Sean & Mary Ann Mattingly and their whippet Stone. Stone's full name is UCH CH DenGayle's Carved In Stone CD, SC, CGC, TDI, TT. Yes, he earned some titles. Their abbreviations mean the following: UCH = United Kennel Club Champion, CH = American Kennel Club Champion, CD = Companion Dog ( an obedience title), SC = Senior Courser (a lure coursing title), CGC = Canine Good Citizen (there was a test for this one), TDI = Therapy Dogs International certification (means he can go into schools and nursing homes to do therapy with people), TT = Temperament Tested (a certification to test sound mind and body).

 

Stone is such a versatile dog with showing Obedience and Conformation and Lure Coursing. We tried racing, which he liked a lot. Plus he's a therapy dog that goes into nursing homes. Hopefully the new puppy, Hobbes, will be just as versatile.

New puppy Hobbes. His full name is DenGayle's SeeMy Sandtrap. He is now 13 weeks old. We have owned whippets for 3 years. I got my first whippet, Stone as a 5-month old puppy. I intended to show him primarily as an obedience dog, but I got hooked on conformation shows as well. And then we learned about Lure Coursing and the fun began! I owe my love of whippets to Pam Murphy of DenGayle Kennel. She has taught me a lot about breed characteristics, and Conformation showing. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have these two wonderful dogs.



I became interested in doing therapy work with Stone as he has such a level temperment. I had already had my Miniature Pinschers in therapy, but there is a limit a tiny dog will do. Such as the Children part. I knew Stone adored children and everyone else. And he is wonderful, when we visit the school the kids have to sit and learn how to take care of and how to treat animals. Then at the end they get to line up and everyone of them gets to pet Stone before they go back to class. That can be up to 50 kids at a time. And he just thinks they all are wonderful. At the nursing homes we are usually escorted by one of the nurses that knows who is awake and who likes or is allergic to dogs. And then we just go into the room and ask them if they would like to see the dog or pet the dog. If they say yes I tell them a little about Stone what kind of dog he is and what he likes to do. If they want petted Stone ever so gently puts his head under there hand or puts his front feet up on the bed and lays his head by there hand so they may touch him. And a lot of the patients will tell you about the pets that they had and miss so much. We go into the Alzheimers ward and it is heartbreaking for me but Stone does not mind if the patients are yelling or throwing their arms around. He even is so good when they pet him too hard or grab a hold of his ears. He just stands there and waits for the nurse to get him free of the people. He loves doing this but I tell you he is exhuasted afterwards and will sleep the whole rest of the night.



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