August 22 is the Feast Day of Saint Guinefort, the only greyhound, and dog, for that matter, to have been bestowed with the holy title. In this episode, discover who Saint Guinefort was and what led to his sainthood.
Cheetahs are the fastest land mammal in the world at 75 MPH. Greyhounds come in a distant second as the second fastest land mammal at 45 MPH. But … what if they were to race each other on a track?
Impossible, you say? Then travel back in time with us to 1937 for the great cheetah and greyhound races at Rumford Greyhound Stadium in England. That’s when, and where, it happened. You may be surprised.
Travel back in time to the 1800s as we visit Ireland and England. You’ll meet a little greyhound whose coursing trainer once thought him to be of no use and will discover why he became a revered native son, even to this day. This St. Patrick’s Day season, meet Master McGrath, one of the most legendary greyhounds of all.
Apologies to our friends in Ireland for the brogue attempt.
See images of Master McGrath, Lord Lurgen, James Galway, the monument and statue honoring Master McGrath, and more.
Greyhounds are an ancient dog breed dating back thousands of years. We know they’re in modern literature. They can also be found in the mythology of antiquity. Sit back and relax as the Greek myth of Laelaps, a greyhound who always caught what he preyed on, unfolds. You’ll also run into a controversy, of sorts, about the stars.
Note that, if this episode were a movie, it would be rated PG-13.