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.
Amongst our new range of glassware designs for 2015 are new tankards with the Green Man design and the banner of Owain Glyndwr. The Celtic Dancing Greyhounds design is also now available on a wine goblet.
The Green man is the spirit of nature and the woodlands and has been captured on a lovely pint tankard. Each one is individually hand-drawn and painted (so they are all unique) and then baked in the oven to make them dishwasher safe. They are lovely to work on and even nicer to drink from.
The Welsh Dragon with Glyndwr’s banner.
Along with the spirit of the woods, there is a new design of tankard with a Welsh Dragon carrying a banner with the arms of Owain Glyndwr, the legendary Welsh leader. Again, this is a striking piece of individual artwork, a piece of Welsh history in its own right.
The Celtic dancing greyhounds design, so popular on tumblers, is now available on wine goblets. A lovely shape to hold, the design is very eye-catching, watch them chase each other around the face of the glass.
Dancing Celtic Greyhounds
All of these are available from the Crafty Dog Cymru web shop.
Penny the Crafty Dog and the rest of the Crafty Dog Gang will be up at the Talgarth Festival of the Mountains this weekend (23 – 24th August 2014). It’ll be great to meet you so come along and find us. We will have our glasses and tableware including the new In Flanders Fields tumblers/lanterns, the Celtic Greyhound wine glasses and our new and very popular Green Man design.
We will be in the main street with the other stalls, and Penny will be with us. If not working with us, Penny will be helping out at the Greyhound Rescue Wales stand in the old Cattle Mart.
Chris will be there signing copies of A Hound in the House along with copies of the new children’s favourite, The Largest Rabbit. Come and get your signed copy before they are all gone!
There’ll be music, food, a great welcome and even better – Greyhounds!
Its going to be a very busy weekend for us Crafty Dogs! This weekend (Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July) we will be at Swansea Museum at their Summer Craft Fair with a range of their incredible jams and chutneys and wonderful marmalades! We will have some new products including a Date and Apple Chutney for diabetics – the first diabetic chutney we have done.
And ideal for the sunshine, we will be taking some lovely new suncatchers which will look good hanging in anyone’s window catching the rays.
Open from 10 o’clock to 4 o’clock on Saturday and 11 o’clock to 3 o’clock Sunday, entry is free.