Friday, February 01, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

We've been thinking lately about the many times the overlords have regaled us with tales of how deeply and lovingly they care for the who so valiantly go out there and race their hearts out so their owners can make the trailer payment. It's comforting to know that as the industry declines and purses shrink, the overlords' commitment to their responsibility will not diminish. Right Sue Tipton?

The owner of a Shropshire boarding kennels claims more retired greyhounds are being dumped. Sue Tipton who runs Moorland Kennels at Condover said they had taken in more abandoned dogs than ever before in December of last year.

Oh. Well, we're sure it's just one of those statistical anomalies. Probably just a quirk because of the area you live in.

She said at least 10,000 dogs a year came off the track and despite the work of the Retired Greyhound Trust many are still being abandoned.

Oh come now, "abandoned" is such a harsh word. Can you be more specific?

Mrs Tipton said a very good dog could race until it was around five, but after that they lose their edge and the urge to win. Then they face an uncertain future.

Umm...that's not quite what we were looking for. How's your future looking Oliver?

Oliver is a very gentle, loving and sweet boy. His nick name is “Gentle Ben” because of his quiet, gentle disposition. His family hardly knows that he is around sometimes, because he approaches so quietly for either a scratch on the head or a kiss on the muzzle. He will rest his head on your knee for attention. He loves to lie in front of the fire place. He likes to play with fuzzy squeaky toys. The dogs like to spread them all round the room and play together. Oliver would do well in a working family home or a stay at home family. He is great with well-mannered children 9 years and older and is great with other dogs in the home too. 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.

Mr Shortpants update: Mr. Shortpants has a couch! Last week he went to his forever home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which he was very excited about, except he did balk at wearing a maize and blue dog coat. Classy pooch.

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