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Mr. Hevener has been gracious enough to donate his time
to our cause, and we're as happy as a dog at a bar-b-que.
If you have any questions, or need any information on
dog breeding, kennels, dog shows, or even horses, Ron
Hevener is the man to ask. If you have any doubts, read
his introduction, and biography on the main page.
Now to the meat of the content. If you don't find
the answer already here, then by all means, hit the email
button with the big ears to the right, and we'll forward
your questions. We'll be setting up a more official form
If you could only have one, racehorses or racing dogs,
which would you choose?
C.B., Lake Mary, FL
Talk about a tough question! As you may know, I'm
lucky enough to have both. My accountant says stick
with the dogs, because you get ten in a litter and
they're racing at 18 months. But, you are talking
to an artist here, and I have to say they're both
so beautiful I could never choose.
They're getting slots in parts of Florida at the tracks.
Do you think slots will spread across the U.S.?
J.T., Athens, AL
They'll probably denounce me in some quarters for
saying this, but in many ways, slots are more fair
than taxes. As grown ups, shouldn't it be up to us
to decided for ourselves what we want to play? Yes,
I do think they will spread, because of the present
economy. My sources in Washington and elsewhere do
not agree that "things are on the upswing."
Are you married now and, if not, would you marry in
C.M., Naples, FL
A personal question! Well, they say "Three strikes
and you're out." I already have two, so I'm being
extra careful. Maybe I'll just go for a looooooooong
How did you get started in Greyhounds and where do
you run your dogs?
C.A., Waverly, TN
Like a lot of people out there, I didn't know where
to buy a Greyhound or how to get into the sport. So,
I adopted one. And I really liked him. After that,
a friend of mine put me in touch with a breeder in
Kansas and the rest is history. Today, Hevener Greyhounds
have run at tracks in Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin,
West Virginia and Kansas.
Mr. Hevener: I have a great brood and she's a Molotov
daughter. Every one of the pups from her first litter
made the track. Against the advice of my trainer,
I repeated the breeding. What do you think my chances
are for the same success?
VC: I think your chances are very good. Although a
lot of breeders might think it doesn't work, I see
no reason not to go for it. Many valuable mares and
dogs are bred to the same sires year after year. If
you've been lucky enough to find a "nick"
that works (or as we say, "The Golden Cross")
go for it! You can always try a different combination
on down the road.
been to your website. With all that you have going,
how do you do it?
question. (When you have the answer, let me know!)
Seriously, though, I couldn't handle things without
the help of my staff and partners. It takes ten of
us to run this operation and that doesn't count our
trainers and handlers at shows or tracks around the
country. Growing up, I always heard that it takes
a strong team to make big things happen. This team
has been with me for many years and I've come to believe
did you get started?
life as a designer started with my family's background
in farming. When you think about it, animal husbandry
is a form of design. Growing up, I apprenticed under
the preparator of exhibits for the North Museum of
Natural History in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where
the retired professors of Franklin and Marshall College
had their studios and offices. In effect, I was their
only student and it was a blessing. In order to support
myself, I made souvenirs of clay animals for tourists
at the local farmers markets. People began collecting
them (even people on The Antiques Road Show) and the
rest is history. Today, the restoration of animal-related
collectibles, paintings and antiques is something
in which my studio specializes.
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