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John’s Happy Tales Report
8/31/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The Kennel And Back Again To The Flamingo Road Nursery Which Is A Really Nice Place To Visit.

Otto

Otto

The Flamingo Road Nursery event was the happening of the week and it turned out greyt considering there was a storm supposedly bearing down on the area and it was the last weekend of HotAugust. It was a little hot and muggy, but the rain held off for the most part and there was more than enough shade for everyone. The puppies and the turnout, some of which were people that had not been seen in years, made it a complete success. There will be a line to get the new puppies no doubt, but we also brought in three young girls, which have been a rarity in recent times. So we have three new beautiful girls looking for their forever homes. Lexi is a two year old blue fawn girl, don’t have to say anything else about her looks. She was the belle of the ball on Saturday. She has a few nicks but nothing that a couple months of retirement living won’t fix up, can’t wait to see her when she’s all shined up. Lady is as she is named, a lady, lovely, quiet, sweet, and a bit shy. Pepper is a cute little brindle girl, like her name, just a touch of spice to go with the sugar. She’s truly sugar and spice and everything nice that you’d want in a little girl. These three have all just turned two years old, so you should have many years of love to look forward to, and our greys all come with a lifetime of love.

Bruiser

Bruiser

Ok, we’ve welcomed in the three new girls and the two puppy girls. We also have some guys that are looking for homes. Bruiser has just returned, sickness in the family, couldn’t care for him any longer. Yes, they do have feelings, and his are kind of hurt right now. He is house ready and looking for love, hopefully in all the right places. He is a perfect house dog, has the home system down pat, all he needs is a home and some love and if you can provide this, he will add joy and love to your home for many years to come. Lee is only two years old, his brindle coat is somewhat unique and he is a lover. Unlike Bruiser, he is a rookie, never been in a home, but is crate trained and that usually leads to easy housebreaking. Kingsley is our young Chicken Little, he just turned two and was scared of his shadow. I have a dog that is similar to that and he has turned out just fine. Kingsley has moved from kennel to a real foster home with other dogs and cats, so he can practice his social skills. This move has greatly transformed him and he is getting along with other dogs and cats and has made great strides in his approach to social life beyond the racing kennel, there is so much love inside him once we get it out, he is going to be a fabulous addition to some lucky adopter. Rocky and Charlie are our middle aged bachelors. They loved the racing life, but now are considered ‘over the hill’ so will have to settle for the retired life. They are both highly loving, but also highly active for greyhounds, they like the outdoors and still love to run and frolic like they did in the ‘good old days’. They would be best suited for someone young at heart, at least physically, and with access to areas where they can run a bit. They also have taken a vow against cats, so they would probably not be too excited, or maybe they would be too excited to live in a home which has felines. Otto is our resident senior citizen. I have a special place in my heart for the senior animals, since I myself closely resemble them. They make great companions, maybe not for your tennis or racquet ball partner, but if you’re looking for someone to watch a good tv show with or take a morning and afternoon nap with, and doesn’t complain when you belch, Otto is the dog for you. Always willing to listen without criticizing and he’s not grossed out if you walk around in just your underwear. As I said, He’s a perfect companion so a select group of people, and still full of love to give to the right person that will share his remaining years with him. All of the above dogs would fit in perfectly in a good home. Our job is to match the adoptee with the adopter, and we’re not always perfect, but we’re pretty darn good. It’s a very satisfying job, some tears and fears involved, but most of the time it’s a positive life changing event for both the dogs and the owners. Any doubts? Just start asking greyhound owners and you’ll get a pretty good idea.

Lady

Lady

In other news, we really like the Flamingo Road Nursery, it’s a beautiful place to just walk around, they have great barbque which I enjoy, plenty of shade, and the staff is friendly and competent, so we’re having another Meet and Greet there on Sunday, September 20th , this time it will be from 11-3 o’clock, hopefully a little cooler, and of course we’ll have some of our current adoptables there for photo ops, autograph pawing, and to see and be seen. October will be finally coming around again, seems like a year since we last saw her. That of course means that the weekend of October 3/4th they will have Barktober fest at Quiet Waters Park both days from 9 A.M. until 3 P.M., and on Saturday the 3rd , just like last year, we will have a private party at the Splash Park. If we had twelve Octobers instead of just one, we could do this a dozen times a year, but alas, there’s only one October, so put this on your calendar. Quiet Waters splash park has a lot of room to run, but no place to escape, and the water is shallow so you don’t have to worry about deep water (which some of us do, and rightly so). The park will be for greyhounds only, so there will be no issues with yappers or other breeds, and you know what breed snobs we are, (but we have very few argument issues), the only problem I remember from last year was a couple of skinned up rears and legs because the water is shallow, but it’s concrete in that area and sometimes the bumpers scrape the bottom, but outside of that a greyt time was had by most all. I believe we’re also doing the meet and greet every other week at the Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd. As for everything and anything mentioned here, you can call or email Michelle or Jerry or check the website for further and more information. We have a fantastic, but currently limited number of dogs available, however, something we can do that many others can’t is if you are interested in meeting one of our dogs up close and personal, it can usually be arranged for you to meet one or two of your choice at your house . You can do this by contacting us and arranging a home meeting, probably at your convenience, and you can see how they react to you, your family or other pets, and your house. This has proven to be very helpful in the adoption process, which we could never do when we had all the dogs at the kennel for viewing only on the weekends, so you might want to consider this if you’re thinking greyhound and you think you just don’t have the time to check one out. For those of you unfamiliar with greyhounds, it’s a great way to meet them one on one and see for yourself. As we’ve always been, we’re there for you for life after you adopt, as you can see, we take returns and we turn away no greyhound, we believe even the sick, injured, non-racers, crippled, too young, too old, and abandoned, as well as the standard retired racers all deserve a loving home. Regardless of their circumstances, they all have feelings and an oversized heart full of love and affection just waiting for someone to give them a chance to share it. So get ready, fall is coming (up north at least), the weather’s changing and things will be happening, so stay tuned.