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John’s Happy Tales Report
2/15/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

P1030547Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to all, it’s now in the rearview mirror, but it was an eventful weekend in any case. We were at the Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd. on Saturday. Beautiful weather, lots of visitors to the tent. The only part that wasn’t a complete success was the financial part, we had hot dogs and snacks for sale but JJ’s Sandwich Shop was giving away free sandwiches inside. No problem there, we had two dogs go out on home trial, which makes the whole week a success. Charles, our senior inmate in terms of time spent with us, met a couple, who spent the morning with him and decided to take him for a home trial. Scared the dog food out of us when they reappeared an hour later, but they were just coming back to get some dog food for him. That would have been the record for the quickest return ever. Charlie’s new dad is a Vietnam Army Veteran, and I give them all the praise I can. It’s now acceptable and encouraged to salute our veterans, but back then we were treated quite different, so once in a while a small Atta boy is appreciated, even if it’s only from one of our brothers. In any case, I believe and hope that Sir Charles has found an excellent forever home, even if this is somewhat belated for him too, he deserves a good home. One of our newest arrivals, Asia, also hit the jackpot. One of our experienced greyhound owners seems to be quite infatuated with her, so it’s looking pretty good for her too. We will be keeping fingers and paws crossed for this to work out for all concerned. Two dogs adopted for Valentine’s Day makes our week.

Happy Harry

Happy Harry

We had many visitors, and to add to the excitement of Asia and Charlie going out, Charlie the Indian came by with his human. The first meet and greet I ever did was at the Pompano Beach Sea Food Festival, and Charlie and I worked together, I talked about that of which I knew nothing, and he sat there and looked great. He’s a big white dog, with ticking that makes him look a lot like a Dalmatian. Charles is now 10 years old and still chugging along. The only time I usually get to hear about a real old timer is when they pass away, so I was over joyed to see the Indian alive and well at ten years old. I got to talk and visit with John and Elvis also; Elvis is the former Rock a bye Jukebox. I spent an interesting and informative afternoon with them. We also had a couple girls, or young ladies, from Australia, and I learned a little about greyhound life in Australia and hopefully I got two more Battlebot fans for my son’s robot, Witch Doctor, that will be in competition again this summer, which I also shamelessly promote whenever I get a chance.

Duke

Duke

Thanks to all who stopped by to see us, it’s still awesome to see a group of well-behaved greyhounds together, they are so noble looking. That’s not to include Happy Harry, whom we can designate without reservation as not small dog tolerant. There was a ton of small dogs present and Harry was beside himself, he had to be put in timeout in the van. Harry is a new arrival, beautiful dark brindle youngster, but if you have a small dog, you’ll probably have to pass on him. I’ve been told that we currently have five dogs available for adoption but it might change by tonight. I waited as long as I could, but have heard nothing so I will take a guess at the current list. Asia and Charlie, as previously mentioned, are gone on home trial. That leaves Duke, Seal, and Happy Harry. I know a new girl, Autumn, has just arrived. Hopefully there will be updated profiles and pictures of all of them up in the very near future. I do know that three of them are beautiful black dogs. Yes the black dog syndrome is very real, but I can say from experience that black dogs make excellent pets, so do not let color be a factor against in your search for a dog, a greyhound or for that matter, any dog.

Seal

Seal

Finally, I have word that Tabasco has found a new home. He is a return and I didn’t think he would be here very long. Nice people, nice home was the report I got, so we will be keeping our paws crossed for him too. I am a little partial to returns, most of them are returned through no fault of their own, and like the ‘black dog syndrome’, adopters see that or black dog and automatically overlook them and that’s usually a mistake and something they don’t deserve, because both usually make fantastic pets. Ok, we’ll see if this flies somewhat unedited. Please forgive errors, punctuation, and gibberish, have a greyt week, and any mistakes will be corrected next week.