Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Hounds Home For The Holidays

Continuing on with a long standing tradition here at IM Central that we made up last year, we offer another installment of Hounds Home For The Holidays in which we expand our regular Friday Hound Blogging feature in the hopes that we can find a few more couches for a few more hounds.

And not a moment too soon either, for as we wrote a while back, this is a pretty dangerous time to be a greyhound that isn't pleasing its particular overlord. Looks like, unfortunately, we were right.

The Arizona Department of Racing has revoked the license and banned for life Colorado greyhound hauler Rick Favreau because of his role in the disappearance of more than 140 dogs from Tucson Greyhound Park.

Between November 2005 and July 2006, Favreau hauled more than 140 dogs from Tucson Greyhound Park.

Authorities say Favreau and track management agreed he would haul the dogs, for 150 dollars each, to his land in Calhoun, Colorado. From there they would be distributed to adoption agencies.

However, most of the dogs have disappeared.

Racing Department Director Geoffrey Gonsher says they assume the animals may have been killed for profit.

"Killed for profit."

These "people" are truly empty of soul, heartless, and something less than fully human. They suck their meager living from the noble spirit of these dogs, who give them everything, as dogs will do, and when they have nothing left to give, these cold, calculating cretins, masquerading as human beings toss them away like trash and expect those of us who suffer from the defect of compassion to clean up their mess by adopting.

Or, like Favreau, they take them out into the desert and shoot them.

There are no words for depravity this obscene, but there is hope. Every greyhound that gets adopted becomes another nail in the overlord's coffin, another step to a day no greyhounds will die when the speed in their body no longer matches the courage in their hearts, because the more people who take these gentle, loving dogs into their homes as companions, the more people will speak out against their senseless murder.

Willie is really laid back and mellow. Willie loves affection and loves to lie around. He’ll put his head in your lap and the front paws will go up on your lap and then the front paws will go on to your shoulders for a hug. He’s not really playful, as he hasn’t learned to play yet. He’s a real Velcro dog. Willie he a very mellow kind of guy. He seeks affection from everyone. Willie does well with other dogs, but he likes a lot of attention, so he would probably be okay as an only dog. He would be okay with a working family with well-mannered children, 8 and up, as long as there was attention when they got home. 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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