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John’s Happy Tails Report
12/9/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel, Sometimes With A Little Help From Our Northern Friends.

It’s December and traditionally we are sparsely attended on most weekends, last weekend being no different. The week was highlighted by our Dinner with the Doc, a Wednesday evening dinner in the parking lot of our dear/deer Dr. Willie and his staff at the Welleby Veterinary Center. There was close to a couple dozen well behaved greyhounds in attendance, and even more humans. We got to see many old and new friends, and enjoy an excellent dinner. There should be a nice selection of great photos posted on the website or facebook, from our roving casual photographer Larry Warsh. The weather was perfect and it must have looked strange to the people driving by to see tables set out in the parking lot and a bunch of large dogs roaming around, with no fences. Dr. Willie hosted or co-hosted the event with Michelle and his office was open to tours for those who always wondered what the inside of a veterinarian’s back room looked like but were afraid to ask. Thank you Maurice, for providing the fabulous dinner, all those who volunteered their time and talent to make it happen, and all who attended and brought their well behaved greyhounds. I have no knowledge of any incidents whatsoever, so everyone was on their best behavior, which is normal for our greys.

Wind Goddess

Wind Goddess

As previously stated, we are at our slow time of year. There was no Emerald Coast run last week and I have only one adoption to report. BS Bob has an application for adoption, as he tested out very good with his potential little brother, an Italian Greyhound name Vinny. Not my Cousin Vinny, but probably is somebody else’s. Bob has a current medical condition that is being treated, so his adoption won’t be until he’s given the medical clearance Clarence, which will probably be next month which will also be next year. Firecracker Bea was delivered to her new home during the week, she had been pending for a couple weeks and should now be settled in to her new home.

What we lack in adoptions, we are making up for in tourists. We’ve had quite a few people from up north stop in both last week and this past weekend, just to say hello and get their ‘greyhound fix’ because they miss their own pets. We’ve had Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, and Germany (yes Germany) represented among the people that I have met, and probably a few others that i missed too. You are always welcome to stop by and say hello and talk greyhound with us. I can talk till you drop it has been said of me.

I wanted to write a little about the idiosyncrasies of greyhounds as compared to other breeds. Of course I did not write it down like I said I would and Lisa did not email me the information like she said she would so what we have here is two wrongs that don’t make a write. I remember that some of them do smile, and it all goes dark after that. We did get a beautiful email from the humans of the former Ronald Regan, now known as Cormack. He lives in Asbury Park, NJ, a place that I visited long ago to see one of my best Navy friends, who lives in Joisey and has a summer house in Asbury Park. This is part of their letter and is typical of our greyhound adoptees.

Ronald Regan (Cormack)

Ronald Regan (Cormack)

To give you a short glimpse into his life, he bolts up and down the stairs at will, loves his food and treats, runs figure-8’s in our fenced-in backyard, loves his walks around town each morning, and par for the course with greyhounds, sleeping! His older greyhound sister Eligia has helped to give him comfort in his new home, and my partner larry and i are doing our best to make sure he has the best life imaginable.Below are a couple of photos from his first two weeks we’d like to share. We’d also like any information you can give us on how we can register him with the National Greyhound Association. Our Eligia is registered, as is our beloved, yet since passed Keagen, whom we lost earlier in the year, and we hope to add Cormack’s certificate to the wall. Thanks so much for entrusting Greyhound Friends of NJ with Cormack, for without that, he would not be in our lives. We love him so dearly, and are thrilled to have him in our family!

A lot of people think it’s sad that they come into and go out of our lives so fast, but I think it’s beautiful that they manage to stay in our hearts for the rest of our lives, or at least in my case they do.

Killer Kolt

Killer Kolt

There has not been a lot of movement this past week, but we have received some new retirees. The magnificent seven arrived this past week, brought in by Michelle from the wilder parts of Florida, five girls believe it or not, and two boys. Ladies first, Superior Faith, a four year old black girl with over a hundred sixty professional races. Braska Tootie, a three year old lassie, white and brindle ticked, Wind Goddess, a four year old fawn that looks like a goddess with her captivating dark eyes, Pass Word is a brindle girl, only two years old, and Berkley Bonnie, a beautiful three year old brindle girl. Killer Kolt just arrived giving us two colts in the kennel, BA Colt, and Killer Kolt. Kolt is a big handsome red brindle that won’t be two until February. Last and certainly not least, we have Dimaggio. Not Joe or Dom, although his kennel name is Domino, he’s a large two year old white dog with black ticking. We’re unofficially up to about forty two dogs, so the famine is over temporarily, but we anticipate making one more run up north before the end of the year, so if any of these newbies interest you, you might want to drop by the kennel and check them out. In the meantime, have a greyt week, drive safely, I don’t know about the rest of the area, but Hialeah is very interesting to drive in especially during the Christmas season, so drive carefully and defensively.