Welcome to Rufus's web pages!

These pages were created during the last seven years of Rufus's life, in Toronto, Canada. Sadly, that life was cut short on August 10, 2015, when he was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in his abdomen that was causing him great pain. As he was held and comforted by those who loved him most, Rufus was humanely released forever from his suffering. He had lived for twelve years, two months, and twenty days.

This web site, apart from the page you are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material). Use the Menu Bar above to navigate between the sections of the site.

The present page, however, continues to be updated frequently with current news headlines and other items of interest to people who love greyhounds and care about the welfare of these wonderful companion animals, wherever they are around the world. We do this in tribute to the life of Rufus, who remains forever in our hearts and minds.

World Greyhound News Headlines

The only place on the web providing current greyhound news, views, and videos from around the globe, in English

Irish Greyhound Board publishes 2015 annual report (.pdf) February 23, 2017 — IGB press release February 23, 2017 — IGB surplus for 2015 is entirely attributable to increase in state subsidy; racing income declined from 2014 February 25, 2017

Arbiter rules that NSW racing regulator wrongly claimed privilege for thousands of animal welfare documents, which must be made available to the public February 24, 2017

New South Wales trainer fined $2,000 after greyhound fails test for antidepressant drug February 24, 2017

Fines and suspensions for South Australian trainers; one for positive amphetamine test and the other for leaving three greyhounds unattended in a trailer February 24, 2017

Lincolnshire police seize car and crush it, to deter illegal live hare coursing February 23, 2017

Queensland greyhound is made to race four times in ten days February 23, 2017

Latest round of convictions for disciplinary offences in New South Wales and Victoria February 22, 2017 — NSW trainer fined $750 after greyhound fails test for arsenic February 23, 2017

Champion greyhound finds forever home in New South Wales after career-ending injury February 22, 2017

Greyhound fatally injured while hare coursing in Pakistan (disturbing YouTube video) February 22, 2017

U.K. "hobby" racer has one of his ten greyhounds stolen February 22, 2017

Greyhound trainer banned in Australia for live-baiting now working in Ireland February 21, 2017

Ex-racing greyhounds in Tasmania are cheaper to put down than to rehome through the racing industry's adoption program February 22, 2017

Grade 1 racing event at Dublin's Shelbourne Park cancelled due to protests and track closures February 21, 2017

Ozzie the greyhound "gets the mail" February 20, 2017

New Jersey Greyhound Adoption Program will hold a Meet & Greet Jan. 21 at a craft brewery January 12, 2017 — And another on February 17 February 9, 2017 — Feb. 17 event was a success February 20, 2017

NSW trainer fined $625 after greyhound fails drug test for flunixin February 20, 2017

Kansas House Bill 2173 would make it easier to reopen long-closed greyhound racetracks January 27, 2017 — Animal welfare advocates lobby against the bill February 6, 2017 — Bill would allow another vote on slot machines at Wichita Greyhound Park February 7, 2017 — Bill passes House committee by narrow 11-10 vote February 9, 2017 — Animal advocates fear return of greyhound racing to Kansas February 10, 2017 — Greyhound rescuers in Kansas speak out against the new pro-racing bill (with TV news video) February 19, 2017

Hygiene and air quality in greyhound kennels February 18, 2017

Doping concerns are raised at annual "Rural Olympics" dog racing events in Punjab February 18, 2017

Greyhound adoption in Tampa, Florida (with TV feature video) February 17, 2017

Dachshund killed by two stray greyhounds in Leicestershire February 17, 2017

Harold's Cross greyhound stadium in Dublin is closed down, earlier than planned, due to the financial crisis in the Irish Greyhound Board February 13, 2017 — Track land may become a much-needed school site February 14, 2017 — Dublin greyhound trainers and breeders go to court to ask for an injunction against the sale of Harold's Cross February 17, 2017

