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1984 AWC Annual Page Five
Pages 102 through 125
Lee and Chris House 2390 Redlands Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
1984 Midwest Show Report
1984 was another active year for the Midwest region of the American Whippet Club. We sponsored supported entries in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. The Western Reserve Specialty weekend again had a record entry and things went smoothly due in large measure to the efforts of Pat Dresser and Wendy Clark. This week also saw the inception of a new and exciting Whippet event, the first-ever A.W.C. Futurity. The puppies were gorgeous, the food was delicious, and we heard nothing but raves for the whole event. If you missed it last year, don't miss it in 1985. This was Sandy Jones' creation, and she deserves a great deal of credit for a job well done.
We are looking forward with excitement to the 1985 Midwest Specialty and Futurity, again on the Western Reserve weekend, the last Sunday in August. (The Futurity will be Friday) The Futurity judge will be Calvin Perry. The Specialty will be, pending AKC approval, of course, Mrs. Jean Ueltschy ( Wheeling Kennels) for bitches, and Mr. Brian Doherty from Sydney, Australia, for dogs and intersex. Mr. Doherty is one of the oldest, most active Whippet breeders in Australia, and his famous Martinique Kennels (in partnership with Mr. Terry Crowley) has produced dogs who have won over 55 Royal Challenges, a record surpassed by only two other exhibitors in any breed. In order that all of our Whippet exhibitors on the Specialty weekend may have an opportunity to compete under Mr. Doherty, we have also invited him to judge Whippet bitches on Saturday at Ravenna - pending AKC approval, of course.
So come join us!! Ohio is the place to be in August - we promise you great hospitality and a wonderful time.
IN 1985 WE HAVE MANY REASONS TO FEEL EXCITED
ABOUT THE FUTURE. HERE ARE A FEW OF THEM:
(Hound-Hill Paul Scarlet x Ch. Shamasan Minnie Mouse)
( Ch. Marial's Padneyhill Illusion, ARM x Ch. Stoney Meadows Modiste)
All our breeding stock SLT examined by ACVO Ophthalmologists.
At Dress Circle, when we think of whippets, we see red
DRESS CIRCLE FLURRIES - "Raisin"
( Ch. Dress Circle Dull Moment x Dress Circle Bonne Belle)
We are proud of having bred this smooth-moving red fawn bitch, owned and shown by Sue Anielski of Newburgh Heights, Ohio.
At the 1984 Midwest Specialty weekend in Ohio, she won first in a large sweepstakes class under Peggy Weigle, placed second in large puppy classes under breeder-judges Carol Curry and Larry Shaw, and she has gone reserve at several majors. She also placed in her class at the 1st A.W.C. Futurity under Dr. James Gray.
Raisin is pointed from the puppy class.
DRESS CIRCLE KENNEL
Pat Dresser, 1462 Granger Road, Medina, Ohio 44256
At Dress Circle, showing a whippet is no "parti".
DRESS CIRCLE TENDER MERCY
(Ch. Arrian's Facet of Golddust x Dress Circle Spring Fantasy)
We like our classic cream fawn bitch, Mercy. Shown sparingly, she won her puppy class almost every time, including a class of 25 under breeder-judge Larry Shaw at an A.W.C. Supported entry, and frequently she went reserve in strong competition.
Now she is a year old and settled down (hopefully), and it's time for the Open Class.
DRESS CIRCLE KENNEL
Pat Dresser, 1462 Granger Road, Medina, Ohio 44256
Featherstone's Tiger Lily
(Ch. Cyrano's Diabolique x Ch. Feathers tone's Blue Serenade)
"Sara's Legacy" has done us proud! Katie is pictured taking BOB from the Bred-By Class at the AWC Supported Wheaton Show with an entry of over 50 whippets! Thank you Australian Judge, J. Graham Head! She went BOB again from the class es at Hoosier K.C. under noted hound authority Constance Miller. Just one more point to finish, then we anticipate a maternity leave. Our thanks, also to judges Paula Hartinger and Joyce MacKenzie who recognized this bitch's superior quality!
