Friday, November 24, 2017


***Check out the contest Greyhound Pets of America is running on Facebook – go to Facebook then go to Greyhound Pets of America - National***
Hi, I'm a Black Greyhound and I need your help. There's a group out there called Greyhound Pets of America. If you haven't heard of them, check them out. They're pretty cool. They are volunteers and LOVE Greyhounds and would do anything for them. Because of this, I decided to solicit a bunch of my friends to help me raise money for them.
When discussing what we could do, one friend suggested a competition (you know how much we love to compete). My friends all think they are the "best dog ever". So, in the spirit of friendly competition, we decided to have our humans submit their favorite photo of us. YOU get to decide which one of us will hold the title of BEST BLACK GREYHOUND.
Check out all the photos below and vote for the one you feel best suited for the title of BEST BLACK GREYHOUND. My friends are listed in alphabetical order along with the group's name that helped them find their forever home.
Once you've decided on your favorite, click this link and click on the DONATE button. For every dollar you donate, my friend and their group will get one vote. So, if you donate $10 that = 10 votes. The more you donate, the more votes my friend and their group will get.
When the competition is over, the dog with the most donations/votes wins the title of BEST BLACK GREYHOUND and their group along with Greyhound Pets of America will split the donations. It's a win-win for all.
The contest runs from 11/24 (Black Friday) at 7:00 a.m. to 11/27 (Cyber Monday) at 11:00 p.m. EST.
Please help us help our friends at Greyhound Pets of America.
A Black Greyhound
Greyhound Pets of America is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible as permitted by law. Your PayPal or Credit Receipt is proof of donation.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Part III - Ethical-fair-good-honest-honorable vs. Bad-dishonest-immoral-improper-unethical

UPDATE – As of the time and date of this blog, the alleged "allegations" and incorrect statements that were distributed against Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) via Facebook have finally been retracted.

There is never a reason not to do the right thing and no excuses to not follow proper procedure and protocol at all times regarding our greyhounds. Any group that will not take back their adopted greyhounds – Shame On You!!!

In the near future I will be posting a list of all the current true GPA chapters so that the public can be apprised of what are real charter members of Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) with operating procedures they must follow and national oversite. This will allow you to know the difference between a true Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) chapter and groups who chose a name with an acronym of " GPA" in order to trick you into thinking they are something they are not.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

PART 2: Ethical-fair-good-honorable vs. Bad-dishonest-immoral-improper-unethical

"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always” -  Albert Schweitzer

Remember when Coca-Cola dropped New Coke on us and tried to convince the consumer that it was just like the old Coke? Coke drinkers knew better and even as much as Coca-Cola tried to convince us it had the same taste, we all knew it was not Coke, it was fake Coke.

In the greyhound world we have some organizations trying to pretend they are still Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) chapters but please be aware they are fake GPA’s and no longer have any connections to the real GPA. These groups are former GPA chapters who left Greyhound Pets of America by their own choice and yet chose names like Greyhound Pet Adoptions, so that they can fool the public into believing they are part of the real GPA with using a name that still has the acronym GPA.

In Part 1 of this series, we learned that a Ms. Darla Dean is accusing Greyhound Pets of America of not taking responsibility of the greyhound supposedly returned by its owner. I say supposedly as Ms. Dean has not contacted GPA-National with the facts regarding this situation. 

Continuing to smear Greyhound Pets of America, one of Ms. Deans friends has now jumped in with this defense. This friend states as her fact that the organization has been “outed” because of a photo of a dog tag. However, this outing is not an outing of Greyhound Pets of America as this friend of Ms. Dean tries to paint:

While this photo clearly shows a G.P.A. Florida Southeast Coast dog tag, this particular chapter of Greyhound Pets of America resigned its GPA charter in the 2014-time frame and now goes by the name of Greyhound Pet Adoptions S.E. Florida...yes, a fake GPA. Per the Greyhound Pet Adoptions S.E. Florida website their phone number is 561.478.3006. Clearly Ms. Dean's issue is with Greyhound Pet Adoptions S.E. Florida regarding this 4-year-old greyhound.

