A DOG'S BEST FRIEND: Merrimack Valley greyhound lovers help the...

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Lynn and Bob Rapa of Methuen with their three greyhounds, all retired racers. On Saturday, they will add a fourth, a 4-year-old named Rascal Flatts, who ran his last race at now-closed Raynham Park. Full Story
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Whats up Doc

Bedford, MA

#1 Jan 7, 2010
Guess Greyhound Friends Inc is going to be going out of business within the next year or so? Should we also ban the Bugs Bunny cartoon that shows dogs racing? The political correctness in this state is astounding, its becoming rather GROSS to even live in Azzachusetts anymore. Not all greyhounds were treated with cruelty by the racing owners.
Now we attack peoples pastimes, should horse racing be banned? what about horse jumping and equestrian, is that not cruelty forcing the horse to jump? Does not that horse have a right to just lay down, shiz, eat grass and possibly maybe in this state in the near future Marry a person? Maybe have some centaur children? No real need to breed Greyhounds anymore in this state unless your going to sell them to a chinese exporter... mmmm they are tasty...
Hmmm

Oxford, MA

#2 Jan 7, 2010
Whats up Doc wrote:
Guess Greyhound Friends Inc is going to be going out of business within the next year or so? Should we also ban the Bugs Bunny cartoon that shows dogs racing? The political correctness in this state is astounding, its becoming rather GROSS to even live in Azzachusetts anymore. Not all greyhounds were treated with cruelty by the racing owners.
Now we attack peoples pastimes, should horse racing be banned? what about horse jumping and equestrian, is that not cruelty forcing the horse to jump? Does not that horse have a right to just lay down, shiz, eat grass and possibly maybe in this state in the near future Marry a person? Maybe have some centaur children? No real need to breed Greyhounds anymore in this state unless your going to sell them to a chinese exporter... mmmm they are tasty...
Hmmmm are you a breeder? Per the article: "Most race greyhounds have spent their entire lives inside racetracks and kennels with little exposure to families, children or even the most basic household activities."

We shouldnt raise greyhounds specifically for the purpose of racing them. Then when they get too old to race what happens? Nobody wants them. Very sad. Dogs are for companionship. Even police canines are 100 times better than race dogs. The people have voted on this issue. Besides most states have already banned dog racing so it isn't like Massachusetts is the first to do so. You could always move to Florida where it's still legal..
Gryhnd_owner

Tewksbury, MA

#4 Jan 7, 2010
Whats up Doc wrote:
Guess Greyhound Friends Inc is going to be going out of business within the next year or so? Should we also ban the Bugs Bunny cartoon that shows dogs racing? The political correctness in this state is astounding, its becoming rather GROSS to even live in Azzachusetts anymore. Not all greyhounds were treated with cruelty by the racing owners.
Now we attack peoples pastimes, should horse racing be banned? what about horse jumping and equestrian, is that not cruelty forcing the horse to jump? Does not that horse have a right to just lay down, shiz, eat grass and possibly maybe in this state in the near future Marry a person? Maybe have some centaur children? No real need to breed Greyhounds anymore in this state unless your going to sell them to a chinese exporter... mmmm they are tasty...
Do you have any idea what these dogs go through? They are underfed not thin they are emaciated, they are electrocuted while being trained so that they do not sit down, they are housed in small crates sometimes not even big enough to stand up. When they are too old race, they toss them out the lucky ones get adopted the unlucky ones well then get euthanized. They are more prone to arthritis because of the abuse their joints take running and they have a higher risk of cancers. My first greyhound was the best dog we ever had, but was a sorry site when we got him he weighed barely 50lbs (1yr later he was at a healthy wt of 67lbs). His paw had been badly injured (why he was retired). He had urine burns on his feet, a bed sore and missing fur on his chest and back of his legs because his cage was not big enough for him. So don't sit there and say that abuse doesn't happen and our other greyhound adopted a yr later was retired at 1 because they didn't want to fix the huge laceration from her head down to her shoulder which required almost 50 sutures, luckily a rescue stepped in before she was euthanized. My greyhounds are great dogs and don't deserve what they were put through before we got them!
Yes, I know some greyhound racers are great to their dogs, I know one myself but they are the first to admit that they are the exception not the norm.
And yes, horse racing should be looked at because horses go through the same stresses and face the same risks
Bill

Gaithersburg, MD

#5 Jan 7, 2010
MMMMMM........tastes like greyhound. :)
Arte

United States

#6 Jan 7, 2010
Awwwweeee, so cute.

