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John’s Happy Tales Report
9/28/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel.

Quiet Waters Park Pool Party 2014

Quiet Waters Park Pool Party 2014

It looks like the big news for the weekend will be the pool party for the hounds. There shouldn’t be any football or baseball conflicts, the Marlins were done a couple months ago, UM is playing on Thursday this week, and apparently the Dolphins haven’t started at all yet, so there should be no sports conflicts at least. In case you didn’t know, we’re having a hound pool party at Quiet Waters Park this Saturday. It will be a ‘greyhounds only’ gathering from 3 o’clock until 4 o’clock. We did it last year and it was a blast. The water is shallow, there’s plenty of fenced in room for the hounds to let off steam, and it was fun to watch the hounds and humans slashing around. The pool area is cement and a skinned knee is a possibility, but the water is shallow and refreshing. It will be an animal weekend for the park, with different animal groups and vendors there all day Saturday and Sunday. Our collar girl Lynne will be there Saturday and you are welcome to come out early and check it out and/or sit with Michelle and Jerry for a while, we will have a booth there. Our website has the address and all the information concerning the party.

In kennel news, Wasabi has been adopted out; she’ll be living with Mom, Dad, human sister, and a Yorkie sister, so we wish her and her new family all the best for a long loving and healthy life. The deal for Minnie, the smaller of the two puppy girls, fell through; she’s still regaining her health, so she’ll be with us until she gets well enough to go to a real home. In her place, Lady was adopted out and she’ll be going to her new home with a greyhound sister, so also wish her and her new human and doggie sister the best and a long loving, and healthy life together. That leaves us currently with six boys and two girls available for adoption. Lexi and Pepper are the two girls, both two years old, and Lexi is a beautiful rare blue fawn girl. The other six guys are Otto, Charlie, Rocky, Kingsley and MaxLee. You can find out all about any of them on the website or by contacting Michelle or Jerry. If you are interested, it’s also entirely possible that we can bring them to your house to meet you, so if that rings your bell, you can also find out more about that by contacting us at the website or by phone.

That’s just about it for this week unless something comes in late. Don’t forget the pool party on Saturday, anticipating a lot of fun, and the weather forecast is showing a break in the afternoon rain pattern of late, so hopefully it will be a beautiful weekend.

Greyhound Pool Party

Saturday, October 3rd, 3:00-4:00 PM
 
At Splash Adventure Water Park inside Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach
[Click here for a map & driving directions]
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
9/21/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel.

Another weekend by the boards and now only two weeks left until the annual (since we did it last year, we can now call it annual) pool party for the pooches at Quiet Waters Park on Saturday afternoon, three o’clock on the 3rd of October. We’re calling it Barktoberfest, or maybe actually they are. Two day party at the park, all kinds of animal groups and vendors, we will have a booth there on both Saturday and Sunday, and Lynne, our legendary collar lady, will be there for sure. Our private party for the hounds only will be on Saturday from 3 o’clock until 4 o’clock, which is plenty enough time for them to have a lot of fun and wear themselves out so they sleep well on Saturday night. It was a rousing success last year, the hounds had a greyt time, and even the humans got into it, wet and wild and a lot of space to run without worry of deep water or escape. Come for the party or come early and see the other groups and vendors, we will have a booth there and Michelle will be glad to have some company if you wish to help her man the booth.

Charlie

Charlie

Over the weekend we had some strange football games and our gathering at the Flamingo Road Nursery on Flamingo Road, just south of I-595. We were there early, it was still too warm for my taste, but the barbeque was great and we enjoyed the company of those that were there. It’s still greyt to see old friends and share stories and get the updates, some good, some not so good, on how everyone is doing. Personally, I can’t wait for the weather to turn cooler, the nursery is a great place to gather with the hounds, there’s seating, food, and shade available, the nursery itself is a great place to walk around in and there’s a Farmer’s Market and store to explore, when the weather cools off a bit for me.

Rocky

Rocky

Since the new news is scarce, we can rehash some of the old news for those who missed it. The baby greyhound we acquired a couple months ago turns out to be a baby whippet, but he’s living in a nice home with other grey and whippet siblings, and plenty of room to roam, so his story has a happy ending so far. Mr. Gee finally got together with Chester in their new home with the new fence and at last report all was going well there. One of the two new puppies is already in her new home, and the other, Minnie Me, is reportedly doing very well and has a home waiting for her as soon as she’s ready to go out on her own.

