CH TPO SR LOVE ME DO " GRELOT "

 

Jean Marc and Dominique from Provence ( South of France ). Please make sure you visit their web page when you finish. They have linked WhippetView to the Whippet Club of France's web page. We have been in the whippet breed for five years and started with our first whippet : CH TPO SR (1) Love Me Do ( SR Calin de Puy Redon x Hymne à la Joie de la Vallée des Baronnies ) born October 4, 1995 (1) CH TPO SR = CHampion Travail POursuite ( in American : Lure Coursing Champion ) - SR = Sujet Recommandé ( in American : Dog or Bitch Recommanded [ by the Breed Club - for France : French Club of Whippet ] !

First Pari-Mutuel for LOVE ME DO(number 2). He won!

We got into the breed as follows:
Dominique : - pleasant recollection of a Greyhound's race in England when I was a teenager
EWOK, our German Sheperd wasn't able to follow me when going to horse riding. He was limping
- a friend of us, owner of two lovely bitches ( working on Shows and Races ) including a pregnant one, and ... Oops ! A whippet puppy !
Jean Marc : I wasn't really interested by dogs (I prefered cats) and when Grelot comes home I said to Dominique "Hey! You've bring a Norman cow!"(because of his colour: Fawn and Brindle particolour with White)
things are very different now because you can't live with a whippet and stay indifferent to him(by the way : whippets are they dogs or cats?) We have been helped by our friend Flora (who gave us Grelot)and some persons we have met in Shows or Races and who became friends. Principally we have find by ourselves with our experiences and searchs(with books, reviews,... and the Web)

Left is SR NARCISSUS NAVY BLUE "CANARD"
(SR MYSTÉRIEUX DIAMANT NOIR x CH LSP SR (1) ISATIS LADY BLUE)
(1) LSP = Lauréat Standard Performance (title for Sighthounds with results in Shows and Racing or Coursing)
And right is PHANTOM LOVE DU VALLON DE LA BEAUME "CASPER"(18 months)
(CH TPO SR LOVE ME DO x GRELOTTE)

Memories about our favorite whippets, Our GRELOT : - surprises during his education when we find that a whippet was definitely not a German Sheperd ( although GRELOT explained to EWOK how to guard the house ! )- he wasn't interested at all to run after the lure until we put his ball into in! - his success in Lure Coursing : second at the 1997's French Championships - first in 1998! - his serious Lure Coursing accident the day of his third birthday : after one year of keeping quiet and great medical care, he has recovered a normal life and sometimes run on the sand of the dog track of Oraison. Unfortunately, Lure Coursing he loved to perform is now over for him - his children : 2 girlfriends and 13 babies ! PHANTOM LOVE " CASPER ", born March 3, 1999, one of his sons, lives now with us. Rather exuberant though his parents are very quiet at home. He hates muzzle and we had to put into the Lure, not the ball, but the flying disc to decide him to run after it !
Our CANARD: Our poor EWOK died of a liver cancer in January 1998. He was 8 years old. We were all very sad about it, but especially GRELOT. His " coach " lost was horrible for him. He stayed all the day on his armchair, didn't want to go out in the garden any more, ... Another friend of us, Colette, had a wonderful litter of blue puppies, aged two months. So, CANARD came home to comfort GRELOT. And he did it very well ! SR NARCISSUS NAVY BLUE has a completely different personality than GRELOT but is a charming dog like him High-spirited for Racing but he really hates Shows ( when he is in the Ring, it seems that we drive him at the slaughter house!)

Top is LOVE ME DO aged 4 months 1/2 with his " coach " EWOK and bottom is MAEVA, our cousin's daughter with NARCISSUS and LOVE ME DO

From left to right: CH TPO SR LOVE ME DO, SR NARCISSUS NAVY BLUE, & PHANTOM LOVE DU VALLON DE LA BEAUME aged 8 months

Here we are ! We now have 3 whippets at home who give us a lot of work, happiness, make us travel all over the country and meet many new people ........ but take up a great deal of room in our bed ! And to the future, We regret the extreme divergence between Show and Racing Lines. We think that appropriated crosses between some of these Lines could help us to find the whippet that everyone dreams about ( good on Shows, Racing and Coursing ). We need to break the walls, not only between whippets, but also between people from Shows, Racing, Coursing and Pari-Mutuel. Their love for whippets could help themselves to reconcile. So, everything would be allright in the best of the worlds we could possibly have !
Jean Marc and Dominique
Somewhere in Provence ( South of France )


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Pictures of the Gang as Puppies:
Top is The blue brother and sisters aged about 2 months(from left to right)- NOUMÉA LAGON BLEU, NARCISSUS NAVY BLUE " CANARD ", NAOMIE BLUE BELL " NIKKI ", NAUSICAA LADY BLUE " NANOUE ", NUAGE LADY IN BLUE
Bottom left is LOVE ME DO's sons aged about 3 weeks :- PHANTOM LOVE on the left, PETIT PRINCE on the right and the Bottom Right Picture is LOVE ME DO(in front) with sisters and brother aged about 3 weeks : behind him : LOVE LETTER " LOVA ", then LALY BLUE and LAST PRINCE on far left