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John’s Happy Tails Report
11/18/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometimes Even Inside Of The Crates.

That’s what I apparently wrote almost exactly a year ago today, I don’t remember what I was doing inside a crate though. I was wondering why that kennel blog didn’t have a number on it and it turned out to be the first one written last November 12th as an experiment and which has continued nearly every week now for a year. The most frightening thing to me is that a year has flashed by so quickly. It was a year ago that Duke went to live with a poodle named Parker and a Newfoundland beauty named Bella. Big White Dog, aka Wiley, got his third shot at his forever home and more on him later. I think we’ve moved almost as many greyhounds this year as miles I’ve covered in traveling, so it’s been a very fulfilling year, especially when looking back twelve or more years ago when Michelle and Jerry adopted out 7 greyhounds from their home and thought they had taken that ‘one giant step for man/dog kind’.

I love to talk about the dogs that have gone from racing career to their real purpose in life, loving and living in a real home. We sent another baker’s dozen up north on EC-8 run to Emerald Coast, in preparation for their foster homes .Where’s Lady Love, Atascocitamarisa, and Arizonaboarder are all in their new forever homes down here. Five dogs went to Gulf Coast where they’ll also be residing in foster homes until they are adopted permanently. Crazybobetty and KC Iceman Frank were delivered to their new homes this past week. This past weekend Atascocita Danna and MH Time Zone got applications as did Astar Big Wheel, which is another story for later. I believe that brings me current in this department.

There was one return this past weekend. On Saturday morning Astar Big Wheel was returned because he was not going to work out as a service dog, which his new humans required because of a medical issue. As fate would have it, I had him out for a walk when other potential adopters saw him and by the end of that encounter, he was readopted within a couple hours of his return, so he has an application and is scheduled to be delivered next Thursday. I believe there was some pain on the faces of his original adopters when they left, so I hope that they somehow get to see this and are comforted knowing that he will be right back in a real home almost immediately. Most dogs are returned through no fault of their own, but it still hurts everyone involved. Big Wheel and Big White Dog are the kinds of stories that I had in mind when I first wanted to report or as it is called nowadays, do a blog, on what goes on in our kennel, both in and behind the scenes. There are so many beautiful stories that many people will never get to hear and it’s a shame because they’re mostly the kind that will make our hearts glad that we are human and that we are all capable of making a positive difference in each other’s life and enriching and saving a beautiful animal’s life, which in turn, will make our lives that much better. So our return dog evened out the score on his own by going right back out almost before he knew he was here.

Big White Dog (Wiley)

Big White Dog (Wiley)

As long as we’re on a roll here, I also want to mention Big White Dog, aka Wiley. He was returned twice, and almost exactly a year ago, he was located by two humans living up north, who had two of his siblings and wanted to adopt him. They actually came down from Pennsylvania, picked him up, and took him back up with them. The following is from an email that we just received from his humans.

Hi Michelle,

I read the blog on FOG every week and I know John likes to hear about the alumni so I wanted to write you an update on Wiley. It was a year ago this past weekend we drove down from PA to get Wiley. Since then he has made us laugh so much…not saying he hasn’t gotten into trouble with his counter surfing. He is such a happy dog and is really a people dog. He enjoyed the weekends in August that we took our RV to a campground in the Finger Lakes in NY. The kids at the campground really liked him and for such a big strong dog he was really gentle with them. He also enjoys laying around with his sister Bee and his brother Champ (although Champ doesn’t always want him around :+). Whenever he was outside in the summer he loved to lay on the deck in the sun. He is a perfect addition to our greyhound family!!!

I’m very happy that after a rough start for him in two previous homes that he finally found his forever home.

In The Process

In The Process

That’s the Wiley report. We believe that for every greyhound out there, there is a home just right for him, and for every family or potential adopter, there is a perfect dog for them. Don’t always get it right on the first try, but we do keep on trying, we don’t give up. I also found out another interesting item about our group, on the rare occasions that when do we lose a dog, through complications with surgery, cancer, etc., that one of us will adopt the dog, so that he or she will have had an owner and a home, even if it was just the kennel and one of us, and he or she will not have died without home and the love of an owner, and I can guarantee you that all of us here do love our dogs, all of them, ours and the ones just passing through. Some people may think that this is trivial or strange, but I think it’s the neatest thing I have learned since I came here. Sounds kind of familiar, give a helping and loving hand to those most in need, both man and animal. Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no say.

Astar Roman Hope

Astar Roman Hope

Ok, kind of got caught up in thinking about some of these stories, onward to the end, these things keep getting longer and longer, especially when you’ve been gone a couple weeks. New arrivals. We have a total at this moment, of seven females. We’re expecting more, but that doesn’t always mean we’ll get them immediately. Three of the girls are kind of party animals, In the Process, aka Dee Dee, is a firecracker. She’s energetic, but not a mixed crowd type, so if you have felines or other small dogs, she is not the girl for you, but if you’re young and part of the Pepsi generation, you might want to give her a look. Astar Roman Hope has a true Roman nose. She’s also very animated and energetic. We just found out that CRT Vanessa is a little on the wild and wooly side and is not shy about her feelings. Looking for the girl next door type? Check out Foxy Flake, Firecracker Bea, or Atascocita Veola. Boys, boys, boys, will be boys. We have almost a five to one ratio of boys to girls at the moment, so it’s a boy’s market. My friend Andre went up north, so there’s nobody left to knock me down, but I’m sure someone will step up. Black Knight and Cry Devastor are both solid citizens if big is your game. On the other end of the spectrum, MOB Just n Time, we call him Little Larry, so he won’t be confused with Larry Little, is just listed at 57 pounds. He’s the smallest boy I’ve ever seen here, so if you have small male in mind, check out our Little Larry. Most white and brindle dogs are just that, White and Brindle. We have a new Iceman in the kennel, KL Evil Iceman, who is brindle and white. No kidding, he’s mostly brindle with white splashes, just a little different than your ordinary Iceman. You like quiet dogs? Check out Atascocita Ing or Edler, they are both ‘leaners’ or Velcro dogs, they like to stay by your side, as close as they can get for as long as they can. They will make great lovers. Ok, we’re caught up on the comings and goings of the past couple weeks, got a couple nice stories, a little preaching, and some dogs for Jerry to dig up pictures, I think it’s safe to pull the plug and head for chow. Have a great week, will be back sooner than later, in the meantime, come on out and see us, check out the greyhounds, and have a coke and talk greyhound with us.We’re here every weekend and we love visitors.Greyhound+Prayer2