Friday, March 23, 2007

Friday Hound Blogging

Remember that film classic The Empire Strikes Back? Well, it looks like it's playing out in real life down in West Virginia. Greyhound breeders across the state are slamming the Racing Commission after the agency suspended seven dog owners and then rescinded those suspensions a week later, with what breeders say was little explanation. "One minute we're criminals and the next minute we're not," said Sam Burdette, president of the West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association. Make up your mind, which is it? On second thought, forget I asked."

Burdette accused racing commissioner George Sidiropolis of abusing his authority and damaging the reputation of the state's greyhound industry. "And the fact that I can stand here and imply that the greyhound racing industry in this state has a reputation that can be damaged without my head exploding just shows you how serious we are about this matter," Burdette told reporters. Shortly after paramedics were called to Burdette's office and he was taken to a local hospital complaining of a headache and shortness of breath.

After his release, Burdette called the actions of the commission 'demeaning' and "disappointing" to the greyhound industry. "And if anybody knows 'demeaning' and 'depressing', it's us," he said.

Burdette said he thinks the Racing Commission should accept part of the blame if it finds a problem with a breeder's dog health certificates. "After all, they're supposed to be watching us. They know we're crooked as a dog's hind leg and will do anything to suck that last couple of dollars off the social security crowd. So if they can't keep us from breaking the law, they're at fault, not us."

Hmmm...that's a different spin on law enforcement wouldn't you say Time?

Time is very outgoing, curious and friendly. He is easy going, very affectionate, loveable and well-mannered. He loves to be petted and he gives “hugs”. He also likes to lean against people. He enjoys chasing a ball and squeaky toy. He knows how to fetch. Time is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Time would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 8 and up. He is a very big boy, so he would be better with larger children. 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 loves his squeaky toys. He jumps up and catches a toy and he likes to play tug-of-war. He will catch toys if you throw them up in the air.

1 comment:

hestiahomeschool said...

We have two adopted Greyhounds--Atticus is almost 15 years old, and Delilah is nine...they are wonderful dogs, sweet, laid back, gentle...I adore them.