In a previous blog article, we interviewed Penny Wick, of The Women of Greyhound Racing, to learn more about the wonderful organization and their fall auction. Proceeds consisted of $12,000 this year and went to the Lee Ann Foundation in Wheeling, West Virginia. Penny also brought home four greyhounds for adoption from Nationals. We asked Penny about her start and involvement in the greyhound racing industry. She provided us with greyt information that we are excited to pass on to you.
In 1991, my husband and I went to the Wisconsin Dells Greyhound Track. Racing had come to Wisconsin and we started hearing negative comments about the care of the dogs. I wanted to see for myself, and having spent most of my life on my grandparents’ and uncle’s farms, I felt I knew something about animal care. I saw happy, muscular dogs and was very impressed with these athletes. We then made the mistake of going to the adoption kennel. We immediately fell in love and adopted our first greyhound a week later.
That summer, at a golf outing, we met the owner of “racing” greyhounds. He said we had to go to Nationals if we wanted to learn about the industry. So, off we went. He gave me Gary Guccione’s books “Great Names” and some Greyhound Reviews and I read the whole 10 hours to Abilene, Kansas.
The brood auction was a turning point. That’s what I knew I could do. I saved to buy a brood and we kept going to Nationals every Spring and Fall. In October of 1995, I bought Oshkosh Bet. She came in season in December and we drove in a blizzard to get her to Oklahoma to be bred. Our first litter of 10 came in March and the rest is history.
I fully understand the risks in raising animals and never wanted to be in the business full time. One litter a year is all I’ve done and, in recent years, have partnered and raised pups only through the summer months. I’m too old for winter work in Wisconsin any more! That’s the industry side. I have been an adoption volunteer since our first litter started retiring. I feel good knowing where most of my dogs have gone in retirement.
We would like to thank Penny Wick for speaking with us and providing such wonderful information on her involvement in the greyhound racing industry.
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