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John’s Happy Tails Report
4/14/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel As The Office Greeters Are Making Their Mark In More Ways Than One.

Frizzle

Frizzle

Last week I spread the word about our Letters from Home section which relates the emails and letters we get from our alumni who have gone on to their real homes after retirement. This isn’t a new thing, but it was to me since I just discovered that it’s under Michelle’s Blog. Also, the new ones that arrive are usually posted on the home page. Jerry B. will be happy that we did not get a cake for Trent’s birthday, but Jill will be bringing in brunch next Saturday, so you are in luck for next weekend. We got three applications on Saturday. Kane’s John ended his career officially and arrived with us last week. I was taking his picture outside when a couple arrived at that moment and asked if that was Kane’s John. ‘’That’s our dog’’ the lady yelled. And it was. John was sent to us by mistake last year and this couple had seen him and wanted him immediately. Unfortunately, he had been given to us by mistake, so the racing kennel wanted him back. So, they had to wait a year or so for him, and they did. I didn’t know about all this and I thought it was strange that someone would get out of their car and yell that it was ‘their’ dog. I just think the timing was amazing because we did over a dozen dogs and they happened to pull up right at the time their dog was being photographed. It’s a sign. Of what I don’t know, but a cute story as far as I’m concerned. Atascocitagabby and Uhaul Mack were up front on Saturday as our kennel dog greeters. Apparently a family with a young boy came in and he and Gabby bonded pretty well, so we have an application on Gabby and I got to hear Portuguese spoken, which is a first for me, at least that I can recall. Last but not least, a young lady came in towards the end of the day to find out about greyhounds. By the end of her visit it was obvious that she didn’t want to leave without a greyhound and she ended up putting an application on Uhaul Mack. He did everything but sit on her lap, so I think he kind of liked her. She said she’d try to have her boyfriend come by on Sunday to see the dog, and we’ve heard many of the ‘tomorrow’ stories, but, he showed up the next afternoon and he liked her, so I think U Mack has a new home. So we did three applications on Saturday but got skunked on Sunday.

Atascocita Effie

Atascocita Effie

Returns are not usually happy occasions, and we did get one on Sunday, but it was probably as good a negative as you could ask for. Atascocita Effie was just adopted out and delivered and was returned within a week. I heard a couple different versions from the rumor mill, one version was that she wouldn’t go into her crate, and another was that she went to the vet and would be too costly to keep. We will have to check out her doctor’s excuse and make sure there’s nothing wrong with her, but in any case, we don’t want the dog in a home where she’s not wanted and we don’t want people being unhappy thinking they have been saddled with a burden, so it’s always best to move on, especially when it was for such a short time. Effie is a beautiful young girl and she won’t have any problem finding her real forever home. Remember, even in baseball, if you get thirty hits out of a hundred at bats, you are now considered an excellent hitter, and we hit well above ninety percent on our first time placements, so life is indeed good in the slow lane, but never claim to have a perfect record.

Atascocita Johan

Atascocita Johan

The Ebro 14 all made it to Ebro last week, WWK Sweet Onions, Atascocita Rake, Tempo Kanasta, and Kane’s Baltimore were also delivered to their new homes. We have a little note from Kane’s Baltimore’s humans, I didn’t put it here but it’s in the Letters from Home and on the Home Page posted. She’s doing fine with her new people and little sister Lacey, an Italian Greyhound that’s reportedly teaching her Italian.

Eight new arrivals this past week, not counting WW Kay Corona and Frosted Eve, who came in on Sunday. Corona is the biggest dog in the kennel currently, around eighty three pounds racing weight, so if bigger is better with you, bring your tow truck and come check him out, he’s really a nice guy but may need some work on the leash. We now have three brand new two year old girls with us, Joan O’Brien, Rainwater Kari, and CBJ Priceless. I love the name Rainwater Kari and she’s just as nice as her name. Four boys also arrived, including TMC’s Busta Move, who is just slightly smaller than Corona, Atascocita Johan, Frizzell, and You Ole Buzzard, which they could probably also call me if they wanted. Actually there were five boys, Flyin Paul Ammo came in too, he’s not a big guy, and so if you like the smaller males, you might want to check him out.

TMC's Rowdy Boy

TMC’s Rowdy Boy

April is ADOPT a GREYHOUND MONTH, and addition to all the rest of the nice pictures that hit our facebook, Ms. Julie has taken it upon herself to shoot some dogs and is attempting to post a greyhound a day for the month. These are nicer than our official standard old red fence official photographs. I want you to know, it has been pointed out to me, and actually, they are nice, candid shots, so you will be getting some nice pictures of most of our kennel mates if we can get them posted up in a timely manner. Since we are still limited to whom we can bring back to the kennel, the profiles and photos will be the best way that you can check out our ‘people’ online. Some people come in with a list and we are happy to bring any and all dogs out for you to see, It just takes a little more time. At the end of the month we will also be at the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival with our booth, so if you are in the area, feel free to stop by and say hello. One final word of caution, when you do stop by our kennel, be careful, we’ve had four of our recent ‘greeters’ adopted, word is getting out and all the dogs want to be up front in the office when the visitor humans come in, that’s where the action is. Sometimes it just takes just one look to fall in love.