Cheslie Pickett-Smithey and Justin Smithey with Bourbon.

Karen Staudt-Cartabona, right, with BOB at Westminster 2019, GCh. Majenkir Bookstor Spellbinder, handler Justine Spiers and judge Jamie Hubbard. Photo JC.

Eng. Am. Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth, 29 BIS 1963-1964. Photo Burwell.

Sura Forever Spring, Best of Winners under JoAnne Buehler at the Afghan Hound Club of Greater Phoenix in 2018, now a Champion. Photo Bob Kohler.

Azawakh BOB (left) & BOS. The BOS bitch would not stand still until the judge moved away from her to the other side of the male! Photo Paul Lepiane.

SBIS & BIS Int. Ch. Aziz Karim winning Best In Show under Karin Hedberg, Kennel Kashmanis, Sweden, at the Finnish Saluki Specialty 2017. Photo: Pasi Soininen.

Panda-marked Afghan Hound at a show in Europe.

Cheslie Pickett-Smithey and Justin Smithey with Bourbon.

Karen Staudt-Cartabona, right, with BOB at Westminster 2019, GCh. Majenkir Bookstor Spellbinder, handler Justine Spiers and judge Jamie Hubbard. Photo JC.

Eng. Am. Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth, 29 BIS 1963-1964. Photo Burwell.

Sura Forever Spring, Best of Winners under JoAnne Buehler at the Afghan Hound Club of Greater Phoenix in 2018, now a Champion. Photo Bob Kohler.

Azawakh BOB (left) & BOS. The BOS bitch would not stand still until the judge moved away from her to the other side of the male! Photo Paul Lepiane.

SBIS & BIS Int. Ch. Aziz Karim winning Best In Show under Karin Hedberg, Kennel Kashmanis, Sweden, at the Finnish Saluki Specialty 2017. Photo: Pasi Soininen.

Panda-marked Afghan Hound at a show in Europe.

Cheslie Pickett-Smithey and Justin Smithey with Bourbon.
        The Whippet GCh. Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon, one of last year's top show dogs in the U.S., won Reserve Best in Show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, February 11, in Madison Square Garden, New York. It was the breed's highest award at Westminster since 1964. Bourbon was handled by Cheslie Pickett-Smithey, who also co-owns Bourbon with her husband Justin A Smithey, Dr. Ken Latimer, Judy Descutner and Nancy Shaw.

  • Karen Staudt-Cartabona, right, with BOB at Westminster 2019, GCh. Majenkir Bookstor Spellbinder, handler Justine Spiers and judge Jamie Hubbard. Photo JC.
         The annual Show Dogs of the Year Awards banquet, sponsored by Purina ProPlan in partnership with Dog News Magazine, was held at Gotham Hall in New York City on the evening of February 8, 2020 — the day before the start of Westminster Kennel Club's 144th annual dog show.  

  • Eng. Am. Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth, 29 BIS 1963-1964. Photo Burwell.
    In early February this year breed history was made when the red-fawn-and-white Whippet bitch Bourbon, one of the country's most successful show dogs last year, won her 73rd all-breed Best in Show in Atlanta, Georgia, and thereby set a new record for Whippets in the U.S.

  • Sura Forever Spring, Best of Winners under JoAnne Buehler at the Afghan Hound Club of Greater Phoenix in 2018, now a Champion. Photo Bob Kohler.
    Sighthound Review wants to provide more information about the Sighthound specialist judges. We know that many of them have a long and distinguished background in Sighthounds, and we want our readers to learn more about them, too. Following are some questions we asked …
  • I finger your vertebral nubs admire the planes of your lean, fast hips covered by snug-fitting skin and a desert coat, so short I stroke your forehead knob too prominent for showing, she said but stately in my eyes Your solemn gaze holds mine—then slides away

Azawakh BOB (left) & BOS. The BOS bitch would not stand still until the judge moved away from her to the other side of the male! Photo Paul Lepiane.
     Dog shows in Scandinavia are in many ways quite different from what we are used to in the U.S. They are in general much bigger, often with several thousand dogs entered even at fairly average shows, and the best ones are much more than just conformation events.

SBIS & BIS Int. Ch. Aziz Karim winning Best In Show under Karin Hedberg, Kennel Kashmanis, Sweden, at the Finnish Saluki Specialty 2017. Photo: Pasi Soininen.
Q: How did you start in dogs? When and how did you fall in love with your breed (or breeds), and how did you go about founding your current breeding program? Briefly outline the most important breeding decisions you made and identify the most successful dogs you have bred. Do you believe in linebreeding or outcrossing?

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