(Ch. Plumcreek Walk On Water x Ch. Lidemara Jackie O)
"Britchie", shown winning under Mr. Dale Levaque, needs a major to finish. This elegant young lady who excells in free flowing movement has been bred to our Ch. Lidemara's Moonshadow (Ch. Alpine Ski Bum x Knolland Cinnamon Stick). She will resume a promising show career after attending to her maternal duties.
Judy and Bernie Filler
1960 Partridge Lane Highland Park, IL 60035
Ch. Karamac Desperado, C.D., F.Ch.
(Ch. Plumcreek Chimney Swift x Ch. Patric's Eliza Dolittle, CDX)
Buck is now racing along to his L.C.M., happily carrying the Karamac banner on the coursing field and exuberantly bounding his way toward a C.D.X. in Obedience. Meanwhile, in the breed ring, two (count 'em, two) of his litter sisters have each captured a Best In Show. We are very proud of:
Ch. Karamac Skylark (consistently in the top 10)
Ch. Patric's Karamac Sinsation (multiple group winner)
Also, several of Buck's offspring are completing championships both in the breed ring and on the field.
He is enthusiastically at stud to approved bitches. (Actually, he approves of them all, so his secretary handles all the arrangements and will send a pedigree and information on request.)
MYNE'S CREME de MINT
(Ch. Delacreme's Avante Garde x Ch. Snowflights Porcelana of Myne)
Handler, owner, breeder - Mintie Myers
"Zack" is shown here winning a large and lovely class at the American Whippet Club Midwest Futurity. The following day he also won his class under Judge Kent Delaney.
Three out of four of the puppies being shown from this litter were pointed before a year of age. All with limited showing.
The Hounds of Myne
Ron and Mintie Myers
3 S. 571 Winfield Rd. , Warrenville, Illinois 60555
CH. STONEY MEADOWS MAGNET
Winning the Stud Dog class under Miss Carol Willumsen at the A.W.C. Midwest Specialty, Western Reserve KC, August, 1984.
Magnet was represented by his son, Rimskittle S.M. Riptide (ex Rimskittle Sea Bride) and daughter, Raybar's Me Edge (ex Ch. Raybar's I'm Rim), owned and shown by Cindy Parsons.
Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Wear, owners
Cecilton , MD 21913
The State of Being Wistful . .
by Eugene Jacobs
The state of being wistful and sentimental about some of the 'old dogs', and how superb those Whippets might have been is sometimes a nostalgic mental romp down the Yellow Brick Road, for in truth, some of those animals which we might remember as 'hot stuff' might be hard pressed to get the nod for Best of Breed in the '80's. I suppose Billie Holliday summed up that belief in the Bernier/Emmerich tune which is titled, IF I WERE YOU, when "Lady Day" articulated, "If I were you, here's what I'd do, I'd give my heart a break instead of trying to break my heart; If I were you, here's what I'd do . . .". Very likely many of the memorable 'older' Whippets had desirable, large, round, dark eyes; many probably had strong muzzles with visible underjaw; and in many cases most would still be acceptable breed type. However, and as a sweeping generality, many of the Whippets of yore might be penalized today for lacking sufficient bend of stifle; having too much back skull; appearing to have too much size variation, and for two faults which are still present . . . having cut up fronts and being too bodied up. On the other hand, there were 'older' Whippets who were chicken boned, croquet wicket shaped, and were pink-fawn with near colorless eyes, which a lot of exhibitors and judges thought were 'mighty fine'. But in all likelihood, one of the most outrageous examples of an 'older' Whippet which left a lot to be desired was a Whippet who carried a noteworthy prefix, and had two eyes which weren't the same color, for the animal had one eye which was blue, and the other eye which was 'dark'. After that Whippet completed a championship, it was the cause and reason the breed Standard was re-worded to state that a Whippet must have both eyes of the same color.
