First order of business is to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year from the folks and animals at the FOG kennel. We hope Christmas was good to you and your families and that the spirit of love and peace will remain with everyone throughout the next year. Remember that New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day mean fireworks. Many dogs and cats do not do well with fireworks, so keep that in mind as you and others around you celebrate, especially if you are outside of your residence and have someone on a leash. A sudden boom could spark panic in a four legged friend, so as ELO put it, hold on tight to your dreams, lost dog calls are never fun to receive.As you already know, it’s been an up and down year, trending downward after the summer, and we’re hoping to get that turned around in ’15. We don’t currently have a lot of dogs available for adoption, but we are as always, still here for full support of our hounds and their humans. We are still here to take back the occasional return, for whatever reason, and make sure they find their forever home. With over a dozen years of greyhound experience, we’re still here to answer almost any and all questions about your hound or a potential adoptable, answer or direct you to sources for answers about medical or behavioral questions. We’re a good shoulder to cry on when you have a loss, and we’re always glad to hear any news about your hound, whether you just adopted it, or you’re celebrating his tenth birthday. Greyhounds are special, greyhound people are special, and over the years we’ve found homes for over nineteen hundred of these beautiful animals. I repeat that often, not for bragging, or not because I’m told to, but because I’m proud to be a part of something that has by and far made a positive difference in saving that many lives and changing the lives of that many people who have decided to take these animals into their lives, homes, and hearts. I can truthfully say that the past five years assisting these animals change people’s lives, the satisfaction of helping something good and basically giving people living love, has given me more and meant more than the previous forty years of stuffing mostly garbage into people’s mailboxes. You can probably get that answer from most people who work with and volunteer with any animal rescue, and they are all for a good cause, but I am very attached to my ‘couch potatoes’. Not the biggest, not the longest running, but you will look long and hard to find people more dedicated to the dogs than Michelle, Jerry, and our volunteers. There are still plenty of greys out there that need help, so hopefully the New Year will bring renewed hope, plenty of help, and the FOG will be bigger and better than ever, or at least back to what we were used to.
The news we do have on the home front. Slash went to his new home in Lake Worth last week. He is still there and getting adjusted so we’re still rooting for him to make the successful transition and hope he’s finally in his real forever home. Good news for Lucy also, she just went on a free home trial, which is available for people who have adopted from FOG previously. She’ll be living with another FOG alumnus, so we are crossing our paws for her to do well also. Buster is also out on trial, he was a return due to divorce (his or his owners, I don’t know, but one or the other for sure) and is hoping to make this home his final real home. As previously stated, we are here for all the dogs, injured, sick, returns, abandoned, and these three are returns, but we’re still working to find them the final ‘perfect’ match for them and their people.We have, as new arrivals, Frankie and Mattie. According to the old song, Frankie and Johnnie were lovers, and we may have the updated version in our kennel. Frankie and Mattie are returns from New York, complete with a Long Island accent in their bark. I can’t say that these two were lovers, I don’t picture them doing much swinging from the chandeliers any more, they are both nine years old, but they’ve been together forever and we’d like to keep it that way. I have heard that they can go out as a two for one adoption, so you economically minded people out there might want to check that out. They are nine in years, but young in spirit and in great shape, actually much better than me. The fact that they won’t be with you for a decade is offset, for me at least, by the knowledge that you gave an animal, no matter what had been done to it, or it had lived through previously, it’s last years filled with dignity and love. If you haven’t experienced it, you might want to try it, it’s a pretty good feeling.
Ok, just about finished for 2014. We have a meet and greet every other Saturday at the Pet Supermarket in east Sunrise, the next one will be next year, January 10th. Also coming up the 16th of January, another party at America’s Backyard. You can check the website for all the details and I’ll probably hit on them again as it gets closer. Have a safe New Year and best wishes from the FOG humans and greys for a fabulous 2015 and if you’re outside with them be aware of fireworks, I love the dogs, but I really do not like going out on lost greyhound searches, so please, keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and your greyhounds closest.
Friends of Greyhounds Happy Hour
Come & Drink for a Good Cause.
Friday, January 16, 5 PM to 10 PM
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