West Highland White Terrier Club of America

WHWTCA Verbal History Project

The West Highland White Terrier Club of America Verbal History Project represents an excellent opportunity to learn about the past 50 year history of the national club through the words of the 25 Year Members. Approximately 60 members of this elite group have shared their experiences in how they started with our beloved breed, who their mentors were, their most memorable moments in Westies, their favorite Westies, the best Westie authors and artists in their opinions, their views on the future of the breed and the advice they would impart to current and future Westie enthusiasts.

This group represents over 2,000 combined years of Westie devotion and experience, and their biographies represent an enormous wealth of knowledge and advice about the breed. The 25 Year Members are both show and performance enthusiasts and pet people, but they all share one common characteristic - a deep and lasting love for West Highland White Terriers.

This Verbal History Project represents only a beginning, not an end. Each year brings more members into the 25 Year club, and they, as along with all current 25 Year Members who have yet to submit a biography, are invited – no, urged to share their experiences and thoughts on this site.

All 25 Year Members can submit their 1 to 3 page biographies (no photos at this time), preferably in electronic format, to Wayne Kompare wkompare@verizon.net, or 4836 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234). Biographies will be edited and sent back to the authors for their final approval before being added to the master on-line file.

If you have a problem getting started with your biography, you can use the list of 20 questions (found Here) that many of the current bio authors have used, or just write what you think is most memorable about your life with Westies.

Viewing the Verbal History File

In order to view any of the submitted biographies, click on this link to the “25 Year Members”. All members with biographies will have their names highlighted on the list that is presented. Just click on the highlighted names to view their biographies.

Recent additions as of September, 2019:

We expect many more bios to be added in the 4th quarter of 2019 and into 2020


Thanks to all of the 25 Year Members who submitted their biographies, and thanks to all of the regional coordinators who played such a huge role in making this Project a success - Mary Bradley, Wendell Marumoto, Sue Napady, Marty Replogle, Anne Sanders, Linda Servin, Seymour Weiss and Betty Williams. Special thanks go to Seymour Weiss, who did a superb job editing all the biographies. Thanks also go to CarolAnn Willliams for all her work putting the file up on the website.