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John’s Happy Tales Report
1/4/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Rosco

Rosco

Happy New Year to everyone from all of us at the kennel. May you and your people have many more years of love and good health. The kennel begins the New Year on a happy and ambitious note, there is a patio project in the works to give the inmates better shelter and access to the great outdoors in times of inclement weather. That is in the works and as always, Ms. Michelle has work for anyone who wishes to help out around the kennel. There is a wide variety of jobs and projects so if you’d like to help out the cause for the paws, and would like to spend some time around the animals, feel free to notify her and I’m sure they can arrange something for you, and this also applies to any high school students that need their community service hours. The kennel is in Sunrise, so if you’re in the area, it’s a lot easier to get to than the previous one in Hialeah

Sierra

Sierra

I was at the meet and greet last Saturday at the Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Blvd., met some interesting people and dogs. Rosco was the featured stud and he got some serious looks. He’s a return, as per usual, through no fault of his own, his humans got a divorce and neither of them can keep him any longer. Their loss could be your gain; he now has real house experience, so he should transition into your life with minimum problems. He’s a small guy, five years old, with a laid back personality. He is a beautiful red brindle; one lady said he almost resembles a tiger with his markings. He originally tested as cat tolerant but he hasn’t been retested yet. We currently have five other dogs available, four boys and two girls, you can check our website, Pet Finder, or call Michelle of Jerry and get all the inside information on any and all of them and I just had a little bird tell me that there may be some other dogs coming in very soon. Actually the little bird is a figure of speech, it’s more like a large gnome or gnat, but the news is good and good news is always welcome, so call Michelle or Jerry and they can give you the up to the minute information on who’s where, why, and what. And, don’t forget, with our current configuration, we can now most likely arrange for a visit from one or a couple of our adoptables at your house and at your convenience, Michelle is very flexible, kind of like a large Gumby, only not so green. The last time I looked, which was Saturday, Max, Charlie, Roscoe, and Joey are our boys and Sweetheart and Sierra are the two girls. I mention that so that our webmaster has a chance to post pictures of something I am mentioning in the blog, sort of eye candy I guess. Mandy is to be delivered to her new home in the middle of the week, so best of luck, love, health, and happiness to her and her new humans as she begins her new life as a real dog.

Joey

Joey

Ren-Fest is fast approaching, February 13th thru March 27th this year. We are not officially in yet this year, but are optimistic. The news hopefully will be carried on by Michelle for the next couple weeks, maybe, I am doing the second of my knee replacements and will be incapacitated for the next couple weeks, as I will most likely be held captive audience in a rehab facility and I don’t have a laptop. The last knee did so well I am hoping to do a repeat and am thankful that I am not a spider or centipede, this will be the second and last knee replacement I hope. It has been suggested I think about doing a head replacement, but I’m assuming that was in jest. Have a greyt rest of the week and I hope to continue this gibberish in a couple or three weeks, which means I will have survived well enough to continue my work with these beautiful greyhounds and the crazy community of owners who are truly special people.

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/28/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Three days left in the year, and then we start over, fresh, anew, with new hope. We enter the New Year on a somewhat reduced scale as far as operations are concerned, but we are still moving dogs at a steady pace, and not just the pretty ones, but as always, the young, the old, the injured and sick, and the returns as well. It makes me feel good to know that some animals that probably wouldn’t get a chance in another group or even make it to an adoption group, have been able to find loving homes and have a second or even third chance at life through our efforts, and that they are doing well. That speaks highly of the kind of people that adopt these dogs.

Max

Max

This Saturday, starting off the New Year right, we will be at our favorite Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Boulevard, from ten until two in the afternoon, you are welcome to stop by and say hello. We’re also hoping to have another pow wow at the Flamingo Road Nursery in the near future. The weather is cooler now and we haven’t gotten together for a while, so hopefully we can get that set up. The kennel is changing almost daily, I think we currently have six adoptables sitting in the waiting room, bag packed, and waiting for the bus to their new forever home. I know Max and Charlie are there; they sent me a Christmas card and asked me to make sure I mention them. Joey and Sweetheart are also there I think. I counted Mandy and Doc, they are gone, but there may be a couple new arrivals by the time this hits the airwaves. The best idea is to just call or contact Michelle or Jerry and they will be glad to give you the up to the minute information on one and all. One advantage continues for our scaled down operation. Unlike the previous dozen or more years, you can now see the dogs at just about any time that is convenient to you. No longer just weekends for a few hours, you can now contact Michelle or Jerry and set up a time to see a dog, or, you can probably schedule a meeting with one of more of them at your house at your convenience. Just contact them and they will be happy to set something up for you.

