"Not exactly Crufts"...was a comment heard when VISNEWS filmed at Mongrel Park, Kilcullen, Country Kildare,?
"Not exactly Crufts"...was a comment heard when VISNEWS filmed at Mongrel Park, Kilcullen, Country Kildare, Eire, May 24, where an Irishman's inner love for a gamble has once again blossomed to the surface with a new 'sport' - Terrier Racing. Shaggy dogs, hairless dogs, tall dogs, tiny dogs... dogs of all shapes and descriptions are defying the greyhound monopoly on village 'tracks' all over Ireland.
The 'Race-card' lists such colourfully named races as the 'Slow Coach Canter' ...'the Rag Man's Dash'...and the 'Non-Triers Fiddle'.
Following the rules of greyhound racing very closely, the dogs are registered, clothed in an identifying knitted coloured collar, solemnly paraded so that the punter may back his fancy with numerable bookmakers, and placed in the trap ready for the 'off'.
When human and canine yapping has subsided, the starter raises his flag... they're under orders. The hareman begins to wind the 'hare' home, and all is silent as the 'hare' passes the trap...gates fly open and they're off.
Six eager yelping tykes hurl themselves down the hundred yard stretch after the fugitive 'hare'. So great is their enthusiasm that a brush fence is erected across the 'track' to arrest their headlong flight. Even this does not prevent them crashing through and fighting over the now safely 'boxed' prize.
Prizes of up to five pounds are tempting owners to enter the family pets.