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February 1, 1957 Issue II
Old Year Out – New Year In by Louis Pegram
As we enter the bright new year of 1957 every indication is that it w ill be the best year ever for "the whippet". 1956 was a memorable year in establishing a firm group of enthusiastic breeders, members of The American Whippet Club, not only in the Eastern section of the country, but also in the Midwest and on the far West Coast. Today: we can truthfully say "the breed is in good hands from coast to coast".
The three Specialty Shows held by The American Whippet Club during the year just passed at Chicago, Illinois, Far Hills, New Jersey and San Mateo, California were outstanding both from the size of entry and the quality of whippets exhibited. It was clearly demonstrated that no one section of the country has a monopoly on "class", Outstanding whippets capable of holding their own in Groups and Best in Show are now being bred and exhibited over a wide portion of the U.S.A. Ch. Meander Rob White, Ch. Canyon Crest Mamie and Ch. Winged Foot Field Spring Bryony are just a few of the striking examples of great whippets who can com pete against the best of any breed registered with the American Kennel Club.
It is also especially encouraging to see so many new breeders actually forcing our old line whippet kennels to the utmost, not only through the classes, but also for Best of Breed and high placements in the Hound Groups. Certainly if you are looking for an easy breed to make champions, stay away from whippets. It is highly competitive which is a very healthy- and progressive condition.
Already in 1957, the outstanding whippet, Ch. Canyon Crest Mamie, owned by Mrs. W. O. Bagshaw, Beverly Hills, California was given the Best in Show award at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Show, San Francisco over an entry of 1320 dogs. This is only a start for 1957, as there are so many too whippets in other leading kennels that I know these Best in Show honors will be repeated over and over again during the current year.
This year we are most fortunate in having Mrs. W.P. Wear as whippet judge at the 81st Edition of the Westminster Kennel Club Show, New York City. Doris has put endless hours in studying the breeding during recent years and her help in publishing THE WHIPPET NEWS has been outstanding. Mrs. Wear's very excellent and impartial knowledge of the breed should certainly draw major exhibitors from every section of the country.
Congratulations are also in order for the Midwest group of the American Whippet Club who are holding Specialty in connection with the International Kennel Club Show, Chicago , Illinois , March 30 - 31. Mrs. Geraldine Dodge, another of the foremost whippet judges in the country, has been selected to do the honors in the ring. For further information in regards to this Midwest Specialty write directly to Mrs. Ralph G. Eyles, Box 246 , Route #1, Waukegan, Illinois.
If 1956 was good for the whippet as a breed it was actually as outstanding for the people who breed and own whippets. During the year many leading whippet owners visited other sections of the country to compare their stock and ideas with those of whippet breeders in other sections of the country. It seems to me, there is much better over all understanding of the so called Meander type, Pennyworth type, Covey Point type, Mardormere type and various established types being exhibited on the West Coast. This understanding has come from actually seeing these types and visiting with the breeders who perpetuated what they believe is their idea of the ideal-whippet. Certainly this better understanding has been beneficial to all connected with the whippet world.
While my visits are usually brief, they do cover a wide portion of the country during a given year. I find a very strong trend toward the type of whippet who has the appearance of speed and stamina to race and course rabbits. Either in the greyhound or whippet there is no place for ornamental types, abnormal gaits, lack of substance, unsoundness or tendency towards the more delicate toy breeds. Quality is a must in a great show or race dog, This quality must, however, be backed up by the typo of whippet that has the spirit and physical soundness to cover a distance of 200 yards or more at top speed.
It would seem one of the really big objectives for the members of the American Whippet Club during 1957 is to work toward a standard type that can keep the whippet as a true sporting hound. Many judges have not the vaguest idea of the original purpose of the whippet. The breed will benefit much by a better education of judges as to the type of whippet desired as an all purpose sporting hound for show and racing. Often I re-read the standard of the American Whippet Club, in order that my personal opinion might not sway my judgment as to type. While dog shows are a comparison of dogs exhibited, it seems best that the Breed Standard be the guide, rather than the personal individual opinion of the judge or breeder.
Much emphasis should also be placed on forming strong local groups of whippet owners in various sections of the U.S.A. A sound educational program should be brought into force so that the enthusiasm of new and one dog whippet owners is kept at a high level. Racing plays a major cart in holding interest in the whippet. Certainly the cost of straight away track equipment is not a major expense item. If our local groups continue to secure new owners in their sections of the country, it will not be long before established whippet activities will become a matter of custom rather than extreme effort on the part of a few conscientious breeders who wish to see the whippet prosper as a breed.
