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you are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material).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

Ex-racing greyhounds kept in squalor and neglect by Texas company that sells their blood for transfusions September 21, 2017 — Video (disturbing images) September 21, 2017 — Washington Post investigates September 23, 2017 — Local sheriff and Texas Greyhound Association are investigating September 24, 2017

Opinion: Last year's tabloid media "jihad" against the greyhound racing ban in New South Wales September 24, 2017

Irish police investigate theft of top racing greyhound owned by Graham Holland December 6, 2016 — Greyhound recovered safe and well; four alleged kidnappers arrested December 7, 2016 — Phone call demanded 100,000 ransom December 8, 2016 — Men held over greyhound kidnapping released without charge December 8, 2016 — Pentobarbital found in Graham Holland's dogs January 1, 2017 — Graham Holland-trained champion dog tests positive for cocaine, twice September 13, 2017 — Champion Irish greyhound tests positive for cocaine September 14, 2017 — Editorial: This case is likely to be a "watershed event" September 14, 2017 — Investigators failed to notify Department of Agriculture about cocaine test results September 17, 2017 — Experts talk about the effect of cocaine on racing dogs September 18, 2017 — Why greyhounds are being given cocaine September 21, 2017 — IGB issue new protocols to trainers to combat accidental cocaine contamination (Satire) September 23, 2017

All about hookworms in greyhounds (podcast) September 23, 2017

Opinion: New Zealand dog racing industry has far to go before being accepted as a "sport" September 23, 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 — Greyhound rescue charity says this is far from an isolated case March 3, 2017 — Malcolm Taylor is banned from the industry September 23, 2017

Greyhounds Australasia moves to block exports of greyhounds to the USA for six months September 22, 2017 — Greyhounds Australasia rates the USA as "close to fully compliant" with required welfare standards September 23, 2017

Board revamp heralds new era for Racing Victoria September 21, 2017 —Board gets some new members, but none with a background in animal welfare September 22, 2017

Greyhound noseprint to be used as a design on a Royal Mint collectors' coin in 2018 September 22, 2017

Two Australian greyhound trainers are charged with possession of banned drugs September 22, 2017

West Virginia will have to end subsidies to greyhound racing if October 7 referendum fails to pass, warns governor September 22, 2017

New South Wales government announces names of three Commissioners who will head up the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission September 1, 2017 — Green Party doubts anything will change September 4, 2017 — Racing industry welcomes the announcement September 5, 2017 — NSW dog racer hails industry "reforms" September 21, 2017

Annual Greyhounds Reach the Beach event October 5-8 in Delaware September 20, 2017

Prisoners train greyhounds to be house pets September 17, 2017 — For racing greyhounds, prison can be the path to adoption September 20, 2017

Chinese "greyhound trainer" makes his dogs run, tethered behind his car, to increase their "stamina" September 19, 2017

Canberra Greyhound Racing Club chairman has all but resigned to the fact the ban on dog racing will come into effect September 16, 2017 — But next day the newspaper rushes to present a more optimistic industry viewpoint September 17, 2017 — Canberra dog racers insist the 2017 Canberra Cup won't be their last September 19, 2017 — Canberra racing industry will boycott meetings with transition task force September 19, 2017

Victoria's Greyhound Adoption Program assesses prey drive of dogs (with video) September 18, 2017

Pennsylvania greyhounds donate blood September 17, 2017

Racing Queensland still insists it has "zero tolerance to animal cruelty" September 16, 2017

Protecting your greyhound before, during, and after a disaster (Podcast) September 16, 2017

Forever Hounds Trust in U.K. auctions Rolling Stones tickets as fundraiser September 15, 2017

Racing resumes Sept. 16 at Derby Lane racetrack, after Hurricane Irma September 15, 2017

12-year-old greyhound survives brutal stabbing in a Dagenham, U.K. park (caution: disturbing image) September 12, 2017 — Senseless attack generates huge online response (caution: disturbing images) September 15, 2017

