Old York Hounds
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I was raised with beagles! My maternal grandparents lived in the country and owned a beagle kennel. My grandfather was one of the founding members of the Garden State Beagle Club so I spent many weekends observing field trials from horseback. His club continues to exist and run field trials to this day.
When I was 12 years old I met a couple who bred conformation dachshunds, smooth black and tan. I decided to purchase a puppy from one of their litters. A friend of my mothers showed conformation whippets. She offered to take me to shows on the weekends with my lovely female dachshund.
What a great experience for a child. I had a wonderful mentor and a bitch with a great pedigree. She was Best Puppy in Match at the very first match show I entered. As a teenager, if I wasn’t at a horse show I was at a dog show. Read more...