Monday 3rd April:
It’s a big day today. It’s my birthday, I’m 66 years of age and I now get the pension. I definitely won’t be retiring as I still enjoy the dogs as much as the day I started. My health is good and if I could lose a bit of weight, I would be perfect. Its 29 years today since I moved into Lughill Kennels to start the dream of breeding, rearing and schooling greyhounds. In the last 29 years the industry has changed dramatically. It’s definitely not going to finish and there’s a list of very positive things for the future. In Ireland we are now fully regulated, and we nearly have one full day per week for one person to do paperwork. We’re all inspected on a regular basis and every hound is now fully traceable. All hounds that don’t start a racing career can be retired and all broods at the end of their breeding career can also be retired. Both are massive positives for the industry as from the day I started we have never put a healthy greyhound to sleep. The plan on Monday is to go to Shelbourne Park for trials. We need meat and there’s also passport work to be done to get hounds that are sold over to the UK. There won’t be much of a rest even though it’s my birthday.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK, WE HAD THREE WINNERS AT TOWCASTER YESTERDAY SWIFT LOVES, SWIFT HIPSTER AND MONICAN ROSE WE HAVE ONE RUNNER TONIGHT AT NOTTINGHAM: SWIFT FRANKLIN.
TUESDAY 4TH OF APRIL:
The weather is good, and I’ve been in the vets to get passport work done and I’ve finished the update on the dogs for sale page, at the kennels where changing beds in the rearing paddocks houses making boxes and beds for mothers and pups and also doing a swap around with pup’s saplings and kennel dogs from rearing paddocks to kennels and from yards to rearing paddocks.
WEDNESDAY 5TH OF APRIL:
Where doing Wednesdays journal on Thursday evening it rained most of the day yesterday, but we got the boxes and beds made for mother and puppies and also got the swap around done with kennel dog’s puppies and saplings plus we had to meet Michael Flynn who was taking hounds that are sold to the UK for us.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK, WE HAVE 3 RUNNERS AT HARLOW SWIFT ISLA, SWIFT ACQUIT AND SWIFT MAGNITUDE
THURSDAY 6TH OF APRIL:
A lovely day and summer looks like it’s here we had a delivery of breakfast cereal dried meat and bagged dog food we also had John Orielly here checking hounds that are schooling and the worst job of the week all the waste had to go to the dump.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK, WE HAVE TWO RUNNERS AT PERRY BARR SWIFT ICONIC AND WRIGHTY
FRIDAY 7TH OF APRIL:
Were doing Fridays journal on Monday morning. I day tripped to England to collect rice. The day went well and the traffic wasn’t bad. At the kennels we prepared more hounds for schooling and got a delivery of dog food.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE 5 RUNNERS AT OXFORD MUXTON LOTTIE, WATTA SWELL PARTY AND SLIDER MCCOY AT ROMFORD MERLNS MATE AND OLD FORT BEETEE
SATURDAY 8TH OF APRIL:
Were doing Saturdays journal on Monday morning. On Saturday we needed meat, food for pups from the supermarket. At the kennels we changed all the beds and washed the vans.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAD ONE WINNER LAST NIGHT: OLD FORT BEETEE AT ROMFORD. TONIGHT WE HAVE 3 RUNNERS AT CRAYFORD SWIFT BAWDY AT HOVE CLONA URIEL AND AT SHEFFIELD RANCHES REBEL
SUNDAY 9TH OF MARCH:
The easter weekend has gone well. We did a tidy up, cut the grass, did paperwork and finished the changing of beds. Another fantastic win by Newcastle United. Another game closer to qualifying for the Champions League.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAD ONE WINNER LAST NIGHT AT CRAYFORD: CLONA URIEL IN FASTEST TIME OF THE YEAR. TONIGHT WE HAVE 9 RUNNERS AT TOWCESTER SWIFT LOVES, SWIFT BUTTONS, SWIFT STETSON, SWIFT TAMANNA, SWIFT HIPSTER, SWIFT CASUAL, YOU TWO, YOUR KIDDING AND BROWN EYED BOY