There is a deadly disease stalking your dog, a hideous, stealthy thing just waiting its chance to steal your beloved friend. It is not a new disease, or one for which there are inoculations. The disease is called "Trust."
You knew before you ever took your puppy home that it could not be trusted. The breeder who provided you with this precious animal warned you, drummed it into your head. Puppies steal off counters, destroy anything expensive, chase cats, take forever to house train, and must never be allowed off lead!!
When the big day finally arrived, heeding the sage advice of the breeder, you escorted your puppy to his new home, properly collared and tagged, the lead held tightly in your hand.
At home the house was "puppy-proofed." Everything of value was stored in the spare bedroom, garbage stowed on top of the refrigerator, cats separated, and a gate placed across the living room to keep at least one part of the house puddle free. All windows and doors had been properly secured, and signs placed in all strategic points reminding all to "Close the door!"
Soon it becomes second nature to make sure the door closes nine-tenths of a second after it was opened and that it is really latched. "Don't let the dog out" is your second most verbalized expression. (The first is "No!")
You worry and fuss constantly, terrified that your darling will get out and disaster will surely follow. Your friends comment about who you love most, your family or the dog. You know that to relax your vigil for a moment might lose him to you forever.
And so the weeks and months pass, with your puppy becoming more civilized every day, and the seeds of trust are planted. It seems that each new day brings less destruction, less breakage. Almost before you know it, your gangly, slurpy puppy has turned into an elegant, dignified friend.
Now that he is a more reliable, sedate companion, you take him more places. No longer does he chew the steering wheel when left in the car. And darned if that cake wasn't still on the counter this morning. And, oh yes, wasn't that the cat he was sleeping with so cozily on your pillow last night?
At this point you are beginning to become infected, the disease is spreading its roots deep into your mind.
And then one of your friends suggest obedience classes, and, after a time you even let him run loose from the car into the house when you get home. Why not, he always runs straight to the door, dancing a frenzy of joy and waits to be let in. And, remember he comes every time he is called. You know he is the exception that disproves the rule. (And sometimes late at night, you even let him slip out the front door to go potty and then right back in.)
Years pass - it is hard to remember why you ever worried so much when he was a puppy. He would never think of running out the door left open while you bring in the packages from the car. It would be beneath his dignity to jump out the window of the car while you run into the convenience store. And when you take him for those wonderful long walks at dawn, it only takes one whistle to send him racing back to you in a burst of speed when the walk comes too close to the highway. (He still gets in the garbage, but nobody is perfect!)
This is the time the disease has waited for so patiently. Sometimes it only has to wait a year or two, but often it takes much longer. He spies the neighbor dog across the street, and suddenly forgets everything he ever knew about not slipping out doors, jumping out windows or coming when called due to traffic. Perhaps it was only a paper fluttering in the breeze, or even just the sheer joy of running.....
Stopped in an instant.
Stilled forever- Your heart is broken at the sight of his still beautiful body.
The disease is trust. The final outcome, hit by a car.
Every morning my dog bounced around off lead exploring. Every morning for seven years he came back when he was called. He was perfectly obedient, perfectly trustworthy. He died fourteen hours after being hit by a car.
Please do not risk your friend and your heart. Save the trust for things that do not matter.
Please read this every year on your puppy's birthday, lest we forget.
by Sharon Mathers
We are very proud of our hounds today at the Western Washington Whippet Specialty 2017. Benelli is now AKC Champion TripleStar Blazin Benelli and Remington, CH Lishima's All Fired up at TripleStar, MC, CGC, picked up specialty Select Dog major toward his Grand Championship! Huge thanks to Breeder-Judge Doug Broadfoot of Broadstrider Whippets for appreciating these smooth types with easy, open sidegait.
Western Washington Whippet Association - Friday, August 4 2017 Specialty
Judge: Doug Broadfoot - Broadstrider Whippets - Entry: 54
BOB: CH Summit Good Vibrations
BOW/WD: NEW CHAMPION Can Ch Surrey Hill Mariner Smooth Hoperator
BOS: GCH Windborn Starline Heiress
SD: CH Lishma's All Fired Up At TripleStar, MC, CGC
SB: GCH Cottonwood Mums the Word at Mason Hill
AOM: CH Lishma's Tickle My Fancy
WB: NEW CHAMPION TripleStar Blazin' Benelli
RWD: McCartney's Top Hat and Spatts
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The American Whippet Club
Western Regional Specialty 2017
Join us for a red, white and blue celebration! June 29, 2017 - All Whippet enthusiasts are welcome to attend!
