The goal was to collect $6,000 to allow the 17 month old Blue to have life saving heart surgery. His loving owner & breeder, Judi, wants to give him a shot at life, even tho' he'll never set foot on a racetrack, as a much loved pet. To that end, she maxed out her credit cards treating him for Valley Fever and the post-treatment complication - fluid accumulation on the heart. Judi reached out and both the racing and neutral/pro adoption communities responded. Boy! Did they respond to her cry for help in saving this much loved dog's life!
The combined efforts of National Greyhound Association (NGA) members and greyhound adoption peeps in this special auction raised $5,785, leaving a small balance of $215. That is pretty danged good!
When the results of the auction became known, a NGA kennel owner, Linette Reuer (Legg Kennels LLC), pitched in the difference! In response to her kindness and generosity, an adoption peep, Miranda, asked Linette if there was anything from the auction that she would like and, if Miranda had it, she'd send it to her. The item that Linette wanted was a pair of boxer shorts with greyhounds on them. Alas, Miranda did not win that particular item, however, one of the other auction participants, Meri, has stepped up to the plate and offered to send a brand new pair of unopened boxers in the original packaging to Linette. Another act of kindness and generosity! Way to go!
|Photo by Carla Wilson|
By the way, not a single Grey2K member or minion made a single bid on any of the items. The auction was broadcast on email lists, numerous Facebook pages, and in blogs where they are known to lurk, slithering around in the shadows, spreading their venom.
Shame on you, Grey2K, and your minions for not helping a specific dog with a specific health crisis, especially when you have hundreds of thousands of dollars at your disposal.
Greyhound Adoption Community
The general consensus in the pro/neutral adoption community is that IF Grey2K had donated a dime, they would have twisted the entire effort to make it about their efforts. Grey2K would twist it around to ask for more money to support their cause. This assessment is accurate based upon past interactions with Grey2K and minions.
This auction was about a single, much loved greyhound; one which will never race; which won't be put down; and which is not abused. This is a greyhound that Grey2K doesn't care about and that Grey2K cannot be bothered with because this single dog would do nothing to generate either funds for their coffers, or their pockets, or pats on their back. He is of no value to the Grey2K propaganda machine so, they discard him as useless.
It's sad that Grey2K is that way, especially as with their funding they could help so many greyhounds and greyhound adoption groups. But, what else is to be expected from a group associated with the Animal Liberation Front? With a group associated with PeTA? With a group associated with HSUS - whose leader, Wayne Pacelle, has called for the extinction of domestic animals?
"We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding...One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding." - Animal People News, May 1993
Who has stated he feels no bond to animals!
“I don’t have a hands-on fondness for animals…To this day I don’t feel bonded to any non-human animal. I like them and I pet them and I’m kind to them, but there’s no special bond between me and other animals.” Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States, quoted in Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p. 251
Knowing this, we must focus on the good news - Blue is much loved and cared about by so many in the greyhound racing community! Blue will be getting his life saving surgery!
Mega congratulations to all the racing peeps and adoption groups & people who pulled together for Blue's benefit. He'll be able to have his life saving surgery and a loving pet home. To his loving owner & breeder, Judi, thank you for your wonderful gift of Blue.
The Truth About Grey2K
Grey2K for all its protestations is happiest when greyhounds die for any reason. If a dog dies at the hands of its adopter (or rescuer as they like to say), it is the fault of greyhound racing, not the fault of that individual's actions or lack thereof. In Grey2K's twisted mentality, the more greyhounds die, the happier they are as it "proves" their propaganda and it brings more money into their coffers and the pockets of Carey Theil and Christine Dorchak, the husband & wife team, both of which draw a salary from Grey2K based upon a percentage (about 23%) of the donations. For every $100 that Grey2K gets in donations, they get $23. Doesn't sound like much until you get up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars - $300,000 in donations nets them $69,000 as a base salary and it doesn't include bonuses and benefits. The balance of the donations goes to lobbying and propaganda. NOT A SINGLE DIME for the dogs!
Now... Decide for yourself... WHO are the REAL greyhound advocates?
Yours in greyhounds...