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laurie
Posted: Aug 18, 2004 at 8:50 AM - laurie's 3rd post Copy Link
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So, what's the latest?? I'm dying for news!! Has he been running? Times? C'mon, give it up!!! Grin


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rockingship
Posted: Aug 19, 2004 at 3:40 PM - rockingship's 5th post Copy Link
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Hi All....Laurie, I just got off the phone with Larry.....with Betty's recent exploits a source of wonder and jubilation, we've sort of lost track of little brother, Whistler's Stud.

Back when Erika kindly offered to begin/donate this website to Raceforadoption, was some talk about having a series of articles entitled "Racing 101"----which would explain racing, as holistically as possible to the newcomer.

It would probably be appropriate, were we to undertake such a task, to begin it with the maxim, "Nothing Ever Goes According To Plan"....

Witness the regrettable emergence of the kennel cough outbreak------which, if it hadn't been for Betty----would have been a real momentum breaker for our Raceforadoption project.

The news from Abilene, it pains me to tell you all, is not as joyous as the news from Wheeling, that Betty has given us these past couple of weeks.....

At this time, Stud's handlers and Larry feel, after a very good beginning to his training in Abilene, that more recently Stud began to show some signs of staleness....and his training performance was not indicative of his earlier abilities.......so the decision was made to back off his training temporarily, and to let him "grow up" a little bit.....after which, he will resume his schooling.

Old time dogmen have an expression for this, and it is sometimes said that a young greyhound "is going backwards". It is very tricky business when schooling and training saplings...the old wisdom always suggested-----and rightly so....that "if you hurry them up-----they make you wait". So Stud is being given some "room to grow" as we speak....and he will not be "hurried".

And, basically---- presently---- it appears Stud's career is in a holding pattern, until such time as he lets his handlers know when he is ready to begin again in earnest.

So, with the backlog of greyhounds who are waiting to begin their own careers, which the quarantine has created at most venues and throughout the country----- it appears that Stud will not be able to actually begin an official racing career, in reality, until sometime in October, or even later.

Meanwhile, his training will progress as his handler's see fit....one step at a time-----and in Stud's own best interest, as it should.

As it turns out, it appears the decision to have Betty step in for her little brother, to take up the Raceforadoption banner, has been a very timely and fortuitous one.

Just so no one worries....there is nothing wrong with Stud, he isn't hurt or ill...he just hasn't recently expressed the precocity he did earlier on. He needs some time.....not unusual for saplings at all.

Meanwhile, as luck would have it, "big sis", Whistler's Betty, has been racing her heart out for adoption....and has been quite successful at it.

And that's just racing.....nothing ever goes according to plan. Wink

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laurie
Posted: Aug 19, 2004 at 6:06 PM - laurie's 4th post Copy Link
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Thanks for the update--I'm sure everyone's more than happy to have Ms. Betty as a stand-in! Thumb Up


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Heyboss
Posted: Aug 19, 2004 at 6:14 PM - Heyboss's 3rd post Copy Link
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No Expression Thanks for the info, Rockingship. I think all of us were a little concerned about his health. Let's see: Lesson 1 "Things don't always go as planned!"

Go Betty and use your growing time Stud!

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sherpays
Posted: Aug 24, 2004 at 3:29 PM - sherpays's 1st post Copy Link
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So, as I understand it, Stud will now not have anything to do with RFA ? Betty has completly and forever taken his place?

I can, at least look forward to possibly watching him race at Southland! Thumb Up

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rockingship
Posted: Aug 24, 2004 at 10:59 PM - rockingship's 10th post Copy Link
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Sorry to say, Susan, that due to circumstances beyond our control, and some beyond his control, that Stud has sort of "petered-out" in the Raceforadoption project... sad

The object of Raceforadoption has always been, first and foremost, to raise money for adoption. Due to the quarantine, which set back virtually all the pups in the nation--- and to Stud's own learning curve---which has been elongated at this point----in keeping with the concept of raising money, we were offered the excellent Whistler's Betty, first as a temporary replacement until the quarantine problems sorted themselves out.....but then, to add to that, we had Stud's current handlers concerns about his less-than-precocious more recent training performances to consider...at that point, it became impossible to predict when his career might actually begin, inasmuch as he will require re-training after a brief respite...and it appeared inevitable that he could not sustain his early promise and precocity.

And at that rate, he will probably begin at Southland and not Wheeling...which would result in much smaller amounts of money generated for our groups, whatever his performance there.

So, when Larry suggested replacing a puppy, with an experienced and proven Wheeling greyhound, and a top grader at that-----we made the decision, that it was in the best interest of our 2 recipient groups, to "keep the ball rolling" with Whistler's Betty......from the standpoint of succeeding in our goal of helping to support and enable our groups, the decision seemed to us to be a "no-brainer".

While I am disappointed and sorry that Stud is experiencing some growing pains, he is in good hands, and hopefully will have a long and successful career. But I wouldn't want to, at this time, limit our 2 groups to whatever that career amounts to, when there seemed to be a far more lucrative option available to us and for them. An option that we never imagined would actually be feasible.

Don't worry about Stud....he's got the physical tools to sort himself out.....its all up to him at this point----and he's being given every opportunity to do so.

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brindlehounds
Posted: Aug 26, 2004 at 6:57 AM - brindlehounds's 4th post Copy Link
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This was a very generous gesture by Larry. Thank you!

Now we need to urge everyone to throw their full support behind Betty!

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