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John’s Happy Tales Report
2/13/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Carly

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone from the FoG Kennel hands and paws. Roses are red, Violets are blue, my dog can roach, what can yours do? Horses and Hounds is here. Our yearly granddaddy of them all for fundraisers has finally arrived. Next Sunday, 2:30 P.M. until 5 o’clock. The address is 11399 Piping Plover Road, Lake Worth, and all the information is available on the website. Silent auction, doggie show, horsie show, complimentary dog photos with donation, food, people, dogs, horses, more food, some flies, people you know, people you don’t know, dogs you know, dogs you don’t know, sun, fun, and all in a beautiful country ranch estate setting. Come on out if you can and catch some rays, no football or baseball to miss and hopefully plenty of Florida sunshine and fresh air. We will have some or all of our adoptables out there, mixing and mingling with the crowd. Look for Annie, Ralph, Bull Dust (yes, Bull Dust) and Carly, or any combination thereof, they will be the ones wearing the lei’s and strutting their stuff.

Ralph

Last weekend’s yard sale netted $326 dollars, but just as importantly, cleared out a lot of room in the storage, so we have deemed it a double success. Also, last week, we did the school meet and greet. It was hosted by the best (in our opinion for sure) pre-K and Kindergarten classes of Ms. Heidi Rodgers at FC Martin Elementary School, in Dade County. They wanted to meet our greyhounds and donate a hundred cans of dog food to celebrate their 100th day of the school year. We received 277 cans and vouchers of dog food of varying sizes, the total weight of the food was 251 pounds. A normal can of food averages 13.5 oz., so that worked out to 304 cans of dog food in actual volume. Not only did you triple your goal, but it proved to many of us old timers here, that Michelle does actually know how to do math. Your costumes were great, so were you all, thank you, each and every one of you, and of course Ms. Heidi, for making this an overwhelming success. Our doggies thank you from the bottom of their stomachs, and now you can say you’ve met the second fastest land animal on this earth, second only to the cheetah, up close and personal. Our racing greyhounds are also professional world class athletes, just like your Marlins, Dolphins, and Heat, but they don’t make a lot of money and they don’t charge $50 to have your picture taken with them, and I doubt seriously that Dragic, Stanton, Ajayi, or any of them will give you a big, wet, juicy lick-kiss, like our dogs do. Once again, a big thank you to Ms. Heidi and your classes, you’ve shown a great lesson to the kids, and from the kids, on what can happen if we all work together as one, it’s amazing what can be accomplished. [Click here to see the photos.]

BB (Dexter)

We currently have five adoptables in the kennel as of the moment. Dexter, aka, Bull Dust, Ralph, Annie, Carla, and just arrived, Miss Hannah, but there may even be more by the time this is printed, so to get the latest, up to the minuet and most information on our dogs, or anything concerning greyhounds and/or us, don’t hesitate to contact Michelle or Jerry through the website, phone, or smoke signal (if available in your area).

Miss Hannah and Dexter went to Boca today to be part of a photo shoot for Spotlight Magazine. Spotlight is a magazine that is distributed to the Royal Palm area residents. They also have one for the St. Andrews area, so if we have any FoG dogs there put in a good word for us. The Spotlight article is featuring the home of Shepherd and Hedda Lane and they just happen to have one of our alumni, named Sunny. They brought in our ‘extras’ so FoG could get mentioned in the article. A little good publicity never hurts. They were invited to H&H this weekend, so maybe they will drop in. Ok, that should just about cover all the news that’s fit to print. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day, a greyt rest of the week, and don’t forget the Horses and Hounds.

You Are Invited to Horses & Hounds

Sunday, February 19, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
 
Hosted by Jane Bistline, Jeri Caprio & Kim Van Kampen
Sponsored by the Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation
 
Click here for information, driving directions and more.
 

F. C. Martin Elementary School 100th Day Celebration

Heidi Rogers and the Pre-K & Kindergarten classes at F. C. Martin Elementary School in Kendall collected cans of dog food to celebrate the 100th day of school. The students did a wonderful job and collected 304 cans. It was quite a haul!

Congratulations on your 100th day of school. The costumes were awesome and so are you guys. The doggies thank you very, very much.

