Giant greyhound gets the attention of shoppers

by Darren Jamieson on December 5, 2011

A 24ft giant greyhound managed to turn heads in Swindon town centre after being driven in on the roof of a private stretch limo, much to the amazement of shoppers. The dog will be measured by the Guinness Book of World Records and will hopefully gain an entry.

The greyhound was placed in the town centre so that Swindon Greyhounds staff could give free tickets out to people wanting to watch the races. The greyhound is known by many as (more…)

Win one of three copies of ‘Thugs, Mugs & Dogs’ on DVD

by Darren Jamieson on April 5, 2011

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Win one of three copies of 'Thugs, Mugs & Dogs' on DVD

Attention all dog racing and film fans; here at Dream Dogs we have three copies of the new Brit-flick 'Thugs, Mugs & Dogs', staring real-life hardman Dave Courtney, to give away on DVD. The DVD is released next week on April 11th, but if you enter our competition below you'll be in with a chance of winning a copy for free.

A dark, yet humorous gangster film full of northern grit, THUGS MUGS & DOGS centres on ruthless businessman, Gordy Metcalf (ex-Underworld enforcer, Dave Courtney) who owns the best greyhound in the country and is married to the lustiest and bustiest wife (Cathy Barry) on either side of the Watford Gap!

Council estate lad Danny (Martin Owen) and his pals, find their lives endangered by the decade-long feud between Gordy and an ex-greyhound trainer. The hapless trio find themselves trapped between both sides, with all thoughts of escape futile. They can die tomorrow or stay alive for few more months, the latter being the lesser of two evils.
 
THUGS MUGS & DOGS is an intricate tale of collaboration between loyal friends and the dire consequences of planning their revenge against the Mr. Big of dog racing. Like a game of high-stakes poker, the man with the most money should win but in this tale the winner gets to keep his life! Set against the industrial back-drop of the North-East, THUGS MUGS & DOGS is the most talked about northern crime film since the original Get Carter.

Thugs, Mugs and Dogs is released on DVD from April 11, order today on Amazon

This competition is open only to residents of the UK and Eire, and by entering the competition you are confirming that you are aged 18 or older (as the film comes with a BBFC of 18). The competition closes on May 9th, and winners will be randomly selected after that date.

What breed of dog is most associated with racing?

The competition is now closed.

Terms & Conditions

  1. No purchase necessary. No third party or bulk entries will be accepted.
  2. Competition open to 18s or over only. This promotion is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the republic of Ireland, excluding employees and their immediate families of Sheer Media Ltd, its agents and anyone professionally associated with it.
  3. To enter the prize draw, answer the simple question on the website, complete your details and click Enter
  4. Within a week of the closing date, winner(s) will be selected from all entries into the competition
  5. The prize consists of 3 x Thugs, Mugs and Dogs on DVD
  6. All entries into the draw must be received by 23.59 9th May 2011
  7. Winners will be selected at random under independent supervision within 14 days of the closing date.
  8. No cash or other alternative prizes are available, except that in the event of circumstances outside its control the promoter reserves the right to substitute similar alternatives of equal or greater value.
  9. By entering this Promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  10. Prize receivers will be required to take part in publicity. The winners’ name and county will be published on the Dream Dogs website.
  11. The promoter’s decisions regarding all promotional matters will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Promoter: Sheer Media Limited, Unit D4, Stanlaw Abbey Business Centre, Ellesmere Port CH65 9BF

Mush! Iditarod 2011 gets underway

by Mark James on March 11, 2011

The world famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race got underway in Willow Lake, near Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday.

IditarodMushers from far afield as New Zealand, Jamaica and Scotland gathered to take part in the gruelling event, and more than 60 drivers and over 900 dogs were sent on their way by hundreds of spectators as they set off in two minute intervals.

The Iditarod is in its 39th year, and started off as a test of skill and endurance for dogs and mushers alike, but soon developed into the highly competitive race it is today. After a ceremonial start to the race in Anchorage, the race proper begins in (more…)

Walthamstow dog track earns reprieve

by Mark James on February 13, 2011

Following a long and bitter battle since it was closed down, the famous Walthamstow Stadium dog track may have a last gasp chance to be saved.

Since the last race was run in 2008, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding what was in store for the track, but the end of such acrimony may yet be in sight.

