Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

Regular readers of this blog have probably made their peace with mean have often been enthralled by the inspiring stories we have related over the years, detailing the high degree of care and concern the overlords have for the units.

In 2006, there were nearly 25,000 greyhounds born in this country. Nearly 23,000 of those entered the racing system. That same year, about 14,800 greyhounds were pushed out of that same system and ended up in loving homes through adoptions. About 8,500 weren't so lucky and ended up euthanized.

Well, omelet, eggs, you get the picture. What the overlords need is someone willing to help clean up their mess. Oh look, there's Dan Tripp.

Dan Tripp lives with six 45-mph couch potatoes. It's coming up on eight years since the Tripp family first fell in love with the breed most known for its ability to race at high speed.

“We've got 10 dogs now,” he said. “Six of them are greyhounds. That's a lot of dogs to have in the house.”

Tripp has been working to build a kennel on his property for the past six years to house the continual stream of greyhounds coming from racetracks in 13 states. He's paying for it as he goes and it's nearly finished.

The family is dedicated in their efforts to try to find good homes for the dogs. Tripp serves currently as president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Greyhound Pets of America. Last year, the rescue organization found homes for 60 greyhounds. Tripp would like to see that number grow.

Way to go, Mr. Tripp, but 8500 perfectly fine animals that died because they couldn't make they overlords' trailer payment? Man, that's some omelet, huh Capri?

Capri is highly intelligent & adaptable. Her first night in a home, she took herself up the stairs, without having seen anyone do it first! She is extremely muscular and athletic, and so she loves to romp around the yard. She will tap you with her foot to get your attention. She likes to play in the snow when the weather is not too cold. Capri would do well in a working family home with older, well-mannered children, 8 and up. She is good with other dogs of various sizes 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.

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