Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday Hound Blogging

Hmmm...it seems the overlords are still a bit sensitive about being compared to that well known canine sporting enthusiast, Michael Vick. Overlord John Parker has taken up the latest challenge with an article titled "Greyhound Racing is not dogfighting." Erm...well, thanks for clearing that up Mr. Parker, although truth be told we had pretty much figured that out, due to the fact that the greyhounds don't, like, you know, fight or anything. Anyway, what else you got?

As a leader of Southeastern Greyhound Adoption, I thought Birmingham News readers might be interested in the rest of the story and some good things about racing greyhounds.

"Good" things about greyhound racing? You mean how it keeps you from having to work for a living?

The rest of the story is greyhound adoption, and the growing partnership between the greyhound racing community and the greyhound adoption community.

Greyhounds are being adopted. Yay! Well, except for the over 15,000 that were killed anyway this year. Oh, and then there are those that get sold for medical experimentation. And, er, um, the puppies who never make it to the track because they aren't "suitable." But other than that, things are grand!

Every animal community, including the pet dog-owning community and even the greyhound adoption community, has its dark corners. Greyhound racing is no better or no worse.

Well, maybe a little worse because while the cruelty in, say the pet dog-owning community is no less horrific, it is incidental, whereas the whole purpose of your industry is to dump slow dogs as fast as you can and replace them with faster ones. So all the adoption people out there--thanks for picking up after the overlords. Oh, and you best get better at it too because more dogs are going to be coming faster as they scramble for the pocket change left in greyhound racing.

I know from 12 years of working in greyhound adoption that there are many people in greyhound racing, from breeders to owners to racing kennel operators, who care deeply for the greyhounds that help them earn a living.

"Help" them earn a living? Did you say "help" them? Hey Ealy, aren't you glad you "helped" the overlords stay off welfare and in return they dumped you as soon as you came in fourth?

Ealy is friendly and outgoing. She is happy and she loves to play with the other dogs in the prison program. She loves attention and gives kisses. She is very active and playful. She is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Ealy would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 10 and up. She is good with other dogs and would probably be fine 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.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Ironicus,
A friend alerted me to the fact that you have taken my name in vain on your blog. I know you anti-racing folks never like to let the facts get in the way of a good ignorant rant, but I thought I would disabuse you of your apparent belief that I work in Greyhound racing. I am not so employed; never have been. I am an unpaid volunteer for a Greyhound adoption group with no connection to any track.
I also didn't choose the title for my guest column in the Birmingham News which you found so amusing; the editorial staff made that choice.
I read with interest your very confident statement that 15,000 racing Greyhounds have been put down "this year," with "this year" being only 3/4 concluded. Perhaps you might post to your blog the evidence on which this statement is made. Or were you just parroting the "information" in one of the Greyhound "Protection" League's screeds ?
Your claim that people who work in Greyhound racing don't really work for a living was maximus ignorus. Apparently you've never been in a racing kennel or followed a racing trainer around for 24 hours. You might want to do that before speaking from whence you do not know. Ignorance can be amusing, but it's not very becoming in a teacher.

Sincerely,
John Parker

Ironicus Maximus said...

Hey, defend an overlord, you are an overlord. Although we appreciate the fact that you had a friend read our post to you.

Dell said...

Wow, what a lame comment, Ironicus. Interesting that you never answered the question from John. I guess that means you don't have the answer (which doesn't surprise me at all).

Ironicus Maximus said...

Are you the overlord that read our post to John?

Anonymous said...

Hummmm...Ironicus answers a question with a question. Sweetie, Alanis has you beat when it comes to being ironic. You just appear to be angry, sad and bitter.

John Parker said...

Ironicus,
No one "read" your blog to me. I logged on and read it for myself.
Still anxiously awaiting your response to my question about the basis for your unequivocal statement that 15,000 racing Greyhounds have been put down "this year." In the words of Adlai Stevenson to the Soviet delegate to the U.N. during the Cuban missile crisis, I'm prepared to wait until hell freezes over for an answer, sir. But somehow I don't think I'll get it. Liars rarely answer questions.

Sincerely,
John Parker

Ironicus Maximus said...

OK, now you're boring us. Shouldn't you be collecting pop cans or something? First of the month is coming, you know. Trailer payment and all that.

PS: We are glad to see you got the electricity turned back on. Or are you using the computers at the public library again?

Michelle Young Cuenant said...

JOHN PARKER...ah yes..Alabama....aren't you the one with TWO defibrillators and aren't you the one that likes to keep your Greyhounds "lean"...how clever....is that for the "Hollywood "look? Or is that to cut down on boredom?
As for visiting kennels, that's almost "cute" as the one I have tried to look into for months has remote controlled , wired fences and a massive armed guard. Hello? This is not a Walt Disney trip, obviously, as most of the men at this particular kennel are about 250 pounds...gee...Greyhound Racing just looks uglier and uglier to me...along with the people that go with it.
P.S. Some people are still mad at you at the Greyhound List. How much do you weigh?
Michelle Young Cuenant

Anonymous said...

The "Sweetie" routine went out the window with KILLING FIELDS OF CHAPMANVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA.
All you rich hicks will now die in your very empty fields with your rusting wheel barrows picking turnips off of stumps and tripping over the canine bones of yesteryears.
"Angry, sad and bitter"?
You are all too dumb and cold to even get it.

Anonymous said...

Bye-bye JOHNNY BOY!

Anonymous said...

How's the Law Degree John? Using it much to scare people?

Anonymous said...

I think Martin Roper on June 12/009, " IM," talked about all that nasty stuff concerning the luring and baiting and whatever else goes on for your kindergarten mentalities.
Martin Roper thinks your stuff is far worse than racing. He says your "games" are worse because you and all your buddies force the dogs into heart attacks and heat strokes. That's pretty horrible. Imagine the nerve of him! So, who is kinder, Johnny Boy? You or Roper?
Guess he is no "friend" of yours.

Anonymous said...

Pow-Pow-Pow!

Anonymous said...

WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN
JOHN PARKER, ALABAMA-TEXAS,
AND MIKE GREEN, WEST VIRGINIA?


DIRTY POLITICIANS???????????????????????????????????

Anonymous said...

Oh oh...somebody's definitely in trouble.
Johnny Boy?
You made a comment about Ironicus Maximus being a "Teacher" and that he sounds "ignorant".
Oh Johnny Boy....how about being a Lawyer and emailing people and threatening them?
Naughty, naughty.
(Or do you get away with that in Alabama and Texas?)

Anonymous said...

Clinton got disbarred just because of the "dress"...I mean...a dress is not "scary" just stupid.
But "threats"? "Threats" are not stupid. "Threats" are scary.
Besides the law degree going "pfst"....maybe you are really the stupidest ever and I suppose that makes you scary.

Anonymous said...

As the saying goes:

THE BIGGEST FALL FASTEST AND HARDEST.


Never again.

Anonymous said...

SEPTEMBER 1 2009

Anonymous said...

Your words John..."Liars rarely answer questions."
Still waiting for you over at Ironicus Maximus, September 7, 2009.