WHIPOO KENNEL REPORTS
by Sibyl & Gene Jacobs
Whipoo's Silvery Decore, silver—fawn male, won Best of Breed at the Kankakee, Illinois all breed show of July 15. Six Whippets were entered and shown. Since this event, "Decore" has been seriously ill with a fifty—fifty chance that he would live, through the result of a twisted lymph valve that resulted in a severe infection. After an emergency operation and three weeks in the hospital, "Decore" is now back in the kennel and is doing very well. According to our vet, this was a freak occurrence.
Whipoo's Silvery Duster, sired by "Decore" and from the first litter of Whipoo's Silken Elegance C.D., finished her championship (subject A.K.C. conformation) at the Jackson, Mich. all—breed show of Aug. 5. This light gray bitch went Best of Winners at Chicago, five points, under Alva Rosenberg. This young bitch also has a Group first to her credit.
The "Robin—Elegance" litter is vary interesting and so far, shows great promise. From this entire litter, we found them all very outstanding in pigment, head and rear construction. Another feature that impressed us very much was the clean cut, sharp outlines found on the offspring in this litter. One of the puppies from this litter is co-owned by Mrs. Hopkins and Mrs. Larch. Mrs. Hoskins has started his obedience Training and at the tender age of 4 1/2 months, does all of the basic work required in the work, on leash! "Whipoo's Whimsey" is a gay, tail wagging obedience worker and his owners are very enthusiastic and happy with him. His owners expect to start showing this dog in the obedience ring this fall.
From the "Robin Elegance" litter a pup was sold to "Rod" Bailey -, owner of a leather shop in Champaign, Illinois. Whipoo' s Silver Skipper" goes to the shop with his owner every day, where he gets a lot of attention from the customers. "Skippy" should have the best selection, best fitting dog tack of any Whippet.
Whipoo's Wild Honey won Best Breed at Chagrin Valley show under George C. Brooks, Jr., an entry of twelve, for L points. (Aug.26) Won Best of Breed at Minneapolis under Mrs. Albert Van Court , and went on to second in the Hound Group under Selwyn Harris. (Nov. 11)
Whipoo's New Twist, a bitch pup from the Robin—Elegance litter, has two points at six months of age. The name comes from the fact she was born with a twist in her tail.
A lovely show prospect bitch pup from the large Robin-Elegance litter was sold to Barbara Walton and Thomas Kilcullen of near Chicago.
Ch. Whipoo's Brushburn whelped a litter of eight Dec. 17, by Ch. Meander Bob White. There are six females, two males. We have a nice range of colors- two fawn, two blue-brindle, three white with markings, and one fawn-brindle and white.
Whipoo's Wild Honey continues her winning ways. She was Best Breed and second in the group at Minneapolis, Nov. 11. Mrs. Albert Van Court did the Breed, and Selwyn Harris e Group.
We sold a female pup from the Elegance- Robin litter to the Carr Greyhound Kennel of Derby, Colorado to be a house pet. The owner, Mr. Carr, writes how very pleased he is with the Whippet. He took the pup, Rockett out to hunt jack rabbits with two of his good greyhound pups. They took a jack about a- of a mile before they got him, turning him five times and Rockett was in on it all the way. Mr. Carr said he had never seen a Whippet run, and that he must admit he was really surprised.
GARDEN CITY KENNEL REPORTS
by Theodora Pedersen
I am sending you the names of some new whippet owners who love to have our WHIPPET NEWS These are the new owners of some of the puppies I sold and. from the news I get from the they are amazed how well the Whippet fits in with their family, how easy they adjust their self to the new homes and how beautiful they are and so good with children.
Here is what Mrs. Renny Norman from 1112 N. W. 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida has to say: "Just a few lines to let you know how Karma is getting along . He has been wonderful and we really love him. He tries so hard to be good and do everything we ask of him. He is growing by leaps and bounds, so gentle with the baby that we trust him even in rough play. He has really made our family complete."
So you see a whippet is a show dog, a racer and above all a companion. Here is the address of a new owner of one of my pups - Miss Wendy Waye, 40 Maple Street , Brooklyn 2. New York , who now has two whippets of mine. -'he is a singer and takes the new pup to the station with her wherever she goes and tells me how much everybody admired her, so please send the WHIPPET NEWS to Miss Waye.
I have to tell about my Mighty Mouse, he won Best of. Breed the first show he went to and was only six months old that day. He won over some well known d o g s and I'm proud of him. I sold his sister at the Specialty to Mrs. Margaret Ritchie.
I have two males for sale yet. One is very flashy white and red splash very nice and good mover and the other is silver fawn also very lovely and move on loose lead very pretty. They are showing like old timers anyone who is interested in a picture or pedigree of those males just write to me and I will end them on request. I am going to some shows this month and to Devon net north.
