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John’s Happy Tails Report
2/10/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Some Second Hand Information From Ren-Fest.

The Renaissance Festival opened up this past weekend and we were there with our hounds. I always like to go up and help set up the tent with our president or vice president. Although I spent four years in the Navy, I can usually count on learning some new words or phrases, or at least a refresher course in reference to our tent, setting it up, or the equipment we use or lack thereof. It seems the tent never sets up according to its design or the way it set up the last time, which brings out the verbiage in us and it resembles a warped version of the ‘Whistle while you work’ scene in Disney’s Snow White. The tent always gets set up on time though and makes it through the Festival, except of course, when it gets blown down.

Super C Shane

Super C Shane

As predicted by our executive officers, after the new year passes and people get back into their routines, we also get busier. We had four adoptions, along with plenty of good looks over the weekend and even received two returns. For me, it was like old home weekend, I met a mixed mutt that I swear could be my dog’s long lost brother, a girl named Julie, only Juliette, not Julie Anne like my daughter, and a guy named Jason with a fabulous blue retro Dodge Challenger. Jason was familiar with cars like ’71 Plymouth Barracuda, and the muscle car era, and I was an old ’72 Dodge Charger person, so we kind of hit it off. Growing up with songs like ‘409’ by the Beach Boys, I still can’t quite cope with today’s terminology, ‘she’s real fine, my 5.7’ just isn’t quite the same, but Jason did get to meet some beautiful greyhounds and I got to meet his beautiful Challenger. Very seldom does anything come close to getting my attention away from our beautiful greys.

Real Dude

Real Dude

As fate would have it, we have something like three cat tolerant dogs currently available in the kennel. Naturally, the first four sets of people in the office were looking for cat tolerant dogs, so BS Bob, Royal Ambition, and Super C Shane got most of the attention early. Bob and Royal Ambition now have applications and Shane came close, but he’s recovering from a broken hock and didn’t make it. The good news, we finished cat testing the rest of the hounds and have eight or nine that did test as cat tolerant. The test may be tainted, the cat was in a foul mood and I heard the dogs weren’t messing with her, but if you have a cat that is not passive, this will work in your favor, and nine or ten possibles is better than having zero. We are a feast and famine organization, at the mercy usually of who is sent to us. Last fall, at one point, we only had seven girls in the whole kennel, now we’ve got close to two dozen, so timing is essential if you are looking for specifics in a hound, but if you are just looking for a great dog, we have plenty of them. Along with the two cat guys, Git n Reba has found her forever home and Thatsafactjack, is going to a beautiful family with three kids. Jack is the brother of Miniature Rose, she lasted about fifteen minutes last weekend, and Jack didn’t waste any time getting himself adopted, as he turned on the personality and got selected over several other candidates.

Black Knight

Black Knight

There were two returns this weekend, one is a dog that was given up, I don’t have the details on him/her as yet, and Real Dude was returned, given up for medical reasons and we have to have him examined to see what his problem is. Hopefully by next week or so we can have a report on their situation and their adoptability. BS Bob was returned, but has gone right back out, being a cat tolerant at the right time and place worked out for him and hopefully whatever the problem with his original home will not happen in his second. We always maintain that every dog has the perfect home for him or her and every family has the perfect pet just waiting for them, but we don’t always get it right on the first time. But, our tenacity to keep working to find the perfect match is what separates us from the rest of the herd.

Atascocita Ing

Atascocita Ing

We have thirteen dogs slated to head up to north Florida around the eighteenth or in about a week, whichever comes first, but we will certainly be getting replacements, so even if they are not all cat tolerant, there will be a fabulous selection. We’ve had an increased interest in the black dogs, possibly because they are part of the Bob’s Dogs program and are currently being discounted, but for whatever reason, they have gotten some serious looks. When they come in kind of scruffy and nicked up, they tend to be overlooked. A large portion of our society is even afraid of them. I’ve overheard my dog Diffy called a ‘Diablo Negro’ or ‘Black Devil’ and people either are afraid of them or think of black dogs and cats as bad luck. The only bad luck associated with both my black dogs is that the rest of the world missed out on sharing years of love and affection with them, and that’s the world’s bad luck not mine. Anyway, you can also look at these dogs as ‘gems in the rough’. With a little affection, fish oil, the right diet, and brushing, they can become the most beautiful animals you can imagine, kind of like getting Dan Marino as the last quarterback drafted of the six hall of fame players in the class of ’83.

WS White Jean

WS White Jean

We have five new arrivals this past week, Boris Bear Bones, Bl’s Fagen, and Superior Boggie have retired and will be here waiting for you to come check them out. KB’s Gigi is the most beautiful black girl ever, according to our kennel manager, and he doesn’t throw out compliments, but he’s infatuated with her. We also have the two returns, Real Dude and a dog whose racing name I don’t have yet. I have to add a couple of the recent dogs so our webmaster can throw in a few pictures, he likes to feature the ones that still are looking for a home, not the ones who have gone out, and I don’t blame him for that. Black Knight is not a new arrival, but he’s probably going to the Renaissance Festival, how could we not bring a Black Knight to the Renaissance? With the departure of Hammy heading north, our new number one dog will be Atascocita Ing, we call him Ding. Atascocita Reno has a semifinalist on Sunday but didn’t win, but now he’s all enthused, so give him a look, or at least say hello to him when you’re here. Looking for experienced racers with high energy? Atascocita Daido has run more races than any girl we’ve currently got at the kennel, 169, and she and WS White Jean have a little friendly bet going to see who will be adopted first. So, that’s the news that’s fit to print, or if not, you won’t see it here if it gets edited. Come on down and check us out, it’s free, we have free water and cokes in the ‘frig, we’ve got Denny’s, McDonalds, and Wendy’s right down the street, Casa Maize right across the street, whatever that is, so you won’t starve, we’re not out in the woods by ourselves somewhere. We are also family friendly, no cursing, unless you’re helping our executive officers set up the tent, and you, at the very least, will learn about these fabulous greyhounds. They are not perfect for everyone, but we’ve got a lot of people who have fallen in love with them, and this is the best way to find out for yourself about them. We’re open virtually every weekend, easy to get to, traffic is not bad, and if you bring a beautiful blue Dodge Challenger, make sure you lock it, not because of the neighborhood, but like I said, I’m an old time classic Dodge person.