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John’s Happy Tails Report
2/25/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel, And Sometimes The Coast Guard Station.

Most of the time we start with what I consider the most important phase of our operation, the dogs that have been adopted. This week, before anything else, I would like to send out some much appreciated THANK YOU’s from the FOG staff, powers that be, Head Cabbages, basically Michelle, Jerry, and Chris. First, the US Coast Guard is fast becoming our favorite branch of the service. A few weeks ago Joe (they didn’t give me his last name which is probably ok by him anyway) and his USCG group invaded our kennel and did a number of much needed chores. Not to be outdone by this group effort, Joe, who organized it, came over Saturday and virtually singlehandedly emptied the van and set up the stock room, doing this with one hand in a cast. Forgive me if I missed anyone else here, I was not there, so if anyone else participated, I in no way belittle your effort, that’s the only name I got, but from what I heard, Joe did a super job unloading and organizing, and the van was chock full of goodies that Michelle and Jerry also singlehandedly loaded into the van and brought back from Orlando. Chris is also in on that thank you, it saved him a ton of work that he was expecting to have to do. Chris also wants to thank everyone involved Sunday, as it was total chaos with the number of people visiting all afternoon. Thanks to everyone, no matter what you were doing, because without your help it would have been a total disaster. We entertained visitors, got dogs washed and the kennel cleaned, showed dogs, talked to people, walked dogs, very nearly caught up on the photos, stocked and organized new goodies in the storeroom, and probably a dozen other things that I am unaware of, but a big thanks so that you know, in case you weren’t told personally, guaranteed you were talked about in glowing terms by the head lettuces afterwards.

Atakapa

Atakapa

With all the visitors over the weekend, we found five new homes for five very happy greyhounds. This is not official, but by my count. Hallo Sinsoney finally won. He’s been the bridesmaid for several weeks in a row, and a nice family, who has had a dog from us previously, decided he was the one to live with them and their two other dogs for the rest of his pet career. We wish both family and Sony all the best, I think it’s going to be a mutual love affair. Santa Fe Alvin, has officially headed out to his new digs or home trial, and remember, as previously stated, I am not official except in my own mind. Atakapa, who is named for an Indian tribe, but not actually Native American herself, was adopted out, and that pleases me, she is a return dog and I have a special place in my heart for the returns. Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no say. NFL Post will be leaving very soon, he was gone almost before he got here. He hasn’t even been neutered yet, but he will be by the time he’s delivered, so he’ll still have a couple bad days to get through before he heads to his new loving home. I forgot to tell him to put his head between his legs and say goodbye, never mind, that probably won’t be allowed. We’ll just say I hope he enjoys his last couple days of being a real man dog. Last and certainly not least, MV’s Ragatta has been adopted. She was on my short list to be the next dog I fall in love with, but she also is out almost before she got in. This is all good, a tear for them leaving, but a big cheer for their well-deserved new life as a loving pet in a loving home. The joy these animals bring as pets is truly immeasurable.

Oshkosh Eli

Oshkosh Eli

Can’t list Oshkosh Eli as a return this week, he arrived at the end of last weekend. He is seven years old, but I don’t believe he will be here long. He is sharp, sits, lays down, shakes, very laid back, and beautiful white and brindle to boot. He’s the largest dog we currently have, home experienced, which means housebroken completely, and looks like he hasn’t missed any meals ever. White dog, home experienced, beautiful disposition and well behaved, large,= quick adoption in my book.

There are only two new additions this past week, they arrived over the weekend, one is Destiny, and the other is Harmony, I have neither the racing name nor the information on them, but they will be here next weekend. Harmony is extremely shy, so we will have to see how she adapts this week, someone was interested in her and I told them they could check via phone before they come out next weekend, as Chris may not deem her ready to meet her public quite yet.

To those people that I begged on Saturday to take me home for a home trial so that I wouldn’t have to go to a wedding, wanted to let you know that it turned out ok, I went and it turned out great. Short ceremony and great food, and I retract my request, it turned out for the best. Too busy to dig up any dirt this weekend, Nellie dropped in for a visit, she’s doing well in her new home. Nellie is ten years old, our sexy senior, and is living proof that these are great pets no matter how old they are. We were also discussing ID tags for the dogs and as usual, I learn something neat every week. Many people have microchips, but ID tags are also important, since that’s what everyone will look for when they find a stray animal. It’s not only important to have an ID tag, but keeping it updated is key. I have photos of my kids in my wallet, just like everyone else, unfortunately it was pointed out to me that they are fifteen to twenty years old. It is a good idea to update, less embarrassing and easier to track. Check your dogs (cats, etc.) tags and make sure you have current phone numbers. Include the area code, animals are lost and found in completely different areas on occasions of trips, vacations, etc. First number, your cell. If you are out looking for a dog, chances are you won’t be answering your home phone. Also include as a third number, possibly a friend or relative that knows where you are at most of the time, in case you’re on vacation and the dog gets out. Sounds like good sound advice to me. What? I knew you were going to ask eventually. Yes, of course we sell them at the kennel. Jerry and Michelle are good with numbers and won’t dyslexiate the phone numbers on you. Don’t look it up, there’s no such word, just think transpose, it won’t happen here. And last, but not least in this modern era of quality consciousness, our tags are metal, not crappy plastic (I don’t know, ask Lisa, she knows, I thought it was a little pan fish, like a bream?), anyway, there’s no fishy smell and we have all kinds of colors and sizes, so check out our tags. There’s no worse feeling than waking up in the morning and not seeing your car where you parked it last night, except for discovering that your beloved pet is not in your house or yard. ID tags and life insurance, not really important until you lose someone or somedog dear to you. Hey, have a great week, thanks again to all the workers and volunteers for making it happen, and all the visitors, hope you enjoyed, learned a little something, and you are always welcome to return, with or without adopting a dog.