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John’s Happy Tales Report
1/22/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

Do you have your collar? Do you want your collar? Even better, do you want your dog’s collar? The Dollar Collar Project has taken almost complete control of our Vice President’s life. She eats, drinks, dreams, and smokes collars. The light at the end of the collar tunnel has turned on, although still somewhat dim, but visible. Once Michelle gets all the collars tagged, sorted, separated, logged, twigged, and in order, she will put out a new list, hopefully by this weekend. We are, of course, referring to the over two thousand collars that represent all the dogs that have gone through our kennel for adoption over the last decade and a half. There is a lot of sentimental value in these collars for many people, great memories, bittersweet in most cases, but still, they bring thoughts of a love affair in the past, still held dear in our hearts. If you would like, or know anyone who would like the original collar from one of our alumni, contact Michelle at the kennel or through our website, and we’ll see if we can hook you up.

This Sunday is the gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch, 6305 S.W. 120 Avenue, in South Dade, but decently close to a turnpike exit. It will be from 10 until 2 o’clock, that’s also in the daytime. There is no reason for the Dollar in the previously stated Dollar Collar Project, except to be able to call it the DCP, so you can disregard the dollar part. I was told to pass the word to park on the road, but I think she really means park outside the ranch on the side of the road. I told you she’s been smoking some of the collars and it’s starting to show. Michelle says she will also be parking on the road, so if you if you want her to pull any collars, please email or notify her in advance so she can have them out, she doesn’t think she would want to be running back and forth to the truck, and I’m sure the rest of us agree that we wouldn’t want to see that either. It would be quasi-interesting to see how many times she could actually run back and forth. Draw up a pool or something. Maybe not.

Cheyenne

Ok, there’s only two dogs in the kennel at the current moment, Fella and Cheyenne, and I haven’t heard anything on either of them, so they are still available. Fella is a good guy, and Cheyenne is a just arrived, she’s really a princess and a real sweetheart. I know both of them through a mutual friend and both are destined to be excellent pets, so check them out. Cheyenne is a cow-dog, a small cow-dog, which means she’s petite and has black splotches on a white background instead of vice versa. She is two years, two months old and very playful. This girl is also very smart for a greyhound. Greyhounds are not known for intelligence, but every once in a while, we get a sharp cookie come through, and she’s one of those who has brains to go with her beauty.

One last note, Michelle will be on Federal Jury Duty this week so you may have some excitement trying to contact her, but President Jerry will definitely be available the whole week and would love to bless your animals if you bring them in to the rectory. Sorry, just kidding about the last part, it’s an old true story joke about one of our priests, but that’s another story and irrelevant at this time. Ok, have a great rest of the week, try to get out to the gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch, full information about it on our website, and hopefully Dusty and Scott will be out there to cover it while I’m doing a robotics gathering. Keep your pets warm and safe, don’t bite anyone and no collar smoking.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

SUNDAY, January 28 from 10 AM until 2 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
(Click here to learn more about Dog Dude Ranch)
 
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***
 

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/15/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

After celebrating a MLK Holiday lunch and a mixing of new sod with our back-yard earth, we are ready to tackle the Monday Blog. This will be slim pickin’s this week. We did the last or maybe not so last gathering at the One Last Cast BBQ yesterday at the Flamingo Road Nursery. Today was supposed to be the day that we found out for sure. I was afraid to look so it’s entirely possible that the matter has been decided and Dave said the results would be on their Facebook page today, so you might get the answer by checking there. Perfect day for lunch outside and gathering hounds, weather beautiful, beautiful people and hounds and excellent food. Scott has it covered very nicely on his ‘Dusty and Me’ Blog, along with some pictures to go with it. We always enjoy getting together with our friends, four and two legged, old and new. Diffy was so excited that he was chattering even before we left the house. We ran into a friend, also a former greyhound Mom, that we hadn’t seen for at least five years, so we spent the afternoon catching up. We will be having another gathering in two weeks, this time down in South Dade where the hounds can roam about freely off leash, so keep that in mind for the Sunday after next, the 28th of January.

