A special thanks to Terry Schwartzman of Travlin' Whippets for the Historic contribution to the AWC
American Whippet Club Midwest Specialty
Donald Hostetter, President of the American Whippet Club, announces the Midwest Specialty to be held Friday, April 6, 1962, the day before the Chicago Interna tional show. The Specialty will be held on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Room of the Stock Yard Inn. Miss F. Julia Shearer will judge. Harry T. Peters,Jr. is the Specialty show chairman.
Donations and trophies are needed for the Specialty premium list, and the deadline is January 3, 1962. Donations and trophy information should be sent to the A. W. C. %treasurer, Harry T. Peters, Jr., Orange, Virginia.
Chicago Whippet Racing
Louis Pegram, Racing Secretary, is pleased to announce, Whippet racing will be held at the 1962 Chicago International Dog Show on April 7 & 8, 1962. For several consecutive years, Whippet racing has been a popular event at the International show and it has attracted avid crowds of spectators with favorable publicity and interest for Whippets.
Once again, the International Kennel Club is offering a $300 purse for the Whippet racing, and this total sum will be divided among the top scoring race dogs. In addition, trophies, donated by those interested in the racing, will be awarded to the top scoring dogs.
The race conditions will be as in previous years — an excellent, inside track made of packed dirt. The basic equipment will be provided, but it is suggested, every Whippet owner bring his own race muzzle. The track will be available for schooling races on Friday, April 6, after the Chicago Whippet Specialty, and this will be an opportune time to try novice dogs and puppies. The official races will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 & 8.
Everyone is welcome to race their dogs at the Chicago International Dog Show this April. Watch for entry blanks and further information in the February issue of the Whippet News, or contact — Louis Pegram, Ralston Purina Co., Checkerboard Square , St. Louis 2, Missouri.
Size and The Whippet
by Louis Pegram
During past months numerous articles have been written in the Whippet News concerning weight and height at the shoulder of the Whippet as a race dog and a show dog. Most of these articles have indicated that Whippets, because of their greater weight, or greater height at the shoulder, were superior and received a greeter winning advantage than the smaller Whippet.
Size in the Whippet has never been a major factor in the show ring as compared to quality, soundness and type. On the race track, speed, endurance, desire and training have always been greater winning factors than size, and this also is true of the Greyhound and the thoroughbred horse used for racing purposes. Weight and height, which add up to size, is generally a standard excuse for those people own ing smaller individuals who cannot compete under standard regulations drawn up to fit a breed, or the majority of animals which make up the standard of a breed.
Good and even great Whippets come in all sizes, as the records over the past thirty years clearly indicate. Larger members of the breed who are of exact quality from a show or racing standpoint, on the average are better then smaller individuals of the same quality. The important thing here is few Whippets used for show or racing purposes are of the same quality and ability. There are good small Whippets and good large Whippets, but more good average sized Whippets in competition.
The present day self—grading system used successfully at most of our la r g er Whippet racing amateur meetings is not a whim of any one person, but is the base of virtually all grading and handicap systems used in the handicapping of tens of thousands of Greyhounds and race horses, both flat and harness. This type of grading system was also used very successfully during the period 1930 through 1941 when Whippet racing was at its highest point in popularity as well as number of available Whippets for racing purposes.
My first entry on an active basis in Whippet races started in 1928. At that time owners were struggling to race a handful of Whippets based on weight. These same few dogs raced week—end after week—end and the same dogs constantly won until all concerned lost interest in Whippet racing. Whippet racing then began to grow in open competition and the self—grading system, first when lanes and towels were used, then the dra g lure over a straight course replaced the rag and lanes, and finally the circular track similar to that currently used in Greyhound racing. It was open racing and the gradin g system that has been the base of successful racing of Whippets in America.
The downfall of Whippet racing came when Whippet racing on an amateur status grew too large and wished to compete on a legal basis with Greyhounds and harness races.
The present day grading system used at Chicago and the eastern Specialty shows is designed and honestly operated to bring Whippets of all sizes, ages and conditions together on as near equal conditions as possible. It is not designed to pick winners or cater to whims of individuals who wish certain advantages to give their dogs the winning advantage.
The current grading system is by no means perfect and neither is any grading system where only a handful of racing dogs of varied racing ability are available. It does, however, bring together all Whippets on an equal basis, end has without exception graded the better do g s to the top of the heap, yet has allowed the slower or less experienced dogs a chance to compete on an equal basis. The more heats run under the self—grading system, the closer indicates the true ability of the Whippet. This does not mean that Whippets should be run over and over during a twenty-four hour period, just to prove the grading system or satisfy certain owners whose dogs do not win early heats. Whippets are basically speed dogs and should not be asked to run more than twice in any one afternoon or evening. The present self—grading system can be used on a local long term basis, for best results, or with two heats in any one day, it can establish the better grade of dogs gathered for racing.
Many members of the American Whippet Club are not interested in Whippet racing and use their Whippets only for breeding purposes, show or pet purposes. The American Whippet Club has nothing in its bylaws that deals with Whippet races, except for the mentioning of racing in Article 11: Objectives, Section 1. — "To unite those people interested in the breeding, showing, racing and generally improving the breed of Whippets for the purpose of exerting effectually a combined influence upon all matters affecting the breed." Whippet racing is carried on by individuals, mostly members of the American Whippet Club, who respect the Whippet as a race dog.
