Whippets

When our son was young, we found the RR's were too strong for him to walk, so we went looking for a smaller dog - naturally one we could show.  As it was sometimes difficult to compete in two rings at once, we wanted something in the Hound Group.  Our first thought was a Mini Dachshund but they were difficult to come by at that time, so our next choice was a Whippet and what a great decision we made.  In 1987, our first Whippet came from Wendye & Stuart Slatyer of Calahorra fame.  We were hooked and shortly after another 2 whippets arrived from Wendye.

Sighthounds are wonderful and Whippets in particular, make excellent pets.  Contrary to many beliefs, they are not shivering, nervous, fine boned but are wild and wicked, robust and confident and happy to mix with other breeds and cats.  Whilst we run 4 breeds together, it's the Whippets who make all the decisions.  They are fun and delightful to live with and somehow, their numbers keep growing!

It's been a different experience from the RR's but we're enjoying ourselves and the dogs.  We believe our Whippets are competitive and we've experienced some great successes.  We have bred 2 Supreme Champions and another not far off.  Our most famous whippets are probably Clover and Alice but one of the most notable is the indominatable ELECTRA - Aust Supreme Ch, American Ch Ridgesetter Fly The Flag ET, SC, owned by Lisa Barrenger.  We thank Lisa for taking Electra and campaigning her all over Australia and the opportunity for her to travel to the USA to Phoebe Booth (Shamasan Knls) and achieving what she has.   Electra now has 10 CHAMPION PROGENY which is amazing but what's exciting is there's more on the way!

We have and do sell whippet puppies to owners who live in units.  Contrary to perception, whippets need a good walk morning and night and for the rest of the time are content to lie around inside.  They are small, clean, not noisy and easily trained which makes them an ideal pet for units and townhouses.   

Currently our home is shared with:

PANDA - (fawn and white)  Feb 2001 - Mwandani Tyrensa - came to us as a result of an unplanned mating between 2 dogs we sold as pets up the north coast.  I helped sell some of the litter but we fell in love with Panda so she stayed.  Panda, now 14.5 years old, is a very sweet and gentle girl and everyone's favourite. Panda's progeny have gone to be the foundation for Ozrhode and Karnabay Kennels.

BABY, (blue fawn and white) who was diagnosed with a severe pulmonic heart disease at 7 weeks and prognosis was she wouldn't live till 12 mths.  She's 14 years old now and still runs around with toys!  She is tough, still living with severe cardiac disease without medication, survived anaesthetic for desexing and then a few years ago, anaesthetic for teeth removal.  Baby is Panda's shadow and we never see the 2 apart.

CLOVER - Supreme Grand Ch Ridgesetter Etain  - 26.04.06 blue brindle with white trim - daughter of Alice and a delight to live with.  Clover has had a very successful career with several Best In Shows, but the highlight for us was winning BEST IN SHOW under world recognised and respected breeder judge, Bo Bengtson of Bohem fame.  Clover is mother to our Rain and Ava - separate litters.  Clover is our current bed companion.

RAIN - (blue brindle) - 2.2.12 Ch Ridgesetter Dontrainonmyparade - is a daughter of Clover and having as successful a show career as her dam and grand dam.  Whilst she hasn't cracked the magic BIS, she has several Runner-Up Best in Specialty Shows to her credit and is a force to be reckoned with in large company with many BOB's with big entries at all breed shows.  

JIMMY - (fawn) 17.08.11 Ch Karnabay Jimmy Choo - co-owned with his breeder Margot Quinn, Jimmy is from our Star (Ridgesetter Belrose Star) owned by Margot.  He and Rain are best mates and usually chasing each other at full speed around the yard.  Jimmy has had some great wins - mainly at specialty level - including a Reserve Dog at 8 months of age under Roma Wright-Smith from Silkstone UK and a Best In Show at the Qld Specialty under Jon Gunn from Skyeway Whippets. 

LEO - (fawn brindle) 2.2.13 Ch Rorystar Napoleon - bred by Christine Kirkman, Leo is an outgoing young boy who has recently sired his first litter in Qld.  Leo is a moderate sized boy with a big side gait.  He generally places well at specialties winning his class several times.

CLOUDY - (fawn brindle) 10.4.13 Bonnymead Autumn Cloud - a daughter of Halle, grand-daughter of Clover and Great-grandaughter of Alice bred by Noreen Harris in Melbourne.  Cloudy is a raw youngster who needs to mature and slow down.  She's always off running with Leo around the yard.

AVA      Jan 2015 - Ridgesetter Dark N Desirable.  A daughter of Rain, Ava has all the characteristics and beauty of her mum and grandmother.  She is very pretty and is making her mark in the showring.

SANDY      Jan 2015 - Ridgesetter Summer Loving.  Sandy is from a repeat mating of Jimmy to Jayde.  She is a lovely red fawn and has inherited that fabulous movement of her grandfather Cooper and sire Jimmy.  Sandy is a Best In Group winner from 6 months of age and is well on her way to her championship title.

