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Written by well-known and respected Greyhound expert Cynthia Branigan, The Reign of the Greyhound is a highly readable, thoroughly researched history of this noble breed. This updated edition features a new chapter on the current state of ex-racer adoptions, as well as newly unearthed historical information and more spectacular examples of Greyhounds in art throughout the ages.
Full of fascinating facts, historical context, racing lore, and myth debunkers, The Reign of the Greyhound traces the Greyhound’s richly detailed life story, from its ancient origins to the current popularity of owning a former racer as a companion animal. Branigan’s passion for and firsthand knowledge of Greyhounds shines through on every page as she discusses these affectionate, athletic, yet gentle dogs. Branigan introduces us to the many branches of the breed’s family tree, notes the Greyhound’s place in Greek and Roman mythology, and traces the evolution of the Greyhound from sacred companion to racing dog to family pet. You’ll discover how, thanks to the efforts of dedicated, caring people, many ex-racers now have a new leash on life through adoption programs–and why Greyhounds so captivate their owners with their speed, grace, and sensitivity.
Featuring more than 100 striking black-and-white illustrations, including Greyhounds in art, famous Greyhounds, and racing photos from yesteryear, The Reign of the Greyhound is the authoritative, celebratory reference of choice for Greyhound adopters and enthusiasts alike.
1. The Greyhound Family.
2. A World of Gods and Greyhounds.
3. Greyhounds in Ancient Greece.
4. Greyhounds in Ancient Rome.
5. The Decline and Rise of the Modern Greyhound.
6. Greyhounds in New Worlds.
7. Greyhounds in the Show Ring.
8. Greyhounds on the Field.
9. Greyhounds on the Track.
10. Greyhounds as Companions.