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Longwood’s greyhound track sells; future development could remake city

Over the years, Friends of Greyhounds picked up a number of dogs who raced at the Orlando track and were housed in the Longwood/Sanford kennel compound. Some of you have Orlando racers in your homes now. Thought you might like to see this story from the Orlando Sentinel and be sure to look at the photos. ” One more down!

Longwood’s Sanford Orlando Kennel Club — one of the last greyhound racing tracks in the state — is under contract for purchase by an Atlanta-based developer, potentially opening nearly 32 acres to housing, retail or office space in a way that could change the complexion of the city.
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Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
5/26/19 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Mandy Needs a New Home –

We told you we would be around for a while to help our dogs and our adopters in any way we can. I am still dog sitting and still available for questions. We are enjoying the slower pace though and working on our various projects. Retirement is awesome!!

As I am sure you already know, all of our retired racers have been adopted. But – as predicted – we are still needed for dogs who may be returned for whatever reason. And that’s where we are now.


We have a wonderful little black girl in the kennel named Mandy who is looking for a new home. Her racing name was Kiowa Kitty Hawk and she is has bounced around a little bit. She’s a good girl but at this point, she is feeling pretty insecure about all of this. She lost her home because mom and grandma both have some pretty heavy duty medical issues they need to deal with and they couldn’t care for her any longer. We tried her out in our house but it seems she is not cat tolerant. (We have 2 cats) We have all of her records and lots of history on her.

Mandy can be a bit shy and sometimes is hesitant to walk on a leash but she is friendly with everyone (except the aforementioned cats). She can be a “talker” too if she thinks she needs to get your attention. She loves toys! She likes to carry one with her most of the time. She will come complete with an assortment of her favorite toys.

She is only five years old (DoB 8/18/13) and has had bad luck when it comes to homes. We have very, very complete records on her. She is a little insecure and worried right now but I am hoping that her new mommy or daddy (or both) will give her the stability that she is missing. I am sure she would do well with another greyhound in the home – – maybe your home?

To meet Mandy, give Michelle (that’s me!) a call (954-578-0072). If we are not home, call my cell. Jerry & I are retirees so almost anytime will be fine. Mandy is not enjoying being the only dog in our kennel so please don’t hesitate.

Our previous adoption fee will be waived for Mandy. If you would like to give a donation for dog food, we – and Hill’s Science Diet – would appreciate it but it is not in any way required. Our biggest priority is to get Mandy into a greyhound-experienced home.

In Other News – – –

“Stuff” for Sale – Yes, I am STILL digging through things! Please let me know if you can use any of it.

Wire Crates – FoG has some of our “regular” black wire kennels that most of you used when you first adopted your dog. They fold up flat but open to a 42” kennel. They start at $50 (plus freight) online. We have a few and we’re asking $30. Tell your friends!

Travel Kennels – Part 1 – When we brought in the Macau greyhounds, they arrived in huge airline kennels that are made by Pet Palace in Honk Kong. The kennels are beautifully constructed and they were all brand new. We decided we didn’t need them so we have sold ours. But, meantime, we were offered kennels by Elite Greyhounds as they had far too many of the airline crates to be bothered with them. (Many, many thanks!) Well, one by one, I have gotten kennels put together and put up for sale. The kennels we have are Internationally approved airline kennels. (That’s very good!) We have two sizes 46 long x 36 high x26 wide – that’s the smaller one. The other is 38” high. I have some put together at the house if you know anyone who is in the market or if you would like to see them. They do break down somewhat for storage. These kennels sold new for $350 each, were used one time, one way and I am selling them for $100 each. We have already sold some and people who got them were thrilled at the savings!!

Travel Kennels – Part 2 – We also have our Macchioro kennels that we have used for some time to transport dogs in our van. These don’t look as sleek and new as the Hong Kong kennels but they are good, safe kennels that work well in the back of the car to keep your dog secure. I have sworn by Mac kennels for years. They are aerodynamic and shatter resistant. I have two sizes (I think) and they hold up to a 70 pound dog. We just don’t transport many dogs any longer. If you can use one, call me! Come see them. Make an offer.

We also have an assortment of:

Dog coats – perfect for greyhounds – We have Thunder coats (in pink, blue and traditional gray), 2 raincoats (very nice heavy duty coats), and an assortment of booties and some neck warmers.

Doggie Décor – We have a bunch of small greyhound statues. They range from 1” to 8” and every time I move something I find another one! There are also a few signs, squawkers, and if you need a belly band, I have them. I can sell (or give you) a few but will probably keep the bulk of them for people who need them. When Chumlee was getting to the end, those belly bands made ALL the difference in his quality of life. God, I miss that dumb dog!!

Books – I have an amazing assortment of greyhound and dog books. I would love to share them with people who would appreciate them.

Miscellaneous – Martingale Collars (1” solid color), assorted colors of 4’ leashes, a few different types of halters, greyhound ‘gold’ pins (1”) and carabiner clip key rings. Double leashes, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things – feel free to ask me if you are looking for something in particular.

And Last But Not Least – I still have microchips and if your dog is not microchipped, I urge you to get it done. I can chip your dog (or cat or assorted other critters) for $25 and that includes the prepaid Pet-Trac registration.

So give me a call or drop me an email ( and you can stop over and go through the goodies!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,

Starsky is 14 Years Old!

Liver cake with peanut butter icing for pups, Publix cake for people.

Special needs greyhounds at Greyhound Pets of America Greater Orlando

Special bonded pair of 4 1/2 year old retired racing greyhounds need a good home. One is blind and the other is his companion and guide dog. They need to go to a safe home with no pool and no small children.

