Dad and His Champions

My dad has always enjoyed dogs. He was introduced to a new breed of dogs when he met Elise, who was to become his wife. Elise raised Afghans, showed them and did field trials. At some point dad and Elise were introduced to Borzois. Borzois are huge dogs. If I am not mistaken originated in Russia as guard dogs for palaces….? I’ll have to have dad check this out and comment on my mistakes to make sure I get all this right…
They acquired three Borzois…official names are:
Gavril Derzhak of YiilYiin (Derzhak)
Ch Gavril Laureate Go YiilYiin (Brat’sha)
Ch Basandrin Gorislav of YiilYiin (Yoo Hoo)
FCH Pa’s Blue Zee. Blue Zee is the Grey Hound they rescued that had been dropped off to die at the race track. She has the sweetest temperment.
Shortly after dad and Elise married, Elise became ill. She passed away in January of 2003. Her goal had been to make all three Borzois Champions. Dad made her a promise to do just that. The following are pictures of various shows throughout the years. Dad kept his promise. Brat’sha and Yoo Hoo are now Champions. Derzhak is too old to show now. Derzhak was always my daughter’s (Kayla) favorite. I am also including an awesome picture of Blue Zee in a field trial. Notice she is airborne.
Blue Zee in flight.

Dad with Derzhak

This is the only picture of dad and Elise in the ring together. Dad is handling Derzhak and Elise is handling Brat’sha. They were competing against each other. Brat’sha won.

Elise with Derzhak. Derzhak was Winners Dog and Best of Opposite Sex in Best of Breed Competition.

This is Brat’sha in Tallahassee.

Winners Dog and Best of Opposite Sex in Best of Breed Competition.

This is Gorislav, aka Yoo Hoo, now a Champion, with his first Major win. He was Winners Dog and Best of Opposite Sex in Best of Breed competition.

You did good dad:)

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