34 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 • 15 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.

    Racing Ownership in the UK with George Sell

    Racing Ownership in the UK with George Sell

    Episode 34: Recorded January 15, 2023









    "If you could bottle what I felt and sell it, I'd be a rich man…"

    British racing Greyhound owner George Sell describes seeing his first Greyhoundk, Steeple Road Teddy, win a race







    Show Notes







    George Sell lives the life of a travel and real estate writer, business owner and "horse husband" in the south of England. His wife is an accomplished equestrian. They both love and own Whippets. He's also involved in a couple of racing Greyhound ownership syndicates.







    Greyhound racing syndicates might raise an eyebrow for the unfamiliar, but they are fast becoming the best way for a fan of the breed to try their hand at owning a racer. George's first racing Greyhound -- Steeple Road Teddy -- was owned by a 10-member syndicate. When the Greyhound was having trouble, George enlisted a former Waterloo Cup coursing trainer to set things right.







    Managing a racing syndicate is just one part of racing Greyhound ownership in Great Britain. Owners get to participate in Sundays at the kennel, visiting and playing with their Greyhounds, the trainer, and fellow owners. They also have to react to changes to the sport and its tracks since the COVID pandemic.







    In this episode, George shares his experience as a racing Greyhound owner in the UK. Host John Parker discusses with George sourcing a potential winning Greyhound, finding the right trainer, and adapting to changes in Irish and British Greyhound racing.







    Links









    Macchiato (Website)







    Americano (Website)







    Fantalilly (Website)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Charlie Blanning and Gary Guccione: Racing's Top Five Greyhounds

    Charlie Blanning and Gary Guccione: Racing's Top Five Greyhounds

    Episode 33: Recorded November 19, 2022









    "He had become the darling of the crowds in England...we're talking about crowds...of a hundred thousand people..."

    Author Charlie Blanning on Mick the Miller, one of his "top five" Greyhound picks







    Show Notes







    Charlie Blanning and Gary Guccione are second to none when it comes to declaring the "top five" racing Greyhounds in the modern era. Charlie -- author of three Greyhound history books -- gravitates towards the finest English and Irish racers 20th century. Gary -- former Executive Director of the National Greyhound Association -- brings a distinctly American selection of Greyhounds to his "best of" list.







    In this episode, host John Parker asks the question of both Charlie and Gary -- "Can you name five racing Greyhounds that stand out above all others?" Charlie and Gary deliver, with stories of Mick the Miller, Westy Whizzer and Westmead Hawk, just to name a few. Join us for a fine hour of Greyhound history, discussion of the sport of Greyhound racing, and news on Charlie's books.







    Charlie's Top Five Racing Greyhounds









    Westmead Hawk (Wikipedia)







    Ballyregan Bob (Wikipedia)







    Pigalle Wonder (Wikipedia)







    Endless Gossip (Wikipedia)







    Mick the Miller (Website)









    Gary's Top Five Racing Greyhounds









    Downing (Greyhound Hall of Fame)







    Miss Whirl







    Westy Whizzer







    Real Huntsman (Greyhound Hall of Fame)







    Traffic Officer (Website) and Flashy Sir









    Links









    The Greyhound and the Hare (Facebook)

    • 58 min
    Lee Livingood: Author of 'Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies'

    Lee Livingood: Author of 'Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies'

    Episode 32: Recorded October 18, 2022







    “Training is not something you do to your dog but something that you do with your dog.”Lee Livingood on the importance of a dog owner’s investment in bettering their dog







    Show Notes







    Lee Livingood wanted to be a veterinarian as a child, but she settled on always having a dog in her home. During college, she adopted a mixed breed dog from a local shelter and discovered it suffered from severe separation anxiety. Lee helped find the right home for the dog, and the experience ignited her interest in and passion for canine behavior.







    In 1991, Lee and her husband learned about retired racing Greyhounds. They adopted their first Greyhound shortly thereafter -- a 2 year old hound named Penny. At the time, her home in Pennsylvania was in the throes of a winter storm. She went out in the blizzard with her newly adopted Greyhound on lead, who promptly chased after a squirrel and left her face down in the snow.







    She didn't know about Greyhound "prey drive" and the quickness and strength a Greyhound could exert in such a situation. The experience inspired her to write Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies -- the first book about racing Greyhound behavior and care after adoption. The book would become a mainstay in the Greyhound adoption community.







    In this episode, host John Parker and Lee sit down to talk about her background in Greyhound behavior and training, as well as her experience in writing the book. They explore the nuances of publishing what would become a very popular reference in the Greyhound adoption community, Lee's involvement with that community, and the future of the American Greyhound breed.







    Links







    Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies (Amazon)Redfern Canines (Website)

    • 1 hr 25 min
    A Conversation with Irish Breeder and Trainer Dolores Ruth

    A Conversation with Irish Breeder and Trainer Dolores Ruth

    Episode 31: Recorded August 28, 2022







    "He definitely had a huge, big heart. He just had that will to win..."Irish Greyhound breeder and trainer Dolores Ruth, on training champion racing Greyhound, Razldazl Billy







    Show Notes







    Irish Greyhound breeder and trainer, Dolores Ruth, describes her 2006 Irish Greyhound Derby champion, Razldazl Billy, as an enigma. Clever. Superhuman. Named after Billy Flynn, a principal character from the musical, Chicago, Razldazl Billy seemingly put on a show wherever he raced.







