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John’s Happy Tales Report
9/18/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

*** POSTPONED ***
 
Dog Dude Ranch has sustained a lot of damage to their large trees
which means large cleanup. They are still without power and only
able to communicate with cell phone hot spots.
We will have to postpone the party on the 24th.
 

Here we are, in-between storms at the moment, just trying to get past Irma, saying no way Jose to the one doing loop-de-loops off the east coast, and trying to get Maria to go out into the open north Atlantic and rooting for Lee to stay gone. We hope everyone weathered the storm ok and at least have your power back on by now. The FoG kennel suffered minor damage except for the fence, which must be replaced. We still have seven dogs available for adoption. You can check the website for all the information on any or all of them. Six boys and one girl currently available.

Logan

We had the gathering at the Flamingo Road Nursery and Last Cast BBQ stand, very well attended, considering the recent storm and still summer weather. We had nearly two dozen visitors over the course of the morning and afternoon, old friends, new friends, two and four legged, and even some of the curious customers stopped by to check out the hounds. The BBQ was great in my book, we like the lemonade slushy, the weather cooperated for the most part and I didn’t notice it being too warm until close to two o’clock, there was even a slight breeze on occasions. The weather will get more hound friendly as we progress. In case you didn’t hear, the off-leash event at the Doggie Dude Ranch has been postponed, they are still cleaning up from Irma’s visit, so that will be done in the near future.

Logan is our feature hound for this week, he is a return, so he knows perfectly how to live in a home. He is protective of his people, but is not child friendly, so he would fit in a house with no kids. He is very loving, he’s been in the kennel since June, doesn’t know why he doesn’t have a home, all he really needs is a comfy bed, decent food, a run and a treat once in a while, and some love. He certainly deserves that, so hopefully someone will help him out and back into his real forever home this time.

Stormy

The new calendars have arrived, Michelle had them at the gathering. Actually, there are date books and calendars, the date books are twenty and the calendars are fifteen dollars each. If you are in the Sunrise area, stop in and pick one up, they have a history of disappearing quickly. We have an alumnus in this one, for the first time ever I think. Speaking of storms, Teddy the Dog did a shirt for the Texas hurricane Harvey and raised fifty thousand dollars, now they are doing one for hurricane Irma, to benefit the Search Dog Foundation and I’m sure the link for this will appear here magically, or you can check out the website for more information. They are good shirts, good people, and it’s a good cause.

As previously mentioned, the gathering on Saturday was a lot of fun, and we had a nice turnout. Scott was there with the irrepressible Dusty Barker. He mixed and mingled, got some great pictures and met old friends and made new ones. You can check it all out in his blog, Dusty and Me. I embarrassingly add that I met a lot of BBQ and hung out by the fans a lot of the time, but I will do better next time for sure. Thanks to all of you who came out, and thanks to all of you for all your support throughout the years, through thick and thin. Speaking of thick and thin, SixDog Jerry B’s new girl Wendy came in pretty thick but has slimmed down very nicely under the watchful eye of Jerry B., so congrats to her. Ok, have a safe week, no storms, and don’t bite anyone.

Flamingo Road Nursery

9/14/17 BRIEF MIDWEEK BULLETIN FROM FoG CONCERNING THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES.

Just wanted to drop a note, may or may not be posted. The GATHERING AT FLAMINGO ROAD NURSERY IS STILL ON. THIS SATURDAY, THOSE OF US THAT ARE LEFT AND ABLE, WILL BE AT WHAT’S LEFT OF THE FLAMINGO ROAD NURSERY FROM 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. Word is that the BBQ stand is up and operational and all systems are go, so if you can, come on out and say hello. It’s good socialization practice for your hounds, the food is always great, people like to see the hounds and we always make new friends, both people and four legged.

