When we take away the glamorous ads, big name handlers and rankings to just LOOK at the actual dogs before us with their pedigrees we can truly open our eyes. When people claim that they have a "line" of dogs, are they just stating that they artfully put 2 dogs together and/or lucked out with the results? To have an actual line, a breeder must establish dogs that go far back into pedigrees to see their name again with some success in Performance and/or Conformation events, stamping a mark of quality in various ways. A new kennel name can obscure those behind a dog and so we must always open up the pedigree to see who worked so hard before us. We are quite appreciative of those who have dedicated their lives to maintain the lovely pedigrees that make up the dogs residing at TripleStar Hounds, great people with the kennel names such as Chelsea Whippets, Festiva Whippets, Sporting Fields, and Summit Whippets, just to name a few. We are also quite honored to have gained wonderful mentors along the way who seek to educate rather than control every decision we make. We hope to continue to honor these great kennels with what will sparingly be produced under our name. We will not be taking "congratulations" to any success as merely our own achievements when this is so clearly a group effort by those who cherish the breed. Hobby kennels are the future and we are all investing much of our time and finances into this labor of love.
When good dogs are presented, no matter who is showing them or what name they carry, we should recognize that such nice specimens exist and continue to strive for better. We must all be honest and look to the merits, while weighing the faults of our dogs to move forward with a plan. There will never truly be a "perfect" dog to please every opinion, but our dogs see us as perfect and offer their endless love. The experiences we have in the dog show world can teach us so much about our REAL lives, human nature, character and beyond...Certain people and dogs may come and go, but the best dogs and genuine good people will rise to the top. Of course, some may be buying their way to wins, but that can only get them so far for their ego. I can only step back and chuckle at the animosity seen between certain different "kennels" and the breaking and joining of various partnerships. At the end of the day, all of our dogs are one breed and most are all related by the same great foundations behind them. May the good people continue to protect our breeds from the animal rights agenda that seeks to destroy them. May we all mentor the new generations to continue the proud legacy of our breeds. Let us all work together, for the love of our hounds.