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John’s Happy Tails Report
5/12/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel As We Get Ready To Celebrate With Our Possibly Last Big Holiday Party.

Real Dude

Real Dude

Since you probably have heard the bad news, I can be brief with my discussion on that and move on to what I do best, the happy stuff. The FOG Kennel as we know it now will be shutting down operations around the 20th of June. That’s not to say that we won’t continue at another location, but the Hialeah kennel will be vacated by that date. We have found homes for over eighteen hundred dogs so far and I believe I speak for everyone involved when I say we’re darn proud of it. We have tried to be totally neutral, favoring neither the anti-racing or pro-racing people, instead focusing only on getting loving homes for these fabulous animals. All eighteen hundred stories have not ended happily, but the vast majority has and by far, the majority of the ones that didn’t were not the fault of the dog involved. I like to think things happen for a reason even if it’s not understood or appreciated, so maybe we’ll see if this ends up in a change for the better.

Joan O'Brien

Joan O’Brien

We began the week with fifty something dogs to be homed within a month or so. By the end of the weekend we’ve come up with two groups from Ebro and Texas that will take about thirty eight of these dogs. We adopted out about six over the weekend and will go into next Saturday with possibly a dozen or less dogs left. Some of these will be the special dogs who will require special people. Two dogs who suffer seizures, I think there’s two senior dogs also and a couple broken dogs. All or almost all will be male and black, which will limit your choices to a dog that is not female and not white, brindle, or any color except black. There will possibly be a few exceptions, but all of the dogs deserve a loving home, and their home is out there among you somewhere, it’s just a little bit more or a challenge to hook them up, because a few of them will need special people.

TMCs Rowdy Boy

TMCs Rowdy Boy

We do urge you to come out to the kennel to see us this weekend and bring the alumni. Use any excuse you can, and a lot of us do need an excuse to go to Hialeah, but this will probably be your last month to visit the office, at least the one down here, and this is the weekend with all the food, which is dear to my heart. Everything will be for sale, if you see something you might like, just ask, and Michelle will probably sell it to you. The more we get rid of, the less we have to pack up and move, and store. Anyone with any ideas of a location for a kennel can call Michelle or Jerry, or come down this weekend, have a bite to eat, and tell them in person. Somewhere out there, I know someone has or knows of the perfect location for the new FOG kennel. For those who will take one of the available dogs as well as any previous adopters, FOG will remain available for returns, we are not going to abandon you or our greys, we will still be there for support whether or not we have a new physical location or not. I believe that the remaining dogs will also be discounted; you can contact Michelle about that also.

Carolina Tough

Carolina Tough

Naturally, there will be no more incoming dogs until we have a new location. If you were looking at or considering Razorscar, Atascocitagabby, Atascocita Daido, Chase the Storm, Flyin Paul Ammo, or Astar Roman Hope, it’s too late, they were adopted last weekend. It’s been an emotional past week or so, and we’d really like to see you and your grey if you can make it, not to adopt, but just to stop in and show your support, this is just a bump in the road, but definitely one that we didn’t expect. The collars will not be on the fence this time, as the time needed for that operation is now being spent on getting the greys to their new homes and packing up, but I’m hoping I’ll be seeing them somewhere else in the future, because it is a spectacular sight, especially when you realize that that’s over eighteen hundred lives saved and countless hours of love and affection added to people’s and animal’s lives.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Last but not lease, I’m sure Michelle and Jerry will thank you all for all that you’ve done over the years to make us what we are today. I also want to thank everyone I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and greeting and talking (to death) to. I’ve met all kinds of people and breeds of dogs, and it has produced some of the best memories of my life. The high school kids that volunteer have been a joy to me, it gives me renewed hope for today’s youth, there’s still some great kids out there and I probably wouldn’t have felt that way had I not met them. Hopefully I’ll be able to write the blog again with a new story from a new location about the rest of the beautiful animals that still need help getting into the homes and hearts of people across the country until we can get them all in the loving home they deserve.
 
 
The FoG Kennel is Closing

Pre-Memorial Day Goodbye Bash at the Kennel!
Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18
Last chance to party with the dogs!
 
Lynn Piper, our collar lady is coming with all of her goodies.
We’ll have cold drinks and hot dogs and cookies
and a table for any goodies that anyone might care to bring.
 

One Comment

  1. Elena says:

    We would love to adopt one of the black greyhounds this weekend. Are any one of them cat tolerant?