Hope to he able to send you some more news next month.
by Julia Shearer
New arrivals since I wrote are a litter of two red fawns by Ch. Meander Metallurgist from the Garden City Fieldmouse bitch, same sire from Scatterbrain, she a daughter of Dizzy Blond and by Ch. Meander Copperplate. Both of these are mine as the bitch was loaned me for the litter. In return I loaned Judy, Meander Delia and she has two lovely white with fawn pups by Bob White. There were four to start with so we decided to only keep the two well-marked ones. At the moment they look fine. Also Meander Slaphappy is showing in whelp to Bob White, they are due early in August.
EYLES KENNEL REPORTS
by Barbara Eyles
The Steinberg girls didn't have much to report. Their father died, after not having been well for some time, and they have not been able to indulge in much dog activity, nor will they for the rest of the summer. It is too bad for them, as they enjoy their dogs and shows so much. Maybe by Fall, they will be able to get out and around and things will be more settled for them.
Nothing much happens around here. Oh, one rather interesting thing (I think) I have noticed about our dogs is their manner of hunting. When we first got our bitch from Doris , she was strictly a sight hound, in the customary manner. We have five acres fenced in and she would stand on a slight rise and wait for something to move. We have an Airedale, however, who is an avid hunter and she has changed all that. She hunts scent- and so do all the Whippets, now. She has taught them, including the pups. A rabbit they still run by sight but squirrels, chipmunks, other rodents, etc. are tracks down by scent - funny, how much one dog or group of dogs will pick up from another. Then, when they have something trapped in a woodpile or heap of brick (usually a chipmunk) they seem to have an unspoken plan. Each will assume a certain position so they have all angles of escape covered, with one dog left free to walk back and forth acres the top of the rodent's sanctuary. From time to time, they change positions according to their plan - and whatever they are after seldom escapes. The pups (not 7 months old, were so fascinated with their first catch, a chipmunk, that curiosity got the better of caution and one was bitten on the nose. Never saw such a surprised pup, though. I'm sure her pride was hurt more than her proboscis and it hasn't happened again. No doubt lots of other people have noticed hunting tactics, also, but I find their group maneuverings quite interesting. Can't say that I share their spirit for the sport, though. As they usually neatly break the back of a rodent, leaving it still alive, I generally rescue it and put it out of its misery - with all the dogs dancing around to get back their "fine toy".
I would like to suggest one small topic for future discussion - the shoulders on Whippets. In reading through some old Gazettes I find mention of this by Miss Winifred Heckmann when she judged the Specialty a few years ago. Maybe I do not really know what constitutes a "well-laid back shoulder", which is what the Standard calls for, but it doesn't seem to me that most of the dogs I see have it. Or do they - and I don't recognize it? The book The Dog in Action by McDowell Lyon also mentions the fact that the amount of reach a dog can have is governed by the lay—back of the shoulder blade — and would it not follow that the lack of reach in so many dogs, which seems to be a general criticism, would be a direct result of a too straight shoulder? Seems to me that when a Whippet moves, it should be GOING somewhere, the maximum of "forward" with the minimum of "up and down" and they certainly don't all do that, some of my own included. Put here I am, practically the baby of the breed, and my courses in college didn't include applied anatomy; so would be most interested in some competent comments on the subject.
Also think it would be interesting to hear each person's theories on feeding and how they "do" for their dogs. There seem to be so many different ways to feed and exercise that maybe, one by one, the various breeders could explain what they do and WHY they do as they do.
Barbara tells me she will have available at the Westminster Kennel Club Show a number of portable collapsible metal crates that fit right on the benches supplied by the Foley Dog Show Organization for this event. These collapsible crates will be available to all whippet exhibitors free—of—charge during the duration of the show. Certainly this is a big improvement over the present method of chaining each whippet in his stall.
COVEY POINT FARM REPORTS
by Doris Wear
One thing I think ought to be in this time, is the action taken by the Board of Directors, at a meeting held at Far Hills, Sept. 8, in relation to Specialty shows.
a) There is definitely to be a Specialty in the East each year, in the early Fall.
b) Both the Midwest and the West Coast groups will be permitted to hold their own Specialties upon application to the Board of Directors provided that —
c) Each section shall be self—supporting in the matter of entries, prize funds, etc.
Each area shall have it's own chairman, appointed by the president, who shall form their own committees and be entirely responsible for the organization and management of the Specialties in their areas.
In accordance with the above, Mr. Peters appointed Mrs. Howell chairman for the West Coast, Mrs. Eyles for the Midwest, and Mrs. Wear for the East. It was also decided that the American Whippet Club will offer a sterling silver trophy for BR to the West and Midwest Specialties.
At the same meeting, a committee was appointed by Mr. Peters, to go over the standard, pith a view to suggesting any changes in wording which it decides would clarify the standard and make it more easily understood and interpreted. The committee consists of Mrs. Ritchie, Miss Judy Shearer, and Mrs. Wear.
