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#1 swifter_uk


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Posted 01 February 2006 - 01:18 AM

I am very pleased to inform you that today I have the first Irish track based retirement project signed up to the Greyhounds Retired Database

Abhaile Greyhounds is the first Stadium Based greyhound retirement project in Ireland and is based at Dundalk Stadium in County Louth. Started by track secretary Jenny Ní Breathnach in December 2005, Abhaile Greyhounds was set up to offer a route into retirement for owners and trainers who wished to retire the ex-racers, but didn't know how to do so.
The word Abhaile (Ah-Vahl-Yah) means 'homewards' in the Irish language. Our aim is to send as many of our hard working retired racers 'homewards' as possible. Central to this aim is the need to promote greyhounds as pets and companion animals within Ireland, as unfortunately they are currently seen as 'working dogs' only.

Our kennels are in the nearby Hackballscross area of Dundalk and our greyhounds are expertly cared for by Dennis Farrelly, a greyhound owner of many years experience. Dennis also works with Louth SPCA, and keeps kennels for other breeds, prior to rehoming. Each greyhound in his care receives individual attention until rehomed and are actively socialised to help them make the transition from their old training life to their new role as companions and beloved pets.

All Abhaile greyhounds are microchipped, neutered, vaccinated and wormed, and come with a full career and training history. Thorough homechecking is required for all potential new homes, and feedback and photos of our old friends in their new families is requested.

Jenny is always happy to discuss any aspect of retired greyhound care, or any of her charges currently available for rehoming. Please feel free to contact her, without commitment, on jennynib@dundalkstadium.com.

A proud moment for myself and all at the Greyhound Database who have worked tirelessly towards the site. I sincerely hope this can be an incentive to other tracks to introduce homing facilities.

#2 mark awkward


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Posted 01 February 2006 - 10:26 AM

Well done Mike and all, keep up the good work on the retired greyhound front. Unfortunatly the greyhound is still viewed by many as a dangerous hunting dog that needs to be muzzled and needs lots of excercise. If only they could see retired Greyhounds in the home. They are THE PERFECT PET and more should be done to show these LAZY, LOVING, DOCILE animals in their true colours. If ever a breed of dog was suited to be a " COMPANION " dog then surely this is it. Once again Well Done and keep up the often unseen good work that you all do.

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 11:17 PM

Spot on ma ... sorry I missed this bit of news or would certainly have acknowledged, earlier, the work put in by all ... great result for your site Mike ... just to add on a local note ... and especially for you ma ... a well known prefixed Hove dog is continuing to have the time of his well-advanced life with an almost equally advanced owner ... less than 515 from here ... they are both extremely gorgeous!