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1992 American Whippet Club Whippet Annual
Pages 51 through 75
(Ch. Alerek's Celebrity x Ch. Morshor Ripshin Adrianna)
"Hudson" finished at 9 months of age, owner-handled from the puppy classes.
We are anticipating a spring '93 litter from "Hudson", inquiries invited.
Thanks to Ms. Wendy Clark for this prestigious win. Thanks also to Mrs. Mary Beth Arthur, Ms. Clair Newcombe, Mr & Mrs James Prior and Mr. Eugene Blake for so many important wins.
Evel has now gone to his new home, Pennyworth Kennels. He was acquired following his third major Reserve, the same day that he won Best in Sweeps. Thank you Dr. John Shelton.
I'm grateful to Dr. John Shelton (Sheridan) and the late Norman Ellis (Madcap)
INHERITABLE EYE DISEASE IN WHIPPETS
THE ANNUAL REPORT
Connie Brunkow, DVM
Another year ends, and it's once again time for everyone to put up with my harping!
In last year a report, I noted that I probably had almost all of the statistics from 1991, since CERF had gone to a new form, that was scanable, instead of having to key the data into the computer by hand. However, I got the finals for 1991 along with the 1992 preliminaries, and discovered that CERF is actually behind quite a bit. This is because they are incredibly short-staffed, and there are many more dogs being checked in some breeds (I wish I could say that Whippets were one of them...) than previously. In fact, anyone who lives near West Lafayette, In, and who has the time, might be interested in volunteering to help scan the forms.
The final 1991 figures show that a total of 163 Whippets were examined by a board-certified ophthalmologist, 99 bitches (61.2%) and 64 dogs (38.8%). Of these, 138 were normal (81.2%) and 25 had problems identified (15.3%): 15 of those with one or more problems were bitches (60.0%), and 10 were dogs (40.0%) Of those animals with problems, 14 were considered inheritable (8.6% of the total number of Whippets checked). While the total number checked is greater than in previous years, so are the number of animals with some kind of ocular disease. If we just consider the percentages, in 1988 I reported that 9.4% had problems; in 1989, 12.8% were affected; and in 1990, 3.2% had problems considered to be inheritable. In 1991, 8.6% were affected with inheritable problems. This continues to concern me because I feel that as more individuals are checked, we will uncover more problems, and the percentage will remain high. I consider that for almost 10% of Whippets to have some kind of inheritable eye problem is totally unacceptable, especially if these individuals are being used heavily in a breeding program.
In 1992, as of this time, only 63 Whippets were reported checked and 20 of those had problems (31.7%) of which 7 were considered inheritable (11.1% of the total checked.) I won't spend time on the breakdown, as I really hope that this is not even close to the true total of dogs checked.
Why don't we consider the ramifications of using one affected dog in an extensive breeding program. Let's take male Whippet "A" and assume he is bred to 100 bitches in a 12 month period, and that he is carrying a gene for an inheritable eye disease. We know that most genes for these conditions are probably recessive, or they would have been eliminated from the gene pool already. Now let's assume that this dog is carrying one of these recessives, and that by simple Mendelian genet ics, 1/4 of the bitches he's bred to are not carriers, 1/2 are non-affected carriers, and 1/4 are affected carriers. This means that 75 of our hypothetical bitches are carriers of the gene we postulate. Allowing for "misses", and some neonatal puppy death, and assuming an average litter of 7 pups, there are potentially 500-600 surviving puppies. By continuing the Mendelian calculations further, we can assume that of 600 pups produced, 150 will not carry the gene, 300 will carry the gene but not be affected, and 150 will both carry the gene and be affected. So there are 450 puppies produced from these breedings which carry the gene in question, and would be able to pass it on to their offspring. This is in just one generation! The situation is much worse if the male is an affected carrier. In that case, 300 of the resulting puppies are non-affected carriers, and 300 are affected carriers. In other words, all the pups will at least carry the gene under discussion. Although I won't continue the calculations further, I hope you get the idea of just how quickly a bad gene can spread throughout the gene pool. In actuality, the mode of inheritance for eye problems is most likely polygenic, meaning that several genes are involved, which does alter the final figures to some extent. However, the genes can still spread throughout the gene pool with alarming rapidity.
