Our final black dog special, Denim, has found her forever home. She has been delivered and renamed Serena and will be living with mom, dad, and a teenage human sister. She’s off to a good start, her people run a Cuban family pizza restaurant and her Godparents are longtime greyhound owners Ileana and Carlos from Happy Paws Dog Sitting, so they are all in good hands. Denim has waited quite a while; I think she’s going to be rewarded for that patience with an excellent home. Best wishes for her and her humans for a long life of love, health, and happiness. Sometimes it takes a while, but the results are worth the wait.Burt and Bambi are nearing the final stages of their medical work. Once they get healed from their broken legs, they will be ready for adoption. They will never race again, but will still make fabulous pets. Our Diffy had a broken leg, which ended his racing career. He can still motor faster than any other dogs at the park and most of the greyhounds he runs with. One of my non greyhounds could not catch Diffy or Joan, another grey he was running with, so he cut across and torpedoed Joan. Just because they had a career ending racing injury definitely does not prevent any of them from enjoying the rest of their lives, believe me on that. I have word that Bert and Bambi are both awesomely cute, so you might want to check them out. We also have two new dogs in, four years old that have just arrived, more on them next week I hope. Cricket is ready to go, she has her bag packed and sitting next to her kennel, Max and Andy are waiting and watching every day, so why not come in and check them out. We also have been known to arrange a house visit, if you are interested and live in the area, Michelle can usually be talked into bringing one or two out to see you at your residence and at your convenience. We also stand behind our adoptables, we’re there for support and will do whatever it takes to get the right dog in the right home. It’s not always a perfect fit the first time, but we always say that there’s a perfect home for every dog and a perfect dog for every home, it’s our job to make it happen. We also have the Dog Days at Ft. Lauderdale Galleria coming up next month, fashion show and adoption event. Irondog is going to be featured, more on that coming up. Animal Fair Adoption in Tamarac is coming up, so next month is going to be busy. I’d better end this before next month too. So, stay tuned, more to come, plenty of beautiful greys available for adoption, please come check them out, call Michelle, she can set up an appointment at your convenience, or as I said, we can bring them to see you. Any questions you have about any of the dogs, feel free to contact Michelle or Jerry by phone, email, or through the website, they have all the answers to all your questions. Please make sure your animals are hydrated, it’s hot out, and these are the dog days of summer. Stay cool, have a greyt week, and thank you all for supporting us throughout the years, without you, it couldn’t happen, and it’s made a lifesaving difference for almost two thousand thrown away lives over the years. That should make you feel good about what you’re doing, I know it makes us better people.
Wednesday, August 10 & 17, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
At the Galleria Mall
2414 East Sunrise Blvd.
Speaking of new arrivals, I believe there are at least six new dogs coming in to fill the already full ranks in the kennel. Cricket and Murphy are old newbies already, they have been spayed, neutered, and whatever else it takes to make them ready to be classified as adoptables, which apparently isn’t a word because every time I use it, I get a red line underneath it. Cricket is small, cute, and very personable. Murphy is renamed and has no connection whatsoever with Murphy’s Law. For more information on any and all of them, contact Michelle or Jerry or keep an eye on Petfinder or Meet Our Dogs entries.So, there’s a glut of greys currently, probably the most we’ve had at one time since we went small kennel. As previously stated, you can check them out on our website, or check out Pet Finder, or call or contact us direct. We are unique in the fact that we can usually arrange for a meeting between you and an adoptable of your choice, either at our kennel or at your adobe, and usually at your convenience. We do go the extra mile and are always there for support, which is what has always made us just a cut above the rest of the groups. This Saturday is supposed to be our weekend at the Pet Supermarket, but there may be a change in schedule, so check with us before you go, if you are coming over specifically to see us. That’s about most of the news that’s fit to print as I have it. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe and cool, and let’s see if we can get Ms. Denim a good home, she is a fantastic girl.
Of Interest to Our Readers…
Mystique and misunderstanding of the black greyhoundWhen you think of the color black, in clothes you think of the Little Black Dress or how sexy a man looks in a tuxedo. For witches and black cats, it conjures up black magic and superstition. But unfortunately, if you are a black greyhound, the mystery of the unknown oftentimes turns into misunderstanding.
by Linda Weber of the LA Greyhound Examiner
In the Middle Ages, only aristocracy were allowed to own greyhounds. Commoners who rebelled and owned and hunted with greyhounds chose them with coloring that made them harder to spot: brindle, red, fawn, and black. Nobles by contrast favored white and dappled dogs that could be spotted and more easily recovered if lost in the forest. Hence, darker colored greyhounds including the darkest color of them all, were considered common and less favored than there fair-haired counterparts.In more recent times, the reasons for shying away from a black greyhound are varied. Some owners mention that when they walk their black greyhound, people will often cross the street to get away from their dog. Sometimes the bias against can be traced to the fact that they are often misidentified as Great Danes or Dobermans or dogs with a more aggressive nature.
