(left) passed away November 2006
Goldie (right) passed away December 2010
Photo Courtesy of Yates Colby, MT
New Lurcher Puppies
link above to view the Lurcher puppies
6 Males & 4 female
Row Kennels has chosen to devote the following pages to honor some very important members of our hunt team, the lurchers, Grip, Goldie, Gabby and
the new additions, Shep and Sassy. Traditional
Lurchers are mixes, crossbred sight hounds to herding dogs.
Each hunter utilizes various dog breeds to cross onto, usually
either Greyhound or Whippets to Collies or Deer Hounds,
depending on his specific purpose. The breeding lines exhibited
in the Lurchers maintained by Corn Row can be traced to
the English Hancock lines which utilize collie/greyhound
crosses. Lurchers are sometimes referred to as Gypsy
Dogs as they were often utilized to steal chickens, etc.
from the farmers. Aptly named, nothing lying
within reach is off-limits to these imps. More often now
days, lurchers are utilized for lamping hares in the English
countryside and occasionally a poaching foray.
of Corn Row
by Scott Kauffman
senior Lurcher, Grip, now deceased and is greatly missed
by all who knew him. He was a treasure both at home
and in the field. Grip, truly a kind soul, was
gentle in demeanor and intelligent beyond belief. He loved
his terriers and would lay on the ground allowing puppies
to climb on him. He was extremely obedient and willing to
please, more often than not if I "thought it"
an he would do it. Grip was always on alert, giving
tongue at the slightest unfamiliar noise or stranger on
the farm. Each morning he greeted me with a smile,
exposing all of his very large teeth. He would also grin
on the command "give me a grin".
In the field, Grip was my shadow, never venturing far, except
to utilize some shade while waiting for the hole to be opened
or to stand motionless waiting for quarry to bolt from a
exit hole. He knew the drill and very often would be at
the right spot to lend a hand without any prompting from
his humans. Often in large open areas Grip would course
and explore the field, finding and marking live holes.
Goldie, is more rambunctious than Grip not only because
she is a bit younger but also because she is full of mischief.
She is a clown as well as a thief, you cannot leave anything
where she can get to it or it will disappear in a flash.
Due to injuries sustained in an unfortunate accident, Goldie
has been retired from the field, and now serves as a universal
blood donor for my Veterinarian. To date she has saved multiple
canine lives. She lives the life of luxury as a home companion
and couch potato.
end of August 2003 marked a new chapter for Corn Row Kennels
with the addition of a Lurcher puppy to the hunt team. We are privileged to have imported Gabby
from David Hancock, renowned worldwide for his breeding
of traditional lurchers. Pictured at four months of
age, Gabby has wonderful
outgoing attitude with people, as well as dogs. She has
a fun loving spirit, is most biddable and very quick
to learn. Grip was at first not so sure he appreciated her
enthusiasm, but was tolerant of her enthusiasm. Very
quickly they were inseparable, until Grips passing. Now
that Shep is in residence Gabby is much more herself, she again
has a buddy.
by Yates Colby
Shep of Corn Row
First Annual High Hopes Lurcher Race Champion
was a very lucky find for Corn Row Kennels. Bred by Glen
Westmoreland, Huntsman for the Woodford Hounds in Kentucky,
Shep is a mature male of 3 years. He is not only a pleasure
to look at but a treat to be with. This guy is built
to handle anything he is put to, from rabbit to coyote,
both of which he has worked. This season, 2008 he will be
introduced to the Kentucky wild game.
has a superb temperament, is extremely biddable and very
intelligent. He greets me at the back gate as did Grip,
but he yodels to me instead of grinning at me. The
dog bonded to me and the terriers immediately, Gabby took
her time. She did not allow him into the Lurcher house for
nearly 3 days. We are looking forward to a litter of lurchers
as soon as Gabby is in the mood. These are traditional English
Hancock lines and will be excellent workers and companions.
by Judy Jones Photo
Sassy of Corn Row
is another new acquisition for Corn Row. She is a half sister
to Shep out of a lovely Greyhound bitch, also an avid hunter.
Just 3.5 months pictured below, she is full of life and
has plenty of spunk. At the moment she is all legs and feet
but is amazingly agile for her age. Sassy
is a very quick study, greeting humans and animals with
grace. She has made her first long distance road trip meeting
the challenges with no problem. She has also mastered the
heel and come commands with extreme ease. We look forward
to her training this year.
Sassy at 11 weeks
by Yates Colby
at nine months