A special thanks to Terry Schwartzman of Travlin' Whippets for the Historic contribution to the AWC
Vero Shaw's "The Illustrated Book Of The Dog" London, 1881.
he Whippet, or Snap Dog, as it is termed in several of the northern districts of the country, may scarcely be said to lay special claim to be considered a sporting dog, except in those parts of the country where it is most appreciated. The Whippet is essentially a local dog, and the breed is little valued beyond the limits of the northern counties. In these, however, this dog is held in high respect, and its merits as a provider of the means of sport are highly esteemed.
Unfortunately for the dog, the uses to which he is often placed have, naturally enough, done much to injure his reputation in the sight of many who would otherwise have regarded him with a favourable eye. So many scandals have arisen from time to time in connection with the quasi-sport of rabbit-coursing, that many who would otherwise have felt disposed to do their best to elevate the breed in popular estimation have reluctantly been compelled to discontinue their efforts on its behalf, on account of the unpleasant treatment they received from other admirers of the dog.
The special claims which the Whippet possesses to be classed in the present instance as a sporting dog are its strong structural resemblance to the modern Greyhound, and its association with rabbit-coursing and dog-racing. The latter, illegitimate sports though they may appear to the mind of a sportsman unacquainted with the localities where they are so eagerly pursued, cannot be disregarded when an unprejudiced view has to be taken of what constitutes sport in the minds of many of our fellow-countrymen. In answer to any doubts that might arise on the subject, the only reply that can be made with safety would be a visit to those districts where the inhabitants patronise rabbit-coursing, which visit, we believe, would convince the most sceptical opponent of the institution that all events, when honestly carried out, the recreation may legitimately be described as sport.
The Whippet is undoubtedly a cross-bred dog which has been brought into existence to meet the exigencies of the sport with which it is associated. As will be seen from the remarks of Mr. Roper, later on, it is supposed that in days gone by the English Terrier pure and simple was good enough for what was wanted; but as time advanced a faster dog was required for carrying out what was required of him. Undoubtedly the Greyhound was selected for the purpose of improving the strain of rabbit-coursers then in existence; and with good results, as improved records most plainly testify. The sport of rabbit-coursing has of later years given way to dog- racing, where no rabbits are required, the struggle for supremacy lying in the fleetness of the competitors; and an element of cruelty has thus been undoubtedly avoided. However, we will proceed to give some notes upon the subject kindly afforded us by Mr. George Raper, of Stockton-on-Tees, which, as the writer is practically acquainted with the subject, will no doubt be of interest.
Mr. Raper says:-"Rabbit-coursing, once so popular a sport, has gradually waned. Some ten to twenty years ago it was ell the rage amongst that class with which the Whippet dog is so closely associated. The dogs then used were of an entirely different stamp to the dogs of the present dry-in fact, they were Terriers proper. The predominating colours were red and wheaten; many, too, were blue, with tan markings. These Terriers were very hard and game, and the best of dogs for cover work. They were, with very few exceptions, rough, having a hard and strong coat. They were of medium length of leg--decidedly not leggy.
"With the gradual decay of rabbit—coursing, and the introduction of straight—out running (now the popular amusement), has disappeared the type of Terrier formerly used for the former sport. Now speed is the main object sought for; the main consideration is to get the greatest amount of speed in the least possible size; hence, to obtain speed, those interested in the breed have resorted to Italian and English Greyhound crosses. You know these dogs are now judged on the same scale as Greyhounds--in fact, many of them are so finely bred that they must strike the observant eye as being little else than a diminutive Greyhound; and not only in outline are they alike, but most of the smooth specimens are of the same colour as the Greyhound--we have whites, blacks, reds, fawns, brindles, and compounds from each.
"These dogs are very swift, and are entirely trained for speed, and to run straight, Many will stand on a mark until told to go, when they will make the best of their way to their owner, generally placed within a few yards of the winning post.
"No class of dog receives more care or attention; they are very carefully fed and attended to, and in many cases receive better food than their master or family. I knew an ironworker, who only worked a day or two a week; he himself lived entirely on bread, but his dog, who was undergoing e preparation for a race, was fed upon mutton. Nearly every ironworker has his Whippet, and, if he hardly has a coat on his back, his dog must have a good sheet, and, moreover, be muzzled. You can fell Geordie if you like, but don't touch his dog.
