Beryl Brennan with residents of her home in France
Probably born with poised pencil in one hand and open notebook in the other, I’ve written for as long as I can remember.
Journals, school newspapers, freebie newspapers. Worked for over 10 years with BBC Manchester regional radio, running the north regional office of the BBC External Affairs, which involved input into 40 language services, plus 4 English language overseas services, and BFPS, the service for British forces overseas.
Moving to Suffolk in 1980, I then worked in local radio, in both production and presentation.
Early retirement beckoned in 2002 and my husband and I moved to a 15-hectare farm in Western France near Niort, along with 2 horses, 2 cats and 3 dogs.
My passion for greyhounds and galgos was born in Suffolk when a stray greyhound turned up on our doorstep. In those days the dog rescue centres were full of greyhounds, no one wanted to adopt one, so we kept her. She became a PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog and thoroughly enjoyed visiting old folks' homes, especially when the birthday cakes came out!
Current residents chez moi include a French lurcher, rescued from the streets near Toulouse, two beautiful galgas (female galgo) rescued from the Cordoba Killing Station, and Podenca Andaluz Bebe - found badly injured on a Seville motorway. We are also a foster home for galgos and podencos rescued from Spain and looking for their forever homes in France and I also travel to Spain on rescue missions, visiting refuges and shelters around the country.
I've written for English-language newspapers in France, the Weekly Telegraph, Saga magazine, the Vegetarian Society, Dog World, The Single Step, classic cars and carriage driving, equestrian and sports magazines, and profile interviews for women’s magazines. I’ve also had articles published on several Internet sites.
Where did the idea of Galgo News come from? I'd written an article about the plight of galgos in Spain for This French Life, and the suggestion of a 'galgo blog' developed from there. It's now taken over my life - once you've had a galgo, helping improve their lot in Spain becomes a passion - and as I've always been a communicator, what better way of helping raise their profile than via a weblog.
So, when it comes down to, if you want to read about it, I’ll write about it, (well, most things!) especially if it is publicising the plight of the Spanish galgos and fighting their corner.
We curse you, galguerro. May your last days be spent screaming for death to release you, and may this curse continue down through every generation until your entire race is extinct.