Aus/Am CH. BYERLEY SAVILE ROW, ROM
While visiting Australia in the Summer of 2005, on vacation, and to judge some classes at their first National Specialty, a life changing experience lay before me, and I had no clue it was coming.
There was this one dog that was a standout in this very large entry.
The Australian whippets are some of the loveliest I have seen around the globe, but this one, rather large (for Australia) shiny coated, deep bodied, blue brindle male was one of a kind.
As I was standing outside the ring during dog classes, my friend Magnus Hagstedt chose this stunning male second in a huge class.
Sav had this habit of looking like he was going to sit down, when his handler tried to stack him, and that is why he didn't win the class, Magnus later told me.
I am spellbound by this dog, and I realize my friend Phoebe Booth was standing next to me staring at him, right along with me.
She said, as I turned to look at her, "I would breed Nellie to him in a heartbeat!" She then made the comment, that she wondered if he would be for sale. I said I was going to find out. She said, "if you can get him to the US, I will finish him for you, in exchange for letting me use him on Nellie. We agreed.
Well, apparently she asked after him the next day at the Melbourne Royal show, and was politely told, thank you, but no way. He was not for sale.
When I returned to the states, I couldn't get him out of my mind. I emailed his owners and asked if they would sell him to me. They told me about Phoebe trying to buy him, and told me he was not for sale. As fate would have it, within a few days of all of this, they happened to be at the famous