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Volume 3 December 15, 1959 Issue 6
Lewiston — Auburn Maine
October 24, 1959
Walter Wheeler writes — Thought Whip pet News would be interested in Lewiston — Auburn , Maine , Judge, John A Cunco, Breed and Group. Two dogs, three bitches, one Specials. Winners Dog to Calvin Perry's Meander Town Topics and Best of Winners for two points. Winners Bitch to Pennyworth Kennels' Eng. Ch. Hillgarth Shot Silk of Pennyworth for two points. Best of Breed to Walter Wheeler's Ch. Stoney Meadows Marble Faun, who went on to third in a strong Hound Group.
Sooner State Kennel Club, Enid, Okla. Oct. 25, 1959 Judge Dr. A. A. Mitten
Open Dogs, three shown; First—Jewell L. Killian's Windswept Thunderbolt (by Whipoo's Court Card ex Ch. Whipoo's Silvery Duster) Second Dr. & Mrs. H. W. Heiser's Harbridge Hallmark (by Choirmaster of Allways x Harbridge Hollandise) Third - Mr. & Mrs. Leslie D. Hart's Meander Third Man (by Ch. Meander Robin ex Ch. Dizzy Blond of Meander)
Winners Dog to Windswept Thunderbolt. Reserve to Harbridge Hallmark.
Open bitches, four shown; First - Mrs. MacDonald Wood & Mrs. Royce Martin's Regalaire 's Pollyann (by Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster of Pennyworth ex Ch. Picardia Pollyanna) Second - Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Scott's Harbridge Passing Fancy (by Harbridge Mustang ex Reckless Debutante) Third - Dr. & Mrs. H. Hoisor's Harbridge Statuette (by Harbridge Royal Spode ex Brokin Porcelain of Pennyworth) Fourth – Mr. & Mrs. Leslie D. Hart's Tubara 's Syncopation (by Ch. Harbridge Sun Streak ex Harbridge Statuette)
Winners Bitch to Regalaire's Pollyann. Reserve to Harbride Passing Fancy. Best of Winners and Best of Breed to Windswept Thunderbolt, who went on to place fourth in the Group. Best Opposite Sex to Regalaire's Pollyann.
Town and Country Kennel Club, Norman, Okla.
Nov. 1, 1959 Judge Frank J. Ward
Open Dogs, three shown; First - Mr. & Mrs. Morris Edwards & Sam Hearn's Speedway of Blue Beaver (by Whipoo's Court Card ex Ch. Whipoo's Silvery Duster) Second - Jewell L. Killian's Windswept Thunderbolt (by Whipoo's Court Card ex Ch. Whipoo's Silvery Duster) Third—John R. Hutchins' Seven League Slicker (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Melissande O'Lazeland)
Winners Dog to Speedway of Blue Beaver. Reserve to Windswept Thunderbolt.
Open Bitches, three shown; First - Mrs. MacDonald Wood & Mrs. Royce Martin's Regalaire's Pollyann (by Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster of Pennyworth ex Ch. Picardia Pollyann) Second - Sam E. Hearn's Dusty Brenda (by Whipoo's Court Card x Ch. Whipoo's Silvery Duster) Third - Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Scott's Harbridge Passing Fancy (by Harbridge Mustang ex Reckless Debutante)
Winners Bitch to Regalaire's Pollyann . Reserve to Dusty Brenda.
Best of Winners to Regalaire 's Pollyann.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Whipoo's Silvery Duster. Best of Breed to Regalaire's Pollyann. Best Opposite Sex to Speedway of Blue Beaver.
Muskogee Kennel Club, Muskogee, Oklahoma Nov. 29, 1959 Judge Isadore Shoenburg
Open Dogs, three shown; First - Jewell L. Killian 's Windswept Thunderbolt (by Whipoo 's Court Card ex Ch. Whipoo 's Silvery Duster) Second - Mr. & Mrs. Morris Edwards & Sam Hearn 's Speedway of Blue Beaver (by Whipoo 's Court Card ex Ch. Whipoo 's Silvery Duster) Third - Dr. Mrs. H. W. Heiser 's Harbridge Hallmark (by Choirmaster of Allways ex Harbridge Hollandaise )
Winners Dog to Windswept Thunderbolt. Reserve to Speedway of Blue Beaver.
