will donate ten cents to us, and it does build up a pretty nice amount after a while. April is Adopt a Greyhound Month and we will have a surplus of hounds that deserve a nice forever home, and who better than great humans like you to help them out?


Special Request for Greyhound Adopters

April 18, 2016
Sunrise, Florida

Dear Friends of Friends of Greyhounds –

As you know, John Grata usually handles the news through his blog on Mondays. Those of you who read regularly know what a unique spin he can put on mundane dog affairs. If you aren’t a regular reader, check him out. The blog is usually posted by Monday evening. But some things need to be handled with a bit more urgency and this is one of those things.

Since leaving the large kennel in Hialeah we have returned to our original adoption kennel in our garage. It is very limiting. We have room for eight dogs and it is not enough. The end of April is the close of racing season for Mardi Gras Track. It’s the time when owners and trainers determine which dogs will move on to race at the next venue or be retired. That means more dogs available all at one time. Without the weekend play area, we have lost touch with many of our adopters and without exposure to the new, available dogs, our families just don’t get around to adopting “just one more” like you used to!

Right now, the garage is pretty full. I am expecting to get new dogs in tomorrow and we will be totally full. We have a number of big boys that will take a while to find homes. Everyone wants the little girls but our big brindle boys are more plentiful and so sweet. And they all need good homes. And I will still have dogs waiting to come into the kennel. This is where you come in! We need your help. Here are a few ways to get involved and I hope you will see one that works for you.

  • ADOPT – If you are thinking about adopting another dog but have said you’ll wait, please change your mind and come look now. We have some wonderful dogs and we need the room. Adoption rescues the dog you take home and also saves the dog that gets that space in the kennel. FoG will always do our best to help you and be here if an adoption doesn’t work out. So go ahead, take the leap of faith. Visit the kennel and see if you fall in love.

  • FREE HOME TRIAL – Are you a little bit afraid of committing to that second dog? Then Free Home Trial is for you. It’s fostering (to relieve our overcrowding) with intention to adopt IF you find the right dog. This is only available for people with greyhound experience. You need to pick out a dog and do an application and once the dog is in your home, you can decide if he or she should stay or if you want to try someone else. When you find the right dog, we complete the adoption process. It has to be a reasonable time frame but we are pretty flexible as long as the dog is cared for.

  • FOSTER – I hate fostering dogs and it’s a desperation move on my part. But these are the times we have to offer foster dogs. Foster allows the dog to fall totally in love with you and then get pulled back out and into the kennel or to another home without understanding what he did wrong to lose you. But, sometimes it beats the alternative. This is one of those times. I am looking for people to foster greyhounds if needed. You must have some greyhound experience and we are asking for an open-ended commitment. I will take the dog back as soon as I have a place in the kennel but I cannot guarantee a specific date. Also, foster parents need to use a crate for their foster dog. We can probably scare one up if you don’t have yours any longer. When the dog comes back to the kennel and/.or goes into an adoption home, the new family will want to use the crate to get the dog on their schedule and we don’t want that to be a traumatic transition.

  • SPECIAL CARE #1 – We have one beautiful black boy named Chris who has just had a major orthopedic surgery on his rear leg. He is going to be fine but he could use a little TLC while he’s recovering. He needs short potty walks or he can amble around in a small yard but absolutely no running for a while. I’ll need his foster parent to be reasonably close to our home in Sunrise so I can get him for his additional vet visits or be willing to take him to those visits. The vet is in Deerfield. He’s a sweet boy, quiet and easy going.

  • SPECIAL CARE #2 – Darla is a sweet girl but very shy. She could be fostered if you have a fully fenced yard and your patience. She has great potential but is afraid to trust people. She is gentle and will need a crate or an ex-pen and a lot of love.

Of course we can use help at events, financial help to buy dog food and pay vet bills, and donations of rice, sweet potatoes, and all the goodies on the wish list. But if you want to really get hands on this is your chance. We need you. The DOGS need you! Time is of the essence. Please call me!

Hug your hounds for me. They are the lucky ones!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle (& Jerry, Chumlee, Yahtzee, Lucy & Mitzi)

snail mail: 2621 NW 105 Lane, Sunrise, FL 33322
cell: 954-937-9663 – anytime!

