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John’s Happy Tales Report
10/19/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel, Although Sometimes We Just Sit Here And Bark Incoherently.

The next event coming up will be a special meet and greet at our favorite Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Boulevard. It’s next Saturday and the store is having a Halloween party. We will be there with one or two of our adoptables. There is a costume contest for the animals starting at one o’clock and the prizes will be awarded at two o’clock.

Jackson

Jackson

We were there last year and it was a lot of fun for people and the animals. Ms. Michelle has something up her sleeve about dressing up one of ours for the contest. I won’t say anything in case she doesn’t get around to completing the project, but it should be cute, so if you can, stop by and say hello and check out the contest. They always make sure we go home with plenty of goodies, so support them if you can; it’s a win/win situation for all concerned and it’s a really nice store with a great staff. There’s all the information on the website in case you’re looking for the exact address. Michelle and the dogs will be there from ten til two.

We are currently working with nine doggies that are available for adoption. Their profiles and photos are all on our website. Otto and Kingsley represent both ends of the spectrum. Otto is an eleven year old senior just looking for a quiet place to live out his life. And Kingsley is a two year old puppy about as shy as you have ever seen. Both are currently fostered, so they know how to live in a home and have all the rules down pat. All they need is a loving home they can call their own on a permanent basis.

Luna

Luna

Jackson, Max, Charlie, and Rocky represent our boy group. They are from three to six years old in ascending order. Jackson is our newest arrival. He is a little guy, three years old, white and fawn with a few imperfections. He is a good looking guy but missing a couple toes from a birth defect, but he did race and he runs around without any problems unless he gets on a hard surface. He’s also allergic to anesthesia, so he won’t be a candidate for surgery or dental work which means you’ll have to be good about brushing his teeth. Jackson also doesn’t like onions or asparagus, is not a Mets fan and will not watch tennis on tv. To add to that, he also does not like to be alone. The only thing this guy has going for him is that he is just a total bundle of love. He loves people and company, if you are a stay at home people, you are perfect for him. If you have another animal, cat or dog, he would do great with them in your absence. The only requirement is that he wouldn’t be good staying home in an empty house if you are gone a lot. But then again, that’s not ideal for most any pet. If you meet him in person, you will fall in love with him at first sight, so consider yourself forewarned. Jackson will steal your heart in a South Beach parking meter moment.

Pepper

Pepper

We also have three new girls, Pepper, Chloe, and Luna, from 2 to 4 years old in ascending order, and all are cat tolerant. Luna is just in, a return, four years old. She comes to us as the result of a broken home, divorce of her humans. She’s quiet, ready to move in, knows all the rules of home living and could be a poster child for showing all the grace and dignity of a racing greyhound. Chloe is also new; she’s the one in the big white leg wrap. She suffered an injury which ended her racing career. She had no broken bones, but the ligaments and muscles will now have to heal. She’s sweet, gentle, healthy otherwise, and smart, and will be a great addition to any loving family. Pepper is our two year old brindle puppy. High energy and loves life, that’s her story, looking for young people or someone young at heart, just like her. That’s our current lineup, nine beautiful hearts looking for someone to love and be loved by for the rest of their lives. If you think one of these might be just who you’re looking for, you can contact us via phone or email and it’s entirely possible that we can arrange for you to meet one or more of them, even at your house and at your convenience. Yes, we do things like that, just contact us and find out how.

Max

Max

We have a couple events coming up in November also and we will talk about them next week. We always love to hear how our adoptees are doing, no matter how short or long ago you adopted them, no matter whether the story is a happy one or sad one. My last note is considered sad by most standards, but I look upon the passing of a greyhound most often as a reward for having to put up with what we humans have done to them, they are somewhere better now I hope. For the greyhounds with illness or pain that we can’t fix, I consider it relief for them and although it hurts to part with them, it will come to all of us eventually. I like to think of the goodness we provided them and the love they gave us, both immeasurable if it’s done right.

One example of it being done right is Mike Smith’s boy, Oliver. I just learned of his passing this weekend. Mike is one of those ex-military guys, tough on the outside, tough on the inside, but with a soft spot for those greyhounds. He is one of our special volunteers. We have a lot of great volunteers that work tirelessly for us, but by special I mean he is the type that is there early to help set up an event, one of the last to leave, after disassembling and cleaning up. Special projects, he is always there to fix, repair or whatever is needed. The extra mile? Many of our volunteers go the extra mile for us, Mike, is the type that goes the extra one and a half, two, whatever it takes to get it done right. I’ve seen some of our greyhound community that in my mind there was no doubt that the dogs were treated better and lived better than many of us do. Mike is one of these people. He does all he can to make a good life for his boys. And he did absolutely all he could to help Oliver but there was only so much medical science could do.

Mike and Bear and Oliver were a fixture at our kennel every weekend, Bear and Oliver could always be seen splitting their time between the office and play yard. Two beautiful dogs and a good person, that’s just what I’ve had the pleasure to see the past few years and I’m sure that Michelle, Jerry, and others could have a lot more good things to say about them. So for Mike, and others like Jerry Berlin, who have also lost more than just one of our four legged friends, I hope that mine and other’s sadness will somehow help ease your pain. It will happen sooner or later to all of us, but it doesn’t make it any easier for any of us.