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John’s Happy Tails Report
11/25/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometimes After An Iguana Invasion.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us, including the hounds, to all of you, and best wishes for a fantastic holiday and please keep it safe. December 4th, which is a Wednesday, will be the day of the upcoming Dinner with the Doc fundraiser and all the information is listed in our flyers that were mailed out and on our website. It’s getting into that special time of year, what better way to kick it off than to party with us at the good doctor’s place? You can check out his office and it’s rumored that he may even give demonstrations on proper procedure for operating on a turkey. Just kidding, but you never know.

Astar Roman Hope

Astar Roman Hope

Adoption action was slow this past weekend, for a change. Not something we really like, but it was definitely appreciated by all of us who got somewhat of a breather and got a chance to catch up on some important things that needed to be completed. No dogs left the kennel, but Firecracker Bea has an application and Foxy Flake has an almost application which happened during the time that I chose to leave the kennel for food, so I don’t have all the information on her status. I’m not myself when I’m hungry and I sure as heck don’t want someone coming in there and telling me I look like Betty White. Foxy Flake is a beautiful what I call light brindle, she just turned three years old a couple weeks ago and did not suffer her career ending broken leg in the bounce house at the party. That’s a false rumor originated by our girl Astar Roman Hope, aka Bella, who lies so much her nose is crooked and if you don’t believe me you can come down to the kennel and check it out yourself. Four girls and eight guys will be going tomorrow on the Emerald Coast run number 9, so the kennel will be a dozen dogs lighter come this weekend. Unofficially we will have three girls and twenty five boys available for adoption. This will be, or already is, a record year for FOG and I’m proud to be a part of it.

No returns officially for the week. We did have MH Time Zone’s application fall through, so he’s still available, no he isn’t he’s heading north. Scratch that. Sunday, Magic Mercey joined us, that brings our girl count up to a grand total of four as I sit here this afternoon. I picked up a senior lady this afternoon from south Dade County. My version of the story is that she was picked up roaming the streets and the owner couldn’t be found. I will have more info next week, but for now, she’s a little black girl, rumored to be a brood mom, how and why she was on the street are unknown, but she’s been at the Vet’s and getting better and will probably be available for adoption by next weekend. Her kennel name is Toni, she rode home with me and I can say that she’s a sweetheart and a good rider and has already been spayed.

Magic Mercey

Magic Mercey

They’re painting a dire picture of the current status of our kennel, with supposedly nothing but BOB’s dogs. BOB’s dogs are kind of an acronym for Black, Old, or Broke dogs, which are not the most desirable dogs in the kingdom according to some. By my unofficial count, we have 28 dogs in the kennel at this moment and 13 of them are not BOB’s dogs, so it’s not as dark a picture as some of us had imagined. BOB’s dogs also make no better or worse pets based solely on the fact of being BOB’s, than any other random dog. Black dogs most of the time will end up with white muzzles, but so did Bill Cosby, Red Foxx, and Brett Favre and none of them suffer from lack of love. There’s nothing wrong with being old, with it comes experience, patience, and mellowness in most cases, all great traits for people looking for a pet that’s comfortable with his life, has been around the block a few times, and understands his limitations and is not a wild and crazy party animal. Broken is also acceptable. The racing career is over, most broken greyhounds suffer right rear hock injuries, which usually heal to where they can run and frolic again, but not on the professional level. I’d be willing to bet that a three legged greyhound is still faster than anything we can put up against it, including ourselves, with the exception of a cheetah or a four legged greyhound. So don’t be afraid to check out a BOB’s dog. I’ve heard ‘Best dog I’ve ever had’ and ‘Dog of a Lifetime’ so many times, and there’s just as many BOB’s referred to as so called regular dogs.

KL Evil Iceman

KL Evil Iceman

New arrivals are slim pickings this week. KC Iceman Frank has been adopted, but we have two new icemen in, named KL Evil Iceman and KL Great Iceman, Murray and Brutus respectively. They are brothers and Murray will tell you that he’s more handsome, faster, and bigger than his brother. Brutus points out that he knows how to take the first turn and isn’t wearing a cast. We love the sibling rivalries here at the kennel. Magic Mercey just arrived over the weekend, and she represents one quarter of the females in our kennel. She’s a big brindle girl, a veteran of over a hundred races, and is looking forward to long afternoon naps on the couch. Last and certainly not least, is my new friend Toni. I know nothing about her except that I think she was picked up off the streets, she’s a senior citizen, and she rides very well in a car. More info on her as I learn it. Ok, time to wrap it up. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, from all of us at the kennel. Thanks to all our volunteers for their dedication, and especially to Maria and her kitchen crew of which I only know Stephanie. They give up those beautiful sleep-in weekends to come help out early while people like me are still snoozing. Congratulations to Diffy for his second consecutive weekend in the play yard without earning a demerit. Also, I’ve learned through the butt-sniffing grapevine, that Rainey and Diffy are fast becoming an item. A word to our alumni, come on out and say hello, just like Rockdown Rex did. We’re always glad to see you and you can even bring your humans if they’re well behaved.