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John’s Happy Tails Report
9/15/14 Mostly Happy Tales From All Over Our Tri County Area And Even Some From Around The Country.

Homeless Boy

Homeless Boy

Well, the first order of business for this week is financial. We’re at nearly 28% of the goal of the one hundred and thirty thousand we need to start on the new kennel. We have a barbque scheduled for this Saturday in lower Dade County. All those of us who we’re begging for more Dade functions and fundraisers need to step up, as it’s on the verge of being pulled due to lack of participation. It’s at the Dog Dude Ranch in south Dade, not that tough to get to. There’ll be ribs, chicken, baked beans and tasty beverages including beer, wine, and soft drinks. You can bring a side dish to share, I can personally suggest home made (or other, Publix for example) potato salad or macaroni salad. I have heard local rumors that my Julie will be bringing her semi famous derby pie, maybe I’ll bring a cake if I can talk my better half into baking it. It’s not an all-day affair, it’s only from five p.m. until 8 p.m., just a little short get together for the greyhounds with good food and friends. What else could we ask for? (twoderbypies, butdon’tcountonit). There’s even an off leash area where the dogs can run and play. The donation is only twenty bucks, and I realize that you could do many other things with the money, exciting things like go to the UM game and get into the parking lot within five blocks of the stadium. Fortunately, there is no home game this Saturday, and the twenty will maybe get you parking, but not the game or concessions. I have been a lifelong ‘Canes fan, but in this case, I think I’d rather watch some of our greyhound friends run around and have some good food and drink, than sit in a parking lot and listen to the game, because for twenty bucks, that’s probably as good as you can do. The Dolphins? They play on Sunday anyway, and for twenty bucks? We won’t even go there. The Marlins? Yeah, you can probably get into the stadium for twenty bucks, and they are playing Saturday night. But,,,, you won’t be able to park or eat, and there won’t be any greyhounds running around on the field, so there’s really no reason that I can think of for you not to attend. Look at your big friend there, sitting on the couch, or on his bed on the floor and think about how much love and pleasure he/she’s given you. Multiply that by about eighteen or nineteen hundred times, that’s what we’ve provided over the past decade or so. We’re trying to insure that these beautiful animals continue to have a second chance at life. Even without reading the recent article in the Miami Herald about what some in the industry’s solution to the homeless greyhound is, we hope you can find it in your heart and wallet to help support these animals and those who try to save them and give them a chance at being a real pet. This is a very long ‘short mention of the bbq’ but some things take a little longer to say than others, especially when they are considered very important, and without the funds, we can’t help the hounds, and without support, the hounds have virtually no say in their own personal future. Every little bit helps, so come on out and help the hounds by having a good time with some good food, good people (I’ll be there with my family), and some greyt dogs. I’ve also been told that there will be a load of great items for the silent auction. Don’t forget, you can either purchase your tickets on line, or RSVP to Michelle’s email (fogdogs@comcast.net) if you intend to get your tickets at the door. If you don’t let us know you are coming, there may not be an event to come to.

Atascocita Otto & Atascocita Sue

Atascocita Otto & Atascocita Sue

In other news, and I don’t have much, which makes the first paragraph ok. Currently, according to my calculations, we have eight dogs that are looking for their forever homes. Homeless Boy went out, did well with kids, but apparently did not enjoy his people leaving him alone, so he may be fitted for a human or people that are home most or all of the time. O Ya Shotgun Red replaced him and I haven’t received the update I was hoping for, but we’re hoping that he works out with the family and the family works out with him. Yes, my fellow human, unlike some groups, if your greyt grey doesn’t turn out exactly great as expected, we will do everything we can to provide the right dog that matches up with the right family. It’s not ‘you broke it, you bought it’ for us, not every adoption is the right fit the first time, or sometimes even the second or third, but as the sign over the urinal in the men’s room said, ‘we aim to please, so you aim too, please’. We go the extra mile(s) to make sure our animals and human adopters have a loving friend for life and a good home. So, as it stands, Homeless Boy still is, but his people are still out there, yet to find him. On the other side of the ledger, Benny Of Ruckus, perennial bridesmaid, has gone to his potential forever home in Key West. I don’t know if he was delivered or picked up, but I would have volunteered to deliver him. I was also hoping for an update on him, but have not heard the word from the bird as of yet. Yes, Michelle is the bird, of whose word I’m hoping to hear. Yes, she is a strange bird, but a good bird nevertheless.

An email that came in too late for last week came from Wisconsin. MOB Just in time, aka, Larry, has found his loving home, on his second attempt. He missed his first chance, you can read about it on the website, but found love and companionship with his second home. Another example of perseverance paying off in the adoption circuit. Atascocita Otto and Atascocita Sue are still available, it would be great if they could go out together, since they’ve been living together in sin for the past five years. Actually it was in a home, and not sin, but it may have gotten your attention enough for you to look and wonder how a greyhound could live in sin. Now, maybe you’re curious and coincidentally just happen to be looking for two mature greyhounds (that’s kennel speak for 9 years old) and wouldn’t have known about them except for reading this about them. Now, you’re going to investigate them further and quite possibly it’s you that’s the one that will take them into your home and heart for the remainder of their ‘golden’ years. You never know, much stranger circumstances have occurred in the adoption of our greyts.

Editor’s update: Benny of Ruckus has settled in beautifully in his Key West home with Mommy, Daddy and a Bearded Dragon and a Russian Tortoise (isn’t “Rushin’ Tortoise” a contradiction in terms?) And O Ya Shotgun Red has proven to be the right dog and will be staying with mom & the kids that Homeless Boy wasn’t right for.