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John’s Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
5/16/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.
So John Grata’s steady stream of uniquely presented Monday night Blogs has created a group of blog-readers who are spoiled rotten much like we hope their greyhounds are. And now we interrupt this with a Michelle Blog. John has the nerve to take a week off from his highly unpaid position with this company. We can’t dock his pay but we may need to demote him. What is below “unpaid volunteer”? I’ll have to get back to you on all that. I have a blog to write!!So there haven’t been any large news stories this week but a lot of minor things have shown up. As you know (or I hope you do anyway) FoG is always here to help with the greys and to take them back when it is needed. So Welcome back to the kennel Joan Jett (officially – KB’s Jett Lagg) a beautiful slender, cat tolerant, girl whose family has hit major problems and cannot take care of Jett any longer. She is seven years young and beautiful. She’s having some potty issues that the vet is working with us on now and we think they’ll be solved pretty quickly and she’ll be ready to get out of our kennel and into a home like she is used to.
This week Faber received an application from a great family. Three generations of this family came to make the family decision on their dog! He will be delivered on Sunday morning. While they were in the kennel, our 3-year old Chloe was quite taken with the grandson and now she is on hold for them, too. We figure a couple weeks to settle in Faber and then if they still want her, we’ll be taking Chloe over there too!We have ten dogs in the kennel right now plus fosters out there. It’s a whole lot of work for me and I wouldn’t mind some regular kennel help that I could rely on to give me a break once in a while. If you want to work with the dogs a bit, I’d be happy to teach you our routine. If you have a student that needs volunteer credits, we are a 501c3 and can give volunteer hours. If they are under high school age, we will need them to be accompanied by an adult. The most popular shifts for students are the noon walks (turn out dogs in groups, light cleaning and straightening, bowl washing, maybe help with photos or bathing or brushing as needed and as time permits) and evening walk & dinner routine about 5 pm. That includes turning out dogs just like the noon walks and preparing their dinner, cleaning bowls, etc. If you are a reliable person who wants to get hands on with the dogs, please call me! The dogs are tired of only having me to play with!
On a less upbeat note, our sympathies go out to two of our adopter families. Jim Lackey of Pompano Beach had two of our dogs (Kiowa Emotion & Breezy) and his family have been long term supporters of our work. He passed away last week and his family has graciously requested donations to FoG in his honor. Jim was a big, gentle man. For years, his whole schedule and his whole reason for getting out of the house revolved around his beloved greyhounds. And Carolyn Hiley, who with husband Howard, adopted Maggie (formerly Drag Strip) also left us. The doggies all send their love to both families. They will be missed.We currently have 10 dogs in the kennel and couple out of foster, as I noted above. Some of them still need to be cat tested but I need an assistant or two to help with that. But most of them are ready to go to a home on a moment’s notice. Denim is a big, black girl who just wants to come watch TV with you – – and maybe a walk once in a while. Asia is a small, very shy, brindle girl. She’s fast & fun and sooo cute. But she’s going to need a patient and understand household!
And we have some amazing boys – every color! Happy Harry and Billy (Rockdown Boss) are big, strong brindle boys with a strong need for toys and playtime. Ironman (Oshkosh Iron Dog) is a sweet and loving, white & brindle guy. He’s quite tall and long legged and traffic-stopping handsome. Chris Carter is a sleek, shiny black boy who wears his ears forward – it’s something you have to see to understand. He’s smaller in size and he is so very attentive to humans that I think he will be very easy to train. He just wants so much to please you – – as many of the greyhound dogs do!
That’s about it from the kennel here. I have to get the house dogs out for their evening run. Please remember, when you adopt a dog from FoG, you are helping two dogs – – the one that gets the spot in your home and the one that gets to leave the track kennel for a FoG kennel! Hope to see you around here soon! Hug your hounds for me!
Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
While we’re at it, thank you again Brandy and also Sue Lambertsen, who continues to support the FoG kennel, even though she has moved to South Carolina. She sent us a large supply of the her wonderful, hand-made ‘belly bands’ which are used for helping housebreak the boys who might need it when they first move into their forever home. Ok, that covers most of it for this week. Hope everyone had a Happy Mother’s Day.
