American Whippet Club
1970 Whippet Annual
Our great appreciation to Lynne Underwood for allowing permission to preserve this 1970 Whippet Yearbook on the AWC Website.
Shown here going to BOS from the Classes at the Santa Barbara Western Specialty in July, 1968. Judge Mrs. Philip S. P. Fell.
"Trappy" had almost completed the requirements for his championship when he was lost in an unfortunate accident on returning from this show.
Owner: Doctor John Shelton Oakland, California
CHAMPION MADCAP SYNDICATED NEWS
Sire: Ch. Hollypark Highland Fling
"Calpurnia" was a Specialty Winner at the age of seven months and has achieved outstandingly in the show ring.
CHAMPION PENNYWORTH HO HO HO
As owner Mary Jane Frank says "Our grand old man"
ENG. CH. BADGEWOOD SEWICKLEY, J.W. (background)
Sire: Eng. Ch. Laguna Ligonier
Sewickley (in the background of the picture) first shown at Crufts as an eight months old puppy, won Best Whippet Puppy. She earned her Junior Warrent (see note) at Windsor Championship Show the following June. She received her first Championship Certificate and Best Of Breed under Miss Gilliam Usher at Windsor, her second under Mrs. C. Hodgson at the Midland Whippet Championship Show, and her third certificate at the Richmond Championship Show
under Mr. W. E. Foster. Sewickley got a fourth Certificate at the Belfast Champion ship Show. In England, she produced by Ch. Badgewood Michael of Meander, the winner Badgewood Savanah, and by Badgewood Bullfinch another winner and producer -Badgewood Brambling. Her last litter, as yet unshown, are by Ch. Mardormere Paleface.
Martha Jane, a winner in England and America, was so named because the real Calamity Jane's proper name was Martha Jane Canary. This was too many letters for the Kennel Club, so shortened to Martha Jane. "Janie" now has a young daughter named Jane Canary to complete the cycle.
Note: The title of Junior Warrent is awarded to winners of twenty-five points for first only at English Open and Championship Shows before the age of eighteen months.
BADGEWOOD CALAMITY JANE
Sire: Eng. Ch. Wingfoot Marksman of Allways
Calamity was shown only once at the Whippet Club Championship Show in London. She placed third in the Maiden Bitch Class with an entry of twenty-three. At that show I saw Laguna Ligonier for the first time and immediately booked a service for Calamity. She obliged by coming in season within the month. From this mating came Eng. Ch. Badgewood Sewickley, Badgewood Allegheny and Badge-wood Monongehela, who became a well known race dog. Sewickley and Allegheny were first and second in the Puppy Bitch. Class (6 to 9 months) at Crafts, their first time in the show ring. Sewickley went on to the Best Whippet Puppy at Crufts that year. Two years later, Allegheny's son by Eng. Ch. Laguna Limelight was also Best Whippet Puppy at Crufts. Shortly afterwards, we sold him to Sweden where he became Int. Ch. Badgewood Mark Twain.
Calamity was mated a second time to Eng. Ch. Laguna Ligonier. From this litter came Ch. Badgewood Indian Scout and Ch. Badgewood Martha Jane. Calamity's litter by Eng. Ch. Samarkands Greenbrae Tarragon did nothing for us. Her last litter by Michael, from which we kept Badgewood Dixie, also produced a lovely son, Badgewood General Lee, who won handsomely the only time shown. He now lives the good life in London during the week, motoring down in a Rolls Royce and spending long weekends in the West Country.
Calamity was always a terrific hunter. The most beautiful mover, she was very fast. Because of her love for hunting and the wide open spaces, she and her daughter Fiddle (Allegheny) were killed outside our driveway looking for greener pastures with more rabbits on the other side of the road.
Allegheny had won at the Northern Counties Whippet Club Championship Show the year Mrs. Margaret Newcombe judged. From her litter by Eng. Ch. Laguna Limelight, she produced, in addition to Int. Ch. Badgewood Mark Twain, the bitch Badgewood Moon River who won at Championship Shows before being sold to a life of ease and comfort. Just before we left England, Moon River had a lovely litter by Ch. Badgewood Earlyville - all bitches.
Allegheny is also the dam of Badgewood Charlottesville (still in England) and Badgewood Manassas.
BADGEWOOD COPPER PENNY
Sire: Ch. Meander Metallurgist
"Mother" was the matriarch of our kennel. She is the granddam of Eng. Ch. Badgewood Sewickley, Ch. Badgewood Martha Jane, Ch. Badgewood The Plainsman and Ch. Badgewood Indian Scout, as well as the great great granddam of Int. Ch. Badgewood Mark Twain and the great great great granddam of Ch. Badge- wood Earlysville.
We bought her at five months and took her to Pasadena. Her next move was to Oyster Bay, Long Island. She was shown at several local shows, hating every moment of it. Her last and most spectacular effort was at the last Morris and Essex Show where she grabbed the lapel of the judge when he leaned over to look at her bite. I still have the two dollar bill she won for going third in the class.