It has always been my desire to see Whippet races in all sections of the United States , open to all Whippets on an equal basis, under a self—grading system. Until such a time as size can be proven a major factor, then I will do all possible to encourage the development of the Whippet from the standpoint of quality, letting size remain the excuse for those Whippet owners who thought they should have won, but it just did not happen that way.
Devon Dog Show Assoc., Devon, Pa.
Oct. 7, 1961, Judge: Mr. Fairfield P. Day
American—bred "Dogs, one shown, Col. & Mrs. John Collings' Pennyworth Half and Half (by Seagift Fleeting Fly Half ex Whipoo's White Reflection)
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Lysander of Briskways (by Ch. Stoney Meadows M onocle ex Eyleland Buttercup) Second, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Moonshine (by Ch. Meander Bob—White ex Laguna Leonie) Third, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Lumumba (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Fourth, Lazeland Kennels' Beachfire O'Lazeland (by Ch. Surfrider O'Lazeland ex Pennyworth Forget-Me-Not)
Winners Dog to Lysander of Briskways. Reserve to Stoney Meadows Moonshine.
Puppy Bitches, one shown, Anemery E. Compere's Oldemill Classic (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland)
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Lei Lani O'Lazeland (by Ch. Surfrider O'Lazeland ex Soliloquy O'Lazeland)
American—bred Bitches, two shown. First, Stuart Burford's Siren Song O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O ' Lazeland) Second, Mrs. Clare C. Hodge's Hannington's Tweedle Dee (by Ch. Fanfare of Allweys ex Ch. Wise Child of Allways)
Open Bitches, three shown. First, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Elegant Aire (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Whipoo's Silken Elegance, C.D.) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Enchantress O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Third, Barbara Fields' Whipoo's Avon Jessica (by Whipoo's Happy Time ex Whipoo's Tea Biscuit)
Winners Bitch to Whipoo's Elegant Lire. Reserve to Enchantress O'Lazeland.
Best of Winners to Whipoo's Elegant Lire.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Stoney Meadows Golden Apple, Ch. Seven League Sunday Best, Ch. Selbrook Highlight.
Best of. Breed to Mrs. W. P. Wear's Ch. Stoney Meadows Golden Apple (by Chanctonb ury Hercules ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Fairy Tale) Best Opposite Sex to D. R. Motch's Ch. Seven League Sunday Best (by Ch. Seven League Saddler ex Ch. Windholme Mother Goose)
Catonsville Kennel Club, West Friendship, Md.
Oct. 14, 1961, Judge: Miss F. Julia Shearer
Open Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Beachfire O ' Lazeland (by Ch. Surfrider O'Lazeland ex Pennyworth Forget-Me-Not)
Winners Dog to Beachfire O'Lazeland.
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Legacy O'Lazeland (by Ch . Meander Bob—White ex Summertan O'Lazeland)
American—bred Bitches, one shown, D. R. Motch's Seven League Serenissima (by Ch. Meander Bob—White ex Meander Chatter)
Open Bitches, two shown. First, D. R. Motch's Seven League Songbird (by Ch. Meander Bob—White ex Meander Chatter) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Enchantress O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslod g e Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)
Winners Bitch to Seven League Songbird. Reserve to Legacy O'Lazeland. Best of Winners to Beachfire O'Lazeland.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Seven League Sunday Best.
Best of Breed to Beachfire O'Lazeland. Best Opposite Sex to Seven League Songbird.
Rock Creek Kennel Club, Gaithersburg, Md.
Oct. 15, 1961, Judge: Miss Judith R. Shearer
Open Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Beachfire O'Lazeland (by Ch. Surfrider O'Lazeland ex Pennyworth Forget-Me-Not)
Winners Dog to Beachfire O'Lazeland.
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Legacy O'Lazeland (by Ch. Meander Bob—White ex Summertan O'Lazeland)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, D. R. Motch's Seven League Serenissima (by Ch. Meander Bob—White ex Meander Chatter)
Open Bitches, two entered. First, D. R. Motch's Seven League Songbird (by Ch. Meander Bob—White ex Meander Chatter) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Enchantress O'Lazeland (by Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)
Winners Bitch to Seven League Songbird. Reserve to Legacy O'Lazeland.
Best of Winners and Best of Freed to Seven League Songbird. Best Opposite Sex to Beachfire O'Lazeland.
Richland County Kennel Club, Mansfield, Ohio Oct. 15, 1961, Judge: Mrs. Frances O. Holland
Open Dogs, three shown. First, Thomas L. Kirchner's Harbridge Bartsia (by Har bridge Rolling Stone ex Laguna Lovely Lady) Second, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Lysander of Briskways (by Ch . Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Eyleland Buttercup) Third, Mr. & Mrs . Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Bengal (by Whipoo's Happy Time ex Whipoo's Tea Biscuit)
'Winners Dog to Harbridge Bartsia. Reserve to Lysander of Briskways.
Open Bitches, three shown. First, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Elegant Aire (by Ch. Whipoo's Sprttarib of Meander ex Whipoo's Silken Elegance, C.D.) Second, Barbara L. Fields' Whipoo's Avon Jessica (by Whipoo's Happy Time ex 'Whipoo's Tea Biscuit) Third, Maynard Davisson & John Berger's Whipoo's Fawn-A-Belle (by Ch. Whipoo's Whimsy ex Whipoo's Cockspur)
Winners Bitoh to Whipoo's Elegant Aire. Reserve to Whipoo's Avon Jessica.
Best of Winners and Best of Breed to Whipoo's Elegant Aire.
National Whippet Association's Championship Show
November 17, 1961, Judge: Miss J. Stevenson
There were 117 Whippets with 202 entries in the classes.