Here we sit in time, a day after the anniversary of the discovery of the great distress call MayDay, and three days short of the anniversary of the loss of twenty thousand jars of mayonnaise on the Titanic, that never made it to Mexico, or Sinko de Mayo , as it is known. And we strive onward in our mission to make sure that every greyhound has a chance for a loving forever home after retirement from his or her professional racing career.With that being said, and it truly had to be said, we leave the Pompano Seafood Festival and Horses and Hounds behind for another year and head into the long hot South Florida summer. Please remember that our people overheat quickly down here, so use care in selecting the play times for them and if you have to take them in a car, do not let them drive and try to take them somewhere that they can get out and go with you instead of leaving them in the car. As stupid as it sounds, please be alert to other cars who might have children or dogs inside. Many lives have been lost from the heat, but also many have been saved by alert and fast acting passersby. Looks dumb but it’s supposed to be the correct spelling so we’ll leave it at passersby.
Michelle has a severe cold, which has been slowing her down, but the dog influx has been speeding up. We could really use some help with the hound photographs, Valberta are you a Broward resident? If anyone near or in the area of the kennel, or even if not and likes to do photography, we need photos of the newly arriving dogs so we can keep the profiles up to date. There are less than a dozen dogs, so it is not the major project that it used to be back in the days of the four dozen plus occupants, so it’s a very doable small project timewise and it would take a greyt burden off of Michelle and Jerry. Also, with summer approaching, anyone who might have some extra time on their hands and would like to volunteer, there are plenty of other jobs available, especially for the kids that need community service. Remember, we are in Broward, not Hialeah, so the shoe is reversed, it’s much easier to get to the kennel since it’s located in the Sunrise area, and all help is gratefully accepted.Last Saturday we were at the fabulous Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd., as we are almost every other weekend. We got by with a little help from our friends Maurice, Hermes, and Draco, met a bunch of nice people and came home with about four cases of dog food and some nice donations. Yes, we will be back there again in two weeks, if you are in the area, stop by, the store people love our greyhounds, the feeling is mutual, and it’s a greyt place to do your pet shopping.
I used to get a list of the current dogs, many times it was a little late in arriving, but I don’t have a current list of our available adoptables at the moment. Upon checking the list I know that it is not exactly up to the moment, so you can check our website and pet finder, but if you really want to know an up to the shall we say, second, list of dogs, it’s best to contact Jerry or Michelle through the website, by email, or via phone, because they are moving in and out pretty good, the dogs, that is, not so much Jerry and Michelle. I can say that our most shy girl Darla is out and about and is possibly in line for a home in a perfect setting if things work out for her. Asia also has a decent chance to become a foster failure, which is a good thing for those who might not be familiar with the term ‘foster failure’, most of the time it means they live happily ever after, and that’s what we’re here for. One of our beloved alumni, Slatex Georgette, has passed recently to the rainbow bridge, and her humans can’t stand a house without a hound, so our boy Franco has gone with them for a free home trial. I didn’t even know Franco had arrived and he’s gone already. We do give free home trials to our previous adopters so they can bring home a potential, and see how he or she does in their home. Not all matches are made in heaven, but we’re willing to try until we, the humans, and the dog get it right. If you are interested in one or two of our dogs, we can usually arrange for a home visit to see how they do in your environment at your convenience. Not a lot of other rescues will do that, so keep it in the back of your mind, just in case.I have been requested by Ms. Michelle to give a special thanks to April and Anya, they are volunteers that come by and take over the handling, feeding, and walking of the dogs, and usually show up at just the right time they are needed most, like this past time when Michelle was sick as a dog and they took over. Greytly appreciated A and A, from a very thankful Michelle. She also mentioned that we are behind on photos and could use help getting some good dog pictures taken so she can get all the profiles updated online. Ok, that about covers most of the week’s news that’s fit to print. One last thing, the current list of available adoptees includes is not limited to Happy Harry, Billy, Chris Carter (yes, the football player is in the kennel – come visit!) and new guys Faber (3 yr old Fawn guy) and Andy (formerly Just Fast – Red, 5 yrs old).
