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(Orlando Sentinel)   Florida bans commercial greyhound racing by 2020. Just how fast DO those buses go anyway?   ( orlandosentinel.com) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
4 days ago  
No slower than 50, otherwise they explode.
 
4 days ago  
All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.
 
4 days ago  

namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.


I also hope none get put down....but the rest of your post is wrong.
I had one. I live in a house without a fenced in yard.  A daily walk will do fine.
I know of people in apartments who have adopted.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

ZAZ: No slower than 50, otherwise they explode.


Came for the Speed reference. Leaving happy.
 
4 days ago  
Just think of them as little  horses.
 
4 days ago  

namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.


They can be lazy as hell.

And that number would pale in comparison to the number of dogs that get put down by racers
 
4 days ago  
When a Fast and Furious sequel has drifting Greyhound buses, you can be certain the franchise is dead.
 
4 days ago  

namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.


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4 days ago  
Greyhound racing is often tragic:

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TWX
4 days ago  

namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.


A friend had several greyhounds. They need to run and run and run for short bursts occasionally during the day. They literally layabout the rest of the time.
 
4 days ago  

freddyV: namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.

I also hope none get put down....but the rest of your post is wrong.
I had one. I live in a house without a fenced in yard.  A daily walk will do fine.
I know of people in apartments who have adopted.


Full disclosure: I've never personally had one but my cousins did. They had fenced in acres and their rescues would RUN  for hours. And it was hilarious because they would be waaaaaay over there and you'd blink and they'd be RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. It's a great childhood memory of mine. Lovely dogs. Track rescues.
Anyway I'll take your word and be happy that a horrible industry is done away with.
 
4 days ago  
Greyhound poochie thead!

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4 days ago  
One of the most amusing things I witnessed this summer:

Old school buses doing a figure 8 race.....oh yes, there were crashes.  It was beautiful.

The announcer:

"For all you parents out there, these drivers will be taking your kids to school next week."
 
4 days ago  
Does that mean they have to edit it out of the Miami Vice intro?
 
4 days ago  
One of my dogs is an former racing grey. She is incredibly sweet and well behaved, but she is the laziest dog Ive ever had. In many ways she is more like a 65 lb cat. She can run when she wants to, she just doesnt often.
 
4 days ago  

The_Sponge: One of the most amusing things I witnessed this summer:

Old school buses doing a figure 8 race.....oh yes, there were crashes.  It was beautiful.

The announcer:

"For all you parents out there, these drivers will be taking your kids to school next week."


Lulz....that would be awesome!!  Where was it at?
 
4 days ago  

The_Sponge: One of the most amusing things I witnessed this summer:

Old school buses doing a figure 8 race.....oh yes, there were crashes.  It was beautiful.

The announcer:

"For all you parents out there, these drivers will be taking your kids to school next week."


School Bus Figure 8 Race 5/24/14 Sportsdrome Speedway
Youtube MUuWWqRBpwc
 
4 days ago  

namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.


There used to be dog tracks in Arizona, and I'm not exactly sure why they went under.  Probably something to do with the rise of OTB and the Indian Casinos.

Anyway, when they were in operation the owners would breed many dogs to get just one or two really fast ones.  Those that didn't make the cut were usually found as a pile of bleached bones in the middle of nowhere desert someplace.

Dog racing is a brutal industry and it's better off gone.
 
4 days ago  
It is not the racing you need to be worried about; it is the decapitations.
 
4 days ago  
There is a big greyhound rescue event up where my parents live and it is amazing seeing all these big, beautiful, friendly dogs there.
 
4 days ago  
I work 5 minutes from a Greyhound track.  I go there for lunch now and then.  They get a lot more business these days from poker players and remote betting than the dogs bring in.  No one wants to bet the dogs anymore.  It was a dying business anyway.

Now, thirty years ago it was a different story.  I have fond memories of warm sunny spring days at the dog track, beer in hand, friends hanging out.
 
4 days ago  

namegoeshere: freddyV: namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.

I also hope none get put down....but the rest of your post is wrong.
I had one. I live in a house without a fenced in yard.  A daily walk will do fine.
I know of people in apartments who have adopted.

Full disclosure: I've never personally had one but my cousins did. They had fenced in acres and their rescues would RUN  for hours. And it was hilarious because they would be waaaaaay over there and you'd blink and they'd be RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. It's a great childhood memory of mine. Lovely dogs. Track rescues.
Anyway I'll take your word and be happy that a horrible industry is done away with.


I had one for 12 years. Still miss him dearly. I will get another, but taking time to travel now.
I was against the proposal in Fla, because there was nothing in there about the dogs, about what to do with them.
Here in Iowa, they closed one of the 2 tracks and they put down up to 60 dogs
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

namegoeshere: I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.


Their racing career is only a few years, and there's a large and well established network of people willing to adopt. If they know it's ending in 2020, they'll turn off the supply of new dogs now, and existing ones will be adopted out as usual. Exceptionally quick dogs might get moved to other tracks elsewhere.
 
