Donated to the Whippet Community by Don Frames, Bardon Whippets
TRAINING AND GROOMING THE WHIPPET AS A SHOW DOG
One of the many good features of our breed is the ease with which a Whippet can be prepared for the show ring. First, because of his extraordinary adaptability he is very easy to train, and secondly, due to his short, smooth coat he requires so little trimming and grooming compared to many other breeds. Yet these two very assets can be the downfall of an exhibitor who relies on them TOO MUCH and to the exclusion of ANY training or ANY grooming of his prospect prior to showing. Here are a few "words of wisdom" to the uninitiated would-be Whippet exhibitor on things I have learned from experience over the years:
Puppies SHOULD be introduced to the lead somewhere between the ages of two and three months. I find it better not to use a show lead as it tends to cut and therefore frighten them unduly when they fight it, which most Whippet puppies will certainly do to a greater or lesser degree. Also, since a show lead is apt to loosen when a dog pulls back on it, a puppy stands a good chance of wrenching free of the lead and making his get-away, thus giving him a wrong idea right at the start of his training. Use a leather collar about an inch or more wide with a buckle and adjust it to fit snugly right behind the ears so that he cannot possibly pull out of it. Or, if the puppy is older and bigger when his training begins, a regular wide Whippet collar of the sort that can be slipped over the dog's head but tightens under pressure can be used successfully. However, this type should be used with care as an occasional recalcitrant individual can learn to slacken up on the lead then drop his head and "duck out" of the collar:
Very short training sessions are best at first. Be cheerful but firm and let the puppy know right from the start that HE is going YOUR way, you are NOT going HIS Anything you can do to make your and your puppy's usually divergent ideas coincide will make training just that much easier, so decide where you think he might like to go and take him there.
In my own set up I generally start my puppies by taking them one by one from the kennel to the grass paddock where they have been used to going (being carried) for play and exercise Even though these are only a few yards from the kennel, this short walk on lead with something pleasant at the end of it (being free to run and play) is enough, and usually by the third or fourth day the job is done: For a one or two dog non-kennel owner (to whom these words are addressed) the same effect can be accomplished by walking the puppy on lead just from one room to another with which he has pleasant associations, such as the kitchen where he used to being fed or perhaps a porch where he is used to playing. Be sure to talk to him encouragingly and give him plenty of praise and a romp at the end of the lesson.
The average Whippet puppy, being the clever and adaptable little guy that he is will put up only a token fight and will then suddenly capitulate completely and disarmingly! Of course there are extremes at either end of the behavior scale - the pup who, from the first moment of training walks right off on the lead like a seasoned campaigner AND the pup who at the first feel of the collar, squats on his haunches, plants his feet, and says "I WON'T". With this last do NOT make the mistake of going back to the puppy to try to coax and cajole him into coming. Speak to him cheerfully and walk a few steps, pulling him gently but firmly along. Then, well before he completely strangles, stop and without easing the pressure on the lead, pull HIM to YOU. Then, and only then pick him up, pat and reassure him. Do this several times and then, whether you think you've made any headway or not, call it quits for the day. You may be surprised the next day when he walks right off with you like an old timer: If he doesn't, do not despair, it won't be long before he does.
So much for the rudiments of leash breaking. During this same period it is wise to also accustom the puppy to standing on a table in a semblance of show pose WITHOUT a LEAD OR COLLAR for a VERY few minutes at a time. Now, as do the horse trainers with their yearlings (to which your puppy at this age roughly corresponds) turn your puppy flout to grass fl and forget about anymore training till about a month before you want to show him. (I hope this will not be till he's at least eight or nine months old except for a specialty). Never fear, the pup will not forget what he's learned and he'll be fresh and ready to go on from where you left off.
Start the formal phase of his training INFORMALLY with a few good walks on the broad collar. These should be "fun" walks to see new sights, sniff new smells, etc. At this time take him to unfamiliar places, as many different ones as possible. Allow him to walk ahead or on either side of you on a loose lead. This is "see the world" education for him and he should not be asked, at this time, to concentrate, amid all the fascinating distractions, on being a show dog. This is the period during which YOU can study your dog. Notice carefully his reaction to strange sights, sounds and smells and also observe the way he moves. This will be helpful to you later on when you show him.
After your puppy thoroughly associates these on lead walks with a good time and he seems to enjoy them, start him on the show lead. LET HIM KNOW THAT THESE SESSIONS ARE SERIOUS. They can and should continue to be fun but they also MEAN BUSINESS. From the moment the show lead slips over his head never let him get his head down. Take him to any area, indoors or out, that can be made into a reasonable facsimile of a show ring. Start by posing him in show position on the ground. Do not let him lean on the lead. If you use the finest lead that will control him he will be disinclined to lean, as it will feel sharp under his chin.
This is why the broad collar should be used for exercise and fun walks. (Whippets with their sensitive throats are quick to learn the distinction). Keep the lead adjusted snuggly right up behind his ears and forward of his "Adam" Apple" underneath. A series of scarcely perceptible jerks that amount to know more than a tremor of your hand will act as a deterrent to his leaning on the lead and will also help to hold his attention. During this period MAKE FREQUENT USE OF THE WORDS "STAND" while posing him and "STAY" when he is in position. Use a QUIET but firm voice and ALWAYS USE THE SAME WORDS IN THE SAME TONE. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Do not make the pup pose too long at first. If/when he moves a foot (or feet) say "N01' sternly then again quietly but emphatically the "stand stay" as above. Do not expect perfection at first, but as soon as he holds a nearly proper pose for a brief minute, break him out of it and pat and praise him effusively. BE SURE IT IS YOU WHO BREAKS HIS POSE. If he beats you to it, correct him sternly and go through the whole process again. HE MUST LEARN FROM THE START TO HOLD HIS POSE TILL RELEASED FROM IT BY HIS HANDLER.
Now start walking in a circle to the LEFT as in the show ring with the puppy, of course, on your left side and the end of your show lead balled up in the palm of your left hand. (Nothing looks more awkward than the end of the lead dangling down, aside from the fact that it hits the dog right in the face and scares him). I like to keep the lead, at least while training, just tight enough to exert a steadying pressure on the dog's neck. At this stage of course the young fellow will want to barge ahead, cavort from side to side, get his head down to sniff - all the things he's been allowed to do on those fun walks with the nice, broad, non-cutting collar. Now is the time for him to learn that a show lead means a steady gait and perfect manners. Keep walking at an even and fairly fast pace around and around your circle always to the left. Encourage him in a cheerful tone of voice if he seems to need it and use a firm "STEADY" in a repressive tone if it's a branch() act he's putting on. You will be surprised how quickly he'll "come to hand" as you have already built up his confidence in those preliminary walks and he has become used to your voice during the posing lessons. THE USE OF YOUR VOICE IN TRAINING YOUR WHIPPET FOR THE SHOW RING IS EVERY BIT AS IMPORTANT AS IT IS IN TRAINING FOR OBEDIENCE COMPETITION: Again, as in the posing lesson, keep on only till he settles down to the behavior you want and as soon as he's made one complete round at a steady gait, stop for the day. NEVER BELABOR A POINT WHEN TRAINING A WHIPPET. HE LEARNS QUICKLY, HE RETAINS WHAT HE LEARNS AND TOO MUCH REPETITION BRINGS BOREDOM! Then you have a sour, unwilling dog on your hands.
Give your young dog a training session daily, if possible, ONLY UNTIL HE GIVES EVIDENCE OF KNOWING WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT AND IMMEDIATELY SETTLES TO HIS WORK OF STEADY POSING AND STEADY GAITING. This will come much sooner than you'll expect: After this, DO NOT OVER-TRAIN. Once, or at the most, twice a week is ample. During-these once or twice a week periods, alternate the around-the-ring work with walking him in a straight line to and from a given point. Pick a tree, if outdoors, or an object, if indoors, to act as a "stand-in" for the judge and practice YOURSELF walking in a REALLY straight line: A "wandering" handler makes the best moving dog in the world look bad. (I have seen professional handlers "wander" ON PURPOSE with a. bad moving dog to make it appear it's the handler's fault the dog is not moving well This does NOT fool many judges). If you possible can, do take your puppy to a match show. The experience is invaluable to him, as here for the first time he has to combine the fruits of his "see-the world" education and his home show training: Here YOU can test how good your training has been and see whether your puppy really has the temperament to make a show dog. If he passes this final test you can now take him to a point show, secure in the knowledge that his behavior at least will make you proud of him!
TRIMMING AND GROOMING
Now we come to the physical preparation of your hopeful. As I said at the beginning, there is very little to do to a Whippet to ready him for the show, but that little is necessary to have him looking his best. We will assume that your dog is in prime state of physical fitness. That is, that a combination of proper diet and ample exercise both on lead and free running have him in lean, hard condition, neither overly plump nor bony. My own estimation of proper
weight is when my Whippet shows three vertebrae and just a suspicion of hip bone. It is well to start well ahead of the show giving your dog a daily rub down. There are any number of varieties of brushes of various stiffness, curry combs, hound gloves, etc., the use of which is such a personal matter that the novice may become quite confused and spend a lot of money unnecessarily. MY chief grooming tool is the palm of my bare hand! If that does not appeal to YOU, the two best pieces of grooming equipment for your Whippet are the rubber curry and the hound glove. The former is used up and down over the dog's body AGAINST the way the hair lays. This serves to loosen any dead hair of which there may be a lot at certain seasons. When you have your Whippet looking like a messed up porcupine by the energetic use of the rubber curry, set to work with the hound glove (which is a mitt that you put your hand in that has very short bristles on the palm of it) and rub him down WITH THE GRAIN of the hair, this time putting as much pressure into each stroke as you and your dog can stand. This is wonderful, not only for his coat, but also for his general condition, as it causes him to tense his muscles, particularly those of his loin and hind—quarters and is especially valuable when preparing for shows in the winter when the weather is such that you cannot give him sufficient exercise out of doors. This form of grooming is something, unlike the show training, that it's impossible to overdo, it's a case of the more the better:
The areas to be trimmed on a Whippet are the muzzle, the insides of the ears, the "ruff" down the sides of the neck, the flank or "tuck up" of his underline, the "britches" down the back of his hind quarters and the under side of the tail. Depending on the dog and the quality and thickness of coat (Whippets vary a great deal in type of coat) it will take you only between fifteen minutes and one hour a day or two before the show to have your dog looking as trim as a whistle: You will need a pair of regular barbers scissors, a pair of thinning shears and a pair of curved scissors do a neat job in these various places. Many people use either electric or hand clippers for trimming the whiskers over and under the muzzle and over the eyes and some also use these for the underside of the tail. Others use a razor in these areas. The best way to learn is to get someone to SHOW you how it is done. Actions speak louder than words in this instance. Then practice on your dog well before e. show so that any mistakes you make can grow out.
