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John’s Happy Tails Report
12/23/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel, Infinity, And Beyond.

Bold Dash

Bold Dash

Merry Christmas and Mele Kalikimaka which is the same in Hawaiian and is probably the only state which will be anywhere near our Christmas weather forecast. This week we can talk about just about anything we want, as there were no adoptions over the weekend to crow about. The closest we have to that are three deliveries that were made last week, Flying Herradura, Chicks Love Me, and Cyber Monday are hopefully settled into their new homes and are already snug as a bug in a rug, no pun intended for Slugbug Bob who was a visitor to the party last weekend after too long an absence from our play yard.

P1030530We actually ended up a plus one for the weekend, as we got a return; I have his name as Bold Dash. I believe he is about ten or eleven years old, and from what I’ve seen, he’s a classic dirty old man, as he still very much likes the ladies. He looks to be in good shape and I don’t have his story but I believe his human lost their home and there are children where they would have lived and he doesn’t like children. It does look like he likes to help produce them though. You can get his full story at the kennel. I am a wealth of partial and misinformation, but I have been known to get things right despite myself on some occasions.

Dimaggio

Dimaggio

Our party was a great success, lots of great food, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, meatballs, and potato casserole were among the hot items, plenty of rabbit food and cold cuts and enough sugar filled desserts to cause cavities for the next two years, including homemade cookies, cakes, derby pie, brownies and pies. Lots of old and new friends dropped by with their humans and we do love to see our alumni whenever we can. Thank you all for stopping by I know I speak for the entire staff when I say it makes my week to see them and hear their stories of life in the retirement home. Special animals and special people who care for them, the greyhound community is truly unique.

While I’m on the subject of greyhounds, I have been asked to share with you a few cute greyhoundisms which may or may not be exclusive to greyhounds, but are noteworthy and I cannot be cited for error if I don’t commit either way. Greyhounds like to smile. For those not in the know, it can be frightening, but we do have smiling greyhounds that walk among us. Greyhounds are also enthusiastic pack rats, they love to collect all sorts of items and bring them to their spaces. Not always to chew them up, but they find comfort in having your scent around them, so try to smell decent and the next time your remote is missing, you may want to check old fourleg’s room. Some happy and/or excited greyhounds will chatter their teeth. I do this when I’m locked in the walk in freezer, but they do it when their favorite human burst upon the scene, whether they’ve been gone an hour or a week. Roaching is probably not unique to greys, but they do it best since they have long spindly legs, of course that’s just our opinion even if it is accurate. That’s four greyt reasons to love our dogs all the more.

Slatex Lexi June

Slatex Lexi June

Hi, This is the family of Widget (Slatex Lexi June) This is our first ever greyhound adoption and it has gone fantastic. When we drove out to see the Greyhounds my mom said’ “I can’t believe we might take home a new dog today!” To which I responded, “Might?” Sure enough it came down to two dogs- an excited black female and a shivering little brindle female. After petting the brindle for almost an hour it was clear she had adopted us. She came home with us to her new family of a mom, dad, human sister (17), poodle sister (14 years old), and hedgehog sister. Widget instantly fit right in to our family. She has had some bumps with potty training but with our geriatric poodle, accidents are no big deal. It was amazing to see how much she changed since we got her. It is adorable to come home and watch her jump around, so excited to see you. Widget has seen her first snow, though she isn’t too fond of it! She has stolen her first plate of food off the counter. She is certainly a natural born snack hound! But that makes her perfect for our family. She loves weaving through all the doorways, hanging out in the kitchen with us (and food), and just snuggling in her blankets. Widget just got her tag and she’s getting ready for her first family Christmas. We all love Widget and she is such a great little girl. Everyone loves her! In addition, adopting a greyhound was such a fantastic feeling!

O Ya Shotgun Red

O Ya Shotgun Red

That’s a report from Widget’s humans, formerly the Slatex Lexi June, a beautiful little brindle that found her forever home in snow country. My kind of story, and we have a lot more of them like that, here’s wishing Widget and her humans a long, wonderful, and healthy life together. Only two new faces arrived this week, Acehigh Casino, who will be a special needs dog and need special people as he has suffered seizures which ended his racing career. Latin Angel is just that, a little red brindle angel. Don’t know if she barks Spanish or not, but she is a little beauty and probably won’t be with us very long. I have to mention a couple more new arrivals so Jerry can find some photos of them to post, since I don’t know if he has acquired the pictures of the newest arrivals. Dimaggio is a big white guy, even better looking than me, O Ya Shotgun Red was an excellent racer and has just retired, I think I’m better looking than he is but he’s definitely faster than me. Ok, have a beautiful Christmas, hope the spirit is with you, stay safe on the roads and come on down for a visit if you haven’t already done so. Spread the word about the beautiful hounds and next week we will start another year of changing lives, both human and dog, for the better with these wonderful loving animals.