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Update on Kane’s Baltimore

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Hi Michelle,
We are so happy with Kane’s Baltimore, she is the perfect dog for our
family. She is getting along very well with our Italian Greyhound and
parrot. She hasn’t given us any trouble with house training or separation
anxiety. We have been trying very hard to give her structure and schedule,
and it’s working. She seems very happy and has already made friends with
the vet, our neighbors, and other dogs in the community. Thank you for all
your time and effort in giving these dogs a great start to their new pet
life!

Emily, Paul
“Samoa” & Lacey=

Greyhound Lazy Song

Someone just posted this on YouTube and Taylor is there at 35 and 39 seconds!!

Mark & Taylor & Face

John’s Happy Tails Report
4/7/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And A New Discovery, Letters From Home.

It is claimed that perseverance pays off and in one case it did for me. Michelle accuses me periodically of not reading the website but I actually do, it’s just that I can’t remember everything since all the things that I’ve learned over the past nearly seventy years have overcrowded my head and have settled down into the rest of my body, mostly in the midsection. Yes, I used to think it was torso muscle gained from endless twelve ounce curls (Pepsi), but I finally realized that it is all stored knowledge and not just fat that has overflowed down to the gut where it has taken up residence. It’s ironic that I would end up working with the greyhounds instead of the Bassets, Beagles, Pugs, Dachshunds, and/or Labradors, which are among the breeds most like me, they plump out in the middle without having to be boiled. Anyway, I’ve never been able to find the Letters From Home section of our website for whatever reason, incompetence mostly, but not because I haven’t read or looked for it. It has now been found and is listed under Michelle’s Blog, right there under Happy Tales and right above Catherine’s List of Greyhound Friendly Resorts and Restaurants. The Letters from Home are some of the emails we get from our alumni who have been adopted out already, and we all love to hear how they are doing. This isn’t exactly how every grey that has found a home will always turn out, but it gives you an idea of what to expect and how their humans feel about the new love of their life. It’s fun to read, so you might want to check that out if you get a chance. A lot of the emails even come with nice photos. That’s not a plug, that’s a fact jack, which is also the name of one of our recently adopted boys, and last heard, he was doing very nicely in his new digs. The latest email is a little note from our good friends Steve and Barbara who relocated to California with Wingo. Ms. Wingo was known around our play yard to be quiet and shy, but she’s come out of her shell in her new dog park and become somewhat of a social butterfly. It could be her new surroundings but I think she’s more attentive because of the three earthquakes they’ve had since their arrival in L.A…

Atascocita Daido

Atascocita Daido

The Ebro 14 group is still scheduled to head north, probably this Wednesday or Thursday. You can also see the impact the Sunburst project is making if you check out where some of these letters from home originate. I talked to friends from New Jersey this morning and they went to a place called Englishtown Flea Market that apparently had no fleas but did have a dog rescue set up and my friend talked with a lady from Florida that knew about us, so we are getting well known and making a dent little by little in helping get these greyt animals out to the public. We had two dogs acquire applications over the weekend. Atascocita Darby and Kane’s Baltimore are packing their bags and getting ready for their new forever home adventure. Kane’s Baltimore will have a little sister, an Italian Greyhound named Lacey. Here’s hoping that Hootie Hooter was delivered as scheduled last night, I haven’t heard anything to the contrary, so hopefully she’s settled into her new home by now. We also have five others that have applications pending, bags packed, and almost ready to take the last ride in the big white van to start their new retired life. I also thought I heard from a little bird, aka Jerry our President, that the three guys that went to the senior sanctuary recently, have all been adopted already.

