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IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
By Louis Pegram
The American Whippet Club, Northern California Whippet Fanciers, Orange, County Sight Hound Association, Whippet Racing Enthusiasts of Southern California, and many Whippet owners from all over the U.S.A. and Canada gathered at the Ventura and Santa Barbara Shows to make July 25 and 26, days long to be remembered by those sincerely interested in the progress of the Whippet from a show and racing standpoint. Activities were started on Saturday when judge Kay Finch drew a fine entry of forty-one (41), followed on Sunday by Doris Wear judging the American Whippet Club Specialty at Santa Barbara, California, with sixty (60) entries. Whippet racing was held both on Saturday and Sunday on the Santa Barbara Polo Field with forty-seven (47) entries going through the entry box. Four complete race programs were run, and all eligible Whippets entered, ran four times under rules and regulations set forth by the American Whippet Club.
ADULT RACES - 35 entries; distance - 200 yard turf course; 4 complete race programs; 31 races; 5 Grade A or High Races scored 1st - 8 pts., 2nd - 5 pts., 3rd - 3 pts.; 26 races scored 1st - 5 pts., 2nd - 3 pts., 3rd - 2 pts. National Racing Points scored same as International Kennel Club Chicago, Ill.
1st - 900 pts., 2nd - 600 pts., 3rd - 300 pts., 4th - 200 pts., 5th - 100 pts., 6th - 50 pts.
The races were closely contested as the points beside each racer's name clearly indicate. WHITE ACRES SAGE clearly demonstrated his superiority by winning each of his four starts by from two to six lengths. SAGE is a fast breaking, free running, high headed type of racer who makes his opponents give their best at every stage of the race -- often upsetting their style of running. EYLELAND HOMER seemed second best, but did not have his usual speed from the box or drive at the finish. TUBARA'S BALLADEER gives his best and keeps a straight true aim on the lure at all times. CH. ROUGET O'LAZELAND was greatly improved after his first race and, had he shown this improved form in all four races, he would definitely have given WHITE ACRES SAGE a run for top honors. WHITE ACRES CAROL'S FANCY has great speed, but spoiled her chances by looking for better racing conditions during the running of two of her races. CH. MADCAP MINSTREL was late for his first race. He won all three races, but did not meet the top racers. CH. HOLLYPARK HIGHLAND FLING belongs with the best, but managed to break slow and get bumped in two of his starts. CAN. CH. GYPSY'S KELLY, C.D. did not show his best form. CH. EYLELAND CINNAMON ROLL had not recovered Prom his old injuries and pulled up sore in his first race.
As is the case in all true race events, all contestants are brought together on as near equal terms as possible. WHITE ACRES SAGE had no advantage over the other starters, and was certainly the best racer on July 25 - 26. The starting boxes were smaller than many used, and this did not benefit the larger Whippets. The four-dog starting box causes less crowding during a race) but makes it more difficult to group dogs of similar points in the same race. Many of the racers who were outrun by the winner, wished to make up ground by selecting better racing conditions or finding a shorter course, and thus lost valuable lengths which often cost them victory. To make a long story short -- Whippet racing has progressed to a point in our High Point or Grade A Races, that any minor change in racing form of an individual dog or a slight change in equipment, can make the difference between defeat and victory.
The actual time of these races indicates clearly how slight changes in racing condition can control or govern the actual time of any one race. Several of the highest grade Whippets ran the 200 yards in exceptional time when not running in the Grade A or High Point Race -- yet the undefeated winner, WHITE ACRES SAGE, posted his fastest
time in 12.3 seconds. Time, as a comparison, is only valuable when full knowledge is known as to the class of individuals competing in a given race, plus actual racing and track conditions during the running of any race. RINGO'S RINGO, a particularly outstanding puppy winning all of his starts, ran his three fastest races in 12.6, 12.7, and 12.5 seconds over the 200 yard course.
Fastest Races on Each Program
First Race Program (all races 200 yds.)
First Race (HighPoint - 12.7 sec.) WHITE ACRES SAGE defeating CH. HIGHLAND FLING and CH. ROUGET. Scratch CH. BOLD MINSTREL.
Second Race (High Point - 12.6 sec.) W. 1.. CAROL'S FANCY and EYLELAND HOMER ran Dead Heat in defeating CH. GYPSY'S KELLY and CH. CINNAMON ROLL.
Third Race (12.6 sec.) -TUBARA'S BALLADEER.
Second Race Program (all races 200 yds.)
First Race (High Point - 12.3 sec.) W.A. SAGE defeated BALLADEER, HOMER, and CAROL'S FANCY.
Second Race (12.4 sec.) CH. HIGHLAND FLING. Third Race (12.6 sec.) GUNSLINGER
Fifth Race (12.6 sec.) CH. ROUGET
Third Race Program (all races 200 yds.)
First Race (High Point - 12.4 sec.) W. A. SAGE defeated BALLADEER, HOMER, and GUNSLINGER.
Second Race (12.4 sec.) A. CAROL'S FANCY
Third Race (12.2 sec.) CH. ROUGET
Fourth Race (12.2 sec.) TUBARA'S CHOIR BOY
Fourth Race Program (all races 200 yds.)
First Race (High Point - 12.3 sec.) W. A. SAGE defeated HOMER and BALLADEER.
Second Race (12.2 sec.) CH. ROUGET O'LAZELAND Third Race (12.3 sec.) CAL NESCO'S CHARIOTEER
It is very easy to see that Whippet racing has reached maturity in California. Races were of the very highest quality with only one Whippet being disqualified for interference, and this was in a low point race on the third race program. The lure operator and starter did a perfect job with no false starts. Judges were quick and accurate with no complaints from the dog owners. Mrs. Liz Scott, Mrs. Christine Cormany, Dr. Sam Scott, and Bob Baumgartner deserve no end of credit for the fine job of operating the Grading System, as well as, seeing that all details in connection with the races were properly supervised. Cooperation among Whippet owners interested in National Whippet Racing is outstanding. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Renner came from Marysville, Ohio, with the two top high point Midwest racers. Dr. William Heiser, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who has limited racing in his area, brought two very fast Whippets. CHOIR BOY is perhaps the oldest racer now in top competition, but still must be rated just under our very top race Whippets. British Columbia was represented by several fine dogs owned by Miss Anson and Miss Lynne Wooley, Mr. Bryon Jones, Mr. Robert Watson, and Mr. and Mrs. R. N Webster. Their neighbors from the Pacific Northwest, Mr, Les Babbitt, the Trounce and the Baumgartner family, also made the long trip to Southern California. Ralph and Barbara Eyles were kind enough to fly in CH. EYLELAND CINNAMON ROLL but, as reported, he still is not ready for racing and was scratched in the second race. Bill Conrad of Chicago, Illinois, brought his good race bitch, QUICK FIRE. Selwyn Blackstone and Gary Morgan had planned to make this trip with many of the Midwest Coursing Association top race Whippets, but last minute complications made the trip impossible.