Kingsley

Kingsley

On the kennel front, I know of no new arrivals or departures this week. We have Charlie, Max, Otto, Kingsley, and Rocky available on the guy’s side, and Lady, Lexi, Poochie, Pepper, and Wasabi available on the girl’s side. Poochie is eight years old, just lost her loving home through no fault of her own and is looking for a new home, she is a very loving lady, well adapted to home living, eight years old, but will unlimited love to give to someone who brings her into their life. She has been living contentedly for years and just doesn’t understand why she was left behind, hopefully someone will bring this bundle of love into their home and be able to keep her for the duration, that’s all she’s asking for. So that’s my story for this time. Thanks to all for coming out on Sunday, it was great to see your animals and of course, you also. Looking forward to Barktoberfest in a couple weeks, stay safe, have a greyt week.

John’s Happy Tales Report
9/14/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel Heading For Some Dog Days Of September.

This week we start off with the fun stuff. This coming Saturday we will be doing a standard meet and greet at the Pet Supermarket at 801 East Sunrise Blvd. The meet and greet will be standard but the Pet Supermarket is one of our favorite places, the staff and service are exceptional, they know us and our animals well and they still put up with us anyway. That will be from ten in the morning until two in the afternoon, we always have an adoptable or two with us, so if you’ve never met a real live racing greyhound up close and personal, this is an excellent chance for you to do so. Most of them do not write very well, so they don’t sign autographs, but they will be glad to take a picture with you, and a friendly lick is not entirely out of the question either. Belly rubs are optional, but always appreciated. Our friends at Pet Supermarket also manage to make sure we always leave with a bunch of goodies, so it’s a win/win situation for everyone, and a nice place to shop for your pet needs.

Zoey and Schooner

Zoey and Schooner

Coming up on Sunday is the informal gathering of greyhounds and their humans at the Flamingo Road Nursery, located at 1655 Flamingo Road in Davie, just south of 595, or north of Griffin Road on Flamingo. It will be from 11 A.M. until 4 P.M. and we’re hoping it will a little cooler than last month, but it doesn’t really matter, they have plenty of shade and the barbque works very well for me. The barbque opens at eleven thirty in case you were wondering. The nursery itself is beautiful; they also have an air conditioned store with neat stuff in it. It’s a fun place to visit and/or just sit around and chew the fat and chicken and let the hounds relax and socialize. The hounds must stay on a leash, the running around like crazy kids will be allowed at the pool party, and if you want you can bring a blanket for them to lie on. The old play yard at the kennel with the sand and urine decorated chairs had it’s own unique ambiance, especially during winter when there was a chance of an iguana falling in your lap, but the nursery is also a nice relaxing atmosphere, and they have food readily available. As you enter, to the immediate left, there’s a long parking lot with some thatched huts. That’s where we’ll be, and you will probably see the big white van.

Lee

Lee

A couple weeks after this, we have the Barktoberfest at Quiet Waters Park. That will be on Saturday and Sunday, the 3rd and 4th of October. You can check the website for more details, but the FoG Greyhound only party will be at the water park section at the end of the day, from three o’clock until four o’clock. You might think it’s only an hour, but there’s plenty of time for the hounds to play and wear themselves out. We had a blast last year, got a few skinned knees but everyone had a greyt time, and this year should be even better, we know what to expect. The water is shallow and there are no ‘incomplete’ fences that anyone can escape around, which makes worrywarts like me a lot more relaxed. Plenty of room to run around in the sand, the water area has cement, but I still like that better than docks and deep water. Our collar girl from Gi-or-Ja, Lynn, will be there with her collars, so if you need collars, come on down. That in itself is a reason to attend. Our Diffy refuses to wear the NY Giants collar that Chris got him, too embarrassed with the team’s performance last season, so if you need to change team collars, Lynne’s the girl to see. There will also be other animal groups and vendors all day Saturday and Sunday, it should be fun.

Lady

Lady

Yes, there’s even activity at the kennel. In no particular order, as I start from back to front, or vice versa. The puppies, everyone wants to know about the puppies. In case you haven’t heard (that’s why they have me), here’s the scoop. Zoey is the larger little girl. She has been adopted out in Sunrise, she has a greyhound brother named Schooner, and a sister named Nala, who I believe is a whippet/IG. She has become right at home with her two new siblings and to top it off, their neighbor who is also a dog lover, has a doxy and they have a door between their yards so the dogs can visit each other and play together. I have always maintained that some of these dogs live better than I do. Minnie is the smaller little girl. She was having some medical issues and Ms. Cindy Rigg, who is one of our adopters and also happens to be a Veterinarian, has been fostering her and getting her back into better health. Minnie is still up for adoption but she has to get stronger first. By fostering with Dr. Rigg she has been getting the 24/7 attention she needed to help speed her back to good health. It’s nice to know good people, and there is no shortage of them in the greyhound community.