"From the above notes you will observe that the dogs formerly used for rabbit —coursing were an entirely different stamp to the dog now 'used.
"I must not forget to mention that there are now many rough—haired Whippets, but they are built entirely upon the same lines as the smooth ones.
"The rules of rabbit—coursing differ very materially from Greyhound coursing; in the latter every wrench, turn, etc., counts so many points, whereas in rabbit— coursing these are reckoned of no account; the dog that kills the rabbit is declare the winner.
"Each dog runs on merit, but size is always taken into account. In Newcastle, Durham , and district, the general rule is to allow four yards per inch, according to the height of the dogs competing.
"Until lately the dogs had to pass under a standard, but it was found to be an unsatisfactory way of getting the correct height of a dog. Many a dog in reality 20 inches high would easily pass the standard at 18* inches. This he was trained to do, the usual plan being to place a needle in the top of the standard; when the dog passed under he pricked himself, this in time he learns to avoid by lowering himself. Now, the general rule is to have the dogs laid upon their sides, and measured from the shoulder—blade to the end of the foot.
"By far the most popular sport at the present dry is dog—racing, or as it is termed, straight—out running.
"The usual distance of the race is 200 yards, the rule being to allow eight yards per inch, according to the size of the dogs.
"In Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, and districts, the rules vary, the dogs there run according to weight. The distance of the race is generally the same as further north--viz., 200 yards. The rule is to allow 2 1/2 yards per pound; therefore, the great object in these districts is to obtain as tall and light a dog as possible, whereas, in Newcastle and neighbourhood the object is to produce as speedy a dog as small as possible.
"Conditions of course vary in matches. These are arranged by mutual agreement.'
From what has gone before, it will be seen that Whippets differ little from diminutive Greyhounds in their general outline, though the difference in speed, of course is very considerable.
In training a Whippet for racing there is so far a difference between this and preparing a Greyhound, that the Greyhound trainer has to keep in view the importance of stamina as well as speed, whilst great pace is what is most required in a Whippet The length of the courses over which dog-races a re held, rarely exceed 200 or 250 yards, and as the track is level there are no natural obstacles to be overcome. Tho the work that a Whippet is called upon to do is of far lighter character than that of his larger relative. Superfluous flesh must, however, be removed at any cost, or the dog could never go the pace which he would have to do to have a chance of success in racing. It is not, however, by any means desirable that he should be over-trained, or there will be a decrease in pace through weakness, and to obviate ell chance of this a Whippet should be steadily worked to get off his flesh, and only occasionally indulged with a full-speed gallop--which if too often repeated would defeat the object for which it was given the dog.
The food which is given to this class of dog when in training is the best which the master can procure; and many a supporter of dog-racing goes without himself in order that his dog may have the danties which he cannot afford to give them both. The quantity, however, is necessarily limited, the general maxim of the trainer in such cases being, "the best that can be got, but not too much of it."
It is most necessary that the dogs in the course of their preparation should be frequently schooled in the parts which they will have to play upon the day of the race, and taught to toe the line at starting in the correct and orthodox fashion.
As before stated, dog-races are conducted on the handicap principle; it must, therefore, be apparent how many temptations there are to induce a novice to be unsteady at the mark. When in their proper places each dog is held securely by his owner or attendant, and their attention is directed to a person near the judge's box, who waves some object in his hand and encourages them to run after him to secure it.
All being ready, the starter fires a pistol, and those holding the dogs release their hold and let them start on their journey to the judge's box. To distinguish one dog from another it is customary to make each competitor wear a coloured collar, so that the judge can at once deliver his decision without assistance from the lookers on. It may be here remarked that each dog is allowed but one person to encourage him by waving an object in his hand as above described, and each of these must be ten or fifteen yards beyond the winning-line when the dogs reach it, so as to prevent any chance of an opponent's dog being interfered with. It is particularly enacted that the object which the runners--as the attendants at the winning-post are styled--wave to attract the dogs attention shall not consist of anything alive and usually that any one attempting to weigh or measure one dog in place of another shall be prohibited from all future competition for a greater or less period. The dog which was to be benifited, also, is liable to disqualification as well; and the soundness of this latter rule is beyond all question, as by its enforcement a direct check is placed upon all fraudulent transactions, since detection would depreciate the value of the dog.
