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Not John’s Happy Tales Report
8/17/15 – Mostly Happy Tales & Updates & Events from Michelle

I am not John but I will attempt to handle his blog while he is on vacation. I know I can never fill his shoes but I will fill in as best I can. First of all, let me tell you about my empty kennel. We’ve gone from overloaded to skeleton crew around here.

Charlie

Charlie

In no particular order – – Chester went to his new home to live with Chaska (formerly Debbie Cakes – adopted by FoG a while ago) and once he is settled in, he will be joined by Mr. Gee. I drove him to the new house on Sleepy Hollow Lane (how Disney!!) In Orlando and a crew was busy putting up a wooden fence around a huge backyard for the dogs. A couple days later I received a wonderful video of the two dogs racing full speed around the huge backyard. Mr. Gee is still in foster for the moment. But he’ll be moving up there soon.

Otto

Otto

Bruiser is living in Boynton with a new mommy and her FoG greyhound, too. He has a smaller yard and mom and he take lots of wonderful long walks. Then there’s the Carltons had seen our group at Flamingo Nursery and asked me to bring over a dog or two to meet their dog. Of course, I brought three. Sarge is now living at that gorgeous house in Davie and he was having the time of his life racing around the pool and playing with his new (non-greyhound) brother in that huge yard when I left. Wednesday’s adoption (that’s the dog’s name, not when I adopted her) to Katie in Doral was kind of touch and go for a while. Katie is new to greys and Wednesday was new to apartment living. I give Katie full credit for sticking with it during some tough first days. She didn’t get a night without walks or whining or the wafting scent of diarrhea for several days. Some dogs are more nervous about moving out of the kennel. But she stuck it out and seems to think that it was all worth it. She and Wednesday have reached a mutual understanding and last I heard, she was actually getting a full nights’ sleep. Yeah Wednesday! And Katie – you’re the best!

Rocky

Rocky

Jack & Elizabeth Cambareri had lost their FoGdog and thought they might be ready to look again. So they came down from Boca to visit with us at Flamingo Nursery to see the dogs without commitment. They loved it and decided it was time. I took a couple up to their house for an interview. They couldn’t decide but Turbo knew exactly where he wanted to be. So Turbo Eduardo who had been returned just a couple weeks before, is now living a block from the ocean in Boca. It’s a Cinderella story! Doc is also in Boca but more to the west. A very nice lady up there lost her dog to bone cancer (the greyhound curse!) and both she and her other grey were terribly distraught. I packed up Doc and showed up on her doorstep. He was the perfect dog for them and he has fit into their routine like he was born to it. Good job, Doc!!

Then Max went to a nice young couple in Davie on Sunday. It’s an itty-bitty house but there’s room for them and Max. There’s a yard but they’ll need to finish off the fencing a bit. They have a 10 month old Doberman that thinks Max is there just for him!! What a cute team they made.

Kingsley

Kingsley

We wish all of our adopted dogs luck and love. We were getting a bit low in the kennel so I contacted one of our foster parents to see about getting Buddy back in the kennel where he can be seen to be adopted. I texted but didn’t get a reply. I emailed and after some delay, I was finally emailed back. Seems Buddy’s temporary Daddy wants to be his permanent daddy. Moms are usually blamed for being “foster failures” but this one was squarely blamed on Dad!! So we have one more for the books! I LOVE it!! But I’ll get moving on bringing in some new dogs! And we still have five wonderful boys in the kennel.

Meantime, we have a few events in the works. This weekend (Sunday) is the Animal Adoption Fair at War Memorial Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale. It’s a fun, animal filled event from 10 AM to 6 PM. It’s free parking and free admission and it’s run by a friend of ours who works all year long to put this non-profit event together. You can see the details at http://animaladoptionfair.com/. We’ll need a few people to help man the booth. If you have some time you can give us that Sunday, please give me a call. I will also be at Pet Supermarket on Saturday. If you are nearby, stop in for a visit!

Lee

Lee

I have so much I want to tell you about and I know I really need to sit down and do a full blog. I need to tell you about the Greyhound Memorial, our vets’ moving around, Elvis the non-greyhound got a home, the phones were down but they are back up. . .. Okay, I’ll have to write a Michelle blog. But this blog is late now. There’s only one more thing and it is so important. . .

John always ends his summer blogs with warnings about the heat and your greyhounds. We had a horrible incident of a kid running a remote control car and getting the dogs in the dog park in Tamarac racing. One of our adopters had three greyhounds there and couldn’t catch them quickly enough. Long, long story short, she lost one black dog (the heat really gets to the black dogs) to heat exhaustion and almost lost the other two. She has about $25 thousand dollars of emergency vet bills to pay. This is not a joke. Saving those two dogs took days of 24 hour intensive care, lots of plasma, and everything else Coral Springs Animal Hospital had in its bag of tricks. The dogs had health insurance but it topped out at $5,000 each. So – It is HOT out there. It is DANGEROUS out there. Please take good care of your dogs and if you are sweating, take the dogs in!!! Dogs may be man’s best friend but air conditioning is a greyhound’s best friend in the summer. I’d like to end this blog on a happy note – – So let’s all promise ourselves and our dogs that we will NEVER, EVER allow a terrible thing like that to happen to greyhounds again. They don’t know to stop playing and go inside. That’s your job. You can do that and help our doggies to live happily ever after.

Now, I’m going to go try to clean parts of my kennel that I haven’t had empty in years. Because I fully intend to have it filled up very soon! Keep cool – keep happy – and see you at the Animal Adoption Fair.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle