Posts Tagged ‘DSPCA’

The Missunderstood Quirks of the Lurcher

March 31, 2011

Black Magic

OK, well I didn’t quite keep my word on updating as much as possible, but that’s only because I’ve recently become to single father to Magic, my beautiful Lurcher pup.

I acquired Magic in the DSPCA where I’ve been volunteering since before Christmas. If I’m honest had you told me six months ago the dog I would adopt would be a Lurcher I’d have raised my eyebrow.

Santa’s Little Helper aside they aren’t exactly everyone’s pin up view of what a pet should be. While terriers have the cheeky chappy glint in their eye, and spaniels carry a noble sense of devotion, a greyhound cross…well, they can look a bit vacant.

Seen on race tracks all over the world where they are looked on as the poor mans racehorse, they are required to wear muzzles. This is down to an insurance clause and gives the hounds a false slur. Far from being snappy, Lurchers are the most devoted and gentle dogs you could possibly find.

60 km per hour couch potato

They are also wonderfully lazy. Known in doggy circles as the 60 km/hour couch potatoes, they are sprinters not marathon runners. Send Magic out to a field after a tennis ball and 20 minutes later she is curled up at your feet. Do the same thing with a Husky?? Well, lets just say Huskys are designed to run across tundra for hundreds of miles every day. It will take far longer than 20 minutes of fetch to tire one of them out, and if you don’t provide your pet with adequate physical and mental stimulation you can say goodbye to a tidy garden, or friendly neighbors.

So I want to call out to all potential dog owners, looking for the perfect pooch. Keep a Lurcher in mind. They are gentle, lazy, they don’t shed hair or carry any unfortunate doggy odors (beautiful as Labradors are, they smell like a sewer if not washed weekly). For reasons I can’t really mention on a public forum, Ireland is teeming with these unwanted dogs. Used for hare coursing and racing by certain cretins in society, they are usually abandoned if not up to scratch and it is up to the DSPCA and other shelters to pick up the pieces and find homes for them. This is challenging when we have families wanting designer dogs which cost hundreds-not to mention the hefty price tag pedigree dogs add up in veterinary costs. That is another bonus with Lurchers, they are free from the genetic c diseases that plague the players of Crufts.

So you see, these wonderfully misunderstood dogs are being put down every day in Ireland, overlooked for diseased aristocrats with yappy temperaments. If you are thinking of adopting, why not consider a lurcher. You won’t look Back.

If you are thinking of adopting a Lurcher, or any dog or cat check out


The DSPCA Chronicles

January 3, 2011

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals




I have just started a stint of volunteer work in the DSPCA. I was hoping to keep some sort of online diary of my antics but I’m not really sure if I’m allowed so until I get into the swing of things I’ll keep my animal diary brief. So far every trip there has been encased with snow (The shelter is up in the Dublin mountains), but the enthusiasm of the staff has been incredible. I myself was snowbound at home for a few days and couldn’t make some of my shifts but one of the volunteers apparently walked 2 hours through the snow so she could make the shelter. Now that’s dedication.

As a teen I did some work experience with them and when I applied for the volunteer work, I expected the setting to be pretty much the same-a farm house with a few kennels for dogs, and fields for horses.

Times have changed. The shelter is now a state of the art animal rehabilitation centre open to the public with the aim to rescue animals from abandonment and find a home for them.


When I know the ropes better I will upload some photos and hopefully relay some sob stories (with happy endings)

Until then check out their website

And if you see any animals that touch your heart, perhaps give them a visit and consider adopting one of them.  (Pharoh is my personal favorite, he’s a real gent on the lead)