How old will your Sighthound get? I can’t imagine a more important question to ask, whether you are a new owner bringing your first puppy home or a seasoned fancier whose dogs are inching into seniority. How long can we reasonably expect our dogs to brighten our lives? Strangely, this is not a subject that’s talked about much, perhaps because of a certain squeamishness in discussing a subject that’s really a matter of life an death.
We were nearing the end of a four-day journey. I was lying on a strange bed, at an unfamiliar hotel room in a foreign town. Although I was exhausted, sleep was unthinkable. We had spent many hours driving through cities, towns and villages to reach outlying homesteads to fulfil a quest, a search for the rarest of dogs. Its native name is Karwani, otherwise known as the Caravan Hound.
My three bored Salukis are casting about for a way to amuse themselves on a dull, rainy afternoon. Their toy box is overflowing with dead toys. The neighborhood cats are staying indoors. There are no joggers. Life could hardly be more tedious. Experience has taught me that I will not like their creative solutions to boredom, so I wisely decide to provide them a diversion. “Look what I found!” rouses their interest.
Q: How did you start in dogs? When and how did you found your current breeding program? Briefly outline the important breeding decisions you made and identify the most successful dogs you have bred.
It is difficult to imagine a grander scenario. The young American had travelled in a heavy, horse-drawn troika for many hours through forests and open plain on the dusty trails across Russia’s still almost medieval countryside. Finally, his heavy carriage arrives at the gates of Perchino, the ancestral hunting manor of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaievich, uncle to the ruling czar of all of Russia and commander of what was at the time considered one of the world’s greatest armies.
The allrounder judge Dr. Göran Bodegård died in his native Sweden in late March, shortly after his 80th birthday. He had been plagued by ill health for several years and underwent at least two very complicated surgeries for his back pain.
Sighthound Review wants to provide more information about the Sighthound specialist judges. We know that many of them have a long and distinguished background in Sighthounds, and we want our readers to learn more about them, too. Following are some questions we asked …
The Whippet GCh. Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon, one of last year's top show dogs in the U.S., won Reserve Best in Show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, February 11, in Madison Square Garden, New York. It was the breed's highest award at Westminster since 1964. Bourbon was handled by Cheslie Pickett-Smithey, who also co-owns Bourbon with her husband Justin A Smithey, Dr. Ken Latimer, Judy Descutner and Nancy Shaw.
Facebook. Message from Dr. Frédéric Maison, an accomplished veterinarian from Amiens, France, who occupies a position with the Société Centrale Canine (Central Canine Organization, the French Kennel Club), a friend I have known for nearly 30 years, who has had tremendous success with his Du Grand Chien de Culann Irish Wolfhound kennel. Fred is at Crufts with a colleague, Dr. Sophie Debricon, also an accomplished veterinarian in her own right as well as an Azawakh/Borzoi breeder/enthusiast.