Friday, June 17, 2005

Friday Hound Blogging

No one ever said the overlords had a firm grasp on reality. After all, these are people who believe that exploiting animals for profit and then casting them aside with about as much thought as you'd give yesterday's paper is a proper career for someone.

Luckily, some of the state regulators in Iowa are card carrying members of the reality based community. State gambling regulators reacted skeptically Thursday to a proposal by the National Cattle Congress to reopen Waterloo Greyhound Park for dog racing. The commission ordered a shutdown of the park in 1996 after it declined to renew the financially troubled track's racing license. "The place was hemorrhaging money," said said Commissioner Kate Cutler. "We just got tired of bailing it out."

Dave Nagle, a lawyer representing the track's supporters, is convinced pari-mutuel wagering on greyhound racing and simulcasts of races from other tracks can be profitable. When asked how he could believe that when two tracks in other states had shut down just this year, and other tracks were reducing their seasons to cut costs, he replied "A little birdie told me."

Well, that or drugs. Anyway, here's one greyhound who spent her time in La La Land and now is looking for a reality based couch. Meet P's Crystal Jane:

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Jane is energetic, confident, friendly, playful, and a little vocal. She is affectionate. She likes to be petted and will lean against the foster mom, although she is not an overly cuddly dog. She is starting to play with toys. 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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