Dog C.C. to Miss E. Birrell's Ch. Blik's Ringmore Bardolph (by Ch. Bellavista Barry ex Tweseldown Mimosa). Reserve C.C. to Mr. Fred Barnes' Teighways Tiger Tim (by Ch. Bellavista Barry ex Teighways Treacle Tart)
Bitch C.C. to Mrs. N. F. Odell's Shalfleet Selbrook Daylight (by Ch. Robmaywin Stargazer of Always ex Porthurst Creme de Menthe) Reserve C.C. to Mr. Fred Barnes' Teighways True Love (by Ch. Bellavista Barry ex Teighways Treacle Tart)
Best of Breed to Shalfleet Selbrook
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LAST MONTH WE ADVERTISED
puppies puppies puppies puppies puppies puppies puppies puppies puppies puppies puppies
THEN WE CAME HOME FROM THE SPECIALTY AND FOUND THESE
|Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer
Ch. Eyleland Winter Wind
TWO WEEKS LATER, THESE ARRIVED
|Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll
NOW, All WE CAN SAY IS .................
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Ralph and Barbara Eyles Eyleland Kennels Ralph and Barbara Eyles Eyleland
SNAPSHOTS TAKEN DURING THE AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB SPECIALTY,
OCTOBER 6, 1961
Pictures taken by Ralph Eyles and Evelyn Shafer
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.
Canesco Kennel Reports
November 14, 1961
In my last report (it seems so long ago in retrospect) I mentioned our plans for moving to California and that the whole trip frightened us. Now that we are be ginning to settle into our new home and the experience is behind us, we can say that we didn't know the half of it. We knew nobody in Stockton when we left Okla homa , but decided that all in all the best plan was to proceed as if we had good sense and trust to luck that everything would work out. Because of the heat (we traveled in August) we decided to travel at night and rest during the days in order that the trip would be as easy on the dogs as possible. I had made 1 x 2 inch wire mesh dividers for the station wagon, making it practical to divide the rear of the wagon into four cages, each with its own door. We loaded eight dogs into these cages and one dog rode in the front seat with us. This, of course, allowed no space at all for luggage, so we pulled a small U-Haul trailer. We carried a supply of tranquilizers and a portable ice chest so that we could cope more easily with the problems of heat and travel tension in the dogs. We left Oklahoma City about 6:00 P. M. of a day that had reached 103 degrees with 65% humidity. A truly miserable day! Soon, however, it cooled off and the dogs settled down nicely. By about 9:00 the next morning we reached Canon City, Col orado , high enough in the mountains to be reasonably cool, and we found a motel. The dogs stayed in the car, end we slept in shifts. The next night we drove to Provo, Utah and put all the dogs in a kennel during the day. Thus they could stretch and be comfortable while we got a good night's sleep during the day. The following night we drove to Carson City, Nevada, end again slept in shifts while the dogs remained in the car. We left Carson City about 4:00 A. V. so that we could arrive in Stockton at the beginning of the business day. We immediately made the rounds of the realtors and after the cold shoulder we got, we had no problem with the summer heat. Nine dogs! Sheer insanity! I had checked with one of the officers of the local kennel club and had been told that Stockton was a good dog town and that we would have no trouble at all. Quite the contrary in every respect. Anyway, we finally called at a local bank in order to open an account and surprisingly enough found that these people were most sympathetic. A Mrs. Tucker, who is the public relations person for the bank, immediately went into action. She began to contact people end really to work in our behalf. In the meantime we put eight of the dogs in a boarding kennel and checked into a motel with our oldest stud dog, the kind who will starve in a boarding kennel. He has to go with us all the time. Thanks to M rs. Tucker we were able to locate a place within 5 days, and we purchased it. One and one-tenth acres outside the city limits, but not too far from the University. The nicest part of the property from our point of view was a sound building 12 x 12 feet sitting at the end of a concrete slab 60 feet long and 12 feet wide. Our first move was to fence this slab to make two concrete runs 40 feet long and 6 feet wide, and to build two inside pens in the building. We also had a 6 foot board screening fence put in parallel to the runs and 6 feet out from one of them. This is arranged in such a way that we can make another gravel run 52 feet lon g and. 6 feet wide and lead ing into a third inside cage in the kennel building. The inside pens that we now have are 4 x 6 feet. The third one can measure about 3 x 8. Plenty large, we think, and the runs will allow the dogs to get plenty of exercise. Now, while the dogs stood the trip very well (no car sickness, no accidents in the car, no significant loss of weight) they were in very poor shape when we got them out of the boarding kennel. In addition to having lost quite a bit of weight, we discovered that we had picked up some hookworm somewhere along the trip. They all had
a severe diarrhea and their fluid intake was astronomical as they tried to compensate. We also had great difficulty in locating a source of good meat at reasonable prices. However, everything has worked out and we have eliminated the parasites, the dogs are coming into top condition again, and as a matter of fact a couple of them are having their diets restricted right now since they have gone overweight. Oh, yes, two of the bitches came in season during all of this, and we now have two more in season. Life is never dull! After we had installed our fencing, etc., we were told that we would have to go through quite a process in order to get a kennel license. We were told by a member of the County Planning Commission that we probably could not get clearance for a kennel and that we should dispose of the dogs. This, of course, we declined to do. So, we have now gone through heari ngs by the County Planning Commission, the County Board of Health, and the County Supervisors . All is legal and clear and they have generously permitted us to keep our dogs. All our neighbors have been wonderful, with everyone of them signing a petition for us and even offering to appear before any or all of the bodies in our behalf. We breathe easier now. What with all this activity plus my getting settled into a now institution we haven't shown at all as yet, but will try to get into the swing of it soon now. We have received a most cordial welcome, via the mails, from Mrs. Cormany and a very nice letter along the same line from Mr. Young and we look forward to meeting them and other Whippet people in this part of the country. We have the only Whippets in Stockton, but perhaps we will be able to correct this situation in the future. If any of the California Whippet people are in or throu g h Stockton, we extend to them an invitation to drop by and chat. The coffee pot is always on at the Scotts!
