Prior to owning Salukis, Helen and David Graham owned and exhibited Afghan Hounds. Before moving to live in France in 2005, they were members of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club (SGHC) and the Northern Saluki Club (NSC), and longstanding committee members of the NSC. David was NSC Treasurer from 1990 -2005, and from 2002 -2005 Helen was NSC Secretary. Helen has been editor of the NSC's quarterly newsletter since 1994, and continues as Saluki Breed Notes correspondent for Our Dogs.
Helen and David were also committee members of the Saluki Welfare Fund, a charity established by both breed clubs to re-home Salukis in distress. David was Treasurer of the SWF since its inception until 2005, and Helen its Vice Chairman and Press Officer. David was a major fund-raiser for the SWF, organising and participating in numerous charity events, including the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves climbing the highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland within a 24 hour period. He also built a raft and captained a team in the River Severn Raft Regatta, and has completed several 20 mile overnight walks on the Ridgeway.
From 1975-2004, Helen and David were co-organisers of the annual Saluki Rally or garden party in aid of the Saluki Welfare Fund.
Both are championship show judges of Salukis. Helen has judged Salukis at Championship Show level in several countries overseas, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium and France. David has judged the breed at Championship show level in Finland and Switzerland. Helen and David both judge all hound breeds at Open Show level. In 2000 and 2002 they were co-organisers of and trainers at the NSC's breed judging seminar, and in 2003 Helen was an invited tutor, speaking about Saluki Conformation and Movement on the Kennel Club’s Training programme for Championship Show Group Judges.
Helen Graham is a psychologist and writer. From 1974-2000 she was Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University, U.K. She is the author of 11 books on psychology, the psychology of health and healing and complementary medicine, and co-author (with Gregory Vlamis) of the international best-seller Bach Flower Remedies for Animals (Findhorn Press). Helen's books have been published in many countries including the USA, France, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Brazil, Russia, Israel, Croatia, and Indonesia. She has contributed numerous articles to canine journals and magazines, and is Saluki Correspondent for Our Dogs newspaper. In 2000 she took early retirement to pursue other interests.
David Graham is a physicist, and former high school teacher and Head of Science.
David was granted a Separate Interest in the Daxlore affix and, in 2005 became a Joint Partner.
Until 2005, Helen and David lived with their Salukis, a Whippet, rare breed sheep and ornamental wildfowl in the Shropshire countryside. In 2005, they moved with their dogs to live in SW France, where they continue to breed the Daxlore Salukis.