Our scardy-cat Darla is on a home trial but it is shaky. It’s not easy to work with a dog as afraid of the world as Darla is. We thank her new family for being so patient. Please Darla, learn to trust some of us humans! Asia was in foster and her foster mom is considering adopting her but can’t get her tummy issues settled so Asia is in the kennel for extra care but has a possible home. And Giddy Up arrived and has an application just that quick. She will be delivered on Friday.
I mention this so that our webmaster can post a picture or two of them, or he might just edit the new names that he knows in right here, and then he can post the pictures of the new arrivals. Have a greyt week, remember the heat, and also, if you have any ideas for a gathering area for the hounds in the Broward area, give Michelle or Jerry a shout.
John’s Happy Tales Report
4/25/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside The Fog Kennel And On Special Occasions, From The Sunny Beaches Of South Florida.
We’re looking for a property that we can use for our greyhound gatherings. If anyone knows of an area in the Davie area, or even west Broward, that we could use or rent, set up a fenced in area with parking, please let Michelle or Jerry know. They made contact with a long-time friend at the Festival this past weekend, but if you have any ideas, feel free to contact us and run them by us. Ok, I think I have most of it covered, have a greyt week and don’t forget, the heat is here already, our greys do not have a high tolerance of extreme heat, so monitor them when they are outside and especially when you hit the road, whether it be a journey or short hop to the store around the corner, South Florida heat is deadly. Have a greyt week, shall return next week with more excitement.
The end of meet kennel crisis is about to arrive, sound the alarm and alert the people, we will soon have an overflow of adoptable hounds, WE NEED YOUR HELP, we have more hounds than room at the kennel, and as stated in Michelle’s Blog, if you have been thinking about adopting, adding a second or even third four-legged member to your family, now is the time to go into action. It’s the end of the racing meet, some dogs will be moving on to other race tracks, but there will be many that will be retired. We will have hounds available for adoption, fostering, and free home trials. Check out Michelle’s blog for all the details. I won’t repeat the whole thing here, but I wanted to reemphasize the important items, and in a nutshell, if you have been thinking about adding a or another hound to your home, this is the perfect time to act. It’s a sign, as they said in ‘Sleepless in Seattle’. Four replies have already come in, and you can check Michelle’s post for all the doggie details.Briefly, on the kennel front Denim is currently in a free home trial. Her potential forever home is in Miami Springs with former FoG alumni Tough Task. If this is ever read by Patrick and Nubia, if you are interested, we have taken my Diffy to the dog park next to the high school without any major problems and when he’s had a chance to run with other greyhounds, he has a greyt time, so if you have the notion, send me an email through the website and maybe we can get them all to run together sometime. No matter where you live in the Springs, the dog park is close. We also have two brand new special needs arrivals, Darla, who is extremely shy, and Chris, who tore some ligaments, are looking for forever homes. Over the years, the administration has lost track of many of our adopters, as a result, the mailing list has not kept up with everyone that has adopted with us. This becomes painfully obvious at times like this when we want to get the word out to everyone we possibly can. We use MailChimp, and if you can sign up for it, it would be very good for all parties involved, especially the greys. As with everything, you can contact Michelle or Jerry or the website and get all the information you need. Michelle also has one photo left that was taken and not picked up at the Horses and Hounds, if that’s you, you can contact her and she will be glad to send it to you. Our webmaster will hopefully post a picture of it in this blog. Ok, that about covers it, don’t forget the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is this coming weekend, we’ll be there and as always, we’re looking for volunteers. We still have the Whole Foods Promotion, with the store in Coral Springs, if you bring your own bags they will donate ten cents to us, and it does build up a pretty nice amount after a while. April is Adopt a Greyhound Month and we will have a surplus of hounds that deserve a nice forever home, and who better than great humans like you to help them out?