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

So John Grata’s steady stream of uniquely presented Monday night Blogs has created a group of blog-readers who are spoiled rotten much like we hope their greyhounds are. And now we interrupt this with a Michelle Blog. John has the nerve to take a week off from his highly unpaid position with this company. We can’t dock his pay but we may need to demote him. What is below “unpaid volunteer”? I’ll have to get back to you on all that. I have a blog to write!!

Billy

Billy

So there haven’t been any large news stories this week but a lot of minor things have shown up. As you know (or I hope you do anyway) FoG is always here to help with the greys and to take them back when it is needed. So Welcome back to the kennel Joan Jett (officially – KB’s Jett Lagg) a beautiful slender, cat tolerant, girl whose family has hit major problems and cannot take care of Jett any longer. She is seven years young and beautiful. She’s having some potty issues that the vet is working with us on now and we think they’ll be solved pretty quickly and she’ll be ready to get out of our kennel and into a home like she is used to.

This week Faber received an application from a great family. Three generations of this family came to make the family decision on their dog! He will be delivered on Sunday morning. While they were in the kennel, our 3-year old Chloe was quite taken with the grandson and now she is on hold for them, too. We figure a couple weeks to settle in Faber and then if they still want her, we’ll be taking Chloe over there too!

Chris Carter

Chris Carter

We have ten dogs in the kennel right now plus fosters out there. It’s a whole lot of work for me and I wouldn’t mind some regular kennel help that I could rely on to give me a break once in a while. If you want to work with the dogs a bit, I’d be happy to teach you our routine. If you have a student that needs volunteer credits, we are a 501c3 and can give volunteer hours. If they are under high school age, we will need them to be accompanied by an adult. The most popular shifts for students are the noon walks (turn out dogs in groups, light cleaning and straightening, bowl washing, maybe help with photos or bathing or brushing as needed and as time permits) and evening walk & dinner routine about 5 pm. That includes turning out dogs just like the noon walks and preparing their dinner, cleaning bowls, etc. If you are a reliable person who wants to get hands on with the dogs, please call me! The dogs are tired of only having me to play with!

On a less upbeat note, our sympathies go out to two of our adopter families. Jim Lackey of Pompano Beach had two of our dogs (Kiowa Emotion & Breezy) and his family have been long term supporters of our work. He passed away last week and his family has graciously requested donations to FoG in his honor. Jim was a big, gentle man. For years, his whole schedule and his whole reason for getting out of the house revolved around his beloved greyhounds. And Carolyn Hiley, who with husband Howard, adopted Maggie (formerly Drag Strip) also left us. The doggies all send their love to both families. They will be missed.

Denim

Denim

We currently have 10 dogs in the kennel and couple out of foster, as I noted above. Some of them still need to be cat tested but I need an assistant or two to help with that. But most of them are ready to go to a home on a moment’s notice. Denim is a big, black girl who just wants to come watch TV with you – – and maybe a walk once in a while. Asia is a small, very shy, brindle girl. She’s fast & fun and sooo cute. But she’s going to need a patient and understand household!

And we have some amazing boys – every color! Happy Harry and Billy (Rockdown Boss) are big, strong brindle boys with a strong need for toys and playtime. Ironman (Oshkosh Iron Dog) is a sweet and loving, white & brindle guy. He’s quite tall and long legged and traffic-stopping handsome. Chris Carter is a sleek, shiny black boy who wears his ears forward – it’s something you have to see to understand. He’s smaller in size and he is so very attentive to humans that I think he will be very easy to train. He just wants so much to please you – – as many of the greyhound dogs do!

That’s about it from the kennel here. I have to get the house dogs out for their evening run. Please remember, when you adopt a dog from FoG, you are helping two dogs – – the one that gets the spot in your home and the one that gets to leave the track kennel for a FoG kennel! Hope to see you around here soon! Hug your hounds for me!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle