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John’s Happy Tails Report
3/17/13 Mostly Happy Tails From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometimes Underneath The Kennel Manager’s Goatee.

Nimby Cokolat (Cindy)

Nimby Cokolat (Cindy)

St. Patrick’s Day, 2 adoptions, 5 more dogs headed out to the west coast, a first ever U of Miami basketball conference championship, and my first encounter with a Doberman pinscher at the kennel highlighted my weekend at the kennel. The green beer fest was cancelled because the dogs are under legal drinking age, but it was still an exciting and successful weekend for the greys. I can’t wait for the Easter egg hunt next weekend. We now have a nearly two to one ratio in boys to girls, so it’s a buyer’s market on the boys with double the selection. We are also seeing a rash of injured dogs lately, mostly right rear hock injuries that will end a racing career in a hurry. These dogs usually recover fully and will run again, but as your friend, not a professional racer. It also appears that the beautiful status board in the office’s days is numbered, as we are contemplating a nice new large screened monitor that will replace it with more information and replace the handwritten gem that currently resides on the south wall. It is usually up to date and yes, there are really only ten girls currently available. Maybe eleven, word just in that Nimby Cokolat, aka Cindy, is returning to the kennel. Don’t have the complete story, but hope to by the end of the week. In any case, she is a beauty, a little shy, and probably will be available for the weekend. We need all the girls we can get and it’s rumored that Chris, our kennel manager, has even talked to a couple of the boys about dressing up as girls to help even up the numbers. So if you are only interested in the boy dogs, check them out thoroughly to make sure you are getting what you ordered. First dog that comes to mind would have been Wendle, he would have looked good in a wig.

We can begin by saying adios to the fearsome fivesome heading for Bill’s group over on the west coast of Florida. CRT Kerrigan, CRT Dainty, and Turbo Irene are the three lucky girls and CRT Dare Devil and Go Bon Idol Wrap are the two boys joining them. They head for foster homes awaiting adoption, so it is a good deal for them. Our kennel is excellent, but foster homes are excellenter. Don’t look it up, it isn’t a word, but it is better for the dogs. While I was away Saturday morning, Astar Can’t Lose proved just that, and he was adopted before I arrived. Today, KB’s Natalia, a very very recently arrived fawn beauty, met an older gentleman and will be shacking up with him come Thursday evening. This older gentleman’s name is Cody, he’s a thirteen year old Doberman, looking for a young companion to spend the rest of his ‘golden’ years with, and he selected Ms. Natalia, and I think his owners are going to be just as happy with her as he will be. Congratulations and good luck to all seven dogs, and your new families and may you be blessed with love and good health the rest of your years together. The rest of the weekend was relatively quiet, but in the lull, the staff got a chance to catch up on some of the work we were behind on. So you can cross those seven off your list in case you had them in mind.

ICU Claybourne

ICU Claybourne

We had only three new arrivals this week, all arriving on the weekend. WWK Progressive, a two year old dark brindle boy, around 67 pounds, with only 57 races, but 11 wins. I believe he is the one with the leg in a cast, so a racing injury must have ended his career because it sure wasn’t from a poor racing record. The two other late Sunday additions are Greta’s Mary, that’s Greta, not Grata’s (yeah, I wish), a little three year old red brindle girl, and Par Beethoven, a not so big four year old boy, white and brindle, not white and blue as originally reported to us. Both of them were good racers.

There were no returns this past week, ICU Claybourne was returned last week and he’s still in a funk. Returned dogs have several advantages, among them, most probably housebroke, real house living experience with screen and glass doors, tile floors, stairs, which believe it or not, can cause some greys new to home living, a bit of trauma. So if you are looking for a dog that transitions easily to house conditions, it might serve your interest to check on one of our returns. You can always ask the staff or kennel manager, they know the dogs and you can get all the information on any of our dogs, which includes medical, racing, and personality history. The more you and your dog know about each other the better the chances are for a perfect fit for both of you. Nimby Cokolat is returning, just found out, but don’t have information as of this moment. She was only here a short time, got numerous looks, and was out immediately. Don’t put her on your wait and see list, she’ll be out again in a flash, you can take that to the bank.

FoG Van

FoG Van

Word just in that Michelle and the galloping van have broken down again, somewhere between here and her west coast destination. Fortunately it was after the dogs were delivered. I heard that they sent a priest for last rites (for the van) but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet. Please, Please, Please, as James Brown pleaded in his 1964 song of the same name, if someone can find us a new or in better shape van, please, please, please, do, it is desperately needed. Even I, with my adventurous spirit, am hesitant to take it on trips any more. Time to hit the trail and release this while it is still current events and not yet history, we shall live to adopt another weekend. Lynn our collar girl was here and reshuffled the stock a little bit so you might want to check that out if you needed an excuse to come in to the office. That and the one of a kind status board should induce you to visit us this weekend, and of course you just might make a fast friend for life while you’re here.