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John’s Happy Tales Report
11/23/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Greetings, Thanksgiving week is here finally. My favorite holiday of the year, it means family, food, just being thankful for waking up on the green side of the grass (important at my age), and food. Hopefully most of us have beautiful memories of Thanksgivings past, especially with family that may no longer be with us. This may be now, but that was then and great memories come flooding back to me this time of year.

It’s been a busy week at the kennel, we are currently down to four dogs, but that means we have had movement outwards, which is always good. First, congratulations to Otto, our most senior citizen. Otto has been officially adopted into the house of his foster dad. We all know his foster dad, JB, and he has been a frequent, but successful foster failure over the years. There are hundreds of quarterbacks, most of them do a good job over the years, and then there are the Johnny Unitas’ and the Peyton Mannings, they also do a good job, but they’re a little bit special to me. Lots of people give loving temporary homes to animals, but there are the special people, the ones that take the challenge of an injured, sick, or handicapped dog, or the overly shy or aggressive personalities, and help transform them into loving pets. Then, there are those who take in the seniors, the ones that can’t run like the wind any more, are at the end of their lives, a little bit more fragile perhaps, need a little more care in feeding and housing, but still in need of a loving companion and still capable of unconditional and endless love. They cast their fate with us and are dependent on us, the same as an elderly parent or relative. The people that open their homes and hearts to these animals deserve a special place in heaven as far as I’m concerned. I’ve done a little bit of that, not as much as JB, and a lot of people, but the feeling I get from having done that is one of the best I’ve experienced in almost seventy years of my adventures, both good and bad. So my hat is off to those who do that, especially JB, who has done it consistently as long as I’ve known him, and all others who do this. Someday most of us will go through the experience of being a senior; hopefully the good karma will come back and embrace you in later years.

Lana (Luna) & Mr. Hurley

Lana (Luna) & Mr. Hurley

We also have great news from Luna, uh, now Lana, and Lana Lu to her mom. They seem to be just a little bit happy with her so far, as is the rest of her family including the rest of the animals. We have a section called Letters from Home that you can click on and read up on some of our adoptees and how they are doing. We love to hear from all our alumni, so always feel free to let us know how they are doing; any updates and/or photographs are always welcome. In case you didn’t know, we support our alumni throughout the rest of their lives, we re-home them if the matchup doesn’t work out, we are there for them to help and give advice through medical problems, and will always take them back if that is the last resort. Contact us, there is never an occasion for you to have to give your dog away, give them to an animal shelter, or just turn them loose. Again, there is NEVER a reason for you to dispose of your dog, we have been through and seen just about any crisis you can imagine and the dog always has a place here for us if you find yourself unable to care for it any longer, let us know, we can help the dog. Some people just find themselves in situations that they truly cannot overcome; it’s a fact of life, so keep that in mind if it ever happens to you or someone you know that has one of our greys.

Last Saturday we sat at Pet Supermarket for a very nice meet and greet. Allison was our featured guest and she met a bunch of people, some looking at her with greyt interest. We also procured about sixteen cases of dog food. They have a program where you can help us with your purchases and they will donate food to us, and sixteen cases is pretty good work for the four hours we were there. So, when you get a chance, patronize the Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd., it’s a great store, they have an excellent staff, always friendly and happy to help you, and they treat us and our hounds greyt too. So life is good in the slow lane, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the kennel.

One Comment

  1. April Hames says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    We are so happy to hear that your Greys are finding greyt homes. We can’t wait to meet the new sweethearts once you get more. Our home is just missing one thing for the holidays and so we wait with anticipation to add to our family. Thank you for all you do for these gentle souls. We wish you all the best this holiday season.

    Warmly,
    April, Anya, Sean and Miles Hames