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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.

Mandy

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 (fogdogs@comcast.net) and you can stop over and go through the goodies!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

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 gpago@greyhoundpetsorlando.org

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.

Chumlee

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 www.adopt-a-greyhound.org
  • 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,
Michelle

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.

Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
3/4/19 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

This blog is an odd assortment of FoG’s greyhound “hot topics”. I get emails and phone calls every day on these subjects. The rumor mill is running hard and fast. So – Let’s clarify a few things – – in no specific order –

1. There is no dumping of racing dogs in this area. There are rumors that the kennels are killing dogs rather than give them up for adoption. In this area I am certain that rumor is absolutely FALSE!! Many owners and workers love the dogs, too. We have not heard anything credible about dumping dogs.

This southeast part of Florida is impacted by the Miami track (aka Flagler Dog Track and/or Magic City Casino), the Hollywood track (aka Mardi Gras and/or Big Easy Casino) and in a lesser way, by the Naples Ft. Myers track which is actually located in Bonita Springs on the West Coast but owned by a partnership of the same people as the Miami and Hollywood tracks. Miami and Hollywood both stopped running as soon as they could. They both have on site casinos and they are happy with that.

All of these owners and partnerships and managements are in a state of flux and have been for a few months so some of my information may be out of date or may change. Basically, Broward and Dade counties make money from their casinos which were approved by the electorate a few years ago. Casinos make money. Dog racing loses money. Disconnecting racing from the casino business works well for them so they stopped racing pretty quickly. Hollywood’s last racing season ended April 2018. Miami has been closed so long I couldn’t even find a date!! A couple weeks ago, they announced that the Naples/Ft. Myers track would be demolished at the end of this racing season. And imagine how excited the developers were when Florida Kennels became available!!

2. Friends of Greyhounds is still here. At this time, we do not have any greyhounds available for adoption. Jerry and I picked up our first dogs in November 2001 and the kennel was empty February 2019. It was a great trip. Hopefully it was good for our karma. Approximately 2400 (my paperwork isn’t up to date) dogs found homes with our help. We are very proud of that and we are very grateful for all the people who helped us along the way. But for now we are ready to enjoy our retirement. The organization will be semi-active for a while just so we are here for any returning dogs that may need us. We know that things happen in families and we will always be here for the greyhounds. We still have the kennels and bowls and yard and I love to dogsit so I get to play with more dogs!! Retirement is taking on a whole new look. If you have questions or problems and think I can help, please feel free to call. We are still here for the dogs.

3. There are still Greyhounds that need homes. Locally, we are friends with Elite Greyhounds based in Loxahatchee. Run by a family from their horse ranch, they have a great setup with a large kennel. They are getting dogs from Palm Beach Kennel Club and from overseas. If you are looking to adopt, I strongly recommend you start by looking there. Sonia knows what she is doing and she will help you find the right dog for you. Visit: www.elitegreyhounds.org She stays busy so her dog listings may not be up to date. Just call and arrange a visit.

Our nearest track that is still racing is Palm Beach Kennel Club. They run year round, 15 races a day, 6 days a week and they have a high dollar clientele, simulcasting of horseraces, and a busy poker room. If you are looking to adopt a greyhound, http://adopt-a-greyhound.org/directory/list.cfm?usState=171 this link will take you to a complete listing for the state. (Don’t be frustrated by the listing. They add new groups as they are created but many of the entries are for groups that are already out of business.) And I even discovered another entry on the Florida list with our phone number on it and they are in the panhandle!

4. We do not need any additional volunteers. Volunteers have been a great help for our kennel for many years. (Our first student volunteer is now an Attorney!!) We love them and we are grateful for all they have done for us. But we only have house dogs, sometimes a few boarders, and potentially, a return or two. We appreciate the offer but we do not need any student volunteers at this time.

5. Be sure to watch for information about gatherings and play times. Greyhounds need to visit with other greyhounds sometimes. Keep your name on our email list and we’ll let you know about upcoming events. I’m hoping to do a gathering here at the house soon but we have a few projects to complete first.

PS: Kiss your dogs for me – Michelle (& Jerry, Chumlee, Yahtzee & Joy.) And wish a happy retirement to Jinx, our big black cat who has personally cat-tested a whole lot of your dogs for us!! He had the toughest job in the kennel.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle

Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
2/24/19 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

Empty Kennels!

Last week I walked out to the kennel and it was empty. As a garage/ laundry room, it was still active and full. Jerry’s tools are still there and the washer was temporarily quiet but the dryer was humming away. There are long shelves on the wall, full of “things” both in and out of boxes. There is a two-story kennel which is still full of blankets and toys and extra dog food. There is a wire crate set up but it is used as a work table for the seeds and nuts Jerry puts out for the birds and squirrels in the back yard feeders every day. But there are four walk-in dog kennels built from chain link fencing and they are empty. Now that felt really weird.

It has been years since there was not a single dog in the kennels! When Jerry and I decided to help greyhounds get from the track to homes, the very first thing we did was to stash our extra “stuff” in a rental storage area so we could build kennels in the garage. (Eventually, we put a small shed in the yard to get out of the rental area) It took a couple months to get everything set up but we wanted to do things right. Our first adoption, Mohican Snickers, a very cute brindle girl, was delivered on November 4, 2001. We were on our way!!

In 2003 Florida passed a law that dog tracks had to have an official adoption group so Flagler and Hollywood offered FoG the position. They gave us use of a kennel building complete with office, kitchen, kennel workers, dog food and a kennel already full of dogs in the Florida Kennels compound in Hialeah. Now instead of only having four or five dogs for someone to look at, they had 40 to choose from!! It was a complete turn around for us and we faced a steep learning curve. Our first year there, 2003, we did 105 adoptions. Now, bear in mind that Jerry and I were both working full time and we ran dogs to vets and did adoptions and events on the side. We had a signup sheet in our garage for noon walkers!! Our volunteers were awesome and they made it work. We could never have done it without them.

And it did work. We are so proud and happy to have made a difference in the lives of just under 2400 of these beautiful, loving dogs!! And those dogs have made a difference in the lives of a lot of people. Jerry and I are very, very grateful to all the people and dogs who completely changed our lives. We never envisioned this but we have loved (almost) every minute of it!

The kennel had not been empty til now and it kind of feels weird but it also feels right. I even turned off the secondary air conditioner! We will still be here if a dog needs to be returned or you need help in any way. Things happen and we understand. It may be for any reason from doggy behavoir to an owner’s illness, but we will be here for the greyhounds. And I am hoping to do some dogsitting, too. Dogsitting lets me play with even more greyhounds than just those here at the house and that leaves Chumlee more chance to nap!

Kiss your dog for me! We’re here if you need us.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle