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South Wales Evening Post, Greyhounds, Jam & Dylan Thomas

What an eventful day!

Chris and Penny have a nice big photo in the South Wales Evening Post today – the very same newspaper that Dylan Thomas cut his teeth writing for.  There is a lovely article by Kate Clarke about how they got involved with greyhound rescue, about their own greyhounds and their foster dogs.  As well as talking about rescuing hounds, it also mentions the jam and glass making.  The main point behind the piece is to launch the new weekly column Chris has been given in the on-line South Wales Evening Post, nominally titled “Greyt Expectations”, in which Chris will keep everyone updated on Penny’s adventures, as well as the world of the Crafty Dog industry, making glassware, jams and chutneys, writing and promoting the books, and generally letting everyone know how great rescued greyhounds are.  There may also be some hints about the new books planned – Penny’s story “In for a Penny, In for a Hound” and the further adventures of Rubbish, The Largest Rabbit.

Chris told us ,”To be in the paper is a wonderful opportunity for us to promote the world of greyhound rescue and make people see what wonderful companions they make.  It will also allow people to keep people informed on our latest range of jams and chutneys which are proving so very popular across South Wales!”

Ready for Thursday? Its Sketty Library again!

Penny Greyhound Rescue WalesDon’t Forget – Sketty Library 2p.m. Thursday

Afternoon all.  Penny the Crafty Dog reporting in to my many fans.  It’s been a looooong weekend and I’ve had lots of sleeps.  It’s been really hot here in Crafty Dog Towers.  Mr and Mrs Crafty Dog were out a bit at a Crafty Show the weekend and didn’t need me to come along.  This was great as Dad always leaves me with a project to do – a big blue toy called Bluey full of treats.  It takes me ages to get everything out of it and I have to have some long naps in between.  When I wakes up sometimes they have come home, so I then ask Dad to get some of the bikkies out.  Life can be great being a Crafty Dog – much better than when I was racing.

Anyways, the reason I was typing was to tell everyone I will be at Sketty Library in Swansea on Thursday.  Theres gonna be lots of peoples come to see me and listen to Mr Crafty Dog as he is reading some of his new book about that Largest Rabbit.  I don’t think it’s really a rabbit as he looks like somethinbg else on the cover – can’t say or it’ll give it all away.

Dad says the books are selling really well all over the place and money goes to help other greyhounds not as lucky as me.  I think that’s great.

Oooh – Mam has just finished her sandwich so off to have some crusts and maybe some gravy bones.

Ta for now,



A Really Crafty Night!


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Hello everyone!  Last night we had loads of people round to our house to taste some jams and chutneys Mum has made and to look at the lovely glasses and things they have both made.  I really think everyone came to see me.  I had a lovely night being fussed and people feeding me bits of cheese  and crackers.  I reeeeally liked the apple chutney but my favourite was the yellow plum and vanilla jam.  Yummy!

Ta for now,

Penny the Real Crafty Dog

St. Illtyd Summer Fayre – Come and See Us!

The Adventures of the Strangest Rabbit You Have Ever Seen!

The Adventures of the Strangest Rabbit You Have Ever Seen!

Tomorrow, Saturday 5th July, Penny will be at St Illtyd School Summer Fayre in Llantwit Major.  She will be there to meet her public – come along and say hello and met the gentlest, funniest greyhound in the world!


Crafty Dog will be there too with our jams, chutneys and glassware, as well as copies of A Hound in the House and of course, The Largest Rabbit!!


Look forward to seeing you.



Pennys Busy Day

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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,

Penny, the Real Crafty Dog Cymru.

The Largest Rabbit – Visit to Ystalyfera School

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 Have Ever Seen!

The Adventures of the Strangest Rabbit You Ever Did See!