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(Orlando Sentinel)   For Woofday Wednesday, there are going to be a larger number of retirees in Florida in the next while   ( orlandosentinel.com) divider line
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5 days ago  
I'm sure a nice family will adopt one.

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5 days ago  

Psychopusher: I'm sure a nice family will adopt one.

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Sub here, here is our current pack George (7), Jeep (9) and Becky (2)
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Becky wasn't planned this year until we found out about that it was included in the vote yesterday. We have had 5 now and I suspect they may be our last (which is bittersweet but is good) .

The amendment gives the current tracks in Florida 2 years to shut down allowing them to phase out but supposedly from source on the inside they saw the writing on the wall and will do it much faster. They are protesting half-heartedly as they are making much more money off of slots and were looking for an excuse to get out of dog racing. Our first 2 came from Massachusetts and had only a month or so.
That said if we happen to get another at some point I am trying to convince the wife to call it Santos.
 
5 days ago  
If anyone was entertaining the idea of adopting a retired greyhound it may be now. Questions about owning the breed welcomed, they are definitely different than your normal dog.
 
5 days ago  

rikkards_alt: Psychopusher: I'm sure a nice family will adopt one.

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Sub here, here is our current pack George (7), Jeep (9) and Becky (2)[img.fark.net image 850x478]Becky wasn't planned this year until we found out about that it was included in the vote yesterday. We have had 5 now and I suspect they may be our last (which is bittersweet but is good) .

The amendment gives the current tracks in Florida 2 years to shut down allowing them to phase out but supposedly from source on the inside they saw the writing on the wall and will do it much faster. They are protesting half-heartedly as they are making much more money off of slots and were looking for an excuse to get out of dog racing. Our first 2 came from Massachusetts and had only a month or so.
That said if we happen to get another at some point I am trying to convince the wife to call it Santos.


Gorgeous pups!  I live in an apartment, so it's the cat life for the wife and I (or a small dog, but I really want a bigger dog).  But I love greyhounds.  High energy, but so lovable.
 
5 days ago  
Psychopusher: Gorgeous pups!  I live in an apartment, so it's the cat life for the wife and I (or a small dog, but I really want a bigger dog).  But I love greyhounds.  High energy, but so lovable.

They sleep most of the time and fold up into amazingly small spaces. A walk twice a day is all they need.
I had one that I'd take to the dog park and he would charge across the space every time someone threw a ball, but when the ball stopped moving, he lost interest.
 
5 days ago  
My parents adopted a retired racer. She was sweet, but the laziest dog I've ever met.
 
5 days ago  

Psychopusher: rikkards_alt: Psychopusher: I'm sure a nice family will adopt one.

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Sub here, here is our current pack George (7), Jeep (9) and Becky (2)[img.fark.net image 850x478]Becky wasn't planned this year until we found out about that it was included in the vote yesterday. We have had 5 now and I suspect they may be our last (which is bittersweet but is good) .

The amendment gives the current tracks in Florida 2 years to shut down allowing them to phase out but supposedly from source on the inside they saw the writing on the wall and will do it much faster. They are protesting half-heartedly as they are making much more money off of slots and were looking for an excuse to get out of dog racing. Our first 2 came from Massachusetts and had only a month or so.
That said if we happen to get another at some point I am trying to convince the wife to call it Santos.

Gorgeous pups!  I live in an apartment, so it's the cat life for the wife and I (or a small dog, but I really want a bigger dog).  But I love greyhounds.  High energy, but so lovable.


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natazha: Psychopusher: Gorgeous pups!  I live in an apartment, so it's the cat life for the wife and I (or a small dog, but I really want a bigger dog).  But I love greyhounds.  High energy, but so lovable.

They sleep most of the time and fold up into amazingly small spaces. A walk twice a day is all they need.
I had one that I'd take to the dog park and he would charge across the space every time someone threw a ball, but when the ball stopped moving, he lost interest.