Razorscar

Razorscar

There were no returns this past week, and we received two new additions late Sunday, or at least that’s when I found out about them. WW Kay Corona, who was one of a beer litter, or liter maybe, and is four years old. He’s a big black boy, listed as over 80 pounds, so if big, black, and beautiful is your cup of tea, come down early next weekend and check, check, check him out. Frosted Even is a red brindle two and a half year old. Haven’t seen her yet, but she did have a very short racing career, probably ran like I did, but she’s a girl and girls are a good thing. Our current dilemma, and there’s always a current dilemma, is a shortage of girls and cat tolerant dogs. We now keep two kennel dogs up front with us to serve as greeters. You can still see any or all the dogs you desire, but we will have two up front on hand to distract you while we go and fetch the others. For most of them, this is their first real public appearance, not counting the racing track, and it’s unique and interesting to see how they react to the real world. Last weekend we had Atascocita Darby up front. She proceeded to take every toy in both boxes, except for the weird red plastic ball, and carry them back behind the counter to her hiding place. It was hilarious to watch, and it may have helped her get adopted. Atascocita Daido also had a chance at the big time, she was picked out on line, but didn’t get along in person with her potential new brother, Charlie, a very large Doberman, who didn’t care for her at all, so she is still single and unattached if you’re looking for an energetic black sweetheart, she might be just the one you’re looking for. Razorscar also got to meet his public. He is a fantastic dog but an early life argument with a tractor blade has left a large scar across his back. He doesn’t let it worry him but he’s concerned it might bother some people. It didn’t stop him from his eighty plus racing career; someone is going to get a beautiful companion when they adopt him. So, April has started off hot in more ways than one, plenty of action, and the kennels will start filling up again as soon as the next group heads out and opens up some room. If you are looking for a great canine pet and you’re curious about the retired racing greyhound, come on down to our kennel and meet them one on one, at the very least you will find out about this magnificent ancient breed and if they are right for you. It most likely will be a very educational and pleasant experience, these dogs are also kid friendly and they love company. And don’t forget, April is Adopt a Greyhound Month, what more of an excuse do you need?

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John’s Happy Tails Report
3/31/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel With Another Six Pack Weekend In The Books.

In like a lion, out like a lamb was not the case for March as far as adoptions were concerned. The six pack I’m referring to is not a description of my abs, that would be more like a case and a half, but how many dogs that I have listed as getting their papers for the well-earned ‘rest of their lives’ phase. My facts and figures don’t always match up perfectly with our management’s, but like a well-balanced and well digested meal, it usually comes out very neatly in the end. Atascocita Effie and Real Dude are still pending but weren’t reported last week and are nosing closer to delivery. We had a flurry of furry activity, Leslie, which prevented me from catching up the photos, but it was worth the time spent as Hootie Hooter, Tempo Kanasta, WWK Sweet Onions, and Atascocita Rake all procured applications for their new lives with their new humans. Congratulations to all of them and may your future lives be filled with lots of love and good health. Added to this we have Nancy Kovack, Chasemustangsaly, JC’s Arlene, MV’s Dayton, Berkley Bonnie, Atascocita Alana, Sandy Lane, Atascocita Ashly, Don Coryell, Hallo Savinio, Visceral, Black Oak Timber, Ribsy, and Chase Hailtothev heading up to Ebro for northern distribution to fosters and an adoption waiting list. There is an increasing demand and a shortage of available dogs so we are doing what we can for them also, FOG dogs have attained a very good reputation and are now increasingly being sought after by name, so we’re doing our best to get these fabulous animals out to the rest of the world, almost literally one dog at a time. Do not despair, we will be adding replacements as fast as we can and if one that you were thinking about has departed, it probably means that it was not the one destined for you. At least that’s the way I look at it.

Razorscar

Razorscar

There were no returns this past week and only two new arrivals. Now appearing for a limited time only, I’m sure, are Pops, who is a four year old black girl who has tested as cat tolerant, and Moody Snowball, a light brindle colored four year old girl. We are doing some experimentation in retesting for cat tolerance in hopes that some of the dogs have settled down and have changed their minds about their personal approach to the feline species. Currently, if you must have a dog that is cat tolerant, we have only Pops, Such Sweet Soul, and Backwood Echo available, but as previously stated, we will be doing more testing and will be getting new arrivals. You can call or email Michelle or Jerry at the end of the week before you visit the kennel if you live in Broward or farther away, and can decide if there’s enough candidates available for your own personal satisfaction.