Open Bitches, four shown; First - Sam Hearn 's Dusty Brenda (by Whipoo 's Court Card ex Ch. Whipoo 's Silvery Duster) Second - Dr. & Mrs. H. W. Heiser 's Harbridge Statuette (by Harbridge Royal Spode ex Brekin Porcelain of Pennyworth) Third -
Mrs. MacDonald Woods & Mrs. Royce Martin 's Regalaire 's Pollyann (by Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster of Pennyworth ex Ch. Picardia Pollyanna) Fourth - Dr. & Mrs. H. W. Heiser 's Cameo Alabaster (breeding not included)
Winners Bitch to Dusty Brenda. Reserve to Harbridge Statuette. Best of Winners and Best Breed to Windswept Thunderbolt.
Thanks to Jewell L. Killian who sent in the results of the three Oklahoma shows.
A picture has been received showing the Whippet, Brazilian Ch. Meander Traveller winning first in the Group at the Brazil Kennel Club show. Judge, Col. E. E. Ferguson. Owners Senor L . Senora Ruy Guedes Galvo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
(Proposed) OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING
There have been no corrections or additions to those rules as presented in the October issue of the Whippet News. Therefore, the Rules stand approved as presented. The final copy of the Rules will appear in the February issue of the News, and copies will be sent to the clubs, groups and individuals participating in Whippet racing, as well as the American Whippet Club. Additional copies of the Racing Rules may be obtained from the Whippet News at 3 cents a copy, after February 1.
A Review Of The Whippet Over 30 Years
by Gwyn Owen
(From Northern Counties Whippet Club YEARBOOK 1959)
Our breed like many others, has in the past, had it 's ups and downs, but I am sure everyone will agree it is in a better position now than at any other time.
Although I have had a Whippet of sorts since being a lad, it was in the early twenties I first ventured into the show ring, during this time I handled some very good Pointers at the old two day shows, which enabled me to spend some time at the ringside with the "Longtails" and gain pleasure in seeing dogs and bitches bred from pure racing stock and sold by me, being made into bench champions. At this period, a good one could be bought from four to six pounds and a good stud dog used for two guineas, not only this, ringside seats were also available and every one knew each other, chatting more freely than they do now.
Looking back over the years with the help of my collection of photographs, of most, if not all, of the best dogs and bitches, some dating back to 1905, I find type in the early days to be varied, bitches were more masculine than the dogs and size a problem, for instance, at one time we had two sister bitches, one
became our smallest champion and the other our biggest champion bitch ever, and to mix the grill the owner of the smaller bitch, owned at the same time, the biggest dog champion I have ever seen, however, size did get more steady and I think we can safely say, in that respect our breed is more uniform today. Movement then was more steady and straight, today 's movement I am sorry to say, leaves a lot to be desired. In the first place, movement must be bred for and youngsters given plenty of liberty to develop limbs and muscles digging gardens, I found quite good for puppies followed later by road walking for the general well—being of the dog.
A famous horseman once said to a novice, "The three things you must remember about horses are — first soundness, second soundness, and third soundness", this I think is good advice to all Whippeteers.
At one time there was a very noticeable tendency to a sort of square brisket instead of being neatly out up to the loin, we had instances, of what I called at the time, a malformation, fortunately it did not stay with us long enough to cause concern, but their must be several present day exhibitors who remember this period.
A big step forward is in the selection of stud dogs, at one time the breed seemed to be confined to certain areas, now it is firmly established all over the country, left behind us is the time when one had to hunt out a small stud dog for an oversize bitch or a huge stud dog for a tiny bitch.
Type and pattern has now become deeply rooted, ribs and spring of, will always be a talking point, and is something of a problem when judging, ribs and fronts are part of the general makeup and one can only assess then accordingly, but an extra clean front and shoulders do not and never will fit in with big ribs. A sore point with me, is to see a nice Whippet being handled and having their noses pointed skywards, whereas, with the head forward, (in reason of course), the neck is displayed to advantage. To my way of thinking, necks and fronts were never better.
I have never thought tail neck or quarter breeching over came amiss, in fact I prefer them to the just - had - a - haircut look we often see today, handling and presentation of exhibits was never so high class, the ladies list of today's breeders and exhibitors can, I am sure, take full praise for that. The coloured Whippets are much to the fore and as much as I like them, lot us hope the craze for them will not become too prominent a feature.
