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A Gathering of Hounds at Dog Dude Ranch.

Friends of Greyhounds would like to thank Dog Dude Rach for the use of their facilities. Click here for more information about Dog Dude Ranch.

A Huge Thank You to the Horses & Hounds Foundation.

Friends of Greyhounds wants to say a HUGE thank you to the Horses & Hounds Foundation and its founders, Jeri Caprio and Jane Bistline. The 8th Annual Horses & Hounds fundraiser netted $10,000 to care for and find homes for our greyhounds. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated. It was a great day, great auction and a great result. The $10,000 raised will go a long way towards our major bills – Vet care & Dog Food!!!

Photos From Flamingo Road Nursery – March 12, 2017

Photos courtesy of John with Elvis

John’s Happy Tales Report
3/13/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Emma

The gathering at the Flamingo Nursery was the big story for us this week. It’s always great to get dogs adopted of course, but we also get a kick out of seeing our old friends, both two and four legged. We got spoiled over the years knowing that no matter what, we would be there on the weekends to meet and greet old alumni and new potential adopters. Now, it’s a special day on our calendar when we get to see everyone, as the gatherings are fewer and farther apart. First, a big thank you to everyone who came out and stopped by. I am still too stubborn to bring pencil and paper so I have already forgot half or more of the people and dogs I saw. Someday I will learn. For those who did stop by, it was great to see you again and to catch up on the news and gossip of our fabulous greyhound community. I love the Flamingo Nursery, the bbq is outstanding as far as I’m concerned we had plenty of shade, water for the hounds, and although they were leashed, there was still plenty of good looking plant life to walk through and lift your leg on. Don’t forget, next weekend we will be having another gathering, this time it’s south Dade county, for the folks that live further south than north. No bbq, and you will need to bring your own chairs I think, but the hounds will be able to run free in a nice enclosed corral, so that should be fun. It looks like we’ll be at the tail end of a little cold front, so we are anticipating nice run around hound weather for the day. You are welcome to join us, greyhounds only please, but you and your hound(s) are welcome even if you didn’t adopt from us. I mention this because we had some guests yesterday that joined us even though they got their beautiful hound from someone else.

Lulu

For all those I don’t mention, I apologize, and I will leave out more than I mention, but I like to acknowledge all of them. Even though I don’t remember all the names, this past seven or eight years working with FoG has been one of the best experiences of my life and I am thankful to be able to still be experiencing it, instead of it being just another fond memory from long ago. With over two thousand lives changed over the years, plus the human lives that have been enriched, I am so proud to have stumbled into working with these beautiful animals and the people that make it happen, I just wish I had been doing it longer. It was great to see Mike with his recently acquired new guy Andy. Jerry B. was there spending most of his time with our newest head case Kango. Kango was involved in a racing accident, suffered a fractured skull and is now having some problems with his vision, but he came out I think it was his first social event, joining my boy Creepy, also a head case plus broken leg, and both did themselves proud. Kango is a beautiful dark brindle boy, has some problems, but did very well with all the people and other dogs. We’re hoping to get him a nice quiet home with experienced owner who has the time and patience needed to care for him in case he does lose his sight. I’ve known Jill forever it seems, and Rainey, but I cannot keep Slash’s name in my bb brain for some reason. It was great to see them, I think our boy Diffy had a crush on Rainey at one time, but he’s taken up watching his food dish since he no longer sees her every weekend. Out of sight, out of mind.There was an Elvis sighting again, and it was a joy to see Joy in the morning with her three stooges, the whole family looking fit as a fiddle. David is ten years old and looks like he could still run with the big boys. Dusty is living proof that refutes the Black Dog Syndrome’, what a gorgeous hound. Charlie was there, not my Charlie, but a real Charlie, handsome and well behaved, not like my Charles. Billy came in with his new sister Annie, and they are doing just fine together so far. Maurice showed up in the afternoon with Hermes, but Drago was home watching the basketball game, he prefers a beer and air conditioning to socializing with his brother, but that’s ok. The president’s favorite son, Chumley, was also there, very well behaved considering he is Chumley, and there are no Chumleys like Jerry’s Chumley. Lulu, one of our newest arrivals, made her meet and greet debut. She is a beautiful little black girl, and coincidentally, I think she met a nice couple who have had five of our dogs and are quite possibly interested in another, black, female, so that may be something that we will report in the future. If I had done what I was supposed to, I would have more names, but I don’t at the moment, so thank you all, named or not, for stopping by, I know I speak for Jerry, Jerry, Michelle, and myself when I say that it made our week. We even had a couple ‘other’ breeds stop by, one was either a rescue or therapy dog, I think her name was Shelters or something close to that. She was a doll, loved mingling with the hounds and she even walked under one or two of them. It was a fun afternoon, so we’re looking forward to next weekend down south when the hounds can run around a little bit, so make plans to drop by if you can. It will be early, 10 A.M. until 1 o’clock, to avoid the mid-day heat. No seating, so it’s either grass or your own folding chair. We will have some sodas and water, and the yard is fully fenced.

