Friday, October 07, 2011

Friday Hound Blogging

We're in a really good mood today. It's almost 80 degrees here in the Water Winter Wonderland, which, if you know anything about Michigan at all means you know that October is sometimes equal parts rain, followed by snow, followed by sunny days with the wind out of the north at just below hurricane velocities resulting in a wind chill temperature somewhere north of solid nitrogen, followed by snow until April.

So rather than bring you another installment of the overlords ongoing tale of woe, we thought this might be more appropriate given our undoubtedly temporary state of meteorologically inspired jocularity.
Bergen Community College is helping spread the word about how former racing greyhounds can make great pets. The college hosted its seventh annual Greyhound Adoption Day on Sept. 27, with support from the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey (GFNJ).
Who says all college students do is smoke dope and listen to the rock and roll? Oh wait, that was us. We have no idea what college kids do today. Well, except for these college kids who appear to have decided to make a difference.
The event ties back into the school, with English as a second language students producing reports about greyhounds and the school's graphic designers creating T-shirts that are sold with proceeds benefiting GFNJ.
 Ha! Making a difference and getting credit for it. Are these kids smart, or what?
"It's a way to educate the students, all the community really, because this goes out to the community and people from outside the school can come and learn about greyhound adoption. The more people that know about it, the better," Harold Kahn, a greyhound lover and professor in the American Language program at the school said. "Even if they don't adopt a dog now, at least they know about, they may tell their friends, and years down the line when they're thinking about getting an animal, they'll give a dog a home."
Paying it forward man, paying it forward.  We bet you wouldn't mind being adopted by some of those folks, huh Autum? Even if did mean living in New Jersey.

Autum is a beautiful girl and a wonderful companion. She is very outgoing and likes to be where you are. Autum entertains her foster family by standing at doggie toy basket and squeaking each toy, one by one, until the basket is empty. She also likes to hang out with the foster family’s greyhounds. She is friendly with any size dog, and was good friends with toy breed dogs in her previous home. Autum would do well in a working family home with second dog to keep her company or in a family that has someone home more often. She is good with older, well-mannered children, 8 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.

1 comment:

Jimbo said...

I came upon your blog, just recently, probably like most people, initially because of your intelligent socio-political comments and not initially because of the dogs. Also, I studied Latin in high school so I am always attuned to "Latinisms".

Anyway,as this sometimes happens, in life, I live in the DC Metro region and always commute by the Metro (subway) and a few days ago a mother and child and a really big greyhound got on the train. The dog had a belt around it that said service dog, though both passengers were clearly not disabled (probably another family member - I did not ask). I had never seen a greyhound in my entire life (I'm 61 and have lived in several countries) and this was a strikingly athletic-looking dog. It was much bigger than I had imagined greyhounds to be. I talked to the Mother and sure enough it turned out to be a rescue hound.

It's one of those weird things where you encounter new knowledge about the rescue greyhounds movement via your blog and then a week later you encounter your first ever greyhound on a train and it's a rescue hound. The dog was really gentle, in fact, strangely personal. Their eyes are really soulful. Interesting for someone who has never met such a dog (but has dealt with much stranger animals in different environments). Maybe it was the circumstance. Anyway, an interesting event.