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102-yr-old greyhound fan: 'You're a goose, Mr Baird'

IRENE Crispin has one word to use when describing Mike Baird: goose.

"I'm so upset with that man, I don't know how anybody could be so vindictive," Mrs Crispin said.

"To put all those good people who love greyhounds out of work."

NSW Premier Mike Baird speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Thursday, July 7, 2106.  The NSW government will move legislation to close down the state's greyhound racing industry. The ban would be effective as of 1 July 2017. (AAP Image/Andi Yu) NO ARCHVIING
NSW Premier Mike Baird speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Thursday, July 7, 2106. The NSW government will move legislation to close down the state's greyhound racing industry. The ban would be effective as of 1 July 2017. (AAP Image/Andi Yu) NO ARCHVIING ANDI YU

The 102-year-old described the way the premier was treating the industry as an "absolute shame".

"What goes around, comes around," she said.

Mrs Crispin's love of greyhounds began on her wedding day, when she received the best gift she could have asked for.

"My first child was a greyhound," Mrs Crispin said.

"A little, beautiful, pure white puppy. I loved that dog, oh I did love her, and she loved me."

Irene Crispin, who loves greyhounds so much she wrote a letter to the Daily Examiner about her life training and owning greyhounds.
Irene Crispin, who loves greyhounds so much she wrote a letter to the Daily Examiner about her life training and owning greyhounds. Caitlan Charles

 

Judy, the greyhound, was as much apart of Mrs Crispin's family as any human could be.

"When my husband was working on that pipeline coming in from Nymboida to Grafton that brought the water supply in... I had to go out and camp in a tent in Nymboida while he worked on it, and the only companion I had was Judy," Mrs Crispin said.

"She was a champion, she turned out a champion."

When Judy's time as a racing greyhound was over, Mrs Crispin began breeding dogs.

"I had all these puppies," Mrs Crispin said. "Judy's racing name was Merry Sound, so I called them all sounds, the sound dynasty."

"There was Safe And Sound, Not A Sound, Another Sound, all sounds."

But Mrs Crispin's love of greyhounds didn't end there.

"I walked greyhounds until I was 80 years old, every morning and every afternoon, all weathers," she said.

Mrs Crispin said the greyhounds helped keep her young.

"I think that is what has given me such good health in my life, plenty of exercise and exercising those beautiful animals," she said.

"I was 80 before I gave it away because my legs were a little bit tottery, and it nearly broke my heart.

"I never missed a greyhound meeting, I said that those dogs couldn't go around without me."

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Mrs Crispin has nothing but praise for Chris Gulaptis, who crossed the floor to oppose the ban on greyhound racing in NSW.

"I think he is wonderful," she said. "I admire him very much because he knew there would be repercussions, and he did lose a lot of his pay, but he did have the intestinal fortitude to walk across the floor."

"Next election day he will see the results of doing that... there are a lot of dog people out there who will vote for him."


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