Greyhound racing in NSW given one final chance February 16, 2017 — Tougher penalties proposed for serious animal cruelty February 16, 2017 — NSW greyhound industry to pay for new Commission for Integrity and Welfare February 16, 2017 — Racing regulator welcomes report February 16, 2017 — Industry welcomes report February 16, 2017 — Dog deaths, injuries, and disciplinary infractions all increased following the reversal of the ban on racing in NSW February 16, 2017 — New South Wales opposition leader slams the government over reform report February 17, 2017

Cassie the greyhound is found safe after being missing for five years in Tennessee February 16, 2017

New South Wales will set up a new "integrity" body to oversee dog racing February 15, 2017 — No recommendation is expected on the number of race tracks to be operated February 15, 2017 — Racing industry waits with "trepidation" February 15, 2017 — Over 100 reform recommendations are expected February 16, 2017 — Link to the commission's report (.pdf) February 16, 2017 — Summary of recommendations February 16, 2017

Idaho lawmaker proposes to bring back dog racing 11 years after it was banned January 23, 2017 — Revised bill seeks to prevent return of greyhound racing February 3, 2017 — Bill passes House February 14, 2017 — Now another Idaho legislator wants to pass a law to allow sled dog racing February 15, 2017

33 greyhounds and other "livestock" perish in Australian bushfire February 13, 2017 — Farmer loses everything in bushfire February 13, 2017 — Racing regulator comments February 15, 2017

Queensland greyhound racing regulator can't rule out continued live baiting February 15, 2017

Australian nursing home adopts Sammy the greyhound April 26, 2016 — Sammy fits right in at the nursing home July 15, 2016 — Sammy loves his retirement home November 15, 2016 — Sammy goes to visit the hospital paediatric ward February 15, 2017

Patrick the New Zealand greyhound has found his forever home February 15, 2017

Prominent British greyhound trainer suspended following kennel inspection February 1, 2017 — Malcolm Taylor's abused dogs are denied rescue and returned to the racing industry February 13, 2017

First aid for greyhounds: first 2 of 4 videos in a series February 6, 2017 — Video #3: Emergency splinting February 13, 2017

Arsenic doping charges dropped against Victoria trainers because of sloppy rule drafting and unclear drug test standards February 13, 2017

Vietnam legalizes betting on greyhound and horse races February 3, 2017 — Sports betting allowed in Vietnam February 6, 2017 — Vietnam now open for betting business February 7, 2017 — Comprehensive details on the new law February 13, 2017

Search party looking for Amber the greyhound in Dundee February 7, 2017 — Amber has been found, but lost 5 kilograms of weight February 10, 2017 — Owner believes Amber's coat saved her life February 11, 2017

U.K.: The joy and sorrow of Perry Barr greyhounds February 10, 2017

Hanged, stabbed and abandoned: The horrific fate of greyhounds in Spain February 1, 2017 — 50,000 Spanish greyhounds will be massacred for being "useless" at the close of hunting season February 2, 2017 — The cruel Spanish tradition that kills tens of thousands of greyhounds every year February 10, 2017

Florida House Bill 743 would ban use of anabolic steroids on racing greyhounds February 10, 2017 — Bill has bipartisan support February 10, 2017

Six-year DQ for NSW trainer whose greyhound tested positive for amphetamine and caffeine February 10, 2017 — Six week suspension for NSW trainer whose dog tested positive for arsenic February 10, 2017 — $750 fine for NSW trainer whose greyhound tested positive for arsenic February 10, 2017 — $1,125 fine for NSW trainer whose greyhound teated positive for guaifenesin February 10, 2017 — $750 fine for NSW trainer who had three dogs test positive for arsenic February 10, 2017

Four Australian trainers banned or fined after greyhounds fail doping tests February 3, 2017 — Trainer disqualified for 6 weeks after NSW greyhound tests positive for arsenic February 3, 2017 — NSW trainer gets 12 week suspension after one dog tests positive for arsenic and another for cobalt February 6, 2017 — Steroids, arsenic, cobalt, morphine, and codeine all feature in the latest roundup of failed drug tests in Australia February 9, 2017

