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John’s Happy Tails Report
1/20/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Two Tales Of One Tail’s Trail To A New Home.

P1030799Where to begin? We have a missing dog, in the Miami Overtown area, details are on our website and at the bottom of this page. If you can help or are in that area please check it out, the more eyes and ears we have out there, the better the chances, especially since this is a thirteen year old dog. [UPDATE – DOG FOUND!!!] Thanks to all who braved the Artic weather and brought your dogs for the Wash and Wax day which turned out to be ear cleaning and nail clipping with a rain check for the wash on a warmer day and the wax part was made up by me. The total number of dogs out for last year was finally adjusted officially to 315, and it would be nice to get to a number like 365, for this year, just for fun.

KB’s Hamiter

KB’s Hamiter

Lots of action, only one dog went out, but it was a very successful weekend. TNJ Taylor was our number one dog in seniority, which means he has been at the kennel the longest, almost a full year. Taylor was a victim of bad luck, some of it his own making. He is just two and a half years old, did not race professionally and came to the kennel with some pee issues. It was determined that he had no medical problems so it was determined he had an attitude problem. Taylor is also a no nonsense kind of guy. He got a dream home in south Dade where he had free access of a doggie door and plenty of room and company. Unfortunately, one of the small dogs where he was living kept getting in his face and one day he had had enough so he beat him up, which ended his stay in that house. Naturally a dog with urinary and small dog problems would be more of an adoption challenge for us. This past weekend we had a couple that was willing to give him a chance. They had two previous older greyhounds, one of which had just passed away, and a young bulldog. They brought the young dog to meet with Taylor and it was kind of a disaster, the young dog was very, very high energy and Taylor was scared to death of him. Who knew Taylor was Chicken Little in disguise. We were all disappointed for him losing out again, but later in the afternoon, we had another family come in looking at greyhounds. They had been there with their greyhound the previous weekend, looking for another grey. It was almost exactly my personal life story. Dad and the three kids wanted another greyhound, but mom was not sharing this dream. They tried Taylor with their dog and they seemed to get along pretty good. After his traumatic morning I think Taylor would have even settled for going home with a cat, anything but that bulldog. In the end, mom agreed, which literally made the day for all of us. Since they are already FOG dog owners, they got to take Taylor home on a free home trial right then and there, so off they went. I haven’t heard anything, and being a believer of no news is good news, I’m thinking that everything is going along good so far. So that’s my neat story for the week, maybe even the year, if it works out. Poor dog has been bouncing around for a long time, not getting hardly any looks even, then, lightning strikes and he gets two opportunities in a couple hours. There is always hope, there are people out there that specialize in taking something that many others don’t consider good enough or don’t want, and making something beautiful out of it, and it’s a great feeling to see it happen and be a part of it.

Firecracker Ben

Firecracker Ben

That’s my neat story for the week. Our new number one dog is KB’s Hamiter, we call him Handsome Hammy. He’s a solid black male, four years old, and ran over a hundred professional races, so he is very deserving of leaving the kennel life behind and moving into his forever home. Hammy is very sweet, he likes to cuddle and hug, and will be very excited when he finds out he’s the new number one, just don’t tell him that it means he’s been here the longest without being picked, he might be disappointed. I remember being number two in seniority at my former daytime job. All it meant to me was that I was old and probably looked like number two also. I never had the chance to be number 1, our number one still had three kids in school and was going to be working till he was dead and possibly after that if his wife had anything to say about it. I hear we’re going to have some very nice incentives for some of the dogs like Hammy, that get overlooked and it will be financially worth your while to check these dogs out. The details should be on our website, which is probably where you are right now.

BW's Fima

BW’s Fima

On the other end of the spectrum, I believe we are getting a return this week, BS Bob is the rumor I heard, and will verify it if I get the whole story by next weekend. Life is good, but it’s not always perfect for everyone I guess.

WS White Jean

WS White Jean

Thirteen dogs are going to Emerald Coast tomorrow morning, for our first run up north for 2014, so there will be a bunch of new dogs in by next weekend in case you didn’t see any you liked last week. Joy of joys, this is good news but there will be new profiles to do, old profiles to do, and pictures to catch up. The in box is never empty. During the week we had four new arrivals, one boy and three girls. Firecracker Ben has joined us, he’s a good looking three year old brindle boy. Nancy Kovack is a three year old brindle girl, her kennel name is Petunia, and I Am Very Classy says it all about our other four year old lady brindle. Superior Destroy has also just limped in, with a career ending hock injury, and she had a promising career in progress too. Her kennel name is Phoenix, and she is the first (and I hope not the last) greyhound Kim has named for us. Kim is one of our outstanding and dedicated volunteer kennel workers and she’ll be more than happy to introduce you to Phoenix or any of our family of hounds. Git n Reba and Firecracker Ben were new arrivals last weekend, along with BW’s Fima and WS White Jean. This gives the webmaster a little more flexibility when selecting a few photos to put into the blog. [Thank you John, I do appreciate this.] We’re also looking into Happy Tales or a separate column for the letters, photos, and emails that we receive on our adopted dogs, which I call the alumni. We’re always fascinated to see and hear how they are doing and I think most everyone else is too, so we’re working on a separate space for them, as they are now in the Happy Tales section intermingled with my blog archives. Ok, three weeks into the new year, stay safe, keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and your greyhounds even closer still or something like that.