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Projects and Prospects

Dear Friends of Friends,

I haven’t written an update in a while but I know John has been keeping communications open through his Monday evening blog. But I’d like to catch us up on some projects and prospects. I hope you’ll take the time to at least scan all of this!

Eleven Greyhounds moving North – If for some reason you haven’t heard, we will be taking a load of Fogdogs in the van to our good friends up at the Sunburst Project kennel in Ebro. This will be our 16th run of dogs to them and they in turn send the dogs out from our overloaded state of Florida to other states that don’t have access to greyhounds. It’s a wonderful grant funded system started out of Illinois. A number of volunteers from different groups pull together to make these runs work. It’s an amazing way to share greyhounds from the overloaded racing kennels with the waiting adoption groups in other parts of the country.

Jerry Deitch (Our President!) and Mike Smith spent most of the morning putting the kennels in the van. It’s a complex system of small kennels and large kennels stacked and pushed, zip-tied and bungeed and secured against the cargo rails. Once the blankets and toys are in place, we add dogs and leave. On this 10-hour trip we will be taking 11 dogs to Ebro where they will rest up before heading on to their new homes. It’s exciting work.

Want to help? I still need a co-pilot for the overnight trip. It needs to be a female because we share a hotel room. We leave Wednesday the 27th (three days away!!!) about 6 AM and get back Thursday evening. I will probably do most of the driving but I do need someone who can drive just in case there’s a problem. Most of my co-pilots have spent their time texting the world about our trip and/or posting our progress on Facebook, or napping. This trip pays nothing but we do pickup expenses. If you can go, please call me (Michelle) at 954-937-9663 or email me at fogdogs@comcast.net .

Thank you, Fosters! I want to remember to thank our foster parents who have helped by housing the overflow of dogs. Sometimes it’s been a balancing act getting dogs to where they needed to be but it has almost come together now. I still have one more dog in foster that needs to come here for the Tuesday trip but I’m hoping to address that issue in a short time. Just have to squeeze in one or two more kennels. . . find the crowbar!!

Greyhound Gathering Meantime, there are things going on besides the Sunburst trip. I’m sure you all follow John’s Monday Blog. If you don’t, it appears on our website every Monday evening. John has a unique writing style and a unique view on life. Be sure to check it out. It’s habit forming. And on John’s blog you will find information about our gathering this Sunday, January 31st at the Flamingo Road Nursery (NOT Gardens), 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie. That’s one mile south of 595 at the Flamingo Road exit. This is a special occasion as it is Jerry’s (our President’s) birthday. I’ll bring some cupcakes and we can make a fuss over the old geezer!! The best thing you can get him for his birthday is a chance to visit with lots of his greyhounds. We really miss those weekend open house times at the kennel. Just the chance to sit and visit with all the dogs makes the hard work worth it. So please bring your greyhound to wish Jerry a happy birthday. Can’t wait to see all of you and tell you all about the trip. (Click here for driving directions.)

Other Projects: When I return our house kennel will be very low on dogs. Unless new ones come in, we will only have three available dogs. That’s okay for a short time as we have a lot of cleaning, deferred maintenance and improvements that desperately need to be done. We want to put an awning (retractable) and patio stone (about 8′ x 12′) outside the back door. This way when the dogs run outside (which they do at least 4 times a day) they won’t dig holes in the dirt as they turn to take off. And with an awning, they will be able to run outside and handle nature’s call even if it’s raining. Now when it rains we have huge puddles right in front of the door to the yard. The rainy season wreaks havoc in the kennel. We would also like to create low, brick divider walls between the chain link kennels. A low wall will allow blankets and toys to stay in their own kennels and when someone has an accident or water spill, it won’t roll all the way down and soak the blankets and bedding in all five kennels. So we are looking for help, material and experienced volunteers. If you can help with any of this, please feel free to call me (cell above) or Jerry (954-937-3647).

Thanks for all you do for your dogs. Please give them a kiss for me and I hope to see all of you at Flamingo Road Nursery on Sunday, the 31st.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle & all the dogs!

