Friday, August 11, 2006

Friday Hound Blogging

You have to hand it to the overlords. In their never ending quest to avoid getting real jobs they are constantly on the look out for opportunities to take advantage of the general populace. That's why, in May of last year the opening of a new race track in Juarez, Mexico was greeted with such fanfare. "Think of all the drunken college kids wandering around with good old Yankee greenbacks in their pockets," said American Greyhound Council Communications Coordinator Gary Guccione. "Impaired thinking ability and ready cash. Does it get any better than that?"

Well, apparently there isn't enough tequila in Juarez to convince people to go to the track because a little over a year after it opened, the track went out of business. While the track was open, Guccione had expressed the overlords' concern for the welfare of the units...er...dogs, saying "We feel that Juarez management has not shown the long-term, consistent commitment to greyhound welfare, although that won't stop us from shipping dogs down there to try and squeeze an extra peso or two out of them once they're no longer competitive in the US."

Apparently, the "management" at the track wasn't the only group Guccione should have been concerned about because when the track went out of business 66 dogs were out of a home and abandoned to deplorable conditions. "We can't force the owners to take back the units if they're no longer profitable," Guccione said, "because...well...I don't know why we couldn't. We're the industry governing body. We issue registrations and oversee things. I'll get back to you on that."

Later, Guccione's office issued a clarification saying that he had misspoke himself when he said the Council was concerned with the welfare of the units. "What I meant to say is that we are concerned with the welfare of the owners," Guccione said. "Sorry for any confusion."

That's OK, we pretty much figured it out anyway, right Diamond?


Sure Do Shine AKA Diamond is very sweet, playful and friendly. Her tail wags all the time. She tries to get the family dogs to play. She is a little skittish around sudden movements, but she is getting more comfortable and she loves people. She has an independent side, and can be found lounging on her dog bed away from the family from time to time. She really likes her ReGAP blanket and will carry it to her different beds. 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...

I'm a fan of a pup that carries her own things from bed to bed. Shine On, You Sweet Diamond!