Friday, September 02, 2005

Friday Hound Blogging

Sharp eyed readers of this blog (yes we mean you mom!) will remember when we reported on the outbreak of "kennel cough" that raced through greyhound tracks in several states. We were told at the time that "kennel cough" was "just like a bad cold" and not a serious threat to the lives of the units...er...dogs. We were told that right before the overlords reported how many dogs had died that week. Curious, no?

Well, now comes this story about "canine influenza." The same deadly flu that ravaged greyhound Massachusetts racetracks is now taking deadly aim at pet dogs in Florida, new evidence shows.

Hmmm..."deadly flu?" But Mr. Reporter, the overlords assured us it was just the common "kennel cough," no more serious than a cold and that the dogs would be up and back to being exploited in no time. We're they being less than honest with us?

This spring, 18 Wonderland racetrack greyhounds died, with at least some of the deaths involving a strain of canine influenza, later tests showed.

What? The overlords knew this wasn't "kennel cough?" Surely you are mistaken. Why, the dogs are valuable athletes and represent years of investment and training. Surely if they thought their units...er...dogs were in danger they would do all within their power to get them medical attention.

Officials at various Massachusetts regulatory agencies could not be reached for comment yesterday about the news from Florida.

Oh. Well, it is the holiday weekend after all. So, all you pet dog owners out there, here's something else for you to worry about brought to you by the wonderful world of greyhound racing.

And speaking of pet dogs, here's a fellow who managed to get out with his health and now seeks a second career as a companion animal. Requirements are home with couch. Meet Kiowa Chil Clark:

Chil Clark is a very sweet and friendly dog. He acts like a puppy at times and seems to be happy to be in a home environment. He loves people and is eager to please. You can see how happy he is because he wags his tail all the time. His way of getting attention is to make sure he follows his human family around the house and places himself close to them so he is the first to get attention. 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.

2 comments:

Steve Austin said...

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Roy Naka said...

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