Fella

Apollo is officially adopted, he made his social debut yesterday with Matt, Debbie, Jake, and Shar Shar as chaperones, Shar Shar being his new hound sibling and It looks like they get along very well, I think they were the ones that started the impromptu singing, or rooing as we call it. The best news of the adoption week is Casey. He went out a few days ago to some old FoG friends who now live in Georgia. They are helping a local family member through surgery and when they return home in a couple weeks, Casey will be going with them to a beautiful home and a big fenced yard he can call his own. If Casey settles in, this will be a fantastic deal for him and his humans will be getting a wonderful love hound, even if he is a little shy. So, we’re wishing all the best for Casey, Apollo, and their humans for many years of love, happiness, and good health, as always.

This leaves us with only Fella, who was supposed to go on a home visit to Coral Gables this morning, but I have not heard the results on that yet, so he may be gone too. I do know that the kennel has acquired one more girl, this afternoon Michelle picked up Cheyenne, who just finished her racing career. I don’t know her personally, but I was told that she is a cow dog, which in my daughter’s language is a black and white greyhound. I don’t know if she’s black and white, or white and black, but she is a cow dog. Scott will be there to gather more information and will probably have a picture or two of her up and posted pretty quickly. So, check out Scott’s Blog for up to the minute information, I do know where both dogs came from and they are both very nice dogs according to my sources, so check them out if you are in the market for a hound. That pretty much covers the FoG world up to the moment with the information I have available. Michelle is still working the collars and we’ll see what happens this week, Casey potentially getting a home makes my week, so we’re happy at the Grata Animal Farm, have a greyt week, stay warm and don’t bite anyone.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

SUNDAY, January 28 from 10 AM until 2 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
(Click here to learn more about Dog Dude Ranch)
 
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***
 

Photos from Flamingo Road Nursery..

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/8/18 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Fella

We’re off to a greyt start in 2018, one week down and already an adoption. Mercury has joined the ranks of the newly adopted, just went out to his new forever home in Sunrise, not too far from the kennel. Scott has a nice piece on it in his ‘Dusty and Me’ blog, along with Logan, who is a very recent adoption. They were both doing very well the last I heard, and we wish them and their families many years of happiness, love, and good health.

Casey

This leaves only Casey and Fella in the kennel at the moment. Casey is our shy guy, but he’s making good progress and has even become rated as cat tolerant, a change of heart from when we originally got him. My Diffy is quite similar, he is very introverted, very shy and afraid being around other people and at social events, but he’s still a fantastic addition to my house. He gets along with three siblings and two feline brothers as well as the other six (at last count) members of the household. So, scared-y pants and anti-social or not, The Diff gives us and gets love just as good as any of the rest of our herd, including Emma, who is a social butterfly and is a walking love bug. So, don’t let that stop you from adopting animals with these personalities, they are as loving and many times even more so than your average ordinary pet. Just don’t schedule too many black-tie affairs for them. I have personal knowledge of Fella, and my sources tell me that guaranteed, he is going to be a fabulous pet, and that’s from people who know him and have been around him professionally and socially. I have heard that there will probably a couple more adoptables coming into the kennel shortly too, so if you are looking for a beautiful hound, check our site out frequently, I am usually the last to find out about the new arrivals.

Michelle is working diligently on the collar project. She is making progress in leaps and bounds, however that isn’t showing up on the mailings yet, so put the rope away, disperse the lynch mob, and please try to give her a little more time to get them out. Thanking you in advance from the rear.

