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Love of dogs leads Johanna all the way to Buckingham Palace

PUBLISHED: 15:12 22 June 2007 | UPDATED: 14:35 07 September 2010

,Johanna Beumer awarded MBE ,she has been finding Homes for Retired Racing Greyhounds for over 40yrs
Pictured with

,Johanna Beumer awarded MBE ,she has been finding Homes for Retired Racing Greyhounds for over 40yrs Pictured with "Babs"

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THE DOGGED determination of a Muswell Hill pet lover has secured her a place on the Buckingham Palace podium. Johanna Beumer, 63, was awarded an MBE in the Queen s birthday honours list for 43 years of rescuing greyhounds. Her kennels in Waltham Abbey are

THE DOGGED determination of a Muswell Hill pet lover has secured her a place on the Buckingham Palace podium.

Johanna Beumer, 63, was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for 43 years of rescuing greyhounds.

Her kennels in Waltham Abbey are home to more than 40 hounds who are cared for there before being found new homes. She said: "It's really incredible, I'm still having to pinch myself to believe I was made an MBE. I hope this will bring more awareness about finding homes for greyhounds but I would carry on even without it."

Ms Beumer started going to dog races with her parents when she was 11 years old and was given her first greyhound ten years later. "They are wonderful animals and are lovely and affectionate and very dependable," she said. The Queen is no stranger to racecourses though she prefers horses to hounds - her husband Prince Philip, however, has a greyhound of his own.

"I'd love to see the Queen at a race some day. That would be wonderful.

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