Just wanted to let everyone know that Taylor & Face are doing quite well here in Indialantic!!
Mark & Taylor & Face
Just wanted to let everyone know that Taylor & Face are doing quite well here in Indialantic!!
Mark & Taylor & Face
An email that came in too late for last week came from Wisconsin. MOB Just in time, aka, Larry, has found his loving home, on his second attempt. He missed his first chance, you can read about it on the website, but found love and companionship with his second home. Another example of perseverance paying off in the adoption circuit. Atascocita Otto and Atascocita Sue are still available, it would be great if they could go out together, since they’ve been living together in sin for the past five years. Actually it was in a home, and not sin, but it may have gotten your attention enough for you to look and wonder how a greyhound could live in sin. Now, maybe you’re curious and coincidentally just happen to be looking for two mature greyhounds (that’s kennel speak for 9 years old) and wouldn’t have known about them except for reading this about them. Now, you’re going to investigate them further and quite possibly it’s you that’s the one that will take them into your home and heart for the remainder of their ‘golden’ years. You never know, much stranger circumstances have occurred in the adoption of our greyts.
Editor’s update: Benny of Ruckus has settled in beautifully in his Key West home with Mommy, Daddy and a Bearded Dragon and a Russian Tortoise (isn’t “Rushin’ Tortoise” a contradiction in terms?) And O Ya Shotgun Red has proven to be the right dog and will be staying with mom & the kids that Homeless Boy wasn’t right for.
$5 fee to the park for each dog – no charge for people. This hour will be set aside for GREYHOUNDS ONLY!!!!!
Fog will have some food & drinks and do a few raffles after the hour.
Organized by Astar Roman Hope’s (Bella’s) mom.
This park allows the dogs to play in the shallow pool on the last day of the season. They do 50 minute sessions and there is a $5 fee per dog. They are giving our dogs our own separate time block just for greyhounds!!! You can wade in with your dog if you want to or let them go alone.
There is a park fee of $5 for the splash pool session and all dogs must be able to produce proof of vaccination or have on a rabies tag. But it’s going to be a fun day! Mark your calendar and tell your friends! If you want to come with non-greyhound friends, they could play in the hour before us. Of course, greyhounds are always welcome at these pool sessions as are all the breeds. This one session at 5 pm on Sunday, October 19th will be JUST greyhounds. (don’t forget your camera!)
There was a note from you in Larry’s adoption packet. He now has a forever
home in Brookfield WI with two other hounds. He had been returned by
another person because he was alone all day and unhappy. He will never be
alone with us! In addition to the other greyhounds have two teenagers and
my mother lives with us. He is a really sweet boy and will be loved by all!
There seems to be a lot of news this week, despite there not being any news and at the risk of sounding contradictory, I hate to say that there’s a lot to talk about but I don’t know what to say. My neatest thing so far was a blast from the past just received from our famous webmaster Jerry B., not to be confused with Jerry D., who is the president, and no relation to Jerry A., who is completely unknown, but first alphabetically speaking. On our website is an episode of Lassie from 1958. It involves a greyhound, naturally, and is a little twenty minute window into the past, with the story of a greyhound. I loved Lassie with Jeff, and Porky, Gramps, and the fat little Campbell kids that I related to, but I was not too thrilled when they dumped Jeff and brought in little Timmy and his family to replace my ‘old’ favorites when Jeff grew up and Porky kept growing out. It’s only a little over twenty minutes, which means that apparently we had commercials way back then too. If you like greyhounds, and you like history, even if it’s only tv history, it’s well worth the twenty minutes spent watching, even if it is in black and white. And… it has a greyhound in the story, you can see how greyhounds were viewed fifty years ago.On the kennel scene, we have past the quarter mark and are at 25.93% on our quest to raise the Hundred Thirty Grand for the new kennel as of right now, which is Monday afternoon. We have a bunch of events scheduled for later in September, so check the website, check your schedule, and see if you can participate in some of them. Heather Castillo, an Origami Owl independent contractor is giving all of her earnings through September 12th towards the new kennel, so check her out on our website and if I fail to mention details that you want, just check the website, as