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John’s Happy Tales Report
1/19/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel And A Semi Happy Ending In Hialeah.

The semi happy ending in Hialeah is only that I think I have the recording set up so that I can record my vast vinyl collection of 45’s and 33’s to wave files and on to mp3 files. This is not important in the greyhound grand scheme of things, but it’s been an ongoing project for the past twelve years that I may now be able to do with the invaluable help of Julie and Paul, since it would take me the next two lifetimes if I tried to do it myself. Now that it’s out of the way, I can continue with my normal life.

Career Day at Silver Trails Middle School

Career Day at Silver Trails Middle School

Missed last week due to many conflicts of schedule, as with tonight, two hours late on starting this, but time well spent with the music project. The good news with a missed week is that there is plenty to report on this week. The Happy Hour at America’s Back Yard was a great success to the tune of $300 dollars and the acquisition of a good haul of presents’ for future raffles and auctions. A good time was had by all, but I do not have any particulars on who all attended. Last Monday we (Michelle and Jerry B.) did a meet and greet at Silver Trails Middle School, with two of Mrs. Detellis’ classes. The kids were great, asked good questions, and we do know that Michelle can spend an hour or a day talking about greyhounds. The kids even brought in some items for the dogs, they kept it simple, sticking with the ‘T’s’, towels, taters, toys, and Tide, so it was a huge success and the kennel was well represented by Slash, who helped Michelle and Jerry explain all about greyhounds, adoption, and care. The kids were just as enthusiastic as we were, so it was a win, win situation all around. Our thanks to Mrs. Detellis and her kids for letting us come and tell them about our beautiful greys. This coming Saturday we will again be at the Pet Supermarket on East Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale from ten until two, and you’re welcome to drop in and say hello.

Mrs. Detellis & class at Silver Trails Middle School

Mrs. Detellis & class at Silver Trails Middle School

This past week also brought a couple adoptions. It ‘s looking good for Buddy, yesterday morning he was delivered to his forever home, and he has a greyhound brother named Hummer. I don’t even know Buddy, but obviously the home meeting went well, for he’s still there. Yesterday afternoon Dottie went to her potential forever home in Lake Worth. I don’t know Dottie either, but the report on both of these deliveries is that it looks like they will both be excellent finds, for both adopter and adoptee’s so, as always, we will be keeping our fingers crossed for them. Thank you Kim and Rick for taking on another boarder and also to Dottie’s new mom, best wishes for all concerned. My count of the currently available dogs is six. There are two more returns coming in, both I think are victims of family changes, not any fault of their own. I personally prefer returns, because the majority of the time, the dogs that are returned are perfectly good pets, but are victims of circumstances beyond their control. They are usually experienced in house living and will fit into a household without a bunch of excitement and problems. Everyone has their own preferences, which is understandable, some want the youngest dog, regardless of the amount of work it will take to get him adjusted to his new life, and that’s fine. They all deserve a home. Only once have I taken in a senior dog, it wasn’t a greyhound, but it was abandoned and in poor health. We gave it a home with shelter, food, love, companionship, and three other dogs to be around. She was only with us for a year until she passed away, I have no idea of how bad her previous life had been, but the knowledge that her last year was just about as good as it gets, she got love, companionship, and dignity, which gives me a special feeling of peace or happiness that I can’t even begin to describe. So if you are one of those people, or know someone who is, you might want to check out one of our seniors and let them finish out their careers with love and dignity and a real home of their own.

Nellie

Nellie

We are always very excited to hear from and about our alumni. Life being what it is, we take the good news of a birthday update or photo along with the sad news of a passing, and we will always share the joy and the tears that come with taking one of the greys into your hearts. I mentioned a couple of our Christmas dogs on one blog, and I heard from Red Moon Nurse’s mom. We got some greyt pictures, Nellie, as she’s known around her sofa, celebrated her 12th birthday last Christmas day and is still doing very good for a senior citizen. We send her our love, everyone in our kennel knows Nellie, thank you Samantha for sharing the news and pictures with us. Ok, that covers most of the news as I know it, the FOG kennel, aka Timex, takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Have a greyt week, if you have any news, let me know, let us know, always glad to hear from you.