Saturday 9th June:
Another glorious day. I havent moved from my chair as I got caught in the sun sitting on the side of the motorway on Thursday for four hours. The tyre frim said he has only had three faulty tyres in 20 year. Just my luck. The lads galloped and the endless job of collecting supplies continued this morning. I think its going to be a long night as we have another brood who is going to have pups.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAD ONE WINNER LAST NIGHT AT ROMFORD SWIFT NIKOLAJ.
Friday 8th June:
What a day we had yesterday. I had a hound break a leg. How it happened I dont know. The late Seamus Graham told me the story about a dog being on its own breking a hock in the kennel. My story is simular. Thankfully she will be ok and will make a pet or brood. Myself and Conor were coming up the motorway in the van and a back tyre blew off. Thankfully Conor got the van on to the hard shoulder. This happened at 1 o'clock. He googled a tyre place who said they would be there in 20 minutes. I thought it was all going too well until 20 minutes turned into an hour and a half. He came in a pick up which was a miracle that it got there the state it was in. He produced a jack the only one he had that wouldnt jack a toy car up never mind a van. After all the messing about with him its now 3 o'clock. I had to ring for Padgie to come with a trolly jack and a spare wheel as we didnt have one. The tyre we blew off is only a week old and we cant see anything wrong with it so I think its the valve gone. The sun was red hot, we had nothing to drink and there wasnt a pub or shop within miles of us. As I do the journal this morning Im sitting here baked like a man who has just walked through the Sahara desert.
The plan today is the Cash and Carry, gallop dogs, collect broods that have been mated and bring broods to be mated.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE RUNNERS TONIGHT.
AT ROMFORD: OH ARMANI, SWIFT GREAVES, SWIFT NIKOLAJ, SWIFT DIXON AND OH YESYESYES.
Thursday 7th June:
Another nice day. The main job today is collecting more supplies. Kamil is away to collect fish and I have to go to Red Mills to get an emergency supply. At the kennels the main job today is swapping dogs, pups and saplings around from pupping down sheds to yards and from runs to kennels. We have another hectic few days in front of us but were getting on top of the workload.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE TWO RUNNERS:
SWIFT IVY AT HOVE
SWIFT DASH AT MONMORE.
IN IRELAND WE HAVE ONE OPEN RACE RUNNER:
URBAN HOFF AT SHELBOURNE PARK.
Wednesday 6th June:
Another glorious morning weather wise. Its 35 years today since my late father passed away. Its also the start of Appleby Fair. When my father was a young lad he sold fruit off the back of a horse and cart which they tell me was a very common sight in Newcastle back in the day. He had a passion for horses so he loved the trip to Appleby Fair which is an amazing sight.
Swift Blitz has absolutely amazed me since she took her turn. The Sunday she took her turn she was stumbling and falling all over. She got herself going and has put herself through a routine of twisting, streaching, biting and licking her bad leg. Im absolutely amazed and delighted she is back 100% as she lives in the house with me.
The plans today are schooling at Kilkenny, we have to meet Ross Miles (greyhound transporter) at Portlaoise with five hounds that are going to the UK. A big thanks to everybody who bought one. We have completely ran out of Red Mills dog food so Conor will have to go and collect an emergency supply until our order comes. At the kennels it will be a day for feeding, cleaning, letting dogs out, doing a bit of maintanance work and monitering all hounds in the hot weather making sure they have plenty of water.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE ONE RUNNER TONIGHT AT HARLOW SWIFT NICHOLAS.
Tuesday 5th June:
Another nice day. I day tripped to England with dogs yesterday as we ran out of kennels. At 4:30 yesterday morning I was taking the dogs out of the van to relieve themselves at Holyhead. No cars around, no people around and not even a seagull flying. I said to myself its a bank holiday in Ireland and I'm 61 years of age so its the mental hospital I should be in delivering dogs at that hour in the morning. My late mother would have said Im lucky to have it to do and lucky I can do it as millions cannot. I drove about 10 miles outside of Holyhead and around 5am I saw my first vehicle sitting in a lay by and the man waving like mad to us. I said who in the world could this be. My phone rang and It was Dean from Sheffield who owns the Coney dogs who said he was working. After speaking to Tony McKenna I think he got lost coming back from Towcester on Saturday night. After that the day went very well.
At the kennels were up to date with all the work and everything is going well. Like any Tuesday after a bank holiday its going to be a busy day collecting supplies. Were also at Brian Jones vet at 12:30 today getting dogs checked that are schooling.
At lunchtime yesterday Gilbert who owns Jovial Monk (the last dog missing from Kevin Huttons brake in) told me that he has been found. The good news is the dog was still in very good condition. Lets hope he checks out sound and he is back racing soon.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE THREE RUNNERS TONIGHT.
AT SHEFFIELD: CONEY SABELLA.
AT CRAYFORD: SWIFT DANIELLE AND SWIFT ASBOLOS.
Monday 4th June:
Another fantastic day weather wise. Its a bank holiday in Ireland today but for dog men its a normal day like everyday. We are going to gallop, bag straw, do a bit of tidying up and a bit of maintenance work.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE FOUR RUNNERS TONIGHT AT NOTTINGHAM: SWIFT TAXMAN, HOPALONG RANDY, AZZURRI GENESIS AND SWIFT BARBIE.
Sunday 3rd June:
Another gorgeous morning. Were going to finish off bathing hounds in the field, were going to wash the vans, make boxes and beds for mothers and pups and prepare for the busiest week workwise for the year at Lughill Kennels. On the good news front Swift Blitz is 100% after the turn she took.