|Welcome to the American Whippet Club|
1996 American Whippet Club Whippet Annual
Pages 101 through 125
Can.Ch. Winsmith Ramblin Rose
“Take the west by storm”
Am.Can.Ch. Chelsea Bulgari, JC x Am.Can.Ch. Aikerskaill Memphis Belle
1998 was another record breaking year for the Continental Whippet Alliance (CWA). A new record entry of 48 adult starters (including 18 AKC show Champions!) was set at the October 3rd Mid-Atlantic Whippet Racing Association even in Marlton, New Jersey. The fourth annual CWA Fun Match was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Labor Day weekend with Dennis Schmidt judging. An Eye Clinic was conducted by University of Wisconsin Professor Dr James Schoster at the Milwaukee Memorial Day events. An innovative CWA Participant’s Manual was published in June, which will assist newcomers in learning more abo‑ut race training, equipment, conformation techniques, etc, required to compete in straight racing and conformation events. A cap featuring the CWA logo was introduced in September. In November, the CWA Membership Application from the New England Whippet Society (NEWS) was approved and they will conduct their first 1999 event on Memorial Day weekend in Stow, Massachusetts. The CWA Board of Directors appropriated funds from the CWA Treasury for the construction of two new starting boxes by Ule James from Rochester, Illinois.
CWA Conformation judges for 1998 were: Nancy Booth, Lisa Buzzell, Ken Clemons, Jim Farrell, Sue Hammerbeck, Jean Krikorian, Randy Krug, Rhonda Kumm, Kathy Lukitsch, Charlotte McManus, Debbie Narwold, Patience Renzulli, Janet Siehndel, Dawn Yancey and Frank Zaworski. Whippets earning CWA Titles in 1998 were:
Earning top CWA racing honors for the third consecutive year was Marial’s Waterspot of Wyndsor, SC, NA, NJC, FCh, TRP, ARX, SRA. The Top Whippet in CWA Conformation Competition was Windsheen With A Twist, TRP. Best in Match at the third Annual CWA Fun Match, judged by Dennis Schmidt, was Wegner’s Lunar Energy.
For information on future CWA activities, contact: Doug Arthur, CWA Secretary, 12035 W Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53224 (phone 414-355-4776, fax 414-355-4446, e-mail email@example.com).
‘98 Memorial Day Weekend, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NEW CWA DUAL PURPOSE CHAMPIONS
Multi-BIF Dual Champion
A Fabulous Year for a Truly Versatile Whippet
1998 AWC Triathlon Winner
– WRA Companion Racer Title –
• As Always, BBFM (Best Beloved Family Member) •
Whippletree Breeder: Sharon Kirley
• CHADWICK FARM • Jodi Stanner-Driscoll • 919-870-9946 • Fax 919-848-0325
Dashing Nieohn Cabernet Red
David and Gina Samuelson • 9468 Tyne Lane • Inver Grove Heights • Minnesota • 55077
Dashing Chianti Classico, ARX
David and Gina Samuelson • 9468 Tyne Lane • Inver Grove Heights • Minnesota • 55077
Annie’s Excellent Adventure
A Children’s Story
Annie was a little worried. She had been watching the nice lady pack everyone’s suitcases all morning. Annie remembered the last time the nice lady did this. It was followed by a car ride, which she usually enjoyed, but this time Annie was dropped off at a place with lots of barking dogs and people who couldn’t seem to always remember her name. The strange people were nice enough but she missed her people a lot and she didn’t recognize anyone and there were no nice, soft beds to lay on and it was always noisy!! Annie didn’t quite understand why her people went away sometimes and she knew they were about to do it again. She followed the nice lady from room to room trying to make her understand that she didn’t want them to go but especially didn’t want to go back to the noisy place!!
The nice lady smiled at Annie a lot and often would lean down to pat her on the head and whisper some words that Annie didn’t know the meaning of yet. She didn’t know a whole lot of people talk yet even though there were a few words that made sense to her. She clearly understood NO!, SIT!, DOWN!, and STAY! even though it was very hard to do these things sometimes. Her people seemed to be patient about this and Annie tried real hard to remember what action went with which word Later, sure enough, the nice lady, the three nice boy people, and Annie got into the van along with all of Annie’s things. They had brought her bed, her crate, her food, end best of all, her treats. Annie did understand treats!!! In spite of the treats being along, Annie felt a little sick to her tummy! She was worried a lot!!