Atascocita Darby

Atascocita Darby

We don’t have the photos up yet of the new arrivals, so I’ll have to mention a few that our webmaster does have pictures of, so he can add a little class to the blog with some shots of our beautiful ‘people’. We now have at least two kennel dogs in the office, along with the ‘regulars’ that hang out, to meet visitors. This has proved to be quite popular with the kennel dogs and they all now want to participate. Yesterday we had Razorscar. He’s a neat guy with an interesting story. When he was a puppy on the farm, he got in an altercation with some sharp farm equipment and received a slash across his entire back. His personality is inversely proportional to the nastiness of his scar, he will be a tremendous pet for some lucky adopter, but he won’t be the prettiest dog in the park, except in your eyes. Atascocita Darby made her debut as an office greeter, she showed that she has boundless energy and loves toys. Backwood Echo is our smallest greyhound, she’s a little black girl, won’t be two until August. She showed very little interest in racing but she is a kisser and loves people. She’s very outgoing and still a puppy at heart. Uhaul Mack was good enough to race two hundred times and participated in Stakes races. Will he be as good on the couch as he was on the track? You can find out, come in and check him out. His fifth birthday will be next month, if you take him home you can help him celebrate it in a real home. Want to meet a wild and crazy guy not named Dan Aykroyd or Steve Martin? Check out our boy Runyonland, aka Timmy. He is a couple years old, did not race professionally, but voted himself the best looking dog in the kennel. He quite possibly could be, but beware, he still thinks he’s a kid and acts like one.

We’re getting a lot of nice emails along with some pictures of our ‘people’ being adopted up north.

Hi Michelle,
I’m Ashley and just want to thank you for finding me a forever home. I love
my new mommy. She is the best. She got me a beautiful pink collar and a coat
that has “It’s all about me all over it.” I look adorable in it of course. I
get to go for walks and rides and lay outside chewing on bones and just
enjoying my life. Living with Daffy is certainly interesting at times and I
just love younger men so we get along most of the time. As you know he’s a
little cuckoo but very loving. My racing name was Rumblin Aggie and I was
born 12/3/2006. Tatoos are 126A 40757. My mom tried to get my nails trimmed
and I wasn’t letting that happen. She mentioned taking me down to the kennel
and I’m not so sure I like that idea. Keep up the good work getting my
fellow friends home. Hope to see you soon.
Love,
Ashley

Uhaul Mack

Uhaul Mack

That was from Ashley, who was fostered and adopted after her original human became ill. We are always glad to see the alumni that stop in for a visit. Polar Bear was there over the weekend, looking very beary, and we had two bears in the play yard, as our regular Bear was there too. The Kwix/Taylor story continues to unfold. Kwix was adopted and shortly thereafter his humans wanted another dog. They took on what looked to be a little more than they could chew when they took Taylor, the former TNJ Taylor. Taylor was not quite a special needs dog, but he had a urinary problem, I called him peebucket. We couldn’t find anything physical and it was debated that it might be mental. Anyway, they took him in and finally it was discovered that possibly he had some scar tissue causing problems. They had a urinary catheterization procedure done and so far it looks like it has done a lot to eliminate the problem. We’re keeping our paws crossed, because they love Taylor and are totally pleased with him, he Is the opposite bookend for their other boy, Kwix. On that happy note, we end this week’s marathon. Thanks to all the people who help make this possible, congratulations to Julie, who worked on two adoptions and is learning how I feel when we help one of these guys or gals get a loving home and join the real pet population.

Hello from Los Angeles

Hi guys!

Thought we should check in and let you know the latest from sunny (and quakey) California. We’ve settled into our little apartment in Culver City, and Wingo has finally made peace with the magic box (elevator) that gets us to the third floor. She has befriended a 14-year-old red brindle greyhound named Diego who lives across the street, and often hangs out with Little Bear, my sister’s pug.