Rocky

Rocky

Mr. Gee has finally made it to his new home. He has two siblings and a new home; they were waiting for the house to be completed, mainly the fence. This coming Friday he will be reunited with Chester and Chaska and this looks like a good start to ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ the rest of the story.

Now, the exciting part, seeing how close I can get to accurately describing the available greyhounds list without going over the actual retail value or whatever it is they used to do on The Price Is Right. My list says we have five boys and five girls available. Charlie, Kingsley, Max, Otto, and Rocky are packed and ready to go, all they need is the human element, they need people or a person, they have no hands and cannot turn the water faucets off and on, which can lead to big problems, so they want to live with real people. They range from two to ten years in age, and three of them are actually cat tolerant or close to it. Lady, Lexi, Pepper, Poochie, and Wasabi are the girls. Their ages range from two to eight years old and three and a half of them are cat tolerant. Unusual, in that we’ve had times when we had fifty plus dogs in the kennel and couldn’t get six cat tolerant dogs total. Wasabi is new, a return I believe, and we’ll have the whole story on her probably by next week. You can find any and all information of any and all the dogs by contacting Michelle or Jerry, just in case you didn’t know. So, ten dogs and a puppy to choose from, dogs coming, dogs going, no shortage of activity, and we have some social events coming up. Remember, we also can arrange an in home meeting at your place if you’d like to meet one or more of our adoptables in your environment. I like that option and plug it every chance I get. Try to come out and see us at the Pet Supermarket on Saturday, or at the Nursery on Sunday, and the pool party at Quiet Waters Park in a couple weeks. It’s greyt to see our old friends and catch up as opposed to Ketchup. Have a greyt week; hope to see you all over the weekend.

Meet & Greet @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Sunday, September 20, from 11 AM until 4 PM
At the Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie
(Click here for driving directions.)
 
Lots of parking and you can wander the grounds, check out the little “farmer’s market”
and look at lots of plants, fountains and wind chimes!
 
Join FoG at the big shady tables & seats by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
All leashed greyhounds are welcome.
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
9/7/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel.

Happy Labor Day to all those who labor and those who don’t. I have been awaiting some good news or regular news, or any news, quiet week for the kennel. The first excitement I have word of was the Meet and Greet on Saturday at the Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Boulevard. That is always terrific for us. It is a fun place to visit and the staff and customers are always so kind and enjoy meeting our greys. Their 10% discount program to benefit the on-site rescue put together 10 cases of canned food to help us feed our dogs this week. They even added in a case of puppy food for the little guys.

Pepper

Pepper

Last week I started out talking about two great dogs who I am sooo happy to say are now in wonderful homes. Bruiser was in a home for just a short time when someone got sick and his mom had to go away so he came back to the kennel. Along comes a wonderful, retired couple from West Palm and as of today, Bruiser is in his new home. It’s a great place, nice neighborhood for leash walking, and best of all, mom and dad appreciate that Bruiser is a mature guy who knows how to behave in a home and he appreciates a nice nap by the pool! Best of Luck to the new happy family.

And earlier in the week, Lee went to Cocoa to join his new family. They are a young newly wed couple but mom’s family had a FoG dog while she was growing up and now Lee is part of their new household. Grandma and Grandpa came up to Cocoa from Miami to welcome Lee and bring their old kennel for him to use. I hear it was like old home week.

MInnie

Minnie

Only damper on deliveries has been the rainstorms. Seems every time Michelle gets in the van for a long trip like back from Boynton for Bruiser or up to West Palm for Bruiser or Lee’s trip to Cocoa, the skies open up. The rain on the turnpike has been incredible. When Michelle gets slowed down by it, you know it’s bad. But just like the post office. . . Neither rain nor hail nor dog droppings.. . keep Michelle from delivering the Male – – or Female. But she has said that she’s grateful they put a new set of tires on that high top van when they did. Gotta keep her on the road delivering them doggies!

In future happenings, we have a meet and greet scheduled for the 20th of September at the Flamingo Road Nursery up on Flamingo Road, more on that as it gets nearer. We’re also planning a splash party the first weekend of October at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield. They will have a two day dog park with exhibits and fun zone and lots of animal oriented things to do. The water park area will have 50 minute sessions for the dogs to play in the water and (drum roll here) we will have a private, greyhound only session on Saturday, October 3rd at 3 pm. Come early and visit the booths and be ready for an amazing greyhound event.