We owe a great deal to the old time rag racing Whippet and the grand chaps who owned them. Recently I informed a new fancier, who told me his Dad had kept Whippets years ago, never to ignore any advice his Dad offered, for they sure knew how to keep them fit and well. I cherish Friendship with these real dog men, they kept them when it was considered not very nice to have a Whippet.
Taking all in all I think the Whippet of today ranks with the leading exhibits of any breed. During the years our very best have left for all parts of the world. But yet, but yet, they cope as good as ever. STILL A CREDIT TO THE BREED AND TO THE OLD COUNTRY.
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STANDARD OF THE BREED
General Appearance – The Whippet should be a dog of moderate size, very alert, that can cover a maximum of distance with a minimum of lost motion, a true sporting hound. Should be put down in hard condition but with no suggestion of being muscle–bound.
Head – Long and loan, fairly wide between the ears, scarcely perceptible stop, good length of muzzle which should be powerful without being coarse. Nose entirely black.
Ears – Small, fine in texture, thrown back and folded. Semipricked when at attention. Gay ears are incorrect and should be severely penalized.
Eyes – Large, intelligent, round in shape and dark hazel in color, must be at least as dark as the coat color. Expression should be keen and alert. Light yellow or oblique eyes should be strictly penalized. A sulky expression and lack of alertness to be considered most undesirable.
Teeth – White, strong and even. Teeth of upper jaw should fit closely over the lower. An undershot mouth shall disqualify.
Neck – Long and muscular, well–arched and with no suggestion of throatiness, widening gradually into the shoulders. Must not have any tendency to a "ewe" neck.
Shoulders – Long, well–laid back with long, flat muscles. Loaded shoulders are a very serious fault.
Brisket – Very deep and strong, reaching as nearly as possible to the point of the elbow. Ribs well sprung but with no suggestion of barrel shape. Should fill in the space between the forelegs so that there is no appearance of a hollow between them.
Forelegs – Straight and rather long, held in line with the shoulders and not set under the body so as to make a forechest. Elbows should turn neither in nor out and move freely with the point of the shoulder. Fair amount of bone, which should carry right down to the feet. Pasterns strong.
Feet – Must be well formed with strong, thick pads and well – knuckled – up paws. A thin, flat, open foot is a serious fault.
Hindquarters – Long and powerful, stifles well bent, hocks well lot down and close to the ground. Thighs broad and muscular, the muscles should be long and flat. A steep croup is most undesirable.
Back – Strong and powerful, rather long with a good, natural arch over the loin creating a definite tuck–up of the underline but covering a lot of ground. Tail – Long and tapering, should reach to a hipbone when drawn through between the hind legs. Must not be carried higher than the top of the back when moving. Coat – Close, smooth and firm in texture.
Color – Immaterial.
Size – Ideal height for dogs, 19 to 22 inches; for bitches, 18 to 21 inches. Those are not intended to be definite limits, only approximate.
Gait – Low, free moving and smooth, as long as is commensurate with the size of the dog. A short, mincing gait with high knee action should be severely penalized'.
DISQUALIFICATIONS Undershot mouth.
Approved November 9 , 1955
fn. – fawn - silver wh . - white blk. - black mks. – markings
NEW CHAMPIONS. This section will be a regular feature of the Whippet News. Each issue we will present a three generation pedigree of new champions, with colors of the dogs when possible. Owners of new champions should send in the pedigrees as soon as the confirmation is received from the American Kennel Club. Please include the name of the dog and color, breeder, owner, date of birth, as well as the colors of the dogs in the pedigree. The pedigrees are presented on a first come basis and no more than two pages will be presented each issue.
Eyleland Kennels Report Barbara & Ralph Eyles December, 1959
So much time has elapsed and so many things have happened since we were last heard from in the News, it is difficult to know where to begin. The more noteworthy doggy events have not been happy ones so they can be covered briefly.
The litter we had been looking forward to (Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Ice Folly) a possible "nick" litter, appeared to be just that practically from the time they were toddling around to the time we lost two of the three bitches, including the best one, from encephalitis at ago five months. As there were only four in the litter, three parti color bitches and one parti dog who was the least of the four by far, we felt the loss. For anyone who is interest ed, there were NO recognizable symptoms of Distemper preceding the convulsions other than a loose stool for several days but puppies often go through those stages. No runny eyes, no temperature, no listlessness, etc., so the convulsions when they appeared were doubly shocking. As there was practically an epidemic of Distemper and Hardpad in the Midwest this spring, all of our dogs had been given boosters and though I was concerned about the pups, they seemed relatively safe. Our experience with illness had been limited as we seem to have been very lucky so neither of us had ever seen convulsions before - and I hope we never see them again! We had intended to repeat the mating again but when Pert came in we decided to skip as she would have been having her litter at the same time I was due to be in the hospital having my own litter of one. And now there will not be another opportunity as we have lost Monocle.