It is usual to give the dogs a few mouthfuls of some strengthening food between the heats, and having this in view a slight increase in weight is allowed after the first heat is concluded, if the handicap is conducted on the weight and not the height principle. Finally, to prevent fraudulent ages being given to dogs, many committees, or perhaps it would be better to say promoters, of dog—racing meetings decline to receive the age of any dog unless the latter was registered before attaining the age of eight months, about which period he gets his second set of teeth.
Enough has now been written about this branch of sport to give our readers an idea of what it is, but nobody who has not been present at a meeting can by any means imagine what excitement the different ties create amongst the spectators, the majority of which invest heavily on the seccess of their selections. A visit to such a meeting will amply repay the curious should they be in the neighbourhood of a place where the sport is fostered; but if they do attend it may be suggested that they keep their eyes open and their pockets shut, as a novice has but a slender chance of making money at dog racing before experience has been gained.
The points by which a Whippet can be judged may be described as identical with those of a Greyhound.
Thanks to Julia Shearer who sent in the excerpt from "The Illustrated Book Of The Dog”
INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB SHOW INTERNATIONAL AMPHITHEATER CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Mr. William Ogalvie announced the International Kennel Club would again sponsor Whippet Racing in connection with their all breed dog show on April 8 & 9, 1961.
Donald Hostetter, President of the American Whippet Club, George Foley, William Ogalvie and Louis Pegram met at the Philadelphia Kennel Club Show in Philadelphia during December and the following points were covered!
1. The International Kennel Club would a gain give $ 300 in purses to be distributed as directed by those people in charge of amateur Whippet Racing.
2. George Foley, Dog Show Superintendent, said he would bring the starting boxes, the improved type similar to those used at Greyhound tracks, in one of his trucks that will carry dog show equipment from Philadelphia to Chicago. These starting boxes are owned by Donald Hostetter and should greatly improve starts over the old type of box used in the past at the International Show.
3. William Ogalvie will again lay out in advance of the show a fine dirt track of approximately 175 yards long; snow fencing will be placed along side the track to keep the crowd away from the dogs, and a loud speaker system will be erected to fully describe all races as well as give pre-race information.
4. We discussed a possible change in perhaps having a feature race with higher run for the better dogs. This idea was discarded, as the grading system used in the past has worked well, and at each past meeting the better races have constantly been the high point scoring dogs. Under the grading system virtually all dogs who showed any racing form did receive a share of the purse money.
5. The races will be separated between the older dogs and the puppies. The races for mature dogs will be over the full length of the dirt track while the puppies (Whippets 12 months or younger) will be asked to run only 100 yards. There will be trophies and purse money for the puppy races as well as the older experienced dogs racing.
6. Actual races will be held Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening April 8 and races on Sunday afternoon April 9. All Whippets both puppies and older dogs will be requested to race three times, provided they are not disqualified for failure to finish the course or habitual fighting during the actual running of the race. Schooling will be held Saturday morning should any owners wish to try out their dogs before the actual races. Schooling is not compulsory except in the case of green puppies or older Whippets who have not before chased a lure.
7. We can always use trophies. Please notify Donald Hostetter or Sibyl Jacobs if you wish to help out in this respect.
We are most anxious to make Whippet Racing at the International a success in every way. This has been accomplished in the past, and the Whippet has been greatly complimented on his ability to retain his racing inheritance, although there has bee limited Whippet Racing in America and England during the past fifteen years.
Many Whippet owners who in the past have kept their dogs only for pets, show or breeding purposes, have found most of their Whippets show to a fine advantage on the track and actually enjoy the competition of racing.
This year to secure a quality entry of at least 30 racers, it will be necessary for all owners who have Whippets who will chase the lure to consider this part of their responsibility in bringing one or more of their race dogs who, in most cases are also entered in the regular conformation classes.
This year the International Kennel Club races will draw an entry from a much wider section of the United States then has been the case in past years. Instead of being one sectional group against another, it will be many individual Whippet owners from all sections of the country.