Greyhounds, galgos, and podencos come to Colchester County, Nova Scotia February 8, 2017

Florida senate bill would allow decoupling of dog tracks from casinos January 14, 2017 — Sarasota Kennel Club president is enthusiastic about the proposed legislation January 21, 2017 — Senate starts moving on gambling overhaul January 27, 2017 — Florida House subcommittee hears submissions from all sides January 27, 2017 — Editorial: Let tracks drop dog and horse races February 7, 2017

Major photographic essay "Project Hound" captures rescued Australian greyhounds living in their forever homes February 7, 2017

Queensland government cancels plan to build new greyhound track in Logan after years of protests against it February 7, 2017 — Victory for local campaigners February 7, 2017 — State will instead build a Police Citizens Youth Centre on the site February 7, 2017 — Racing industry chafes under the decision February 7, 2017 — Greyhound racing in Logan is well and truly muzzled February 7, 2017

New rule requiring hydration of greyhounds on race days will be given a voluntary trial at one NSW race track November 24, 2016 — Hydration policy is to be extended to all tracks in NSW January 6, 2017 — Policy becomes mandatory Feb. 20 February 6, 2017 — Hydration policy meets with "mixed reaction" from the industry February 6, 2017

Ex-racing greyhounds are the pussycats of the canine world February 5, 2017

Racing greyhound hock injuries - Part 1 January 22, 2017 — Racing greyhound hock injuries - Part 2 January 28, 2017 — Racing greyhound hock injuries - Part 3 February 4, 2017

U.K. man gives his greyhound the "kiss of life" February 4, 2017

Newly appointed Racing Minister in New South Wales reassures the industry that last year's ban on greyhound racing is "dead and buried" February 3, 2017

Queensland greyhound trainer convicted of using piglets as live bait escapes fine and imprisonment February 3, 2017

Dublin racetrack cancels Saturday night racing as greyhound breeders and trainers plan to picket over grievances with the Irish Greyhound Board February 3, 2017 — Irish Labour Party says the industry is "in crisis" February 3, 2017

Florida protest calls for end to greyhound racing January 21, 2017 — Florida dog deaths spur push to end greyhound racing (with 2 TV news video reports) Undated

Greyhound dies of suspected heat stroke at NSW boarding kennel December 30, 2016 — RSPCA to conduct necropsy December 30, 2016 — Industry calls for reforms February 3, 2017

Portugal will welcome greyhounds rescued from Macau when infamous Canidrome racetrack shuts down January 18, 2017 — Animal welfare activists call for Macau to release greyhounds from the Canidrome to be rehomed February 2, 2017

Greyhound industry group in Australia is promoting illegal live hare coursing January 31, 2017

What I wish Id known before I got a greyhound January 31, 2017

Simple things you can do to help end greyhound racing January 31, 2017

Greyhound lover shares recipe for sweet potato dog cookies January 31, 2017

New Racing Minister for New South Wales was supporter of aborted attempt to ban greyhound racing last year January 30, 2017 — Government MPs who crossed the floor against greyhound ban left out of cabinet reshuffle January 31, 2017

Greyhounds used in medical experiments of dubious value in Australia January 30, 2017

Texas suspends greyhound trainer for 60 days and fines her $2,000 after five of her dogs test positive for caffeine and theophylline January 30, 2017

Pet greyhound owners in Whyalla, South Australia, will get together for a February 5 walk January 30, 2017

Greyhound racing protesters gather outside annual industry awards ceremony in London January 29, 2017

Three "hunting dogs" maul greyhound at north Auckland beach December 27, 2016 — Harry the greyhound is "back from the dead" December 28, 2016 — Harry is recovering well January 27, 2017

Australians convicted of greyhound doping offences have been among the most vocal opponents of shutting down the dog racing industry January 27, 2017 — New South Wales random drug testing turned up 62 positive results in second half of 2016, up from 36 in same period in 2015 January 27, 2017

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