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John’s Happy Tails Report
7/22/13: Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometimes Halfway Up The Staircase Of No Return.

The dust is starting to settle, the new crates are in, dogs are being adopted, dogs are being moved out in our beautiful new van, and we’re trying to regather our wayward fosters and rebring them home so we can resume our normal activities and I can refrain from using all these words that start with re. If you are looking for a greyhound to adopt and you live in a house with cats and staircase, you can cross KL Angel Eyes off your must see list. She came to our house for a quick cat test yesterday and failed totally. She chased the cat up the stairs, got halfway up, discovered that she didn’t know what a staircase was, and froze. Of course it was semi traumatic for her, but it was also semi hilarious both for us and the cat to watch. We got her down with nothing bruised but her dignity. This just reinforced the idea that there can always be speed bumps with any dog or animal you bring into your house for the first time, patience is a good thing to have when dealing with kids and animals. I just thought with a beautiful dog and a beautiful name like Angel Eyes, she would just be in perfect harmony with the entire universe, including cats and stairs. Every day living brings something new to experience in life. Plenty of activity in the kennel last weekend, lots of visitors and lots of looks. We also had two thousand and seventy six volunteers, give or take, which helps get a lot of work done, including getting the adoptables a lot of leash walking time, some of which need the work.

Superior Shaker

Superior Shaker

So tomorrow we say adios to the clean dozen heading for the coast. In the next few weeks there will be two more trips and 24 more dogs getting closer to their real reason for living, to be loving pets. Have no fear, there will be replacements. We’re also trying to bring back all our foster dogs (except mine, but don’t tell my wife) as fast as possible. They are easier to see here at the kennel than at someone’s home. If you didn’t find someone you liked last weekend, next week you can bet there will be a bunch of new faces and the same for the coming weeks thereafter. That leads us into the week’s only adoption, if only there was one. There are several applications but they are all pending with many dependings, so we will also pend until they become official. We’ll have to be content with the fact that the first dozen will be on their way to their new careers as loving house pets.

Star struck people might like to talk with Big Bad Scott. He’s a return, not good with smaller animals, but he was just in a music video shot in a Miami Beach art gallery, so he might become a superstar. We have an application for him, but you could be his agent and become rich. Or maybe not, but we’ll probably find out next month, I was told he did very well during the shoot and is better behaved than a lot of the celebrities.

There were no official returns that I am aware of, and I like it when this section is only a line or two long and mentions no names.

Superior Shyster

Superior Shyster

Moving along to the part Jerry likes best, some mentions of a few selected available adoptables. It’s no coincidence that Superior Shaker and Superior Shyster were born on the same day, they’re actually brothers. Both will be celebrating their fourth birthday next month. What better birthday gift than a forever home? Both are beautiful red guys, Shaker is a fawn, and Shyster is a brindle. Shyster would prefer a doggie door, or his own key if you trust him to carry it in his fanny pack. With the departure of Elvis, aka Rock a by Jukebox, Demo Craig is now our number one dog in seniority. He apologized to me for his little incident in my house (he slipped on the tile and froze up) and is making a constipated effort to learn tile travel in his foster home with Beth.

Don’t forget all you owners of our alumni, don’t be afraid to let us know how they’re doing, we love to hear from you, (especially me), so don’t hesitate to drop us a line, or stop by in person to say hello on any weekend, you’re always welcome in the kennel and the play yard. On that note, I heard San Tan Promo is doing very well in his new home. He was a bouncer, went out and came back and went out again. As often happens, his new humans can’t imagine how or why he was returned, he is the best dog in the world according to them. On that note, we depart for Tennessee and other parts unknown. Come on down to the kennel and check us out, the dogs are beautiful, our volunteers are pretty darn good looking too. Some of our staff looks like we got whupped with and uglystick, but two out of three is pretty good, and after all, it’s all about the Hounds, not us. I’d like to come back and be greeted with the news that we’ve had the best two weeks in our history as far as adoptions.