Rosco Update!

Michelle,

Wanted to drop a note about Rosco. He is such a sweet boy. We are totally in love with him. He sleeps beautifully in Marlee’s room and is off the belly band. He eats great and is so good about walking. I am taking him for a 40 minute walk every morning. He will get me in shape! We took him to the dog park this morning and he ran like the wind. What a great addition to our home. He greets us with such humbled enthusiasm and whimpers when Marlee leaves him. Here are some pictures.

All the best,
Ida

Sierra the Greyhound

Michelle,

I know you are busy with the dogs that are bound for northern destinations, but I wanted to take a minute to thank you for helping us get Sierra and then helping us help her settled. She is a whole different dog this week and she seems so happy. She has discovered all the beds and the couches. She loves the dog park and is so fun to watch. She nursed our sick daughter back to health and, today she began her duties as homework monitor :) Here are some pictures of her this week.

Brandy H.

p.s. In her adventures she has also learned the word “no” which she is not very fond of :)

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/18/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

The Christmas holidays are over, most of us are back to the regular routine in a brand new year and the dogs are still rolling out at a steady pace. We have a shipment going out to Sunburst around the last week of the month. Thank you to all who helped with the fostering, and a special thanks from Michelle to Scott Bishop, severe cold and all, Maurice Mizrahi, Patrick Sanz, Shawn Campana, and Joy Grosczyk, who took an extra dog in to make room in the kennel when it was needed the most, and also Jerry Berlin, who took in one of the dogs when he wasn’t accepted into one of the foster homes by a current resident. The medical work is done and the paper work is in the process and it looks like a go before the end of the month.

Charlie

Charlie

As a result of the fostering so far, two of the four boys that were fostered out have now found a new home. Max has just been delivered to his new home in south Dade. He has two new brothers and a big beautiful fenced in yard to play in. He’s been waiting quite a while, so keep your fingers and eyes crossed for him; he deserves a nice home and loving family. We have already received texts and pictures, so he’s started off on the right foot and if all works out as planned it’s going to be greyt for both him and his new family. We wish them all many years of good health and lots of love. Roscoe was also delivered to his new home on Sunday. They were excited to get him. Dad is not (yet) a greyhound enthusiast neither was my wife at first, but she came over to the ‘other side’ with us, and we’re hoping that Rosco and his new family also have many years of good health and a loving relationship. Roscoe’s family’s best friends are former adopters of ours, so they will be able to help with him and his new family.

Dee Dee

Dee Dee

We have only one guy that has spent a little longer than usual waiting for his forever home. Charlie is a no kids, no cats, and no small dogs or animals type, similar to Darth Vader without a helmet. He has certain needs, as we all do, and he would do well in a house with a large yard. He lived for a while with a family that let him run every day in a dog park, but with dog parks sometimes come worms and other diseases, so they discontinued that and he took it to heart. If you like large, strong dogs with loving hearts, but a yearn to fell the wind racing through his nose hair, Charlie is your boy, but it would be best for him to have plenty of room to run, or access to a clean area where he could run frequently. Most people think greyhounds have to have large fenced in areas to run in, but that’s actually the exception, not the rule. Our Diffy, and most others, are very content to get a walk or thirty second romp and then retire to the couch or bed and wait for dinner and a good tv show to fall asleep to. If you are a Charlie dog type person, make sure you check him out; he is overlooked because he requires special attention, and if you can provide it, he will be the love of your life. We also have a ten year old senior girl about to be returned. Her name is Dee Dee, she is currently in a loving home but her human has developed medical problems and is going blind. She will have to give Dee Dee up sooner than later and by putting the word out now, we’re hoping we can get her a new home before she has to be given up for good. Ms. D is a beautiful sexy senior lady, has lived in a house for years, knows all the ropes and is very well behaved. It would be great if we could get her one more forever home where her humans will outlast her and not vice versa. If you have a place in your heart and a spot in your house, please let us know and we can make arrangements for you to meet her. As you already know, or if you don’t, you do now, we are usually able to arrange for you to meet any of our adoptables at your convenience at your house, and you can see them up close and personal and see how they react to your environment. Just contact Jerry or Michelle at the kennel, they can give you all the information up to the minute on who we have available and answer any questions you have about them.