The ride was pretty boring. The cars just sat there not going anywhere and when they did move, it was only a few feet. Annie thought, “If they would just let me out, I could run faster than we are moving.” She yawned and laid back down on the seat with her head in the nice medium sized boy’s lap. The medium-sized boy was really good to Annie and she trusted him. The nice lady and the nice man called him Christo, the smaller boy was called Carter, and the big tall boy was called Reed. They were all nice to her but Christo was her favorite.
Pretty soon, the van pulled into a very steep driveway. Annie sighed and reluctantly got out. She thought, “I wonder who lives here and I wonder if they are nice?” She had no doubt that she was here to stay for awhile because the nice lady was getting her things out of the van. They all got up on the porch and rang the doorbell. Much to Annie’s surprise, she heard what sounded like lots of footsteps running to the door. The door flew open and there stood three dogs that looked JUST LIKE HER!!! The three dogs were wagging their tails, and whining. One was even jumping up and down in the air over and over like she couldn’t wait for Annie to come inside. Also standing there were a lady and a man. They were smiling and bent down to pet Annie. They, too, seemed very glad to see her, although Annie couldn’t fathom why that might be. Everyone was ushered into the house and the party began.
The three dogs and Annie went out into a yard that had a fence around it. It was like a jungle out there!! There were lots of trees, bushes and other types of plants and Annie could smell all kinds of animal smells which to her were heavenly. They ran and ran and ran some more. The one that was jumping up and down at the door was nice and wanted to play. There was an older one that seemed a little haughty, but not really mean, just stern. And then there was Rico.
Rico was a very handsome boy dog. He had a big grin on his face all the time and made lots of funny noises. It almost sounded like he was trying to talk in people talk sometimes. He was very nice to Annie and when they were alone up in the trees, he told her that his people were cool and she was going to have lots of fun. He asked Annie some questions about her people and told her that he had stayed at her house before she was even born. Annie didn’t doubt him for a minute because she had smelled him and the others at her house before. She just didn’t know who that smell belonged to until now.
All the dogs ran and played for twenty minutes or so. Annie noticed that her people were getting themselves ready to go. She could tell, because everyone was bending down to kiss her and the people were all hugging each other. This made her very nervous! Even though Rico had told her that things would be okay, she was worried that maybe his people would only be nice to him and the other two dogs that lived here. Maybe when her people were gone, they would turn mean! Rico’s lady picked her up and held her while her nice lady, and the three nice boys got out of the door. Annie struggled to get down so maybe she could go with them, but it was no use. Rico’s lady had a firm grip on her and before she knew it, her people were gone.
Annie went back up the stairs and lay down on a blanket on the floor. The nice man kept patting the couch where he was sitting and calling her name. Annie was confused! At her house, she was not allowed up on the furniture and when she forgot that rule, sometimes she got into trouble. Maybe the man was trying to trick her just so he could punish her. Annie continued to lay on the blanket. Rico jumped up on the couch beside the man. The man kissed Rico and petted him kindly, all the while talking to him in people talk. The other older dog was sitting on a quilt in a big, brown recliner. Annie thought to herself, “I’ll get into the chair with the other dog and see what happens. If it is a trick, then I’ll have a chance to run away before they can punish me.” It seemed like a good plan.
Annie slowly got up off the floor and moved toward the recliner. She kept glancing over her shoulder at the people to see if they were watching her. She jumped up into the chair with the older dog and WHAM!! The other dog growled, snarled, and grabbed Annie by the lip! Annie flew backward off the chair and cowered on the floor. The older dog let go of her lip and then settled back down in her recliner.
Annie lay there on the floor for a little bit trying to digest what had just happened. The people did nothing when she went to get into the chair but the older dog had just bitten her!! What kind of place was this where the people didn’t care if she got on the furniture but another dog did? The lady came over and picked her up. She carried her over to the chair where she had been sitting and held her on her lap. The lady kissed her and stroked her head and talked quietly to her. Annie started to relax a little but kept an eye on the older dog in the recliner to make sure she would not come over and bite her again.
