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After adopting an Irish sight hound, her dog Lily, Laura Schenone discovers a remarkable and little-known fight to gain justice for dogs and for all animals.
Greyhounds, bred to be the fastest dogs on earth, are beautiful, gentle, and astonishing creatures. Yet for decades, countless numbers of them have been abandoned and destroyed every year once they can no longer compete and win.
The Dogs of Avalon introduces us to the strong-willed Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued for their utility. But Fitzgibbon believes suffering is felt by all creatures and champions the cause of strays, baffling those around her—including her family—as she, and a group of local women rescue any animal in need, taking on increasingly risky missions.
- Owen Patrick Smith (1869-1927) is the American who invented the mechanical rabbit, which sparked the beginnings of greyhound racing.
- Beverly Wolf is the woman who worked very closely with Marion for two decades. Beverly and her husband housed many of the animals that they saved.
More Greyhound Episodes
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Thank you, Laura!
Special thanks to Melinda Lee for co-hosting the episode with me and writing several of the questions, and Will Scarlett of W. W. Norton & Company for arranging the interview.
Photo credit: Simon Schaffner
About Nancy and Harold Rhee
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