BENTLEY     March 2015 - Ozrhode Celtic Simply Class.  The wheel turns around.  Charm went to live with Steve and Sue Codognotto of Ozrhode fame back in 2003 and became the foundation for their whippets.  Now 3 generations on, Bentey has come to live with us.  A half brother to Ava through sire Aus UK Ch Collooney Move On Over (Imp Ire), Bently is a lovely fawn boy with a zest for life always doing everything at full speed.

RILEY    May 2015 - Bundoon Skyz The Limit out of our Leo.  Riley is co-owned with Christine Kirkman of Rorystar (who bred our Leo).  Riley is a brindle and white and has inherited his dad's gorgeous head.  Still young, he has many virtures and is giving Christine a lot of joy.

 

Living with others:

ELECTRA - aka The Supreme Being - Aus Supreme Champion, American Ch Ridgesetter Fly The Flag, ET, SC - who resides with Lisa Barrenger of Isilane Whippets.  Electra is one of those true ambassadors for the breed with multiple champions and enough character to share around several whippets.  At 14, she carries on like a puppy.

ROSIE - Ch Ridgesetter High Tea At Belrose   - (fawn brindle with white trim) - lives with Michelle and is constant companion to her daughter, Tayla.

STAR & MING - Ridgesetter Belrose Star and Ridgestter Ming Dynasty - live with Margot Quinn of Karnabay Whippets.  Ming is mum to Star who is mum to Jimmy.

CLOUDY - Ch Ridgesetter Rain Cloud - (blue brindle) - living with Geoff Love and Kerry Hutt of Wyldchase Whippets in South Australia.  Litter brother to our Rain, Cloudy has received many compliments on his movement and has had a successful start to his show career. 

HALLE - Ch Ridgesetter Summer Rain - (silver fawn) - a litter sister to Cloudy and Rain, lives with Noreen Harris of Bonnymead Whippets in Melbourne.  Halle is a lovely shapey girl who has proven herself in the showring and the whelping box. 

SMUDGE - (fawn) Ridgesetter Worth The Wait - line bred on Electra out of Rosie and Nugget, after competing well in the Vic Specialty, Smudge broke her leg at 4 months.  We took her to the orthopaedic specialist, but unfortunately, due to the growth plates closing and the leg bones growing unevenly, we made the decision to amputate her leg at 6 month of age.  She recovered extremely well and can keep up with all the other whippets. Smudge is a 'talker', very active and agile and doesn't know she has 3 legs.  She now resides locally with Emil and Natasja to keep Duke (Whippet) company.  After consultation with vets, we mated Smudge to Jackman (Ch Isilwane I Am Who I Am) in April 2015.  She produced 6 gorgeous puppies in 1 hour 40 minutes and is proving to be a fabulous mum. 

SOPHIA - Ridgesetter Dark N Delicious - (dark brindle) - a baby with a huge personality and character.  Sophia resides in Brisbane with Julie Jenkins (Julieze) and won  Baby Puppy In Show at the Qld Specialty in 2015.

SPOT - (fawn and white) - Ch Ridgesetter Made In USA [IID] - a son of Electra.  Sadly we lost her litter sister, Blue (Ch Ridgesetter ) in easy 2012.  Now desexed, Spot is a sweet and gentle boy who was an excellent babysitter for all our puppies. When a family in Tasmania lost Spinner to old age, a male we had sent down several years ago, Spot at 5 years, was an obvious replacement.  He now travels the country in the caravan with his family.

JAYDE - (blue fawn and white) - 1.12.09 Ch Ridgesetter Out Of The Blue - daughter of Blue and the gorgeous Cooper (Supreme Ch Peperone New Sensation).  Jayde is a great size and has a big movement.  She has generally placed well at specialties, winnng her class in show at some.  She has had 2 litters to Jimmy and produced gorgeous pups both times.  She is one of the best mums we've had but we let her go to a new home in 2015 to a special home in the Gold Coast where she is much loved and spoilt.

 

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:

ALICE - (silver brindle)  Feb 2001  -  Sep 2015 - Ch Bonnymead Alice Bluegown.  She was really a person on 4 legs.  A beautiful, shapey girl with a fabulous character. Alice, mother of Clover, Grandmother to Rain and Ava, was a special dog.  You love them all but some leave a bigger hole in your heart and a space on your bed.  Our thanks to Noreen Harris for letting us have Alice all those years ago.

 


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BISS Ch Karnabay Jimmy Choo
"Jimmy"
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Ch Ridgesetter Out Of The Blue
"Jayde"
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Ch Ridgesetter Dontrainonmyparade
"Rain"
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Ch Ozrhode Celtic Simply Class
"Bentley"
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Champion Ridgesetter Dark N Desirable
"Ava"
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Ch Ridgesetter Summer Loving
"Sandy"
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Ch Ridgesetter Looks Like Rain
"Lola"
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 Wyldchase Witchery
"Cherry"
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 Ridgesetter Lucky Gamble
"Twiggy"
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BIS/ MBISS Supreme Gr Ch Ridgesetter Etain
"Clover"
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Ch Ridgesetter Made In USA (IID)
"Spot"
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Toni & John Comerford
Douglas Park (near Camden), NSW, Australia
Phone : 61 2 46 309100 / 0431220815
Email : [email protected]