Rico got down on the floor and came over to bow at Annie as if to say, “Let’s play!” Annie jumped down and she and Rico began to wrestle around in the floor. The other younger female dog joined in and pretty soon, they started running up and down the hall. It was great fun! There was lots of barking and playful growling going on. All the while, Rico’s people never said a word. Annie thought, “Maybe everything’s going to be alright. I’ll just have to stay out of the way of the older dog.” As if he could read her mind, Rico told her, “Don’t worry about her. She’s kind of grumpy sometimes but she won’t really hurt you. She’s my mom, you know.”
Annie grew quiet and laid down on the blanket. She vaguely remembered her own mother. She was very young when she went to live with her people, but she had memories of a very beautiful female dog that would cuddle with her, bathe her, and feed her, and a bunch of brothers and sisters that kept her warm. Annie felt a little sad. She wondered why she had not been allowed to stay with her mother, but Rico had. Rico, sensing her mood, came over and laid down next to her on the blanket. He communicated to Annie that he really had no idea why he had never gone to live with anyone else. Maybe it was because he had no brothers and sisters, and his nice lady just couldn’t bear to part with him. Annie mulled this over and decided that must be why. She thought how sad it was that Rico had no brothers or sisters, but at least he had gotten to stay with his mother. Rico grinned and told Annie that it wasn’t always the greatest — after all, Annie had gotten a taste of what his moody mom could be like! Annie laughed.
Rico got up off the floor and went to the patio door. His lady came over and opened the door so he could go out. Annie hurried so she could go out with him. The younger female dog also joined them and they ran and played for quite some time. The older dog stayed in her recliner and Annie was glad!
Pretty soon, it was dinner time. The nice lady fixed all the different bowls of food and the nice man helped her to distribute them. Annie was hungry! She ate her fill of the food and went to lay back down on the blanket. The nice man (who Annie now knew was called David) picked her up and laid her on the couch next to him. Annie stretched out and immediately went sound asleep.
Annie felt herself being picked up. The nice lady (called Jen) carried her into the bedroom and put her in her crate. Annie thought to herself, “Why is my crate in here? Why did my people go off and leave me? I’m so confused.” Annie began to cry. Rico’s people pretty much ignored her, got undressed, and got into bed Annie started to cry harder. She heard the people talking to each other but didn’t understand the words. Jen got out of bed and came over to Annie’s crate. She opened the door, picked her up, and put Annie in the bed next to David. Annie thought, “I can’t believe it!! They are going to let me sleep in the bed with them? Even though, Rico and the young dog were in crates?? That makes no sense!!” Jen and David stroked her and talked soothingly to her and soon she was asleep.
The next morning, Annie was awakened by a loud buzzing sound. It was still dark. Jen picked her up and carried her to the patio door. Jen opened the door and stepped outside into the cool air. “ Spree”, Jen called and the older dog came running to go outside. Annie and Spree went out into the yard Annie really wanted to play but was reluctant. She remembered how Spree had behaved the night before. Spree went up into the wooded area and relieved herself. Annie decided she would too. They all stayed outside for a few minutes then Jen called for them to come inside. Spree trotted to the door so Annie decided maybe she should, too. Jen picked her back up and carried her back to bed. Annie went back to sleep.
Two hours later, Annie awoke to a different buzzing sound. Jen yawned, stretched and got out of bed. She opened the doors to Rico and the other dog’s crate. Rico stretched and began making his funny people-talk noises. Jen laughed and bent down so Rico could lick her on the face. The younger dog began barking as if to say, “ME TOO!!” Jen reached over and grabbed the young dog and they wrestled around on the bed. Rico thundered down the hall and Annie followed. In just a second or two, Jen came and opened the door for them so all the dogs could go out. Annie, Rico, and the young dog, who Annie now knew was called Aurora (or sometimes Meese) all went out to play in the sun. Spree also went outside but she wasn’t in the mood to play, so she sunbathed.
Jen came back awhile later, dressed in regular clothes, and let them all back in. Rico ran into a wire crate, turned around, stuck his head out the open crate door, and looked up at Jen expectantly. Aurora jumped into the upper wire crate and did the same. Spree came running and stood dancing around Jen’s feet. Annie wondered what all the excitement was about. Why were they all doing that?? Jen went into the kitchen and came back with treats for everyone. Annie wondered “What did any one of us do to deserve a treat? What kind of place is this where the people don’t care if you get on the furniture, but a dog does, the people let me but, not their own dogs, sleep with them, and everybody gets treats just because??” It was all very curious. Annie decided that maybe this was not so bad after all.
