about clint & libby

Sanger Texas is the home of RiverWind Norwegian Elkhounds and their two human companions—Elizabeth (Libby) Parmer-Smith and her husband Major Clint S. Smith.

Libby grew up with dogs. Her 4-H projects centered around them and dog training. Elkhounds have been part of her life for 20 years now. After finishing Law School, Libby was seeking a fun, fuzzy dog to run with her and to train in obedience. Thor of the Cedar Hills CD, CGC (the first of what now number many Elkies to share a home with Libby) arrived in 1985. He was purchased as a pet and proved to be a delightful companion. (He did have huge ears and was very dark.) His wonderful temperament created a devotion to the breed that has stayed with Libby. CH Ardon’s Inheritance CD (Dollar) was Libby’s first show dog and many more have followed. Libby shows in conformation and has trained, obedience, agility, and tracking with her dogs.

Clint has finally retired from active military duty and returned home to Libby and the Elkhounds in Sanger. Clint met the family in 2000 and with Elkhound approval joined the family in 2003. He loves the dogs and spoils them rotten.  We love the dogs and enjoy competing with them. All of our Norwegian Elkhound breeding stock and companions dogs are American Kennel Club registered and Champions. We breed occasionally—with health as a primary goal.  We strive to promote responsible dog ownership for the life of the dog and will stand behind every puppy we create.