Charlie

Charlie

Doc, I think, has joined the Navy. He went to live with someone on the Naval Base, Key West. Beautiful scenic trip it is, but I don’t wish the drive down there on anyone, lots of two lane and delays if there’s an accident and there always seems to be an accident. But, he was delivered safe and sound and the last I heard he is doing well if he doesn’t eat the Legos. Legos are cool, I have a friend who builds and collects them. They are also expensive; please Doc, no Legos for lunch if you know what’s good for you. He also has a sibling to share life with, so, best wishes to Doc, his new brother/sister, and his new humans and may they enjoy a beautiful and healthy loving life together. Ginny also has an application and will be delivered on New Year’s Eve, so best of luck to her and her new people. Mandy also just received an application, but I don’t even have the details on her yet.

Joey

Joey

Remember, New Year’s Eve is coming, please be aware and extra secure when you are out and about or even outside your own house. Lots of fireworks and loud noises and flashes, which can scare the dogfood out of a lot of dogs, so please make sure you have them leashed if you are out and about and be careful even if they’re in the yard, they don’t often, but they are all capable of jumping a fence, and an ounce of prevention is worth a few days of searching the streets.

Sweetheart

Sweetheart

The kennel is planning some small projects to improve the outside area for the dogs, possible patio, and covered area where the dogs can go outside without getting soaked. I believe Michelle will be elaborating on this in the near future and will be able to explain it better than I can at the moment. Ok, last blog for the year. This is like number 144 or thereabouts total. I just wanted to help out a little bit and put something on the website that could update what’s going on with us. Hopefully it is getting the job done and it takes a little bit of work off of Michelle so she doesn’t have to spend extra time on this, as she has been known to run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, always has more to do than she can get done it seems. It’s also a fun way to stay in touch as I don’t get up to Broward very often, but I still get to be in the circle and find out what’s happening with our four legged friends. It’s worked out well and I believe that three and a half of the four people that actually read some of it, like it, so it’s a win/win situation for all concerned. Next week is another year, so have a Happy New Year, celebrate, have fun, but please, please, be aware of what and when if you have your dogs out and about or in the yard, some spook easy and of all the bad or sad memories of past kennel events, the worst one for me is the feeling when you’re out searching the streets looking for someone’s dog that has run away. Fortunately all the searches I’ve been involved with have ended happily, but it’s not a pleasant thing to do. Usually it’s only twice a year, July 4th and New Years, so keep that in mind and give your hounds a hug and a kiss from us, and for everyone, wishing you a Happy and HEALTHY 2016.

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/21/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Mandy

Mandy

Merry Christmas to everyone, have a beautiful holiday and may all of you and your families and animals have a Happy and Healthy 2016. Bless all the beautiful dogs greyhound and other, who have the good fortune to have a loving home, and may all those that don’t have one, get one within the next year. Big order, but we can always wish for the best. If anyone has a crate that they are not using, Michelle would be happy to take it off your hands, the 42” kind that we use. I have very little information for this week; everyone is running around with their seasonal chores I think. There was a meet and greet at our favorite Pet Supermarket yesterday but have not received any information on it. I believe Mandy was our little representative. I have received word from Michelle that she would be available to deliver a dog even on Christmas Day, something to consider if you are looking for one of the best Christmas gifts to give, but don’t forget, a pet is not just a gift for Christmas, but a gift for life. After watching the politicians parade on the airwaves the past couple months, the more I am convinced that I need another shirt that says ‘The more people I meet, the better I like my dog’. Simple unconditional love is so refreshing these days compared to dealing with the world and it’s pounding of the drums stress. It’s nice to have three wagging tails to greet me when I get home, they don’t care what I’ve done or haven’t done, I am their world and they give me a sincere royal welcome, whether I’ve been gone for the weekend or just to the mailbox, it’s a greyt feeling to be loved.

Joey

Joey

We have dogs moving, even as we speak, or write. Currently there are nine of our ‘people’ here, waiting, with their bags already packed (they don’t have many material possessions), and ready to go to a loving home. Always in the old Hialeah kennel we had more older retired dogs, usually four or five years old, maybe a few returns a bit older, but hardly any pups. People were always looking for the youngsters. Now it is seemingly the opposite, we are getting a bunch of ‘not quite ready for prime time’ ex-racers, ready to take on the retired life. So, for those of you looking for youngsters, or ‘Yutes’ as they were called in ‘My Cousin Vinny’, you will have to look no further than our kennel. We have five beautiful girls right at two years old, and two young guys, same age, and so if you are into the young at age as well as young at heart, we’ve got the greyhound for you. Three of them have tested as cat tolerant, which is a bonus for many households. Sweetheart, Mandy, Sierra, Probie, and Ginny have just arrived, oops, Probie and Ginny do not count, one is already on a home trial, and the other has an application already, so there’s currently three girls, but more will be arriving shortly. Joey and Doc are the new youngster guys and we have a couple of retired boys, Max and Charlie, available. I love this information in real time, sometimes by the end of the sentence, the information has changed. There, that names them all and gives our excellent webmaster a chance to include some pictures if he wants to or has them yet. I have also been informed that these hounds can also be seen on Pet Finder. As always, for all of the complete information on any of them, you can contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel or website and they will be glad to discuss any of them and give you all the information on them.