We have some action coming up for the spring. April 3rd will be the Hounds and Horses event. Ren-Fest is coming up from February 13th through March 20th. There will be more information on those as we get closer to the dates. We’re also out the Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Blvd. every other weekend and this coming weekend is an off weekend I believe.

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/11/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel, Starting The New Year Off In Unusual But Greyt Circumstances For The Hounds.

My first item is a note of condolence to Lisa. Her boy Duncan is about at the end of his life, a victim of cancer, and I received the news over the past weekend. Just wanted to mention it, I know we’ve all suffered that feeling, so hopefully knowing that our thoughts are with you, it will be at least some comfort for you. Thank you, and everyone, no matter what breed they share their lives with, for taking them into your home and heart and providing for them for the rest of their lives, no matter how long it may be. I was a bit premature when I announced that I would be out for a couple weeks while having my knee replaced. When I learned about the greyhound glut we are about to have, I got so excited that I cancelled it. Well, not really, I failed the EKG at the pre-op and with an irregular heartbeat; they want to find out what’s going on before they do the replacement. Works for me, I’m not a fan of waking up dead on the operating table, so it looks like I’ll be here to spread the news for a while yet, and we do have some news. Something we’ve not had for quite a while, an excess of greyhound adoptables. You can read all about it on Ms. Michelle’s blog and I will try to cover some of it.

Max

Max

We will again be working with the Sunburst Project. We’ve worked very successfully with them previously, we love them and they love our dogs. They adopt dogs out to other areas in the country that have a shortage of adoptable greyhounds, which is the opposite of the situation we have here in Florida, especially South Florida. They don’t take the dogs until they have a home lined up for it, so they don’t just go to another location and sit in a different kennel somewhere. It’s a win/win situation for all concerned and that’s one reason you may see a pet greyhound in areas up north that do not have racing anywhere in their area, but do have adoption groups. We will be doing a run up to them in the next couple weeks. As usual, Michelle is up (almost) over her head, even with standing on Jerry’s shoulders. We are looking for some temporary foster homes for our overflow, just until the trip date, which will be sometime during the last week in January. We’re also looking for volunteers to do some paper work to get them ready and they will need baths and some grooming to get them looking their Sunday best for the trip. We take pride in our operation and always get compliments on our dogs, so we will be keeping that tradition. The weather is great, the location is Sunrise, so if you have or know any kids that need their community service hours and like to work with animals, we have work for them. Contact Michelle or Jerry if you have the time and ability. Most likely you will be able to work at times that are convenient to you and the kennel is in Sunrise, so that’s where the work will be done, not in Hialeah.

Charlie

Charlie

Ok, that covers the big news, join us next week and maybe I will have an updated list of the animals we have now for adoption, as I’m sure it will change somewhat. Rosco may be going to a new home, he has a tentative adoption, but must find out if he is allowed to live there, it’s kind of a high end neighborhood and he will have to get an approved muffler on his motorcycle if he wants to be able to drive it in his new home. Next meet and greet will be on Sunday instead of Saturday at the Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd, that’s Sunday from ten until two, stop by and see us if you can. Ren-Fest is also on the horizon, more on that as it gets nearer, and, before the great greyhound influx, we were planning another little get together at the Flamingo Road Nursery, but that will also most likely be after the Sunburst trip. One last thing, be sure to check out Michelle’s blog, it has all the information that I’ve not covered on the Sunburst and what’s going on. If you have or know someone who can come up with some carpets for the kennel, that is a high priority item at the moment, so I figured I’d mention it here and maybe someone knows someone in the carpet, flooring, or home improvement business that can help us get some, I know we used to have contacts, so maybe you might know of someone. That should be most of the news as I know it, you might want to check the blogs, we will be adding information as it becomes available. As always, you can check the website, Pet Finder, or contact Michelle or Jerry to find out exactly who is available for adoption, up to the minute information. Have a greyt week and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us, or even if you have some answers for that matter, we’ll be glad to hear from you.