Michelle has the NEW CALENDARS and will bring them to the gathering, and a couple of our adoptables will be in attendance. We will be there, and you can see my new knee up close and personal. It looks the same as the old knee except it has a stripe down the middle. Just kidding, but the new calendars will be there, and, for the first time ever, according to Michelle, we have an alumnus in the calendar.

The week after, we hope to be doing the gathering at Dog Dude Ranch if it’s up and running and at that event, the hounds will be able to run and romp (for the first forty seconds, which is usually what they do). My people need the exercise and I like the food, so I will be at both events in any case.

That’s about it, come on out Saturday, Michelle will be glad to fill you in on the hurricane story, and Scott and Dusty should be there also. This is all I have for the moment, continue having a greyt week, hope you got through the storm ok and don’t bite anyone.

PS to the Blog –

Dog Dude Ranch has sustained a lot of damage to their large trees which means large cleanup. They are still without power and only able to communicate with cell phone hot spots. We will have to postpone the party on the 24th.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Saturday, September 16 from 11 AM until 2 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. ***
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
9/4/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

DKC Jagger

Appropriately enough it has been a quiet, very quiet week at the kennel, even Dusty and Scott are laying low during these final (we wish) dog days of summer. It’s just as well, after Harvey, now everyone is focused on Irma and her possible visit to south Florida, so it’s justifiable that kennel activity at the moment is nonexistent. It’s just not a good time to be thinking about adding an addition to your household when it’s possible that this time next week we may be without electricity, which includes air conditioning, travel about town may be hindered or shut down, so, we wait with quiet anticipation on the next few days to see what Irma has in store for the rest of the world.

PJ (Kelly)

We do have two events tentatively scheduled if we get through the current crisis, both are informal gatherings, no fundraisers, expectations, etc., and hope that the weather will be kind to us. First, on Saturday 16th, 11 A.M. to 2 P.M., we will be at Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie, just south of 595 or north of Griffin. Flamingo Road Nursery has The Last Cast BBQ stand/restaurant on the side, plenty of shade, tiki huts, usually a decent breeze comes through, and Michelle and I both love the BBQ. If you have not been here before, it’s a great way to spend a couple weekend hours, we have the hounds, also plenty of people passing by with their own dogs, or by themselves, a lot of them just have to stop and say hello to the hounds, so if you’re working on your hound’s social skills, like we are with our Diffy, it’s a great place for them to practice their manners. The BBQ is worth the trip even if you don’t have your own hound, and it’s fun to roam through the nursery and check out all the beautiful plants and flowers that you could take home and kill with your black thumb. It’s only three hours, usually we’re in and gone by the time anyone thinks about it starting to get a little warm. As previously stated, plenty of room and usually a little breeze, and the lemonade slushies are a good way to stay cool and refreshed. The hounds must be leashed of course, and the floor is cement, but you are welcome to bring a bed or cushion for them to lounge on. The second event is a week later, on Sunday, September 24th, from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M. at the Dog Dude Ranch, 6305 S.W. 120 Ave., Miami, we will be in the front, fenced corral area. Dogs will be allowed off leash to roam and run, or run fifty seconds then lounge around the rest of the time, which is what ours did last time. There was decent shade and enough seating, but you can also bring your own lounge chairs if you want to.

Logan

That’s about all the news that’s currently fit to print, no action in the kennel this week, incoming or outgoing, we still have the Magnificent 7, six boys and one girl available for adoption, not counting Yul Brenner, you can check the website for all the information on them, or you can contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel and they can answer just about any questions you have about the current inmates, or greyhounds in general, that adopting out over two thousand greyhounds worth of experience can provide. Storm on the horizon, don’t forget to include your animals in your hurricane preparations, they need supplies too. Have a safe week, hopefully we’ll be back next week, unscathed, and ready to move forward into the beginning of the end of summer. Don’t bite anyone, and if you do, make sure your shots are up to date. Don’t forget to check out Scott’s blog, ‘Dusty and Me’ when he gets back on the airwaves.