Whippet Racing is strictly an amateur sport designed for the pleasure of the owner, as well as the Whippet who has retained his racing inheritance through the years. Again, regardless of where you live or the limited training your Whippets received, make Whippet Racing at the International Kennel Club Show, April 8 & 9 a "MUST."
Louis J. Pegram, Racing Secretary.
International Amphitheatre, Union Stock Yards, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 1961
RACES CONDUCTED UNDER THE OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING.
Louis J. Pegram, Racing Secretary
INFORMATION FOR DOGS ENTERING FOR RACING ENTERTAINMENT ONLY
For Whippets with racing experience. Whippets must be AKC registered or eligible to be registered. Entry fee $1.00 per dog for the racing entertainment only. Entries for ' tracing dogs only " close Tuesday, March 28, 1961. Mail entries, with fees to:
Louis J. Pegram
Ralston Purina Company Checkerboard Square St. Louis 2, Missouri
Trophies awarded to the Grand Winner, Runner-up to the Grand Winners and Puppy Race Winner,
Whippet racing entertainment will be held Saturday afternoon and evening A pril 8, and Sunday afternoon April 9.
CASH PURSES OFFERED BY THE INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB OF CHICAGO
International Kennel Club of Chicago - April 8 and 9, 1961
$1.00 entry fee for each dog entered for racing entertainment only.
Please list all dogs you plan to race. No entry fee for dogs entered in the dog show.
Worcester County K. C., Worcester, Mass.
December 18, 1960, Judge: Mr. William H. Ackle
Open Dogs, one shown, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Ebony King (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon e x Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris)
Winners Dog to Pennyworth Ebony King
Puppy Bitches, three shown. First, Walter A. Wheeler, Jr.'s Wind sprite Athena (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Marble Faun ex Ch. Hillgarth Shot Silk of Pennyworth, Second, Janet C. Koch's Windsprite Aphrodite (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Marble Faun ex Ch. Hillgarth Shot Silk of Pennyworth) Third, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Lady in Grey (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris)
Bred by Exhibitor, Bitches, one shown, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Tigrine (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris)
Bitches, two shown. First, Frank J. Parker's Renpark's Marry Antoinette (by . Wingedfoot Ringmaster of Pennyworth ex Ch. Renpark's Verry Marry) Second, Calvin G. Perry's Stoney Meadows Lady Skipper (by Fawn Sail of Knotkrum C.D. ex Stone y Meadows Career Girl)
Open Bitch to Renpark's Merry Antoinotto. Reserve to Stoney Meadows Lady Skipper
Best of Winners to Renpark's Merry Antoinette.
Specials , three shown, Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint, Ch. Renpark's Wendy of Sheldegren Stoney Meadows Marble Faun.
Best of Breed to Renpark's Merry Antoinotte.
Best Opposite Sex to Calvin G. Perry's Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Marathon ex Stoney Mead ows Snow Bird).
Thanks to Frank Perker who sent in the Worcester County K. C. results.
Westminster Kennel Club, New York, N. Y.
February 13 & 14, 1961
Judge: Gen Edward B. McKinley, 20 Whippets shown
Bred by Exhibitor, Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Wonderlust O'Lazeland (by Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Winston (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Meander Chit Chat) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Royal Coachman O'Lazeland (by Ch. Fishermen O'Lazeland ex Ch. Bo -Peep of Birdneck Point) Third, Edward B. Jenner's Red Letter O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Fourth, Mardormore Kennels' Lucky Lancer of Mardormere (by Luguna Lucky Lad ex Ch. Honey of Mardormere)
Winners Dog to Stoney Meadows Winston. Reserve to Royal Coachman O'Lazeland.
American-bred Bitches, two shown. First, Stuart Burford's Siren Song O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, E. May Steiner's Hill' Little Audrey (by Hills Blue Boots ex Ch. Poppypinkpetal.)
Open, Bitches, five shown. First, Calvin G. Perry's Stoney Meadows Lady Skipper (by Fawn Sail of Knotknum C.D. ex Stoney meadows Career Girl) Second, Canyon Crest Kennels' Canyon Crest's Surprise (by Canyon Crest's Black Diamond ex Canyon Crest's Mamie) Third, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Whipoo's Marimba (by Ch. Whipoo's Whimsy C.D. ex Whipoo's Cockspur) Fourth, Harry J. Bridge's Harbridge Snowberry (by Harbridge Mustang ex Reckless Debutante)
Winners Bitch to Stoney Meadows Lady Skipper. Reserve to Canyon Crest's Surprise.