Toe—nails should be cut at regular intervals of approximately two weeks all during the dog's show career. Remember, nails that have once been allowed to grow long can never be cut back to look as nice as nails that receive regular trimming (or filing). Never cut your dog's nails within forty eight hours of a show. I cut mine always, if possible, on a Wednesday for Saturday and Sunday shows. If you slip up on this and let it go till the last minute, use a file.
Teeth should be cleaned of tartar and this is done with a tooth scraper that can be bought at any pet supply store, but if you ask him, your own dentist will give you one, mine does:
It goes without saying that all white and light colored Whippets must be bathed before a show. Opinion is divided as to the advisability of bathing the deeper fawns, the reds and the blacks. If your dog is one of these darker colors and lives in the house and exercises on clean ground, chances are that he won't be dirty enough to need a bath and he can be kept sparkling clean by just daily grooming. The rule is the least bathing the better, as it dries out the coat and in the dark colors the dandruff caused by this, comes to the surface and is most unsightly. I have to wash my Whippets of whatever color, even the blacks, as they run around the farm through mud and manure, so they look and smell like back alley dogs most of the time between shows: I have had good success in eliminating the dandruff problem on the dark ones by "putting them down in oil" for about a week before the show. I use olive oil for this and I slather it all over them daily. For a house dog the excess can, be absorbed by rubbing down with paper towels then a towel or washable blanket put on him will save the furniture. In the kennel this is not necessary, in fact it is advisable not to towel the dog as he will lick himself all over to get rid of the excess and he benefits as much, I am convinced, from the internal oil as he does from the external! Use the least drying soap you can get for his bath. Believe it or not, I use Elizabeth Arden shampoo for DRY hair on my dogs as well as for myself! The dogs that have been through the oil treatment take an extra scrubbing to get the oil out, but it is well worth the trouble. Of course, as with your own hair, be SURE to rinse well, as soap left in leaves a horrid dull film and then all your work will have been for naught.
Well, that it, your puppy is now all ready his first show! Good luck, but win, loose or draw - ENJOY YOURSELF:
Most of what I have written here applies to all breeds and is said more aptly in any of a number of good books on training. There are several ways, however, in which a Whippet differs from other breeds in relation to the proper training methods. To make my point clear I will list them briefly again here.
1) The Whippet is SMART, he LEARNS FAST and he RETAINS WHAT HE LEARNS. Therefore, AVOID BOREDOM at all costs.
2) The Whippet is SENSITIVE PHYSICALLY. This does NOT mean that he delicate. It DOES mean that he must be handled with a LIGHT HAND. To those who know horses, he can be compared to a thoroughbred with a light mouth.
3) The Whippet is SENSITIVE EMOTIONALLY. This does NOT mean nervous. (He is high strung nervously, but a really nervous Whippet should NOT be shown or bred from, in fact should be put down in all fairness to the welfare of the breed). This DOES mean that he should be handled GENTLY, PATIENTLY AND WITHOUT EITHER EMOTIONAL OR PHYSICAL ROUGHNESS. The Whippet, if yelled at or handled roughly will react in one of two ways: a) He will turn into a quivering mass of jelly OR b) If a dog of very strong character, he will turn sullen and sulky. In either event he is a loss as a show dog. You will get no pleasure from showing him and he will be a bad advertisement for the breed.
I can imagine various of my friends smiling derisively as they read these high- flown instructions on training and grooming the Whippet, knowing full well that the author, at least fifty percent of the time, does not carry them out in such an ideal way herself! Well, I DO know they're right and I DO know I should.
SO, go ye and do as I SAY, not as I DO: D. S. W.
TRAINING WHIPPET TRACK PERSONNEL
(Lure Operator and Starter)
It is most important to have properly trained Whippets and properly trained track personnel to successfully operate even the most simple type of Whippet race meeting. The jobs connected with Whippet racing are not necessarily complicated, but it does require dedicated enthusiastic Whippet owners to put on such a first class show. Combined teamwork is the most important factor, so let's look into the need to train man power to develop such a team.
Perhaps the most overlooked, yet most important member of the official team, is THE LURE OPERATOR. He is the key factor in formful racing, beyond that of the actual individual racing Whippet. This art of operating the lure is known in Greyhound and Whippet racing as "LURE PACING". Proper lure pacing with honest race dogs gives each animal the opportunity to show his best form -- the true objective in any race.
Today we have various types of drag lures used in the racing of Whippets. The important thing, however, is to always keep the lure just in front of the lead Whippet, so he feels he is always chasing an object that he will eventually catch. If a Whippet or Whippets catch the lure or pass the lure at any point during the race, from starting box to finish line, this is definitely considered no race.
It is well to keep the lure at least eighteen feet in front of the lead Whippet at all times. If the lure operator continues to move the lure too fast the lead dog will often lose interest. If the lure is paced too slow, it causes the lead dog or dogs to slow up which benefits the Whippets in back of the pace setters. The lure operator should always be sure not to slow the lure too much near the finish line, as it causes the leaders to slow down, giving the advantage to the slower dogs who are driving full speed just to stay with the pace.
The job of operating the lure is not always an easy one as the dogs are running directly toward the lure operator. It is most important that the lure operator concentrate his vision on the lure and the length it is in front of the lead dog. Track conditions often vary greatly, so before each race meeting the lure operator should try the lure over the track. If the track is wet or has coarse grass stems which hold back the lure, then the pull is much greater, and the lure operator must allow for this extra hard pull by having the lure well in advance of the Whippets before they leave the starting box. It is best to start each race program with puppies or green Whippets as it gives the lure operator a chance to judge his distance -- rather than have very fast Whippets catch the lure. As a rule of thumb, keep the lure as close as possible to green or young racing stock but with experienced racers have the lure in full motion and well in front of the Whippets before they are released from the starting box.
There is nothing more distasteful to owners in Whippet or Greyhound racing than to have a lure which cannot be properly paced in front of the racers. More race dogs are ruined or develop the habit of fighting, from poor lure pacing than any other one thing that goes with their training, once they are ready for actual schooling and racing on the track.
The starter is another unsung hero who has much more to his work than just releasing the lever that opens the starting box. It is the starter who should know how far the lure should be ahead of the racing dogs before the starting box is opened. He must know the class of each box of racers to determine how much lead to give the field, keeping in mind young racers should have a short lure, while the older, faster racers need a longer lure in order that they do not catch it before the lure operator can judge his distance.
The starter should also wave the lure in front of the openings in the doors of the starting box at least part of the time while the owners are running down to the finish line. This keeps the Whippets alert to the lure. We have found in recent months that by placing the lure on top of the starting box, rather than centering it on the ground in front of the box, the movement of the lure as it hits the ground in front of the starting box, catches the eyes of Whippets in the starting box better than if the lure is started in motion from the ground directly in front of the starting box.
The working of the lure operator and the starter is much like the pitcher and the catcher in a ball game. Both should talk over their strategy to get the best results. It should also be a "MUST" with the Director of Racing to follow each race from the side of the track to better inform the lure operator and the starter as to their efficiency of pacing the race. The combined team of lure operator, starter and Director of Racing gives three different views of the race, and proper combining of these views makes for better and more formful racing.
Every Whippet racing group should carefully train several members of their club to handle properly the drag lure as well as the starting box. These duties are not too difficult, but it takes practice, knowledge and timing to do the job properly. It must be remembered, poor lure operators and poor starters add up to poor racing.
(Next issue--Duties of Racing Secretary, Placing Judges and Paddock Judge)
APRIL 5, 6, AND 7 ARE IMPORTANT WHIPPET DAYS
By Louis Pegram
Whippet Days are here again with the MIDWEST AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB SPECIALTY and the INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB SHOW both being held under one roof, but in separate buildings, in Chicago, Illinois, on April 5, 6 and 7. Mr. Alva Rosenberg will judge "THE SPECIALTY," while Mr. William Brainard will have the assignment for Whippets at "THE INTERNATIONAL".
Mrs. Groverman Ellis, President of the International Kennel Club, and Mr. William Ogalvie, Secretary-Treasurer, have announced they will again feature Whippet Racing as one of the crowd attractions. This year they have set aside $300 which will go to those Whippet owners who wish to race their Whippets. This purse money, after minor items in connection with racing equipment are deducted, will be divided based on the point grading system -- assuring virtually every Whippet who runs honestly a portion of $he '4300 purse.
Four race programs will be held -- two on Saturday and two on Sunday. There will be races for young Whippets up to and including twelve months of age, and the adult race for Whippets one year and older. Whippets who-race need not be entered in the regular classes for conformation, But many of the top whippets are also top show individuals. All Whippets, who finish the course or are not penalized for fighting during the running of a race, will be allowed to compete in all four race programs.
The standard grading system will be used giving all honest race Whippets the opportunity to compete on equal terms. The first race program is operated by drawing the individual Whippet's name from the hat. The next three race programs will be on the point system with the scoring based on five points first, three points second, two points third, and one point fourth. The only exception to this scoring will be the high point race, on the last three race programs which will be scored eight points first, five points second, three points third, and two points fourth. This high point scoring keeps the better grade or faster Whippets in competition with each other.
MR. SELWYN BLACKSTONE has notified us that he will again furnish his RACE IDENTIFICATION BOARD which is hung in the paddock and shows race number, post position, name of Whippet and accumulated racing points. SELWYN will also have in operation an electric timer which should be of added interest to those people racing Whippets as well as the spectators. MR. RALPH EYLES will furnish the starting box which assures virtually perfect starts. MR. EUGENE JACOBS, who is perhaps the best lure pacer in the country, will again hold down the most important job in assuring formful racing. MR. DONALD HOSTETTER, MR. C. C. (TEX) FAWCETT and DR. JAMES CORBIN of St. Louis, Missouri will for the fourth year act as presiding judges, while MR. BOB MOHRMAN will again have charge of the starting box.
Whippet racing has made progress in recent years, and we hope for a record entry both from the standpoint of quantity and quality. Last year PEPPERMINT BOY again proved his clean cut superiority by winning all but one race where he was caught in a speed jam. The great PEPPERMINT BOY raced only at Chicago in 1962, so it will be interesting to see if he still has his blazing speed and stamina, now that he is a year older.
Informal schooling will be held on Friday night, April 5, over the regular International Kennel Club dirt track. All those bring young Whippets or adult Whippets may school as many times as they wish. In past years many inexperienced Whippets have schooled the night before the races and have made quite a satisfactory showing on the following days in the official races. This is an especially fine spot to bring young race prospects for experience, as well as the place to sell surplus racing stock.
Several Whippet groups have already indicated their willingness to co-operate in offering schooling races to condition and train for the International Kennel Club Whippet races on April 6 and 7.
1. Donald Hostetter has announced he will have his track PAGEBROOK DOWNS, Cobham, Virginia, available for schooling on Monday, March 18. This is the day between the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-- Washington, D. C. shows and the North Carolina circuit which starts at Greensboro, North Carolina on Tuesday, March 19.
2. Ralph and Barbara Eyles have just completed a new 200 yard track on their estate at Antioch, Illinois. The Midwest Coursing Club has also been organized in this area and the officers are Ralph Eyles, Bill Fields, Ron Klemonson, Selwyn Blackstone and Barbara Steinberg. This group will have several schooling periods, weather permitting, before the Chicago races.
3. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Jacobs, Mahomet, Illinois, have announced that they will have at least two schooling periods before the. Chicago event. They do not have a full 200 yard course but it is certainly adequate in every way for schooling and racing.
4. Miss Dorothea Frames advised me at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Show, San Francisco, California, in January, that she and several others hope to come to Chicago and will have race Whippets as well as Whippets for the regular conformation classes.
5. The Berger-Renner Combination always have fit running Whippets, so they would be the central Ohio contact for possible early schooling.6. John Hutchins, San Antonio, Texas, last year presented Whippet racing at their local show. It has been impossible for me to contact John at the time this copy goes to press, but as he is always most co-operative, it seems almost certain that he will do anything possible to help those people who wish to condition their Whippets from the Texas-Oklahoma area.
7. Mr. and Mrs. William M. Schmick, Will-Merry Lane, Greenwich, Connecticut, have quite a nice schooling track and one of the best operating lures available. It might be well for those people in the New England states to contact Mr. and Mrs. Schmick to find out whether or not there would be schooling in advance of Whippet racing in Chicago.
We have had no word from "the weatherman" in regard' to schooling, but snow, rain or shine, we hope to see all of you at "The International" with your race and show Whippets.
MISSISSIPPI 'VALLEY KENNEL CLUB TO OFFER WHIPPET RACING MAY 19
by Louis Pegram
Mr. C. C. (Tex) Fawcett, President of the Mississippi Valley Kennel Club, St. Louis, Missouri, announced that there will be Whippet racing as a feature crowd attraction at this all breed show on May 19. The show grounds will be the Athletic Field of Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, which offers ideal conditions for Whippet racing.
Mr. Fawcett, who has also been a presiding judge for Whippet racing at the International Kennel Club Show during the past three years, said that $100 would be made available to help cover the cost of racing. Approval for this racing attraction has already been received by the American Kennel Club. The Whippets do not necessarily have to be entered in the regular conformation classes but we hose that this event does draw a top entry on the bench as well as for racing purposes. Mr. Anton Korbell will be the breed judge.
St. Louis has a number of Whippet breeders who are strong supporters of the breed, and plans are being made for a cocktail party and buffet supper with 'special entertainment during the evening. This informal party can be held either the Saturday before the Mississippi Valley Kennel Club Show or the Sunday evening of this all breed show, depending upon the wish of those who attend. Several of us have ample facilities for Whippet racing, so here again if you wish to school Whippets or race on Saturday afternoon, this too will not create any great problem.
The Mississippi Valley Kennel Club Show with Whippet races is another planned event by mid-west officers and members of the American Whippet Club and those people interested in showing and racing Whippets.
All members of the American Whippet Club, and those who are not members, but enter or own Whippets, are cordially invited to take part in all activities in connection with the WHIPPET WEEK IN ST. LOUIS. We can visit further on details at the International Kennel Club Show, but please reserve Sunday, May 19, as your Whippet day in St. Louis.
WHIPPET STATISTICS 1962
A rundown of the fifty Whippets who placed in the Hound Groups during the year 1962. I devised the following point system: B I S 10 points; 1st Hound
Group - 5 points; 2nd Hound Group - 3 points; 3rd Hound Group - 2 points; 4th
Hound Group - 1 point. All shows were considered on the same basis, no breakdown according to show size. I'm not responsible for errors or omissions.
San Fernando Kennel Club
October 21, 1962, Judge: Mrs. Marion Woodcock
Puppy Dogs, 6-9mo., one shown, Patrick's Strathoak Irish Rapsody (by Harbridge Blarney Stone ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen)
Open Dogs, one shown, Reynold's Spean Sherpa (by Spean Hound ex Springmere Far Horizon)
Winners Dog to Spean Sherpa. Reserve to Strathoak Irish Rhapsody.
Puppy Bitches, 9-12 mo., two shown. First, Scott's Sand Spiral Kindall (by
Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom) Second, Towne's Towne's Twinkie Ticker Took (by Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland ex Ch. Strathoak Stardust)
Am. Bred Bitches, one shown, Towne's Towne's Snipper Sneer (by Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland ex Ch. Strathoak Stardust)
Open Bitches, two shown. First, Donald Frame's Picardia Poltergeist (by Ch. Mopalo's Speaker Of The House ex Ch. The Lark of Meander ) Second, Sykes' Eyleland Pianissimo (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Eyleland Dorothy)
Winners Bitch to Picardia Poltergeist. Best of Winners to Picardia Poltergeist.
Specials, four shown, Ch. Meander Finale, Ch. Strathoak Velvet Mist, Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen, Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise.
Best of Breed to Ellis' Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen (by Ch. Great Circle The Scot ex Ch. Great Circle Holiday) Best Opposite Sex to Picardia Poltergeist.
Sequoia Kennel Club, Tulare, California
Nov. 25, 1962, Judge: Mr. Robert McCandless
Puppy Dogs 6-9mo., one shown, Ellis' Madcap Bold Minstrel (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca)
Puppy Dogs, 9-12 mo., one shown, Williams' Strathoak's Bit O'Blarney (by Harbridge Blarney Stone ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen)
Open Dogs, one shown, Reynolds' Spean Sherpa (by Spean Hound ex Springmere Far Horizon)
Winners Dog to Spean Sherpa. Reserve to Strathoak's Bit O'Blarney.
Puppy Bitches, 9-12 mo., two shown. First, Scott's Sand Spiral Kindall (by Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom) Second, Schlintz's Swiftshore Sophisticate (by Rocket's Firecracker ex Lady Swift of Piperkins)
Am. Bred Bitch, one shown, Dettinger's Great Circle Stargazer (by Ch. Wingedfoot Domenic ex Ch. Speedy Gonzales)
Open Bitches, four shown. First, Sykes' Eyleland Pianissimo (by Oh. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Eyleland Dorothy) Second, Ruwisch's Ru-Heim's Pamela (by Ch. Wingedfoot Domenic ex Ch. Speedy Gonzales) Third, Frames' Picardia Poltergeist (by Ch. Mopalo's Speaker of The House ex Ch. The Lark of Meander) Fourth, Ellis' Madcap Dress Circle (by Ch. Great Circle Mad Hatter ex Great Circle Stargazer)
Winners Bitch to Eyleland Pianissimo. Reserve to Ru-Heim's Pamela. Best of Winners to Spean Sherpa.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise, Ch. Meander Finale, Ch. Strathoak Velvet Mist.
Best Of Breed to Dorothea Frames' Ch. Meander Finale (by The Baron of Birdneck Point ex Ch. Copper Nob of Meander) Best Opposite Sex to Canyon Crest Kennels' Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise (by Canyon Crest's Black Diamond ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Mamie)
Wichita Falls, Texas
Dec. 2, 1962, Judge: Mr. Maurice L. Baker
Puppy Bitches, one shown, Wm. J. & D. r. Kontur's April Moonglow Tip-O-Rink (by Ch. Von Der Busch Blaze Away ex Glengyle Fair Wind From Dalmo)
Open Bitches, four shown. First, Sam Hearn's Lady Bird of Blue Beaver (by Ch. Bull 0' the Woods of Blue Beaver ex Briarwyn's Bobby Boxer) Second, W. S. Harlee, Jr.
& Sam Hearn's Red Wing of Blue Beaver (by Ch. Bull O' the Woods of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Dusty Brenda) Third, Sam Hearn & B. W. Lewis' Briarwyn's Bobby Boxer (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Briarwyns Bridget) Fourth, April Moonglow Tip-C-Rink.
Winners Bitch to Lady Bird of Blue Beaver.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Tubara's Simply Simon, Ch. Briarwyn's Benjamin, Ch. Bull O' the Woods of Blue Beaver.
Best of Breed to Sam Hearn's Ch. Bull O' the Woods of Blue Beaver (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus) Best Opposite Sex to Lady Bird of Blue Beaver.
Antelope Valley Kennel Club, Lancaster, California
Dec. 9, 1962, Judge: Mr. E. E. Furgusson
Puppy Dogs, 6-9 mo., one shown, Mackin's Mack's Blue Flash (by Surrey Court's Raven Prince ex Sonna Black Magic)
Open Dogs, one shown, Reynolds' Spean Sherpa (by Spean Hound ex Springmere Far Horizon)
Winners Dog to Spean Sherpa. Reserve to Mack's Blue Flash.
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Ellis' Madcap Masquerade (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca)
Am. Bred Bitches, two shown. First, Woodcock's Sunday Slippers of Suntan (by Meander Magna Carta ex Wingfoot Molly) Second, Towne's Towne's Twinkle Namer Nod (by Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland ex Ch. Strathoak Stardust)
Open Bitches, five shown. First, Ruwisch's Ru-Heim's Pamela (by Ch. Wingedfoot Domenic ex Ch. Speedy Gonzales) Second, Ellis' Madcap Dress Circle (by Ch. Great Circle Mad Hatter ex Great Circle Stargazer) Others not marked in catalogue.
Winners Bitch to Ru-Heim's Pamela. Reserve to Madcap Dress Circle. Best of Winners to Spean Sherpa.
Specials, four shown, Ch. Hollypark Highland Fling, Ch. Strathoak Velvet Mist, Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen, Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise.
Best of Breed to Canyon Crest Kennels' CH. Canon Crest's Surprise (by Canyon Crest's Black Diamond ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Mamie) Best Opposite Sex to Ellis' Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen (by Ch. Great Circle The Scot ex Ch. Great Circle Holiday)
Danville Illinois Kennel Club
Dec. 9, 1962, Judge: Mr. Haskell Schuffman
Puppy Dogs, two shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Double Decker (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Double or Quits) Second, Barbara Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Double Talk (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Double or Quits)
Open Dogs, three shown. First, Wm. E. Fields' Oberon of Briskways (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Eyleland Buttercup) Second, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Henry (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Third, Mr. & Mrs. E. L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Bengal (by Whipoo's Happy Time ex Whipoo's Tea Biscuit)
Winners Dog to Oberon of Briskways. Reserve to Eyleland Henry.
Open Bitches, one shown, Mr. Mrs. E. L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Twist Of Lemon (by
Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish)
Winners Bitch to Whipoo's Twist Of Lemon.
Best of Winners and Best of Breed to Oberon of Briskways. Best Opposite Sex to Whipoo's Twist Of Lemon.
Golden Gate Kennel Club, San Francisco, Calif.
Jan. 5-6, 1963, Judge: Mr. E. F. Hirschman
Open Dogs, two shown. First, Reynolds' Spean Sherpa (by Spean Hound ex Springmere Far Horizon) Second, Bush's Von Der Busch Little Joe (by Ch. Freddie of Test ex Queen Rosslyn)
Winners Dog to Spean Sherpa. Reserve to Von Der Busch Little Joe.