We have two gatherings coming up, the first one being this weekend at the Flamingo Road Nursery, the One Last Cast BBQ stand on the side by the Tiki huts in particular, that’s this Sunday, the 14th, from 11-3 and the weather is supposed to be decent, high near 70 and sunny, doesn’t get much better than that. And, for those who plan further ahead, Sunday, the 28th, we’ll be at the Dog Dude Ranch in South Dade from 10-2. Ok, we’re off to a good start, hopefully we can continue. I know Fella will be gone pretty darn quick, and I’d love to see Capt. Casey get his forever home, he’s earned it, just like all the rest of them. Have a beautiful cool week, keep the hounds safe, and don’t bite anyone.

This just in, Casey has an in-home appointment tomorrow to meet a family, so keep your fingers and dew claws crossed for him.

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

SUNDAY, January 14 from 11 AM until 3 PM
At the Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie
(Click here for driving directions.)
(Click here to learn more about Flamingo Road Nursery)
 
Lots of parking and you can wander the grounds, check out the farmer’s market
and look at lots of plants, fountains and wind chimes!
 
Join FoG at the big shady tables by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
*** All leashed greyhounds are welcome. ***
 
Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

SUNDAY, January 28 from 10 AM until 2 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
(Click here to learn more about Dog Dude Ranch)
 
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***
 

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

Fella

Merry belated Christmas as we did not sing last week for some reason and almost missed today, but we are here, so Happy and Healthy 2018 to all our humans and hounds. We made it to 2018 so that’s a good start. Michelle obviously has been as busy as a toothpick in whitewater rapids, but we do hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. And, now it’s time to go back to work or whatever the same old same old is for each of us. Got through yesterday with no reports of lost or runaway dogs, so that’s a good start. I personally checkout out the One Last Cast BBQ and Flamingo Road Nursery last Saturday and they are both there and lookin’ and cookin’ good. I got out with another excellent lunch and about sixty bucks worth of new flowers we can torture for the next couple months. Look for a hound gathering there in the near future.

Mercury

Michelle is working diligently on getting the collars out. She will be back into the collar search again this week if all goes well with the holiday cleanup, so she requests as much patience as you can afford her. There are just three dogs left in the kennel, Fella, Mercury, and Casey. The big story of the week was Logan getting adopted. He was spotted by Darrell, who lives with three greyhounds in New Port Richey. That’s a little bit up the line, but Scott and Dusty happened to be going up in that area to visit his parents, so he stopped by to do the inspection and Darrell, his hounds, and house passed with flying colors. As Michelle doesn’t say, it turned out to be a greyhound Valhalla, not one, but two fenced yards, lots of green grass outside, and plenty of dog beds inside. Yeah, I had to look up Valhalla too, or if you didn’t, in Norse mythology, it’s a heavenly place to go. Scott was there and you can check it out on his blog ‘Dusty and Me’, which has the greyt details. The latest reports have Logan doing fine with his new home and three sister hounds. He’s a happy puppy and he’s earned it, so we wish him, Darrell, and his hounds many years of love, happiness, and good health.

Casey

We now have three hounds in the kennel left for adoption, which may or may not be significant. Fella is a red brindle guy, good looking, energetic, and will be celebrating his fifth birthday on February 8th, so it would be nice if he could get a home for his birthday. My people know Fella personally and they say he is a great dog, going to be a great addition to any home, so he has our personal stamp of approval, I don’t get to personally inspect many of the hounds any more, but I can vouch for this Fella. Mercury is a gorgeous red guy, he’ll be five in April. He also has plenty of love and energy, would go great with an active human, he loves dog sports, would probably do well in coursing, beach running, or even maybe bowling. Both these guys love romping in parks (fenced in of course) and living life to it’s fullest. And then there’s our Casey. His racing name was Killer KC, but he is a total pacifist. I was told he didn’t want to race because he was afraid of the rabbit, he also didn’t want to hurt the other dog’s feelings, so he let them all go past him so he wouldn’t embarrass any of them. He was told to find another line of work, unfortunately he had no previous training in any other line of work, so he had to retire and is now working on becoming a pet greyhound. I also heard that he gave his entire life savings to a rogue kennel worker who ran off with the money and his girlfriend, so Casey trusted no one, two or four legged for a long time. Then he came to our kennel, and with a few months of patience and love, he has made great strides towards trusting the world around him again. He’s a little hard to get to know, but once he knows and trusts you, he is a very sweet and loving hound. He is almost what we call a special needs dog, but he’s borderline, he’s shown he will be a beautiful companion for the right human. We have had many of this type over the years and we’ve had just as many special people who take the challenge to work with him, and it works out, and the reward Is, to me at least, much greater to be able to give these dogs a loving home, because they definitely will repay you with their love for the rest of their life. Ok, the new year is getting old, so we’re caught up with all the news that’s fit to print. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds warm, it’s supposed to cool off a bit, and don’t bite anyone.

