Friday, December 01, 2006

Friday Hound Blogging

Sweet Singing Savior with a pickle, what's this country coming to? It's getting so an overlord can't swing a dead cat without hitting some sort of government regulation. It's almost like The Man wants to shut them down. Well, that and the fact that no one comes to the races anymore. Still, doesn't freedom mean freedom to be stupid?

Cloverleaf Kennel Club in Loveland, Colorado blaming state regulations and competition from casinos, said it would not hold live greyhound racing in 2007. "We just don't have the financial wherewithal now to run another live season," President David J. Scherer said.

When asked what lack of finances had to do with government regulation, Scherer replied that government was where the finances had come from. "You don't think we make any money off of two dollar bets do you?"

He did not rule out a sale of the facility, which began holding live races in 1955, but said the board of directors was examining its options and that any decision would take time.
"We have to save up enough for a ad in the paper."

Several factors led to the decision, including a declining population of people without teeth, lack of employees with sufficiently low skill sets, and little chance that rent at the trailer park will go down in the forseeable future. "I've been practicing saying 'Welcome to Walmart,'" Scherer said.

An employee who did not want his name used because he forgot it said the club started last season $250,000 in the hole. Scherer said the figure was close. "We're not real sure because no one on the staff can count that high."

In its heyday, the track hosted up to 3,000 people a night, Scherer said. More recently, during a four-month live racing season, it was holding 120 races a week with average weekly attendance of about 3,000.

Man, that works out to about 25 people per race Agape. Didn't you ever get lonely?

Agape is friendly, inquisitive, intelligent, playful, puppy-like, persistent for attention, and fun. She likes affection and will approach and rest her head in you lap for attention. She is more energetic than an average greyhound. She loves playing with squeaky toys. She loves to play in the snow. She is a bit of a watch dog and will bark at visitors (until she sees they are okay) and other dogs outside the yard. Agape would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children. She would be best as an only dog in the home or with another dog that will allow her to be the lead dog. She is an easygoing dog, but needs a family that will let her know that they are the Leaders. 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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