Jen snapped on Annie’s leash and told all the dogs to stay. Annie could not understand why she was getting to go somewhere but the other dogs had to STAY. Maybe Jen was going to take her to that other place where the people couldn’t remember your name and dogs barked all day and all night. Suddenly, Annie felt sick again. She wondered, “Maybe I did something wrong. Or maybe, she’s taking me to the VET!!” Jen and Annie got out to the car and Annie decided she wasn’t going to go. Jen just laughed, picked her up, and put her in the car. Annie sat in the front seat next to Jen. In a very few minutes, they pulled up in front of a building. Jen got out and helped Annie get out, too. They went inside. Annie had no idea where they were or what they were doing there. They went into a glass-walled room. Jen sat down a dish of food and Annie began to eat. Two men, one light skinned like Jen, one darker skinned, came into the room. They both came over and bent down to pet Annie. They were smiling and seemed like they liked her. Annie began to think maybe everything was going to be all right.
Annie was allowed to explore the glassed-in room so she did. She smelled every inch of the carpet. She could tell another dog had been there not too long ago. This made her feel better. People who didn’t like dogs didn’t keep them around. A while later, Jen snapped Annie’s leash back on her and this time Annie was glad to go. They rode for a short distance and pulled up to a window that had a drawer in it. The lady behind the window smiled at Annie. Jen put some paper into the drawer and when the drawer opened again there was a dog biscuit in there. Jen gave it to Annie. Annie thought, “What kind of place is this where you just drive up and a complete stranger hands over a dog biscuit? It’s too bad I can’t drive or I would come here every day!!” They then returned to the building they had been at before. Annie was tired and Jen had been nice enough to bring her crate, so Annie went inside and laid down. Pretty soon she was asleep.
What seemed like a long time later, Annie woke up. She had dreamed about her people, especially Christo. In the dream, she and Christo had been running and playing in her yard. It made her feel sad. She wondered if Christo was thinking about her and whether he was going to come back to get her. Jen and David were nice and so were Aurora, Spree, and especially Rico, but she missed her people. Jen came over and bent down to talk to her. She didn’t really understand the words, but the tone of Jen’s voice made her feel better. Jen put her leash on and off they went again.
Another short car trip and they were back at Jen and David’s. All the dogs met them in the foyer and seemed awfully glad to see them. David was standing at the top of the stairs waiting. He gave Jen a big hug and bent down to pet Annie. Annie kissed him quickly. She wanted to go outside and play. Jen opened the door and all the dogs streamed outside into the sun. They played for what seemed like hours to Annie. Spree was nicer today and Annie was glad. “See — I told you she wasn’t really mean,” said Rico.
Annie and Aurora went off to explore the very back of the yard. The dogs had made trails through the thick foliage and Aurora showed her all of them. Aurora wanted to know whether or not Annie liked it at her house. Annie grew very thoughtful. She told Aurora that she was enjoying herself, but she really missed her people. Aurora seemed to understand, but wanted to know if Annie was ever lonely for another dog to play with. Annie thought about this awhile. Finally she told Aurora that she would be very glad if her people would get another dog for her to play with, but Christo was kind of like having another dog around. Aurora said, “Oh, I know. I stayed at your house with my father before you were ever born.” Annie said, “Who is your father and where is he now?” Aurora grinned and said “Rico is my father.” Annie thought to herself, “I should have known. They have the same grin.” She told Aurora she thought it must be cool to have Rico for a father and Aurora quickly agreed. They played together up in the trees until Jen called them inside for dinner.
After dinner, Annie lay down on the blanket. Rico and Aurora came and joined her. Spree sat in her recliner, as always, keeping her distance but vigilantly watching what went on and occasionally commenting on it. David brought out a black box-like thing and kept putting it up to his face. When he would do this, a bright light would flash in her eyes. It was kind of startling!! Rico leaned over and whispered, “He’s taking pictures of us. When he puts the black box to his face, you need to pose.” Annie had no idea what “pose” meant, so Rico showed her. He lifted his head, arched his long neck, and looked right at the black box. This seemed to please Jen. She would laugh and talk to David, mentioning Rico’s name several times. Annie thought she would try it the next time David put the black box to his face.
