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John’s Happy Tales Report
7/18/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Cricket

Cricket

There’s no room at the inn. The kennel is full and we have developed a waiting list, so we need a bunch of adopters, immediately, if not sooner. We have almost as much variety as we had when we used to carry four dozen dogs. We have all ages, sizes, colors, to choose from. A racing kennel has gone bankrupt and we are taking at least two of theirs, including a ten year old brood mom. Ten year old greyhounds are not on everyone’s want list, but they hold a special place in my heart. She’s paid her dues, hung around the kennel and even given back over the years, now she deserves a chance at a real home with a loving family. If you have a little room in your house and your heart, please give this lady a bit of true love and happiness to end her career with. Many adoption groups won’t take the old, injured, or sick animals, and anyone can find a home for a young beautiful dog, but they all equally deserve a loving home, especially the ones that are not picture perfect, so those of you out there, who are willing and able, please check out our new senior lady who will arrive soon. We also have a few on the injured reserve list who are getting fixed up. They will make fabulous pets also.

Our final black dog special, Denim, has found her forever home. She has been delivered and renamed Serena and will be living with mom, dad, and a teenage human sister. She’s off to a good start, her people run a Cuban family pizza restaurant and her Godparents are longtime greyhound owners Ileana and Carlos from Happy Paws Dog Sitting, so they are all in good hands. Denim has waited quite a while; I think she’s going to be rewarded for that patience with an excellent home. Best wishes for her and her humans for a long life of love, health, and happiness. Sometimes it takes a while, but the results are worth the wait.

Andy

Andy

Burt and Bambi are nearing the final stages of their medical work. Once they get healed from their broken legs, they will be ready for adoption. They will never race again, but will still make fabulous pets. Our Diffy had a broken leg, which ended his racing career. He can still motor faster than any other dogs at the park and most of the greyhounds he runs with. One of my non greyhounds could not catch Diffy or Joan, another grey he was running with, so he cut across and torpedoed Joan. Just because they had a career ending racing injury definitely does not prevent any of them from enjoying the rest of their lives, believe me on that. I have word that Bert and Bambi are both awesomely cute, so you might want to check them out. We also have two new dogs in, four years old that have just arrived, more on them next week I hope. Cricket is ready to go, she has her bag packed and sitting next to her kennel, Max and Andy are waiting and watching every day, so why not come in and check them out. We also have been known to arrange a house visit, if you are interested and live in the area, Michelle can usually be talked into bringing one or two out to see you at your residence and at your convenience. We also stand behind our adoptables, we’re there for support and will do whatever it takes to get the right dog in the right home. It’s not always a perfect fit the first time, but we always say that there’s a perfect home for every dog and a perfect dog for every home, it’s our job to make it happen.

Max

Max

We also have the Dog Days at Ft. Lauderdale Galleria coming up next month, fashion show and adoption event. Irondog is going to be featured, more on that coming up. Animal Fair Adoption in Tamarac is coming up, so next month is going to be busy. I’d better end this before next month too. So, stay tuned, more to come, plenty of beautiful greys available for adoption, please come check them out, call Michelle, she can set up an appointment at your convenience, or as I said, we can bring them to see you. Any questions you have about any of the dogs, feel free to contact Michelle or Jerry by phone, email, or through the website, they have all the answers to all your questions. Please make sure your animals are hydrated, it’s hot out, and these are the dog days of summer. Stay cool, have a greyt week, and thank you all for supporting us throughout the years, without you, it couldn’t happen, and it’s made a lifesaving difference for almost two thousand thrown away lives over the years. That should make you feel good about what you’re doing, I know it makes us better people.

Galleria Dog Days

Wednesday, August 10 & 17, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

At the Galleria Mall
2414 East Sunrise Blvd.


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This is a wonderful time of the year to add to your family “pack”

Dear Friends of Friends of Greyhounds –

Although South Florida’s greyhound adoption groups are already at capacity, we are now experiencing an influx of greyhounds from the recently closed Arizona tracks. If you have been considering adopting another greyhound, PLEASE let me urge you to act on that now. We have always said that when you adopt from us, you not only save the life of the dog you take home, but you also save the dog that gets that spot in the kennel. It has never been more true. Our kennel is small and full and we have a waiting list to get into it. We have always avoided fostering for many, many reasons and yet I have two dogs out in foster!

