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John’s Happy Tails Report
4/7/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And A New Discovery, Letters From Home.

It is claimed that perseverance pays off and in one case it did for me. Michelle accuses me periodically of not reading the website but I actually do, it’s just that I can’t remember everything since all the things that I’ve learned over the past nearly seventy years have overcrowded my head and have settled down into the rest of my body, mostly in the midsection. Yes, I used to think it was torso muscle gained from endless twelve ounce curls (Pepsi), but I finally realized that it is all stored knowledge and not just fat that has overflowed down to the gut where it has taken up residence. It’s ironic that I would end up working with the greyhounds instead of the Bassets, Beagles, Pugs, Dachshunds, and/or Labradors, which are among the breeds most like me, they plump out in the middle without having to be boiled. Anyway, I’ve never been able to find the Letters From Home section of our website for whatever reason, incompetence mostly, but not because I haven’t read or looked for it. It has now been found and is listed under Michelle’s Blog, right there under Happy Tales and right above Catherine’s List of Greyhound Friendly Resorts and Restaurants. The Letters from Home are some of the emails we get from our alumni who have been adopted out already, and we all love to hear how they are doing. This isn’t exactly how every grey that has found a home will always turn out, but it gives you an idea of what to expect and how their humans feel about the new love of their life. It’s fun to read, so you might want to check that out if you get a chance. A lot of the emails even come with nice photos. That’s not a plug, that’s a fact jack, which is also the name of one of our recently adopted boys, and last heard, he was doing very nicely in his new digs. The latest email is a little note from our good friends Steve and Barbara who relocated to California with Wingo. Ms. Wingo was known around our play yard to be quiet and shy, but she’s come out of her shell in her new dog park and become somewhat of a social butterfly. It could be her new surroundings but I think she’s more attentive because of the three earthquakes they’ve had since their arrival in L.A…

Atascocita Daido

Atascocita Daido

The Ebro 14 group is still scheduled to head north, probably this Wednesday or Thursday. You can also see the impact the Sunburst project is making if you check out where some of these letters from home originate. I talked to friends from New Jersey this morning and they went to a place called Englishtown Flea Market that apparently had no fleas but did have a dog rescue set up and my friend talked with a lady from Florida that knew about us, so we are getting well known and making a dent little by little in helping get these greyt animals out to the public. We had two dogs acquire applications over the weekend. Atascocita Darby and Kane’s Baltimore are packing their bags and getting ready for their new forever home adventure. Kane’s Baltimore will have a little sister, an Italian Greyhound named Lacey. Here’s hoping that Hootie Hooter was delivered as scheduled last night, I haven’t heard anything to the contrary, so hopefully she’s settled into her new home by now. We also have five others that have applications pending, bags packed, and almost ready to take the last ride in the big white van to start their new retired life. I also thought I heard from a little bird, aka Jerry our President, that the three guys that went to the senior sanctuary recently, have all been adopted already.

Razorscar

Razorscar

There were no returns this past week, and we received two new additions late Sunday, or at least that’s when I found out about them. WW Kay Corona, who was one of a beer litter, or liter maybe, and is four years old. He’s a big black boy, listed as over 80 pounds, so if big, black, and beautiful is your cup of tea, come down early next weekend and check, check, check him out. Frosted Even is a red brindle two and a half year old. Haven’t seen her yet, but she did have a very short racing career, probably ran like I did, but she’s a girl and girls are a good thing. Our current dilemma, and there’s always a current dilemma, is a shortage of girls and cat tolerant dogs. We now keep two kennel dogs up front with us to serve as greeters. You can still see any or all the dogs you desire, but we will have two up front on hand to distract you while we go and fetch the others. For most of them, this is their first real public appearance, not counting the racing track, and it’s unique and interesting to see how they react to the real world. Last weekend we had Atascocita Darby up front. She proceeded to take every toy in both boxes, except for the weird red plastic ball, and carry them back behind the counter to her hiding place. It was hilarious to watch, and it may have helped her get adopted. Atascocita Daido also had a chance at the big time, she was picked out on line, but didn’t get along in person with her potential new brother, Charlie, a very large Doberman, who didn’t care for her at all, so she is still single and unattached if you’re looking for an energetic black sweetheart, she might be just the one you’re looking for. Razorscar also got to meet his public. He is a fantastic dog but an early life argument with a tractor blade has left a large scar across his back. He doesn’t let it worry him but he’s concerned it might bother some people. It didn’t stop him from his eighty plus racing career; someone is going to get a beautiful companion when they adopt him. So, April has started off hot in more ways than one, plenty of action, and the kennels will start filling up again as soon as the next group heads out and opens up some room. If you are looking for a great canine pet and you’re curious about the retired racing greyhound, come on down to our kennel and meet them one on one, at the very least you will find out about this magnificent ancient breed and if they are right for you. It most likely will be a very educational and pleasant experience, these dogs are also kid friendly and they love company. And don’t forget, April is Adopt a Greyhound Month, what more of an excuse do you need?

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