The 1980's and 1990's

Anxious to return to the show scene, Peggy purchased Ch. Bo-Betts Patty Whack Dandy in the mid-eighties. Daughter Claire has chronicled Pennyworth's breeding program from 1984 to the present in a well-written history of the second coming of Pennyworth Kennels.

"Oh boy, this is going to be a long one. Mother started back in the mid- to late '80s. I am not quite sure of the year she purchased Patty Whack Dandy. I think it was the middle of 1984. Patty would be her foundation bitch, and would start the ball rolling once again for Pennyworth, now located in New Port Richey, Florida.

"Mother bought Patty from Mrs. Carol Harris (Bo-Bett Farm). Patty was being shown by Carol's handler at the time, Davin McAteer. Patty and Davin won a couple of groups and other placements before Mother had a falling out with Davin and found Barbara Alderman to handle Patty until she was retired in 1986.

"Mom brought Patty home and decided to breed her. She had admired a dog that Max Magder of Lorricbrook Kennels had out with handler Mrs. Elaine Rigden. His name was Ch. Lorricbrook Secret Agent. Mother decided that this was the dog for Patty and so the two were mated. Lo and behold, after sixty-three days Patty presented Pennyworth with its first litter in nearly ten years: seven puppies – four dogs, three bitches. Mother came to me when the puppies were three months of age and asked if I wanted a job of managing and showing dogs for her. I decided this was the change I needed, moved to Pennyworth and never looked back.

"While I was busy raising Patty's puppies and building a new kennel for the dogs, mother was still out looking for new bloodlines to incorporate into our breeding program.

"Patty's puppies by this time were eight to nine months old, and two had already left. A dog and a bitch went to pet homes, as they just were not up to Pennyworth standards.

Mother very rarely ever kept males, only the cream of stud dogs stayed with her. So the three boys that were left went to show homes. All finished their championships.

"The two bitches that stayed with us were Ch. Pennyworth Under Cover Angel, and her sister Pennyworth Cotton Tail. 'Dolly' was the first champion in nearly ten years. Bunny, on the other hand, showed me how life can be when you have Whippets that do not like the show ring. She was a miserable bitch and we finally decided that it wasn't worth the Ch. title in front of her name. Bunny did prove herself in the whelping box, but Dolly was placed in a pet home.

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The New Kennel

"By this time we are at the beginning of 1989, and I was heavily into showing our Pennyworth babies. The new kennel, which was patterned after the kennel in New Hampshire, was finished. It was not as big, as it housed only twenty dogs and two litters of puppies at a time, but it was more than enough for me to handle.

"Mother was working on her next plan of attack for our breeding program. Carol Willumsen of Willcare kennel was a long-time friend of my mother's. They grew up together on Long Island, and Carol became interested in Whippets through my mother.

Carol had bred to some of Mother's lines back in the '60s. When my mother was disbanding the kennel in New Hampshire, she could not take all the dogs she wanted with her to Florida. Fleetfoot was already her male of choice tc be with her, so she offered Ch. Pennyworth Would You Believe to Carol. 'Woodie,' as he was called, was sired by Diver out of Ch. Pennyworth Burning Dream, a daughter of Fleetfoot and Ch. Stoney Meadows Snow Princess. Diver's father was Ricky's half brother Ch. Laguna Ligonier.

"Carol had taken Woodie and bred him tc her lovely Ch. Willcare's Decoupage, whose sire was Eng. & Am. Ch. Char moll Clansman. This breeding gave Carol a son tc carry on Woodie's pedigree as Woodie was getting up there in age. (This was the late 1970s.) The son, Ch. Willcare's Believe Yoe Me, not only finished his championship but later on got his CD. 'Ina,' as he was called, would later be used by Peggy to bring her old Pennyworth English lines together with the newer American lines.