I have received only two replies to the proposal to compile produce and get statistics, so I must assume that there is not sufficient interested in this sort of thing to continue plans. I have the annual show statistics up to date and am pleased to report that our breed looks much better statistically than it has for the past two years. Let's hope we can keep up the record that we have begun to compile this year.
Our new address: (address either Dr. & Mrs. S. H. Scott or Canesco Kennels) 9733 Ruff Avenue , Stockton 5, California .
Eyleland Kennel Reports
Ralph & Barbara Eyles
The trophies we offered for the Specialty are now in the mail. They were ordered from England a long time before the show, but they arrived only this week. In as much as they were not on display at Penllyn we will tell those who are not receiving one that they are small china ash trays with a hand painted Whippet head. Doris will be interested to know we sent a picture of Tiny Tim for the artist to copy.
Great Circle Kennel Reports
Co. Waterford, Ireland
The coursing season is in full stride here, so I think I won't go on with the effort to describe shows here (save it to a more appropriate season) but might try to say something about this tremendous coursing. There are two or three meets every week for park coursing, and at least one meeting of open coursing. Everyone in the country has a Greyhound or two, and some people really go in for it. The great thing about sport of any kind in this country is that it is a paying proposition, and therefore everyone can afford to go in for it. It's quite a change from the dog business in America, where only the professionals are supposed to make money. Here there are relatively few professionals, and most of the coursing people train their own dogs...racing is more professional of course, but cours ing, both enclosed and open, is a sport in which everyone who participates is sure to make money if their dogs are good enough...and believe me the competition is intense. In many ways the situation feels a lot healthier than the dogs as e luxury item which prevails in the U.S.A. At least it is something to think about. The one question asked me about the Whippets is "what are they good for?" Perhaps we are starting to prove that they are good for both coursing and racing, as my Greyhound friends have been more than interested to have them run an exhibition at all the coursing meets here. Last week in Cork there was a top quality meet ing and just after the finals of the Cork Cup two Whippets ran a good course which delighted the crowd of three thousand people. The course was a little uneven as it consisted of Badgewood Annie Oakley, an 11 months puppy, who is dead fit from exercising with the Greyhound here, and Ch. Great Circle Holiday, all of nine years old and less than a week out of quarantine. The slipper gave them quite a long slip of almost 300 yards, but even so they managed to turn the hare at least six times before it made the escape. Actually, Annie had a tussle with it and ended up with a small mouthfull of fur. But, as she only weighs 15 pounds she lost the battle, and the hare quite undamaged whisked off into its pen. Perhaps when I get permanently settled, it will be possible to have a hare park, and start a little Whippet coursing. I think, even by Irish standards of practicality, it can be made to pay its way, as a greet many people have expressed interest in owning Whippets, and the more they are run in public, the more interest seems to grow. The South Tipperary Canine Club is interested themselves in Whippet racing, and we hope to have a venue at Limerick, end begin racing there next spring. Whippets are virtually unknown in this country, and with the exception of Mrs. Dorrity ' s show kennel at Cahir, none except a few house pets exist. Mrs. Dorrity is very sporting in her desire to start in on racing, and with an equable system of handicapping we should be able to have some good races. It should probably be handicapped on an over and under 19" basis, or something of that sort. Weight handicapping does not seem to work very well with a lure, and nobody here wants to go back to rag racing. In a few generations perhaps the Whippets will all be the same size, as I noticed et the recent National Whippet Club Specialty in London, some of my American ones are too small to be shown in England, and the size there seems to be in some cases above the English standard, as in the U. S. A., quite a few are below what is called in our standard "the desirable limits." From my experience with racing Whippets I'd say that the most desirable size was just under 20" for either dog or bitch, end this seems an acceptable size on both sides of the ocean, for show purposes. I expect some disagreement with the forgoing remarks from English readers of W.N. The limit of size for racing Whippets on the continent is 20", and none over that are allowed to race. With the more flexible situation existing here, and the fact that we will have to race every Whippet we have, of whatever size, to begin with, we can probably work out a classification that will be fair to all sizes. Exactly the same situation exists in Whippets as in Greyhounds with respect to the coursin g type and the racing type. As we found in our years of open coursin g in California, when all of us had such fun end such long walks hunting rabbits, it is the larger, heavier dogs who win the course, just as it is in Greyhounds. The thing that amazes everyone about Whippets is that they can end up a course which would exhaust a Greyhound, fit and ready to go again. This afternoon, for instance, we ran three Whippets at the Dungarvan Coursing Club, four courses. The runup, before they turned the hare, was 400 yards, and they ran the last one almost as well as the first. I'll admit there are a number of collapsable Whippets lying around here in the chairs tonight, but not at all the worse for wear, and surely fit tomorrow. Happy New Year and greet success to Whippet fancier friends in the U. S. A.