Review of book, The Dogs of Avalon June 20, 2017 — Excerpt from the book, entitled "The Greyhounds of Avalon" June 20, 2017 — Author to speak about the book in New Jersey Oct. 3 September 13, 2017

Australian nursing home adopts Sammy the greyhound April 26, 2016 — Sammy is the talk of the nursing home June 7, 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 — TV news video about Sammy April 20, 2017 — Sammy dies suddenly May 25, 2017 — Sammy's new replacement is a greyhound named Quade September 13, 2017

British greyhound rescue group raises funds for oxygen masks to treat animal victims of smoke inhalation March 16, 2016 — Campaign receives overwhelming response May 3, 2016 — Funds raised through monthly sighthound walks purchased canine oxygen masks for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service September 13, 2017

Mayor postpones "charity fundraising" night at Nottingham greyhound track over animal welfare concerns September 13, 2017

Florida racing greyhounds in for a rough weekend with Hurricane Irma September 7, 2017 — Derby Lane track is closed for at least a week September 7, 2017 — Leading animal protection groups criticize greyhound racing industry for lack of preparedness for major hurricane September 9, 2017 — Concerns raised over greyhound welfare as Hurricane Irma approaches September 9, 2017 — Greyhounds survived Irma September 12, 2017

Mobile Greyhound Park in Alabama will shut down forever on August 19 July 31, 2017 — Track issues press release July 31, 2017 — Declining market demand cited as reason for track closure August 1, 2017 — Plans afoot to relocate or adopt out the 400 greyhounds involved August 1, 2017 — Greyhound racing in Theodore heads to the finish line August 1, 2017 — Mobile Greyhound Park to end live races August 1, 2017 — Interview with president of Alabama Sighthound Adoptions in Mobile (TV news video) August 1, 2017 — Forty greyhounds find homes in Indiana September 12, 2017

Greyhound adoption is becoming more popular in Tasmania September 9, 2017

Four trainers in Victoria and South Australia are disciplined for failed drug tests September 9, 2017

Another $1.6 million in public funds is being spent to fight corrupt practices in the racing industry in Victoria, Australia September 9, 2017

Scottish pet shop raises cash for charity that helps abused greyhounds September 8, 2017

Georgia the greyhound provides therapy to aged care residents in New South Wales September 8, 2017

Racing industry in NSW is asked for ideas on how to keep itself alive with reduced breeding numbers September 7, 2017

Industry grumbles as Gosford track in New South Wales is closed for repairs September 6, 2017

Irish greyhound trainers convicted of live-baiting are still heavily involved in the industry April 13, 2017 — Greyhound trainer banned for live baiting in Australia now happily accepted by the Irish racing industry April 15, 2017 — After fleeing prosecution in Australia and working for two years in the Irish greyhound industry, Christopher Connolly is deemed unfit to hold a "kennelhand authorisation" September 5, 2017

South Australian greyhound trainer fined over "sexually stimulating" dog before race January 24, 2017 [article no longer online] — Newspaper apologizes to South Australian greyhound trainer for defamatory comments September 3, 2017

Four-legged friends delight care home residents in Kidderminster September 2, 2017

Annual Walk & Chili Cook-off event Sept. 10 will raise funds for greyhound rescue in New Hampshire August 31, 2017

Turkish man breeds greyhounds for export to Gulf states August 30, 2017

Gulf Greyhound Park in Texas will not offer live or simulcast races for at least the next year August 30, 2017

Successful fundraiser for greyhound rescue in Hertfordshire town August 30, 2017

Best dog breeds for retired people August 30, 2017

Victoria state issues new planning requirements for greyhound kennels and training facilities August 29, 2017

Ex-racer wins Best in Show at annual Essex Dog Day August 29, 2017

Florida "racinos" are accused of running illegal card games August 28, 2017

Australia: Ten more discipline decisions in seven days August 28, 2017

Shocking injury and death statistics at Ebro racetrack in Florida are accidentally revealed to the public August 27, 2017

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