A few minutes later, sure enough, David put the black box to his face. Annie looked up, arched her neck like she had seen Rico do, and looked right at the black box. Jen thought this was hilarious and so did David. Rico said, “It doesn’t take much to amuse them, does it? But I do it because I love them and Jen has always been good to me. I hardly ever get into trouble.” Annie wanted to know if that was because he behaved himself most of the time. “Heck, no”, Rico bragged “It’s just that Jen thinks everything I do is funny.” Annie thought about this for some time and decided when she got home she would try it. She laid her head back down and went right off to sleep.
Annie’s days continued in much the same way. The people were nice and it was fun to have other dogs to play with. There was a sameness to the routine that Annie found comforting, but on occasion Jen or David would take her somewhere either by herself or with the other dogs. One day, Jen loaded all the other dogs and Annie in the back of her small car. It wasn’t as nice as the van, but kind of interesting. Annie could see all the things around her whizzing by. The other dogs seemed to know where they were going. Pretty soon, Jen stopped the car and another car (also full of dogs) pulled up and stopped beside them. A very pretty woman got out and opened her car door. Out came four dogs that looked just like Annie! Annie had no idea there were so many dogs in the world that looked like herself. Jen opened the funny little door in the back of her car and let Annie, Rico, Spree, and Aurora out.
All of Jen’s dogs seem to know the other dogs. There was much celebration as if they hadn’t seen each other in a long time. There was an older, quiet female dog, whom the people called “Lauren”, a pretty gray striped female dog named “Misty”, a young fawn-colored male named “Dusty”, and a very young, very small, reddish male dog who walked and ran funny. The people kept him on a leash, while all the other dogs were allowed to run free. Annie thought this peculiar! She thought he was about her age, so why would they not allow him to run around with the rest of them? Annie asked Rico. He seemed not to even hear the question, so intent was he on chasing every squirrel in the park. Annie asked Aurora. Aurora told her that she had never seen him before, didn’t know him, but there must be a good reason, because Jen brought them to the park so they could run free. Annie knew better than to ask Spree anything.
They explored every inch of the park. There were lots of exciting smells to smell, exciting things to look at, and lots of squirrels and chipmunks to chase. The park was great fun!! Annie felt sorry the young reddish dog (called Checkers), but was too embarrassed to ask him what was wrong with him. He seemed friendly enough and she could tell he really wanted to play. Occasionally, he would run to the end of his leash and give a funny little hop. Jen’s friend would bend over and pet him.
After about an hour, all the dogs were tired. It was hot outside and they had been running almost the entire time. The people walked off toward the cars and the dogs followed reluctantly. The dogs thought that meant it was time to go home and they didn’t want to. Jen and her friend (who Jen called Kathy) instead got cups of icy water out of their cars and all the dogs had a nice refreshing drink. When everyone finished their drink, Kathy took Checkers off his leash and he went bounding off. Annie ran to join him. Jen found a tennis ball and began throwing it for Annie, Aurora, Checkers, and whoever else felt like chasing it. Annie watched Checkers as he ran. There was clearly something wrong with him, but Annie couldn’t begin to guess what. Finally, Annie got up the nerve to ask him. Annie, Aurora, and Checkers were taking a breather under some shady trees. Checkers said he didn’t remember what happened exactly, but that he had an operation on his back. He asked Annie if it was really noticeable. Annie didn’t want to hurt his feelings and told him no, but Aurora, being very out-spoken, said yes it was, but that it didn’t matter to her. Aurora said, “If I like you, then who cares how you run?” Checkers seemed relieved. Annie, Aurora, and Checkers went back to their ball game.
Jen and Kathy walked slowly back to their cars. The older dogs trailed behind while the younger ones continued to run and pay. Jen gave a long loud whistle and Spree, Rico, and Aurora jumped into the back of her car. Annie guessed that meant it was time to go, so she followed along. All of Kathy’s dogs piled into her car, except for Checkers, whom she had to help. Annie tried not to look too hard. She liked her little friend. He was nice and didn’t act like he minded his disability. Annie thought he was very brave and hoped one day she would see him again. Jen started the car and they were off. All the dogs fell asleep.
