We got lucky… Glen and I basically rescued a pup that had been purchased and then placed in a kennel and forgotten. This woman we contacted for a year to see if we could get her papers, and register her, with no luck. The breeder, Chris Kirschbaum, and me with the sire, “Nacho”, tried with emails, phone calls, and finally a certified letter stating that as far as we could figure, Polo was an abandoned whippet. With a lot of tenacity and work we got Polo up to Goldendale, last August, and Glen and I worked with her to get her comfortable as a house dog. With no luck with her former owner, Chris contacted AKC to ask what he could do. Problem solved, Polo now is an AKC registered Whippet.
She is very nice with the other whippets, and is so grateful for attention it’s heart breaking. As the summer came to a close, we worked her on the oval track and starting box’s since she is a tall girl and would be a “Sunday Only” racer. I could tell she was very quick and a speedster. But had no idea how fast she was.
Earlier this spring at the WWRC NOTRA in Molalla, OR. we entered Polo not knowing what she would do. Well, she did very well, winning her first race, then her second race putting her in the high point for her 3rd and 4th races. Polo in her inexperience won her first ORC point and placed in 4th place right behind and in front of some of the fastest whippets in this country…
We were so happy and proud of this forgotten whippet Glen cried as she came off the track at the end of the day. Polo was so happy, and I was so happy, for this plain black girl that went unnoticed for almost two years.
-submitted by Glen & Jo Sowards, Goldendale, Washington, shadowrunwhippets.com