Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Hound Blogging

Frequent readers of this blog are familiar with the sharp cry of wounded mean are familiar with the overlords' collective gasp when once again, the curtain of obfuscation, deflection and deceit  is pulled back revealing a pitiless Gollum-like creature, devoid of all compassion, kindness, empathy, indeed all that makes one human.

In other words, overlords being overlords.

Now, as we've reported before, when it comes to the attention of people with souls that the gap between the care the overlords say they give to the, and the care said greyhounds actually receive is, oh let's be conservative and say about a parsec wide, all the little overlord apologists scurry out from under their rocks to sing a chorus of One Bad Apple and declaim that they are about to visit the very wrath of god upon the aforementioned miscreant. Which they do, after they've thoroughly wetted the noodle of retribution and prepared it for the wrist slap of righteousness. Well, unless said miscreant is Herb "Dutch" Koerner of Hays, Kansas, or Ursula O'Donnell of Florida, then it's like what violation? Do you see a violation? There's no violation here. Move along please. See, there's bad apples, and there's APPLES, man!

Well, it turns out the latest overlord not to get the memo that he's supposed his inventory quietly and out of sight of the public is Ron Williams and since his last name isn't Hays or O'Donnell the animal exploitation industry has risen up its mighty wrath to smite this evildoer. First up, Gary Guccionne, NGA Executive Director. Unleash Mr. Guccionne, smite at will:
“Ron Williams will never register or race another greyhound in the United States,” said NGA Executive Director Gary Guccione.“We can make that promise today.”
Dude, the guy killed all his dogs, so unless you're going to let him enter his neighbor's bichon friese in the next race, he's pretty much done with you anyway. Nice job stating the obvious though.

OK, let's try a different tack. How about see no evil, hear no evil, speak...well, two out of three isn't bad.
These dogs are kept in better living conditions than most middle-income families. They're given the best and cleanest water, only the best meat products, vitamins, food supplements and immunizations. Their shelters are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. The only time they're in kennels is at the track under 24-hour care.
Now, we don't know what kind of middle income family you might be familiar with there Mr. Overlord sir, but we have yet to read of families trapped helplessly in their houses, mass starvation, flea and tick infested corpses in any of the suburbs around here. Also, we think we'd notice if any of our neighbors were walking about with their throats duct taped. If that's nothing out of the ordinary in your neighborhood, maybe you should consider moving.

Of course there always that good old standby, ignoring reality. After all, you have to expect that when you put the overlords in a tough spot, they're going to come with their A game. Right Jim Blanchard, vice president, National Greyhound Association?
The greyhound racing community dedicates millions of dollars each year to greyhound welfare and adoption programs.
Darn! If only you'd dedicated millions and twenty dollars you could have bought those 37 starving greyhounds some food. Oh wait,
Both Greyhound Pets of America's Emerald Coast and Ebro tell trainers they will take any dogs that trainers can not relocate or adopt out. The group also offers to supply food for trainers in need.
 Hmm...maybe you ought to take some of those millions and invest in a phone or something huh? You know, then you could called someone who cared.
Rigorous standards for breeders and kennel operators are strictly enforced, with lifetime expulsion from the sport for serious violators.
Oops. Sorry, we inadvertantly cut off the last part of that quote. It should read "...with lifetime expulsion from the sport for serious violators unless you're Herb Koener, or Ursula O'Donnell."
It should be obvious to anyone with an ounce of common sense that greyhounds must receive proper care in order to compete at their best.
Now, as far as we know, Mr. Blanchard's head did not explode after writing that sentence. We do have to report, however that the industrial strength, super reinforced irony meter we use here in the marbled halls to help us pick our blog topics has exploded and now lies in smoking ruin on the rec room floor. We need to clean that up, can you take it from here Jesse?

Jesse is very friendly, affectionate, and loves everyone. He wants to be near people. He will follow his family around the house. He loves being petted and will lean against you for attention. He likes to snuggle. He is happy; his tail wags often. He is playful and energetic. He likes to play with toys. Jesse would do well in a single family home with well-mannered children. He can jump a standard 4’fence, so he needs a home with a taller fence or with someone who would leash walk him. He would be great in an active working family home that will exercise him regularly. He would make a great jogging buddy, as he has more stamina than most greyhounds. 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.

1 comment:

Julie Kennedy said...

I just wanted to say that I love your blog. I have never left comments, however I read faithfully. There is just the right amount of synical humor with still getting the most important points across. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the hounds. I look forward to continually reading your greyt postings! :-)