Greyhound Guardian Angels! – Greyhound Help Wanted

We have a wonderful opportunity but “it takes a village!” In the past we have worked with the Sunburst Project to move dogs from the overloaded Florida peninsula to states north of us where there are so many homes waiting for greyhounds but none available. We take 10 to 13 dogs in the big van up to a holding kennel in the panhandle. The dogs rest there a couple days with dogs from other groups and then they are sent to adoption groups waiting for them in other states. Often those groups have more homes than dogs – just the opposite of down here. It’s a win-win situation for people and dogs and just requires a bit of logistics management.

We are proud to have moved fifteen groups of dogs up to Sunburst over the years. We send along each dog’s vet records and paperwork and we enclose a little note that tells the new parents that we started this dog on the journey and we’d love to hear how they are doing. We’ve had so many emails from happy families with glowing reports about their greyhound. We are so happy to have associated with Sunburst.

And now we have another opportunity to make the run to the panhandle! I am beside myself. We’ve suddenly, without warning, had a perfect storm of dogs coming in from different directions and they are more than we can handle in the garage kennel. So I called the Sunburst team. We’ve worked it out and if you can help, we can move these wonderful dogs on their journey to their new, forever homes.

The Sunburst kennel is constantly moving in dogs and moving out dogs. The schedules can vary according to the whims of the weather-gods! It looks like they will have room for our dogs the weekend of either the 23rd or 30th. I’m trying to get clarification now. So between now and then, we need to get dogs to the vet and get records put together. And most critically, we need places for dogs to live while they are waiting! Luckily, my kennel is at a very low point so I have room for a few and we’ll squeeze in an extra kennel here or there.

We need a few temporary foster homes to step forward. These dogs will be just fine with living in a kennel and do not require anything special. An air conditioned garage or porch will do fine. We only want experienced greyhound owners. You know about handling a dog that’s right out of the kennel. You understand about crates (it’s a den, not a punishment) and about how much this means to the life and future of this dog. We will provide you with dog food. We have a couple of crates but if you have one already, that would be a help. You will probably not want them around the family cat, either. If you can take more than one dog, that would be awesome. I will be running around trading dogs so everyone gets to the vet. You will be so proud to have helped!

Many adoption groups use the foster home as a way of getting a pet into your home and when you fall in love with it, you will adopt it. That is NOT what this is about. These dogs are promised to other groups. It is a temporary situation only. You cannot keep the dog.

We will need to get the dogs all back here the morning they are leaving for the panhandle. We should be leaving at 7 AM which should get us there at 4:30 our time/ 3:30 Central time. I am certain we will have a full house here already so preference will be given to people close to Sunrise who can get the dog to us that morning.

And (I almost forgot this!) I will need a co-pilot to go for the drive. There needs to be a second person in the van. I’m usually good to drive the whole way but there should be a back up in case of a problem. We will stay overnight in the panhandle and drive back the next morning. Jerry has to stay home and handle the dogs at the house so I will need a female co-pilot to go with me so FoG only needs to pay for one hotel room. We generally stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Bonifay. Their double rooms have two big comfy beds and the breakfast is quick and included. We should be back in the late afternoon of the next day. If you think you might like to go, give me a call and we can chat.

So, what do you think? At the very worst, it could be 3 weeks of bother to care for a dog. But it’s an opportunity to change a life in a wonderful way – and maybe offset a bit of karma for you, too! Greyhounds are so treasured in other parts of the country and we have more down here than we can handle. We have moved 214 dogs through Sunburst. Together maybe we can make it 226. One more truckload of dogs may not make a big difference in the numbers of dogs or the pros and cons of racing. But to those dogs that get on the truck – – it makes a world of difference and changes their life.

