Publican does his bit for greyhounds

STOWMARKET pub owner Pat Murphy has always had a fondness for greyhounds and now he has ended up going to the dogs.Pat Murphy, landlord of the Stag Tavern in Stowmarket, has put together a limited edition CD of country music to raise funds for a charity that finds homes for retired greyhounds.

STOWMARKET publican, Pat Murphy, has always had a fondness for greyhounds and now he has ended up going to the dogs.

Mr Murphy, landlord of the Stag Tavern in Stowmarket, has put together a limited edition CD of country music to raise funds for a charity that finds homes for retired greyhounds.

The 12-track album, called Going to the Dogs, features country artists Paddy O'Brien, Lance O'Brien and Speed Limit plus local groups Burntwater, New West and Brytom with tracks such as Never Grow Old and Cowgirl Trust.

Proceeds will go to the Retired Greyhound Trust, a national charity dedicated to finding a home for the dogs once their racing careers have ended.

Mr Murphy said: "I love everything about greyhounds and wanted to be able to do something to help them long-term. When I discussed the idea of creating a CD in aid of the Retired Greyhound Trust with Paddy O'Brien he was enthusiastic, so we went ahead.

"I hope that through the CD we will be able to raise substantial funds to help finance the welfare and upkeep costs of ex-racing greyhounds in kennels run by the trust's co-ordinators."

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The production of the CD coincides with the trust's campaign, Grace 2002, launched earlier this year to encourage more people to consider owning a greyhound.

The trust says greyhounds make wonderful pets – ideal for both individuals and families of all ages.

Racing careers are short with the majority of greyhounds retiring at the age of three or four but they can live for up to 10 years in retirement – and will be happy with two 20-minute walks a day.

Those wishing to find out more about the Retired Greyhound Trust should call 0870 444 0673 and those who would like a copy of Going to the Dogs should contact Pat Murphy on 01449 613980 or e-mail: orders@nethergate. co.uk

The cost of the CD is £6 and – after production costs – all of the proceeds will go directly to the trust.

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