Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Hound Blogging

Now, for those of you have have come to rely on the highly trained, incredibly professional and mostly sober staff here in the marbled halls of IM Central for your up to the minute, breaking, second to second news about the heartless exploitation of innocent animals for profit...uh...greyhound racing, we'd like to say thank you and we're both honored and humbled by the faith you have shown in us.

We'd also like to say you need to get out more often. We mean, have you read the blog at all? Does the phrase arrested development mean anything to you? Do you really think this is something responsible adults should be engaging in? Well, OK. You're here and the damage has been done, we suppose, so let's get on with it.

Frequent reader(s) of this blog are expecting some sort of sarcastic comment aimed at them right about now, but instead we'd like to draw your attention to an ongoing series of posts concerning the doings at the closed Walthamstow Greyhound Death Camp...erm...we mean Walthamstow Greyhound Racing Stadium. We bring this up because it's one of the few times we've even remembered previous posts, let alone gone back to the topic with the idea of doing a followup. This just shows that we are capable of adult behaviors like commitment to a cause, even if it is the cause of making our way through the entire list of vodka drinks.  Oops. Heh heh. Wrong cause. We're talking about the ongoing battle to assign Walthamstow stadium to the backrooms of history.

And there is some encouraging news to report on that front.
London and Quadrant (L&Q) has submitted plans to Waltham Forest Council to turn the famous ex-greyhound racing stadium in the borough into 300 new homes.
Notice the prefix "ex" in front of the phrase greyhound racing stadium.  That's an "ex" like in EXtinguished, EXhasted, EXtinct, EXcluded, EXorcised, EXpelled, EXpired, EXpunged,and EXterminated, which is very EXciting and will cause great EXultation.

Of course that's not true for everyone, as we'd imagine Bob Morton is somewhat sad that his chance to fleece the rubes for a few more years hasn't panned out.
The application follows much hype about the future of Walthamstow Stadium. L&Q has turned down bids for the site from greyhound enthusiast Bob Morton, who wants to restore dog racing and add affordable family homes at the venue.
 Sorry Mr. Morton, but as our old daddy used to say, sometimes you're the pigeon and sometimes your the statue. As for the rubes, hey guys, all isn't lost. Why not head over to Oxford greyhound racing stadium and lose your rent money to a whole new set of overlords?
Oxford greyhound racing stadium is no stranger to financial crises and the looming threat of closure.
Uh oh. Guess if the rubes are going to help the overlords at Oxford with their trailer payments they'd better hurry, huh  Opie?

Opie is a happy-go-lucky guy who is still young at heart. He is friendly, trusting, affectionate, and playful. He follows the foster dad everywhere. He will put his front legs on the bed in the morning and paw at you to be petted. Opie looks especially cute when he is feeling very alert and points both ears straight up with just the tips curled over. He also loves to sit when he thinks he hears someone near the cookie jar. Opie would do well as an only dog or with other dogs. He has lots of energy for a senior and appreciates going for a walk or playing outside. He would be happy in a working family, or one that is home more often. He would probably do well with well-mannered children. He loves to be outside, so a family that would include him in outdoor activities would be great. His size would allow him to fit well in a smaller home or condo. 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.

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