Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hounds Home For The Holidays

Continuing on in the great tradition we started last year because we were too lazy too write a regular post, we bring you this year's version of Hounds Home for the Holidays in which we attempt to tug at your heartstrings in this time of full contact shopping and encourage you to find a place on your couch for the only dog specifically mentioned in the bible. And so you know greyhounds are Bill O'Rielly War on Christmas approved.

But first a word about casino style gambling at greyhound tracks. The first Las Vegas-style slot machines started spinning at noon as the renovated Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino opened its doors to a new era in South Florida gaming. "This is the culmination of a great effort from many, many people to keep from having to get real jobs," said Gulfstream Park President Paul Micucci.

Broward voters agreed more than a year ago to allow slot machines at pari-mutuel venues and Gulfstream Park is the first of four pari-mutuels to open its slots room. "We really appreciate the voters of Broward not thinking too hard about why we needed slots in the first place," Mucucci told reporters. "And we want people to know that the greyhounds will not become an afterthought now that we have a new way to fleece the rubes because, well, heck, the greyhounds were always an afterthought, it was those two dollar bets we were concerned with."

Gulfstream has 516 slot machines and eventually will have 1,500, the maximum number allowed by state law. "Now people who wouldn't come near a greyhound track can come out for some good wholesome family entertainment," Mucucci said.

When asked how he thought the slots would affect greyhound racing at the track which has experienced a drastic decline and would have closed were it not for the income generated by slots, Mucucci said he was sure that "they'll find some use for the dogs. I hear there's a guy in Arizona that takes the dogs once they can't make money and finds homes for them."

Looks like you got out just in time, huh Chance?

Chance is very laid back and mellow. He is also affectionate and loving and will approach for pets. He is a happy boy who greets the family with a wagging tail. He is a greyhound “collector” and has collected dirty socks around the house! He likes to toss his toys up in the air to play by himself, but stops when he knows he’s being watched. Chance would do well in a working family home with well mannered children, 6 and up. He is good with other dogs and would probably be fine as an only dog. 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.

PS: Yes, we realized after we posted yesterday's entry that the headline should have read Jenna and Barbara. Must redo our to do list. Blog first, Stoli second.

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