The local Southern California Whippet group had an outstanding array of trophies available that covered many classifications for those taking part in the races. A fine informative race program in honor of our past president, DONALD HOSTETTER, was printed in advance and given to each Whippet owner taking part in the races. Whippet owners gathered at the Palms Restaurant for a fine meal and get-together the second evening after the race program.
While this is only a thumbnail sketch of a most enjoyable Whippet weekend. It is my hope you share in my enthusiasm that organized, constructive National Whippet Racing "has arrived" in California, and every indication is that it will continue to grow and grow and grow.
American Whippet Club Specialty, Santa Barbara, California
July 26, 1964 Judge: Doris Wear
Puppy Dogs 6 - 9 mo.,three entries. First, Marion 'Woodcock's Silver Sun of Suntan (by Eyleland Double or Nothing ex Ch. Silver Song of Suntan) Second, Marion Woodcock's Stars and Stripes of Suntan (by Eyleland Double or Nothing ex Ch. Silver Song of Suntan) Third, Albin & Hallie Torkildson's Sing'n Billy Boy (by Traymatt Nolasco ex Ch. Eyleland Crescendo)
Puppy Dogs 9 - 12 mo., one shown, Jennifer Anson's Sonna Deep Purple (by Ch. Gypsy's Kelly, C.D. ex Ch. Rockabye Black Mollie)
Brad By Exhibitor Dogs, two shown. First, Canesco Kennel's Canesco's El Capitan (by Conseco's Charioteer ex Harbridge Popper Corn) Second, Mrs. Donna Cruson & Mrs. Elizabeth Scott's Summertime Encore (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Hollypark Humoresque)
American Bred Dogs, eight shown. First, Edward Hauff's Whirling's Soft Sand Of Mariah(by Springmere Yours Sincerely ex Ch. Strathoak's 'White Velvet) Second, Carrol Hayhurst's Hollypark Hedge Hopper (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Ch. Piperkin's Patience) Third, Pat Ide's Whirling Downs Va Va Voom (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Ch. Strathoak Velvet last) Fourth, Bettye Scott's Humble Acre Side Bet (by Chi Lysander Of Briskways ox Ch. Whipoo's Tar Heel)
Open Dogs, six shown. First, John P. Towne's Eyleland Double Or Nothing (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Double Or Quits) Second, Norman Ellis' Madcap Great Circle (by Ch. Madcap Bold Minstrel ex Ch. Madcap Dress Circle) Third, Jennifer Anson's Gypsy's Kelly, C.D. (by Ch. 'White Acres Silver Spice ex Rockabye Gypsy) Fourth, Sari Gullikson's Strathoak Chuck-A-Luck (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen)
Winners Dog to Eyleland Double Or Nothing. Reserve to Silver Sun Of Suntan.
Puppy Bitches 6 - 9 mo., six shown. First, Marion Woodcock's Shimmering Star Of Suntan (by Eyleland Double Or Nothing ex Ch. Silver Song Of Suntan) Second, Mr. & Mrs. R. M. Webster's Hollypark Baby Doll Of Urray (by Ch. Hollypark Highland Fling ex Seven League Syndicate) Third, Robert Watson's Wyldewhick White Witch (by Traymatt Nolasco ex Whirlwind Silver Dart) Fourth, James W. Case's Sing'n Suzanne (by Traymatt Nolasco ex Ch. Eyleland Crescendo)
Novice Bitches,two shown. First, Mrs. Robert Henderson's Madcap Syndicated News (by Ch. Holly Park Highland Fling ex Seven League Syndicate) Second, Carol Lee Baumgartner's White Acres Carol's Fancy (by Pennyworth Tumbleweed ex Ch. white Acres Snow Flurry)
Bred By Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Strathoak Kennels' Strathoak Summer Breeze (by Conesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen)
American Bred Bitches, seven shown. First, Selwyn Blackstone's Strathoak Auriga (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen) Second, Dorthea Frames' Whirling Whirling Downs Bunny Hug (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Ch. Strathoak Velvet Mist) Third, John Towne's Towne's Magic Dragon (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Ch. Strathoak Stardust) Fourth, James Forry & Marion Woodcock's Sunday Slippers Of Suntan (by Meanders Magna Carta ex 'Wing Foot Molly)
Open Bitches, eleven shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Quick Trick (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Seven League ex Meander Double Or Quits) Second, Genevieve Crabtree's Tanny O'Lazeland (by Eyleland Hazekiah ex Morning Mist O'Lazeland) Third, Liz Scott's Sand Spiral Kindall (by Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom) Fourth, Richard Reynolds' Seven League Syndicate (by Solar System O'Lazeland ex Ch. Seven League Songbird)
Winners Bitch to Madcap Syndicated News. Reserve to Eyleland Quick Trick.
Best of Winners to Madcap Syndicated News.
Specials, nine shown, Ch. Picardia Poltergeist, Ch. Briarwyns Bright Star, Ch. Ringmore Finisterre, Ch. San Saba Swiftwing, Ch. Hollypark Highland Fling, Ch. Sing'n Little Buffalo Boy, Ch. Silver Song of Suntan, Ch. Pennyworth Snow Prince, Ch. Mopalo's Gay Blade.
Best of Breed to Madcap Syndicated News. Best Opposite Sex to Eyleland Double
Stud Dog Class, one shown, Dorothea Frames & Elizabeth Scott's Ch. Hollypark Highland Fling.
Last school semester, for a required high school chemistry project, I selected the subject of dog color. My research project was color and how it affected a dog's conformation and temperament. I went about getting information for my project by studying all available books and by writing to dog breeders of various breeds in the United States. I received many kind replies. I wrote to breeders of Great Danes, German Shepherds, Bull Terriers, Shetland Sheep Dogs, Bulldogs, Collies and others, asking them questions about their respective breeds color, in relation to conformation and temperament. Each letter contained interesting observations.
A letter from a prominent Poodle breeder was especially interesting. She, the breeder, said in the letter that her generalizations are just that, and there are always exceptions. She found apricots to be sweet and clinging in temperament, cowards and greedy. Browns were often shy. Silvers seemed to be good eaters, non- fighters, quite solid in temperament, fairly high I.Q.’s, making them about the most desirable color of Poodle. The blacks have tremendously high I.Q.'s, and if these dogs were wild, they would eventually dominate the tribe as they are hardy and tremendously aggressive. 'Mites tend to be noisy as the apricots are sensitive, fairly hardy and otherwise stand out in no respect.
In some breeds deafness is a problem in the white dog. In the Dalmation and Bull Terrier deafness is inherited.
Another interesting piece of information I obtained from a Great Dane breeder is The Breeders Code Of Ethics as endorsed by the Great Dane Club Of America. It is a list of five color breedings which Great Dane breeders felt most beneficial to the breed. Any other color breeding would be injurous to the off spring, especially in the third, fourth and later generations. Of course one must take into consideration that the Dane standard has specific color requirements.
