Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Hound Blogging

Well it looks like this is going to be the last FHB what with the world ending tomorrow and all. And if you're an overlord you're probably thinking not a moment too soon. We mean, look at the year they were having. The Florida legislature came within a hair's breadth of cutting greyhound racing loose to stand on its own in the free market. We all know how that would have turned out.
VictoryLand greyhound park in Shorter, which also operated a hotel and casino facilities until recently, has announced that it will run its final greyhound race this weekend, track spokesperson Bill Cunningham said Tuesday.“The only viable way to keep the live greyhound racing was to have electronic bingo,” he said.
Now that's an owie. The problem is Florida wasn't the only state to recognize that when the overlords said exciting sport, they meant heartless exploitation of innocent creatures for profit and it was not the economic powerhouse they made it out to be. Even with massive subsidies from the states involved. So in Iowa a similar bill has been bumping around the legislature, and also in Arizona, although since there is only one track there it's sort of a race to see if the bill passes before the track goes belly up on its own.

And that's another problem for the overlords. Sure the bills didn't pass this year, but you know they would have been back on the docket the next year, and the year after that if necessary until they finally passed. And even in states where there was no bill, the overlords were taking heat from the citizenry.  So it's really for the best that the big JC is going to hit the reboot button tomorrow because as far as the overlords were concerned, a world where you can't suck a meager existence off the backs of the oldest breed of dogs known is really not worth living--especially if to go on living meant having to do something unimaginable, like get a real job, right Bugsy?

Bugsy is friendly, lively, sweet, and affectionate. She likes to be near her family and will whine if they are not very close by. She chatters a lot with her teeth. She plays with toys. She loves to be outside. She is very gentle; when you pet her and stop she takes her paw and pulls your hand back toward herself. She likes to bury her face in the blanket. She has a great spirit for a dog her age. She has an endearing overbite, but it doesn’t bother her. She loves her food and her treats and does a little dance when she is fed. She talks to her foster mom when she wants something. She’s got beautiful ears that stick straight up. She wants to be near the family. She knows “up”, “wait” and “stay”. She also knows “eat”, “cookie” and “walk”. Bugsy would do best with someone who wants a playful active dog. A home with someone who will play fetch or anyone who wants to spend time with playful dog games to keep her from getting board. She would be happiest in a home with another large-breed dog to keep her company. She needs to be exercised regularly to keep strength in her hind end. She would be best with well-mannered older children, 12 and up. 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.


Nancy said...

When I first started reading, I thought Oh No, last FHB? I forgot about tomorrow.

Excellent post. And Bugsy is adorable and will make someone very happy.

Lisa Mikitarian said...

Greyhounds are Good. Connecting Now Rocks. Or something like that.

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