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Dianna Johnson is a Whippet breeder and the South Central Texas WRAP
representative. She will know not only what rescues may be
available but also what breeder litters may be looking for homes.
Please contact her at
Nancy Billups is
WRAP's South Central U.S. Regional Director as well as a Whippet
breeder. She resides in West Texas and will know not only the
rescues available in Texas, but also those throughout the country.
She, too, is a Whippet breeder. Please contact her at
If you are considering being
considered as a prospective IMa puppy's home, please
know that I require a written, signed contract, and I will gladly send a
standard copy to you on request. Yes, I know some folks say that
contracts are only as good as the people who sign them, that they are
too expensive to enforce, and ultimately a waste of the paper on which
they are printed. To this, I counter argue that a similar philosophy has
been proposed about locks -- as in padlocks and deadbolts. Locks only
keep the honest people out. That's what they say, and they might even be
right. But what kind of fool would I be not to lock up my treasured
valuables and my precious belongings simply because dishonest people are
likely to break both laws and locks to get to them? What sort of
simpleton to leave my dearest possessions and my priceless property
utterly unguarded because I cannot protect them inviolably?
I believe in locks. I have them on my house, my car, my gym locker and
even my diary. I believe in contracts, too, because my puppies are my
treasured valuables and my precious belongings; they are my dearest
possessions and my priceless property. I will go gladly to the trouble
of this extra security measure, this contract, in an effort to protect
them; I will spend the money to enforce and reinforce the security
measures that I put in place, and I'll make waste of as much tree pulp
as I need to guard my puppies as best I can. I'm striving to be
responsible, not pompous. I'm seeking to be honest, not intimidating.
I'm hoping to accomplish the right thing for you, the puppy and me.
If Not YOU -
It really does
matter from whom you purchase or adopt your Whippet. When you are
looking into the sweet little faces of available puppies, it may not
seem so important whether you write the check to Mr. Whippet Breeder A
or to Ms. Whippet Breeder B. After all, once the pup is yours - what
will the breeder matter?
The answer is ALOT. Health problems, temperament problems and genetic
problems generally don't appear in young puppies just old enough to
leave their mothers and go into new homes. These "realities" often
appear AFTER the sale when less-than-responsible breeders can refuse a
return, a refund or just a lending hand.
Many opinions persist about what makes a "good, responsible breeder." My
opinion goes something like this: A good, responsible breeder is one who
performs temperament and health testing on the sire and dam and does not
breed dogs with personality or genetic issues whether these be issues of
aggression, separation anxiety or seizures and heart murmurs. In
addition, a good, responsible breeder has a purpose other than
making money when he or she breeds a litter. In my own case, I do not
breed unless I am looking to keep a puppy/puppies from the resulting
litter, and in such a case, I attempt to improve the key characteristics
of the breed's standards in the individual animals.
Also, a good, responsible breeder will understand that the puppies he or
she breeds are his or her responsibility for the entire life of the
puppy, not just the first eight weeks. He or she will screen carefully
potential families, potential home life, and evaluate whether the
temperament and needs of a given puppy fit the temperament and needs of
the potential buyer. If they don't match well, the sale will be
declined. And on a last note here, a responsible breeder is always
willing to accept a puppy back if the buyer/owner can't/won't keep it,
and they will always serve as a mentor to the buyer/owner.
So, when you get ready to take home your new Whippet puppy, consider
these points, and consider whether you are taking home just the puppy or
whether you are taking home the puppy and a life-long support contact.
These days, we want tech support when we buy a PC or a TV or a
dishwasher, don't you want at least the same when you take
responsibility for a living being?
WHIPPETS ARE PERFECT...WELL...NOT REALLY
Whippets are wonderful pets in many ways - at least
good Whippet owners and some Internet sites will tell you this.
But, like all breeds, they have potential "issues".
Before you buy a Whippet, please consider whether you can live with
one that may suffer or exhibit:
life-long car-sickness including vomiting
counter-top surfing (i.e., thieving food from
feces-eating (one's own or other animals')
predatory aggression toward small animals (i.e.,
squirrel, bunny and/or cat killing, etc)
untrustworthy off-leash obedience (i.e., no
recall, uncontrollable chase-instinct)
shedding, even excessive shedding
claustrophobia and/or separation anxiety
fence jumping and/or climbing
Of course, not all Whippets will have "issues," but these are the
most common types in the Whippets that do. Some behavior can
be altered with training, but some may be incurable, unchangeable.
Therefore, it is important that you know what you are volunteering
to bring into and be responsible for in your life.
When you are in a position to
interview before buying, please ask these kinds of "flag-raising"
- Breeder/Seller, have you health tested the sire and dam for eyes (PRA
and Vitreous degeneration are known problems in our breed) and
hearts (murmurs are a serious concern in our breed)?
- Do you have
any history of people or
dog aggression from your bloodlines?
- Why did you breed this
litter? (to pay for the dam's purchase price or to teach the kids
is not a good answer);
- How many litters have you had in the
last year? (more than one may be a flag to you)
- Will you take this
puppy back if I can't - for any reason - keep it in the future?
- Ask for references from their existing puppy
owners. If they don't have at least two people who can say
good things about them, especially as mentors and counselors,
this should be a flag to you.