Here is Peggy Newcombe & her daugther Claire Newcombe at one of many AWC National Speciality they have attended together. They have definitely kept it in the family, three wonderful generations of great dog history.

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Ch. Pennyworth Peter Cotton Tail winning Best of Winners an Best Of Opposite under Judge Mr. Roy Holloway. Peters sire is Eng. & Am. Ch. Hardknott Maestro of Bohem ROMX an his dam is Pennyworth Cotton Tail. Peter was sold to Mrs. Kathleen Davenport - Kamada Kennels at 11 months of age. Her daughter Debbie who is picture above with Peter guided him to his Championship an numerous wins. Peter became Kamada's foundation stud dog. He produced numerous Champions for them. He is still kicking at the age of 12. Thank you Kathy and Debbie for giving Peter such a wonderful loving home!!!!!

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The lovely BIS Ch. Kamada's Million Dollar Baby- Sire Ch. Kamada Crossfire SC. and her Dam Dengayle Just Kattin Around. Breeders- Kathy & Debbie Davenport & Pam Murphy. Owner- Pennyworth Kennels. Co/owner & Handler is Miss Debbie Davenport. Millie as she is called is Peter Cotton Tails granddaugther. She is all that Pennyworth stands for Quality, soundness, type, & balance. She has a temperment to die for in this breed as she makes her presents known by saying Hi I'm Millie you wanna Play or show. We at Pennyworth are very proud of this young lady and her accomplishment. Thank you Kathy & Debbie for letting Pennyworth enjoy another great ride.

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This picture is Worth A Million, you have a woman that has dedicated her whole life to a breed she so dearly LOVES &CHERISHES. A dog who ADORES what she is doing. And a wonderful girl who is making dreams come TRUE!!!! It doesn't get any better. This picture was taken at this years AWC National Speciality in Denver Colorado where she won an Award of Merit under Judge Mrs. Isabell Stoffer - Runners Kennel. This picture is Worth A Million, you have a woman that has dedicated her whole life to a breed she so dearly LOVES & CHERISHES. A dog who ADORES what she is doing. And a wonderful girl who is making dreams come TRUE!!!! It doesn't get any better. This picture was taken at this years AWC National Speciality in Denver Colorado.

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MBIS Ch. Thistleglen Margot with handler Lesley Potts, co-owner Jeanne T. Frye and judge Ken Delaney.

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Margot

"In June of 2005, my dear friend Les­ ley Anne Potts called me on the phone and asked if Mom and I would be interested in co-owning a Deerhound with the breeder. I said we needed to see the dog first, so I found out the next show where Lesley would be handling her and Mom and I went there. We took one look at the Deerhound in the ring and said, 'Where are the papers?'

"From then on it has been history in the making for Pennyworth. This lovely Deehound, whose name is MBIS Ch. Thistleglen Margot, was bred and is co-owned by Mrs. Jeanne Frye of Thistleglen Kennels. Lesley and Margot, in one year, have accumulated over nineteen Best in Shows, which broke the Deerhound record of eleven. Margot won the Group at Westminster Kennel Club this past February. She is currently the Number One Deerhound and Number Three Hound overall. We are very proud of Margot and Lesley's accomplishments this past year. Margot represents everything that Pennyworth stands for: Quality, soundness, and breed type!

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Final Thoughts

"Some final thoughts: While my mother and I are not breeding Whippets at this time, it does not mean we won't be back. Due to Mother's health it is not feasible to take on the cumbersome responsibility of breeding, so at this time we are enjoying co-owning quality dogs with our friends. As a matter of fact, the Pennyworth breeding line is still alive through a young dog by the name of Pennyworth Believe Me Alone. His sire is Ch. Pennyworth Believe Your Eyes, who is an Aged in Wood son by Ch Patric's Insinuation SC, who is a Quotation daughter. His breeder and co-owner is Laura Stanton of Merrithought Kennels. He is three quarters finished and we look forward to breeding from him in the future.

"Now I am also judging; I just returned from judging The Whippet Association of Victoria's 2006 championship show in Melbourne , Australia . I will be judging our 2007 AWC National Specialty next April in Kansas City , and I have been invited to judge at the 2008 Swedish Whippet Club National. What a great honor! I am humbled by be­ing asked to judge these shows, as I have only just received my judge's license at the end of 2003. To say the least, I will follow in my mothers' footsteps and make sure that Pennyworth will always be represented by quality, soundness, and the best in breed type!"

To this incredible bit of history, Peggy Newcombe adds her own comments about her daughter, Claire, and the future of Pennyworth. "As of now, I have no Whippets of my own breeding. They have all passed on. At my demise, Pennyworth will become the property of my daughter, Claire Newcombe. At this point in our lives we are dogless, and Claire is now showing for other people. Claire and my other two daughters, like their mother, have all grown up with dogs. While all three girls have had an interest, Claire is the one who continues to be involved in all phases – showing, judging and breeding.

"From the early days she has always wanted to be a part of helping in the kennel. It was where she spent most of her child­hood, helping and playing with the dogs. She has also been instrumental in the sur­vival of Pennyworth through handling and general overall care of our Whippets. She has been given God's gift that all dogs love her. I'm very proud of her for all she has accomplished. She has an eye for picking consistent quality in dogs. This is becoming very evident in her judging."

How does the Grand Dame of Whippets feel about the condition of the breed today? "This is a very difficult question for me to answer, because I much prefer the European type and quality of the Whippet. The Europeans were the originators of the breed standard and I feel that the American standard has gone way beyond what the original standard calls for. The Americans have lost all contact with the breed and its origin. I have seen a great many changes. The most important one happened when they changed the height at the shoulder to twenty-two inches. This completely changed the overall body of the Whippet, by adding too much height and length to the body, making it completely unbalanced. This one change alone has caused the Whippet to more resemble the Greyhound, when the Whippet is to be an individual that does not look like any other hound."


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