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John’s Happy Tails Report
5/19/14 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Possibly The Last Memorial Day Party.

P1030936We still have many things to be thankful for and happy about despite the possibility of this being the last Memorial Day party. Being the eternal optimist, I believe that this will just be the last party at the Hialeah kennel, and we will move on to bigger and better things. The weekend was actually a big success, way too much food, especially desserts, and well over a hundred alumni and their humans in attendance. We currently at the moment have only five dogs left, all male, two four year olds and three two year olds. All the seniors and seizure dogs were adopted. I Hope the group that follows us will be saying the same thing about their less than perfect dogs. We also have some possibilities of people making appointments during the week and checking out the remaining dogs. Hopefully the final six will have some photos posted on the website and in facebook for those that may want to check them out.

P1030909We didn’t get the collars posted on the fences because of time constrictions and other more urgent work, but they are put away and will be kept for possible future showing when we get a new facility. Thank you to all who participated and especially to those who brought in the food, drinks, and our friends from the past. We saw old friends, some very old friends, new friends, more people and hounds that I can mention or remember, and even a tripod named Mena. I hope I have her name spelled correctly. Mena is an eleven year old dog that had one of her back legs that was broken so bad it was amputated. She may have lost a leg, but received at least an extra six years of giving and receiving love, thanks to some dedicated people on both sides of the fence that cared. My personal highlight of the weekend was getting to see Hallo Sinsony again. Soney is now known as Sunny, and was a two time return, but went to his third home and it was the charm. He is doing fabulous. He is perhaps the greatest talker I have met at the kennel. I have been known to BS a little bit about the activities of the dogs, but this dog truly has a conversation with people, I swear that during our almost minute conversation that he was telling me of all the news he had about his new life. All of our workers and volunteers have their own favorite stories and memories and a lot of them were revived over the weekend, seeing the dogs and their humans again.

P1030955On Saturday it was semi organized chaos, one room full of food with our little collar lady Lynn in a corner showing off and selling her beautiful collars. The office had a dozen or two dogs laying around and lounging. The play yard at times probably had over forty dogs enjoying the great weather and cool breezes. The whole day I only heard one girl that was not getting along with everyone. She was obviously a little nervous and didn’t want any other dogs around her. I wonder what other breeds would be able to gather with that many dogs together in such small spaces without any fights or scuffles. We had a nice lady reporter from the Miami Herald on Saturday, mixing and mingling and getting some pictures for her article about the closing of the kennel. Of course what would we be without a bit of comedy? For the first time ever, waiting for us early Saturday morning, was a security vehicle and a security guard taking up two parking spaces right next to the office. The track people must have been expecting a big riot or a mass breakout or break-in. Maybe with less money spent on things like unneeded security, they could afford to have us, lack of funds being the ‘official’ reason they gave for discontinuing our service for the dogs. The security guard had two silver bars, so I’m assuming he was a lieutenant and not your ordinary common run of the mill security guard. As you know, the adoption group and the rescued greyhound owners are a dangerous breed and you never can tell what kind of evil we could do once we got inside the compound, not that it couldn’t have been done the previous decade that we’ve been going in and out of the kennel previously, but that’s not important. So what probably looked like a show of force from their side ended up looking like an asinine waste of money and time to our side. Personally me thinks they had the protection at the wrong location because the last time the compound was breached by force was a few months back, at the main front gate, when one of the racing kennel workers apparently forgot his ID badge. They wouldn’t let him in, so he crashed the front gate with his car. Anyway, it was a grand farewell for us, and hopefully it will just be the beginning of a new era. The bottom line for all of us concerned is not whether the tracks, racing kennels and casinos are right or wrong, but what we can do to assure that all dogs that are no longer racing can get a fair chance to finish out their lives with love and dignity. Not just the showcase dogs, the pretty and healthy, but all the former racers, including the seizure, injured, broken, old, and slow dogs that aren’t making it for the bottom line, but still deserve a chance to live their full lives with love and dignity.

Subject to change by adoption, as of this moment five dogs are still looking for their loving homes. Benny of Ruckus, 4 years old, leg injury, Black male. WW Flame Lab, 4 years old, Black, male. Kup’s Calvinklyn, 2 years old, Red Brindle. TMC’s Busta Move, 2 years old, Fawn. Atascocita Johan, 2 years old, Black male. These are subject to change, mainly by being already adopted by the time this hits the website, but that’s how it stood as of this morning. The FOG will still be in operation, only without dogs for a while. Returns are still being accepted, we still honor our commitment to having the dogs in the right home and the adopters happy. I wonder if the new group will be as devoted to the animals. Hopefully the tracks will continue their commitment to helping these dogs get rehomed, and the new group will be as dedicated as Michelle and Jerry and all the years that they have devoted to them. If not, the powers that be may find out how really neutral we have been over the years and how much good publicity we have provided for the racing kennels and tracks. Love or hate Michelle, agree with her methods or not, from my experience I don’t believe anyone can dispute the fact that with her, the dogs were and are number one. Sorry Jerry, maybe you’re a close second or something, but we know the truth. Maybe this has all happened for a good reason. I believe in Karma, both good and bad. We will still be offering support so don’t fail to contact us if you have a problem or question about your greyhound. I wonder how much support the tracks and their new group will be offering. We shall find out I think. BULLETIN: Atascocita Fain was adopted today. that is all.

TMC's Busta Move

TMC’s Busta Move

Kup's Calvinklyn

Kup’s Calvinklyn

Benny Of Ruckus

Benny Of Ruckus

Atascocita Johan

Atascocita Johan

WW Flame Lab

WW Flame Lab