I was in love with her whippet named Sotis. I would gasp a little every time Lisa posted a picture of her, experiencing a personal literalization of the saying, "take your breath away." And then I got to meet Lisa and Sotis in person, in 2005, when I got to go to Crufts in England.
Sotis and Lisa showing at Crufts
Sotis (photo by Lisa)
When I met Lisa in person I felt a comfortable camaraderie. And when I met her dog, I felt like I had known her before. I asked Lisa if someday, somehow, maybe some way, one of Sotis's puppies could spend their life with me.
Lisa said yes. Sotis had a litter later in 2005, but at that time, my oldest dog Caruso was not in good health, and would not have been fair to him to bring a puppy into our house. It broke my heart, but Lisa understood.
Funny how that silver lining thing works out. Not being able to get a puppy from that litter bumped me up to first pick from the next one. So, Swede William came to me in the fall of 2006, from Sotis's final litter.
And around that time, it was announced that the next International Whippet Congress, held every four years in a different part of the world, would be held in Sweden in conjunction with the World Dog Show in Stockholm in 2008. "You'll have to come, and stay with me," Lisa kindly offered! So plans were made for a visit.
Maybe even I would bring Swede William and Lindy Loo to show! It was all so distant and theoretical, exciting and unreal.
to be continued... [HERE]
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