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John’s Happy Tails Report
9/30/13 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Sometines Straight From The Dog’s Mouth.

Goodbye September, a beautiful month, but this local loco looks forward to October, November, and December each year and what better way to start the last quarter of the year than with October 1st which is tomorrow? Best lesson learned last week; don’t reach into a dog’s mouth when they are chewing on a bone. I know this, have known it, but did it instinctively when my mixed breed Newie picked up what I thought was a chicken bone while on a walk last week. First instinct, yell no, reach in and take it away. Stupid is as stupid does. Five stitches and a week later I still can’t type and that’s almost like taping my mouth shut. So even with a greyhound, do not reach into a dog’s mouth when they are chomping down on something. Hate to preach something as basic as that, but there are still people out there who do these stupid things and I found out first hand that it doesn’t always happen to the other idiot. My dog has forgiven me, we both know it was an accident and with dogs, greyhound or otherwise, no matter how bad or stupid you act, they always wag their tail in the end and love you, you are their world.

Cole Of Ruckus

Cole Of Ruckus

We end a very busy September with the delivery of twelve more of our former residents heading north. This program has proved to be very successful so far, the dogs are getting good homes, we’ve already heard reports from some of them, and they love our dogs so it’s a great experience for everyone involved. It’s even nice to not have to report on where the van broke down and what will need to be fixed on it next every other week, as the new one seems to be running just fine. There will probably be a couple more runs during October so the dogs will be moving in and out pretty regular. On the home front, Atascocita Axel was delivered early in the week and stopped by to say hello over the weekend, he is adjusting to his new life very well. Atascocita Myrt, aka Myrtle the Turtle, named by her racing kennel for her legendary lack of speed, was on home trial and adopted almost immediately, which almost set a speed record, so she came through with flying colors in the most important race of her young life, the race to get a real home. Speed Crazy was also delivered this weekend, so it was a very good week to end September and start us off for the stretch run to the end of the year. We did find out the official racing name of our beautiful humpback puppy that went to live and love up north. We called him Q, but with a real racing name like Wild Butterbean, I just couldn’t resist sharing it.

Atascocita Gar

Atascocita Gar

There were no returns this past week, but Cole of Ruckus’ application fell through so he will be at the kennel to greet you and try again. The dog’s pictures are all current and we hope to have them posted up as soon as possible and eliminate the ones with the long faces. I wish I could say the same for the profiles, but I’m working on them. I did five new ones and the next day ten new dogs arrived at the kennel so I’m spinning my wheels. The best I can say is come on down to the kennel in person and see them, which is the best idea anyway. I will catch up on them as soon as I can, which will be greatly expedited when my finger heals so I can type again.

Kup's Amy's Gold

Kup’s Amy’s Gold

Over the past week we’ve brought in eleven newly retired greys. We again had somewhat of a celebrity week, with James Garner and Richard Kimble joining us. Richard is an interesting dog, seems to be always looking over his shoulder as if he’s being followed and he seems to be looking for something or someone. He has shown particular interest in one of our dogs who has a broken leg. We also have four new Atascocita dogs, Norm, Reno, Gar, and Veola. Rumored to be from Uranus, but named Mars by our staff, Flying Planet is now here looking for intelligent life after racing.. The Iceman also cometh with the arrival of KC Iceman Frank, a handsome three year old brindle. Kup’s Amy’s Gold and Crazybobetty are two beautiful new girls and last only because that’s how she used to race, Slatex Bugles arrived last Sunday morning. Yes, that kind of Bugles, she has six siblings from Toastitos to Pringles, all named for snacks. I can’t wait for them to finish their racing careers and join us.

Crazybobetty

Crazybobetty

We’re looking forward to another great month, come on out and visit the kennel if you get a chance, you can visit old friends and new dogs if you’ve been here before or if you haven’t, you can find out what these beautiful gentle giants are all about, make new friends, and meet our retired athletes and you might just make a fast friend for life. Also, to Greg, we extend birthday greetings for one of our very dedicated volunteers and best wishes from the entire staff including the inmates. Greg started as a student volunteer doing community service and has been here ever since. He’s still a student, but in college now. He’s kind of quiet, I’ve only gotten about four words out of him so far, but we have endless words of praise for his work and dedication and I’m sure his work ethic will do him well when he enters his chosen profession, it’s the unanimous opinion that he will be a success where ever he chooses to work. Thanks Greg from all of us, and wishes for a future with many Happy Birthdays. We also want to thank all the volunteers for your tireless efforts, it makes a difference in our lives and the lives of these wonderful animals so that they can in turn, go out and make a loving difference in other human’s lives. We all need more love, patience, and understanding. Thanks to all of you who make this all happen.