"Peggy had heard from her longtime friend in Canada, Max Magder, that he was acquiring a bitch from a litter that Mr. & Mrs. Abraham (Ringmaster Kennels) had bred. Max talked mother into getting the litter sister, Ringmaster's Reggae. 'Annie,' as she was called, was a pretty fawn black brindle with white markings. We never did finish her championship, as a good temperament was not her forte, but her pedigree represented the cream of the crop for American lines. Her sire was Mary Dukes' (Delacreme Kennels) Ch. Delacreme De La Renta, one of the top Whippet sires of all time, and he goes back to the beautiful Ch. Runner's Creme De La Creme, whose dam was the gorgeous Ch. Runner's Our Own Charisma. Runner's Kennel is owned by Mrs. Isabell Stoffers. On Annie's dam's side was the pretty Ch. Gold-Dust's Limited Edition, who goes back to the lovely dog Ch. Stoney Meadows North Star, and her dam was the beautiful bitch of Mrs. Joan Goldstein's, Ch. Gold Dust Twenty Four Karat.

"So in late November/early December 1989, Ina and Annie were bred. This was the first time Ina had been used at stud and he was eleven years of age. Annie was a maiden bitch, so I was in charge of getting it done. I would have my work cut out for me, I thought! But much to my surprise the two were meant for each other and they fitted together like a glove. I bred them twice just to be on the safe side. Mother had a policy that if a tie lasted longer than twenty minutes, you only bred them once. Ina and Annie were tied for forty-five minutes, but because they were both maiden, I thought it was better to be safe than sorry later on.

"On February 22, 1990 the litter was born, eight puppies – four dogs and four bitches. By twelve weeks of age mother and I knew we had hit GOLD! There were two dogs and three bitches in the litter that were standouts. There was one bitch that screamed Pennyworth all over. She happened to be a fawn brindle with white markings. Mother decided to give this bitch to Carol Willumsen as a gift, and Carol decided to

name her Claire, since I was the one who had accomplished the breeding between Ina and Annie. I thought this would be O.K., as Claire would live with Carol after she finished her championship. After we had placed the other puppies we were left with two bitches, one being Claire and her litter sister, Ch. Pennyworth M'm M'm Good. 'Precious' finished her championship in six straight shows, and she loved the show ring and all the attention.

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Am & Can Ch. Surrey Hill Houston ROMX - F.Ch.

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Another Englishman

"Mother had seen a dog that she liked, named Ch. Surrey Hills Houston, owned by Mrs. Carolyn Bowers, and decided to breed Bunny to him. She produced a lovely litter of eight – five dogs and three bitches. Of this litter we kept a dog and a bitch and the rest went to show homes. The two we kept were Am. & Can. Ch. Pennyworth Success Express and his sister, Am. & Can. Ch Pennyworth Ooh La La.

" By this time Mother had been to England the year before and imported a male from Mr. & Mrs. Nev Newton of the famous Nevedith Kennels. The dog, Eng. Am. & Can. Ch. Nevedith Up Town Guy, was the sire of Eng. Ch. Nutshell of Nevedith, top dog in England in 1989."

"Ch. Nevedith Paper Weight, who enjoyed a successful campaign on the Continent after winning many CCs, sired Ch. Nevedith Up Town Guy, who won his title in 1986. At the following Crufts he didn't do too well and as he came out of the ring, Nev was asked by a lady if Guy was for sale. Off the top of his head Nev named a price, which the lady promptly accepted.

"Thinking he'd better find out a bit more he asked who she was – it turned out she was Mrs. Margaret Newcombe, whose Pennyworth Whippets had over very many years achieved spectacular success in the USA, including BIS at Westminster with a British export, Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot. Another of the imports was Jimmy's [Ch. Akeferry Jimmy] grandsire, Ch. Tantivvey Diver.

"Relieved that she was an eminently suitable owner, the Newtons let her take Guy that day, and he is now an American and Canadian champion."

"By this time Mother had plans for Guy; first she was going to breed him to Ch. Bo-Betts Patty Whack Dandy, which didn't turn out well. The breeding produced overshot and undershot mouths. He was bred to two more bitches, one being American bloodlines and the other being Canadian. The Canadian bloodline clicked with Guy but we never found an American line that suited the English lines. So Guy became my mother's companion until he died. Oh, how she loved him!

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Ch. Pennyworth M'm M'm Good


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This is Ch. Pennyworth Reason to Believe her Sire is Am. & CAN. Ch. Allerei's Tax Refund, FCH., ROM., and her Dam is Ch. Willcare's Aged In Wood, Breeder Claire Newcombe, Owner Pennyworth Kennels. Ria finished her Championship in 7 straight shows, she was very sound and was only 18 3/4inches tall. She was a nice balanced bitch.

