Greyhound finds family life a winner

by Padraig Conlon

A former racing greyhound with three wins on the track is now winning in her new local home as a family pet.

Treel Spice, now known as Darcy to her new owners, was rehomed last year by the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust from her previous kennels in Roscrea in Co Tipperary to her new Rathfarnham, South Dublin home.

Treel Spice ran on the track 46 times between September 2016 and September 2018, in Shelbourne Park, Longford, Galway, Kilkenny and Drumbo Park, earning more than €1,000 in prize money.

Darcy’s new owner, David McManus, says she has settled into life in their family home very well.

“Darcy has zero interest in our three cats. At the beginning we were cautious, but the cats can roam freely as Darcy’s focus is on long snoozes and in securing treats,” he said.

“My parents are the most surprised – Darcy is very affectionate, she doesn’t bark, shed hair or need much exercise.

“Darcy will spend all day in bed aside from her two walks. With the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, all adoption fees are covered, so I can’t see why more families don’t adopt a retired racing greyhound.”

Greyhounds make great pets – even though they can run up to 45 miles an hour, they’re not the hyperactive, constantly sprinting dogs many people think they are.

They’re generally gentle and friendly and thrive on human companionship.

Barry Coleman, welfare officer with the Irish Greyhound Board, and secretary to the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, said:

“It is excellent to see Treel Spice/Darcy, and hundreds of others like her, finding loving homes and having a happy and healthy retirement.

“Greyhounds make for excellent pets and have an uncanny ability to transition to the family couch with ease.”

The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust has assisted and supported in the rehoming of more than 5,700 racing greyhounds since 2008, with more than 1,000 rehomed in 2018.

The Irish Greyhound Board contributed more than €100,000 to the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust in 2017.

The main source of funding for the trust continues to come from greyhound racing owners through a 2% deduction of all winning prize money, which is then matched by the Irish Greyhound Board

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