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John’s Happy Tales Report
1/5/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Fog Kennel.

Happy 2015 New Year on this 1/5/15 date which won’t happen again for a hundred years or so. We welcome in the New Year with Bella, Max, Rocky, Slash, Frankie, and Mattie according to our website. We’ve just begun a new year which we hope will bring us a new kennel and lots of success stories in finding forever homes for our retired greyhounds. The percentage raised has jumped above 40% since I last checked in, and we have a few new fundraisers on the way, so ’15 is starting off with a bang. No reports of any runaway dogs, which is often a problem around New Years and the Fourth of July.

Frankie

Frankie

Mattie

Mattie

Last week we were keeping our paws and fingers crossed for Buster and Lucy, who were settling into new homes. I am happy to report that as of this moment both are doing very good and it looks like they will be staying where they are at. We have two new arrivals, Frankie and Mattie, and for those of you who like visits from your grandparents, you could liken them to a permanent visit with the elders by adopting them. They are seniors, but have been living in a home together. Just like most grandparents, they are very lovable and won’t be with us forever, but are still full of love, a lot of fun to be around, and act a lot younger than their age. Holy loose stool, I could be describing myself here. Well, a lot of people still consider me fun to be around, even if a lot means just a few of my own family, but that’s all that Frankie and Mattie really need, just one loving home to finish out their careers. If you’re one of those people who like happy endings and can do something about it, maybe you could bring them into your home and heart together for their sunset years, and write the happy ending to these two tails yourself. My daughter has threatened kiddingly (I hope) to send me up to live with her brother In Tennessee if I get unruly in my old age. That would probably cause me distress and I can certainly see how Frank and Mattie would feel if they thought they were being dumped just because they were old. The good news is that they are truly young at heart, well behaved with experience in living in houses, no doubt housebroken, and would make a smooth transition into any household, so we’re looking for a nice home for them to live out their final chapters together if at all possible. Once again, if you think you might be the one to provide this, by all means, come in and check them out in person, contact Michelle or Jerry and they might even be able to arrange an in home visit for you to meet them on your turf. As FOG has demonstrated countless times in the past dozen or so years, we are here for all the dogs, the sick, the broken, as well as the ‘pretty and handsome’ ones that just retired, even for the ones that are not our alumni and adopted out by us. Although a little limited in prime dogs that will have no problem getting a home, we still believe that there is a perfect home for every greyhound , sometimes it just requires a little more work to get them in the right heart.

P1040182You can check the website for upcoming fundraisers, I know that the America’s Backyard Happy Hour is coming up on January 16th, which is a Friday and it will be downtown, you can get the details on the website. We also do meet and greets, the next one will be at Pet Supermarket this Saturday coming up between 10 and 2 o’clock. It’s the Pet Supermarket in Ft. Lauderdale on East Sunrise Blvd. and you can also get all the details on the website.

It would be really neat to have another large party like the one at the water pool, so if you have any ideas, suggestions, etc., you might want to prod Michelle or Jerry and see if you can help make it happen. Also you can post and update posts if you know or have a good park where the greys can get together maybe on weekends. We do a Dade west on most weekends in Miami Springs, right before dark, which is usually between five and six o’clock during winter. We’ve had Trent and Lizzie visit as well as Rainey, and yesterday Joan O’Brien made her semi regular appearance. I believe Charlotte said she has been seizure free for nearly four months, actually since the last time she spent the weekend (Joan, not Charlotte) with us. I may not be the dog whisperer, but I consider myself the dog healer, at least in one case, knock on wood. Ok, that just about does it for me. Here’s hoping the new year will bring bigger and better things for FOG kennel and all the greyhounds that will be ending their racing careers this year.

America's Backyard Presents

Friends of Greyhounds Happy Hour
 
Come & Drink for a Good Cause.
Friday, January 16, 5 PM to 10 PM
 
Click here for more information.