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"Getting back to Success Express and Ooh La La. 'Sergio,' as he was called, went on to win a couple of groups and group placements, but Mom had already given her heart to Guy, so Sergio was sent out west to Mrs. Pearl Baumgardner. He enjoyed life with Pearl, being her devoted companion for many years to come. I never understood why Mom never used him at stud before he left. I think now maybe it was because we didn't have the right bitch to breed to him. I know later on down the line we did, and she was sorry she had shipped him so far away.

"As for his sister, Ooh La La, 'Elizabeth' as she was called, became my house dog. She was such a sulk and put me through my paces in the show ring. I will get to her litter later on as there were other breedings before hers. Seeing the success of breeding Bunny to Houston, Mother decided to breed Bunny to Dr. Barbara Henderson and Bo Bengtson's import Ch. Hardknott Maestro of Bohem, which produced a litter of all red and white males. I think there were six all together. Of course, mother was hoping for a bitch, so she could breed her to Guy, as Maestro went back to all English bloodlines including Diver; whom Mom had imported back in the '60s. But it was not meant to be, so Mother placed all these male puppies, one of them being Ch. Pennyworth Peter Cotton Tail.

"Peter Cotton Tail was placed with Kathy and Debbie Davenport of Kamada Kennels, who used him in their lines siring Ch. Kamada Crossfire, and then Crossfire produced the multiple BIS winner Ch. Kamada' s Million Dollar Baby.

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This is Ch. Pennyworth Peter Cotton Tails litter brother. There was nothing Reggie could not do. He was all heart!!!! Here is a list of his many accomplishment - BIF, FC, U-CDX, UAGII, CD, MC, NA, NAJ, LCM2, CGC, TT, AV Reggie is a versatile whippet with multiple lure coursing and agility titles, as well as a UKC CDX.


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This is Ch. Pennyworth Believe Your Eyes His Sire is Ch. Patric's Quotation and his Dam is Ch. Willcare's Aged In Wood. Breeder, Claire Newcombe, Owner, Pennyworth. This 3rd and finally son of Aged In Wood also finished his Championship in 5 straight shows all from the bred by exhibitor class. He was not shown after he finished, except for last years AWC Nationals where he made the cuts right down to the last and then again this year at the AWC Nationals in Colorado where he was 1 of the only 3 males to receive an Award of Merit. He has been used at stud once and that was to Ch. Longlesson's Phlox. He produced a very nice litter for Jan Swayze and last year AWC Nationals Best Bred By Ch. Longlesson's Maryiln Monroe. Mr. Woof is at stud to approved bitch at Pennyworth.


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This is Ch. Pennyworth U Woodn't Believe he is also a full brother to both Miles and Ria pictured above. This dog also finished his Championship in 5 straight shows. His only fault was his size he was 21 3/4". Much to big for Pennyworth standards. 2 legged Claire adored this dog from the day he was born. She named him the Beaver, Beav for short. He was a very sweet and very handsome dog.  He now lives with a family in Georgia.  All three of the youngsters from this litter were finished from the Bred By Exhibitor Class.

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The Four-legged Claire

"Claire, multiple SBIS and multiple BIS Ch. Willcare's Aged In Wood, started in November of 1990 with Mrs. Isabell Stoffers giving her Best of Winners for a major at nine months of age. She finished in March of 1991 at Danville KC, where she was Winners Bitch both days, BOS over specials the first day and BOB from the classes over the number one Whippet male in the country, and on to Group Third the second day.

"Claire needed some time to grow up, so my attention was turned to her sister. It was very difficult to show both bitches at the same time, as they were somewhat different in type. Precious was longer in body with a more flat top line than her sister, whereas Claire excelled in body and type. She had an impeccable front, with beautiful layback of shoulder blade, and her front was back up under her body instead of being out in front of her brisket, like Precious' was.

"Mother and I see a lot of this problem today in Whippets; it is incorrect for the breed and not what our standard states. Breeders seem not to care about these glaring faults that are taking over the breed.

"After two to three months off, I started Claire's specials career at the AWC Eastern Specialty weekend. She went Best of Breed the last day at Delaware County under breeder judge Mrs. Joan Goldstein. From there she won three AWC Specialties, one being the Midwest in 1991 and the other two at the Eastern, which were back-to-back wins in 1992 and 1993."

