Greetings from way down South!

by Valeria
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)

A very handsome gentleman!

A very handsome gentleman!

Beautiful Tito is a dignified Argentine gentleman -dignified, that is, until a ball or frisbee makes an appearance! He then becomes a frenzied maniac, jumping and poking you in the stomach with his front paws until you cooperate and throw the darned thing at least a hundred times...

As long as no ball is in evidence, he lounges elegantly on sofas, rides in the car and visits friends, occasionally comes into the office with me and "works", and shadows me everywhere -the bathroom included if I allow it! He watches TV with me and sleeps curled into a ball behind my legs.

He is one of only a handful of whippets in Argentina. Along with a friend we have been trying hard to get together a group of whippet owners to meet and have fun in the park every once in a while. Last Sunday was a red letter day: we managed to get together all of TEN whippets in one place! Probably an Argentine record!

Thank you for keeping such a lovely website.

All the best from Tito and myself,

Valeria

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Whippet Dog of the Day: Life Goes On

by Andrea
(Toronto, Ontario)

Time to rest now, come get comfy

Time to rest now, come get comfy

Time to rest now, come get comfy


I was in a car accident a year ago.
I have spent more than a year recovering and haven't been able to work or spend time doing my hobbies.
I have spent most of the time going to doctor's appointments and resting on the sofa.

I lost my, old lab several months ago and since he was the perfect dog I decided to switch breeds and get a whippet.

Mostly because they get good health ratings and are good in apartments. Also, I volunteer with Alzheimer's and dementia patients and they get good ratings for doing that kind of thing...

Wow, I had no idea what I was in for. I now have this little, gentle creature to keep me company while I rest and have walked and been outside more in two weeks than I have in a year.

While I thought pet therapy would be good for the elderly I had no idea what full time pet therapy would do for me!

I didn't think another dog could hold my heart like my lab did, but in two weeks this little one has captured it!

I have learned that life goes on. You must take steps forward...even baby puppy steps...I am happier and more vibrant as a result of having this little whippet in my life.

She is so gentle and full of life and demands engagement. I never thought I would ever get a dog that needs clothes but I am a fashion designer (pre-accident).

I have found myself laughing gleefully over the sweater I made for my dog and the little tiny felted hat she will be sporting come fall.

I am grateful for those little eyes and the cuddle bug that has given a whole new meaning to my life.

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Bindy and Dobby

by Elizabeth
(Victoria, Australia)

Both our babies calmly sleeping together. It's a miracle!

Both our babies calmly sleeping together. It's a miracle!

Both our babies calmly sleeping together. It's a miracle!
Beautiful Dobby
Brave Bindy

I purchased Bindy (the smaller light coloured pup) after going to someones house and seeing that she was being kept in relatively poor conditions.

My heart went out to the whole litter. She was only 5 and 1/2 weeks but there was little choice of when to take her. She has rewarded us with so much love and cuddles in the few short weeks that we have had her that there is no doubt we have found the perfect companion.

Her mother and father were there and they both had brilliant, loving personalities. When we look at our Bindy we are not sure that she is pure whippet as she is very fluffy, we also have a 10 week old male Whippet called Dobby, the darker of the two, whose coat is much smoother.

He is very active already and we are crate training him as he suffers from separation anxiety from us. He honestly sounds like we are strangling him. Then when we look at him, he is laying there nicely, just making a lot of noise.

They are definitely a handful and I sometimes question whether we have done the right thing, having 2 puppies, but I am sure with perseverance and love that we will be rewarded with love and companionship for many years to come.

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Whippet of the Day: Jet

by Robert Nicholson
(Charleston, SC, USA)


Tennis Ball is the only toy for our whippet and he doesn't leave home without it even when he won't get to play with it.

Loves lasagna and Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies, naps and chasing ducks into the water at the park.

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Whippet of the Day: Cricket my loveable Whippet

by Megan
(Swan Hill Victoria)

Cricket's professional photo @ the RSPCA Million Paws Walk

Cricket's professional photo @ the RSPCA Million Paws Walk

I brought Cricket around 12 months ago. I had never owned a Whippet before but had researched into them and my main concern was having a loving friendly dog with a short coat as I suffer from allergies.

My family's dog Spud is a Jack Russell and although I love him to bits, he sheds hair all year and makes me sneeze!

Since having Cricket in our lives we can't imagine life without him. He is a big boy who is a goof.

He loves to play with his numerous squeaky toys of which he just sits there are repeatedly squeaks over and over again in song!

He loves his treats, liver of course, but he must think that the world is going to have a shortage of treats in the near future as he has started to hoard treats all around the house.

Raw hide little bones stuffed under his mat in the lounge, in between the pillows on the spare bed, in the ironing basket, behind my bed side table and list goes on.

He parades through the house to check on these at least once a day... and if he notices you watching he picks them up and scurries off to find a new hide out for his stash of treats.

He is very social with other dogs and loves the company of Spud when visiting the family. Although Spud isn't too happy with this as Cricket can sometimes be a little rough with his big paws by either stepping on him!

