Counterpoint: n. a thing forming a pleasing or notable contrast with something else (Oxford)


... to Counterpoint Whippets! The definition has been written above to provide the reason why Counterpoint was chosen for the kennel name by John and Lynn Ross, now of Vanscoy, Saskatchewan. John was studying music at university in 1968 when they got their first whippet. This whippet had been sent up from the US for Lynn to show. When Lynn fell in love with Dadaelis Talaria and John didn’t know what to buy her for an anniversary present, Talaria became a permanent resident of the Ross household! As it turned out Talaria was the litter sister to the mother of Am Ch. Sportingfield Clansman, top Whippet and one of the top Hounds in the US that year. John and Lynn also had mini Poodles then so when they decided to register a kennel name, John came up with Counterpoint  as they had two breeds.



My first whippet Ch. Counterpoint Emma Peel (Belle) came to live with me after a chance conversation with John at the Hub City Kennel Club Show in May of 1996. I had told him I always wanted a whippet as a house dog and Belle was soon on her way home with me! At that time I told John I didn’t want to breed whippets but he could breed Belle if he wanted to. He did so we planned a breeding with Linda Buchholz’s Gilly (Am/Can Ch. Swiftsure Out of Africa). We met at the largest outdoor show in Canada (in Calgary, Alberta) and took the dogs for a walk in the park running alongside a main artery going east/west through Calgary. Linda explained that Gilly was a real gentleman and a breeding probably wouldn’t take place that day. However, Gilly had other thoughts and before we could even blink we had a tie! For the next 20 minutes, Linda and I tried to shield the tied dogs from all the traffic going by! Not quite the way I had envisioned my first whippet breeding to take place but it worked!!

When John came up to our Edmonton area acreage  to get the litter at 9 weeks of age, he convinced me to keep one. I kept the only male, Jordan, but he had a bite flaw and so was neutered young. I didn’t get to show my own whippet but I showed many whippets for John over the years and slowly John put them into co-ownerships with me. In May, 2006 he asked if I would like to have a look at a litter of 4 solid brindle pups he had sired by Bongo (Am/Can Ch. Counterpoint Jungle Drums FCH), a son of the beautiful brindle bitch Nefer (Ch. Counterpoint African Queen), and a litter sister to my old Jordan. After evaluating them twice, I went with my pick from both times.  She turned out to be MBIS, MBISS, NBIS, MRBIS Ch. Counterpoint Genuine Risk (Jill) who, by just over 3 years of age now has 13 all-breed BIS, 4 Reserve BIS, 2 National Specialty BB wins and a Regional Specialty BB win. Jill was # 3 Whippet in Canada during her puppy year, # 2 Whippet, # 3 Hound and # 17 All- Breeds in 2008 and # 1 Whippet, # 7 Hound in 2009.

Not too bad for my first whippet!!! In 2008 John honored me by asking if I would take over the Counterpoint name and continue on with what he had started back in 1968. In September of 2008, I became part of Counterpoint Whippets which is “a pleasing and notable contrast” to my other breed, rough and smooth Collies. “Counterpoint” truly is what I am all about! We live on 11 acres NW of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with our Tamaron Collies, Counterpoint Whippets, 13 horses and 1 ragdoll cat.

We hope this web site gives you some insight into the true temperament of the whippet, information on the breed in general and the Counterpoint Whippets in particular. Thank you for visiting us. We hope you enjoy this site, whether you are owned by a whippet (or many of them!) or not.