Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Hound Blogging

We're going to take a time out this week from our usual slog through the twisted and stunted dystopia that is the blasted landscape of greyhound exploitation and tell you about a very good friend of ours whom we never met. She was a tireless advocate for greyhound freedom recognized around the world by people in and out of the racing industry. In addition to her work for greyhound liberation, she was also a professional athlete and fashion model.

Even though she didn't become active in greyhound advocacy until later in her life, she participated in many anti-racing campaigns, including the Massachusetts ban on greyhound racing in 2009, and the campaigns in Rhode Island and New Hampshire to name a few. Everywhere she went she drew crowds and became the living embodiment of the future greyhounds deserved and the increasing possibility that working together we could achieve that future for all the greyhounds still held in captivity. Earlier this week she lost her battle with cancer. She will be well and truly missed. Below is our favorite photo of her:

Oh, Zoe is the one on the left. We think she's looking at a picture of Rory Goree walking around the track at Tucson in his bare feet.

Wish you could have known her Kiowa. Her ability to inspire people was a big reason you're now heading for a couch.

I am very puppy like and a little mischievous. I am very curious of everything around me. I love to stick my nose in everything and investigate. I am very playful and sweet. I love to be rubbed and petted. I love to run and play outside with all the other Greyhounds in my foster home. I got along great with the neighbor’s small dogs. I have absolutely loved everyone I have met. I am housebroken.
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 and here.


Christine A. Dorchak, President and General Counsel said...

Dear Ironicus, if I may call you by your first name (!): thank you so much for offering such a fond farewell to our little Zoe. She inspired us to fight for her follow greyhounds each day -- even as we spent much time personally caring for her. You see, Zoe was always a fragile being, and we knew she would not be with us very long. We celebrated her last birthday in April with all the joy we could muster, knowing it would likely be her last ... The best we can do now is think of her smiling on her big fluffy bed surrounded by peanut butter cookies and yes, our four cats, whom she loved. RIP Dear "Zoe Zoe" ~ Christine and GREY2K USA.

Janet Deleuse said...

Thank you for your kind words in memory of Zoe--a sweet face that we will always remember.

Nancy said...

Beautiful tribute to one we all shall miss.