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John’s Happy Tails Report
5/6/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Becoming More And More Frequent, Iguana Tauntings From The Play Yard.

“I don’t drink beer very often, but when I do, it’s usually after a spirited game of iguana tug-of-war with my sister Lizzy.” A prospective beer commercial setting for our friend Trent after last Saturday’s second iguana incident in a month. We roll into May, a week removed from last weekend’s superb Seafood Festival and Monday’s lost and found dog search, which ended with a find.

M's Pretty Lori (Stella)

M’s Pretty Lori (Stella)

For RR (Roy Rodgers) it was Happy Trails to you, for us, it’s Happy Tails for CRT Eagle, WW Powerforce, and Par Beethoven, all are now officially adopted and in their new forever homes. This past weekend Turbo Eduardo answered the call with some stiff competition from Super C Alma, Bunny, and Rowdy Ridges, Eduardo prevailed and is scheduled to join his new family next Thursday. He has a new brother, a Bichon Frise named Snickers and they both hit it off immediately and we’re hoping that will carry over to Ed’s first official visit in his new home. This was my first encounter with a Bichon, which is French for ‘curly lap dog’. If you’ve seen a fluffy white French Poodle with a happy personality you’re pretty close to a Bichon. Good luck wishes from all of us to a real nice family that now has two stunning dogs. Greta’s Mary, TMC’s Heartthrob, and KB’s Propeller were all delivered to new foster homes on the west coast as scheduled. Alas, Greta’s Mary did not become Grata’s Mary, but I can dream. I also heard that CD’s Gary who went to New Jersey a while back is happily settled in a real home. I love Gary, he was such a drama queen, he almost started a riot in the kennel when he got his nails clipped, even the girls didn’t howl but he did. Our resident introvert CRT Amy is going home with Liz, our resident Greyhound Whisperer. She worked wonders with her dog, which was very shy at first, even worse than Amy, and we’re hoping for the same results for Ms. Amy. Amy is still available for adoption but will require someone who is experienced with handling Greyhounds. Liz has two other dogs, so possibly this experience will expand her horizons and she will be comfortable in a home which already has another four legged resident. All of this in no way makes her less suitable as a loving and devoted pet, but she may require just a little extra time and patience as with special needs dogs. The rewards are the same, but a little extra input may be required.

Dynamic Macy (Gumbo)

Dynamic Macy (Gumbo)

We brought in six new dogs during the week, three girls and three boys. Super C Alma, 3 years old, wasn’t here but a few hours and went into the conference room as a potential adoptable. She’s a beautiful white and dark brindle which may have had something to do with being selected. Racin Raine is a cute little three year old brindle, and WW Kay’s Fanta is our third girl arrival, she’s also three, black, and comes from a litter of soft drinks. First on the boy’s side, but not always most, Turbo Anthony just retired after an excellent racing career and 149 races. I think he’s ready for the retired life. He’s four years old and is a solid black boy. WW’s Aquaman is a little smaller and he’s a sharp looking white and red. He had a shorter racing career, but still won nine times out of sixty three races. Our new youngster, only two years old, must have run like I did. PK’s Rocket Fuel is a hot looking muscular red, good sized and is looking for his forever home. It could be you. Our kennel is full, we have a great selection and each one of them may look similar but they all have their own personalities and individual stories. I will be trying to pry some information out of them in the coming weeks and will be reporting it on their individual profiles, which are behind at the current moment, so you’ll just have to come down to the kennel and get with Chris and our staff for all the personal info on them and see for yourself, which is always the best idea.

We have two seven year old girls just returned. No fault of their own, family breakup or crisis, which is common in modern America. Dynamic Macy and M’s Pretty Lori, are known as Stella and Gumbo. Stella is a cute black lady and Gumbo is a beautiful blue brindle, both are in good shape. We would love to see them go back out together if possible. They are used to people, homes, living together, and housebroke, so for those of you out there who might want to double your pleasure without chewing the Doublemint, take a look at them, you might end up with twice as much love as you planned on.

