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John’s Happy Tales Report
7/5/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Murphy

Murphy

Hope you had a happy and safe 4th, fortunately I didn’t hear of any runaway dogs, so maybe everyone made it through the weekend safe and sound. On the kennel front, we still have Denim, the only black dog left from the greyt black dog sale of June. She is a beautiful dog, I don’t know if the special has been held over into July, but you might be able to steal a deal, since we have a new influx of newbies and we need the room in the kennel.

Speaking of new arrivals, I believe there are at least six new dogs coming in to fill the already full ranks in the kennel. Cricket and Murphy are old newbies already, they have been spayed, neutered, and whatever else it takes to make them ready to be classified as adoptables, which apparently isn’t a word because every time I use it, I get a red line underneath it. Cricket is small, cute, and very personable. Murphy is renamed and has no connection whatsoever with Murphy’s Law. For more information on any and all of them, contact Michelle or Jerry or keep an eye on Petfinder or Meet Our Dogs entries.

Cricket

Cricket

So, there’s a glut of greys currently, probably the most we’ve had at one time since we went small kennel. As previously stated, you can check them out on our website, or check out Pet Finder, or call or contact us direct. We are unique in the fact that we can usually arrange for a meeting between you and an adoptable of your choice, either at our kennel or at your adobe, and usually at your convenience. We do go the extra mile and are always there for support, which is what has always made us just a cut above the rest of the groups. This Saturday is supposed to be our weekend at the Pet Supermarket, but there may be a change in schedule, so check with us before you go, if you are coming over specifically to see us. That’s about most of the news that’s fit to print as I have it. Have a greyt week, keep your hounds safe and cool, and let’s see if we can get Ms. Denim a good home, she is a fantastic girl.


Of Interest to Our Readers…

Mystique and misunderstanding of the black greyhound
by Linda Weber of the LA Greyhound Examiner

Denim

Denim

When you think of the color black, in clothes you think of the Little Black Dress or how sexy a man looks in a tuxedo. For witches and black cats, it conjures up black magic and superstition. But unfortunately, if you are a black greyhound, the mystery of the unknown oftentimes turns into misunderstanding.

In the Middle Ages, only aristocracy were allowed to own greyhounds. Commoners who rebelled and owned and hunted with greyhounds chose them with coloring that made them harder to spot: brindle, red, fawn, and black. Nobles by contrast favored white and dappled dogs that could be spotted and more easily recovered if lost in the forest. Hence, darker colored greyhounds including the darkest color of them all, were considered common and less favored than there fair-haired counterparts.

Denim

Denim

In more recent times, the reasons for shying away from a black greyhound are varied. Some owners mention that when they walk their black greyhound, people will often cross the street to get away from their dog. Sometimes the bias against can be traced to the fact that they are often misidentified as Great Danes or Dobermans or dogs with a more aggressive nature.

As reported by animal shelters and rescue agencies, black dogs are often overlooked when potential adopters come looking for a dog. There is even a name for it: Black Dog Syndrome. The second most prevalent color behind brindle is black so this is definitely an issue in greyhound adoption circles.

However, anyone who has adopted a black greyhound has discovered a hidden treasure. Black greyhounds are just as loving and wonderful as any other colored greyhound. Their ebony coats have a sheen like no other and in a crowd of other greyhounds they definitely stand out. They have a command presence that makes you sit up and take notice.

For anyone who has overlooked a black greyhound in lieu of a lighter-colored companion, reconsider. Don’t just follow the crowd. Choose a black greyhound and be part of a phenomenon which is distinguished from the rest by being black.

Linda has a passion for rescue dogs. She became involved with educating people regarding Greyhounds after adopting an ex-racing Greyhound a few years ago. When she is not traveling the world with her husband, she splits her time between Southern California and Southern Utah with her rescued Fox Terrier smooth mix and Greyhound by her side. Linda donates 100% of her compensation from Examiner.com to greyhound adoption and education groups.