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Poetry with a difference helps Greyhound charity

Two recognisably British traits – a love affair with dogs and an interest in rhymes of all kinds – have inspired greyhound lover, Denise Dubarbier, to write a new limited edition volume of poetry in aid of the Retired Greyhound Trust, which has branches across the country.

Featuring 15 poems, ‘For the love of a greyhound’ is a humorous yet thought provoking volume which reveals the loving and gentle nature of greyhounds and the gifts that they can bring to those who share their homes with them. Denise speaks from personal experience.

She first adopted a greyhound, Jake, six years ago and quickly overcame her initial reservations to fall head over heels in love with the breed.

The Retired Greyhound Trust is a charity dedicated to finding a home for greyhounds once their racing careers have ended. The aim of the poetry is to help raise awareness about the Trust and encourage more people to consider owning a greyhound. A sample of the poetry is featured at the foot of this release.

Contrary to popular misconceptions, greyhounds make wonderful pets being ideal for both individuals and families of all ages. As racing careers are short - with the majority of greyhounds retiring at the age of three or four - greyhounds can live for up to 10 years in retirement. They are easy to look after, being gentle and adaptable, and like other varieties of dog they will be happy with two 20-minute walks a day.

Denise Dubarbier commented: "These poems are really a tribute to everyone involved in the welfare of greyhounds and, hopefully, a means of raising money to help finance the work of the Retired Greyhound Trust."

Those wishing to find out more about the Retired Greyhound Trust should call on 0870 444 0673 or visit

Those who would like a copy of ‘For the love of a greyhound’ should contact Amanda Ainsworth on 0870 444 0673 or email The cost of the book is £5.95 plus 50p P&P (per copy) and all of the proceeds will go directly to the Retired Greyhound Trust.