4 days ago  
Neighbor has a whippet.
Dog is CRAZY hyper. Maybe they should neuter it.
Most Greyhound dogs I see around are pretty mellow. Some seem pretty timid/shy, but don't look like they're ready to bolt if let go.
 
4 days ago  

wxboy: Greyhound racing is often tragic:

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Oh fark. That's the hockey team, isn't it?
 
4 days ago  

CarnySaur: Does that mean they have to edit it out of the Miami Vice intro?



Hahahahahahaha!

Smart and funny votes for you.
 
4 days ago  

Vacation Bible School: The_Sponge: One of the most amusing things I witnessed this summer:

Old school buses doing a figure 8 race.....oh yes, there were crashes.  It was beautiful.

The announcer:

"For all you parents out there, these drivers will be taking your kids to school next week."

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School Bus Jumping over 20 Motorcycles
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4 days ago  

stir22: Lulz....that would be awesome!! Where was it at?



The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, WA.  Good redneck fun.


Vacation Bible School:

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Yes!
 
4 days ago  
Phil McKraken:

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WOW!
 
4 days ago  

Palined Parenthood: wxboy: Greyhound racing is often tragic:

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Oh fark. That's the hockey team, isn't it?


No.  This one happened in New Mexico and merely killed 8.
 
4 days ago  

namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.


They don't need to run any more than your typical dog, much less than a husky.
That said they are not your typical rough and tumble dog and have certain quirks the owner needs to know before getting kne
 
4 days ago  

TWX: namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.

A friend had several greyhounds. They need to run and run and run for short bursts occasionally during the day. They literally layabout the rest of the time.


It's called zoomies. I have 3 in a townhouse. The back yard is about 20*30 and is more than sufficient.
Still need to walk them through
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.


No, they do not need to run a lot. At all. Greyhounds are couch potatoes.

Christ a dachsund needs way more exercise so as not to turn into a megachonker.
 
4 days ago  
GOD DAMMIT PETA! I'm going to have to buy a 10 acre lot outside of Jacksonville to make sure these dogs don't get put down aren't I. They had 1 job and the voters of Florida killed them.

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"You killed my mommy?"
 
4 days ago  

SirBarsalot: I work 5 minutes from a Greyhound track.  I go there for lunch now and then.  They get a lot more business these days from poker players and remote betting than the dogs bring in.  No one wants to bet the dogs anymore.  It was a dying business anyway.

Now, thirty years ago it was a different story.  I have fond memories of warm sunny spring days at the dog track, beer in hand, friends hanging out.


The dog track in Arkansas has almost nobody watching the races.  They'd like to convert to a standard casino.
 
4 days ago  

SirBarsalot: I work 5 minutes from a Greyhound track.  I go there for lunch now and then.  They get a lot more business these days from poker players and remote betting than the dogs bring in.  No one wants to bet the dogs anymore.  It was a dying business anyway.

Now, thirty years ago it was a different story.  I have fond memories of warm sunny spring days at the dog track, beer in hand, friends hanging out.


I work about the same distance to the Sarasota Kennel Club - they have poker and slots and from what I understand, they'll be allowed to expand their gambling (which, I imagine makes a hell of a lot more money than the dogs)
 
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4 days ago  

namegoeshere: freddyV: namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.

I also hope none get put down....but the rest of your post is wrong.
I had one. I live in a house without a fenced in yard.  A daily walk will do fine.
I know of people in apartments who have adopted.

Full disclosure: I've never personally had one but my cousins did. They had fenced in acres and their rescues would RUN  for hours. And it was hilarious because they would be waaaaaay over there and you'd blink and they'd be RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. It's a great childhood memory of mine. Lovely dogs. Track rescues.
Anyway I'll take your word and be happy that a horrible industry is done away with.


Our first 2 were more energetic than our last 3. We could walk them 5k which seems unusual talking to other greys but we also got them right at the beginning of their racing career. Maybe they are like plants, give them a big enough pot and they will grow but will flourish fine otherwise.
 
4 days ago  

Evil Mackerel: [img.fark.net image 250x250]


That would be a whippet not a grey (although scale is hard to tell from the picture)
 
4 days ago  
My husbanded texted me today "I want to get one of those greyhounds and name it Florida Man"
I told him it was only doable if the cat gets a gator costume.
 
4 days ago  

ZAZ: No slower than 50, otherwise they explode.


Done in one.

/"curse my metal body, I wasn't fast enough!"
//sulks
 
4 days ago  

namegoeshere: freddyV: namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.

I also hope none get put down....but the rest of your post is wrong.
I had one. I live in a house without a fenced in yard.  A daily walk will do fine.
I know of people in apartments who have adopted.

Full disclosure: I've never personally had one but my cousins did. They had fenced in acres and their rescues would RUN  for hours. And it was hilarious because they would be waaaaaay over there and you'd blink and they'd be RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. It's a great childhood memory of mine. Lovely dogs. Track rescues.
Anyway I'll take your word and be happy that a horrible industry is done away with.