Most of our dogs are not perfect but each and every one is perfect for someone – maybe you? This is a wonderful time of the year to add to your family “pack” and we will do whatever we can to make your home that much more complete. We really need help from our experienced adopters. You are the heartbeat of this organization and you are the people we need to rescue these dogs. Please email or call me and come meet our dogs.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle
Friends of Greyhounds
fogdogs@comcast.net
954-937-9663

John’s Happy Tales Report
7/11/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Happy Harry

Happy Harry

It looks like August is going to be event month. There’s the 2016 Animal Adoption Fair Silent Auction coming up on August 6th, at the Tamarac Community Center Ballroom, there’s talk of food, 100% of money donated goes toward the funding of the adoption fair, and it’s usually good when 100% goes to where it’s intended instead of administration costs, etc. Our longtime friend, Brook Katz, who runs the Animal Adoption Fair at War Memorial Auditorium, has changed the format for the event. He has always given the local animal adoption groups free booths for the event. The whole thing is paid for by the booth fees of the businesses that come to display and by the silent auction. Well, the auction needs to be larger to carry the financial load these days, so he is holding a separate fundraiser. Brook has been active in the animal protection community and vegan community for many years in our area,he is one of the ‘good guys’, so you might want to check it out on our website, which has all the information, and try to support him if you can. Also, coming up August 10th, we will be at and have a booth at the Dog Days at Galleria Mall in Ft. Lauderdale and a week later, on the 17th, we will be in the photo shoot and fashion show. It’s our first year participating, so naturally the dogs are very excited, everyone wants to be in the fashion show, but only one will be chosen. The winning ticket gets a $1,000 shopping spree and we will have raffle tickets for sale, which will benefit our organization. More on both these events coming up on the website as we get closer, but mark them on your calendar, it should be some hot fun in the summertime for greyhound and all animal lovers.

Ironman

Ironman

We have two new youngsters in the kennel. Burt is a brindle boy and Bambi is a fawn girl. Both are two years old, both have leg injuries and will be racing no more. Both will be getting treatment to get them back in shape, adoption shape, not racing, and will be available as soon as they get back to normal and get all the preadoption stuff done, like spaying, neutering, shots, check-ups, and some vet work. Both need to be built up again and will be doing five small meals a day instead of two. So if you want to take a personal interest in the B-Twins, any donations of chicken thighs, hamburger, sweet potatoes, or white rice would be greatly appreciated. These two are both youngsters and just a bit special to me. They came in together and it would be cool if they went out together. They are both very young (two years), so those people that are looking for a maximum life experience with a grey, you won’t find many much younger than this available for adoption, and you can contact Michelle or Jerry and get all the up to the minute information on them or actually any of the other inmates that tweak your interest.

Billy

Billy

We currently have a full house, Max and Cricket are fostered out temporarily, actually more like on vacation at a beautiful residence, but are still available for adoption. Last I heard, Ms. Denim is also still available, the last of our ‘black dog specials’, the only one that did not go to a real home in June. If you are looking for a beautiful black girl, check her out and you might even be able to get her at the June discount price of fifty dollars off. We also can arrange a visit to your house with a dog or two, to meet you in person in your personal environment, something very few other groups will do. We go the extra mile for our hounds and have been there for support for over fifteen years, so check us out, we stand behind all of our alumni and virtually any other greyhound that we’ve been associated with. Murphy has gone to his new family, so we wish him and his new family many years of good health, love, and happiness. Iron Dog, hang in there, your gig did not work out, but some times that happens, round pegs should not be forced into square pegs. No dog is guaranteed to be a perfect fit on his first try, however we have always and still believe that for every dog, there is the perfect home, and for every home out there, there is the perfect fit, and we and the dogs will always keep trying until we get it right, even if it isn’t on the first attempt. So, that’s most of the news that’s fit to print. Stay safe, keep your dogs cool, and have a greyt week.

2016 Animal Adoption Fair Silent Auction

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John’s Happy Tales Report
7/5/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Murphy

Murphy

Hope you had a happy and safe 4th, fortunately I didn’t hear of any runaway dogs, so maybe everyone made it through the weekend safe and sound. On the kennel front, we still have Denim, the only black dog left from the greyt black dog sale of June. She is a beautiful dog, I don’t know if the special has been held over into July, but you might be able to steal a deal, since we have a new influx of newbies and we need the room in the kennel.

