Vote Greyhound for First Pooch

Loyal, cuddly and in need of a political push
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2008 3:51 PM CST
Greyhounds race at Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium on August 16, 2008 in London, England.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – So the Obamas are looking for a hypoallergenic rescue dog? Well, Jezebel has just the breed for them: Greyhound. Today known mostly as racing dogs, Greyhounds have a proud history. They were protected by law in the Middle Ages, they appear in Chaucer, Shakespeare and the Simpsons, and are the only breed mentioned in the Bible. They’re cute, docile, and above all, they need political help.

Some 5,000-8,000 racing Greyhounds are killed each year. When the Jezebel poster got her 3-year-old ex-racing hound Liffey, he didn’t know how to climb stairs, he walked into glass doors, and didn’t understand mirrors. “He had spent his entire life in a  crate, leaving only to pee, eat, or run.” The movement to stop such cruel treatment got a boost on election day, when Massachusetts voted to ban greyhound racing—but a presidential adoption would do wonders.