Developer London & Quadrant (L&O) snapped up the site for £18m, and planned to redevelop the site into 480 homes. Instead of knocking the building down completely, the plans included the fabulous (more…)

What is the difference between a greyhound and a whippet?

by Mark James on September 29, 2010

To the untrained eye, Greyhounds and Whippets look very similar. They are both tall and slender and are as fast as greased lightening, which are typical characteristics for sighthounds. This means that they specialise in chasing down prey such as rabbits, hare or deer, keeping it within their field of vision. Both Greyhounds and Whippets are very flexible; this, along with long legs, makes for a very long stride, aiding their speed. They both have deep chests, which support a large heart and incredibly efficient lungs.

Both breeds have a distinctively shaped head, commonly referred to as dolichocephalic; that is, a skull which is longer than it is wide. It’s a characteristic shared by some other breeds such as Afghan hounds, Borzois, and even wolves – it’s related to the need for the stereoscopic vision required for (more…)

The hounds are away!

by Mark James on July 30, 2010

Dream Dogs recently spent a very enjoyable night of dog racing at Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester. Money was won, and shirts were lost. Our pet theory that the dog who went to the toilet just before a race was bound to win was both proved totally right and completely wrong, leaving us none the wiser.

However, after the night’s racing had finished and the stadium was clearing out, there was a nagging doubt about the sport that remained. Like any professional athlete or footballer, a greyhound only has so long to enjoy its sporting career. What happens to a dog when it is considered too old to race? A quick flick through the night’s racing guide yielded an advert for the Retired Greyhound Trust, so we decided to investigate.

According to the British Greyhound Racing Board, the average racing career for a dog usually lasts until it is five years old. Occasionally it can last longer, but it can be cut short if the dog is injured. There are many conflicting stories about what happens to a dog when it retires. Some are unsavoury and claim that dogs are destroyed, but the BGRB states on its website that many owners keep the dog as a pet, and suggests that people who want to enter the sport need to plan for the dog’s post-racing future.

What is apparent is that many owners give their dog up for adoption. An adoption agency will (more…)

Greyhound chases real hare during greyhound race

by Darren Jamieson on July 23, 2010

Anyone who’s ever been to the dog track will know just how fast some greyhounds can be, especially when they’re chasing that little, furry, yet fake, hare. But what would happen if the greyhounds spotted a real hare during the race? Surely there would be chaos?

Yes there would. That’s just what happened at a dog track in Australia this week when prize greyhound ‘Ginny Lou’ caught sight of a rather brave, yet stupid, hare that wandered on to the greyhound track just as the dogs were passing, chasing the fake hare. Ginny Lou was in third place at the time, and just about to make her move on the leaders, when spotted a rather tasty looking alternative hare bounce across in front of her.

Naturally, she set off after it, abandoning the race in favour of what looked like a much tastier meal.

Ginny Lou spies a real hare, and she's off!

The dog track in question was a track in Shepperton, Victoria, and the race was the Finer Fruit Stakes.

The owner of Ginny Lou, Scott Stefanos, commented that he: “didn’t know whether to laugh or cry” when his dog, with a chance of winning, fled the race to go after her supper. Luckily for Scott he didn’t lose out too badly as the race was declared null and void, and all bets (over £18,000 worth) were returned to punters.

So what happened to the hare? There was no sign of it after the race – although Ginny Lou looked mighty pleased with herself. Watch the incident here from Australian TV.

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Dog breeder dies aged 85

by Darren Jamieson on May 28, 2010

One of the country’s leading stud dog breeders, Pam Heasman, passed away this week at the age of 85. Pam used to be the secretary for the Greyhound Trainers’ Association and she was a noted trainer and breeder of greyhounds. She also kept many champion greyhound stud dogs. She died this week in a Kings Lynn hospital, aged 85.

Pat Quinn, a personal friend of Pam Heasman, commented on her life this week, saying that she was:

“a lovely lady who was totally dedicated to her greyhounds”. He said her passing was the end of an era.

Pam was the last of the old school. And as my son David said, she’s probably now talking greyhounds up above with Stan Gudgin, Paddy Milligan and Noreen Collin.”

Pat Quinn said that Heasman would be remembered as one of the greatest keepers of stud dogs in the sport of greyhound racing. In 2005, Heasman was recognised for her work in the field of greyhound racing when she was (more…)