Pennyworth Kennel Reports M. P. Newcombe
November 24, 1961
Newin gton , New Hampshire
HI! Here we are again almost to the end of another year, and I for one, have been a very busy person. We had two highlights in 1961. Number one was my being ask ed to judge the California Whippet Club Specialty at Santa Barbara, California. It was with a great deal of pride that my husband and I boarded a Jet on July 28 for the Santa Barbara show. We left Boston at 1:00 P. M. and arrived in Los Angeles et 3:55 P.M., then boarded another plane for Santa Barbara, arriving at our destination in time for dinner. On Saturday we swam, ate and rested for the big day Sunday. We were invited to a cocktail party given by the Santa Barbara Club Saturday night and enjoyed so much meeting all the judges and club officials. Up very early the next morning end off to judge my entry of 40 Whippets and 5 Greyhounds, scheduled for 8:45 A.M. On arriving at the ring I found it all deco rated and looking lovely. My first class was American–bred dogs won by Great Circle Kerry, in Open, the winner was Great Circle Skibbereen, who went on to Winners and Best Opposite Sex. Reserve went to Quicksilver 111. In bitches, my Winners Bitch was the puppy, Picardia Poltergeist, and for this young lady I predict a most brilliant future. She also won Best of Winners. My Reserve bitch was Greet Circle Tosca. Best of Breed was Ch. Strathoak Starsheen, who went on to a very wonderful second in the Hound Group. It was truly a wonderful day, as after judging, all the breeders and exhibitors took my husband and I and very kindly saw that we received lunch. We all ate together and talked about the dogs, everyone seemed very pleased that my husband had taken movies of the whole day, which we have seen many tines since and enjoy to the fullest. It was truly a highlight to 1961 that will live in cur memories for a long time. We both wish to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone, and they came from near and far, for the lovely turn out, for the lovely way everyone took my decissions and for the really wonderful entry. We wish each and every one of you a very Happy End Successful 1962.
The second highlight for us in 1961 was that we have finished five Whippets this year, have another with 12 points, Pennyworth Lumumba, who may be finished by the time this goes to press. Ch. Pennyworth Lady-in-Grey, owned by Mrs. Janet Koch, finished her championship in five shows and was Winners Bitch and Best of Winners at the summer American Whippet Club Specialty. Three of the dogs finished and Lumumba are by our Ch. Fleeting Falcon, which brings his total for 2 years, to seven champions, and we hope it is lucky seven come eleven. In two years Falcon has sired Winners Dog and Reserve at the American Whippet Club Specialty 1960, plus many class winners. He sired Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and Best Opposite Sex at the 1961 American Whippet Club Specialty (summer) and Best of Breed at the 1961 American Whippet Club Specialty on Oct. 6. Falcon still had time to g o Best In Show in 1961, at the Middlesex County Kennel Club show under Mrs. Hayes B. Hoyt, truly a fine record for a fine dog.
Well, I guess that is it and think it is time I closed and wished each and every one of you a very Happy Holiday. Merry Christmas to all and a wonderful 1962.
Stoney Meadows Kennel Reports
November 29, 1961
I'm sorry I've neither reported to, nor put an ad in, the News for several issues, but we have been leading a very hectic and divided existence, which I hope is about to end. By the time this is printed we should be moved to our new location and will we ever be glad! The process has seemed unending, not only to us, but I am sure, to our friends, who must by this time be bored almost to tears with
our constant talk of "the new place!" We are still negotiatin g, as this is written on the final sale of Covey Point, so for good luck I am not going to advertise our new address till the next issue!
Meanwhile, we're still teeming with dogs, far Too Many, as usual! Have recently had the nasty and jolting experience of losing two very nice puppies at the age of 3 1/2 months as a direct result of inoculation with the new "wonder" (?) tissue vaccine, which we have used for the first time this year on all our '61 puppies. Out of 18 puppies, these were the only two affected, but that was two too many!
I can think of nicer ways to dispose of surplus dogs and prefer to do my own culling in my own way! Would appreciate a report in the News from other breeders on their methods of vaccination and the results there from. I think these are the kind of problems that can be discussed back and forth in this publication to everyone's interest and advantage.
Happy New Year to all!
December 1, 1961
St. Louis, Missouri
As a suggestion for articles in the Whippet News in 1962, I believe that the origin and history of our older Whippet Kennels would be of interest to everyone. A different kennel could be presented each issue. Probably many of us are mis informed or lack knowledge of how and when some of the long time breeders started, etc.
Strathoak Kennel Reports Christine Cormeny December, 1961
Pasadena , California
Having missed the News lest time, it seems we are just "bubbling over" with news, and there is far too much to say or tell of in such a short space of time as we are racing with the "deadline"! and even at that might miss it again!!
When we read of Jack Stone's litter by the nine year old Chess's Domino, we just merely wrote a letter of interest. All we needed here was one more dog, but one more dog we've got! Jack sent us pictures of the litter and right away a little red and white bitch appealed to us so we just had to have her. She has adapted well into our way of life and gives the Sheltie a good rousing tousle at times. She is crazy about the youngster and they romp on the lawn or livin g room floor
if outside weather confines them!! We have never had one like her in temperament, department, or whatever you want to call it, for many years, end to have her
around is a pleasure in itself. She is not the chewable type of pup, just collects things and carries them to her box! She has a long neck which I'd forgotten some Whippets possessed and if things are not pushed back far enou g h, we can usually find a table knife, a fork, spoon, and maybe a saucer, in her box! She has accounted for a pair of wooly slippers, two well worn out lowers of the youngster's P. J.'s, two old well worn knitted socks end a beef bone. Strange thing, not one of these things has been chewed on!! She is elegance personified, my companion, although will tolerate other members of the family and my friends, but she makes it very plain that she owns me and that is that!!