I would be very happy if Whippet breeders and fanciers would give their opinions and observations on color - how it affects temperament and conformation, if at all.
4969 North 21st Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209
Richard M. Webster, Aldergrove, B. C., Canada writes: I notice in the last issue of WHIPPET NEWS on page 7, in the "Portland" classifications, WHIRLWIND GENEVIEVE No. 13 has been credited to the ownership of Mr. Brian Jones. This is an error, as she is one of our bitches, and incidentally has her Canadian Championship.
Robert Watson, Vancouver, B. C., Canada, writes: In the last issue of the WHIPPET NEWS my dog's name appeared twice, incorrectly both times. In the report of Mr. Pegram concerning the Portland racing she was named White Acres White Witch and in the Gazehound Club report from Webster, Wyldewhick Wild Witch. Her proper name is WYLDEWHICK WHITE WITCH. Another mistake is that Whirlwind Silver Dart won the Rockabye trophy in 1963.
Packerland Kennel Club, Green Bay, Wisconsin
April 25, 1964, Judge: Mr. Charles Kellogg
Bred By Exhibitor Dogs, one shown, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt MacArthur Traymatt Floor Boards ex Traymatt Eyleland Easter Egg)
Open Dogs, one shown, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Ponderosa Pine (by Traymatt Plywood ex Traymatt Midsummer Day Dream)
Winners Dog to Traymatt Ponderosa Pine. Reserve to Traymatt MacArthur.
Open Bitches, four shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Paisley (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Ribbons) Second, Barbara Eyles' Eyleland Imprudence (by Mean Indiscretion ex Eyleland Prune whip) Third, Anamary Compere's Oldemill Classic (by Ch: Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland) Fourth, Chris Mack's Traymatt Nancy (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Traymatt Necessary Nell)
Winners Bitch to Eyleland Paisley. Reserve to Eyleland Imprudence.
Best of winners to Eyleland Paisley.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise.
Best Of Breed to Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise. Best Opposite Sex to Traymatt Ponderosa Pine.
Sheboygan Kennel Club, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
April 26, 1964, Judge: Mr. William Pym
Open Dogs, three shown. First, Arlene Petersen & Ruth Tongren's Appraxin Lance by Ch Stoney Meadows Sprint ex Renpark's Tigress) Second, Ronald Klemmedson's Briarwyns Black Eye (by Ch. Briarwyn's Benjamin ex Briarwyn's Bunting) Third, Richard Reynolds' Spean Sherpa (by Spean Hound ex Springmere Fat Horizon)
Winners Dog to Appraxin Lance. Reserve to Briarwyn's Black Eye.
Puppy Bitches, one shown, Mary Strauss' Marials Natasha (by Big Tarnish ex Sege Little Silver)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Mary Strauss' Sege Little Silver (by Cri-Corker ex Pennyworth Tar Queen)
Open Bitches, six shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Quick Trick (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Seven League ex Meander Double or Quits) Second, Anamary Compere's Oldemill Classic (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland) Third, Gary Cullen & Jean Joyce's Mo-C Hedge Hopper of Colonial (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady)
Winners Bitch to Eyleland Quick Trick. Reserve to Oldemill Classic.
Best of Winners to Appraxin Lance. Surprise. Specials, one shown, Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise.
Best of Breed to Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise. Best Opposite Sex to Appraxin Lance.
Winnegamie Dog Club, 'Menasha, Wisconsin May 17, 1964, Judge: Mr. Maurice Baker
Puppy Dogs, two shown. First, Mary Strauss' Marial's War Paint (by Big Tarnish ex Sege Little Silver) Second, Selwyn Blackstone's Inks Spotted View (by Whipoo's Clear View ex Cri-Inky)
Open Dogs, one shown, Richard Katz' Sege Greyflash of the Bay (by Cri-Corker ex Pennyworth Tar Queen)
Winners Dog to Sege Greyflash of the Bay. Reserve to Marial's War Paint.
Puppy Bitches, two shown. First, Mary Strauss' Marial's Natasha (by Big Tarnish ex Sege Little Silver) Second, Mary Strauss' Marial's Mirandy (by Ch. Briarwyn's Blue Stone ex Sege Ebbie)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Mary Strauss' Sege Little Silver (by Cri-Corker Pennyworth Tar)
Open Bitches, one shown, Chris Mack's Traymatt Nancy (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Traymatt Necessary Nell)
Winners Bitch to Traymatt Nancy. Reserve to Sege Little Silver.
Best of Winners and Best of Breed to Traymatt Nancy. Best Opposite Sex to Sege Greyflash of the Bay.
Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon
June 21, 1964, Judge: E. Gamble
Bred by Exhibitor, one shown, Baumgartner's White Acres King Cotton.
Open Dogs, three shown. First, Traglio's Brennus of Bev-Tra. Second, Anson's Can. Ch. Gypsy's Kelly. Third, White Acres Kennels' White Acres Mike's George.
Winners Dog to Brennus of Bev-Tra. Reserve to White Acres King Cotton.
Puppy Bitch, 6 - 9 mo., two entries. First, Ringer's Ringo's Willie. Second, Watson's Wyldewhick White Witch.
Puppy Bitch, 9 - 12 mo., one shown, Olson's Almar-O Hark to Lisa.
Open Bitches, five entries. First, Matsons Ringo's Sarna. Second, Ringer's Ringo's Pandomonium, C.D. Third, White Acres Kennels' White Acres Sweet Smiles. Fourth, Watson's Whirlwind Silver Dart.
Winners Bitch to Ringo's Sarna. Reserve to Ringo's Willie.
Best of Winners to Ringo's Sarna, and Best Opposite Sex.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Pennyworth Snow Prince.
Best of Breed to Simmons' Ch. Pennyworth Snow Prince.
Badger Kennel Club, Madison, Wisconsin
June 28, 1964. Judge: Dr. William Waskow
Puppy Dogs, four shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Casper (by Traymatt Plywood ex Sonna Black Velvet) Second, vary Strauss' Marial's War Paint(by Big Tarnish ex Sege Little Silver) Third, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Tray= Black Jack (by Traymatt Plywood ex Sonna Black Velvet) Fourth, Selwyn Blackstone's Ink Spotted View (by Whipoo's Clear View ex Cri-Inky)
Open Dogs, two shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Ponderosa (by Traymatt Plywood ex Traymatt Midsummer Day Dream) Second, Selwyn Blackstone's Sege Tiger (by Traymatt Plywood ex Pennyworth Tar Queen)
Winners Dog to Traymatt Ponderosa Pine. Reserve to Sege Tiger.
