It's a life of milk and honey for Ted
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.
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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