A special thanks to Terry Schwartzman of Travlin' Whippets for the Historic contribution to the AWC
AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB SPECIALTY SHOW
Penllyn , Pennsylvania - September 1O, 196O
Whippet racing under almost perfect weather and track conditions were held the day before the American Whippet Club Specialty Show on the Polo Field at Penllyn, Pennsylvania .
Donald Hostetter, President of the American Whippet Club, left no stones unturned in making every preparation to have Whippet racing at its very best. The course was a full 2OO yards, the starting box was modeled after the Greyhound track type of box, giving much cleaner and quicker starts than the type of box where the Whippet starts with his head sticking out of a hole in the starting doors. Oftentimes, Whippets are off-strided in this type of box which does cause unnecessary bumping and off-striding of Whippets early in the race.
Quality at this Eastern meeting, both with the young and all-age racers, was on par with racing held at the International Kennel Club Show races in Chicago last spring. Nineteen all-age Whippets in top condition answered the call at post time while four young Whippets entered in the Puppy Stake. The older dogs competed over the 2OO-yard course, while the younger Whippets were asked to run only 1OO yards. Traymatt Plywood, owned by Barbara and Josephine Steinberg, Antioch, Ill., definitely proved superior in both of his heats designed for puppy racing. This young racer breaks well and finishes very strongly. Beachfire O ' Lazeland was a very strong competitor in the early stages of each heat, but could not match the closing speed of Traymatt Plywood.
Eyeland Peppermint Boy again proved his tremendous racing ability by easily winning every heat with the high score total of 15 points. Eyeland Peppermint Boy displayed brilliant speed as a young dog winning the P uppy Dog Stake at Chicago in 1959 and in 196O was runner-up in the All-Age event at the International Kennel Club Show. This racer now breaks more alertly and in all three heats was on the top end after he reached the halfway point. He finishes strongly and clearly out-ran any other Whippet on the grounds.
Ch. Meander Flip The Dip and Meander Ten Four finished second and fourth high point scorers in the final. These two racers, so typical of the Meander type of Whippet, owned and trained by Julia and Judith Shearer, Locust Dale , Virginia, shows exceptional form in all three heats. Flip The Dip has early foot to place himself well up early in the race and finishes very strongly. Ten Four has speed with no sudden bursts. He is a long striding young d o g and his class keeps him well up at all times during the race. Both of these Whippets go well over the 2OO-yard course,
Third high scorer was Eyleland Stoney Meadows Tost, a beautiful trim red bitch owned by Ralph Eyles, Antioch, Illinois. Tost was the most sensational finisher of the meeting. Like most great finishing dogs she is usually slow out of the box and in early trouble, but her tremendous burst of speed at the end established her as perhaps the greatest crowd pleaser of the day.
Space permitting, I could go on about most of the other dogs who raced in an outstanding manner as emphasis was on quality in all of the heats presented. There was a minimum of bumping and interference and the closeness of these races can be seen by the individual score of each Whippet who raced under the standard grading system now used throughout the United States.
Every effort should now be concentrated on a sectional meeting to be held in connection with the International Kennel Club Show to be held at Chicago in the spring of 1961, We now have strong Whippet racing centers on the East Coast, Midwest (Chicago area), Midwest (Oklahoma City) and California. Whippet racing is again national and with your full support, this 1961 event should bring together ` the highest quality group of race Whippets ever to be gathered in America.
