1. How many years have you been in Whippets?
I got my first whippet in the mid 1970’s, so that makes it a little over 30 years.
2. What breeds did you have prior to Whippets?
My first show dog was Lila, an Afghan Hound. She finished her championship and produced several champions including an All Breed Best in Show winner. I remain in awe of the dedicated Afghan Hound people who breed, groom, and show these beautiful animals generation after generation. I was not so dedicated and began looking for a breed that needed less preparation
for the ring. This search led me to Whippets.
3. Who was your first Whippet?
I bought my first Whippet from Donna Kelly. J.T. (Cyrano’s The Executive) quickly won 8 points, including a group placement, but died of leukemia at the age of 18 months. Sometime later, I acquired Ch. Rafina Rhianda of Kamara ROMX, at the age of four months, from my
good friend, Barbara Pendergrass. Zinger and I soon moved from Michigan to Southern California. Some breeders in Michigan told me I could never finish a bitch under 19 inches in California. Zinger proved them wrong as she finished easily, owner handled, under breeder judges and all rounders alike.
4. Did you have any Whippets that you felt made outstanding contributions?
Zinger was bred to a Ch. Fenwick of Whippoorwill ROM son, Ch. Rolling’s Viktor ROMX. Dick and Barbara Rupert had moved from Maryland to Southern California shortly before I did. I first saw Barbara and Viktor when she handled him to winners dog at the 1980 Western Specialty in Santa Barbara. Victor, like Zinger, had the front fill and side movement that I feel was not very common at the time. From this breeding came 7 champions.