Exactly! Depending on the state, on the track the dogs spend most of their days in a kennel except when training or being turned out for bathroom breaks so they fit well in small houses. Florida you do find the dogs are brought in by their owners to the track rather than the track necessarily owning all of the dogs so the situation may be a bit different. We live in a 1500 sqft townhouse with the 3 of them and has been fine. They are lazy dogs and need no more exercise or walks than other dogs. Their behaviour and temperament is very similar to cats of sleeping all day with intermittent spaz episodes. Getting Becky (in case you were wondering she was named after the meme) we had to deal with some pro-racers and had to bite our tongues. Supposedly a lot of them are losing it right now.
 
5 days ago  

Wellon Dowd: My parents adopted a retired racer. She was sweet, but the laziest dog I've ever met.


They always seem to end up that way :)
 
5 days ago  
More government regulations putting hard-working dog-beaters out of work.  When will this end?  Are you going to ban the bird-punchers next?
 
5 days ago  

Rapmaster2000: More government regulations putting hard-working dog-beaters out of work.  When will this end?  Are you going to ban the bird-punchers next?


My mom told me not to do that, I might go blind. Speaking of I have to pick up my new glasses...
 
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5 days ago  
In my younger days I spent a lot of time at the greyhound track in Tijuana. I've also visited tracks in Florida when the Navy had me out there for one thing or another. There is nothing else in this world more pure than a greyhound in full stride.
 
5 days ago  
There's a person at the dog park I go to that adopted a former racing greyhound.  The dog is now around 11 and loves the park.  Not for the space to run but all the people.  She does rounds introducing herself to all the humans and getting scritches.  One time I was talking with her owner and then we realized we didn't know where her dog had gotten to and found she'd made her way to the other side of the park to hang out by a bench with some kids giving her all the love.  She's very sweet.

The other greyhound I see around there is more interested in interacting with the other dogs.  Kind of skittish with people outside her "pack", but does enjoy doing dog things. Not sure if it was a former racer or not.
 
5 days ago  
Noticing more folk walking rescued/retired greyhounds lately.  Good for them!  Not where we live, but near where chorus rehearses.
 
5 days ago  

laulaja: Noticing more folk walking rescued/retired greyhounds lately.  Good for them!  Not where we live, but near where chorus rehearses.


I think that was the first nail in the coffin that the industry did to start down this path, there were horrible cases of dogs being disposed after retirement and they needed something better for the PR, instead of making people want to go to the races it had the opposite effect.
 
5 days ago  

Old_Chief_Scott: In my younger days I spent a lot of time at the greyhound track in Tijuana. I've also visited tracks in Florida when the Navy had me out there for one thing or another. There is nothing else in this world more pure than a greyhound in full stride.


Even more beautiful is when they are just running around on their own rather than being motivated to win a race.
I am no fan of the industry, sure there are people who have been doing this as a living but there were people who mined coal for a living, society moves on.
 
5 days ago  

Myk-House of El: There's a person at the dog park I go to that adopted a former racing greyhound.  The dog is now around 11 and loves the park.  Not for the space to run but all the people.  She does rounds introducing herself to all the humans and getting scritches.  One time I was talking with her owner and then we realized we didn't know where her dog had gotten to and found she'd made her way to the other side of the park to hang out by a bench with some kids giving her all the love.  She's very sweet.

The other greyhound I see around there is more interested in interacting with the other dogs.  Kind of skittish with people outside her "pack", but does enjoy doing dog things. Not sure if it was a former racer or not.


11 is a good age. Too many get taken by cancer earlier. Our first 2 died at 6 (leukemia) and 10 (lymphoma)
The person who ran the rescue lost 3 in a year. Someone we know put 2 down the same day.
 
4 days ago  
Mods I noticed you removed the newer thread as a duplicate, if you can bring back it since it was on the main page I would be ok with that.
 
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