While this photo shows a dog tag, one of 4 that is being claimed to have been on the dog Ms. Dean pulled from the shelter, GPA-National would have no record of a dog that was adopted via a former chapter after they have left the organization especially if the former chapter was just "using up" old dog tags rather than destroying them. Sadly, over the years GPA has received countless calls via the 800 number regarding found greyhounds with out of date tags from former chapters however existing GPA chapters have always stepped up to assist these greyhound’s former chapters would not take back.

As of the date and time of this blog post, GPA-National has yet to receive nor did receive any contact regarding this dog nor information on the history of this dog.

While the photo clearly has the GPA 800 number on it the dog tag in question, Ms. Dean knows from her days with GPA that if she had called the 800 number one of our volunteers would have returned the call. Also, she is well aware of and can easily find the GPA website and from there could have emailed any and all of the 5 GPA National officers with this situation. Why she elected the path she has taken is something only she can say. Is bashing an organization she once left more fun? Only Ms. Dean can say. I can tell you from my own experiences with GPA over the years, the real GPA would have done everything to bring this greyhound into the real GPA family even though placement was done by a wannabe GPA.

It is time for Ms. Dean to stop slandering a well-respected national greyhound adoption program, and it is time for the fake GPA’s to stop using our name and information.

Ms. Dean can share the facts with the GPA National officers and set the record straight. 

Why she has not only she can say.

Well Darla and friends - I leave you with this:

Ethical-fair-good-honest-honorable vs. Bad-dishonest-immoral-improper-unethical (Part I)

With a title like that I imagine many of my readers are expecting another episode of "As the Humane Advocate Protectors Squirm". Not this time however today's blog is about someone who is of a like mind as our least favorite “humane advocate protectors” so it doesn’t surprise me at all that she stooped to behavior that is clearly bad, dishonest, immoral and improper so as to smear a long standing, well-respected greyhound adoption organization and make herself appear as a social media savior of greyhounds. 

I’ve been involved with Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) on various levels since 1993. During my tenure as a GPA National officer, I have reviewed and addressed numerous complaints and investigations and I know that if an issue is correctly reported to GPA regarding someone doing the greyhounds wrong and/or not following policy and procedures, GPA takes the issue seriously and does all it can to rectify the situation.

The following post was made on October 28th 2017 on Facebook.

Please note that the red arrow points to the world icon which in Facebook jargon means that the person who posted it has made it available to the world to see and read and did not make it a post only visible to her Facebook friends or a select group of people. She alone is the one who made a public post with allegations and opened that post for the entire Facebook community to see. She had no problem with her name being on such post, so I will address her by name in this blog, as it is only fair considering she saw nothing wrong with opening her views to the social media public.  And in fairness I will tell you that a group of people could not see Ms. Darla Dean's Facebook post nor could they respond to Ms. Dean's post and allegations against a national greyhound adoption group because Ms. Dean has blocked several Greyhound Pets of America (GPA)-National officers and spouses for reasons unknown to any of the GPA-National officers and as such the GPA-National officers could not respond to Ms. Dean's litany of allegations and insults regarding GPA. As of the date and time of this blog's posting Ms. Dean has still not contacted GPA regarding her allegations, has not unblocked anyone to allow them to respond to her Facebook post or retracted her incorrect portrayal of the adoption standards of Greyhound Pets of America. 

Blocking individuals on social media to make sure the facts are also blocked. Could this be a trick she learned from other "humane advocate protectors"? Was she hoping to inflict damage? Did she think the facts would remain hidden?

Doing right by the greyhounds means that you will always speak truthfully and report any improper behavior to the proper authorities. What type of person uses a greyhound in a position of true need and spins it into a diatribe of self-glory? As of the date and time of this blog, Darla Dean has failed to contact anyone with Greyhound Pets of America – National.

I can assure all of my readers, if a GPA chapter failed this greyhound I will do all within my powers to rectify the issue. If Darla Dean, who is a former GPA member and who left GPA of her own free will, now feels the need to smear each and every one of the many hard-working volunteer’s GPA as well as members of the National Greyhound Association then SHAME ON YOU DARLA DEAN!

