ROMI KHAN 2002-2015
We were madly in love with Godiva, our hairy hairless Chinese Crested girl, and I was hooked. Tim loved Godiva but was still used to the world of bigger and furry dogs. When Godiva was asking depressed I told Tim we needed to add to our family and bring home a sibling for Godiva to keep her company while we were at work. I knew she was lonely and needed a sibling! Mother’s just feel it. Tim did not agree but as a good husband, he supported my view and the search for our girl started.
It took over a year working with a breeder in NJ while we were in NYC. We met Romi’s breeder everywhere with a baby in tow. We adopted Godiva as a pet and loved her but this time, I wanted to be a part of the Crested world in a more active way. So I was determined to bring home our first show girl and did what ever she asked. I wanted the smallest show girl I could find who was also a true hairless. I knew that was going to be a challenge in a world of standard sized Cresteds and super hairy hairlessness. But I aso knew that nothing of value comes easily and I had to work for it. I was determined to learn as much as I could to help promote the breed of my heart. I envisioned our show girl doing her stuff with our breeder at Westminster! It was very thrilling.
After a year of impressing Romi’s breeder with my dedication to the breed, Beth, our breeder sent us pictures of a new litter of puppies. She knew what I wanted. I knew just by looking at pictures the true hairless girl with the dark slate and pink spots was going to be our girl. With Beth’s approval, we waited for her to get big enough to bring home. Romi’s sire was very small true hairless man who did attain his AKC Championship. Her Mother was also on the smaller side and with true hairlessness running in both lines, Beth and I both said YES!
Romi was blessed with flawless skin and a spunky attitude to go with it. She was our little “ME TOO”! She brightened up our home as soon as she walked in. She loved being with us and her older sister, Godiva. She, like all Chinese Cresteds, loved to snuggle with us and if we were not available, she would be right next to Godiva. Where Godiva went, she was right there. She too was a big foodie and loved all food. Yes, I did feed human food. After all, if they are good and not begging, then why not? Tim to this day does not agree with me but he does indulge me this weakness. Romi was trained and walked the show ring with Beth, her breeder. It was thrilling to see her strut her little stuff with the bigger and hairier Cresteds. She did fairly well but as super hairy hairless was and still is the standard judges measure Chinese Cresteds by and with her smaller size, her show career was short lived. Tim and I became very busy with our two very young children and Beth was retiring from breeding Chinese Cresteds and moved to Tennessee. With a full time job, two young children and 2 Chinese Crested kids, the day came when I knew I had to be part of the Chinese Crested world in an active way again. When we adopted Romi, the agreement was that Tim and I “owned” Romi but Beth “owned” Romi’s uterus. Beth was going to show (while we paid for all the fees), breed and place all of Romi’s puppies. For this, I was going to get a puppy to keep down the road. I was good with that since she knew what she was doing and I wanted to help promote quality Cresteds.
So when Beth gave us her blessing to breed Romi, she signed off on Romi’s AKC registration paperwork to me. Now Tim and I had the right to breed her. But it was daunting. Who should be the sire? How would we know. Tim let me take the lead and with luck and lots of research, we found a great all white powderpuff AKC Champion. He’s pedigree was really great and with his smaller size and amazing gentle personality, he was the one. His parents were very impressed with Romi’s pedigree, conformation and temperament. So we had our first litter and I was a mess. Thank goodness Tim and I have different talents. He was a natural at birthing Romi’s puppies. It was remembering what we were taught and through our own education, Romi was our first foundation bitch. She was an amazing mother! She had to be coaxed to leave her puppies long enough to do her business and eat. She was super attentive and always gentle and loving with her puppies. She passed this on to her daughters, grand daughters and great grand daughters. Her sweet yet courageous spirit lives on.
Romi was the alpha girl for years. She was very fair and even tempered Empress. She only stepped in when she had to. After her apex, her daughter, Karma took over. She passed on the torch gracefully and with out any conflict. Romi loved to find squirrels and let us know they were in the yard. After all Godiva was the Ambassador and she was our Guardian. It was her job to keep us safe from any intruders, unless they were 2 legged guest who brought her food and gave her pets. With her alpha temperament, she was insistent with what she needed or wanted. She was not going to be pushed aside or ignored. She was always right in the mix making sure she had her share of treats or love. When she was on our laps, she HAD to get petted. If we stopped, she would paw us to remind us to keep doing our job. She too was trained to be off leash and would come running back when we called for her. Romi would walk out the front door with me off the leash and then come right back when I called her, even in NYC! She was 13 years old when she passed on peacefully during the night. She will always be remembered for her “I’m in charge here and me too” attitude. She will be missed in bed since she would sleep with her head on my arms like a little baby. We thank her for all the beautiful puppies she gave us and starting off our special breeding program. Her legacy continues on with her children, grand children and great grand children.