Friday, March 09, 2007

Friday Hound Blogging

One thing you have to give the overlords is that they're consistent. Crookedly consistent, but consistent none the less. Last week we told you about James Gartland who was giving people money to pump up the betting pot so he could skim it. Hey, we said they were consistent, not smart. Anyway, this week we introduce you to Paul Carbonneau who has found a novel way to cut costs at the track: don't vaccinate the dogs.

State officials are investigating whether one of West Virginia's top greyhound breeders altered health certificates for at least 35 dogs. George T. Sidiropolis, chairman of the West Virginia Racing Commission, said all 35 of Carbonneau's greyhounds at the Nitro track have been quarantined and suspended from racing until Carbonneau presents proof that the dogs' vaccinations are up to date. "We were suspicious because of all the white out on the certificates," Sidiropolis said. "And when we noticed that rabies was misspelled all throughout we opened an investigation."

"I plan to present the proof shorty," Carbonneau said. "As soon as I buy a dictionary." A veterinarian examined five Carbonneau-bred dogs at Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center's kennel on Wednesday and found no evidence of disease, Sidiropolis said, but blood tests were still being conducted on those animals to test for steroids. "I may have gotten the bottles confused," Carbonneau told reporters. "Steroid dose, distemper vaccine. Easy to confuse."

Yeah. Not learning to read those five years you spent in third grade will do that to you, right Blaze?

Lookin for Gold AKA Blaze is a quiet, loving, easygoing and friendly dog. He is a little shy in new situations, but enjoys people and attention. He will soak up all the attention that you give him. He will fall asleep contently with just a few minutes of rubbing between his ears. He is a quick learner that is taking well to his training. Blaze is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Blaze would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 10 and up. Blaze is good with other dogs and would probably be fine as an only dog. He will make a great companion for a family that is “Looking for Gold.” 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.

Bongo Update: He is much more confident. He is not afraid of loud noises. He knows “wait”, “NO” and “leave it.” He has become the attention hound and always wants to be near his foster mom.

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