FoG's Macau dogs making themselves at home
|Andrea welcomes Pearl River (Zhujiang Winds) to the FoG kennels. Pearl is the cutie of the bunch. She's 8 years old. We think she arrived in heat -- to be dealt with in the next week or two.|
|Winning Star is celebrating|
her 8th birthdaytoday.
Andrea bonded with her
right away and hopes
to adopt her
if she proves cat-tolerant.
The five Macau imports taking up residence at Friends of Greyhounds enjoyed some quiet, restful sleep Wednesday night, their first on the ground in Florida. Michelle, longtime FoG friend Andrea and I spent more time Wednesday picking them up at Miami International Airport than we had anticipated. Getting all five loaded with their crates into Michelle's van was a bigger challenge than we had hoped.
But we got the job done with little real problems, and the hounds are happily in their spacious kennels devouring their meals like little ponies, as Michelle told me just now.
Michelle told me she plans to detail the process we went through in her next blog post, scheduled for Monday at friendsofgreyhounds.org. Suffice to say here that it wasn't as uncomfortable as you might think sitting in the floor of the cargo area of a moving van in rush hour squeezed into a small space between big plastic crates while holding onto the leash of one loose dog to keep her reasonably secure and safe. I wouldn't recommend making a habit of it, but it can be done without too much residual morning-after pain.
I didn't get much time at all to get to know any of the five dogs. I plan to do that over the next few days. But all seemed sweet and friendly, especially after all the confusion of a 30-hour flight and constant changes in scenery in such a short time.
|Speedy is a 9-year-old boy.|
All five are eligible for adoption. Michelle plans to just let them settle for a day or two before they make their public debuts this weekend. She is planning an open house 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for all previous FoG adopters. All the hounds need to be neutered/spayed as well as some dental work. That's going to be a little bit of a challenge given the timing of the holiday season. But the dogs should be ready to leave the kennels and get into their forever homes around the end of the month.
All the dogs will be tested for cat-tolerance in the meantime. Andrea has put in a claim on Winning Star pending her test. The other four are up for grabs, so come to the open house this weekend and pick one out. As per FoG policy, dogs are adopted out on a first-come, first-served basis. So don't hesitate. If this process goes well, Michelle plans to put in a request for five more. Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.