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John’s Happy Tails Report
10/7/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel From The Belly Band To The Play Yard Sand

There was an old baseball team, if I had internet service at this time I could look it up, but I don’t so I won’t. It was the ’34 or thereabouts St. Louis Cardinals I think. They called them the gashouse gang. I wonder if there were any greyhounds on that team and if it had the same meaning that’s going through my mind as I struggle to find a breath of clean air, my eyes watering, and the walls around me sweating as I look at my three ‘man’s best friends’ laying at my feet, and wonder which one was responsible. I’m almost positive that it had to be a coordinated two or three pronged attack. I don’t believe a single bowel could produce something like this by itself. I learned this past weekend that yogurt is a very good antidote for this but haven’t been to the store yet to get supplies. He who hesitates is lost and I think it’s my nose that’s going to pay the price, or at least, the inside lining of it. My wife said something about getting some for myself too, don’t know what that meant. It’s been a tough start to October, last week almost lost the tip of a finger, and this week my sense of smell has been seriously compromised.

Atascocita Reno

Atascocita Reno

Happy Birthday again to our volunteer Greg, yesterday it really was his birthday and I hope he had a greyt day away from the greyhounds and us. Those of you with greyhounds beware; we are getting more and more people stopping by who already have one or even two, and are very seriously considering adding another one to their family. Our dogs can be addictive and habit forming and like potato chips, sometimes you just can’t be satisfied with just one. We had visits from several alumni over the weekend, Kwik Bullet dropped by with her humans, Bally’s Kwix brought her people to see us, and from Miami Springs, Sly with Marie and not the Family Stone, graced our office with their presence. We love to see the alumni, so if at all possible don’t hesitate to drop in any weekend, if you can’t we also love emails and pictures and any stories you might have about how they are doing.

Atascocita Norm

Atascocita Norm

From the ‘nothing gets by me’ department, Kwik Trip Drive was apped, adopted, and delivered last week, of which I knew nothing about. Over the weekend, while I was conscious, we got applications on Hi Val and RCK Fly Girl. This is the first time I’ve seen Val in the daytime and he is absolutely beautiful if he’ll forgive me for saying that about him, probably rather hear something like handsome stud. Rich shiny black coat and all the white trim accessories, chest, toes, tail tip, and even underbutt, which is a term I just invented, which is the area under his tail where it attaches to his chassis. This dog is stunning, even I’d look good at the other end of his leash. Fly Girl is a beautiful little red girl, just off the track, looked a little nervous, but I’m sure she’ll adjust to her new people. We wish all the best for them and their new humans, many years of love and good health, and don’t be afraid to come see us on the weekends. That’s all the activity that I am aware of, so we have at least three adoptions to celebrate. Just got word of a possible five dog trip to Gainesville coming up shortly.

Wild Amazin Grace

Wild Amazin Grace

I believe there was only one return last week, Forever Loyal, who is a thirteen year old lady, left homeless because her human passed away. She won’t be in the kennel because of her age. TMC’s Rowdy Boy arrived over the weekend, he will be fostering with Jerry 4-dog. Rowdy is a special needs dog; he suffers seizures so he will need a home with an experienced owner. Jerry 4-D already has a dog which suffers seizures, so Rowdy will be living with him during the week and visiting with us in the kennel on weekends. Do not despair, we take virtually all dogs, three and a half legged dogs, one eyed dogs, dogs with seizures, food aggression, dogs with two feet in the grave and two on banana peels, you name it, but we also have special people in our community that can and will go the extra mile or two that it takes to give these dogs a loving and dignified life for as long as they are with us. Some will look specifically for that kind of animal and give them the kind of love and life that the rest of the ‘normal’ pets get. I can’t help but believe that when these people cross their own ‘rainbow bridge’ there will be something special waiting for them. These are the kind of people that the media should focus on and highlight to show what goodness people are capable of when they want to, instead of the Hollywood and celebrity crowd that demonstrate nothing but negative human behavior.

Fuzzy’s Leroy

Fuzzy’s Leroy

Finally, to the part that Jerry 4-D likes best, the new arrivals, and throwing out a few names so he can add some pictures to give you a visual of the purpose of our little mission here. We have the previously mentioned Forever Loyal, our senior citizen of the week, and TMC’s Rowdy, the seizure specialist. First and biggest arrival of the week is Fuzzy’s Leroy, tipping the scales in the mid-eighties. I’m not allowed to anywhere near the ‘Big bad Leroy Brown, meanest dog in the whole damn town’ thing, but a lot of people probably wouldn’t remember that song anyway. Leroy is a big bad teddy bear. Hallo My Wesley is interesting because that’s not his real name. We have Wild Tater Tot and Wild Amazin Grace, two white and brindle sisters, what bookends they would make. We just checked in Slatex Bugles, a little red brindle three year old. She raced over fifty times but only reached C Grade; I guess she possessed my kind of speed. I will also throw out a few names of the recent arrivals in case the Webmaster doesn’t get the pictures of the new arrivals in time. Atascocita Norm and Atascocita Reno are recent arrivals as well as KC Iceman Frank. The fabled internet has just been restored to my adobe so we can rush this out and they can process print and whatever other magic they do to make it happen. Jerry, if you need pictures, let me know and I’ll try to send some. That was a secret message for the webmaster, since he’ll read this before any emails I send, and if he needs pictures of the new kids on the block, I might be able to provide them for him. (Yes John, please send photos.)