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BREEDER OF MERIT
The Dutch Breed Club for the Irish Wolfhound ( Ierdie ) has asked the Irish Wolfhound Foundation ( S.I.W. ) to work together to organize and draw up an inventory for RD* in the Irish Wolfhound population registered with the Dutch Kennel Club.
The S.I.W. has many years experience in organizing various health inventory’s
for the Irish wolfhound. Breeders that breed according to the rules of the S.I.W have agreed amongst other tests to have all their puppies tested for RD* by a recognized eye specialist before they are placed / sold to their new homes.
This agreement begun some years ago when the eye problem RD* was discovered in a stud dog belonging to a breeder of the S.I.W. When it was discovered that this eye problem was not only in this line but was also in other lines the breeders decided to have their breeding stock and all their puppies tested for this eye problem. All the results of these tests are made public by the S.I.W. so that every breeder / owner can have access to the information available to try to prevent this recessive inherited disease spreading like an oil slick through our breed.
We celebrate this cooperation between the Ierdie and the S.I.W. and hope the members of the Ierdie will in large numbers support this inventory and will have their dogs tested for this condition. We also hope they will just as the breeder /owners of the S.I.W. give the results of the test to be made public. This is for the good of the breed.
* Retina Dysplasie (RD) is an inherited disease of the eye. It is a retina
abnormality causing folds in the retina. The amount of folds can be minor ( focal form ) but can also be in a more extended form ( geographical and total form ) In the last stage there is sight failure in various grades of sight loss.
This disease is also found in other breeds.
We will keep you informed of any developments in this inventory.
"Great spirits have always encountered opposition from medicare minds. The medicare mind is incapable of understanding the Man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly."
Experienced dog show breeders and novices alike often hear a lot of incorrect and misleading information about "popular sire syndrome" and the smallness of the AKC Greyhound gene pool. Here is an article with an educated perspective written by Dr. Carmen Battaglia~
BIS/SBIS Ch Shazam's The Journey Begins JC
OFA Hips-Elbows/CERF/Thyroid and Heart Cleared
There is no doubt that Bubba is a "Founder" Sire! He is one of only three show bred Greyhound sires to have sired 14 litters--the others being Ch Gallant Major Motion and Ch Solstrand Double Diamond. Bubba's impact is far reaching in the breed today. He is the Top Sire of All Time! No other greyhound has ever sired as many champions as he did.--in this country or anywhere else.
What sets Bubba apart from most of the other influential Greyhound sires is that he was one of a very few sires that was fully health screened, OFA/ CERF/Thyroid /Heart. WINDROCK policy required females mated to him to have OFA/CERF screening. Consequently, the incidence of health problems that affected his get was very low.
Like other big winning dogs, Bubba was and remains to this day, a very controversial dog. He was a Greyhound of great extremes--long extreme head, long, long neck and had a huge, ground -covering sidegait. He was a flashy dog, a highly marked white and red particolor and possessed an electrifying presence. He had the "look of eagles " and a proud manner that clearly indicated that he surely owned the ground he stood on. You couldn't help but notice him, and it was hard to take your eyes off of him when he moved-he so inspired and captivated his audience.
Great dogs, like great men have their detractors. It matters not what those who didn't really ever know the dog have to say--Bubba was what he was and not everyone who saw him liked him. History proves that Bubba was rewarded by the most prominent judges of the day. Both Mrs. James Edward Clark and Mrs. Michelle Billings gave him BIS wins over the top dogs in the country. Not only did the dog sire a record number of worthy champions, but his influence carried and waxed in following generations.
At WINDROCK we have found some of our best greyhounds feature Bubba in the third generation. That is truly the hallmark of a proponent sire!
We had the foresight to retain frozen semen from Bubba and in the not to distant future it may be possible that a red and white youngster with dark luminous eyes possessing an arrogant air lordly steps in to the ring. Those knowledgeable in Greyhound lore will know instantly without glancing into their catalogs who the sire of that dog is!
The Journey hasn't ended. It has only begun . . .
Dear Father in Heaven,
Forgive me for not telling my in-laws I was on my way to a dog show when they called this morning. It's just that I could not endure another lecture on the crimes of a mother "who thinks more of her dogs than her children."
Help me, Father, to convince my husband that just this one more puppy won't be that much trouble. And grant that he doesn't miss the three pairs of socks that the little bundle of fluff chewed up after I brought him home.
Each day help me not to envy another's wins. Guide me to show good grace and true sportsmanship even when an inferior dog goes over mine. And seal my lips that I may never slander another breeder nor pass along rumors and gossip.
Grant that I may, without bloodshed, endure the snide remarks made by the neighbors that it is cheaper to feed a child than a dog. Force me to show compassion and understanding to the novice breeder that thought there was big money in the breeding of puppies and is now stuck with the whole litter. For the sake of those innocent puppies, grant that I be able to help place them in pet homes where they will be loved and cared for.
Then, Heavenly Father , grant me the wisdom and insight to educate these novices so that the same thing will not be repeated but also so that the fancy will not lose these interested beginners.
Guide me in my choice of breeding stock. Bless me with the courage to admit the faults in my dogs and deliver me from ever knowingly breeding any dog with hereditary health problems or of inferior quality.
Never let me overlook the welfare of my dogs or forget that the glory of the wins is just a small part of this dog game. Grant that I may never become too busy to develop a personal rapport with each of my dogs. Keep me constantly aware that it is the dogs that are doing the winning. Any glory is theirs, not mine.
At the risk of sounding greedy, I'd appreciate a few weeks without veterinarian bills so that I can pay off the ones I already owe. and, it sure would be great if the dogs would start coating up so I could show them at the specialty.
But, above all, dear Heavenly Father, grant that I may never lose sight of the true aims of breeding and showing dogs. Grant me the forbearance to patiently and tenderly train and care for each and every puppy and the humility to be thankful to those who help me along the way. In short, make me worthy of the love, devotion and loyalty which my dogs so freely and unconditionally give to me, day after day.
by Barbara Browning