Puppy Bitches, one shown, Mary Strauss' Marial's Natasha (by Big Tarnish ex Sege Little Silver)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Lois George Johnson's Lo Mae's Faerwynd Winifred (by Ch. Forrest Slim Jim ex Mingala of Kashan)
Open Bitches, three shown. First, Chris Mack's Traymatt Nancy (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Traymatt Necessary Nell) Second, Anamary Compere's Oldemill Classic (by Ch. Led Letter O'Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady) Third, Lois George Johnson's Mingala of Kashan (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Ebonwood Goldfinch of Kashan)
Winners Bitch to Traymatt Nancy. Reserve to Oldemill Classic.
Best Of Winners to Traymatt Ponderosa Pine.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise.
Best of Breed to Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise.
Best Opposite Sex to Traymatt Ponderosa Mine.
Kettle Moraine Kennel Club, West Bend, Wisconsin
July 25, 1964, Judge: Mr. Frank Foster Davis
Puppy Dogs, one shown, Mary Strauss' Marial's War Pain% by Big Tarnish ex Sege Little Silver)
Open Dogs, three shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Rooster "Boy (by Stoney Meadows Peacock Pie ex Traymatt Matchless Monica) Second, Barbara
Josephine Steinbergs Traymatt Ponderosa Pine (by Traymatt Plywood ex Traymatt Mid summer Day Dream) Third, Selwyn Blackstone's Sege Tiger (by Traymatt Plywood ex Pennyworth Tar Queen)
Winners Dog to Traymatt Rooster Boy. Reserve to Traymatt Ponderosa Pine.
Novice Bitches, one shown, Tony Swistak's Forest Page. Book Lady (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Tony Swistak's Mercury (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady)
Open Bitches, two shown. First, Chris Mack's Traymatt Nancy (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Traymatt Necessary Nell) Second, Claire Klemmedson's Meadow Lark of Nathan (by Stoney Meadows Peacock Fie ex Ebonwood Goldfinch of Kashan)
Winners Bitch to Traymatt Nancy. Reserve to Mercury.
Best of Winners to Traymatt Nancy.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise.
Best of Breed to Traymatt Nancy. Best Opposite Sex to Traymatt Rooster Boy.
Waukesha Kennel Club, Waukesha, Wisconsin
July 26, 1964, Judge: Mr. Edwin Pickhardt
Puppy Dogs, one shown, Mary Strauss' Marial's War Paint (by Big Tarnish ex Sege Little Silver)
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Richard Katz's Sege Greyflash of the Bay (by Cri-Corker ex Pennyworth Tar Queen) Second, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Ponderosa Pine (by Traymatt Plywood ex Traymatt Midsummer Day Dream) Third, Selwyn Blackstone's Sege Tiger (by Traymatt Plywood ex Pennyworth Tar Queen) Fourth, Barbara 61 Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Rooster Boy (by Stoney Meadows Peacock Pie ex Traymatt Matchless Monica)
Winners Dog to Sege Greyflash of the Bay. Reserve to Traymatt Ponderosa Pine.
Novice Bitches, one shown, Tony Swistak's Forest Page Book Lady (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Tony Swistaks' Mercury (by Ch. Red Letter 0' Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady)
Open Bitches, three shown. First, Chris Hack's Traymatt Nancy (by Ch. Traymatt Wieland Herkimer ex Traymatt Necessary Well) Second, Nary Strauss' Sege Little Silver (by Cri-Corker ex Pennyworth Tar Queen) Third, Claire Klemmedson's Meadow La: of Kashan (by Stoney Meadows Peacock Pie ex Ebonwood Goldfinch of Kashan)
Winners Bitch to Traymatt Nancy. Reserve to Mercury.
Best of Winners to Traymatt Nancy.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise.
Best of Breed to Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise. Best Opposite Sex to Sege Greyflash of the Bay.
Seattle Kennel Club
July 26, 1964, Judge: Harold Schlintz
Winners Dog to P. H. Baumgartner's White Acres King Cotton. Reserve to White Acres Kennels White Acres Mike’s George.
Winners Bitch to Margaret & Albert Olson's Almar-O Hark to Lisa. Reserve to
Robert Watson's Whirlwind Silver Dart.
Best of Winners to White Acres Cotton.
Best of Breed to P. H. Baumgartner's Ch. White Acres Shawnee. Best Opposite Sex to Almar-O Hark to Lisa.
Olympic Kennel Club
August 16, 1964, Judge: Mrs. Jeannette Cross
Winners Dog to P. H. Baumgartner's White Acres King Cotton. Reserve to Leslie Babbitt's White Acres Sage.
Winners Bitch to Doris Ringer's Ring's Pandomonium, C.D. Reserve to Robert Watson's Whirlwind Silver Dart.
Best of Winners to Ring's Pandomonium, C.D.
Best of Breed to P. H. Baumgartner's Ch. Mite Acres Cherokee. Best Opposite Sex White Acres King Cotton.
Catherine Hodgson Reports On The Top Shows (from English WHIPPET
Mrs. D. F. Whitwell, now settled in her new home at Boston Spa, drew an excellent entry of 138 from 91 exhibits at the Leeds Championship show on May 30th. I noticed several new faces in the ring, and Mr. C. Lowery, who hails from Durham, was one especially pleased to have his home bred silver fawn bitch, Colinada Carol Star, win a first and second prize, as this was the first championship show he had attended. Mr. A. B. Nicholson's champion bitch, Hillgarth Sunstar of Glenbervie, won her sixth c.c. and Best of Breed. Bred by Mrs. Sheffield, she is by Hillgarth Snowboy ex Hillgarth So Sweet. Mrs. Wigg's long journey from Surrey was well worth while with her Ladiesfield Bedazzled coming into his own by winning his first big group one. He is owner bred by Spean Hound ex Heyvilles Satan's Child and in colour is the rare combination of white with black head markings. By winning both his classes at Leeds meant that Mrs. Argyle's Harque to Gamecock had the necessary points for a junior warrant which he has won in four shows while still a puppy.
Once again movement in the breed is under fire. Mrs. Whitwell told me that she was disappointed in general and I heard several other adverse comments. May be the hot weather affected some, but I think structural faults are the maine cause. Many of our judges seem to overlook faulty movement and make a point of telling us of the many other faults the breed is suffering from which we must watch.
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Correct, sound movement must surely count as top priority in a running dog, and until we stop concentrating on minor faults in breeding and judging and get down to producing correct shoulders, toplines and rear ends, we shall be looking in vain for the essential sound and correct movement.
That Is The Most Common Fault In Show Whippets Today?
Dorothy Lewis (from English WHIPPET NEWS)
How often have I been asked that question by a prospective owner.
It is a very difficult question, but I would say, generally, "Movement and prick ears," which are so very obvious to the man in the street, whereas every judge has his dislikes or preferences, even if he is judging to the standard.
Both these faults are ugly and difficult to breed out, especially ears, as it alters the whole expression and gives a hard, almost startled look which is quite foreign to the breed.