After some careful searching of individual dogs and matching and comparing pedi grees, we have finally found a suitable mate for our Black Silk O'Lazeland. However, it will probably be sometime before this comes to pass as Starsheen decided to keep up the tradition and bring some rain! For those who have come in to the breed recently, the story of Starsheen and how she arrived and how her first litter appeared is something of a pattern. Whipoo's Silken Elegance, C.D., her dam, arrived Thanksgiving Day, four years a g o. Everythin g went fine until the time for the pups to arrive. We ' d been short on rain for some time, so of course the night the pups were born it poured, and Starsheen was the first, and missed being whelped outside by about 15 minutes! When it came time for her to be bred, it rained: When she whelped, it rained. We skipped her last season, not intentionally, we did try but with no success, and made up our minds we would breed her this fall. She was six weeks late coming in season, and a trip to Stockton to visit with Dr. Sam Scott and his wife had already been planned taking Starsheen along, so what happens, we drive 356 miles north IN THE RAIN! The next day, after leaving Starsheen in Stockton, the sun came out and it was nice and clear all the way home! With an expected litter in late January or early Feb., we will of course expect rain!
Our visit with the Scotts (my mother went with my son and I) is one we shall never forget. They are a most charming couple and I can readily see how you folks in Oklahoma will miss them. They are a real asset to any section of the country and we are so glad they a re out here and only wish Stockton wasn't quite so far away!! We saw a lovely daughter of Harbridge Blarney Stone, one I would like to have tucked into my pocket!! Also saw a little black bitch that is going to make her step and both a re going to g ive us all a run for our money!! Althou g h it was growing dusk when we arrived and the rain had turned to a drizzle, we didn't have much chance to see the entire grounds of on acre or more, but from what we saw, they have a good foundation for on up and coming kennel for the future. Glad to have you with us, Dr. and Mrs. Scott.
We have just heard of the wonderful entry at the Lancaster show Dec. 10th, which will have come and gone by the time you read this. 21 entries, so it s ounds like a biz major in both sexes, the first since July, our Specialty. Of course, guess who didn't get their entry in! After a Reserve Winners win at Glendale we are sort of curious to see how Black Silk would do again, but being away the week–end entries closed, and not having forsight to have sent it in earlier, we shall have to be content with being spectator. There is a dog and a bitch who could finish with a major each, so who knows!!
From Strethoak to all Whippeters, we hope the year 1962 will be greeter than ever.
Traymatt Kennel Reports Barbara & Josephine Steinberg December, 1961
Antioch , Illinois
It has always been interesting to read the various reports on races held from the west to the east coast, but just mentionin g the names of owners and dogs and how many points acquired does not give a complete picture.
In the April 15, 1961 issue of the News, the Whippets with their final racing points earned at the Chicago International races were listed, which proved of interest, but the results take on a clearer picture when you know in what races the individual dogs ran.
The following is the breakdown of the adult races hell at the October Specialty show at Penllyn, Ponnsylvania this year;
Dogs that did not earn points in the draw race are not included in the above final race list.
This next list represents the last two adult races held on Sunday afternoon of the Chicago International Dog Show. The first race, or sometimes called the draw race was held on Saturday. The placings of this race we are not listing only because it will save time and space, but the points earned from this race (the draw race) are in parentheses before the dogs' names in the list below. The following are the wins from the semi-final race held on Sunday:
Of these two big races held this year, the five top adult placings at each, Chicago and Penllyn, were made up of seven individual dogs. Four of these are sired by Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle. Peppermint Boy (ex Aggie of Stoney Meadows), Plywood and Floor Boards, litter mates (ex Ch. Traymatt Fides, C.D.), and Oberon (ex Eyleland Buttercup).
Another point of interest to us is the fact that no bitch placed in the top five at either of these races. Who owns the top racing bitch in the country?
Whipoo Kennel Reports Sibyl & Gene Jacobs December, 1961
Mehemet , Illinois
We received a personal letter from Selwyn Blackstone, Racine, Wisconsin, from which we quote the following:
"As it was I could not make the A. W. C. Specialty as my car (which the mechanic had promised for Wed.) was not finished until the evening of the fifth. I'm already looking forward to next yea r s show, but do hope that we are able to have our own the day before the International Show. There are several sound reasons why such a Midwest Specialty would be successful. First is the fact that the entries here surpass even the eastern shows, and. the Champaign show outdrew for Whippet entries even the N ew England Whippet Specialty show. The fact that the International show does draw Whippet entries from several states already, and does not have a Specialty yet, seems to give sound reason that it would draw even more entries from a vaster area if a Specialty were held. A Specialty held at that time would give a double chance at points (both majors) within a couple days, and would tend to attract more entries. Also, Whippet fanciers in this area are increasing rapidly in number and enthusiasm is high.
"I saw the written results of the races held et the Specialty (Oct. 5) and noticed, even as you must have noticed, that out of all the winners, only about two went less than 30 lbs, And only one, Eyleland Tost, made the championship race. Now I have a nice big one that can run with the best of them, but I also have some smaller ones that I delight in seeing race just as well as the big one. But it sort of kills the fun to see them definitely outclassed running against dogs much larger, and tends to discourage owners of small ones from driving any distance in order to race.
