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    Posted byadmin on Monday, June 25 @ 16:06:54 EDT
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    The other day I was at BLUFFS RUN and run into Ronald L (Ding) & Mary LeFebvre. I though an interview with Ding would be quite interesting, so I started asking questions and it turned out pretty good. I think!

    Where did you come by the nickname of DING?

    There was a comic strip back years ago named “DINGLEHOOFER UND HIS DOG ADOLPH” and that where it came from.

    What year did you and Mary get married?

    July 7th 1947.

    That means you are celebrating 60 years of marriage very soon. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

    How many children did you and Mary have?

    We had 7 children, 4 Boys and 3 Girls, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grand children and 1 more due in a couple of months.

    When and where did you see your first greyhound race?

    Sodrac Park in I think 1946 or 47.

    What year did you get your first greyhound?

    We whelped a litter of pups in 1963 out of Dapples and Mixed Babe, a couple of them were Mary’s Lamb, DL’s Lindy and DL’s Jill.

    What did you do for a living before you got into the greyhound business full time?

    I ran a gas station in Mapleton. I liked the dogs better.

    When did you get into raising greyhounds full time?

    That was in 1979.

    When did you buy the farm that you and Mary and now two of your Children (Gary & Ken) now raise  dogs on?

    Mary and I bought the farm in 1971. Mary and I still live there now, but Ken owns it and lets us live there.

    What is the most important stage of a puppies life?

    0-3 months, 3months to a year or after a year.

    It is definitely the first three months.

    What is more important the Brood Female or the Stud dog?

    That’s and easy question the female, without a doubt.

    What is the recipe for raising a good greyhound? You seem to have gotten it down pretty pat the last 15 years or so.

    Start with a good female, breed to the best stud dog you can, give them lots of TLC and then have Lady Luck on your side.

    Name a couple of your favorite dogs.


    Who was the fastest dog you ever raised?

    That’s another easy answer. It was BE MY BUBBA. World Record Holder over the 5/16 mile course and winner of THE IOWA BREEDERS CLASSIC.

    If you were to build a new farm today how would you build it?

    I would have room for no more than 10 females, and my runs would be 1,000 feet long by 40 feet wide. I would only build it big enough to handle 70 pups at a time that is a plenty. If you get more than that you can’t touch each dog every day and that is very important. You must pet every dog every day.

    Name a couple of people that have been instrumental in your success in the business.

    Darold Robertson from New Castle OK. He helped me get started in the earlier years. Jerry Heine from Abilene KS , he schooled most of my pups for me. Jeff and Jeana Wilhite from Bluffs Run who run most of my good dogs. They took good care of my dogs.

    What is the most memorable moment in the last 35 years of raising greyhounds?

    That would be when BE MY BUBBA win the IOWA BREEDERS CLASSIC in 2000.

    What advice would you give to someone that wants to start raising greyhounds.

    You must be dedicated and love the dogs or don’t start.

    Mary. You have been sitting there listening and adding a few comments now and then. Tell me a few memories and words of advice you would give some one.

    I LOVED THOSE PUPPIES!!.That would be when win the , and I remember one day we had a female in labor and having trouble and the closest vet available was Dr Milbourn in Elk Pointe, SD. We took her up there and Doc cut her open and started handing me puppies, to clean up. When Doc was finished he said Mrs. LeFebvre you had better go outside and get some fresh air. You know he always called me Mrs LeFervre , never Mary and I did know him pretty well.


    How many miles have you logged in the last 21 years going from Mapleton to Bluffs Run and back. I think it’s 180 miles round trip.

    Yes! It’s 180 miles round trip and we made that trip at least 5 times per week and sometimes 6 times a week for 19 or 20 years. That would be, lets see 180 miles times 5 days times 50 weeks times 20 years. We wore a few vehicles out. I know that.

    Well the answer , thanks to a calculator is 900,000 miles minimum.

    Thank You Ding and Mary!

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