Saturday 23 September 2017

It's a life of milk and honey for Ted

Ted the dog Photo: Suzanne Collins
Ted the dog Photo: Suzanne Collins

Brenda Powderly

I'm Ted. I celebrated my sixth birthday last January. I am a retired racing greyhound and as you can see, I love to pose for the camera.

I am enjoying life now as a pampered pet but during my career as a racing greyhound, I certainly lived life in the 'fast lane' and enjoyed every minute of it.

I used to complete the track in Shelbourne Park in 29 seconds, now I can find a comfortable couch in less than 10 seconds!

Let me tell you my story.

I was just three months old when I came to live in my current home.

I was a bit scared at first but on meeting the other greyhounds and small Jack Russells, I soon settled in to a happy life of racing and chasing in the fields.

I can still remember the excitement of the race nights at Shelbourne Park and Harold's Cross - and I won lots of races there.

I lapped up all the praise bestowed on me when I won and agreed with the excuses as to how unlucky I was when I lost.

When I was almost three years old (that's 21 in my dog years) it was decided that I should retire from racing. This was a whole new experience for me and I honestly didn't know what to expect.

Now my day begins with a nice walk through the fields at home near Drogheda.

This is followed by a breakfast of Weetabix, warm milk, honey and yogurt and then I snooze for several hours.

The afternoons are spent lazing in the garden. In the evening, I have another nice ramble in the fields.

After dinner I love to chill on my own personal duvet.

I recently took part in the Stroll to Gain Homes campaign in the Phoenix Park organised by the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust to promote retired greyhounds as pets.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other retired greyhounds like myself and made many new friends.

A photogenic top dog like me, I was invited to a 'Meet and Greet' event in Shelbourne Park recently.

There were so many cameras I became a Facebook 'celebrity' on the night with people queuing up for a snap!

Like all racing greyhounds, my pedigree can be traced back for up to five generations.

We are bred from champions.

This explains my relaxed and friendly temperament.

Name: Ted

Finest hour: Winning races at Shelbourne Park

Likes: Running, making new friends

Dislikes: Bland dog food, only the best for me

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