Saturday, June 17, 2006

Friday Hound Blogging (On Saturday)

Well, things are settling down somewhat around the marbled halls of IM Central. If by settling down you mean Rollie's diarrhea is almost gone. Almost. Ever see those movies about fighter pilots sitting around the ready room in various stages of repose, and then the siren goes off and the room explodes into a fury of motion? That's us every time the old boy even glances towards the door. "Explodes" is probably an appropriate descriptor too...if you take our meaning and we think you do.

Anyway, as we said, the sirens are going off less and less frequently now so we thought we'd take a few albeit tardy moments to bring you our weekly look into the overlord's world and introduce you to a homeless hound. This week it seems the wacky world of greyhound exploitation has it's own lobbyist scandal, although in true overlord fashion, it;s not about money and power like the one in Washington, it's about stupidity.

A lobbyist for Florida's greyhound breeders acknowledged two South Florida lawmakers for helping to kill a proposal earlier this year that would have forced racetracks to report statistics on injured dogs.A national greyhound protection group was furious. And now the two legislators, state Senator Steve Geller, Beach, and Representative Yolly Roberson, say they never intended to block the proposal.

"You mean we were talking about dogs? Said Roberson. "I thought he meant the busses." The legislation had quietly died but then resurfaced after Jack Cory -- a lobbyist for the Florida and national greyhound associations -- posted a note about the victory on an industry website, saying Geller and Roberson helped stopped the bills.

"Yolly Roberson gave up one of her 6 Bill slots to file HB 1181 Relating to Racing Greyhounds/Injuries/DBPR containing the GREY2K proposal for me as a defensive move to help stop any last minute amendments from the GREY2K Lobbyists." Cory said. Later he explained that his remarks were not meant to indicate what he meant by his remarks, but rather "something else entirely."

Cory, who represents greyhound breeders, owners and kennel operators, said he did everything he could to stop the reporting measure, which would hurt the industry, he said.''It's a good sport. The animals love it,'' Cory said. "That's really who I'm a lobbyist for. The dogs. I'm all about the dogs."

Yeah. Right. Well, thanks anyway Mr. Cory, but with friends like you...Roxy doesn't need enemies, right boy?

Roxy is very loving and affectionate. He will stand right by his foster mom and will get closer and closer, demanding attention. He shadows his foster mom around the home. He is also good at slipping between the family dogs and his foster mom to get attention. He's very playful and very energetic. He LOVES to run after tossed toys, and he loves to lay in the yard when his foster mom is outside working. He is a collector and he likes to take all the toys to his crate. Roxy loves it when his foster mom wakes up in the morning; he always leans his head over the mattress and she reaches over and pet him. He's very happy and sings to her, and his whole body shivers when she gets home from work. She says he's an adorable addition to the household. 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.

1 comment:

James said...

Wow. Glad to hear that Rollie is doing better diarrhea wise. Sounds like he's doing well recovering from surgery too. It's amazing how well they adapt and recover. I think sometimes it's the owners who have the toughest time. Anyways, here's hoping all is well at IM Central.