She was mated to Ch. Meander Bob White. From that litter we kept one dog, Badgewood Bullfinch. Before moving to England, he had nine points to his title, while only nine months old. With his mother and Ch. Badgewood Michael of Meander he spent six months in quarantine. Like any plant reaching for the sun, he grew and grew. He never bodied-up until he was four years old. He died in Rhode Island in the spring of 1970 and leaves behind Badgewood Blacksmiths Arms, Badgewood The Swallows and Badgewood Golden Pheasant.
"Mother" was mated to Eng. Ch. Marksman of Allways after coming out of quarantine, and produced Badgewood Annie Oakley, Badgewood Belle Starr and Badgewood Calamity Jane. Badgewood Annie Oakley went to Ireland to Mrs. Wendell Howell where she produced Badgewood Bannockburn to Ch. Great Circle The Scot,, a son of Mr. Young's bitch Heather Patch.
Another "Mother" mating was to Eng. Ch. Eveningstar of Always, but this cross did not produce anything spectacular, though I did win my first red card (first prize) in Eng land with one of these pups - Badgewood Ducat. Belle Starr did quite a bit of good winning at Open and Championship Shows, including a reserve Best In Show. Last year at the AWC Eastern Specialty she won the Veterans Class at ten years under Mrs. Cormany. "Mother" came back with us to Rhode Island in August 1969 and died the following autumn.
She hunted until the very end.
CH. BADGEWOOD MICHAEL OF MEANDER
Michael was sent out to us in California, when he was ten months old. I had written Miss Shearer asking for "not a top show dog, but a good representative of the breed" to be good with children and keep me company while my husband was gone for months at a time on business in the Far East. The day after he arrived, while I was holding a Girl Scout Mothers' meeting, I lost sight of our four year old son and new whippet pup. After quite a search, they were found walking down the sidewalk of El Molino Avenue in Pasadena ; no collar or lead on Michael, but young son saying "Come on Rinny, etc." I gathered up "Rin-Tin-Tin" and my make believe "Rusty" and herded them home.
Michael won most of his points at shows on the West Coast. He finished with a five point major under Donald Hostetter after moving back to Long Island.
Michael sat for six months in quarantine in England. For a while he had quite a nice racket going for himself. At "tea time" he would be put out in an enclosed run for a bit of exercise. While he was out, the food was placed in his kennel and his neighbor's; however, the doors to both were left open. His neighbor would be carried out to the run and Michael allowed to run back free. So he ate his neighbor's food first and then popped back to his own.
Michael was never shown in England, but he sired several litters over there. His progeny to date are being shown on both sides of the Atlantic. Badgewood Charlottesville has done good winning at Championship Shows in England. Her brother, Badgewood Manassas, is the sire of our good young dog Badgewood Wells Fargo. His daughter, Badgewood Dixie, a point winner here, is the dam of a lovely youngster - Badgewood Scarlet O'Hara. His son, Badgewood Culpepper is the sire of Ch. Badgewood Earlysville.
With his lovely type, soundness, eyes and pigmentation, Michael has left us a lot to go on with.
CH. BADGEWOOD EARLYSVILLE
DAUGHTER AND GRANDMOTHER Left to Right:
INT. CH. BADGEWOOD MARK TWAIN
CH. BADGEWOOD INDIAN SCOUT
Sire: Eng. Ch. Laguna Ligonier
Ch. Thane Jenny of Rose Dawn
ABOUT YOUR YEARBOOK - The People Who Wrote It and The People Who Worked On It ......................................................
By now you very likely have read completely through The Whippet Yearbook in order to arrive at this last section. Perhaps this is a section one does not expect to find in a book, nevertheless, if it were not for this section there would have been no Yearbook inasmuch as the people listed on the following pages are those who have contributed either by submission of articles, pictures, financially or in various other ways. There are insufficient words to thank each and every one of you who contributed with pictures and suggestions regarding this Yearbook - the kaleidoscope section alone represents several hundred owners. There were over 1,000 pieces of correspondence relative to this book and over 800 pictures were received -all of which will be returned. It is estimated that a total of approximately 3,000 hours were spent on this book, from its conception to the mailing of the finished book itself and the return of all photographs.
The first thanks must go to the Northern California Whippet Club, for no matter how fine an idea, if there are no funds with which to accomplish the idea there is no end result. The Northern California Whippet Club, in entirety, under wrote the financial responsibility for publication of the Yearbook. It was a large undertaking for a regional Club. When this Yearbook was conceived it was estimated at 75 pages and priced accordingly. As the Yearbook grew so did Whippet owners' enthusiasm and as a result the finished book was more voluminous than ever planned, but the price was not raised. How much better to have a book to print with a multitude of things in it, than a book with no participation.
Thanks to Victor Renner, President of the American Whippet Club, for the fore word to this Yearbook, and also for doing his share in contributing names and addresses of dogs, pictures and vital statistics. The Secretary of the AWC, Louis Pegram, was besieged with requests for names and addresses, and statistics on racing dogs and other material. Every request was answered, at the last there were so many notes that it was suggested he simply answer in the margin of the letters - which he did. Mrs. Philip S.P. Fell was most generous with her help, both as to write ups and supplying pictures which are of interest to many.
