Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Hound Blogging

Well, we all know times have been tough for the overlords. Now, as if to add insult to injury, it turns out the state isn't paying enough attention to people who used to suck their meager existence off the backs of the dogs.

Heidi Doherty didn’t seriously expect the governor to reply to the e-mail she sent his office in November, after voters elected to make dog racing illegal. But she expected more than the “canned response” she said she got moments after, thanking her for sharing her thoughts. "It's almost like he doesn't want to be associated with us."

Yeah. Go figure.

After that first contact, Doherty and about a half-dozen others whom The Enterprise interviewed said they heard nothing more from Gov. Deval Patrick’s office. When an Enterprise reporter called Patrick’s press office to ask about the e-mails, the inquiry was immediately sent to another state agency. "Applications for Walmart greeter school are handled through the labor department," a spokesperson for the governor's said.

Donna Hahn of Taunton, who said she wrote twice to the governor and once to President Obama, counts herself among the disillusioned. "All them big banks are getting the bailout," she said. "Why can't I get me some of that money too. Look at me. I weigh almost 400 pounds. I'm too big to fail."

Whoa. Well, it looks like there's some downsizing in her future, right Tear?

Tear is friendly, outgoing and loving. She likes to follow her foster family around the home. She is a happy girl; her tail is always wagging. She likes to play but will calm quickly. She loves to go for walks. She really likes her foster dad and will run over to him to say “Hi” before she goes outside. She will stand next to the bed in the morning when her family is waking up. She will chase and fetch a tennis ball. She is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Tear would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 10 and up. She is good with other dogs and would probably be fine as an only dog. She can be a bit vocal when first left alone, so she needs to be in a single family home.

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.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It seems the size of your mouth is the size of your girth and when you ride "dog-back", it gets even bigger.
All these free loaders pissed because no educated person about dog racing wants it continued.
Like all hicks , they pretend to like everybody if it greases their palms for a buck, otherwise, racism will remain the topic of the day and animals will be endlessly caged for the betterment of their cans.

Anonymous said...

Horrible people do horrible things.
To gut a pregnant Greyhound because she was no longer a winner represents the true evil of this sick entertainment. And they want to be subsidized for cruelty? And they write the president demanding more for it? Better yet, they get huffy when they're ignored or downright outlawed? Losing people have their losing ways. Ethical people shall rule.

Anonymous said...

It would be wonderful if your blog contained some revealing letters of prisoners with Greyhounds and all the various stories associated with it. How similar many human prisons must be and the ones that excel must see many programs such as this with "freedom agendas" and rehabilitation and fast.

Ironicus Maximus said...

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Michelle Young Cuenant said...

Wow! You feel the sadness and all the futility in their hearts and souls. Whoever thought of this arrangement was finally on the road to "hope" and it is obvious that many have benefitted.
However, I do wonder when one of the letters does state that one must watch some prisoners so that they do not do "inappropriate things' to the Greyhounds. What could that possibly mean and how does that happen if the dogs are secured and under "safe" conditions? I am wondering if any of the dogs have been fatally wounded and if any prisons did stop this "second chance" because the situation was not supported properly?
Nevertheless, if hundreds are saved , both men and beast, why are not more prisons accepting of these programs?