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John’s Happy Tails Report
10/14/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometimes On Top Of Jerry’s Lap.

Today we sit here with a bowl of frozen homemade icing, after a fabulous dinner of beef and noodles smothered with Worcestershire sauce while my favorite three canines rest at my feet, as usual. This is my best chance to extract revenge and avenge the deadly gas attack that one or more of them put on me last week when I sat here doing the blog. More likely, it will just upset my stomach and I will end up with the back door trots the rest of the afternoon, but at least I tried and went down happy. A lot of people worry too much about the feeding process when they first adopt a greyhound. From what I’ve heard and learned, correctly or not, the racing greyhounds have a diet very high in protein, as you would expect since they are professional athletes. When they come to our kennel also have a very wide range of foods, including raw meat, fish, pasta, rice, pumpkin, and sweet potato to name a few. Rice is nice, but I have been told not to use brown rice. Brown rice gives them the runs, which is not a good thing. Speaking of which, one of our neighbor kennels suffered a blowout this afternoon. Next time your animal suffers an accident do not despair, in fact, count your blessings. You are probably working one mess; our neighbors were cleaning up after what turned out to be the whole kennel, probably about sixty dogs, with the back door trots and nowhere to go. Talk about a brown out. Enough of that crap, moving on, the dogs do adjust when they leave their racing kennels, and they will also adjust when they go to their forever homes. There are many people who will cook for their dogs and even prepare gourmet meals, but the standard that we recommend works very well and is much easier. A good dog food, dry and/or soft canned mixed will do very nicely as a base and you can add fish, vegetables and whatever you want. So the idea that they have to have special and exotic food is a myth, along with the concept that the dogs must have five acres of fenced in land to live on after they retire. Just remember that brown rice is not your friend or theirs in the end.

BS Bob

BS Bob

Onward to why we’re here. Five dogs adopted out over the past weekend, that’s pretty darn good. Atascocita Deb, beautiful little red girl, just two, and Hallo My Westly, a nice, big, white and brindle boy, not quite a year and a half old, went out on Saturday. Sunday morning was Turbo Anthony’s day. Chris said Turbo was in a strangely good mood early and he even asked him if ‘today was his day?’ As it turned out, it was. Two humans, who have given five previous greyhounds their forever loving homes, came in looking for a big black dog and Anthony was Johnny, or in his case, Tony on the spot. Not only that, we received some video of him at home a few hours later and it looks like he’s taken over and has been there all his life. I believe that’s the fastest feedback we’ve ever received on an adoptee. What a beautiful story, couldn’t even make one up nicer than that, and I got to see it in person. Astar Speed Dial also went to his new home, with a little brother, I think it was a Scottie, or Schnauzer, and hopefully they get along at home as good as they did here. Turbo Anthony was our fourth most senior dog at the kennel; he arrived in May and was a finalist, but never was picked to go home with someone until yesterday. On the other end of the spectrum, CRT Ashley arrived on Sunday morning and had an application on her before we closed that afternoon. A lot of it is the luck of the draw, but if I was her I’d be playing the lottery, she’s on a roll. As usual, we wish the new adoptees and the adopters many years of love and good health.

CRT Vanessa

CRT Vanessa

Twelve more dogs heading up north to Ebro for distribution up north to foster homes. We just heard from Boomer Esaison, the dog, not the quarterback. He was just adopted and his humans sent us a picture of him roaching, which usually indicates a comfortable and happy camper. The Sunburst program gives people up north a chance to adopt our beauties and as previously mentioned, they are beginning to ask for FOG dogs by name because our dogs are in such good shape and are so well adapted. More alumni visits this weekend, I knew if I didn’t write it down, it would be history by Monday. We do love to see and hear from our alumni and their humans even if I don’t always remember who they were. I will start taking a notebook henceforth.

TMC's Rowdy Boy

TMC’s Rowdy Boy

One of our new dog arrivals, TMC’s Rowdy Boy, who is fostering with Jerry B., is a special needs dog. He suffered a seizure and ended his racing career, so he will need an experienced owner to take care of him. To add to his adoption resume, he is learning to become a lap dog. Not everyone expects to see an eighty pound lap dog, but Jerry has him well on his way to becoming just that. Two new boys on the block came in Friday, Nuclear Trent, a handsome four year old black guy with an excellent racing career behind him and an artist, a BS artist named BS Bob. Sunday morning two new girls arrived, CRT Vanessa, and CRT Ashley. Ashley already has an application on her. Kennel Manager Chris’ favorite is Crazybobetty and he’ll be glad to tell you about her when you come down to the kennel to see us in person, up close and personal like. Our two boys at the Humane Society also found homes; we had a visit from one of them last weekend. Flying Planet and KB’s Aguilar went today to take their places and they won’t be there long, they are two beautiful big boys.