It was a few weeks ago when I ran across this weekend’s spotlighted dog’s story on the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas website.
As a veteran journalist, I did what veteran newshounds do: I made a note. And I held onto it. Some people call it “hoarding.” I'm going to go through all my notes at some point. Honest. But this one matters.
One evening a couple of days ago, I checked in with the GALT people on the website. This great notice was on the site. "Adopted," it read.
Now you are about to see why Buddy gets the spotlight in Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. Originally “Dakota’s Rambo,” the 11-year-old fawn Grey -- there's a color combo -- was born on New Year's Day in 2006. His dad well-known racing dog, Gable Dodge (Dec. 2, 1995-Jan. 9, 2007, according to his obituary). His mom was System Mb Bella, also a racer.
According to the Greyhound Hall of Fame’s tribute page, “Thanks to frozen insemination, Gable Dodge sired more U.S.-whelped puppies (11,608 offspring through 2008) than any other Greyhound in history.
Buddy ran 11 races at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, Texas Nov. 11, 2009 through December 23, 2010. [LARRY ASIDE: Readlarrypowell.com endorses Greyhounds but NOT Greyhound racing. The dogs can try so hard that they snap bones. It's just not a necessary sport.]
All that history aside, the story is that after his racing career ended, Buddy wasn’t euthanized or dumped or surrendered to a shelter as happens to many of these throwaway canine athletes. Nope, Buddy went into a home and lived there happily for several years. But he came back to GALT because his human became ill.
This is the photo that guaranteed Buddy a place in the National Sleeping Dog Hall of Fame. I think he got a unanimous vote from the board. Yes, Buddy demonstrates that he is, indeed, so human. Show of hands, how many of you slept like that at least once or twice in college or at an East Texas family reunion when the kids got pallets and the couch! You can see more Buddy photos and videos on the GALT site HERE. Here's the Champion Sleeper! Might be dreaming of being a ballet dancer.
[To get the Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap spotlight for your slumbering critter or relative (none of whom can come close to Gable Dodge’s productivity) send photos and info to firstname.lastname@example.org. We publish these photos for two reasons: (1) To celebrate the humans who have animals that are in safe homes and sleep like they know it! And, (2) we post them to encourage the members of the Global Insomniac Community to believe that they, too, can nod off if they can just find the right table to put next to the couch.]
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