I didnít really want you, I wasnít really sure and
Iíll admit I had my doubts, when you came through that door
Not small or cute or fluffy with big soft puppy eyes,
But tall and thin and bony with bald pink bulging thighs.
You werenít the kind I had in mind, not in any way,
Perhaps it would be better if I took you back today,
Before we know each other, it really wonít be kind
To keep you here for 1 more day & then to change my mind.
But against my better judgment I decided you could stay,
and quickly I discovered you were kind in every way.
Your gentleness and patience really stole the show.
Why these dogs are wonderful, I must let others know!"
Youíre my gentle giant, who just needed the chance,
To show us all what you could be, to wipe away that history,
dispel our preconceptions, that put us all to shame,
And so we come to know & love what lies beneath that frame.
And now Iíve come to understand,
What I missed at the start,
That Greyhounds need that great deep chest,
To house their great big hearts.
(Originally printed in newsletter of "Greyhounds in Need", UK)
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Basic Information: Racing Name: Atascocita Otto, Kennel Name: Otto,
DOB: 10/4/4, Male, 9 Years Old, Color: White and Black, Racing
Weight: 69 lbs. also see Atascocita Sue
Atascocita Otto and Atascocita Sue were friends, more like brother
and sister than say Romeo and Juliet. They raced professionally a
while back and then retired. They tried the professional Shag
Dancing circuit in South Carolina for a while but that didn'??t work
They were adopted and lived together with a military family for over
four years. Then Uncle Sam told their humans that they had to move.
Anyone who knows the military knows Uncle Sam don'??t give a ham
about your personal wants and needs, when you are assigned
somewhere, you go, so they did. Unfortunately Otto and Sue were not
allowed to go, so they became the standard '?�returned through no
fault of their own'?? orphans. They are now with us and are looking
for their final retirement home to spend their golden years.
These two have lived together and get along beautifully, so we
really want to get them a home together. This pair is considered
special needs along with the sick, injured, seizure, and other dogs
that require special people who want and accept a little challenge.
The only challenge with these special dogs is that they won'??t be
with you for as long as the younger dogs.
There is a lot to be said for adopting an older dog that a lot of
people won'??t want, something to do with peace and satisfaction,
for you and the dog. Otto and Sue are not cat tolerant, or not
tolerant enough to be a good fit in a home with our feline friends,
so if you have a cat, you may want to pass.
If you are one of those people who get great joy out of helping
another soul and giving (as well as receiving) the comfort of seeing
them spend their final years with dignity and can put them in a
house with love and a soft bed, you will want to check out Otto and
Sue. Like myself, neither of these two act their age, they still
have that old get up and go romp, but only for a short time just
like the younger greyhounds, then it'??s back to the couch.
I call them our pair of aces, and they would look good as a matched
set, one at each end of your couch or love seat. You can call
Michelle or Jerry at FOG, or email them and set up an appointment at
your convenience. Although leaving the old kennel broke my heart (I
was only a few minutes away), we now have the advantage of flexible
visiting as opposed to the old five hours only on the weekend, you
can most likely set up your most convenient time, and it'??s
possible if you live in Broward, that they might even bring the dogs
to your house to visit. It doesn'??t get much better than that,
except maybe if they clean your house and wash your car, but
don'??t'?? expect that.
For more information about adopting one or both of these deserving
greyhounds, please visit our website:
Basic Information: Racing Name:
Atascocita Sue, Kennel Name: Runaround Sue, DOB: 6/22/05, Female, 9
Years Old, Color: White and Black, Racing Weight; 53 lbs. also see
Atascocita Sue and Atascocita Otto are our senior dynamic duo. We
currently have a younger couple, Atascocita Daido and Chase the
Storm, but this story is about our little Runaround Sue. Susie had
been living happily for the past four years in a military family
with Otto. They are now returns, one of the old standard '?�returned
through no fault of their own'??. Those of you who know the military
understand that the brass doesn'??t take into consideration your
feelings or desires when it comes to your assigned duty. At least
that'??s the way it used to be. So, as we always do, we have
accepted them as returns and will find them a home that they can
finish out their retirement in. Sort of a retirement home? Yes.
There are all kinds of dogs looking for forever homes and
fortunately, there are also all kinds of people looking for dogs.