Monecle, who was not a hunter or scavenger, did not appear one night for feeding, about 5-8 weeks ago. Ralph went to the kennel to get him and brought him in in what appeared to be a state of shock. He was glassy eyed, breathing rapidly and shallowly, and in a comatose state. We rushed him to the Vet, where he lasted only until the next morning. The post mortem revealed only that he had either been poisoned or had eaten something that poisoned him but what it could have been is still a mystery. His loss has been a great blow to our breeding plans as we felt we were making strides toward breeding our own good show stock. And in addition to losing Monocle and the two bitches from his and Port ' s litter, we lost the best dog and bitch from a litter sired by him ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Bedtime Story - call name Tub Tub. That was our washing machine litter - Thor, Kenmore, Whirlpool and Maytag. We had saved the black bitch, Whirlpool and Steve Hurt in Michigan had the nice, nice dog pup Thor. Both were lost in the plague. The other two were sold as pets and have not been seen since though at the time we rather liked the other bitch, Maytag. Thor, we thought, was very good though being a plain yellow fawn his goodness wasn't apparent until you looked a while. He was a lovely mover and better than the black bitch pup who had obvious faults but who we still liked. Both had major points and a definite spot in our future Whippet plans.
Our only consolation in this sad year is the litter we have sired by Monocle ex Ch . . Great Circle Hester, born July 2 3 . They looked promising right from the start and STILL look too good to be true, though at the moment are in one of their less attractive stages. As Hester had been bred to Monocle a year ago last June and delivered eight dead puppies, caesarian, we were in an absolute dither over the arrival of this litter. When the time arrived, the pups "dropped" but she would not go into labor, though her temperature was also down. Even pituitrin had no effect and having lost her first litter waiting for a normal delivery, she went on the table. This time we guessed right and saved them all. As Hector has never brimmed with mother love for any pup, she would not accept them at first and we kept them in a box, putting them with her only for nursing as she would snap when ever one came near her head and though she would grudgingly let them nurse she would do nothing about mothering them or cleaning then. But after three or four days of this it must have occurred to her that they were hers and she suddenly became a MOTHER cuddling them, cleaning by the hour, rushing back to the box after exercise and looking balefully at any strange sound or sight. This complete switch startled us to no end. She had never been playful even as a pup, but when they started to play, she reverted to her second childhood (or first, really) along with them. Wish we had had more bitches but what we ha v e is a lovely assortment of colors and some handsome pups. Five boys and one bitch, which is exactly the same number and ratio as the litter Hester was from. The bitch is brindle with white, two white boys with brindle markings, two solid apricot fawns, and one solid brindle. This was Monocle's next to last litter and if things go on the way they appear now, he will have done himself proud, as will Hester. Everyone is well acquainted with her though her show career has not been notable and this litter looks as though it will be a credit to her. Her virtues are obvious to all but Monocle's lay in his potential ability as a stud and not in his personal appearance, per se. Unfortunately all but one of our good pups sired by him are dead so his virtues as a stud may well remain a matter of opinion rather than record.
In lieu of birth announcements which should have been sent out and weren't, our own litter was a girl - Laura Starr Eyles, born Sept. 14. We both had our problems at the beginning but all is well now, and she couldn't be a better baby, good as gold and never cries except when hungry. She is now to the stage of an almost continual toothless accompanied by multiple "goo"s. The dogs, without exception, all love her and I have to watch the pups - they would all sleep in the basket with her, if allowed.
Renting, across the road from where we are the Steinberg girls are building, is proving to be quite an adventure. With no fencing other than the neighboring farm's barb wire, when I open the front door the dogs are loose on 80 acres. We were concerned but none have strayed. Outside, they catch rabbits by the dozen, other woods creatures, and Beth and Hester dispatched a gigantic woodchuck. Picking up such a heavy creature was quite a feat but both had broken its back and was shaking it like a carpet slipper when I appeared on the scene. Hester was respecting Beth's prior to it and waiting her chance to take over. In the house, which is a converted hunting lodge, we have as many field mice as dogs. We are all beginning to feel as though we wandered into a house taken over by the animal people or some such. As this move is strictly temporary and I find nice attractive little creatures, none of us minds. We even have a family that lives in the stove and surveys the kitchen from the center of the big burner. We don ' t want to set traps that the pups can get into or put out Decon for obvious reasons and since all of us like birds we have not considered a cat - so we just share the house with the population.
