Well, well well. It looks like the overlords are beginning to get the message that greyhound racing...urm...how to put this politely...sucks.
Southland Greyhound Park is changing its name, and its look. It will now be known simply as Southland Park. The track's president, Barry Baldwin, says. "To be frank, we're trying to attract a different clientele. One that has all their teeth."
The track has been less successful financially since it's heyday in the late 80s, and Baldwin says the goal of the renovation is to get the park back on track. "Look, we just want to attract a few rubes and fleece them, that's all. The dogs weren't getting the job done for us. Well, that and no one is going to retire off of two dollar bets."
Hmmm...perhaps Mr. Baldwin should speak to these guys.
Greyhound industry participants and supporters are scheduled to meet on Sunday to explore the possibility of having racing returned to the Showgrounds track, closed down in 2000 by the GRA because of financial problems. Concerns over funding the re-introduction of greyhound racing to Toowoomba have been aired by the Greyhound Racing Authority (GRA). "How many times do these guys have to go belly up before they get the picture? Asked GRA general manager Darren Beavis.
"Hey, you think we want to live like this, responded meeting organizer Mark Saal. "I got a third grade education, and that was after three tries. There aren't too many other opportunities open to me."
He has a point. Wait, aren't there Wal Marts in Australia, Tamale?
She’s Hot a.k.a. Tamale is very shy and fearful around people. She is quiet, gentle and well-mannered. She spends a lot of time in her crate, which is her safe area. She likes to chew on rawhide chips and has picked up a toy and taken it to her crate. She will play bow and wag her tail and bark a little when it is dinner time. Tamale needs a quite, patient home that will give her time to blossom. She would do best in a home with another dog to show her that things are okay. Since she is so shy, she would do best in a home that only has older children, ages 10 and up. 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.