Will you be a Greyhound Guardian Angel? Call me – Michelle – on my cell (954-937-9663) Or email me (fogdogs@comcast.net). Let me know how many you can take to foster, what area you live in, and if you have a crate. Or let me know if you can be my co-pilot. If you can’t take a dog but have a crate you’d like to donate back to the cause, please feel free to leave it on the porch at the house (2621 NW 105 Lane, Sunrise) (Thank you!) Monetary donations toward the vet work, food, fuel, etc. will of course be put to good use as they always are when it comes to the hounds. Dog washing? Brushing, cat testing, photos. . . these are “extras” but everything we can do to present these dogs in their best light, moves them into homes faster! Please share your talents with them. They deserve every break we can get them – – and I am SO excited about this opportunity and I truly hope you are, too. I’ll be waiting for your calls! (Woo-Hoo!! – Road Trip!!)

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/4/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Rosco

Rosco

Happy New Year to everyone from all of us at the kennel. May you and your people have many more years of love and good health. The kennel begins the New Year on a happy and ambitious note, there is a patio project in the works to give the inmates better shelter and access to the great outdoors in times of inclement weather. That is in the works and as always, Ms. Michelle has work for anyone who wishes to help out around the kennel. There is a wide variety of jobs and projects so if you’d like to help out the cause for the paws, and would like to spend some time around the animals, feel free to notify her and I’m sure they can arrange something for you, and this also applies to any high school students that need their community service hours. The kennel is in Sunrise, so if you’re in the area, it’s a lot easier to get to than the previous one in Hialeah

Sierra

Sierra

I was at the meet and greet last Saturday at the Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Blvd., met some interesting people and dogs. Rosco was the featured stud and he got some serious looks. He’s a return, as per usual, through no fault of his own, his humans got a divorce and neither of them can keep him any longer. Their loss could be your gain; he now has real house experience, so he should transition into your life with minimum problems. He’s a small guy, five years old, with a laid back personality. He is a beautiful red brindle; one lady said he almost resembles a tiger with his markings. He originally tested as cat tolerant but he hasn’t been retested yet. We currently have five other dogs available, four boys and two girls, you can check our website, Pet Finder, or call Michelle of Jerry and get all the inside information on any and all of them and I just had a little bird tell me that there may be some other dogs coming in very soon. Actually the little bird is a figure of speech, it’s more like a large gnome or gnat, but the news is good and good news is always welcome, so call Michelle or Jerry and they can give you the up to the minute information on who’s where, why, and what. And, don’t forget, with our current configuration, we can now most likely arrange for a visit from one or a couple of our adoptables at your house and at your convenience, Michelle is very flexible, kind of like a large Gumby, only not so green. The last time I looked, which was Saturday, Max, Charlie, Roscoe, and Joey are our boys and Sweetheart and Sierra are the two girls. I mention that so that our webmaster has a chance to post pictures of something I am mentioning in the blog, sort of eye candy I guess. Mandy is to be delivered to her new home in the middle of the week, so best of luck, love, health, and happiness to her and her new humans as she begins her new life as a real dog.

Joey

Joey

Ren-Fest is fast approaching, February 13th thru March 27th this year. We are not officially in yet this year, but are optimistic. The news hopefully will be carried on by Michelle for the next couple weeks, maybe, I am doing the second of my knee replacements and will be incapacitated for the next couple weeks, as I will most likely be held captive audience in a rehab facility and I don’t have a laptop. The last knee did so well I am hoping to do a repeat and am thankful that I am not a spider or centipede, this will be the second and last knee replacement I hope. It has been suggested I think about doing a head replacement, but I’m assuming that was in jest. Have a greyt rest of the week and I hope to continue this gibberish in a couple or three weeks, which means I will have survived well enough to continue my work with these beautiful greyhounds and the crazy community of owners who are truly special people.

