Friday, May 08, 2009

Friday Hound Blogging

Yay! The depression's recession is ending!

Employment losses slowed in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a decline of 539,000 jobs. That improvement, together with a rising stock market and other signs, has convinced many economists that recovery may come more quickly than was being predicted even a month ago.

Man, that was close. A few more months of that and the overlords would have been forced dip into the trust fund, maybe sell the summer house in Aspen, or worse yet, let some of the staff go. The thought of driving oneself to afternoon tea out amongst all those middle class barbarians in their, ah, domestic automobiles is almost too much for one to contemplate.

We crack us up.

Anyway, with things on the economic front starting to look a little brighter the overlords can breathe a sigh of relief and get back to extolling the virtues of animal exploitation as good family fun, right Craig Eaton, Twin River’s senior vice president and general counsel?

The struggling Twin River gambling parlor and dog track will suspend greyhound racing for the rest of the year as it deals with deep financial problems. The suspension will begin May 31.

Bummer. But it's only temporary, right? Sure things are slow right now, but people are going to want to lose the rent money again. As soon as they get some rent money.

Twin River has informed the state it will end greyhound racing for the rest of the year on Aug. 8 as it prepares for a possible bankruptcy filing, a spokeswoman told Providence Business News.

Oh. Well. Jeez, sorry about that. Wait. We thought you said you were closing in May, not August. Does that mean there's still hope for all those people missing teeth and wanting to drive themselves into homelessness two dollars at a time?

Greyhound racing will continue through the summer at the struggling Twin River gambling parlor rather than end in late May as the facility's owners originally wanted because state officials believe the earlier closing would violate state law.

Violate state law? What law is that, the law that says the more stupid something is the longer we have to do it?

The state Department of Business Regulation warned Twin River in a letter that a May closing would violate a state law requiring the dog track to offer 125 days of racing.

Oh, that law. OK let's recap. Twin River is circling the drain. Every time they run a race they lose money and the state loses money. The state doesn't have any money to begin with, but it wants the track to keep running those races anyway. That about cover it Eilis?

Eilis is very friendly. She wags her tail when she sees people and she will show her teeth, smiling. She has a happy tail; she’s always wagging it and her foster mom is afraid she may knock something over with it. She will catch toys in the air. She will come up to you for pets and love. She is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Eilis 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 would do well in a family that will actively play with her on a regular basis. 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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Eilis is a doll. Imagine still having that unbeaten spirit to laugh, catch toys and wag her tail after being confined and caged all her life. What a crime Greyhound racing continues to be. No-one wants it. No-one is happy with it. Yet they keep disregarding animal welfare because dopes support dopes. If those pushing this miserable occupation just felt anything for those animals, they would stop and immediately find these poor dogs all homes. Unfortunately, they even cast them off to prisoners who spend their time to care for the dogs they will never see again, but love them enough to get them a home. Who really should be jailed in this society ? Grotesque and backwards in every way are the fools who not only buy the odd ticket, but the toothless uneducated working for the fat and ignorant pimps of the canine slavery called "Greyhound Racetracks". America, you still look bad just turning your head the other way.