I found a new contest. I know I said no more contests. But this one is different because *I* am in charge! Read about Sophie, then have a look :)
** Puglet's No-Contest Contest **
Since I won't be donating $100,000 to rescues any time soon, now's probably a good time time tell you about Sophie. Not my pug-cousin Sophie in New Jersey -- this Sophie is a greyhound we met at the Pumpkin Festival. She was there with a few other greyhounds and some people from greyhound rescue (Greyhound Friends for Life).
I don't know about you, but I'd never met a greyhound before and didn't know too much about them. Sophie was really sweet and super-chatty. She told me alllll about greyhounds. And why they need rescuing.
Sophie told us it's really rare to meet a greyhound that didn't come from a racetrack. She explained that greyhounds are like dog-versions of the racehorses I've seen on TV. People breed them to race, and only to race. Problem is, races are kinda like contests: they're not always nice and there can only be one winner. The even bigger problem is that dogs who don't win races aren't worth anything to the people who race them. You can probably guess what that means.
And Sophie said even the dogs who do win don't have it easy. They live at the track in kennels and race until they get injured or hit something called a "mandatory retirement age" (5yrs) - whichever comes first. Even though greyhounds can live 12-14 years, when they're done racing, they're usually, y'know... done.
That's where the Greyhound Rescue people come in. They take dogs like Sophie from the track and find them real homes and forever humans. I hope you don't mind me letting Sophie be my stunt double for today's photo, but maybe someone here has been looking for a dog just like her. Besides, I think you've seen moooore than enough of my face lately!