Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Hound Blogging

Frequent reader(s) of this blog stand lonely midnight watch on the deserted deck of the great ship Entropy as it draws ever closer to the shores of chaos...erm...we mean know that we spend Fridays chronicling the inevitable demise of the institutionalized cruelty of exploiting living creatures for profit...uh...we mean the exciting world of greyhound racing. Week after week we have pointed out for you, our esteemed reader the ever increasing timbre in the sweet voice of an inexorable future trilling out the industry's death song over hill and dale: "Good Bye, Good Bye, Good Bye"

Apparently we were mistaken.
No matter where you live, something is always happening in the exciting world of Greyhound racing. This is the place where tracks post special events and activities, such as open houses, book-signings, musical entertainment and stakes races all the way from $5,000 to a Million! The world of Greyhound racing is alive, well and growing.
 Dang! We hate it when that happens. All those tracks closing, laws being passed, arrests and what not gave us the wrong impression about the potential longevity of killing, maiming, and/or abandoning innocent living creatures that is the exciting world of greyhound racing.

Well, when we're wrong, we're wrong and we're packing a big enough pair that we can admit it, and since the closest overlord camp to IM Central is West Virgina we're going to head down there and proffer our apologies to one Jim Simms, president and general manager of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Uh, Mr. Simms? Oh sorry, didn't mean to interrupt. You were saying?
Needing to cut costs in the face of formidable competition from new facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is reducing its number of greyhound races. "Racing is a declining industry. It is now less than 10 percent of our business," said Jim Simms, president and general manager. "We are doing everything we can do. We have to try to keep all of our businesses solvent."
 Um...not to put too fine a point on it Mr. Simms, but if you're cutting back on the overlords' ability to suck a buck or two off the backs of the dogs, you really aren't doing everything you can do to keep all your businesses solvent now are you? Unless of course you've already given up on greyhound racing ever becoming profitable and figure you can use it as a shield to deflect the damage increased competition does to the businesses you do actually care about.

Mr Simms, don't you know the world of Greyhound racing is alive, well and growing? It's almost like as soon as the overlords quit making money for you, you abandon them just like they were...ah...just like they were, oh we don't know, greyhounds?

Oh Karma, you are truly a wicked, wicked mistress, right Mac?

Mac loves to play with squeaky toys. He likes to sleep a lot but will get up when somebody approaches him because he wants to play. Mac loves to give kisses. He is a very fast leaner and loves to please. He is  a friend to everyone that he meets. Mac whines when he needs to go outside. He gets along well with the other Greyhounds, but I doesn’t really care for small dogs or cats.  Mac will go in his crate by doesn’t really care for it much. He would do well in a home with a single owner or a couple. Mac could live in a home as the only dog or with other dogs that are his size. 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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