    Razldazl Billy's career is, to date, the pinnacle of Dolores' career in breeding and training, but he's not the only highlight. Dolores grew up in a racing Greyhound family. She recalls fond memories of feeding her father's Greyhounds Weetabix, milk and scrambled eggs and walking their family's Greyhounds in Dublin's Phoenix Park.







    When her father became ill in her late teens, Dolores would take the reins of the family Greyhound business. In the early 1990s, she would come into her own as an independent Greyhound trainer. After Razldazl Billy won the Irish Greyhound Derby in 2006, she transitioned from trainer to breeder. The Razldazl bloodline continues to this day.







    In this episode, host John Parker and Dolores explore not only Razldazl Billy's career, but some of the many other Greyhounds that have made a mark in the Irish racing Greyhound world. It's an entertaining exploration of some of the biggest Greyhound names in the sport and the breeder and trainer that helped share them with the world.







    Links







    Irish Greyhound Derby (Wikipedia)Razldazl Billy Race Career (Greyhound Racing Ireland)Razldazl Billy Pedigree (Greyhound Racing Ireland)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Dr. Rob Gillette on Greyhound Sports Medicine

    Dr. Rob Gillette on Greyhound Sports Medicine

    Episode 30: Recorded August 2, 2022







    "I don't know how to describe heaven for a dog...it's hard for a lot of people to understand how much these Greyhounds love to run..."Dr. Rob Gillette on Auburn University veterinary students seeing Greyhounds run for the first time







    Show Notes







    Dr. Rob Gillette has been around working and sporting dogs his entire life. He was born in Great Bend, near Cheyenne Bottoms, Kansas and grew up hunting with retrievers and bird dogs. Cheyenne Bottoms was also home to the first coursing meeting of the American Coursing Club in 1886. He didn't realize it at the time, but it was a sign of his future involvement in Greyhound sports medicine.







    Dr. Gillette graduated from veterinary school at Kansas State University in 1988 and subsequently helped take care of Greyhounds at local dog tracks and with breeders in and around Kansas City and Abilene. After completing a postdoctoral in human biomechanics, he received a research grant from the Kansas Racing Commission to better understand how Greyhounds run and how to reduce their injuries. Dr. Gillette would continue to research Greyhound performance and consult on track design and surface composition on behalf of trainers and track owners.







    In the late 1990s, Dr. Gillette began a 15 year career at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. There, he expanded his canine sports medicine research. His students had the opportunity to observe and learn from Greyhounds participating in what is now known as the Canine Performance Sciences program. His research would not only benefit the care of the Greyhound but serve the greater canine community as well.







    In this episode, host John Parker discusses with Dr. Gillette his career as a veterinarian and researcher of Greyhounds, service dogs, and law enforcement and military K9s. They discuss how an understanding of the Greyhound's unique anatomy and athleticism better informs sports medicine for many breeds. Dr. Gillette also shares some of his current research activities and plans to develop the next generation of Greyhound savvy veterinarians.







    Links







    SportsVet.com (Website)SportsVet (Facebook)Athletic and Working Dog: Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics (Amazon.com)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Virtual Launch: Charlie Blanning's Twenty Two Waterloo Cups

    Virtual Launch: Charlie Blanning's Twenty Two Waterloo Cups

    Episode 29: Recorded June 26, 2022







    "He said to me, 'Why don't you make it a personal record? Put more of yourself into it...'"Charlie Blanning, on the advice given to him while writing Twenty Two Waterloo Cups







    Show Notes







    Charlie Blanning's latest book -- Twenty Two Waterloo Cups -- is more than just another history of the famous English Greyhound coursing meeting. It also tells the story of the author's involvement in the Waterloo Cup as a correspondent for various coursing publications from 1981 to the end of the Cup in 2005. Charlie braved judges' horses, blowing gales and anti-coursing protestors to share the experience of the Cup with readers.







    Twenty Two Waterloo Cups is Charlie's fifth book about Greyhounds and the sport of coursing. The book picks up the Waterloo Cup in the early 1980s after a hiatus of four years that put premier coursing meeting's future in jeopardy. Thankfully, supporters of the sport and the Cup's rich history came to the rescue and revived the coursing meeting for more than two decades. The book is dedicated to one of those key figures -- Bill Stedman, Treasurer at the time of the National Coursing Club.







    In this episode, Charlie and host John Parker hold a "virtual launch" of Twenty Two Waterloo Cups with a discussion about the coursing meeting's history, the Greyhounds that made it famous, the people who organized the event, and the undercurrents of anti-coursing protests during the Cup's final years. Charlie shares his motivations for writing the book and how he went about publishing another entry in his growing library of Greyhound history.







    Links







    The Greyhound & the Hare (Facebook)Reservation Form for Twenty Two Waterloo Cups

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 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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