Cynserly El Dorado of Rowyn

Jenny Howe and Rome Kennels are featured on todays calendar and this is what Jenny shares with the whippet group: I have been involved with dogs for most of my life, and was a professional groomer for many years. I first met whippets when a friend of mine invited me to come manage her kennel and care for her dogs. She had a few breeds, but focused on her whippets. I enjoyed them so much that when I moved away I told her I had to have one, and she gave me my first dog, MacGyver. Gyvie is a son of Am/Can CH Morshor's Majestic Dell, ROMX, and littermate to CH Alerek's Celebrity, ROM. He is the best couch potato of all, and at almost 13 years is my best friend.

After several years I finally moved to a place that was large enough to allow me to have several dogs, and I bred my first litters. I rescued a couple of whippets from a local breeder of poor ethics, and placed them in loving homes. I then met Peg Bush and volunteered for rescue, although I live in an area of very few whippets. I became involved with showing dogs through a friend and keeshond breeder, and after showing kees for a while decided to get involved showing whippets. I show on a limited basis, and am hoping to become more involved in activities besides confirmation. I am currently training my first obedience whippet, it's fun!

Left is "Ridge" Toojon When In Rome, my miracle dog by CH Alerek's Celebrity out of CH Alerek's Charwin Koala and right is Alerek's Swift Flight MacGyver, by Am/Can CH Morshor's Majestic Dell out of CH Greyfriar's Encore "BOC" Best on Couch

Cynthia Vattes of Cynserly Hounds gave me my first whippet, and we continue to share dogs and advice with each other. Through her I met Al Miniero, who has guided me a bit. I have met so many great people since becoming invoved with this breed and have found such a great pool of knowledge. Whippet people are so passionate about our chosen companions. I also have a fantastic reference system with MaryJane Frank and her amazing memory, she makes the past history of my dogs come alive.

Nap time at Rome Whippets, featuring Frenzy, myself, Marilyn, Ridge, Eldo, Dawn, and Gyvie

My favorite memories of my dogs are so many and so varied I could never describe them all. Day to day living with these personalities makes for new experiences at every turn. I am constantly amazed at how smart my dogs are, and by their supreme athleticism. I could watch them run all day. I have a yearling who terrifies me with her speed and agility, and wonder just how far she can go in life, and how I am going to make the most of her potential.

Puppy picture from this year's litter

I hope for the future that our breed continues to lack popularity, I fear the excess that comes with trends. Whippets are such a unique and functional dog who can go from the glitz of the confirmation ring and out to the track or to the agility and obedience rings. I would like to see more multi-titled dogs, our abilities are all that limit these dogs. I have not yet done my part of seeking agility, obedience, coursing, racing, or other titles on my dogs. I plan to remedy this in the future!

July 2000 litter by CH Sporting Field's Crimson Tide out of Cynserly Mandolin Wind

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