Individual score of dogs:
1 Eyleland Peppermint Boy - 15 points.
10 Whipoo's Wish Me Well - 4 points.
2 Ch. Meander Flip The Dip - 11 points.
11 Seven League Solitaire - 3 points.
3 Eyleland Stoney Meadows Tost - 9 points.
12 Faun Sail of Knotkum - 2 points.
4 Meander Ten Four - 7 points.
13 Solidago O'Lazeland - 2 points.
5 Solar System O'Lazeland - 5 points.
14 Eyleland Hepzibah - 2 points.
6 Ch. Liebeskind O'Lazeland - 5 points.
15 Stoney Meadows Cockatiel - 1 point,
7 Whipoo's Marimba - 5 points.
16 Whipoo's Note Well - 1 point.
8 Seven League Spot - 5 points.
17 Baguette O'Lazeland - O points.
9 Eyleland Winter Wind 4 points.
The added starter was Skimble - O point
American Whippet Club Specialty Show
Donald Hostetter writes - Honestly it was the pleasantest Specialty I have ever attended. The grounds, the accommodations thereon, the thought and care Potter and Doris put into it, the weather, the timing, all were perfect...All in all it was a wonderful day, win or lose, and everyone agreed that if the Wears would have us we would like to go back again next year. The races went off very well with a really good entry and everyone had a good time. It was indeed a good idea to have them the day before. Doris and Totter had indeed given every detail the utmost thought and preparation, and each was beautifully executed...The cocktail party and dinner was most pleasant.
Doris Wear writes - We do think the Specialty was quite a success, at least WE enjoyed it and we do hope everyone had a good time. We had all the breaks in the weather, it just missed being too hot and there was a good breeze. The races were heaps of fun and Donald and Louis did a superb job of organizing and running them. I do want to announce that Golden Apple's points at the Specialty made her a Ch.! She only needed 2 points and I was so thrilled to have her finish in that way.
Somerset Hills Kennel Club, Far Hills, N. J.
Sept. 1O, 196O, Judge: Mr. Anton B. Korbel
Puppy Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Wanderlust O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland).
Open Dogs, one shown, D. R. Motch's Seven League Solitaire (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Melissande O'Lazeland).
Winners Dog to Wanderlust O'Lazeland. Reserve to Seven League Solitaire.
Bred by Exhibitor, Bitches, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Soliloguy O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Ch. Meander Liat O'Lazeland).
Open Bitches, three shown. First, Colvin G. Perry's Whipoo's Note Well (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Whipoo's Silken Elegance, C.D.). Second, Lazeland Kennels' Whipoo's Wish Me Well (by Ch. Whipoo's Whimsy, C.D. ex Meander Slap Happy) Third, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Julie of Stoney Meadows (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Marathon ex Ch. Meander Magpie 11).
Winners Bitch to Whipoo's Note Well. Reserve to Soliloguy O'Lazeland. Best of Winners to Whipoo's Note Well.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Seven League Saddler, Ch. Meander Wet Paint, Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint.
Best of Breed to Calvin G. Perry's Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Marathon ex Stoney Meadows Snow Bird). Best Opposite Sex to Whipoo's Note Well.
Thanks to Cal Perry who sent in the Far Hills results.
Cheyenne Kennel Club, Cheyenne, Wyoming Sept. 11, 196O, Judge: H. P. Saunders
Puppy Dogs, two shown; First - Harry L. Taylor's Rocket's Chaser (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus, C.D.) Second, Harry L. Taylor's Rocket's Firecracker (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus, C.D.)
Open Dogs, two shown; First, Kathaleen Beanie's Rocket's Torpedo, C.D. (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus, C.D.) Second, Harry L. Taylor's Foggy Weather (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus, C.D.)
Winners Dog and Best of Breed to Rocket's Chaser, Reserve to Rocket's Torpedo. Rocket's Chaser went on to third in the Hound Group under Mr. H. P. Saunders.
Colorado Kennel Club, Denver, Colorado Sept. 18, 196O, Judge: Mrs. Frances O. Holland
Puppy Dogs, two shown; First, Harry L. Taylor's Rocket's Chaser (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus, C.D.) Second, Harry L. Taylor's Rocket's Firecracker (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus, C.D.).
