Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

Hey, you think Wall Street is in deep trouble? You should be an overlord.

Wonderland Greyhound Park is considering a new plan to pay almost $807,000 in back taxes and water and sewer bills owed to the city.The struggling dog racetrack now proposes to pay $250,000 by Oct. 8. The track owes $790,000 in taxes and $16,673 for water and sewer charges dating back two years. "The first plan didn't work because the city wanted actual money," said James Cipoletta, a lawyer representing Wonderland. "We were thinking they might like a nice dinner, or maybe free passes to the dog races."

City Councilor at Large George Colella, who urged the commission to take swift action, compared the payment plan with the corporate bailout being proposed in Washington. "I say this unequivocally," Colella told the License Board. "Because I like saying 'unequivocally.' I also like saying lugubrious, grammatical patterns and hemidemisemiquaver. What was the question again?"

Ward 6 Councilor Charles Patch disagreed, saying, "They're lucky if they get 100 people a night, most of whom you wouldn't want wandering around your neighborhood. I say keep the place open so we know where the undesirables are."

Ouch. That's a little cold. What's that you say Bounce? Mr. Patch must have met some of the classier customers?

Bounce loves everyone he meets. He is friendly, outgoing, curious and very playful. He likes to play tug of war. He loves attention and he lays on his back to get his belly scratched. He wants to be around you all the time. He lives up to his name because he likes to bounce around when he gets excited. He is a fun loving dog that makes his family laugh often. He hides things; his family can’t leave anything around the house. Bounce loves to look at himself in the mirror. He likes water, in a wading pool at the prison. He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Bounce would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 8 and up. He is good with other dogs and would probably be fine as an only dog. He has a lot of energy, so he would do best with a family that loves to play or walk. He is a bit big for a family with smaller children, as he might accidentally knock them over. 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.


Anonymous said...

Charles Patch was once a police officer? Hello? I thought cops were supposed to be working WITH the Humane Societies to close down these creepy joints....particularly when intentional pain and suffering of Greyhounds exist at all tracks around the world!
Incredible that Patch likes to flaunt he is with these abusive, insensitive, Greyhound "people" who work for these blatantly cold "industries".... guess ..anything for a buck and a feel of old black boot....does he even hear the crackle of electrocution?
Retirement comes in many flavors...guess warm and fuzzy doesn't cut it for him.

Anonymous said...

Patch wants to keep a watch on all the low lifes that seem to be attracted to Greyhound racing? Give it up, Patch! Your cruiser has long been taken and the only trip you can possibly get , now , is getting off with the dog's pain and suffering. Wasn't that called "abuse of power"? You must know about that well.
Aren't cops protected by K9's on the police force? And weren't you often "saved" with the loyalty and dedication , not to mention, courage, of dogs while on your dangerous job?
Try to remember in all your uniformed glory and who helped secure your job.
Cowardly. Cowardly. Cowardly.