Celebrating Greyhounds - Spring/Summer 2017 - 44
Guinefort and Dragon are two Greyhounds who were revered in history.
by Linda Slusser
reyhounds have a long history in art and
literature, but two stand out for the
unusual recognition given to their selfless
A 13th-century French story explains how a
martyred Greyhound became a saint. Guinefort,
the trusted companion of a knight living near
Lyon, was left to guard his master's infant. After
hunting, the knight returned to a horrific scene: the
cradle overturned and Guinefort's mouth covered
with blood. Enraged, the knight killed his dog,
only to find the child alive and well, saved from a
snake by his protector, Guinefort. Full of remorse,
the knight created a shrine for the faithful dog.
Local peasants soon began to pray at the grave of
"Saint" Guinefort, especially on behalf of infants
Macaire and the dog of Montargis.
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(Bondeson; "Saint Guinefort"; Weis).