Sweetheart

Sweetheart

Ok, I think I’ve got most of it covered. Rocky is in his new home and we’re keeping whatever we have crossed for him. He’s a beautiful dog, but he needs to be in a home with certain specifications because he has been known to have disagreements with other animals, so we’re hoping that he finds the perfect conditions, because he’s going to be a fabulous pet as long as he doesn’t run into any Odell Beckham Jr.s of the dog world if you know what I mean. Don’t forget, if you have any extra crates, the kennel can use them, or anything donated for that matter is always appreciated. Michelle will deliver on Christmas Day, what a life changing event that would be for someone, a Christmas gift of love that will keep on giving love for years to come, if you have a notion about that. We’ll keep Rocky in our prayers, along with all of our greyt greyhound community, humans and four legs included, thanks for supporting us throughout the years, or even year, if you are new. From us to you, have a beautiful and safe Christmas.

4 years

4 years ago today, a sweet, mellow, laid-back BIG boy came into my life.

Taylor.

He’s my first greyhound. My heart dog.

He just turned 7 years old last week.

I love my big boy.
Happy gotcha day, Taylor.

Mark & Taylor & Face
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Joyce & Gunner

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John’s Happy Tales Report
12/14/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Doc

Doc

Christmas is near, so have no fear and go grab a beer (root), new greyhounds are here. Finally, we are back to a full house again. Not quite the same as the old days meaning of full house, when it meant about four dozen, but what we lack in quantity, we almost make up for in quality. If you were looking recently and the cupboards were bare, please check back with us again, we have some new people (the greys are our ‘people’) and they are youngsters. Michelle has them posted already on the website and Pet Finder, so you can check them out there or give us a call, we have answers to all your questions and maybe even a couple that you don’t have. According to my sources we some new young blood, both boys and girls, and they are awesome. Don’t forget that you can meet them in person at the kennel in Sunrise and if you are close enough, there’s a good chance we can bring them to your adobe to meet you there at your convenience. Hopefully they will be cat tested today or tomorrow and will be ready to go. The calendars are sold out already, thank you for your participation if you participated, and if you didn’t thank you anyway, just for being you. Michelle is still under the weather and as always, would welcome any help or volunteers around the kennel.

Mandy

Mandy

We have five boys available, Charlie, Max, Rocky, and new additions Joey and Doc. Sweetheart, Mandy, and Ginny are the new girls. Mandy went out to a potential home almost before she got here, she is young, sweet, and beautiful, but she wants no part of walking on a leash. I don’t blame her, I feel the same way. She has been examined, x-rayed, and tested and there is nothing physically wrong with her, she just doesn’t want to go for walks at this stage of her life. So if you are looking for a couch potato partner, someone who likes to lay around and relax while you do the same, this might be just the girl for you. So, when you come across a dog that has been ‘returned’ don’t automatically write them off, it could be something as simple as in Mandy’s case, just lazy, likes to lounge around. Of course, if you feel the need, you can always do a background check on them. We did actually have one greyhound a couple years ago that turned out to be a cereal killer. He was an accomplished professional counter surfer, he knew what he was looking for, waited until no one was around, and then took down a box of Capt. Crunch and ate it all. When questioned about it, he indicated no knowledge of the incident and showed absolutely no remorse when shown the destroyed box. Some of them are like that. Ok, time to fly, have a greyt week, come check out our adoptables in person, either at our kennel or your place; you may make a fast friend for life. What better feeling, especially around the holidays, than to make a difference in a life and give one a loving home, believe me, you will be rewarded many times over with unconditional love from them for the rest of their lives.

Ms. Lana (Braska Flapper)

Hi Michelle

Today is Lana’s one month anniversary with us. She’s vibrant, mischievous, hilarious and loving. She has her own stocking that will be full of goodies. Thanks again for everything you do!

Kim, Brian, Lana, Hurley, Kiwi and Savannah

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/7/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

It’s that awkward time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the leftovers are gone and Christmas dinner is still over the horizon, there’s no college football except for Army/Navy. But it’s the holiday season even though it’s eighty degrees and has rained every day, just like the summer pattern, and doesn’t seem like it. Happy Chanukah for those who are celebrating and today is also the 7th of December, 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. So all of the important information has now been covered, onward to the kennel.

The meet and greet at the Sunrise Blvd. Pet Supermarket last Saturday was excellent as usual, and netted 18 cases of food for the hounds. Thank you Pet Supermarket for letting us use your facilities to show off our beautiful hounds, if you get a chance come on down to say hello and patronize them, they have an excellent and friendly staff and have all your pet needs. Speaking of needs, if you are interested, Michelle and the hounds have drawn up a ‘wish list’ of the primary items that are always needed.