John’s Happy Tales Report
2/6/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Not everything turns out as planned as we all know. Apologies to those who came to Woofstock and expected to find us there. We were there but we didn’t meet their ‘Insurance Requirements’ so we weren’t accepted, they neglected to tell us that, so we found out at the gate. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones, we had reports that there was only one group there and the rest was all businesses. We did have two families that tracked us down anyway and came to the kennel to check out hounds. Plenty of activity on Sunday as four families also came in to check out the inmates. I think we have four dogs at the moment, so wouldn’t it be nice if we emptied the kennel again. Much easier to do with ten dogs instead of fifty.

BB (Dexter)

In other news, we have the big yard sale coming up this weekend at the kennel I can guarantee you that we will be at this event for sure. The address is 2621 N.W. 105 lane, Sunrise, we’re on a main residential street so there’s no getting lost looking for us. The yard sale will be both Saturday and Sunday from 9 A.M. until 2 P.M., the weather forecast is looking in good. President Jerry has taken to the road, he’s going to be a pig in central Florida for the weekend, so Michelle will be glad to accept any offers for volunteer help for either day, both days, the whole five hours, or even a couple hours. If you are available, contact her or maybe even just show up, we’re usually pretty informal. There will be new items, old items, household items, collectibles, antiques, art work, a really nice poker table, and of course, plenty of stuff for dogs, big dogs, our dogs, little dogs, hot dogs, you name it. Books, beds, bowls, and more. Don’t know what kind of books dogs read, but come on out and see, it’s almost guaranteed that you will find something that you just can’t live without. She made me say that. Just kidding, but seriously, there will all kinds of ‘stuff’ and everything that leaves, gives us more room in storage and more cash to help out the inmates. President Jerry is not going to be a pig, he’s going to attend a HAM radio event in Orlando, just so that’s cleared up, I thought he was in some kind of play or something. Michelle might even put some of his neat stuff out for sale. Wouldn’t it be cool to have him come up to you one day and say something like ‘Hey, that’s a really nice (whatever), I have one just like it at home’ and only you and the shadow will know the truth. It should be fun in any case, and don’t forget, if you’re available, Ms. Michelle would be glad to have you drop in and help with the event, and our inmates will be forever grateful.

Carly

The following weekend, the 19th, we have the Annual Horses and Hounds, the pinnacle of our social season. Larry Warsh is doing our photos this year and there will be a horse and dog show to boot, you can check the website or flyer for details. There will also be a rabbi and priest available to bless your animals. They will be doing circumcisions also, this weekend special, half off. That’s not true but I had to write it, saw it in a Mel Brooks movie or somewhere, couldn’t resist using it here. I had another story about our church, when one priest was telling everyone to go see the other priest at the rectory and have their animals blessed. The other priest in the rectory was not too happy, it was his day off and he didn’t care for animals that much in the first place. I never knew priests got mad at each other and threatened each other. Learning experience for me, but funny.

Ralph

Currently we have at least four dogs in the kennel that I know of. Annie and Ralph are packed and waiting to go to their forever homes. Hannah has just arrived and won’t be here long, she’s beautiful, loves and gets along with everyone and everything. BB King was out on a home trial, but his human got her work life totaled, so he’s back, and she’s unhappy, but,,,,, she loves him, he is now known as Dexter. He is a fabulous pet, already set in retired home life, has the system down pat, and you can come check him out, we also have a nice letter describing his habits and how nice he is. The dog comes with References. Don’t forget, you can check with Michelle any time in regards to available dogs, the ones I list are the ones that I know on Monday night. There are always comings and goings, so contacting the kennel is the best way to get the up to the minute news, and Michelle has been known to bring potential adoptees out to visit potential adopters at their house.

Ok, this looks to be about all of it, long, but some of it may be cut anyway, so we’ll go with what we have for now. Have a greyt week, don’t forget the big yard sale this weekend, and the Horses and Hounds the next weekend. Keep your hounds close and your treats closer.

YARD SALE

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEB 11 & 12, 8 AM – 2 PM
 
Lots & lots of dog & pet supplies – beds, kennels, food bowls & stands, etc.
Plus household goods & hardware.
No clothes.
No early birds please.
 
