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John’s Happy Tales Report
12/29/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel.

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.

Mattie

Mattie

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.

Frankie

Frankie

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.

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John’s Happy Tales Report
12/22/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel, Christmas Edition.

Bella

Bella

Lucy

Lucy

Tis the season to be jolly or merry, so let us proceed with that. First and foremost we at the kennel, from President Jerry, Vice President Michelle, all the volunteers, and all the dogs, wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, or whatever you celebrate that is peace and love. We also would like you to have a Happy and most of all, a very Healthy 2015, and may it be filled with peace and love. Three of my old friends will be celebrating their birthdays this week, I hope that they are still alive and kicking and doing as well as they were the last time I heard from them. Red Moon Nurse, aka Nellie, was a senior lady, returned and found a beautiful home with a couple of our volunteers, who have since moved to Central Florida. She will be twelve on Christmas Day. Astar Bullwinkle, aka Moose, is a big guy, he left for Gold Coast and I hope he’s somewhere celebrating his third birthday on Christmas Day in his forever home. BS Bob, aka Bob, will celebrate his third birthday on Christmas Eve. He’s the only dog that I’ve ever known with a heartworm infection. He came to us sick, was nursed back to health and adopted out to a nice family last February. I hope he’s doing well and healthy and living the good life of a retired racer. It would be neat to know what happened to each and every one of them. I guess I’m one of those kinds of people. We’re having our fiftieth high school reunion this year; we had around eleven hundred or more people in our class, I think it would be neat to have a book that has every one of our classmates and what happened to them over the years. In any case, I hope that all these people and all these dogs are safe and healthy, or at least had a decent life while they were with us. Not possible for every last one I guess, but still a nice thought at least.

Max

Max

Very little new information in this corner this week, I haven’t seen a current list and I am going by the website’s information and hoping that it is accurate and up to date. I did hear that Slash was adopted this morning and went to his new home riding shotgun in a neat little sports car. Of course he arrived safely; I said he was riding, not driving. I also assume that Sloan passed his home trial, as I have heard nothing to the contrary. I believe this leaves Bella, Max, Rocky, and Lucy and there are a couple of new senior arrivals, hopefully Ms. Michelle will be updating that very soon.

Rocky

Rocky

By some miracle I am just about at loss for words. This is good; it’s almost Christmas, so let’s concentrate on enjoying what many consider the best time of year. The modern world is making peace on earth and goodwill towards men a very difficult achievement, hopefully those with that in their hearts will prevail over the evil of the world. Hopefully love will also prevail over hatred and bitterness. Hopefully we can continue to spread love through our greyhounds. Those of us who have them or are around them know that one look into their eyes, or just being around them brings a certain peace of mind, happiness, and calmness. At least it does for me. Have a beautiful Christmas and stay safe if you’re traveling.

Three Years

It’s 3 years today since Taylor came to me.
My sweet, mellow, laid-back, hug-loving big boy.
He turned 6 years old a week ago.

I love that boy so much.

Mark & Taylor & Face

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New Dog in the Family

amber Seal 2So, since Jerry is now retired, he has decided to take up cooking and that was just fine with me. I handle cooking for the dogs and he’s helping out with cooking for us. Right now he is making his first batch of icing for the gingerbread cookies he baked last night. I am listening to him convince our granddaughter that she can’t text and hold the hand mixer at the same time. Holiday domestic bliss! Feels like I’m in a warped Norman Rockwell. Perfect time for a quick update on the computer.

Today was a neat day. I helped a greyhound puppy go to her new home in Pompano. Steve Seal recently lost his girl Luann to cancer at the age of 10. He still had three dogs and a cat but the house was too quiet. He found out that Sonia from Elite Greyhounds in Loxahatchee was helping a litter of greyhound pups find homes. The dogs are 6 months old and actual tattooed racing dogs but they were just never going to be decent racers and Elite was helping them get into homes. So I rode up to Lake Worth with him to pick out a puppy!

Amber Seal 1Sonia’s house was so neat! I’ve always loved her farm anyway and there’s a special feeling in a place that cares so much for dogs and horses and chickens and goats and the various other critters that have passed through. I fell in love with Raul, her beautiful Galgo boy.

