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John’s Happy Tails Report
7/15/13: Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Now After Renovation, We Have Even More Tails Wagging In The Hallowed Halls Of Kennel #1.

A busy weekend of activity inside and out for the kennelians of Kennel #1. We are indeed number one in more ways than ever before. We’ve knocked out the standup kennels to add a few more regular crates to accommodate the greatest influx of canine retirees in FOG history. Talk about the baby boomer surge, we’ve peeked and peaked at just over eighty fabulous four legs, now ready to embark on their real mission in life as loving pets. We have nearly two dozen lifesaving greyhound people who have temporarily opened up their homes to one more grey so we don’t have to pitch a big tent out in the play yard. We thank everyone for their efforts, and as a side bonus, I’m getting some nice emails describing the home life of the prodigal pups, which I’ll be passing on in the profiles and write-ups. What better insight into a hound than from someone who actually lives with them 24/7. For you pickers and choosers, this is the best time ever (without trying to sound like a used car commercial) to come down and pick your pup, we have the biggest selection ever, if you can’t find one of these to suit you, you may have to go Chihuahua or pet rock. Bring a friend, take a picture, you’re going to like how you look on the other end of the leash, guaranteed. If you happen to have a particular dog in mind, you can also email or call Michelle or Jerry during the week to make sure your first choice is in the kennel, and if not, we can arrange to have them there for you to see, if you let us know. Also worth mentioning, a well-deserved thank you to all our high school volunteers for their help. Of course they’re considered captive audience, but they’re all animal lovers and we’ve got the best looking group of guys and gals anywhere to compliment our greys and I know a lady who actually met her first husband while working with the dogs at a kennel, so you never know, we always say you can make a fast friend here or meet the love of your life, and it may not even be a greyhound.

TMC’s Lookahere

TMC’s Lookahere

Slatex Reno has been proudly verified as a ‘Foster Failure’ and is doing great in his new home. Fuzzy’s Boy Blue was our first ‘Foster Failure’ and is assumed doing well with his new brother, Hermes, the biggest greyhound I’ve seen. In fact, I’m sure he’s behaving well, even I’d behave around Hermes. There’s also a certain black dog that’s doing very well in his foster home and the people are falling more and more in love with him with each passing day, but I won’t mention any names in this case, I’d like to like well into my retirement years if possible. There were lots of looks over the weekend, many potential match ups, but only one adoption. Backwood Custer, aka, George, will hopefully be making his first and last stand in his new forever home, I believe he’s even being delivered today. Best wishes, good health, and a lifetime of love for George and his new humans, from all of us. WTD Good News, Handballlucy, Turbo Opal, and Chasmo’s Carly have all packed their things and headed for the coast. They went to Gulf Coast and Bill has foster homes ready for them, if not their real homes lined up already. I consider those as adopted out already, which they inevitably end up as any way.

AM Ether (Willow)

AM Ether (Willow)

We had one return during the week, a nine year old girl – AM Ether (Willow), whose human had to go into a nursing home. We’re in the process of finding her a home, she won’t be at the kennel under any circumstance. On the return ledger, if you have a problem, please let your Godparent or Michelle, or Jerry, or someone know. We are here for support as well as adoption, and with the proper communications, we can help with almost any problem, large or small.

A Star Powerrules, Out of Design, TB’s Moolineum, and Rebel Queen are the four brand new arrivals over the weekend. Two girls and two boys, two or three years old, and I’ve heard we just got three new puppies in this morning, about a year old, but more on that when I have it confirmed. If you’re looking for youngsters, we (usually unusual) have a bunch of young dogs. A bit more active and crazy than our more mature inmates, but that is what some of you are specifically looking for. The older dogs and also the returns each have their own individual advantages; it really depends on what you are looking for. My personal opinion is we have whatever you need, if we don’t have it, you don’t need it. Stolen from a commercial somewhere, but still very appropriate for us also.

Dream World

Dream World

I won’t go into the brand new dogs at this point, Jerry will kill me because we don’t have any photos to put with them, so in closing I can mention a couple of the other seventy that we do have portraits of . I have noticed that Michelle has already posted the note from Windy Spring’s foster humans (THE TOP 10 REASONS “DOC” (“Windy Spring”) NEEDS A FOSTER HOME vs. RETURNING TO THE KENNEL – From his Temporary Foster Mom). She doesn’t usually get ahead of me, but I got scooped on that one. It will be moved into his profile, as it gives you a pretty good idea of his personality. Dream World got some heavy looks this past weekend. Her only drawback is she’s not going to be good around smaller dogs and cats. It’s a shame she hasn’t found a home yet because she has a beautiful loving personality, and she would be someone’s ‘dream dog’, as long as you can keep her and the small animal world separated. Another of our girls, TMC’s Lookahere, is a beautiful girl. She’s at the end of the kennel (we don’t rotate our stock) and it seems people always fall in love with another dog before they get to her. We need a potential adopter to come in and start at the other end of the kennel. Make that a note to our staff and volunteers who show the dogs during open house. Ok, that’s the weekend news as I know it, more excitement during the week and definitely looking forward to meeting you, so come on out to the kennel, I’m always glad to meet and greet people, we have the best staff and volunteers, and the dogs are the highlight of the show, it’s a fun way to spend a few minutes or few hours (If I get ahold of you) and you will definitely learn about these exotic and beautiful animals.