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John’s Happy Tales Report
2/3/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And A Little Bit From The Great Sunday Gathering In Oakland Park.

P1040302Well, in the past week we’ve had a Superbowl, a Superbowl Sunday gathering, and a knee replacement preparation, but no greyhound adoptions that I know of. We currently have six very adoptable greyhounds available according to the latest glimpse at the Available section, and possibly a big white high spirited boy if he’s not currently in jail. For some, last Sunday will be remembered for the fantastic but strange ending to the championship game, which will be talked about for a long time. For others of us, it will be remembered for the gathering we had at the dog park in Oakland Park. What started as a couple people saying “Hey, let’s get together at the park on Sunday, we haven’t done that for quite a while and it would be greyt to see some of the old faces”. So, I believe Lelys and Slugbug initiated it, but when we got there at two o’clock, there were the early arrivals of what turned out to be probably at least two dozen of our alumni and friends. We even had a couple from California that had recently moved here with their greyhound Knuckles and a Whippet. Now I know what a greyhound takeover is. There was one immediate altercation, when a small French Poodle was grabbed and picked up, but the swift reaction of former kennel manager Chris prevented it from becoming what could have been a bad ending for the poodle. There was one slight altercation with humans as one of our people was set upon verbally by another breed dog owner. The other dog owner was drunk and rude and our representative was rude, so I guess it was an even trade off. I can’t help but think that we came off as being arrogant and ignorant as well as rude to some of the other breed owners, but that’s the way it looked I think, and that really is the opposite or most grey owners. My take from it was that we need and enjoy getting the animals together, but a public dog park probably isn’t going to work out, as other owners don’t realize that we have to have their dogs separated for their own safety, not ours. This was unfortunate because they were already there and it was, after all, a public park. After that four large German Shepherds came in and a little later a very large Rottie. I thought that none of that was going to end well, but they were very well behaved and got along with our group very well, so all’s well that ends well, it’s just that smaller dogs do not mix with a pack of twenty greyhounds that are energetic and already excited. The gathering indeed turned out very well though, so we have to work on having it again, and in a place where our four legs can run and play by themselves, like the Quiet Waters outing, without us worrying about other dogs getting hurt. So that was the big event for us, for the week. There are no new additions to the kennel and no departures that I know of.

P1040315The big news on the event list is we will be doing Ren-Fest this year. Starting next weekend, February 7th, we will be there for six weeks. We are not required to dress, so have no worries about that, and we are looking for volunteers for any and all weekends. It will be stag or drag, you can bring your greyhound or come alone because there will also be FOG dog adoptables in attendance. Call or email Michelle to volunteer, she will need to know how many humans, what hours, and if you are or are not bringing your dog. Remember, it starts this weekend. I love the Ren-Fest, my favorite event on the calendar. As fate would have it, I have successfully selected the exact six weeks in which to have my knee replaced and rehab. If I could pick six lotto numbers as good as that, I would have been a rich man. I can’t even begin to name all our friends and their humans, but I know I speak for Michelle and Jerry and Jerry B. and Chris and myself when I say thank you for coming out and it was truly greyt to see you. I shall return to the keyboard as soon as I am able, and meanwhile, I hope something happens that leaves me in the dust, like a nice donation that gets the new kennel started, or six dogs adopted while I was gone. In any case, as MacArthur said, “I shall return”, or maybe Arnold “I’ll be back”.

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WW Kay Corona

Hello!

My name is Meghan and I have adopted WW Kay Corona, and have just re-found the little handout that came with his paperwork requesting an update. He now lives with us in Prince Edward Island, Canada. We got WW Kay Corona by way of the Maritime Greyhound Adoption Program in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Deb Levasseur runs the program. We got him in June 2014, and had originally been intending to just foster him, but we loved him so much we kept him. We changed his name to Whisky. He’s a great dog! He is affectionate and friendly, and a real people-pleaser. He isn’t shy at all, and loves to be petted by everyone he meets. He does great at meet-and-greets we do for MGAP. He can also be funny sometimes. He has only ever barked once (at birds), and has a habit of crying rather pathetically when he sees another dog. It can be pretty funny because he’s so big and lanky. It’s also quite an adjustment for him to get used to our Canadian winters, but he’s getting along great! He even has a winter coat and booties! He’s excellent on walks, and his favorite things are bones, naps, and laying his head in someone’s lap to be petted. He’s a big cuddle bug.

