Established 1903

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  Afghan Hounds


In 1967 my sister Carol got a very cute, black Afghan Hound puppy from a breeder on Long Island. This adorable little girl was a daughter of Ch. Sahadi Sinbad, a son of one of the best known Afghan Hounds in the history of the breed, Ch. Shirkhan of Grandeur, bred and owned by the famous Sunny Shay. Piper Sanzin of Rani became the first of many Kai Af-ghan Hounds. At the time Carol wasn’t aware of the importance of this pedigree. As the proud owner of this "rare" breed she loved taking her for walks and regaling in the limelight from people stopping her to pet this beautiful puppy. One day she met a lady who owned two Afghan Hounds, also bred by Sunny Shay. It was this woman, Ruth Rosen, who actually introduced Carol to the world of Grandeur Kennels by introducing her to Sunny. Immediately she along with her sister Honi became close members of the Grandeur clan and students of this fascinating lady.


Not too long after this Piper was bred to Sunikhan of Grandeur and produced Kai’s first litter from which came Puppy Wuppy (Kai’s Paji Tuz of Grandeur) who then produced the first of the Kai Afghan Hound champions.


During this time Honi spread her wings a bit and purchased Hot Honi Harlow, her first Borzoi who she showed to her championship. In time, two more Borzoi came to live in our home. Both were shown and loved by the family. They lived their lives out as part of Kai.

Of course there were the other kids living with us in Woodmere, NY. Our first ever dog, Minnie, who was a very plump Miniature Pinscher. How she put up with all those big hounds is beyond me. There was Vonce, a gift to my mother from Sunny. She may have been a mini Manchester Terrier. Seymour, a Sammi type, who raised all the puppies. And, of course, Daffy, Fran’s brilliant Poodle who had coffee with us every morning sitting at the breakfast table.



Fortunately Carol and Honi became quite adept at handling and showed all of the dogs. Carol went on to pilot the dogs to many specialty and group wins. This culminated in winning the Afghan Hound Club of America National Specialty in 1979. After this Car-ol decided to apply for her judging license and a few years later Honi also applied. They have both judged throughout the U.S. and Internationally.

The Afghans and Borzoi and all the "kids" lived their lives as members of our family.

Then came Roxie, the mini wirehair Dachshund, well known throughout the world as Carol and Honi’s love child. That is a whole other story that I will tell you another day.

Francine Reisman
Baldwin, New York


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