The Westen Specialty will be held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA in conjunction with the Ventura Dog Fanciers and Burbank KC shows
For more show information: Join the Facebook group! www.facebook.com/groups/AWCWesternSpecialty/
Our judges for the AWC WESTERN SPECIALTY will be:
Specialty judge: Jamie Souza Bartlett
Sweepstakes judge: Roberta Keller
Show Chair: Susan Vernon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trophy Chair: Susan & Christy, email@example.com • Hospitality: Shellie & Jessica Juden, firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer: Christy Nelson, email@example.com • Adverstising: Shauna Summers, firstname.lastname@example.org
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www.barayevents.com | ENTRIES CLOSE NOON, PT, WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2016
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
3 ALL BREED AWC SUPPORTED ENTRY SHOWS:
Friday June 30, 2017 Ventura Dog Fanciers Judge: Ms. Amy Sorbie
Saturday July 1, 2017 Burbank KC Judge: Mr. David Samuelson
Sunday July 2, 2017 Burbank KC Judge: Mrs. Meghan Fenn-Lord
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Happy New Year! Life has been very busy and the hounds are happy. Lately, we have received many Whippet puppy or adult inquiries which shows that the love for the Whippet breed is strong. Please remember that we are a hobby "kennel" and do not do this often. However, we might have litter plans for the near future. If you would like to be on our waiting list please be sure to reach out through our contact form and/or we can connect you with fellow Responsible Whippet Breeders who may also have something special available for you. Whippets available for adoption or rescue are rare because Responsible Breeders take such good care of all of our puppies, welcoming them back home if the need arises. If you are searching for a whippet, remember that all good things often take time and are very much worth waiting for! Thank you to all of our wonderful puppy owners in the TripleStar Hounds family for the great photos and updates over the years.
Judges Critique for GG (BIF FC Jubilee TripleStar Apogee, SC) from the 2016 AWC National Specialty , Dr. Barbara Henderson.
Open Bitches – This class was large
and had thirty-two entries. The winner
of this class was Jubilee Triplestar Apogee
SC, a very elegant brindle parti that caught
my eye as she entered the ring. She did not
disappoint me when she was examined.
She was a substantial female, moderate
with no exaggeration with a pleasing
head and expression. Her topline flowed
nicely into her well let down hocks. Up
and back movement was flawless. Showed
at moderate speed she exhibited an open
easy side gait never letting her handler
down. Balanced front and rear angulation.
Complementary topline to underline. This
was my eventual reserve winner’s bitch and
one that I would like to take home. Her
overall quality was superior.
We are so proud to present our New AKC Field Champion, Best in Field Winning, FC JUBILEE TRIPLESTAR APOGEE, SC - yeah GG!!! She finished with a 4 point major by going Best Of Breed over specials on 5/15/2016. This win comes just weeks after her major win at the 2016 AWC National Specialty. From show ring to field, she does it all! As it should be. Huge thanks to the SoCal lure coursing crews for making these great trials possible! Thank you to judges Mr. Robert Newman and Mr. Frank Yeh for appreciating GG on the field.
Well what more can be said? We had a fantastic American Whippet Club National Specialty 2016 in San Diego, CA. In 6-9 puppy dogs, our boy "Aidan" (TripleStar Handsome Devil) was placed 2nd in a lovely bunch of puppy dogs. In 6-9 puppy girls, our 3 pups showed beautifully, "Penny" (TripleStar & Destiny Penny's From Heaven at Pinewood) was wild and joyous, "Wisp" (TripleStar Lighter Than Air) made the cuts to 5th place but ultimately their sister Jazmine (TripleStar & Destiny's Mystic Romance) placed 1st in the class. In American Bred Bitches, "Francie" (Winway Francie Fairchild at TripleStar) placed 2nd in a quality entry. To top all of this off, "GG" (BIF FC Jubilee TripleStar Apogee, SC) placed 1st in Open Bitches and on to Reserve Winners Bitch for a National Specialty major. As a breeder-owner-handler, I could not be more proud of the appreciation and nice comments from judge and fellow exhibitors on all of my hounds. My sincerest thanks to judge Dr. Barbara Henderson of Whippoorwill Whippets for these honors. And as always, a huge thanks to my friends and mentors who have stuck by us.
The new year has begun and things have been busy here at TripleStar Hounds! We have been focusing on Lure Coursing and Whippets Remington (Ch Lishima's All Fired up at TripleStar, SC, CGC ) and GG (BIF Jubilee TripleStar Apogee, SC) are getting close to finishing their Master Courser (MC) titles. GG is also almost done with her hard-earned Field Championship (FC) and we could not be more proud of her! Billy the Ibizan Hound (Ch Ahram's Rebel Yell at TripleStar, JC) Qualified to course (QC) and earned his Junior Courser (JC) title. He has also been picking up Grand Champion (GCH) points when available at conformation shows.
The American Whippet Club National Specialty will be upon us April 23 through May 1st, 2016, held in San Diego, California. We are gearing up for this big event and very excited to attend. I am the catalog advertising show chair and happy to help. I am also on the committee for the American Whippet Club Western Specialty to be held on July 7th at the new location of Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo. The entire Summerfest shows will be held at this location instead of the Ventura County fairgrounds for 2016. If it goes well, we will see what will happen location wise for the following years.
Our new show prospects are looking wonderful and have just turned 6 months today. Expect to see them hitting the show ring fairly soon! I will be holding some back to be selectively shown and will proudly be presenting them in the Futurity puppy classes at the 2016 AWC National Specialty.
This year holds much promise! We wish all of our wonderful partners and hound owners the best of luck in everything.
Billy the Ibizan Hound's New Champion ad is published in the Summer 2015 Sighthound Review Magazine We are so proud of our first Ibizan Hound - owner handled by Shauna Summers to all wins! Thank you to Ahram Kennels Michelle Paulin for sharing him! Billy will be selectively shown as he matures. I think he has done very well for such a young man. Ad design by www.shaunasummers.com and candid photos by Christopher Farrington