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I must admit that I never really new sighthounds other than retired racing greyhounds until these past few months.  I knew that Jenna had a special relationship with Zoom, her cream and white whippet, and when we moved in together, she had just brought in a brindle and white whippet puppet.

I figured that the puppy would wind up being her dog, and although I was quite aware that whippets were quite trainable dogs, I never really thought I’d become attached to one.

As Poet has matured, though, he and I have drawn closer to each other. It was he who made the first mood.  A few months ago, he just sort of declared in his subtle sighthound ways that he was my dog, end of discussion.

And I’ve accepted the arrangement. I have found him to be as biddable as any golden retriever, and I have trained him to sit, heel, lie down, stand, and speak. He fetches the ball like a demon, which is to be expected. His father is a Frisbee nut.

He likes to go with me everywhere, and because he’s smaller and innocuous, I generally don’t have a lot of trouble taking him places.  He is genteel and kind, but he is not demonstrative with strangers.

Through one family line I trace to the rugged counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire, the same counties that spawned the modern whippet as a rag racer. I suspect my Quaker ancestors in that part of the world may have had little greyhounds much like whippets, perhaps to fill the pot with rabbit stew on cold winter nights.

So we are now attached to each other. I have a nice little whippet with a show and coursing career ahead of him, and I now know the full appeal of this breed. Once they choose their person, you are it.  No one else really matters.

And that is strange and moving feeling, especially when you’re used to golden retrievers that are so socially open.

Poet is my little boy. My little whip. And I am his person.

 

 

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Whippets on the run

Zoom (cream and white) and Poet (brindle and white) having some fun this morning

whippets on the run

whippets on the run 2

poet in the snow

playing whippets

whippet comparison

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Snow whippet

Poet must be the world’s most cold tolerant whippet. He just wants his ball to be thrown over and over

snow whippet

snow whippet 2

snow whippet 3

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Poet, the twister and turner, takes the stick.

Then Zoom, Quest, and Clavo begin the long chase:

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New whippet puppy

We got a new whippet puppy. His name is Static, and he comes from Sugar Rush Whippets in Central Ohio. He’s a little different flavor from the show dogs we normally have, but he and Poet are best friends. Indeed, Poet is showing Static the ropes on how to be a proper whippet. We do enjoy watching the two of them play and cuddle.

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It all makes sense, except for those barking retrievers and that fawn whippet that was Robert Hardy’s own beloved dog.

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