2621 NW 105th Lane, Sunrise
(west of Nob Hill, between Sunset Strip & Sunrise Lakes)
 
Proceeds support Friends of Greyhounds.
A non-profit 501c3 greyhound rescue based in Sunrise.
 

Darla, now Shadow

Dear Michelle,

I just wanted to take a moment and update you . Shadow is doing great. She has been completely adopted by Lucy and Ginger. Her favorite hobby is running around the dog run and digging holes for fun. In fact she even barks and wags her tail when people go by on the bike path behind the house. Her social anxiety is gone for the most part, except when we have big groups of people over, or all of us go out at the same time. We still don’t have her leash trained but it’s getting worked on. Shadow loves to be petted and when people she knows come through the door she wags her tail and smiles. It takes about three visits before she lets new people pet her but that’s ok. I suspect that , over time, that will clear up too.

I hope you are doing well.

Be well,

Michelle Schiffman

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/30/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Ralph

Ok, which is more exciting, Jerry turning 70 tomorrow or the kennel with everyone gone but Ralph and Annie? Happy Birthday to FoG President Jerry, celebrating seven decades of surviving everything that life has hit him with, taking a licking, but still ticking. His best birthday gift? Not having to ever do jury duty again, in this life at least. There are some of us who know exactly how nice that is, I swear they used to call me every year. Don’t mind going but can’t they find someone else once in a while? Mr. J., may you have many more happy and HEALTHY years. I can only wish you good health, not responsible if Michelle beats you to death one of these days, so live wisely, you’ve made it this far. In other excitement, we’ve almost got an empty kennel. Everyone is gone except for Ralph and Annie. So, we need to get them out and into their forever homes ASAP. Don’t worry, we will be receiving new arrivals immediately if not later, but I will be pushing (as always) the ones who’ve been here the longest. You can contact Michelle or Jerry for up to the minute information on anything about our hounds and get the latest on new arrivals. My news is once a week, so come Tuesday we could have five or six new arrivals. Right now, Annie, a beautiful two-year-old girl and Ralph, a three-year-old black stud, are packed and ready to go, all they need is a good human to make their dreams come true. We also have Kango, who is on the injured reserve list, but should be ready to go shortly if not sooner.

Hold off on the photographer search, our friend Larry Warsh will be handling the photos. If you like to get up close and personal with all these beautiful animals, he could use a helper for the day, or maybe two for a half day each. This isn’t an extremely long event, so you can volunteer and still not end up dog tired. My experience with volunteering at the famous country club dinner, where all the hounds got their pictures taken and I was right there watching every one of them get photographed. With all the beautiful dogs parading past me, kind of reminded me of a Miss Universe beauty pageant, these dogs are gorgeous.

Annie

The Plantation Doggie Palooza was good to us. We took Ace and Carly, and both of them made the best of their chance, and got adopted. They will be delivered on Thursday, so we wish them and their new families all the love, happiness, and good health that they can handle for the rest of their time together. Next Saturday is Sunrise Woodstock, we have information posted about that on the website. If you see Chumlee there, don’t try to adopt him. That’s an attempt at an inside joke about the sparsity of dogs currently. Horses and Hounds is coming up in about three weekends, so get ready. Don’t forget the yard sale, coming up at the kennel on the Weekend of the 11th and 12th of February. A fun trip coming up for Michelle and a couple dogs, as they’re going to be heading down to the Kendall Lakes FC Martin K-8 center. They’ll be visiting Ms. Rodger’s kindergarten class, who is celebrating their 100th day of school on February 8th, and they’re trying to gather a hundred cans of dog food for our hounds. The hounds love the kids and the kids love the hounds, it’s always a lot of fun and I expect to have a report and some pictures next week.

Ok, I think I’ve got it all covered for this week. Once again, Happy Birthday to Jerry, seventy years’ young, and it’s an accomplishment, dubious or not, a lot of people don’t get to make it that far. As Michelle so aptly puts it, ‘’he’s like fine wine, gets better with age….. except for the sediment in the bottom, and the broken cork, and the torn up label’’. I think he’s still got some years left in the tank, at least he’s not circling the drain yet. Have a greyt week, stay safe, don’t bite anyone you don’t know. Not real sure about what bottom the sediment is in, and why we’re looking at his bottom, but that’s not our business.

