Sovrin Superman ‘Kal-el’
December 20 1998 to February 10 2011
In so many ways he was
unique. A once in a lifetime dog. He left his mark on the Pharaoh
Hound breed, the sport of dogs and my heart.
Kal-el was my friend
and constant companion for 12 years. We traveled the world and
experienced so many ‘firsts’ together. He almost never had a bad day
and his effervescent personality made every day brighter.
attention and would stomp his feet and smile for food. If I managed
that, he would take my arm or sleeve in his mouth and just lead me
over to what he wanted.
He knew so many words, I could carry on a conversation with him. He
would actually answer, in his own ‘woo woo woo’ as though he was
trying to form words. And he always had to have the last word. If I
said, ‘What do you want?’, he would trot over to whatever it was he
wanted and push it with his nose. Which always had something to do
He was not an affectionate boy, yet almost every night, he would
eventually crawl under the covers and get as close to me as he could.
But that was the only time he cuddled unless there was a
thunderstorm. Then he would put his head on my lap and tremble just
was happy he felt I was his protector when he did need one.
He loved walking on the
beach, chasing rabbits and having fun, but would only come back
he decided he had had enough. I remember when he got loose in The
Netherlands and when I caught up with him he was covered with the
black, smelly mud from the bottom of a canal. He looked like a
brindle Pharaoh Hound.
Kal-el loved the show ring, because he loved being the center of
attention and Joe would feed
him liver endlessly.
I had to cook a pound or two of liver
show! If a piece of liver
tossed every few
Kal-el would start to talk
again.. demanding more. Joe did his
best to keep him entertained by doing his obedience routine of sits
and downs, which he did with lightning speed. He was a clown and a
showing fool and always so much fun.
Lure coursing was his
passion. In his prime it took two people to get him to the line. Me
on the front end and Karen with a slip lead around the loin. He
always ran clean, he never cheated and it gave me great joy to watch
him doing what he was meant to do.
Kal-el, if there is a doggie
heaven, I hope there are bunnies there for you. I love you and will
miss you forever.
His many accomplishments in
the sport of dogs ……………..
American Kennel Club Bench Champion
American Kennel Club Senior Courser
American Kennel Club Field Champion
American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen
American Kennel Club #1 male/#2 Pharaoh Hound 2001, 2002
American Kennel Club Top 5 Pharaoh Hound 2000, 2003, Top Twenty 1999
Westminster Kennel Club Award of Merit 2002 and 2003
United Kennel Club Grand Champion
German National and Sighthound Club Champion
Netherlands Veteran Champion
Copenhagen Winner 2004
Euro Winner 2005
Best In Show, Best Veteran in Show….with too many Group placements
And his legacy …… 21
Champion offspring around the world with several more on their way
Kal-el was a pre-potent and dream sire who stamped his type in
almost every breeding.
AKC Champion XO Superhero SC
AKC Champion XO Spectacular Spectacular ‘Rave’
AKC Champion XO Fuji JC ‘Fuji’
AKC Dual Champion Katobi’s Fortune of Cairo SC CGC ‘Cairo’
AKC Champion XO The Matrix Reloaded JC ‘Trinity’
AKC Champion XO Gone With The Wind JC ‘Scarlett’
AKC Champion XO Gold Card ‘Goldie’
AKC, Canadian Champion XO’s Invincible JC ‘Brodie’
Belgian, Luxembourg Champion XO’s Immortal ‘Connor’
AKC Dual Champion, Netherlands Champion XO’s Ideal MC ‘Dolly’
AKC Field Champion XO’s Icon MC ‘Vista’
AKC Dual Champion, Canadian Champion, UCICB Champion XO’s Imperial
AKC Field Champion XO Golden State SC ‘Finn aka Stinky’
Swedish Champion SLCCH Xemjia Almost an Angel ‘Maya’
Finish Champion B’Tesem Ahmosis Tal Sannat ‘Jaro’
Czech, Polish, Slovakian Champion B’Tesem Merenamun Tal Sannat
Czech Champion, Junior World Winner B’Tesem Ramisis Tal Sannat
German Champion B’Tesem Aanisah Tal Sannat ‘Aanisah’
Polish Champion Eneas Lateef Tal Sannat ‘Lafitek’
AKC Champion Eneas Nehemiach Tal Sannat ‘Jeremi’
Finish, Norwegian Champion Eneas Shemiel Tal Sannat ‘Welmu’