MARK SULLIVAN (Editor): Mark's interest in Greyhounds started with regular visits to White City Stadium, and this deepened when his family started to own racing dogs. Mark worked in racing kennels at weekends, became an owner-trainer, and at the age of 19 he took out a trainer's licence. He enjoyed a number of successes with his dogs before going into racing administration. Spells in the racing office at Slough and Wimbledon led to an appointment with the Racing Post and then with The Sporting Life. During his time on the ‘The Life’, Mark earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for tipping 12 winners from 12 races at Wimbledon at accumulated odds of 279, 256-1. He now works as a freelance writer and broadcaster, and with his wife Martina, runs the National Greyhound Racing Club for the British Greyhound Racing Board. See Part II: The Racing Greyhound.
The Ultimate Greyhoundby Mark Sullivan
The Ultimate Greyhound The Greyhound, one of the most ancient of breeds, has had a remarkably colorful history, starting with its role as a supreme hunting dog, its changing role as a coursing dog, to its present status as track racing dog, show dog and loving companion. In The Ultimate Greyhound, editor Mark Sullivan has recruited a cast of specialists to examine
The Ultimate Greyhound The Greyhound, one of the most ancient of breeds, has had a remarkably colorful history, starting with its role as a supreme hunting dog, its changing role as a coursing dog, to its present status as track racing dog, show dog and loving companion. In The Ultimate Greyhound, editor Mark Sullivan has recruited a cast of specialists to examine the Greyhound in all its aspects. In Part I, there is an in-depth study of the Greyhound as the King of Sighthounds, comparing its temperament and physique to some of the other sighthound breeds. The beauty of the Greyhound is celebrated with a look at paintings through the ages. In Part II, the world of the racing Greyhound is investigated with insights into the mental make-up of the racing dog, feeding and training regimes, and tips from some of the top trainers in the UK, Ireland, North America and Australia. The retired racing Greyhound deserves very special treatment, and in Part III extensive coverage is given to adopting a former racing dog, the care that is required, and the special help some dogs may need to become fully socialized as family companions. Part IV looks at the show greyhound, with an analysis and interpretation of the Breed Standard, and a special pictorial feature evaluating the appearance and anatomy of show Greyhounds. The health of the Greyhound comes in for close examination in Part V, which gives a comprehensive A-Z listing of diseases and conditions which affect the breed, accompanied with detailed methods of treatment. Illustrated with over 200 color photos, this is the book for the true Greyhound connoisseur.
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