Nothing much happened that night or the next day or the next. Time was passing quickly and Annie often wondered about her people, especially Christo. She missed him so much!! She wondered whether he was thinking about her and when he was coming to get her. It wasn’t that she didn’t like where she was but still...she missed her people. She hoped they were coming soon.
That evening, Jen, David, and all the dogs had had dinner and had just settled down to watch TV. Annie was bored. Rico seemed tired and Aurora was in a bad mood. Spree, as usual, just sat in her recliner watching everything that went on around her. Annie paced uound the room, down the hall, and aound the room again. On one of her circuits, she spied a toilet paper roll. She picked it up und went into the living room. Aurora came over and said to Annie, “Where did you get that? IT’S MINE!!” Annie ignored her and continued to chew on the toilet paper roll. Aurora reached down and snatched it out of her mouth. Annie grew very angry, jumped up, and snatched the toilet paper roll out of Aurora’s mouth. Aurora became enraged snapped at Annie, threw her to the ground and snatched the toilet paper roll out of Annie’s mouth. Annie snapped back and the fight begun.
Jen jumped up from reading her newspaper, yelling and swatting the two quarreling dogs with the newspaper. Annie scooted off down the hall, leaving Aurora panting and trembling in the living room. Annie lay down in the hall to sort things over in her mind. Annie thought, “What in the world just happened in there?? I thought Aurora was my friend!!” Rico came over and lay down beside her. Rico said “I know you are confused but there are some things I think you need to understand. See, when you live with other dogs, there is an order to things. Here, Spree is in command. I’m next, then comes Aurora. You were wrong to not give Aurora the toilet paper roll.”
Annie looked up in amazement! She did not understand. Why should she have to give up a toy she was playing with when Aurora didn’t even want to play at all!! None of this made any sense!! Rico sensed her confusion. He explained, “All dogs that live together have to have some type of pecking order. It makes everything run smooth und when everyone knows their place, then everyone gets along. Spree is the oldest and wisest dog here; that’s why she is in command. Next comes me, because I am the next oldest, and then Aurora. While you are here, you are at the bottom of the pecking order for two reasons. One, because you are the youngest, and two, because you don’t really live here. Even though I am second in command now, that is probably going to change one day soon. See, I really don’t care anything about bossing anyone around, so pretty soon, I’m going to let Aurora assume my position. She’s bossier than me, but I’ve been waiting for her to grow up. Now that she’s almost grown, I’ll step down and be low man on the totem pole.”
Annie thought she understood. She said “So while I’m here, all of you get to boss me around but if you come to my house, then I’ll be the boss?” “That’s right,” said Rico. Annie hoped one day Spree would come stay with them, so she could boss her around. It was an amazing concept. Annie and Rico went back into the living room. Aurora was sitting on the couch between her two people. She wouldn’t look Annie in the eye. Annie didn’t know what to make of this so she lay down on the blanket. Pretty soon, Annie was asleep.
The next day, Aurora acted like nothing had ever happened. Annie was relieved. She liked Aurora and enjoying playing with her. She didn’t want Aurora not to like her any more. The day progressed normally. Jen and David came home from work. All the dogs went and played in the yard, had dinner, and had settled down for a siesta. Suddenly, the doorbell rang and in came a small, blond woman with an equally blond male dog. Annie had no idea who they were, but it was clear that the other dogs all knew each other well. Annie thought “I wonder who he is? He’s so regal!” Jen encouraged them all to go outside and get to know each other. All the dogs went outside with the new dog.
All the dogs played for quite awhile in the yard. Annie got Rico to introduce her to the new dog. His name was Gustav, but he told Annie everyone called him “Goose”. Annie thought this was kind of funny! Who ever heard of a dog that was named after a bird? But Goose was nice and he seemed to like Annie. Annie wanted to know why he had come to stay here. Goose explained, “My lady lets me go visit with other people quite often. Sometimes I go to dog shows and sometimes I just go over to other people’s houses for a visit. It is fun but I get homesick alot.” Annie said she could certainly understand that. She said that she was homesick herself, but that it wasn’t so bad here. Goose said, “I know these people and these dogs quite well. We all used to live together at my house.” Annie thought this quite curious. She had never contemplated that one day her family might move to another house. Annie liked her house just fine and didn’t ever want to leave it. Jen came to the door and called all the dogs in to dinner. Annie was glad. She was hungry.