John’s Happy Tales Report
4/11/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

First of all, thank you Jeri Caprio and Jane Bistline, founders of the Horses and Hounds Foundation, again for your efforts in making that weekend a complete success. Also, a big thank you to all of you that worked behind the scenes and helped out before, during, and after the event, we picked up a nice check of over seven thousand dollars plus the goodies that were donated. The weather turned out to be pretty nice and we also want to give a big thanks to all that attended and made the event the success that it was. We have a week to rest, sort of, then the following weekend we have the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival. We will be out there with our tent to meet and greet everyone and hopefully continue to spread the word about our beautiful hounds to those who don’t already know about them, so if you are in the area, look us up and stop by and say hello. The details are on the website, but it’s the entire weekend, so you’ll have your choice of days. We enjoy seeing you and the dogs always like to meet new people.



Construction work continues on the kennel, it is somewhat of a mess, but we are still showing dogs and still bringing them to see potential adopters, so we’re still working, just pardon the dust. The kennel has a brand new a/c unit, I heard that President Jerry installed it, but I don’t believe it, so I may have heard wrong. Just kidding, who says he sleeps all day now that he’s a retired couch potato. We’re still looking for someone or someone who knows someone that can re-stucco the outside wall. Jerry is good but he knows his limitations, just like Dirty Harry, so if you know someone who does that kind of work, please contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel.



From the animal section, Denim had some serious lookers last week and is possibly in the process of being adopted, we also have a new boy, he is injured with some torn ligaments, so he is finished racing, but I have information that he is going to make a fabulous pet for someone. If you are interested, just ask for Gimpy and they will be glad to fill you in on him. Remember also, that if you already have a FoG dog and are looking for another, you can request a ‘free home trial’ and bring one to your house for a week or two to judge if they are going to get along with your current resident(s), no obligation, our only interest is that our dog and our dog’s adopted family all end up living happily ever after.

Ok, I think that covers most of the exciting information. You can check Pet Finder or our website and I’m assuming that it is up to date with our current adoptables listing. Don’t forget the Seafood Festival is coming up in two weekends, and as a nice parting note, I believe the state of Florida now has a law to make it legal to break a car window to free a dog which may be trapped in an overheated car. I guess it says something about our society if you need to have legislation for common sense, but it is what it is, if it saves a life, it’s worth it. Who knows, maybe they’ll even have it for humans one day. Have a greyt week, thanks again for being part of the greyhound community, and thanks again for all of you who made the Horses and Hounds a howling success.


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John’s Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
4/4/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Horses & Hounds was amazing! I never wanted it to end. The weather was reasonably cooperative and all the dogs and horses and humans had a wonderful time. A huge thank you to Jane Bistline and Jeri Caprio who are the people behind the H&H foundation and who put on this event every year. It was so good to be surrounded by friends and greyhounds again!

Make sure you take the time to see the photos on our website – (click here, click here!) – especially the group shot! We’ll have to make that an annual photo. It’s great. I counted 28 greyhounds in that picture. Some were bodies with hidden faces and I think there were more at the party that missed getting into the picture.

It was wonderful to see so many of our adopters and volunteers – and of course the dogs, again. Jerry and I are running the kennel out of the house and doing most of the work ourselves. We miss our volunteers and friends. Sometimes we get pretty worn out. The weekends at the kennel were our social time. Some of our Miami volunteers came all the way up to Lake Worth for the day and it meant so much to us! And seeing the happy, adopted dogs reminds us of what we’re working for day in and day out.

It was the first year for the exotic car show and I suspect that will grow next year. And we think it’s the last year of the Medieval Times leaping horse show as the trainer is retiring. But, knowing Jeri, she will come up with something else just as wonderful. The auction went very well, too. Soon as the foundation gets all money and expenses figured out, we’ll let you know how it came out financially.

We had three available dogs at the event and Denim, the shiny black girl, got an application! Soon as I get my desk cleared and this paperwork caught up, we’ll be getting her into her new home! We have other dogs waiting for her spot in the kennel.

Thank you to everyone who brought goodies for the kennel and the doggies to Horses & Hounds. I was keeping busy during the event and hadn’t gotten out by the truck at all. A couple people said they’d put a bag in the truck and I said “thank you”. But I was not prepared for the sight of what was inside the truck! I almost couldn’t get the dogs into their crates to go home! And everything else had to wait until I came back up the next day with an empty van. We have LOTS of rice (I think I counted about 160 pounds in 20 pound bags!). Plus LOTS of broth and stock to cook it in – – that’s a real treat for them. It makes such a difference! And we have cookies and pumpkin and peaches and blankies and toys!!! That was so wonderful to see. I’ve gotten it all into the house but it’s not organized yet. That’s coming. And I’ve already started a pot of rice cooked with chicken stock!! Thank you soooooo much!