the information should be there or on the facebook page. When you have people who actually watched tv in 1958, you know what you’re dealing with, so any information I inadvertently leave out or mess up, the correct version should be found on the website. I’m not old, I’m well aged and mellow and with that comes the responsibility of forgetting some items. If you think Mel Brooks’ History of the World was interesting, you should see my version. Our available dogs section has nine dogs listed. I beg to differ on this. I have CV’s Candy and Homeless Boy as adopted out last week or over the weekend, so before you get your heart set on them, call Michelle or Jerry and verify their status. This leaves us with three girls, Atascocita Darby, a spunky little five year old girl, and two older ‘more mature woman’ types, Atascocita Sue and Como Se Yama. Sue is nine years old and is trying to find a home that would accommodate her soulmate and sometimes boyfriend Atascocita Otto. They have been going together since before high school and have been living together, without their mother’s permission for the past five years. Mom finally consented and gave her blessing, so if you have a place in your heart for two old codgers, both of whom look better for their age than I do, and you have a place in your home, preferably without cats, they would be an excellent addition to your household. It’s not that Otto doesn’t like cats, he just doesn’t want to live with them. I feel the same way about broccoli, I don’t dislike it, I just don’t want it in my mouth. Ever. Como Se Yama was found wandering the streets. I don’t have the lowdown on how, where, why, etc. She is ten years old and a brood mom, so she’s had a full life, for better or worse. She’s looking for one of those humans who like help the less fortunate, so if providing food, shelter, love, and dignity to the less fortunate among us, this is the lady for you. I champion this cause because we gave a dog that had been through it all, shelter, love and affection. She only lived with us her final year, never said anything which is normal, haven’t seen too many talking dogs, but the feeling I got from seeing what she was and how she ended made a tremendous positive impression on me for the rest of my life, so I applaud all the people that do that, for both people and animals. Moving on, we also have four boys available. The previously mentioned Otto and Chase the Storm. Storm is four years old and like Otto, lost his loving home through no fault of his own. Our other two youngsters are Benny of Ruckus and Oh Ya Shotgun Red, Benny is a black four year old, and Red is a four year old red dog. Red is a return, as per usual, lost his home, not his fault, the humans moved and couldn’t take him, and Benny was a bridesmaid, but never a bride, he has also promised me that he will never be a bride, which is good because those of you who have done the bride thing, know that it can be expensive, especially if you are the one paying for it. You may also want to check on the availability of Benny and Red because they were getting some looks over the weekend. We also keep getting news and notes about our alumni, and I think you can check out these in the Letters From Home section on the website. But, I like to also show them. Everyone may or may not love us, or greyhounds, but we do have a far reaching and profound effect on lives, both human and dog, as demonstrated by these letters. Of course hoping here that this isn’t one that I’ve already featured, but in any case, this is one of our girls, Shannon.
If the world, and all of our adoption groups and racing personnel involved could put our petty grievances aside, stop acting like rectals, and work together for the good of the dogs, as Sam Cooke sang back in 1960 (Lassie was probably listening to him on the radio), what a ‘Wonderful World’ it would be. I’ve only had the pleasure of volunteering here for the past few years and there’s probably a few groups that have adopted out more than nineteen hundred dogs in the past ten or twelve years, but I can’t picture anybody that’s more caring and dedicated to the dogs. That’s probably just a drop in the bucket, or maybe a teaspoon, and all the adoptions haven’t worked out perfectly, but I’m pretty sure that anyone I know who has been associated with FOG has a pretty darn good feeling of what we and they have accomplished with getting loving homes for the animals and the enrichment of the lives for the adopters. The stories and goodness I’ve witnessed have left an impression on me that will last me the rest of my life and given me hope for both the dogs and people and I’m the one with the tshirt that says ‘’The More People I Meet, the Better I Like My Dog’’, so there’s still a lot of work to do, but in my little brain, there’s also still hope.
