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John’s Happy Tails Report
4/1/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And For The First Time, The Trail Of An Escapee.

Rowdy Ridges

Rowdy Ridges

I lost my first dog yesterday morning, Rowdy Ridges bolted from my grasp while I was handing her off to Valberta, one of our volunteers, while we were doing some pictures for the website. I wish I could sit back and say APRIL FOOLS, but unfortunately it really happened. Since this is John’s mostly happy tales, we did have a happy ending though; Rowdy ran over to the play area and hung out long enough until she was recaptured by Liz and Chris. It is not a good feeling to see your dog running off and knowing you have no chance to catch it, so my advice Is to avoid that feeling at all costs. My knees did finally quit shaking later in the afternoon. It can’t be stated strongly enough, hold on to your dogs at all times, they can and will bolt. So much for the trauma for the weekend, on the other side of the food dish, it was a very busy holiday weekend believe it or not and six dogs are leaving the kennel as a result.

Good news, we are back to almost a full kennel, or will be on Monday afternoon when we get our new arrivals. We started off the weekend with TNJ Tobasco acquiring a new family. Congratulations to him and his new family, including Ian, his new human big brother. Making my day was Hallo Sinsony, who was returned for the second time last weekend, but a family that already has one of our girls, the former CRT Jamie, came in looking for another dog (like potato chips, you can’t have just one) to join their family, and Sony, just like when Lebron takes over a game and almost wins it by himself, took over the competition and won their hearts, so he’s off with his new family as we speak, visiting Ft. Myers before going to his new forever home and it really looks like the third time will be the charm for him. The lesson in this being that there’s always hope. The right family is out there, or conversely speaking, the right dog is there, sometimes it just takes a little longer to match them up. Braska Danica was adopted on Easter Sunday, and hopefully she and her family along with all the other adoptees and their people, will have a blessed and happy life together filled with love and good health. Easter Sunday was also good for Mully Grub, aka Merlin, who will no longer be having the Mully Grubs. He was chosen by a couple with a cute little mighty mutt named Oliver, after their original choices didn’t work out, it appears that Merlin and Oliver actually had the final say in the matter. Two of Merlin’s main character traits appear to be love and counter surfing, we wish Oliver and his family all the best with the new boy. As his track record indicates, just don’t bet on him. We can’t all be winners on the track, but they are all winners in matters of the heart, just wait and see. HL’s Gauge and Algoa Nike both received plenty of looks, Nike actually got an application, but it fell through due to weight restrictions of dogs at her potential new home. Nike and Gauge will be going over to the west coast for foster homes prior to adoption, so it appears that they were fated to get homes this weekend one way or the other. So the weekend was a success, six dogs with new homes, including one very good Return dog rehomed. It’s weekends like this that make you almost forget about your own stupidity in letting a dog get away from you, still feel bad about that, but I can look at the leaving list with six names and can still manage a smile.

Cry Yahtzee

Cry Yahtzee

As mentioned last week, another return, Cry Yahtzee, has arrived back in the kennel all the way from Washington state. He is in excellent shape, was well taken care of, and is ready to pull his version of the Sony act and get re-adopted PDQ just like Sony did.

The new dogs arriving will probably be girls and won’t be in until later Monday so I have no information on them as of yet. We have a few brood moms in very recently, ten, seven, six, and five years old, for those of you looking for the sexy senior type. The older dogs bring their own special advantages over the younger, non-house experienced and sometimes party animals. There are people who prefer them, so just putting out a heads up for you, especially this girl TMC’s Heartthrob and her friends Fantasia and Yolanda. You might even get a picture of them here if I can get one to Jerry in time.

CRT Amy

CRT Amy

From the play yard literally, Liz, our version of the Greyhound Whisperer because of her success in working with the very shy dogs, is working with Amy and she is making great progress with her. Amy is super-shy afraid of people and her own shadow, but is coming along slowly but surely. Some people just naturally fall in love with animals that are shy or afraid, they are considered special needs and will likely go to people with experience in dealing with these issues. If this is you, you might want to check Amy or Harris Faulkner, aka Harmony, out. The right home is out there waiting for them too, but they are not your average greyhound, so it will take a special person for them, but we have proven that they too make wonderful pets, but require just a bit more work and patience. So, a quarter of the new year is gone, no longer considered a new year, and heading into April. If you get a chance come on out to our kennel and check us out, we’re family friendly, the dogs and staff love company, and if you want your ears talked off, just ask for John, but make sure you tell him to secure the leash, and when he tells you to make absolutely sure you have it secure, he’s telling you that from painful experience. Have a greyt week and come out and see us , you might even hear our big brindle boy Roc a By Jukebox, aka Elvis, singing the old Supreme’s hit song ‘Come See About Me’ .