Santa and His Eight Tiny Greydeer

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/18/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Casey

MERRY the week before CHRISTMAS, as the end of the year very rapidly approaches. We have five home seekers currently in the kennel, bags packed, and just itching to go to their forever home for Christmas. Casey, Fella, Mercury, Apollo, and Logan are available and Michelle is willing to deliver them at your convenience, whether it be Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, we would love to make it happen for them before the end of the year. It is the holiday season, everyone is busy with their own holiday preparations, so it would be a very nice surprise if we could get them a home, but it can be done, and, don’t forget, they are the gift that keeps on giving love for the rest of their lives. Greyhounds are the second fastest land animal on earth, but they are number one in loving people, that we know well from our experience with them over the past decade and a half.

With the holidays here, we will be taking a hiatus from the gatherings until after the new year, but we are still open and if you are among the people that donate gifts and goodies to us during the holidays, there is a list of the needed items on the website. Michelle found a great website also, that has lots of T-shirts and tons of greyhound shirts, check our spreadshirt.com and you can find just about anything you want on there.

Apollo

We had a nice response to the first batch of collars that went out, we sent out 24 priority mail boxes with about 40 collars in them. Not everyone wants to be reminded that their dog was in a racing kennel, but from our side of the fence, it is what your dog was wearing when you first met them, so it is of decent sentimental value to a lot of us.

Ok, as previously stated, adoption activity has been slow, Apollo has some people possibly interested in him, but after the holidays. The inmates are getting a little anxious, but I heard Michelle has promised them that Santa will find them, even if they’re here with us, and they will get some treats and stocking stuffers no matter what.

It was about this time last year that Scott wandered into the kennel and offered a helping hand. He went with Michelle on his first delivery on Christmas Day, and ever since has been a good friend and an exceptional help to our hounds and the kennel. He does his blog ‘Dusty and Me’ chronicling daily life around our kennel, complete with pictures and video, and it shows a lot of the work, joy, and tears of working with a rescue kennel. A warm and sincere ‘Thank You’ from Michelle and Jerry, and also to all our friends who have helped and supported the hounds throughout the years, have a beautiful Christmas. Thank you again for your support of these beautiful animals, stay safe, warm, and don’t bite anyone.

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/11/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Apollo

Winter is finally here, two weeks before Christmas and it feels good. We adopted out two dogs over the past week, officially one adoption and one home trial, but that’s close enough for me. We had a full weekend of events and a bunch of weather I am told. I spent my week in Georgia, where I encountered the worst snow storm I’ve ever driven in and Tennessee had no snow or rain but lows in the twenties. I guess I should also say it was the only snow storm I’ve driven in, but it was neat. My wife has decided that we will never move to Tennessee, or any place that has winter. There was, however, a flurry of activity in and around the kennel, of which I shall try to report as best I can from my second-hand information.

