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1995 American Whippet Club Whippet Annual
Pages 26 through 52
1995 was another eventful year for the Continental Whippet Alliance. The first Annual CWA Fun Match was held in conjunction with the Milwaukee Labor Day Events, with Pat Murphy (Oaklara Borzoi) judging. CWA Events were conducted for the first time in Minnesota during the Fourth of July Weekend. An Eye Clinic was again part of the Indiana CWA Events in October.
Conformation judges for 1995 CWA Events were: Kathleen Banks, John Brading, Karen Dumke, Ule James, Jack McManus, Pat Murphy, Marilyn Rew, Jean Schroeder, Gail Wegner and Larry Wittman.
Whippets earning CWA Titles in 1995 were:
DUAL PURPOSE CHAMPION (DPC)
AWARD OF RACING EXCELLENCE (ARX)
TITLE OF RACING PROFICIENCY (TRP)
Earning top CWA racing honors for the fifth consecutive year was Marial's Reata Saltwater. TRP, ARX, SRA, DPC. Tied for top Whippet in CWA Conformation Competition for 1995 were Ch. Windrose Pinafore Classified, LCM, SC, AmCanCD and Finghin's Myth-ter coggeshall, FCh, JC, TRP, DPC. Best in Match at the Inaugural CWA Fun Match was Willabe Ruf' N Tuf at Frebutti.
The second Annual CWA Fun Match is planned for Minnesota during 1996. CWA treasury monies are being used for construction of additional starting boxes, enabling expansion of CWA activities into other states in the future. For more information on 1996 CWA activities, contact: Doug Arthur, CWA Secretary, 12035 W. Brown Deer Road , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224-1417 .
"Cinder", the 1994 Futurity winner, is shown finishing with BOW under Barbara Rupert at the AWC Eastern Specialty. At the same show, "Bo", her litter brother, was "Select" and another litter brother, Ch. Gold-Dust's Gilt Edge, was first in Bred-By. A third litter brother, Ch. Gold-Dust's Gilti As Charged, SC, FCh., finished with a Group I. A fourth litter brother, Gold-Dust's Fire & Ice, is major pointed.
A litter to be proud of!
Bred, owned & handled by:
"Thank you, Lisa"
Polly completed her Championship with ease at an early age. Then the real work began ... obedience classes! She did manage to humor me and do those exercises (to her...dull and pointless) to acquire a CD! Thank you Polly for loving me and being such a great introduc tion to the wonderful world of Whippets! And a special thanks to Debi Adams for sharing Polly with me in the beginning!
Payton is Jazz's son and has the same excellent temperament. He's the clown and whether going after the roast on the table or lure on the field, he never gives up! Shown only 3 times so far, he has a Reserve Winners (4 pt major) from the puppy classes.
Congratulations to Jazz's son, Nathan (Shamasan Nothing But Net), and his owner Phoebe J. Booth, on the completion of his ASFA Field Championship. Nathan then went on to take a 4 point major at an AKC Field Trial. DAD IS PROUD!
SHARON HODGE • 8159 UPPER 145TH STREET W, APPLE VALLEY, MN 55124 • 612/431-5714
(Ch. Starline's How Sweet It Is x Plumcreek Flirtation Walk)
Bred by: Diane Laratta
7431 Wood Meadow Drive , Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 • 513 / 271-2740
4465 Northwind Road , Las Cruces, NM 88005 • 505/523-6793
In 1988, the American Whippet Club initiated the Register of Merit for influential sires and dams.
Upon application, the AWC will grant the title "Register of Merit" (ROM, to be used after the dog's regis tered name) to any Whippet sire whose offspring have earned a minimum of 15 AKC Champion, ARM titles, CDX obedience, LCM lure coursing and/or AKC Field Champion titles, and to any Whippet dam whose offspring have earned a minimum of 7 AKC Champion, ARM titles, CDX obedience, LCM lure coursing and/or AKC Field Champion titles.
Furthermore, the title "Register of Merit - Excellent" (ROM-X) can be granted to any Whippet sire whose offspring have earned a minimus of 25 AKC Champion, ARM titles, CDX obedience, LCM lure cour s ing and/or AKC Field Champion titles, and to any Whippet dam whose offspring have earned a minimum of 10 AKC Champion, ARM titles, CDX obedience, LCM lure coursing and/or AKC Field Champion titles.