There, that's all the news I have, and I wish you would draw special attention to it, as it's an official club notice. As long as we're having the News, I think it should be used as the club "mouthpiece".
I'm sorry that I haven't been a very good "mouth" this month.
In the last issue of THE WHIPPET NEWS we received so much favorable comment on the material gathered by Dr. J. W. Bernotavicz, Ph.D., Director, Gaines Research Kennels, Kankakee , Ill. , on the subject of virus diseases that I have again called on him to supply us with additional information for this issue. The article "Dogs Continue to Do Well in Dry Self-Feeding Tests" from the Fall 1955 issue of GAINES DOG RESEARCH PROGRESS seems to be a prime topic for those prospects who breed Whippets and Greyhounds .
(For four years now, I have used this method of dry self-feeding in my own kennel and have raised better dogs than ever before from the standpoint of growth, health, and performance in actual competition. - L.P.)
(Extra copies of GAINES DOG RESEARCH PROGRESS showing charts and dry self-feeder can be obtained by writing to Dr. J. W. Bernotavicz, Gaines Research Kennels, 180 S. Dearborn, Kankakee, Ill. This gentleman will also be glad to answer any special questions in connection with the Dry Self-Feeding Program.)
DOGS CONTINUE TO DO WELL IN DRY SELF-FEEDING TESTS
by J. W . Bernotavicz, Ph.D. Director, Gaines Research Kennels
The Winter 1950-51 edition of GAINES DOG RESEARCH PROGRESS reported the preliminary results of a feeding program at the GAINES RESEARCH KENN ELS, Kankakee, Illinois, in which the dogs were allowed free access to dry meal-type dog food at all times. For the sake of simplicity, this method is called dry self-feeding. The term "self- feeding" in itself can be subject to a very broad interpretation, such as placing the food before the dog and letting him eat of his own volition. However, in this instance, the term is intended to mean that the dog has available to him at all times a quantity of dry food far in excess of his possible demands.
This method of feeding has been in practice for a long time but limited primarily to the economic animals such as the chicken, the hog, cattle and sheep. No one appears to have given much consideration to feeding dogs by this technique. In our original experiments eight breeds, Fox Terriers, Boxers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Dalmatians, Beagles, Pointers, Standard Poodles and Golden Retrievers were used. Adult dogs of these breeds were maintained on this dry self-feeding regime for a minimum period of three months during which time the general physical condition, weight and blood picture of each dog was studied. The results indicated remarkable success in maintaining adult dogs in excellent physical condition. A few limited experiments were conducted on the raising of puppies of these same breeds at that time.
It should be pointed out that the original experiment in dry self-feeding was conducted with the old style "powdery" meal as well as the homogenized product which, at that time, was in its final research stage of development. The old-type product could conceivably be unsatisfactory for dry-feeding because of small particles being 'drum into the nasal passages of the dogs. There was also considerable segregation of the ingredients which resulted in the coarse material "floating" to the top and the finely ground material settling to the bottom. This segregation introduced two problems. The first of these problems was the difference in palatability between the flaked and the finely ground ingredients. The dogs frequently scattered the less palatable ingredients in search of the more palatable, and because of this selection, the dogs were not receiving the uniform nourishment which they needed.
A complete balance of all ingredients and nutrients is necessary at each and every feeding if the maximum value is to be obtained from the food.
None of these problems was encountered with the new product, which lent itself ideally to the dry self-feeding program because of the uniformity of particle size and the fact that each particle was representative of the entire balanced formula.
With the new meal-type food, we had a product which could be fed to puppies or adult dogs without fear of dusty particles being inhaled, segregation of the individual components of the meal and imbalance in the diet, as discussed above. The program was then expanded to demonstrate that the homogenized meal fed in this way was a proper maintenance diet for a total of 22 breeds of adult dogs, many of which have been on this diet exclusively for over five years. The breeds included in this work are:
Basenji, Toy Manchester Terrier, Beagle (13 and 15 inch), Golden Retriever, Boxer, Labrador Retriever, American Cocker, Scottish Terrier, English Cocker, English Setter, Dachshund, Irish Setter, Dalmatian, Shetland Sheepdog, Fox Terrier (Smooth & Wire) , English Springer Spaniel, Great Dane, Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) , German Shepherd, Welsh Terrier , Kerry Blue Terrier,
Of the several hundred dogs which have been on this diet test, we have found only a few individuals that did not seem able to learn to regulate the amount of food to their needs. Several dogs habitually ate more food than was needed and, consequently, became quite obese. It was noted that when a dog is put on a dry self- feeding program, he will gorge himself with food for about a week or two. He soon learns that he is not in competition and that the food will always be there when he wants it. He then adjusts his intake to his caloric requirements.