He gets along great with our first grey, Staal, who is a small female. She is totally the boss, and he doesn’t seem to mind.

Here’s a couple of pictures of him and Staal shortly after we got him. I’m a pretty bad photographer, but he’s a pretty cute guy regardless.

Thank you for helping get him to us! He really brightens every day!
– Meghan

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John’s Happy Tales Report
1/27/15 Mostly, But Not Always, Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel.

I don’t usually mention the passing of a greyhound, a lot of times I don’t even find out about it until well after they are gone. With an average life span of twelve to fourteen years, usually minus the racing career, many are seemingly here for a moment and then gone, especially the ones that pass at a younger age, well before their time, or what we consider their time. I am fortunate to hold the strong belief that whatever time they have with us is what’s destined to be, whether it be eight or ten years or eight or ten weeks. My greatest satisfaction is knowing that in the end, whether it be for years or just days, that each grey finished his career in a loving home no matter the length of time. We even have a policy that each dog that has died in our kennel was adopted, even If it was posthumously, so that they at least had someone who cared about them even if they weren’t in a private home. Yesterday I learned that my favorite greyhound was dying, and in fact died, either in the afternoon or the evening. Not being immediate family, I learned of this too late to go see him, but I have learned that he had the humans he loved and that loved him, at his side, so it was the best if could have been under the circumstances. His name was Hallo Sinsoney, we called him Sony, and he was renamed Sonny. He lived in a beautiful home with beautiful humans and a beautiful greyhound brother and sister. He truly had heaven on earth if a dog can have such a thing, he was happy, his people were happy. He was only seven years old, he had internal problems, gall bladder and other infections that I can’t pronounce, I don’t have all the information, but I believe it came on suddenly, which is good because it hopefully shortens suffering. Sony, as I always call him, engaged me in a conversation the first time we ever met and did so continuously every time I met him, even after he had been adopted and returned for visits. And these were real conversations, what he was telling me I have no idea, but we had some interesting talks and I have witnesses that will verify this. He has left us, it’s my heart that is broken, all though I know he’s in a better place and not suffering. I didn’t mean for this to be a book, but I wanted to mention his passing because, like everyone who has lost a dog, he was not just number or nameless animal in the millions that pass through this earth, he was a loving member of a loving family until his end, and he will be remembered by those who knew him.

Slash

Slash

In the kennel news, on a happier note, Mattie has been adopted out and we wish her and her new humans the best. Mattie is nine years old, so I’m even happier when a senior gets a new home. Her brother Frankie did not get to go with her, but half a loaf is better than none, and maybe his name will be here in the adopted section next week. I have the up to the minute current list and we have five dogs that are looking for their forever home. Bella is our only girl, five years old, black, not cat tolerant, but big and playful for a girl, so if you’re looking for a girl with spunk, you might want to check her out. Frankie is Mattie’s former partner in crime, he’s nine years old, cat tolerant, a good looking fawn gentleman that acts younger than his age. I met him at the meet and greet which we have every other week at the Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Blvd, and he looks better for his age than I do for mine. Slash is six years old, white and brindle and is cat tolerant, Rocky is five years old, not cat tolerant, but is good looking and has no shortage of energy. Max is ten years old, white and black, and there is a new dog that just arrived, I know nothing about him except that he is a male last time he looked. Bruno is a brand new arrival, don’t know if he is the same dog or a different one, the other one has no name. Bruno is seven years old, he is a return. I have a partial story on him, that he lived in a home with a Chihuahua, which was bad enough, but then his humans acquired another Chihuahua and he got into a drunken brawl with them one night and he was expelled from the house. I can’t verify the drunken brawl part, but apparently he got into an argument with the Chihuahua and he ended up on the losing end of the home stick. Buddy and Dottie were also adopted out last week. I do not actually know either one but it looks like both are doing well in their new homes.

Frankie

Frankie

I will have to end this week’s edition, I am at the risk of expiring before I finish when I go this long. On a closing note, those of you who know Chumlee, he’s reportedly taking behavior classes. If you’ve ever heard of or seen the movie Marley and Me, no further explanation is necessary. Also, some of us are trying to arrange a dog park takeover, maybe next weekend at Easterling? Park, in Oakland Park, hopefully Pacino’s pop or Slugbug’s Mom or one of them will post up on the website or Facebook, and maybe we can get together. So we take the good with the bad, and move on. Have a greyt week and feel free to contact us with any news, pictures, ideas, etc. we love to hear from our alumni and their humans.