Sonia had arranged for a number of the puppies to be there for Steve to look at. It was a hard choice but he chose a beautiful little girl with big eyes and perfect eyeliner. She is red and very long legged and sweet and quiet. Enough curiosity to be fun and still enough of a greyhound puppy to sleep all the way back home. Personally, I thought the little black boy was so handsome and expressive but Steve said he has problems seeing his other black dog when she goes out in the backyard at night. He can’t worry about two!

amber Seal 3The new girl’s name is now Amber and she goes to the vet this weekend. Steve thought a 6-month old puppy would be smaller but she is about thigh high and maybe 35 pounds. He had brought along a carrier for her but quickly realized that wasn’t going to work! Greyhound pups get big quickly and need lots of training, something the older ones have already had. But for now, she’s getting used to the routine at her new home and we all wish him great success and many happy years with Amber.

It is fairly rare for non-racing greyhound pups to become available for adoption and it is a huge commitment of time and energy to turn these dogs into the terrific dogs that we know greyhounds to be. Elite is not taking any money in this matter but the kennel owner is asking for a fee. If you are interested in a greyhound puppy or want more information on this, feel free to email me and I’ll give you more information. But for now, I’ve got to go inspect some gingerbread cookies!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/17/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel Better Late Than Never They Say.

Bella

Bella

Saturday we were at the Pet Supermarket from ten until two in the afternoon, for a meet and greet. My Friend Bella was there with us to say hello to human, dog, and anything else that stopped by to talk to us. We had a good time meeting nice dogs and talking with neat humans. There was no request for any kind of plug, but they will get one anyway from me and I’m sure Michelle will be glad to back me up on it. The Pet Supermarket is located at 801 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The staff was very friendly, you could tell that everyone there really likes animals and enjoys their jobs, and Jill, the store manager, especially made us feel like family and right at home. This is the friendliest pet store I have ever been in, if you are in the area you might want to come in and check them out, if I lived a little closer than western Dade County, they would definitely be my pet store.

We have reached almost forty percent in the eternal quest for the one hundred thirty thousand dollars needed to start the new FOG kennel. The work is slow, the rewards are great, but arrive in small quantities. I think that perhaps Jerry and Michelle were possibly bulldogs in a previous life because they have shown quite the tenacity in this project; they keep hanging on and moving forward. The light at the end of the tunnel may not quite be visible yet, but another ten percent in and at least it will start to slope at a downward angle, so onward we push.

In among all of this we also have the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season; most everyone has something else on their minds other than how we can get a new kennel faster, or will the greyhounds find a good home. News at the kennel is also sparse, so hopefully we will be able to just slow down and relax and enjoy the season, maybe reflect with a good feeling on all the greyhounds that we’ve saved over the years, and most importantly all the love that has resulted from uniting these loving animals with loving people and families and seeing a lot of life changing bonding and love. Using love and loving a lot here but that’s the main thing that this is all about, it’s the word I hear most often in almost every conversation I’ve ever heard or been involved with in these animals. Animal rescue is bittersweet, there are so many animals that need help that can’t be helped, but being a glass half full optimistic type of human that I am, I think about all the ones that I know that are living the good life, that I’ve had a part in making it happen, and all the ones that we will be helping in the future. Can’t save the entire world by myself, and all the match ups have not gone just perfect, but I feel pretty darn good thinking about the ones that have and the ones that are going to happen. As I’ve told my wife of nearly forty years, I wish I had met you sooner so I could have loved you longer, I also wish I had started doing this sooner so I could have been a part of helping more dogs . So, why not relax, enjoy the holidays, and get ready to go like a bat outta heck when the New Year begins?

TMC's Busta Move

TMC’s Busta Move

In real time kennel news, I believe Sloan has started singing, or in his case, rooing, ‘There’s no place like home for the holidays’. He has gone to a home with two other greyhounds, and at last report, he is doing well and fitting in just fine, so we will keep our fingers and eyes crossed for him. We have acquired two nine year old dogs that are from New York. They were down here vacationing, liked it, and defected to South Florida. They really are nine years old and from New York, but I don’t have the real story on them yet, you can call Michelle if you are interested, and I hope to have some better information next week. Also, Busta Move has been returned due to a divorce. I didn’t even know he was married. Sorry, I do these sort of things without thinking. I don’t have his real story yet either but I’m sure that his humans got divorced and that is the reason he’s been returned. More information on that next week from me, or you can call Michelle and get the inside scoop immediately. I do know that he just turned 3 years old and that he is a nice sized beautiful fawn guy. So, one out, three in, two of them seniors, they probably should rename us Century Village, Greyhound Division.