YARD SALE

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEB 11 & 12, 8 AM – 2 PM
 
Lots & lots of dog & pet supplies – beds, kennels, food bowls & stands, etc.
Plus household goods & hardware.
No clothes.
No early birds please.
 
2621 NW 105th Lane, Sunrise
(west of Nob Hill, between Sunset Strip & Sunrise Lakes)
 
Proceeds support Friends of Greyhounds.
A non-profit 501c3 greyhound rescue based in Sunrise.
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/23/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Carly

There’s a big yard sale on February 11th and 12th at our kennel. It’s still about three weeks away, but keep it in mind, we’ve got a ton of doggie goodies, leftovers, and stuff for dog lovers as well as household items. We’re trying to clean out our warehouse, or at least downsize it, so keep us in mind on that weekend, and stop by if you can, we’re in Sunrise. There should be plenty of stuff to look through and Michelle is anxious to clean house, so you should get some good prices.

Ralph

In the more immediate future, this weekend is Doggie Palooza, a Dog Expo. It’s going on rain or shine at Happy Tails Dog Park, 6600 S.W. 16th Street, Plantation, or Peters Road and S.W. 63 Ave. for those who know where you’re going. They will be having Police K-9 and Frisbee demonstrations as well as a Purpose Driven Pup Chase Course and Captain Cartoon Pet Caracatures. It will be this Saturday from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M., so stop by if you can, Michelle has done these before and she says they are a lot of fun. The expo is to provide pet owners with information on pet care and products, they will have prizes for best dressed pooches, best pet tricks, and a pet owner look-a-like contests. Sounds like a good time for all concerned and the cost is just two dollars for humans and pets are free, so you can’t beat the price, and they’ll have pet adoptions available, including some of our own inmates no doubt. Horses and Hounds is fast approaching next month, don’t know if they’ve settled the photographer deal yet, last I heard they were looking for a professional photographer to work the event, if you know any professional photographers that might be interested, give Michelle a buzz. Lynn, our famous collar lady, will be at Horses and Hounds with her collars for certain, but will not be at the Doggie Palooza or the Sunrise Woofstock, she’s saving her stock for the Horses and Hounds to assure our people the best selection available. Thank you for thinking of us first Ms. Georgia.

Ace

JJ, aka, Jay Jay has entered his new home and is doing good the last I heard. His Godmother is Rainey’s human Jill, one of my favorite volunteers from the old days, who will make sure his new life is going smoothly. Our girl Bella is also doing well in her new adobe with her favorite human, who is retired, has a big yard, and plenty of time to give her all his attention. And I’m sure she will be demanding it. Billy went out to his new home last week, he’s living with his humans and a K-9 sister, as well as a teenaged human and his K-9, so Billy is part of a three-dog night, each and every night now. Ms. Michelle forgot to take his favorite fuzzy green face, so she made a special trip back out to deliver it to him. She said he is a very happy camper, but he was also very, very happy to be reunited with his favorite toy. Yes, they are just like little kids in a lot of ways, and what a joy it is to watch them live a happy and full life.

Annie

Ok, I think this leaves us with Ace, Carly, Annie, Ralph, and that’s it at the moment. I will have an update by next week I’m sure, and in any case, you can contact the kennel and talk to Michelle or Jerry and they can tell you up to the minute information on who’s available and who’s not. We have continuous movement and there’s always somebody coming in and somebody going out, which is a good thing, but I am down here and they are up there, not like the good old days when I was there every weekend at the least, and some times during the week. Well, I think that about wraps it up for this week, and this is fortunate because I have just been gassed. Greyhounds are fabulous animals, fast, graceful, sleek, exotic, and a hundred other beautifully descriptive words, but, on occasions there’s a slip in the rear linkage, and there’s no mistaking a greyhound from other dogs when it comes to gas. Don’t feel sorry for me though, it’s happened before and it will happen again. I will be just fine when my head clears, my eyes stop watering and the walls quit sweating, and I’ll be ready to go for next week. In the meantime, keep your hounds close and your gasmask closer.

