Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Hound Blogging

So much bad news. Gloom, doom, drug raids and arrests. It's almost as if the fates have it in for the poor overlords. But then, like a bright penny in a mud puddle a news story comes along that makes all those long nights re-taping the windows on your trailer worthwhile. To wit:
Racing Commission OKs Expanded Weekend Hours At Southland Greyhound Park

Yay! Finally you can afford to supersize your meal. And who knows, this could be the turning of the corner, the cresting of the hill, the coming into daylight, the chance to by your toothbrushes new instead of used. Well, when you only have two teeth, it's not really that big of a deal, but still, the important thing is you could if you wanted to.

Yeah, it's a new day in the greyhound exploitation industry Bunky. Prosperity is spreading like STD's at the trailer park, right Mr. Calef?

Hinsdale Greyhound Park is cutting back on live racing days, moving to a shortened schedule next year. The track will end year-round racing as its popularity wanes, said track spokesman David Calef.

Ah, yes. Who said dropping out in the third grade would come back to bite you, huh Mr. overlord? Looks who's...wait a minute, what'd he say?

The track opened in 1958, offering seasonal harness racing. Greyhound racing started in 1972 and off-track betting in 1990.In recent years, live greyhound racing has accounted for a shrinking portion of the track's business. For example, live greyhound racing accounted for nearly 35 percent of total bets placed at the track in 2000. That fell to 10.8 percent in 2006. So far this year, live greyhound racing has accounted for 8.8 percent of total bets.

Let's see, 2 dollars times umm...carry the one....minus..uh...OK we've dropped out of new toothbrush territory haven't we? Well look, so it's bad in New Hampshire. We still got Arkansas. Folks are still flocking out here to see us make a living off the dogs' backs right Mr. Baldwin?

Barry Baldwin, retiring general manager of the West Memphis dog track, said the additional hours would only be for the park's new gaming room.

Oh. Ethel, go easy on that duct tape. Winter's a coming.

And just in case you were wondering if the clientèle coming out to the poker rooms and slots were a cut above the old racing rubes...erm...not so much.

Kind of makes you glad you got out when you did, huh Bonnie? Yeah. We think it's pretty funny too.

Bonnie is very sweet, happy, and loves attention. She will tuck herself right into you and loves to be held and touched. Her tail is always wags. She is easy going. She enjoys being outside and loves to go on walks. She will stand near you “forever” if you keep petting her. She will play with soft toys for a little while. Walks are her favorite things. Bonnie would do well in a working family home with well-mannered older children, 6 and up. She is good with other average to larger dogs and is also good as an only dog. 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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