Dear Greyhound Friends,
We are Tom and Gail of North Wales, Pennsylvania. A note to let you know that we have adopted CD’s Shannon through Greyhound Friends of New Jersey. Her name now is Zarha. She has a loving home now with another female greyhound and has experienced Greyhound parentsJ
Zarha is absolutely adorable and doing amazingly well after only 3 weeks in our home! She is so smart and affectionate. Thank you for helping to bring this amazing little girl into our home and lives! She is part of our family and has found her forever home.
Paul nearly runs over a racing greyhound that has escaped from her owner. After bringing her home they discover the dog (“Queenie”) had been stolen and her coat dyed to disguise her from being recovered, and that she was worth $20,000.
Heather Castillo, an Origami Owl independent contractor, is giving 100% of her earnings to FoG. The last day is September 12, 2014.
Adoptions have been busy. Seems like once we got past Labor Day, people settled in again and decided to look at dogs. It has been a bit of a handicap not having the open house our people are used to, but with a little flexibility, we’re making it work. Last week, Keltie got a home but that one was easy. Steve Holloway had been fostering her and he “flunked fostering”. Keltie is part of his family permanently now. Also last week, Acehigh Jessie was made official by her new mom Jennifer and she’s a full time resident of Weston now! Homeless Boy is no longer homeless as of Thursday night when he got a mom and her two lovely daughters to offer him a place in their hearts. We all wish him lots of luck. He’s had it tough and to give a home to a big black dog with a broken leg that’s still healing and still limping, that’s one special family.
The fun continues, too. I’ve had very serious calls about Benny of Ruckus and Shotgun Red. Plus today Jerry & I drove part way up to turnpike to meet a couple of previous adopters who now live in Gainesville. We met halfway to adopt CV’s Candy to them. We thought she had an app last week but the people who submitted the application wouldn’t return a call or an email so we had to presume they changed their minds. So when Bill and Terry were looking for a girl to go with their 11 year old boy, it was a perfect match. Bill does painted signs and sells them at craft festivals. Many of you have seen some of his work in our old office. Remember my sign – “Kids must be on a leash”? That came from Bill. He gave us a whole big box of his goodies to sell at our raffles and auctions. You’re going to LOVE them! My favorite is “In Dog Beers, I’ve only had One!” (Makes sense to me!) You’ll see a bunch of them at the Dog Dude Ranch BBQ.
We are still pushing hard to get a kennel for the dogs. We are asking you to dig as deeply as you can to support this effort. And there are lots of ways to do that, too. Yes, we need cash, checks and credit cards. But I mean other actual ways to help build the down payment. We’re doing all kinds of events and fundraisers. Spread the word to the friends and neighbors and co-workers. Tell your vet and the petsitter to come. We’re trying to have things in all three counties so everyone has a chance to party with the pups. If you have ideas of where we could do something, let me know! Our party at Funky Buddha Brewery was wonderful fun and raised good money. Let’s repeat that again and again and get into that kennel! For the immediate future, we have:
We’re looking for other new places to have parties so let me know if you have ideas. And make sure you bring friends and neighbors to our events. Feel free to post our flyers on bulletin boards at work or school, too. We are also doing some other things. We’ve had a few items donated that Jerry (Mr. President) is attempting to sell on Ebay. Keep us in mind if you have an old car that you’d like to donate (we have a very easy vehicle donation system in place) or a collectible we could sell or auction or if you have or can get things that would make good raffle items or silent auction pieces. (Autographed goodies are extra special!) Yes, we have a learning curve in all this fundraising but we can do anything if that’s what it takes to get a place for these dogs.
And speaking of the dogs – we’ve come full circle in this blog. Please be sure to browse our available dogs list once in a while. Your perfect pup might be getting his photo posted right now. Remember, it’s all for the dogs. We placed 300 dogs last year. Without a kennel situation, we can’t do that. People need to come to “open house” and see more than two dogs. We need places for the ones that take a bit longer to get a new home, like our seniors do. And while I am thrilled to have adopted out a handful from the house here, just stop and think, how do we handle the other 290? What becomes of them because my garage is full? The dogs need us now more than ever.
Love, Peace & Greyhounds,