I searched on the phrase “vacuum a greyhound” and noticed there are a disturbing number of videos showing dirty buses.

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Saturday, September 16 from 11 AM until 2 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. ***
 
Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Sunday, September 24 from 10 AM until 1 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
 
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***
 

Lunch Was Good

Lunch was GOOD today, and yes, Facebook got hot dogs slices.
He always gets hot dog slices.

Mark & Face

John’s Happy Tales Report
8/28/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

Three more days and we’re done with August, which will put us closer to the not as hot season where we can schedule more gatherings at the Dog Dude Ranch in western Dade and my favorite, the Flamingo Road Nursery, with its tiki huts, neat plants and the famous Last Cast BBQ stand. Michelle is trying to plan on doing once a month at each location if possible. Our hounds would probably go for that. Just finished vacation in Pennsylvania, but saw no greyhounds, now we have some show on about Princess Diana and my eyes are still blurred from visit to eye doctor today, but at least I can blame any and all mistakes on that, so I am covered.

Mercury

We did the Pet Supermarket meet and greet on Saturday, it was a slow day customer wise, resulting in a slow day for the greyhound people. Sunday’s Animal Adoption Fair at the War Memorial was much busier and we met a lot of people. There is a new video on our website, “25 reasons why your next dog should be a greyhound”, you might want to check that out, and we also have our current roster, six boys and one girl, who have their bags packed and are ready to go to their forever homes. Mercury and Fella are the two new arrivals, both beautiful young studs, Fella is a brindle and Mercury is what I call red. Also, we have two returns, Kelly (PJ) had a fabulous home, was doing great, but did not get along with the young grandchildren, so he will have to find a spot without young kids. Jagger is eight years old, his human dad had to go to assisted living, so he was expendable. Both these dogs are home experienced (which many people prefer), and are well behaved, one happens to need to be in a home without young children and the other needs people that can take care of him for his entire life. Probably not the owner’s fault, nor the dog’s fault in either case, these things happen, but it’s the hound that usually suffers the consequences. If you are looking for a dog that is house ready, you might want to start your search with them. Actually, I believe Logan has a similar story and is also available. Having adopted out over two thousand greyhounds over the years, it is assured that some will be returned for some reason or other, and we have always managed to get them back out into the real loving permanent home they all deserve. I know that we’ve even officially adopted some who have passed away while still in our kennel. Frivolous deed to some people I’m sure, but to me it meant a final shred of dignity for one of these beautiful animals, who will soon be forgotten by the rest of the world, but at least they were cared for and belonged to someone, even if it was just us and before they got their real home. I thought it was nice, I cried when I found out about it. The dogs and cats have, for the most part, cast their fates to the humans, and as we’ve seen, that’s not always a good thing.

PJ (Kelly)

In the good news section, we have Fufu, now known as Lia, is still doing great. Kango, aka, Ray Charles, is also having a ball, Scott has some video of him zooming around his back yard. He’s the one that is losing his eyesight, but found some beautiful people to take him in. Frozen, now known as Lola, is also lovin’ her new digs with Frank and Irene. During a passing severe thunderstorm, she tried to hide in the refrigerator, which they said was hilarious to see. Yes, she survived. So, the recent adoptees and their adopters are doing excellent as it stands. We’ve got two new returns and two new arrivals. I always push and like to see the returnees get rehomed as soon as possible, especially the older ones, so keep Kelly, Jagger, and Logan in mind, they’ve already got a taste of the good life and I’m sure they’re wondering when they can go back to a real home. We have one girl, Stormy, she is a bundle of joy and energy, check out the website for more information on any and all of our inmates, or you can call Michelle or Jerry for any and all information and any questions you might have. As always, I definitely recommend you to check out Scott’s blog, ‘Dusty and Me’, he does it several times a week, usually, and has information and pictures and video and stories about all the goings on in the kennel. It’s fun, informative, and more updated than my blog. Good God Gertrude. I think I can personally debunk the myth about yogurt being a good solution for greyhound gas. Wow, our walls are sweating and my vision is even more blurred than it was. I can’t even verify which one is doing it. Maybe I don’t want to know anyway. Ok, that’s it for this week, have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe, and don’t bite anyone.

