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John’s Happy Tails Report
8/11/14 Mostly Happy Tales About The Future Kennel, Current Dogs Available For Adoption, And The Detroit Tigers Pitching Woes If We Get That Desperate.

Como Se Yama

Como Se Yama

As of this moment we have seven greyhounds available for adoption. The dogs available are three senior citizens, of which two have lost their homes due to owners moving and not allowed to bring them to new homes. Apparently this happens commonly to our Armed Forces service people. We also have two youngsters, two years old, and two four year olds. Como Se Yama is known as Yammy, she’s ten and was picked up wandering the streets. It would be great if she could get a loving home and some security for the remaining years of her life. No dog deserves to have to try to survive on the streets and we are doing our best to make sure no greyhounds are out there. Not sure if our loving casino/track friends have any provision for helping those dogs. Actually I know the answer to that, but try not to say anything negative about their lack of commitment to the dogs, there are people out there already doing that and I hope their voices will be heard loud and clear. From what I’ve seen personally, the racing kennels have done their best to take care of their dogs. As in the rest of society, there are good and there are bad, the good outweigh the bad, but the bad usually make more noise and get more attention. Take care of your car and it usually runs for you, take care of your teeth and they won’t get infected and kill you, I would imagine it would be better to take care of your dogs, they are directly related to your living. I hate to write ‘duh’, but in this case, ‘duh’. Atascocita Otto and Atascocita Sue are both nine years old, and both black and white, or more probably white and black. They have lost their owners because they are not allowed on the base where their humans had to go. We’ve mentioned the advantages of returned dogs before, experienced, understand the term housebroke, etc. We don’t have to try to promote them, there are certain people out there that are looking for the older dog, understanding that it will be a short friendship, but willing to give them their final years filled with love and dignity. These dogs seem to know and understand it and will often show more love and affection than the regular adoptee. Yammy and Sue have tested as cat tolerant, but Otto hasn’t, so we’re hoping that Otto and Sue can go out together, if you are a cat, you may want to pass on this pair. The two four year olds are Benny of Ruckus and CV’s Candy. Benny has the luck of the Polish; he’s come close a couple times, got a chance with another dog, but proved to be too alpha. He also is not cat tolerant, so he will probably do well in a house by himself with his people of course, and maybe a potted plant or something good to eat on the kitchen counter. CV’s Candy is a gorgeous little fawn girl, my daughter knows her personally and describes her as ‘’sugar and spice and everything nice’’ which would be quite appropriate for a dog named Candy I guess. Acehigh Jessie is a two year old girl, another victim of owner moving, and Homeless Boy I believe ended his career with a broken leg, so he will be sitting home healing for the near future, but will be available for adoption. This is my story on the inhabitants of the kennel as it stands now. You can call Michelle or Jerry for complete up to the minute information, or check the website. The dogs have a much more flexible schedule for viewing now, the one good thing we did get by moving from the other kennel, and it’s entirely possible that you can schedule a house visit for one or two of the dogs to check them out in your space. That’s the rundown on the kennel as of this moment as I know it, but feel free to check the website or talk to Michelle or Jerry personally for accurate information.

Atascocita Otto & Atascocita Sue

Atascocita Otto & Atascocita Sue

Pinball Wiz is now officially adopted and living with his sister and doing fine. Keltie is going to be adopted by her foster dad, another beautiful ‘foster failure’. O Ya Shotgun Red was in the process of being returned but I have no information on whether he is actually with us yet or not. Quadrophenia was supposed to be joining us, but he’s been running so well, he’s decided against retirement for the time being.

Acehigh Jessie

Acehigh Jessie

We will be having fundraisers and fundraisers and fundraisers. We still need volunteers, but for people work more than with the dogs. We need help with the process of grant writing, people with good business writing skills, so we can show the who, what, where, when, and why of the kennel project. People want to know where their money is going and what we’re doing with it. We want to show what’s needed, what’s planned for what we get, how we’re going to do this, and all the other answers to the questions that are brought up. Between that and the endless job of trying to raise the money, we’ll be needing 48/14, which puts a strain on Michelle and Jerry who are already heading down the 24/7 path, so if you are able, and you don’t want to join the Marines, who are also looking for a few good men (and women), feel free to give us any assistance you can, whenever you are able, we need a few good people as bad as they do.

There will be events coming up, please check the website and facebook, they will be posted. If anyone knows Lebron, Dwyane, or anyone with some big bucks that they can part with, talk to them about us. This can all happen sooner if we get five one hundred thousand dollar donations instead of five hundred thousand one dollar donations. So, dig in and see what you can come up with. We’ve done nineteen hundred dogs so far, this is not the time to quit, there’s still more out there that deserve a chance to live the rest of their lives. They have no one to speak for them, especially those that find themselves on the street, or with broken legs, or seizures, or aren’t quite as fast as the others. They still feel and love the same as the good racers and the money makers. Just looking into their eyes and being around them made it a life changing event and worthwhile for me. I wish I could put my money where my mouth is, but unfortunately I am one of the five hundred thousand, one dollar people, and I wish I could be one of the five, one hundred thousand dollar people, but there’s a lot of us loyal greyhound crazies out there, and we know a lot of people, we just need to hook up the right ones to the cause for the paws and we will be on our way. In other news, we at the south end have taken to the dog park in Miami Springs every Saturday and Sunday around seven p.m. If you are looking for a nice park in Dade, this is the place. We have Diffy, Charlie, and Newie as regulars. Diffy is the only official greyhound, Newie is a black bear appearing mixed who loves people, and Charlie is a pain in the ass, but he’s still our Charlie. We had Joan O’Brien, (the greyhound, not the actress) out there last Saturday and she had a great time running with Diffy until Charlie torpedoed her. Yes, torpedoed. Rammed her at a perfect ninety degree angle, sent them both rolling. No blood, no foul, everyone ended up ok. Why? I have no idea. He’s a PITA, but we love him. Anyway, we’re hoping to get together, the northern force is working on a suitable area, but they haven’t come up with one yet. Until we get the new kennel, we will have to be content to do what we can.

One Comment

  1. Jonathan MacD says:

    I would love to get together for a FoG reunion! I am thinking of planning a September (after Labor Day and beginning of school) social – possibly Easterlin park in Oakland Park, Gunner and Pacino have found it a fun place :) if anyone is interested please send me a note at jonymacd@att.net.

    Missing the ability to visit over the weekends and letting Gunner see old friends, Pacino hasn’t ever had the ability to go back for visits :-(

    Hoping all FoG-gers are doing well!

    Jonathan, Gunner and Pacino