Mara Utterback

Hi, my name is Mara.  I have been showing dogs for 6 years.

I started with one of my friends, her name is Tajia Taylor.  I was at her house one day and they invited me to go along with them to a "Fun Match".  I went because I was curious, and I was hooked on show dogs.

The first dog that I showed was an Afghan Hound named, "Torri".  After that, I worked with a Chinese Crested (puff) named "Jasmine". 

I was then introduced to Rachel & John Cohee and Sharon Gause.  So, I tried Salukis and knew they were the breed for me.

The first Saluki that I showed was a silver grizzle named "Pandora".

Then I started working with "Zeus".  Here we are in Kentucky at the 2006 Saluki National.    Ch Shiva's Zeus ShikadinI co-own "Zeus" and we do wonderful as a team.

I have my own saluki named "Suede".  Ruwach Blue Suede Shoes JC

At this time, I am working on getting "Zion" and "Shagar" finished.  I am also showing "Shagar" in Junior Showmanship (Open Senior) and "Zeus" in Specials.

Even though I mainly work with Salukis, I have worked with different breeds.  To me it is important to explore the many breeds of AKC.

On some weekends, we go lure coursing.  We usually bring "Suede", "Teddy", "Zeus", "Zion", and sometimes "Tallon".  One weekend we were lure coursing and "Suede" got Best In Field.  "Suede" has her Junior Courser title now.

We have a lot of fun, but the dogs love it too.  It's a nice break from Confirmation for all of us.

Although I don't win all the time, I love showing dogs.  It's very important to me and I don't plan on giving it up anytime soon.

NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!!
I am the PROUD new owner of Ruwach J A Y Bally al Monab, "Shagar".  Look for us in the show ring in 2007.  I have earned 13 points so far and only need a 3 point major to finish him.  I am very proud of him and myself for accomplishing this so quickly.  He's fantastic!