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/28/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Three days left in the year, and then we start over, fresh, anew, with new hope. We enter the New Year on a somewhat reduced scale as far as operations are concerned, but we are still moving dogs at a steady pace, and not just the pretty ones, but as always, the young, the old, the injured and sick, and the returns as well. It makes me feel good to know that some animals that probably wouldn’t get a chance in another group or even make it to an adoption group, have been able to find loving homes and have a second or even third chance at life through our efforts, and that they are doing well. That speaks highly of the kind of people that adopt these dogs.

Max

Max

This Saturday, starting off the New Year right, we will be at our favorite Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Boulevard, from ten until two in the afternoon, you are welcome to stop by and say hello. We’re also hoping to have another pow wow at the Flamingo Road Nursery in the near future. The weather is cooler now and we haven’t gotten together for a while, so hopefully we can get that set up. The kennel is changing almost daily, I think we currently have six adoptables sitting in the waiting room, bag packed, and waiting for the bus to their new forever home. I know Max and Charlie are there; they sent me a Christmas card and asked me to make sure I mention them. Joey and Sweetheart are also there I think. I counted Mandy and Doc, they are gone, but there may be a couple new arrivals by the time this hits the airwaves. The best idea is to just call or contact Michelle or Jerry and they will be glad to give you the up to the minute information on one and all. One advantage continues for our scaled down operation. Unlike the previous dozen or more years, you can now see the dogs at just about any time that is convenient to you. No longer just weekends for a few hours, you can now contact Michelle or Jerry and set up a time to see a dog, or, you can probably schedule a meeting with one of more of them at your house at your convenience. Just contact them and they will be happy to set something up for you.

Charlie

Charlie

Doc, I think, has joined the Navy. He went to live with someone on the Naval Base, Key West. Beautiful scenic trip it is, but I don’t wish the drive down there on anyone, lots of two lane and delays if there’s an accident and there always seems to be an accident. But, he was delivered safe and sound and the last I heard he is doing well if he doesn’t eat the Legos. Legos are cool, I have a friend who builds and collects them. They are also expensive; please Doc, no Legos for lunch if you know what’s good for you. He also has a sibling to share life with, so, best wishes to Doc, his new brother/sister, and his new humans and may they enjoy a beautiful and healthy loving life together. Ginny also has an application and will be delivered on New Year’s Eve, so best of luck to her and her new people. Mandy also just received an application, but I don’t even have the details on her yet.

Joey

Joey

Remember, New Year’s Eve is coming, please be aware and extra secure when you are out and about or even outside your own house. Lots of fireworks and loud noises and flashes, which can scare the dogfood out of a lot of dogs, so please make sure you have them leashed if you are out and about and be careful even if they’re in the yard, they don’t often, but they are all capable of jumping a fence, and an ounce of prevention is worth a few days of searching the streets.

Sweetheart

Sweetheart

The kennel is planning some small projects to improve the outside area for the dogs, possible patio, and covered area where the dogs can go outside without getting soaked. I believe Michelle will be elaborating on this in the near future and will be able to explain it better than I can at the moment. Ok, last blog for the year. This is like number 144 or thereabouts total. I just wanted to help out a little bit and put something on the website that could update what’s going on with us. Hopefully it is getting the job done and it takes a little bit of work off of Michelle so she doesn’t have to spend extra time on this, as she has been known to run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, always has more to do than she can get done it seems. It’s also a fun way to stay in touch as I don’t get up to Broward very often, but I still get to be in the circle and find out what’s happening with our four legged friends. It’s worked out well and I believe that three and a half of the four people that actually read some of it, like it, so it’s a win/win situation for all concerned. Next week is another year, so have a Happy New Year, celebrate, have fun, but please, please, be aware of what and when if you have your dogs out and about or in the yard, some spook easy and of all the bad or sad memories of past kennel events, the worst one for me is the feeling when you’re out searching the streets looking for someone’s dog that has run away. Fortunately all the searches I’ve been involved with have ended happily, but it’s not a pleasant thing to do. Usually it’s only twice a year, July 4th and New Years, so keep that in mind and give your hounds a hug and a kiss from us, and for everyone, wishing you a Happy and HEALTHY 2016.