MInnie

Minnie

We are getting in some new volunteers to help out at the kennel in Michelle’s garage and it’s just in time. She was getting overwhelmed. Our thanks to Ann and Victoria and some of the other folks who are stepping up to help. We are still an all volunteer staff. We use help at the house/kennel and we will need some help at the booth on October 3 & 4 at Quiet Waters and I hear there’s a Pet Expo on November 7th. That’s put on by the same company that did the one last year that was at Port Everglades and traffic was so horrible. But this year they are taking it to War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale and that’s a terrific location. So we signed up for it again!

We want to do a patio outside the back door so if anyone has a good awning (like roll up or retractable) connection or a good handyman who can help put down some pavers, please get in touch with Michelle. The dogs run out the backdoor and turn to go out to the main backyard and they’ve been digging some serious mud trenches during the rainy times. They have been spreading mulch to try to keep things dryer but we probably need to make some changes to those first few yards of the yard!

Poochie

Poochie

By my count we have nine dogs packed and ready to move in with a loving family. This includes three gorgeous two-year old girls, Lexi, Lady and Pepper. Then there’s BoyzPoochieMomma who came back this week. Poochie lived with a Coast Guardsman, and as happens in the military, he was moved with short notice out of the country and she was not allowed to go with him. So, Poochie at age seven is now a return, a little bit confused about the situation, but, not her fault, and she is house ready and we’d like to get her back to a family as soon as possible, she deserves it. If it looks like I don’t always know what I’m talking about, that’s probably accurate, my information now is mostly piecemeal and/or a little behind. For all the up to the minute factual information on any of our adoptables, you can contact Michelle or Jerry by phone or email through the website and they can give you the up to the moment news on any or all of our greys. And don’t forget to look at the listings on our homepage of the website. Click on the part that says “Meet our dogs”,

And last but not least there’s the PUPPIES!!! Our two resident greyhound pups turned two months old last Friday. One of them (the larger one) is now named Zoe and she will be going to her new home the end of this week. The tiny one, Minnie, is a ball of fire and loves to cuddle. There are some great photos on Facebook.

Lexi

Lexi

Ok, that’s pretty much all of the excitement I can report on or even make up. Our boy Elvis, aka Fang, the non-greyhound puppy that was found a couple months ago has proven to be a whippet according to the DNA testing people. He is happily living in Jupiter (Florida – not the planet) on a 10 acre farm and happily playing with lots of greyhounds and a few other doggies and his new dad.

Bottom line, we have some neat events coming up in the near future, so stay tuned, and if you’re interested in any of our very adoptable greyhounds, please contact us. We can most likely arrange a meeting between potential adopters and potential adoptables at the adopter’s home at a time most convenient to him, which is a huge plus in my book, which makes it very easy to check out one of our beautiful greyhounds up close and personal. You might also want to speak to someone who owns a rescue greyhound, this breed is unlike any other you’ve ever known, you just might make a fast friend for life, they can be addictive!

John’s Happy Tales Report
8/31/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Back Again To The Flamingo Road Nursery Which Is A Really Nice Place To Visit.

Otto

Otto

The Flamingo Road Nursery event was the happening of the week and it turned out greyt considering there was a storm supposedly bearing down on the area and it was the last weekend of HotAugust. It was a little hot and muggy, but the rain held off for the most part and there was more than enough shade for everyone. The puppies and the turnout, some of which were people that had not been seen in years, made it a complete success. There will be a line to get the new puppies no doubt, but we also brought in three young girls, which have been a rarity in recent times. So we have three new beautiful girls looking for their forever homes. Lexi is a two year old blue fawn girl, don’t have to say anything else about her looks. She was the belle of the ball on Saturday. She has a few nicks but nothing that a couple months of retirement living won’t fix up, can’t wait to see her when she’s all shined up. Lady is as she is named, a lady, lovely, quiet, sweet, and a bit shy. Pepper is a cute little brindle girl, like her name, just a touch of spice to go with the sugar. She’s truly sugar and spice and everything nice that you’d want in a little girl. These three have all just turned two years old, so you should have many years of love to look forward to, and our greys all come with a lifetime of love.