I must admit to some extreme frustration at times, at my inability to convince my fellow Whippet fanciers of the importance of this issue. Perhaps I'm in a unique situation because I see, far too often, animals of other breeds which are affected with inheritable diseases, of the eyes, hips, brain (epilepsy) and so on, and I feel so sad for those individual animals who must pay the price for their breeder s omissions. I admire the Whippet people so much, that I guess I feel really disappointed when they seem to act like fanciers of other breeds who don t care about what happens to their breed over the "long haul". I have speculated that, as in much of life, we tend to take the attitude that "it can’t happen to me", but unfortunately, it can, and does. I had a call last summer from a breeder who had just discovered that a bitch of her's had an inheritable problem, and she was almost frantic over it. She did acknowledge that she hadn't read my articles because she believed that the problems are in other breeds, and not in ours, and because the articles seemed too technical and confusing. I believe that we are the custodians of the breed we love, and that their future health is our responsibility now. Please, people, have your dogs eyes checked - before it s too late for our wonderful Whippets.
A Memorial to Kinni
By Peg Haese, Clulan Whippets, Monroe, WI
For over 11 years I put off doing "something" for a memorial to my once-in-a-lifetime whippet, I'm Next of Clulan, possibly because it was too hard to remember unrealized dreams. "Kinni" had already earned her Companion Dog obedience title, Award of Racing Merit, and Field Championship in lure-coursing. She died very suddenly in June of 1980, from what was suspected to be accidental poisoning by some unknown household substance. Her postmortem showed that several organs had been seriously damaged, but deliberate poisoning did not seem likely.
My wonderful dog had not been bred yet, so I not only lost her, but I had the unhappy task of telling her breeder and co-owner that there would be no Kinni puppies. I felt my best pal had died. We had done so much together.
A friend knew how much I was grieving and gave me a two-year-old female, the only daughter of Kinni's littersister. Thank you, Randall and Janice Robbins, for giving me the whippet who would become Jandall's Jaguar CDX TD ARM LCM CGC. Jackie became a star and a pal in her own way. I have always thought of her as my "silver lining in a very dark cloud."
Time flies as it has a habit of doing. Several of my whippets have suffered serious illnesses and have been treated at the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine small-animal clinic. Jackie went through chemotherapy for mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. Her daughter Babs lost both eyes to lens luxation, which developed into glaucoma (see Whippet Annual 1989 for Babs' story). Another daughter, Sox (High in Trial at the first AWC National Specialty in 1987), is being treated for Cushing's disease. My dogs have received excellent care at the clinic as well as from their primary-care vets, who are both graduates of the same UW veterinary school. Their friends at the clinic are always happy to see how well they are doing.
In 1991, I realized it was finally time to remember Kinni in a way that would help other dogs. Since Babs was the first dog of mine to benefit from the clinic at the UW, I made a $500.00 donation to the ophthalmology section in Kinni's memory. In 1992, it was another $500 gift, this time in Jackie's memory. Both times, my employers have made matching contributions of $1000.00. Kinni was a marvelous dog who made many friends for whippets. Now through this gift in her name she will continue to help other dogs and their loving owners.
I can now remember her without regret.
[An earlier version of this article appeared in the Winter 1992 issue of On Call, a newsletter for the friends of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, along with a condensed version of the article about Babs that was mentioned above. A notice was included that "the Veterinary Ophthalmology Fund has been established with the gift of Margaret Haese of Monroe, Wisconsin . The Fund was established in memory of Kinni. If you are interested in learning more about the Veterinary Ophthalmology Fund or would like to make a contribution to the Fund, please contact Nancy Nelson, Director of Development, at (608)263-5151." Her address is School of Veterinary Medicine , 2015 Linden Drive West, Madison, WI 53706-1102j
DONNA was awarded Finnish Brood Bitch of the Year for 1992, thanks to:
FIN.CH. AUTUMN TERRA BELLA CEDAR
AUTUMN TERRA BELLA RED WINE
FIN.CH. AUTUMN TERRA BELLA I'M REDDIE
We were also very pleased to find out that Autumn Whippets received the
Thank you Donna, we couldn't have done it without you!!!
