Friday, November 23, 2007

Friday Hound Blogging

Rut ro. Looks like someone isn't going to get a Christmas card from the overlords this year.

Sponsors of a ballot initiative to ban greyhound racing turned in more than 100,000 signatures to town and city clerks, exceeding the approximately 66,000 required signatures. "We even collected signatures from people who go to the tracks," said Christine Dorchak, chairman of the Committee to Protect Dogs. "Well the ones who knew how to sign their names anyway."

"They are a very, very radical group that surround themselves with the likes of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)," Gary Temple, manager of Raynham Park, said of the committee. "I'm pretty sure they're al Qeida members too. And communists. They're all communists."

"It was just fantastic. We were greeted very well by the public," Dorchak said. "They were very glad to help us."

"Oh I'm sure your terrorist friends were very glad to help you," Temple said. "They say that we keep our dogs in crates for 18 to 24 hours - that's completely wrong. The crates we buy are larger than the crates that animals are kept in at Tufts Medical Center," he said.

When asked what the size of the crate had to do with how long the dogs are kept in it, Temple replied, "Haven't you ever locked yourself in a closet? I have and believe me the bigger the closet the better."

"They're fed very well because people pay a lot of money for them ... these dogs are athletes," he added. "Did I mention the crates were big? Huge in fact."

Advocates have said that increased awareness and better documentation of racing-related injuries will make the petition more successful this year. According to the committee, approximately 1,000 greyhounds have sustained 700 racing injuries since 2002.

"Well of course a dog will get injured now and then. It could happen at home in the back yard too. Course you probably wouldn't kill your dog just because it broke a toe, but hey we got a business to run here, Temple said.

Yeah. One slip up and you're toast, but the food was good huh, Cleopatra?

Cleopatra is a very sweet little girl. She loves to be held, petted and snuggled. She is easy going, but also has a playful side when her family wants to play with her. She is friendly, even tempered, and very well adjusted. She loves to be around the other dogs in the home. She is very happy to be running around in the fenced in yard with the foster family’s Greyhound and enjoys lying in the grass to keep cool. She loves taking all her toys out of the toy box and takes them to her bed. She will also try to take her favorite toys outside. Cleopatra would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 6 and older. She is good with other dogs and would probably be fine as an only dog in a family that will give her the loving she needs. 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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