Sunday, November 6, 2016

White Faced Dogs

As I sit here and treasure the moments I spend with my kids I wonder where all that white came from.

They are so young in my mind.  And in my mind I see them now as I saw them then.

So happy with life.  So joyous, with a new life ahead of them.

Now, at 11 years old, 10 years old and 9 years, I see brindles turning white and sprinkles of white on my black silky seal.

Only in my mind's eye I don’t see it.  I see the joy of life.

My darlings, you may be getting a tad slower, perhaps not as brilliant in color, some aches and some pains, but never a more glorious child.

In my mind and my heart, you will always be beautiful to me.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew and the Greyhounds

I’ve been watching this storm.  I have family who I hope have evacuated.

But I have to wonder, what efforts the tracks have made to evacuate those kenneled there.  Sure, the big guns, but what about the smaller tracks?

What about those C grade used greyhounds, not good enough, but still raced to earn a last few dollars off them?

I have to ask, since my beloved Craigie was one.

I'm pretty sure he would have been left...

What has the NGA done to step up to protect these dogs they “love”.

Pray God they took the dogs, but I doubt it…

Abandon them then double down on shutting you down.  Let the dogs be safe and the tracks destroyed...

That could have been mine.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tom Grady ~ Saluting a Hero

I was so saddened to read the post by Tom’s brother of Tom’s passing on September 15.

Hello to all followers of Pack Mentality Blog and friends of Tom Grady:
We are so sad to tell you that Tom passed away on Sept. 15th after battling a glioblastoma brain tumor. There will be a Celebration of Life Service for him on October 1st. You will find the details at
Thank you for all of your expressions of sympathy.
- Mark Grady, Tom's brother
On behalf of Tom's wife, step-children and family.

A Celebration of Life for Tom Grady will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the Wrightsville Beach Park softball field. The park is located at 1 Bob Sawyer Drive, just off Causeway Boulevard at Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

I never met Tom in person, yet I consider him my friend.

Back in the earlier days, pre-Facebook, he stood shoulder to shoulder with all of us commenters on Racing articles.  Always staunch in his belief racing greyhounds was a thing of the past.

He was one of those instrumental in helping me set up my blog.  While it has been silent for some time, we will never go away, Tom.

He never lost his enthusiasm in fighting for the dogs and later many other animals and posted often in his blog Pack Mentality.

He fought a great fight for the animals, he fought the greatest fight against his cancer.

The world has lost a great warrior for the animals.  And many of us lost a dear friend.

Rest gently now, my friend.  It was an honor to have known you.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

All Lives Matter ~ Every One Of Them

Dallas.  Ballwin, MO. GA. TN.  MN. LA.  I know I’ve missed too many.  Far too many.

Black lives matter, yes they do.  White lives matter as well.  Blue, purple and green lives matter.

Targeting those angry of an horrendous event does not give free license to commit those same offenses to those trying to protect the protests or those

I am so sick of this hostile anger that is rampant now.  Need a release?  Take up jujitsu, for God’s sake!  

Is there a right to be angry about a gunning down of someone, unarmed?  YES!  But an ambush in relation is NOT right.  Ever!  Shit…

Our local officer is in critical condition right now.  Shot in the neck as he was walking away from speeding traffic stop by a convicted felon.
innocent bystanders not involved in the events.  

A simple traffic stop, apparently, is not that damn simple.

THIS IS NOT NORMAL!  Too much anger and angst. 

Why?  Why….

I fight for my greyhounds and all greyhounds and rescues.  

Yet now, I fear for all of us.

Such and ugly world.