(Ch. Hardknott Maestro of Bohem x Ch. Surrey Hills Silver City)
Tess began her show career by going Best in Match in January, 1992, and completed her Championship at thirteen months. Shown sparingly, Tess's most notable wins were two Breeds over specials and a Group placement. Tess is shown winning an AWC Supported Entry at Baltimore County KC Special thanks to Juanita Irvin for handling Tess to some of her wins.
(Eng.Ch. Novacroft Madrigal x Eng.Ch. Belinda of Hardknott)
Max is shown winning the Eastern Specialty Stud Dog Class under noted Canadian breeder judge Pat Miller (Woodsmoke).
The two "typey" girls are Ch. Whippoorwill Testimony, handled by Juanita Irvin, and Whippoorwill Whipton Tanya, handled by co-owner Sue Gerber.
Max continues at eleven years to produce type, soundness and temperament. Above all, Max is a wonderful friend and companion.
(Am.Can.Ch. MorShor's Majestic Dell, LCM, ROMX x Ch. MorShor's Ripshin Elvira)
Pictured here under Francis Broadway winning a 3-point major and Breed
Look for the newest star at MorShor.
DIANNE T. BLEECKER • 34 REDMOND ROAD, FLETCHER, NC 28732 • (704) 687-0666
1992 was a very busy year for the Western Washington Whippet Association. In addition to six ASFA lure trials, two NAWRA straight race meets, two NOTRA oval track meets and an AKC sanctioned A-OA Specialty match, we somehow found time to celebrate our club's tenth anniversary. The highlight of 1992 for WWWA was the granting of permission by AKC to hold a licensed Specialty. So, in 1993, in addition to our club's normal schedule of events, we will hold our first Specialty Show, tentatively scheduled for August 21, with a supported entry at Olympic Kennel Club's show the following day on the same grounds. We hope you will join us for this auspicious occasion, as well as for the 1994 AWC National Specialty.
President: Frank Shiley
Vice-President: Peggy Hewes
Recording Secretary: Chris Downing
Corresponding Secretary: Nancy Tjoelker
( 427 Vandevanter Ave., Kent, WA.98031 - 206-859-0577)
Treasurer: Pat Shiley
Board Members: Ruth Bernhardt, Mary Downing, Christine Hopperstad, Charles Roberts
Taxi, pictured here going Best of Winners for his first set of points in Canada, has his first major and seven points total from the puppy class here in the U.S. He has the best traits of both parents; from his father, the expression and temperament, from his mother, her poise and grace of movement.
We lost both "Mimi- Louise"
After a series of unhappy homes, this dog landed in a shelter and was rescued by young Donnie Richards. Shadow, happy and secure at last, began his ASFA coursing career and finished quickly in the hottest Southeastern competition, AT EIGHT YEARS OF AGE!!
We are extremely proud of Shadow and Donnie for giving a great and happy ending to a sad story.
After the GROUP FIRSTS and all the BEST OF BREEDS, she now presents us with her latest accomplishment:
CH. MORSHOR'S MAJESTIC PRINCE, ROM
Bred by Frances Hembree. Owned by Longlesson, Tennessee Woods and Elysian.
GREATER CHICAGO WHIPPET CLUB
1992 was a great year for the Greater Chicago Whippet Club. The club has quickly became a favorite of the many wonderful dog lovers in the Chicagoland area that have taken time to come out and see our wonderful breed. The GCWC has been consistently showing up in the public's eye, with a great show of support from it's members and of course our beautiful dogs.
As the 1992 calendar year is about to end, we all can look back at the many outings that we were able to enjoy. . . 5 club meetings, where all dogs are welcome to attend . . . and our summer picnic was a complete success. Our picnic was also the sight of our 1992 AKC "B" fun match, where 30 fantastic whippets brought 65 enjoyable people to this beautiful Sunday event . . . Along with two parades . . . one large Christmas party. GCWC also represented itself by having a booth at both the Fall and Spring IKC Dog Show in Chicago.
And our plans for . . . '93
We are going to try and make 1993 a even greater year for our club, with events like our second "B" match in February that will also consist of a Eye And Tatoo Clinic for all dogs, as well as a repeat of the 1992's events.
The GCWC also takes great pride in its ability to help members learn more about their interests, whether that's showing . . . racing . . . or just plain dog lov'in like me . . .
Yes, everyone the Greater Chicago Whippet Club is ALIVE and WELL.
For more information please feel free to call Earl Andersen
. . . at 708-697-1932
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