Michelle with John Hendricks doing the auction. (click to enlarge)
This past weekend there were no adoptions at the kennel, the last report I had there was one family from Ohio who stopped in just to see the greyhounds and that was it. The skeleton crew that was left behind had to survive on peanut butter and carrot cake fudge, our thanks to Julie R. for providing the lifesaving nutrients. Coincidentally, the Horses and Hounds fundraiser event was held up in Lake Worth and everyone who was anyone was in attendance. Michelle will most probably give a detailed rendition of the facts and figures and issue most of the thanks, since I missed the street sign, ended up a little farther north came in a little late, missed the introductions, so I don’t have all the who’s and what’s. I intended to get some good pictures also, but I ended up attached to Chase HailtotheV, aka Alan and that ended most of that plan. My Diffy is not quite ready for prime time and I’m always complaining that I don’t have a date, so I hooked up with Alan and he definitely got my attention for most of the afternoon.
I did meet some beautiful horses, the property was gorgeous, and the food was great. The hostess and volunteers were gracious and very busy. We’d like to thank the auctioneer for a fine job. I heard he did great, I met him personally, his name is John Hendricks and I know for a fact that we can usually expect an exceptional job from anyone named John. There were a hundred or more greyhounds, or at least it sure seemed like it, and there were plenty of other breeds there as well. I got to see a bunch of horses up close and personal, as well as the show put on by the Medieval Times group. Alan and I made sure no one stole the Friends of Greyhounds booth, hanging out there along with a group of our kennel regulars including, but not limited to,Trent, Lizzie, Bear, Oliver, Missy, Star, Cher, and their respective humans. Many old friends stopped by that were before my time but recognized by Jerry and Michelle, and some of the new ‘greyhound generation’, like Happy Anna, and Thatsafact Jack with their people. I met a special needs dog named Sammy, and his human. He was supposed to be a blood donor dog, but suffered seizures so he had to find a home with ‘special’ people who could make sure he got the care and medicine he needed. I especially love the people that will go the ‘extra mile’ for these special dogs. This being my first time and as a rookie, I naturally did not have any paper and pen to write with, so I apologize to all the people and dogs that I don’t mention by name, because there were way too many to remember, even for a normal person with a normal memory, let alone myself, but we do want to thank each and every one of you, whether you have two or four legs, for attending and supporting us. The greys are a special breed, usually adopted by special people, and the greyhound community is very special in that we are usually very supportive of each other, we appreciate that you share our love for them and if I use special one more time Michelle will probably suspend me from a special tree. Ok, I just wanted to touch on the subject a little bit, as previously stated, Michelle will probably be doing her report with the detailed facts and figures and thanks.
No dogs out, no dogs in, no dogs returned, and no fudge survived the weekend. Next up, we have the Coconut Creek Dog Expo on April 12th followed closely by the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, which is at the end of April (25th – 27th) , so get ready for that. If you were wondering who that beautiful black animal sitting with me was, his name is Alan, his racing name is Chase HailtotheV, and he’s just over two years old. Yesterday was his debut, his first entrance into society. He doesn’t smoke, drink, chase women, or race, apparently, as he only shows two professional races. I can tell you that he is a strong young dog, and will need some work on his leash skills, he currently walks like a drunken sailor, but that can be corrected with a little work and patience. He is outgoing and has a great personality. He’s very interested in small animals and didn’t test as cat tolerant, so if you have cats, rabbits, or small fuzzy white things running around your household, you may have to pass on him. The cute little four legged brindle that spent most of her time with the cute little two legged brunette was Nancy Kovack, aka, Petunia. The cute little brunette was my wife, but don’t tell her I wrote that, she’ll get embarrassed. Petunia is three years old and is rumored to be the co-conspirator in the infamous great escape of the turnout eight, which happened last month. Fortunately all of the escapees were returned with nothing injured but their pride, but it scared the kibble and bits out of us for a few minutes. When she’s not plotting escape, Petunia is a quiet and gentle little girl, and was very well behaved at the event yesterday. Last but not least, and making what I believe was his first appearance in public since he retired, we had DKC Jagger, aka Jag. He is a four year old brindle boy, he spent a lot of time sitting with Star, who is a FOG alumnus, and getting the lowdown on living the retired life with real humans. There my friends, in a nutshell, almond perhaps, are the recorded events of the FOG organization for the past weekend. You can read ‘em and weep, you can read ‘em and bleep, or you can just come on down to the kennel in person and get you own greyhound fix. We’ve got Coke in the ‘frig and four dozen plus little animals that are guaranteed to change your life as well as theirs for the better, if you bring one home with you. Come find out what unconditional love really means.