The success of dry self-feeding in maintaining adult dogs in good flesh and condition later led us to apply this method for bitches during gestation and lactation. Under these circumstances, where the demand for good nutrition is far more rigorous, we met with even greater success. The demands on the mother during lactation are probably the greatest stresses that have to be met by any feeding regime. It is during this time that the average kennel operator feels that it is necessary to supplement the diet of the bitch extensively.
In our tests, as many as 13 puppies have been successfully raised while the mother was on a dry self-feeding program. During this period the bitch was able to supply adequate amounts of milk for the puppies and at the same time keep herself in good condition.
The next step in the program, which was concurrent with the gestation and lactation studies, was to test this method of feeding for the growing puppies. By keeping a very low pan filled with homogenized meal in the nursery pen, it was found that the puppies would start to play with and mouth the meal somewhere between two and three weeks of age. By the time that they had reached the sixth week, or the normal expected weaning age, they were already eating sizable quantities of the dry food. Because they were eating sufficient quantities to satisfy at least part of their nutritional requirements, the drain on the mother was considerably lessened. This had the dual effect of keeping the mother in excellent condition and teaching the puppies to eat so that they were readily weaned.
In many instances, the growth curve for puppies shows a very distinct flat spot, or even falling-off, during the normal weaning period while the puppies are learning to eat. In the case of dry self-feeding, this flat spot in the curve was not encountered at all. In studying the growth charts of a Basenji litter and a Dalmatian litter, it was noted that the growth curves for the Dalmatians were essentially identical whether the puppies were being fed by the self-feeding technique or whether they were being given a "control" diet typical of good kennel practice composed of two parts of homogenized meal, one part of horsemeat and one part of undiluted evaporated milk. To this latter diet water was added to give a food of the desired consistency for feeding. In the case of the Basenjis, it will be noted that the puppies on the "control" diet show a much greater rate of gain than those on self-feeding. It should be understood that these growth charts are presented on the basis of animal weight. In the case of both breeds, the puppies on the control diet were somewhat fatter and softer while the animals on the self- feeding were more firm and much more active. The stature of both groups increased equally.
In order that there might be an independent evaluation, eight Basenji puppies were entered in several dog shows when full growth had been attained. In each instance, all four puppies on dry self-feeding were placed ahead of the four on the control diet. Two of these dry self-fed Basenji puppies finished their championships were the conclusion of the experiment.
The final test for the adequacy of the self-feeding method has been a series of generation studies. There are now at the GAINES RESEARCH KENNELS two litters of eleven puppies each representing the fifth generation of Labrador Retrievers that have known no other food than this dry meal, self-fed, in their entire life time. Their mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers were also raised and maintained exclusively on this dry meal and by the self-feeding procedure.
Results of tests to date indicate that dogs make better use of the food they eat by taking it frequently in small portions rather than in one or two large portions per day. In this way, the level of nutrients in the blood stream is held more nearly constant and over a much greater period of time. Our experience with Great Danes, for example, indicates that dry self-feeding is by far our preferred method for keeping them in good flesh and condition. We were not able to put weight on some of these animals by any other means.
There are in practically every kennel the so-called "poor doers," animals which never seem to develop properly regardless of the diet. In our tests, "poor doers" have generally responded very rapidly when put on a self-feeding schedule. Also, in litters of puppies there are often one or two which, because of lack of aggressiveness, never get their full share of food. With the dry self-feeding method there is ample food for all and plenty of time for eating. Therefore the less aggressive pups do not have to eat in competition.
It was found that the development of the individual dogs in the litter is much more uniform. It is interesting, too, that in the case of kennel dogs the availability of food at all times has a quieting effect on the nervous or high-strung animals. Being able to "nibble" at will gives them something to do and prevents boredom.
For the same reason, probably, self-feeding seems to reduce the habit of coprophagy, or eating of feces.
Dogs which have been on a self-feeding program from puppy hood do not develop the habit of bolting their food but rather take small mouthfuls and eat less hastily. Deposits of tartar stains on the teeth of self-fed dogs are rare. In fact, heavy deposits of tartar have been observed to disappear from dogs teeth within ten days after being placed on dry self-feeding.
A "restricted self-feeding method can be followed in the rare instances of dogs tending to overeat when food is available at all times in unlimited quantities. This consists of simply placing a day's supply before the dog each morning or evening instead of the unlimited supply. Another method is to remove the food supply during a part of each day or, if preferred, for an entire day each week.