A certificate of merit will be awarded to the owners of sires and dams which qualify for the award and who have applied for it. The presentation will take place during the AWC National Specialty, with the certificate mailed to those who cannot be present.
1995 REGISTER OF MERIT QUALIFIERS
Register of Merit - Sires
Register of Merit Excellent - Sires
Register of Merit - Dams
Register of Merit Excellent - Dams
ANDAUER Karen & Mike Gibson 918/299-1114
We are very proud of Gizmo.
Eve sailed through her championship with 3 majors,2 Breeds and a Group Ill.
(Ch. Affinity The Lion-Hearted x Affinity Scout's Honor)
Breeder: Mary Lewis
A-Few Stone Mountain
We deeply mourn the loss of our dear friend, Stoney, at 12 1/2 years. Although never shown due to an injury, Stoney was our Greeter, Watch Dog and (most of all) our Bed-Dog and Best Friend. He leaves a legacy of 3 cham pion get, with perhaps the most influential daughter being Aymes N Raybar's Miss Oceana (13 pts, 2 majors), who is the dam of the up and coming young sire, Ch. Broadstrider By George. Stoney will always be in our hearts, but his grandson, Chip, is now in our bed helping us live with Stoney's loss.
Congratulations to the 1995 Raybar champions:
AM/CAN.CH. RAYBAR'S PRINCESS IRULON, TD - Anya Rappaport
(Ch. Morshor's Majestic Prince, JC, ROMX x Ch. Raybar's A Star Is Born, FCh)
And to the breeders and owners of these fine champions sired by Chip:
CH. HAMRYA'S HOT SHOT - Neil Cohen & Donna Lynch
(x Ch. Hamrya's Ticket To The Moon) Bred by Donna Lynch
Up and coming at Raybar:
RAY & BARBARA PARSONS 4465 NORTHWIND ROAD LAS CRUCES, NM 88005 505 / 523-6793
Inheritable Eye Disease in Whippets
The Annual Report
Connie Brunkow, DVM
Since last year's report was so shocking, I thought I'd have a little pity on all you assaulted Whippeteers. The good news is that this year, I can report some good news!
1994's final numbers from CERF, showed that 231 Whippets were checked for inherited eye diseases, 96 dogs and 135 bitches. 32 Whippets were found to have problems which are known or suspected to be inher ited - 13.98% of the total. If you check my report in last year's Annual, you will notice that the total reported was 188. I have discovered that the reason the number goes up from one year to the next, is that some ophthalmologists keep their paperwork till they have a sufficient number to send to CERF, and they sometimes don't get sent until after CERF has run a "final" report. I think I'll start to refer to the current year's numbers as "semi-final" - maybe that will help avoid some confusion.
The 1995 "semi-final" figures are good in a couple of ways. The total number of Whippets examined was 291, which is 60 more than last year. Of these, 111 were dogs and 146 were bitches. The total number of animals with problems considered or suspected to be inherited was 35, which is 12.0%. This is a reduction of almost 2%, which is the first time that we have seen a lower percentage of problems relative to the number examined. I find this encouraging, as I have been concerned with the trend seen in the past, where the percent of problems found stayed the same even though the total examined had increased. If this trend continues, it certainly suggests we are making some progress in our concern for the genetic health of the breed! I believe that the regulation requiring Futurity nominated puppies to have CERFed parents has helped increase the number of animals checked. However, I also think that this is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, and that we still need to pay attention to ALL Whippets being bred. It's also a good idea to keep tabs on the non-breeding individuals, at least from time to time, as they may express a gene that is only carried by their reproducing siblings. Of course, in the opinion of the ophthalmologists with whom I've spoken, a 12% incidence is still too high, but at least the trend is in the right direction. The one piece of bad news is that a true case of PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) has been diagnosed. I have been told that the none of the breeder's other dogs has the problem, so far. However, it certainly bears watching, as PRA in other breeds is a truly devastating disease. Ask anyone with Italian Greyhounds...
