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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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2018-11-08 04:48:53 PM  
12 votes:

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.
2018-11-08 04:59:10 PM  
9 votes:

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.
2018-11-08 04:40:54 PM  
9 votes:
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.
2018-11-08 04:58:49 PM  
6 votes:
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.
2018-11-08 04:56:42 PM  
6 votes:
Greyhound poochie thead!

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2018-11-08 04:53:18 PM  
6 votes:

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
2018-11-08 05:56:31 PM  
5 votes:

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
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2018-11-08 04:21:38 PM  
5 votes:
No slower than 50, otherwise they explode.
2018-11-08 05:27:08 PM  
4 votes:
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2018-11-08 06:37:55 PM  
3 votes:

ole prophet: 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?"


God you are a dumbass.
2018-11-08 04:57:34 PM  
3 votes:
Does that mean they have to edit it out of the Miami Vice intro?
TWX
2018-11-08 04:55:41 PM  
3 votes:

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.
2018-11-08 07:29:48 PM  
2 votes:
[clears throat, climbs up on large box]

ATTENTION THREAD:
I have now been thoroughly educated as to the couch potato nature of greyhounds. Thank you. I was basing my comments on my childhood memories of greyhounds owned by my extended family, and now realize that my understanding may not have been entirely accurate. Furthermore, I in no way was advocating for NOT ending racing, as my childhood greyhounds were racing rescues and I knew even then what a nasty business it was. Thank you everyone who has taken in these dogs. They really are lovely and I hope these affected by this new law all find happy homes with comfy couches. That is all.
2018-11-08 06:51:41 PM  
2 votes:
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I have to do everything myself
2018-11-08 06:17:53 PM  
2 votes:

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.


Greyhounds don't need to run a lot. Like any sprint predator, they have occasional bursts of speed followed by very long periods of lethargy.

As far as the dogs being put down - you do know that when they were no longer competitive that they weren't going to live on a farm upstate, right? In the very short term, this means fewer dogs being abused and fewer dogs being killed.
2018-11-08 05:47:28 PM  
2 votes:

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".
2018-11-08 04:56:00 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2018-11-08 04:51:10 PM  
2 votes:
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2018-11-08 07:52:29 PM  
1 vote:

ole prophet: rikkards: meanmutton: ole prophet: 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?"

God you are a dumbass.

Seriously, that is a picture of an Italian greyhound :)

oh, because it is Italian means it is less of greyhound.

In all seriousness, there is about to be thousands of really good, well behaved dogs coming up for adoption. Please, if you (or a friend/family) have the space, Google search "race track dog adoptions florida" and think about adopting one.

http://www.greyhoundpetsjax.org


Well a typical Italian Greyhound is about 1/8 the size of 2 of mine so yeah ;)

We would get a fourth if we had room at the inn and the fundage for it
2018-11-08 06:36:06 PM  
1 vote:

Phins: 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.

I volunteer for a large dog rescue group. Nationwide, the rescue community is already organizing to ensure that all of these dogs go to qualified rescue groups. They won't all stay in Florida, they'll be spread out across the country.


And Canada.
2018-11-08 06:35:00 PM  
1 vote:

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.


I volunteer for a large dog rescue group. Nationwide, the rescue community is already organizing to ensure that all of these dogs go to qualified rescue groups. They won't all stay in Florida, they'll be spread out across the country.
2018-11-08 06:18:25 PM  
1 vote:
The people from the greyhound rescue org would show up from time to time at the Farmer's Market.  I already had two dogs (not greys, but rescues from the pound) so I wasn't in the willing to adopt category, but my son would want to pet them.  One thing I noticed right-away was how many of them had facial and/or other deformities from the amount of in-breeding that was obviously going on.

The folks from the rescue org told me stories of dogs just being killed or left behind at the track if they hadn't won that day.   Brutal "sport" glad it's slowly dying out and I'm hopeful this Florida ban will hasten its demise.
2018-11-08 05:45:50 PM  
1 vote:

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.
2018-11-08 05:32:19 PM  
1 vote:

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That would be a whippet not a grey (although scale is hard to tell from the picture)
2018-11-08 05:19:23 PM  
1 vote:
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?"
2018-11-08 05:11:57 PM  
1 vote:
Phil McKraken:

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WOW!
2018-11-08 05:09:49 PM  
1 vote:

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!
2018-11-08 05:02:52 PM  
1 vote:

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.
2018-11-08 05:00:16 PM  
1 vote:
It is not the racing you need to be worried about; it is the decapitations.
2018-11-08 04:51:35 PM  
1 vote:
Just think of them as little  horses.
2018-11-08 04:51:28 PM  
1 vote:

ZAZ: No slower than 50, otherwise they explode.


Came for the Speed reference. Leaving happy.
 
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