National Show - Wylie winning Winner's Dog (Alter) at the 1999 National Whippet Club of Canada show under judge Mary Beth Arthur.

Janet and Bo Juzkiw and The Covenstead Whippets from Walnut Grove, BC Canada. We’ve only been involved with Whippets since 1997, when we went on our search for a dog that would truly fit our lifestyle – one that was capable of running with Janet but who would also be a quiet house dog. We wanted a dog of medium size, minimal grooming (we previous had a Bouvier), and one free of most genetic problems. We found everything we wanted – and more – in the Whippet. We were fortunate enough to locate a breeder by contacting the Lower Mainland Whippet Association, of which I now currently serve as President. The Club members are all so supportive and have decades of expertise in showing, coursing and obedience, as well as more recent endeavours such as flyball and agility.

Left is Taxi - AmCan Ch Allerei's Tax Refund, AmCan FCH, sire of Pyro and grandsire of Wylie, shown with AmCan Ch Strebor's Energize (litter brother to Wylie's dam, AmCan Ch Strebor's Make it So) and right is Pyro finishing his Canadian championship

Our first boy was born January 28, 1998 and is CAN ALT CH DAUNTAE’S OUR LITTLE RASCAL, CGC (Am Can Ch Whimsy’s on a Wing ‘N a Prayer x Am Can Ch Strebor’s Make it So). Wylie introduced us to both lure coursing and the conformation ring. Unfortunately, Wylie caught on to coursing way too quickly so adds his own creative touches now, although only needs one placement to complete his Canadian FCH and also has a placement in ASFA coursing. In conformation, he was the top male Whippet alter in Canada in 1999 and was Alter Winner’s Dog at the NWCC National Specialty that year. He is currently the leading top male alter again in 2001. He has also been trained for competitive obedience by Bo and currently has two American CD legs and one in Canada. He will eventually see duty a therapy dog.

Our youngest boy was born September 2, 1999. He is CAN CH RAVENRIDGE BELTANE FIRE (Am Can Ch Allerei’s Tax Refund Am Can FCH x Can Ch Camelot Lady Sings the Blues). Pyro finished his Canadian championship on his 18-month birthday and is pointed as well in the US, strictly owner-handled. We feel that the journey is as rewarding as the destination and never lose sight of the fact that showing is a hobby. He is also has two placements in ASFA coursing and 20 pts towards his Canadian FCH title.

Wylie coursing here in Canada.

I’m glad to see people are interested in doing so many things with their dogs. It is a truly versatile breed, and they are so willing to do whatever you ask (IF you ask in the right way, thank you very much!) I hope the whippet will never be a “fad” breed and so happy that most breeders are so cautious about puppy buyers. Besides offering us their companionship, our dear boys have brought us so many new friends in the Whippet world, both here in Canada, Western Washington state and beyond. We are so happy to be part of this wonderful family.

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Bo holding Pyro (on the right) and his brother Blaze at age 9 weeks and right photo is Wylie and Pyro enjoying the California sun in Santa Barbara.

Top is Wylie at age 4 weeks and bottom is Pyro age 9 weeks