Open Bitches, three shown. First, Sykes' Eyleland Pianissimo (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Eyleland Dorothy) Second, Gillette's White Acres Choctaw (by Ch. Great Circle The Scot ex Oh. White Acres Sea Shanty) Third, Ellis' Madcap Dress Circle (by Ch. Great Circle Mad Hatter ex Great Circle Stargazer)
Winners Bitch to Eyleland Pianissimo. Reserve to White Acres Choctaw. Best of Winners to Eyleland Pianissimo.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Eyleland Crecendo, Ch. Hollypark Highland Fling, Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise.
Best of Breed to Eyleland Pianissimo. Best Opposite Sex to Spean Sherpa.
Richland County Kennel Club
Jan. 26, 1963, Judge: Mr. Charles M. Siever
Open Dogs, two shown. First, Anamary Compere's Oldemill Royal Sevres (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland) Second, Edward Jenner & Anamary Compere's Oldemill Bristol (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Ch.
Love Letter O'Lazeland)
Winners Dog to Oldemill Royal Sevres. Reserve to Oldemill Bristol.
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Tom Kirchner's Bettebrook Blue Ballerina (by Ch. Harbridge Bartsia ex Ch. Harbridge Suede)
Open Batches, two shown First, Tom Kirchner's Pennyworth Ebony Princess (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Second, Mrs. Marshall B. Hopkin's Whipoo's Silver Song (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish)
Winners Bitch to Bettebrook Blue Ballerina. Reserve to Pennyworth Ebony Princess.
Best of Breed to Bettebrook Blue Ballerina. Best Opposite Sex to Oldemill Royal Sevres)
Marion Ohio Kennel Club
Jan. 27, 1963: Judge: Percy Roberts
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Edward Jenner & Anamary Compere's Oldemill Bristol (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Oh. Love Letter O'Lazeland) Second, Victor Renner's Rouget O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Third, Anamary Compere's Oldemill Royal Sevres (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland) Fourth, Margaret & Victor Renner's Eyleland Homer (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester)
Winners Dog to Oldemill Bristol. Reserve to Rouget O'Lazeland.
Open Bitches, five shown. First, Tom Kirchner's Pennyworth Ebony Princess (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth 'Blue Iris) Second, John Berger's Laura
O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Loreli O'Lazeland) Third, Tom Kirchner's
Bettebrook Blue Ballerina (by Ch. Harbridge Bartsia ex Ch. Harbridge Suede) Fourth, John Berger's Eyleland Cinnamon Toast (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah)
Winners Bitch to Pennyworth Ebony Princess. Reserve to Laura O'Lazeland
Best of Breed to Pennyworth Ebony Princess. Best Opposite Sex to Oldemill Bristol.
Orange Empire Kennel Club, San Bernadine, Calif.
Jan. 27, 1963, Judge: Mr. Cross
Puppy Dogs, 9-12 me., one. shown, Sykes' Traymatt Nolasko (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Traymatt Necessary Nell)
Novice Dogs, one shown, Walker's Triumph's Blaze of Gay Wolves (by Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland ex Gay Wolves Joy)
Open Dogs, two shown. First, Reynold's Spean Sherpa (by Spean Hound ex Springmere Far Horizon) Second, Mackin's Hacks glue Flash (by Surrey Court's Raven Prince ex Sonna Black Magic)
Winners Dog to Spean Sherpa. Reserve to Traymatt Nolasko.
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Ellis' Madcap Stand Fast (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca)
Am. Bred Bitches, two shown. First, Woodcock's Silver Song of Suntan (by Meander Magna Carta ex Wing Foot Molly) Second, Scott's Sand Spiral Kindall (by Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom)
Open Bitches, three shown. First, Syke's Eyleland Pianissimo (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Eyleland Dorothy) Second, Woodcock's Sunday Slippers of Suntan (by Meander Magna Carta ex Wing Foot Molly) Third, Mackin's Macks Tiger Lily (by Surrey Court's Reaven Prince ex Sonna Black Magic)
Winners Bitch to Eyleland Pianissimo. Reserve to Silver Song of Suntan.. Best of Winners to Spean Sherpa.
Specials, two shown, Ch. Eyleland Crecendo, Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise.
Best of Breed to Canyon Crest's Kennels' Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise( by Canyon Crest's Black Diamond ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Mamie) Best Opposite Sex to Spean Sherpa.
Westminster Kennel Club
Feb. 11-12, 1963, Judge Donald P. Hostetter
Bred by Exhibitor Dogs, one shown, Meander Kennels' Meander Glazer (by Ch. Meander Pickpocket ex Ch. Whipoo's Showy Luster)
American Bred Dogs, two shown. First, Meander Kennels' Just Richard (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Snow queen) Second, Mardormere Kennels' Whirlaway of Mardormere (by Ch. Citation of Mardormere ex Lucky Lady of Mardormere)
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Pennyworth Kennels' - Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth (by Bellavista Barry ex Myhorlyns Anita) Second, F. Julia Shearer's Meander M. O. (by Ch. Meander Pickpocket ex Ch. Whipoo's Showy Luster) Third, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Ferdinand (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade) Fourth, Mrs. Clare C. Hodge's Selbrook Arclight (by Twinrivers Sea Holly ex Porthurst Creme de Menthe)
Winners Dog to Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth. Reserve to Just Richard.
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, two shown. First, Irene & Parker Harris' Renpark's Merry Ment (by Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster of Pennyworth ex Ch. Renpark's Verry Merry) Second, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Julia (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Ch. Eyleland Winter Wind)
American Bred Bitches, two shown. First, Windholme Kennels' Eyleland Brown Betty (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah) Second, E. May Steiner's Hill's Little Audrey (by Hill's Blue Boots ex Ch. Poppypinkpetal)
Open Bitches, five shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade) Second, Miss F. Julia Shearer's Meander Cygnet (by Ch. Meander Bob-White ex Ch. Baroness of Birdneck Point) Third, fir. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Twist Of Lemon (by Whipoo's
Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish) Fourth, Mardormere Kennels' Ballerina of Mardormere (by Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad ex Ch. Fascination of Mardormere)
Winners Bitch to Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells. Reserve to Meander Cygnet. Best of Winners to Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells.
Specials, seven shown, Ch. Stoney Meadows Rufus, Oh. Seven League Skybluepink, Ch. Eyleland Winter Wind, Ch. Lucky Dream of Mardormere, Ch. Lucky Penny of Mardormere, Ch. Stoney Meadows Fairy Fox, Ch. Seven League Sunday Best.
Best of Breed to Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Ch. Eyleland Winter Wind (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Ice Folly) Best Opposite Sex to Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth.
Best Brace to Mardormere Kennels' Ballarina of Mardormere and Oh. Lucky Dream of Mardormere.
HOW TO BREED A CHAMPION ???
From Whippet Whispers, Issued by the Whippet Club of New South Wales.
He who says he can tell you how to breed champions, and guarantee the results, thereby shows that he is not an expert in canine genetics. The exact formula remains a secret. Sooner or later, perhaps the scientists will label the little fellows who make us what we are.
Like does produce like, but which genes are like each other, which dominate, which pair off, which fight each other - that's the question which the laboratories and their microscopes have not yet found out.
By virtue of the symbol of creation itself, the female, being the mould out of which all life is reproduced, exerts a greater influence on the offspring. In the long range programme of breeding, good bitches are more important than good studs, Indeed, a great stud, it must be remembered, is in turn the product of a good darn.
Studs must receive attention because a bitch exerts her influence only on her own litters, which may be three or four in her lifetime; whereas a stud may exert his influence on as many as two hundred litters.
A stud should be chosen, not for himself, nor for his show titles, but for his ability not merely to transmit himself but the good qualities of his parents, grandparents, and so on. The usual show winner may be a poor breeder in transmitting good get. Ability to win show prizes is based entirely upon visible physical perfection, that is, nearness to the official standard, which itself is based entirely upon physical points.
The breeding winner may be a poor show specimen, may be in himself, unable to measure near to the standard of perfection, yet may have the ability to mix his genes in the germ cells in such a way that his offspring possess most of the desired qualities.
The chance, or freak champion, may not reproduce himself. The better champion. is one that comes from a strain of close line breeding, which has produced a number of champions. Here the transmitted or dominant traits are certain and likely will be carried on.
Dog shows are designed primarily as aids to good breeding. The fond hope is that a perfect physical specimen may be dominant in siring and thus transmit much of his own perfection.
If dog shows desired to benefit dog breeding most, the high prizes would be awarded for ability to transmit and this would be judged by having the offspring present. An important class at a dog show would be the stud dog class and the brood matron class, judged not by the studs and matrons, but by their get.
That the bitch likely is the greater influence and that a parent transmits not so much his own qualities as the average qualities of all his ancestors, are two fundamental truths.
Therefore, a stud is to be judged first by his ancestors, but finally by his posterity.
Here is also a startling thing, that heredity often jumps a generation. The children are after the fashion of the grandparents, rather than the parents. A grandparent is to be studied rather than a parent in the pedigree. A straight back of a son can hardly be explained out of the sway back of the mother, but the grandparent on the maternal side, had a straight back.
The correct reading of pedigrees must emphasize the grandparents. Choose a stud by his grandparents. Even then, he may not transmit the qualities of his grandparents but of his great grandparents.
The best stud is that one in himself a good specimen, who had good grandparents and who is able to transmit most of the dominant virtues of his good grandparents. He may have them, yet cannot transmit them, Thus success in breeding is more than mating a bitch to a champion stud.
FROM ENGLAND Betty Fell, Kent, England, writes:
Crufts is now behind us. Terrific entry of Whippets for Mrs. Garrish. Two hundred sixty—six entries from one hundred forty—five dogs. Mr. Jame's Samarkand's Greenbrae Tarragon won dog C.C., Best of Breed and Reserve in the Hound Group. Mrs. Argyle's Harque to Rosa won the bitch C.C. Reserve bitch C.C. to Mrs. Chapman's Interflora. Reserve dog C. C. to Mrs. Argyle's Harque to Council Carry On. Best Puppy to Mr. & Mrs. P. S. P. Fell's Badgewood Sewickley. She won puppy bitch class from 25. Her litter sister, Mrs. K. S. Fisher's Bromholm Badgewood Allegheny was second!
The B. O. B. is by Ch. Laguna Limelight ex Ch. Greenbrae Laguna Lucia, and was bred by Mrs. O. Yerburgh. The bitch C. C. winner by Harque to Beamont ex Rosaday of Knotknum and bred by Mr. L. Gough. The puppy is seven and a half months and by Ch. Laguna Ligonier ex Badgewood Calamity Jane.
It was a great day as you can well imagine.
Mrs. C. E. Francis, London, 'England, writes:
Dec. 18. Richmond Championship Show on Dec. 15 was a wonderful show. In the big stakes class, the best of breed Whippet, Ch. Bilks Ringmore Bardalph was placed sixth out of 121 entries. Mrs. Winscome's Winpin Spring Moon took the bitch C.C. but Bardolph beat her for Best of Breed. Mrs. Odell's Shalfleet Spotlight was the Best Puppy. Will let you all know more news later, in hurry to catch post.