"I do n ' t know whether you have noticed, but the system of running the first place finishers of the first races against each other and the second place finishers against each other, tends to give a second place dog an easy win and consequently more points than a dog that could probably beat it, that is running among the first place finishers. This gives, sometimes, a chance for a much lesser dog to finish higher in the final point standing. Noticing the results of the races at the Specialty, this has obviously happened. Why even a dog that d id not qualify for the championship race out there, finished higher in the final point standings than some of the championship race qualifiers. This seems to me as being definitely unfair. Some sort of system must be designed that will give a truer picture of the top racing Whippets, In the races the dogs must be manipulated in such a way that each dog meets practically all competitors. This way, points will have been truly earned,"
We appreciate Selwyn Blackstone's interest in these Whippet matters and include his comments here so as to initiate a discussion, especially a s to the racing.
Very few people have commented on the Midwest Specialty, in writing that is, but think a great many W hippet owners in this area are all for it. The Board of Directors of the American Whippet Club passed, at the last meeting, a resolution that any Specialty had to have at least 25 entries in the classes (not including Specials) or that area could not have a Specialty for two years. Feel we should have no trouble meeting this requirement, but we will all have to enter as many dogs as we can.
Since we did not have and do not have the written records of the races held atthe Specialty at Penllyn, we cannot comment on the results with regard to S. Blackstone's letter. Since Louis Pegram has these records, and since he is the racing Secretary with years of experience racing Whippets and Greyhounds, we sent Mr. Blackstone's comments to Louis Pegram for discussion. We wanted to include this discussion in the News because it should be answered and discussed. Louis Pegram wrote that the Blackstone letter covers so many points which are virtually impos sible to answer without getting into a long type of discussion, that he wrote an article which he believes does cover the subject of size on a much more general and factual basis. Mr. Pegram also wrote that if Mr. Blackstone is in Chicago this year he would be happy to discuss point for point the things brought out in his letter. Thus the article by Louis Pegram in the December issue of the News.
We were not aware that the owners of the smaller Whippets are discouraged from driving any distance in order to race. We do not personally feel that size is a great factor in the winning of a race. Condition, mental attitude, experience and how a dog feels at the moment of a race seem to be much more important. We have seen some good small ones do their share of winning. Wendy Howell had a small one at Chicago one year that did quite well, and Pearl Baumgartner has some small ones who really burn up the track according to the racing reports. We have also seen some large Whippets who are very poor racers.
As far as the scoring goes, we have no objection to the present system. There was not time to run the dogs any more heats at the October Specialty, and it was agreed at the start by all the owners that the winners would stand after the stated number of heats. We hope that at the Chicago races this year each dog will be able to run four heats, and thus give a better picture of the scoring and eliminate the objections, as the fourth heat will bring some of the high point dogs together, who had not raced together in the three heats. We would not like to see the scoring system any more complicated as it is hard enough for the Racing Secretary to keep the scores straight in the excitement of competition. The races are held for entertainment and we believe the first consideration should be for the good of the breed. We are satisfied if the dogs run well and run true and give a good race. When spectators are present the races have to be run off in good order with no confusion and with as little time as possible between heats. Some sort of scoring system must be used to decide what doss should run against each other and to arrive at a final winner, as this only adds interest and gives a purpose to the racing. At a Terrier Match at Antioch, Illinois the first of October, Whippet races were advertised on the announcement of the Match. We were there with dogs for the racing. These races were not organized and they were so informal that the spectators walked away and lost interest. We believe the present scor ing system satisfactory, all the participants understand the system, and it has always worked out that the really top dog at any racing exhibition has ended up high point scorer. There is some chance, risk, luck or whatever you want to cell it, as to what race end who your dog has to race against when the dogs are drawn for the first heats, but after that the dogs start to run with dogs of equal abilit y and the dogs who improve with running have a chance to better themselves. Bill Fields objects to the present scoring system, as he stated in the lest issue of the News, because the points earned by the winner of the heat made up of the high point dogs is the same as the points earned by the winner of the heat made up of the low point do g s. We feel that the points won by the winners of all the heats should remain the same to keep the conducting of the races as simple and easy to follow as possible. A line must be drawn somewhere. Just as in conformation showing, 5 points are awarded Winners in Whippets whether the dog has won over 9 Whippets or 19, at a Specialty or at a small show where the entry has been filled with "point makers". The point scale cannot be changed to fit the quality of the dogs, and the points should not be changed to fit the scores of the dogs racing, for it is all a matter of comparison and the quality or speed of the group of dogs in competition at one specific show or race meeting.
John Berger, Marysville, Ohio writes that his Ch. Whipoo's Wild Honey had three pups, two females and one male. The male and one female are brindle, and the other female is fawn. Their sire is John's Whipoo's Happy Time. John also writes that there are now 26 Whippets in Union County (Marysville) with five different owners, a build up that took only two years.
New litters for us are five, four females and one male, whelped November 12 out of W's Pixie ( Ch. Meander Kingfisher ex Meander Slap Happy) by Lysander of Briskways, and four, three females and on e male out of Meander Mata Hard by W's Bengal, whelped November 29.
THE MAIL BAG
Mrs. Joan Brazier, British Columbia, Canada, writes
I have seen from time to time copies of the Whippet News received by a friend of mine, mrs. J. Anson. I think the Whippet News is an excellent publication... I would be extremely grateful if you would put my name on your mailin g list for the News.
I am the happy owner of a Whippet, Eng. Ch. Dawnstar of Test and her recent litter by Am. Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father, which is the reason I have finally gotten around to writing...
I think Joyce Anson has written to you recently and given you the news of our local club,the Western Gazehound Club.
