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John’s Happy Tales Report
2/20/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Another year, another Horses and Hounds is now in the history book. If you missed it, you missed a fabulous day of beautiful horses, dogs, people, cars, food, and the estate is still as beautiful as ever. First, our special thanks goes to Jeri Caprio and Jane Bistline, our fabulous hosts for doing a spectacular job making this happen. Also, thank you to all who attended with their hounds, without whom, this could not have happened either. Thank you for your donations, your time to those who volunteered, and for bringing your hounds out to help us celebrate. Once again, the weather was kind to us, plenty of sunshine and a nice cool breeze in the shade with no rain. The ranch is still beautiful, the horses and horse show were great along with the dog show at the end. The food was superb, I heard several people raving about the hot dogs and sweets. Lynn was there with her usual assortment of collars and bandanas. Thank you also, Larry, our resident professional photographer, who handled the dog portraits, and everyone else that I failed to mention, who helped to make this the success that it was. We will be announcing the total proceeds when the counting is finalized, but I think we did pretty decent again this year.

Three of our adoptables were at the event and we adopted or have applications for two of them Ralph was a bit rambunctious and spent most of his time cooling off in the air-conditioned van, he does not do too good with small dogs and there were dozens of them around, so this gig was not well suited for him, but he’ll get his chance. I had Miss Hannah as my date and Steve had Carly, and by the end of the day, both ended up with applications. If she can get along with a couple of Yorkies, Miss Hannah looks to have found herself a beautiful new family down in the Miami area and hopefully will be delivered on Tuesday evening. Carly also picked up an application and if she is compatible with a couple of cats, she will be in her new home soon also. So, we’re keeping our fingers and dewclaws crossed for both of them. That also means there will be some new inmates arriving at the kennel, which gives a couple more retired greyhounds a better chance to find their forever homes.

The most exciting part of the event for me, besides getting a dog adopted, is to see some of our alumni and their humans. One of my first meet and greets was working with Charlie the Indian and I saw him last fall at a Pet Supermarket. Yesterday, Wiley, then known as Big White Dog, was a difficult dog to adopt, one of those special dogs that needed just the right person to adopt him. He was adopted and taken to Pennsylvania about five or so years ago. He came down for this event from up north yesterday with his people. He has two other greyhound siblings and is looking fabulous. Slash and Rainey were also in attendance, part of the old gang from the Hialeah Kennel. Roc a By Jukebox, for the second year in a row at least, now knows as Elvis, and very much alive, stopped by. Real Dude, and I’ve already forgotten his name and his sister were looking good. Slinky was with Jerry B., is still a black beauty, he finally got to bring one of his dogs. Maurice’s two body guards, Hermes and Draco came out, still big and beautiful. And, now I’ve run out of names. Every time I say I’m going to write them down and every time I don’t and end up like this. It’s still wonderful to see our community out there, even if I forget half the names and half of the people, and I speak for Jerry and Michelle and all the old volunteer kennel people when I say how much we appreciate seeing them and hearing from them. Correspondence and Pictures are always welcome and we even want to hear when they pass, they were a big part of our lives too and they are all family to us. I did miss seeing Mike Smith and his new boy, so I hope he’s doing ok and he will be at our next gathering. Also, all those who missed for whatever reason, it was a long weekend holiday and a lot of us travel, we hope to see you at the next get together. Thank you again to all those who participated and who worked and made it possible. If you had a good time you can even check the Horses and Hounds Foundation Facebook page and let them know about it.

Ok, in a nutshell, Horses and Hounds was a great success, it was a beautiful day, lots of animals, lots of fun. We got two dogs adopted, got to show our own favorites and see a lot of fine looking dogs, even the other breeds and horses were lookin’ good. One more item before we close shop for this week. We have a new item, on the left margin of the webpage we have a block of information about dog food recalls. Seems to be happening more and more these days. If you click on the dogfood name, it gives you a summary of the problem and what foods it affects. Really nice addition, helpful and right at your fingertips. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone and let anything bite you.