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Afghan Hound Rescue
to the rescue

                        California Afghan Hound Rescue In 2007, 45 Afghan Hounds in deplorable condition were removed from a ranch by animal service in Placer County, California.  The Afghan Hound Rescue of Northern California lead by President, Astrid Pryor, in conjunction with the Southern CA Afghan Hound Rescue, both non-profit organizations,    took over the care of the dogs and today all the dogs have been placed in permanent loving homes.


July 15, 2008
A multiagency task force rescued 67 Afghan hounds Monday night from the home of a San Miguel County, New Mexico woman.

Read Story Here
Once again,
Afghan Hound Rescue came to the rescue.

King of Dogs

Afghan Hound

 Visit Mégantic Little Bear
 (Nika) Here   


See the King of Dogs on Animal Planet    

Afghan Hound, Sheba

In the 90's and early 2000, Sheba was one of the most popular dogs on the Internet.  Like the Little Tabby, Sheba was a Petaluma girl.

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New book coming out 2014 with a full chapter on the Afghan Hound

Author:  Marcelle Guy
Co-Author:  G.S. Payne

  Read prologue at:  LoveEllevie
The 2013 Afghan Rescue Calendar is out and ready. Support Afghan Hound Rescue for the great work they do for these wonderful dogs.

AfghanHound.com is a private web site and has no affiliation with AfghanHound.net or any other Afghan Hound web site.  The intention for the calendar ad is to help Afghan Hound Rescue and to benefit Afghan Hounds in need.  I urge you to support the breed rescue for the tremendous amount of work they do to save these magnificent dogs.

Afghan Hound Rescue Sites
and more

Northern California Afghan Hound Rescue
Afghan Hound Rescue of Southern California
Afghan Hound Club of America
Afghan Hound Rescue Central Ohio
Afghan Hound Database And Breed Information Exchange

Afghan Hound Rescue of New England, Inc.

Afghan Hound Rescue Of California

Wine Country Greyhound Adoption

Greyhound Adoption

The American Kennel Club

                        Special Canine Sites

Honoring our Nation's War Dogs and their Handlers

If disaster strikes are you ready?
Don't leave your pets behind!
The following links will help you prepare.
Go to:
Emergency Preparedness

City of Petaluma Emergency Preparedness Programs:
City of Petaluma Flood & Emergency Preparation

City of Petaluma Fire Department

City of Petaluma Police Department


He was called "the dog of Noah's Ark" by tribesmen hunters of Afghanistan.

Earlier beliefs and even today many believe the Afghan Hound is the most ancient of breeds.  The actual age of the breed is disputed with each reading, each author and each generation, but most acknowledge the Afghan Hound history goes back to approximately  8,000 years.  Long-haired greyhound dog types were pictured and described in Egypt of 4000 B.C.

In his native land, Afghanistan, the Afghan Hound excelled as a hunter where he was used against a variety of wild game, such as the antelope, gazelle and snow leopard.

No other breed of dog can claim such exotic beauty and elegance as the Afghan Hound of today.

The American Kennel Club describe the Afghan Hound as an aristocrat.  "His whole  appearance is one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainness or coarseness.  He has a straight front, proudly carried head, eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past. The striking characteristics of the breed-exotic, or "Eastern," expression, long silky topknot, peculiar coat pattern, very prominent hipbones, large feet, and the impression of a somewhat exaggerated bend in the stifle due to profuse trouserings-stand out clearly, giving the Afghan Hound the appearance of what he is, a king of dogs, that has held true to tradition throughout the ages".