Best of Winners to Stoney Meadows Winston.
Specials, eight shown, Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon, Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander, Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint, Ch. Stoney Meadows Golden Apple, Ch. Seven League Saddler, Ch. Meander Wet Paint, Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad, Ch. Lucky Penny of Mardormere.
Best of Breed to Mardormere Kennels' Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad (by Laguna Liege ex Brekin Ballet Shoes) Best Opposite Sex to Mardormere Kennels' Ch. Lucky Penny of Mardormere (by Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad ex Ch. Honey of Mardormere).
Brace Class, one shown, Mardormere Kennels' Lucky Lancer of Mardormere & Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad.
Thanks to everyone who supported the Whippet News this issue. There are several very interesting features in this issue. However, we need more news from England. Also, do not forget the pedigrees of your new champions.
Deadline for the April issue is April with space held open for the Chicago
International results and Chicago race results.
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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
Badgewood Kennel Reports
February 1, 1961
Just a note to tell you Badgewood Copper Penny had five pups by Ch. Wingedfoot Marksman of Allways. Three bitches, two dogs born Dec. 18th, 1960. Best to all Whippeteers.
Canesco Kennel Reports Sam Scott
February 1, 1961
I realize that there has been no report for the News from Oklahoma in a long time. The Scotts recently purchased 7 acres about three miles out of Norman, and you know what it is like, getting a kennel organized, especially in the winter. It is difficult enough in the winter without moving, huh?
Oklahoma Whippet Club has a new panel of officers as follows: President, Frank J. Kern; Vice President, Dr. H. W. Heiser, Jr.; Secretary, Mrs. Frank J. Kern; Treasurer, Mrs. D. W. Northrip. It was suggested at our last meeting that the secretary make a report on Club activities to the News regularly. Perhaps that will happen. I promise a long report on our own kennel, both its activities and its new location, soon.
Stoney Meadows Kennel Reports
The Baltimore show has just come and gone (thank heavens!) for another year. It was even more dismal than usual and that's saying a lot! Every year we all say we'll never go again but around it comes and there we are, why? Because it's the first show of the year around here, it's near by for the Maryland and Virginia contingent and it ’s a wonderful place to get ones puppies "show broke" (and also to challenge the efficiency of their immunity!). Anyway, like the toothache, we seem to forget how bad it is till we get there. This year was an added inducement as Mr. Alva Rosenberg, that perennial favorite, was doing our breed and drew an entry of 17, of which only 11 were present due to the wintry weather that scared the Shearer sisters off the road. We missed them with their succinct comments on life in general and Whippets in particular. Present were Donald Hostetter, Stuart Buford, Bobby Motch, "Pete" and a young man named Wesley Christopher who recently acquired a puppy from me from my Bob–White – Laguna Leonia litter, with which he took reserve in dogs to Donald's nice little fawn, Beachfire O'Lazeland who got the three point major. The latter I have admired since I first saw him at the Specialty in September. Donald then went on to take the three bitch points and BOW with Whipoo's Wish Me Well. Ch. Meander Wet Paint, Bobby Motch's good honest bitch, was BB and. I hope did well in the Group, but I haven't heard. I cannot give a more detailed account as I did not get a catalogue. Bobby also had an attractive puppy bitch by Ravenslodge Solitaire which beat my entry in the puppy bitch class.
Winter, winter, winter and SNOW! – We've really had it this year and I must say that all the inconveniences not withstanding, it is better dog–wise than what we have as an alternative in this area, that is, cold, wet rain with temperatures in the high thirties and low forties. THAT is what really gives a kennel "the miseries"! If anyone has the answer to bringing Whippet puppies through cold, wet weather without their getting ghastly intestinal upsets, please let me know about it. It's what I dread most about this tine of year and we still have plenty of time to get it. Meanwhile I'll settle for snow! (As long as it doesn't stop me getting to the Garden!) There is a wonderful entry at the Garden and I'm surely looking forward to seeing everyone, especially those I don't see anywhere else!