1922, Whippet Racing on the Phipps Polo Field, Westbury, Long Island
Mrs. James M. Austin - late owner of the famous Catawba Kennels - with her daughters Betty (holding the lead) and Barbara West. Betty West is now Mrs. Philip S.P. Fell, co-owner of Badgewood Kennels.
Mrs. Margaret Newcombe was one of the first to answer a request for pictures of some of the past greats. Some of these pictures, as were so many others received, priceless - one of the biggest worries of this Yearbook was getting these pictures to the printers and returned to the owner unharmed - for some of these photos could never be replaced and certainly the faith many Whippet people displayed by having the feeling the photos would be unharmed was heartwarming.
It would be difficult to say where Christine Cormany found the time to participate so wholeheartedly. Several workers on the Yearbook commented that after one bout of Yearbook they wouldn't have the heart to tackle the Whippet News six times a year. At any rate, the history of Mr. James Young is fascinating to many who are comparatively new to the breed, a good many of whom never realized that there was such a thing as a rough-coated whippet.
Mrs. Pearl Baumgartner is to be thanked for the material she submitted and, as always, her wholehearted cooperation for a Whippet project. She worked long hours with Mrs. Lynne Underwood going over the Racing Section - this section represented a fantastic amount of work. Thanks also to Mrs. Doris Ringer.
Sibyl and Gene Jacobs contributed a very nice article. Gene also had some good sketches which were too large for reduction for this book, unfortunately, but the Yearbook was happy to have some excellent photos of Whipoo Whippets - many of them seem for the first time by a good many of us.
The Yearbook Staff would like to thank Mr. William Schmick who so kindly went out of his way to assist in securing addresses of top show dogs so that owners might be notified that their dog was to be featured in this Yearbook. By the same token, Mrs. Diane Horton and Mrs. Elaine Usherson were most helpful in this area. Without the help of Char Fischer and Dona Helton a good many of the Mid-West dogs would have been missed. Dona Helton kindly supplied the picture and Lynne Underwood did the write up on a racing dog whose owner suggested the Yearbook get the material on his dog "from some other source." It speaks very well of the Whippet people that they go out of their way to see that every dog gets their just credit, even though they neither owned nor bred the dog. This was one of the very encouraging things about this Yearbook - people cared about seeing that every dog entitled to be in the top 1970 statistics be found and that recognition be given.
About here we must put in a word about the Canadian people. Mrs. Collings' article was, indeed, a splendid one which a good many people will appreciate. Bill Turpin, Sr. had his nose to the grindstone for months - giving up his much loved golf game to work on the Yearbook for something he loves even more than golf - his Whippets! It would be hard to find an area where Whippet owners participated more wholeheartedly than in British Columbia. Phyllis Newmarch always had faith there would be a Yearbook - she was the first person on this continent to reserve two books - in December, 1970, followed by Harlan Klintworth.
Richard Reynolds was most helpful in supplying information on past greats, who they were, who owned them, and data that only those that had been in the breed a goodly amount of time would know.
A good share of Memory Lane and the old time greats in obedience would not be present if Don "Hap" Frames had been reticent in sharing his knowledge. Don made suggestions which were very helpful, submitted photos, gave addresses and in general was a mainstay in times of crisis in locating people and dogs. All the way through this project it should be noted that the older breeders - and certainly those who have made their mark not only in showing, obedience, racing and coursing - went out of their way to be helpful.
One of the people we were pleased to hear from was Gertrude Hooft in Joplin, Missouri , back from Holland. She very graciously sent some photos which surely must be priceless and we would like to share the following parts of her letter with you:
"October 10, 1971
"Thank you for your kind letter. Putting together a Yearbook sounds great, but what a lot of work and responsibility There are very few pictures or mementoes left - only in my mind. It is all so long ago, and the last few years I have moved so that a lot has been lost. At present my personal belongings are in boxes stashed away in a friend's basement, but I found the enclosed photos which perhaps are usable.
"I think (I am not positive) that Frosty (Ch. Frosty Morn of Meander) was the first Whippet to go Best in Show on the West Coast. She also won several hound groups. Not shown much, she was a poor shower!
"Her daughter, Dottie, won 13 hound groups and went Best in Show four times - all in California. She was undefeated in the breed, there were not many Whippets in the ring then. In fact, she won her title in three weeks without ever seeing another whippet (2 groups, one Best in Show, each worth 5 points). It was fun!
"I am sending the photo of the Lark because she was so lovely. Judith Shearer said that she was the best bitch she ever bred and that covers a lot of territory. I showed her to the title, no more.
"Perhaps you can use the head studies since they are rather good. One is of Picardia Sandpiper with a young daughter. The other is of Ch. Picardia Snowflake and P. Nocturne. As to writing an article, I am sorry, but no, I never did when I was active and it is a little late to start now.
"I shall always have Whippets. Have one here with me. She is from the last litter of Richard and Miss Willy. Boarded out nearby is one from Julia that I became attached to while there. Also Hap has two that he is sending as soon as I find a place of my own. One is the last of my own breeding, a granddaughter of the Lark.
