Friday, December 29, 2006

Friday Hound Blogging

The end of the year. Always an introspective time here in the marbled halls of IM Central. Well, if by introspective you mean wondering why there is a person we don't know sleeping on the couch, or why the neighbors are giving us that look. Again.

We suspect the overlords also find this time of year one for quiet reflection as they look back over the waning year. It can't have been encouraging to watch more tracks close, more of their fellow overlords go to jail, or worse, Walmart, and more states move towards making their occupation illegal.

OK, it's not as bad as the year the thousands of dogs who died or were permantly injured had, but it's all relative right? Never a group to let reality get them down though, the overlords also look to the future and making 2007 a comeback year. How do they plan to put greyhound racing back in the black you ask? Why by abandoning it, of course.

Mardi Gras Casino at Hollywood Greyhound Track opened its Vegas-style slot machines Thursday. The casino holds 1,174 Vegas-style slot machines, including three A-List machines, Wheel of Fortune, Monte Carlo and Monopoly. "Over 1000 slots machines," said Dan Adkins, Chief Operating Officer at Hollywood Greyhound Racetrack. "Do you realize that's more people that we used to get out here in a month when we were just running the units?"

"I'm going to come back because I love it. It's a lot of fun," an early customer Maria Luz said. When asked if she planned to bet on any of the greyhound races she replied, "What greyhounds? They race busses out here?"

Yeah. They race busses. Looks like you got out just in time Bongo. 2007 is not shaping up to be the year of the greyhound.

For those of you keeping score at home, Bongo will be our last hound of the year, and by popular demand, (yes, we're looking at you mom) we're bringing back a feature we introduced last year in which we follow the year ending pooch from rescue to foster to permanent couch. So here's Bongo, aka Ruby's Bongo having just arrived at his foster 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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