Greyhound Nation

Greyhound Nation

Greyhound Nation is a podcast for Greyhound enthusiasts, produced by Greyhound enthusiasts. Each episode will feature informative discussions with a diverse variety of people from the Greyhound community. The format will include one-on-one interviews and moderated roundtable discussions. Topics will cover all aspects of the breed, including but not limited to sports, history, adoption, wellness and behavior. Host John Parker and producer Michael Burns invite you to join the “nation.” Learn more about the show at greyhoundnation.dog.... Show More

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February 27, 2021 87 min
"You see these discussions all the time on Greyhound groups. 'What's the best ______ for my Greyhound?'"John Parker, host of Greyhound Nation Show Notes Use the right tool for the job. This mantra applies to Greyhound ownership as much as it applies to car maintenance. New Greyhound owners often have questions about what "Greyhound gear" they need to care for and manage their new companion: "...
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January 13, 2021 64 min
"It's very difficult to describe the euphoria of what it's like when the first Greyhound you own wins [a race]..."Kiaran O'Brien describes his first Greyhound's (Pole Rating) first win Show Notes Kiaran O'Brien's love affair with Greyhound racing started in the 1970s, growing up in Bristol, England. His father was involved in the betting industry, and he got his first job at the local track as ...
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"I saw nice people and nice dogs and marvelous hares, and I thought, ‘What a grand spectacle.’"Sir Mark Prescott, on seeing his first coursing meeting in 1967 Show Notes In the 1960s, Sir Mark Prescott found himself on the road back to Newmarket, home of British thoroughbred horse racing, from Cambridge. Along the way, he came across a large number of cars parked along the road. He discovered it was a coursing meeting...
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"A good Greyhound will chase anything..."Charlie Blanning Show Notes It’s the early 1920’s. Owen Patrick (O.P.) Smith, inventor of the artificial lure, accepts the challenge of some doubters at his track in Emeryville, CA. “The dogs ain’t gonna chase that, O.P. ” O.P. smiles, removes the "hare" from the rail and replaces it with his handkerchief, sending it off around the track. A Greyhound is slipped to...
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October 28, 2020 66 min
Episode 7 - Recorded October 8, 2020 "If any of you are interested, Lucy is racing tonight at Palm Beach Kennel Club -- race 15, box 8. You can watch it live on the feed!"Lynn Bunn, via Facebook Messenger Show Notes It's just before 9pm on Friday, October 9, 2020. From her home in Galveston, Texas, Lynn Bunn (Fast Canines Greyhound Adoption) is glued to Internet live streams. She's not watching news about H...
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October 16, 2020 60 min
Episode 6 - Recorded September 24, 2020 "It's kind of in between a kennel and a home...so you really have a feel that they're at home...it's not your typical kennel."Viara Gentchev Show Notes Viara Gentchev is a breeder and operator of a new retired racing Greyhound care center -- a "halfway house" concept pioneered by Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI, formerly the Irish Greyhound Board) and the Ir...
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October 1, 2020 67 min
Episode 5 - Recorded September 7, 2020 "There is a growing community of responsible hobbyist Greyhound breeders … [who will] be of increasing importance as both sources for pets and amateur sporting Greyhounds and for the preservation of the American racing bloodlines."John Parker Show Notes In 2021, fewer than five Greyhound race tracks will remain open in the United States. Even as the population of available for...
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September 19, 2020 62 min
Episode 4 - Recorded August 28, 2020 "If you wanted to have a great life in Greyhounds, you couldn't do much better than what Charlie has done…"John Parker Show Notes Charlie Blanning has, indeed, lived the Greyhound enthusiast’s life. His father and grandfather bred, raced and coursed Greyhounds. Charlie spent his childhood years playing with Greyhound puppies and attending races and coursing meetings. Char...
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Episode 3 - Recorded July 14, 2020 "Who's going to see the entertainment value of our dogs going at 45mph at peak performance and seeing that excitement?"Laird Morgan Show Notes Laird Morgan -- Texas attorney and advocate for the breed -- is always thinking about the possibilities for the American Greyhound racing sport. He acquired his first pet Greyhound through a racing kennel in 2007 rather than the trad...
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Episode 2 - Recorded July 16, 2020 "I get there early, 'cause I want a good parking spot."Jennifer Bachelor Show Notes That's the mindset of Jennifer Bachelor, trainer of champion agility Greyhounds -- get settled and get focused. It's all part of her plan of action when she brings one of her many Greyhounds to an agility competition. Jennifer's trained both former racing Greyhounds and Greyhound...
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