Ok, that’s most of the news as I know it, up to the moment. Only a week left until Christmas, and yes, Michelle will deliver a greyhound to your house on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day if that would suit you. They are the gift that keeps on giving and unlike a pregnant cat, or relative, they are all spayed or neutered, so there won’t be any surprises or shotgun weddings with one of our greys, guy or gal, guaranteed. Have a greyt week, shall return Monday if someone reminds me what day it is when Monday gets here.

Nicki & Octavia are ready for the holidays

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Taylor is 6

Taylor is 6 years old today.

My sweet, mellow, laid back, hug loving, BIG boy.

I am blessed that he was born.

Mark & Taylor & Face

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John’s Happy Tales Report
12/8/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel

The first thing I’d like to suggest this week is to check the home page for the Latest news, written by Sloan, one of our inmates. It gives a little inside information on a couple of our new hounds. It is cute, I wish I could have done that one, but since Sloan didn’t give me any information about himself and the others, I was left out in the cold with a stocking full of coal. Also, these neat writings seem to come out on Monday, coincidentally, just before I have to come up with something neat for my blog. Just kidding, anything and everything that will help the hounds get to their real homes is fine with me, the more information out, the better chance they have. I do have one VERY NEAT AND IMPORTANT bit of information that was not elaborated on enough for my satisfaction. If you have previously adopted a dog from FOG, whether it be twelve years ago, or last month, and you adopt one of the current inmates that we have, the adoption fee will be waived. This means the dog is yours for no adoption fee. You are free to make a donation if you wish, but there will be no cost to give one of these guys a home. This offer is good between now and Christmas, I’m sure Michelle would even deliver on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. There are, according to my count, six dogs available, you can check the website for further information on them, or call Michelle or Jerry. I’ve heard it said countless times that having two greyhounds is no harder than having one, having three is no tougher than having two, etc., all the way up to six. I would have another in a heartbeat, however I also have two cats and two regular mutts, and in my case, the mutts give me all that I can handle. I would never trade them or say it to them to their faces, but my Diffy is so much easier to care for than the other two. Once again, I wouldn’t trade my two mutts for the world, but I’ve also seen firsthand the truth in the statement, ‘they are big dogs, but live small’. So if you already have one of ours, or ever had one, and you’ve thought about possibly bringing another into your life, this would be about the perfect time to do it. As you know, we don’t dump and run, we deliver and support all our dogs, kind of a lifetime guarantee so to speak. We take returns in case it doesn’t work out for either the adopter or adoptee, so you won’t be getting stuck for life with something that didn’t quite work out. We are currently in transition, we’ve only got a few dogs, it’s not in any way their fault that there was a breakdown in our regular operation of moving dogs to good homes. They don’t care whether it was the adoption kennel’s fault or the fault of the racing industry for interrupting their smooth transition from racing pro to house pet, the bottom line is that they are the ones that have to pay for humans acting the way humans act and it’s not fair to them because they have nothing to give but love and they don’t really have a voice in the matter.

This breaks my heart, I’d have one of these dogs in a heartbeat if I could, so please, there’s got to be six people who feel the same way about this and have the ability to take in another beautiful grey. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to give a good home and new life to a beautiful animal, who probably doesn’t have a motorcycle, but on the other hand, probably doesn’t play the drums either, so you will get nothing but appreciation and love for the rest of their lives from them. I’ve got that from my guy Diffy, who was actually a dead dog walking with a broken leg, on his way to the vet of no return when we got him and the joy he’s given us cannot be duplicated by any or all of the materialistic gifts you see advertised on the television. I really don’t have to tell any greyhound owners out there about that.

In other news, Jerry and Michelle are celebrating their 75th anniversary this Friday. I don’t think it’s their actual 75th, maybe she meant it just seemed like it. Michelle was sitting around the table with Sloan the other night and they came up with a little song/poem that they’ve been singing all week. It goes something like ‘On Bella, On Lucy! Hey Max, grab that toy! With Slash and with Rocky, we’re out to spread joy. Our kennels are ok, but they’re not a home. So read the new blog by our home boy Sloan’. I think they broke into the Kahlua and Cream or something, maybe that’s how the ‘waive the adoption fee’ thing came about too. I’m very excited about that, I’m hoping that it will result in six quick adoptions. Why not? You have nothing to lose and they have everything to gain, remember, as previously stated, we support our adoptees and adopters, if it doesn’t work out, they are always welcome back at our kennel, their perfect home is out there, even if it’s not found the first time every time, so think it over, it’s a win/win situation for you, the greyhounds, and us. Yes, as always, the dogs are ready to go. Some already have house living experience, they are already spayed/neutered, have their shots, teeth cleaned, and frontline protection, adoption fee covered, your cost $ 0, the satisfaction, peace of mind, and love you receive, priceless.

