20 episodes

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.

Greyhound Nation John Parker and Michael Burns

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    • 4.9 • 14 Ratings

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.

    Steve Downs on Open Field Coursing in the U.S.

    Steve Downs on Open Field Coursing in the U.S.

    Episode 25: Recorded November 15, 2021







    “I think of you as the Sir Mark Prescott of American coursing...”Host John Parker on Steve Downs and his involvement in coursing in the United States







    Show Notes







    Steve Downs is a fourth generation Greyhound man. His father's family hailed from California and became interested in hunting hares, also referred to as as jackrabbits in the United States. Steve caught his first hare around the age of five with the first Greyhound he could call his own, a black brindle named Felix.







    In 1990, Steve joined a friend for a coursing meeting sanctioned by the National Open Field Coursing Association (NOFCA). On this trip to Wyoming, he experienced coursing under rules for the first time with his Greyhound. Steve's favorite Greyhound at the time -- Sally -- won the hunt on his behalf.







    NOFCA, founded in the 1960s, established rules for walked-up coursing in the United States for most of the sighthound breeds. Steve would continue his involvement with the organization into the mid-2000s when he became a licensed judge for NOFCA coursing meetings. He also began to breed his own Greyhounds for open field coursing and developed a sense for the traits that made for excellent coursing dogs.







    In this episode, host John Parker and Steve discuss the history of open field coursing in the United States, including the evolution of NOFCA as a governing body for the sport. Steve shares his experiences as a breeder, a judge, and a competitor during the course of the interview.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Gary Guccione: A Life in Greyhound Racing

    Gary Guccione: A Life in Greyhound Racing

    Episode 24: Recorded September 23, 2021







    “As long as I could reach the window to the ticket seller, I could place a wager…”Gary Guccione, talking about placing his first wagers at the Butte, MT Greyhound racing track







    Show Notes







    Gary Guccione’s life in Greyhound racing started in Butte, Montana. His father served as racing secretary and racing kennel owner at the Western Montana Kennel Club. One of his earliest memories was reaching up to the counter at a parimutuel window to place a wager on a Greyhound race.







    In one particular instance, his 3rd grade teacher, who was working a summer job as a parimutuel teller, happily took his wager. As it turned out, Gary’s wasn’t the only life impacted by Greyhound racing in Butte.







    In 1964, Gary traveled with his family to the Multnomah Kennel Club in Portland, Oregon where his father was racing some Greyhound puppies he had bred. Gary got to see some up-and-coming Greyhounds at the "puppy derby" that year — an event that served as the catalyst for the rest of his career.







    He enjoyed guessing the sire standings before they were published, upon which his father made a suggestion. “Why don’t you start tracking blood matron standings?” Gary took his father’s advice and started publishing brood matron standings for Racing Record in 1965. He left for college to earn a degree in journalism, during which time he also started writing articles for The Coursing News. His college summers were spent in various roles at the Black Hills Greyhound Track where his father had another racing kennel.







    In 1971, Gary went to work for the National Coursing Association (NCA), the predecessor the National Greyhound Association (NGA), in Abilene, Kansas. He met his wife shortly thereafter, and they decided to make Abilene their home. Gary continued to work for what had become the NGA. In 1982, he became executive director, secretary-treasurer and keeper of the Greyhound stud book. He would serve the NGA for many more years, eventually earning an induction into the Greyhound Hall of Fame in 2009.







    In this episode, host John Parker and Gary sit down to discuss his life in Greyhound racing. Gary shares his love of Greyhound racing and pedigrees, his experiences in assuring the integrity of Greyhound pedigrees and naming standards, and his early interactions with Greyhound adoption groups.







    Links







    National Greyhound Association (Website)Greyhound Hall of Fame (Website)Gary Guccione at the Greyhound Hall of Fame (Website)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Greyhound Adoption Author Cynthia Branigan

    Greyhound Adoption Author Cynthia Branigan

    Episode 23: Recorded August 17, 2021







    "Gamal started to gallop, and King said, 'I know this -- I can run!'"Cynthia Branigan, on her first Greyhound's experience with Gamal, America's last diving horse







    Show Notes







    Cynthia Branigan took her first Greyhound, King (fka Low Key Two), to visit a very special horse, Gamal. Gamal was the last of the Atlantic City Steel Pier diving horses. When he was "retired" and put up for auction in 1980, Cynthia purchased him. She rescued King from an unhappy adoption situation in 1987. At the time, he was ten years old and quite depressed. However, he and Gamal realized they were kindred spirts and took to running like old friends.







    Cynthia, like many Greyhound people, is also a horse person. Actually, she's an animal person, having joined forces years ago with Cleveland Amory, the father of the modern animal protection movement and founder of The Fund for Animals. During her time with Cleveland, she ventured to the New Jersey Pine Barrens on a mission to save Gamal from slaughter by purchasing him at auction, an act that set the tone for her life to come.







    After adopting King in 1987, she was approached by a local shelter to help find a home for another Greyhound. She decided to set out on her own and started to find homes for Greyhounds in the New England area. In 1988, she founded the Greyhound adoption group Make Peace with Animals and has, to this day, rehomed over 5,500 Greyhounds.







    Her passion is more action than activism -- finding the right homes for animals like Gamal and King. She has also channeled her passion into writing, publishing two books on Greyhounds. One of those books, Adopting the Racing Greyhound, is in its third edition. Cynthia's latest book -- The Last Diving Horse in America -- retells the story of her quest to rescue Gamal from slaughter against the backdrop of her life in animal welfare. The Last Diving Horse in America will be published October 19, 2021.