Strathoak Kennel Reports
January 12, 1961
Thought the last issue of the News very interesting and it shows the hard work and time put into it by those connected with it. We sure hope they can keep up the good work!
We were of course most interested in reading of the Canadian black Whippets and will start correspondence soon. We have made a visit to Mr.& Mrs. George Mackin of Woodland Hills who have a black male. We found this dog very much to our liking and his owners, who have three sons, are very keen on showing and will start out with a puppy, as soon as our Starsheen cooperates! We expect her in
heat anytime between now and early March, so come spring there should he a few litters of pups around, as Dot Frames is contemplating breeding her bitch. Mrs. Reuland in Baldwin Park who has a litter sister to Starsheen and White Velvet is awaiting her bitch to come in anytime end she is to be bred, so there will be three litters around pretty soon. The color combinations will be interesting too and there should be a good assortment of colors and sexes for future prospects to choose from.
We have also seen the litter out of White Velvet and of course we are interested in seeing the development of this group. The colors, as reported in the last issues are not what they seemed as they were born at night, and as Mrs. Gibson herself was waiting to go any moment, and never having seen new—born Whippet pups, dark fawns can be mistaken for a black! However, the right colors are: the male is fawn with white markings, two females are silver with white markings and the third female is white with fawn marking on one side of face outlined in black, just as tho someone had taken a pencil, she has two small fawn patches located on her body, she is a very sweet little rascal and with markings on one side, she has sort of a clownish expression. All showed good quality and plenty of chest, which so many of the Whippets out here need, we think we hit the right combination on this point. At 8 weeks we brought home one silver and white female, named Dixie by our 6 yr. old son who seems to think the puppy is his! She'll be registered as Strathoak Silver Song, and believe me, she is living up to it! She is sleeping in the kitchen at night, along with our Sheltie, who has 2 pups that are only a few days old, but the company doesn't help Dixie, but we found a bowl of milk at 1 am and 4 am helped some!! Starsheen is having a ball with her, something small to play with again. We sold Dawn (Morning Star) to Mr. & Mrs. Dick Archer of Sylmar, Calif., so Starsheen was without a playmate. The Sheltie is very indiffer ent with her newborn family and allows anyone and any dog freedom of the box. Starsheen got in one morning and I really expected a dog fight, but the Sheltie was in the living room while Starsheen was lying with the pups cleaning them and rolling them over to see that everything had been taken care of properly. This is the third Sheltie bitch we have had, and altho the other two were good whelpers we found them to be lousy mothers, wanting to leave the litter when 10-14 days old. This one was one of the worst whelpers I've ever known. She had both pups standing up, refused to lie down and relax, and above all, refused to look after the newborn pups, it was fortunate that she was considerate enough to have them while someone was at home, we would have had two dead pups! As she is looking out for herself and her "girlish figure", two is not going to be a drain on her and she will be bred next season and we will see if there is an improvement! Has anyone had experience of this sort and what was the result the second time, if there was a second time! I've had many first—time whelpers but never one like this. Her indifference is really amazing, letting another bitch in with the brood at less than a week, even Dixie gets in with the pups and watches over them!
Dot Frames, Norma Gibson and myself are making plans for a day at the Orange Empire show the 29th of Jan. Will Airmail results. Starsheen needs but 2 pts. to finish and White velvet needs 4 points, Dot Frames' Gigi has just started and has a long way to go yet, but we are delighted to help her along. IF and WHEN Starsheen and White Velvet finish, it will mean two more for Whipoo's Silken Elegance, so we are crossing our fingers and hoping for the best.
We are delighted about the pictures news and reproductions. We hope tho, that pictures sent will be representative of the dog and not like some of the pictures we see in the English journals. Norma Gibson and I have been looking thru some of the pictures I'd clipped from past issues and it is really amazing how bad a dog can look, yet when you read of its record you wonder "how could it be!"
I'M awaiting news from Peg Purfield who made a quick trip to Ireland and whether she touched England or not I haven't heard, if I hear anything before deadline send it with show report.