The next two days passed quite slowly to Annie. Nothing much exciting happened. In fact, Annie was bored. Oh, the evenings were fun. That’s when everyone went outside to play and then of course, had dinner. Annie wondered how long she had been here and when her people were coming to get her. She especially missed Christo. During the long, idle days, she thought a lot about Christo. She had lots of fond memories, like the times he did weird things to his hair or wore odd clothes, but Annie loved him just the same. Every day, Annie hoped he would come get her. It wasn’t that she hated being here; actually the people were very good to her and the dogs were lots of fun to play with, but she still missed her people and her house. She really enjoyed just laying in her yard in the sun. Here there was too much going on for her to do that. Annie sighed and went back to sleep.
The next morning, Annie sensed that something was up. Jen and David got up early, but they did not go to work. Annie watched while David took her crate, her bed, and her food outside. Annie wondered where she was going to go now. She hoped this meant her people wae coming to get her. Spree, who had actually been nicer to Annie the last few days, said, “You must be going somewhere with them. I don’t think the rest of us are going to get to go.” This made Annie nervous! She hoped they were not going to take her to the noisy place!
Pretty soon, Jen called Annie and clipped her leash on her collar. Jen told all the other dogs to STAY. Rico came over and gave Annie a kiss. He said, “I guess this means goodbye. I’ll miss you.” “Where are they taking me?” Annie cried. Rico told her he didn’t know for sure, but he thought they might be taking her home. Aurora came forward and told Annie goodbye. Spree just watched from her recliner. Jen walked Annie down the stairs and out to the car, where David had loaded her crate in the back. Jen picked Annie up and put her inside her crate. Annie was confused and a little sad.
The ride was over before Annie knew it. They all got out of the car. They wae in a big parking lot with lots of vans, cars, trucks, and these big vehicles that looked like houses. Annie could hear and smell dogs everywhere. Annie became vay excited!! Jen and David began walking toward a big building. Annie had no idea where they were, but she hoped they were not going to leave her here!
Inside the big building, Annie could not believe her eyes!! There were hundreds of dogs in every size, shape, and color. Annie didn’t know there were this many dogs in the world!! She tugged on the end of her leash for Jen to hurry!! She wanted to see every dog there! Jen picked her up and walked over to a group of people. Around these people wae many whippets in a variety of colors. Annie wondered if she might know any of them. Jen started talking to a pretty lady dressed in a skirt of many colors. The lady stroked Annie and spoke nicely to her. The lady seemed very interested in Annie, but Annie couldn’t imagine why that might be. Jen placed Annie on the floor and began moving each of Annie’s feet. Jen told Annie to stay. The lady stood a few feet away looking hard at Annie. Then Jen encouraged Annie to trot back and forth in front of the lady. The lady was smiling and nodding. Jen seemed pleased. All this was very confusing to Annie. Annie began to wonder if maybe the woman might be there to take Annie home with her. Annie certainly hoped not.
David walked up to join them. Jen and David talked to each other for a few minutes then began walking. Annie followed along. They came to a section in the building where people wae selling things. Annie noticed that all the things for sale were for dogs. There were collars, leashes, coats in every color, bones, rawhide, and best of all, lots of different things to eat. There was at one booth a tray set out with many different delicious treats. Jen handed Annie a small piece of each one. Annie thought them all tasty. Lots of people came up to Annie to pet her. Jen and David seemed to know them all. Annie basked in all the attention.
After a while, Jen and David walked with Annie back to the car. “Now what?” Annie thought. They loaded her back into the crate, cranked the little car, and took off. Annie lay quietly in her crate. She wondered where they were taking her. All these thoughts wae swirling around in her brain. She hoped they were taking her home so she could be with Christo, but what if they weren’t? What if they were taking her to the noisy place? Or what if they were just tired of her and were going to give her to another family? All this thinking made Annie’s head hurt! If only she could understand people talk. Annie fell asleep.