On Dec. 16 we finished our race season at Patters Bar. Sante Bimbo owned by Mr. Frank Wood won the cup on offer. This dog is a get from my Sante's Toby. My own dogs did not compete, but my Pearlie Line beat Bimbo in a run off. Best wishes to all your readers from all of us.
Feb. 9, Another Crufts Show is over. A Lakeland Terrier is Supreme Champion. In our own breed Best of Breed went to Mr. Jame's Samarkand's Greenbrae Tarragon bred by Alicia Yerburgh from Ch. Laguna Limelight and Ch. Greenbrae Laguna Lucia. This dog went Reserve in the Hound Group; the Basenji was Best Hound. Mrs. Argyle's Harque to Rosa was best bitch and her dog, Harque to Council Carry On was the reserve dog, altogether a wonderful day for the "Harque to" Kennels. The unbeaten puppy dog was Dragonhill Woodpecker bred by Mrs. Cleeue. Your own Mrs. Fell was first in puppy bitch with Badgewood Sewickley; second in the class was the litter sister owned by Mrs. Fisher, Bromholm Badgewood Allegheny, a good day for her. Both were by Ch. Laguna Ligonier. My own Pearlie Line took a third in Graduate and a Highly Commebded in Post Graduate. Truly a wonderful show. Everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves and the day went only too quickly.
By the way, Mrs. Howell was over from Ireland, however it was not her day. Our judge was Molly Garrish, who is also our breed correspondent in Dog World. At the ringside was the oldest Whippet exhibitor and breeder, Mrs. Conway-Evans, very well known in Whippet circles here and 85 years old. All for now. Best wishes to all Whippeteers everywhere.
Mrs. R. Hodgson, Secretary Northern Counties Whippet Club, Lancs., England, writes
Jan. 14. Have very little news at the moment, expect you know our Whippet of the year, Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot has joined the Pennyworth Kennels. He is a lovely dog with a temperament to match. We have a quiet time here until Crafts. I hope to be there.
WHIPPET NEWS WINS AWARD
The Whippet News had excellent support and response by the readers during 1962, resulting in the selection of the Whippet News as the best breed bulletin in the Hound Group for 1962 by Dog World magazine. In honor of this achievement, the American Whippet Club has received a 23" silver trophy to be offered wherever the Club desires. The breed bulletins are judged entirely on editorial content and how much good, in the opinion of the judges, the bulletin is doing for the breed, for the established breeder and fancier as well as the novice. You, the readers are to be congratulated, for without your contributions there would be no Whippet News!
At the annual meeting of the American Whippet Club, it was decided, because of the increasingly high costs of publishing and mailing the Whippet News, it would be necessary to request all non-members to make a yearly donation in order to receive the Whippet News. American Whippet Club members have had their dues increased to cover the expense of the News.
During the coming year, based on 1962, postage for the News, with the new higher rates, will probably average $60 an issue (this includes the reminder post cards, which bring in more than three fourths of the material for each issue), or $360 for the year. Publication expenses, including paper, stencils and ink, will average 64 an issue, or $584 for the year. The mailing envelopes will probably be at least $30.
The American Whippet Club decided to request non-members to contribute $5 a year in order to receive the Whippet News. New names on the mailing list will continue to receive three issues free, and then will be questioned about desiring to continue to receive the News under the above terms. Those contributing will be acknowledged in the advertising section of the Yews. Notices will be sent to those concerned starting with the April issue.
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WHIPPET RACING ENTERTAINMENT
International Amphitheater, Union Stock Yards, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 1963
RACES CONDUCTED UNDER THE OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING.
Louis J. Pegram, Racing Secretary
INGORMATION 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 "racing dogs only" close Tuesday, March 26, 1963. 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 Winner, and Puppy Race Winner.
Whippet racing entertainment will be held Saturday afternoon and evening April 6, and Sunday morning and afternoon April 7.
CASH PURSES OFFERED BY THE INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB OF CHICAGO
Post Entries will be accepted
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 even. Teeth of upper jaw should fit closely over the lower. An undershot mouth shall disqualify.
Neck - Long and muscular, well-arched and with no suggestion of throatiness, widening gradually into the shoulders. Must not have any tendency to a "ewe" neck.
Shoulders - Long, well laid back with long, flat muscles. Loaded shoulders are a very serious fault.
Brisket - Very deep and strong, reaching as nearly as possible to the point of the elbow. Ribs well sprung but with no suggestion of barrel shape. Should
fill in the space between the forelegs so that there is no appearance of a hollow between them.
Forelegs Straight and rather long, held in line with the shoulders and not set
under the body so as to make a forechest. Elbows should turn neither in nor out and move freely with the point of the shoulder. Fair amount of bone, which should carry right down to the 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
Avon Kennel Reports William E. Fields February, 1965
An open letter to Miss Julia Shearer:
Dear Miss Shearer,
The vigor of your reply to Mr. Walter Wheeler's proposal to show dogs anonymously in the ring indicates that you read into his article an implication of conscious prejudice at best and corruption at worst in the present system of dog judging.
I must confess that I failed to infer that from his article, however is such was intended it is canard and he surely warrants your indignation.
Yet, let me say again, I failed to see any attempt to criticize, much less slander those who have put so much of their time, energy, skill and imagination into the grueling task of judging a dog show.
As you may remember, I am a relative novice in the dog ring, but I dare say few exhibitors have walked away with as many "Reserve" or third place ribbons in a period of three short years as I have, and although I may not always have agreed with the judge's choice I have never once even suspected corruption or cupidity on the part of a judge. Neither do I feel they are stupid, nor am I. What then accounts for our difference of opinion?
Judging, as you well know, is a very subjective skill, particularly where standards are loosely drawn, (They are loosely drawn in Whippets, which I believe right and proper, for where slight variants upgrade the breed they do not violate the standards and may therefore be given full recognition for their value to the breed). In any entry of even reasonable quality most judges can find both virtues and faults in most of the dogs. How he weighs these in his mind, balancing one against the other and how much unconscious pressure for one against another influences his final decisions no one will ever know. I would be astonished if some judges did not unconsciously favor some kennels over others and if just as many did not bend too far over backward to avoid prejudice in favor of a close friend or a kennel he knows has particularly good stock. In either case the final outcome is influenced by factors over which neither judges nor contestant has conscious control.
One merit of Mr. Wheeler's system is to eliminate, in so far as possible, these vagrant factors. Another factor which his proposal would help eliminate is that of the skill of the exhibitor. If you remember judging my dogs in the ring you will say I have a vested interest in reducing this factor and I will not deny it. My first time in a show ring you judged the entry. After scolding me severely for my ineptitude as a handler, you set up my dog so he could be judged fairly against the other entrants and then ranked him according to his own merits, perhaps even elevating him slightly in sympathy for what he was saddled with "at the other end of the lead". But how many judges do this? Two years later at the same show, another highly respected Whippet judge said to me as I left the ring with my "Reserve" ribbon, "I really like your dog a bit better but Mr. X1 out showed you% Since that time I have been wanting to say to that judge, "He damn well should out show me; he T s been exhibiting for twenty—five years". Perhaps I am a slow learner.
The point is, Miss Shearer, that when I come to a show with my entry I want it judged, not me, and I want them judged against the opposition as objectively as possible. Anything which will facilitate this objectivity will receive my wholehearted support.
Very respectfully yours,
William E. Fields
Badgewood Kennel Reports
February 1, 1965
What a winter we have had so far in Kent. Snowed in twice, drifts in the lanes, frozen up basins and bathtubs, even frozen cooking gas. Such a bore to have to put hot water bottles around the gas cylinders in order to cook. Even air locks in the oil line leading to the furnace, no heat. 32 degrees in the bedroom with the windows closed. Thank heaven that only happened once. The plumber mushed in at nine o'clock at night and fixed the furnace. We had heat and hot water again: Through all this the kennel has been perfection: Nothing went wrong:
We were fortunate enough only to have power cut twice early in the morning, and only for about half an hour. Our kennel maid was snowed out for a week, but the gardener's helper brought the dog meat on foot.
We are taking four Whippets to Crufts. Calamity Jane and her three pups. She and Badgewood Monongehela will go in the brace class. Thank goodness Whippets don't carry their tails up. Because of the snow we missed the Midland Whippet Club's Limited Show on January twelfth. We had hoped to give them some experience there.
They have had no road work since just before Christmas. The lanes are now but a single track. Much too wet and dangerous to be piling into snow banks when ever a car appears. No real practice for the brace class either. I don't believe I'll be alone with green puppies though. But I am sure to arrive at Olympia with a bewildered and car sick lot. That will only be the beginning:
We Are hoping Wendy Howell will be able to get here. She, with great Circle Little Alice and great Circle Wise Child, is planning to stay with us. How I shall need her help. With Whippets benched upstairs at the far end of one hall and Susie, the Norwich Terrier, benched downstairs at the opposite end of another hall, by eight o'clock I shall be ready to jump into a crate and let the dogs drive home.
The weather didn't permit us to go to Richmond. We were delayed two days getting to Rome. Those two days had to be made up, business is business, so we arrived back late Saturday afternoon of the fifteenth of December. Just eleven days before the deluge. Rome was glorious, Madrid cold but bright, Lisbon heavenly. What luck to have had it before all this.
Victoria (Badgewood Wishful of Allways) will be mated next week with U. S. A. Ch. Michael of Meander. This time we are not anticipating any trouble. She lost her last litter to him. The old man will be nine in May. Victoria is a half sister to Pageant of Allways by his grand sire Eveningstar ex Gayflete Watcherhart of Allways.
That is all from here for now. Will try and get Crufts winners to you before you go to press.
Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell T. Howell
January 26, 1963
Co. Waterford, Eire
The battle for survival during the coldest European winter in the human memory goes on and on. The suffering of animals is terrible to see. Birds fall dead of hunger and cold. Sheep are being eaten alive in the snow by ravenous foxes, cattle are starving and visibly shrinking in the fields. Horses, housed too long, are mad with confinement. In England all the nationalized utilities have broken down. In London long queus for shilling candles, in Wales no gas, and the power employees have taken this murderous time to go on "work to rule" strike, thereby directly causing the deaths of a lot of old people. Transport has more or less collapsed there as well, roads and rails equally hazardous, through ice and freezing fogs. Not a pretty picture, and its gone on since Christmas. Here all the saints and scholars are frozen but far better off. Since all our utilities are fairly rudimentary, they are easier to repair. The road is usually open to the closest pub, household water is a recent luxury, so its not so difficult to tackle up the donkey and go to the river. Its just as bad for the animals, wild and tame, though, and sad to see with no relief in sight.
Here we are lucky enough to have electricity all the time, so the dogs are comfortable under heat lamps. One of the kennels is thatched and therefore grand and warm. Except for the very old ones, the Whippets have been out for at least an hour every day, and thrive, as long as they can come home to a roaring fire and warm beds. I do hope, though, by the time this sees print, it will all be a memory, the great freeze of 1965.
