I have often been asked what dogs or bitches most influenced me in those early years and I have to say that it was a painting that I had seen featured in magazines of Kosalas Khan el Kabul of Barbille. This is what led me to the importation of Kamri, a great grandson of the legendary Am.Ch. Turkuman Nissim's Laurel whose litter sister was the dam of Kosalas Khan.
The next step was the acquisition of an outstanding male from the USA, Chandhara Ghaland's Talisman of Camri. Tal was everything I had asked and hoped for in structure, movement, and had the most fantastic temperament. He was arrogant, proud, and totally secure in himself. A true King of Dogs. He was not accepted happily by the British breeders, he had two things going against him - he was American and he was brindle.
Later I was able to incorporate both a son and daughter of the famed Ch Shirkhan of Grandeur into my plans as Ch Scaramouch of Gray Dawn and his sister Little Bijou had arrived in the UK with Dawn Brown and stayed with me for some time upon Dawn's return to the US.
The next few years were a work in progress and during that time I judged Afghan Hounds, Salukis and Borzoi at open shows and was approved to award CCs by the British Kennel Club. I was also heavily involved in several breed clubs, wrote the breed note column for Dog World for a few years, and edited and produced a magazine for the Southern Afghan Club. I also wrote a monthly column for an American magazine - Afghan International.
Soon I made my first trip across the Atlantic and visited the US and Canada and I knew my life was going to change. Eventually I did relocate but there was a hiatus of several years in my breeding/showing activities. However, in the interim I did judge the breed at specialty shows in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
It was at the end of my time in the UK that two puppies left for foreign shores that were to be the link to the future. A black masked red bitch puppy left for Australia to become BIS Aust CH Chandhara's Moonflower, a multi-champion producer and a black and tan male went to Mexico. This was Int.Mex.Col.Ven.BIS.Ch. Chandhara's Demon Rum.