When listening and the ears are up there should be that sweet, almost "talking look" that one expects in the Whippet.
Close moving behind is also a thing to avoid, as it usually means they have little muscle on the second thigh and may be rather long from the stifle to the hock, and then lacking strength and driving power, so necessary in a galloping dog - when moving slowly the hind legs appear to "follow" the front, instead of having a "pushing" appearance.
A nice lean head, a pair of good feet, not too big or flat, all help to make your pet something to be proud of, even if it is not good enough to go to Cruft's.
The colour is up to your choice. There are so many pretty fawns to choose from, and certainly do not require the baths that the whites and particolours do!
But a nicely balanced, well-muscled dog that has vitality with substance, will give you a long span of love and affection, guard the house, play with the children, and give you a lot of fun if in the country. 'That more can you ask?
Mrs. C. E. Francis, London, writes - July 22, 1964. Very late this time, I must apologise. You will all have heard by now that Mrs. Fell took her first Challenge Certificate with her bitch Badgewood Sewickley, the dog ticket went once more to Ch. Playmate of Allways. Everyone here congratulates Mrs. Fell on her success so long delayed. The NWA lunch went off well as usual and we were all complimented on it. It is so very nice to make a social event of Windsor. This year the weather was in our favor and everything was much more enjoyable for it. Since Windsor my husband and I have been busy racing. A couple of meetings for the Coursing Club at Reading and Newbury, a meeting at Haverill and two meetings at Whitham. le are now arranging one at Deethe Farm, Wavendon Village, near Waburn Sands, on Sat. Aug. 1 at 6 P.M. At our Haverhill Show we had two visitors from Yorkshire, one from Nottingham. These were very experienced and Baby Doll from Huddensfield, beat my own Pearlie Girl by ono length in heat, semi & final. The results were as follows: up to 21 lbs. Finals, Mr. Tom Day's 'lost Happy Fellah; up to 25 lbs. Finals, Mr. Collin's Baby Doll; over 25 lbs. Finals, Mr. Day's Franciscan Burnt Toast. The next morning we went to Rayleigh Stadium for selection for August Minday's programme of Beauty & Speed. Eventually my Pearlie Girl beat all contestants over the 325 yards and will compete on Aug 3. All for this time.
Good luck to all Whippeteers.
August 10, 1964, A really good summer in England this year, very warm and lots of sun. Soon we shall be grumbling because we are not getting rain. World news is very disturbing, let us all hope that the governments and United Nations will be able to arrive at a solution. Two World 'Pars in one lifetime is as much as anyone can take. Back to Whippets - My husband and I have been busy putting on race meetings at several places for Charity. Also, we have been doing the Coursing Club off season race meetings. There is one more race meeting at Mrs. Creasey's Kennels on Sept. 13 to finish the race season, and the coursing season opens on Sept. 26 at Littlewick Greenn. At Deetho Farm, on Aug. 1, the lightweight class went to Mr. Bannister's Porthurst Susette, the middle weights to Mrs. McKay's Ch. Laguna Linkway, the heavy's to Mrs. McKay's Laguna Light Legend. Quite a good day for the Laguna Kennel: On Aug. # my husband and I went to Rayleigh Stadium to take part in the "Cavalcade of Speed" in aid of muscular Distraphy. There was one Whippet race, five from the south eastern counties and one from Chesterfield, this one was not a K. C. registered Whippet, it was a bitch weighing 31 lbs and was a real racing machine. There was no record of its breeding but as it was for charity, we all agreed to race with it. She won by about 10 lengths from the second place dog, my own Pearlie Girl finished third. There was a wonderful trophy given by the Bell Hotel. Best wishes to all Whippeteers.
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BOB AMERICAN WHPPET CLUB SPECIALTY, SANTA BARBARA K.C.
JUDGE: MRS. POTTER WEAR OWNER: MRS. ROBERT B. HENDERSON HANDLER: MR. JIM MCMANUS
"BETTI-BET" SHOWN TAKING WINNERS BITCH UNDER THE LATE DONALD HOSTETTER AT HARBOR CITIES K. C., JUNE 20, 1964.
SHOWN BY HER BREEDER, CHRISTINE CORMANY, OWNED BY SELWYN BLACKSTONE OF FRANKSVILLE, WISCONSIN.
THIS PHOTO WILL REMAIN A "MUST" IN THE STRATHOAK ALBUM AS IT IS NO
DOUBT ONE OF THE LAST SHOWS OFFICIATED BY DONALD HOSTETTER.
THE ACCIDENTAL TRAGIC LOSS OF AURIGA IS A BLOW TO HER NEW OWNER AND TO STRATHOAK. FOR THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS "BETTY-BET" WAS UNDEFEATED IN HER CLASS AND WAS THIRD HIGH SCORING BITCH AT THE NATIONAL RACES AT SANTA BARBARA 1964.
MADCAP GREAT CIRCLE
(CH. MADCAP BOLD MINSTREL - CH. MADCAP DRESS CIRCLE)
BOW HARBOR CITIES
JUDGE: MR. DONALD HOSTETTER OWNER - HANDLER: NORMAN ELLIS
CHAMPION WHIPOO'S TAR HEEL
(BY WHIPOO'S HAPPY TIME EX WHIPOO'S TEA BISCUIT)
FINISHED WITH 4 POINTS AT HOUSTON UNDER MR. SCHOENBERG, 5 POINTS AT ST. LOUIS UNDER MR. VAN COURT; ONE 2ND IN GROUP AND ONE 4TH IN GROUP.
BRED BY: MRS. EUGENE L. JACOBS OWNED BY: HUMBLE ACRE KENNEL
TAR HEEL IS NOW IN WHELP TO CH. LYSANDER OF BRISKWAYS, A REPEAT OF THE
BREEDING THAT PRODUCED MANY FINE WHIPPETS
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 definite tuck-up of the underline but covering a lot of ground.
Tail - Long and tapering, should reach to a hipbone when drawn through between the hind legs. Must not be carried higher than the top of the back when moving.
Coat - Close, smooth and firm in texture.
Color - Immaterial.
Size - Ideal height for dogs, 19 to 22 inches; for bitches, 18 to 21 inches. These are not intended to be definite limits, only approximate.
Gait - Low, free moving and smooth, as long as is commensurate with the size of
the dog. A short, mincing gait with high knee action should be severely penalized.
Approved November 9, 1955
Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell T. Howell
July 14, 1964
Co. Waterford, Eire
I have no heart to report news and gossip of dogs and racing, having just heard
the news of the loss of Donald Hostetter. This is such a sad and unexpected shock. Donald was a firm friend and a charming person. He did a great deal to keep the Whippet Club together in many trying times. He was a fine judge of many breeds besides his own and was directly responsible for improving our breed with the many fine Whippets that came out of his kennels over the years. He will be sadly and greatly missed. Shows were always more fun when Donald was there, and I and mail others, have travelled many miles to show Whippets under him out of respect for his judgment. It is especially sad to lose him now when there seemed to be so many years left to him.