Darla, you can resolve this by providing me all correspondence in possession and timelines as to your claims that a “GPA Chapter turned its back on this greyhound”

Darla don’t you agree that resolving the “alleged” issue directly with GPA-National officers would have been the ethical, fair, honorable and responsible way to handle things rather than a global post smearing the members of GPA? If it is indeed all about the greyhounds isn't that what someone who believes it is all about the greyhounds would have done?

I and the Greyhound Pets of America-National officers as well as the social media world at large await the reasons for your "allegations" against GPA and your full accounting as to EXACTLY why you failed to contact Greyhound Pets of America yet took possession of a returned greyhound and rehomed it and then berated GPA publicly.

UPDATE – As of the time and date of this blog, the alleged "allegations" and incorrect statements that were distributed against Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) via Facebook have finally been retracted.  After reading parts I&II be sure and read Part III

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Is it all about the greyhounds?

This past weekend I was at The Dewey Gathering and noticed just a few folks wearing a purple shirt which they purchased from an event held in a national hotel chain brand in Lewes/Rehoboth Beach, Delaware area during the same weekend.

The back of the purple shirt had the slogan “It’s all about the Greyhounds”, yet this shirt was purchased from an organization that is run by an individual who is a convicted child molester who is required by law to register for life as a sex offender. 

What was the crime of this individual? Molesting two young girls. 

What does this individual's organization bring in from the t-shirt sales and donate to greyhound adoption? Difficult for anyone to know as the organization files a 990N and thus a factual financial report of anything is unavailable to the public, who apparently is to fully believe the word of this individual when it comes to donations. Much like parents believed that a teacher was on the up and up then suddenly discover the teacher is molesting children.

So, while you may be proud to wear a shirt that says “It’s all about the Greyhounds” which was sold to you by this individual, be very sure it really is about what you are being told and it is not really about paying event expenses, reimbursements and frills for the organizer first and only then if there are leftovers will anything be donated to greyhound adoption, providing of course that those greyhound adoption groups volunteer their time to "work" at the individual’s events

So what next? Is someone going to start an on-line fundraiser to get donations to help this individual's not-for-profit so that his not-for-profit can raise funds?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Grey2K, I Reject Your Hate (By guest blogger)

Grey2K, I Reject Your Hate

By Dick Ciampa

Grey2K, I reject your hate on all levels because you stir the pot and you stir the pot so much and eventually someone will snap. Look at what has gone on around the world and here in the U.S. the past few years. Las Vegas,  Pulse Nightclub, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Columbine, France, England, Belgium  and more.

So I reject your hate.

A couple of weeks ago someone posted this on your Facebook page.

This comment was because you stirred the pot and made up a story about the greyhounds being in harm’s way and how the greyhound industry wasn’t going to evacuate the dogs during Hurricane Irma. However, you knew there was never any intention of moving the dogs because they have always been safer hunkering down in place.  However, you had to stir the pot so much that someone wants to shoot us on sight.

So I reject your hate.

I reject your hate because you have to lie to get people, people that donate to you, to believe you.  You outright lied about Derby Lane giving each kennel $5000.00 to evacuate. Didn't you?  You made it up to stir the pot, you made it up to hate.

You knew Derby Lane gave each kennel $5000.00 to buy food, water and anything else they needed to hunker down with the dogs at the kennel. You knew because the site you got the information from said so.

You tried to use Hurricane Irma as a giant donation button.  Hate on the greyhound industry and prey on your donors.  You are a money predator; you are the Face of Evil.

You never told your donors that Palm Beach Kennel Cub gave each kennel $10,000 nor did you tell your donors that Sanford Orlando gave each kennel $2000.00 or that Sanford Orlando brought in a 1000 gallon water truck so the kennels would have plenty of water.

You sat in your plush offices 1200 miles away and turned good into evil.  Turned good into a donation button.You can't save a person from 1200 miles away.  You can't save a greyhound from 1200 miles away, but you can collect donations from 1200 miles away. 

