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John’s Happy Tales Report
8/1/16 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Hot Shot

Hot Shot

Welcome to August, a much appreciated oasis in the desert that is summer for most of us greyhound people. Greyhounds are not known to do well outside in extremely hot environments, and we are such an area down here. After the New Year and heading into spring are when things usually start to happen, but this month is a happy exception for all of those who want to get out and boogie with their hounds. This Saturday we kick off the month with a meet and greet at the new Pet Supermarket site. The old one on E. Sunrise was fabulous, but they’ve changed things around a bit and now we are at the Pet Supermarket at 2696 N. University Drive, in Sunrise, between Sunrise Blvd. and Oakland Park Blvd., between ten in the morning and two o’clock in the afternoon, as usual. We will be there every other Saturday and we always have an adoptable hound there with us, so stop in and say hello if you are in the area. If you’ve never met a real live racing greyhound up close and personal, this is a great chance. And, our most hounds are usually very much kid friendly, so bring the kids too.

Wheels

Wheels

August 14th, will be the date of the Animal Adoption Fair, at War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale. www.animaladoptionfair.com is the link, in case you want to further check it out. We will have a booth, and this year they will have a pre fair vegan dinner and silent auction on August 6th, to raise money to finance the Adoption Fair. It will be in Tamarac and you can get all the details on the link or our website. They give free booths to all the nonprofit animal adoption groups and this is how they raise money to do it, so it’s a greyt way for you to spend a nice Saturday evening and help out animals in need at the same time.

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Nearly the whole month of August will be featuring the Galleria Fashion Event. From August 3rd through 31st, there will be a family dog photo wall at Galleria, and we hope to see a bunch of our greyhound families posted up there. If you get the Sun Sentinel, in the August 4th edition, in the Society Scene section, they will feature the photo shoot they did with us and our boy Ironman, who, by the way, happens to be available for adoption at the moment. On the 17th, at Galleria, you can dress up and parade around the Galleria with your hound. The registration will cost $25, but that’s for both you and the hound, and the money is a straight donation to FoG kennel, so you know where it’s going. There will also be prizes awarded, and knowing Galleria, they will probably be pretty decent. We have the form, and if Jerry sees this, it might even be attached to the blog. Wednesday evening, August 10th is Dog Days Wednesday and a week later, the 17th, is Fashion Hounds night, both events running from 5-8 in the evening. We have raffle tickets, first prize, $1,000. shopping spree in Galleria. The tickets are $20 each, and Michelle has 50 of them. We sell all the tickets and it’s a nice thousand dollar donation directly to FoG kennels, so once again, there’s a few nice ways to have some fun, spend some money, and help our hounds and kennel, all at the same time. You can email Michelle, do Pay Pal, buy at the event; tickets will be available right up until the 17th. If you have a lucky number between 1201 and 1250, and it’s still available, Michelle will even hook you up with it. We used to do that at the church raffle I ran for fifteen years and we actually had one person win with a lucky number we found. That was with a hundred thousand or so tickets, so you never know. Anyway, the bottom line, eternally, is it helps us be able to get the hounds into a loving home, and that’s the whole reason for the season as they say. If you’re a local football fan, it’s all about the U, if you’re a local dog fan, it’s all about the Hound.

Billy

Billy

It’s a good thing we only have about a dozen dogs or so, instead of the old days with over four dozen, this way it’s easier and there’s less to write about. Right! On the kennel front, Cricket is in a foster home, and reports are that the humans are failing foster parents. This tended to ruin my day in the early months, until I learned that people who were foster parent failures, were actually people who fell in love with the foster dog and ended up adopting the dog themselves. I am one of those people and proud of it, wished I had done it forty years ago. So Cricket may be staying where she is, last report was that dog and human were happy together, without the Turtle’s rendition of the song. Vicky went to a new home and came back. Not her fault, the dog already living there did not want competition, and he was there first. Don’t worry, she’ll do ok, she is a fabulous girl, great personality, check out her profile, she’s the one that wags her tail so hard that she falls down and rolls over on her back so you can pet her belly. She is a small girl, so if petite is sweet, check her out. It’s all about the Hound. I like that, I may use it for a while, until the University of Miami comes after me. It’s all about the Hound. There, I said it again. We got a new arrival last week, Greta, not to be confused with Grata. She’s a cute little four year old black girl. She was born on Christmas day, 2012. She’d love to come home with you and help you celebrate Christmas for the rest of her life. So, there’s the newbies, and we still have a few others, Billy, Max, Harry, Andy, Burt, and recent arrivals, Hotshot and Wheels, aka, Hotwheels. If you can think of a better name for Greta than Greta, let Michelle know. I’m not allowed to take her home so I can’t call her Grata, but it was a thought. Ok, another week done gone. Have a greyt week, it should be an eventful month, stay safe and cool. Next week is another week.