It was about after a year of living with Piper that I decided I wanted to get more involved with Italian Greyhounds, so I decided to look for a show puppy. The Italian Greyhound Club of America (“IGCA”) provided me with a list of reputable breeders. That was how I met Jeannie Love. In 1998, I purchased a show puppy from Jeannie, Amore’s Madame Chaulait. “Chaulait” was a pretty little fawn and white bitch and I was eager to get started. I attended a handling seminar and practiced every day to improve my handling skills. Well, after a couple of years and only seven points towards her championship, Chaulait finally convinced me that she did not want to be a show dog. She was much happier in bed!
It was about that time that Jeannie offered me a co-ownership in a puppy that she bred. That puppy cinched my love of the breed and for showing. That puppy is BISS CH Amore’s Rebel Without a Cause (“Rebel”). This handsome boy took me to places that I just never thought a novice handler could go. At nine months old he won Winners Dog at a Regional Specialty. Rebel was invited to the very first AKC/Eukanuba Invitational where he won an Award of Merit. He was also invited to the very first IGCA Top 20 Invitational. He took many breed wins, was ranked No. 5 in the country at one point in his career and won Best in Show at a Regional Specialty at age 10. Rebel and his daughter, CH Chaulait’s It’s Not For Me To Say (“Jonni”), won 16 Best in Show Brace awards.
After the wonderful show career that Rebel enjoyed, Jeannie and I decided to buy a bitch from another breeder so that we could keep the Rebel genes in our breeding program. We acquired CH Pikop Your Amore at Chaulait (Trix) specifically to breed her to Rebel. Trix also turned out to be a great show dog, took many Best of Breed wins and at one point she was ranked No. 2 in the country. The only dog that was ahead of her was a professionally handled dog.
My main focus on breeding is to produce healthy puppies with correct conformation. Both Jeannie and I do health checks to try to insure that we are producing healthy puppies whether they are destined for the show ring, or whether they are going to somebody’s home, to be spoiled as they should be.