Adams whippet breeder, dog attend national championship

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Chloe the Whippet and breeder-owner-handler Pamela J. Campbell of Adams participated in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dec. 4-5 at Long Beach, Calif.

Chloe, whose full name is Shantellie's Bring It On Wild One, qualified for the competition through points earned at other shows and that led to her championship from the bred-by-exhibitor class, Pamela said.

"We made the cut from 22 down to 10 but did not place at the show. I must say it was an honor and exhilarating experience to attend such a prestigious show."

Pamela has bred, owned and handled the dogs for eight years. She has traveled with upwards of 13 canines at a time and exhibited five at one show.

"If I am lucky, my mother or sister travel with me. They do not show dogs, but it really helps to have another set of hands ringside," she said.

She bought her first whippet in June 2001 after months of checking them out "and have been totally in love with the breed ever since. I love to show my dogs and enjoy my close friends and fellow exhibitors."

She also lure courses her dogs and has titled dogs in rally and obedience.

Lure coursing simulates a rabbit hunt in an open field without the killing of live game, according to www.americanwhippetclub.net.

An artificial lure (white plastic trash bag) is attached to a strong line and drawn through a series of pulleys by a lure machine. The lure operator controls the speed of the lure so it is kept in front of the coursing hounds.

Sporting brightly colored blankets, contestant hounds run in groups of two or three.

Most course plans offer distances of 600 to 1,000 yards with tight turns and long straightaways.

Pamela is currently treasurer of the Walla Walla Kennel Club.

Marilyn Nagle and Christy Hall discovered that many kidney dialysis patients in the area are in need of financial assistance for transportation to receive treatment.

The pair raised $3,000 through the sale of a batch of apple pies they whipped up this fall to benefit these patients. Dr. Douglas Coe donated the Fuji apples that went into the pies, Marilyn said.

She and Christy presented the check on Dec. 1 to Friends of Qualicenter Kidney Dialysis of Walla Walla at the Poplar Medical Complex, 301 W. Poplar St., Suite 120. Qualicenter serves patients in Southeastern Washington and Eastern Oregon.

"Many patients lacked funds for transportation to and from the center. The assistance fund was down to its last $25 before the donation," Marilyn said.

Marilyn and Christy made and sold apple, pumpkin, berry and mincemeat pies for the holidays to raise the funds. The bakers want to encourage everyone to donate to the fund. For more details about Qualicenter, contact Barbie Dickerson at 522-5633.

If you spot Walla Wallan Vivian Conger with a Labrador retriever, you'll know it's Barbee, her new companion. Vivian and eight other people recently graduated from Guide Dogs of the Desert with new companions. Vivian, 56, has been blind from Retinopathy of Prematurity. She spent 14 days away from her husband and child to attend the training facility near Palm Springs, Calif. She has had a guide dog before so her training differed from that of new guide dog users who instead spend 28 days learning at the facility.

"This was an amazing class of men and women in their 40s and 50s who were so excited to be able to fully experience the miracle of independence with a guide dog," said Roccie Hill, GDD executive director. "It will have such a positive impact on them, their families and their friends. It's so gratifying to be a part of it."

The graduation ceremony was in front of a full house of nearly 400 in the training facility auditorium.

Since 1972, the non-profit public benefit organization has offered safe mobility, loving companionship and independence to the blind through the use of a guide dog.

Personnel have bred, raised and trained guide dogs for the blind and they train blind clients to work with their dogs for free.

The American Foundation for the Blind notes that every seven minutes someone in American becomes blind or visually impaired.

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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