Cricket gets very jealous when I pat Spud and often intercepts my contact with Spud or if Spud is sitting on your lap, Cricket will jump up and sit higher and for a big Whippet that means on your chest blocking your view of anything and this is all very amusing.

He is in love with a friend of mine Amanda. When she arrives at our place we say "your girl friend is here" and he goes so silly with excitement.

He HAS to sit on her lap and rubs his head on her. She cuddles up to him on the couch and talks to him and he talks (barks) back at her. She must be special to him because he only does this with her.

His worst habit would be pinching food from the kitchen counter which has since turned into jumping up on top of the kitchen counter and dining table (of course when you aren't home) and leaving muddy little footprints to mark his presence!

I get angry about this, but only at myself for leaving the roast or a cake on the bench to cool! Other than stealing the food... muddy footprints can always be cleaned up easily, so I don't get angry with him.

I have learned that it is of uttermost importance to provide them with warmth... whippetwear.com.au has been a great source of jackets (he has 3 different ones) and of course his bedding.

He has a whippet swag which he loves. When we first got this I thought this little goof ball is never going to work out how to burrow into it, and now when he is tired or a little cold in the mornings you will find he has put himself back to bed for more warmth and snooze time.

I am a Whippet converted!

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Whippet Dog of the Day: Jet Goes for a Hike

by Suzanne James
(Fort Hood, TX, USA)

Jet and his girl, Honey

Jet and his girl, Honey

The desert really can be beautiful. This is a picture of Jet and his friend, Honey after hiking up Blackie, one of the hills surrounding the Army's National Training Center. The National Training Center is located in the Mojave Desert in California.

Whippets have it much easier than heavier, long-haired dogs in these conditions but still really like to come in and lay on the couch in air-conditioning.

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Whippet Dog of the Day: "The Brady Bunch"

by Jo Sowards
(Goldendale, WA, USA)

OB stands guard....

OB stands guard....

OB stands guard....

Our O'Brady gifted us with a litter of 11 puppies on August 28, 2011 and we have been hopping ever since.

This photo was taken within an hour of the last puppy to arrive.

The following days we had to divide up the meal time so we went with what was started from the beginning of this wonderful litter.

Solids first, then the party's next. Following day we reversed the schedule, and it worked out great for all those little mouths.

Dad OB, just sat back and watched in wonder.

Here are the names: O' Greg, Peter, Bobby, Jan, Marcia, Cindy, Mike, Alice (the housekeeper) Sam (the butcher), Oliver, Mentor, Clive.

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Our Whippet Jolene Taking A Real Cat Nap!

by Dan O'Connor
(Shawanagunk)

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

Our loving whippet Jolene's best buddy is our 9 year old cat Bailey!

It's true, as you can see from this picture not only do they "get along" but they just love to take over the couch and snuggle up with each other.

Jolene especially enjoys using Bailey's fat belly as her own personal warm fluffy pillow to take an occasional real serious "Cat Nap" and Bailey doesn't mind at all.

In fact, they are best of friends. Now how many other dogs would do such a thing? Not many.

Jolene loves everyone, she's a true whippet.

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Whippet Dog of the Day: Syrah!

by Laurence
(Montreal, Qc)

enjoying the first warm days

enjoying the first warm days

enjoying the first warm days
relaxing on the couch
on vacation
happy puppy

Syrah is our little whippet, and she's 6 months old today!

She's a sweet little puppy, very easy as a first dog for me and by boyfriend.

We've waited for her arrival for 7 months before she was even born, and it seemed so long for me, but now she's been with us for 4 months, and it seems as she's always been there.

She loves spending time with us, relaxing outside, chewing her bones and toys, and taking long walks wherever we bring her.

But her favorite time (and ours) is when we just cuddle on the couch while watching tv, or on the bed for a nap... She's the best! :)

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Whippet Dog of the Day: Twiggy Doesn't like cold Weather!

by Gary Lane
(Eugene, Oregon, USA)

Dressed for weather and not looking forward to wet cold Oregon winter.

Dressed for weather and not looking forward to wet cold Oregon winter.

Dressed for weather and not looking forward to wet cold Oregon winter.
Regal pose cried out for a formal hat.
Outdoors in the day time is great!
Maternal instincts expressed by carrying around the little stuffed dog. A comfy bed of your own is the best way to enjoy home!

My whippet Twiggy learned to love dirt trail walks after being disconcerted by trails because she was a kennel queen who failed show dog school standards.

She seemed cold too often so I purchased the Gore-tex coat and Carol knitted the sweater. She loved being warm, but was not keen on hats or rain visors.

Camping was great until night fell when she thought she should be in the van traveling home or as a horrid last choice sleep in the van, but never sleep in the tent!

When Twiggy started to live with me she was four and had always lived in a kennel cement world. She did not understand any commands common for dogs.

I tried to teach her new tricks for four months without success using praise and dog treats. When I baked salmon Twiggy was very attentive and learned four new tricks in twenty minutes for salmon bites. She wasn't dumb, just not interested or motivated.

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