I was first introduced to the idea of an "Italian Greyhound" when I had completed a Pal SelectaPet questionnaire.
Further investigation resulted in me visiting the breeder of my first Italian Greyhound, Mrs Mavis Vickary, Vickma Dalmations and Italian Greyhounds.
Pippa, Ch Vickma Quickstep, came to live with me when she was 10 weeks old. Pippa and I ventured into the showring and together we we learned what it was all about as we worked towards her Australian Championship title.
Where to next - involvement with Mrs Barbara Skilton of Eltazzi Italian Greyhounds begins
While showing Pippa, I befriended Mrs Barbara Skilton of Eltazzi Kennels. Mrs Skilton bred my next bitch, Ch Eltazzi Bella Sophia and at the same time agreed to go into partnership with me on Ch Eltazzi Alpha Centauri - a striking seal and white dog.
Mrs Skilton has been a wonderful mentor and has taught me to understand to the importance of soundness and balance in the Italian Greyhound. More importantly, she has taught me how to spot a good one and a not so good one and to identify problems.
Influential in the dog world in Australia, she was responsible for introducing and establishing the Afghan Hound in Australia. When she and her husband migrated to Australia they brought with them Ch Aghai of Hawkfield who was the first Afghan Hound to win Best in Group at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Check out the following two interviews with Mrs Skilton which outline her extensive experience and knowledge of dogs and the dog world. She was recently awarded for services to Sighthounds in NSW by the then RNSWCC.
Involvement with the Afghan Hound
Involvement with the Italian Greyhound