How Come?

  When someone hits a deer with a car , no one ever inquires as to the health of the deer?       Just once in this little tale did you wonder as to the health of either deer? no  1 yes  1 why would I?  0 Obviously they died  1 ...

The One Time Giving a Notice Worked Against Me

I have had a lot of jobs.  Unless there were some extreme circumstances involved I always gave a notice.  When I first took my job as Fruth I had no intention of staying there and it wasn't long before I found a job in a boarding kennel.  After the...

If You Can Make the Power Play, then Make It

For 13 years of my life I was a greyhound trainer. I was very good at it. I guess that is where I developed such an independent streak because I learned very fast that I could dictate the terms and conditions of my employment. Depending on what was...

10 Things People Don't Know About Greyhounds

1.  They are live giant six week old puppies when you adopt them.  Their whole lives have been structured at the track from the time they were born.  They have to learn to handle things llike stairs, mirrors, linoleum floors and kids.  It is...

My Reunion with Skippy

I have had more than one lost pet in my life and been reunited with most of them.  The one I remember the most was Skippy.  Skippy was my dog.  I had adopted her from the local animal shelter and taken care of her minor ailments and she was my...

I am happy with what happened to my 100 acres

Those of you who have been around for awhile know that I used to lease 100 acres that I loved.  After I left I was worried that it would turn into a housing development or something god awful like that.  Thankfully that is not the case. A church...

My fattycatty Escape Plan is in Effect

I live on the 8th. floor.  I have worried ever since I moved in here that there would be a fire and both I and fattycatty would be trapped.  However I have finally solved the problem of fattycatty's escape should there ever be a massive...

She was an Ellie Phunt

We had a 6 month old St. Bernard once for 3 days. At the same time we had a dalmation that had a litter of puppies and another dalmation that we rescued that had a litter of puppies. In all we had 13 dalmations. They looked pretty special running...

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...

then you are part of the problem

I mentioned to someone once that I used to be a greyhound trainer.  She started to tell me how badly the dogs were abused and when I tried to assure her that was not the case she told me she knew from personal experience.  I asked her how she knew....

Day 3 begins for deer trapped in downtown Charleston,WV

I have already watched her try to cross this street 3 times this morning.  Traffic keeps scaring her back.   P.S.  early in the morning on day 4 the deer took off running straight down the street.  I do not know what happened to her after that. ...

Picture of Deer Trapped in Downtown Charleston (day 2)

She is a beautiful animal.  I just checked her water and she has been drinking it.  All 4 sides of this vacant lot are surrounded by busy streets in the middle of downtown Charleston behind the Rite Aid.  To get to the mountains in the background she...

Those Poor, Poor Kitties

When I was a kid I had a kitten named Willie Akers.  Willie Akers was our local championship basketball coach.  I didn't have poor Willie for a week when my mom picked me up from school one day.  I should have known something was wrong because she...

As Usual No One Will Help

It's a hard situation.  There is a deer, here, in downtown Charleston, WV.  It is in the vacant lot across the street that the drunks frequent on a perpetual basis on their many walks to Rite  Aid to buy beer.  She will panic - she already has...

Dapple

Dapple was my mom's all time favorite dog. She was a Dalmatian. I named her, the name means "spots". Mommy loved Dapple and Dapple loved her. The whole time my mom would be babytalking her, Dapple would be grunting and moaning and talking back. One...

"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...