Showing posts with label Scottish Deerhound. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scottish Deerhound. Show all posts

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Mark Twain is alleged to have said, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”, and we have learned that announcing the retirement of the Scottish Deerhound, CH Jaraluv Ouija, the top deerhound in history, requires some amendment.

CH Jaraluv Ouija & Breeder/Owner Ray Brinlee

Ouija is at home with breeder/owners Ray & Jana Brinlee in Walla Walla WA, taking a much needed breather before Westminster. However, Ray Brinlee tells us that Ouija, who is not yet four years old, will be at selected shows in the future, most notably, the Scottish Deerhound National Specialty in May at Purina Farms, in Gray Summit MO. Hopefully, Ray will give us a heads up when she is out and about, so we can let you know where you can see this beautiful example of the breed.

Jaraluv, which stands for Jana’s & Ray’s Love, was established in 1980 with their foundation bitch, CH Shanid Guinevere (Gigi). Since then there have been 72 more Jaraluv deerhounds, averaging one litter every three years. With just one Norwegian import, 71 were bred by Ray & Jana (including eight stud fee puppies) and an impressive group they have been, 54 champions, 24 Group winners and ten different BIS winners.

Five members of the Jaraluv "K" Litter At 2002 SDCA National Specialty, L to R-
CH Jaraluv Keep The Faith with Ray Brinlee (BOB)
CH Jaraluv Kempthorne with Mike Stone (BOS)
CH Jaraluv Kinetic Energy with Mary Dukes (AOM)
CH Jaraluv Kobe with Jana Brinlee (AOM)
CH Jaraluv Kassandra with Steve Gibbs (AOM)

Ray and Jana have especially fond memories of one litter of twelve, the “K” litter, all of whom became Champions. One was shipped off to Norway, but the remaining eleven went on to win Hound Group placements, ten won Hound Group firsts, and three became BIS winners. Eight members of the litter had a family reunion at the 2002 National Specialty of the Scottish Deerhound Club of America. Seven made Swedish judge Ray Lindholm’s final cut before he gave five of them awards, BOB, BOS, and three AOM. One of the the litter, CH Jaraluv Keep The Faith, Ouija's dam, is the only Deerhound to have won the SDCA National Specialty three consecutive years. Another, CH Jaraluv Kobe, is the sire of CH Jaraluv Michael, Ouija's father. Michael is the top male Deerhound in history with ten BIS.

The Brinlees have kept a tight focus on consistency and uniformity of type and believe large numbers are not necessary to success. Today, the Brinlees keep between four and six adults, all in their home. There are no kennels, just a puppy paddock and a big back yard. It is a model that works in an environment of restrictive zoning and a community sensitive to animal rights activists. The Brinlees tell us their goal was to leave the Scottish Deerhound breed better off than we they began. We think they have been a shining example of how to do it right.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Our top ten dogs continue to roll over their opponents…with a few exceptions. The number one dog, the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, abandoned the west coast for the heartland, powering to three BIS in Salina, KS at the Salina, Wichita, and Hutchinson KC shows. On Friday, Spirit, exacted her revenge on the upstart number six dog, the Affenpinsher, CH Tamarin Tug. Taser and handler Jorge Olivera decided to spend the rest of the weekend in Washington State at the Wenatchee KC double header, taking on the number three dog, the Standard Poodle, CH Randenn Tristar Affirmation. On Saturday Yes prevailed, but on Sunday Taser stung his bigger rival and took home a Best.

Sunset in Salina, KS

The number two and five dogs, the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, and the Sealyham Terrier, CH Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice spent a four day weekend in Pennsylvania. As we reported here, Holly and Charmin were bested by the Rottweiler, Ch Blackrocks Kazanova, on Thursday at the Pocono KC show, but Holly returned to form on Friday at the club’s second show, winning BIS. On Saturday the action moved to Allentown for the Lehigh KC show. Again Holly led the way, garnering one more Best. However, all good things come to an end, and on Sunday in Kutztown at the Berks County KC show, Holly and Charmin watched the German Shepherd Dog, Ch Imp-Cen Rowland’s Tough Love, take his first Best In Show. Congratulations to breeder/owner/handler Christina M. Halliday and her partners, Connie Halliday and Betsy Scott.

Ch Imp-Cen Rowland’s Tough Love

Three of the top ten dogs competed at the Sir Francis Drake KC shows in San Rafael, CA. San Rafael is in Marin County, one of the wealthiest and most beautiful places on earth. Saturday the number ten dog, the Scottish Deerhound, CH Jaraluv Ouija, took the top prize while the number eight dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Coventry Vanity Fair, stood by. On Sunday, the number seven dog, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, took a Group 2 (She was absent on Saturday), while the Corgi and the Deerhound made it to the final seven, only to be upset by the Samoyed, CH Rossia’s Texas Rocket O Cedar Ridge. It was the first Best In Show for the Sammie who was bred by Gail Spieker & J & S Clark, is owned by Gail Spieker & Jackie & Keith Mason of Glenbrook, NV, and handled by Jean Gauchat-Hargis. We tip out hat to all of them.

CH Rossia’s Texas Rocket O Cedar Ridge

Our number four dog, the Brussels Griffon, CH Cilleine Masquerade, decided to take it easy, entering only the two Moore County KC shows in Pinehurst, NC. The result was two BIS. The remaining top ten dog, the Harrier, CH Downhome Family Tradition, spent four days in Falmouth, MA, gathering all four ribbons in the Hound Group, taking Group 1, 3, 4, & 2, in that order at the “Cranberry Cluster“ shows hosted by the Cape Cod and South Shore KCs. If we see a trend developing here, it is get the RV to a four day cluster away from your competition and pray some local spoiler doesn’t upset you. Ah, this is what keeps it interesting!

Monday, September 8, 2008


Jean Harlow

In my inaugural post, I wrote about my first dog show experience at which an Afghan Hound went best in show. Since that time I have been intrigued by the sight hounds. I readily admit that ever since seeing a photograph of Jean Harlow in a white, satin gown being pulled along by two white Borzois, I have equated sight hounds with glamour.

Borzoi at Full Gallop

Unfortunately, for the majority of the American public, sight hounds are an acquired taste like single malt scotch or Beluga caviar. Just like those two decadent treats, once you cultivate an appreciation for sight hounds, your life will forever be richer.

CH Jaraluv Ouija

We do have a sighthound in our top ten dogs. It is the Scottish Deerhound bitch, CH Jaraluv Ouija. She was bred by Ray & Jana Brinlee of Walla Walla, WA, and is owned by Ray & Jana Brinlee and Steve & Eileen Biles of Acampo, CA. Her most recent BIS were at the Redwood Empire KC’s NORCAL show in Petaluma, CA on September 6 and 7.

Afghan Hound at Stride

At a conformation dog show one only gets a hint of the beauty of these elegant animals. I’ve been to way too many shows where cramped rings leave the dogs mournfully shuffling around the hall. To fully appreciate these dogs you have to see them in the open field. It was for this reason that the American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) was created. The AFSA created this wonderful video as an introduction to Lure Coursing.

Unlike the more familiar oval track Greyhound racing, lure coursing allows the dogs to chase a lure that moves more like a deer or rabbit, without endangering the dogs or politically correct sensibilities. This sport has been gaining popularity since the 1970s with more than 120 local clubs staging events. Visit the AFSA web site at for more information.

Saluki Turning on a Dime

The Cascade Coursing Club will host the 2008 AKC National Lure Coursing Championship this coming weekend (September 13-14)at Meadowbrook Farm, Snoqualmie, Washington.