We had a stack of dog pillows at the tent for sale for $20 each. We’d picked them up at Global Pet Expo. But we were so busy with everything else that we didn’t really sell any of them. So if anyone wants to buy a nice big dog pillow, get hold of me. They’re not the highest quality but they’re a great deal for the price! There are 7 or 8 left.

Horse and Hounds was awesome but we had to come home to the stark reality of a dying A/C unit in the kennel. We’ve been nursing it along for a while and we really had to take advantage of this mild weather and get moving on the replacement. The unit is a “through the wall” a/c (not just window – but outside wall which is about 8 inches thick) and has been leaking water like crazy lately. Come to find out, it has been leaking into the wall itself and it frankly the wall finally got filled up with water and things gave way. We had constant water drainage for about two weeks.

Now we have the old unit out and we’re trying to get the new one into the wall but of course, it’s a different size and shape. Nothing ever goes smoothly with this house! Every time we turn around, there’s a new surprise – like the surprise of the stucco bubble on the outside of our wall due to the water build up inside the wall. We’ve had big slabs of stucco peal off that will need to be re-done. We weren’t ready for any of this!!! But the dogs need the a/c and Jerry is pushing through this mess. If we have anyone out there that knows about stucco or air conditioner installation, we’d love to hear from you!! He wants to do it himself but I’m very sure he’d like an experienced helper – which I am not!!

Hope to see a few of you at the upcoming events – – –
** Pet Supermarket – 801 E. Sunrise Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale 10-2, Saturday April 9 & April 30
** Pompano Beach Seafood Festival – April 22 – 24. Schedule of entertainment is online. We think our tent is in the same place as last year – which was SUPER!! Hours are Friday 5-10, Saturday 10-10 and Sunday 11-8. Hope to see you there – and yes, we will need volunteers!

Hug your hounds for us – and maybe look around and see if you have room for one more!! You know how to reach us!


Horses & Hounds 2016 Photos

Horses & Hounds 2016

Horses & Hounds 2016 (click to enlarge)

John’s Happy Tales Report
3/29/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Even Horses And Hounds At This Time Of Year.

Ok, it’s apparently officially time to start the hype for next month’s Horses and Hounds event which happens to be coming up this very Sunday from 2:30 until 5 o’clock on Piping Plover Road. I am fascinated by the name Piping Plover Road, but you don’t have to be. The physical location is just south and west of Lake Worth, a hop, skip, and jump from residents of Broward County, a little further for us Dade people, but well worth the trip and a nice afternoon out. It’s free and one of our major fund raising events for the year. The estate is beautiful, there will be food and a horse show, you can get up close and personal with horses, and if you are a dog, you don’t have to be a greyhound to attend. All well behaved dogs are invited and encouraged to take part in the doggie show. We will also have the usual silent auction with lots of great items to bid on, and they even have an area where the greys can mix and mingle and run around a little bit. The temperature is forecast to be right around eighty degrees so it should be pleasant weather. So make plans to attend, it’s a great way to spend a spring Sunday afternoon around dogs and horses in a beautiful country estate setting. I think I’ve just convinced myself to go.

P1080010We will have a few of our adoptables there to see and be seen with, but we can only bring so many. If you are coming stag and you want to come drag, contact Michelle and drop by the kennel early and you just might be able to bring one of them to the event as your own adopted hound if you stop by this week. Lynne, our famous collar lady from the Hialeah Kennel days, will be there with her handcrafted custom collars. Chris got Syracuse and New York Giants collars from her a couple years ago, and finally, our boy Diffy is able to wear the Syracuse collar, at least, with pride, and we’re hoping he’ll be able to again wear the Giants collar in his lifetime, but he’s already seven years old, so it’s maybe fifty/fifty with him, but you can get lots of other greyt looking neck wear from Lynne, you don’t have to go with team designs. Friends of Greyhounds will also have dollar bags of dog cookies. I urge you to buy some, the dogs like them and Michelle spent many hours of her waking life preparing them for this occasion, she has blisters, callouses, and mental scars to testify to this. There will also be a limited supply of inexpensive dog beds available, first come, first serve. In accordance with tradition, the dogs that we have available for adoption will be wearing colorful Leis, so don’t be afraid to come up and check them out if you see one you like.

