Not only in England betting on races gives hope and destruction to people that have no or limited access to consumers wealth. Races that one can bet on often include a professional input of animals. Horses will have to bring in the pot of gold and fulfil the promise that the owners don’t seem to be able to realise themselves. Huge powered animals like greyhounds also get professionally drawn into this so called game. Actually, they don’t have a choice. A lot of money is invested in breeding fast powerful legs, that will bring in loads of money. Oddly there seems to be little thought of what is to happen to these dogs after they are burned out, after being used for this purpose.
Well of course a dog like Leo will want to run, when he has a mind to do that. That is the main problem: when he sets his mind to it. The owners and people placing bets will want him to perform when they set the clock. For that reason dogs like Leo are being forced, lured, threathened and twisted to suit the temporary purpose of racing. Leo bears the scars of that period and has turned into a dog that is out of touch with other dogs and certainly has no understanding for other animals, because he has been brought up in fear and hate. His sheer size tricks the mind easily into thinking that he is a grown up and balanced being, while often he is only wanting for security and safety and is actually sensing like a child.
Because of his false start in life, a new owner, not interested in money, but in the child-animal itself and in providing a safe and loving environment, will have a challenging job to weed out the hate and fear and turn these beautiful animals back into creatures they would be, if left to grow naturally in balance. Any kind of progress is a gift that will benefit all involved. People interested in saving one of these beautiful animals can go to the website of the retired greyhound trust and find out all about the possibility of sharing a life with a dog like Leo.