"Having grown up and resided in the Bay Area most of my life, the Midwest is not quite my cup of tea, but think I shall settle here. I understand there are whippet fanciers up around St. Louis. I miss dog people. I also have a Vizsla. Bought her impulsively over the telephone from a man in Ohio and have never regretted it. She is out of this world. Thinks she is a Whippet! She has been everywhere with me.
"Perhaps the dog part of these photos would be usable, sorry I can find nothing better at this time.
Ed. Note: This writer has several times heard a statement credited to Gertrude Hooft to the effect that if you wanted to breed successfully you had to have a good foundation bitch to begin with surely an astute statement.
Thanks go also to Mr. Maxwell Riddle. Many of us never realized that he ever owned a Whippet - and one so socially inclined at that! Mr. Riddle has a paper backed book entitled "Dog People Are Crazy" which is evidently true - you will have to read it to believe it! The Dog Encyclopedia, in which he wrote a good many pages, is now on the market.
Doctor William Houpt, owner of two whippets, and breeder of a very interesting litter of late, has added his thoughts on appropriate garb for the ring.
About here we must say something about the people who kindly submitted art work for this book:
Mary Beth Arthur:
Mrs. Mary Beth Arthur, age 23, is a native Milwaukean and an avid Whippet fancier. Since acquiring her first Whippet in 1963, she has competed in showing, racing and obedience training dogs.
Both she and her husband, Doug, work for the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Mary is a secretary for the Department of Zoology.
Her kennel name, Marial, is affixed to all of her Whippets, which are co-owned by her mother, Mrs. Bernice Strauss.
She has been a member of the American Whippet Club since 1964 and is presently a member of the Racing Rules and Regulations Committee for National Point Whippet Racing; and also Midwest Regional Shaw Chairman.
She has bred or owned six A.K.C. Champions, two Award of Racing Merit Winners, and five Companion Dogs (C.D.) plus one Companion Dog Excellent (C.D.X.) during eight years of limited breed activities. (No photo submitted)
Spent youth showing horses (arabs and quarters) had dogs but not the main interest in my life. Did some coursing with Whippets and Greyhounds before my marriage, went to Peirce College for Animal Husbandry Major.
Had Whippets and Greyhounds and German Shorthaired Pointers after I was married, showed all three breeds and also continued to course. (early 1960). I got my first Saluki a few years ago and finished her very easily, with a 'B.O.S.' over Specials, she now has her first litter and one of the males I have kept is showing real promise going 'B.O.B.' over 12 adult dogs in his first match when he was just 3 months old. My last A.K.C. Greyhound is in Mexico and has placed in the groups in Mexico City every time out.
Total: Three Whippets, One Greyhound, Four Salukis and One old Parti Poodle.
Also you may wish to mention my sculptures in both Raw Metals and Bronze, I now work on commission only.
I am afraid I do not know too much about her and I cannot reach her either - she has moved from her address in San Diego, so here goes on what I do know about her.
She has two Salukis, red males, and one Whippet bitch. She is twenty years old. She would like to go into the art field in some way. She was working in some field of drawing for a company in San Diego. She has a gift for pen and ink drawing and should go into some work with animals. Kathy did the Memory Lane drawing.
Patricia Mills is shown here with a part of her dog family.
Mrs. Patricia A. Mills was born in Oakland March 16, 1939. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in art at Sacramento State. Branching out from Ceramics Pat took up painting, drawing and jewelry making. A fortuitous incident resulted in a summer art tour of Europe and vacation from her usual position as an Art and P.E. teacher in a Junior High in Sacramento .
At present Pat is still plugging away at her teaching job, working on a Master's degree in Art and doing custom made jewelry as well as painting and drawing. The ceramics have not fallen by the wayside as she spent the last summer teaching a group of high school students about clay.
Pat's main hobby is her dogs. Inspired by her children, Lynette & Tommy, she took up dog shows and is as enthusiastic about her Whippets and Bedlington as she is about her art work. As a matter of fact, Pat hopes to combine her two main interests by doing paintings and drawings of whippets as well as other breeds.
We thank Donna for the many fine sketches she sent us throughout the Yearbook.
My first whippet was Ch. Uhuru's Rolling Stone, C.D., known as Pete. She was bought from Wings Kennel, in Rutledge, Mo., and brought home at age 6 months. in the back of a drafty Triumph TR-3 in -50 weather. I knew very little about whippets then, and had originally wanted an afghan or greyhound, but they were, (I thought) too big. Still, I didn't want a small dog, and decided I wanted a big whippet. I picked a kennel from a doggy magazine, within driving distance - and drove up and in the freezing cold picked out the largest pup, Pete. Little did I know that the kennel I chose was one which had small English/East coast whippets, so big Pete turned out a whomping l4 inches tall. I showed Pete for about a year before I ever learned about Ch. points, and then discovered she had 5. Eventually I learned.
