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I don't believe, and have seen no reason to believe, ... I never watch one for more than five (ten) minutes.

That's admirable, but although, notionally, I'd like to think I'd be the same, I do love my moments of escapism. ... soapy style detective drama, or even a good doco are part of my relief from work, as is this place.

Foo, we're in agreement, then. I do watch TV, an hour or three most days. Just not those shows. CDB
According to one page, greyhound racing is legal in 16 states (including Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia, and I'm not sure what others; TWERKIF).

About 20 years ago, Wisconsin had about 7 Greyhound tracks. There was a brief heydey of maybe 6 years, and then the Indians got permission to have casinos. End of profitability for the dog tracks. I don't really know that having such a track/conducting such races would be illegal, but you know, stupidity comes free.
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Among enthusiasts for coursing hounds (gaze hounds/sight hounds) there are hobby and special interest meets in which a triangular course is set up with a handkerchief that is towed rapidly along a wire*. On some TV channel, I have seen such coursing competitions in which there are 3 to 4 whippets, or greyhounds, borzois, etc. released to chase the hanky.

The slower dogs are able to catch up sometimes because they can see when the hanky turns a corner, and they cut across. They are disqualified, of course, but they have more fun, catching the hanky and getting some rewards. These people wouldn't dream of putting their dogs into a regular stakes race, of course, but they like to get together with other breeders and rescuers.
They have some "earth dog" competitions, too, for terriers. Those are a bit scary for the rats, but the animals otherwise aren't harmed.

*I can recall a couple of different nature stories about cheetah rescues in Africa, in which a similar wire-and-hanky rig is used to train cheetahs for rehabilitation to the wild.
Hardly the same thing: The hare did nothing to deserve such a fate.

Thought that rabbit was a robot. CDB

Note that I made a distinction between the "hare" mentioned by Mike and the "rabbit" which I mentioned, the latter being a device rather than an actual animal. Note that I called the device a "rabbit" (usually a "mechanical rabbit") because I have never heard it called a "hare." I just now did a Google search and found the following:
"dog track" rabbit greyhound
1,040 hits
dogtrack rabbit greyhound
18 hits

"dog track" hare greyhound
693 hits

dogtrack hare greyhound
58 hits

Looking at the results of the last two searches, I find a number of sites having to do with the UK, so it may well be that it is more often known as a "hare" there. However, I have to presume that what Mike Lyle was referring to was an actual hare.

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Poodles were bred to kill, Standards as hunting dogs for large game, miniature and toys as ratters, they are very aggressive dogs. Wolfhounds were bred to hunt wolves. Dobermams were bred as guard dogs, that is as anti-people dogs.
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"Pat Durkin" > Among enthusiasts for coursing hounds (gaze hounds/sight hounds) there are
hobby and special interest meets in which a triangular course is set upwith a handkerchief that is towed rapidly along ... stories about cheetah rescuesin Africa, in which a similar wire-and-hanky rig is used to train cheetahsfor rehabilitation to the wild.

At the Wonderland Greyhound Track in Revere Ma. a dog stumbled badly going into the first turn. This was a smarter than average dog though,rather than futilely chasing the pack hre decided to go the other direction and ambush the mechanical rabbit at the finish line, needless to say that dog won't chase any more rabbits, it took quite the wallop and he was knocked senseless.It was quite funny actually and the dog wasn't hurt.
The greyhounds race after a flopsy bunny thing called an ... a box,and the dogs chase it. Cf trapshooting, I suppose.

This seems like silly latter-day terminology. A race is a courseand a course is a race.

Not on any living lips anywhere outside the Unified Kingdom of Fontania.

Mike.
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Looking at the results of the last two searches, I find a number of sites having to do with the ... as a "hare" there. However, I have to presume that what Mike Lyle was referring to was an actual hare.

Somewhere in the thread I think I have made clear that greyhound racing and coursing are distinct sports. To recap, though: racing takes place in specially-built stadiums, and sets the dogs to run after a mechanical thing called, in BrEtcE, an "electric hare"; coursing takes place in the countryside, and the hounds chase a real hare suddenly released from confinement.
I don't know if actual hunting of wild hares etc with greyhounds or lurchers is also still called "coursing", but it used to be.

"Grey" in "greyhound" doesn't refer to colour.
A hare is not a rabbit; the species aren't closely related, and cannot interbreed.
The big prize in Br Is coursing is, I believe, the Waterloo Cup; I assume the sport's been abolished in the UK but not the RoI.

Mike.
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