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John’s Happy Tails Report
10/28/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel But Not From Vacation.

I missed last week so we will have to catch up a little bit on the arrivals and departures as well as the past weekend’s activities. The end of October is here already, one third of my favorite time of the year for 2013 is gone already and I don’t know where it went. The annual Halloween party is Thursday, it’s not a big celebration, the greyhounds hold it after the last turnout when all the humans have gone home for the night. It’s more like a candlelight vigil, they all dress up as dogs and howl at the moon, or streetlight, whichever happens to be shining. No one really has a real costume except for Dudley and Regal. Dudley lives in a forever home and won’t be attending; he doesn’t want to embarrass the others. Regal was going to dress up as a pirate this year, eye patch and all, since he really only has one eye he figured he’d look very authentic, but he was adopted last weekend, so he’ll be in his new home celebrating instead. Yes, even our one-eyed senior residents can find a loving home, it just takes the right people for the right dog, and vice versa.

Atascocita Dione

Atascocita Dione

I did not gather any extra news from last week; they won’t talk in front of me now too much because they know it might end up here. Pretty soon I’ll have only the iguanas and squirrels feeding me the juicy gossip. I do know that Regal Bad Storm, our one-eyed Jack, was adopted out to a fantastic family last weekend and he will be joined by Fuzzy’s Leroy, who will be going to the same home. Leroy is a beautiful mid-eighties stud, he is big, handsome, and a real lover. I spent this past weekend with him and he is a kisser and a hugger, I believe his humans are going to be very happy with both of them. As I speak, or more accurately, write, our van is on its way to north Florida with a baker’s dozen of our greys, which will get foster homes in preparation for their final forever homes. Included in that group is Payable, aka Mouse, James Garner, Kiss the Fish, and Richard Kimble, who inspired the television series and movie about his adventures as he raced about the country in search of the three legged dog that sniffed his wife’s posterior. The highlight of this past weekend was the adoption of Atascocitamarisa. We may not always have the exact dog you are looking for on your first visit, however, with a little patience, we can still have a happy ending. A lady and her son have been looking for a little petite brindle girl that is quiet and cat tolerant. We’ve been in touch to let her know when a possible candidate came into the kennel so she could come down and check her out. This past weekend we connected. We received two girls that fit her needs and we were praying that they would test as cat tolerant, which they did. She came down and selected Atascocitamarisa as her new greyhound. This greatly excited Chris and I because the lady’s name is also Marisa. Coincidence? We took it as a sign, so we’re hoping this all ends up as nice as it has started and we wish the greys and their new humans the best and many years of love and good health.

Atascocita Danna

Atascocita Danna

We’re getting a bunch of emails from people who have adopted our dogs sent up north, or are fostering them. The joy of FOG greyhound ownership is spreading far and wide. Agratefulnation and Rich Gannon are doing very well, Rich has been renamed Chance, and he puts a smile on his human’s faces every day, we are all so pleased that his owners gave another dog a chance. On record we also have a beautiful note about Forever Loyal, a twelve year old cancer survivor who is doing better with each passing day. We also had a visit from the turkey trio, Honey, Sonny, and David. Sonny used to be known as Sony around the kennel and he is a real talker, some of my best and longest discussions with a greyhound have been with Sonny, I’ve never seen a happier grey than him. We also get visits from trainers who stop in to see how their former ‘kids’ are doing, and as luck would have it, we got a visit on Sunday afternoon from one and there were four of her kids in the office at the time and we also had a video of a fifth one that we had just received, so she got to see five at one time. From the greetings she got, it was easily assured that they do indeed fondly remember and still love her.

Astar Roman Hope

Astar Roman Hope

Time to mention a few of the new arrivals, which will help Jerry get some pictures in to add some life to my standard blah, blah, blah. Atascocita Dione is a brand new arrival and will probably go out immediately. She is a red fawn, just over two years old, and wears her ears down and forward, which is a bit unusual. I haven’t found out yet why she does this, but she is stunning when she does this. This week, it seems to be all about the ears. Atascocita Danna is a little black girl, won’t be two years old until November and she wears one ear forward and one ear back. Astar Roman Hope is a brindle girl, two years old, with a classic Roman nose and wears her ears down. Her trademark is her tail, which loops up in a tight curve instead of the standard sweeping circle. I have to include Flying Nomadic, who will qualify as one of our biggest dogs. He is known as Andre (the giant) around our kennel. He’s three years old, a very handsome white and black ticked and I call him sir because he knocked me on my can during cat testing last week. He will probably need some work on the leash, or maybe it was my fault, but one of us can use some leash work, and incidentally, he is not cat tolerant, but he is one nice greyhound guy to consider if you don’t have a feline in your adobe. Someone is going to like how he looks on the end of their leash. SweetJohnywilder was born on Ground Hog Day and won’t be two until next year. He’s ok with cats and a solid looking red dog that looks a little like Johnny Crawford if you put a cowboy hat on him. I am aware of no returns and we will be preparing for the next run up north, but in the meantime, we have a full kennel and there are more coming in every week, so feel free to come on down and check us out, we’re open every weekend and we love company. I have somewhat of a sore left arm, but a new appreciation for the work our volunteers do in walking our dogs, especially the new arrivals. A lot of the racing dogs have no real concept of leash walking, but with our volunteers constantly working with them, it makes a big difference even though it may take some longer than others to become ‘good on a leash’. On that note, I depart for dinner and wish everyone a ‘greyt’ week as we enter November.