Bruiser

Bruiser

Ok, we’ve welcomed in the three new girls and the two puppy girls. We also have some guys that are looking for homes. Bruiser has just returned, sickness in the family, couldn’t care for him any longer. Yes, they do have feelings, and his are kind of hurt right now. He is house ready and looking for love, hopefully in all the right places. He is a perfect house dog, has the home system down pat, all he needs is a home and some love and if you can provide this, he will add joy and love to your home for many years to come. Lee is only two years old, his brindle coat is somewhat unique and he is a lover. Unlike Bruiser, he is a rookie, never been in a home, but is crate trained and that usually leads to easy housebreaking. Kingsley is our young Chicken Little, he just turned two and was scared of his shadow. I have a dog that is similar to that and he has turned out just fine. Kingsley has moved from kennel to a real foster home with other dogs and cats, so he can practice his social skills. This move has greatly transformed him and he is getting along with other dogs and cats and has made great strides in his approach to social life beyond the racing kennel, there is so much love inside him once we get it out, he is going to be a fabulous addition to some lucky adopter. Rocky and Charlie are our middle aged bachelors. They loved the racing life, but now are considered ‘over the hill’ so will have to settle for the retired life. They are both highly loving, but also highly active for greyhounds, they like the outdoors and still love to run and frolic like they did in the ‘good old days’. They would be best suited for someone young at heart, at least physically, and with access to areas where they can run a bit. They also have taken a vow against cats, so they would probably not be too excited, or maybe they would be too excited to live in a home which has felines. Otto is our resident senior citizen. I have a special place in my heart for the senior animals, since I myself closely resemble them. They make great companions, maybe not for your tennis or racquet ball partner, but if you’re looking for someone to watch a good tv show with or take a morning and afternoon nap with, and doesn’t complain when you belch, Otto is the dog for you. Always willing to listen without criticizing and he’s not grossed out if you walk around in just your underwear. As I said, He’s a perfect companion so a select group of people, and still full of love to give to the right person that will share his remaining years with him. All of the above dogs would fit in perfectly in a good home. Our job is to match the adoptee with the adopter, and we’re not always perfect, but we’re pretty darn good. It’s a very satisfying job, some tears and fears involved, but most of the time it’s a positive life changing event for both the dogs and the owners. Any doubts? Just start asking greyhound owners and you’ll get a pretty good idea.

Lady

Lady

In other news, we really like the Flamingo Road Nursery, it’s a beautiful place to just walk around, they have great barbque which I enjoy, plenty of shade, and the staff is friendly and competent, so we’re having another Meet and Greet there on Sunday, September 20th , this time it will be from 11-3 o’clock, hopefully a little cooler, and of course we’ll have some of our current adoptables there for photo ops, autograph pawing, and to see and be seen. October will be finally coming around again, seems like a year since we last saw her. That of course means that the weekend of October 3/4th they will have Barktober fest at Quiet Waters Park both days from 9 A.M. until 3 P.M., and on Saturday the 3rd , just like last year, we will have a private party at the Splash Park. If we had twelve Octobers instead of just one, we could do this a dozen times a year, but alas, there’s only one October, so put this on your calendar. Quiet Waters splash park has a lot of room to run, but no place to escape, and the water is shallow so you don’t have to worry about deep water (which some of us do, and rightly so). The park will be for greyhounds only, so there will be no issues with yappers or other breeds, and you know what breed snobs we are, (but we have very few argument issues), the only problem I remember from last year was a couple of skinned up rears and legs because the water is shallow, but it’s concrete in that area and sometimes the bumpers scrape the bottom, but outside of that a greyt time was had by most all. I believe we’re also doing the meet and greet every other week at the Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd. As for everything and anything mentioned here, you can call or email Michelle or Jerry or check the website for further and more information. We have a fantastic, but currently limited number of dogs available, however, something we can do that many others can’t is if you are interested in meeting one of our dogs up close and personal, it can usually be arranged for you to meet one or two of your choice at your house . You can do this by contacting us and arranging a home meeting, probably at your convenience, and you can see how they react to you, your family or other pets, and your house. This has proven to be very helpful in the adoption process, which we could never do when we had all the dogs at the kennel for viewing only on the weekends, so you might want to consider this if you’re thinking greyhound and you think you just don’t have the time to check one out. For those of you unfamiliar with greyhounds, it’s a great way to meet them one on one and see for yourself. As we’ve always been, we’re there for you for life after you adopt, as you can see, we take returns and we turn away no greyhound, we believe even the sick, injured, non-racers, crippled, too young, too old, and abandoned, as well as the standard retired racers all deserve a loving home. Regardless of their circumstances, they all have feelings and an oversized heart full of love and affection just waiting for someone to give them a chance to share it. So get ready, fall is coming (up north at least), the weather’s changing and things will be happening, so stay tuned.

Greyhound Puppies!

