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ImageWindigo
Feb 22, 2010 8:52 AM CST
Name: Deb
Do you show your dogs at AKC sanctioned shows? Tell us about your dogs, your experiences, where are you entering next.

Deb
ImageWindigo
Mar 5, 2010 6:52 AM CST
Name: Deb
Off to the Milwaukee Specialty show today!! It'll be the first AKC show for Sissy!

Deb
ImageWindigo
Mar 6, 2010 7:46 AM CST
Name: Deb
My Sissy was best in Sweeps, her brother Cheyenne was Best of Opposite Sex in Sweeps, so that was an exciting start to the day.

In the regular classes Cheyenne was WD!!
katie59
Mar 16, 2010 6:12 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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Congratulations! It sounds like a successful weekend.

ImageWindigo
Mar 17, 2010 5:38 AM CST
Name: Deb
It was, we had a great time! I've had car problems (saving up for new transmission), so I haven't been able to show as much as I've wanted this year, in fact this has been my only show so far. So it was especially rewarding to see them acting so good in the ring.

The car is finally getting fixed this week, so I'm hoping there'll be money left over for shows next month.

Our next show is the Afghan Hound Club of America's Breeder's Cup on April 2. That'll be really big!! The woman who owns a grandsire to my pups is coming over from Sweden for the show. I'm really looking forward to meeting her. I've heard the entry is huge.

Deb
katie59
Mar 17, 2010 12:33 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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Show's are expensive - from the travel, to the supplies, to the entry fees. I'd like to finish two of my dogs, but I can't leave the others. Both Magic and Sahara got points last year at a local show and that was great. We'll show again this summer in Portland. Silken Windhounds aren't AKC, though.

Your show sounds exciting and it will be great to have international representation. Have you met the woman who owns your pups' grandsire before?

ImageWindigo
Mar 17, 2010 1:12 PM CST
Name: Deb
No, this will be the first time. We've corresponded by e-mail and facebook for quite a while, but this will be the first time we'll meet in person!

Showing costs do add up quickly. I'm lucky to have a lot of shows within a a few hours drive. The Breeder's Cup with be the farthest I've gone. It's in Ohio, usually I stay within 150 miles or so, because I have to go home at night. When I only had a few dogs, everyone would go with, but with 8 now, it's too many, especially since it's just me.

I know ASFA is now allowing Silken windhounds to compete in the limited class, have you ever tried lure coursing?
katie59
Mar 17, 2010 10:26 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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I have taken the dogs to a couple of fun runs and they've showed some promise. I'm trying to find some closer. I think my little Sahara would be awesome.

ImageWindigo
Apr 4, 2010 6:49 AM CST
Name: Deb
My Sissy, Windigo On The Wings Of Love, got her first point yesterday!! She was WB/BW at the Clinton Iowa Kennel Club show under judge Susan St. John Brown.

I was thrilled. Her father finished with a major from Susan St. John Brown at Des Moines early last year, and now daughter gets her first point from the same judge!

I'll post a picture when I get it!

Deb
katie59
Apr 4, 2010 11:11 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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Awesome. That's fantastic. Today a point, tomorrow the world. I'll look forward to pictures.

Imagewoofie
Apr 8, 2010 12:18 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Sheesh, I go to look at a picture of a Cherry Brandy Rudbeckia and look where I end up! I love Afghan hounds, although I haven't had one for over 20 years, so your avatar caught my attention. Please do post pictures of your babies!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
ImageWindigo
Apr 8, 2010 1:30 PM CST
Name: Deb
Thanks Woofie, I will post their show pictures as soon as I get them. Right now I only have a proof photo from the Milwaukee specialty.
Imagewoofie
Apr 8, 2010 3:45 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
These are my present two furry darlings.

Thumbnail by woofie

Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
katie59
Apr 8, 2010 5:48 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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Beauties both! And it looks like they are well-suited to their environment. "Cold, what cold?"

I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and we had a Norwegian Elkhound with the most dense coat you could imagine. He literally only came in for 15 minutes at a time and then grew so hot he had to go out into the 40 below weather. What a great dog.

Imagewoofie
Apr 8, 2010 6:25 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
HA! My guys are couch potatoes. Although the one with all the hair does have to go out to cool off periodically. Hilarious!
You wouldn't believe the wailing and gnashing of teeth when they're on the wrong side of the door from us! Very spoiled babies. Whistling

I'll have to see if I can find the few pictures I have of my Afghan. He was such a sweet boy and kind of a neat color; a blue brindle. I didn't have a camera at the time, so all I have are a few photos my neighbor took.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
katie59
Apr 8, 2010 10:49 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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I'd love to see him. I don't have Afghans, but I do have sighthounds.

Thumbnail by katie59


ImageWindigo
Apr 9, 2010 5:45 AM CST
Name: Deb
Wow! Great pictures! Your guys are gorgeous Woofie! I've always loved the look of Malamutes. Love the coloring on your brindle, Katie. Are they silkens, I've never seen a silken in person, but I can see the head on the brindle is a bit different from a Borzoi.

Deb
katie59
Apr 9, 2010 1:39 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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Yes, they're Silkens. The b/w boy is from Kristull Kennel in Texas and the brindle boy is from Tangaloor Kennel in Central Washington.

Both these guys are above the standard at about 25", but I like the big boys. Having come from Whippets, I was partial to the Whippet face, initially, but I've come to love the Borzoi aspect, as well.

Of course, we can't yet show them AKC. This gal has a nice site: http://www.talismanhounds.com.

ImageWindigo
Apr 10, 2010 10:54 PM CST
Name: Deb
I read somewhere that ASFA is going to be recognizing Silkens. They are interesting. I have always loved the look of Borzoi, but don't know anything about them temperament wise. A good friend of mine has a Whippet, to me he seems very clingy compared to Afghans. I don't know if it's just him, or if Whippets are just more people dependent/always underfoot type of dogs.

My afghans wouldn't bother to tag around after me, unless of course I'm headed to the bathroom, then, they are all in the way. It seems like the bigger the hurry I am in, the more of them are crowding in, and blocking my path!
katie59
Apr 10, 2010 11:35 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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You know, that's interesting. I do think Whippets are needier. At least my boy is! The Borzoi in the Silkens makes them a little less dependent, but they still are big cuddlers. The nice thing with my dogs is that they are also great with the cats. They seem to have a little bit more discretion about small prey than either Whippets or Borzoi. My dogs don't see the cats as game as all, but anything else small had better just watch out.

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