It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Sporting Field's Nigel NW1 RN from congestive heart failure Monday morning. Nigel was 11 years old and had been with us since the age of 2.
A fancy show whippet imported to LA from Virginia, Nigel grew an inch over the breed standard, and joined our family during retired racing greyhounds Albert and Reyna's final stretch. After a year as a solo artist, he was joined by whippet puppy siblings Chloe and Portfolio, who were technically his aunt and uncle.
Nigel went on to be one of the first dogs trained in the sport of K9 Nosework, and the first whippet to earn his NW1 title. Just two years ago he completed his Rally Novice title at the Whippet National in Eugene, OR, with the second highest score (after Portfolio, of course!)
Nigel was full of humor, curiosity, and boundless good cheer, even during the last year as his heart grew to bursting. He was my guru, and I'll be hard pressed to find as good a role model. We'll all miss him.