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John’s Happy Tails Report
2/17/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel, As We Take A Licking But Keep On Ticking.

Slugbug Bob at Ren-Fest

Slugbug Bob at Ren-Fest

We did applications on seven doggies this past weekend, despite being stretched thin and operating on a shoestring staff because of some rule changes and the 6-week long Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach. But with applications working on seven dogs, it was a three ring circus with all the regular visitors and volunteers mixed in with bringing dogs out to show to prospective adopters, photographing the available dogs, visiting with people who bring their own pets to test with one of our dogs or just play. Throw in some cat testing, let it simmer all afternoon, and you end up with a perfect stew. To make things even more exciting, the Available Dogs section of our website with all the neat photos is down because of the data feed from Petfinder, so you can’t view the pictures and profiles on our site as of this moment. Hopefully they’ll get it fixed soon. If you want to check out our dogs, you can still go to Petfinder [by clicking this link] and you can still get some pretty pictures of our adoptables. Roc a by Barmaid, Atascocita Dray, and Atascocita Reno were Apped on Saturday. Super C Shane, Password, BW’s Fima, and Kiowa Sis went on Sunday. Along with the chaos, my mind went too, so some of these facts may be a bit confused, but I believe a couple that were at Renaissance came down to look and ended up with Kiowa Sis. Password seemed to be love at first sight, and Shane was one of the few cat tolerants left and he went out PDQ, which is pretty darn quick. So if you’re keeping score along with me, you can remove them from the available list. Add to this the thirteen scheduled for the next Ebro trip up north, and five already reserved for the next week’s trip, we can at least smile through the snarl.

Hallo West Acre

Hallo West Acre

We had one return, a fourteen year old senior named Jazz. We’re investigating his medical problems and he will most likely end up as a foster, we try to keep the seniors out of the regular kennel if we can. He looks to be in excellent shape and well cared for, especially for a fourteen year old, which would be in human terms, one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel, but we’ll see what we can do for him. Also, eleven new arrivals trotted in and we received permission to use the kennel next door temporarily to house the overflow, which we greatly appreciate. Among the new arrivals we have two local legends, Hallo West Acre and Hallo Old Spice, who are stud muffins for real. They were released from the stud farm and we hope to get them a good home for their remaining days, they are nine and twelve years old and have fathered around four hundred dogs between them, so they were seemingly pretty busy on their own during their retirement days. Wonder if they left the stud farm willingly or had to be dragged out kicking and screaming? While we’re listing the senior members of the kennel, please also remember that Bold Dash is eleven and looking or a home. He was adopted from FoG at the age of two but his family was kicked by the economy, had to give up their house and Dash’s mom had to move in with her human daughter and grandkids. Dash is not kid friendly and couldn’t handle it. That’s okay, I hear our vice-president isn’t kid friendly either but she loves dogs. Dash’s mom lived with him in the empty house as long as she could and then brought him to us. We have promised to find him a good home. If you can help with that promise, please call or email (fogdogs@comcast.net)

TMC's Tail Light

TMC’s Tail Light

We will probably be doing cat testing as soon as possible because cat tolerant dogs are at a premium at the current moment. We did not get a report from the Renaissance except for the fact that our very own local legend, Slugbug Bob was in attendance, working the crowd with his promotional magic, and that at least one couple who visited us, ended up with one of our greys after visiting us in person.

Atascocita Ing

Atascocita Ing

A very big thank you to those of you who hold licenses that came out and helped, we were shorthanded and you saved the day. Thank you to my JulieAnne, not to be confused with Tony-O and Juliette, who adopted our beautiful Roc a by Barmaid (thank you also, by the way), who went out and got her license in one evening and helped us in the kennel all weekend. That’s my daughter that got it, not my wife, who hasn’t gotten hers yet, and if I were a betting man, I would not be betting on her getting one anytime soon, but that’s ok, she takes care of me so that I can help take care of the greys, so she does her part too. Because of problems in the racing industry, our adoption crew got caught up in the re-application of the rules and tightening of the fences. To our fabulous volunteers, the kids and the adults, we missed you, believe me, we missed you a lot. Hopefully this situation will be cleared up soon or we will find a way to make it work for all of us. Our retired greyhounds are just longing for a place in the sun and a home with air conditioning and all we’re trying to do is connect a beautiful loving animal with a nice loving home.

Atascocita Fain

Atascocita Fain

Ok, that was fun, we got to vent, then this will probably be edited (editor’s note: it was!) Now it’s time to mention some of the new arrivals, because we can still post pictures on the blog page and the webmaster likes to show off our beauties. After some up close and personal encounters this past weekend, if you are looking for energetic and outgoing dogs, I’d suggest you take a look at KB’s Gigi, TMC’s Tail Light, and Foxy Flake. Do you like talkers? MV’s Caden is our best talker. Black discount dogs? Check out Atascocita Ing, and Atascocita Fain, both got some serious looks this past weekend, but lost in the finals. We got a note from Thatsafactjack and a picture, the first day, so I’m thinking they were pretty excited to have him, the kids even told their teacher how anxious they were to get home to see him. Also, Ginger, our former TMC’s Lookahere, or Rosie to us, is doing very well in her new home. I can’t wait to get the time to establish a sort of ‘Happily ever after’ page where I can put up pictures and stories of the ‘alumni’. I’m working on that, but we’re busy with other stuff at the moment, but it’s coming. Have a great week, stop by the Renaissance if you get a chance, we always have dogs there, and humans to talk to. Don’t forget the Pups on the Patio at Beverly Hills this Tuesday, and if you need someone to sit with a dog, I will be dateless, except for my wife, but she doesn’t count as a greyhound, so if you have an extra dog and you need someone to sit with them, I will be glad to hold the leash. I won’t share my dinner though.