What about the people that will lose their jobs? Is anyone going to adopt them when they end up homeless?
Finnsliz

Hampton, NH

#7 Jan 7, 2010
Here we go again. Starving dogs that are expected to be performance athletes. That makes SOOO...... much sense. And thank you Grey2K for coming in at the last minute to claim you are helping greyhound adoption. How much money have you contributed? I have worked both in greyhound adoption and at the racing kennels. The only abuse I have seen is to hard working kennel owners who are now jobless. Thank you Grey2K.
Oh and btw... I do own 3 adopted ex racers. All very healthy and well adjusted from the track to my home.
karmadog

Nashua, NH

#8 Jan 8, 2010
Arte wrote:
Awwwweeee, so cute.
What about the people that will lose their jobs? Is anyone going to adopt them when they end up homeless?
Arte

The few hundred workers (including lots of part timers who get no benefits and don't forget the kids who turn out the dogs) were given MORE THAN A YEAR to find other work.

They were offered Rapid Response assistance through the state but George Carney wouldn't let them set up at the tracks to show the workers what help was available like financial assistance, retraining, resume assistance and more. Please tell me who else gets that kind of opportunity?

The time was long overdue for the industrialized cruelty of this industry to finally end in Massachusetts.
karmadog

Nashua, NH

#9 Jan 8, 2010
Finnsliz wrote:
Here we go again. Starving dogs that are expected to be performance athletes. That makes SOOO...... much sense. And thank you Grey2K for coming in at the last minute to claim you are helping greyhound adoption. How much money have you contributed? I have worked both in greyhound adoption and at the racing kennels. The only abuse I have seen is to hard working kennel owners who are now jobless. Thank you Grey2K.
Oh and btw... I do own 3 adopted ex racers. All very healthy and well adjusted from the track to my home.
YES! THANK YOU GREY2K FOR HELPING THE DOGS!!!

Finnsliz - That you don't think a life of endless confinement in a cage barely large enough for the dogs to stand or turn around in doesn't constitute abuse doesn't surprise me.

These greyhounds suffer serious injuries and death on the tracks, are killed when they're no longer profitable, transported in a dangerous manner, neglected with increased economic pressure, forced to race in extreme weather, trained with live animals such as rabbits, given performance enhancing drugs (don't forget the positive cocaine results here in MA!), and are fed 4D meat from diseased, dying, downed, and dead cows.

Guess you don't think those issues are abuse either...
Charles P

Nashua, NH

#10 Jan 8, 2010
Whats up Doc wrote:
Guess Greyhound Friends Inc is going to be going out of business within the next year or so? Should we also ban the Bugs Bunny cartoon that shows dogs racing? The political correctness in this state is astounding, its becoming rather GROSS to even live in Azzachusetts anymore. Not all greyhounds were treated with cruelty by the racing owners.
Now we attack peoples pastimes, should horse racing be banned? what about horse jumping and equestrian, is that not cruelty forcing the horse to jump? Does not that horse have a right to just lay down, shiz, eat grass and possibly maybe in this state in the near future Marry a person? Maybe have some centaur children? No real need to breed Greyhounds anymore in this state unless your going to sell them to a chinese exporter... mmmm they are tasty...
Good lord, you probably also think marijuana is a doorway drug that leads to the inevitability that one will become a tweaking meth head. It's OVER - if you're so grossed out by Massachusetts why don't you leave?
Catmomdu

Tewksbury, MA

#11 Jan 8, 2010
Arte wrote:
Awwwweeee, so cute.
What about the people that will lose their jobs? Is anyone going to adopt them when they end up homeless?
Silly. We'll send them to live with you. You can educate them and prepare them for their new careers.
Oooops.. won't take long..
enlightened

Attleboro, MA

#12 Jan 8, 2010
Our retired Greyhounds are wonderful additions to our home. We have found that after a few days they are usually somewhat familiar with the runnings of a house. They are a sweet, gentle, beautiful and intelligent breed of dog. We have two sharing our home presently and are considering a third.
Anyone who says that the dogs are not abused is not telling the truth, because money is more important than compassion to them. Abuse doesn't always mean beatings. It is keeping a large dog caged for 20 plus hours a day, it's constantly exposing them to the risk of serious injury and sometimes even death, it's not treating the intestinal parasites that all of our greys have arrived with, it's not giving the dogs a normal life and then disposing of them when they can no longer earn their keep. Thank goodness greyhound racing is a thing of the past in Massachusetts.
Catmomdu

