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John’s Happy Tails Report
5/13/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometimes Behind The Dryer.

Ok, so now I know that maybe Mothers’ Day may not be the absolute best weekend for adopting a greyhound. It sounded like it had potential, seemed like a good idea, but the attendance proved otherwise. Hope everyone had a great Mothers’ Day, especially all the special Moms out there and wishes for many more healthy ones in your future, it was special for us and I hope it was for you too. I even did dishes after a spectacular home cookout meal.

Summer is fast approaching; the beautiful, cool, breezy mornings under the big shade tree are slowly but surely, becoming a little less cool, a little less breezy, and a little more humid, although it’s still always great to wake up on the green side of the grass no matter the weather. There were no iguana attacks or taunting incidents this weekend, even the ducks were semi well behaved. The good news, the kennel air conditioner is brand new and functioning very nicely, so it’s cool in the kennel, and the office is also nice and cool when Michelle lets us fire up the air conditioner.

Pete Pow Wow Ski

Pete Pow Wow Ski

You may have noticed that we seem to be delaying the usual first news, the greyhounds that were adopted. There’s a simple reason for that, Rowdy Ridges was adopted during the week, no we’re not open during the week, but her family finalized the decision during the week, so she is an application pending but hasn’t left yet. Cry Yahtzee will cry no more, he found his official forever home with one of the locals, Jerry Six Dog, who is now the new official title holder of that name, replacing, ironically enough, the former Jerry Six Dog of the same first name. Life is not always fair, even my sister in law now has two dogs, a sight we thought we’d see immediately after the Marlins fielded a major league team and elephants flew, not counting Dumbo or my former supervisor. Meanwhile I remain Johnny no-grey but I do have two other non greys muttskis.

CRT Amy

CRT Amy

Here it is, the kennel activities for the weekend. Please don’t blink or you’ll miss all the action. Zero, as in Zip Code 00000 visits to the kennel to look at the adoptables, yep it was my first shutout. One family came in to sign up to volunteer to work on the weekends. She says she will be adopting a greyhound in the future but wants to work with them for a while first. The neat thing about them, they were named Amy, Destiny, and Pete, and we just happen to have three dogs with their names currently in the kennel waiting for adoption. Pete Pow Wow Ski, aka Pete, CRT Amy, aka Amy, and BD Lil Swinger, aka Destiny. I know we’re grasping at straws here, but I’m desperate here, not used to slow weekends.

BD Lil Swinger (Destiny)

BD Lil Swinger (Destiny)

With no dogs leaving, we had no dogs coming in, sort of a reverse non domino effect. Good news here also, no returns, so at least everyone remains where they were at.

Kennel Manager Chris fixed the dryer, a two minute job that turned into a two hour job, until he got the right tool and turned it back into a two minute job. Never laugh in a projects face and say something like ‘this is no problem, five minutes, at the most’, they get you every time.

All the dogs have now been caught up with their senior pictures and very shortly you should be able to view a shot of each and every dog we have, totally up to date , which will be a first since the beginning of the year when we went on that incredible run. This also gives me more time and room to mention a couple of our more recent arrivals and get some inside information from Greg, Kim, and the rest of the volunteers that work with them every weekend. Bunny, who is our only dog without a racing name, but only because she never got one, does really hop around the kennel. She hops and skips everywhere but into her crate, which is where she’s supposed to jump. Those of you who remember the famous Dophin ‘No Name Defense’ can now have a ‘No Racing Name Dog’, almost the same thing right? If you visit the kennel and you want to rub someone’s belly besides mine, Stoney, aka Sell High, is highly recommended, he loves to have his belly rubbed and will roll for you. While Chris was working on the dryer, he apparently taught Cindy, aka Cindy Cee, the spin cycle. She will spin for you. She hasn’t learned the sit part yet, but she’s working on it. How neat would it be to have both a dryer and greyhound with spin cycles? Yalain, aka Flying Eyeliner, however will sit for you, one of the few dogs that seems to like to sit, but she doesn’t spin. This is the era of the specialist. WP’s Whiskey Man, aka Whiskey, has been described as quite excitable but a potential Velcro dog, which is how we describe a dog that really likes people and likes to stick by your side where ever you go.

Flying Commander

Flying Commander

Flying Commander is coming off the injured reserve list, but that hasn’t seemed to slow him down any, and if ‘wild and crazy guy’ is in your must see dog description, you might want to check, check, check him out. If sweet is your cup or glass of tea, Sheba’s Prince, aka Garret is the dog for you, and if really, really sweet, like southern sweet tea is your bag, pun intended, then check out Windy Spring, aka Doc, just tell them you want to see the Doctor. There are a few brief notes for you, we have nearly four dozen stories in the naked kennel, these have been a few of them. We’re family friendly, air conditioned, which will become more and more important as the summer progresses, and we love company, so come on out. For the Memorial Day weekend we will be having a party, that’s not next weekend, but the following, and visitors are welcome to grab a bite and check out the dogs, as opposed to some kennels who bite you when you check out the dogs. We are fun and educational, you will learn about these beautiful dogs even if you don’t adopt. We still have Kimbo out there somewhere, you can find out more about him on the website home page. Please, if you have fences, check your perimeters and make sure there are no holes or open gates as often as you can. It only takes one time for them to get out. If you see a stray on the street, greyhound or otherwise, please try to help it if you can, save someone or some family the heartache of a missing animal. The more good Karma we have going around the better for all of us.