Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

Dumm dee dumm doo doo...let's see...first NCAA tournament weekend coming. Stoli? Check. Ice? Check. Various mixes? Check. Bail bondsman's number? Check. Mrs. IM's request to leave the neighbors out of it this year? Hahahaha!! She cracks us up. Stoli? Check.

Oh, hi there. Didn't see you come in. Just getting ready for a little spectating here in the marbled halls of IM Central. Say, could you pass that tape measure over here please. Have to get the proper distance from the big screen plasma you know. What's that? You're here for Friday Hound Blogging? Wow. Friday already?

Well, you caught us a little off guard. Been a busy week you know, not having a primary and all. OK, no problem. We'll go visit Mr. Carney. He's always got something going on.

The owner of Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park, the most successful dog track in the state, because it's more successful than the other one has filed suit in the Supreme Judicial Court to prevent a ban on commercial dog racing from being placed on the November statewide ballot.

"My position is, we'll be doing everything we can to keep me from going to work at a real job," said Brockton businessman George Carney. "If we don't prevail in court, I plan to stuff beans up my nose and hold my breath until I pass out. They're not going to have an easy day with George."

Wow. Sounds like Mr. Carney shall defend his right to exploit dogs, whatever the cost may be, he shall exploit on the beaches, he shall exploit on the landing grounds, he shall exploit in the fields and in the streets, he shall exploit in the hills; he shall never enter the job force.

"Everybody is aware of how tough the economy is in Massachusetts," he said. "Do they want to put that many people out of low wage no benefit jobs?" he said.

He may have a point there. We can't imagine all the Walmarts in the state would be enough to take up that slack. Still, there's always a chance those folks could like, learn to read or something and improve their job prospects. Either that, or move to someplace where their skills are in demand. Alabama, say.

The dogs on the other hand, don't have many relocation options as they are caged 8-10 hours a day and sometimes 12-14 hours, depending on the dog. Greyhounds are repeatedly injured while competing, fed meat not suitable for human consumption, plus their retirement benefits are somewhat, shall we say, sparse.

In his court suit, Carney's attorney, Lee Kozol, contends that the ballot initiative doesn't meet state requirements for such questions because it would operate only in particular districts or localities. "They want to ban cruelty and exploitation only where it exists," Kozol said. "What about places where it doesn't? Why should they get off so easy? Why should my client suffer for leaching a living off the backs of these magnificent animals when other people who work an honest job and make an honest living go on with their lives unaffected?"

Ummm...yeah. Whatever. How you voting Tar?

Tar is really friendly, outgoing, and playful dog. He loves playing and running. He has a very gullible and happy spirit. He always seeks attention. He is a playful dog full of high spirits. He knows how to entertain himself. He loves playing in the snow. He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Tar would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 12 and up. He is good with other 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.

And if you 'd like to know more about the good work the Second Chance for Life program is doing for the dogs, and the prisoners, go here.

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