Joanne is pictured above with a representative group of Forgetmenot whippets born from various litters throughout the years. These dogs are lovingly cherished by their owners as bed warmers, lure courser champions, therapy dogs, hiking companions, show champions, life companions, etc. On the far right is our beauceron girl "Jaguar" ensuring the pack is in order.. Photo credit: Ron Spilsbury.
Breeder of whippets since 1997..
Forgetmenot whippets are loved and cared for by Joanne Boudreault.
I have been involved in all-breed dog shows and whippets for more than 27 years (I had my first whippet in 1990). I had my first litter in 1997.
My main goal breeding whippets is to produce good-natured, social dogs which are as close as possible to the whippet standard. But they must also represent my own vision of the "perfect" type...
I want my show / breeding whippets to have a sound structure (strong but not bulky looking) all around moderate in looks. They must be elegant dogs made out of curves and "S's" top and bottom as they are supposed to be. I try to focus on front fill, shoulder assembly, sweepy rear and body with a deep brisket. The back must be very strong, longer (to allow great extension), powerful with elegant curves.
I want the heads to be small, refined and very typey (like an arabian horse head) with BIG ROUND eyes and strong underjaw. Finally, the icing on the cake, I'm aiming for my whippets to have big powerful effortless movement.
I know this will be a long process of many generations...
Through the years I learned that "Breeding is a matter of selection; selection means time, patience and dedication to your own ideal. "
At Forgetmenot, I keep in mind most of my puppies will be family pet first, so temperament is one of my main priorities when I have to choose a stud dog for my females. I want the temperament to be playfull, confident, versatile, focussed to their owners. They should be able to do all kinds of activities (lure coursing, racing, obedience, agility, flyball and even... tracking!).
All ForgetMeNot whippets are sold CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) registered, microchipped and with a written health guarantee.
Below: Stephanie is Joanne's passionate little helper at home and in shows....Maybe Forgetmenot's new generation?? Photo credit: Ron Spilsbury.
Below: Sonora looking at the cows in the fields surrounding our property.
Below: Mine worker and his whippet, Northern England, early 1900's...