There is nothing anyone can say that would adequately express the respect and appreciation we all have for what the Jacobs' have done for our breed. The Whippet News is advancing in size and vigor with each issue. They've done a lot of hard work with ability and tact. In a breed paper such as this, which prints everything as it comes in, there is one difficult problem to be considered. Should all articles be included that might make us, as a breed group, seem ridiculous in the eyes of others. With increased circulation, outside the immediate Whippeteers, this is important. For a good many years Miss F. Julia Shearer and I have had moments of some disagreement. I couldn't agree more wholeheartedly though with her open letter to Mr. Wheeler. From her point of view as a well known, able judge of this breed and others, she very well sums up her position. Perhaps fancy mice are the thing, but I'd suggest ferrets or weasels. Not only does Mr. Wheeler make a senseless mockery of all dog judging, but does it in such a way as to make us and our magazine completely ludicrous to an outsider. Perhaps in this article it would have been better to draw the line. It is a difficult position indeed for poor Sibyl Jacobs to have to deal with such nonsense.
Since I'm aware of having a reputation for contentiousness, I didn't take on Mr. Motch over his first article, but find his second more upsetting, even at this distance from the U. S. A. What is the reason for broadcasting an appeal to us all to breed better Whippets? Does he really think we are trying to breed worse ones? Or should we just try and breed ones just like his? A °perfect' animal of any kind is a mirage, when perfection is dependent on varying opinions, including one's own. Unless one is completely kennel blind it is equally hard not to find faults in all at home. If perfection is a quantity of performance, it is somewhat easier to measure, but of course Mr. Motch is rather down on racing. One of the interesting things about animal breeding is that all concerned invariably disagree. My own idea on this subject of grading in terms of a standard, is that performance in our breed should be made a substantial factor in the presentation of the animal, that a bench champion should be able to turn in an adequate race performance and that entrants in the National Races, at least, should have had some recognition on the bench. Everyone will disagree with this, I'm sure. In the gun dog breeds when the same principle has been tried in England, though, its proved very effective in stopping the usual trend (Greyhounds, Labradors etc.) towards division of type and ability to perform.
We are all trying to use our different methods and resources to breed the best animal we can, and I think Mr. Motch's pontifical attitude is just a little out of order. This seems especially so as our paper is widely read in England where the dog world is on a cash basis, and many people are augmenting or making a living from breeding better dogs. I'm sure they don't need Mr. Match to tell them that unless they breed a better animal they won't get 2 pounds for a first ticket or be in line to export a dog for a good sum to the U. S. A.
More, more, more from Mr. Pegram, who tells us all a lot of things we didn't know in a very interesting clear way.
Madcap Kennel Reports
How nice for the mid—west and the east, all that snow. At 10,000 ft. we have none and the skiing is treacherous. The dogs hate the snow trips. The exercise at the bar disgusts them.
Speaking of treachery: Mlle. Julia Shearer's open note to this Wheeler person expresses my feelings on his show suggestions, far better than I could ever have done. I adored her letter:
I would comment at some length on Mr. D. R. Motch's bubbly, breeding better letter, had I not seen what he recently sold and shipped to California as a show prospect. Pretty and flashy are not my idea of what a Whippet should be, when coupled with roundness and overwhelming unsoundness. A plain fawn, standing over good ground, with a rear that's sound, giving the impression of a hound, with a hock swept well down, and a shoulder laid well back, is, in my opinion, infinitely preferable to a short-coupled and magnificently marked, faulty moving show hack. Some all-rounder's may put up a mincing, crossing, hacking, flashing Whippet because she is "pretty". A breeder—judge would not (or should not).
It is well and good to breed for winners and it is redundant to say again that we all desire to win. But, is it the good breeder (meaning the good of the breed) who breeds only to produce a gorgeous show stopper not possessing many of the fundamentals standard with the breed? Breeding a winner simply because it has won a championship certificate does not mean that the dog is good enough to perpetuate itself. Breeding a winner to a winner in no way guarantees production of winners. Were this the case our breeding problems would have been solved at the time of the first successful mating of the first Whippet champions (providing, of course, they were of opposite gender).
To breed for one particular feature of the Whippet while sacrificing others, does not make good sense. A long, lean beautifully defined head is appreciated and greatly admired; as long as the head is not attached to the body of a shallow, unbalanced weed, What good is the faultless front stacked and still if it hacks and crosses when moving? It is silly to describe a front as "utter perfection" standing, and then discover a dreadful moving hound. Logically, a perfectly made front can not produce unsound movement. One may become so used to a straight front with the neck suddenly stemming out of the withers like an ostrich's that he thinks this is correct. Kennel blindness is a frightful and insidious disease that is difficult at best to avoid.
The Borzoi Club of Northern California is spearheading a drive to make American Kennel Club Coursing Champions. The move is largely under the direction of Mr, & Mrs. Lyle Gillette of Saratoga, California, whose unflagging interest and untiring efforts have promoted a national sight hound conference to be held in Merced, California in mid February. It is my understanding that the A. K. C. will have an official delegate at the meeting. I have sent the proposed rules to Donald Hostetter, our beloved President, to peruse and evaluate. I am opposed to two principal parts of the proposed rules: 1) the scoring of the course; 2) the proposal to release three dogs at once instead of slipping. The proposed scoring reads like a dog lovers parlor game. They are cumbersome and almost impossible for judging, unless the judge is intimately acquainted with the personality, charm and compatibility of each competing dog. The points numerically are too high and allow for too much leeway. The Coursing Association rules seem to be well tried and thus far are still workable. As for releasing three dogs, the drawbacks are obvious: collisions, fighting, catching the dogs, and the judging of three dogs by two horseless judges, to say nothing of synchronizing three handlers on the release of the dogs. The proposed rules call for one handler for each dog.
The idea of a coursing champion given by the A. K. C. is basically very good and worth working for. The Borzoi Club of Northern California and the Gillette's deserve a great deal of credit and thanks from all sight hound fanciers interested in coursing.
Congratulations to these Gillette's on their newest acquisition, the Whippet bitch, White Acres Choctaw, by Ch. Great Circle The Scot ex Ch. White Acres Sea Shanty.
Stoney Meadows Kennel Reports
Having accepted willingly the suggestion that an article be written on training and grooming the Whippet for show, and having just finished my effort on this subject for inclusion in the Feb. issue of the News, I wish now to express my thoughts on the article written by Walter Wheeler that appeared in the Oct. issue of this publication.
That I DO NOT AGREE with Mr. Wheeler must be obvious to anyone who reads my aforementioned piece. HOWEVER, I think this club bulletin is meant to be a medium through which people can and SHOULD be able to put forward ideas without fear of having 'their ears pinned back' by persons who do not agree with them, and I hope Mr. Wheeler will not take my rebuttal as an embittered and embattled refutation of everything he has said. Far from it, and I hope he and others will continue to voice their opinions in the NEWS.
Alas, where there's smoke there's generally some fire and indeed that there IS some truth in what Mr. Wheeler claims to be wrong with our present dog show system cannot be denied. However, I think, though, that Mr. Wheeler blows these ills up out of all proportion and I do feel that his suggestions for curing them are not either practical or desirable, always supposing they WOULD BE a cure, which I doubt extremely. Speaking as an exhibitor, few are the times I genuinely feel I've "been robbed' in a political sense, but I will admit to having, on occasion, won over more worthy dogs merely by dint of being a better known kennel owner than my competitor. I can tell you these wins have brought me scant pleasure! Speaking now as a judge, I can assure Mr. Wheeler that I do NOT take his words as a personal insult, the shoe does not fit and why should I put it on?
My dear Mr. Wheeler, dogs are NOT flowers, nor are they fancy chickens or felines: Do you not realize what this difference means? They are INTELLIGENT, RESPONSIVE creatures, capable of thinking and capable of and, in fact, REQUIRING affection. Were it not so I, for one, would not be breeding, raising and showing them! You can titillate your intelligence and inflate your ego more easily and, dear knows, much more cheaply by breeding, raising and showing vegetables or the lower forms of animal life IF that is all you want from your hobby. To me, the breeding, raising and showing of dogs encompasses a great deal MORE - it involves my heartstrings and my emotions as well To me the SPORT of dog showing comes from the PERSONAL involvement in the actual showing of the animal. Do you really think that I or 'Joe Snooks' OR a professional handler will work for months conditioning and training and working with a dog, getting "the feel" for him and he for you, establishing with him that "rapport" that brings out not only the dog's conformational points but also his temperament and personality to best advantage, to then hand him over to a probably unqualified, but if qualified at any rate a strange, handler? I, FOR ONE, AM NOT ABOUT to: Mr. Wheeler, the inconsistency of your argument is apparent in your suggestion that this switch over to "incognito" handling is only to take place in the point competition when everyone who knows anything about dog shows knows that all this dishonesty you infer goes on, presumably takes place for Best of Breed and Group placings. After all, who's going to be dishonest over a few points? In your utopian plan the handlers and the "influential" owners would be allowed to show their own dogs for the high awards so--o--o we're right back where we started from, we've come full circle:
Mr. Wheeler, I don't honestly feel that your plan has much to recommend it. That your complaints have some justification I will admit, but the only suggestion I can offer for a cure is a complete overhaul of human nature or breed the perfect dog which, even if it WAS shown by 'Joe Unknown" would, in the natural course of things as they stand now, eventually win through: I can really speak from experience, as my first show dog was, though not perfect, certainly one of the most nearly perfect Whippets, I think many people will agree, that the breed has known. I was a rank, unheard of, fumbling beginner; And did he win through? Yes he did, not without set backs of course. But at the end of his career, he had chalked up two Specialty wins, three BBs and three consecutive group seconds at the Garden, three group wins and one B. I. S! The fact that this was done at the BEGINNING of my career and that since, although I now know many more judges, have many more dogs and am much more "influential" (?) in the breed, I have never, with any dog arrived at that record, will, I hope point out to you that it CAN be done. Take heart, Mr. Wheeler, be of good cheer and do not be discouraged that some people do not agree with you. Keep right on expressing your ideas in the News. That is what keeps it stimulating and interesting!
