21st September 2019 saw the launch of Chris Dignam’s latest book. This time it’s the true story of Penny, greyhound and Crafty Dog of the title, in her very own words. She has worked with Chris to dictate her life-story, from being born in Ireland, to her successful racing career in England, then the sudden change in her fortunes; abandoned in a field in Mid-Wales and left to fate. Fortunately, Mr Jones and his collie found this starving, cold ex-athlete and handed her over to Greyhound Rescue Wales.
This is where Penny’s life really began as she found a home with Chris and his wife Armelle. She found this all very strange, what with stairs, beds, and, best of all, smoked salmon! A hound with a gourmet’s palate, she takes part in an incredible fund-raising event for the rescue charity, travels across Europe in the motorhome to aid international relations (even attending the service at the Menin Gate), and helps publicise the plight of ex-racers. She talks of her mental demons, as even her life has its dark side, but hers is a positive story.
Penny also describes how she helps out at Chris and Armelle’s Craft business, and becomes known as The Crafty Dog. It’s a lovely journey, with its ups and downs but you will emerge at the end with a big smile on your face.
We have had many requests to make the Christmas Story available to download – consider it a Christmas present from Crafty Dog Books! It can be downloaded as a pdf file for you to read, already set out in book format.
Its free for you to download and share but not for publishing generally without our permission. Click on the text below.
Fabulous news for all of Penny’s fans out there. Chris has just been offered the opportunity to write a regular column for the South Wales Evening Post about life with a rescued greyhound. We are still ironing out the format but it will probably be along the lines of general tips about living with a rescued dog, information about dogs and greyhounds in particular, and Penny’s adventures. It’ll be a great chance for everyone to see how fabulous a greyhound can be, how she enjoys her life and what she’s like with adults and children. Penny is not only an ambassador for her breed but also for Crafty Dog, helping at book-readings and craft fairs and at greyhound rescue events.
It will probably be fortnighly, starting on the web-page and then into the paper itself when space permits. Penny was not available for comment as she is currently having her mid-day siesta after eating her lunch.
Here’s the recent piece from the Evening Post about Penny’s travels in Brittany. Copyright SWEP.
Come and meet Penny the Crafty Dog and Hear about Rubbish the Rabbithound!
Thursday afternoon next week 31st July, Penny the Crafty Dog will be visiting Sketty Library with Chris Dignam for a book reading of “The Largest Rabbit”. Not only will you be able to meet Penny, but you will also be able to meet the wonderful chracters in the book; Scvutter and Bownie and the rabbits, the mighty Finn the Scottish Deerhound, Jeffery the ancient marmalade cat and of course Rubbish the largest rabbit of the title. Meet these heroes, and also the villains of the book, and maybe get a signed copy too! The library is also running a reading competition.
Anyone wanting any further information, check the Sketty Library page on the City and County of Swansea website, or ring the Library for more information. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Good evening everyone! I have had another busy weekend. It all started with the Boss (that’s what he thinks I call him anyway) taking me along to a school in Ystalyfera to a reading of the new book to a group of very well behaved guys in year 6.
They all seemed to really enjoy him reading “The Largest Rabbit“, and they were so disappointed when he had to stop. In fairness, he couldn’t read ALL the book or they’s have nothing to read themselves! Afterwards the guys asked the Boss some very searching questions about the bok and also about MEE! It’s wonderful being so popular. I even did some of my Sit and Stay tricks to show them how clever I can be. When the boys and girls went out into the yard for break I wanted to follow them and play too but I was not allowed.
It can be really tiring being a celebrity.
Saturday the Boss and Mrs Crafty Dog went to a Craft Fair in Clydach and I was left witha project to do; how quikly could I empty a Kong of all the bits of food. I tend to get a bit tired after a while and sleep a bit so that when they come home I have some bits left and I have to show them what I can do. The Boss seems to find this interesting and sometimes he helps me to get the bits of food out. Begs the question why he put it in there in the first place!
Today we went over the cricket pitch and I had a really great time running around chasing my ball and bringing it back to the Boss. When I am really good at this he gets out another ball so I have to drop one in his hand then speed off for the other one. I keep this up for a few times then I get tired so have to slow down a bit.
Hey ho. Another book reading at 2 schools on Tuesday. Will keep you updated,
On Friday this week, Penny will be coming with us to Ysgol Golwg y Cwm in Ystradgynlais. They have invited us up to talk about greyhound rescue, abd also to read some extracts from “The Largest Rabbit”. It’s great fun reading to the guys as they become so involved.
We are all looking forward to it immensely!
The Adventures of the Strangest Rabbit You Ever Did See!