Claire won the Top Twenty Whippet competition in 1992, six all-breed Best in Shows, thirteen AWC supported BOBs, and several Awards of Merit at both the AWC National and Westminster. Claire was always in the Top Five Whippets from 1991 until she retired at the end of 1993.

"Claire had become the love of my life. After her show career ended, Carol Willumsen did not have the heart to separate us, so she signed four-legged Claire over to me.

"Claire remained with me and traveled everywhere with me, except when she was taking care of her puppies. Claire had two litters. Out of the two litters there were several champions. We kept four from the first litter: Ch Pennyworth U Woodn't Believe, Ch. Pennyworth Frequent Flyer, Ch. Pennyworth Reason to Believe and Pennyworth Head over Heals. The other litter produced one dog and two bitches. We kept the male, who was Ch. Pennyworth Believe Your Eyes.

In the meantime we had bred Ch. Pennyworth Ooh La La to Ch. Patric's Quotation, which produced two gorgeous bitches, Ch. Pennyworth Light My Fire and MSBIS and MBIS Ch. Pennyworth No Nonsense. We ended up keeping Light My Fire and placing No Nonsense in a show home with Carol Shira. 'Tish,' as she was called went on to numerous BIS and specialty wins under Carol's guidance.


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first litter produced 8 puppies 5 finished ( it has 7 finished)
M'm M'm Good & Aged In Woods Sire is Ch. Willcare's Believe You Me and the Dam is Ringmasters Reggae.


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This is SBIS & MBIS.Ch Patric's Personnel Aggenda - Breeder & Owner was Mr Patrick J. Pettit- Co-owned with Pennyworth - Her Sire was Ch. Chelsea Legerdemain and her Dam was Ch. Patric's Except No Substitute She shown here Winning the 1996 AWC National Speciality under judge Mrs. Julie Holms Terrace Hill Kennels. Patrick Pettit handled her to this marvelous win. Pat passed away shortly after the Nationals and his beloved Aggenda came to live at Pennyworth. She went on to numerous Best In Shows besides also adding B.O.B at the 1996 AWC Southern Speciality under Mrs. Joan Frailey Terrace Hill Fame and B.O.B at the 1997 Westminster Kennel Club under judge Mrs Elaine Rigden. Aggenda was a showing fool, she never let you down, as Patrick said to Peggy one day, " She a Runway Model not a Short Order Cook" Thank You Patrick she is the Best!!!!


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Here are just a few of Guys get that was mentioned above. 3xBISS Am & CAN Ch. Devonair's Mitchell Frank Am/CAN CD, ASFA, LCM, CSFA, FCHX, TT, Best In Triathalon, CAV CAN. Ch. Devonair's Morgan CSFA, ASFA, FCH. Am. & P.R. CH Pennyworth Hip Hip Hooray, Rays last show here in the U.S. before being shipped to Puerto Rico was at the 1994 AWC National out in Washington, he won a huge Bred By Exhibitor dog class and went on to Reserve winners under Mrs Joan Frailey Terrace Hill Kennels Ch. Norika's Flying Englishman CD, FCH This dog could fly as I understood so his call name was Flyer!!!! He was owned by Jerry Putnum & Bente Opsahl Norika Kennels He did however with two outside bitches, produced from two different kennels. Two of the boys were from Canada they finished both Championships and went on to become great coursing and field Champion. The other male was from Texas and finished his American Championship plus was a great coursing and field Champion.


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This is Ch. Pennyworth Frequent Flyer. He is a full brother to Ch. Pennyworth Reason to Believe ( pictured above) Miles also finished his Championship very quickly. He was handled later on by Miss Leslie Potts - Falconeer Kennels. He was then sold to Mrs Erma Kovac - High Flyer Kennels and was handled by Mrs Shirley Hitter and is now her loving housedog and companion. Miles also won the AWC Best in Sweepstakes under noted breeder judge Mrs. Cora N. Miller - Hound Hill Kennels in 1995 at the Ravenna Ohio Speciality weekend

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The Dream Whippet

"Light My Fire, call name Polly, was my mother's dream Whippet. Polly was not a great show dog; she was sulky like her mother, who Mom always said was always the bridesmaid. After Polly's show career, she was bred to Ch. Pennyworth Frequent Flyer, a Claire son. We brought our two best bitches together in this mating. Polly produced seven puppies, but only one bitch finished in the litter, Ch. Pennyworth Jamaica Me Crazy. We were very discouraged by this breeding, as we weren't sure where to go to for stud dogs for our bitches.

