Friday, November 9, 2018

Craigie Dillon – 03/16/2005 – 11/09/2018

Farewell, Sweet Baby

Our first meeting, I will admit you shocked me by your unruliness.  Your manic attack at a window when a volunteer at the rescue walked out the door.

Oh, no.  He is too much.

Circumstances changed, the King (Schemie) passed away.

A month and a half later, we reconnected.  When one door closes, another door opens.

He, so full of life and joy, moved on in.  That manic behavior when someone leaves continued for months.  I was constantly trying to sneak out the mailbox as he became unglued when I left.  Bouncing off the front window, rattling it.

That joy for life, eternally playful personality spilled forth in this home.  Everything excited him, everything elicited a smiling laughing reaction.  The smallest thing, like me preparing dinner, sent him into a giddy delirium.  New stuffies?  Oh Lordy, nirvana.

In no time, you became a mama’s boy.  Far more than the girls.  With each passing year, you curled up near me, then next to me. 

Today, I lost the joy and life in this home.  And we all feel the absence.  The girls are subdued.  I am heartbroken.

We will mend with time.  I bid my sweet boy a safe journey.  I’m certain your Uncle Tommy will watch over you until I join you.

Until later, my darling boy.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Vote Yes on Florida Amendment 13

Ahead of the November 6th vote in Florida, the rhetoric is coming to head.  While the Yes vote is promoting the benefits of that affirmative decision, the No vote is promoting hysteria, dire consequences and untruths.

First, the PRs claim the sudden closure of tracks will result in the deaths of greyhounds.
Fact:  It is a phased out end of racing in Florida.  There is NO sudden closure.  This will NOT cause the death of greyhounds, it will end the unnecessary death that racing already creates.

Second, there are not enough places to move the dogs.
Fact:  The industry needs to drop their BOYCOTT of rescue groups.  There are a great number of groups waiting to help home dogs but are on the industry’s heavily supported of boycotts of rescues (I personally know 8 of them.)

Third, If 13 passes, it will limit hunting or fishing or other dog competitions.
Fact:  This amendment is ONLY addressing greyhound racing.  From the Florida Supreme Court. "If Amendment 13 is adopted, therefore, the only activities which will change in a material way are dog racing in Florida and wagering thereon, which will cease."
"If approved, Amendment 13 would not authorize the creation of new slot machine operations in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, or anywhere else."
"It would be unreasonable to conclude Amendment 13 extends to other forms of racing. The ballot language accurately describes the scope of Amendment 13 as being limited to racing of dogs in connection with wagering."
"Amendment 13’s fundamental value provision is devoid of any legislative or judicial mandate: it bestows no rights, imposes no duties, and does not empower the Legislature to take any action."

Fourth, the No contingency has resorted to smear campaigns and underhanded attacks.
Fact:  True.  They are becoming increasingly nasty.

Fifth, they claim the breed will disappear will disappear if racing ends.

Fact:  An industry, just 100 years old, based on greed, will never decimate the breed if racing finally ends.  Greyhounds have existed thousands of years.  Their belief they own the continuance of the breed is not only egotistic but misplaced.

Research the facts.  Visit  

Vote YES on Amendment 13

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Wow. They Don’t Change

With the upcoming vote in Florida on Amendment 13 (VOTE YES!), the industry will still deny rescue groups dogs they are passing off.  Not because those groups are unqualified or that they don’t have waiting adoptees.  Because those groups oppose the abuse of greyhounds.
Rescue groups have waiting lists!  WAITING LISTS!

Yet the industry hold the dogs hostage from groups because those groups don’t agree with racing and endangering greyhounds.

Those groups are guilty of caring about the fate of greyhounds and pointing a finger at those who seek to capitalize on a fast dog.

So…  while loving homes wait, the industry keeps those dogs locked up or dumps them on over-crowded PR-approved groups who most likely do not bother with home checks.

How’s that for ‘loving their dogs’?  

They love money.  And the dogs are nothing more than money-makers.  Nothing more.  

We have seen that "love" with the callousness with which those dogs injured with treatable injuries are killed.  We have seen that with the drugs they administer to the dogs.
This industry is rancid.  From the top to the bottom.  And the smell is putrid.

I stand with the rescues.  And when the industry fails, we will pick up the pieces.  As always.