So I reject your hate.

After Irma passed and life in Florida was getting back to some normalcy, did you ever tell the people that were waiting for information from you that all the dogs were safe?  Did you ever tell your donors if the greyhound industry listened to you that hundreds of dogs would have died?  Maybe thousands if there were enough haulers.

Did you ever tell your donors that you never had the greyhounds best interest in mind only your own? Your only interest was to stir the pot to get donors to donate.  That is what money predators do.

So I reject your hate.  I reject your evil.  I reject you.

***Note:  Do we need to have a discussion about gun control, or do we first need to discuss who and why has access to our politicians? Organizations such as this hate based organization have unchecked access to many politicians and often times is pushing legislation that is based on its own hate based philosophy?***


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tick, Tock?????

Does anyone find it a bit disturbing that a convicted child molester with lifetime sex offender registration uses the phrase "Tick,Tock Clarice" in a newsletter regarding an upcoming greyhound event where children and women may be present?

Simplicity – what needs does a convicted child molester desire?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

You have a choice……….

October is fast approaching which means it is that time of year again when 2 greyhound events are held during the same weekend in Delaware. 

One is called The Dewey Gathering.

The other is run and owned by an individual who has the requirement to register as a sex offender for their entire life.  

The reason for a prison term and lifetime sex offender regstration?  Molesting two innocent young girls.

You have a choice. 

You can help support greyhound adoption efforts directly.

Or you can support a convicted child molester and allow him to choose how much and to whom your donations and registration fees benefit...after all of the individual's expenses are covered. Are you 100% positive the individual can be trusted with children, money or animals? Do you feel that just because a convicted child molester with lifetime sex offender registration is involved with greyhounds that it makes everything "aok" in your eyes?

when is sexual predator kid friendly?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Common Sense………..

We often hear people ask "Whatever happened to common sense?".

Thinking about common sense in the greyhound world one may ask - Why don’t “humane advocate protectors” and those who care about racing greyhounds get along? What happened to common sense?

In order to have common sense people must have something in common. While one might say greyhounds are what is in common, I disagree. “Humane advocate protectors” use greyhounds to lay the ground work for their true objectives - a world free of gambling, a world that is 100% vegan, a world where animals have the same legal rights as humans and perhaps most disturbing, a world free of any animals as pets.

Many “humane advocate protectors” have an effortless way to earn a living. You do realize your donations pay the salaries of “humane advocate protectors”, don't you?  How easy it is to use a greyhound to tug at the publics financial heartstrings so that they keep hitting that donate button allowing the “humane advocate protectors” to lobby and wine and dine whoever they need to in order to push their agenda and depriving greyhound adoption programs - the true individuals who help ex-racing greyhound find homes - of much needed financial support which truly is 100% for the greyhounds. 

To deny or reject what a greyhound is and their history is not something one does if they truly love the breed. 

Can the “humane advocate protectors” have common sense if they cannot love the greyhounds for what they are as well as what they have been? How can they claim to know what is best for greyhounds if they do not have hands on experience with all aspects of greyhounds? 

As with a good marriage or a good relationship, success comes from mutual love, mutual understanding and a mutual willingness for give and take in order to make things better for a common goal. That's simply common sense. But if one side looks only to destroy what exists or demand the other side to all things "their way", what sense does that make?

Perhaps if the “humane advocate protectors” made the effort to understand and love the greyhound, we would all have something in common.

Friday, August 11, 2017

What’s in a Name…….

Name recognition is a number one item for many corporations and politicians. In the greyhound world, it is equally important. Greyhound Pets of America for instance has built up a name recognition over the years as being a leader in greyhound welfare, placement and speaking truthfully. Under the Greyhound Pets of America banner over 90,000 ex-racing greyhounds have found homes.

Greyhound Pets of America is also commonly called GPA and has been known by and associated with those letters since 1987.

