USA VISIT 1994
We're up to Thursday now and this was the day for us to visit the Grandeur Kennels. Once again
we had to travel through New York - they even sell burgers and newspapers on the subways!
"AMERICA - OUR TRIP OF A LIFETIME" (Page11)
Author Liz O'Connor (UK Renza Afghans)
Long Island is a lovely place, much more ·leafy- than we expected with some gorgeous properties.
We arrived at Grandeur down a winding lane (I was surprised at how hilly the area was), passed
Roger's beautiful home (He'd said he'd be away in Arizona) and down to the ·kennels-. Well! They call
them "kennels", but this was more a luxury home!
We were given a guided tour by Michael. By the side of the entrance there is a coloured Afghan
plate-glass window, Afghan paintings (originals) adorn every wall and the feeding/grooming/drying/
working area is scrupulously cban with stainless steel surfaces everywhere. There were a couple of
puppy kennels; bathing facilities; all round drying facilities with a warm (airing) cabinet to finish off
dogs; there are stafl everywhere and all the washing/grooming facilities you could ever want.
Their set up for training the dogs prepares them for
all the various conditions
they are likely to encounter
at shows, i.e. outdoor
grassed rings, indoor rubber
matted rings etc. The amount
of effort that goes into the
dogs in their training, preparation, the whole spectrum - is extensive,
Grandeur is not just a hobby kennels, it is a way of life and to see the trophy room tells you all the effort brings its rewards! It is believed they possess the world greatest collection of Afghan memorabillia, and some of
the antique pieces must be incredibly valuable, but so fragile. There are some that are so beautiful you
can't take your eyes off them, there are others that are almost child like in the way they look, but all
equally coveted. The champion certificates cover a whole wall (and believe me it's a big wall); there
are huge paintings of Grandeurs past and present; pastels, bronzes, porcelain...
Then you move on to Michael's office and his filing system of photographs and his memory of the
dogs and shows and wins kept us enthralled. He very kindly gave us a couple of rarely seen
photographs of Blu Shah which we shall treasure.
Michael also showed us around the kennels, all easily cleaned, self watering, with outdoor facilities
for puppies and older dogs. We were introduced to Am. Ch. Tried & True of Grandeur, we thought him
superb; then we met Sunny's sister - Sumahari's Delight to Grandeur, who didn 't look out of place with
her American relatives. We were also formally introduced to Tony, Tribute of Grandeur, a son of the
famous Am. Ch. Triumph x his daughter, he won every time out over the National week. I was really
taken with him, so sound and true coming and going...
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