Primco Gator Eye (Penny)

Primco Gator Eye (Penny)

It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise and most of the action was out in the play yard under the spreading chestnut tree, or whatever kind of tree it is. On Saturday, the serene afternoon scene was shattered by chaos and frantic yelling. I didn’t hear it but I happened to be glancing out the front window of the office and I saw Liz running followed by Chris gliding across the grass heading north towards the play area. We had a small green lizard taunting the dogs from atop the fence a couple weeks ago and I believe this time he sent his big brother. Not being the sharpest knife in the drawer, he decided he was going to taunt the dogs, but he was on the inside of the fence on the ground which is a cardinal (and for even some bluejays as well) sin and against everything taught in the Iguana’s Taunting for Dummies’ manual. The dogs were in no way impressed by his size and were on him in a heartbeat. Three dog Jerry (formerly known as six dog) and our favorite little ember, Amber, were the only humans in the play yard at the moment. Amber’s dogs, Trent and Killer (appropriately named) Lizzy were having a tug-o-war with Iggy and Jerry tore up his shoulder trying to control Trent, but he and Amber prevailed with some help from Liz and Chris. By the time I got there things were settled, I travel about half the speed of Chris on a bad day going uphill. The iguana was trapped and contemplating taking a hostage when Valberta arrived. She quickly threw a towel over his head and unceremoniously tossed him over the fence into the canal. He was last seen swimming to the other side of the canal and I swear he flashed us a middle claw. Look in your dictionary at the picture next to unhappy camper and you will have an idea of how he looked. Valberta is now known as the Greyhound kennel reptile lady and her exploits have become legendary. This would inspire just about anyone to become a kennel volunteer, you just never know what’s going to happen, and it’s not just about walking and bathing dogs. After that, the rest of the weekend was anti-climactic. Layne Jones dropped by and was very disappointed he missed out on the action. He did, however, managed to steal a rat that was intended for feeding a snake out of either Richard or more probably Adam’s hand (his humans) and run off with it before they realized what had happened. Two new greyhound owners are now very impressed with the speed and quickness of the greyhound in action. Unlike the iguana, it didn’t end well for the rat, but either way, snake or dog, it wasn’t going to end well for the rat in any case. Remember this is John’s mostly happy tales, so they can’t all end up living happily ever after, and better a rat lose once in a while than a greyhound. So now you have the up to the minute kennel report, we are getting to be the place to be on the weekends so if you haven’t visited us yet, by all means come out and see us this Saturday or Sunday. We’re not for everybody, the Chihuahuas are somewhere else, the iguanas are mad at us, but if you’re into greyhounds or think you might like to be, come on out and see for yourself and remember don’t taunt, it’s not polite. If you must taunt, be prepared, at least have an escape route.

Hallo My Yolanda

Hallo My Yolanda

TMC's Fantasia

TMC’s Fantasia

On a happy note, next Sunday is Mothers Day, so we’ll take the time now to wish all you Mothers out there a very Happy Mothers Day with wishes for many more happy and healthy days in your future. We will take a moment to recognize our current kennel Mother whose only wish is a loving home for the remainder of her Mothers Days. Primco Gator Eye, aka Penny, is ten years old and has had three litters, she would be a wonderful companion for anyone for what remains of her life. What a beautiful gift she would be for someone who needs companionship and unconditional love. Hallo My Yolanda and TMC’s Fantasia were not real moms, but were in the breeding kennels, they are seven years old, both with great personalities, looking for their first opportunity to be ‘real’ dogs. Both are gifts that keep on giving love and a true gift from the heart. Dynamic Macy and M’s Pretty Lori are also seven, both have just been returned through no fault of their own, but are out of a home just the same, dogs too, are casualties of things that happen in the real world. It would be great if they could be rehomed together, they are both beautiful loving dogs, and have home living experience. They are not real moms either but would make a great Mothers Day gift. Greyhounds are probably not exactly thought of as gifts in the regular sense, but we had one couple in our kennel looking at dogs on a beautiful fall weekend and the girl happened to mention that that day was her birthday. Chris, our kennel manager, casually mentioned something like ‘what better gift for your birthday than sixty pounds of unconditional love’ and he got her a dog for her birthday right then and there. That’s what I call a Happy Tale and true too!