Open Dogs, three shown; First, Harry L. Taylor's Foggy Weather (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus, C.D.) Second, Kathleen Beargie's Rocket's Torpedo, C.D. (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus, C.D.) Third, Jack Brenneis & Tubara Kennels' Tubara's Simply Simon (by Choirmaster of Allways ex Cameo Alabaster)
Winners Dog to Rocket's Chaser. Reserve to Foggy Weathers.
Open Bitches, three shown; First, Sam E. Hearn & Betty Lewis' Dusty Brenda (by Whipoo's Court Card ex Ch. Whipoo's Silvery Duster) Second, Dr. & Mrs. H. W. Heiser, Jr.'s Tubara's Chorister (by Eng. Ch. Choirmaster of Allways ex Cameo Alabaster) Third, Dr. & Mrs. H. W. Heiser Jr.'s Tubara's Chorale (by Eng. Ch. Choirmaster of Allways ex Cameo Alabaster)
Winners Bitch to Dusty Brenda. Reserve to Tubara's Chorister.
Best of Winners to Rocket's Chaser.
Specials, two shown, Ch. Windswept Thunderbolt, Ch. Harbridge Hallmark.
Best of Breed to Rocket's Chaser. Best Opposite Sex to Dusty Brenda.
Rocket's Chaser went on to third in the Hound Group under Mrs. Holland.
Thanks to Harry Taylor and Kathleen Beargie who sent in the Cheyenne and Colorado show results.
Mrs. Rex Hodgson, Secretary Northern Counties Whippet Club, writes—
Very sorry not to have sent a little news before now. We had a very enjoyable show on July 23rd, will enclose a marked catalogue and the judges report. iictures taken at the show will be in the Year Book. The dog on the front of the catalogue is my Briarcliffe Bing Boy taken at Leeds Ch. show on May 23rd when he won his first C.C. Bing's son, "Charlie" (photo in Year Book) won his first C.C. at Blackpool in June, also his Junior Warrent. The latter is given by our Kennel Club when a dog has won 25 points before he is 18 months old. Decided to enclose the form of application for J. W. so that you can see conditions etc. (Scale of points — For each First Prize in a Breed Class with full prize money, and open to all at a Championship Show for the Breed, three points. For each First Prize in a Breed Class with full prize money, open to all at a Championship Show where the Challenge Certificates MT not offered for the Breed, or at an Open show, one point. Ed.) I think the J. W. is rather hard to win, for instance a lot of shows do not put a lot of classes in for the breed and it does mean traveling some with a young dog. It is usually the mature puppies who have the advantage.
Northern Counties Whippet Club ch. show, July 23rd, 196O. Judge: Mrs. D. N. Anderson, who had 187 entries from 92 dogs.
Dog C.C. to Miss I. E. Birrell's Bilk's Ringmore Bardolph (by Ch. Bellavista Barry ex Tweseldown Mimosa) This was his 3rd C.C., and he is now a champion.
Reserve Dog C.C. to Mrs. W. M. Wig's Ladiesfield Topaz (by Ch. Allways Wingedfoot Running Fox ex Ladiesfield Sapphire)
Bitch C.C. to Mr. F. Barnes' Tweddie Of Teighways (by Int. Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster ex Pyprusgrass Of Teighways)
Reserve Bitch C.C. to Mrs. O. Yerburgh's Greenbrae Laguna Lucia (by Ch. Runway Controller ex Ch. Laguna Leading Lady)
Best of Breed to Bilk's Ringmore Bardolph.
