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John’s Happy Tails Report
9/29/14 Happy Tales This Week From Inside And Around The Kennel Up In Sunrise.

Today we have lots of event news which will be almost verbatim from Michelle’s desk, but that’s good because hopefully it will free up some time for her to do the other important stuff, and the word will still be posted and passed in a timely manner. Kennel news is quiet, we still have seven dogs that are ready for adoption, and the latest addition is Greta’s Bahama, a good looking five year old guy, just finished his racing career and looking for his permanent home with his own personal humans. Bahama, or Handsome as he’s called around the backyard garden hose, is white and fawn. He had a broken leg that has since healed and he’s not cat tolerant. Handsome acts like a kid, with plenty of youthful energy, so don’t put him in the ‘over the hill’ cart with Brett Favre, he still has plenty of gas left in his tank. Hopefully you can get a real good look at him by mid-week or so, it’s rumored that he’s going to be used as a model by a professional photographer, so check out the website on Wednesday or after to get a real good look at this real good looker who also has a real good licker.

Greta'€™s Bahama

Greta’€™s Bahama

The donate your dime deal at Whole Foods is over, and we’ve moved about $1165 dollars closer to the goal. Whole Foods donated a dime for everyone who brought their own bags to shop, saving a dime it would cost them for the plastic bag,and donating it to us. The dime, not the bag. That’s a lot of bags, and a lot of bags that didn’t end up in the garbage or dump, which even makes the environment feel a little better. America’s Backyard night last Saturday netted almost a thousand dollars also, $975 to be exact. It was a lot of fun for the dogs as well as the people and we’re going to do it again in Jaunary, January 16th, so keep that date in mind if you enjoyed this one or missed it and want to go the next time.

Happy Hour at Americas Backyard

Happy Hour at Americas Backyard

Coming up in the immediate near future, a meet and greet at the Pet Supermarket store in Fort Lauderdale at 801 E. Sunrise Blvd. It will be this Saturday from 10-2 o’clock. Coming up October 19th which will be a Saturday, the Dog Splash and Run at the park, at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This will be special for greyhounds only, there will be food and drinks offered as it stands now, and some raffles and giveaways too. For those of you who live for the 31st of October, Michelle is working on a link to where you can buy your Halloween costumes and party supplies on line and they will donate 15% of that to Friends of Greyhounds. The prices are competitive and the selection is very nice, so look for that being posted on the website in the near future.

Atascocita Otto & Atascocita Sue

Atascocita Otto & Atascocita Sue

In the special thanks department, we want to thank the Silverman family and Jerry Berlin for fostering two of our seniors, Atascocita Sue and Atascocita Otto. These two are like bread and butter, fine old wine and old cheese, Bogie and Bacall (only not deceased yet), you get the picture, they belong together, so we’re hoping that someone will make that happen with a permanent home for both of them, they’ve spent the last five years together, why not have them finish the story together? Many thanks also to Deanna and Ralph, who donated a bunch of artwork; some of it I’m told is worth thousands of dollars and all are beautiful works of art. Hopefully we can turn the canvas into kennels with some help from our friends. If you are like a lot of us, maybe not exceptionally blessed with cash, you might be able to come up with an idea that could be worth a lot of money to help the hounds. One example just off hand, we have a lot of great items for auction, who might have a great idea on a venue to display these items? Where and when could we get the most by reaching the most people? With all the things we have going on, there are plenty of loose ends. If you have an idea or time that you think might be worthwhile, don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. It’s not all about treasure, there’s plenty of behind the scenes work to be done too.

Ok, I think I actually covered most of it. If not, next week is another week. Thanks again to all those who are working and helping to make the FOG a vehicle to get the beautiful greyhounds from racing to retirement in a real home. Whether you are a fifty thousand dollar donor, or you just gave us your fifty cents worth of advice, it all helps. There are lots of animals that need help, the greyhounds have somehow ended up as what I chose to work with. There are lots of groups trying to help animals, and once again, FOG is the group that I have chosen to work with and try to help. God bless anyone who tries to help any animal, there are too many animals and too few of these special people, but always being the ‘glass is half full’ kind of person, I like to think of it as something like the saying, ‘’we can’t save all the animals in the world, but we can be a world of difference to the animals we do save’’, so that makes it worthwhile to me and probably to you too, since you are reading this here. Thanks again for your support, still plenty of work to do, but we’ve got some of it behind us. The last I checked, we have 29.87% of the goal of one hundred thirty thousand. A lot left, but the accomplished pile is getting higher and higher too. Have a great week, as Michelle says, ‘Love, Peace, and Greyhounds’ as I say, ‘’I love peaches and greyhounds too’.