A night at the Dogs

Last Update: June 11, 2020

Hello my lovely WA community. I hope the sun is shinning on you and that you get everything you deserve today.

I have just been researching and writing an article for my pet website. I must admit it has left me a little shocked and shaken. This is something that does not happen to me often.

Why?

Well I have adopted a Greyhound and I thought that I would do some free advertising for the Charity that found him. I decided to go down the route of why it is important to adopt an animal like a greyhound.

I was not totally ignorant

I understood that Greyhound racing was a business and the dogs are the assets but, I wrongly assumed that the assets are protected. I thought that a professional dog would be fed the correct diet and treated very well.

How Wrong was I?

My mind was blown by the levels of cruelty and lack of compassion towards these animals. Now this is not the place for me to go in to details and in fact I did not go to deep on my article as it is supposed to bring support to the charity but, the information is out there. Go check my pet site if you are interested.

WA

Now this is where the WA element of this blog comes in. We are developing online business and trying to make our way in the world but, how far do we take it before it becomes to far? Transparency in our online approach should be key to the development of our business.

Let's look at the Greyhounds. Beautiful dogs running fast and enjoying life or caged animals treated badly and dropped like a stone if they are not successful.

Hopefully you operate your business with honesty and integrity. Make sure that you public face is telling the private truth.

Just a little food for thought.

Thanks for reading.

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Mark1957 Premium
Hey Mark,
From what I remember a fair number of racing greyhounds also suffer toe problems from a lifetime of running fast and gripping the track all in one direction ie anti clockwise.
Another disgusting aspect is the scandal of thousands of animals being killed each year with their ears being cut off to stop identification.
Greyhound racing is all about betting money as it wouldn't survive with crowd numbers alone, it's rife with deaths, injuries and "missing" animals, is banned in countries all over the world and really should be consigned to history.
Apologies for the rant!
Mark
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mstewardit Premium
Totally Agree. Once they officially retire, they just get sold for exported and then it all starts. My Greyhound has his racing tattoo in both ears.
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Mark1957 Premium
Did you get him from Greyhound Rescue Mark?
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Very good post Mark.
The way the dogs are treated is appalling, that is why I have never been to the greyhound stadium.
When I lived in the UK there was one 5 minutes away. Just so cruel.
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Mark1957 Premium
I've never been to a greyhound meeting either Lisa, I feel the same as you, but I've been to plenty of dog tracks down the years but only to watch one of my favourite sports, speedway.
Did they run speedway at the stadium near you over here?
Mark
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Hi Mark,
No it was solely used for dog racing.
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mstewardit Premium
Years ago they were everywhere over here. We even had one in Rochester up until around the 1960's.

It should now be part of history. I am so glad I found this dog. He is great.

Mark
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Anne68 Premium
Good post Mark with food for thought. It's a cruel world sometimes.
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mstewardit Premium
Yes it is indeed.
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Makinitwork Premium
Love the breed as a household pet. But the abuse in the industry in Australia has caused the industry to shut down about 5 years ago. So sad what the trainers did do. I mean starve the dogs and then make them run after a live rabbit for training. Eweh! Glad you are writing about it. That's great. Jen
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mstewardit Premium
They are trying to shut it down in the UK. My new dog has touched my heart and I can't understand anyone that can hurt animals for no reason.
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Makinitwork Premium
I think it will be just a matter of time before it closes down. How times have changed. My Grandfather took us to the Dogs in Sydney as a Friday night treat. Now I cringe with embarrassment. Jen
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mstewardit Premium
I think we are more informed as a society. I always thought the dogs loved it and were looked after. Now we understand what actually happens.

Mark
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gnoose Premium
A cousin of mine is a HUGE Greyhound advocate in Chicago. I could write much about her work there. I'll be talking to her later this morning and point her towards your site. Thanks for all you do Mark.

Greg
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mstewardit Premium
Thanks Greg
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