The Art of Racing Before the Rain

By R. Lynn Shell  Nov, 14, 2016   Posted in racing
This past weekend (November 5-6) we attended the GIT LGRA race meets in our own hometown, McKinney, TX. Accompanying us were old standbys (Doc, Mordi, Ken, Boo, and Deuce), some novices (Tawny and Ghitana) and some brand new kids to gauge their interest in playing running games (Walker, Enzette, Dulci, Smooches, Puddin and little Borzoi pup Robyn). Saturday dawned bright and early. In Borzoi we had the “3 Musketeers” who have been...

Of Dying Vans, Discriminatory Hotels, and Silkens…Lots of Silkens

By R. Lynn Shell  Oct, 09, 2016   Posted in dogshow, featured, gallery, general, specialties
Of Dying Vans, Discriminatory Hotels, and Silkens...Lots of Silkens The Sprinter van was officially declared dead Friday morning. The motor mounts had rusted and/or broken and the engine had shifted. The catalytic converter was also shot. It was a 2003 model and had over 319,000 miles on it – we had worked it hard, but it was still sad to bid adieu. Since I was headed down to Magnolia for a Silken Windhound specialty, near a friend of our’s dealership, and they actually had some vans available there...

Texarkana KC 2016

By R. Lynn Shell  Jun, 21, 2016   Posted in dogshow
Finally time to dip my toes back into the AKC pool with a brief trip to Texarkana with a couple of Borzoi, Rusti and Barbee. I didn’t make the shows in Denton – sent Victor instead – so it was kinda nice to get back out again. Even better since I was sharing a room with longtime-no-see friend Rebecca!! We met up at the show site a little after 8 in the evening, trying to find the ever-so-rare space for grooming. Rebecca had...

Happy Ho-Ho!!

By R. Lynn Shell  Dec, 25, 2014   Posted in general
Happy Ho-Ho!! ...

The Elementals Arrive – Solo ex. Harli

By R. Lynn Shell  Nov, 11, 2014   Posted in featured, gallery, puppies
The Elementals Arrive - Solo ex. Harli On November 10, 2014 we welcomed into the world our first Borzoi litter in over three years. We are quite excited because it had been planned for some time and it kept getting delayed for whatever reason, or the breeding missed. Finally the stars aligned, and to help them along, we scheduled an appointment with Dr. Kirk Esmond, a reproduction specialist at Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, to perform a TCI (transcervical insemination). Since we were...

2014 UKC Gateway Nationals – Deuce Rules!

By R. Lynn Shell  Oct, 27, 2014   Posted in dogshow, featured, gallery
2014 UKC Gateway Nationals - Deuce Rules!   Once again the drive was made to Gray Summit, MO to partake of the Gateway Nationals at Purina Farms. We have managed some successful trips to this venue in the past, but this year gave us astronomical results!! This time around I brought Deuce┬ásince he remains the top Silken Windhound in the UKC. Also in tow were Siren, Velvet (Deuce’s sister) and Onyx. Siren and Onyx were kind of last-minute additions and had not been...

2014 East Coast Silken Windhounds Specialty Show

By R. Lynn Shell  Oct, 15, 2014   Posted in dogshow, featured, gallery, specialties
2014 East Coast Silken Windhounds Specialty Show ...

First Quarter 2014 – UKC Rankings

By R. Lynn Shell  Apr, 13, 2014   Posted in general
The UKC Rankings for Events through March 30, 2014 have Deuce ranked as the Top Silken Windhound as of the end of the first quarter of 2014. He had gone with Victor to shows in Hutto, taking Best of Breed all 4 shows that weekend, and then he won a couple more at the Denton shows in early March. Needless to say, I am quite proud of the “White Tornado”! Of course he is likely to move down from there for a while as we likely will not...

Pasha is 2013’s Top Silken Windhound

By R. Lynn Shell  Feb, 03, 2014   Posted in dogshow, featured, gallery
Pasha is 2013's Top Silken Windhound Happy dance happy dance! It’s official – Pasha (ISWS CH UKC Grand CH Gryffyn’s Aeyrie Stop and Stare) is 2013’s #1 Silken Windhound in the UKC (United Kennel Club)!! I believe he is also within the Top Ten All-Breeds!! So proud of our beautiful, deserving boy! One of Pasha’s BOB wins at the 2013 Gateway shows It took some traveling for this accomplishment – in addition to the “local” shows in...

Party Time – Beast is a New Champion!

By R. Lynn Shell  Jan, 06, 2014   Posted in dogshow, featured, gallery
Party Time - Beast is a New Champion! Our first show of the year in Texas is the Nolan River Kennel Club cluster held in the little town of Glen Rose, known for its dinosaur tracks. We have had some nice success here in the past, and it is a show site that we enjoy. There used to be lure coursing trials held in conjunction with the shows, which made for some long days – but those times are now gone. I fondly remember when we had Solo out as a special and he went from winning...