Given the chance, they're quite content laying on the couch and watching spongebob.  Conversely, Given the chance, they'll run because it's all they know.

That's why you never EVER let them off the leash.

But, mine was fine not running as long as someone was home.  The problem was I had school and work and he'd just cry all day because didn't like his human being gone.
 
4 days ago  
First thing I thought of was The Parkway.
/noting quite like being on the Parkway with the buses going 85+ and full of gray hairs heading to the casino.

Eight passengers on a bus from New York City were killed Christmas Eve when it ran off the Garden State Parkway. The driver said he braked to avoid an icy patch, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation. Federal investigators said Tuesday the brakes on two wheels fell out of place, but they couldn't be sure when that happened.

And from the same article: "If you're going to get hurt, you're going to get hurt. I could get hurt in a car in five seconds," Jim Colletti, 68, of Suffolk County, N.Y., said.  Spoken like a true Long Islander....
 
4 days ago  

namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot.


Retired racing greyhounds are the laziest, soppiest dogs imaginable. Taxidermy only slightly reduces their level of activity. My brother has two, and generally refers to them as "the cushions".
 
4 days ago  
Going to greyhound tracks as a kid helped shape my degenerate gambling addiction. Thanks, Pops!

/Win
//Place
///Show
 
4 days ago  

sunderland56: namegoeshere: I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.

Their racing career is only a few years, and there's a large and well established network of people willing to adopt. If they know it's ending in 2020, they'll turn off the supply of new dogs now, and existing ones will be adopted out as usual. Exceptionally quick dogs might get moved to other tracks elsewhere.


THey have known for a long time that it was ending. Every state that has had it on their ballot has ended it so it was going to happen. Matter of fact I know someone that has been on the other side of the industry and the tracks were looking forward to it because it means they can just do slots which is a lot more money with less overhead.

Fact is breeders have been breeding much much less lately. They used to pump out almost 20,000 dogs a year at its height and about the same were being euthanized (sometimes not in the nicest way) at the same time. I heard 2017 was about 4000 total and the rescue we normally got from (Greyhound Rescue Quebec) was having a lot of problems getting any. The Ottawa rescue started shipping in from Ireland as their source dried up. Northern Sky which is in Edmonton (or Calgary) still gets some from the south but also was starting to get from Ireland as well. There are enough rescues that all of the dogs should get fostered or adopted.

If anyone is interested or has questions, feel free to ask about it I would be more than willing to share. I suspect we will either go to adopting Galgos or just hit up the local Humane Society and get a good mutt.

Now for the pictures (sorry for the size) and yes we are the crazy greyhound people on our street
:)
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This was Dasher, we had him from until he was 6, sadly he passed from Leukemia. He came from Massachusetts and was a littermate to Alice.
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This was Alice she lived to 10 and passed from Lymphoma 2 years ago.
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This is Jeep, he came from Jacksonville (picture was the day we got him) and is one of the Kiowa Sweet Trey lineage (ton of dogs are sired by him) he is now 9, he had a basal cell tumor on his butt and had it surgically removed. We think it might be growing back again so we need to get him in (hoping it is scar tissue)
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This is George from West Palm Beach, he was a foster fail the moment he walked in our door. He is 7 and no health issues (touch wood)
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This is our newest Becky (don't be Becky) she raced in West Virginia. We had no intents of getting a 3rd again after Alice passed but when we found out about Amendment 13, we knew it was time. Our usual source couldn't guarantee anything but a guy my wife knows was part of an underground railroad on FB that gets the dogs shipped up and knew of a rescue that a small black girl (wife wanted a black female preferably small but we were willing if nothing came up to take whatever). She has fit in perfectly
 
4 days ago  

TheDarkSaintOfGin: namegoeshere: freddyV: namegoeshere: All those dogs, though. And not just anyone can adopt them. They need to run. A lot. They need space to do that safely.

I hope this doesn't end with a whole lot of dogs being put down.

I also hope none get put down....but the rest of your post is wrong.
I had one. I live in a house without a fenced in yard.  A daily walk will do fine.
I know of people in apartments who have adopted.

Full disclosure: I've never personally had one but my cousins did. They had fenced in acres and their rescues would RUN  for hours. And it was hilarious because they would be waaaaaay over there and you'd blink and they'd be RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. It's a great childhood memory of mine. Lovely dogs. Track rescues.
Anyway I'll take your word and be happy that a horrible industry is done away with.

Given the chance, they're quite content laying on the couch and watching spongebob.  Conversely, Given the chance, they'll run because it's all they know.

That's why you never EVER let them off the leash.

But, mine was fine not running as long as someone was home.  The problem was I had school and work and he'd just cry all day because didn't like his human being gone.


The easiest (but not cheapest) solution is get a second. They do a lot better when not alone. They spend their early years with up to 200 other dogs, separation anxiety is one of the biggest problems people have when getting a new grey from the track.
 
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