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New Book by Chris Dignam – “Found a Penny; The Memoirs of a Crafty Dog”

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.

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Penny & Chris at the Book Launch

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.

The books are available by clicking here.

New for 2015 – The Green Man, Owain Glyndwr and Dancing Dogs!

New Glassware for the New Year

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Green Man Tankard

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.  

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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.

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Dancing Celtic Greyhounds

All of these are available from the Crafty Dog Cymru web shop.