That'??s where you come in. Not everyone, but certain people are
looking for the older, more mature dogs, some people desire the
special dogs, the sick or injured or abused, as a challenge to make
their lives better. Sue and Otto are both nine years old, so
they'??re fast approaching the golden years. I rescued a ten year
old Lab that had been abused. She only lived with us a little over a
year and died with a seizure, but my take on it was that she got to
live her last year in dignity, in a home with three dog companions
and a family that gave her love, along with food, water, shelter,
and a soft bed. It may be just me, but the high feeling I got from
that can'??t be matched by any drugs or alcohol, so I feel sorry for
anyone trying to get their kicks from that junk, when you can get
love and comfort a soul or two just from being with one of these
rescue animals, be they greyhound or mutt. I have both. Maybe a
little overly dramatic here, but we are very passionate about our
animals. In my experience here, I'??ve heard so many stories about
'?�best dog I ever had'??, '?�most loving and gentle'??, '?�I'??m so
glad I found him/her'??, so you might want to check out one of these
exotic retired racers and see for yourself.
I consider Sue and Otto a matched set, you can get them separately
but I write them up as a pair, I know under the same circumstances,
I'??d want someone to do the same for me. They are both nine years
old, and a return, which just means that they have lived in a home
and know the system, as far as house trained etc., and I consider
that an advantage. They are both good looking white and black dogs,
they would look great at both ends of your sofa or love seat. Sue
might get along with a strong willed cat, which to me means a cat
that will kick her endrear. Otto does not do cats at all, so if you
have little cute friendly furry friends, you might have to pass on
this duet. Perhaps by being together, Sue and Otto don'??t act their
age, they have their moments of fun and games, like most greyhounds,
then it'??s back to the couch. I am a senior and I don'??t act my
age and the couch is also my friend, so this is absolutely normal
behavior as far as I'??m concerned.
If you are interested in this pair of aces, you can contact Michelle
or Jerry at FOG, or email them and set up an appointment. Unlike our
previous kennel, we have flexible hours for visitation at your
convenience and it'??s possible, if you live in the Broward area,
that they can be brought to your house for a visit. I'??m going to
keep writing that until it'??s proven otherwise, but ask about it if
For information about how to adopt one or both of these deserving
greyhounds, please visit our website:
Basic Information: Racing Name: Como Se Yama, Kennel Name: Yammy,
DOB: 11/9/03, Female, 10 Years Old, Color: Fawn, Racing Weight: 58
Oye, como se yama? My name is John. As you already know, or will
know after this sentence, not only do we adopt out retired racing
greyhounds, but we also take returns for the people that can no
longer take care of their greyhound pets, and we also rescue them
off the streets and kill shelters. Como Se Yama is one of those, she
was picked up wandering the streets of Miami. She is a senior lady,
ten years old and was not in good shape when she was picked up. We
had two benign tumors removed from her back and she has since
recovered and is back in good health and looking for a loving home
for the rest of her days.
We know that Yammy raced professionally 91 times and was a brood mom
in the kennels. What happened to her after that is unknown and she
won'??t tell us. Yammy is a spunky old lady, she'??s both frisky and
playful, and a little ornery when she wants to be. She is semi cat
tolerant, would probably be good with a cat that takes no dung from
anyone. She is also up to date on her vaccinations and shots. She is
house trained and spayed.
Being ten years old means that Ms. Yammy will probably not be with
you as long as a younger dog, but I am a champion of adopting older,
less desirable dogs, because the feeling you get when you provide an
animal, no matter what they'??ve been previously through in their
life, with a quality life and let them have their dignity back,
simply by living in a caring home with loving companions or people,
is unmatchable. So those of you who do that sort of thing, you might
want to check out this sexy little senior citizen, she is a lot of
fun and has a great personality to boot. Also, for the financially
motivated, you might want to ask if there is a senior discount
available on this girl, which is highly possible.
You can come see Yammy at FOG, or if you are within our tri county
area, it'??s also quite possible that Michelle or Jerry can bring
her out to your house. If you are interested in this girl, or any of
the others, give them a call or an email and you can set up an
appointment at your convenience. I love saying that, it'??s so much
better than saying Saturday or Sunday, ten to three only. So get off
your tail and run on down to our kennel and check out our greys.
Grey is good and senior is better, at least as far as I'??m
For more information about how to adopt this deserving senior
greyhound, please visit our website:
They Sailed the Ocean
Greyhounds came to the New World in 1493 on Columbus' second
A Quiet Place
Baby or dog gates are an inexpensive and very useful way
to keep your newly adopted Greyhound confined to a "dog
proofed" safe area or room of your home during the house breaking
period or while you are temporarily away from the home.
We can use your donation to help offset our costs of taking
care of the dogs.