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Michelle’s Happy Tales Report
11/9/15 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

John is on vacation but the blog must go on. I’m sorry for the extra day delay but finally, here we go with a shorter, less memorable version of “John’s Blog.” (Okay, cancel the shorter part!)

Rocky

Rocky

Last week was terrific with the Pet Expo at War Memorial Auditorium. We met a lot of nice people and we expect to see a few of them at the kennel sometime. We learned about an exciting breakthrough in treatments for cancer in canines. In short, they’ve found ways to take biopsies and create meds designed to counter that specific cancer in your specific animal. I can’t explain it well but it is in the approval and testing phase for humans but that takes years and tons of money. In the meantime, one of the smaller labs had the bright idea to go ahead and let the animal community make use of it. This could be life changing for our greyhounds and we will be watching it closely.

This Sunday (the 15th) we will be at our Pet Supermarket (801 E. Sunrise, Ft. L.). We haven’t done a Sunday there before but I understand it is super busy on Sundays and I’m excited to be taking the dogs. Allison is a very pretty but high energy young girl and I’ll bet she’ll stay on her feet the whole time. Or maybe I’ll take Farrah, the four year old brindle girl. We’ll see! And I’ll bring the 2016 calendars, too.

Max

Max

The Celebrating Greyhound Calendars have just come in. We only purchased a few so if you want one, get it now. As always, they are absolutely gorgeous. We really need some of you to start submitting your photos of your beautiful dogs to this calendar. The wall calendar is $15 and the desk book is $20. All the profits go to support greyhound adoption.

While on the subject of calendars, our congratulations to Lori Grasso and Lisa Lupari for getting their dogs in the Grey2K calendar. Their puppy, Zoe is the dog for June and their boy Max is one of the smaller photos in the calendar. Congratulations! Max has been in the calendar three years running now (that I know of!).

I am looking for a volunteer videographer to help us make a short video to submit to some of the yard makeover/ crasher shows. Our kennel was terrific when we built it in our garage. But 15 years and 2,000 dogs later, we could really use a facelift. A patio outside the door so the dogs don’t run out into mud or an awning so they can go out the door, do their business and come back in without getting soaked, would be such a blessing during the rainy season. Our fence is showing its age and the inside kennels and storage all just need work. Maybe if we send out a video, we can get one of those shows to come down to Florida. It’s worth a try!

Charlie

Charlie

And one last, serious subject. FoG is still adopting out greyhounds. It’s a few a week and certainly not the kind of numbers we were able to do at the larger compound. But we have some good dogs who are looking for homes. The pretty, cat tolerant, smaller dogs go in a heartbeat. Anyone can adopt those out. But we still accept the dogs that we know will be hard to adopt, too. Someone has to help them and our smaller size now allows us to really know the dogs and know their good points and their drawbacks. And we will always be honest with you.

As many of you have heard me say. . . “For every dog that needs a home, the right home is out there. For every home that wants a dog, the right dog is out there. If we don’t have the mix right, you have to tell us. The dog can’t tell us. It’s no harm, no foul. It just means that your right dog is still out there and this dog’s right home is still looking for him.” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Our smaller kennel size means that we get fewer people looking so some of our ‘less desirable’ dogs are sitting here for quite a while. These big, powerful, cat chasing, boys are looking for homes, too. Those of you with fenced yards that can handle a strong dog, please consider one of our guys. Need to keep strange critters off of your homestead or farm? These are the guys for the job. They need homes without cats and with experienced (and probably forgiving) owners. Some of them have incidents of aggression in their history. They were not in the right home and deserve a second chance or maybe a third. Most of us humans have made a mistake that we want forgiven. Most of us have matured with age. They are no different. Their adoption fees are lower, too. If you will consider one of these guys, we will be honest with you about them, I promise. Charlie (brindle 6 yr old), Max (brindle just turned 5) and Rocky (white & fawn, 6 yr old) are here at the house-kennel to meet you. They are tough, they are strong and they are my special boys. They deserve a home and in time you will see the love in them that I see. Call or email me – anytime!