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/21/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Mandy

Mandy

Merry Christmas to everyone, have a beautiful holiday and may all of you and your families and animals have a Happy and Healthy 2016. Bless all the beautiful dogs greyhound and other, who have the good fortune to have a loving home, and may all those that don’t have one, get one within the next year. Big order, but we can always wish for the best. If anyone has a crate that they are not using, Michelle would be happy to take it off your hands, the 42” kind that we use. I have very little information for this week; everyone is running around with their seasonal chores I think. There was a meet and greet at our favorite Pet Supermarket yesterday but have not received any information on it. I believe Mandy was our little representative. I have received word from Michelle that she would be available to deliver a dog even on Christmas Day, something to consider if you are looking for one of the best Christmas gifts to give, but don’t forget, a pet is not just a gift for Christmas, but a gift for life. After watching the politicians parade on the airwaves the past couple months, the more I am convinced that I need another shirt that says ‘The more people I meet, the better I like my dog’. Simple unconditional love is so refreshing these days compared to dealing with the world and it’s pounding of the drums stress. It’s nice to have three wagging tails to greet me when I get home, they don’t care what I’ve done or haven’t done, I am their world and they give me a sincere royal welcome, whether I’ve been gone for the weekend or just to the mailbox, it’s a greyt feeling to be loved.

Joey

Joey

We have dogs moving, even as we speak, or write. Currently there are nine of our ‘people’ here, waiting, with their bags already packed (they don’t have many material possessions), and ready to go to a loving home. Always in the old Hialeah kennel we had more older retired dogs, usually four or five years old, maybe a few returns a bit older, but hardly any pups. People were always looking for the youngsters. Now it is seemingly the opposite, we are getting a bunch of ‘not quite ready for prime time’ ex-racers, ready to take on the retired life. So, for those of you looking for youngsters, or ‘Yutes’ as they were called in ‘My Cousin Vinny’, you will have to look no further than our kennel. We have five beautiful girls right at two years old, and two young guys, same age, and so if you are into the young at age as well as young at heart, we’ve got the greyhound for you. Three of them have tested as cat tolerant, which is a bonus for many households. Sweetheart, Mandy, Sierra, Probie, and Ginny have just arrived, oops, Probie and Ginny do not count, one is already on a home trial, and the other has an application already, so there’s currently three girls, but more will be arriving shortly. Joey and Doc are the new youngster guys and we have a couple of retired boys, Max and Charlie, available. I love this information in real time, sometimes by the end of the sentence, the information has changed. There, that names them all and gives our excellent webmaster a chance to include some pictures if he wants to or has them yet. I have also been informed that these hounds can also be seen on Pet Finder. As always, for all of the complete information on any of them, you can contact Michelle or Jerry at the kennel or website and they will be glad to discuss any of them and give you all the information on them.

Sweetheart

Sweetheart

Ok, I think I’ve got most of it covered. Rocky is in his new home and we’re keeping whatever we have crossed for him. He’s a beautiful dog, but he needs to be in a home with certain specifications because he has been known to have disagreements with other animals, so we’re hoping that he finds the perfect conditions, because he’s going to be a fabulous pet as long as he doesn’t run into any Odell Beckham Jr.s of the dog world if you know what I mean. Don’t forget, if you have any extra crates, the kennel can use them, or anything donated for that matter is always appreciated. Michelle will deliver on Christmas Day, what a life changing event that would be for someone, a Christmas gift of love that will keep on giving love for years to come, if you have a notion about that. We’ll keep Rocky in our prayers, along with all of our greyt greyhound community, humans and four legs included, thanks for supporting us throughout the years, or even year, if you are new. From us to you, have a beautiful and safe Christmas.

4 years

4 years ago today, a sweet, mellow, laid-back BIG boy came into my life.

Taylor.

He’s my first greyhound. My heart dog.

He just turned 7 years old last week.

I love my big boy.
Happy gotcha day, Taylor.

Mark & Taylor & Face
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