Friday, December 23, 2005

Friday Hound Blogging

What is it about Kansas? Crooked overlords? That's no big surprise, but the whole Adam and Eve Riding dinosaurs thing and the campaign to export stupidity seem, well, a little over the top. Now alert reader James brings this to our attention.

When is a dog not a dog? When it's a greyhound in Kansas. It may sound like a punchline to a joke, but it's true. Two years after the parimutuel racing act was passed in Kansas, the law protecting pets in the state was changed to exclude greyhounds from the designation of dog.

"A greyhound ought to be a dog in the state of Kansas," said Kevin Neuman, of Overland Park. The National Greyhound Association based in Abilene, Kan., disagrees. The executive director called the change unnecessary and said greyhounds aren't bred for pets, and therefore, shouldn't fall under pet protection laws. "Look. Would you want a law saying you had to take better care of your toaster?" The director said. "Well, that how we feel about the"

"More dogs are bred and more dogs are put at risk," Kevin Neuman said. Breeding organizations dispute that claim, saying kennels are closely regulated by the NGA and the Kansas Greyhound Registry. When asked to explain "closely regulated" the director replied that the association "has a guy, I can't think of his name right now, who, like, shows up at the farms, and you know, regulates them, so they're umm...regulated."

You ever feel regulated Mr. Lil' Fox?

Fox is a big, happy-go-lucky, easygoing, quiet, reserved, mellow, boy. His tail wags all the time in circles. He likes to be petted and likes to follow his foster family around the house. He appears to have collected all the doggie toys in the house. He likes to move toys around the home. 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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