Steve is extremely busy with his new job and is loving every minute of it. I continue to work my way through ‘the hoard’ of stuff we packed from Miami, and I’m happy to say that our place is starting to look good and feel like home.

Southern California had enjoyed a fairly long period without any large earthquakes…until we moved to town. We’ve experienced three sizeable ones since our arrival. Wingo slept through the first one, but the second one really startled her. She seemed to sense last night’s 5.4 just before it occurred, so I got on the ground with her and held her while our building rolled and shook. It was about 30 seconds long and felt like mild airplane turbulance. Oddly enough, we moved to Miami during the summer of 2005, which ended up being the most active hurricane season in recent history. My friends in Illinois have asked that I give plenty of warning before we return to Chicago so that they can brace themselves for tornados that we’ll likely bring ;-)

We just returned from an outing to the Culver City dog park, affectionately known as the Boneyard. It’s all dirt and sand and wide open, and while there aren’t a lot of hiding places, Wingo did manage to find a bench to hide behind on our first visit to it last week. She quickly gained courage, though, and seemed to enjoy hanging out with the mid-sized crowd and, interestingly, the human crowd! She has no use for the goofy, rough and tumble dogs, though, and that’s fine by us! Steve and I both commented that while Grace would have loved this particular park, we’re certain that every visit with her would have ended in a vet trip. There’s no way she’d be able to contain herself in that much dirt and open space. Oh, the noseholes she’d dig, and hold court, and tear around with and antagonize the big guys…It’s a nice place, but of course, it’s no FoG. There’s no place like FoG!

Hope this note has found you all well. Please say hello to everyone for us. We miss you!

Love,
Barbara, Steve and Wingo

Wingo behind a bench

Wingo behind a bench


Wingo with her new friends

Wingo with her new friends

Clobberhead the dog uses nose to save the day

Newly adopted pooch smelled natural gas, wouldn’t leave owner alone

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Ashley

Greyhound_Rumblin_Aggie-bigHi Michelle,
I’m Ashley and just want to thank you for finding me a forever home. I love
my new mommy. She is the best. She got me a beautiful pink collar and a coat
that has “It’s all about me all over it.” I look adorable in it of course. I
get to go for walks and rides and lay outside chewing on bones and just
enjoying my life. Living with Daffy is certainly interesting at times and I
just love younger men so we get along most of the time. As you know he’s a
little cuckoo but very loving. My racing name was Rumblin Aggie and I was
born 12/3/2006. Tatoos are 126A 40757. My mom tried to get my nails trimmed
and I wasn’t letting that happen. She mentioned taking me down to the kennel
and I’m not so sure I like that idea. Keep up the good work getting my
fellow friends home. Hope to see you soon.
Love,
Ashley

John’s Happy Tails Report
3/24/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And This Week From The Annual Horses And Hounds Fundraiser.

Michelle with John Hendricks doing the auction. (click to enlarge)

Michelle with John Hendricks doing the auction. (click to enlarge)

This past weekend there were no adoptions at the kennel, the last report I had there was one family from Ohio who stopped in just to see the greyhounds and that was it. The skeleton crew that was left behind had to survive on peanut butter and carrot cake fudge, our thanks to Julie R. for providing the lifesaving nutrients. Coincidentally, the Horses and Hounds fundraiser event was held up in Lake Worth and everyone who was anyone was in attendance. Michelle will most probably give a detailed rendition of the facts and figures and issue most of the thanks, since I missed the street sign, ended up a little farther north came in a little late, missed the introductions, so I don’t have all the who’s and what’s. I intended to get some good pictures also, but I ended up attached to Chase HailtotheV, aka Alan and that ended most of that plan. My Diffy is not quite ready for prime time and I’m always complaining that I don’t have a date, so I hooked up with Alan and he definitely got my attention for most of the afternoon.