Animal Adoption Fair

John’s Happy Tales Report
8/14/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Stormy

One of the few times in history that we don’t lead with a greyhound story. We are in possession of two mixed breeds that were dumped in West Broward last week and ended up in Michelle’s care. I guess this is one of those ‘I didn’t start it but I have to finish it’ deals, where we offered to help and now we have two non-greys that we’d like to find a home for. It’s a longer story than that, but you can check the website and/or Scott’s ‘Dusty and Me’ blog and get the whole story. Bottom line is we have two beautiful abandoned, what may have been ‘bait’ dogs that need homes. We have all the information, details, and even pictures, so if you know someone who might be interested, please contact us, we want to personally make sure they end up in a good home. Roscoe is the boy, and Lilly is the girl.Wow, what timing, took a break to cut the grass before the afternoon monsoon and finished eight seconds before the downpour. Life is good in the slow lane.

Logan

In other kennel news, our girl Fufu is now Lia, she was adopted earlier this week to Leon and Tia from Coconut Creek, she has been delivered and has even mastered the staircase and from all reports so far, this lucky girl has found herself a fantastic home. Thank you, Leon and Tia, for taking one our people into your hearts and home and best wishes for a long and happy life filled with joy, love, and good health for you all. You can catch this action on Scott’s Blog, even some video too. Logan and Frozen also got some nibbles and bites, but no other adoptions so far as of today. There are two more dogs ready to come into our kennel this week, and, as always, for up to the minute information on any and all of the dogs, you can contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel website, email, phone, smoke signal, whatever it takes, and they can answer just about any questions you have about any or our inmates, or greyhounds as pets in general.

Frozen

On Saturday, August 19th, we will be at the Pet Supermarket in Sunrise, 2696 N. University Drive. They are doing a rescue day with a number of different groups, starting at eleven o’clock. Sunday, August 20th is the annual Animal Adoption Fair at War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale, from 10 A.M. until 5 P.M. As usual, we welcome any volunteers for either or both events, just contact Michelle.

Ok, I’m off to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and the rest of the Rust Belt for ten days for a food fest with a bunch of cousins of the Polish variety. They do know how to do food and have a good time. Don’t forget about our ‘guest’ greyhounds Roscoe and Lilly, any help in finding them a good home would be greatly appreciated. I’m anticipating that Scott’s Blog will be doing a fine job of keeping you informed during my absence, so stay tuned, thank you for all your support over the years, and August will be nearly gone before I return and we can start thinking about some nice outside gatherings again. Have a greyt week and don’t bite anyone.


To enhance your viewing pleasure…
1. Greyhound nearby… Check.
2. Crank the volume up to 11… Check.
C. Now click play… Click.

John’s Happy Tales Report
8/7/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Hawk

Into August we race, yet another week closer to the fall season and more weekend gatherings at the famous Flamingo Road Nursery and the Last Cast BBQ Stand, which is something I have been looking forward to, along with semi cooler weather, since the moment our last gathering ended. It’s always greyt to get together with our friends under the Tiki Huts at Flamingo Road Nursery, with all that fabulous foliage to look at, and throw in the BBQ food and it rivals my original favorite ritual of fall, the opening of college football season. It’s a lot cheaper too, considering I was getting into UM games back in 1955, in the east end zone, for fifty cents, but that’s not important now.

First off, this week, I’m happy to report, my report taken from Scott’s Blog, Dusty and Me, that our former ‘Special Needs’ boy, Kango, who is having vision problems, is having no problems adjusting to life with Rick and his new family, including Bullet, his greyhound brother. The ‘Special Needs’ hounds have to overcome a little bit more than their regular retired brothers and sisters to get a chance at being a pet, so it’s always a joy to my heart when I hear about one succeeding, and Kango seems to be doing exceptionally well, so my week is made already just with that little piece of good news.

