Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Greyhound Puppy Fix

For the greyhound folks who never get to see greyhound puppies, here is a blog documenting the progress of a litter of AKC show greyhounds born a few months ago.

The pups were born to a friend's (Helen Hamilton) greyhound, SBIS CH Aryal Aroi Stoney Ridge RE TD NAJ SC (aka Lyric). The father is Ch Aragon Silver Cloud CDX TDX (aka Merlin). He actually passed away several years ago.

Helen and I have corresponded via email for a few years now. I finally met Helen and her 2 show greyhounds, Lyric and Whisper, in person when we were in California for the AKC Invitational, December 2007. Helen competed Lyric in conformation and I competed Travis in agility.
Lyric and Merlin have/had both beauty and brains (Lyric is the fawn in the background in the picture below). She is a conformation champion and has won Best in Show at a Greyhound Specialty (in other words, against lots of greyhound competition). She also has a Tracking Dog title (I'm so jealous of that:-), Rally Obedience titles, a Novice Agility Jumper title (more agility titles to come, I am sure), and a Senior Courser title. Merlin was also a conformation champion and earned his Companion Dog Excellent title in obedience and his Tracking Dog Excellent title (very impressive). Merlin and Lyric have also won High in Trial (highest score) in obedience at greyhound specialties.
I love when breeders try to adhere to the breed standard without sacrificing brains, athleticism, and performance. Both parents of this litter are very accomplished.