Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wicked Awesome Pics

In 2008 the people of the commonwealth of MA decided that dog racing was cruel and voted to ban the practice. No matter how you feel about dog racing, the problem with the outcome of this vote was no one really thought through what would happen to these dogs once the tracks closed in 2010. I've been impressed with all of the publicity that the track closings in WI, MA and AZ have attracted recently and the great job Twitters, Bloggers and other greyhound groups have done banning together to try and get these dogs out of the now defunct racing kennels and into final homes. I also love the fact that they point out that many of the animal activists that were once picketing and lobbying for the closures are no longer there to help with the actual "saving" of the animals.

I firmly believe that we all give to a cause in our own way. I discovered Lisa Prince-Fishler of Printz Photography through a posted link on Twitter. She donated her time and talents to capture the journey of a group of volunteers taking a group of greyhounds from the now closed Raynham/Taunton track to their adoption group. To say this series of photos are amazing is an understatement. For those of us who have participated in hauls, washed those pups, removed hundreds of ticks, watched as they relax as the fleas fall off for the first time in forever, and finally discover the comfort of a soft bed, Lisa really captured this transition in a greyhound's life and the people who take the time to make it happen for them. Thank you, Lisa.

16 comments:

Lisa Tatsuko said...

Wow, I'm humbled by your description..... thank you!

greytblackdog said...

Lisa, I chose this pic out of all of them because I know this is exactly what the GreytBlackDog (Seka) looked like on her kennel intake day five years ago this April.

Scott said...

Great photos!

houndstooth said...

I very much agree with all of what you said!

And awesome photos!

Mad Red Hare said...

Those pictures are amazing! I have done those same things to bring these wonderful creatures into loving homes.

Zan said...

Well said!!! Great pics!

Lynn said...

Those babies are beautiful and those folks are angels!

IHateToast said...

whinge. i can't see the photo.

i've read the comments. it's me. why do you hate me so much? me me me?

aw man. will try on another browser.

IHateToast said...

ah ha!

as if photos could hide from me. those were wonderful. my heart exploded.

pattysea said...

I live in Massachusetts and feel the law makers did NOT think through their decision to close the race tracks. Now What? Who will take these wonderful animals?
It's difficult to believe how loving and sweet greyhounds really are. Spending time with Seka and Roxy was eye opening to me.

gyeong said...

Another day in the life of a rescue group volunteer. They look so much nicer after a bath, and don't have that kennel smell. Closings flood the groups with dogs, but at least it's a one time deal for that track.

Life With Dogs said...

That picture stopped me in my tracks. Incredibly powerful...

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Eliz said...

I got my dog from Raynham and know the adoption groups in Massachusetts are doing their best, I hope it is enough.

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