We have no address - our road is being worked on and no one has had a mailbox - but any letters addressed to us on Edwards Road - Route 2, Antioch, Illinois would reach us. I would love to hear from anyone as, though the general confusion and lack of time still prevails, the situation is improving and I am taking up correspondence again. In spite of all indications to the contrary, we ARE still alive, still in dogs, and still enjoy our mail.
Great Circle Kennels Report
All our puppies growing nicely. No hunting yet because of the unusual lack of rain in this part of the country. Several of the dogs have been out with Roger Saltmarsh 's pack of lurchers and given good account of themselves, but the ground is much too hard to take out the puppies. The big event is the new track at Mrs. Henderson's which we are just starting to use and experiment with. The long track has a slight dog leg to the left, so we will have to invent some way to put the machine at the side so the operator can see the dogs the first half of the race. More about this in the next issue of WN. Merry Christmas to all and a standing invitation to come to California and race with us from Great Circle Whippets in San Francisco.
Meander Kennels Report
Julia Judy Shearer
On Wednesday, November 25th, Ch. Meander Scuttlebutt left Washington National Airport on the first leg of his trip to Japan. He has been purchased by a Japanese professor and dog fancier in Tokyo. The professor breeds Collies but also owns one Whippet bitch, which he must have acquired in whelp, as he wanted something suitable to breed to her and to several of her daughters. It makes it what might be called an International litter. Scuttlebutt's full brother, Meander Traveller, resides in Brazil, where he is a champion and has given en excellent account of himself at the South American shows. He went there as a puppy so had not been shown in this country.
The same litter, unfortunately, also includes a pretty tragic happening. Donald Hostetter's good bitch, Ch. Meander Liat O 'Lazeland, litter sister to these two dogs, was recently found dead in her kennel. A post mortem showed that a hickory nut, which must have fallen in the run and with which she must have been playing, had somehow lodged in her trachea and, in attempting to dislodge it, she had ruptured a major blood vessel and bled to death. It could not have been more unfortunate and she is great loss to her owner and to the show ring.
Ch. Meander Flip The Dip recently completed his championship and has a proper certificate to prove it. Said certificate was almost non-existent as its proud owner thought it would be a perfectly wonderful thing to destroy. He has still most unfortunate tendencies along those lines.
Seven League Whippets Report
Until now, we haven't had much news to report, but it seems high time we supported this very newsy and worthwhile publication. The growth of Whippet popularity is remarkable, and it can't help but be due in part to this news letter which is our only breed "mouthpiece" other than Mrs. Wear's excellent articles in the Gazette.
Moving from the other farm to this one has kept us away from many shows with the horses and dogs alike, but finally, the end seems to be in sight. Everything has finally been moved except for the dogs, but I am promised faithfully that within a week the dogs will be able to move also. It can 't come soon enough!
We have a very promising dog puppy from a repeat of the Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire- Melissande O ' Lazeland breeding that produced Ch. Seven League Saddler and Slicker, who is now in the kennel of Mr. Hutchins in Texas. We just sent a sister to Mrs. William Show in Connecticut, and the bitch seems to have acclimated very easily and quickly, the wonderful nature of the breed. To get back to the puppy, he has very heavy bone, strong foot, and the rest of the picture at this early stage fills the eye very well. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
Saddler has sired a litter out of Meander Chatter who is a red and white sister to Ch. Meander Liat O ' Lazeland, the gorgeous bitch of Donald Hostetter ' s whom he recently lost. We are very pleased with the puppies who, although only eleven weeks old, are very uniform, showing both substance and quality. One perfectly matched brace of red and whites are almost impossible to tell apart, and we're hoping for a brace to show in the near future.
With the winter shows on the way we'll look forward to seeing many of our friends again in the next few weeks.
