1. Why a Whippet? Did you have other breeds before? Do you remember the first time you saw a whippet and what your impression was? When did you get your first whippet?
David – I have had Whippets for 27 years. Before Whippets my family had a collection of other breeds, including Poodles, a Dalmatian, and an American Eskimo, but the Whippet easily became our families favorite breed. My mother, Karen Samuelson, was a friend of Carol Juelfs (Affinity Whippets). After a visit to Carol’s home one day
my mother brought home a whippet, that whippet was Sophie. My first impression was “why would anyone want a dog without any hair?”, now I wouldn’t want anything else. Sophie (Ch. Affinity Silver Dream) was to become my first champion. She was a blue brindle and white parti-colored girl thus introducing me to the variety of whippet colors.
Gina – I don’t think I had much of a choice in the matter. I always say that I married in to the breed. David and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary this year at the Duluth Kennel Club show (July 10th). I didn’t have dogs growing up. I grew up with a great cat named Fluffy (I know, how original). The first time I saw a whippet was at a Samuelson Family holiday celebration. When I arrived it seemed there were whippets everywhere; the dogs were clearly part of the family. His aunt had a whippet, his mother had a couple of whippets, David had a whippet, when Carol came there were even more whippets. This was a new experience for me. I think anyone interested in whippets should attend a Samuelson Family gathering.
When we were first married we had one whippet, Lucy (Affinity Scout’s Honor). Lucy was a beautiful red whippet. David bred her to Cassie Roger’s handsome male Ben (Ch. Ailne Affinity Dreamer LCM). I chose C.C. (Dashing Chianti Classico TRPX, ARX, FCh, VFCh) from the litter and the rest is history. Everything in our house is descended from Lucy.
Left to right: (3 generations)
Lucy - Affinity Scout’s Honor
Sheena - Ch Dashing The Lioness
George - Ch Windsheen Dashing Dare to Beee