Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Hound Blogging

We're coming to you today from the Things Are Never So Bad They Can't Get Worse Department here in the marbled halls of IM Central. TANSBTCGW is a division of the Life Sucks And Then You Die Corporation in partnership with Take Me Jesus, Take Me Now, LLC.

Now, to say the overlords have been having a rough run of luck these last few years is sort of like saying the republicans' budget is a tad short on specifics.

A while back we told you about the track at Hinsdale going belly up, narrowly beating out the state that was about to close it down anyway. Well, now, for those of you with a nostalgic bent, it is possible to own a piece of history, or a piece of crap depending on your point of view.

Attorneys for the Hinsdale Greyhound Park in bankruptcy court have scheduled a public auction on the facility's property next month. Deborah Notinger, attorney for the Chapter 7 trustee representing the park, said the auction will begin at 10 a.m. on April 18 at the track on Route 119. "The idea is to dump as much of this junk as we can and maybe be able to pay off the water bill," she said. In a Chapter 7 filing, the debtor wants the assets liquidated as quickly as possible, she said. "Come early! No reasonable offer refused. And by 'reasonable' we mean being able to give us any amount of real money for whatever useless thing you're dumb enough to buy."

Ah, so sad. So sad. To see this once great center of heartless animal exploitation reduced to selling crumbs on the street corner. Well, at least the track in Wisconsin is thriving, right Ms. Murray?

Recently in an attempt to educate myself I spent part of an afternoon at Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, WI. I was there on a Sunday afternoon for the matinee races. The track opens at 11am and the official races begin at 1pm. Perhaps it is a sign of the times that the entire general admission section of the park remains closed most days and all attendees are directed to the second floor Clubhouse for the nominal entrance fee of $1.00.

Now, now, Ms. Murray, let's not make assumptions. Everyone knows the reason patrons are directed to the Clubhouse is because the General Admission gates are out in the open and even people who frequent the track are savvy enough to know that they don't want their friends and neighbors to see them there.

What would traditionally have been a 20 race lineup for the afternoon were only 16 races on this particular Sunday, and in some races a position was empty. As the turnout and therefore wagering at the track lessen, the industry becomes less lucrative and the relative cost of maintaining a dog becomes more expensive.

Unfortunately, Ms. Murray makes a good point, however, as we all know cost is no object to making sure the dogs have the finest care available, right Mr. Freeman?

A greyhound trainer who kept more than 30 dogs in “concentration camp” conditions with no food, water or light has been locked up for causing unnecessary suffering. Colchester Magistrates' Court heard the teenager from Swansea left the dogs in cages covered in urine and excrement without food or water for days causing some of them to go “kennel crazy”, biting at the bars and walking round in circles constantly.

Oh. Umm...well...yeah...ah...Hey Guerrero, want to buy the crate you used to be stuck in 22 hours a day?

Guerrero is a total love. He comes over to you and will stand with you as long as you are petting him. When you stop petting him, occasionally he will take his nose, and rub your arm. He will come up to you and stare you eye-to-eye, looking for attention. He loves attention and will push his way in with the other dog in the home. When he gets excited he will get up on his two back feet, and jump up and down like a pogo stick. He will let foster mom hug him. He’s definitely a lover. He is adjusting well in the home. He knows no, and outside. He’s becoming his foster mom’s shadow. He likes to be near people. He climbs the three stairs in and out of the house with no problem. He hasn’t tried the basement stairs yet. 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.


Anonymous said...

I would love it if some smart and hallowed one would ask to buy all the records of the injuries and what caused them. These people probably would sell them, even at half price.

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