While it is understandable that in the course of 30 years, several GPA chapters have broken away to be independent adoption groups, it may come as a shock to some of you that many of these newly independent groups who have voluntarily left the GPA family have chosen new group names oddly similar to Greyhound Pets of America who's initials condense to GPA, thus causing an unknowing public to think that they follow the same standards, accountability, honesty, financial responsibility and actions as the true GPA chapters. Why it is almost like these groups who no longer wish to be part of the GPA family still wish to be viewed as, thought of and referred to as "GPA" by the donating and adoption public. Seems a bit deceptive.

So, the next time a group tells you they are "GPA", do yourself a favor and verify that they are indeed a true, original GPA and not a group coyly presenting themselves as GPA in an attempt to fool the unknowing into thinking they are still a part of an organization they chose to leave.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Cocaine in Racing Greyhounds

To: Greyhound Pets of America and friends of greyhounds,

Wish I was writing to you under different circumstances. I’m sure many of you have read or heard about a news article getting lots of attention of late regarding positive tests regarding racing greyhounds in Florida.

While it is true that some greyhounds have tested positive, a lot is yet unknown. Many of you may know that I also serve as a racing regulator in the State of Arizona. One huge lesson I’ve learned during my 5 plus years as a racing official hearing various cases and appeals is that it’s best
to wait for all the factual information, let those charged with investigating perform that investigation and present their findings before formulating an opinion.

Right now as I see it, and I’m looking at it as someone who has loved and worked on behalf of the greyhounds for 24 years,
 we are seeing very few facts and lots of hearsay and accusations.  I would encourage everyone to hold back on any judgement until investigation is completed and all appeals have been exhausted.

I will also say, if someone is responsible for physically giving racing greyhounds cocaine, I hope those charged with performing the investigation find that person and prosecute to the fullest. If individuals or organizations are currently being falsely accused and investigation finds that out, I hope they are fully vindicated.

Greyhound Pets of America - National

Friday, June 23, 2017

I Am Done Hiding – Part II

You may tire of reading how I feel that the individual running and participating in family friendly greyhound events who is a lifetime registered sex offender and convicted child molester must step away from the greyhound adoption community and those adoption groups and greyhound vendors who enable this individual should also be boycotted. Some of you do not agree with me but after reading both parts 1 & 2 of the story of a fellow member of our greyhound community written in their own words, a person many of you know and have had involvement with, if you still feel the need to support/condone/embrace a registered lifetime sex offender and convicted child molester as part of the family friendly greyhound community please comment on this blog using your real name and tell the world why such a person should be celebrated in the greyhound community now that you know what far too many in the adoption community have suffered at the hands of child molesters, sex offenders and sexual deviates.

I am now an adult.

I am expected to just get over this.

I am expected to forgive and forget.

Please tell me how. Please.

How do I forget ropes digging into my wrists and being beaten until my legs bled because it was a turn on?

How am I to forget hair being yanked out of my scalp for not doing something right?

How am I to forget shirts shoved in my mouth to shut me up or choked until I passed out, only to wake up to the preacher on top of me?

How am I to forget eight grown men doing what they did for hours on end all night long as I cried and begged them to stop and begging to die?

How do you forget?


One whole bottle of Tramadol, one whole bottle of Vicodin, a bottle of Oxycontin, a bottle of Percocet and washing them with two bottles of Jose Cuervo.

But what do you do when God says NO, YOU'RE TO LIVE. Well, that I can answer. You live. And you sit here writing this between tears. You can't forget. 

You look at other people's children, and you cry “That will never be you”. You deal with men not wanting to date you or marry you because you can't give them children.

You give up on life.

You give up.

And you're picked up. Through Christ, I've found my way.

It's not easy but I'm here. I'm here to tell my story. To tell others that they can overcome this too

That doesn't mean forgetting.

So does someone who attacked a child deserve to be forgiven? True, Christ says to forgive. However in our day we have laws and those laws say to protect. Those laws are made to protect others against those who do something so horrible that they are designated a lifelong offender. I'm a victim of someone who should have been. I'm a victim of those of you who look the other way. I'm a victim of those of you who say a person is changed and good. You don't have to live with waking up in the middle of the night screaming because you're petrified someone just woke you up choking you. You don't live with having PTSD. You don't have to live with severe anxiety. No, you don't.