Nancy Kovak

Nancy Kovak

I did meet some beautiful horses, the property was gorgeous, and the food was great. The hostess and volunteers were gracious and very busy. We’d like to thank the auctioneer for a fine job. I heard he did great, I met him personally, his name is John Hendricks and I know for a fact that we can usually expect an exceptional job from anyone named John. There were a hundred or more greyhounds, or at least it sure seemed like it, and there were plenty of other breeds there as well. I got to see a bunch of horses up close and personal, as well as the show put on by the Medieval Times group. Alan and I made sure no one stole the Friends of Greyhounds booth, hanging out there along with a group of our kennel regulars including, but not limited to,Trent, Lizzie, Bear, Oliver, Missy, Star, Cher, and their respective humans. Many old friends stopped by that were before my time but recognized by Jerry and Michelle, and some of the new ‘greyhound generation’, like Happy Anna, and Thatsafact Jack with their people. I met a special needs dog named Sammy, and his human. He was supposed to be a blood donor dog, but suffered seizures so he had to find a home with ‘special’ people who could make sure he got the care and medicine he needed. I especially love the people that will go the ‘extra mile’ for these special dogs. This being my first time and as a rookie, I naturally did not have any paper and pen to write with, so I apologize to all the people and dogs that I don’t mention by name, because there were way too many to remember, even for a normal person with a normal memory, let alone myself, but we do want to thank each and every one of you, whether you have two or four legs, for attending and supporting us. The greys are a special breed, usually adopted by special people, and the greyhound community is very special in that we are usually very supportive of each other, we appreciate that you share our love for them and if I use special one more time Michelle will probably suspend me from a special tree. Ok, I just wanted to touch on the subject a little bit, as previously stated, Michelle will probably be doing her report with the detailed facts and figures and thanks.

DKC Jagger

DKC Jagger

No dogs out, no dogs in, no dogs returned, and no fudge survived the weekend. Next up, we have the Coconut Creek Dog Expo on April 12th followed closely by the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, which is at the end of April (25th – 27th) , so get ready for that. If you were wondering who that beautiful black animal sitting with me was, his name is Alan, his racing name is Chase HailtotheV, and he’s just over two years old. Yesterday was his debut, his first entrance into society. He doesn’t smoke, drink, chase women, or race, apparently, as he only shows two professional races. I can tell you that he is a strong young dog, and will need some work on his leash skills, he currently walks like a drunken sailor, but that can be corrected with a little work and patience. He is outgoing and has a great personality. He’s very interested in small animals and didn’t test as cat tolerant, so if you have cats, rabbits, or small fuzzy white things running around your household, you may have to pass on him. The cute little four legged brindle that spent most of her time with the cute little two legged brunette was Nancy Kovack, aka, Petunia. The cute little brunette was my wife, but don’t tell her I wrote that, she’ll get embarrassed. Petunia is three years old and is rumored to be the co-conspirator in the infamous great escape of the turnout eight, which happened last month. Fortunately all of the escapees were returned with nothing injured but their pride, but it scared the kibble and bits out of us for a few minutes. When she’s not plotting escape, Petunia is a quiet and gentle little girl, and was very well behaved at the event yesterday. Last but not least, and making what I believe was his first appearance in public since he retired, we had DKC Jagger, aka Jag. He is a four year old brindle boy, he spent a lot of time sitting with Star, who is a FOG alumnus, and getting the lowdown on living the retired life with real humans. There my friends, in a nutshell, almond perhaps, are the recorded events of the FOG organization for the past weekend. You can read ‘em and weep, you can read ‘em and bleep, or you can just come on down to the kennel in person and get you own greyhound fix. We’ve got Coke in the ‘frig and four dozen plus little animals that are guaranteed to change your life as well as theirs for the better, if you bring one home with you. Come find out what unconditional love really means.

Super C Allie

I wanted you to know that we adopted and took Allie home on February 28th. She arrived from Florida on the 23rd, so she was only in the kennel a few days.

