Literature

Greyhounds have featured in many great literary works throughout history. 

The Greyhound is the only breed of dog mentioned by name in the Bible.
(Proverbs 30, verses 29-31).
“There be three things which go well, yea,
Which are comely in going:
A lion, which is strongest among beasts and
Turneth not away from any;
A Greyhound; A he-goat also.”

The ancient epic poem "The Odyssey" composed by Homer was one of the first ever pieces of western literature to name a dog.  Argos was the faithful companion of the Greek hero Odysseus (8th century BC).

Dante mentioned Greyhounds in his narrative poem The Divine Comedy (early 14th century). 

Chaucer referred to Greyhounds in The Canterbury Tales (late 14th century).

Shakespeare wrote of Greyhounds in several of his plays including King Lear, Henry IV and this passage from Henry V (17th century)
/“I see you stand like Greyhounds in the slips
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit: and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry! England and St. George!’”

 



 

Turning to modern times, here is a list of books you may enjoy for entertainment and educational value. (Please note some are out of print and may be difficult to find.)

EDUCATIONAL BOOKS   
 

Adopting the Racing Greyhound

By Cynthia A Branigan (July 2003)

The author explains how to care for a Greyhound, everything from feeding to grooming and training.  There are also chapters on the history of the breed and health and medical conditions.

 

 

 

 

 
 

The Best Finish – Adopting a Retired Racing Greyhound

By Caroline Raeke (December 2003)

A straightforward, comprehensive guide to adopting and caring for the retired racing Greyhound.

 

 

 

 

 
Greyhound (Comprehensive Owners Guide)

By Juliette Cunliffe (March 2004)

Traces the history of the breed, describes breed standards, discusses care and grooming requirements, and includes information on training.
 
 

Greyhounds – A Complete Pet Owners Manual

By D. Caroline Coile (June 1996)

A Barrons guide.  Advice on training, grooming, feeding, health care, and bringing retired racing dogs into the household.

 

 

 

 

 

Greyhound (Breed Lovers Guide)

By Cindy Victor (August 2011)

An all inclusive care and health guide covering the breed specific ins and out of caring for an adopted Greyhound as well as the distinct qualities that make them a beloved family pet.

 

 
Pet Owners Guide to Greyhounds

By Ann Finch (January 1997)

What every new pet Greyhound owner needs to know.l
 
 

The Reign of the Greyhound

By Cynthia A Branigan (January 2004)

Full of fascinating facts, historical context, racing lore, and myth debunkers, this book traces the Greyhound’s richly detailed life story, from its ancient origins to former racers as companion animals.

 

 

Retired Greyhounds – A Guide to Care and Understanding

By Carol Baby (May 2010)

Written in association with Greyhound Rescue West of England, this title is suitable for those who own, or are thinking of owning a retired Greyhound

 

 
The Retired Racing Greyhound (Best of Breed)

By Mark Sullivan (June 2011)

This book focuses on life after racing.
 
 

Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies

By Lee Livingood (September 2000)

A no-nonsense guide to the joys and pitfalls of adopting the retired racing Greyhound

 

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Greyhounde

Andrew Sullivan (January 2000)

A comprehensive book cover the breed history, racing, showing, health, adiption and much more.

 

 
 GENERAL BOOKS  
 

CG (Celebrating Greyhounds) Magazine

A USA quarterly magazine devoted entirely to Greyhounds as pets.  Packed full of interesting and entertaining articles.  Check out their website for subscriptions details.

http://www.adopt-a-greyhound.org/cgmagazine/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

Dash - Bitch of the Year

By Andrew Dilger (February 2011)

A memoir about the adoption of a champion greyhound bitch and her transformation into ring-bearer at her new owner's wedding. Set over a watershed twelve months, it tells the story of wanting the perfect dog and planning the perfect wedding.

 

 

Dorian Greyhound

By Sheryl Longin (January 2006)

Presents a narrative of the life and times of Dorian Greyhound from his lowly origins and brutish upbringing to his well-deserved position as cherished family member. This work presents his physically and emotionally harrowing journey from an Arizona race track to his Hollywood Hills mansion.


 

 
 

Greyhounds

By Barbara Karant (October 2008)

A book of striking photographs showing the dignity, elegance and grace of rescued Greyhounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Greyhounds Big and Small

By Amanda Jones (May 2010)

More than 50 photos of Greyhounds and Italian Greyhound that capture the beauty and spirit of these sleek, slim dogs.

 

 

 

 

 
Greyhounds Of The Heart

By Andrea Lynch (March 2010)

A collection of stories to make you laugh and cry about Greyhounds and the people who love them.
 
 

Jake – Adventures of a Greyhound

By Jane Goldsmith (February 2008)

Read about Jake's adventures from his days as a puppy in a racing kennel to his eventual adoption from an animal sanctuary.  The trials of adoption and being adopted, finding his home and his adaptation to sudden blindness.  Find some tips and useful information about canine blindness.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Pet Rescue’s Amazing Dog Stories

By Vickie Davy and Saskia Adams (October 2011)
Foreword by Dr Katrina Warren

Pet Rescue is Australia’s central hub for over 900 animal rescue groups, pounds and shelters across the country, working hard to promote the adoption option.  This is a collection of over 100 true tales of second-chance dogs and the lives they changed and includes some wonderful Greyhound adoption stories.

www.petrescue.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 CHILDREN'S BOOKS  
 

Bo

By Anna Kenna (October 2007)

A delightful book by a NZ author following an injured racing dog’s journey to becoming a loving pet for a little boy.  A great book to help prepare small children for a new Greyhound in your home.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Born To Run (also titled as Best Mate)

By Michael Morpurgo (June 2008)

A wonderful tale by a world renown children’s author.  The story follows Best Mate on his adventures starting with his rescue from drowning as a puppy, his time as a top racing dog through to his life as a loved pet and companion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Greyhound’s Tale – Running for Glory, Walking for Home

By Craig Pierce (September 2006)

Follow Gator the racing Greyhound’s secret quest to become a family pet.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Kane Goes to the Beach

By Jason McCarthur (2010)

A delightfully illustrated Australian book about Kane and his friends meeting up on the beach.  Written to show children and parents how friendly Greyhounds are.

 

 

 

 

 
 DVD  
 

Dalkeith (2001)

A charming Australian film set in Dalkeith Retirement Village, Ballarat (based on a true story).  The residents are given a Greyhound as a companion only to find it is a good racer.  The story accounts the trials and tribulations that follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 WEBSITES  
 

Australian Anatomy Charts

High quality colour anatomy charts of the greyhound available for purchase. www.australiananatomycharts.com