Tewksbury, MA

#13 Jan 8, 2010
Gryhnd_owner wrote:
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Do you have any idea what these dogs go through? They are underfed not thin they are emaciated, they are electrocuted while being trained so that they do not sit down, they are housed in small crates sometimes not even big enough to stand up. When they are too old race, they toss them out the lucky ones get adopted the unlucky ones well then get euthanized. They are more prone to arthritis because of the abuse their joints take running and they have a higher risk of cancers. My first greyhound was the best dog we ever had, but was a sorry site when we got him he weighed barely 50lbs (1yr later he was at a healthy wt of 67lbs). His paw had been badly injured (why he was retired). He had urine burns on his feet, a bed sore and missing fur on his chest and back of his legs because his cage was not big enough for him. So don't sit there and say that abuse doesn't happen and our other greyhound adopted a yr later was retired at 1 because they didn't want to fix the huge laceration from her head down to her shoulder which required almost 50 sutures, luckily a rescue stepped in before she was euthanized. My greyhounds are great dogs and don't deserve what they were put through before we got them!
Yes, I know some greyhound racers are great to their dogs, I know one myself but they are the first to admit that they are the exception not the norm.
And yes, horse racing should be looked at because horses go through the same stresses and face the same risks
Bless you.. You are wonderful! I've never owned a greyhound, but I've met some that were owned by friends. Sweet, loving, dispositions: every one of them
Sick of it

Wallingford, CT

#14 Jan 8, 2010
Whats up Doc wrote:
Guess Greyhound Friends Inc is going to be going out of business within the next year or so? Should we also ban the Bugs Bunny cartoon that shows dogs racing? The political correctness in this state is astounding, its becoming rather GROSS to even live in Azzachusetts anymore. Not all greyhounds were treated with cruelty by the racing owners.
Now we attack peoples pastimes, should horse racing be banned? what about horse jumping and equestrian, is that not cruelty forcing the horse to jump? Does not that horse have a right to just lay down, shiz, eat grass and possibly maybe in this state in the near future Marry a person? Maybe have some centaur children? No real need to breed Greyhounds anymore in this state unless your going to sell them to a chinese exporter... mmmm they are tasty...
You're a dope. I know many people who have adopted retired greyhounds, they are very loving dogs. Get your head out of your azz.
Finnsliz

Hampton, NH

#15 Jan 8, 2010
karmadog wrote:
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Arte
The few hundred workers (including lots of part timers who get no benefits and don't forget the kids who turn out the dogs) were given MORE THAN A YEAR to find other work.
They were offered Rapid Response assistance through the state but George Carney wouldn't let them set up at the tracks to show the workers what help was available like financial assistance, retraining, resume assistance and more. Please tell me who else gets that kind of opportunity?
The time was long overdue for the industrialized cruelty of this industry to finally end in Massachusetts.
Kennel owners and workers did NOT have a year to prepare. They were too busy working fulfilling their contracts they were committed to finish for the track owners. I was at the hearing at the State House in Boston this fall when they were told by the committee that there was NO MONEY FOR RETRAINING and even if there was there were NO JOBS TO RETRAIN FOR!

So Karma... tell me how much time and money have YOU put into this? I have been a volunteer for adoption for over 6 years and through that experience have actually SEEN FOR MYSELF what goes on on a daily basis at a racing kennel. Have you? Have you donated any time or effort into helping these wonderful dogs get into homes, supported any local greyhound adoption groups, adopted a greyhound yourself?
Finnsliz

