Group rescues 200th retired racing greyhound
Published: May 29, 2008 | 7071st good news item since 2003
Established October 2005, the organization is based in Port Clinton and has an affiliation in Cincinnati.
The 200th rescue is a male dog that raced under the name Fasttrack Alonzo; Fast Al to his friends. Fast Al is a 75-pound, 4-year-old brindle. Brindle is a pattern of dark stripes on a brown background.
Alonzo spent his entire racing career at Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, Wis. His first racing victory was in September of 2005 and his last was in December of 2008. In between there were 25 more wins, including the Dairyland Sprint Championship on Sept. 4, 2006. Ironically the 200th Greyhound was not a loser, but a winner.
Wisconsin is one of several states where the NCGC finds dogs needing rescue. Others come from Kansas, Alabama and Florida. When they arrive in Northwest Ohio, the dogs get a bath, medical and dental treatment, an identification chip and lots of attention.
They are welcomed to foster homes, where they join families that can include other dogs as well as cats, children and other small animals. In their foster homes, the greyhounds learn how to behave; things like how to go up and down steps, keep their noses off the table and play.
Growing up in kennel cages, they already are “potty trained” and seem to have little trouble transferring that behavior to a home environment.
The NGCG will return to Port Clinton’s annual Walleye Festival in June.