LINES FROM LINDA AYERS TURNER KNORR FAMILY, FRIENDS & AKC SPORTS: JOY FOR JEFF HILLMAN
Jeff Hillman and AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events, Doug Ljungren
Recently, the family had moved to a big property in Tennessee. Since moving in with Jan and Scott, Jeff has thrived! He lost 50 pounds, developed an outgo- ing personality, and developed interests in woodworking, crafts, and mostly Jan’s family of dogs. Most of the dogs have mul- tiple AKC titles, including champions of records in Conformation and Agility. When Jeff’s service dog developed can- cer, Jan reached out to Toni Richmond who, along with Leslie Stoffels, had a lit- ter of Afghan Hound puppies out of BIS SBIS GCH Singh Nazira Some Enchant- ed Evening, bred to CH Sharia Sunset. There was one puppy that was destined to become Jeff’s future service dog. The puppy is “Whitney,” Sing Shekinah Wait- ing to Exhale. She has developed a tight bond with Jeff, as well as with the rest of the family! If accepted, her debut with Jeff would be in the Pee Wee Class in Green- ville, South Carolina. Having entered the show ring myself in the regular Conformation competition at age six, I have a HUGE soft spot in my heart for our young stars of tomorrow and AKC’s Pee Wee Class! Kris and I were both experiencing chills of excitement to welcome Jeff Hillman to be a part of our upcoming dog show!
photo courtesy of Bryan McNabb Photography
Kris Harner, GKC Show Chair, Judge Linda Ayers Turner Knorr, and Jeanette Stribling, GKC President, celebrate the occasion with Jeff and ‘Whitney.’
148 | SHOWSIGHT MAGAZINE, NOVEMBER 2022
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