Jeannie

Ok, the first shall be last and the last shall be first this week. There is some kennel news I can slip in after I wore myself out gushing about the party yesterday. Jeannie has an application, scheduled to live in Miami. Emma has an application, will be delivered next Saturday to her new home in West Palm Beach. Tabby has been adopted, her new old name will be Maple, as in syrup. Alex is coming back from a home. His human has major health problems with allergies, so she has to split up her family. Two of them have already been taken care of, but Alex needs a new home ASAP. Alex is five years old, is used to living in a home and with other greyhounds, so he’s a readymade new brother for some lucky hound out there. He’s been happily living with his family and this is going to be quite a shock for him, so we’re hoping to get him back into a multi greyhound home as quickly as possible. He’s never been cat tested but Michelle says he chases squirrels so I don’t know, maybe he’s nuts or likes to chase small furry things. In any case, you can get all the information on any of our hounds and Michelle or Jerry has all the answers to all the questions you might have, so all you have to do is contact them at the kennel. We can arrange for you to meet any of our hounds at our kennel, at your convenience, or even have one or two brought to your digs to meet you in your world. Ok, getting long, so we better end it for this week. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone, and come join us at the Dog Dude Ranch next Sunday if you can, and bring your hound.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Sunday, March 19 from 10 AM until 1 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
 
Greyhounds only.
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
 

Two Gatherings and a Special Needs Dog

Hello Friends of Friends –

I hope all of you and all you dogs are doing well. I haven’t bothered you in a while so I guess I’m due. There are a few important things to touch on – New news & old news, reminders and surprises.

Yes, Friends of Greyhounds is smaller now than when we were in Hialeah but if you’re only looking for one dog, it makes choosing much easier! And our available hours and days to visit the dogs is greatly expanded and much more flexible. So we hope you’ll come visit the kennel dogs when you have a vacancy at your house. And tell your friends to see your Friends!!

But I do have a couple of important things to cover – – –

We have two greyhound gatherings on the schedule. We will be a the Flamingo Nursery (1655 Flamingo Road, Davie) from 10 to 3 on Sunday, March 12. It’s a 5 acre plant nursery with a big patio over by the BBQ and that’s where we gather. There’s no fenced runaround area but it’s a good place to visit and the BBQ is great!

And the next Sunday, March 19, we will be at Dog Dude Ranch (6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami) for a greyhounds only play date. They have a fenced corral area where we can safely let the dogs run off leash. Bring a folding chair and we’ll bring some coolers of water and soda. We’re planning on 10 to 1.

For both of these gatherings, we’ll have a couple of the available dogs as well as some collars and leashes and worm kits and things you might be looking for. We hope everyone will make at least one of these events. We so miss seeing all of you!

But I have an ulterior motive for this “newsletter”. I need your help to find the right home for a special dog. We are always searching for the right homes for our dogs but some of them are easy dogs that can walk right into any home and do things right. Then there are a few with some baggage. And then we have some very special challenges that push our limits and the boundaries of our hearts. That’s our Kango.

