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John’s Happy Tales Report
3/13/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.


The gathering at the Flamingo Nursery was the big story for us this week. It’s always great to get dogs adopted of course, but we also get a kick out of seeing our old friends, both two and four legged. We got spoiled over the years knowing that no matter what, we would be there on the weekends to meet and greet old alumni and new potential adopters. Now, it’s a special day on our calendar when we get to see everyone, as the gatherings are fewer and farther apart. First, a big thank you to everyone who came out and stopped by. I am still too stubborn to bring pencil and paper so I have already forgot half or more of the people and dogs I saw. Someday I will learn. For those who did stop by, it was great to see you again and to catch up on the news and gossip of our fabulous greyhound community. I love the Flamingo Nursery, the bbq is outstanding as far as I’m concerned we had plenty of shade, water for the hounds, and although they were leashed, there was still plenty of good looking plant life to walk through and lift your leg on. Don’t forget, next weekend we will be having another gathering, this time it’s south Dade county, for the folks that live further south than north. No bbq, and you will need to bring your own chairs I think, but the hounds will be able to run free in a nice enclosed corral, so that should be fun. It looks like we’ll be at the tail end of a little cold front, so we are anticipating nice run around hound weather for the day. You are welcome to join us, greyhounds only please, but you and your hound(s) are welcome even if you didn’t adopt from us. I mention this because we had some guests yesterday that joined us even though they got their beautiful hound from someone else.


For all those I don’t mention, I apologize, and I will leave out more than I mention, but I like to acknowledge all of them. Even though I don’t remember all the names, this past seven or eight years working with FoG has been one of the best experiences of my life and I am thankful to be able to still be experiencing it, instead of it being just another fond memory from long ago. With over two thousand lives changed over the years, plus the human lives that have been enriched, I am so proud to have stumbled into working with these beautiful animals and the people that make it happen, I just wish I had been doing it longer. It was great to see Mike with his recently acquired new guy Andy. Jerry B. was there spending most of his time with our newest head case Kango. Kango was involved in a racing accident, suffered a fractured skull and is now having some problems with his vision, but he came out I think it was his first social event, joining my boy Creepy, also a head case plus broken leg, and both did themselves proud. Kango is a beautiful dark brindle boy, has some problems, but did very well with all the people and other dogs. We’re hoping to get him a nice quiet home with experienced owner who has the time and patience needed to care for him in case he does lose his sight. I’ve known Jill forever it seems, and Rainey, but I cannot keep Slash’s name in my bb brain for some reason. It was great to see them, I think our boy Diffy had a crush on Rainey at one time, but he’s taken up watching his food dish since he no longer sees her every weekend. Out of sight, out of mind.There was an Elvis sighting again, and it was a joy to see Joy in the morning with her three stooges, the whole family looking fit as a fiddle. David is ten years old and looks like he could still run with the big boys. Dusty is living proof that refutes the Black Dog Syndrome’, what a gorgeous hound. Charlie was there, not my Charlie, but a real Charlie, handsome and well behaved, not like my Charles. Billy came in with his new sister Annie, and they are doing just fine together so far. Maurice showed up in the afternoon with Hermes, but Drago was home watching the basketball game, he prefers a beer and air conditioning to socializing with his brother, but that’s ok. The president’s favorite son, Chumley, was also there, very well behaved considering he is Chumley, and there are no Chumleys like Jerry’s Chumley. Lulu, one of our newest arrivals, made her meet and greet debut. She is a beautiful little black girl, and coincidentally, I think she met a nice couple who have had five of our dogs and are quite possibly interested in another, black, female, so that may be something that we will report in the future. If I had done what I was supposed to, I would have more names, but I don’t at the moment, so thank you all, named or not, for stopping by, I know I speak for Jerry, Jerry, Michelle, and myself when I say that it made our week. We even had a couple ‘other’ breeds stop by, one was either a rescue or therapy dog, I think her name was Shelters or something close to that. She was a doll, loved mingling with the hounds and she even walked under one or two of them. It was a fun afternoon, so we’re looking forward to next weekend down south when the hounds can run around a little bit, so make plans to drop by if you can. It will be early, 10 A.M. until 1 o’clock, to avoid the mid-day heat. No seating, so it’s either grass or your own folding chair. We will have some sodas and water, and the yard is fully fenced.


Ok, the first shall be last and the last shall be first this week. There is some kennel news I can slip in after I wore myself out gushing about the party yesterday. Jeannie has an application, scheduled to live in Miami. Emma has an application, will be delivered next Saturday to her new home in West Palm Beach. Tabby has been adopted, her new old name will be Maple, as in syrup. Alex is coming back from a home. His human has major health problems with allergies, so she has to split up her family. Two of them have already been taken care of, but Alex needs a new home ASAP. Alex is five years old, is used to living in a home and with other greyhounds, so he’s a readymade new brother for some lucky hound out there. He’s been happily living with his family and this is going to be quite a shock for him, so we’re hoping to get him back into a multi greyhound home as quickly as possible. He’s never been cat tested but Michelle says he chases squirrels so I don’t know, maybe he’s nuts or likes to chase small furry things. In any case, you can get all the information on any of our hounds and Michelle or Jerry has all the answers to all the questions you might have, so all you have to do is contact them at the kennel. We can arrange for you to meet any of our hounds at our kennel, at your convenience, or even have one or two brought to your digs to meet you in your world. Ok, getting long, so we better end it for this week. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone, and come join us at the Dog Dude Ranch next Sunday if you can, and bring your hound.

Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Sunday, March 19 from 10 AM until 1 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
(Click here for driving directions.)
Greyhounds only.
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!