Years involved in industry: 50
Category: Canine Chiropractor
- Awarded 2001 Ken Carr Medal
- Greyhound Racing Control Board Achievers Award 1989
- Manipulated and healed greyhounds (and domestic dogs) for 50 years
The legend of Kilcunda canine chiropractor Dave Hodgson had its origins when one of his cattle dogs injured a leg. Hodgson utilised his self-taught manipulative techniques on the kelpie and soon realised he had a “gift from God” – magic in his hands!
News travel fast via the bush telegraph, and word on this ‘miracle man’ reached a number of greyhound trainers. Subsequently he demonstrated his divine skills to a myriad of greyhound racing participants. One of these was a stalwart of the sport, Fred Knee, who later bred a few litters in partnership with Hodgson during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Hodgson checked greyhounds from the front yard of the property he shared with his loving wife Lois. And it’s a sure bet he would have ‘run his hands’ over most of Victoria’s best greyhounds in his time. It’s been well documented that cars were lined up for 500-600 metres on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Even trainers from South Australia would travel overnight to be first in line the next morning – at 6am!
It’s believed Hodgson could predict what was wrong with a greyhound even before checking it. “He was never taught. He had a natural instinct with animals,” said his grand-daughter, Janelle McRae.“He was focused on the complete well-being of the greyhound; its happiness and health. It wasn’t just all about the structure of bones and muscles.”