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John’s Happy Tails Report
7/14/14 Mostly Happy Tales From One Step Beyond.

The latest word on the ongoing AtascocitaGabby story is that she has finally been picked up and is in her new home. Three full months but she finally made it, so congratulations to her and her family and I hope they keep us posted on how she’s doing. The FOG kennel is fully functional and operating as always with the exception of the Hialeah kennel not being used and the number of dogs is and will be less than the old standard four dozen. Outside of that, we still have some great dogs available and you can contact Michelle or Jerry to come see them at the kennel in Sunrise, or I believe it’s possible if you have one or two in mind, that they will actually visit you with the hounds, possibly depending on how badly they need the kennel space. You can call and verify that, but I believe that’s how we are operating at the moment. At the very least the home kennel is located in Sunrise and it’s fairly easy to get to. If I can find it, anybody can. [Click here for our address and phone numbers.]

Atascocita Sue

Atascocita Sue

We are moving along with the new kennel. A location in the Southwest Ranches area is available and seems to be pretty close to what we have in mind. Next up, we have the financing of this huge project. Plans A and B are so far in place, but most likely we will have to go past that to Plan C, infinity, and even beyond. Estimated cost is around five hundred thousand dollars. Plan A is to sell 5 of my wife’s chocolate chip cookies at a hundred thousand dollars each. Plan B is to sell five hundred thousand chocolate chip cookies at a dollar apiece. Her cookies are always excellent but I think we’ll be moving on to Plan C and beyond. So, we have a possible location and we’re starting to work on ideas for financing the project. So, let’s get busy with some great fund raiser ideas or if you happen to have half a mil sitting around that you’re not going to use, FOG will be more than happy to make good use of it.

Atascocita Otto

Atascocita Otto

We have seven dogs available and they should be on the website, with two more returns coming in this week. Atascocita Otto and Atascocita Sue are their names I believe, and they are being returned because their owner is having surgery with a lengthy recovery and has to relocate to New England. The dogs have been in their home for around five years and they are both probably close to social security age, or around ten years old. I hope to have all the facts by next week, but this will put the total dogs available at nine by the end of the week. Atascocita Johan and Atascocita Fain were delivered to their new homes in Jacksonville and at last report were settling in. I have on eye on the website waiting for the real official word from Michelle, but it hasn’t happened yet, so we’ll have to go with my version, but that’s ok, if not totally correct, at least I’m pretty close. The new location will have a nice play yard where the alumni can gather and break wind together, but in the meantime we’ll have to go with what we can find. Diffy has been visiting the dog park in Miami Springs the past two weekends, and the big breed snob does miss his friends from the kennel. Hopefully we can get a little get together together in the near future. Ok, that’s all the news as I know it. Stand by, things should start moving forward in the very near future and remember, the kennel is still open and in full operation with real live breathing dogs available for adoption.