Moley Rat, C.D. was my second whippet, and after her, it seemed natural to accumulate whippets. I bred Pete to Louis Pegram's Spring Intrigue, and kept 2 bitches out of the litter. I got April Fool and Nicotine, and lost both as a result of fence accidents. My lone male is Meander Floating World, formerly owned by Louis Pegram. I have one Italian greyhound bitch, Ch. Cinder Shade, who thinks she is a whippet and runs the lure better than many whippets. My new interest is racing greyhounds, and I am presently trying to learn all I can about them in the hopes of eventually getting into the greyhound industry. Still, I love my whippets and will always have some as a part of my family. My house dogs consist of: Pete, Moley, Chelsea and Karma (out of Pete by Spring Intrigue), Tiger (Meander Floating World), Cinder (IG), Shebbie (out of Ch. Pennyworth April Fool), and a part time house dog, Tassel, out of Nicotine.
Thanks also to Ann Webster from Canada who did the lovely artwork that opens the Yearbook. Ann is a teacher, but finds time for her art and her Whippets.
Helpful with the Yearbook were Mrs. Carol Messamore who helped with collating, Jim Hoover in the mailing department, and Mrs. Pat Thompson who typed mailing labels it as did Diane Larson. Jerry Grimmett undertook the multitudinous task of returning the stacks of photos, which was a real job in itself.
Mrs. Joan Frailey:
Joan tells us her interest in dogs began as a small child as her parents were, and are still animal lovers. They raised sporting dogs for hunting. At their house, it was always apparent, that animals had their spot in the home. Shortly after she married Glenn, they purchased an 8 weeks old boxer puppy bitch. Through training her in obedience classes to a U.D. degree, they began to take an interest in showing and breeding, and realizing she was lacking in many areas, purchased a young male boxer, son of the famous Ch. Bang Away of Sirrah crest fame, who became a top-notch winner of Groups and Specialties. This was only the beginning of a span of 15 years breeding and exhibiting many boxers to their championships. Their interest in the whippets began in 1964. Glenn and Joan were most fortunate to purchase as their foundation stock, the illustrious Ch. Stoney Meadows Royal Fortune and Ch. Stoney Meadows Frosty Queen. Both of which made their mark in the show records and now as producers. Under the kennel prefix, L Terrace Hill, they have finished several whippets in the past several years and bred a few litters of which the youngsters are now entering the show ring. Joan's interest in dogs is wide-spread and she enjoys handling various breeds. Currently she is campaigning, in addition to the whippets, a smooth fox terrier and has enjoyed many top wins with this young dog. And now, seriously, judging has become a very important part in her activities. "To be able to breed, exhibit and judge definitely stimulates one in appreciating the fine qualities of pure bred dogs; regardless of the particular breed which one awns," sums it up for Joan Frailey.
We thank Joan for her work and support of the Yearbook.
(See photo under Sportsmanship Section) Mrs. Frederica Page - who presented us with the obedience article.
Mrs. Page states she was born of a "doggy" family. Her Mother was Natalie W. Lewis, author of "Your Dog", breeder of Pekes and German Shorthairs; well known eastern judge. Her Father was the beloved Arthur M. (Monty) Lewis, noted Field Trial authority and judge. Breeder and competitor in American Cockers and Springers in the field. Active in "Dogs for Defense".
Freddie showed her first dog at age 12 in Madison Square Garden - winning class with a Pekingese, and started judging at age 21 (Sealyhams). She was the first woman in the U.S.A. to hold an AKC license to judge bench, obedience and field trials. Freddie states she has owned 24 registered breeds - some only one individual - some a few litters. Trained, trimmed and personally showed to their Championships, American Cockers, German Shorthairs, English Setter, Beagles, Standard Poodles and Whippets. Wrote a breed column for the AKC Gazette way back when. Taught Obedience for the Connecticut Cocker Spaniel Club. Has made several CDs.
Freddie Page owner-handled her Humble Acre Happy Chance to BOB at the AWC Western Specialty at Santa Barbara in 1970. Her kennel name is "Farvel".
(see photo under #1 Obedience Whippet for 1970)
Mrs. Carol Manley is a resident of Hayward , California , where she resides with her husband and two children. Carol has two whippets and is now a whippet breeder of record. Carol has the #10 whippet in obedience for 1970. She also has three horses, 4 cats and two goldfish, a turtle and a parakeet. Carol is a 4-H leader and teaches dog care, dog training and horse care for her 4-H group. She is a full time student at Chabot College and working towards her A.A. She is a member of a Horseman's association besides her whippet activities. Carol did the very nice sketch heading the conformation section.
Mrs. Pauline Shirley
Mrs. Pauline Shirley is our statistician and also worked on the puppy kaleidoscope section. She was too modest to submit an autobiography, however, Pauline is very active also in Yorkie circles, being a breeder and exhibitor of Yorkies. Her husband, Jim, is Secretary of that Club this year. In addition to being a housewife, mother of three children, Pauline works part time for a veterinarian, shows her blue and white Whippet, Skye (well on his way towards a championship). Pauline also has a 'yen' for whippet antiques and spends spare moments in out-of-the way antique shops looking for Yorkie and Whippet things.
Dr. John C. Shelton
John did the sires and dam section and also a portion of the kaleidoscope.