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/19/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel And A Semi Happy Ending In Hialeah.

The semi happy ending in Hialeah is only that I think I have the recording set up so that I can record my vast vinyl collection of 45’s and 33’s to wave files and on to mp3 files. This is not important in the greyhound grand scheme of things, but it’s been an ongoing project for the past twelve years that I may now be able to do with the invaluable help of Julie and Paul, since it would take me the next two lifetimes if I tried to do it myself. Now that it’s out of the way, I can continue with my normal life.

Career Day at Silver Trails Middle School

Career Day at Silver Trails Middle School

Missed last week due to many conflicts of schedule, as with tonight, two hours late on starting this, but time well spent with the music project. The good news with a missed week is that there is plenty to report on this week. The Happy Hour at America’s Back Yard was a great success to the tune of $300 dollars and the acquisition of a good haul of presents’ for future raffles and auctions. A good time was had by all, but I do not have any particulars on who all attended. Last Monday we (Michelle and Jerry B.) did a meet and greet at Silver Trails Middle School, with two of Mrs. Detellis’ classes. The kids were great, asked good questions, and we do know that Michelle can spend an hour or a day talking about greyhounds. The kids even brought in some items for the dogs, they kept it simple, sticking with the ‘T’s’, towels, taters, toys, and Tide, so it was a huge success and the kennel was well represented by Slash, who helped Michelle and Jerry explain all about greyhounds, adoption, and care. The kids were just as enthusiastic as we were, so it was a win, win situation all around. Our thanks to Mrs. Detellis and her kids for letting us come and tell them about our beautiful greys. This coming Saturday we will again be at the Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale from ten until two, and you’re welcome to drop in and say hello.

Mrs. Detellis & class at Silver Trails Middle School

Mrs. Detellis & class at Silver Trails Middle School

This past week also brought a couple adoptions. It ‘s looking good for Buddy, yesterday morning he was delivered to his forever home, and he has a greyhound brother named Hummer. I don’t even know Buddy, but obviously the home meeting went well, for he’s still there. Yesterday afternoon Dottie went to her potential forever home in Lake Worth. I don’t know Dottie either, but the report on both of these deliveries is that it looks like they will both be excellent finds, for both adopter and adoptee’s so, as always, we will be keeping our fingers crossed for them. Thank you Kim and Rick for taking on another boarder and also to Dottie’s new mom, best wishes for all concerned. My count of the currently available dogs is six. There are two more returns coming in, both I think are victims of family changes, not any fault of their own. I personally prefer returns, because the majority of the time, the dogs that are returned are perfectly good pets, but are victims of circumstances beyond their control. They are usually experienced in house living and will fit into a household without a bunch of excitement and problems. Everyone has their own preferences, which is understandable, some want the youngest dog, regardless of the amount of work it will take to get him adjusted to his new life, and that’s fine. They all deserve a home. Only once have I taken in a senior dog, it wasn’t a greyhound, but it was abandoned and in poor health. We gave it a home with shelter, food, love, companionship, and three other dogs to be around. She was only with us for a year until she passed away, I have no idea of how bad her previous life had been, but the knowledge that her last year was just about as good as it gets, she got love, companionship, and dignity, which gives me a special feeling of peace or happiness that I can’t even begin to describe. So if you are one of those people, or know someone who is, you might want to check out one of our seniors and let them finish out their careers with love and dignity and a real home of their own.

Nellie

Nellie

We are always very excited to hear from and about our alumni. Life being what it is, we take the good news of a birthday update or photo along with the sad news of a passing, and we will always share the joy and the tears that come with taking one of the greys into your hearts. I mentioned a couple of our Christmas dogs on one blog, and I heard from Red Moon Nurse’s mom. We got some greyt pictures, Nellie, as she’s known around her sofa, celebrated her 12th birthday last Christmas day and is still doing very good for a senior citizen. We send her our love, everyone in our kennel knows Nellie, thank you Samantha for sharing the news and pictures with us. Ok, that covers most of the news as I know it, the FOG kennel, aka Timex, takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Have a greyt week, if you have any news, let me know, let us know, always glad to hear from you.

