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 out.

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: www.friendsofgreyhounds.org

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 Otto

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 you want.

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 lbs.

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 concerned.

For more information about how to adopt this deserving senior greyhound, please visit our website: www.friendsofgreyhounds.org


They Sailed the Ocean

Greyhounds came to the New World in 1493 on Columbus' second expedition.

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.

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