Speaking of new arrivals, I believe there are at least six new dogs coming in to fill the already full ranks in the kennel. Cricket and Murphy are old newbies already, they have been spayed, neutered, and whatever else it takes to make them ready to be classified as adoptables, which apparently isn’t a word because every time I use it, I get a red line underneath it. Cricket is small, cute, and very personable. Murphy is renamed and has no connection whatsoever with Murphy’s Law. For more information on any and all of them, contact Michelle or Jerry or keep an eye on Petfinder or Meet Our Dogs entries.

Cricket

Cricket

So, there’s a glut of greys currently, probably the most we’ve had at one time since we went small kennel. As previously stated, you can check them out on our website, or check out Pet Finder, or call or contact us direct. We are unique in the fact that we can usually arrange for a meeting between you and an adoptable of your choice, either at our kennel or at your adobe, and usually at your convenience. We do go the extra mile and are always there for support, which is what has always made us just a cut above the rest of the groups. This Saturday is supposed to be our weekend at the Pet Supermarket, but there may be a change in schedule, so check with us before you go, if you are coming over specifically to see us. That’s about most of the news that’s fit to print as I have it. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe and cool, and let’s see if we can get Ms. Denim a good home, she is a fantastic girl.


Of Interest to Our Readers…

Mystique and misunderstanding of the black greyhound
by Linda Weber of the LA Greyhound Examiner

Denim

Denim

When you think of the color black, in clothes you think of the Little Black Dress or how sexy a man looks in a tuxedo. For witches and black cats, it conjures up black magic and superstition. But unfortunately, if you are a black greyhound, the mystery of the unknown oftentimes turns into misunderstanding.

In the Middle Ages, only aristocracy were allowed to own greyhounds. Commoners who rebelled and owned and hunted with greyhounds chose them with coloring that made them harder to spot: brindle, red, fawn, and black. Nobles by contrast favored white and dappled dogs that could be spotted and more easily recovered if lost in the forest. Hence, darker colored greyhounds including the darkest color of them all, were considered common and less favored than there fair-haired counterparts.

Denim

Denim

In more recent times, the reasons for shying away from a black greyhound are varied. Some owners mention that when they walk their black greyhound, people will often cross the street to get away from their dog. Sometimes the bias against can be traced to the fact that they are often misidentified as Great Danes or Dobermans or dogs with a more aggressive nature.

As reported by animal shelters and rescue agencies, black dogs are often overlooked when potential adopters come looking for a dog. There is even a name for it: Black Dog Syndrome. The second most prevalent color behind brindle is black so this is definitely an issue in greyhound adoption circles.

However, anyone who has adopted a black greyhound has discovered a hidden treasure. Black greyhounds are just as loving and wonderful as any other colored greyhound. Their ebony coats have a sheen like no other and in a crowd of other greyhounds they definitely stand out. They have a command presence that makes you sit up and take notice.

For anyone who has overlooked a black greyhound in lieu of a lighter-colored companion, reconsider. Don’t just follow the crowd. Choose a black greyhound and be part of a phenomenon which is distinguished from the rest by being black.

Linda has a passion for rescue dogs. She became involved with educating people regarding Greyhounds after adopting an ex-racing Greyhound a few years ago. When she is not traveling the world with her husband, she splits her time between Southern California and Southern Utah with her rescued Fox Terrier smooth mix and Greyhound by her side. Linda donates 100% of her compensation from Examiner.com to greyhound adoption and education groups.

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/27/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

First order of business this week is hound safety. Next Monday is July 4th, and that means celebration of our nation’s independence. It also means that there will be plenty of fireworks. In many cases fireworks and dogs don’t mix. Please be sure to have your hound secure at all times during the day and night. One bang, one bolt, and there could be a major problem; even inside many of them are afraid, so please consider your animal’s safety whatever your plans for the holiday are.

Denim

Denim

We are coming to the end of June, and we have one hound left in the Black Dog Month Sale. Denim is a beautiful black girl, very well behaved, and it would be greyt if we could find her a home by next Thursday. It would be greyt for the adopters too, there’s a fifty dollar discount from the regular $225 adoption fee, so she’s only $175 and you will get a goody bag full of greyhound goodies to go with her. So if you’d like to put a hound in your house and an extra fifty bucks back in your pocket for the holiday, contact Michelle or Jerry and they can arrange a meeting with you, at our place or yours and at your convenience. We also have eight other lovely adoptables that are waiting for their forever homes, so if Denim is not the one, there are still plenty to choose from.