My early days were spent with a Smooth Fox Terrier and several mutts, those wonderful creatures of which there is only one of each. Later I was involved with German Shepherds, Collies and Poodles, but again, more out of love than creativity. I saw my first Whippet in the early 1960's at Finger Lakes K.C. in Ithica, N. Y. where I was in graduate school at Cornell University. He was Ch. Courtenay Fleet- foot of Pennyworth. I said to my friend that he was the most beautiful animal I had ever seen. I was pleased that he went on to BIS that day and even more pleased to see in the Times the following winter that he won the Garden. My fascination with the Whippet breed lay dormant for a while until I moved to California in 1964. One day when I visited a friend I discovered that he had acquired a Whippet. Had she been for sale I would have bought her on the spot. Shortly thereafter my poodle was killed and I decided to get my Whippet at long last. I went to the show, visited kennels, looked at litters, and studied the breed. Finally I made my choice and that year I bought a bitch (and later a dog) from the Bardon Kennel (Frames). Sheridan has always been a small kennel, producing a litter of Whippets a year on the average. Our other breed is Smooth Fox Terriers, the quality of which we are very proud. All our dogs are house dogs; we feel that they turn out much better with this personal care and attention. We try to breed Whippets that can race and course as well as win in the ring, feeling strongly that form follows function.
Mrs. Susan Wilkins:
Susan very kindly consented to do the history of the dog and the Whippet when everyone else threw up their hands at the very idea.
I grew up around dogs; we had several dachshunds, a poodle, and a German Short - hair. But at that time my interest was horses. I had several of those also which I showed all over California. A jumping accident cut short my showing career, I showed a western horse for a while afterward but by this time my brother had become very interested and he took over the showing. Last year my husband and I decided we wanted a dog and we decided on the Whippet breed. I talked to a breeder here in Stockton and we decided to wait for a puppy out of this line. Well, one night I got a phone call from the breeder and, although, she didn't have puppies yet, she knew of a whippet who badly needed a home. It seems she was being raised in a dormitory room at UDP; and she had been discovered by the authorities. I brought her home that night, and she immediately made herself at home. This is Winsome's Camille who seems to show great promise as a racing bitch.
This July, we acquired another Whippet, Highland's Epinard Bold Ruler, better known as Big Jason. He has taken over the whole household, but Camille rules him with an iron paw. I think he will finish his championship as well as race well. At least that is what we hope. Anyway, Jason has taken it upon himself to be my husband's helper. He pulls the covers off of him in the morning. He carries his dirty socks to him (and sometimes his pipe also). He also makes sure he eats his dinner; otherwise Jason helps himself.
My husband is in the Air Force working in the Mental Health Clinic at Travis Air Force Base. He graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in Psychology. I graduated from UDP also with a degree in Chemistry; I spent two years in graduate research in Biochemistry but I changed my mind when the aerospace industry cut back their scientists. I am now studying for a doctorate in Pharmacy. My husband and I have been married 2 1/2 years.
Ed. Note: Every breed should have people in it like Susan Wilkins - always cheerful, helpful, and she takes on much work, does it well and even more importantly on time!
David A. Haberman
: Dave did the very good work on the write up of the History of Coursing. We happen to know that his wife, Adelaide, also did a lot of leg work on the section too.
I am a happily married man, age 29, with a lovely wife, Adelaide, and a 3 year old son, Andrew. I have lived all my life in California, all but 1 1/2 years in the bay area. I was born in Torrance, a Los Angeles suburb, and my parents moved shortly thereafter to San Francisco. Right now I reside in Walnut Creek in a lovely old- fashioned farm type house on about 3/4 acres which makes it nice for owning dogs.
I bought the place with that in mind, although I had only 3 dogs at that time. Now I am the proud owner of a fine brood-bitch English pointer, 2 coursing greyhounds, and two fine whippets, Sheridan's Ferrari, (Tiger) and Sheridan Majestic Prince. Before I get into how I got hooked on dogs, I should mention that I do work for a living. I am in business with my father and brother at our clothing store, Haberman's Wesconat in San Francisco. We are also ship suppliers and importers of Scandinavian products, namely Janus mesh underwear from Norway.
The Habermans' life with the "hounds" began in 1966. Seeing how much fun our European friends had with their dogs on our trip to Norway, we decided to buy a dog in June 1966. Adelaide wanted a toy poodle, I wanted a pointer. We answered an ad for pointers and picked up a real canine bargain in Tammy. She turned out to be a David A. Haberman grand daughter of national Champion Field Dog "Arkansas Ranger". I only wanted a pet but when I found out she could hunt it was a real bonus. We sent Tammy for training in Dixon and got so lonely the first week we decided to buy another dog. Adelaide wanted a Samoyed. I wanted a Whippet, as I had read a great deal about these diminutive speedsters and wanted to try one out. We flipped a coin and I won. So here I am in whippets and greyhounds up to my neck 3 years later.
After 3 years in sight hounds, I have settled on coursing as my love. This is of course prompted by owning "Tiger" who has given Adelaide and me countless thrills in the field and the pride of ownership of a fine animal. I have been very active in the administration of the Open Field Coursing Association (formerly Advisory Committee on Sight Hound Coursing.) I am presently the records sub-committee chairman in charge of statistics, records, and registration of sight-hounds coursing in sanctioned hunts.