Horses & Hounds 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Hosted by Jane Bistline, Jeri Caprio & Kim Van Kampen
Sponsored by the Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation
11399 Piping Plover Road, Lake Worth, Florida 33449

Your well behaved dogs are invited to attend the party & be part of the doggie show.

Doggie Portraits Complementary with Donation.

Blessings of the Animals, All Denominations.

Take part in our Fabulous Silent Auction.

Click here for a map & directions to Horses & Hounds.

Click to view a printable flyer in a separate window

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/16/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Greetings and Salutations on this, the beginning of the third week of 2017. We are kind of on a roll so far this year, so why not press our luck and expand species for a public service announcement which I’m sure Michelle will appreciate. Michelle’s granddaughter found a small turtle about four years ago, and it has pretty much outgrown it’s aquarium. They are looking to place him in a larger home, hopefully with other turtles. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel. He’s healthy, happy, and Michelle could even deliver him if you want. For more information, you can contact them at the kennel, she didn’t ask to mention this, but you never know, someone may have the perfect setup for Tony. His name is Tony.

Ralph

Last week Billy had a chance and we think he cashed in on it. When he went for his visit, with two other contenders, he took control of his destiny and made it known that he was the guy for this family. He will be with a human brother and a nice fenced in yard, so hopefully this works out perfectly for him, he has been waiting the longest and I always root for those dogs. Last week I went to the filming of a dog commercial and got to see Bella again. She was with us for so long we thought she’d never find a home, but she did, and what a home. She’s now Isis, living better than I am, and has already starred in at least one commercial last year. What a happily ever after to a story that started off so poorly. Miss Denim is also going out on Wednesday. She has been adopted but had to wait for her humans to return from a trip. Best wishes to them and their new families and may they have many years of love and good health together.

Carly

We have Ralph, a big black boy with a Roman nose, just like Bella and SlugBug Bob have. When I told Ralph about Bella and SlugBug Bob, with their Roman noses, and how good they ended up, he became very excited and has quite the optimistic attitude these days. JJ and Ace are our other two current guys, but they do not have the nose and are a little bit jealous. Never did I imagine that the Roman nose thing would become the cool thing to have. Annie and Carly are our current girls. Both are as cute as a bug’s ear and won’t be here very long, I can just about guarantee that. The newest arrival is Kango. He’s tall, dark (dark brindle), and handsome. I think he had a head injury and has quit racing at the tender age of three. He loves attention and nice yards. For more information on any of our inmates, just contact Michelle or Jerry, they can fill you in on anything you might want to know about them and can arrange for you to visit them in person, at your convenience, either at the kennel or even your house. Billy made a home visit, saw what he liked, and decided then and there that was his forever home, so beware, sometimes the adoptee ends up picking the adopter instead of vice versa.

Ace

Coming up, on Saturday, January 28th we have Plantation’s Doggie Palooza , and the following weekend, February 4th, Sunrise Woodstock. I have no idea what these are, but our website has a flyer posted and as always, contact Michelle and she can tell you everything she knows about them. The third weekend in February we have the annual Horses and Hounds. If you or your company has anything that you’d like to donate for the auction, you can contact Michelle and we can work out the details. The auction is getting bigger and better every year. We’re also looking for a photographer, the regular photographer cannot make it and our photographer is unavailable, so If you know a professional photographer that might be interested, don’t hesitate to contact Michelle. The souvenir photos are one of the coolest parts of the event, so we need to get that item settled. That’s most of the news that’s fit to print for this week. Have a greyt rest of the week, and thank you all for the support you’ve given us throughout the years.

Last Minute PS – – Jay-Jay has an application!! Delivering on Saturday!

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/10/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

We are back, a day late, but a dollar ahead, feeling a lot better than the Dolphin, Lion, and Crimson Tide fans and no worse for the wear. I got to visit the inmates up close and personal this past weekend and they are all beautiful as usual. As there is nothing extremely important on the board for distribution, we can spend an extra sentence or two on the availables that are waiting with either baited or bated breath, for you to come and sweep them off their feet and carry them off to their happily ever after home. That is done a lot more frequently with Chihuahuas and yappers than with greyhounds and mastiffs, but it still can be and has been done.