    In this episode, Cynthia shares her passion for animal welfare and Greyhound adoption with host John Parker. Her stories include the rescue of Gamal, the founding of Making Peace with Animals, and what inspired her to write about Greyhounds and her very special equine friend.







    Links







    The Last Diving Horse in America (Amazon.com, pre-order)Adopting the Racing Greyhound (Amazon.com)Make Peace with Animals (Website)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Bonus: Mr. Wilby’s Speech to the Children

    Bonus: Mr. Wilby’s Speech to the Children

    Episode 22 (Bonus): Recorded August 22, 2021







    “I hope you children will have happy memories of today.”Charlie Wilby, butcher and coursing enthusiast, 1987







    Show Notes







    Our first bonus episode revisits our conversation with Charlie Blanning and Sir Mark Prescott in Episode 12: The Greatest of Coursing. In that episode, Sir Mark shared an anecdote about a butcher from Norfolk -- Charlie Wilby -- who would bring his Greyhounds to coursing meetings. He was also known for sharing choice cuts of beef with volunteers at those meetings.







    In 1987, Mr. Wilby asked to give a speech to children attending one such coursing meeting. He spoke with them during breakfast before the day's events. During the speech, he shared his love of coursing, Greyhounds, and people at the event. He wished for the children to have the same enjoyment he got from the sport.







    In this episode, Charlie Blanning gives a reading of this very speech, a copy of which was provided by Sir Mark. The message rings true some thirty plus years later. Greyhound sports will only continue to thrive with new generations of volunteers, competitors and enthusiasts.

    • 5 min
    Five Essays with Dennis McKeon

    Five Essays with Dennis McKeon

    In my mind and memory, she is and always will be the blithest of greyhound spirits...The One Who Got Away, Dennis McKeon







    Show Notes







    Greyhound Nation went “on the air” as a brand new podcast for Greyhound enthusiasts on August 11, 2020. Our first guest was Dennis McKeon, a former racing Greyhound trainer and respected essayist on the breed. Since then, we’ve released over twenty episodes covering a variety of topics on the Greyhound breed.







    In our first year, we've sought to give voice to the Greyhound breed and its fans. We've also sought to educate those who want to learn more about Greyhounds. Our topics and guests have been international in scope and covered the gamut. British coursing. American amateur racing. Greyhound adoption and breed advocacy. Greyhound photography.







    In honor of our one-year anniversary, we invited Dennis McKeon back to the show to read some of his favorite essays about Greyhounds. Dennis writes about Greyhounds from his years of experience as a racing Greyhound trainer. His essays seek to bridge the gap between the American racing Greyhound experience and their life in retirement.







    We hope you enjoy Dennis' reading of the essays and continue to follow our podcast. There are many more destinations to explore in the Greyhound Nation. Here's to another year of Greyhound adventure, listeners.







    Links







    The Draft Dog and the Racing Gods (Facebook, public)Nobody Likes a Wet Dog (Facebook, public)The Handing Down (Facebook, public)The Top 5 Things that Greyhounds Care About and Don't Care About (Facebook, public)The One Who Got Away (Facebook, public)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Amateur Racing for Your Greyhound

    Amateur Racing for Your Greyhound

    "Track Greyhounds -- too much engine and not enough frame. But I am addicted to that speed."Michele Houghton, amateur Greyhound racing enthusiast







    Show Notes







    Michele Houghton had her first lure coursing experience in 1992. At the time, she had a kennel of nearly 40 Greyhounds. Michele loved the sport, but she soon realized that hard New England fields were better suited to smaller breeds than her Greyhounds. In 1998, she discovered amateur racing, and everything changed.







    Michele began racing her Greyhounds with Large Gazehound Racing Association (LGRA) clubs in New England. The organization blossomed in the mid 1990s. LGRA races are held on 200 yard flat and straight courses. The format is very user friendly for Greyhound pet owners and new adopters.







    Dr. Jennifer Ng also has a background in amateur racing. After adopting her first Greyhound in 2007, she sought out activities for her Greyhound in Camden, SC. Little did Jennifer know that one of those activities would set her first Greyhound on the path to a championship.







    Jennifer's first Greyhound ran in amateur track races with the National Oval Track Racing Association (NOTRA). NOTRA holds events at large fields and former racing training tracks around the country. Both NOTRA and LGRA races are rooted in fun competition and bragging rights for owners and Greyhounds. Trophies, ribbons, stuffed animals and glory await the winners of these races.







    In this episode, host John Parker sits down with Dr. Jennifer Ng and Michele Houghton to learn more about amateur racing for your Greyhound. Jennifer and Michele share their unique perspectives on the LGRA and NOTRA formats. They also share tips to help both Greyhounds adopters and puppy owners get their dogs involved in amateur racing.







    Links







    National Oval Track Racing Association (NOTRA)Large Gazehound Racing Association (LGRA)

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

FlyersNfillies ,

Greyt content

This podcast is great for greyhound enthusiasts and John Parker knows his greyhounds. I usually listen while walking my grey RP Johnny Bench aka Johnny I highly recommend listening if you love greyhounds like I do.

MC Smith DVM ,

Wonderful voice for greyhounds!

I was so pleased to find this high quality podcast. The host, John Parker, has been involved with greyhounds in multiple capacities, from adoption to racing to breeding. He is a great interviewee and moderator for panel discussions.

Already the podcast has covered a broad range of topics with satisfying detail. I have learned so much and look forward to each new episode.

Machborzoi ,

For any sighthound lover

I LOVE this podcast so far! I do not own a greyhound (yet) but I have had Borzoi for years. I find the different perspectives fascinating and appreciate the actual experience in the racing industry to dispel myths. It’s obvious the host and guests love this breed and dogs as a whole. Can’t wait to hear what comes next!

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