Aside from the nutritional advantages of the self-feeding program, the kennel operator will find important savings in the labor required to feed the dogs. A self-feeding hopper can contain a week's supply of food or more for an individual dog or even for a pen full of puppies. By using such a hopper, the work and bother of preparing daily, or even more frequent, diets and feeding this to the dogs is entirely eliminated. Moreover, it is not necessary for an attendant to be at the kennel for any specific feeding time. Self-feeding hoppers must, of course, be protected from rain. An adequate supply of fresh drinking water should be made available to the dog at all times.
Even though the dog-owner or kennel operator may wish to continue feeding an occasional mixed meal to the dog, the presence of a self-feeder assures the dog of an adequate intake of food and also relieves the owner of worry in missing a definite feeding schedule.
Self-feeding, combined with regular mixed feedings, is especially useful in raising puppies. If, for some reason, the regular feeding is an hour or more late, or even skipped, the puppies suffer no distress from lack of food.
THE MAIL BAG
Claire Ellison, 1623 Grand Ave., Fort Worth, Texas, writes:-
How I enjoyed the July issue of THE WHIPPET NEWS. Don't think I missed a word and I am looking forward to the next issue.
Here in Fort Worth there is little real interest in dogs. Some how or other I can't find the same feeling as in the East. Everything seems to be just too much trouble.
My address has been changed since July from 1001 Drew St., to 1623 Grand Avenue . Thank you for sending the news.
Samuel H. Scott, 1125W. Apache St., Norman, Oklahoma, writes:-
Perhaps our friends in the Whippet Club will be interested to know that we are now located here in Norman, Oklahoma. I joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in September, and we have, I think, the only pure bred whippets in the state. However we find that coursing hounds is an old sport here, and there seems to be a lively interest in our dogs. This is true on the part of the people who show dogs and also on the part of the sportsmen. We intend to do as much as we can to encourage this inter eat and to popularize our fine breed in Oklahoma. We hope to have a litter around the first of the year as one of our first steps in that direction. We plan to show as much as possible, in spite of the lack of competition, for we want as many dog people as possible to look at the dogs.
Will keep you informed of the whippet developments in Oklahoma, and we do hope to be able to propose some desirable people for membership in the Club in the future. I shall certainly be most happy to receive some extra copies of THE WHIPPET NEWS to distribute to those who show an interest in the breed.
Alyce M. Hazard, Alverne Manor, Scipio Center, N. Y., writes:-
A copy of your first edition of THE WHIPPET NEWS was given us by our Food friends, M r . and Mrs. Parker Harris. We found it extremely "newsy" and would be delighted to have you include our name on your mailing list for future editions.
I am enclosing a dollar bill to help defray handling costs. (We appreciate your interest but there is no charge. - L.P.)
Dann Dunn, 549 E. 23rd St., Paterson 4, New Jersey, writes:-
I am interested in obtaining a male whippet puppy around the age of four months. Is there anyone in my area who raises whippets? I am nearer New York City or Newark, N.J If so, please advise.
Any information you can give me on the breed, pertaining to show qualifications, will be appreciated. I certainly don't want to pay out good money and find out that I bought a "dud". I've been roped in already by a Chihuahua breeder...to my sorrow.
Charles Chase Arnold, 4676 Violet Road, Toledo 13, Ohio, writes:-
I'd like you to know how much I enjoyed the first issue of THE WHIPPET NEWS, and I found that everyone to whom I talked concerning the article on virus diseases wanted a copy of it. I gave one to my veterinarian, and he thought that it was the most comprehensive article he had ever seen in a comparable publication.
While at the Chagrin Valley show, I picked up two names which should be on the permanent mailing list for THE WHIPPET NEWS. The first is Jerome Wilson, 169 Jefferson Ave., Columbus 3, Ohio. He is the owner of several whippets, among them, a bitch, (Cotillion Cut-Up) with some Group placements, and is very much interested in the club. The second is Paul Francis, 11017 Revere Ave., Cleveland 5, Ohio. In talking to him I got the answer to your question about whippets in Cleveland. Since Frank Tuffley's death, there is no one in that area who is doing any serious breeding. In fact, there are only two or three individual owners left, and none of them are showing their dogs. Mr. Francis, however, is interested in the breed and the Steinbergs, Barbara Eyles, and I, all tried to convince him that he should get some breeding stock, and keep up an interest in the breed in Cleveland. If you have them, will you also include issue #1 when you send #2 to these two people? They both wanted it but I had no more left.
We've had two very nice Whippet entries in this area recently; 10 at Jackson, Mich. on August 5th, and 12 at Chagrin. One of my dogs (Harbridge Sun Rhythm) received his Companion Dog title at the Jackson show with a score of 193; and Mrs. Jacobs' bitch, Whipoo's Silvery Duster, finished for her Championship at the same show.