You look the other way and choose to see a monster as being a wonderful person. Good for you.

But I'm supposed to “get over it”? Ok. I will.

Will you take away my memories?

Will you heal my insides and allow me to have my own children?

Will you heal the other scars on my body?

No. You can't.

I'm almost 39 years old. I still wake up screaming to this day. I can't see anything on TV  even remotely like what I endured or I have flashbacks for days on end. I'm there again. I feel the belt. I feel the preacher ripping my insides out. I feel the beating. I feel the pain... the blood…the humiliation. I hear the yelling that it was my fault. I caused this. I provoked this.

Tell me how as a six year old girl, I forced a grown man, a Baptist preacher, to tie me up, beat me until I bled and rape every part of my body until I passed out and continue doing it until he felt he was done? Explain to me how I caused this? What did I ever do?

So tell why are you standing up for someone who harmed innocent children? Are you not interested because it does not involve you? What if it were your child? You wouldn't ignore them, would you?

I am part of your world. I've walked beside many of you, talked to you and had meals with you. I've been taught to be ashamed of my past. To hide it. Never speak of it. It's taken me over thirty years to discover there are those who fight for those of us who are innocent.

I'm done hiding in the shadows. I'm done hiding behind closed doors and closed minds. I'm done with abusers getting away with it or being allowed to lie about it or having others say “he’s okay because it was years ago”.   

It's been over thirty years for me, too and I have to live with this the rest of my life.

I am done hiding behind the curtain of shame. This is me. This is my story. This is my book of life. God helped me overcome this so I can help others, and I can't do that when I still hide.

So I'm standing up. No more shame.

I am Jennifer Boswell.

I am the director of the Alabama Greyhound Rescue And Adoption Center.

I am a survivor.

I'll be here to protect others like me who didn't know where to go, what to do, or how to heal.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I Am Done Hiding – Part I

I have been once again contacted by an individual in the greyhound community who shared their heartbreaking story of childhood sexual assault and has asked me to share it with my readers. This story pulls no punches. It is not easy to read. Both my wife and I cried after reading it. This story shows the trauma, the pain of an abused child and also exactly how a child molester can and does alter the life and rob the innocence of the children they molest.

I Am Done Hiding - Part I

My story and survival begins before I was born.

My biological mother was an alcoholic, RX drug addict, and had a life threatening auto immune disease. Due to a blood transfusion, she contacted Hepatitis B. I know my mother did not want me. I survived medications that were supposed to make her miscarry me. Then I survived a saline abortion. I was due November 28th, but was born Aug 3rd.

My mother was in the hospital until I was six years old due to her auto immune disease. Sometimes she was able to come home for a weekend, sometimes not. My grandmother raised me and took care of her mother as well. My great-grandmother was Cherokee and we spoke our language until she passed. Soon after her passing my grandmother met a preacher and they began a common law marriage. This preacher forbid us speaking anything but English, and it was quickly learned that being anything but Caucasian was severely shameful. My hair, once black as night and down to my ankles, was cut short and dyed red. The preacher loved the movie “Annie” and said I looked like her. I cried. I hated that movie. I still do.

My grandmother worked near her house and allowed me to go home to fix a sandwich or watch cartoons rather than stay the full day at her work with her. One particular day, the preacher was home.

I was six years old the first time I learned about sex. I had bruises all over from trying to get away. I still remember hurting so much. My mom was home that weekend. She came to pick me up that evening. When I told her what had happened... well... I would like to tell you that he was arrested. I can't. Instead, I'm here to speak the truth. I was slapped hard enough that I got a black eye. My mother dragged me to my grandmother and the preacher and I was forced to tell them the “lie” I had told her and made to apologize for lying. That was the beginning of eight years of repeated rape by the same preacher. My only friend at the time, a Doberman, once tried to protect me. I was eight and had enough that day of the preacher and yelled at him. He grabbed me by my throat and threw me through the kitchen window. My grandmother witnessed it, but she only focused on my Doberman attacking the preacher. I remember her coming out to the porch and fussing at me that it was my fault for starting it, all the while pulling glass out of me. I still bear those scars on my back and arms. My Doberman was killed the next day by the preacher, and everything got much worse. I would go to school petrified of not knowing if he would be the one picking me up from school. It was nothing uncommon for me to have severe stomach ulcers from stress. I did my best to stay with my grandmother, but he would find reasons that I needed to go back to the house, and I was forced to go.

