We have lost our Chuckie to kidney failure. He was a fine boy and a great father to a lot of our puppies. He was a lot of fun and a very good dog that was very smart and loving. He would come in and pile up on the sofa or bed and sleep for hours. He would standup and throw his front legs around your neck and give you a big hug when you were gone a long time. He would stand by you and lean on your leg for what seemed like hours.
He never pestered the ladies but when the time was right, he would do his business quickly and go back to sleep.
He was always the gentleman and let the ladies eat first and wait for his treats until everyone had one. He would wait at the doggie door until everyone that was lined up got through before he blasted through. He never bothered or hurt any puppy.
Chuckie was a good friend and will be missed.
Rick Strasser 09/08/1944 - 4/22/2012
A while back Rick created a memorial page for our beloved whippet, Chuckie. It was a very emotional and difficult time for him. He said "I sure hope it's a very long time before I have to do this again." Who could have ever imagined the next memorial would be for Rick. On March 13, 2012 we were shocked to learn Rick had 4th stage lung cancer that had metastasized to his brain. Less than 6 weeks later (40 days) he was gone. Rick was very insistent on keeping our whippet breeding venture running smoothly. He created and kept the web-site updated. He loaded, edited, and sent all the pictures. We were best of partners for 35 years and complimented each other's strengths and weaknesses.
I will need all my past and future whippet families to be very patient with me, as I try to fill the void and learn to do the things I depended on Rick for. My dogs and puppies keep me very busy and give me much joy. Their needs always come first and I will continue to provide very social, very healthy puppies. The paper work and web-site however will just have to wait until I can get to it. Your patience, prayers, and kindness are very much appreciated.