Mrs. Elizabeth W. Fell, 805 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena 5, California, writes:-
Received THE WHIPPET NEWS and want to congratulate you on putting out such an interesting paper. I had heard from Wendy Howell that there was something brewing along those lines, but it is far superior to what I had anticipated.
At the present I have two whippets, both from Meander. The dog, Micheal of Meander by Ch. Meander Robin ex Sky-Larker of Garden City is two years old. I have shown him quite a bit this year and so far he hasn't been beaten for Winners. However, he is still far from a Champion. He got a major at Del Monte but there is so little competition in dogs except up North.
The bitch, Badgewood Copper Penny by Ch. Meander Metallurgist ex Caniston Carlotta is just over a year - She is lovely but very slow to mature. I brought her out of Ventura and Santa Barbara . She had to come alone so did the four children having no one to leave her with. We had arranged to meet Wendy Howell and the Frames from Bakersfield at the Shows, so just picked up the whole kit and kaboodle and off we went. It was great fun made more so by the fact that Penny was Reserve Winners and Micheal Best of Winners at Santa Barbara.
I have only raced Micheal once, when I took him up for the Del Monte Show and Wendy put on some races at Golden Gate Park on the polo field. We had ten or twelve dogs and Micheal, though very green, raced very well and enjoyed himself no end. The rest being old timers couldn't have been more enthusiastic. It was a most enjoyable after noon and took me back to my childhood. One of our jobs as children was to break the whippet puppies to rags. This was back in the 20's when mother had a great many show and racing whippets and there were a great many races on Long Island.
I am giving a copy of THE WHIPPET N E W S to Mr. James Young, a real whippet enthusiast. He's kennel manager for the late Freeman Ford who in the late twenties and early thirties had a large kennel of both show and racing whippets here in Pasadena. Would you be kind enough to put him on your mailing list. His address is 2204 N. Marengo Ave " Altadena, California.
Again congratulations on a fine job.
You made no mention of your activities. Have you any Red Wagon grandchildren? Ron & Pat Bachman, 2631 Forest Rd., Lansing, Michigan, writes:-
Here is the first letter of the Hycrest Kennels. Five males and three females. They w e re whelped on April 27 and we feel they are "good". Although the Sire and Dam aren’t too well known, their pedigree speak for themselves.
Ch. Stoney Meadows Sports Extra Sint Harbridge Sports Page Pennyworth Sunfire
Dam: Harbridge Bon Ton
Ch. Sunny Jim of Mardormere
Ch. Stoney Meadows Quick Change
The price is $50 and up on those pups. If you desire more information, drop me a line.
Juanita A. Hopkins, St. Joseph, Illinois, writes:-
Maybe you remember in the previous issue a report from Whipoo Kennels, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Jacobs, about the large litter of whippets out of Whipoo's Silken Elegance, C.D., and Ch. Meander Robin. Well, this is a story of what happened to some of the little whippets.
Whipoo's Whimsy, a whippet puppy owned by Yrs. E. R. Hopkins and Mrs. J. F. Lorch, has succeeded in earning his "C.D." title at the age of only 6 months. In his first trial at Peoria, Oct. 14, he scored 193 for fourth place in Novice, Class B. He qualified with 188 at Southside in Chicago on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 finished for his U. title at Chanute Air Force Base with 180 1/2 - maybe not all winning scores but he still filled with curiosity about his bright new world. And on November 2, he was 7 months old.
Last August at 4 1/2 months, we entered him in the Danville, Ill. All Breed- All Age match to get some ring experience and was judged BEST IN MATCH! At the show and trial held at Chanute Air Force Base, he was judged Winner's Dog and Best of. Opposite Sex to his litter sister, Whipoo's New Twist.
Another sister, Whipoo's China Doll, owned by Jean Black just graduated from the Obedience training class instructed by Mrs. Hopkins and won the trophy for the highest score in the class and is planning to enter some of the trials in the near future, Brother Whipoo's Silver Skipper owned by Mr. & Mrs. "Red" Bailey also graduated from the same Obedience course on November 13.
Chat is what is happening to some of the little whippets and their brand new whippet enthusiasts,
C. L. Hagerman, 33 N. Axiens Ave. , Lombard Illinois, writes:
I hope to start at least a one man revival in an old sport. That is using spaniels to find rabbits, and a brace of coursing hounds for the kill. To my mind. running rabbits with a beagle or other "flop-ear" is an all day job. From what I've seen of whippets they are dogs enough for any rabbit, except maybe the western "jack". I certainly can't see 100 pounds or more of greyhound, saluki, etc. for a two or three lb. cotton-tail. I only wish the old. rough-coated whippet was still bred as I believe it would be better to "blast-cover".