Whipoo Kennel Reports
Sibyl & Gene Jacobs
ATTENTION all Whippet exhibitors and owners of Whippets who will race living in the Decatur, Illinois area, The Sandemac Kennel Club, Decatur, has asked to have Whippet Racing entertainment for their All Breed Show to be held Saturday, April 22, 1961. The Whippet owners in the Champaign-Urbana area decided they
would like to do this BUT we need more dogs and people to make a really successful racing demonstration. The show is held at a fair grounds and the racing will be done on the regular fair grounds track. There are bleachers for the spectators
and the facilities for the running of the dogs are good. Some readers may remember that the Decatur Club has had the Whippet racing in previous years but at their fall show over Labor Day. The weather was so hot one year that the dogs could not run and the project was given up. It is hoped that the weather for running the dogs will be good on April 22. This is the first spring show for Decatur. The Club is offering trophies for the three top race dogs and will provide the judges and some extra help. We plan to run only four dogs at a time, with probably two racing sessions in the afternoon. The races will be conducted under the official rules and regulations for Whippet racing. These Decatur races should be a lot of fun and good experience for the dogs. The judge for Whippets at Decatur will be Edwin L. Pickhardt, and there will be points. We hope we will see all the area Whippet enthusiasts at Decatur for the races, so make your plans now and remember it is a Saturday show.
We have received word that Sam Hearn & John R. Hutchin's male Whippet, Bull O’ The Woods of Blue Beaver, won Best In Show at St. Joseph, Mc., 670 dogs entered. This brindle and white dog was bred by H. A. Carr and is sired by our Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus (Ch. Meander Robin ex Whipoo's Silken Elegance, C. D.).
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Christina Cullen, Gladwyne, Pa., writes -
Leo is fine and happy. He is ten months old. His real name is Stoney Meadows Leo. His sire is Ch. Meander Bob-White, and his dam is Laguna Leonie, an English Whippet.
We live in the country so Leo runs loose. He has made friends with all the other dogs. He does not go out of the neighborhood. Leo does not sleep too much, but has found a liking for television. He will be one on March 26th. He is a blue-brindle.
Thank you for putting me on the mailing list for "Whippet News".
Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Disson, Scarborough, N. Y., write -
We would like to notify you of our change of address, and also to thank you for the "News".
Now that we have moved out of the city and now have plenty of room in the country, we are seriously considering breeding Whippets. When we are established in our new home, I shall write a gain for suggestions and any information you may be able to pass on to us.
Martha Love, St. Louis, Mo., writes -
I have recently, October 6, whelped a litter of English-bred Whippets, 3 males and 2 females, silver-fawn in color. I understand that the English Whippets are as a rule smaller than the American and somewhat finer boned.
Mr. & Mrs. V. M. Martinson, Tyree Kennel, Reg., Canada, write - We recently received our first issue of the Whippet News and we would like to tell you how much we enjoyed it. We recently acquired two Whippets one of which we have started showing. We primarily breed Borzois.
Mrs. Charles Turner, Newport Beach, Calif., writes-
We continue to enjoy the News thoroughly! The Whippet world must be small! Our Newport Harbor area numbers 50,000 to 80,000 people, and as far as I know we are the only Whippet owners - so don't tell me that it isn't fantastic that a few weeks ago we met a Mrs. Ethel Lawrence. We were discussing the small yard area of most of our homes here, and of course (always thinking of our two spoiled canines) brought up the fact this made it rough on our two Whippets. At this point Mrs. Lawrence said "What did you say? You have Whippets? My daughter Barbara, has 27 of them!" After recover ing from the shock, we said "She doesn't happen to be married to a man named Ralph?" As you have guessed, we had been talking to Barbara Eyles' mother! Even though we are newcomers to this select group and have never met the Eyles, the names of the more active Whippet owners and breeders are implanted in our minds as we peruse every word of every issue of the Whippet News.
We had a lovely discussion with Mrs. Lawrence, learned a little of what it must be like to raise and cope with that many Whippets. She was most interested in the copies of the News (which we religiously save) that we showed her.
I'm afraid this is a meager news offering but it thrilled me so I thought it worth sharing. Our dogs, I'm sorry to say, are at this point, merely lazy pets, and give me nothing to report in the wry of shows, racing or puppies! I talked to Dot Frames recently and learned of the possibility of some sort of racing "club" for us Southern Californians. Sounds most intriguing and I hope in the near future, the demands of my job and of my husband's new practice will lessen so that we can be active participants.
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