February 6th 2012 3:35 pm
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I have a favor to ask all my pup pals. Did any of you see the Sketcher's commercial during the Superbowl last night? I am very upset by it. The commercial showed Sketcher's mascot, a french bulldog named Mr. Quiggly, running a race against greyhounds at the Tuscon Arizona race track. Mr. Quiggly won the race because he had Sketcher's shoes on! The Tuscon track is one of the worst greyhound tracks in the United States as far as abuse goes. The commercial made it seem like it was fun and happy. That isn't the way it is! I am asking that all my friends here on Dogster please consider boycotting Sketcher's shoes. I was so upset that I wrote a letter to Mr. Quiggly himself! Here is what I wrote:
Dear Mr. Quiggly,
My name is Isis. Actually my name wasn't always Isis. I used to be called Rosey Rosette when I was a racing dog at the Seabrook Greyhound Race Track in NH. I just wanted to express my deep disappointment that Sketcher's chose to show that terrible commercial during the Superbowl last night. It seems you have had a very pampered life. You are, after all a celebrity. I wasn't as fortunate. I was forced to race 14 times before I broke 4 bones in my left hind foot. My foot still bothers me today and always will. I was kept up to 23 hours a day in a tiny cage with only shredded paper for bedding. I never got to play with a toy and I never got good food to eat. The food they gave me was called 4D meat. It was rotten and not fit for human consumption. It was all I got to eat so I had no choice. Thankfully I was adopted when I was 2 1/2 years old. Adjustment after the race track was hard at first. I had never seen a bicycle, a TV, the inside of a house or even a dog of another breed! It took me 6 months to learn to play with a toy! I also didn't know how to climb stairs! I am grateful that I have a patient, understanding new mom and dad. They worked very hard to help me be the dog I am today (I am 5 now). Mom and dad changed my name to Isis so I would feel like a goddess! I love my new name and my new life. I was one of the lucky ones. Most injured greyhounds are killed because they can't make money any more. Some are even left to starve in their cages. It makes me very sad to think that my brothers and sisters are still out there having to suffer like I once did. It hurt me to see that commercial last night. Greyhound Racing is not a sport. It is not fun. It is very cruel. The Seabrook track closed down and I am happy about that. I want to see all the other tracks close down too. Could you PLEASE tell the people at Sketchers not to ever show that commercial again. I would be most grateful. Thank you very much.
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My furbrother Puffy and I stand beside you and will support your cause.