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In Memoriam – Isabell J. Stoffers

204 – August, 2013

Isabell Stoffers started in dogs in the 1940s with a Doberman. She bought her first Whippet in the ‘60s and started her line of “Runners” Whippets. She was always proud to say that her Whippets competed in Conformation, Obedience, ARM Racing, Lure Coursing, Open Field Coursing, Agility, and Junior Showmanship. She was best-known for her homebred Am./Mex. Ch. Runner’s Our Own Charisma, ROM aka “Carrie,” and Am./Mex./Can. Ch. Runner’s He’s The Continental, ROMX, “Tally.” Both were top winning show dogs and great producers. “Carrie”, to this day, holds the distinction of having won the largest Best in Show ever by a Whippet in the USA (1974). And “Tally” was a Best In Show winner in three countries.

There are numerous Whippet breeders who started with a “Runners” Whippet from Isabell. Isabell was always happy to help a newcomer, whether it was giving encouragement, advice or even and always the honest truth. Her stud dogs were only available to bitches that she felt would produce nicely.

Isabell started her judging career in the ‘70s. She was licensed to judge Hounds, Toys, Non-Sporting, and Dobermans (her first love). She was a very popular and respected judge. She is one of the very few judges to ever judge the Whippet National twice.  She was also very popular internationally, having judged in 13 countries.

She is survived by six children (yes 6) and 9 grandchildren. Her daughter, Christy Nelson, will carry on the “Runner’s” tradition.

Photo to left with Isabell and daughter, Christy Nelson, also includes Charisma and Continental to the right and three Continental kids to the left.

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