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John’s Happy Tails Report
7/1/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometimes From The Vantage Point Of An Almost Adopter.

Greetings from the kennel, summer is well entrenched and we are now into July, halfway through the year after celebrating the July 4th party. We now have Memorial Day and July 4th covered and are preparing for Labor Day which will be here before we know it. Last weekend wasn’t quite as wall to wall people and dogs as the Memorial Day fest, but we still enjoyed at least a couple dozen visits from our alumni and their humans. We’ve also hit a new high water mark as far as adoptables, reaching the unprecedented level of 80 greyhounds. Thank goodness for an overwhelming response from our friends and family, as all the dogs are in a home or kennel as of this moment, it being somewhat of a life or death situation, even I was allowed to participate and am now a greyhound parent even if it’s only temporary. I have to say that because my wife claims that it is temporary and in case she reads this I can verify publicly that I said it. In the past week I have confirmed many items that I have stated as facts already, such as, but not limited to, they may all look alike (to those who don’t know greyhounds up close and personal) but they are all definitely blessed with a different personality. The greyhounds can and will act differently than is reported by even the people here who know them the best, greyhounds that are thought of as cat tolerant may not be exactly as cat tolerant as reported, and vice versa. Some greys do very well on tile floors, even after they’ve slipped, and some will be traumatized if they slip and slide. Greyhounds are capable of throwing up, just like any other dog, they also look funny when bumping into a glass sliding door (as long as they’re not moving too fast), and some of them are fascinated by their ghost reflections on television screens. Some are also so quiet you don’t even know they’re around.

Sheba’s Prince

Sheba’s Prince

Those are just a few of the many things I learned, or experienced this past week and it’s been repeated many times over with all the other people who have taken in one or added to their already established greyhound family. I’m getting and storing different stories on their adventures and also hopefully a wealth of information on the individual personalities which will be helpful to potential adopters, such as Sheba’s Prince will most likely do very well in a home which already has another dog, he’s really bonded well with his temporarily brother almost from the very start. I’ve found out that Slatex Saturn may not be suited for homes with cats, even though she’s listed as cat tolerant. So being the ultimate ‘the glass is half full’ type of person, I’m already thinking that this whole disaster is going to have a silver lining in the long run. I’m picturing people who are boarding and fostering our guys and dolls will discover that, yes, there really is room for one more after all. For many, at least, they will be able to find out first hand if an addition is feasible, or not, and the experience will result in information on the individual dog and in home living for them even if they have to come back to the kennel. Every little bit helps.

Boca Mango Max

Boca Mango Max in his Foster Home —
Hi Michelle, Just wanted to share a few photos. Max is doing great. A real sweetheart – how unusual!

With all the excitement of the party and the chaos of more and more and more dogs arriving at the kennel, we’ve managed to have minimal actual adoptions from the kennel during the past week. Lots of looks and check outs, but Kiowa Mardi Gras is the only official delivery that I know of as it stands at this moment. We have no returns officially, I’ve heard that one, San Tan Promo is coming back because he was a victim of job change in Tallahassee, which wasn’t his fault, which I always try to stress when I find out that is the case, so we may be at 81 unofficially as I speak. I am unable to list the new arrivals at this point and that will be coming shortly but the best option is still to come in and check out the dogs in person, we have the best selection ever and if a dog you are interested in is in a foster home, call or email us and we can make special arrangements for you to meet it here during the weekend at your convenience. You can call or email Jerry or Michelle or Chris before the weekend to see where the dog is currently hiding out.

At Verminesjamin

At Verminesjamin

Hopefully the second half of the year will be as successful as the first half. In play yard news, the iguana situation is finally under control. Jerry Three Dog, one of our premier volunteers, who also doubles as the play yard bouncer, confronted the leader of the iguanas and the lizard backed down when he saw that Jerry was a black belt in karate. It was actually just a regular white belt that he hadn’t washed in a while, but the iguana didn’t realize that and what he doesn’t know won’t hurt us. So we close a very confused and disoriented blog, which mirrors the exciting but chaotic past two weeks that we’ve had trying to bring in and settle dogs. We now will regroup and get our adoptables ready for the potential adopters that we hope will flood in. If you are boarding or fostering any of our troops, don’t hesitate to let us know how they’re doing, photos also accepted. I know that Mango Max is doing very well so far, as is Sheba’s Prince, and At Verminesjamin has just nodded his approval to me of his current status. Next step, finding beautiful homes for our beautiful but very full shoe, so come on down and take a look if you get a chance.