Friday, May 06, 2005

Friday Hound Blogging

So what have the overlords been up to this week? Oh, the usual. Closing down a track, turning in a license, watching dogs die from kennel cough. You know, just ordinary things associated with a thriving industry.

Jim Capiola, General Manager of Plainfield Greyhound Park said he hopes to repoen for live racing in 2006. "Of course I also hope the tooth fairy will leave the keys to a Lincoln Navigator under my pillow too," he said.

Track officials at Lake Region Greyhound Park have said they decided to close because the indictments and a lawsuit among the owners has been bad for business. "People just don't like seeing all those police cars in the parking lot all the time," said Attorney Ronald Cook, who represents the track's general partner, Allan Hart. "And all the track officials getting led away in handcuffs wasn't the image we wanted to portray either," he added.

Lincoln Park spokesman Michael Trainor said 100 of the 800 dogs under quarantine at the track now have kennel cough. Six greyhounds have died from kennel cough in the last 10 days. When reminded that he had compared the condition of the dogs to a "cold" in humans and asked why some many dogs were dying from a "cold" Mr. Trainor responded that it was a "very very bad cold."

Trainor was asked what treatment the sick dogs were receiving. "Treatment? Treatment. That's not a bad idea," he responded. "We ought to try something like that. Anybody here a Vet?"

Luckily this week's hound is in good health and looking for a soft couch, good food and a little companionship. Meet PA's Scootinaway:

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Scootin is very shy and nervous around strange noises. She is very sweet. She likes to lick your hand and give kisses. She does not really seek out attention, but enjoys being petted. She is quiet in the home, but loves to run and play peek-a-boo in the yard. She is just starting to play with toys. She will put her front paws on the bed to get closer to your face. She has a curly tail. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.

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