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The Reign of the Greyhound: A Popular History of the Oldest Family of Dogs Hardcover – August 1, 1997
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For centuries, Greyhounds were the favorite dogs of kings and queens, emperors and earls. Today, this noble inheritance is all but forgotten. In The Reign of the Greyhound, Cynthia Branigan, author of the best-selling Adopting the Racing Greyhound, recovers the forgotten history of this noble dog. Look inside to learn more about the tremendous role the Greyhound has played in western history for thousands of years.
- Greyhounds are the only breed of dog mentioned in the Bible.
- Greyhounds appear in both Greek and Roman mythology.
- Alexander the Great's favorite dog was a Greyhound.
- In 1493, Greyhounds became the first European dogs in the New World.
- General George Custer coursed his fourteen Greyhounds the night before the Battle of Little Big Horn.
- Each year in the United States, over 16,000 retired racers begin new careers as pets.
About the Author
Cynthia Branigan is the author of Howell Book House's best-selling title Adopting the Racing Greyhound. She is also a freelance writer and president of Make Peace with Animals, an animal protection organization. Among the group's missions are Greyhound rescue and placement. From her home is Pennsylvania, she travels to give lectures and radio and television interviews on adopting racing Greyhounds and the humane treatment of all animals.
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From the book, it seems that if it wasn't for their aristocratic beauty and elegance, they might have faded out long ago, but since they were often seen as dogs for the wealthy or powerful, they managed to keep their niche even though times did get tough on them. Anyways, the book is very in depth and should make you look at your greyhound with new eyes. The practice of destroying many greyhounds after their racing careers were over became widespread in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but the breed's fortunes are now being revitalized, with programs established in many countries to adopt them into people's homes. It doesn't have info. on caring for, treating , or training, but it provides a great background on greyhounds
Cynthia Branigan, the author, is much to be praised for her research and the really interesting, impressive information, as well as the many quite brilliant artworks and photos reproduced, in this book. It is as though the greyhound, a breed she clearly loves and highly respects, has inspired every word of this work. The author uses personal references which make it more meaningful. Really, an enjoyable read from a greyhound foster parent, active rescuer, and adopter.
I currently have (3) of these beautiful animals that have been retired, and (1) that has past over the rainbow bridge and believe ANYONE that is considering adopting, or currently has one of these beautiful animals should read this book!
Cynthia Branigan, the author, is much to be praised for her research and the really interesting, impressive information, as well as the many quite brilliant artworks and photos reproduced, in this book. It is as though the greyhound, a breed she clearly loves and highly respects, has inspired every word of this work. Actually, I believe it has. There is also much else about the dog in different historical eras, including it's important role in the Dark Ages and unfortunately to the somewhat violent one it was put in the Spanish conquest of Central America. There are astonishing, and almost certainly largely true, stories of its courage and heroism, much about the breed as a hunter, courser and racer and finally the author's personal experiences with the dogs she has accepted into her own home.
So this a superb work, really impressive and also concise at only 227 pages. It should be regarded as a classic of its kind and a treasure and will make anyone who reads it appreciate the breed considerably more.
grey, or is simply interested in the
breed. The history of this amazing dog is long and wonderful and one
need only look at their own dog to see the elegance and charm so inherent in these dogs. (Obviously I have a grey, Jamie is my sixth.)
Ms. Branigan shows her love of the breed in this book, as she does in all her books. Her research is excellent and she does credit to the racing industry which supports the many adoption groups around the country.