2009 at Bzantium Hounds was very quiet as most of our whippets are older with the youngest of the oldest being 6 and the oldest being 13 1/2. We lost Doc Marten last May and it was very difficult loss. We have lost a whippet every year for the last three years. The youngest whippet here is Lostcreek Dolce (2) and she is shown off and on. I am waiting for her to mature a little more and begin to enjoy the ring. She is very keen on on toys being thrown in the yard, live rabbits, and birds so I need to work with her more for her lure training. This leaves us with 4 whippets and 2 Salukis.
I had another very successful show year with Kumar, my smooth male Saluki. He won an Award of Merit at the Willamette Valley Saluki Specialty show, Best of Breed at the Sighthound Club of BC, was BIS at the Puget Sound Saluki Club, and won an Award of Merit at the 2009 SCOA Western Regional Saluki Specialty in Lompoc, California and also Best of Breed at the All Hound Club of Bellingham. Thanks to our friends Kathy Searles and Linda Buchholz for handling Kumar to his various wins, and also Peter Ortiz handling him to win the first Award of Merit at Lompoc.
Kumar was bred to one of Marilyn Brown’s, Zoe, and there were 5 puppies. You will see his one smooth red son, Mussa ringside this next year owned by Kathy Jones and co-owned and bred by Marilyn and me.
I will be acquiring one more Saluki in 2010. A cream feathered male out of Kumar’s half sister, Tirzah and Cheryl Myatt’s dog, Zaku. I love both the breeds and enjoy owning both.
Susie Manthou Bzantium Hounds