She is an absolute delight. She is a perfect companion for our greyhound Carla, who will be 15 in May, 3 days after Allie’s 4th birthday. Carla raced as Dutch DeCarlo and we’ve had her since she was 2.

My husband and I are both retired so we are home with the dogs most of the time.

We have had greyhounds since 1995 and lost two this winter. Skorch (Substance) developed osteoscarma. He was 14. My June Bug (Starring Role) had kidney failure. She would have been 13 in July.

Further, I volunteer when i can for the Greyhound Alliance. I just want you to know that Allie will be well taken care of. She has a Meet the Vet appointment this afternoon for a nail trim.

Allie was settled in in less than 20 minutes. She loves her toys, eats like its her last meal, and flies up and down the stairs. I am anxious for spring to arrive so we can take longer walks.

I have attached a little video of Allie with her toys. Please watch to the end as you will get a full face view.

If you would like, I would be happy to send a picture now and then so you can see her progress.

Thanks for letting the Alliance bring Allie to us,

Sincerely,

Nancy
Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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Nonprofit festival hopes to raise $23,000 to care for greyhounds needing homes

Greyhounds and their owners

Greyhounds and their owners

By Alexandra Seltzer
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Ken Fisher didn’t want a greyhound.

“I thought greyhounds were too hyper,” Fisher of Tamarac said with a smile and a shrug.

Meeting Gracie changed his mind.

“We were there for five minutes and he said, ‘Yeah, we’re going home with that one,’ ” said Fisher’s wife, Casey.

That was three years ago, and now Ken Fisher can’t stop bragging about his 9-year-old dog he and his wife adopted at Friends of Greyhounds in Hialeah.

It’s stories like the Fishers’ that Friends of Greyhounds and Horses & Hounds foundation were hoping would inspire people to donate money to the greyhound foundation or to maybe even adopt one Sunday afternoon.

Jeri Caprio

Jeri Caprio

It was the fifth fundraiser for the nonprofit, hosted by the foundation at its property on Piping Plover Road on the eastern outskirts of Wellington. Last year’s goal of raising enough money to buy the greyhounds a new van was met. This year’s goal was to make enough money — about $23,000 — to feed all the greyhounds at the nonprofit for the year.

“This is a very important program for Friends of Greyhounds,” said Michelle Weaver, its founder.

The nonprofit was started in 2001 by Weaver and her husband, Jerry Deitch. It rescues racing dogs and offers them up for adoption for domestic purposes. Five years ago, Jeri Caprio and Jane Bistline of Horses & Hounds went to the greyhound group, and Caprio ended up adopting two dogs, Gracie and Angel.

“On the way home I said, ‘Jane, we gotta do something to help these people,’ ” Caprio recalled.

And so the fundraising started.

Kim Boyer and Jane Bistline

Kim Boyer and Jane Bistline

Sunday’s program included a horse show by the reenactment group Medieval Times, a live auction and a visit from a fighter jet that flew over the property. Between 200 and 300 people — and 150 dogs — were expected at the event.

Joanne Novie decided she wanted to make a donation for the greyhounds during the program. The Acreage resident doesn’t have a greyhound but she said she’d adopt one if she thought her dog would get along with it.

Many others who attended the program already adopted dogs from the nonprofit.

Sue White-Baisley of Pembroke Pines came with her 7-year-old greyhound Dolly. White-Baisley rescued Dolly about four years ago after her first greyhound died.

“I knew I needed some greyhound hugs. That’s when Dolly picked me out,” White-Baisley said. “I’ll be eternally grateful for her.”

Michelle Weaver

Michelle Weaver

She added: “I’ve had Michelle complete my family,” she said.

Ken Fisher said his greyhound Gracie is so friendly, she doesn’t leave a person’s side until she gets pet. She’s so friendly, she would never make a good guard dog.

“She hasn’t talked me into a second dog yet,” Fisher said while smiling at Weaver. “I said, ‘Yet.’ ”