Logan

You know it’s a slow week when one of the news items states that it’s the first of the month and everyone got their flea and tick medicine, so we’re all up to date, including myself. However, there was some action in the bullpen. Kelly, our sweet little black girl with the broken leg, is at the Vets and getting her cast off, and if all goes as expected and X-rays are good, she won’t be needing another one. She also has an app, and her new family will be waiting for her tomorrow if it works out as planned. She will be living in Pompano Beach and her complex has two dog parks. Fufu also has an application for a family in Coconut Creek, and if all goes well with that, she could be delivered this week also. Kal and Hawk are at the Vet’s today, getting neutered, so they will be ready to go very shortly, both boys are beautiful examples of greyhound manhood. Logan is back in the kennel, he is not quite a special needs dog, but he is almost six years old and has some issues. He may be mistaken for an ex street fighter, he has some scars and a couple missing toes, but he’s a nice soft fawn color with beautiful bedroom eyes, he has had some potential adopters who were ‘disgusted’ with his feet, so if you can get past a dog with ugly feet and look into his eyes and heart, you just might find a diamond in the rough and a loyal companion for the rest of his life. If you are a cat, don’t bother inquiring, he’s not known to be cat tolerant. We’re known to take in all dogs, sick, lost, injured, old, you name it, and we’re also known for finding good homes for all our inmates and damn proud of it too. Sometimes it takes more than one try, but we keep working until we get it right for both the adopter and adoptee.

Kal

As always, you can contact us through the website, email, phone, smoke signal, if you have any questions about any of our hounds, Michelle and Jerry are usually happy to answer almost any and all questions, we can arrange for you to meet them at your convenience, at our kennel in Sunrise, or even at your adobe, and at your convenience. Check out our website, if you are interested in owning a greyhound, contact someone who has owned them and most likely you will get a very positive response about these beautiful and semi graceful (ours is an exception to the graceful part) animals, or just come and meet one of ours in person, you might make a fast friend for life as we say. Also, don’t forget to check out Scott’s blog, Dusty and Me, just when I bragged about him writing virtually day, he went and took a week off, but that’s ok, it’s summertime and the living is easy. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe and cool, and don’t bite anyone.

John’s Happy Tales Report
8/1/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Hawk

We welcome August with a couple reviews and a couple new arrivals, as it’s been a quiet week for us for the most part. Maggie, our eleven-year-old three-peat, who keeps outliving her humans is still doing great with her new siblings Cassie and Smidgen, the chihuahuas, and Zoe the greyhound and human Shawn, they are all one big (and small) happy family except for one meal malpractice, which was straightened out almost before it happened. Taylor, now known as Pharaoh, our white guy with the broken leg, has mastered his new home environment, including the stairs, which were a challenge at first, but even his leg hasn’t slowed him down any lately. He has a beautiful new sister, Bailey, who has helped him greatly in his adjustment to his new home. You can see and read about these hounds in Scott’s blog, Dusty and Me, he does a thorough job of covering our kennel on an almost daily basis, and I give him a little plug every chance I get.

Kal

We also have some new arrivals at the kennel. Kelly was the first to arrive, she’s a sleek, black girl who just retired with a broken leg. She has already been to the doctor’s and is expected to make a full recovery with her leg, so that’s good news. It doesn’t really matter too much; broken parts do not diminish a dog’s capability to be an excellent pet. Kelly is just a kid, she isn’t even two years old yet, so if you’re looking for young and beautiful, she fits the bill. Kal just came in, he’s three year’s old and has a great personality. Hawk is the third arrival from Wednesday night, he’s black and white, so, as Scott suggested, maybe they ran out of paint before they finished him, as he’s the only non-black we have at the moment.

