Can Ch. Roadhouse Bluevelvet Rogue

 

Don and Chris Winfield of Wishmakers Whippets. Don's story is one of love and devotion to and from his whippets: We have been in Whippets for about 15 years or so with our very first whippet being Can Ch. Roadhouse Bluevelvet Rogue...he left us so suddenly at the young age of 10 with a brain aneurysm... he was fine one minute and within seconds he let out a shrill that I will never forget and he passed away within seconds in my arms...

Can Ch. Roadhouse Bluevelvet Rogue

 

We began our whippet ownership when we were breeding and showing American Cocker Spaniels. That lasted for about 15 years or so and finally decided that we wanted another breed of dog and one without all that hair! Joan Van Doornick Thompson who was our handler and a dear friend suggested a whippet. My daughters and I were kinda set on getting a Golden Retriever however while visiting Joan one day her beautiful 'Elly" ( Porcelain - need Elly's full name here ) began giving me special attention and I really began to start to get to know the breed. I must admit that Elly was the one that convinced me that I must have a whippet... she was a great ambassador for the breed..Luckily Elly had a litter of puppies who were just a few weeks old. While looking and playing with the puppies there was one special puppy that stood out over the rest and one that just seemed to worm into my heart. That puppy was Rogue who was our first Whippet....Rogue and I became the best of friends and was truly my best friend and buddy. Joan Van Doornick Thompson has fulfilled the role of mentor and friend with great honour ...she has been fantastic in helping us learn about the breed and to continue to learn and grow with the Whippet breed. She as been our guiding light so to speak when we put together our breeding plan. She is a whiz when it comes to pedigrees and genetic and we have gotten two of our Whippets from her Jayvana/Roadhouse Kennel...Rogue and also our beautiful Blaze ( Roadhouse Blaze Runner). We lost Blaze at the young age of 9 due an injury she received while playing with her son Winter...Blaze left us with a beautiful litter of puppies who will carry on her name and love of life spirit.

"Blaze" Roadhouse Blaze Runner

 

When considering a 'favorite moment owning whippets' a few come to mind but two do stand out. One was with my best buddy Rogue...It was about 2:30 am and we heard a noise outside...I looked out the bedroom window only to see the interior lights on in my car....I ran downstairs with Rogue running right beside me. I opened the door with Rogue running out before I could grab him. All of a sudden I hear someone yelling "Oh Crap!!!" and when I looked here was Rogue beginning to chase the offender down the street. I was frightened that Rogue would get hurt so I gave a loud yell of his name..within second Rogue was running back up the street returning home and he had something in his mouth. That something turned out to be the pocket off of a pair of blue jeans that obviously the offender was wearing. Rogue was so proud as he gave me the blue jean cloth. The police were called and thanks to Rogue bringing home the pocket of the offender, the perpetrator was arrested within 30 minutes from the time we noticed the offender in our car and received a fine and a Community Service Order for his nasty deed. The arresting Police officer shared with us that the perpetrator could not get over 'how fast that dog was' and 'he knew he was in trouble the minute he glanced us and seen Rogue running towards him up the driveway'.....Rogue was always my hero but this time he went beyond the call of duty....

Another moment that stands out also has to do with Rogue, with the assistance of Joan, Terry Taft and a number of caring loving Whippet people. As I indicated I suddenly lost Rogue due to a brain aneurysm. I was devastated as I have a chronic illness that has lasted over some 14 years....basically I make kidney stones...have had over 3200 of the suckers....I needed a companion to help me to continue on in trying to cope with the pain. We had Blaze but Blaze was definitely my wife's dog. Blaze and I did not have the same emotional attachment that Rogue and I enjoyed. During the beginning stages of my illness Rogue was always there for me. Whether it be pacing the floors at night in pain or trying to deal with the excruciating pain in some other manner...Rogue was always by my side trying to cheer me up or just to give me purpose. As I said he was my best friend, companion and buddy. There was nothing that Rogue would not do for me or with me. When I suddenly lost him I was totally devastated and lost. I needed to find another Whippet to help with the void. A whippet, not to replace Rogue but to be my buddy and companion. This is where Joan, Terry Taft, Karin Sheppard and other selfless Whippet people came to the rescue. Joan and Terry Taft went beyond the call of duty in helping me get my present 'buddy', Echo (Am, Can Ch. Blackmoor's Echo's of Winter). Thanks to the kind understanding hearts of these people, Echo came to us all the way from Michigan all within a very short time of losing my best buddy Rogue. Echo fitted in our home just as if he had been there all his life. He was 2 years old and had his American Championship when he came to be a member of our family. Joan and Echo became a team and Echo finished his Canadian Championship in 4 shows winning two group placements. I will forever be indebted to these beautiful friends of mine who came to my side and helped me find Echo...Echo in reality saved my life as he gave me purpose to continue on and strength to cope with the pain associated with my illness. Echo and Blaze had a beautiful litter of puppies and we kept a puppy from this litter... Winter ( Wishmakers Snowfurry Reaction) shows good promise for the future. One thing for sure though - I will never forget Rogue and Blaze. Not one day goes by that I do not think of them especially Rogue...I am sure that one day we will meet again. I share this with all whippet people, Whippets are one of the best breeds of dogs and would fit into most families..they are very intelligent, healthy, agile, live long, love life, love to please and are easy to care for. Their love is totally unconditional..all they want is to be loved and in return they give unconditional love and companionship...plus they are excellent 'heaters' while snuggling under the covers on those cold winter nights. Because I am dealing with a chronic illness, whippets have been a special and major part of my life during the past near 15 years. Rogue, Blaze, Echo and Winter all have played an important role in helping me keep going - they make sure that I get up some mornings when I know if it was not for them I would not have the energy to even get out of bed. Whippets have become my best friends in the truest sense of the word...I can never see my life without a whippet as part of it....I love and have loved them all so dearly....