Letter: Long distance reader responds to greyhound story

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to “Retired greyhounds finding new life with area families”, December 11, 2011.

Kudos to Dorothy Coughlin, to Debbie and John Ward, and all involved at Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue for devoted work educating the public as to greyhounds’ attributes and helping ex-racers transition to well-deserved new lives in loving homes.

Increased public awareness of the cruelty inherent in dog racing is contributing to its decline.

We cannot fathom our dogs enduring inhumane confinement day in and day out, or facing the risk of injury and death racing around an oval just so people can bet on them. We do not consider our dogs as investments to be valued only as long as they generate a profit. Nor can we imagine not caring for our dogs if they become injured or as they age. That is no way to treat a dog.

I have personally adopted beloved ex-racing greyhounds since 1997, and I am a board member of GREY2K USA, a national non-profit group that works to end the cruelty of dog racing. For more information, please visit www.grey2kusa.org.

Caryn Wood
Board of Directors

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  1. Dear Editor,

    Thank you for the wonderful piece on Chinook Winds Greyhound Adoption.

    Please don’t be swayed by the ne’er do wells who’ll do nothing but disparage the work you’ve done only to serve their self-righteousness.

    It’s funny how this story is months old yet the g$k internet trolls weren’t able to pick up on this story until I posted it to my Facebook wall. Just goes to show that peole like the above do nothing all day but scour social networking sites in the hopes of coming across something to badmouth those who TRULY do work for Greyhounds and not just pay lip service.

    Chris Grieb

  2. Dear Editor,

    I stand humbly corrected!

    Truth be told, people who affiliate themselves with hate groups have nothing in themselves but hate. It’s all they know to do. So when a heartwarming story such as this is muddled up with the inane gibberish that was cast upon it, it saddens me. Here’s a Greyhound adoption group – Chinook Winds – who for the love of Greyhounds do what they do; help to find retired racers appropriate homes at the conclusion of their careers. They don’t do it because they feel sorry for the dogs, they do it because they love them and want others to appreciate what wonderful pets they make.

    I’ve worked at every level of a greyhounds life. I’ve whelped, raised, trained and worked in adoption. I’ve seen and done what it takes that makes these animals the best dogs on the planet – and to have someone come along and spew venom and vitriol is just sad, it really is. Maybe her time would be better served by taking care of her own dogs and lettingthose who really, truly care about the breed do so.

    Thanks for the correction,
    Chris Grieb

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