BJ was a one of a kind whippet and certainly, the gentleman of the household. We owned BJ from 10 weeks old, and he excelled as both a companion and a champion. BJ began his show career as a puppy, winning his first two puppy matches, going Best in Match at one and Group 1 at the other. At seven months of age, he took home ribbons all four days he showed at the Florida Winter Circuit in Sarasota, taking a class first, winner's dog, and two reserves. He also took Best in Sweepstakes under Cindy Scott. BJ completed his conformation title in Atlanta in 1996 at the MAWA Specialty under judge Dr. Robert D. Ingeglia going Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best of Opposite with a five point major. This was the third major for BJ in his short show career. BJ had limited time in the show ring since, but despite loving his show time, he was pretty content to be a home body.
BJ was bred by Fred Bunn and Surely Rawlings of South Florida who's breeding lines came from Carol Harris of Bo-Bett Whippets and Sharon Saxson of Paris Whippets. We would probably have never entered the show ring had it not been a part of our bargaining arrangement with Fred. In order to take this beautiful little brindle boy home, we made a promise to Fred to show him. We are thankful to the breeders for allowing us to own this great little whippet. He was a lover, not a fighter, and greeted us every morning by raising up on us and pawing us gently as he stretches. He then stretched his long neck, his way of saying, "hey, give me a kiss".
BJ's sire and dam were both of the Erdelied-Bunn breeding line. BJ sired our first litter here at WhippetView Kennel after we had waited 10 long years before considering to breed this wonderful line of dogs. BJ was a special boy and was Regina's heart dog. He will be missed by all of those who were fortunate enough to have gotten a puppy from his litter. His demeanor was the best and he will always be in our hearts.
From Garth Brooks "The Dance"
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance
Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd have had to miss the dance
The Gift of Love By Regina Howton
BJ, my special puppy
I wish you were here
I wish this gift of love to let you go
Was one I did not have to give
But you told me it was time
Though my heart said “no”,
A precious gift was given for a new life to live.
How I miss you so
How my heart aches
How my hands want to touch you
How my eyes long to see your face,
If only for another moment
Though it wouldn’t ease the pain,
For a moment would not be long enough to make my sadness change
I look for you behind me
Following me where I go,
I listen for your fussy bark when you were being demanding.
I whisper to you and say “BJ, my boy, I miss you and will love you always.
I imagine you laying beside me,
Head tucked between my knees,
I catch a glimpse of you from the corner of my eye,
And for a split second think maybe it’s all a bad dream.
Then I realize you are not here,
And my eyes fill with tears.
But a breeze blows by and I feel you
I close my eyes and I see you
Your eyes are bright; you are full of life,
You’ve gone home to live with the angels,
Exactly where you belong.
I know your new life is better
You are healthy and feeling good.
I know with time my broken heart will heal,
And I will be able to think of you and smile.
But for now my heart aches and my eyes fill with tears
When I think of the gift of love we gave to you.