By Jordan Gerrans
Bill and Cyndie Elson say they have never seen anything like it before at their Churchable kennel.
The stalwarts of the greyhound industry in Queensland have bred dozens of litters of dogs over the decades, but what is occurring with champion greyhound Cyndie’s Magic’s final litter is something that is completely out of the ordinary.
Described as the darling of Queensland greyhound racing in her career that was headlined by her stunning racing style, Cyndie’s Magic would often get back to last in the run as she would rocket home to win on the line in scintillating fashion.
Now delivering as brood bitch, Cyndie’s Magic has added a unique quality to her career resume, now becoming a loving mother for her third and final litter.
As Cyndie Elson detailed, usually brood bitches will move on from their puppies after their litters, relocating to a different area of the kennel after they had been weaned.
The fan favourite of the Queensland greyhound public is completely different to others, Elson says.
“She is very protective of her last litter, come about 9pm every night she walks the floor in the house until I take her out to her puppies,” Cyndie Elson said.
“After that, she will sleep on the lounge room all day and then once the night time comes around again, she is back outside.
“I do not know if she thinks something is happening out there with her puppies, she is just very, very protective.
“She does have a little girl called Priscilla and maybe she is worried about her as she is smaller than the boys.
“She is a strong little pup Priscilla and she will be fine, she just wants to be there to protect them because the other pups on the side of the fence.”
Cyndie Elson explains that she would never usually leave the bitches with their children as she was mindful of them trampling on each other.
In her racing days, which wrapped up in March of 2018 following a 45-victory career, Bill Elson was her official trainer while Cyndie owned the star chaser.
In her first two litters, Cyndie’s Magic was like any other brood bitch, but Bill says she has changed her mentality and attitude with her last group.
“She is kind of close to them, really close to them, she has motherly instincts,” Bill said.
“It is unique, not many dogs are like that - it is her last litter.
“Not many of them get out of their kennel and go be with their pups, they are usually finished with them quickly.
“She wants to go back there at night-time and be with them.”
Around the Elson’s Churchable kennel, Cyndie’s Magic has the lay of the land.
She is a regular laying on the lounge room floor, which most of the other dogs do not get the privilege of doing.
Cyndie believes her retired champion greyhounds knows that she is a bit special, declaring she acts like she owns the place, thinking how good she is.
Cyndie’s Magic’s mother, Regal Silver - a multiple-Dam of the Year Award winner in Queensland - was cut from the same cloth.
“She made us and magnificent the way she produced,” Cyndie reflected on Regal Silver.
“Cyndie’s Magic is doing the same thing, I can see it in her pups, they are advancing through.”
With her third litter of pups coming through now, Cyndie’s Magic’s record as an excellent brood bitch is sure to only increase.