The Best of Babbie: The subtitle of this book − The Wicked Wisdom of Babbie Tongren, the Afghan Hound’s Sharpest Wit — says it all: Breeder, judge, exhibitor and perennial gadfly, Babbie Tongren was the grande dame of Afghan Hounds, writing incisively and unflinchingly about the breed she loved.
Here, for the first time, is a collection of her famous essays from Afghan Hound Review magazine. As educational as they are acerbic, these musings on the King of Hounds are required reading for anyone who appreciates Afghan Hounds — and the impassioned preservation of purebred dogs.
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Babbie Tongren was truly one of a kind – a great dogwoman, a brilliant human being and an entertaining character who was always her own person. Her intuitive understanding of breed type was remarkable, and she left her mark as a breeder, exhibitor and judge. I still miss her wit and her wisdom, and am delighted to find it again in these pages.
- Patricia Trotter, Internationally respected author, breeder and judge
A must-read for anyone who has even the slightest interest in our wonderful Afghan Hounds and their history!
- Lee Canalizo, Kandahara Afghan Hounds and AKC judge
Babbie Tongren was smart, opinionated, sarcastic, opinionated, funny, opinionated, glamorous, opinionated, revered, opinionated. Babbie had a point of view and, guess what, it turned out she was right all the time. Oh, did I say she was opinionated? Get The Best of Babbie, and meet Babbie Tongren yourself.
- Dr. Jerry Klein, breeder, judge and the American Kennel Club’s chief veterinary officer
Mix equal parts Afghan Hound expert and loyalist, a fun-to-show-to dog show judge, and a no fears, take-no-prisoners approach to her writing, and you get Babbie Tongren. I remember turning right to her column in every issue of the Afghan Hound Review the moment it hit my mailbox, to see what I could learn, to see who she might have offended (or who might have offended her), and to make sure that my friends and I were not the object of her wrath this time. This collection of her columns takes me right back down that road.
- David Frei, voice of the Westminster Kennel Club and the National Dog Show presented by Purina,