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Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
11/6/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.


Well, the ever popular Mr. Grata has abandoned us this week, preferring to run around the country. With luck, he’ll find his way back to do next week’s blog. But in the meantime, you’re stuck with me. I am much less adept at making castles from mud pies but I’ll give it a try. The events and notes of the week in no particular order – – –

PJ (Kelly)

As dogs have passed through the FoG kennels and gone into homes, we have saved the racing collars. It was terrific when we could hang the displays on the fences and it really made an impact. But these days they are sitting in bins in the rented storage warehouse that we would like to be out of. It is surprising how much room 2000 + collars can take up. So Scott Sharp (Dusty’s dad) has been helping me cut them off the chains and sort them. When this part of the work is done (we are about 2/3 thru) we will let people know what collars we have and they can claim their dogs’ original racing collar if they like. Some people don’t want to be reminded of their dogs’ past life but the dogs gave their all to that racing career. It’s a part of their history and how their personality and behaviors are formed. Some of our adoption dogs were real champions – and some were Chumlee. But they’re all wonderful, loving dogs. Some of the collars have been lost over the years, I’m sure, so no promises. Make sure we have your email. We’re doing what we can – stay tuned.


As for the kennel population, please consider adding a greyhound for the holidays. What better present to give the family – or just yourself. Love on four feet. We have six wonderful boys in the kennel. A couple are returned dogs but that’s okay. You have a better history and know what to expect from a returned dog. If you want a young dog, Casey is only two years old. He’s very shy and sweet. Then we have two three year olds, Kelly and Kal, both black. Mercury and Fella (both 4 yrs. old) are red and red brindle, respectively and neither of them has been in a home yet. They are right off the track and fun, fun dogs. And our boy Logan, wraps up the clan. At six, he is the senior. He was in a home for 3 years but had to be given up. He’s so sweet but he’s often overlooked because of his “features”. He’s missing some toes and has a couple scars. But he’s affectionate and well behaved and deserves a break. I’m sorry to say that none of these dogs is cat tolerant. We’ll have a couple of them at each of the events or give us a call and come visit.


Be extra, extra careful with your dogs in this weather. Even though it feels nicer out than it was, it’s still really hot and if your dog is running or you go for long walks, heat is the enemy of greyhounds. Mike Smith’s boy, Andy, is in Coral Springs Animal Hospital because he ran a lure course and overheated. We are hoping and praying that he’ll be okay but overheating can kill outright and even if caught quickly (as Mike’s was) it can cause long term problems with the blood makeup. Mike has health insurance on Andy (with a deductible) but without it, this care wouldn’t have been feasible at all. Insurance may be something to think about for your own dog if you can swing it.

The ER vet tech that was talking to Mike said that there should be a reference book about the differences in greyhound physiology. – There is!! There is a super-duper book published by the racing industry about greyhound medical care. It is called Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound. Years ago we gave copies to a number of vet offices including Coral Springs but some of them have changed hands or and the books might have been overlooked – or they just didn’t know they existed. I ran my last copy to Coral Spring Animal Hospital today for Andy’s nurse to use as a reference. When I got back, I went online to buy a couple more copies. There are “resellers” online charging hundreds of dollars for the book!!! If you go on National Greyhound Association’s website, the book costs $20. You want the one with the brown cover. Buy one for your vet – and/or yourself.


The 2017 Greyhound wall calendars are all gone but we have a couple of the date books left. If anyone still wants calendars, drop me an email and if I get enough interest, I may pick up a few more if I can still get them.

When we adopt out a male greyhound, we give the new owner one of the handmade belly bands that Sue Lambertsen makes for us. It’s a great tool for housebreaking the boys who have a tendency to mark territory. They also give a new adopter a good sense of security when they have a male dog roaming the house for the first time. Greyhounds already know not to go potty in the crate. So most boys only wear them a few days until they figure out this new place is our family crate and then we just keep the band for “emergencies”. A couple weeks ago I grabbed one when I was in the kennel. One dog’s ear wandered through the chain link fence of the kennel and the neighbor-dog took a nip at it. Blood was everywhere!! Ears bleed like crazy! I grabbed a washcloth and yelled for Jerry to grab a belly band and his car keys. The Velcro belly band held the cloth against the ear and controlled the bleeding while we drove to Dr. Ansara in Jerry’s new WHITE car! All is well! No splashes or splatters. Kal’s ear is shaped differently but everything else is back to normal. And the blood washed right out of the belly band!!


Sue’s handmade belly bands have been a huge factor in the adoption of many, many of our male dogs. Fear of leg lifting is the main reason that people want girl dogs instead of boys. Now many of our owners will swear that the boys are sweeter, more affectionate, quieter and more loving than the girls. Girls want to be boss but boys want to be loved! And yet I still get calls asking for girl dogs and they won’t even consider a boy! They’re making a big mistake. Currently, there are many more boys racing than girls. Thank heaven for Sue’s belly bands! Many of our adopters who have male greyhounds will tell you that they used the belly band and the dog had no problem at all learning to respect the house. That leads me to mention again that we have a wonderful group of guys in the kennel. You really should come by and meet them!!

So I hope to see everyone at the Flamingo Road Nursery (Saturday 11/11) and/or Dog Dude Ranch (Sunday 11/19). Details are on the top of the homepage on the website. Have a great week and remember that it may seem cooler to you than it does to your dog. You’re not walking barefoot on the sidewalk wearing a fur coat. And yes, I know this was long. Won’t you be happy to have John back again!!

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Saturday, November 11 from *** NOON until 3 PM ***
At the Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie
(Click here for driving directions.)
Lots of parking and you can wander the grounds, check out the farmer’s market
and look at lots of plants, fountains and wind chimes!
Join FoG at the big shady tables by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
*** All leashed greyhounds are welcome. ***
Play Date & Gathering at the Dog Dude Ranch

Sunday, November 19 from 10 AM until 1 PM
6305 SW 120 Ave, Miami
And we will be here again on December 3rd!
(Click here for driving directions.)
We will be in the front, fenced corral area and dogs will be allowed off-leash!!!
Please park along the street.
*** Greyhounds Only ***


  1. Diane says:

    Great post, Michelle (you are a good John sub)! I can definitely vouch for the male dog adoption… Willy (Fireball) is our first male grey (we had previously adopted 3 girls) and he’s the sweetest! We adopted him right before Thanksgiving last year and we are so glad we did. He was only 2 at the time, never lived in a home before, yet never lifted his leg in our house… we love him!

  2. Dean Gaveau says:

    Hi Michelle,
    I hope to get to come to the Flamingo Nursery gathering 11/11. I hope all is well. I would love to have the collars of my 2 sweet girls if you come across them, “Sweet Shiny” & her sister “Miss Peepers”. See you soon.