Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

Well this isn't exactly the best of economic times is it? Luckily for the overlords, when times get tough, people often gravitate to gambling hoping to make that big score that will make up for the fact they lost their job, or their house, or both. Depressing we know, but bad times are good for the overlords, right Bruce Seymore, Mile High's Greyhound Track director of racing operations?

Colorado's last dog track will end live greyhound racing for the season at the end of June.

Yeah. We know. It's a sad state of affairs when people are so desperate they'll use their last dollar to...wait a minute, what?

Mile High Racing and Entertainment, located in Commerce City, will cease its live greyhound racing on June 28. Discussions between the track and the Colorado Greyhound Kennel Association, which represents dog owners, did not lead to an agreement to extend the racing season through the summer. "We just couldn't figure out a way to make it work without the mean the customers," Seymore said.

Well, yeah, not having anyone come to the track is certainly a complication, but there has to be some room for compromise doesn't there?

Seymore said the track sees a financially-viable future for greyhound racing in Colorado. "Of course I also see aliens in my back yard," he added. "It's going to be seasonal, and by seasonal I mean we're closed for good. Then we can make it, if I can keep my part time job bagging down at the Piggly Wiggly."

"We need year-round racing to make enough for our trailer payments," said Gary Bryan, president of the Greyhound Operators Association.

When asked by a reporter if greyhound kennel operators would bring their dogs back to Mile High next year if the track didn't open, Bruce Fraser, executive vice president for the track's parent company, reacted angrily. "I guess you don't understand the racing business," Fraser said. "What choice do they have? It's not like they've got some high paying job at the Piggly Wiggly to fall back on."

Well, not just anybody can get a job like that, right Toolman?

Toolman loves to play and go for walks. He is a happy, easy going boy. He likes to carry his muzzle around and he appears to be holding it with pride. He likes to lie in the sun, in the grass, or under a shade tree and enjoy the nice weather. He is friendly and outgoing. He loves attention and meeting new people. He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Toolman would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 10 and up. He 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 at Life program is doing for the dogs, and the prisoners, go here.

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