If It Weren't for Bad Luck...

Before some of ya'll start lecturing me about this story, please remember it happenned in the 70's.  Dogs were treated differently back then... Laddie O was an adorable little cocker spaniel mix that showed up on our doorstep one day. He was sooo...

I Remember

... sitting on the bed and designing kennels with my mom for our animal shelter. People used to drop strays off at our house all the time. Some we would keep, some we would find homes for. My mom was raised on a farm so she knew alot about what...

A Little Greyhound Racing History

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What's a Shit Chipper?

In the winter the dog poop freezes almost as soon as it hits the ground. The only way to pick it up is to take the shovel or rake and "chip" it off - then pick it up. This leaves little, frozen chips of shit that have to stay until the ground...

My First Litter Of Greyhound Puppies...

....brought our neighborhood together. I was living in downtown West Palm Beach in a typical neighborhood where the neighbors never spoke. The way our apartment complex was set up was there were 2 rows of apartments facing each other. On my side...

part 2 (my first litter)

At 2 months of age it was obvious that my puppies were outgrowing my yard fast. I found a 10 acre place in the middle of the swamp out in Loxahatchee. It had a rundown trailer that we had to rebuild from the floor up -literally, there were no...

Part 3 (Queenie Worked Hard)

to make sure her puppies were good racers. She would pick up the squeaky toys and run with them and all the pups would chase her. Before long they were running with the squeaky toys themselves. I knew things were going to be OK when they started...

part 4 (my pups come home)

we were so happy to see each other. It was like my kids came back from boarding school or something. We schooled them in with every pup at the track in morning schooling and they beat everything at the track - including a couple of graded dogs. ...

My Future New Kitty is a Hero

Her name is Belle.   A lady from the Logan County Pound Foster Program contacted me today. She is going to cover the adoption fees and pay for shots and keep her until I have recuperated from my surgery. Belle is a hero. She...

Oh the Inhumanity of it All

I was driving down a back road in Boone County, West Virginia. There by the road were about 3 different litters of puppies of varying ages and their mothers. I bet there were more than 20 of them. I stopped because it was obvious they were starving....

A Lasting Scar

My greyhounds used to meet us at the gate whenever we came home.  This picture was taken in the front yard - not in their 5 acre field because they would just jump the gate from the field whenever they felt like coming over which was most of the time....

My Pet

That was my pet name for a greyhound I used to train named My Petunia.  She was a spooky little dog that was so afraid when she first came to the kennel that it took me 3 days just to touch her for the first time.  I would walk into the turnout...

"What are you going to do, Catch her?"

Every greyhound trainer worth their salt tells a new helper, "You're going to hurt a dog.  You're not going to mean to do it, it's just going to happen.  Just come and tell me if you do, so I can fix it.  A lot of times something you think is a big...

Oh Youuu!

One day I pulled into work and Gina was on the loading dock dancing and doing a cheer.  "Yah, Pam's here!  She'll take care of this kitty!"  I walked past her and ignored what she was saying completely. All day long Gina told me how much that cat...

Dead is Dead...or is it?

When I first started working in the dog business I was working with a guy named Larry.  I did the kennel and Larry did the puppy farm.  One day Al (my boss) came in and told me Larry had a heart attack.  I asked about Larry every day for 3 days...

I Remember Pat

 I don't remember Pat's last name. She was a trainer at a kennel I worked in at the West Palm Beach Kennel Club.  She was so good to the dogs that she made me feel like I was mean to them.  I don't mean that she criticized me.  I just mean that she...

Tradgedy at the Track

have written about many things in the greyhound business - both good and bad.  There was one particular day at the track that something happenned that was far worse than anything I ever saw in 13 years of racing.  Unfortunately you get used to the...

Why Are You Doing This To Me?

I have only killed one snake in my life.    I pulled up to my house one day to find one of my cats playing with one.  I wanted the cat to learn to ---- them if he saw them - not play with them.  I decided to demonstrate to the cat what it needed...

Super Trainer (part 1)

Wayne S. was the first SuperTrainer that I ever worked for.  I knew he was coming for about a week before he got to Charleston and I was intrigued by the fact that all the "old timers" were in awe of him.  Their reaction to the mention of his...

The Deadly Juice (part 2)

Wayne came in the next morning and helped with the beds and sprinted dogs and took me to Shoney's for breakfast.  (good trainers always buy their help breakfast)  As we got to know each other, the other trainers kept stopping by the table. I was...

K's Hound (part 3)

Wayne had been there about a week when a little dog named K's Hound was in.  He checked her over to make sure she wasn't hurt before her race but he took her off the stand and said,  "Little D piece of crap .  You grade off tonight." She was on her...

There's a Problem(part 4)

I learned a lot from Wayne in the months he worked at the kennel.  For the first month I did get my time off.  After the dogs started running he started to miss work.  At first I was picking up a little extra then I was doing extra turnouts and...

The Bitter End (part 5)

Wayne was partying like a rockstar and I was doing all the work.  I didn't have the experience to do the work though and the kennel had stopped running.  The more it didn't run the more depressed he became and the less he would show up.  When...