Annie was awoke when the little car came to a stop. She got up and looked around. She wasn’t sure where she was, but things around her looked familiar. Annie decided she was going to pay closer attention so she might be able to figure this out. The car turned left into a nice subdivision and suddenly, Annie knew where they wae going!! They were headed right for HER house!! Annie began to whine and paw at the door to ha crate. She wanted to make very sure that Jen didn’t miss any turns!
The car meandered through the neighborhood. “Why couldn’t they hurry?!” Annie thought. Jen turned down Annie’s street and pulled into the driveway. Jen tooted the horn. David got out, came around to the back and opened the hatch. Annie was just about frantic!! She was whining and scratching the door to her crate. David opened her crate took Annie out. Suddenly, the front door of the house flew opened and there stood Christo, Carter, and her nice lady. Just behind them was the nice man. Annie bounded up the walk to greet everyone. Her tail was wagging so hard that her behind wagged with it!! Annie had never been so happy!! Finally, she was back at home with her people! Christo knelt down to give Annie a kiss and a hug. The nice lady also bent down to greet her. The nice man went over to the little car and began unloading all of Annie’s things. That meant Annie was going to stay! Annie felt very glad and relieved.
Everyone went into the house. Jen and the nice lady sat at the table to talk. Christo (whose hair looked very weird today) followed Annie through the house. Annie ran ahead. She wanted to see and smell every room!! Annie explored every inch of the house until she was satisfied nothing had changed while she was away.
Jen and David stood at the front door. All the people wae hugging. Annie knew that meant someone was getting ready to leave. Jen bent down to kiss Annie. She spoke to Annie in a low voice. Annie couldn’t understand all the words but the meaning was clear. Jen cared about her. David also told Annie goodbye and gave her a kiss. Annie knew that David cared about her, too. Annie followed them outside and watched while they got back in their little car. Annie felt a little sad, but glad at the same time. She didn’t understand how you could feel both ways at once, but she did. Annie went to her favorite patch of grass and laid down. She gave a big sigh and closed her eyes. Suddenly she realized all those thoughts were no longer swirling around in her head. Annie was home.
Members of SCWA
Southern California Whippet Association Specialty
July 2, 1999
Regular classes - John J. Lyons
Come and join us outdoors at the University of Long Beach for our Specialty! The Specialty is in conjunction with the Western Hound Association of Southern California. Shoreline Dog Fanciers and the Long Beach Kennel Club will host all breed shows on Saturday and Sunday. Please contact Jack Bradshaw for premium lists and additional information.
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• We are proud to sponsor 4 sprint and oval races per year •
• We sponsor AKC and ASFA Lure Courses and Open Hunts each year •
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The Past …
Multiple SBIS Ch. Whippoorwill Bohem Aria
In January we lost our wonderful Aria at nearly 15 years of age, and later in the year Demoiselle, who spent her last months at Bohem, died at almost 12. Both were all-time greats in the show ring and produced BIS and SBIS winning children in the U.S. and abroad. They are much missed and will never be forgotten.
The Present …
SBIS Ch. Bohem of Thee I Sing (“Betsy”, far left)
These are among more than a dozen Bohems which have won titles, points, Breeds and Groups
In late 1998 we had puppies, the first here in 2 1/2 years: Betsy by Ch. Watch Me Ari Independence,
Ch. Bohem Age of Innocence
Winona had a terrific year, winning five Hound Group 1sts, three 2nds, a 3rd and a 4th, plus over 20 Breeds, many in competition with the nation’s top Whippets, including BOB during both the big California West Coast Hound weekends. She ended the year by going BOS, owner-handled, at the San Diego specialty under breeder-judge Susan Badick (Nasusa).
Ch. Bohem American Graffiti
Cruise started in 1997 by winning his class at the AWC National Futurity under Debbie Butt, was BOS at the AWC Western Regional Sweepstakes, was Winners Dog under Carolyn Bowers (Surrey Hill) at the same AWC event in 1998 and finished with another major the same weekend under Carol Curry (Locar).
Introducing a special baby…
Bohem Resounding Renaissance
(Ch. Watch Me Ari Independence x Ch. Bohem Of Thee I Sing)
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Ch. Chesara’s Jumpin Jax Flash
For smooth, sound and handsome, just call his name.
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