2015 Donate Your Dime - Whole Foods Market® Coral Springs

2015 Donate Your Dime – Whole Foods Market® Coral Springs

In other news, Donate your Dime is back at the Coral Springs Whole Food Market from April 11th until July 3rd. Patrons will be offered ten cents and three options if they reuse their shopping bags, and one of the charity options will be Friends of Greyhounds. We are hoping to be able to get some volunteers and sit outside the doors this year. Ten cents a bag doesn’t sound like much, but last year we received over eleven hundred dollars, so it pays off in the long run. If they see us out front when they’re going in, it does plant a little seed in their heads, so it’s worth the effort.

Sam was delivered to his new home and it looks like he’s going to do very well. It seems that Sam is their first dog and greyhound, and they are delighted with all the things he’s been able to teach him about how to treat your pet. It looks like he’s hit the adoption lottery for sure. Ok, it looks like we’ve covered most of the excitement.

We also have the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival coming up at the end of April, and, as always and eternally, we can always use and even appreciate any and all volunteers, most likely you can spend as much or as little time as you have, and there’s a wide variety of things that need to be done. We can definitely use volunteers at this Sunday’s Horses and Hounds, with the auction and the booth or just hanging around with one of the adoptables, so if you have the time, we have the task, check with Michelle or Jerry and they will be glad to fulfill your volunteer wishes.

You Are Invited to Horses & Hounds

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Hosted by Jane Bistline & Jeri Caprio
Sponsored by the Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation
Click here for information, driving directions and more.

Hermes & Hughey

Hughey received his injected chip today from Michelle from “Friends of Greyhounds.
Maurice my Greyhound Grandparent brought along his Greyhound Hermes.
They became buddies.



John’s Happy Tales Report
3/22/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Spring has sprung, the annual Global Pet Expo is history, and as usual, we have had a small measure of success from the event. Now all of the dogs will be sleeping with nice, soft, comfortable beds, which is a first in a while. So the inmates are set, and they can await their forever homes in well-deserved comfort. Sometimes smaller is better, it’s easier to keep up ten beds than fifty something. So the weekend trip was a complete success.

Happy Harry

Happy Harry

We also had some dog movement as well as the standard bowel. Happy Harry managed to have it both ways. He went out to a really nice home, and then the human got a work schedule change that would have left him alone over ten hours daily, which is unacceptable for all the humans and dogs involved, so he has returned. Home Alone was a cute movie but it doesn’t work for greyhounds for long hours. So Harry is available again, with a little home experience under his belt and has vowed to keep his bags packed and ready in case he goes out this week, so we wish him luck. Sierra was delivered this past week, to live with Iron Dog or vice versa, and Autumn is in her new home and doing well. We also have three new arrivals, Denim is a beautiful retired four year old girl and Akira and Sam are two three year old males. They are already on Pet Finder and you can contact the kennel, Michelle or Jerry and get all the information on them, and probably even arrange for a house visit if you live in the area.



The annual Horses and Hounds is coming up on April 3rd, so join us if you can, and we will be at Pet Supermarket again this weekend, the details are on the website, but it’s usually ten till two but I don’t know at this moment if it’s Saturday or Sunday. The kennel is smaller, but the workload is still considerable, and we can always use help around the kennel. Michelle and Jerry are approaching the ‘Golden Years’ and no longer can sprint like they did in the days of yesteryear. Those of you that might have some spare time, or if you are a student looking to fulfill your service hours, what better place to be than with our inmates. No, it’s not all scoop and shovel, there is plenty of work to be done besides the physical hound work, such as paper work and other office tasks that take up Michelle’s valuable time, and so any and all help is always greytly appreciated. You can call Michelle and probably set up a time that is convenient for your time of availability. Michelle and Jerry will be waiting alongside their respective phones, breathlessly waiting for your call. Well, maybe not breathlessly, but any help is both needed and appreciated, especially if you live in the Sunrise area. Ok, that’s most of the information up to the moment. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone.

You Are Invited to Horses & Hounds

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Hosted by Jane Bistline & Jeri Caprio
Sponsored by the Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation
Click here for information, driving directions and more.

Sierra’s Lazy Sunday

Here’s what happens when you don’t make room for Sierra on the couch :)

Thanks for delivering Iron Man today. We love him already.