Billy

First and best news of the week, Denim, who has been out and returned, but through the proverbial ‘no fault of her own’ has set the tone for the new year. One of our long-time adopters lost his dog and came to look for a new girl. There weren’t a lot of girl choices, Denim was there, but she was just exactly what he wasn’t looking for. She was five years old, a black dog, and a return, too old, wrong color and used already. What he didn’t count on was looking her in the eye. He didn’t want to adopt her, so he took her for a trial run before he had to go out of town for a week or so. He couldn’t get her out of his mind, now he can’t wait to get home to adopt her. Meanwhile, she’s getting her teeth cleaned and her shots updated. This has all the teeth marks of a lasting relationship. Reminds me of my courtship with my wife except that maybe she wasn’t black, she definitely wasn’t five years old, and she wasn’t a return. I also didn’t get her teeth cleaned when we got engaged and I don’t know anything about her shots. Actually, I guess the only thing that is like our courtship is that once I met her, I just couldn’t get her out of my mind. It’s been that way for over forty years now, so it worked out well for us, at least for me, and I hope that it works out that way for Denim too, she deserves it, she’s been very patient about all this. Anyway, we wish them nothing but love and good health for all their years together.

Ace

So, the Denim story has a happy ending, at least so far, now we want to continue the string as long as we can. Billy is another return. I put him on the ‘no fault of his own’ list, although, like in football, where the guy that retaliates after the initial foul, gets the flag, and that’s what happened to Billy. There was a yapper that kept getting in his face, and one day he said enough and beat the dog crap outta the little shrimp. He was branded a bully. His humans could not leave their house and neighborhood, so he had to go. Technically it was his fault, however, just like in football when one guy gives you a cheap shot and you retaliate, it’s usually the second one that gets the flag and not the instigator. Billy has proof as to the quality of his character, we have from his previous humans, a nice long letter describing Billy’s virtues. They love him dearly and would like to hear from his new owners, so we need to get him his new home, as he is paying for something that he didn’t cause. Billy is a solid, sleek, and strong guy. He has pretty much the same speed I was blessed with, so he lasted at the track about as long as I did in track, but he has shown the potential for making a fabulous pet He probably wouldn’t do well with cats and small dogs, but you never know. You can visit him at the kennel or we can arrange to bring him for a visit at your house. Michelle is very flexible for scheduling, so all you have to do is contact her and it’s very likely we can arrange a meeting for you at your convenience and even at your adobe. Actually, he even has a microchip already and you can transfer the information when you adopt him. I talked to him personally last Saturday, he didn’t say much but listened attentively and I came away very impressed with this guy.

Annie

We have currently three other boys waiting in the wings, just waiting for the right human to come and take them away. Ralph and Ace are both three years old, Ace is a beautiful brindle. JJ has just come in recently, he’s a tall and stately looking fawn boy. Annie is a little petite two-year-old girl. She’s cute as a bug’s ear and very loving. Carly is a big white girl with just a touch of brindle on her head. She’s a tall long legged girl, could be the girl of your dreams if you dream about long legged greyhounds. So, sports fans, we have something for everyone, the small, the tall, the youngsters, the not so youngsters, we have red, white, brindle, black, and they are all waiting for you to come in and make their day. Check them out with Pet Finder, our website, or up close and personal, all it takes is a call to Michelle or Jerry and it can be arranged. You just may make a fast friend for life.

That just about does it for this week. We have Horses and Hounds coming up next month and DogPalooza in Plantation and Woofstock in Sunrise and we’ll probably be getting back to the meet and greets at the Pet Supermarket I have Michelle and Jerry thinking about a gathering in the near future, maybe at Flamingo Nursery or somewhere, so stay tuned, things will be happening. Have a greyt rest of the week, don’t bite anyone, and stay safe.