Best Puppy to Mr. G. Williams' Baronslea Kittiwake (by Ch. Runway Controller ex Baronslea Seabreeze)
Judges report — Mrs. D. N. Anderson — I was delighted to find the quality of exhibit; so high; movement I thought on the whole not bad; mouths were good, and not many bad fronts or straight hind legs; I think size is still a bugbear, do let us try to keep to the standard. The good big ones are such an eyeful and nearly always the best movers. It is hard but the Whippet is a "handy little doe”. Limit D. 1. Birrell's Bilks Ringmore Bardolph, I think this red fawn dog is very near to my ideal; looked superb and went on to win the c.c. and Best of Breed, hearty congrat ulations to his owner and also to his breeders...Puppy B. 1. Williams' Baronslea Kittiwake, red fawn, looking a picture, lovely type, good for size and quality and went well; was Best Puppy...Limit B. 1. Barnes' Tweedie Of Teighways, well known brindle bitch, of lovely quality and type, I would like to own her. 2. Yerburgh's Greenbrae Laguna Lucia; another of good type and quality, these two were the respective c.c. winner and reserve, and a worthy pair they made. Congratulations to their owners.
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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 lean, 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 oven. Tooth 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, hold 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 foot. 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 let 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 definate 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. These are not intended to be definate 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.
Approved November 9, 1955
NEW CHAMPIONS. This section is 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.
Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell Howell October, 196O
It is very sad to hear from Mrs. Dorothy Lewis of the death of Mr. Fred Jones in England . I was lucky enough to have several long talks about our breed with him at English shows last summer. He bred and owned the best and really loved them. He was a charming, fair, and intelligent sportsman and will surely be a great loss to all fanciers of the breed in his country.
There is nothing much to report from here except efforts to pack up and rent a house and make a rather large move to Ireland. It will all be done soon I hope.
Lazeland Kennels Report
Sept. 6, 196O
Took four bitches to three shows in three days. The bitches are Stuart Burford's Siren Song O 'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland), Lazeland Kennels' Pennyworth Forget—Me Not (by Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster of Penny worth ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris), Lazeland Kennel 's Lorelei O 'Lazeland (by Ch. Meander Robin ex Ch. Dizzy Blond of Meander) and Lazeland Kennel's Whipoo 's Wish Me Well (by Ch. Whipoo 's Whimsy, C.D. ex Meander Slap Happy).
At Furniture City K. C., Sept. 3, Judge, Alva Rosenberg, Wish Me Well was Winners and Best of Breed and went on to place third in the Hound Group under Louis Murr. Reserve to Forget—Me—Not.
At Salisbury, N. C., Sept. 4, Judge, Louis Murr, Wish Me Well was Winners and
Best of Breed and went on to place second in the Hound Group under James Trullinger. Forget—Me—Not was Reserve.
At Alamence K. C., Sept. 5, we were joined by two Specials, Ch. Seven League Saddler and Ch. Meander Wet Paint. Judge, James Trullinger. Winners Bitch to Wish Me Well. Reserve to Forget—Me—Not. Best of Breed to Wish Me Well, who went on to place second in the Hound Group under Alva Rosenberg. Best Opposite Sex to Ch. Seven League Saddler (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Melissande O'Lazeland).
Seven League Kennels Report
D. R. Motch
Now that another Specialty is history, I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate Peggy Newcombe, Doris Wear, and Cal Perry on their outstanding wins; giving special notice to Doris who is the first, I believe, to have bred both the Best of Breed and Best Opposite entries. This in an entry of 60 is quite an accomplishment.
We have had four litters this summer which although happily received, contained almost nothing but bitches, and as you will notice from our ad, eight are offered for sale. Most we would be keeping under ordinary circumstances, but there are just too many. All are healthy, are NOT CULL MATERIAL, and we will be glad to send photographs to anyone interested.
Before closing, I would like to express my enthusiasm over the tremendous success of the races before the Specialty. There were plenty of entries, and most of the dogs made an excellent showing. The gallery, although small, was most enthusiastic, and the day should be most gratifying to everyone who helped make it such a success.
Sheldegren Kennels Report
Janet C. Koch
Oct. 11, 196O
I have been in dogs since 194O but bought my first Whippets last January from Irene and Parker Harris. We met them in Albany on the niciest day of the year with the idea of bringing home one puppy but taking them both. It was the puppies first trip and needless to say they were not too impressed with the whole thing. As soon as we got home and brought them in they decided they were hungry and cleaned up three dishes of food and took over the house and Poodles.