Our first organized race meeting on July 11th at Tipperary Town was a sad failure due entirely to the weather. There were literally hundreds of people waiting to come, and it had been well advertised. It rained all day and started pouring towards evening. Nobody came but we ran the dogs anyway. Those hardy, or foolish enough, to stand it saw some excellent racing in spite of the horrid condition of the track. We ran three four dog heats and a six dog final. The distance was 325 yards. The first race was won by Lady Dill's Paddy Blarney in 20:46, with his litter sister Whiskey (G. C. Blarney of Badgewood) 2nd two lengths. Their mother, G. C. Xenia ran 3rd a distance. The second heat was won in 20:84 by old Wingedfoot Domenic who likes heavy going. Timmy Cranley's Caesar 2nd 1/2 a length, the rest close. The third heat was won in the best time of the night, 20:45 by Badgewood Annie Oakley, Cranley's Brutus and G. C. Wisechild 2 lengths off, and G. C. Isolde, just after pups, a distance. The finals was most exciting. It was won by W. Domenic in 20:47, but would not have been, had not Lady Dill's Paddy Blarney lost his sheet after making his way through the whole pack, running on beautifully, even with the disadvantage of starting out of number four box. Just as he was about to pass Domenic, off came his cover, but he still ran second. Annie was third.
Our next meeting will be here in Dungarvan in connection with the town's Gala Week on July 27th at 8 P.M. Following that we will have several informal meetings and then a Sweepstakes at Tipperary on August 21st. All we can do is pray for good weather on these occasions. There is a tremendous interest growing in Whippet racing here at last. If the weather doesn't put us out of business altogether, this summer should show results. Quite a few of the Greyhound people are keen and the best known Greyhound trainer in Ireland, Dick Ryan Waterloo Cup 3 times) has just bought a puppy. There is nothing relaxing about racing Greyhounds. Its a rather grim and nerve wracking affair. So much money is dependent on every step a dog takes and every little shade of luck. People who own Greyhounds though must really love to watch a long dog run, and perhaps Whippets for them as a pastime will become sport without tears. I hope so. If you were watching a crowd of normally smiling, ebullient, Irishmen, silently walking their strings of Greyhounds about at a training track, grimly determined, you would conclude that a little relaxation was in order. I know how it is, because Greyhounds have the same effect on us all. Give me the charming lionhearted Whippet any day.
August 12, 1964
It must have occurred to everyone, as it has to me,that it would be quite fitting to get up a subscription for a memorial trophy to Donald Hostetter. At this distance it is hard to tell what has been done. If it is all now in hands, there is no use my mentioning; it, except to say that I should like to be allowed to contribute. If nothing has been started as yet, I should like to begin with ,25. for a perpetual trophy, perhaps to go to the winner of the Chicago races, of any other races that have become equally, if not more, important. Donald was so largely responsible for the success of the racing, that it would seem appropriate to put the memorial there, however if anyone disagrees with me I should be glad to help out on anything that's going on.
This deadline for TN is unfortunate for the Irish contribution. Just the day after, August 16th there will be a challenge race at the Tipperary Festival. The challenge is made by my Whippet, Himself, at a distance of 300 yards, against all comers, with the exception of Greyhounds. The posters have been up for some days and already the excitement is intense. Several have put up the ten pounds, which is the amount of the challenge. Himself is a great runner, and had better live up to his reputation that night or I shall be washing dishes in the Royal Hotel in Tipp. There will also be a card of general Whippet racing on the same night. Let us hope for decent weather and a good crowd.
August 7th at the terrier track in Whitechurch near here, my little Badgewood Annie Oakley put up a terrific race against four mongrel Greyhounds to win by three lengths at a distance of 115 yards. The Greyhounds weighed from 140 to 65 pounds. Annie at the moment weighs 14. She ran at odds of 2 - 1, out of box number 4. Another whippet, Wise Child was in box number 1 and finished third by a short head.
The last show here was on August Bank Holiday Monday at Monkstown near Dublin. The sexes were not divided and the green star was won by Mrs. Knox Ingraham's Moonraker of Longleatt. Reserve to Great Circle Blarney of Badgewood. Miss H. Twyman m.r.c.v.s. of Irish Wolfhound fame was judging. It was a hot day in Dublin, lovely altogether, unfortunately such weather did not stay on for the Horse Show the following days, but how wonderful in any weather to see the Nations Cup won by the superb riding of the team from the U.S.A. The riding of the whole team appeared effortless and highly professional, which is a good omen for success in Tokyo.
Great news that Betty Fell won a C.C. with Sewickley, and that Jenny Henderson went Best of Breed at the California Specialty with her seven months old puppy.
It was great fun at Monkstown to run into Harry Murphy's young daughter with her aunt on a visit to Ireland. She is a great little girl and loves dogs. She spoke most knowledgeably about various ones of Mrs. Anderson's that I remembered, and then showed one of my whippets for me in a style I'm sure her father would have been proud of.
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Madcap Kennel Reports Norman W. Ellis
San Juan Bautista, Calif.
The 1964 Santa Barbara Kennel Club whippet Specialty saw the 7 1/2 month puppy bitch, Madcap Syndicated News (Calpurnia) BOB under Mrs. Potter Wear. Calpurnia, the property of Mrs. Robert B. Henderson, showed elegance, class and outstanding type coupled with soundness. Her ring presence almost belied her tender age.
A few days before his death, Mr. Hostetter strongly advised Mrs. Henderson to show her exceptional puppy under Mrs. Wear. At that time Mrs. H. thought Calpurnia might be too young to take to the shows.
Although the bitch has my kennel name, she was only mine by dint of a fortunate litter pick, and a bit of hookery. Mr. Rich Reynolds had the pick of the many ownered bitch, Seven League Syndicate's first litter. The bitch whelped in California. Er. Reynolds was in Chicago. He asked me to make his pick for him and to keep said puppy until such time as she could be shipped. 'Sirs. Henderson and drove many miles to see the litter, and I selected Calpurnia. Subsequently I bought and bartered the bitch from 'Jr. Reynolds.
Mrs. Henderson, though primarily a breeder of Lakeland Terriers, has long been a friend to our breed. She was introduced to Whippets by Mrs. Wendell T. Howell, in the shape of a then young bitch named Holiday. Holiday liked Mrs. Henderson. This proved a break for Mrs. H. and for the breed. Mrs. Howell gave a pup of Ch. G. C. Holiday's to Mrs. Henderson. That pup, Ch. Great Circle Mad Hatter, finished easily and did some decent winning in the east. Mrs. Henderson has consistently supported '"Whippet racing in many. many ways.