John’s Happy Tales Report
1/5/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel.

Happy 2015 New Year on this 1/5/15 date which won’t happen again for a hundred years or so. We welcome in the New Year with Bella, Max, Rocky, Slash, Frankie, and Mattie according to our website. We’ve just begun a new year which we hope will bring us a new kennel and lots of success stories in finding forever homes for our retired greyhounds. The percentage raised has jumped above 40% since I last checked in, and we have a few new fundraisers on the way, so ’15 is starting off with a bang. No reports of any runaway dogs, which is often a problem around New Years and the Fourth of July.

Frankie

Frankie

Mattie

Mattie

Last week we were keeping our paws and fingers crossed for Buster and Lucy, who were settling into new homes. I am happy to report that as of this moment both are doing very good and it looks like they will be staying where they are at. We have two new arrivals, Frankie and Mattie, and for those of you who like visits from your grandparents, you could liken them to a permanent visit with the elders by adopting them. They are seniors, but have been living in a home together. Just like most grandparents, they are very lovable and won’t be with us forever, but are still full of love, a lot of fun to be around, and act a lot younger than their age. Holy loose stool, I could be describing myself here. Well, a lot of people still consider me fun to be around, even if a lot means just a few of my own family, but that’s all that Frankie and Mattie really need, just one loving home to finish out their careers. If you’re one of those people who like happy endings and can do something about it, maybe you could bring them into your home and heart together for their sunset years, and write the happy ending to these two tails yourself. My daughter has threatened kiddingly (I hope) to send me up to live with her brother In Tennessee if I get unruly in my old age. That would probably cause me distress and I can certainly see how Frank and Mattie would feel if they thought they were being dumped just because they were old. The good news is that they are truly young at heart, well behaved with experience in living in houses, no doubt housebroken, and would make a smooth transition into any household, so we’re looking for a nice home for them to live out their final chapters together if at all possible. Once again, if you think you might be the one to provide this, by all means, come in and check them out in person, contact Michelle or Jerry and they might even be able to arrange an in home visit for you to meet them on your turf. As FOG has demonstrated countless times in the past dozen or so years, we are here for all the dogs, the sick, the broken, as well as the ‘pretty and handsome’ ones that just retired, even for the ones that are not our alumni and adopted out by us. Although a little limited in prime dogs that will have no problem getting a home, we still believe that there is a perfect home for every greyhound , sometimes it just requires a little more work to get them in the right heart.

P1040182You can check the website for upcoming fundraisers, I know that the America’s Backyard Happy Hour is coming up on January 16th, which is a Friday and it will be downtown, you can get the details on the website. We also do meet and greets, the next one will be at Pet Supermarket this Saturday coming up between 10 and 2 o’clock. It’s the Pet Supermarket in Ft. Lauderdale on East Sunrise Blvd. and you can also get all the details on the website.

It would be really neat to have another large party like the one at the water pool, so if you have any ideas, suggestions, etc., you might want to prod Michelle or Jerry and see if you can help make it happen. Also you can post and update posts if you know or have a good park where the greys can get together maybe on weekends. We do a Dade west on most weekends in Miami Springs, right before dark, which is usually between five and six o’clock during winter. We’ve had Trent and Lizzie visit as well as Rainey, and yesterday Joan O’Brien made her semi regular appearance. I believe Charlotte said she has been seizure free for nearly four months, actually since the last time she spent the weekend (Joan, not Charlotte) with us. I may not be the dog whisperer, but I consider myself the dog healer, at least in one case, knock on wood. Ok, that just about does it for me. Here’s hoping the new year will bring bigger and better things for FOG kennel and all the greyhounds that will be ending their racing careers this year.

America's Backyard Presents

Friends of Greyhounds Happy Hour
 
Come & Drink for a Good Cause.
Friday, January 16, 5 PM to 10 PM
 
Click here for more information.
 

Luna and Star

Lucy (we renamed her Luna) is fitting in just fine with Star and already enjoys chilling at the pool. I attached a photo. Thanks!

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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.

America's Backyard Presents

Friends of Greyhounds Happy Hour
 
Come & Drink for a Good Cause.
Friday, January 16, 5 PM to 10 PM
 
Click here for more information.
 

Happy Hour at America’s Backyard

Come & Party for a Good Cause…
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Raffles & Giveaways

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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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