I never bothered telling my mom about the neighborhood boys. What difference would it have made that three boys pushed me off my bike and dragged me into the woods.

When I was twelve, my biological mother had a friend and insisted that I become her daughter's friend. I was never interested in either of them, but my mother insisted. She insisted one day we go to some family gathering of her friends. That night I found out why I was forced to go. I wasn't worth what my mother sold me for. As she sat getting high and drunk, I was gang raped by eight men. Of course it was all my fault. My mother being a psychiatric nurse was good at mind games. For years, I believed it was my fault.

The first time I went to see a gynecologist he was startled to see the internal (in addition to external) damage I had. I was told I would never be able to conceive or give birth to children. Never. Yet again, this was all my fault. Yet again another reason for my mom to hit me.”

Part II will be posted 6/23/17

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Lasting Scars of Child Molestation

I recently received communication from a member of the greyhound community who chose to share their story of childhood sexual assault and granted me permission to share their words. I am once again humbled and honored to be trusted in such a way.

Greyhounds have been a part of my life for 24 years and the knowledge that an individual who is a lifetime registered sex offender and convicted child molester is embraced/supported/admired in the greyhound community continues to sicken me especially after reading accounts as I am about to share with you, knowing that women, men & children with histories much the same are also part of the greyhound community and attend greyhound or sighthound related events, often having to come face to face with an individual known to them to be a child molester who must register for life as a sex offender due to the severity of the crimes.

If after you finish reading my blog, you are able to utter phrases like - "I don't care, it wasn't me or my child" or "the individual served his time" or "as long as the individual helps greyhounds, it does not matter that they sexually abused children" - I pity you and fail to understand how you show such little regard for children yet profess to be willing to do "anything to protect greyhounds".

These are the words of someone in the greyhound community that is most likely known to many of you. Someone who truly helps the dogs.

"I wanted to comment about your informative posts regarding the sex abuser. When I was a child, I was molested repeatedly by 2 older brothers.

The molestation started when they were teenagers, and continued after they reached the age of 18. With today's openness and awareness of sexual abuse, these 2 molesters, had this molestation happened today, would have likely severed prison time and had to register as sex offenders. But this happened in the 1970's.

My molesters are free to live their lives, while I carry deep, deep scars that will forever be painful. I appreciate you making people aware of this abuser’s history so hopefully parents can take steps to protect their children from him.

The molestation I suffered was painful. But far more painful to me are the decades since, where I see (on Facebook) pictures of my molesters among other family members...all smiling together. It feels like a huge slap in my face that people who know what these two did to me not only accept my molesters, but share photos of them together smiling, and it shows up on my Facebook page. I fear I will always be their victim. So... thank you for sticking up for the victims whose lives are forever scarred by this man.

I recognize that this man has "done his time", but parents need to be aware of him so they can protect their children. I also want to point out that parents need always be on guard, because not all molesters have been caught and identified publicly. My molesters go to church most Sundays and may seem like decent people. They are not. Please watch your children and trust no one. Family members and adults who should be able to he trusted with your children (teachers, priests, other clergy, scout leaders, etc.) are often the perpetrators. If you care to share my message, you have my permission. Please keep my name private however.... Again, thank you for taking a stand to protect children."

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Bully Pulpit of West Virginia...............

On January 21ST of 2017 a delegate from the State of West Virginia made the above post on her Facebook page.

Today this same delegate is using pictures and stories from other countries attacking the very livelihood of hundreds of West Virginians.

