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John’s Happy Tails Report #8
More Happy Tales From Inside The Kennel, And Sometimes From Inside the Dogs Themselves

Happy New Year, to get the formalities out of the way first, we wish each and every human and animal alike, the best for the coming New Year, may 2013 be your best year ever. The last weekend of 2012 turned out to be a very productive one, stemming the flow of incoming returns to only one, and in the process six dogs are in preparation for starting their new careers as loving pets.

My biggest thrill is that Kiowa Jil Dan, aka Wendle, who recently left his South Florida digs to try his luck with Bill in Clearwater, was successful and has been adopted and is living in his new forever home.He was a former number one in seniority and Greyhound of the Week, but it never got him adopted, but his luck changed when he hit the west coast. Good luck to him, he is a great dog and should do very well in his new adobe. Hopefully the reward will have been well worth the wait for him. To start the New Year off right, Ms. Michelle is scheduled to make three deliveries on the first day of 2013. ICU Clayborne was picked directly from the lineup off the profile page, and the couple never wavered, bringing their own pet, Smiley, to meet him and it looks like those two will be compatible. The only trauma came when Clay’s future dad hit Smiley in the head at point blank range tossing a squeaky toy. They realized just how small their dog was compared to Clay, when Smiley walked underneath Clay. Our best wishes for Clay and his new family, now I know how those old women at the weddings feel when they say ‘’I was the one who introduced them’’, so you can bet I’m rooting for this one to be one of those ‘’best dogs I ever had’’ memories for them. We also had a couple come in looking for a small female, and left with CRT Gunter, aka Gump. No, Gump didn’t cross gender on us, although he was wearing a dress when they saw him. Just kidding, they just happened to see him and fell in love with him, which happens regularly here. Gump is pretty much as opposite of ‘a small female’ as you can get. Good luck to him and his new family, she’s a Veterinarian, so he can even go to work with her on ‘take your kids to work day’. Tough Task, aka Toby, will also be starting out his new home life on the first day of 2013. Toby is just the handsomest dog in the kennel, he was checked out constantly and it was going to happen sooner than later. He is the perfect combination of big and strong and calm and gentle, and we wish him and his new humans the best. Racin Ruby has an application, don’t have the details on her yet, and Yahoo Zinger has a delivery date for the first week or so of the New Year, having been drafted by the Notre Dame people, if they beat Alabama. I’ve also heard rumors that Shiloh Dizzy has a new home, she’s our 12 year old lady who was being fostered, and will have more details on that, don’t want to mess that one up because the people involved have access to my tail and will kick it if I mess up the details, so we’ll leave it at that until we get the full story.

Hallo Sinsoney

Hallo Sinsoney

It’s great to see the outgoing paragraph ten times longer than the return paragraph. We have one return, Hallo Sinsoney, who was just returned to the kennel for reasons unknown to me. We have all the dog’s medical, racing, and personal history, so you will be able to get all the details on any dog, we want them all to have the right home, so no information is hidden about any of the animals, and most returns come with a letter describing the dogs personality and cause for return so that if there is any problem involving the dog, it can be corrected and they can find the perfect home for them. There are advantages to the returned dogs which many people like, such as home experience, housebroken, etc., so don’t casually just overlook one because he’s returned. Most of the returns are results of life and human problems which the dogs have no control over, so don’t write them off automatically.

RCK Hercules

RCK Hercules

Incoming is a double good deal, which means one dog has gone to a real home, and that opens up a spot for another dog to have a chance at a real home as a real pet. We have two new arrivals this week, with more on the way, including, according to rumor, an eighty something pound big boy. One of our new arrivals is a nice sized black boy, RCK Hercules, aka Hercules, who is about two and a half years old, racing at 72 lbs. My records show he ran 12 races and apparently runs like I did, finishing not even in the money, hence they figured he’d be better off somewhere else than on the racing circuit. Our other new arrival is Honeybun, aka Honeybun, she has not raced professionally and won’t even be two until next February, and so for you cradle robbers out there, this might be your girl. She is just in, so we’ll have to get to know her a little bit, along with Hercules. One more note on the newbies, I took Ronnie out for a photo session, and he is about the strongest dog I’ve handled, and it’s a stretch to say I walked him. He walks like a drunken sailor and is strong as an ox. He basically walked me, but that will change with some practice. Don’t worry, there’s people out there looking for exactly this kind of dog, so I’m not degrading him in the least. He loves people.

The final paragraph of the year, Jerry Sixdog’s favorite. No real dirt this week, except for the sand in the play area. Football is the main topic for dog and owner alike. Liz’s Bears missed the playoffs. Kennel manager Chris will also not be in a good mood, his Giants won big, no pun intended, but they had to depend on my Lions to Beat the Bears, to get into the playoffs, which didn’t happen. Could have told you that. The only good news was for Mike and his boys Bear and Oliver, who’s Redskins made it in after defeating the Cowboys. If you have ever seen Mike, Bear, and Oliver you’d understand why I like to see them in good spirits. Darryl, who is on IR and was grounded for two weeks, following a small skirmish over barking rights to some waterfowl, is doing well and is expected to return to action early next year according to Jerry. He has made it known he won’t be rooting for the Oregon Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl. That’s all the news that’s fit to print. In my opinion, it’s been a fine year for the FOG’s, some returns, some trauma, we’ve lost a few of our alumni who have passed on, but many dogs have gone to new homes, which makes room for more of these beautiful and under rated dogs to find love and security, and that definitely warms this heart.