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John’s Happy Tales Report
5/2/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Here we sit in time, a day after the anniversary of the discovery of the great distress call MayDay, and three days short of the anniversary of the loss of twenty thousand jars of mayonnaise on the Titanic, that never made it to Mexico, or Sinko de Mayo , as it is known. And we strive onward in our mission to make sure that every greyhound has a chance for a loving forever home after retirement from his or her professional racing career.

Happy Harry

Happy Harry

With that being said, and it truly had to be said, we leave the Pompano Seafood Festival and Horses and Hounds behind for another year and head into the long hot South Florida summer. Please remember that our people overheat quickly down here, so use care in selecting the play times for them and if you have to take them in a car, do not let them drive and try to take them somewhere that they can get out and go with you instead of leaving them in the car. As stupid as it sounds, please be alert to other cars who might have children or dogs inside. Many lives have been lost from the heat, but also many have been saved by alert and fast acting passersby. Looks dumb but it’s supposed to be the correct spelling so we’ll leave it at passersby.

Michelle has a severe cold, which has been slowing her down, but the dog influx has been speeding up. We could really use some help with the hound photographs, Valberta are you a Broward resident? If anyone near or in the area of the kennel, or even if not and likes to do photography, we need photos of the newly arriving dogs so we can keep the profiles up to date. There are less than a dozen dogs, so it is not the major project that it used to be back in the days of the four dozen plus occupants, so it’s a very doable small project timewise and it would take a greyt burden off of Michelle and Jerry. Also, with summer approaching, anyone who might have some extra time on their hands and would like to volunteer, there are plenty of other jobs available, especially for the kids that need community service. Remember, we are in Broward, not Hialeah, so the shoe is reversed, it’s much easier to get to the kennel since it’s located in the Sunrise area, and all help is gratefully accepted.

Billy

Billy

Last Saturday we were at the fabulous Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd., as we are almost every other weekend. We got by with a little help from our friends Maurice, Hermes, and Draco, met a bunch of nice people and came home with about four cases of dog food and some nice donations. Yes, we will be back there again in two weeks, if you are in the area, stop by, the store people love our greyhounds, the feeling is mutual, and it’s a greyt place to do your pet shopping.

I used to get a list of the current dogs, many times it was a little late in arriving, but I don’t have a current list of our available adoptables at the moment. Upon checking the list I know that it is not exactly up to the moment, so you can check our website and pet finder, but if you really want to know an up to the shall we say, second, list of dogs, it’s best to contact Jerry or Michelle through the website, by email, or via phone, because they are moving in and out pretty good, the dogs, that is, not so much Jerry and Michelle. I can say that our most shy girl Darla is out and about and is possibly in line for a home in a perfect setting if things work out for her. Asia also has a decent chance to become a foster failure, which is a good thing for those who might not be familiar with the term ‘foster failure’, most of the time it means they live happily ever after, and that’s what we’re here for. One of our beloved alumni, Slatex Georgette, has passed recently to the rainbow bridge, and her humans can’t stand a house without a hound, so our boy Franco has gone with them for a free home trial. I didn’t even know Franco had arrived and he’s gone already. We do give free home trials to our previous adopters so they can bring home a potential, and see how he or she does in their home. Not all matches are made in heaven, but we’re willing to try until we, the humans, and the dog get it right. If you are interested in one or two of our dogs, we can usually arrange for a home visit to see how they do in your environment at your convenience. Not a lot of other rescues will do that, so keep it in the back of your mind, just in case.

Darla

Darla

I have been requested by Ms. Michelle to give a special thanks to April and Anya, they are volunteers that come by and take over the handling, feeding, and walking of the dogs, and usually show up at just the right time they are needed most, like this past time when Michelle was sick as a dog and they took over. Greytly appreciated A and A, from a very thankful Michelle. She also mentioned that we are behind on photos and could use help getting some good dog pictures taken so she can get all the profiles updated online. Ok, that about covers most of the week’s news that’s fit to print. One last thing, the current list of available adoptees includes is not limited to Happy Harry, Billy, Chris Carter (yes, the football player is in the kennel – come visit!) and new guys Faber (3 yr old Fawn guy) and Andy (formerly Just Fast – Red, 5 yrs old).

Our scardy-cat Darla is on a home trial but it is shaky. It’s not easy to work with a dog as afraid of the world as Darla is. We thank her new family for being so patient. Please Darla, learn to trust some of us humans! Asia was in foster and her foster mom is considering adopting her but can’t get her tummy issues settled so Asia is in the kennel for extra care but has a possible home. And Giddy Up arrived and has an application just that quick. She will be delivered on Friday.

I mention this so that our webmaster can post a picture or two of them, or he might just edit the new names that he knows in right here, and then he can post the pictures of the new arrivals. Have a greyt week, remember the heat, and also, if you have any ideas for a gathering area for the hounds in the Broward area, give Michelle or Jerry a shout.