I have taken up too much room in this yearbook now, so I only hope that my coursing history is informative to the readers and gains some new supporters for the sport. (No photo submitted)
Thanks to Jerry for the record of all whippets who have earned titles in obedience.
For as long as I can remember there have been pure-bred dogs in our household. Long before the versatile Whippet came to share his abode with me obedience was my hobby. We keep it a fun thing - especially for the Whippets. Should one of them show the least inclination that he does not care to pursue obedience any longer - then that dog is free to remain contentedly at home.
Except for two years when I set my dogs aside to become Training Director for a local obedience club - obedience training has filled all the spare moments in the last twenty years.
Seven Whippets adorn this house - all with an obedience title from the highest - Utility - to the ever popular - Novice.
Two are presently vying for attention in the Open training classes.
I have lived in Walnut Creek most of my life. I am married to Mickey Underwood and have three daughters - ages 17, 13, 7. We have always had pets of all kinds at different times. About 10 years ago I was introduced to Whippets by a young man I have known since we were children. One Christmas 1- greyhounds, so up to his home I went. They were not Grey- day at my In-laws they mentioned Gary Beeman had about 12 hounds but Whippets. Two days later I acquired my first Whippet and soon became a charter member of N.C.W.F.A. until the time of my resignation. At times I have owned up to 15 whippets - we currently have 5 whippets, 1 york shire terrier, 2 parrots and 1 horse.
My interest has always been in the three phases of Whippets - showing, racing and coursing, but have found racing the most fun and relaxing.
Patricia K. Speight
Her interest and activities in pure-bred dogs started at age 15 when she acquired her first very own registered dog, an American Cocker Spaniel from which she bred and reared her first litter. Her entrance into the show ring was in the next year with an English Springer Spaniel. She changed from sporting dogs to terriers after her house was burglarized and the need for an alert watchdog was manifest. Her choice was a Smooth Fox Terrier and she has been active in breeding and showing them for the past fifteen years. She has bred and owned nineteen champion fox terriers and has campaigned them across the country winning numerous specialties, Westminster and All Breed BIS awards. She has also bred and owned Ch. White Bull Terriers, in addition to Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Five years ago she acquired her first hound, a Beagle, and shortly after fell in love with whippets. She has owned and shown three whippet champions and is currently active in breeding and showing whippets along with her fox terriers.
She is a licensed AKC terrier judge and active in several dog organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Fox Terrier Club, Great Western Terrier Association and the South Bay Kennel Club.
In addition to her practical knowledge of dogs - she has also shown and owned several horses - she has an academic background in animal sciences. She is the recipient of a B.S. and MS. in Biology from Wagner College, New York and an MS in Zoology from Syracuse University, New York. At the present time she is employed as a professional guidance counselor at Rolling Hills H.S. after receiving an MS in guidance and counseling from the University of Southern California.
She has two sons, Henry III, who plays competitive tennis and Jonathan, who is a champion motorcyclist. Her husband, Henry Jr., shares her interest and love of the dogs.
We thank Pat for the great work she did on "Greats of the Past".
Mrs. Martha Fielder
Thanks to Kathy Kelly who started the compilation of the top ten obedience dogs for 1970. This was completed by Martha Fielder, who spent long hours to complete this section. Many thanks!
Started as a youngster 8 years old, with a black and white cocker spaniel given to me as a gift by a breeder who "let" me brush and watch her dogs for her at shows. Don't remember other than classes were in a North Hollywood park area.
Went to classes in Castro Valley in 1951 with a beagle bitch who was extremely trainable and got very high scores! (Don't remember trainer's name but recall he had a splendid U.D. shepherd. After a tour in Hawaii (dogless) went on with a Great Dane and cockers in Washington D.C. area under the late Calvin Pierson in Hyattsville, Md. and Jack Ward and Winnie Deering in Arlington, Va. Moved to Norfolk, Va. and trained under the late Johnny Davis. At his insistence, started instructing in 1955 or 6. Went to
England in 1958 and started with miniature poodles. Trained under Barbara Woodhouse in Hertfordshire and Beryl Langley and Enid Barff in Northlake until 1962 when we returned to U.S. Trained at Mt. Diablo, Walnut Creek under Tom Witcher until June 1963 when we moved to Napa and opened kennel. Obedience classes began in 1964 and a doberman was added in spring 1966. By popular demand of local exhibitors, con formation classes were added that year. First whippet was acquired in June 1967 from Donna Marshall when she was desperately looking for home for 7 month old Marcadee Candy 0-Quinn - now CD. Since then, several other whippets have joined the household, all obedience trained. And latest members of sight hound family include a saluki bitch in 1969 - now partially trained - and a greyhound bitch in 1970 - maybe both to get at least a CD if pressures of classes, kennel work, grooming and exhibiting allow the time.
The Racing Section could never have been completed without the many hours spent by Charlotte Fischer in getting pictures of the Mid-West dogs to us and providing us with names and addresses. Our thanks go also to Dona Helton who was most helpful.