Five of us local Whippeteers made the trip to Santa Barbara for the Western Specialty last summer. We took five dogs with us, camped all the way down and had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed meeting the California Whippeteers. We are such a long way from most of these events that it takes much planning and a great deal of "sewing" for us to attend them. Our next target is Chicago, per haps we will be there next year who knows!!
In the meantime we are going ahead with our showing and racing, I have a very small kennel myself. Eng. Ch. Dawnster of Test, the dam of the litter I am advertising, is my foundation bitch that I imported from England last year. She is a daughter of Ch. Evening Star of Allways and a double granddaughter of Wingedfoot Marksman; her mother was Winge dfoot Miss Madcap. The sire of this litter, Am. Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father is by Ch. Seagift Shagreen.
I am hoping for good things from the puppies end I would particularly like some of them to go to homes in the States where they could be shown at some of the larger shows. With all good wishes to you and many thanks for all your efforts on behalf of Whippets.
Mr s. E. Frank Jensik, Cleveland, Ohio, writes:
My dog, a Whippet of course, Faline of Kerry Estates, ably handled by Jim Pizzino, won a major show under judge Frank J. Ward, on October 29, 1961, at the Delaware Ohio Kennel Club show.
Jayne Langdon, Alameda, California, writes:
Gay (Mopalo 's Gay Blade) is mother's dog and she is very interested in the breed. We got Gay as a companion for my Afghan Hound, Ghahyl Asi Melek. Gay is a golden fawn with white blaze on head and neck. He just turned a year old on November 20.
I have been interested in Afghans for four years and two years ago was very fortunate to require my black Afghan from Marianna Burrows and Avis Axelson. After a year we realized that Asi needed canine companionship as well as humans need the companionship of other humans. I work and it takes all my spare time to keep up with Asi, grooming, exercising, and the like, so we wonted a dog that could fit into the family, one that did not need grooming, small enough for my mother to exercise, strong enough to stand up to Asi, and healthy. The Whippet was the only dog we could find that fit these specific qualifications, plus two other qualifications: he could be shown and races.
I ' m sure you are acquainted with the Afghan racing here with Betty Stites, Marianne Burrows and, on occasions, Wendy Howell, before Mrs. Howell went to Ireland. This summer the Northern California Afghan Hound Club formed a Racing Committee and took on the racing as an official club activity.
We have been racing at the Santa. Rosa. County Fair Grounds and, as I learned from past experience, we needed a Whippet to train our dogs. Unfortunately, some of the novice members who had had no chance to see what a Whippet can do on a track, were not too keen on the idea of racing a Whippet with the Af g hans. I did not persist. We had a training race last September and when all the Afghans had raced, we tried Gay on the track for the first time, clone. He followed the lure to the end but kept catching it as our man on the lure device was not aware that a Whippet is so much faster than the larger Af ghan. The second time, we raced Gay with an Afghan male who proceeded to catch and maul Gay, but Gay managed to get away from him and finish. Both times he raced, Gay did not have a chance to really move, that is, head down, reaching.
The next time we had a training race, we let Gay compete with another A f g han, and this time he g ot away, really moving, and beat the Afghan, like a real experienced Whippet. At this time Gay was 10 months old. Since then, we have raced Gay on a regular basis, and he always makes a good account of himself.
I am an Afghan fancier and to se e Gay do so well on the track still amazes me. So far he has not raced a gainst another Whippet, only Afghans. At the recent Afghan Fun Match and Racing Meet held at the Alameda Naval Air Station before a crowd of about 300 spectators, Gay was the most popular racer.
Because I am busy campaigning my Afghan, I have not had much of a chance to show Gay. But his day will come.
In December, Gay and I are going coursing with the Northern California Borzois Club (as observers only) but we may have a chance to see what he can do the first time he sees a rabbit.
Gay is from Patti Long's Mopalo Kennels, out of Ch . Speaker of t he House x Ch. Phyllis Jonson. An far he has done reasonably well in the ring. Reserve at Pebble Beach this spring, his first time in the ring, and BOS at Klamath Falls, and Medford, Oregon this September.
I think we were very fortunate to have such a nice dog and you can add us to the growing number of Whippet fanciers. Our best wishes for the New Year. F. S. —
Can you tell us where we can get a Whippet coat for Gay? I hate to admit it, but it does get cold in California.
Jacque Tucker, Washington, D. C., writes:
We are now the proud possessors of another beautiful fawn female from Mr. Barrett, the same man I got my first Whippet from. We got her about the first of July and to be sure she is the dearest little thing you've ever seen. The other Whippets accepted her just beautifully, even Kim, our fighting old male. He has always been so belligerent toward all other animals, however, he is extremely gentle with my mother's Chihuahua, which is a male also. Mr. Barrett told me the new Whippet, Shelley, was housebroken, and she certainly is toe. We've never had a minutes trouble with her. Of course, we have never found it necessary to scold any of our dogs in housebreaking. We simply establish a routine with the older do gs and puppies, of course, go out after and it is what you might say automatic housebreaking. And always the puppies go out with the older dogs and that is excellent training. It might take a bit longer, but better in the lon g run. And let me tell you about a wonderful shampoo I discovered to bathe th e dogs in. It is Genteel Baby Bath and Shampoo. It does not dry out the skin one bit and incidentally it is wonderful to wash your own hair in also. Back in the summer when the dogs swam in the creek so much and got so dirty, we did quite a bit of bathing and always used the Genteel, with no dry skin. It is wonderful. Try it.
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