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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane: My dogs could read my body language

Published 21/04/2015

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane says his dogs knew the result of his football matches based on their owner's body language and behaviour.

Speaking at the launch of Guide Dog Day, Irish Guide Dogs’ new national campaign which takes place on May 1, the former Manchester United captain admitted that dogs have always played a huge role in his life and continue to do so.

“Growing up in Cork we always had dogs and then when I went to England, with the pressure of matches, I always found spending time with my dogs a great way to relax,” he said.

“I have two dogs at the moment, a German Shepherd and a Labrador and they are a massive part of my family. I’d be lost without them, they are a massive part of our lives.”

Keane also revealed the intelligence of his dogs by telling the media how quick his pets would pick up on his demeanour following a match.

"My dogs could tell what the result was by the way I came home," he said. "They could tell from my body language!"

To mark the launch Roy Keane met with Irish Guide Dogs’ clients and dogs and urges the public to support the day or text WOOF to 50300 to donate €4.

“I always enjoy talking to the people who have and need the Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs; finding out how much the dog means to them; without the dogs they wouldn’t get out and about. It’s amazing; absolutely amazing," Keane added.

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