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Response to our puppies has been awesome but we are being very fussy about their new homes. The larger one is now spoken for and will be going to her new home soon, assuming she gets along with the grey that is there now. The other, smaller girl is still looking for the right home! We would prefer it be (1) someone with a fenced yard as these girls are little furry balls of fire, (2) someone fairly local as we will need to get them back and to the vet to be spayed when they are a bit older, and (3) we’d like it to be people with some greyhound experience. Puppies are a serious commitment and greyhound puppies are extra special. They were born on July 4th and are ready to go to their new homes now. Call Michelle at 954-937-9663 if you are interested. We’ll make arrangements for you to visit them at our home in Sunrise.

John’s Happy Tales Report
8/26/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel And Special News Breaking At Any Minute From Michelle’S Special Surprise.

The previous highlight of the past couple weeks was sweet corn and peaches are in up north and they were fabulous. Next month, apples, but all this has been eclipsed by Michelle’s news, which should be posted anytime between today and tomorrow. I can’t say anything about it because I don’t know what it is, but I have been guaranteed that it is big news, and one of us will break it as soon as either she can or I find out about it.

Last week’s not John blog had a lot of activity with adoptions, as far as I know they are all doing well except Max. Apparently he escaped from the new owners, but they didn’t bother to even call us, Max was found and his picture posted and he was recognized and picked up by Michelle. For a myriad of reasons they still hadn’t contacted us that the dog was missing, so Michelle called them. I won’t get into the rest, the lesson from this being that if you have a problem, especially with a lost hound or one that isn’t fitting into your household, please call us, we will pick him up and find the right home for him. If either party is unhappy it’s not going to work, please contact us, we support our adoptees for the rest of their lives, that’s why we have ten and eleven year old dogs in our kennel, things happen, all you have to do is notify us and we’ve always been able to work something out. It’s not about us and it’s not about you, it’s about the hounds.

Animal Adoption Fair

Animal Adoption Fair

I missed the adoption fair at War Memorial Auditorium but the brief report that I got was that it was very well attended, we got to show off our hounds and everyone had a good time. We have a few items on the calendar for the next couple months, one being the bbq meet and greet at the Flamingo Nursery, which was a rousing success last time, and the Quiet Waters Park Shindig we had last fall worked out well, even with a few skinned knees, and we’re going to try to do it again. Details will be coming up. I am severely distracted waiting for the news of the day, which should be forthcoming at any time now. So that will be it for the moment unless I get additional information, this concludes this week’s late version of the blog, but standby for bulletins or news from the Michelle of the Week, either added here or on a special note, so stay tuned to the website.

And finally, Michelle’s surprise:

I am beat. Went to the middle of the state today and came back with three female greyhounds, one is three and the others are two. I haven’t had time to put together the details on them. One of the two year olds is the most beautiful blue fawn color I have ever seen. It’s like a fawn with silver highlights.

I also had another stop and have come home with two Seven Week Old (Young?) greyhound puppies. Both girls. Both brindle. Both cuter than anything. one was the runt of the litter. You just want to carry them around all the time. They bite ears and romp and then fall down and take a nap.

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Not John’s Happy Tales Report
8/17/15 – Mostly Happy Tales & Updates & Events from Michelle

I am not John but I will attempt to handle his blog while he is on vacation. I know I can never fill his shoes but I will fill in as best I can. First of all, let me tell you about my empty kennel. We’ve gone from overloaded to skeleton crew around here.

Charlie

Charlie

In no particular order – – Chester went to his new home to live with Chaska (formerly Debbie Cakes – adopted by FoG a while ago) and once he is settled in, he will be joined by Mr. Gee. I drove him to the new house on Sleepy Hollow Lane (how Disney!!) In Orlando and a crew was busy putting up a wooden fence around a huge backyard for the dogs. A couple days later I received a wonderful video of the two dogs racing full speed around the huge backyard. Mr. Gee is still in foster for the moment. But he’ll be moving up there soon.

Otto

Otto

Bruiser is living in Boynton with a new mommy and her FoG greyhound, too. He has a smaller yard and mom and he take lots of wonderful long walks. Then there’s the Carltons had seen our group at Flamingo Nursery and asked me to bring over a dog or two to meet their dog. Of course, I brought three. Sarge is now living at that gorgeous house in Davie and he was having the time of his life racing around the pool and playing with his new (non-greyhound) brother in that huge yard when I left. Wednesday’s adoption (that’s the dog’s name, not when I adopted her) to Katie in Doral was kind of touch and go for a while. Katie is new to greys and Wednesday was new to apartment living. I give Katie full credit for sticking with it during some tough first days. She didn’t get a night without walks or whining or the wafting scent of diarrhea for several days. Some dogs are more nervous about moving out of the kennel. But she stuck it out and seems to think that it was all worth it. She and Wednesday have reached a mutual understanding and last I heard, she was actually getting a full nights’ sleep. Yeah Wednesday! And Katie – you’re the best!

