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John’s Happy Tails Report
2/24/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel As Full Moon February Continues.

Full moon week is supposed to be when crazy things happen and the nuts come out, but we seem to have had a full moon month. We have had a month of chaos with the influx of dogs, trying to set up another temporary kennel, working around not having most of our volunteers allowed behind closed gates. To add to the excitement, we had a jailbreak this afternoon. Somehow the third group of girls in the noon turnout got out the side gate and played their version of ‘Run Forrest Run’. I can talk lightly about it now because it ended well, but Chris got a phone call and went flying out of here. He caught two dogs that had traveled down Red Road, which is not a good place for pedestrians or dogs. Luis pulled two out of the canal, and the other four took hostages and barricaded themselves in the guardhouse, but were talked out with promises of treats. Ok, the last part didn’t actually happen; they were rounded up within the compound pretty quickly though. So hold on to your hats, we’ve still got a few days left in February.

WW Jazz Me Up

WW Jazz Me Up

As exciting as it was last week, when we signed up seven dogs, it was that slow this weekend. I was gone for the weekend so I don’t have information on how many looks we got, or even visitors. I just got word that we did indeed get an application on Foxy Flake today, via email or something. This information I received second hand, but I believe it is accurate, so we weren’t shut out at least. The Renaissance Festival is still in full swing, I have no report from there either, but if you go, stop by and see us if you get a chance, we are on the roadside on the way in and always have people and hounds there to greet you. It’s a great place for you ‘way up north’ people to meet a real greyhound without having to go all the way down south to our kennel, especially if you just want to introduce yourself to the breed, or let your kids get a hand’s on experience with a real retired racer. Remember, these are racing greyhounds, not NASCAR racers, so don’t look for Jimmy or Danica, or Dale. That’s not meant as a joke, we’ve had people come in here looking for Chihuahuas a couple times, so anything is possible.

Turbo Sean

Turbo Sean

The Sunburst project is blossoming very nicely, that’s the program that gets our four legged people to the greyhound thirsty two legged people up north. Got some excerpts from up north I don’t mind sharing with the world. 1. Killer Kolt is wowing the pastor’s group. 2. Hamiter is the hit of the haul today; he was probably the favorite dog that arrived in Chicago today. 3. The O Ya boy (Hotwired) is amazing. 4. All of your dogs ‘’really blew our group away’’ – that’s what I just got from the folks up north. This leads me to believe that these people love our dogs, which I think we have really known all along, but I don’t mind repeating it a few times. Our reputation is expanding to the rest of the country. I just finished talking to one of our adopters who makes sure she spreads the word when people ask her about her beautiful greyhound, so little by little, one dog at a time, we’re doing our part to get these beautiful pets out to the rest of the world.

Whistler Cosmo

Whistler Cosmo

As confusion reigns this full moon February, we have three returns listed, all three I may have false information on, so take this with a grain of salt. WW’s Jazz Me Up was supposedly fourteen years old, but I have him as being born in 2002, which makes him eleven. He’s a beautiful dog and would be a great senior citizen adoption for someone, he looks a lot better than I will when I reach eleven in dog years, that’s for sure. Turbo Sean was returned, he apparently got beat up in a dog park and returned to us possibly having issues with children now. In any case, he’s back at the ranch looking for another chance at his forever home. Whistler Cosmo is about eight years old and was adopted out in 2009 according to his records but when/where/why/and how he got back here is a mystery to me so far, but you can find out whatever answers you need by contacting us and getting ahold of Michelle or Jerry. If they don’t have the answers, there aren’t any answers.

Gee Whiz

Gee Whiz

We have some new arrivals and I don’t know who they are yet, but I can drop a few new arrival names so our fabulous webmaster can provide you a visual on some of them. Our website appears to be down as far as the photos and profiles are concerned, but we still have the pictures posted on Pet Finder. Early reports on Gee Whiz are that he is one of the best looking new arrivals and he has a personality to match. My daughter, who doesn’t like to be shown or mentioned so please ignore this sentence and skip the photo which isn’t there anyway, has fallen head over heels with a new girl, Sandy Lane. This girl is beautiful and super sweet and she says Sandy Lane is just like her. Special talents dogs are popular, Astar Royal Judge is one of those, and he’s a master at taking off his muzzle during turnout. This is probably not to useful for most people, as the dogs don’t normally wear muzzles, and private homes don’t need muzzles for their dogs, but there is potential here. He might be able to be taught to take off his jacket or clothes, and you could hire him out as a stripper at a male club and have him earn some extra cash for your household. It was just a thought. It’s probably a good idea to end the thoughts here, this is getting long, thank goodness I was not at the kennel this weekend and didn’t have anything to write about. Have a greyt week, come out and see us, alumni welcome always, and spread the word on these beautiful animals, they all deserve a loving home.