I grew up in Baltimore and was always surrounded by dogs, mostly Miniature Schnauzers. I took riding lessons and competed in Hunter Jumper competition. I galloped two-year old Thoroughbreds at Timonium Race Track, competed in Dressage and became the Chair of the Potomac Valley Dressage Association Southern Maryland Chapter.
In 1976, I graduated from the Baltimore School of Barbering and in 1980 got my Cosmetology license and have enjoyed a 40-year career as a cosmetologist/master barber. In 1986, I opened a small salon in Annapolis, Md. I eventually closed my salon and worked as an independent contractor at another salon for 14 years. Twelve years ago I opened a successful salon in my home.
My first whippet, Reba, came to me in a roundabout way. Barbara Henderson,VMD, of Whippoorwill had no puppies available and she gave me the contact information for Karen Lee of Surrey Hill Whippets. The second whippet Nicholas came from Kim Tudor-Fredericks of Laurel Chase Whippets. I competed in Obedience and soon purchased my third whippet Jackson from Dr. Barbara Henderson of Whippoorwill. This dog became my heart dog until his passing last year at nearly 14 years of age.
I joined the American Whippet Club in 2000. I bred my first whippet litter in 2007 and my second in 2013. All the pups are doing fine and I keep in touch with the owners to see how things are going.
In 2014, I co-chaired the AWC National Specialty in Hunt Valley Maryland with Pat Spinazzola from Panache Whippets as my Chair. We hosted a wonderful event and for the most part it went off without a hitch.
I have had much success showing Pretzel and Jona Gold, both bred by Iva Kimmelman of Merci Isle Whippets. Pretzel came to live at Whip Hill on Labor Day 2014. This was the beginning of my wonderful relationship with Iva. Merci Isle Jona Gold came to me to be shown on Memorial Day 2015. She finished quickly and is now back at Merci Isle. I was fortunate enough to co-breed a litter with Iva that was whelped in April 2015. I am looking forward to showing the pick bitch Lucinda. I have had tremendous mentoring from Iva for which I am truly grateful.
Hillary Frank, Breeder/Owner/Handler