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John’s Happy Tails Report
9/8/14 Mostly Happy Tales From The Foggy World Of Fog, From The Grand Caymans To Canada, Possibly Infinity, But Probably Not Beyond And From As Far Away As 1958.

There seems to be a lot of news this week, despite there not being any news and at the risk of sounding contradictory, I hate to say that there’s a lot to talk about but I don’t know what to say. My neatest thing so far was a blast from the past just received from our famous webmaster Jerry B., not to be confused with Jerry D., who is the president, and no relation to Jerry A., who is completely unknown, but first alphabetically speaking. On our website is an episode of Lassie from 1958. It involves a greyhound, naturally, and is a little twenty minute window into the past, with the story of a greyhound. I loved Lassie with Jeff, and Porky, Gramps, and the fat little Campbell kids that I related to, but I was not too thrilled when they dumped Jeff and brought in little Timmy and his family to replace my ‘old’ favorites when Jeff grew up and Porky kept growing out. It’s only a little over twenty minutes, which means that apparently we had commercials way back then too. If you like greyhounds, and you like history, even if it’s only tv history, it’s well worth the twenty minutes spent watching, even if it is in black and white. And… it has a greyhound in the story, you can see how greyhounds were viewed fifty years ago.

Atascocita Darby

Atascocita Darby

On the kennel scene, we have past the quarter mark and are at 25.93% on our quest to raise the Hundred Thirty Grand for the new kennel as of right now, which is Monday afternoon. We have a bunch of events scheduled for later in September, so check the website, check your schedule, and see if you can participate in some of them. Heather Castillo, an Origami Owl independent contractor is giving all of her earnings through September 12th towards the new kennel, so check her out on our website and if I fail to mention details that you want, just check the website, as the information should be there or on the facebook page. When you have people who actually watched tv in 1958, you know what you’re dealing with, so any information I inadvertently leave out or mess up, the correct version should be found on the website. I’m not old, I’m well aged and mellow and with that comes the responsibility of forgetting some items. If you think Mel Brooks’ History of the World was interesting, you should see my version.

Como Se Yama

Como Se Yama

Our available dogs section has nine dogs listed. I beg to differ on this. I have CV’s Candy and Homeless Boy as adopted out last week or over the weekend, so before you get your heart set on them, call Michelle or Jerry and verify their status. This leaves us with three girls, Atascocita Darby, a spunky little five year old girl, and two older ‘more mature woman’ types, Atascocita Sue and Como Se Yama. Sue is nine years old and is trying to find a home that would accommodate her soulmate and sometimes boyfriend Atascocita Otto. They have been going together since before high school and have been living together, without their mother’s permission for the past five years. Mom finally consented and gave her blessing, so if you have a place in your heart for two old codgers, both of whom look better for their age than I do, and you have a place in your home, preferably without cats, they would be an excellent addition to your household. It’s not that Otto doesn’t like cats, he just doesn’t want to live with them. I feel the same way about broccoli, I don’t dislike it, I just don’t want it in my mouth. Ever. Como Se Yama was found wandering the streets. I don’t have the lowdown on how, where, why, etc. She is ten years old and a brood mom, so she’s had a full life, for better or worse. She’s looking for one of those humans who like help the less fortunate, so if providing food, shelter, love, and dignity to the less fortunate among us, this is the lady for you. I champion this cause because we gave a dog that had been through it all, shelter, love and affection. She only lived with us her final year, never said anything which is normal, haven’t seen too many talking dogs, but the feeling I got from seeing what she was and how she ended made a tremendous positive impression on me for the rest of my life, so I applaud all the people that do that, for both people and animals. Moving on, we also have four boys available. The previously mentioned Otto and Chase the Storm. Storm is four years old and like Otto, lost his loving home through no fault of his own. Our other two youngsters are Benny of Ruckus and Oh Ya Shotgun Red, Benny is a black four year old, and Red is a four year old red dog. Red is a return, as per usual, lost his home, not his fault, the humans moved and couldn’t take him, and Benny was a bridesmaid, but never a bride, he has also promised me that he will never be a bride, which is good because those of you who have done the bride thing, know that it can be expensive, especially if you are the one paying for it. You may also want to check on the availability of Benny and Red because they were getting some looks over the weekend.

Atascocita Otto

Atascocita Otto

We also keep getting news and notes about our alumni, and I think you can check out these in the Letters From Home section on the website. But, I like to also show them. Everyone may or may not love us, or greyhounds, but we do have a far reaching and profound effect on lives, both human and dog, as demonstrated by these letters. Of course hoping here that this isn’t one that I’ve already featured, but in any case, this is one of our girls, Shannon.

Dear Greyhound Friends,

We are Tom and Gail of North Wales, Pennsylvania. A note to let you know that we have adopted CD’s Shannon through Greyhound Friends of New Jersey. Her name now is Zarha. She has a loving home now with another female greyhound and has experienced Greyhound parentsJ

Zarha is absolutely adorable and doing amazingly well after only 3 weeks in our home! She is so smart and affectionate. Thank you for helping to bring this amazing little girl into our home and lives! She is part of our family and has found her forever home.

Benny Of Ruckus

Benny Of Ruckus

If the world, and all of our adoption groups and racing personnel involved could put our petty grievances aside, stop acting like rectals, and work together for the good of the dogs, as Sam Cooke sang back in 1960 (Lassie was probably listening to him on the radio), what a ‘Wonderful World’ it would be. I’ve only had the pleasure of volunteering here for the past few years and there’s probably a few groups that have adopted out more than nineteen hundred dogs in the past ten or twelve years, but I can’t picture anybody that’s more caring and dedicated to the dogs. That’s probably just a drop in the bucket, or maybe a teaspoon, and all the adoptions haven’t worked out perfectly, but I’m pretty sure that anyone I know who has been associated with FOG has a pretty darn good feeling of what we and they have accomplished with getting loving homes for the animals and the enrichment of the lives for the adopters. The stories and goodness I’ve witnessed have left an impression on me that will last me the rest of my life and given me hope for both the dogs and people and I’m the one with the tshirt that says ‘’The More People I Meet, the Better I Like My Dog’’, so there’s still a lot of work to do, but in my little brain, there’s also still hope.