Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Hound Blogging

A few weeks ago we listened in as the residents of Raynham Taunton bemoaned the fact that, due to the passage of the law ending greyhound racing in Massachusetts in 2010, their fine upstanding community was about to descend into post apocalyptic chaos that would make Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome look like Beverly Hills on a Sunday afternoon.

See, this is what happens when you take away the no skills, no benefits, minimum wage jobs that accompany animal exploitation. The very fabric of civilization is ripped, neighborliness devolves into an every man for himself anarchy that results in roving bands of criminals preying on the weak in a lawless, pitiless land of heartless cruelty in which the only dream is escape and the only hope a quick death.

Or maybe not.

Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park owner George Carney met with representatives of South Coast Rail to discuss the possibility of a train station and commercial and residential development at the park. "You can actually use land for activities that benefit the surrounding community," Carney said. "Who knew?"

Noting the town will lose $400,000 in annual revenue when the park shuts down, Carney said rezoning and developing the site to resemble a small village with a train station could mean “bringing $600,000 to $700,000 to the town in revenue within eight to 10 years.”

What? Greyhound exploitation is ended and things get better? How can this be Danby?

Danby is truly the stickiest Velcro dog that the foster home has ever met. He is very affectionate and cuddly. He stands next to his foster mom all the time and wants to be touching her all the time. His fur is like velvet. He is very energetic and playful. He loves squeaky toys. He lays on this back and wiggles and thrashes the blanket / bed to mess it up – becoming twisted in the blanket. Danby would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 6 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.

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