The circular picture which depicts two Whippets was taken in the 50's or there abouts; the dog on the left is Ch Whippo's Whimsy, C.D., with his owner, Mrs Hopkins, while the dog on the right is a less noteworthy litter mate with his owner, Mr. Bailey. The breeding which produced these two dogs, as well as Ch Whipoo's White Chiffon, Ch Whipoo's Whisper and Ch Whipoo's Sharp Focus was between Ch Meander Robin and Whipoo's Silken Elegance, C.D. Thirteen puppies were whelped, and all grew to full maturity. When the 'Robin-Elegance' litter was whelped, 'nobody' bought Whippets, and entries at shows were low. When or if the Whippet entry at the eastern Specialty reached fifty dogs, there was joy and jubilation among the 'ranks' and that euphoric high stimulated A.W.C. members to make long distance telephone calls to one another to share the elation that fifty Whippets were entered at the Specialty. Well, need less to say, 'nobody' bought Whippets in those days as pets, not many more bought specimens of the breed for exhibition, and Sibyl and I were up to our armpits in Whippets, located in 'nowhere' America, 'dog poor', and economically speaking, clutching tickets for reserved seats on the Graf Zeppelin. In a way, the last thing we 'needed' was a litter of thirteen puppies, and a litter which looked generally good enough that there weren't obvious members in the litter which could be put down
to lessen the size of it. Assorted friends came, they wrung their hands, and they walked away leaving us with our thirteen Whippets, plus all the other adult dogs. Louis Pegram visited and departed without taking one of the thirteen puppies, although he liked the litter very much. Most people felt sorry for us, and they tried to convince their friends that life would remain a void without one of those thirteen puppies. There wasn't a customer on the horizon, and it was in the days before 'the Japanese' sent scouts to America and paid unheard of prices for dogs to take back to Japan,; but eventually, a conversation between friends 'paid off' . Mrs Hopkins was talked into not replacing her Cocker who had died with another specimen of that breed, but to acquire one of the thirteen Whippet puppies in its place . . . it was sort of like 'get couth', shift gears and upgrade your taste, that a Whippet is more sophisticated than a Cocker. So on a whim and dare, Mrs. Hopkins bought 'Whimsy', and that explains why the dog was named as he was.
Mr Bailey who owned the 'Whimsy' littermate which is depicted in the circular picture, was one of the earlier participants in the revival of Whippet racing. 'Red' Bailey made a set of starting boxes which were used one year at the Chicago Inter national, and because he had a leather store which made custom harness and tack, he made a good many Whippet race muzzles. However 'Red's' enthusiasm and interest in Whippet activity lessened after an unusual accident, from which he never fully recovered. 'Red' lived on the very edge of the Champaign community, and a short distance beyond his house were corn and bean fields. During Fall, those crops are harvested and they attract pheasants which move in after field work has ended to pick up corn which has dropped during the harvest process. Early one Fall evening, 'Red' was walking his Whippet and as he passed a vacant lot with his dog on leash, a pheasant which had nestled down in the grass and weeds suddenly rose in the air and flew toward him, hitting 'Red' on the side of the head near the temple area. The bird was killed, and 'Red' was never the same person after that accident. For those not savvy about pheasants, it is the natural custom of pheasants to be motionless, to suddenly rise in flight, and because they fly at a fairly low level, they are the 'proper' height to crash into automobile windshields, or hit most adults in the head. Though no one was sure where the pheasant came from, it was assumed it had been eating dropped corn in the fields, had settled for the night in the grass and weeds in that vacant lot, and when 'Red' walked by with his Whippet, the pheasant reacted and, out of fear, flew up and out of the grass and weeds it had nestled into and hit 'Red' in the head.
Whatever your stance might have been regarding the Whippets which were produced from the 'Robin-Elegance' breeding, analytically it was a breeding which produced good results. To swiftly summarize why that is probably a truism, the breeding obviously produced quantity . . . thirteen puppies is a meaningful size litter, and there was selective choice in sex and caliber in the litter. All the puppies reflected the appearance of quality, with impressive uniformity as a total litter . . . it was difficult to determine who might be the better specimens as compared with less desirable specimens of the breed. All thirteen puppies had excellent temperaments, and though some ran better than others, all the Whippets in the litter inherited a strong running instinct. Four of the Whippets from the 'Robin-Elegance' litter finished championships, and in all likelihood two or three other littermates might have earned some championship points though none of those additional littermates might have 'finished'. It seemed to us that if there was a breeding worth repeating, it was the 'Robin-Elegance' breeding, and in spite of the warnings and teachings that repeat breedings aren't usually as successful as the first one, the 'statistics' of the first breeding seemed so impressive and believable, how could repeating it be significantly less? Well, we repeated the 'Robin-Elegance' breeding, and it was not at all the successful breeding the original breeding had been . . . about eight puppies were whelped, and there wasn't a good one in the lot; in fact none of the Whippets were as good as their sire or dam . . . they were just puppies; just another litter of Whippets. All the puppies in the repeated breeding had fine temperaments, most ran well and all were attractive specimens of the breed; but don't equate 'attractiveness' with being anatomically sound and desirable because they weren't Whippets one could be analytical about.