We are a little late this week, one of us forgot that yesterday was Monday, so we have some updated material. Kelly already has an application, so that didn’t take long, if it all goes through. Fufu and Frozen have already met some people and are being considered for the big move. They are checking their complex and making sure that they are allowed to have a large dog, which is good, we appreciate that because sometimes people discover too late that large dogs aren’t allowed, so it’s great when potential adopters do their part in the adoption process. So, as we enter August, life moves on, the dogs come and the dogs go, which is exactly what we are there for. As always, and we can’t say it too often as far as I’m concerned, thanks to all our FoG community for the fabulous support that you’ve given us over the years, both our old timers and the newbies to the experience of loving and caring for these special animals. Have a greyt week, remember, it’s August, and hot as hell usually, so keep the boys and girls hydrated and cool. And don’t bite anyone.

A Photo That Will Give You The Willies! — Dr. Willie and Willy

John’s Happy Tales Report
7/24/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fufu

The Scouts and Hounds Potluck Dinner is now current events. It wasn’t quite the now legendary Dinner with the Dogs at the Country Club, but it was a very nice affair with plenty of good food and great people. We shared the hall with the Girl Scouts and I think everyone had a greyt evening. Our thanks to everyone who attended and helped make it the success that it was, and more importantly, or just as important, it was fun to see all our old friends and get together again. Thank you, Maurice, for a splendid table, and everyone else who contributed to the banquet, even the dogs got to party with their buffet, which was raided by a couple humans. The winner of the fifty/fifty drawing graciously donated her winnings back to our kennel, which assured us a successful night financially also. You can check Scott’s blog, he has a lot of coverage and pictures.

Logan

We have had a lot of activity this past week as far as the inmates are concerned also. Mattie and Boogie are already delivered and in their new homes and you can also check that out on Scott’s blog, Dusty and Me. Congratulations to both Mattie and Boogie and their new families and we wish them all many years of love, happiness, and good health. Dee Dee, our senior girl, went to visit long time adopter Shawn Campana, who also has another hound and a cat. Ms. D. walked right in like she belonged there and she now lives there, so best wishes for her and her new family also.

Frozen

On the flip side of the coin, we now have four black girls in the kennel. One more and we’ll have a flush. Kelly has just retired. She broke her leg a couple days ago, but since we got her very quickly, she has already been to the Vet, got her leg set and a full recovery is anticipated. The faster the dog gets their leg set after the break, the better the recovery usually is. Thank you Dr. Ansara for taking care of her so quickly. So, Kelly joins Fufu, Stormy, and Frozen as the four sleek black girls currently available. Not often that we have a glut of girls in the kennel, albeit a small glut, relatively speaking, as opposed to the old days with fifty plus dogs in the kennel. We may be somewhat downsized, but we’re getting it done on a weekly basis. Logan is currently the only boy, but we’re expecting possibly two new arrivals this Wednesday.

Ok, so we had fun last Thursday, hopefully, no one went home hungry, including the dogs, got to see and enjoy some time with old friends, picked up a couple bucks for the inmates, and we’re now looking forward to the next one. August is almost here, summer is at least half over and I’m looking forward to the bar b ques at the Flamingo Road Nursery. Once again, thank you all for your support, last week and throughout the years, our hounds are special as is our hound community and I’m proud to be a part of helping these beautiful animals get a chance at a real dog’s life. If you are interested in adopting a greyhound, don’t hesitate to contact us, either by phone, email, or through the website. Michelle has all the up to the minute information on who’s available and can answer any questions you have. For a little insight into the daily and up-close life of our kennel and the inmates, check out Scott’s blog, Dusty and Me, which he usually posts several times a week, it’s informative, fun, has pictures, and has up to date information on our incoming and outgoing fourlegs. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds hydrated and cool, and don’t bite anyone.

Photos From Scouts and Hounds, July 20, 2017