Lucy was my first Saluki. She was a very patient soul, who taught me a great deal about what a Saluki is. She was my first show dog, and we earned my first Championship show title together. She was the perfect Saluki for a “newbie”, and I still miss her every day. Lucy was not bred.
Buzz arrived in 2006. He was a beautiful dog, something I did not really appreciate until my eye developed years later. Buzz earned his Australian Champion title, but sadly died young before he could fulfil his real promise.
Jadir was the dog who taught me much of what I really needed to know as a handler and trainer, as a youngster he was far from easy to work with. As he got older, he turned into a fantastic companion and a joy to show. Most of his specialist critiques commented on his beautiful movement, which was a joy to watch. Jadir was never used.
Floyd was my first big winning show dog. With Floyd I had a lot of fun, and also learned a lot about show world. He was a beautiful dog, affectionate and fun. Floyd was the sire of my first litter.
Mab played a central role at Alshira as the mother of my first two litters. She and her children taught me much and carried me a long way in my journey in Salukis. I would have not have had Mab without the support and generosity of Mandy Manley-Smith at Farousi.