Many years ago I learned to use the chalk line and during the learning process was instructed to draw the line and snap it only once, because if it's snapped twice, it won't put the same line down again. Needless to say, I've tried to disprove that teaching many times and to date haven't been able . . no matter how I've tried, once the chalk line is snapped, a second snap of the line won't be on top of the first. In most cases, repeated breedings are probably a like truism . . . two breedings involving the same pair of dogs will produce offspring, though the get in each litter might be entirely different; snap the chalk line twice and you will get a second line, but the two lines will be different.
In former years, the Whippet and Greyhound clubs held combined Specialty shows. Whippets might be judged in the morning, and Greyhounds that afternoon; the following year Greyhounds might be judged in the morning, and Whippets that afternoon. Though the combined shows were often held on a private property, they were also held on 'public' sites which had limited public access . . . the Hunt Club in Far Hills, New Jersey is an example of the kind of site to which I have reference. The picture which shows two people together with one Whippet with a board fence in the background was taken in 1961. That year the Whippet Specialty was held on the Robert Motch property in Virginia, and Mr Motch used the 'Seven League' prefix which might appear here and there in the fourth generation on some pedigrees. The person on the right in the picture is Sibyl Jacobs with Ch Whipoo's Twist of Lemon; the person on the left wearing a hat is Miss Judith Shearer. Miss Shearer judged the Futurity at the American Whippet Club Specialty in '61, and awarded first in the Futurity to 'Lemon'.
The show ring picture which features a woman handling her Whippet is Miss Judith Shearer with 'Marie'. 'Marie' was bred by us, and sold to Miss Shearer, and as I recall probably had combined kennel names as part of her registered name and with that belief in mind is probably documented with 'Whipoo' and 'Meander'. Though I don't fully recall 'Marie's' breeding, she was probably a daughter of Ch Whipoo's White Chiffon, and thus a grand daughter to 'Robin', and in all likelihood 'Marie' was sired by 'Jasper' who appears in another photograph which accompanies this article.
The photograph which documents two people handling Whippets with a judge kneeling between them was taken at the Devon, Pennsylvania all-breed dog show on October 3, 1959. The man with the white Whippet is Cal Perry handling his 'Whipoo' bred bitch, 'Luster'; the young woman with the Irish marked brindle Whippet is Sibyl Jacobs with 'Jasper', a dog bred by Miss Judith Shearer and owned by Sibyl and myself. The picture was taken by William Brown, a dog show photographer of yore, who has not been photo graphing the dog scene for years. Though I no longer remember the judge's name, he has been dead many years; Sibyl died from cancer in the 70's, and the Whippets depicted in the photograph have been dead many years. However, Cal Perry is still alive, and in all probability the picturesque Devon Fair Grounds, where the dog show was held, is still there, though it might be a housing development today. Regarding the dog 'Jasper', it was Judy's suggestion he be named 'Filibuster' and though he was not, I had begun to think it an extremely suitable name because the 'damn dog' didn't close his mouth for weeks after we brought him home.
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Ch. WinterWhip Silver Ransom
(Ch. Winterwhip Sterling Silver x Winterwhip The Lion's Pride)
Judge - Mrs. Lee Canalizo
The Eastern Whippet Association's main concern, National Point Racing, was particularly successful in 1984, especially the June 3 event held during the AWC Eastern Specialty weekend. With the ASFA field trial held earlier on Sunday, all areas of Whippet endeavour were represented that weekend. Many people showed at the Specialty and raced their show dogs on Sunday, which we all find encouraging. Among the spectators at the NPR was Specialty judge Mary Lowe from England, whose Nimrodel Whippets are successful in racing, coursing and showing.