P.S. Our now address is: Cismont Manor Farm, Keswick, Virginia
Strathoak Kennels Report
Patches (Strathoak White Velvet) has been leased to a wonderful couple who have a little boy who thinks she is the cats meow! They also have a Cocker who either has his CDX by this tine or is working on it. Proving the fact that all Whippet people know, that they are good with children, adapt easily to new homes. Patches went into her new home on the Saturday and by Monday had the run of the place, including a 6 ft. block-wall which meant nothing to her! The block she lives on contains 64 houses (long blocks in Monterey Park) and she races to the near end and the neighbors are wondering "What is it"! She is really jet-propelled!! Patches will get the full Obedience course and will, of course, be out for the rest of her points. The new owners are Mr. & Mrs. George Gibson, so will you please place them on the mailing list. I'm sure they will be new recruits to the breed. Dot, (Strathoak Starsheon) has adjusted herself to being alone, but our little tri Sheltie pup keeps her occupied from time to time. Dot has taken a notion now to roll over on her back and wave her logs around instead of standing still. We are hoping to breed her next time in season and after that hope to continue her show career.
White Acres Kennel Reports
Things are rather slow here in the Northwest since weather conditions do not permit us to do much racing, and we have no shows until late January. Since there isn't any activity hero at this time, we hope to get a racing club formed and make plans for the 1960 season. At this writing Mel Danhauer is in the process of building a circular track similar to those used by the Greyhound trainers. Here at White Acres we hope to get our track started in the Spring, so we can have it in use by early summer. With those two tracks in operation we hope to really introduce Whippet racing to the Pacific Northwest.
Whipoo Kennels Report
Sibyl & Gone Jacobs
Our Ch. Whipoo's Wild Honey whelped her "litter" of two sired by Cal Perry's' Meander Town Topics, on Nov. 13. One pup faded and died soon after whelping, leaving a fawn and white bitch, known locally as Una. Only having one pup is doubly disappointing and extremely unfortunate as Una is the only puppy from the only litter sired by this promising young dog. We have just received a letter from Cal telling of the death of Jason, as he was called , in a tragic accident. Jason ran off from Cal with his Borzoi bitch, Cal spent frantic hours searching for his dogs and finally found Jason dead on the highway two miles from his home . The Borzoi was unharmed. Meander Town Topics was within one point of finishing his championship. Wild Honey 's previous litter contained eight. We have never raised a lone pup litter and we expect to find it more difficult than a large litter
Our kennel remodeling has finally progressed to the painting and decorating stage, so we will be very busy the next months. We also have several young pups to get ready for the Spring shows.
THE MAIL BAG
Tom Barker, Lansing, Michigan, writes-
We have bought our first home...There is about an acre and a half here, with a two run kennel. We received Romeo from Ron Bachmann and between Romeo and Babe we have seven little ones, born on August 6, 1959. All in good shape. Have been enjoying the Whippet News very much...
Sam Hearn, Lawton, Oklahoma, writes-
I would like to tell you how much I an enjoying the Whippet News...I sincerely hope all Whippeteers will continue to support it more and more, as it is a very worth while cause. I have sold an 18 mo. old pup to Mr. & Mrs. Morris Edwards, Lewisville, Texas. I'm sure they would appreciate the News very much. The pup is of Whipoo breeding, Silvery Duster & Court Card, a very promising pup with 10 points now. He took the points (2) at the Town & Country K, C. show, Norman, Okla., also, San Antonio the week before.
I have been contacted by the president of the San Antonio K. C. about Whippet
Races at the Spring show in San Antonio. They say they have promise of some dogs from the West coast and was wondering how many people would be interested. Just thought I would mention it for your considerations. I love these Whippet races. Have been having some very good races in the field since a hard freeze that has knocked all the leaves from the woods. As the Whippet population increases, those Jacks will have to speed up, for the Whippets learn very quickly how to team up on them.
Took my Whipoo bred male and my Ch. Cameo Apachie, Scott bred male, to the race track in Waco, Texas. It was a live coursing track, with several hundred people attending, and around 200 Greyhounds. Most people didn’t even know what a Whippet was, and asked if they were supposed to run rabbits, etc. They wouldn't let me run the Whippets until after the Greyhound races because the little fellows could get through the escape holes. When they did run they caught the rabbit about
half way down the track on the first cut back, much quicker than many of the Grey hounds. The people sure were surprised and the lady at the site said I could have got any kind of bet the dogs would not catch anywhere on the track. I thought this good publicity for the breed.