Rocky

Rocky

Jack & Elizabeth Cambareri had lost their FoGdog and thought they might be ready to look again. So they came down from Boca to visit with us at Flamingo Nursery to see the dogs without commitment. They loved it and decided it was time. I took a couple up to their house for an interview. They couldn’t decide but Turbo knew exactly where he wanted to be. So Turbo Eduardo who had been returned just a couple weeks before, is now living a block from the ocean in Boca. It’s a Cinderella story! Doc is also in Boca but more to the west. A very nice lady up there lost her dog to bone cancer (the greyhound curse!) and both she and her other grey were terribly distraught. I packed up Doc and showed up on her doorstep. He was the perfect dog for them and he has fit into their routine like he was born to it. Good job, Doc!!

Then Max went to a nice young couple in Davie on Sunday. It’s an itty-bitty house but there’s room for them and Max. There’s a yard but they’ll need to finish off the fencing a bit. They have a 10 month old Doberman that thinks Max is there just for him!! What a cute team they made.

Kingsley

Kingsley

We wish all of our adopted dogs luck and love. We were getting a bit low in the kennel so I contacted one of our foster parents to see about getting Buddy back in the kennel where he can be seen to be adopted. I texted but didn’t get a reply. I emailed and after some delay, I was finally emailed back. Seems Buddy’s temporary Daddy wants to be his permanent daddy. Moms are usually blamed for being “foster failures” but this one was squarely blamed on Dad!! So we have one more for the books! I LOVE it!! But I’ll get moving on bringing in some new dogs! And we still have five wonderful boys in the kennel.

Meantime, we have a few events in the works. This weekend (Sunday) is the Animal Adoption Fair at War Memorial Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale. It’s a fun, animal filled event from 10 AM to 6 PM. It’s free parking and free admission and it’s run by a friend of ours who works all year long to put this non-profit event together. You can see the details at http://animaladoptionfair.com/. We’ll need a few people to help man the booth. If you have some time you can give us that Sunday, please give me a call. I will also be at Pet Supermarket on Saturday. If you are nearby, stop in for a visit!

Lee

Lee

I have so much I want to tell you about and I know I really need to sit down and do a full blog. I need to tell you about the Greyhound Memorial, our vets’ moving around, Elvis the non-greyhound got a home, the phones were down but they are back up. . .. Okay, I’ll have to write a Michelle blog. But this blog is late now. There’s only one more thing and it is so important. . .

John always ends his summer blogs with warnings about the heat and your greyhounds. We had a horrible incident of a kid running a remote control car and getting the dogs in the dog park in Tamarac racing. One of our adopters had three greyhounds there and couldn’t catch them quickly enough. Long, long story short, she lost one black dog (the heat really gets to the black dogs) to heat exhaustion and almost lost the other two. She has about $25 thousand dollars of emergency vet bills to pay. This is not a joke. Saving those two dogs took days of 24 hour intensive care, lots of plasma, and everything else Coral Springs Animal Hospital had in its bag of tricks. The dogs had health insurance but it topped out at $5,000 each. So – It is HOT out there. It is DANGEROUS out there. Please take good care of your dogs and if you are sweating, take the dogs in!!! Dogs may be man’s best friend but air conditioning is a greyhound’s best friend in the summer. I’d like to end this blog on a happy note – – So let’s all promise ourselves and our dogs that we will NEVER, EVER allow a terrible thing like that to happen to greyhounds again. They don’t know to stop playing and go inside. That’s your job. You can do that and help our doggies to live happily ever after.

Now, I’m going to go try to clean parts of my kennel that I haven’t had empty in years. Because I fully intend to have it filled up very soon! Keep cool – keep happy – and see you at the Animal Adoption Fair.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

We Love Pet Supermarket!

The staff at Pet Supermarket and what they got donated to us on Saturday in just four hours.

Pet Suprmkt Aug8 2015

John’s Happy Tales Report
8/10/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel.

It was a hot, but fun weekend. Michelle worked the Saturday Pet Supermarket meet and greet. From the photos, it looks like we got some great donations of canned food and cookies and got to meet some nice people and show off our greyhounds. Pet Supermarket’s donation program is just wonderful and the staff at our store on East Sunrise Blvd in Ft. Lauderdale treats our dogs so special.

