Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday Hound Blogging

OK imagine you went over to a friend's house--or at least someone you thought was your friend. You knock on the door and a voice from inside says "Go away. I don't want you around here anymore." Well, you'd be a bit confused wouldn't you? We mean, for years this friend has not only let you in when you came over, but lent you money and just generally let you mooch off of him whenever you needed to.

So you hope this is some sort of joke, right? After all, it's not like you have a lot of friends to begin with, particularly friends who are willing to give you money and stuff so you assume it's just a misunderstanding, or your friend is playing a joke on you. "Hey, it's me," you say. "Your overlord friend. Wonder if you could front me a couple of bucks until payday?"

Then you hear another voice from inside, a voice that says "Whatever he's asking, I'll give you twice not to let him in." You hear mumbled conversation, then your friend says "Sorry. I don't live here anymore."

Now what do you do? Well, if you're an overlord in Iowa, you might want to think about relocating.
Harrah’s Entertainment sweetened the pot Wednesday in its bid to persuade Iowa lawmakers to end live greyhound racing in Council Bluffs. Harrah’s offered to pay the state $7 million a year for an “unlimited period of time” in order to halt the live meet at its Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs. The casino company had earlier proposed paying the state $7 million over seven years.

Hmmm...the state gets $7 mill a year in perpetuity to dump the overlords. What do the overlords get? "We'll help them get their GED's said Jim Carney, a Harrah’s lobbyist. "Well, those who have that capability anyway. The rest we'll enroll in a sheltered workshop."

Eh...we don't know. The GED thing sounds good, but the workshop? Making the overlords responsible for actually producing something is pretty far outside of their skill-set. What do you think Cart?

Cart is friendly, outgoing, and enjoys being around people. He is playful, but calms quickly. He loves meeting people and gets excited to greet them. He is very affectionate. He loves to be petted and will snuggle with you if you sit on the floor with him. He loves to play and toss his toys. He is starting to collect items around the house, a slipper, the kitchen throw rug, etc. He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program.  Cart would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 5 and up. He is good with other dogs and would probably be happiest in a home with another dog to play with him. 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.

Lazlo Update: Lazlo found a permanent couch!

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