"At the same time, Patrick Pettit had bred a puppy bitch that he was very high on. He sent mom pictures of this six-month-old. She also went back to Patric's Quotation, so Mom agreed to co-own her with Patrick. Her name was NSBIS MSBIS and MBIS Ch. Patric's Personal Aggenda. In 1995 she won the AWC National Whippet Specialty under Julie Holmes with Patrick handling her.

"After Patrick's untimely death, Aggenda came to live at Pennyworth, per his wishes, in the summer of 1995. In November, we started showing her. I can only say as her handler, she was the most exciting bitch I have ever shown in my life. She never let me down. We went on to win the AWC Southern Specialty under Joan Frailey and for the next year I added to her record, for Pat, six more BIS and multiple group placements. In February of 1997 she won the breed at Westminster Kennel Club under Mrs. Elaine Rigden. From there Aggenda finished out the year and we retired her. We were looking forward to breeding her, but noticed that her seasons were abnormal. Since we had spayed Light my Fire after her first litter, due to complications during that litter, Aggenda was our next hopeful; but that was not to be either, because the vet found that she had an abnormal uterus and could not be bred. So now mother and I were at a loss. The discouragement was overwhelming and almost too much to bear. So once again Pennyworth closed its doors to breeding.

"I decided to go off on my own away from dogs. Mother sold the property, but stayed in touch with Kathy Davenport of Kamada Kennels who told her of a young bitch that they had bred that she might be interested in co-owning with her. Yes, mother was interested, and became co-owner of MBIS Ch. Kamada's Million Dollar Baby. With Debbie Davenport handling, 'Millie' obtained Top Five status in Whippets.

"After a three-year hiatus, I came home to help take care of Mom and return the one joy of her life, Pennyworth, to her.
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This is Ch. Pennyworth Believe Your Eyes His Sire is Ch. Patric's Quotation and his Dam is Ch. Willcare's Aged In Wood. Breeder, Claire Newcombe, Owner, Pennyworth. This 3rd and finally son of Aged In Wood also finished his Championship in 5 straight shows all from the bred by exhibitor class. He was not shown after he finished, except for last years AWC Nationals where he made the cuts right down to the last and then again this year at the AWC Nationals in Colorado where he was 1 of the only 3 males to receive an Award of Merit. He has been used at stud onceand that was to Ch. Longlesson's Phlox. He produced a very nice litter for Jan Swayze and last year AWC Nationals Best Bred By Ch. Longlesson's Maryiln Monroe. Mr. Woof is at stud to approved bitch at Pennyworth.


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This is Ch. Pennyworth U Woodn't Believe he is also a full brother to both Miles and Ria pictured above. This dog also finished his Championship in 5 straight shows. His only fault was his size he was 21 3/4". Much to big for Pennyworth standards. 2 legged Claire adored this dog from the day he was born. She named him the Beaver, Beav for short. He was a very sweet and very handsome dog. He now lives with a family in Georgia. All three of the youngsters from this litter were finished from the Bred By Exhibitor Class.


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27 This is the lovely bitch Eng. Ch. Nutshell Of Nevedith winning Best In Show at Leicester City show in England. Shelly as she known is sired by Eng. Am. & Can. Ch. Nevedith Uptown Guy and her dam is Chilka Dairy Maid. Shelly was England top winnest whippet ever. With 44 CCs and seven Best In Shows at all-breeds she has a record few dogs of any breed can equal. Shelly was also Top Dog of all breeds in 1989 and Reserve Best In Show at Crufts in 1990. Bred by Mr. & Mrs Barker, Nutshell was usually shown by Nev Newton, but is owned by his daughter Editha. Bottom picture show Shelly in the show ring with Handler Nev Newton. Guy was bred to Dairy Maid before leaving for America to his new home at Pennyworth. Nutshell was an outstanding whippet for the breed, she was simple Gorgeous!!!!!


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