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/2/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Happy New Year to all from the FoG kennel staff and volunteers, best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2017. To start the year off right we have received word from Slugbug Bob’s sister, Slugbug Molly, who is alive and well and living with another greyhound and family. They are looking to contact dog siblings, which does happen ofter. I don’t have all the information but I’m sure that Bob’s people will be in touch with Molly’s people (I hope, I hope) and we can learn all about her life after racing. Slugbug Bob is a local legend among our many legendary alumni. I dubbed him ‘so ugly, he’s actually cute’ in his original profile and whether it did or not, in my mind that helped get him his forever home, and he has done very well in it I can say for sure.

Ace

To start off the New Year right, two new boys have just arrived at the kennel. Ace and JJ are the two beautiful new arrivals. Ace is a stunning dark brindle and JJ is a hot red fawn. Both are long legged, three years’ young, and healthy, with no injuries to rehab. They will be headed for the Vets and will be ready for adoption very soon. We currently have three girls, bags packed and ready to enter your life. Denim is a cute black girl. She has been in a home but was returned because her people lost a half year battle with their community, concerning rules, probably about size of dog. Don’t know for sure, but she’s been in a home, is perfectly adjusted, all she wants is a loving family that can keep her forever. She is on a 48 hour trial period with a potential adopter right now but technically, she is still looking for a home. She is a lover, very devoted, bonds quickly and deserves to be able to go to sleep knowing that she will not be bounced out at any moment. If you’re looking for a real lover that knows the rules already, come in and check her out. Annie is a little red girl, two and a half years old and finished racing with a broken leg. But that is healed and in as good a shape at it is going to be and it has nothing to do with her being a loving pet. Carly is a tall, white and brindle three-year-old girl. She’s just off the racing circuit, so she looks a little scruffy at the moment, but these dogs tend to clean up pretty decently, as you can see by this year’s winner of the National Dog Show, a greyhound. The four boys we have are Ralph, Billy, Ace, and JJ and you can also check them out on the website, arrange a visit to our kennel, or even have one or two of them brought to your house for a close up and personal visit.

Jay-Jay

We received a call from Darla’s mom this past week. Darla is one of our ‘special’ girls, very shy and introverted. Some people love the ‘special’ dogs, as do my family and myself. Selfish a little bit maybe, because of how good I feel giving one of these a home, knowing that we’ve helped one that most likely wouldn’t have even gotten a chance, and they all deserve at least a chance because many times the biggest (and best) surprises come in the ugliest wrapped packages. With a little bit of TLC and plenty of love and patience, so far Darla is coming along just fine. You just have to find the right people. Apparently, Chloe has struck it rich also. She went to a beautiful home, plenty of fenced in land to roam, and her new mom loves her. Not every dog has to have a large home, large yard (or two) with a human that just wants to spend time with them, but it’s pretty neat when it does happen. So, we have some movement, so far so good. As always, we wish our adopters and adoptees many years of happiness, love, and good health and we’ll keep our fingers and dew claws crossed for all of them. As in life, they can’t all be perfectly happy endings, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling ecstatic when we do get them, and that’s the reason we’re here.

Carly

Ok, that’s about it for the current moment. There’s something in the wind, about which I don’t know anything, so I won’t say much, but it will be for the auction at Horses and Hounds, and is pretty spectacular. We will see if it develops and if it does, you will hear about it second, or third maybe, right here from me. I love to be the bearer of good news. So, stay tuned, we’re just getting revved up for the new year. If you’re interested, or even think you might be interested in a greyhound, check us out, on line, in person at the kennel, or maybe even at your house. I’ve heard of greyhounds stopping traffic on the street, but today it happened to me. I was out with Creeper and Diffy and this car full of people stopped and dropped off one girl. Apparently living or visiting down the street somewhere, this young lady was so excited to see and be that close to a real one. She is moving to Broward and wants a dog, and naturally I told her she won’t find a better pet and she agreed. So, Michelle, if some people come looking and talk about seeing one in Hialeah that sent them to you, that was me. Yep, don’t worry about the raise, I can’t afford to go into a higher tax bracket. Just kidding, and just doing my job. You know I can talk greyhounds all day long, and have done it before. Have a greyt week, keep the boots handy in case it snows. Not.

Slugbug Bob

Slugbug Molly