"There were about 20 police at your house last night?"

.that's what my neighbor told me one morning when I pulled up to unlock the gate to my property.  "What in the world were they doing at my house,"  I asked. "They were looking for your bear." "Bear, what bear?" "Somebody called them and told...

The Great Owl Attack

When I lived in the swamp in Loxahatchee, Florida, there was an abandoned trailer on the property.  One day I decided to explore it.  It was completely abandoned except for a little weather and nature that had blown in the broken windows.  When I...

Dukiebird

Dukiebird was our 3rd. dog.  First was Cleopatra Floppyears Brennan the beagle. Then there was Ringo.  Ringo was a stray that my parents stopped and picked up beside the road one cold and rainy night.  Later Ringo had puppies.  We had given all of...

They Said I Was Wrong

I've been wrong a lot in my life but not about 2 of the most important things I ever did. I got into the greyhound business back in the 80's because I wanted to do the greyhound expose' and expose the big, bad dogtrack for it's treatment of...

I Wasn't in Miami Two Hours and I Was Robbed

We went to Miami to get work at the greyhound track there.  We had friends in the business and once we located the track we had to kill a couple of hours before it was time for them to show up.  We parked at an Ames store across the street from the...

FIRE IN THE KENNEL!

It was a normal day and I was doing a normal second turnout.  I was working in the kennel while Richard was in the pens with the dogs.  I smelled smoke.  I looked around and I couldn't find anything amiss so I walked to the door.  The smell was...

the trifecta

That's what they called us.  There was Roberto and David and I working in a kennel.  David was the trainer and Roberto was his brother. They were Nicaraguan.  They told me they walked all the way from Nicaragua to the US when David was 5 years...

Working for a Legend

I went to work for McClendon Kennel.  "Mac" was a legend in the business.  They had a dog named Mac’s Harvey S .  Mac’s Harvey S was on the way to winning one hundred races in his career. There had only been something like five other dogs to ever do...

No Whips

One day I had a fight. It was "The Fight" which taught me why I needed a whip in the kennel.  I had the prettiest little pup named Dapple.  She was completely snow white except for three spots on her forehead.  She was the sweetest little thing and...

The Origin of my NEED to Take Care of Animals

When I was a kid people would drop off animals at our house all the time.  We were always saving some poor dog or cat and even an occasional rabbit or parakeet.  On the darker side if an animal caused any problems whatsoever my mom would "take them...

tail beaters

There are 2 common injuries to tails in the greyhound business.  The first are the tail beaters.  Tail beaters are dogs that are so happy they never stop wagging their tails.  Even though most crates are about 3 foot deep by 3 foot tall and 32...

Tradgedy in the Land of the Squirrels

Last week there was a huge storm that swept though Charleston.  A very huge tree was blown over next door.  It was one of the squirrel trees.  I was amazed to see that the entire inside of that massive tree was hollow - no wonder it blew over.  I...

The Story of Mr. Big

Mr. Big was a greyhound.  He was not very fast but he had the perfect disposition to be a pet. I found Mr. Big a home. Mr. Big's best friend at that home was a rabbit. It's no wonder he couldn't race!

It didn't turn out like I intended

One time I had a couple of rabbits.  They were happy little rabbits that lived in a hutch.  The hutch was in the middle of my yard where my greyhounds would loaf.  Those two arch enemies of the bunnies had become used to them and ignored them whenever...

Virginia...a sad, sad bunny story

One time my mom and dad came home from a car auction with a huge white rabbit for my brother.  He named her Virginia because that is where they bought her.  Virginia was pregnant.  He looked forward to her babies and had a wonderful nest for them...

Louise and Eloise

My friend, Judy, has a mother who is 83 years old. Her mother has a twin sister. Their names are Louise and Eloise. Judy says they are just adorable as they sit on the porch swing and talk together. I liked the idea of this so much that one...

Who'd a Thunk a Squirrel Was so Smart

 1.  When ducks screw in the water the male nearly drowns the female.  He even intentionally pushes her head under the water! 2.  When squirrels are robbing bird feeders and they can't actually reach the feeder hanging from the tree.  They grab...

remember when being a "hybrid" was a bad thing

People who have mutts drive me crazy.  If you have a dog and you have no idea what kind of dog it is (and most people don't) there is no shame is saying, "It's just a dog". I have had pureblooded dogs.  I have had mutts.  They are both great. ...

My Dog Turned into Frankenstein

When I had my greyhound pups I walked outside one day to find that one of them had turned into Frankenstein overnight!  Her forehead was huge and overlapping her eyes just like the monster of lore. I thought for sure she must have been running...

Let's Sprint

"OK, Pam, now that Sal's gone were going to sprint the dogs. All you have to do to get rid of him is invite him to actually work for a livin." Jeff says with a chuckle. "Go on over and get Kay and follow me to the truck." I carefully got Kay out of...

It's 10 o'clock

"Let's hurry and get them unloaded. I'm hungry. As you get each one out put the boys in one pen and the girls in the other. Take your time, I don't want anybody hurt." Jeff was telling me as he unloaded the dogs. "You want them to clean out and...

Shoney's

As we walked into the door at Shoney's, Sal was waving "Over here you guys, over here." "Yous guys help yourselves to whatever you want," Sal said as Jeff rolled his eyes. "I'm buying of course" "Thank you, Sal", I said as the waitress walked up...

finally back in the kennel

'I can't believe we're finally headed back to the kennel,' I think to myself on the way back. "I didn't think we were ever going to get away from Sal," Jeff said to me. "He kept us an extra long time today. He was just trying to impress you...

turn em out/feed em

Jeff openned the kennel door to 52 screaming greyhounds as I went to fill up the water buckets. The dogs filed out one by one usually running to touch me with their muzzles before getting a drink or milling around looking for just the right spot to do...