Had it not been for Mrs. Henderson's constant encouragement and interest in my dogs, I might have lacked the courage to go into breeding whippets (on a small scale and a shoestring) Because of my great admiration for this great dog woman, and the many kindnesses and affections she has showered upon me and Tosca.
I sold her Calpurnia. I would never have sold her to any other. Calpurnia is VERY fortunate to be in Mrs. Henderson's kennel, for I doubt that anyone treats their dogs better.
The Santa Barbara Specialty was again beautifully done. The benching decorations were nicely done this year by Bob Davis and Frank Kubish. The racing went exceptionally well, though a bit too fast and efficiently for me. My dog, Ch. Madcap Bold Minstrel was left in the car at the Ventura K.C. show, while I was stuck in the Greyhound ring. We arrived at the races a few minutes (20 to be exact) too late for the 4th race, in which the dog was scheduled. This played the deuce with his points but was quite satisfactory to me, as the dog was allowed to race as other than an "A" dog and got the experience I thought he so badly needed. He won all of his races. I'd like to thank the racing committee for allowing the dog to run.
Mr. Hostetter's untimely and unfortunate death came as a great shock to his many friends and admirers. He and Hr. Burford had been my house guests just a few days before his demise, and he seemed in excellent spirits at the time. Donald was always in love with my old bitch, Great Circle Tosca, and his affection was returned vie had finally decided to at last send the bitch east to be bred to Royal Coachman, which I should have done long ago had the bitch's health permitted. Time waits on no man and has no respect for our plans.
Mr. Hostetter's death news arrived the day I was to mail in my entries for the Specialty. The news was so depressing that I tore up six entries and only entered Mr. Hostetter's BOP' dog from his last assignment, Harbor Cities. That dog, Madcap Great Circle, had lost 5 lbs. since Harbor Cities and should have been left at home!
My address since June has been and is now: 111 Hillside Road, San Juan Bautista, California. We (the dogs and I) live in a lovely, isolated mountain canyon and love it.
Rancho Gabriel Reports Phydelma Gillette Cupertino, California
A Tale Of Two Whippets
Choc and Jane's story is unique in our breeding experience which covers a good many years. It must also be an unusual one in others' as well, judging by the look of disbelief which comes over the faces of those who hear the tale. But vie are safe from the worst sort of epithets -- another breeder whose integrity is unquestionable saw this whole thing with his own eyes! He, too, has tried to tell it, but nobody believes him, either!.
Now that we have the final "proof of the pudding", this little episode really must be told.
A year ago our new black Whippet bitch, Canesco's Calamity Jane, produced her first litter - nine nice puppies, but five were stillborn and the rest died before morning. The puppies were small, though perfectly formed.
For the next few days poor Jane was like a lost wild thing. She cried, scratched in the corners, jumped in and out of the box where her pal, Choc (White Acres Choctaw) was preparing to have her first litter.
Six days later the second litter arrived, and then the amazing situation came to light: Without question, without a turn of a hair, Choc shared her litter with the frantic Jane, from that day forward; this was much to our relief, for we feared that Jane would literally go out of her mind!
Both mamas took turns at the nestling routine. Jane, poor girl, would stretch out grandly in the box and the puppies would line up and try to suckle her dry nipples. She did her stint at licking and cleaning and training them, all the way through their puppy hood, until finally things settled back to normal, and the two bitches once again could devote their time to just being pals.
Only recently, when Jane's whelping date drew near and Choc would be puppy-less, we said, "This will be the acid test of this doggy friendship. Will Jane allow Choc to share her litter, now that the shoe is on the other foot?"
For extraneous circumstances, we had to wait until about ten days after the arrival
of the six puppies before we could put the two bitches together with the litter. We must confess, we approached the test with tongue in cheek - not really expecting the situation to work so well in reverse. Much to our surprise and delight, Choc entered the whelping room calmly, approached the box, looked over the edge, jumped in and settled down as if she had been there since the moment of birth! And Jane? She was glad to have her companion at her side once again. They are back eating out of the same dish, caring for the same puppies, taking their runs together, as always, as if no puppies had over come between their beautiful friendship.
Strathoak Kennel Reports Christine Cormany August, 1964
What a wonderful, glorious weekend we had at the Santa Barbara Races and Specialty. It was tiring but fun, seeing old friends, meeting new, new dogs, old dogs, fast dogs, slow dogs, winning dogs and some not "so winning"!! Congratulations to all of the WINNERS and to those that weren't so lucky, better luck next time, just keep plugging along and some day you shall reap the spoils!
My heartfelt thanks to Louis Pegram and the Vic Renners and Mr. Conrad for their wonderful help with the score sheets, racing program etc. Without their valuable aid we would have been so mixed up; as it was we made a few "goofs" but all told the two days of racing went off very fast, thanks to Liz Scott, Sam Scott and their working crew. A BIG vote of thanks to Jerry Trounce, the lure operator, that lure never missed a turn, and all the dogs went over the finish line full speed ahead. To Perry Hewitt, the starter, who kept the dogs in and out of the boxes in each
and every race; he and Jerry had their signals coordinated just right. Only one disqualification on each day, we feel this an indication of accomplishment, not only on the part of the owners in training their dogs, but because the lure moved just right the dogs didn't have time to think about their neighbors!! Liz Scott and I have already thought up new ideas for next year and hope we can try them out on our practice meets:: Next year should see a big improvement in the entire program, but considering this was our first try at the races under the National Rules, I think we did real well!!
We were all stunned of course by the news of Donald Hostetter's passing and our entire race program was dedicated to his memory with a trophy for Best Opposite Sex to High Score Winner; this was won by Carol Baumgartner and her White Acres Carol's Fancy. To have known someone in his teens for years, and to have seen him just
two weeks previously, the shock to us on the west coast and especially to his fellow racers and show competitors in So. Calif. was the feeling of a great loss. We are all for Louis Pegram's suggestion of an annual trophy to Donald's memory.
We missed Pam Arthur and her Rockabye Baby at the Races this year; we hope she can return next year.
Congratulations to Les Babbitt and his "Sage" who again showed his heels to a remarkable entry of fast dogs from all over the country, thus making sure that his win at the Fresno Races back in April was "No Fluke"!!
We were pleased to see Doris Wear again after so long a time. We certainly wish more judges were as careful and cautious with their handling of dogs as she was. We have one that was badly "shook-up" at a spring show when the judge in measuring her tail, pulled it extra hard, he had already measured it once and why he had to do it a second and third time vie will never know, but it just about ruined the dog as she has become very suspicious of any judge who approaches her tail, but a word to Doris as to why the bitch "spooked" a bit and she waited until the dog had settled and then returned to her. Any judge with common knowledge can SEE if a dog's tail is long enough or not. We are keeping one for a friend while she is vacationing in Ireland, and just looking at her tail it is very noticeable that it would never reach up to the hip bone, but no doubt some judge will try it for size and see for himself!! Will not elaborate on the wins it impressions of the Specialty as they will no doubt be well covered elsewhere.