Please contact

Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
4/23/19 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

It’s Alive!! The original Friends of Greyhounds computer has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. After a whole lot of grief, whining, complaining and a few minor tantrums (all from me) I am attempting our first blog on the new computer. They convinced me to replace my old one. It was only about 12 years old!! Poor baby!

Getting me ‘hands on’ with a new computer and all new software has been a challenge but going over a week without email was just awful. I still have some hurdles to deal with but communications should be back to “normal” pretty soon. Thank you for bearing with me. I had 1128 emails stacked up because of the downtime. I got those sorted out and eliminated. Then they discovered that something had to be re-done and when it was, I had all 1100 emails back again! Oye!! Enough of computers. They are a blessing and a curse. Sometimes both on the same day. So – let me try to catch you up to date. . .

Last Friday was the day from Hell. Our sweet boy, Chumlee (racing named Wild Chumlee) had been very sick. He was in kidney failure and going downhill steadily. We were giving him IV liquids and meds and trying everything we know to get him to eat but we were not winning the battle. I probably wouldn’t have fought that hard as to me, the end was already written. But Jerry couldn’t let go until Friday. We had made arrangements for me to take Chummy to Animal Hospital University Drive (Dr. Ansara) at 11:30 to go to the Rainbow Bridge and then I would take him in the van to Broward Pet Cemetery for cremation.


We also had previously scheduled a pest control guy coming to tell us if the “dust” we had found in the enclosed porch area was termite dust (it was – but we caught it early) as a friend had suggested. Jerry wasn’t feeling well so the plan was that he would meet the termite guy and I would handle Chumlee. Jerry was devastated about Chummy and couldn’t face the vet.

Naturally, everything happened at once. Chumlee passed away of his own accord lying in the bed I had planned to use as a “stretcher” to lift him into the van. At the same time, the exterminator arrived and while he and Jerry talked about the process for eliminating the termites, Jerry collapsed into the shelf holding his computer and two monitors. It all went down in a two minute window!! Scott walked in right in the middle of all this.

The exterminator and Scott helped get Jerry into a chair. I first grabbed Scott to help me carry the bed Chummy was on and load him into the van. I couldn’t just leave Chummy’s lifeless body in the living room. Then we got Jerry into Scott’s car and sent them to Holy Cross Emergency immediately. I went to the pet cemetery and settled Chum in and then flew to Holy Cross so Scott could go home.

Jerry was in there overnight. They still aren’t sure what caused everything but they’ve let him come home while they go through the test results and he then goes to his regular doctor. He’s still not back to normal and it doesn’t help that he misses his best friend, Chumlee, so badly. Mitzi, our old girl just went a few months ago. Chumlee raced as Wild Chumlee and he was only 8. That leaves our family with two greys, Yahtzee (Cry Yahtzee – 11 yrs) and Joy (Reward Joy- 12 yrs). Oh my! Now you’re caught up on the household highs and lows. What a rollercoaster ride we’ve been on.

In other “stuff” – – – in no particular order –

  • There are no dogs up for adoption in our kennel right now. If you are looking for a greyhound to adopt, contact some of the Palm Beach groups as that track is not only still running but they run year round. We have been working with our friends at Elite Greyhound Adoption in Loxahatchee and I know they have a number of greyhounds from Palm Beach as well as the orient. For a complete list of the Florida adoption groups go to
  • If you adopted a greyhound from us and have a problem and/or need to return the dog to us, we will still be here (forever) to accept back the dogs we have adopted out. You can still reach us by email and by phone and we aren’t going anywhere.
  • We are not in need of donations or volunteers at this time. We are trying to scale back the organization and there are many other groups that DO need your help.
  • We are grandparent “empty nesters” (sort of) at this point. One granddaughter is supposedly living here but we never see her. So we are working on cleaning up, fixing up and trying to turn our house into more of a home and a bit less of a kennel. With everything else, progress has been minimal!
  • We have a lot of greyhound “stuff” leftover such as collars, statues, booties, coats, books, racing jackets and the ever un-popular greyhound bobblehead (ugly but unique and collectable) Please feel free to call and come over to “shop”.
  • I have always loved dogsitting greyhounds because I can spoil them rotten and they never tell their parents about it. I have the room and now am able to dogsit again!! That’s the FUN stuff! Yippee!
  • We still have the Greyhound Memorial at the Broward Pet Cemetery in Plantation. We will probably be organizing an “opening” there soon. We generally wait until we have a number of dogs’ “cremains” to put in at one time. We are about ready as we have over a dozen here now. If you want more info, reach out to me.
  • Keep an eye on the website – that’s my next project. We’re going to do a major update. It’s overdue.

Thank you all for your help and support through all the years. Keep an eye on the website as I think/ hope we will be going “lean and mean” pretty soon! Anything I can do to help you and/or your dogs, please reach out!! And please kiss your pups for me!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,

Photos From the Greyhound Gathering

“Oh, I Meant to Tell You” featuring Big John McLaughlin

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Short movie by the late Harry Lupu about meeting people on the beach while walking his adopted greyhound.

Greyhound Gathering at the Hound House

Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17, 11-3 both days!
Bring the dogs to hound around with one another. You know they miss it!
Where: FoG House – 2621 NW 105 Lane, Sunrise, 33322 Backyard!

Freeway’s Spring Round Up Picnic HERO HOUNDS

Freeway’s picnic is set for Saturday, May 4th in Dunnellon, FL at Rainbow Springs State Park. This is our 3rd year at the Park and most folks return to sit around and relax, visit with old friends and make some new ones. We work hard to make this day (weekend) fun and relaxing so folks can spend more quality time with their hounds. Our web page and Facebook page both have the Spring Round Up Picnic HERO HOUNDS…you can share from there or use the following if it is easier. Thank you so much for your support.