In a nutshell, Kango is going blind from a track injury and we need to find a special home for him. FoG will pay the expenses but we need the right home and the right people with greyhound experience. Please take a good look at his Petfinder profile. I apologize for the length of it but there’s so much to say!! Go to the FoG website to learn about Kango. [click here] If Kango is not right for you, maybe you know someone.

Hope to see everyone at either the Broward or Dade event this month. If turnout is good, maybe we can sneak in another one before it gets too hot.

Have a Greyt day and kiss the dogs for me!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle (& Jerry & all the dogs!)

John’s Happy Tales Report
3/6/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

March came in like a lion, as the story goes, and with it a nice breeze and decent (sort of) cool weather. We’re hoping this holds until the weekend, we have finally scheduled a gathering for next Sunday at the Flamingo Nursery, my favorite place for gatherings because they have a really good little bar b que stand set up and along with the nursery, it’s a neat place to go on the weekend with or without your hound. We’ll be at the usual spot, along the side, under the thatched huts from 10-3 o’clock. The bar b que doesn’t open until 11, but that’s ok, you can hang out with the hounds or browse the nursery. It’s not a fundraiser, just a gathering, but we’ll have a couple adoptable hounds doing meet and greet, and some leashes, plain collars, worm kits (it’s that time of year), microchips, and whatever else Michelle can dig up. If you need something, give her an email and she’ll bring it out if she has it. Michelle and Scott have already made the arrangements and taste tested the bar b que, and said it was better than ever. So, if you are in the area next Sunday morning, please stop by, with or without your hound, even just to say hello. As always, we love to see our people, two and four legged. Don’t forget, it’s Flamingo Nursery, on Flamingo road, just south of 595 and north of Griffin Road, west side of the road, and on the side where you see the tiki huts.

Emma

We have two new items on the webpage this week, first, a list of dog food recall notices, in case you may have heard something about a recall and you want to check it out, we now have the list of the dog foods involved. Also, the training tip of the day, which may or may not be a regular item, but the first entry is ‘establishing a boundary’, graciously demonstrated by our old friend and alumni, Elvis, aka, Rock a by Jukebox [click here]. Annie has been out on a home trial with Billy, who was adopted previously to the same home. It is looking pretty good that they will become siblings or maybe even boyfriend and girlfriend. I don’t know if we have film at eleven, but we definitely have a nice picture of them on our website [click here]. We also have an update on one of our alumni, Small Frye, who went up to North Florida in the Sunburst project and ended up in Atlanta, where she found her forever home. Her new humans have her in agility training, where she’s just about to graduate and start competing in agility events. Who knows? If a greyhound can win a national title in show dogs, maybe we will have an agility champion in the near future. The versatility of these hounds never ceases to amaze us. Moose, one of our new arrivals, who is nothing like his name, will be delivered to his new home this coming Thursday. Beautiful dog, I knew he would be gone in a heartbeat.

Kango

On the home front, Kango is one of our special needs dogs, he was injured in a racing accident and was banged up. He’s still deserving of a loving home, but it will have to be one of those ‘special’ people with patience, love, and enough time to give him the attention he needs. Ralph is not a special needs dog, but he’s still been here too long. He’s just a big hunk of love and muscle. He lives to please people. He is also a jumper, not over things, but straight up. Has to be seen to be believed. You can visit Ralph and all of our inmates at our kennel, or if you live reasonably close to our area, you can even arrange for him or any dog to visit you at your house, and at your convenience, just contact Jerry or Michelle via email, phone, or smoke signal.

Ralph

It was suggested that maybe we should have another black dog sale. We’ve done it before, because there truly is a ‘Black Dog Syndrome’, many people will avoid black dogs for whatever reason, no matter how irrational it is. Black dogs make beautiful pets, the same as all the other colors, the same is also true of the ‘special needs’ dogs. I can personally vouch for this, I have a black dog, and a dog who has a crushed skull and had a broken leg. Both dogs are fabulous loving pets, I could not ask for better. It’s what’s in their heart, and yours, that counts. We’ve had just about every situation over the years and they’ve all worked out, providing we get the right dog paired up with the right home. We appreciate everyone who takes one of these dogs into their homes and hearts, but speaking for myself at least, I think we really have special love and respect for those who take the ones that most everyone else would pass up. Again, we love and appreciate everyone who saves a dog’s or even a cat’s life, but the ones that take the ‘special’ animals are special people.

Ok, before this becomes a novel, we must terminate. We’re working on a gathering for those southern people down in southern Dade. Way down south at the Dog Dude Ranch. No food, but probably some drinks at least, and a nice fenced in area where the hounds can run around. More on that later as it develops. In closing for the week, if you take a look and find you are interested in Ralph, PJ, or even Kango, as an incentive under the black dog syndrome rebuttal act, you might even find that you can adopt them for maybe $175 instead of the standard $225. I can’t guarantee it, but if you mention it to Michelle, it might come to pass, so for those of you who are financially motivated and looking for a greyhound, remember, black is beautiful, and even more so when you save fifty bucks too. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone.

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Sunday, March 12, from 10 AM until 3 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 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.
 

Dog Training Tip of the Day – Boundary Establishment

Before Establishing a Boundary

After Establishing a Boundary

Annie and Mango

The dogs in the photo are Rockdown Boss/ Billy / now called Mango and K’s Anessa called Annie (on home trial with Billy). They had their son there with his dog and there has been some growling but they think it was the other dog’s fault. They want to take a little more time to be sure but it looks like Annie and Billy will be brother & sister.

Aren’t they awesome!! Billy our toy crazed boy has a girlfriend!!

John’s Happy Tales Report
2/27/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Kango

February is one day away from being over, the first two months of 2017 has gone by in a blur, at least for us. Horses and Hounds was a huge success, the H&H Charitable Foundation raised $10,000 for FoG, I think another big thank you from us to all of you who helped make it the success that it was, and of course, our inmates, past, present, and future, thank you from the heart of their forever homes. Next Saturday we will do a check presentation and we’ll have some photos to go along with that next week also.

PJ

We are, at the moment, running low on dogs. There is only one girl, Emma, currently available. She’s a beautiful red brindle, just arrived and will be heading to the vet this week for her spaying. She will be available for adoption soon after next weekend I am guessing. We have four guys in the stable at the moment. Ralph is our senior boy, he needs to get a real home soon, he’s been waiting, bags packed, and just hasn’t picked up the right hookup yet. Kango very recently arrived. He may be related to Humpty Dumpty, he had a bad fall in his last race and has been recovering from that traumatic event, but still has an abundance of energy for a three-year-old. PJ is just in from the racing circuit, don’t know anything about him yet, except that he’s black and male. Casey has just arrived also, he is as big a chicken as he is large in size. He is afraid of his shadow. He will be considered a ‘special needs’ case, as he will require a human or family with a lot of patience and understanding. There are as many people out there like that, as there are dogs like that, so the only thing he needs is the right people to take him in. My Diffy was pretty much the same way, big scared-y cat and he is the best pet you could ask for. Causes no trouble, loves people, gets along with two siblings and two cats, I couldn’t ask for a better dog. Moose is also a new arrival. He’s barely two years old, red, smallish for a guy, very friendly and a little shy. I have inside information on him, he’s going to be an A+ companion for someone, one of those blue chip can’t miss prospects. We also have two more new people coming in on Friday, so if you’re looking or thinking about it, come on in to the kennel and check them out in person before they are listed.

Ok, that pretty much covers most of everything that I know of at least. A little helter-skelter this week, which happens from time to time. As far as I know, as a direct result from appearing at the Horses and Hounds last Sunday, Hannah and Carly have been delivered to their new forever homes and are doing good. Annie is also doing very well on her home trial, and according to our sources, has stolen the hearts their hearts totally and completely. Our best wishes for them and their new families for many loving years of happiness and good health, something we all need. Have a greyt week, and join us next week for more adventures from the FoG Kennel.

