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    I'm not going to start too much....

    If people took it on as a weekend hobby, similar to other dog sports, and there was no money involved it would be a very different story. Gambling and prize money attracts the worst of human behaviours, including organised crime. Add that it to an industry dependent on animals then you are asking for massive welfare concerns.

    I have three in care who were all due for euthanasia. One had a decent race career, one negative stewards report an he was at the Pound two days later... hell - he may have had a bad day! Or not felt well!

    One of mine may be going the way of your old girl The Mop. Every few weeks his digestion just shuts down for a few days. I'm dreading the day when it happens and he doesn't improve. The vet thinks it's organ damage due to Anabolic Steroid misuse... Still under investigation... But if he has numbered days he can live them out here and at least he is loved and comfortable.

    I've been contacted by someone to take another one, they say if he's not re-homed shortly they will have to take him to the pound to be put down. They have three dogs. That's it. You cannot tell me that they cost that much to feed...

    I know of the tradition of hanging them too. In that particular country the slowest dogs are hung from the lowest branches for a long and lingering death as punishment for being slow. The fast ones are hung from the high branches at the end of the season as they have no further use and the best they are given is a faster death.

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    everything is disposable now, even people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    If people took it on as a weekend hobby, similar to other dog sports, and there was no money involved it would be a very different story. Gambling and prize money attracts the worst of human behaviours, including organised crime. Add that it to an industry dependent on animals then you are asking for massive welfare concerns.

    My thoughts exactly

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    Greys are most cetainly a delightful breed and make such lovely companions, family pets.

    Coming from the other end of the scale is very difficult for many rescue orgs and individuals who work with particular breeds.

    It is particularly tough in regard to over represented breeds in pounds and shelters. Greys are cetainly over represented in many pounds and shelters...and they ARE the lucky ones, at the very least they are offered a humane, yet sensless death.

    A local shop keeper here is a Greyhound Trainer. He recently told me "the only good Grey is a Grey that wins" while he laughed.

    Greyhound trainers surrender dogs often. They point the finger at the owners, and state they have no choice.

    If they feel so terrible perhaps it is time they did some soul searching re their proffesion?

    I agree with what has been said above.

    True, If we could wave a magic wand and eliminate the profit associated i have no doubt the industry would fall away.

    Puppy farmers, BYB and petshops.....same.

    Hopefully there will be positive change and a growing sense of awareness regarding the issues and the plight ot the beautiful Greys.

    Nic

    "There is enough love and concern for animals in every community to overcome the irresposibility of the few"
    Nathan Winograd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your lovely girl and for what your present babe has been through with her sister.
    They are BEAUTIFUL!! I love their photos.
    Thanks for your nice thoughts and feelings, Billy.

    We are still very annoyed at the lack of a definite diagnosis from the caravan of vets and professors.
    The biopsies didn’t indicate any cancer, but showed an ‘abnormality’ in the outer wall of the duodenum.
    Nattylou’s post about organ damage from steroids is what we think is the most likely.



    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou
    One of mine may be going the way of your old girl
    Hope not, Nattylou; that was a very sad and frustrating time.
    She just stopped eating, and was in no pain, but sometimes vomited yellow … bile we think.
    The professor told us that if it was misuse of steroids, it would be a common greyhound specific occurrence.
    In short, none of them knew, and they have made about 20 biopsies afterwards, but we still have no results.

    First photo is our ‘old girl’, taken too close, causing perspective distortion.
    Second picture is of our Mia soon after we rescued her, showing a shaved area below the collar, where the vet took blood.
    We didn’t choose Mia; we got her because she ‘had to go first’.
    Her sister got rescued next, and now has a very good home south of Brisbane.
    Third picture is of the sisters reunited at a greyhound gathering earlier this year.



    Greyhound racing is in the process of going away by itself.
    The owners and trainers are being squeezed by the industry faced with dwindling income.
    Many race tracks have stopped greyhound racing for lack of interest, and the owners often can’t afford to trek to other venues.
    Last edited by The Mop; 06-03-2009 at 08:59 AM.

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    I love your pictures Mop - gorgeous girls indeed.

    My boy Jack is in a good phase - the longest he has had. So fingers crossed. One of my others left for his new permanent home on the weekend. It's sad to see them go after you've fostered them for a little while, but so nice when they find their place.

    This is my Jack when he arrived, after being turned loose on city streets by his "trainer" and doing a stint in the pound:


    And after just two weeks of food and care:


    BTW - The kids named him after "Jack Skellington" from the Halloween movie The Nightmare Before Christmas as they could see all his bones...

    The stupid thing is, they really don't eat all that much compared to most big dogs. They don't really ask for much out of life at all. It should be part of racing regulations that any person keeping them for racing has to have housing for at least one dog pending adoption or retirement, so they can't claim lack of space as a reason for dumping them.

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    I hear they are very fussy eaters too.

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    Not my current two. One of them eats so hard I worry he'll get a bleeding nose... My last one was the same - absolute gutses the lot of them. I wish all my dogs were so easy to feed!

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    Hi Nattylou,

    Thanks for liking our girls, and congratulations for the miraculous job you did with Jack in just to weeks; he couldn’t look any better.
    His strong expression, his solid stance … he’s the picture of perfection.

    It’s absolutely scandalous on the part of his “trainer” to have neglected him like that, and also an indictment of the taxpayer-funded pound.
    More than having housing for at least one dog pending adoption or retirement, it’s the uncontrolled breeding of dogs for short-term purposes that should be outlawed.
    Last week, there was news of greyhound racing ending in Mackay … for lack of interest.

    Our greyhound eats like a wolf.
    In April, we were away for 10 days and put her in an ‘upmarket’ resort, along with our Jack Russell.
    The greyhound came back with some obvious weight loss, but the Jack Russell hadn’t changed.
    They fed them well, but the greyhound had stuck her nose up at the unfamiliar fare.
    Last edited by The Mop; 06-15-2009 at 09:41 PM.

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    They like their home comforts that's for sure.

    Thanks for your nice comments about Jack - I do adore him. He's got a slightly primitive air about him, and a devoted protectiveness of me and my family that is rare in a sighthound.

    Mine eat like wolves too. That's why I find it hard to see them not looked after - they have such simple needs. They really are undemanding dogs to live with. Food, warmth and love is all they want. I find mine don't even mind if it's raining (or icy, or even snowing lately!!) and they skip their walk for a day, a quick zoom around the yard and an extra hug and they're more than happy.

    I have another hopefully coming into care this week.... a little girl, only between 6 and 12 months old - surrendered for euthanasia because she refused to chase.... She's just a baby for ****'s sake!!

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