If your name started with a K, it was your weekend, as Kelly and Kal are both enjoying life in their new homes, just in time for Christmas. On Saturday, Kal was delivered to Rhonda and her family, she was at the book signing event we attended in Coral Gables and followed through with her interest in greyhounds by adopting one. Kal will have a fifteen- year- old Border Collie sibling to help him get adjusted and learn the ropes of retired living. Kal went to his new home with Sam and his son, in Palmetto Bay. Sam is a long-time friend of FoG and his previously adopted hound passed away recently, so they decided that it was time for another, and they chose Kal. Kal was a recent return from a home that had younger children and apparently it was too much for our hound, so we’re going to see how Kal does with Sam and only one youngster. One interesting side note; this is the first time in a long time that we have absolutely no black dogs in the kennel, as Kal and Kelly were our only two black dogs. We still have two weeks left until Christmas and we have five dogs that would love to spend it in their forever homes, so there’s still plenty of work to be done. Apollo, Fella, Mercury, Logan, and Casey are waiting for someone to claim them too. It would be great to see all five of them with a home and loving family in time for the New Year, so if you’ve been looking and thinking about it, what better time than the holidays?

Fella

The weekend was very eventful in itself. The Parkland event on Saturday was very well attended, despite the weather and that’s where Sam and his son came out to see and adopt Kelly. I heard that at least five other dogs were adopted at the event too, which included, I think, three other adoption groups. Sunday was the gathering at the Flamingo Road Nursery and Last Cast BBQ. Scott has at least three blogs about Kelly, Kal, and the BBQ, so you might want to check out his blog “Dusty and Me“, which covers FoG events in greater detail and has greyt pictures and videos. It wasn’t raining Sunday but I heard the weather was nice and chilly, the turnout was very good, and we had some first timers there too, which is always fun.

The mailing of the collars continues. Please have patience Michelle is pleading. She is trying to keep it organized along with adopting dogs, walking dogs, and fighting an awful cold. Please keep the E-mails coming, Remember, if you have moved, please notify her of your new address. She is using priority mail, as their little boxes accommodates the thickness of the collars just right. On a final note, we still have some greyhound calendars left, they make great gifts for friends and Vets. Michelle also has ‘Care of the Racing & Retired Greyhound’ which is the bible of American Racing Greyhounds medical idiosyncrasies. They have cost her about $40 and she has at least three if you’d like to pick one up from her. They also make great gifts for your Vet. Ok, I think that covers most of the news that’s fit to print. Have a great week, stay warm, and don’t bite anyone, should be back to normal and back in the loop next week.

Photos from Flamingo Road Nursery..

Fleas, Ticks & Assorted Critters. . .

Yes, it gets cooler in winter in Florida but honestly, it often does not get cold enough to kill off the biting beasties that plague our pets. There are soooo many products on the market these days that it’s overwhelming when need to buy them. They are not cheap and they are not all the same. It can be confusing. Florida’s weather doesn’t get cold enough for you to slack off in the winter either! It’s a 12 month flea and tick year! So. . . We want to offer a little help. Face the creatures with products that will work for you.

First, decide what you need in your area. Florida dogs pretty universally need Heartworm, Flea & flea eggs and tick coverage. Tapeworm, hookworm and roundworm just seem to come and go. Obviously, if you see some kind of worms in their poop, better treat for these things, too. You might as well treat for all three types. Even if you only identify one kind, the others will be lurking in the background waiting for you to make room for them.

If your dog is NEVER exposed to any of these things (i.e. lives in the Yukon or a plastic bubble in space), you don’t need to do anything. Heartworm is carried by mosquitoes and takes seven months to develop from a bite. Other types of worms can be passed through the pads of the dog’s feet. It’s a messy world out there. Realizing your dog has ticks or worms doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent. It means you live in the real world. So. . .

  1. Look at the list (BELOW) and determine what critters your dog is at risk of harboring.
  2. Find the product or combination of products that cover those exposures.
  3. Go online and purchase them and USE them.

If you don’t like topicals because they leave goo on the dog’s back, find a pill form. If you can’t get pills into your dog, use a liquid. But use something or your dog is going to have a problem. And eventually, it can be a fatal problem. I have publicly come out against oral flea and tick products, preferring not to have poison travel through my dog’s vital organs to stand ready to kill a hitchhiking tick. However, I have to admit that these products have shown great improvement in their safety records over the past few years and those might be the better choice for your lifestyle. But look at all the options to accomplish the coverage you need.