I saw a Whippet when I was eight years old. Someone let a Whippet out of a car, right in front of me and the dog ran half way up a light pole after a squirrel. My family thought I was NUTS when I went home and said this and then described the dog as a very small Greyhound. I knew what a Greyhound should look like as my Dad was driving a Greyhound at that time.
This was a beginning. Many years later I went to a Poodle pet shop to buy a toy poodle. The Pet Shop didn't have a poodle of any size but they did have a Whippet. Charlotte is shown with Possibly Available on previous page. He went seventh at International in 1969. That is the only one I have. I'm usually taking pictures or working with the event so I don't get into many pictures.
The Racing Section could never have been completed without the many hours spent by Charlotte Fischer in getting pictures of the Mid-West dogs to us and providing us with names and addresses. Our thanks go also to Dona Helton who was most helpful.
Mrs. Hazel Nielsen
All Yearbooks have mainstays and the following two people certainly were.
There would have been no Yearbook without Hazel. Hazel retired from Del Monte Corporation with the idea of having some leisure time to read and pursue other hobbies. Lately we think she has been considering going back to work to get a rest. Hazel and her husband have three Norwegian
Elkhounds, two Whippets and a German Shepherd. They are presently active in a regional Whippet Club and in obedience training. In addition, she works on a regional Whippet newspaper, designs and knits whippet sweaters (over 150 best-dressed whippets are now wearing them), types show catalogs for another breed club she belongs to and works for a show superintendent. In addition to this "Hazel" is famous for her wine cakes, never loses her sense of humor - and she will never make it into a rocking chair - she is too busy!
Mrs. Diane Larson
Diane has a Borzoi and a Whippet and a young son. She is a secretary, very active in coursing and in addition found time to do a huge amount of the kaleidoscope and a large percentage of the collating on this book. Diane's home was literally swamped with paper, but she never lost her sense of humor, and she always thought it was going to get to the bindery on time when some of us were of faint heart!
Miss Gloria Ross
Gloria spent many, many hours on the obedience section and Memory Lane. She acquired her first Afghan after graduation from college in 1964. After a college degree in political sciences she worked for seven years in politics and as the personal secretary for a senator and then decided to go into the kennel business and is currently operating a
kennel in the Concord, California area. Gloria finished her Afghan puppy for her championship owner-handled all the way - in strong California competition, and has bred three afghans well on their way to a title. About two years ago Gloria purchased her first Whippet "Itzy" and like so many others has become "hooked" on the breed. If you have ever groomed an Afghan for the show ring you will know one of the reasons why. At any rate, Gloria has three whippets and just recently acquired a red brindle puppy bitch for whom she has many show plans. In addition, she will be campaigning a co-owned parti cocker special for top honors in the U.S. for 1972.
November 23, 1971
Dear Whippet Owner:
There really has been no Editor of this Yearbook but, in fact, more likely a salesman and an assembler of materials for this book. The Yearbook was, in fact, a "hard sell". Everyone agreed it was a splendid idea but two years of hoping and talking and in actuality over 1,000 letters were the forerunners of this book. The sales price of this book was, in actuality, based on what was thought to be a higher number of pages than could ever be put together. The publication encompasses more than four times the original plan.
Someone has already said "There is nothing left for a book for 1972." Don't you believe it. Numerous ideas were explored, but there had to be a stopping place somewhere, but with as much cooperation and enthusiasm as Whippet owners have displayed everywhere there are many, many facets of the Whippet unpublished as yet.
You may be sure this was not a money making venture. My hat is off to the group of people who had the courage to back this book in the face of its growing pains, and to the multitude of people who pitched in. The Whippet breed, indeed, is fortunate that the older breeders who have earned their place in the sun, have not shut themselves away in unreachable ivory towers to rest on their laurels (as happens in a great many breeds) but rather have had the courtesy to work with some of the 'upstarts' in the breed - such as I - old in hounds but perhaps 8+ years in Whippets, to produce this first Yearbook.
This is not a perfect book and certainly not a sophisticated one, but it is hoped by the time the whippet fancier has come to the end he has attained a feeling of warmth, a respect for the breeders, and a growing pride in the Whippet - for this is all this Yearbook was ever meant to do - how fortunate all of us are to enjoy this versatile breed.
In the final analysis, all Whippet people do not agree with one another on various points concerning the breed. Nevertheless, how much healthier than the lethargy one sees in other breeds very often. When the "chips were down" so to speak and the Whippet people were asked if they were going to help, the participation was almost 100%. In a total of 1008 letters by this writer only two discouraging answers were received which is, indeed, remarkable in itself. This Yearbook is not a summary of California dogs or California breeders, nor was it ever meant to be. It is YOUR Yearbook because YOU submitted the articles and pictures that made it worthwhile, and best of 211 it was done because YOU cared. It is nice to be proud of your breed, and it is equally as nice to be proud of the people in your breed. Without this feeling a Yearbook would not have been possible.
My sincere thanks to all of you for making this book a reality.
With sincerety, (Mrs.) Gladys Cutter