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15 July, 2007

Puppy love?

Could this be an answer for the many beautiful "desert dogs" currently languishing in animal shelters?

Reading, London: The first Saluki racetrack will be set up in Abu Dhabi within the next two years as part of the Emirates' bid to promote its national heritage, said officials yesterday at an international event held in the UK.

"A standard racetrack will be constructed that will meet the international standards, as we aim to hold international race competitions for salukis," said Hamad Ganem Al Ganem, Director, Breeder and Registrar General of the Arabian Saluki Centre.


Hopefully if salukis become more iconic as a symbol of UAE heritage, more families will want to own them and be less likely to ill-treat them and abandon them to the care of welfare workers.

But if racing does start, it needs to be done responsibly. This means strict drug-free policies with extensive tests and checks, and also a policy in place for retired dogs. Having worked in a veterinary surgery and witnessed perfectly healthy greyhounds euthanased just because their peak racing days were over, it would be horrific to see a similar fate befall ex-racing salukis.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another racetrack :/

So does this mean that I can bet at the dogtrack ? Or is that still offensive :/

15 July, 2007 13:06  
Blogger Dubai@Random said...

Al Ain has had a dog race track for years. I never managed to attend any of the races, as they were not widely advertised in English. And I have no idea how the dogs were treated.

16 July, 2007 00:19  
Blogger Dubai@Random said...

Al Ain has had a dog race track for years. I never managed to attend any of the races, as they were not widely advertised in English. And I have no idea how the dogs were treated.

16 July, 2007 00:24  
Anonymous Mowaten69 said...

Oh ok..we can have racing dogs but we cant have those that fight..i knw animal rights and all ..but cmon ur making dogs race? and betting on them..the whole point of not allowing it is gambling..isnt that against dubais moral grounds? Fucking hypocrisy..

16 July, 2007 11:08  
Blogger B said...

Well, hopefully you should have nothing to worry about. I have pretty close contacts with Dubai's vet department in the municipality and their pretty keen on public health. I'll try and make sure your message gets there.

Due to the nationalistic policies in Dubai, however, I have no idea if their successors will be as good.

17 July, 2007 02:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what's the big deal ? in Spain they enjoy torturing and slicing the bulls.

Are you telling me that you're ready to blow a dog every week ?

18 July, 2007 07:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When God made...
When God had made the Earth and sky,
The flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals
And all the birds and bees.
And when his work was finished,
Not one was quite the same.
He said, 'I'll walk this earth of mine,
And give each one a name,'
And so he traveled land and sea,
And everywhere he went,
A little creature followed Him
Until his strength was spent.
And when all were named upon the Earth,
And in the sky and sea,
The little creature said, 'Dear Lord,
There's not one left for me!'
The Father smiled and softly said:
'I've left you till the end.
I've turned my own name back to front,
And called you DOG, my friend.'

18 July, 2007 12:39  
Blogger Girish G. K. said...

Shoot, now can i predict the winning doggie !

18 July, 2007 14:15  
Blogger Qatar Cat said...

Congrats on making the tabloids! There I was, reading my paper with my coffee, and then I was like Hang on, I've read that already! And sure enough, there was a credit to the blog. Well done and well deserved!

:^)

18 July, 2007 21:53  
Blogger Qatar Cat said...

And that poem, about naming a dog, is beautiful.

18 July, 2007 21:54  
Blogger Mark said...

hey , I saw your entry in Gulf News !
And by the way , do you own www.secretdubai.com ?

Mark

19 July, 2007 17:32  
Blogger Andrea said...

on the dog front, I brought one of those beautiful 'desert dogs', 'Dusty', back from Dubai three years ago. Rescued him when i was living in Al Ain.

Better than leaving him to die in the arabian summer!!

21 July, 2007 15:05  

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