Galwaywoman helps Irish greyhound get new life in Austrian monastery

An Irish greyhound is now living a heavenly life in Europe after being adopted by a priest in an Austrian monastery.

Ballinveala Dudu, now known as Dudu to his new owners, was rehomed by the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT ) to Germany in September. The dog was then adopted by the priest in the small town of Bregenz, in western Austria, last month.

IRGT Trustee Brigid Frank, from Loughrea in Co Galway, was a key player in Dudu’s rehoming, linking up with Greyhoundhilfe, the German agency who helped Dudu find a new home.

The agency has a long established partnership with the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust. Welfare Officer with the Irish Greyhound Board and Secretary to the IRGT, Barry Coleman said that he Irish Retired Greyhound Trust has partnerships with rehoming agencies all over Europe and greyhounds are proving particularly popular as pets in Germany.

“It is excellent to see Dudu, and hundreds of others like him, finding loving homes and having a happy and healthy retirement. Greyhounds make for excellent pets and have an uncanny ability to transition to the family couch with ease. They are best known as couch potatoes, needing very little exercise or special diet. With greater public awareness we can ensure these prized athletes get the retirement they deserve and equally bring happiness to many people’s lives,” he said.

The IRGT has helped to rehome over 5,300 racing greyhounds since 2008, with 853 rehomed between January and October of this year. The Irish Greyhound Board contributed over €100,000 to the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust in 2017.

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