*** WOLFWIND ~ since 1966 ***
As the oldest of six children, Ms Como's parents would not allow her to have a horse. She was reduced to begging for a Collie to take to dog shows. Denise worked since she was 11, so she offered up the babysitting money she had stashed away. The begging worked, and in 1966 she bought a Collie puppy from the last of the old Bellhaven lines. As Denise learned more, she realized her show dog was only fair quality, but the Collie loved to go to shows. She later acquired a typey granddaughter of Eng. Ch. Lochinvar of Ladypark -- who hated shows. Denise decided that there was no justice in the world of dogs.
Since Denise could not have a horse of her own, her first real job as a teenager was doing the grunt work at an exclusive show barn (although she had ridden horses as a teen, her mother was not thrilled when Denise's barn clothes reeked of the fragrance of nature). When Denise's children were young she had a pair Shetland ponies, and later kept Arabian horses.
(photo of the Arabian stallion, Dakil's Kalil, bred by Sherry Hart).
Denise began showing dogs at age 15, bred & raised Collies while in high school. Afghan hounds came in 1972, then Borzois in 1977 - the Borzois stayed. NGA-bred Greyhounds joined the mob for a few years, and finally a Whippet... then another Whippet. In 1996, Denise & her husband drove to eastern Canada and recovered the last seven specimens of a colony of Rampur Hounds, a sight-hound breed from India -- now nearly extinct.
(photo of homebred Borzoi puppy, Wolfwind Gabrielle)
Reference-book resumé: Como is the published author of a number of sighthound-oriented magazine articles in the U.S. and abroad.
Her major reference book is Sighthounds Afield: The Complete Guide to Sighthound Breeds & Amateur Performance Events, With a Comprehensive Chapter on Adopted Ex-Racing Greyhounds.
Como co-authored A Breeder’s Guide to Genetics - Relax, It Isn’t Rocket Science with Ingrid Wood of Stormwind Whippets & Alpacas.
Running Sighthounds - A Guide for Beginners, is Como's 6th reprint of the 1996 handbook, So, You Want to Run Your Sighthound. Running Sighthounds was released into print in December, 2009.
(Whippet - FC Stormwind's Lotus Elise SC,FCh, CR (photos © Dan Gauss)
Sighthound resumé: In the past, Como was President of Garden State Sighthound Assn for the last ten years of her 20-year tenure, was a member of the Borzoi Club of America, charter & past President of the Borzoi Club of Central NJ, charter member of the Int'l Borzoi Council, Board Member of the NJ Federation of Dog Clubs, member of the National Greyhound Assn, Secretary of the Society for the Perpetuation of Desert Bred Salukis, a member of the American Saluki Assn. She was a member of the Eastern Whippet Assn and the American Whippet Club.
Denise & her husband, Richard Whritenour, are ASFA and AKC lure coursing judges and inductees into the Lure Coursing Judges Association (Lockjaw). They were proud recipients of the 1996 ASFA’s Gary Forrester Award and are Region 8 Hall of Fame inductees. Their clubs, GSSA & EWA, co-hosted the 1993 ASFA International Invitational, the inaugural AKC Lure Coursing National in 1994 & the 2000 AKC Lure Coursing National - all in central NJ. (AKC BIF winner Elise - photo © Jan Butterworth)
Denise feels privileged to have judged at ASFA & AKC National lure coursing specialties for Afghan Hounds, Borzois, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds and Whippets.
On July 4, 2006, Denise joined the American Sighthound Field Association as the ASFA Field Trial Scheduling Chairperson, a position she held until December 2013.
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