Kingsley

Kingsley

Sunday was a lot of fun as well. We had the Gathering of Greyhounds at the Flamingo Road Nursery from 10 to 2 and it was as advertised. Beautiful huge nursery to wander around in, a nice patio with tables and benches and the barbecue was excellent, or at least it was at my table. Plenty of shade and hounds, but it was still hot, we are still in the August part of summer, not too many ways to get around that fact. This will be an excellent place to gather every once in a while so watch for more to be scheduled – preferably later in the year when it’s cooler. My people and hound flamed out just after noon, so I don’t know firsthand what went on the rest of the time and strangely enough I have seen no pictures posted on Facebook, yet. I’m sure they’re coming. We did get to see lots of familiar old faces, some of them a little grayer than last year, but lots of nice people with no shortage of smiles and butt sniffing.

Otto

Otto

We are heading out for vacation for a week or two so this will be my contribution until my return, hopefully there will be lots of greyt news that Michelle will just have to write about. At the Flamingo Gathering, we had Mr. Lee, his kennel name is Lee, I call him Mr. Lee, and he may be doing a home visit this week. And we had Turbo Eduardo who is a recent return, due to no fault of his own, and he’s looking for his new forever really forever home. I knew him when he went out and I can vouch for him personally that whoever gets him will be very glad that they brought this guy into his home. I hear that his family had to give him up but the older daughter was at college and she came back this weekend to say goodbye to Turbo and bring his favorite toys for him. She met up with him at the Flamingo Nursery Gathering and hopefully she realized that we are a group of good people who only have the dogs at heart and we will do our best to find him a new, loving home.

Flamingo Road Nursery

Flamingo Road Nursery

I also hear that Turbo, Lee and Sarge are scheduled for an in home interview on Thursday. I’m sure they are going to put their best paws forward for this great home with a BIG fenced yard. These boys will be competing like the the ladies in the Miss America pageant. Lets hope someone takes home the crown – or that maybe there’s room for two crowns!

Flamingo Road Nursery

Flamingo Road Nursery

We don’t have as much of a kennel as the old days but we still have a nice choice of dogs. There are currently have a dozen dogs in the kennel, bags packed, and just waiting for the right human to take them home. Chester and Gee have applications pending. Looks like they are going to go to Orlando. But dad’s building a new fence at the new house so Chester will go up this week and they’ll get him settled in. Gee is in with a foster family and in a couple weeks, they’ll get Gee up there and Chester will be able to show him the ropes. Turbo, Lee and Sarge have a group in home interview on Thursday. I hear the place has a full acre of fenced area to run in. Somebody will get a great home out of that and the other two will have a ball with the interview! Doc is on hold and will be moving to Boca soon. I always wanted one of the kids to grow up to be a Boca Doctor! This is close enough.

Flamingo Road Nursery

Flamingo Road Nursery

Otto is our resident senior at 10 years old and he’s in a foster home right now but if you’d like to work on your karma, giving a loving home to a homeless senior is a great way to do it. He’s healthy and sweet just a little slower getting up than the others. He’s a great dog and his adoption fee is about as low as you care to negotiate it. Buddy and Kingsley are the others in foster care right now but a simple phone call to let us know you want to meet one of them and we can make that arrangement.

Flamingo Road Nursery

Flamingo Road Nursery

Turbo, Lee, Max, Rocky, Sarge and Charlie are all from two to six years old, healthy and looking for a soft spot to land. So, we’re not sitting around watching the grass grow beneath our feet, dogs are moving, dogs are grooving, some coming in, some moving out, which is what we like to see. Yes they seem to all be boys these days. The few girls we get don’t even hit the website before they are adopted. But personally I think the boys are more affectionate and sweet. Girls are smarter but that makes them more independent. Don’t forget that if you are interested in one of our hounds, there is an excellent chance that Jerry or Michelle will bring them out to your adobe for you to get a sniff of them up close and personal and on your own turf. Just call them and let them know. All six of the kennel dogs are males, Turbo, Max, Lee, Rocky, Sarge, Charlie, Buddy, and Kingsley, ages range from two to six years old, all neutered and even some cat tolerant. The three fostered dogs, Otto, Buddy, and Kingsley, they are already home experienced, which is an advantage in many potential adopter’s minds.

Also, I’ve mentioned all the dogs, which gives our excellent webmaster a chance now to choose whichever photos on whichever dogs he wants to feature this time. As for me, off to Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Have a greyt week, hope to be back in a couple weeks.

Flamingo Road Nursery

Flamingo Road Nursery

Flamingo Road Nursery

Flamingo Road Nursery