The first three NPR's of the year saw Texas Contender of Wyndsor ARM, Janie's John Boy da Toro ARM and Sundance At Best Run 'N Free ARM vying for top placements. In June, it was Contender first with Run 'N Free and John Boy close behind from a field of 54 adults. July saw John Boy triumphant with Contender second and Run 'N Free third over 40 adults. In August, we saw a resurgence of Sundance Dreams of Fortune ARM, who came third behind Contender and John Boy, with Run 'N Free fourth; 31 adults competed. To finish our season in September, John Boy and Dreams of Fortune were first and second respectively from a field of 32 adults.
Hummdigger's Kid Klondike finished his ARM this year, earning points at each NPR. Ch. Magpi's Bid Bird added 4 points to his total in June, and Sundance Advocator earned a total of 52 points in 1984.
EWA members' NPR Whippets also did well in the show ring. Rich Briscoe's Sundance At Best Run 'N Free ARM added a 5—point major among other points this year, now has both majors and is nearly finished. The Kirchners had a great weekend in Ohio; their Carbeth Caravelle F.Ch. was Winners Bitch at the AWC Specialty. Caravelle finished shortly thereafter at Westchester KC. Dianne Blecker's Am & Can Ch. Morshor's Majestic Dell was BOB at the Atlantic Whippet Association's Supported Entry at Farmington Valley KC, among other wins. Other dual purpose dogs include Ch. Jamal's Halston, Ch. Morshor's Northern Star F.Ch., Ch. Sundance Astaconda F.Ch., Wandering's Brandy Alexander F.Ch., and Ch. Sundance Haut Brion LCM. We're all proud of our dual (and sometimes triple) purpose Whippets.
We salute the outstanding Whippets already mentioned. But some of us measure our success with a smaller spoon, and we're just as proud of our C and D racers, the ones who run hard and clean every heat, the ones who make the points for the stars. So we salute them all--Whippets, members, owners--who helped make 1984 a great year for the Eastern Whippet Association.
Cynthia Schmidt Secretary
DR. BARBARA HENDERSON
SUNDANCE AT BEST RUN'N'FREE, ARM
Shown above winning 5 points at the AWC Supported entry in Atlanta, GA. Thank you Mrs. Stites. Stimmie, shown only three times in 1984, needs only 2 points for his Bench title.
As an ARM, he raced at only six NPR's this year in is 12th in the nation and #1 on the east coast.
As a sire, Stimmie has sons pointed in the show ring and on the track from his first litter.
Stimmie is handled in the ring by Joyce Messineo, on the track by Richie, Jr. and was bred by Christine Blake.
Proudly owned and loved by -
705 Orange Ave.
Cranford , NJ (201)276-5874
IN MEMORY OF
Casino's Bittersweet Fox
September 19, 1982 - Juty 29, 1984
A top puppy in the Midwest in 1983 Earned 4 A.R.M. points in May 1984
Anyone. who ever saw "Sugar" could never forget her:
A very special whippet we were proud of and fortunate enough to own and enjoy. We deeply miss her.
Mike and Sue Weilbacher Rt.2, Box 95 Columbia , IL 62236 (618)281-8166
SUNDANCE'S EAGLE POINT- "Cody", Travlin's matriarch, who's retired to the backyard bunnies and rest her laurels on the most comfortable seat in the house.
TRAVLIN' TAN FAN TASIA - "Tasia" has 10 points towards her championship, including a BOB and a Group 4th under Judge Paula Hartinger. After completing her CH., Tasia hopes to follow in her father Toro's footsteps on the track and in the field.
SUNDANCE HARPER OF TRAVLIN', F.CH.- "Harper", due to injuries and job obligations, was not very active in '84, but still maintained a grade B NPR average and placed 4th at the ASFA Regional Invitational on 9/29/84 from a class of 14. Harper is always available for stud.
Look for a litter by Travlin' Sundance Zanna Anna (a producer of dual purpose whippets) and Rough Luke (a Shelby grandson).
Terry Schwartzman 7904 Stevenson Road Baltimore, MD 21208 (301)484-7978
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