I'm also happy to be able to tell everyone that we have seen a meaningful increase in the number of Whippets with CERF numbers. When I began this project in 1989, the CERF report listing CERF registered Whippets was about half of a computer generated page. The report I got this year, covering the period from February 1995 through February 1996, was 11 pages long, and contained about 260 names. I applaud all the fanciers who have become proactive on this health issue!
Several interesting things have happened this year. I represented the AWC at the first AKC Parent Club Genetics Conference, held in October. I am happy to report that the AKC is intensely committed to helping improve the health of purebred dogs (and high time, too!). There were presentations by several geneticists, both American and from other countries, by veterinarians from CERF, OFA, and the GDC, which is an open registry (there have been a few articles on this in the Whippet News). There was information on the new canine genetic disease database being developed at Penn, which will allow any veterinarian, and I suppose breeders too, eventually, to access information about diseases, both by breed, and by signs or names of the conditions. Added to all this was the presentation by a geneticist who is actively and successfully mapping the canine genome, and who, in conjunction with other geneticists, are well on the way to a complete gene map of the dog. I was encouraged by the progress already made - it was reported that DNA tests have been developed for brain diseases in Cairns and Westies, for a disease called rod-cone dysplasia, which causes blindness by about a year of age in Irish Setters, and for copper storage disease in Bedlington terriers. This kind of progress is invaluable in helping to eradicate these diseases, as carriers can be removed from breeding programs (and potential pet placements) at a very early age. Think of the pain and suffering that can be prevented, both for the dogs and for their owners through the availability of early genetic testing.
I have also been following with interest, a discus sion on the Internet about inherited diseases in dogs in other countries. A copy of an article written by Mary Beth Arthur and myself, which was reprinted in the British Whippet newsletter, had an editorial note indicating that a 1991/92 study by the British Kennel Club showed that English Whippets didn't have any inherited eye diseases. However, a couple of knowl edgeable British vets indicated over the Internet, that the way data is compiled in Britain doesn't report findings on breeds which the parent clubs don't consider to have a problem. It sounds like a kind of catch-22 - since the British fanciers indicated that they don't have a problem, the ophthalmologist's data isn't reported, so no knows if there is a problem. Frankly, my feeling is that Whippets haven't been in this country all that long, relatively, and the American genes can't have mutated all that much in these years... I would be very interested to have more information on all this, if anyone else knows about it.
Also received a copy of an article from the book The Whippet Club of Australia, written in 1967. It mentions Whippets in Switzerland, imported from England , which had gone blind at 2-3 years of age, from a condition which I don't recognize, called "ablation of the retina". The author says it was not supposed to be the same as PRA, but I wonder whether that opinion would be different now, as our knowledge has increased so much. In any case, it does suggest that there have been eye problems in Whippets for much longer than previously thought.
Another bit of news is that the project proposed by Dr. Jim Schoster, an ophthalmologist at the University
of Wisconsin, to study vitreal degeneration in Whippets, was given 3 years of funding by the AKC Health Foundation. There were 41 proposals submitted, and 11 were approved, so I think this is a feather in not only Dr. Schoster's cap, but in the AWC's as well. I hope that the Whippet Club will back him fully, and also hope that many of us will put our money where our mouths are, and contribute to the project as well. Dr. Schoster hopes to extend the study to 10 years, and wants to study Whippets from puppy to mature/older adults. This should help the ACVO (American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists - the group that maintains board certification, and studies eye diseases in different breeds) to begin to understand the disease, to determine whether it is really significant, and if so, what percentage of dogs go on to develop blindness as a result. As Dr. Schoster says, the best news would be that very few dogs actually suffer dire consequences as a result of vitreal degeneration, but until someone does hard research, no one really knows. As I understand it at this time, the funds will help pay for the extra tests that will be required for his research and also help pay for student help in maintaining the data.
One of the best things about our world today is the potential for information exchange from a wide variety of sources. I foresee that as more of us get into electronic information systems, it can only enhance our understanding and appreciation of our wonderful Whippets, as well as helping us keep them healthy. Keep up the good work, all!!
Statistics provided by C.E.R.F., Inc., at Veterinary Medical Data Program, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
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