After having Jeff and Wendy for only two weeks and very little training I showed them at Boston and pretty steady since then. Wendy finished her championship in July just after she was a year old, and Jeff has just two more points to go before he is finished. I am enclosing a pedigree of Wendy to be published in the Whippet News.
It might be of interest that on the cover of the September issue of Purebred Dogs Magazine is a picture of my dogs, Ch. Renpark's Wendy of Sheldegren and Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren.
I also have a new 6 months old puppy bitch, Windsprite Aphrodite, that I bought from Walter Wheeler and is looking very promising and will probably start her show career at the Worcester show in December. She is fawn with e. blue mask.
Stoney Meadows Kennel Reports
I found the last issue of the News of particular interest in that Christine Cormany's experience with her "whoopsing" puppy parallels two similar cases that we've had, excepting the fact that our two pups did not end up alive! The first, a male puppy, five weeks old started backing away from the feed bowl and vomiting up his food. I removed him from the litter, brought him over to the house and struggled with him for about ten days in what turned out to be a twenty four hour a day losing battle. At last, having lost five pounds myself in the process and not being able to bear watching the little guy starving to death in front of my eyes, I took him in and had him put down and had a post done on him. It disclosed a faulty piloris (?) anyway it's the valve that controls the opening from the stomach into the small intestine, at least that's the way I understood it. That was five years ago and I just wrote it off as "one of those things" and forgot about it until last year when I was horrified to have another starting the same way! I had sworn before, that I'd never work on such a case again, but of course I did, though this time just a few days. When I saw the little pup losing ground rapidly I put him down and saved him and myself a lot of misery, for the first one suffered and had pain toward the end. The post mortem result was the same. These two pups were not related. I will be most interested to hear how Christine's turns out. Will he be completely cured, develop normally in every way or has she saved herself a dog that will be a semi–invalid??? At any rate she seems to have gotten a lot further than I did with mine and I wish her luck!
We have two new litters on the ground since our last report. The first whelped September 12th, is by Ch. S. M. Red Fox ex Ch. S. M. Snow Queen. This one numbers seven, three dogs, four bitches and we were delighted to get four parti -colors, two brindles and one red fawn. The second litter, born September 28th is also by Red Fox and out of Ch. S. M. Fairy Tale. There are four of each sex which as nice, but the delightful surprise came in the colors we got – FIVE blacks, two fawns and one almost solid white! Since this breeding was a "deal" with another breeder who was also hoping to get A black, we are both delighted: No doubt the two uninteresting fawns will turn out to be the best! Such is life and dog breeding.
A new Whippet owner is Mrs. George F. Weber 3rd of Moorestown, N. J. She has bought from Mrs. Stanley Pimble a young bitch bred by me from my S. M. Icecapade –Fleeting Falcon litter. Mrs. Weber has been breeding Wire Fox Terriers for some time and we welcome her as a convert to Whippets!
Whipoo Kennels Report
Sibyl & Gene Jacobs
We would like to comment on the idea set forth in the Stoney Meadows report, last issue. We really do not have strong objections to it, only wonder if it would accomplish what is intended. Would not the same owners who take their own points still just take their own two champions so their Special could finish. If the proposal should go through we would hope that a Group first would be included to equal winning a Best of Breed over two or more champions. In rare breeds there are very often no champions competing. Not thinking of Whippets exclusively, but also of Bloodhounds, Otterhounds, Salukis, too mention a few. Also, what about winning Best of Breed from the classes over two or more champions? Certainly this should count also. Then there are Min. Dachdhunds, with no separate classes, who must compete with the Standard Dachshund for the points and Best of Breed, making for few Min. Dachshund champions even today.