James F. Young, 2204 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena, California, writes:-
I will be 75 years young this month and whippets kept me that way. I bought my first whippet in around 1911. I saw my first wh i pp et race in Winnipeg, Canada around 1910. They were opening a what we call night-club out at Deer. Lodge and they put on a whippet race to advertise the place.
I made up my mind to go to the dogs in 1924. Well, Mr. Ford and a Mr. Mathews had a pod bunch of whippets between and we had some great races. I kept them going and day I still have one. Donald Hostetter could fill you in on the good times we had out there with the racing. We all missed Donald a lot out here. I sold Mr. Tuffley Cleveland, Ohio, Ladysman, a dog I bred and trained out here. He won the Clubs Challenge Cup, for being the best racing whippet for three years and I believe he stall your best whippets, including Heelfly.
Pegram, I didn't intent this letter to be so long but when I think of the wonderful times I have had with my whippets, well, I just can't help it. Miss Julia Shearer is a real friend of mine maybe she can tell you more about me than I can myself, Wishing you and THE WHIPPET NEWS the best of luck.
I was delighted to get such a fine letter from Mr. Young, who is one of the real pioneers with whippets in America, and I have printed in part his most interesting letter. To the best of my knowledge, Ladysman did not beat Heelfly. At Morris and Essex in the finals over 200 yard course Heelfly set a worlds record for the distance with Ladysman finishing second. Cleveland met Baltimore several times in match races, out were badly defeated in the series each time these two whippet clubs met. During his period many whippets were not registered with the A.K.C. There were three whippet named Ladysman racing in America at the time; all were top racers, but this one mentioned by Young was from Cleveland Club. - L.P.)
Helen Bland Coulter, Huntington, New York, writes:-
Last summer I bred my whippet bitch and raised a beautiful litter of eight pups, one of which was purchased by Mrs. Margaret Ritchie, Pennyworth Kennels.
I had great difficulty, however, in selling them all, as the public does not think of a whippet as a house dog or pet and there's very little interest in purchase for that purpose. It's unfortunate - as they make superb companions and pets for adults and children.
I have kept one bitch from the litter and plan to breed her next year. Mine are not show material but they are all Meander and Mardormere blood lines.
Major R. W. King, 1542 S. Pershing Dr., San Francisco, Calif., writes:-
I have recently returned from Germany and brought a German Whippet with us. We enjoy him very much and are interested in learning more of his breed. Can you, through the WHIPPET NEWS give us the names of some good books on whippets; also equipment necessary for racing.
If there is anyone in this area interested in seeing our little fellow we would be happy to have them contact us.
Please put us on THE WHIPPET NEWS mailing list. We will be happy to off-set any charge involved.
YOUR WHIPPET NEWS
by Louis Pegram
The response from the first edition of THE WHIPPET NEWS was most gratifying. It proved that whippet breeders will support a publication of this type, and that tippet breeders are interested in not only their own whippets but also the activities of other people who are active in the breed.
Of tremendous importance is the fact that most of the copy for this publication was furnished by "YOU", the owners and breeders of whippets. In reviewing the various letters and reports, it is so very easy to a how versatile the whippet is as whippet breed. It also clearly demonstrates that all in owners are not interested The important the whippet as a breed for the same purpose. That point, however, is they are interested in whippets is soon as you have read this second edition of THE WHIPPET NEWS, sit down and write us any constructive information you feel is important to you and other people who own or are interested in whippets. It is your mail which will keep THE WHIPPET NEWS growing.
All articles and names of whippet owners you wish placed on our free mailing list should be sent to:-
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% Louis J. Pegram
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Mr. & Mr s , William O. Bagshaw --- 9501 Gloaming Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Mr. & Mrs. Ralph G. Eyles --- Box 248, Route #1, Waukegan, Illinois Mr. & Mrs. James A. Farrell --- Darien, Connecticut
Mr. & Mr s . Donald Frames --- 1604 Glenwood Drive, Bakersfield, California
Mrs. John A. Griswold, Jr. --- West Valley Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Mr. & Mr s . Parker Harris --- 1 Milton Ave., Camillus, New York
Miss Gertrude Hooft 332 Woodside Road, Redwood City, California
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Mrs. Winthrop Neilson --- Lloyd's Neck, Huntington, Long Island, N. Y.
Mrs. Theodora Pedersen --- 8651 Oakleigh Road, Baltimore 14, Maryland
Mr. Harry T. Peters, Jr. --- 17 Battery Place, New York 4, New York
Mrs. Margaret P. Ritchie --- Pennyworth Kennels, Hampton Bays, Long Island, N. Y.
Mr. Samuel Scott --- 1125 W. Apache St., Norman, Oklahoma
Misses F. J. and J. R. Shearer --- Locust Dale, Virginia
Miss Susan Sim --- East Norwich, Long Island, New York
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