Sunday, September 24, 2006

Let's Get Serious for a Minute..

Before I finish up the travelogue, there's something I noticed this year that I wanted to bring up.

We've witnessed a couple of career ending greyhound wrecks this year. One in April in Ohio, and one a couple weeks ago in Racine. In both cases, these were really intense, fast, talented dogs who came by various routes from greyhound kennels or tracks. I really admire people who make a place in their homes for these athletes who may be retired, "downsized" out of a job, or not quite talented enough for the rigors of the track, but excel in the activities of the "outside" world.

But somehow, I question that motivation when these dogs are suddenly unable to play at the amateur level at lure coursing, or racing, or agility, or whatever the chosen recreational pursuit. In both cases, the dogs referred to above were uprooted once again from their routine and re-re-homed. That bothers me. I just don't get it. Help me out.

Had Buffy not been able to hunt following her cruciate injury at a very early age, believe me, she'd still be living with me. Maybe that's just me. Is it worth discussing??


  1. I think these people must be living their failed competitive youth now through their hounds. The competition comes before the companionship. It's disappointing, isn't it?

  2. That's kind of the way I looked at it. And these are people I otherwise like.

  3. We were told by a few of our "friends" that we shouldn't show our dogs if we don't plan on breeding them. Granted, confirmation is not nearly as fun as coursing, our wolfies have a blast in the ring. It made me want to pose the question, "What do YOU do with a dog you don't plan to breed?"

    Of course, I already know the answer where these people are concerned. The whole situation prompted me to ask myself why do I show my dogs, course them, and train them? It's really not that difficult for me to answer.

    More difficult is it to understand how money racers rehome their dogs after a career ending injury.

    I was surprised to find a website where a particular kennel's racing greyhounds were actually adopted at birth. Their hounds are supposedly placed with competent owners that are willing to wait until racing season is over to obtain their new companions. What do you think?