The fundraising has slowed a little due to the season, we still have some things going on, and you can check the website for all events. The meet and greet at the Pet Supermarket in Sunrise is still on for this Saturday, 10-2; I hope to be there if I can. We also have some updates of our alumni in the “Letters from Home” page and the newest ones are included on the home page. Have a greyt week.

Hey, is this thing on?

Sloan

Sloan

Hi. Sloan here. Momma Michelle left the computer on and I know I shouldn’t mess with it but I’m a dog on a mission. I don’t know who is reading this dog-blog thingy but here goes. . .

I am Sloan, the greyhound. I’m the slender fawn guy in the corner kennel. I was raised and trained to be a racer but I never made the pros. Momma says that’s okay because I didn’t get hurt, either. I’m more the curl up on the couch and watch TV kind of guy. Don’t get me wrong – I can corral a dust bunny with the best of them. But then I like a nap and maybe a snack and good squeaky toy.

When I first met FoG, Momma found me a nice home. Really cool place. Lots of room and good food and a family with human puppies (they called them children), too. We all moved to California for a while and then moved back again. But now they have to go back and they said there’s no place for me. I promised I wouldn’t even take my toys or the extra bowl. But they called Momma Michelle to come get me. She had room for me. She has room for all the greyhounds. She has promised I’ll find a new home but I’d really, really like to be in one for the holidays. I remember four Christmases in my old home and I know how special this time can be.

So, with a little help from the guys, I hijacked momma’s computer. I am eight years old but mom says I act young for my age. I am tall and slender and I promise not to mess with the cat. I am friendly to everybody even that package guy at the door and the mini humans. I travel well in the car. I like leash walks and I like to just lay in the sun. My old family took me to the doggy doctor before I left for a checkup and they cleaned my teeth so people would want me more. It hasn’t worked though.

I’m not the only one here either. There’s a guy in the next kennel who is pretty nice, too. Guess that’s why they named him Slash so there’d be something tough about him even if it was only his name. Slash had one pro-race so we kind of have a lot in common. He’s six years old and smart enough but he’s not steal-the-computer smart like me.

Slash was in a home for four years, too, but his mom got sick and he had to come to the kennel. He tells me a lot about her and his old family but I nap a lot and don’t hear most of it. He really, really loves to go on long walks. He said he doesn’t eat cats either. He’s not as good looking as me, of course. But some people like that white with brindle spots look. Slash misses the holidays just like I do. But mostly we miss having a human of our own and just laying around the living room watching tv.

So anyway, before I get caught in here, what I want to say is that there’s some great dogs in here waiting for you to come get us. Some are younger – like Lucy, the hot brindle chick 3 doors down. She’s cat tolerant and playful and ready to go. Can’t believe she’s still here! She is ready to run – – all the way home.

We’re not all perfect with cats or have perfect figures. Bella is a shorter, kinda squatty, black girl with a high, high energy level. She could run a race and dismember a stuffy and eat a cookie all at the same time! And then she would nap, nap, nap. All she wants for Christmas is a nice fenced yard and a family to love her. She comes across tough and strong but between you and me, there’s a really sweet dog underneath those pointy ears. But please don’t tell her I said so. She’s only five years old but she can probably beat me up! Let her take it out on her stuffies!

Max is ten years old. He’s living at Jerry B’s house now because the kennel was just too rough for him. He’s looking for a place to settle in under the table and wait for turkey to fall. Your house, maybe? I hear good things about him. Momma says even an older guy deserves a good home and a big dog like Max looking through the curtain will scare away bad people. As long as he remembers to drop the stuffie first.

HEY – NEWS FLASH!! – I just overhead something. Momma said we have to shake things up around here. Momma’s birthday is two weeks away. She said she’d like to sleep late that day. To do that, she’s got to get all us guys out of the kennel so she doesn’t have to jump up and walk and feed us that morning. So she is waiving (I don’t know what that means, do you?) the adoption fee for all the people who already have FoGdogs. I know you are all busy this time of year but there’s no better holiday gift than love. And love comes pre-packaged in us. I hope we’ll see you at the kennel. We’ll have our bags packed and ready! (Boy are my paws tired!! Nap Time!)

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Sloan