Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
We will be bring home Etta. She just turned 10 last week and is a retired brood mom. She looks a lot like our Suzy only bigger. She's very playful. Guess no one told her she's a senior. Good thing since she'll have to keep up with Bear and Lincoln Here's a few pictures that are on the adoption website.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
We took Bear to the vet to have his toe checked and he has a sore around the cast. Bear got the toe re wrapped and the sore should go away in a few days our vet told us. The vet took the cast out and wrapped the toe a new til next weeks bandage change.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Bear is home and he is doing well. We now have to take him out on the leash in the backyard to potty and for walks. No running for awhile pup. It was tough when we got home cause our others where so glad to see him.
So, I had to hold on tight on the leash and Lincoln and Suzy where out doing crazy zoomies in the yard, I was holding Bear back cause of course he wanted to join and Milky, she was more interested in chewing on some green grass.
The rest of the evening, Bear has been chewing on rawhide. He loves this so this kept him occupied. They all got some rawhide and it was actually quiet for a bit.
Here are some pictures of Bear.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Greyhound racetracks employed almost 15,000 people and paid almost $272 million in taxes in 2006 according to an annual report released by the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA). The annual payroll of these tracks was more than $194 million and they spent nearly $357 million on goods and services.
In addition to live Greyhound racing, most tracks offer simulcast wagering on Greyhounds, horses, and in some cases, on jai-alai. Greyhound racing fans bet more than $660 million on simulcast horse races. Some tracks now have card rooms and slot machines. These additional gaming activities have generated millions of dollars of additional revenue for cities, counties and states.
The personnel who own and work for racing kennels and the approximately 800 Greyhound-breeding farms in 31 states also contribute to local economies through taxes and their operations. It is estimated that breeding farms invest more than $150 million in land, buildings and equipment, and purchase goods and services representing $96 million each year.
“While this economic contribution to the states where we do business is substantial, our sport could not exist were it not for our Greyhound athletes,” said Richard Winning, president of AGTOA. “We have a special responsibility to ensure Greyhounds are well cared for from the time they are born until they retire.”
Through the American Greyhound Council (AGC), a joint effort of track operators and Greyhound breeders and trainers, the industry funded a number of programs designed to care for the welfare of racing Greyhounds. Since its inception, the AGC has spent more than $7 million on Greyhound welfare programs. These programs include:
Sponsoring a canine bone cancer study;
Publishing Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound;
Updating the International Greyhound Research Database;
Co-sponsoring a Greyhound safety and track surface maintenance symposium;
Sponsoring veterinarian education programs;
Maintaining a Web-based hot line to monitor disease outbreaks;
Inspecting breeding farms to ensure Greyhound welfare standards are met.
The industry contributed more than $1.4 million to support Greyhound adoption activities. This included providing grants to independent adoption groups; funding and promoting on-site track-sponsored programs; providing education to Greyhound pet owners; sponsoring a study to improve the adoption process; and funding an 800 number to facilitate Greyhound adoption.
Track management and employees also believe in giving back to their communities. In addition to volunteering their time, these tracks contributed nearly $6.2 million to hundreds of non-profit organizations.