As reported by animal shelters and rescue agencies, black dogs are often overlooked when potential adopters come looking for a dog. There is even a name for it: Black Dog Syndrome. The second most prevalent color behind brindle is black so this is definitely an issue in greyhound adoption circles.
However, anyone who has adopted a black greyhound has discovered a hidden treasure. Black greyhounds are just as loving and wonderful as any other colored greyhound. Their ebony coats have a sheen like no other and in a crowd of other greyhounds they definitely stand out. They have a command presence that makes you sit up and take notice.
For anyone who has overlooked a black greyhound in lieu of a lighter-colored companion, reconsider. Don’t just follow the crowd. Choose a black greyhound and be part of a phenomenon which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
Linda has a passion for rescue dogs. She became involved with educating people regarding Greyhounds after adopting an ex-racing Greyhound a few years ago. When she is not traveling the world with her husband, she splits her time between Southern California and Southern Utah with her rescued Fox Terrier smooth mix and Greyhound by her side. Linda donates 100% of her compensation from Examiner.com to greyhound adoption and education groups.
First order of business this week is hound safety. Next Monday is July 4th, and that means celebration of our nation’s independence. It also means that there will be plenty of fireworks. In many cases fireworks and dogs don’t mix. Please be sure to have your hound secure at all times during the day and night. One bang, one bolt, and there could be a major problem; even inside many of them are afraid, so please consider your animal’s safety whatever your plans for the holiday are.We are coming to the end of June, and we have one hound left in the Black Dog Month Sale. Denim is a beautiful black girl, very well behaved, and it would be greyt if we could find her a home by next Thursday. It would be greyt for the adopters too, there’s a fifty dollar discount from the regular $225 adoption fee, so she’s only $175 and you will get a goody bag full of greyhound goodies to go with her. So if you’d like to put a hound in your house and an extra fifty bucks back in your pocket for the holiday, contact Michelle or Jerry and they can arrange a meeting with you, at our place or yours and at your convenience. We also have eight other lovely adoptables that are waiting for their forever homes, so if Denim is not the one, there are still plenty to choose from. In other news, Akira has been confirmed and reconfirmed as mighty fine, smart, well behaved, and terrific so far, so it looks like he’s going to do ok in his new home. His human is Steve Ginsberg, who has Charlie’s Canine College. Just a little mention in case you are looking or know of someone looking for a dog trainer. Also a little shout out and a big thank you to Mike Griesemer, from Groom Waggin’. He came by and caught up the nail clipping in the kennel. With that many dogs, nail clipping gets away from you fast. Mike and Mary are long time adopters and we highly recommend Mike’s work. He is a mobile groomer which means he comes to you, and you can check him out at www.groomwaggin.com. We have long supported our alumni after adoption, and we appreciate and support our adopters, especially the ones that mutually support us. The greyhound community is made up of many wonderful and unique people. In kennel news, Ms. Vicky has her cast removed. She has received a lot of attention already, but she will not be available for adoption and on restriction, no running, until after her August 3rd doctor visit. She is still listed as a maybe for cat tolerance; most likely it will depend on the cat. Cat tolerant hounds are not in stock at the current moment, but we have two new arrivals which might turn out to be. We have one boy and one girl, both five years old, and both brindle. Michelle needs to rename them, if you have any suggestions, you can contact her. Their current names are Mercy and Ticket. Ticket is the girl and Mercy is the boy. She’s looking for new names that sound similar to their old names so we don’t confuse them totally, if you have any ideas, send them in. Billy, Andy, Max, Asia, Harry, Ironman, Denim, and Vicky are all waiting for you to check them out, either at our place or yours, so don’t just think about it, act on it, it could be a life changing event for both of you. We have a new section on the website called the Greyhound Resources. It’s full of the practical useful information that we used to exchange when we gathered at the old kennel. Please make sure to check it out, there’s lots of ideas, links, and reminders that are very useful. We also plan on adding to it as we go along, so check it periodically, and if you have any ideas for it, don’t hesitate to contact Michelle. Don’t forget, you can contact Michelle or Jerry at the website, email@example.com, or give them a call, for any up to the minute information on any of our dogs, or any questions that you might have. And, last but not least, remember, it’s summer, dogs and rolled up windows do not mix, please check your back seat before you leave your car parked in the sun. Have a safe and happy week and holiday from all of us here at the kennel.
Some photos and video of Ginger, a.k.a. D.C’s Doodle, b.July 27, 2002 d. June 14, 2016
Rest in Peace, Ginger.