Just about everything on this list is available online. And you can get everything without a prescription somewhere. Just keep looking. Don’t be afraid to purchase generics or from other countries. There are plenty of excellent copies out there now. Most of the copyrights have expired. FoG often uses sites from Australia (www.equine-mega-store.com and www.deadfleaz.com ) and we have worked with both of them for over 15 years. Here in the US the sites change rapidly. But some of our favorites are: Valley Vet Supply, Drs. Fosters & Smith, Chewy.com, 1-800-Pet Meds (nice to support the local folks – Petmeds was founded in Pompano Beach!) and new ones come out every day. Of course, the US market changes rapidly so you may find yourself “shopping” the prices every time. That’s why God invented search engines. God Bless Google!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

John’s Happy Tales Report
12/4/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Apollo

Last Sunday we had another successful gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch. I am told there was a big enough group to be interesting and fun, yet enough time to visit. We had that great big corral and the dogs responded by hanging around the humans most of the time. Typical. The weather was beautiful but the shade trees were still greatly appreciated. I missed this one because I decided to go and watch UM get thumped up in Charlotte, would have done better going to the Dude Ranch. Hughey’s dad Gene, took some pictures and I think they’re posted on the website. Gene not only took some pictures but he also brought a ton of goodies for the hounds for which we are very grateful for, thank you again Gene.

Christmas is just three weeks away, and now appearing on our website, under the title ‘Greyt Holiday Gift Guide’, is our houndly gift guide for those of you who traditionally or even untraditionally, bring or donate gifts for our inmates. We do not have a large budget and any and all gifts are always greatly appreciated any time during the year, but especially during the season of giving, and I can safely say that a hundred percent of all proceeds go directly to the hounds. Personally, I donate my entire annual salary directly to the hounds, unfortunately I’m only paid 52 attaboys and 8 marshmallows a year for my work. It is truly a labor of love, as it is with all of our staff, but the joy and satisfaction we receive when we get them a loving home is truly priceless.

Fella

Coming up this weekend we have on Saturday the Adopt a Pet Event in Parkland, and on Sunday, a gathering at the Flamingo Road Nursery. There is information on the website for both these events. I will be in Nashville testing out the low twenties temperatures that are forecast there for the coming week, but the rest of you are welcome to join Michelle and the rest of the herd, both events look to be a lot of fun for the hounds and the people. I failed to mention it last time, but I won’t this time. Our collar girl, Lynne, a former Ms. Georgia (to me at least), has been invited to the Flamingo Road Nursery gathering and may make an appearance. She has those greyt Martingale collars and also will custom design one for you if you have such a notion. We were contemplating a nice green and orange UM collar for Diffy, but UM has not looked too great the past couple weeks and he already has a NY Giants collar that he actually refuses to wear, and who can blame him? It’s not that the collar is ugly, it is great, but the Giants are really bad, they even won the Quasimodo look alike contest in Coconut Grove last month. If Lynn can’t make the connection, she has an Etsy store, https://www.etsy.com/shop/40mphpups that you can check out to get an idea of her work.

This computer has decided it does not want to work with me without giving me a hard time, so I shall wrap it up for this week. Have a greyt rest of the week, keep your hounds safe, enjoy the season, and don’t bite anyone.

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

SUNDAY, December 10 from 11 AM until 3 PM
At the Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie
(Click here for driving directions.)
(Click here to learn more about Flamingo Road Nursery)
 
Lots of parking and you can wander the grounds, check out the farmer’s market
and look at lots of plants, fountains and wind chimes!
 
Join FoG at the big shady tables by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
*** All leashed greyhounds are welcome. ***
 

Photos from Dog Dude Ranch…

Adopt-A-Pet Event

Saturday, December 9th from 10 AM to 2 PM.
At the City of Parkland Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland.

Come meet your new best friend!