The Reign of the Greyhound [NOOK Book]

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The history of the Greyhound parallels the history of western civilization. Records show the breed has been with us for nearly 8,000 years. The only breed of dog mentioned in the Bible, the Greyhound has inspired poets and artists alike through the millennia, from the works of Homer and Shakespeare to the decoration of the Pharaohs ’ temples to masterpieces of Renaissance art. Today, Greyhounds have been brought into public awareness via the many adoption programs that place ex-racers as pets. Greyhounds who ...
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The Reign of the Greyhound

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Overview

The history of the Greyhound parallels the history of western civilization. Records show the breed has been with us for nearly 8,000 years. The only breed of dog mentioned in the Bible, the Greyhound has inspired poets and artists alike through the millennia, from the works of Homer and Shakespeare to the decoration of the Pharaohs ’ temples to masterpieces of Renaissance art. Today, Greyhounds have been brought into public awareness via the many adoption programs that place ex-racers as pets. Greyhounds who start life as racers now have the opportunity for a second career as cherished members of the family.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470250488
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/20/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

CYNTHIA A. BRANIGAN is a freelance writer and President of Make Peace with Animals, an all-volunteer animal protection group whose special mission is Greyhound adoption. Among the group’s special missions are Greyhound rescue and placement. Branigan gives lectures, seminars, and radio and television interviews on the humane treatment of all animals and is recognized as the country’s leading expert on the adoption of ex-racing Greyhounds. Branigan is also the author of Adopting the Racing Greyhound, Third Edition from Wiley.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

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.

Bibliography.

Index.

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