Max

Max

In other news, Akira has been confirmed and reconfirmed as mighty fine, smart, well behaved, and terrific so far, so it looks like he’s going to do ok in his new home. His human is Steve Ginsberg, who has Charlie’s Canine College. Just a little mention in case you are looking or know of someone looking for a dog trainer. Also a little shout out and a big thank you to Mike Griesemer, from Groom Waggin’. He came by and caught up the nail clipping in the kennel. With that many dogs, nail clipping gets away from you fast. Mike and Mary are long time adopters and we highly recommend Mike’s work. He is a mobile groomer which means he comes to you, and you can check him out at www.groomwaggin.com. We have long supported our alumni after adoption, and we appreciate and support our adopters, especially the ones that mutually support us. The greyhound community is made up of many wonderful and unique people.

Billy

Billy

In kennel news, Ms. Vicky has her cast removed. She has received a lot of attention already, but she will not be available for adoption and on restriction, no running, until after her August 3rd doctor visit. She is still listed as a maybe for cat tolerance; most likely it will depend on the cat. Cat tolerant hounds are not in stock at the current moment, but we have two new arrivals which might turn out to be. We have one boy and one girl, both five years old, and both brindle. Michelle needs to rename them, if you have any suggestions, you can contact her. Their current names are Mercy and Ticket. Ticket is the girl and Mercy is the boy. She’s looking for new names that sound similar to their old names so we don’t confuse them totally, if you have any ideas, send them in. Billy, Andy, Max, Asia, Harry, Ironman, Denim, and Vicky are all waiting for you to check them out, either at our place or yours, so don’t just think about it, act on it, it could be a life changing event for both of you.

Happy Harry

Happy Harry

We have a new section on the website called the Greyhound Resources. It’s full of the practical useful information that we used to exchange when we gathered at the old kennel. Please make sure to check it out, there’s lots of ideas, links, and reminders that are very useful. We also plan on adding to it as we go along, so check it periodically, and if you have any ideas for it, don’t hesitate to contact Michelle. Don’t forget, you can contact Michelle or Jerry at the website, fogdogs@comcast.net, or give them a call, for any up to the minute information on any of our dogs, or any questions that you might have. And, last but not least, remember, it’s summer, dogs and rolled up windows do not mix, please check your back seat before you leave your car parked in the sun. Have a safe and happy week and holiday from all of us here at the kennel.

Requiem for a Greyhound

Some photos and video of Ginger, a.k.a. D.C’s Doodle, b.July 27, 2002 d. June 14, 2016

Rest in Peace, Ginger.

Good Dog.

John’s Happy Tales Report
6/20/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Vicky

Vicky

Adoptions have slowed down quite a bit, as has been traditional in the past during the hot summer months. With all the heat, it seems that people, animals, and businesses slow down. We did have one bright spot; Akira has found her forever home. Steve and Robyn have opened their hearts and their home to this handsome young guy. Steve is the owner/trainer of Charlie’s Canine College and a long time adopter of our greyhounds. Miss Vicky should be shedding her cast very soon and will be looking for her forever home. She is a beautiful little red brindle girl and will probably be out and adopted in a heartbeat. If you try to pet her, she will slide down on the floor and roll over for you to pet her tummy, and she loves people.

Ironman

Ironman

Michelle is starting a new section on the website for resources. She intends to make it a place where she can put all the little links and notes to help adopters find the information and companies so they can take good care of their dogs without breaking their banks and they can know where to start looking when they want to buy something or do something for their hounds. It will be a good place to list things, places, and businesses that she is asked about all the time. We already have Catherine’s List of Greyhound friendly restaurants and resorts on the website. So often places will say that they are ‘dog friendly’, but limit the weight of the dog to 25 pounds, or it’s an outside restaurant with no shade for the dogs. Just neat little things that come in handy and very useful during the years spent with our hounds. Many of us love to take our hounds out whenever possible and this section will help with that and all aspects of their needs. The items will be added in bits and pieces so check the website periodically if you can.

Denim

Denim

We’ve currently got about nine dogs available for adoption. We are located in Sunrise, you can check out the dogs on the website or directly with Michelle or Jerry. You can arrange for a visit at the kennel at your convenience and it’s entirely possible that you can arrange for a visit from one or two of our adoptables at your own house, and of course, at your convenience. We are always there to offer support to our alumni, greyhounds are a very special breed and the greyhound community is made up of some very special people also. Come check us and the hounds out and you will see what I mean. Have a greyt week, shall return next week with a brand new story.