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John’s Happy Tails Report
2/3/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometimes From Sea To Shining Sea.

Acehigh Jessie & Otis

Acehigh Jessie & Otis

Superbowl 48 is history. Bad game, bad commercials, good riddance, animals are more fun anyway. I just got more entertainment in ten seconds than I did watching the whole game last night. Our cat decided he wanted to jump from my desk to the bed as usual. Unfortunately he launched himself from the top of my ‘Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies’ book, instead of the desk itself. Upon takeoff, he launched the yellow book at my greyhound Diffy, who was sleeping beneath me. Diffy then tosssed his bed pad in an effort to escape the ‘book monster’ that attacked him. The cat is hanging onto the side of the bed, the look on his face is priceless, Diffy is two rooms over, all I saw was tailpipe and elbows. I think they really do reach full speed in two or three strides, and I’m almost on the floor in tears.

Hallo Savinio

Hallo Savinio

We had a very nice back to normal weekend, great weather and a couple adoptions. I forgot to mention an adoption last week, Acehigh Jessie, who is Acehigh Casino’s (aka Dude) sister, was adopted and went to live with an interesting new brother. Her new adopted brother’s name is Otis and he’s a large, large Mastiff. I’m assuming all is going well, we haven’t heard back from them, and that is usually an indication of good news or one contestant being consumed. One of the neatest things about volunteering at the kennel is getting to meet all kinds of dog breeds and some very interesting humans as well. This was my first Mastiff. Sorry I missed you last week Jessie. This past weekend, we were discussing a very new arrival, Miniature Rose, saying that she won’t be here very long, and sure enough, one of the first, if not the very first visitor on Saturday morning fell in love with her and she is adopted. Also adopted on Saturday, Turbo Sean, who is one of our discount dogs, with ragin’ cagin’ aggression. He was adopted by a cute little red headed girl somewhere between the Wendy’s girl and Charlie Brown’s friend, and if he gets along with their feline, I think they’re going to have a decade of love and affection in their future. Some dogs may have an incident or two that could have been isolated or circumstantial, but we are obligated to report and disclose anything that might be considered out of the ordinary, medically and personality speaking. This is the case with Turbo Sean, who was labeled as crate aggressive, but has shown nothing of the sort since a short time after his arrival. This sometimes puts a very good dog in the position of people automatically ignoring him and it’s not entirely fair to the individual animal. The good news, we have a family who met him and fell in love with him and is willing to find out what he’s all about. As previously stated, he has been a model citizen, and like a lot of our return dogs who go to a new home, his new humans wonder aloud something like ‘How could they give up a dog like this?’ or in his case, ‘How could he have been passed by for this long?’ We wish all the dogs and their families many years of love and good health.

TMC's Tail Light

TMC’s Tail Light

Ok, so I believe we got the two new adoptions covered and the one we missed last week. There were no returns, but we are losing three of our good friends in our little community, and their humans are not chopped liver either. Steve and Barbara are heading to California along with their beautiful senior girl, Wingo, and Bob is heading for Nevada with his brother and sister act, Frisco and Holly. We wish the humans as well as the dogs all the best of luck and good health, try to keep us posted on how you’re all doing and of course, drop in if you get back down here, which they’ve already promised to do. I guess we should start a section by itself for the alumni news, as we are getting a lot of mail and pictures from them telling us how life is going in the ‘Retirement Lane’.

Black Knight

Black Knight

We’re currently sitting with almost sixty five dogs available for adoption, nearly two to one in boys over girls. Among our new arrivals is Hallo Savinio, just retired after a 253 race career. He is four years old, closing in on five, and won 27 races and placed second 44 times, he’s certainly deserving of a loving forever home. If you’re looking for a rugged just off the track guy, you might want to take a look at him, he’s in the best shape of his life, looks like he just left the gym and he should be gone pretty quickly, or at least I hope so. TMC’s Tail Light is a cute little brindle girl, she’s only three years old and I’d adopt her on name alone. It would be nice to get a home for MV Caden and Black Knight, they are in poor spirits after their Broncos got smeared and a brand new forever home would be just what the doctor ordered for them. Fortunately I talked both of them out of betting on the game or they would be giving up their nightly treats for the next month. Racing dogs should not bet on football games. Through some misinformation, Superior Destroy was almost renamed Toy, but we got the situation straightened out and she retains her name Phoenix, given to her by our favorite volunteer named Kim and she will probably be waiting to show you Phoenix and explain how she got her name. Roc a by Barmaid has been named Barbie by a consensus of our three pixie triplet volunteers. They didn’t show up Sunday so I don’t have their names, but they’re supposed to be back, armed with a video camera, maybe next weekend. Ok, that about does last weekend’s activities, we have fun, we do good things for animals, come on down and see what owning a greyhound is all about, we’re family friendly and always glad to have company.