Friday, May 02, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

There is no joy in Mudville today. The mighty overlords have struck out.

The Senate defeated a proposal that would have allowed the holders of 2 inactive jai alai permits to turn their permits into greyhound racing permits. "Frying pan. Fire," said one legislator. "Why these guys don't just give it up and get a real job I'll never know."

Senator Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden, described the proposal as "disgusting, nauseating," and a waste of the Senate's time. "We need to get on to important things, like the Christian license plate. That's what the voters expect from us."

Many lawmakers, including veteran Sen. Jim King, R-Jacksonville, were surprised the measure failed since House Speaker Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, had indicated a willingness to support it. Later it was determined Rubio had been drunk at the time he made his initial announcement.

Well, that's too bad. The opportunities in greyhound racing are very attractive right now.

Pari-mutuel wagering in Florida was down in March. The state's pari-mutuel facilities reported $140.4 million in handle for the month, down 12 percent from $159.3 million a year ago.

OK, more attractive than picking tomatoes for Burger King, but hey, you go where your skills take you right Monarch?

Monarch is a really friendly dog. He really likes his foster mom; he will circle her and rub all the way around her. He’s just really affectionate with foster mom. He’s really going to be a great pet. Monarch would do best with a family that can spend a lot of time with him and he would be great as an only dog. He enjoys the company of another dog, but doesn’t need it. He would do well in a family with older, well-mannered children, 10 and up. 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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