While our friends are Christmas shopping, the primary items on the doggies’ list are RICE, spray Lysol, beef or chicken gravy packets or gravy base. BLANKETS !! smallish ones like single bed size or heavy couch throws. Every so often it snows in a dog kennel and a blanket disappears in the snow!! Carpet scraps – about 30” wide and any length over 30” Canned or fresh sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, laundry detergent & fabric softener (makes the kennel smell go away!) and if a good rawhide or squeaky toy got in the box or bag, that would be okay. I guess people might not think that Large Milk Bones are a “necessity” but at our kennel, they sure sleep better with a good night time cookie.

Allie

Allie

Figured I’d take it verbatim, less chance of messing anything up in the translation. In the past we’ve done some meet and greets at Publix, but I haven’t heard of anything scheduled in the immediate future, maybe Michelle will see this and check it out. The kennel is full and if anyone wishes to volunteer at the kennel, they are also more than welcome. The Kennel is in Sunrise, only eight to ten greyhounds, not as overwhelming as the old kennel days, but still plenty of work to do, so if you have some spare time or maybe the kids are looking for community service time, I believe they are still doing that too, and you don’t have to go all the way down to Hialeah.

We still have Charlie, Max, Rocky, and Allie available, and there are four new girls just arrived, and two boys waiting in the wings. Allie has a serious looker and she may be gone by the time this hits the website. Also, one of the new girls is already gone and another also has a serious looker, so things are moving along. The new girls will be spayed and ready for adoption by the end of the week. If the girls go, then there will be two new boys in immediately. The new girls are all two years old but haven’t even had time to be cat tested yet.

Lucky (BS Bob)

Lucky (BS Bob)

In closing, I want to mention an email we received this week from Jacki, who adopted BS Bob. He came to us while still being treated for heartworms. Jacki fell in love with him and adopted him and after a year, they finally got the negative result that they have been waiting for, so he is officially cured. She has also adopted a sweet girl, Colbie and both are living the good life that they deserve. Our webmaster may come up with a picture of them here, if not you should be able to find their story on our website in the ‘Letters from Home’ section (click here). We love to hear from the alumni, so anytime you want, feel free to send us an update, story, and/or pictures; we’re always glad to get them. Ok, that’s this week’s story as I know it, stay tuned, we’ll see what goes next week. If you have any questions about any of our adoptables, please call or email Michelle or Jerry at the kennel, they can give you all the up to the minute information on all the dogs and can make arrangements for you to meet them in person, and quite possibly even at your home, so if you are interested or might be interested, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

BS Bob and Cry Colbie

I haven’t sent any updates before but we just got such big news that I had to share with FOG. Lucky (aka BS Bob) is officially heart-worm free! We have been battling his heart-worm for over a year and we finally received that much wished for negative test. I want to thank you all for what you do and thank you for bringing these amazing dogs into my life. I have also adopted Cry Colbie. She is a little older but is more of a puppy then ever! I have attached a couple pictures of Lucky in his element (one roaching and the other in a giant puddle cooling off after a really fast run around the dog park). I also attached a picture of the sweet girl Colbie.

Thank you again!

Love,

Lucky (BS Bob) and Colbie and their very lucky human Jacki

John’s Happy Tales Report
11/30/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving weekend was as good as ours. Today is the last day of November, believe it or not, tomorrow starts the last month of 2015. Another year has flashed by believe it or not. Nothing exceptional going on this past week, adoption-wise, so this will be a short edition, or short for me anyway.

Allie

Allie

First of all, Happy Birthday to Slugbug Bob, who finally managed to get his party done after last week’s rain delay. All our dogs are special, but with what his human’s went through, he has a special special place in the hearts of many of us at the kennel. No events coming up this week. We have four dogs officially in the kennel at the current moment and as soon as Michelle recovers from her cold/virus she hopes to be bringing in the next wave. Charlie, Max, Rocky, and Allie, aka, Allison makes up the kennel, and I’m amazed that Allie hasn’t been taken already, she’s the only girl and she’s a beauty. All recently adopted were doing very well as of the last report on them.

Michelle’s internet and computer are being repaired, so she isn’t getting any emails at the moment, so if you want to contact her you will have to text or call her. The kennel occupants will continue celebrating Thanksgiving, she cooked down the turkey carcass and they will be enjoying that for a couple more meals. Nothing better than a cooked down turkey carcass, kind of makes you wish you were a greyhound.

So that’s about it from the kennel area, even looked behind the scoop buckets but couldn’t come up with anything else for the moment. Happy rest of the week to everyone, from all of us at the kennel, stay safe, and hopefully next week we will have a few new additions to our roster.