Strathoak Kennel Reports Christine Cormany February 4, 1963
We have been having a wonderful time with our three puppies from two different litters; we have a fourth, but she is over with my Dad, keeping his youngster happy and quiet:
The two blacks are the most fun I've had with pups in many years, they are really a couple of characters. They play and scrap, just like human children do of course, but when out racing they are all business. We were down to Santa Ana yesterday and although Betty-bet has never been on the regular track after a real lure, she took to it like a duck to water. Tessie, of course led the way. Dolly, our white and grey-brindle by Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland didn't go the first run but she did make an attempt the second time. Two weeks before we'd been out to the desert with her, Starsheen and O'Toole (Strathoak Kerry Dancer) looking for rabbits of any sort, we saw them but the dogs were out of range and we were in some pretty high shrubbery so the dogs didn't have a chance to spot them. The outing did Dolly good, though, brought her out of her shell a bit and now she looks forward to a ride in the car and going places. Yesterday, Saturday, we were out with Tessie, Starsheen and O'Toole chasing brush rabbits. These little devils are tricky, they won't run any distance but take to the rocks and brush, but the dogs spotted a few and gave chase, and although Tessie is just five months she was right with the big dogs. After a couple hours of wandering and chasing, we rode over to the old race track where we used to race years ago just south of the Rose Bowl. We tied the lure onto the back-end of the car and with O'Toole and Starsheen being hand-slipped the car started down and the dogs were let go and gave chase to the lure. Tessie rode in the car and went wild:
We let her have a couple runs after the lure and she thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so she picked up the lure and put it back in the car, already for another run: The ground was well packed and not at all dusty and running the dogs separately at first gave us a chance to measure their stride, if it means anything, it did show one thing, these dogs are really covering the ground, with practice they should develop speed and lung power. We now have a standing date with O'Toole and his owner, Perry Hewitt, to go brush-bunnie chasing every Sat. morning, weather permitting. It will be wonderful exercise for them and will keep them on their toes.
We thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Pegram's article on training and hope experienced trainers as well as new ones will read and re—read until they have it memorized: I think some of the trainers probably need the experience more than the dogs do! It is quite true if the instinct is there the job is much easier, but with these backward souls the teasing trick should entice them along. Two of mine are eager beavers with the rag, lure or skin at home, but afraid if put down on the track, the strange surroundings will throw them a bit, so they will go with us on the Saturday outings to get used to strange surroundings etc.
The judging situation is a problem, not only in our breed, but all over. This fact comes home when one reads the breed columns in other publications. Another breed club I belonged to several years ago, worked out a system for their members as a guide as to what judges were qualified to do said breed, what judges were not qualified, judges to do specialties only, etc. It worked fairly well, but the breed was rather new then and not many judges were familiar with Lt. This list of judges was sent to every show supt. and they were advised if the qualified judges were asked they'd be assured of a rather respectable entry. Also, show giving clubs were sent the lists and as far as I know it worked out rather well then. We realize everyone has his or her own opinion of how a judge does a job, if we win, naturally we think he or she is O. K., but of course the loser doesn't. Then the shoe goes on the other foot; I've sort of devised my own system of judges and pass it on for what it is worth. This past year as the premium lists came out I'd enter the judges name on a 3 x 5 file card. When the results of the show were published in the Gazette (or if I attended or got the report from someone who was there) the number of entries were recorded for this judge and comments as to what he liked, didn't like, if he did the group as to whether he glanced at the Whippet or gave it serious consideration. This has worked out fairly well for the west coast shows, if it was an eastern judge or from the mid west a glance through the Gazettes to locate the name at some shows and to see the number of entries he pulled gives me some idea of how he or she may be. Or if the name is not known to us we take a chance and see: Some of the local judges have done the breed several times during the past couple of years, and from experience we have learned which ones to support and when it is time to stay home'. We also make note on our little card as to whether an entry of 20 was supported by several exhibitors with dogs from one kennel or breeder, or if there were several different lines. It is hard to tell what type the dog is that the judge put up but if the same group of dogs place the same or nearly the same under another judge, then one is willing to take a chance, but when one judge puts a dog all the way and then it wins the group or something and then next show is 4th in its class, ONE of them is wrong, or else there are circumstances that do not show up in show reports. Although I have lost under a judge at times I'd be willing to show a dog of different type and more to the type he had been consistent with that day. There should not be different types, shapes or sizes, but lets face it, there are. Some are short of leg and on the chunky side, some are long of leg and on the weedy side, some are in between, others are deep-chested and short coupled, others are long in loin and no depth of chest, some are well balanced but just lack a little showmanship to put them over, so a flashier marked dog with less quality usually goes up.
We are all trying for that elusive "perfect dog'. I have it, but you think you have it and then a judge comes along and says someone else has it:: Mine are not perfect by any means, but I think they will give a good account of themselves, I hope.; They've got the background and if breeding tells, we should have some fun this year, at least we're looking forward to some, either in the show ring or on the track and right now we are enjoying the track end of it as they are too young to show, except for matches, so we will see what transpires.
We had a most delightful visit one Sat. afternoon with Paul Sykes and then that evening a long awaited for visit with Dr. Scott. For any of the Whippet people interested in folk singing, and like a good, jolly record, march yourself out and buy Paul's latest, 'I'm Not Kiddin' ya". We've never heard any of his previous recordings, but doubt if they could top this Incidentally, anyone watching the Red Skelton show the night Geo. Goeble was on, the song George sang was "lifted" from Paul's record, but in a milder tone! Or maybe Paul lifted it from somewhere else and dressed it up a bit, but it is good for some laughs. It is hard imagining Paul singing ditties of this sort!! Good luck on your next tour, Paul. We are always pleased to have Dr. Scott pop in on us on his yearly trek south on college: business and hope that he and Carmen will find time to make some of our southern dhows this year, seems dog shows and music recitals don't mix too well.
Traymatt Kennel Reports
Barbara & Josephine Steinberg
What wonderful news for our breed publication, THE WHIPPET NEWS being selected the best breed bulletin in the Hound Group for 1962 by DOG WORLD magazine. THE WHIPPET NEWS has come a long way since its first issue which came out in July, 1956. Has anyone else gone back to their Vol. 1, Issue 1 of the WHIPPET NEWS? We did, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it again. That issue consisted of 10 pages compared to the latest Dec., 1962 issue of 42 pages. With such an increase in reading material, we generally do not read-all articles in one sitting, but sooner or later all pages are read-- from the first article to the last insert in the Mail Bag section. Incidentally, we have three (3) extra copies of the first issue. If anyone is interested in obtaining a copy, we will be glad to send it to you. It is yours for the asking.
A thought whirling around in our minds has often been, what Specialty winners, Best of Breed and Best Opposite Sex, have sired or produced any of their get becoming Specialty winners. Wonder what the tabulation would show, say for a decade from 1950 to 1960. No doubt some kennel could supply the information for the 1940 to 1950 period.
The article in the last issue of THE NEWS (Dec., 1962) entitled SIMPLIFIED TRAINING OF THE WHIPPET AS A RACE DOG by Louis Pegram, is sure to be a big help to those interested in racing their Whippet. We intend to make mimeograph copies (with due credit to its writer and publication, of course) to give to people we know who have asked about race training. Somehow, the written word seems to be more impressive than all the talking one might do. We have always maintained that training is very important in producing the right kind of race dog.
Whipoo Kennel Reports Sibyl & Gene Jacobs February, 1963
Again this year, the Champaign Illinois Kennel Club is cooperating in making their show on July 13 a must for Whippet exhibitors by having a breeder—judge for Whippets.
Doris Wear has been asked to judge our breed at Champaign. Therefore, we want to again provide an attractive premium list, covering all the classes, and would appreciate any trophies our friends would like to contribute. The trophy list must be given to the club secretary on April 1, so if any of you reading this would like to help, please "instantly° drop us a note and let us know what you will be offering.
We are planning our annual cocktail party and buffet supper at "Whipoo", after the show, in honor of the judge, and there is talk of trying to have some racing on our practice track, in the afternoon, before the evening festivities start. Louis Pegram will be in charge of the racing and if there is enough interest and the weather is suitable, it shall be done, with "favors" for the winners. There was some informal racing done last year, which was fun for those participating. It would seem to be a good opportunity, with a large group of Whippets and owners gathered together, to have a racing session.
Let us hear from you.
Windsprite Kennel Reports
Walter A. Wheeler, Jr.
February, 1963 Weston, Mass.
Reactions to "Showing Dogs Incognito 1;
As a relatively new Whippet owner, I wish to thank Mr. Pegram for his excellent article, "Simplified Training..." I've often wondered just how one should train a young Whippet for racing. Perhaps we try it now!
Responses to my October article, "Showing Dogs Incognito" have been varied and constructive. Last year the article was studied for several months on the editor—superintendent—delegate level. It was then sent to many show—giving clubs. Some of the reactions have been as follows:
1. An active Whippet breeder: "The article is an interesting one, though the idea is not new to us, having heard other exhibitors discussing such an idea.
It seems to take shape at Whippet Specialties where exhibitors with a large entry have everyone else showing dogs for them".
2) A nationally—known judge from California: "Let me say personally that I think that your idea has a great deal of merit and I would enjoy judging a dog show put on with the same specifications as outlined in your folder, and I am quite sure that the results would be most enlightening."
3) An exhibitor of Airedales in Pennsylvania: "And who is going to pay for the insurance against the 'walkers' being bitten? Many dogs are a little unreliable under certain circumstances". We have the same problem at shows even now. If one of our dogs is so unreliable that it cannot be trained to show without biting, that dog should not be shown; it should not be bred; it should not be sold as a pet; it should be destroyed.
4) An eastern Whippet breeder: "I did not agree with most of your proposals for judging dogs incognito. I think it might be fun at a match, but I do not feel that you carried your idea to completion for a point show. It seems contradictory to me to have 'Walkers' in the classes, and handlers in the Groups and B. I. S. competition. One has to definitely 'ride with the punches' in dogs." No one denies that dogs perform better with their own handlers. When a dog has proved its worth on its own, winning a championship incognito, there would be no further need to test its quality against other anonymous dogs of its breed. The polished showmanship by owner or handler is very much in order after a dog has won his points incognito.
5) An official of an important eastern club (which in turn is a member of the A. K. C.): "AS AY INDIVIDUAL, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I DO NOT THINK EXHIBITORS WANT HONEST JUDGING. THEY PREFER A GAME OF POWER POLITICS WITH THE DOGS AS PAWNS. DOG SHOW PEOPLE COULD CLEAN THEIR OWN HOUSE SIMPLY BY STAYING AWAY FROM THE SHOWS. BUT NOT ENOUGH DO THIS OR CARE. I AM VERY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THE SITUATION. YOUR PLAN IS WELL FORMUTULATED. PERHAPS SOME CLUBS WILL HASTE THE COURAGE AND INTEREST TO TRY IT OUT."
May I hereby thank the Whippet owners who have written to me, on behalf of the fancy, apologizing for the rudeness of the open letter published in the December WHIPPET NEWS.
Jim Young Reports
Congratulations on receiving the award for the best Hound paper. I feel it was coming to you. You have done a wonderful thing to recreate interest in Whippets and Mr. Pegram's article was a masterpiece for novices and old timers and if they follow his instructions they can't fail in having a true running dog. If it isn't true make a pet of it because you can't break a faulty dog unless you put lots of time on it and with the young stock coming up and owners who have a faulty dog keep it out of the races because it will spoil the other dogs who are going for the lure. They might not be so fast but a true dog is a pleasure to own instead of a fast faulty dog that can upset the races
Wishing you the best of luck with Whippet News.
OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING EQUIPMENT
I. The equipment shall be arranged for and/or provided by the officials presenting the races or the race group or club sponsoring the races.
2. The Whippets shall be started from a suitable set of starting boxes acceptable to a majority of those competing.
3. There shall be a suitable lure machine that will enable the operator to keep the lure well ahead of the running dogs. (It is suggested that there be a second lure in reserve, to use should there be a breakdown).
4. All dogs must wear appropriate racing muzzles. The judges shall determine whether a questionable muzzle is adequate.
-5. The dogs shall wear numbered blankets while racing, the blanket numbers to correspond with their starting box number. The blanket colors shall be: White. number 1 on a red blanket, white number 2 on a blue blanket, black number 3 on a white blanket, white number 4 on a green blanket, white number 5 on a black blanket, black number 6 on a yellow blanket.
6, A finish line must be clearly designated and plainly visible to the judges.
7. A starting signal, such as a flag, must be provided at the starting boxes for signaling the lure operator to start the lure.
8.. A. suitable measuring device for measuring the track must be provided. 9. A stop watch shall be provided for timing official races.
TRACK AND TRACK AREA
1. The Whippets shall run 200 yards measured from the starting boxes to the finish line, on a flat straight track free of physical hazards and not less than fifteen (15) feet wide.
2. The measured track shall be of suitable footing acceptable to a majority of those competing.
3. The track area is the measured track plus the reserved area needed for equipment, dogs, officials and others helping with the races.
4. The track area must be protected from spectators. No person shall be on the measured track, between the boxes and the finish line, during a race.
5. The length of the measured track can be changed for purposes of demonstrations, but all other track conditions are to remain the same. When times are taken, the distance run must be stated.
1. There shall be three (3) adult persons acting as judges. The judges for any racing event shall not own dogs running in that event. Each judge shall be provided with a copy of these Rules and Regulations and shall have read them prior to officiating.
2. The judges shall enforce all rules and regulations as contained herein.
3. The judges shall supervise measuring the track.
4. The judges shall check all equipment and the track.
5. The judges shall determine the winner, second, third and fourth places in each race.
1. The dogs must be properly trained and schooled and must, in the opinion of the judges, be sufficiently experienced before they can enter. Any dog that is not known to have been raced in competition must be run in a trial race.
2. Trial races shall be provided prior to the start of the regular races. All dogs in trial races must wear muzzles and be started from the boxes. (Blankets optional)
5. No Whippet under the age of twelve (12) months shall run in any race other than races provided for Whippets of the same age.
4. There shall be a person acting as Racing Secretary, who will keep a complete record of all races, compute the total points and record and provide the line 'up for each race.
5. There shall be a person acting as time keeper to time the official races.
6. The entries for the first races shall be determined by drawing lots in the presence of one judge, the racing secretary and two or more owners or handlers.
7. The following races are to be made up as nearly as possible of dogs with equal points. The points shall be awarded as follows: With fifteen dogs or less competing, 1st receives 5 points, 2nd receives 2 points, 3rd receives 1 point; with over fifteen dogs competing, 1st receives 5 points, 2nd receives 3 points, 3rd receives 2 points, 4th receives I point.
8. The starter at the boxes shall see that the dogs are placed in the boxes and have a fair start. The starter shall check the blankets and muzzles for fit and security as the dogs are placed in the boxes.
9. A false start, due to any faulty action of the starting boxes, break in machinery or other cause, is void and the dogs shall be started again as soon as practicable.
10. No race shall be called official unless the lure is in advance of the dogs at all times during the race and if at any time during the race any dog or dogs catch or overtake the lure the judges shall declare it "No Race", and the race shall be run over.
11. A bitch in season shall not be allowed at the track area.
12. The racing muzzles and blankets shall he placed on all the dogs running in a race at the paddock before the dogs are taken to the starting boxes, so they may be put into their boxes without further delay.
13. If a dog bolts the track or runs in the opposite direction, fights or deliberately bumps, and in so doing, in the opinion of the judges, interfere with any other dog in the race, the judges shall declare it "No Race" and the race shall be run over without the guilty dog.
14. If a race is marred by jams, spills or racing circumstances other than rule 13, or other than accidents to the machinery, while a race is being run, and three or more dogs finish out of five or six running, two or more finish out of four running, the judges shall declare the race finished. If less finish, the judges shall declare it "No Race".
15. If a race is halted by an accident to the lure machine, the race shall be run over as soon as practicable.
16. If a dog bolts the track, runs in the opposite direction, or does not run the entire prescribed distance for the race, he shall forfeit all rights in the race and no matter where he finishes the judges shall declare the race the same as if he were not e contender.
17. If it appears that a dog will interfere with the running of the race because of failure to leave the box, because of accident or for any other reason, the judges shall have the dog removed from the track.
18. When two dogs run in a dead heat for first place, all trophies, prizes and points to which the first and second dogs would have been entitled shall be divided equally between them. Likewise, when two dogs run a dead heat for second place, they shall divide second and third prizes and points. If the dividing owners cannot agree as to which of them is to have a cup or other prize which cannot be divided, the question shall be determined by lot by a judge.
19. When determining the final winners of a racing event, any ties in the total number of points shall be decided by a run off.
These rules and regulations are to govern all official Whippet races. Racing groups and clubs can conduct their schooling races and special demonstrations as desired.
WHIPPET RACING ENTERTAINMENT
International Amphitheater Union Stock Yards, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 1963
RAGES CONDUCTED UNDER THE OFFICIAL RULES AND
REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING
Louis J. Pegram, Racing Secretary
IN FORMATION FOR DOGS ENTERING FOR RACING ENTERTAINMENT ONLY
For Whippets with racing experience. Whippets must be AKC registered or eligible to be registered. Entry fee 81.00 per dog for the racing entertainment only. Entries for ''racing dogs only" close Tuesday, March 26, 1963. 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 -thinner, and Puppy Race Winner.
Whippet racing entertainment will be held Saturday afternoon and evening April 6, and Sunday afternoon April 7.
CASH PURSES OFFERED BY THE INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB OF CHICAGO
THE MAIL BAG
Pamela Arthur, British Columbia, Canada, writes:
I do want to give you a big vote of thanks on behalf of the Whippeteers of Western Canada for the wonderful magazine you produce. The Whippet News is without a doubt the best breed bulletin I have ever seen; and it seems to be getting better and better. Bravo for printing everything you receive. We have too many editors these days who chop and cut letters and articles to suit themselves.
I don't have any show news from the Northwest, as things are rather dead through the winters here, but we have a string going down to the Seattle and Portland shows next month. Our club, "The Western Gazehound Club" is putting on a race meet in May at the Vancouver Baseball Stadium. 2 1/2 hours of racing with $10 prize money for each race. I will let you know more about it after our next meeting. We hope to have 4,000 spectators. I wish we weren't so tucked away in a corner, then maybe we could "lure" some stateside Whippets to join in the fun. We've more or less decided to drive to Chicago! Of course husbands and friends think we are crazy but I feel if I don't go this year, I'll never make it, so I've persuaded two friends to join me and at the moment it looks like we're going, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
W. D. Backman, Aurora, Indiana, writes, Dec. 18, 1962:
I enjoy receiving the Whippet News very much. I now have a young male dog sired by Whipoo's Bengal, born Feb. 21, 1962, which was brought to me by Mr. & Mrs. Schneider of Moline, Ill. He is a fine big young dog (blue and white) and is now running well to the lure. In time I think he will be very fast. Almost every Sunday afternoon when the weather is good we have quite a gathering at our farm for racing. Lots of fun!
Mr. & Mrs. S. J. Brooks, Quebec, Canada, writes, Dec. 8, 1962:
We do so enjoy he from you through the splendid medium of the Whippet News...Glad to hear of Mrs. Martin Collings now in England. She loves and shows Whippets so well and did have some very nice ones before leaving last Spring for England. Trust she will bring a good one back to Canada or U. S. A. if she and her husband decide to return from overseas...We have a champion now. Our pet, Freya, registered Tip Top Alluring Deer, got her final points in Ottawa in August, 1962, when she was years old. We are very proud of her.
Wallace S. Harllee, Lubbock, Texas, writes, Feb. 9, 1963:
We would like to take this opportunity to compliment you on the wonderful job you are do -Lag in publishing The Whippet News. We enjoy it tremendously and would be lost without it.
We acquired our first Whippets in the summer of 1962 from Sam Hearn and hope to be able to contribute to the betterment of the breed. We have a beautiful red— fawn Whippet bitch who was shown for the first time at the Faith City Kennel Club show in Wichita Falls, Texas, and she went second and Reserve Winners in a class of four good bitches, so naturally we are quite proud of her. Also, we have a nine month old white and fawn male who will be ready to go next fall and of course we have high hopes for him.
In closing, we would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to all Whippet breeders to attend our West Texas Dog Show Circuit in the Fall of 1963, as we would like very much to see some major in Whippets out in this part of the country.
Major & Mrs. William J. Kontur, Sheppard AFB, Texas, writes, Dec. 18, 1962:
We are very happy with our golden fawn "April Moonglow Tip-O-Rink" from Mr. & Mrs. Omer Rees, Glengyle Kennels, Danville, Calif. It may be of interest that at 11 months she wan 5th place out of twenty mature dogs in Open Obedience trials in December at Wichita Falls. Besides capturing our hearts, we will admit that she has us trained just about the way she wants us to be.
Jan. 26, 1965: We have been very pleasantly surprised at what an affectionate, alert, intelligent and faithful companion Moonglow is. She is our first Whippet and we admit that she is Queen of our roost since our last young-un went off to college last year. She travels easily, obeys willingly, is spotlessly clean and gently determinate in her actions. At eleven months she has the north Texan distinction of coming in fifth in Obedience Trials, out of twenty-odd mature dogs, German Shepherds, and Poodles, at the Wichita Falls Obedience Club; not to mention her first place in puppy and fourth in Open at the Wichita Falls show. We hope to continue her Obedience training to CDX level, allowing the show configuration to take care of itself. We haven't seen a race, so we haven't been bit by the racing bug, yet.
Marion H. Woodcock, Pearblossom, Calif, writes:
I certainly enjoy the Whippet News very much, and having written a monthly stint on Whippets for one of the western magazines for nine solid years (many years ago) I am very appreciative of the many hours of work you put in on it. As a judge of Whippets and some of the related "sight-Hounds" some of the articles amuse me greatly, but some of the newcomers have good ideas too. We need them all. I have found that those who have been in a breed for not more than 2 years give forth with knowing much, much more than those of us who have had them over a period of some 53 years.
There is one thing in the present day form of racing that worries me and that is the lack of preparation for a dog to go on the track and give his all, which he will do if he takes to the game at all. A dog is no different from any other athlete - he needs a steady build up of muscle and wind before he goes into a fast sprint. No fighter, no track man, no Greyhound, nor horse would ever appear in competition unless he had had this preliminary work. Perhaps that is why the times given today appear so slow to those of us who used to really work the dogs ahead of time.
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