A ruling which would be of great help to Whippet exhibitors, as well as many other exhibitors of the "scarce" breeds, would be the allowing of certain "Conditional Entries". Of course this entering conditionally was abused and misused by those who sent in entries only if such and such a dog is not there, or only if so and so kennel is not there, etc. We do feel that entries should be allowed on the condit ion there is a major in points, or at least competition in the classes and one point. In the long run, we feel the disallowing of all conditional entries will not bring more entries, but less, especially with the entry fee ever rising.
We are very pleased with our W. Tea Biscuit–W. Happy Time litter, whelped Aug. 10. The bitch, Biscuit, is by Ch. Meander Bob–White, and the sire is by Ch. W. Whimsy, C.D., who is by Ch. Meander Robin. We are starting to sort out the four dogs
and four bitches. A bitch has been sold to J. C. Hughes of Anderson, Indiana, primarily as a pet for his little girl. A promising show prospect bitch puppy has been sold to Barbara Fields of Chicago. Her husband, Bill, owns the lovely male, Oberon of Briskways, better known as Sam, who was Reserve at the 5 point show at Champaign under Julia Shearer.
Our good producing bitch, W. Silken Elegance, C.D., came through with her litter by Ch. Meander Robin on September 7. Eight pups, six males and two females, all white with fawn markings on head and a couple have spots on the body. This is a repeat of the breeding that produced four champions in one litter. We are of course watching this young litter with great interest, and our only regret is that there are not more bitches.
From the east — Nancy Jane Jackson writes that her bitch, W. White Reflection whelped a litter of 12 puppies (11 surviving) on August 21. The sire is Seagift Fleeting Fly Half. Six dogs and five bitches, all strong healthy pups, three bitches and the males have spotting, while two bitches are nearly all white. The colors range from blue—brindle to solid fawn markings. A beautiful variety of colors.
Northern California Whippet Racing Club Reports
We have had some lively racing sessions on the beach at Fort Cronkite in the last few weeks. This is a sandy cove about a mile long near the northern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, The first exit from a warm car into the cold wind and salt spray is a hard one, but after one has been tussling with dogs and running the lure back and forth for a while the cold is unnoticed. Perhaps it is the most rugged spot on which Whippets have ever been raced. I rather think so. On low tide afternoons the going is on the hard sand and it is a beautiful sight to six or eight Whippets and lurchers running their two hundred yards just a few
feet away from the huge breaking waves of the Pacific Ocean. On high tide after noons the footing is not nearly as good, as the races have to be run on the soft upper sand, not level and difficult to get completely clear of driftwood. We have been racing until it was too dark to see the lure, and as the days grow shorter its obvious that our racing will have to be done on weekends.
Betty Stites has joined us with her two good Afghans, Roger Saltmarsh has several second generation lurchers that can outrun a lot of the Whippets. David Wolfe has sent his lovely and very independent Aide, and we have run all the Great Circle Whippets old and young. Larry Wicks has improved the handle on the machine Earl Stites built, and runs his lurcher, and there is a young man called Al who has a
vary fast lurcher he bought from Roger Saltmarsh. The dog is very big and appropriately called Deisel. Two young female racing stars have come to light in this beach running. One is a young lurcher of Roger's called Mabel, compact, small, and very keen, the other is a year old Whippet bitch by Domenic ex Bewitched, who is able to outrun her father. This bitch, called Carmon, is a litter sister to David Wolf's Aida. Also litter sister to Norman Ellis' Tosca, as yet unraced, who has already been heard from in the show ring.
The beach racing is informal to the last degree, since we only have four boxes.
We have so many dogs to race and so few handlers that in order to prevent running back and forth to the cars some distance away we run eight or ten at a time, holdi ng several apiece and putting the ones that need training in the boxes. There have been suprisingly few fights for all the melee, and the great size difference of all the dogs. One sad casualty has been that both Roger and Larry have had small pieces taken out of them trying to keep the lure away from the dogs at the finish as we have no handlers to catch them. Embarassing to report that Ch. Great Circle Little Alice has been the main offender here. Both gentlemen have been kind enough to forgive her, as they say she comes by such behavior honestly. This fall beach running has been great fun. It has given all the people a lot of good exercise and made the dogs keener than ever.
