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    From her purchase of foundation bitch Far Away Loo until her too-early death, Sunny Shay was the determining factor in creating and continuing the Grandeur line.

Outspoken, opinionated, and always working to maintain a pure strain within the breed, Sunny is well-remembered and missed by much of the dog world.

Many of dogdom's greatest journalists and experts in the breed interviewed or wrote about Sunny. Some of their work is here for your enjoyment, as well as some of Sunny's own thoughts and notes.

Notes from Sunny Handwritten notes about breeding, showing and judging.
Afghans as Pets Book written with Sunny's help. Some selected pages, with photos and text.
The Afghan Commandments An old document found among Sunny's papers - still as valid today as then.
Feature
Articles
Westminster Winner, Ch. Shirkhan of Grandeur - an article in the February 25, 1957 issue of Time magazine.
Feature about Shirkhan's entry into the Hall of Fame - Afghan International, c. 1971.
Our Afghans, "Pages from the Past" a historical article on early Grandeur breeding activity. published April, 1981.
Dog World Annual featured an article on "The Grandeur Afghans" in their 1951 issue.
Interviews
Carol Reisman interviewed Sunny for the News Hound in a piece called "Genesis."
Afghan Hound Review ran an interview with Sunny in their September-October 1975 issue, reprinted in the March-April, 1991 issue.
The Afghan Quarterly published this interview entitled "Sunny Shay" in their Winter 1979-80 issue.
Rare transcript of an unpublished interview with Sunny taped by Roger Rechler in 1976.
Tributes &
Obituaries
Midwest Afghan Hound Club dedicated their 1983 Specialty Show to Sunny's memory, with tributes to her throughout their Show Program.
Our Afghans featured a loving obituary on Sunny.
Afghan Hound Review published a memorial by Ruth H. Tongren in 1978 (reprinted in 1991).
President Carter wrote a condolence letter to Sunny's family.


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