Eloise Kailin, Bethesda, Maryland, writes-
We are the proud new owners of Garden City Mercury Mouse, acquired late in July from Mr. Hill in Pennsylvania. (He bought him as a pup from Mrs. Pederson in Baltimore). "Whipy" as we call him, has been a delight in many respects. We started him in Obedience the first of August. Two months later he passed his basic test with a score of 94 1/2 out of a possible 100 and in two shows immediately after this made two legs toward his C.D. Now I'm debating whether to polish him up for top competition or g o ahead before he gets BORED with the whole works, and get that degree.
He was the only Whippet at a big sanction match in D.C. in September, but placed 3rd in the Group. He ' s acquired a couple of other blue ribbons since then but as yet no points.
This is our second Whippet. The first was an accidental acquaintance but convinced us that Whippets make fine pets. "Whip" – The first, was found in a humane society shelter. We needed a companion for our Weimaraner and weren't sure our selection would meet her approval. In case it didn't work the shelter would re–accept the dog. It worked fine. She loved the Whippet although he soon told her the softest part of the bed was his. And for a change she even let us sleep all night. We thought we had it made. Then came the discovery that Whip needed a minor operation. He had an undescended testicle and it was a risk to leave it in. The day after the operation he developed a blood clot which went to the lungs, and he died very suddenly. My little boy (ace 10) was crushed. This was his first pet. So we scrounged around and came up with Whip (second). He too is adopted by the Weimaraner, though she can't keep up with him or give him the kind of exercise he needs. And we are making arrangements to place the Weimaraner with a country man because she's too much for my 13 year old to handle and needs to run and hunt. So now we're looking for another Whippet. Either a boy or a girl – we hope one good enough to show but the big qualification is personality – the outgoing, mischievous, sassy, bold type which I think is not usual in this breed but crops out here and there. Question: At what age can one judge this characteristic? Are any particular blood lines noted for producing this type?
Would like to place an ad to find such a dog.
Have much enjoyed the Whippet News. Thanks for sending it to David (The owner of our outgoing, loving, face-licking, present Whippet).
Jewell L. Killian, Lawton, Oklahoma, writes-
I am sending you the results of the last three shows here in Oklahoma. The win my dog, Windswept Thunderbolt, made at Muskogee is the fourth 3 point major for him and gives him a total of 14 points.
This show also started a third dog from the same litter, Dusty Brenda, who is a litter mate to my Stormy and Speedway of Blue Beaver. I think "Duster" and "Court Card" certainly did themselves proud with this litter.
It is a special thrill to me that every win my dog has made has been under a different judge.
I certainly enjoy the Whippet News and look forward to each issue.
Ton Kirchner, Marysville, Ohio, writes-
We wish to thank you for sending the Whippet News for the last year. We are very much interested in the breed and find the Whippet News important to us as new promoters of the breed.
Frank J. Parker, Avon, Connecticut, writes.
Many thanks for the Oct. 15 copy of Whippet News. I enjoyed every page of it, and believe its the most interesting breed magazine put out today, and will do a lot to put our breed more before the public.
I have two bitches. One Obtained from Peggy Newcombe a couple of years ago and she is my pet. The other I acquired from Irene & Parker Harris last July. Her name, Renpark 's Merry Antoinette, and she is a lovely bitch. Her first show with me was at Barrington, Mass., where she was B.W., B.O.S. for 3 points. Next Ox Ridge K. C., 9/19/59 - no competition B.O.S. to Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad. Next Northwestern Conn. Dog Club - 9/20/59 no competition, but placed fourth in a very hot Hound Group. Next Albany K. C. 10/17/59 where she was B.W. for another point.
Looking forward to Worcester Doc. 13 - the Garden next February, where I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you.
The present day Whippets are a considerable improvement over the ones I used to Rag Race in England as a boy.
Keep up the good work.
Marion Woodcock, Pearlblossom, California, writes-
Please convey our Holiday Greetings and best wishes to all the Whippet people. We have sold our San Gabriel home-and will be making our permanent home now in the small community of Pearblossom, situated on the foothills overlooking the high desert plateau country.
No traveling to find rabbits here - just walk out in our orchard any night Wishing you continued success with your fine Whippet News.
James F. Young, Altadena, California, writes-
Would you please put Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Kenard, Beverly Hills, Calif., on your
mailing list. They are a young couple that purchased one of my bitch pups, and of course they took the best one. But if it turns out all right they will show her. It is there first Whippet and I heard last week from them and they are just nuts about her and spoiling her fast. They seem to be a nice young couple and I am sure it will be another couple for the Whippet...Keep up the good work, we all appreciate what you are doing.