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John’s Happy Tales Report
1/25/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Greetings Friends of Greyhounds from the frozen tundra of Broward and Dade counties and surrounding areas. We will be having a greyhound gathering next Sunday, January 31st, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Flamingo Road Nursery at 1655 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. That’s Flamingo Road NURSERY, NOT GROVES, it’s located about a mile south of I-595 on Flamingo Road, on the right heading south and on the left if you are heading north. We will be in the tiki hut and covered area, which is on the south side of the main nursery, in back of the restaurant and on the south side of the nursery. It’s a semi celebration of our President Jerry’s birthday and for his birthday he would love nothing better than to see his old friends, four and two legged, again, just like we used to gather on the weekends at the kennel. It’s absolutely informal, Michelle has threatened some cupcakes and there’s good bbq restaurant right there if you are hungry and most of us enjoy eating there.

Dee Dee

Dee Dee

If it’s cold, dress your dog accordingly, we don’t get a lot of cold days, but when we do, our short haired, thin skinned friends freeze their little buns off, so keep that in mind when they are outside during the coming two months. There’s plenty of room, good food, generally nice people and dogs, and the nursery is even fun to walk around in. Speaking for Michelle, Jerry, and myself, as well as the other used to be kennel regulars, it’s really nice to see everyone, catch up on news, gossip, and visit with good people and animals. Rain isn’t too much of a factor, as it’s a nice well covered and clean area, so we hope to see you there, stop on by and spend an hour or two or spend a few minutes, we love seeing all of you.

Next Saturday we will be at our favorite Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Boulevard from ten until two and if you’re in the area, you are welcome to stop by and say hello. They don’t ever ask for a plug, but the staff is so friendly and they treat us so well that I will have to give them a plug; it’s the best store in the area if you have a pet, the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and they don’t bite. Also looming on the horizon as we move into the early part of spring are the Horses and Hounds (April 3rd) and Ren-fest starts February 13th. Bbut that’s for next month and beyond, but do keep it in mind, we have a greyt time at both events.

Darla

Darla

Michelle has posted the coming Sunburst report on her blog, now I can keep mine under a mile long, thank you. There are eleven of our hounds, suitcases packed and ready to go north to Ebro in preparation for their new life as real dog pets up north in greyhound starved areas of the rest of our country. Michelle just came up with a co-pilot, thank heavens. I don’t have time to pull a Bruce Jenner, so I am out of the mix because she needed a lady companion, as it’s an overnight trip and they will be staying in a hotel and the Friends budget has no allowances for two rooms, so it’s one and done.

Anyway, as a result of this trip, we will be left with only three dogs in the kennel, Darla, Dee Dee, and Charlie. We will be getting others very soon, but the empty nest syndrome will give us time to clean up, rearrange, and hopefully finish some projects that will improve the kennel. I know we were all at least disappointed if not completely depressed last year, or more like almost two summers ago, when we lost the kennel and thought it was the end of the world (as we know it), however, we are still moving dogs regularly, still giving chances to the dogs most others won’t even bother with, including the older, injured, sick, unwanted or returned, as well as the just off the track retired racers, and the ‘not gonna make it as a professional racer’ youngsters. Maybe it was meant to be. It’s on a smaller scale, but as previously mentioned, we’re still moving dogs regularly, we can now do things we couldn’t before, like when we offer home visits to bring the dogs to a prospective adopter, we’re available every day, not just a few hours on the weekends, and best of all, it’s still total chaos for Michelle and keeps her running around like a chicken with her head removed, so essentially, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Charlie

Charlie

Finally, before the doors close, the keyboard is shut down and we head westward for the bathroom and other places better left unsaid, we’d like to thank Ms. Detellis’ class at Silver Trails Middle School for inviting us and the dogs to speak to them at Career Day, it used to be the Police and Firemen got all the attention, but our greys did very well and we got a lot of essential items from the collection they took up for our hounds. Both Michelle and Jerry B. enjoyed the kids, both classes were awesome and they had a lot of sharp questions about the dogs and rescue. Ms. Detellis is a greyhound owner, she adopted one of the injured dogs from the infamous Kennel ‘D’, and anyone who knows or remembers the volunteers and what they did with that project, knows that they are good people, so we thank her for helping us spread the word about the greys and rescuing any and all animals that we can help.

Ok, the keyboard is smoking, so I’d better stop for now, I haven’t typed this much since yesterday. My next project, learning guitar, now in the process of making my fingertips tough by forming callouses on them. Not as much fun as hugging a greyhound, but something I’ve decided to try, it’s less frustrating than trying to put together a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle of Darth Vader, all black, red brown, brown red, more red, more brown, thank you Julie. Have a greyt week hopefully we get to see you next Saturday or Sunday for sure. Apologizing in advance for not knowing everyone’s name (I’m getting to that age), but Jerry and Michelle won’t have that problem and we’d love to see ya and say hello.

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Sunday, January 31, from 11 AM until 3 PM
At the Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie
(Click here for driving directions.)
 
Lots of parking and you can wander the grounds, check out the “farmer’s market”
and look at lots of plants, fountains and wind chimes!
 
Join FoG at the big shady tables & seats by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
All leashed greyhounds are welcome.