Thursday, October 04, 2007

(Not) Friday Hound Blogging

Going to be out and about tomorrow performing community service...erm...service to the community, so as not to disappoint our many skinny dog fans we bring you an FHB prequel.

Occasionally we have discoursed on the business acumen of the overlords. You see, it takes a special breed of person to see investment opportunity where others see innocent living creatures. Most business opportunities include analysis of risks and opportunities, potential for return on investment, planning, stuff like that. But for the overlords, the risk is on the greyhounds (Hey, how many CEO's are killed when the company's profits don't measure up) so this makes the exploitation business the classic win win scenario. Well, if you aren't a greyhound that is. And planning? Phffft. How many times have the overlords told us the units "love to run?" Greyhound racing. It's like a license to make money.

THE NSW Government has launched a $7.5 million financial assistance package for the horse and greyhound racing industries with $1 million going to the harness racing industry and $500,000 to greyhound racing, which has also lost revenue.

Oh. Well...uh...yeah...say, what about this: It's a temporary situation. All we have to do is get people interested in unit exploitation again and the money will start flying around like feces in a money cage. Right Mr Carney?

The owner of the Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park promised yesterday to make a strong bid to bring a resort casino to his 100-acre property and vowed to use local backers to make it happen.

Right. Pretty soon the rubes will be lining up at the betting windows again with their two dollars...wait...what did he say?

In an interview, Carney declined to say who he expects to recruit as local investors. But he said the park's location, near Interstate 495 and Route 24, is superior to the known competitors for a casino license in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Casino...hmm....OK we see your plan, you lure gamblers in with slots and stuff, then when they see how exciting and addictive it is to bet two dollars on the units, they give up the tables for the bleachers. Brilliant!

Spurred by the three-month success of high stakes poker, the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track's poker room will be getting bigger in October. "Our business has probably doubled," said card room manager Cindy Fra.

But, but, what about the dogs? Wasn't this supposed to be about helping the overlords maintain the high degree of care and training their investment required?

"Last fall, it was dead in here on Sunday afternoons," Fra said. "Not anymore. People can now come in, play cards and watch the games."

Jason Ellis, a 24-year-old poker player from Naples, said while the stakes still aren't as high as they are in Las Vegas, the play is on the same level. "I just wish they'd do something about that dog pound or whatever it is out back. All that barking interferes with my concentration."

Yeah...OK...we"ll get right on that. Hey, keep it down will you, Pepper? People are trying to gamble here.

Pepper is confident, outgoing, energetic, intelligent, playful, well-mannered, and very affectionate and lovable. She will approach you for pets and gives you the come hither look. She is very flexible and can curl up into a safety pin position. She enjoys playing with toys and will throw them in the air and chase them around the house. Although she is 8 years old, she doesn’t act like a senior. While she has the white muzzle, she acts more like an active 4 year old. Pepper would be good in a home with other dogs of all sizes or as an only dog. She would be good in a working family home with well-mannered children, 5 and up. She needs a home with a yard where she can run or with someone that will exercise her regularly. 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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