Friday, November 09, 2007

Friday Hound Blogging

A while back we were treated to a primer on greyhound care by a Mr. Peter Gundrum. Of Milwaukee. We're not sure if he was bragging or confessing about that Milwaukee part, but no matter, the point is Mr. Gundrum explained to us that the life of a greyhound while in the benevolent care of the overlords is a dizzying whirl of opportunities, starting with being born to serve, then being treated to first class accommodations, and high quality gourmet victuals. In short, it's like the life Katrina victims got, only with smaller FEMA trailers. Or something like that.

Of course, there are the occasional...er...hiccups.

The deaths of seven greyhounds at a West Memphis track this summer have prompted Arkansas racing officials to call for a review of the rules for handling racing dogs. "None of this would have happened if those animals rights whackos hadn't insisted on making us take the dogs out of their crates when they're not racing," Shane Bolender, Southland's racing director said. "They like being in there, and the crates have wire bottoms so everything just drops through."

Members of the Arkansas Racing Commission said they were concerned about an Aug. 9 fight that erupted among a group of greyhounds at Southland Gaming and Racing's track. A state veterinarian told commissioners that one dog was dead when she arrived at the track. The others had to be euthanized. "Oh, they make us let them out, and then they expect us to watch them too?" Bolender said.

Bolender told the commission the fight broke out among the dogs during 100-plus degree heat that afternoon when the dogs were in a turnout pen. "I actually didn't see the fight. I was in the office sitting in front of the AC. It was hot that day, man."

Lisa Robinson, a racing commission veterinarian assigned to the dog track, said one dog was dead when she arrived at the track and she had to euthanize two others. The other dogs were euthanized by a local veterinarian."We had been at 102, 103 or sometimes higher...and basically we needed the proper amount of help there," Robinson said. "It was just a combination of things that just kind of came together, like too many dogs in too small a space with no water and no supervision. Could have happened to anyone."

Commission members asked Robinson to meet with track officials and members of the Arkansas Greyhound Association to discuss ways to prevent future incidents and possibly new rules for the supervision and operation of turnout pens at the race track.

Hey, we've got an idea. Let's ask Mr. Peter Gundrum of Milwaukee for some suggestions. Nothing like that happens in his world. What do you think, Cash?

Cash is smart and calm. He likes affection, but he does not actively seek it out. He likes going for walks with the family and playing with plush toys that squeak. He also likes his ears gently rubbed and to be covered with a blanket when he retires for the night. Cash would do well in a working family with well mannered children, 8 and up. He is good with average to larger size dogs (no small 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.

1 comment:

pat said...

Oh yes, greyhounds LOVE being in wire cages where they can barely stand or turn around wearing muzzles 24/7 so they don't bite the wire and bleed all over the greyhound in the cage below--dried blood, by the time anyone notices it, is hard to clean up. They love no affection, no comfort, raw 4-D meat--diseased, dead, downers, dying--that often causes infections. They don't mind not being able to bite the ticks and fleas that cover their bodies, or the flies that infect their wounds caused by rough handling by handlers and lead outs, or from knocking into the walls and rails, or from having the trap door slammed on their hocks or their tails when they don't get into the start box fast enough. They just love it! Wouldn't you?