Friday, November 11, 2005

Friday Hound Blogging

Another week another track closes. "We were hoping that our governor and the Legislature would give us something," said Milt Roth, general manager of Geneva Lakes. "You know, like enough money to tide us over until I mean until we could find other jobs."

When asked what kind of job he was looking for Roth said he wasn't sure, but was keeping his options open. "My grandson has a paper route," he said. "I'm thinking about going in with him. Probably make more than I do here."

Track owner Robert Glick, a Chicago cab driver, held on as long as he could, hoping new social security recipients would find their way to the track. When that didn't happen, it was time to close the doors on live racing and go back to falling down in super markets and threatening to sue. "It's a living," Glick said.

Geneva Lakes' closure leaves Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha as the state's lone greyhound track. Three other tracks closed before Geneva Lakes. A spokesperson for the greyhound racing industry said he wasn't concerned about the closing. "I'm only three lessons away from getting my correspondence degree in appliance repair. Oh, you mean am I concerned about those people, uh, sure."

Ah, it's heartening to see such a close knit group of folks come together in a crisis, right Augie:

Augie-doggie (as his foster home refers to him) is very friendly and affectionate. He shadows his foster mom around the home. He is a charming older boy that likes to say “hello” to everyone. He is laid back and mellow. He likes to bury his snoot in when he takes a nap. He loves to be petted. He plays dog bed bingo with the other dogs in the house but eventually each selects one. 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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