Hampton, NH

#16 Jan 8, 2010
karmadog wrote:
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YES! THANK YOU GREY2K FOR HELPING THE DOGS!!!
Finnsliz - That you don't think a life of endless confinement in a cage barely large enough for the dogs to stand or turn around in doesn't constitute abuse doesn't surprise me.
These greyhounds suffer serious injuries and death on the tracks, are killed when they're no longer profitable, transported in a dangerous manner, neglected with increased economic pressure, forced to race in extreme weather, trained with live animals such as rabbits, given performance enhancing drugs (don't forget the positive cocaine results here in MA!), and are fed 4D meat from diseased, dying, downed, and dead cows.
Guess you don't think those issues are abuse either...
FACTS
-100% adoption rate for Greyhounds retiring from MA tracks
-Greyhound racers get more attention and exercise daily than the majority of pets in households.(you wouldn't know that because you have never seen what really goes on at a racing kennel)
-Greyhound are tested after every race to check for performance enhancing drugs
-Live rabbit training in NOT a part of their track training and hasn't been for years
-As for the meat they are fed, I'd eat it myself if it weren't treated with charcoal to set it apart from meat for human consumption.

So .... No I don't think they are abused. In fact I know they LOVE their life on the track because I have seen it for myself.
Arte

United States

#17 Jan 11, 2010
Catmomdu wrote:
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Silly. We'll send them to live with you. You can educate them and prepare them for their new careers.
Oooops.. won't take long..
You would feel more remorse if they were cats. You have more feelings for anilmals than you do for humans.
Catmomdu

Tewksbury, MA

#18 Jan 11, 2010
Arte wrote:
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You would feel more remorse if they were cats. You have more feelings for anilmals than you do for humans.
Silly Boy. Animals need us to help them. Humans should be growing up and taking care of themselves Many jobs go unfilled because people think they're "too good" to do them.
Continuing to nurture 'jobs' that exploit animals is not the answer.
There is a lot of room for entrepeneurs and creativity in this state. For instance, I don't recall 1-800-GotJunk being around before a couple of years ago, but someone used their noggin, thought about what people need, and created a business. There's another one I noticed in Lowell.. maybe it said 'Junk be Gone' or whatever.. but they met a demand.
One thing that people who used to work with Greyhounds could do now is Dog sit..(People often need someone to come in during the day to walk their dogs)..
I could go on, but bottom line, if someone is truly willing to work, they will find a way to meet a new need.
2greys

Worcester, MA

#19 Jan 13, 2010
I am curious as to where people are getting their "facts" from.
Anyone who has ever spent time with a greyhound knows that they would never walk, never mind run a race if they were being beaten, starved or electrcuted before a race.
Say what you will about animals being used as a means of profit, but use your common sense please.
Beating, starving and otherwise mistreating your means of making a living is not going to make you any money. Period.
If you are so concerned about the plight of the racing greyhound, put your money where your mouth is.
Donate your time to greyhound adoption - spread the word about what sweet loving dogs they are.
Volunteer to be part of a carpool chain - offer to help drive a retired racer to their next home.
Donate much needed money to the adoption groups that are taking in dogs and taking care of them until they find homes.
Catmomdu

Tewksbury, MA

#20 Jan 14, 2010
2greys wrote:
I am curious as to where people are getting their "facts" from.
Anyone who has ever spent time with a greyhound knows that they would never walk, never mind run a race if they were being beaten, starved or electrcuted before a race.
Say what you will about animals being used as a means of profit, but use your common sense please.
Beating, starving and otherwise mistreating your means of making a living is not going to make you any money. Period.
If you are so concerned about the plight of the racing greyhound, put your money where your mouth is.
Donate your time to greyhound adoption - spread the word about what sweet loving dogs they are.
Volunteer to be part of a carpool chain - offer to help drive a retired racer to their next home.
Donate much needed money to the adoption groups that are taking in dogs and taking care of them until they find homes.
Oh I agree.. while these doggies are creating income, you treat them ok. Then, when they're of no more use to you then you're out urging the public to adopt and take 'the problem' off your hands.
2greys

Worcester, MA

#21 Jan 14, 2010
Catmomdu wrote:
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Oh I agree.. while these doggies are creating income, you treat them ok. Then, when they're of no more use to you then you're out urging the public to adopt and take 'the problem' off your hands.
Catmondu,
I'm so sorry you misunderstood my meaning.
I'm not sure what you mean by "take the problem off [my] hands."
I volunteer for greyhound adoption and have two greyhounds myself.
Many greyhound adoption groups are struggling in the current economy, and are grateful for extra help - either volunteering time, or donating money and/or supplies.
People need to put their money where their mouths are and continue to work for the dogs, as they have claimed to be doing all along.

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