Fron Lois J. Thomasson
Fleetwind Irish Wolfhounds, USA
It was the sixties, and we starred at one another from
under the protective wings of our mother hens, I with Mrs. Starbuck
and he with Dorothy Ellis. From that moment on I became the
Girl from California, and he, the Boy from Ireland. Through the
passing years, even being a world apart, we each were aware
of what the other was doing, until a half-century later when at
last the circumstances made it possible for the bloodlines of
Killykeen and Fleetwind to meet.
My friend and I began our journey together, he in Ireland
and I in California, both mentored by some of the breed's great
authorities, directly connected to Graham. We were lucky and we
knew it, and he always tried to give back by sharing his knowledge
so generously. Those of us who knew him were swept along by his
passion for the Irish Wolfhound, and we are left far poorer by his passing.
To those who would paid tribute to his memory, breed the old type
hunting dog of Graham's Standard.....he did, and we can do no less.
Lois J. Thomasson