It is my opinion that amateur dog racing with any of the running hounds will never succeed in this country until it is organized very much as I reported it in Holland and Germany. Racing has sprung up sporadically all over this country in the last twenty years, invariably due to the enthusiasm of one or two people in an area. If those people die (as happened in Pasadena) or move away, as is happening in the case of the Stites and the writer at present in San Francisco, and there is nobody of equal enthusiasm to carry on racing, ready to work, which is hard, and fire up other people to get their dogs to the races, the sport dies a natural death very shortly.
Another aspect of the Club, fixed base idea, as operated in Holland, that is essent ial for us to copy, is that you have a group of people with dogs, operating from a central base, under a formal set of rules. They are neither racing because of the generosity and hospitality of any individual or on a remote cold beach where the public can't see them. The machinery is fixed in the ground and does not have to be transported. The track is circular which is more attractive to the spectator, and located where the public can get at it. Dog racing without betting, operated entirely as a sporting noncommercial event will never attract the hordes of people that Parimutel Greyhound racing in this country does. However everything doesn't have to be king size, and this type of sport is much better if it isn ' t. The dogs are bred true to type and it does not attract the undesirable gambling element. The racing people I saw in Holland were so very nice, and all having such fun that I have been trying ever since to analyze some of the reasons for it.
I hear just at this writing that Monty and Patti Long in Oakland are organizing a racing club, perhaps along the lines I mention, together with Marianna Burrows of Afghan renown. The city of Oakland will probably be induced to help them. Great good luck to all these fine sportsmen and women. Maybe this is the case where racing will carry on and on and not be in any way dependent on too small a group of enthusiasts.
It is relatively inexpensive to construct a two or three hundred yard simple oval track with hand machinery to run the lure. All that is needed is the space, centrally located, which does present a real problem in this part of California, If enough people can be gotten together to support such a venture it would seem sure to ultimately succeed. The other important factor is to avoid what happens more often with people than dogs in any dog venture. I refer to fights. This is just about eliminated in Europe by the strictness and accuracy of their rules and timing. Each species of running hound has its set of rules and runs its own races. There is room and time for everyone.
My experience with racing Whippets for the last eight years here in California has been one of the most interesting, pleasant things I have done in my life. The Pinckneys, the Stouts, the Mullans and all of us who started it quite a few years ago had a wonderful time in those early days. There are many amusing and pleasant incidents and days to remember. Andrew Delfino and his great dog Volo. Virginia Archey, as she was then, with her unbeatable Boone. Gerry Pinckney making his first experimental machines that nearly drove us all crazy, including Gerry. Freddy Stout as almost a baby being dragged down the track by Daisy or Volo, then the later times at Mrs. Henderson's lovely track, her great hospitality and generosity. Now as I am leaving for a new country I know that I, for one, have had an experience I will always remember both for the people and all the dogs we've owned and raced. Best luck to those I hope will keep up this good sport and have as much fun as I have.
Wendell T. Howell
THE MAIL BAG
Ed Veitel, Debaire Kennels, Reg., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, writes –
I am writing at this time to inquire about any information you may be in a position to offer regarding Whippet racing. I would like to find out about the starting boxes; track layout and size, as we would like to standardize with your adopted practice. The Whippet population is gradually increasing in Canada and in our own Kennel we have thirteen (13) at the present time including puppies, (who we hope to sell to prospective racing fans).
There is another Kennel with which we are working closely in the Whippet field (Gai-Star Kennels, Reg.) and we hope to increase the numbers of dogs in this breed in our show rings.
Would you also advise at what intervals your racing is held and with what type of interest it is accepted with?