Ch Wellmar's Omar Ishtar Gause CD
My name is Sharon T. Gause and welcome to Ruwach Salukis. I was first attracted to Salukis and fell in love with the breed in a High School History Class, while studying about the Egyptians. I loved the outline and graceful picture they presented on the tombs. My husband, Daniel and I started with Doberman Pinchers and now we have our wonderful kennel full of Salukis. My mentors are Paula Kuhl and Sue Ann Pietros.
In 1975 my first dog was born, "Ch. Wellmar's Omar Ishtar Gause, CD"
, a male. My second dog was born in 1977 a female, "Ch. El Baz Halu Al Ahram,
CD". They were the parents of my first litter in 1982. I kept one bitch and my
sister, Rachel Cohee, kept another. These two bitches were our foundation. Since
then we have bred together and split litters. All dogs born at my house,
and kept by me, are given the kennel name, "Ruwach". All dogs she keeps, and
litters raised at her house, are registered under the kennel name "Shiva".
Ch. Ruwach Cilk Bint Monab
It is very hard to put importance on a single
dog, as they are all children to me. Each one is different in their own
way. The bitch I am most
proud of would have to be; "Ch. Ruwach Buusha bint Monab CD" as she won the
"ASFA Regional Invitational". She was second in "Open" at the National one year
and was "High In Trial" at the National another year. She typifies what I try to
represent- a Saluki that does everything.
Am Can. Ch Dadaelis Tirzah
Five of my dogs that I think are the best are "Ch. Wellmar's Omar Ishtar Gause, CD", "Ch. El Baz Hazar, CD, F", "Ch. Ruwach Assir, Cd, F", "Ch. Monab Queen of Hearts.", and "Ch. Shiva's Athena Shikadin". Five dogs of someone else's dogs that I think are the best are "Ch. Akkad Kohl of Shikadin", "Ch. Davijoya's Suez El Egypt", "Ch. Pharout Enchanted Evening", "Ch. Monab Classic", and "Ch. Damascus Iago".
I believe in breeding all around functioning
dogs. They must include good type and movement with general mental soundness. I
generally breed older dogs which are in good general health. I try to research
potential problems before I breed with others-and I do mean "with" because I
usually end up with a stud puppy or part of a litter when I breed with someone.
I feel the bitch line is very important. I have a few dogs at home and have
included other peoples' bitch lines that I admire. I don't just stick to my
original bitch line. There are many techniques I would try to get breedings, but
I generally feel that trying natural breedings first and foremost.
Ch Henrad Ishtar
I feel that both genetics and environment are
equally important. Interaction with puppies and room to run, play, and dig is
very important for early development for good health later. It is easy to change
certain physical characteristics in the search for creating the mind's eye
perfect dog; however, once lost these characteristics seem very hard to get
back. The dogs I wish I could have bred directly to were "BIS Ch. Marjan II" and
"Ch. Damascus Iago". They both "speak" Saluki to me when you see them. My views
have changed with time and experience. I feel I was successful in the 1990's by
adding a bit more refinement, a prettier head, and a bit more outgoing, but
aloof temperament. Since I cross with many other's, I have been successful with
my relations with my fellow Saluki friends. This is very rewarding. With all
this experimentation and different combinations, I worry about brining in
unknown health problems.
Ch Monab Queen of Hearts
I hope to keep the elegance I have found and
improve upon my current rears. In trying to have more rear angulations, I seemed
to have lost strength on some of my most beautiful type dogs. I hope this hasn't
happened by me trying to be trendy. Fortunately, this has only happened on one
or two dogs. I should have left my rears alone. I'll choose to breed other's in
the 2000s. I feel the future is all for us to make, so we need very much to help
the new people coming along. I hope to be involved in this breed for years to
come. In case no one has noticed; I think my future is with the smoothes. I have
had them for over 10 years now and I seem to be more and more enamored by them.
I can see myself having a majority of smoothes in years to come.
in the back is Udjat & front left to right is Flo, Rosie, Cyra
Sharon T. Gause