What was your first dog, and your first
The very first dog of my own was a red Miniature
Pinscher called Tipsan. She wasn't a show dog, but a much loved
pet and she died at the age of eight. After her I got another of
the same breed, this time a black named Lady. I wanted her to be
a show dog, but we were unsuccessful ... she just didn't want to
be one! This all happened between 1940-59.
From 1960 to 1972 I didn't have any dogs at
all. I had got married and had two children but my daughter was
(and is!) very fond of dogs, so I had to think over whether it was
now time to again have a dog.
My husband and I were invited to a party where
we met Mrs. Hogstrorn who owned the Tazi-Pa-Chenga kennel of Afghans.
You know what it's like when dog lovers meet up, you just talk dogs,
and that is exactly what we did. At that time I had never seen an
Afghan, so when Mrs. Hogstrom asked us to visit her home where she
had a litter of puppies, I was naturally inquisitive. The day after
the party we drove to her kennel where I saw the most beautiful
white puppy I had ever seen, and . . . of course . . . she came
home with us. She was Tazi-Pa-Chenga Grandezza (1972-1986). She
was sired by U.K. Import Ch. Khanabad Blue Panther x U.S.A. Import
Idyl Dell's Blue Hawaii.
Grandezza was very proud, independent, clever
and very, very obstinate. The late Mr. Owen Grindey once gave her
the following critique: "Type, size and general outline appeals,
very good body, legs, feet and turn of stifle, good eye and expression,
somewhat obstinate in the ring today, but moves very soundly." I
never knew how she would behave in the ring, but she became a Swedish
and Finnish Champion. At home she was quite wonderful, loved the
outdoor life and adored playing with her puppies.
She was my foundation bitch in Afghans. I
mated her to Ch. Dynasty's Thunder Lightenin, an American import,
and kept at home one of her sons from that litter who became Finnish,
Swedish and Norwegian (which constituted a Nordic Champion) Ch.
Choice Gunpowder. Ile was a nice blue brindle with lovely temperament,
but sadly he died at just five years of age after an operation.
He had been injured in an accident.
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