I would hope this delegate knows it will be difficult to make West Virginia great again with all the falsehood attacks and images from other countries inferring that it is in actuality West Virginia.

As a Republican, I must say this particular delegate is an embarrassment to the party and if she were a Democrat she’d be an embarrassment to them as well.

Oh, but this particular delegate was not done telling others how they should conduct themselves. In response to the above post, the delegate had this to say:

May I offer up a word of advice here……… Madame Delegate, since you have used Facebook as a personal bully pulpit the last couple of days against hard working, tax paying citizens of West Virginia, give it a rest and resort to what old timers in politics called discovery legislative practices. That is, you investigate, you learn, you debate and then you vote, you do not listen to lobbyists from other states, you do the will of the people locally!

And politicians wonder why so many Americans are tired and fed up with the political shenanigans of Republicans and Democrats acting all high and mighty while belittling the other side!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

When Is Sexual Predator "Kid Friendly"?

Currently in the greyhound adoption community there is a convicted child molester who is required by law to register for life as a sex offender due to the nature and severity of his crimes against two innocent children. The crimes were committed in the state of Wisconsin when this individual was in their mid-to-late 30's.

When arrested the individual who committed these most heinous of acts was in a position of respect and authority employed as a teacher. Anyone who has studied the patterns of child molesters knows they often seek positions of authority and respect in order to groom and lure their victims. Do you know that an individual with the legal requirement of lifetime sex offender registration who now presents themselves as a “greyhound event coordinator” is perceived by some in the greyhound community as "ok" and who protect/embrace/promote the individual claiming “It’s all about the greyhounds”?

According to Wisconsin, an individual is required to register as a sex offender so that the public is furnished with information regarding the convicted sex offender’s whereabouts. Providing this information is a critical step towards encouraging the public to develop constructive plans to prepare themselves and their families.

The following photo was taken at a greyhound event, designated on Facebook as being "kid friendly". Was the family in this picture alerted and/or given information that a convicted child molester who has life time sex offender registration requirements would or could be in attendance thus allowing parents to be alert and to develop constructive plans to prepare themselves and their families about an individual who is known to the event organizers prior to the event?

From this day forward, I will always be in possession of flyers with information on this convicted child molester who has lifetime sex offender registration so that if this individual is at an event that I’m attending where families with minor children and woman are in attendance, I will notify the event organizers and leave it to them as to how they inform those attending the event. I will also inform all woman and families with children that I am familiar with who may be in attendance of this individuals presence by handing them informational flyers so they can take steps towards being alert and shielding themselves, even if that means requesting their registration fees back due to not being told of the risk prior to walking in the door. My intent is not to deny the individual right of way however the protection of any and all children attending family friendly greyhound events and all women who in any capacity would be fearful of being in close proximity to an individual with lifetime sex offender registration is of great importance.

If this individual, this convicted child molester, this lifetime sex offender registrant feels their past, their present and their crimes should remain secret and hidden away then this individual needs to stay away from any and all greyhound related activities where women and children are present.

It is not only or all about our greyhounds. It is also about the women and the children of our greyhound adoption community who deserve to enjoy a greyhound event that they have paid registration to attend without fear or emotional stress, especially when the individual is known to the event organizers or could be the event organizer. 

It should be noted that the individual’s attorneys were informed of this fact in 2016. It is not unusual for the individual to hire attorneys in an attempt to silence and discredit those who present the facts. Also in 2016, the individual’s attorneys were informed that if the individual does not attend any greyhound events where small children are involved, or attending with their parents, there would be no reason to call his criminal history to the attention of others who are unaware of it.

We live in a world where victimization of children is sadly commonplace and such assaults will forever alter the lives of innocent children. It is for that reason that the Congress and state legislatures around the county have implemented reporting laws so that people with small children can be extra cautious around those who have histories as sexual predators.

As the picture obviously shows, children are present at greyhound events.
Is it not time to say enough is enough and unwelcome/unembraced/unsupport a known individual who molested children and has been trying to silence anyone who expresses concern for the welfare and wellbeing of all in our community?