John’s Happy Tales Report
2/20/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Another year, another Horses and Hounds is now in the history book. If you missed it, you missed a fabulous day of beautiful horses, dogs, people, cars, food, and the estate is still as beautiful as ever. First, our special thanks goes to Jeri Caprio and Jane Bistline, our fabulous hosts for doing a spectacular job making this happen. Also, thank you to all who attended with their hounds, without whom, this could not have happened either. Thank you for your donations, your time to those who volunteered, and for bringing your hounds out to help us celebrate. Once again, the weather was kind to us, plenty of sunshine and a nice cool breeze in the shade with no rain. The ranch is still beautiful, the horses and horse show were great along with the dog show at the end. The food was superb, I heard several people raving about the hot dogs and sweets. Lynn was there with her usual assortment of collars and bandanas. Thank you also, Larry, our resident professional photographer, who handled the dog portraits, and everyone else that I failed to mention, who helped to make this the success that it was. We will be announcing the total proceeds when the counting is finalized, but I think we did pretty decent again this year.

Three of our adoptables were at the event and we adopted or have applications for two of them Ralph was a bit rambunctious and spent most of his time cooling off in the air-conditioned van, he does not do too good with small dogs and there were dozens of them around, so this gig was not well suited for him, but he’ll get his chance. I had Miss Hannah as my date and Steve had Carly, and by the end of the day, both ended up with applications. If she can get along with a couple of Yorkies, Miss Hannah looks to have found herself a beautiful new family down in the Miami area and hopefully will be delivered on Tuesday evening. Carly also picked up an application and if she is compatible with a couple of cats, she will be in her new home soon also. So, we’re keeping our fingers and dewclaws crossed for both of them. That also means there will be some new inmates arriving at the kennel, which gives a couple more retired greyhounds a better chance to find their forever homes.

The most exciting part of the event for me, besides getting a dog adopted, is to see some of our alumni and their humans. One of my first meet and greets was working with Charlie the Indian and I saw him last fall at a Pet Supermarket. Yesterday, Wiley, then known as Big White Dog, was a difficult dog to adopt, one of those special dogs that needed just the right person to adopt him. He was adopted and taken to Pennsylvania about five or so years ago. He came down for this event from up north yesterday with his people. He has two other greyhound siblings and is looking fabulous. Slash and Rainey were also in attendance, part of the old gang from the Hialeah Kennel. Roc a By Jukebox, for the second year in a row at least, now knows as Elvis, and very much alive, stopped by. Real Dude, and I’ve already forgotten his name and his sister were looking good. Slinky was with Jerry B., is still a black beauty, he finally got to bring one of his dogs. Maurice’s two body guards, Hermes and Draco came out, still big and beautiful. And, now I’ve run out of names. Every time I say I’m going to write them down and every time I don’t and end up like this. It’s still wonderful to see our community out there, even if I forget half the names and half of the people, and I speak for Jerry and Michelle and all the old volunteer kennel people when I say how much we appreciate seeing them and hearing from them. Correspondence and Pictures are always welcome and we even want to hear when they pass, they were a big part of our lives too and they are all family to us. I did miss seeing Mike Smith and his new boy, so I hope he’s doing ok and he will be at our next gathering. Also, all those who missed for whatever reason, it was a long weekend holiday and a lot of us travel, we hope to see you at the next get together. Thank you again to all those who participated and who worked and made it possible. If you had a good time you can even check the Horses and Hounds Foundation Facebook page and let them know about it.

Ok, in a nutshell, Horses and Hounds was a great success, it was a beautiful day, lots of animals, lots of fun. We got two dogs adopted, got to show our own favorites and see a lot of fine looking dogs, even the other breeds and horses were lookin’ good. One more item before we close shop for this week. We have a new item, on the left margin of the webpage we have a block of information about dog food recalls. Seems to be happening more and more these days. If you click on the dogfood name, it gives you a summary of the problem and what foods it affects. Really nice addition, helpful and right at your fingertips. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone and let anything bite you.