Dogs! In the News!
Sully the Service Dog Says Goodbye to President Bush
George H.W. Bush‘s service dog Sully has returned to the place where his journey started.
After paying tribute to Bush throughout the 41st president’s funeral proceedings — resting by his owner’s casket and attending Bush’s Capitol Rotunda viewing — Sully is back at America’s VetDogs‘ headquarters in Smithtown, New York.
You’ll recall that Bush’s flag-draped coffin was flanked by rifle-bearing troops before they were joined by Sully, his paws quietly shuffling across the polished Capitol Rotunda floor.
The yellow Labrador retriever marched toward Bush’s remains Tuesday for another farewell to the 41st president, who found comfort in the service dog’s companionship over the last few months of his life.
A presidential seal was sewn onto Sully’s harness. He sat and looked around at a crowd both large and silent, then lay for a moment.
For more, read this story from the Washington Post.
Thousands of Florida Greyhounds Will Need Homes
Animal activists have been trying for years to put an end to greyhound racing in Florida, one of the country’s most popular spots to watch dogs chase mechanical rabbits round and round a track. In their view, the greyhounds were mistreated, subjected to harsh living conditions, then retired with broken bones.
On Election Day this year, Sunshine State voters overwhelmingly backed a measure that set greyhound lovers scrambling in a new direction: finding new homes for thousands of dogs with no clear future.
Amendment 13, which proposed banning racing by the end of 2020 and hardened the battle lines between greyhound track owners and animal advocates, passed with 69 percent of the vote.
The industry has long been criticized as abusive to the dogs. Track owners and trainers pushed back, saying the dogs were well cared for and would not race if they were unhealthy or neglected.
But as Florida is home to 11 of the nation’s 17 active dog tracks, there is a concern that the networks of people who find new owners for dogs at the end of their short racing careers will be overwhelmed.
Read the whole story here from the New York Times.
Pod Cast on Whether Dogs are Racist or Not
I listen to a lot of podcasts. One of my favorites is Code Switch. It’s about issues of race. “Code switching” is when people of color talk one way in their community and another way in front of white people.
This week, the podcast tackled one of my favorite topics: dogs! The latest episode has two segments: one on whether dogs can be racist and one about how Pit Bulls came to be associated with black people in America. Fun fact? Pit Bulls are not a breed. They are a type of dog, like hounds, pointers, or retrievers. Who knew?