Loved and Missed by Delphi 

Vicki Best friend and perpetual "mother" to all pups

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Whillo B's Ruby Ridge CRX 8/26/96 - 7/21/12. Sister Vicki (left, above photo) of Waco (right). My heart dog, my best friend, wait for me at the Bridge. You did it all your way, including leaving us. We miss you pretty girl.

Waco "Our Handsome Man"

Whillo B's Patriot CRX VI 8/26/96 - 10/31/2011 (Northern Wolf vom Rauhen Meer, FCh, SC, CR ex Chaparral's Bialy B Gone, FCh, CD, SC) Bred by Gloria Goble Owned by Del & Maggie Wasso

Today was such a hard day, we said good bye to Waco (The Wonder Whippet), son of Bialy and Wolf, he let us know it was time.

Waco was never a super fast race dog, high B, but he sure helped train many. He managed to get 3 WRCh points, but he ran for the joy, not the points. He was second place puppy at 8 1/2 months at the 1997 WRA Nationals in VA. He always arrived at a race meet barking excitedly and announcing he was there, and it was time to start the meet! Sometimes much to the dismay of anyone still napping in a tent. He *almost* beat Nova one time on the oval, losing by only a few inches at the end. He was top Senior at the 2005 Nationals in a hard fought battle where the lead changed quite a few times.

Waco had the heart of a champion, and never met a person or dog he didn't like. We are so glad he got to chase and kill the lure just two weeks ago, here at practice, he liked it so much he took a tour of the track for a while!

He will be welcomed at the Bridge by his sire, dam and litter mates, Laddie, Prune, Amber and Sox. Pepper and Dawn will be there too, to keep him company. He was a fighter to the end. Run free and healthy until we can join you. We had the grandest 15 years we could ever have asked for from a friend. Our hearts are breaking, but you are comfortable and whole again. We and your sister Vicki will miss you more than you'll ever know, sweet man.

Today was truly a sad day for us, Pepper, Queenie's She's A Pepper Too CRXIII (Queenie's Orange Crush ex Queenie's Grand Slam) 7/23/95-6/12/10, left us for the bridge.

It's hard to believe we looked for our first racing Whippet 15 years ago, and she never disappointed us. No, she was never an A dog or a race champion, but she was a champion in our hearts. She was rarely beaten out of the box, we think she went under the door, since she was so small.  18 1/2 inches, racing weight 21 lbs, and hell on wheels for 100 yards. Our little pocket rocket.

She trained many pups, she ran with the likes of Rio, Tutty Sue, and all the big dogs. She never backed down, and was a fighter to the end.

Del got really tired of fishing her out of the pond at Eyleland, he'd go fetch her, only to put her down and have her dive right back into the water.

She got really irritated with me sitting her up on the couch so she could do her meerkat imitation, growling the entire time.

She was the Queen, no dog or bitch in our house ever crossed her, and she ruled with a quiet dignity. Even as she got weaker, all the dogs were careful not to step on her, a few even lay with her to groom her.

Life will be a little more emptly without her. We will miss you little P-Pup.

Run free at the bridge with Dawn and all that have gone before. Wait for us to join you.

DuRight's Red Dawn of Delphi, WRCh (Queenie Blaz-N White Sox, ARM, SORC x Highland Tartan Tam, ORC) 06/16/98 - 05/30/09. Dawn was our first WRCh, dam to our second litter which gave us our first home-bred WRCh, but she was so much more than just a race dog, she was our heart ... our lovely lady in a red dress. Always classy and ever the lady. No words can describe the emptiness left behind. We are grateful for her children still here with us and her granddaughter. Through them her memory lives on.


Our watch girl Cherokee who came into our lives as a very scared little girl due to her original owners' poor care. Cher was a big blonde shepherd cross of unknown heritage with a heart as big as Texas. She was "grandma" to all of our dogs and those who visited. In September 2008 Cherokee left us to run at the Rainbow Bridge, and will always be missed.

Parting is never easy, Ch Jilzan Jasper Adagio, SC, CRX (Ch. Merci Isle Deep Woods, JC x One O'Clock Misty Rose, JC, FCh) Jasper, graced our home, hearts and lives with his larger than life presence. 01/27/96 - 09/30/07. Bred by Jill Baum & LaRee Johnson. 

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Rainbow Bridge

Just this side
of heaven is
a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

-Author unknown
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Multiple racing organizations explained here, by Gregg Gammie

Go here for a list of downloadable articles on lure and race training for your whippet.

Have a dog who's lost? Visit this website dedicated to helpful tips and information on finding your pet fast.


The Whippet News is a monthly newsletter put out by the American Whippet Club, for more info.

The Versatile Whippet is a pamphlet published by the AWC, for information on purchase ($7 each).

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Special thanks to photographer Rob Ling for our header photo © 2007.