Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hounds Home For The Holiday

Hey, let's do some triple H. Frequent readers of this blog who remember their parents admonition to keep their noses to the grindstone are now unable to stop and smell the roses...erm...we mean remember HHH is a regular feature of this blog whenever it occurs to us, in which we take some extra time out of our busy day looking for Stoli infused turkey recipes to feature some skinny dogs looking for couches.

But first, a word from our sponsor:
Officials responding to a complaint about a putrid smell at Florida's Ebro Greyhound Park recently found the bodies of 37 dead and decomposing dogs who had apparently starved to death -- as well as five more dogs who were near death. Some of the dogs had duct tape wrapped around their necks. It appears that the owner had intentionally left the greyhounds to die when the racing season ended.
Oh, there you go again. You're going to make a big deal out of this aren't you? Look, every organization has a few bad apples. That's why we have such a strong internal policing apparatus, to make sure these are just isolated incidents.
The worst part of this story is that it's not an isolated incident.
Now just you wait a gol durned minute there you tree hugging, Birkenstock wearing animal rights wacko. You've been told how much the overlords care for the It's even been demonstrated to you using geometric logic and mathematical mathematics.  How many times and in how many ways do the overlords have to tell you that these dogs are living the life of Riley here before you believe what they say?
A few years ago, the bodies of 10,000 greyhounds were uncovered in a U.K. field. The "slow" but otherwise healthy dogs had been killed with a bolt gun.
 Oops. Heh heh. Well look, that's England. Those people haven't been right since the Revolutionary War. We mean, come on, they went to war with Argentina over an island that had more penguins than people, what do you expect? Nothing like that would ever happen over here in the good old U S of A.
After 3,000 dead greyhounds were found in a backyard pit on his property, a security guard at a Florida track admitted that he had made money for 40 years by shooting injured or aging dogs.
Oh, now hey, that's not fair. Three thousand is a lot less than 10,000. You want to make the overlords look bad don't you?
And at least 140 greyhounds were presumed dead after they disappeared while in the custody of a man who had been paid to haul "losers" to greyhound adoption groups. The dogs were never accounted for and were believed to have been left in the Arizona desert.
Well the key word there is "presumed" isn't it? See? The slightest inconsistency and you're ready to assume the worst. Besides, the industry conducted an extensive investigation into the dogs' disappearance. They asked the dude what happened. He said "Dunno. Coulda been alien abduction." There you go. Case closed.
Although they are extremely sensitive to temperature because of their lack of body fat and their thin coats, greyhounds are forced to race in extreme conditions -- ranging from subzero temperatures to sweltering heat. Trainers have been found doping greyhounds with cocaine and other drugs to mask injuries or to get them to run faster.
See now that's just some irresponsible journalism right there. Everyone knows the overlords dope themselves a lot more than they dope the dogs.
Greyhounds face many risks from which they have no defence. An employee at Connecticut's Shoreline Star track used fishing line to tie a dog's tail to the starting shoot before a race as a "joke." The dog's tail was ripped off when he began running.
Humor. It's such a personal thing isn't it? We mean, one man's belly buster is another's staring in disbelief, mouth agape.
During one three-year span, almost 500 greyhounds were seriously injured while racing on Massachusetts tracks alone.
Oh you're really grasping at straws now. Massachusetts outlawed greyhound racing months ago and you're still blaming us for that? Where does a guy go to get some fair treatment around here, huh  Sport?

Sport is very active, curious, inquisitive, affectionate, and happy. He wags his tail a lot and gives kisses to everyone, including the other dogs. He will lie on his side and give you the come hither look to get your attention. He prances when walks. Sport is living up to his name and is not a typical couch potato grey. He loves to go outside and is always ready when you ask him. Sport would do well in a working family home. He is good with well-mannered children, 5 and up and other dogs. He would probably be fine as an only dog. Because he loves to spend time outside in the yard, he would do best in a home with a fenced yard. 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...

Greyhound breeder Alexander Cameron is guilty of producing "cannabis"?
Well, give the bum a break!
He even said he was renting that building out to
"The Duke of Edinburgh"!
(And that bum never pays his rent.)
The Duke dines, continuously and ferociously, on everybody's property.

Tom Grady said...

I'm a treehugger and an animal rights wacko - but I don't wear Birkenstock.
I wonder what the overlords say about me?
Then again, I know what they say about me. Do we care? Nahhhh.

J.P. said...

Hey, Ironicus.
We'll be fostering one the the Ebro refugees. Our rescue group is getting 8 of them in a few days. I hope to have some pics and progress reports up on my blog sometime after Dec 6th. Anyone interested in seeing the progress of the Ebro survivors can check in to Anejo Mockingbird occasionally - I'll have links to the other foster homes the Ebro hounds are staying in, (if available).