Descriptions of the Afghan Hound can be difficult unless you live with them, but DigitalDog web site makes an excellent description in plain language and few words:
"The drama of the Afghan Hound would seem unlikely in a world of Labradors and Beagles, and then, you go to a show or a park and meet your first Afghan.  Rather like the beautiful girl at school that everyone presumes is snobbish but is instead a bit gentle and shy, the Afghan reserves its happy abandon, total devotion and exuberance for those it knows best.  This is not to say that the Afghan is a retiring competitor in Agility or Lure Coursing, indeed, the cloud of hair as they partly sail and partly fly at a full run defies honest description.  The most heavily coated of the sighthounds, the Afghan is an ancient breed who's cousins still populate the desert areas striving to earn their keep in a changing world.  Imported to the US in 1926, the Afghan quickly earned a place here, where its fanciers are quick to note that the dog is intelligent, perhaps too intelligent to be bribed for a bit of a treat and too aloof to work for someone who lacks sincerity and true enthusiasm for the task.  To live and train an Afghan Hound requires respect for a strong minded individual who is happily a teammate but never a forced participant".  (From Digital Dog)

I was in Montréal in 1954 when I saw my first Afghan Hound and I thought, if I ever have a dog this is the dog I want.  That wish was not realized until 1982, when I answered an ad for Afghan Hound puppies.  I had not planned to adopt that very day, but as I sat on the floor watching the puppies clown around, this little red brindle came to me, sat on my lap, and did not leave my side until I left carrying her in my arms.  Sheba clearly selected me as her guardian on that day.  As it turned out, Sheba had a destiny to fill and an important mission in life.  She became the most important messenger of peace in my life and educated so many people about kindness to animals.  Sheba was one of the most popular dogs on the Internet for more than ten years until 2004, when her site was closed. 

I must warn you, the Afghan Hound is not the dog for everyone.  They are extremely sensitive to stress and can get literally sick to their stomachs, with severe digestive problems when in stressful condition.  They are peaceful animals, they have special needs and demand lots of attention and maintenance.  But with the right person,  Afghan Hounds are delightful and loving companions.  I shared my life with at least one Afghan Hound since 1982, and today I can hardly imagine life without one.  Nika, m
y last Afghan, is almost thirteen and I know she has to be the last due to changes in living condition and my age.

As young puppies, they shared my home like members of my family.  I brushed, bathed and cared for them until the day they died.  I love this breed and I dread the approaching day when I have to say goodbye to Nika.  Even in her old age, Nika is still a very proud Afghan; straightening her shoulders and raising her head high when she sees someone coming her way.  Never a show dog, but the true spirit of the Afghan Hound.


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                                                                                                 Nika passed away
                                                                                                         May 26, 2006

If Tears Could Build a Stairway,

And Memories A Lane,

I'd Walk Right Up

To Heaven

And Bring You Home Again.


Nika, Black Afghan Hound
In memory of  
Mégantic's Little Bear

A candle for Nika
June 26, 1993 --  May 26, 2006
Always in my heart.

"Nika was the Audrey Hepburn of dogs -- beautiful, gentle, shy, and well liked."

In addition to being beautiful and gentle, Nika was also a companion dog –  she brought cheers to everyone she met.  She brightened everyone's spirit.  She is dearly missed


Nika joined Sheba, Canio, Little Evita and Lttle Sparrow  at "My Pet Cemetery "   on Saturday July 29, 2006, 2:00 P.M.

430 Magnolia Avenue
Petaluma, CA 94952  

Several friends joined the memorial to honor this very special dog.



Marcelle Guy   

By Sue

The trick to walking Nika was running shoes.  Five years ago walking around the lake at Lucchesi involved chasing ducks and birds with her 6 feet in front of me running while I struggled to keep up with her.  With her graceful stride and good looks, she attracted a lot of human attention.  She ALWAYS responded by prancing faster with her fur flying and her head up knowing the beautiful effect she had.  However, she always knew when to stop to give ME a rest.

Several times we went to the hospital and rounded the back by the emergency ward.  On one such occasion she so cheered a woman who had just dropped her husband off, the lady wasn't sure whether to go into the trauma of the emergency ward or over to pet the joy of Nika.   What good will ambassador could top this?

Although she did fear other dogs, that didn't stop her from taking a boyfriend in later life.  Although a tenth her size, she got down to his level to play.  Love comes at unexpected times in life.

Marcelle has used my calling Nika the Audrey Hepburn of dogs which explains a lot about Nika.  She was gentle, elegant, beloved, and special.  When the camera came on, she rose to the occasion with an academy award performance.

I walk a lot of dogs, but Nika was my SPECIAL girl.  May we always learn from and remember this remarkable girl.  Rose

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