We are pleased with the performance of Strathoak Auriga for her new owner, Selwyn Blackstone. In the few shows she has been at the past twelve months she has been undefeated in her class. Last year at Ventura as a puppy she was 1st in a strong class of 5, at the Specialty the next day she was 1st in a class of 3. At Harbor Cities she not only took Open but WB for 5 points and then a strong class of 6 at the Specialty. Having just been out of season for about 2 weeks before the races, she was not at her speediest, however, she managed to come out as 3rd highest score bitch and had a win in 12.6 for the 200 yards on grass. We feel with more racing under her belt, that she will get with Selwyn, she should prove a very good one on the track. we are hoping she will do well on the track as well as in the ring, she's got a good start. When we shipped Auriga her travel companion was a near 9 month old male pup who has now probably traveled more air-miles than any other Whippet in the past 4 months. He is Strathoak March Hare by Ch. Great Circle Had Natter ex our Strathoak Summer Breeze. he was sold as a 3 month old pup to lass Purfield in New York who had hopes of showing him. However, somewhere along the way "Sam-Sam" had the idea he wanted to be a race dog and sort of forgot to stop growing!! Just racing around the yard we noticed that he had one of the longest reaches vie have seen and with proper training and schooling we hope he will come back next year to the Nationals and wallop the daylights out of us!!!! Good luck, Selwyn. We have figured this pup has traveled since Larch, nearly 7500 miles!!
Can ANY other Whippet top this?!! We know there are others who have traveled probably as much if not more, but in 4 1/2 months?!!!
are watching our litter grow with delight. :That is the magic formula that draws puppies to Calla Lillies and Rose bushes! I basined all the rose bushes one hot day and had flooded them with water, of course as they were refilled again two mornings later and not thinking about the 6 scallawags being out, I returned about 10 minutes later to find them all wallowing in the mud like little pigs, and if they weren't a mess. They were having a ball! However, we have found a new snail eliminator. Fortunately I haven't laid out small bait in almost a year so wasn't worried about the puppies eating them, but they are actually pulling them off the bushes and digging them out from under the plants. Wonder if the nutritional value of snails has been determined for dogs!! We have been reading with interest a very interesting column in POPULAR DOGS by Mrs. Quigley of Peke fame. Many months ago we read in her column of a product for stopping the nasty habit of stool eating. we gave it a try and heartily recommend it. It is put out by Squibb and is called "Petonic". We have found it to be the best thing we have ever tried and it WORKS. We have one now that was the "king of the eaters", started giving him a double dose and have noted after three days of it that he is not as bad as he was (he is not one of the little puppies, thank goodness'). Right now the past couple of issues have been about a pill, Oreton; this is a human pill and not available from a Vet. but is being used in some cases of monorchidism and cryptorchidism and has been found successful. I am sure Mrs. Quigly would be glad to pass the information on to anyone who might be interested, or ask your own physician about it. A letter in her column this month points out the fact that some cases of mono and crypt can be dietary and not heredity. As Mrs. Quigley's column pointed out, it is usually the best of the litter that is "struck". Here at Strathoak, fortunately we have not had the problem, maybe because most of our litters have "gone to females!
However, it is a problem and I suppose we would have it if we were able to have more litters, but one litter a year is about all we can take care of and do right by them.
We have left the best to last, and our heartiest CONGRATULATIONS to Jerry Birmingham of Tucson, Arizona on obtaining the highest degree in Obedience with her Riot U.D. This makes the second U.D. Whippet and we know the hours spent in training and the shows traveled to to obtain this high degree. Riot did it up fine by getting his
3rd leg at Ventura and to make sure he didn't miss, he did it again for the 4th leg at Santa Barbara. Again, CONGRATULATIONS Jerry and Riot. Is Tammy next in line for a U.D.
Whipoo Kennel Reports
The death of Donald Hostetter is a great loss to the Whippet fancy. Donald's breeding kennel was always well represented at the shows and on the race tracks. He worked hard in behalf of the Whippet Club Specialty Shows, the revival of Whippet racing and many will remember the fun of racing at Pagebrook Downs. Certainly, memorial trophies, as have been suggested, are in order and we suggest pledges for the memorial funds come through the WHIPPET NEWS. The conformation trophies could be offered at the three Specialties and the racing trophies at the important races usually held in conjunction with these Specialties.
Our White Chiffon, Lysander litter (Dec. 17, 1963) of ten living puppies resulted in many lovely whippets. We have retained a dog and bitch for our own use.
Other pups have gone to Kathleen Beargie, Colorado, W. Reagen Meadows, Georgia, Marvin Opp, North Dakota, 11r. & Mrs. G. R. Trounce, California, Keith Wallace, Tenn., and Nancy Wiggins, Illinois. Kathleen Beargie reports that her pup, Whipoo's Stonecrest Sprite, has started on her show career by winning the Hound Group at a Puppy Match in Denver, Colorado, August 2. First time out for Sprite; keep up the good work!
A SPECIAL THANKS to Christine Cormany who typed the address labels for the American Whippet Club members.
White Acres Kennel Reports
Here it is another deadline, how time passes. It has been a busy spring and summer with so many doggy events, too numerous to mention. But will write a bit about my families trip to Santa Barbara which was fast and short. Bob and Carol accompanied by Les Babbitt and three Whippets left here Thursday, July 23rd at 1:30 P. stopping at Corvallis, Oregon to pick up Dale Simmons and his Whippet. Then on to 'Walnut Creek, California arriving there at 7 A.M. Friday. They spent the day visiting with Lynne and Jerry Trounce and Jean DuVall. Leaving there about 6:00 P.M. the seven of them headed south for Santa Barbara, arriving at the Polo Field very early Saturday morning. They had a grand time visiting with old and new acquaintances. Of course their main interest was the racing which was fun for both dogs and people, and the end results made the trip well worth while. After the racing and saying farewell to all they left the Polo Field about 6:30 P.M. and started for home stopping for a short rest at Walnut Creek and then heading north again, stopping at Corvallis to leave Dale Simmons. They finally arrived home at 10:15 P.M. Monday, a bit tired. It was really quite a week end for White Acres both at the races and show as our 15 inch Beagle male, White Acres Trade Wind was winners at Ventura and Winners and Best of winners at Santa Barbara for two 5 point wins. While here at home, mother and I attended the Seattle Kennel Club show where my young Whippet male was Best of Winners for 3 points and Ch. White Acres Shawnee was Jest of Breed and our 13 inch Special Beagle was Best of Variety and fourth in the Group. I was sorry that it was impossible for me to attend, and I want to add that if we had gotten entries for Ventura and Santa Barbara we would have entered several others for competition. Thanks to Liz Scott who made our entry on Fancy.
Among the distant travelers to Santa Barbara were Mrs. Joyce Anson and daughter, Jennifer accompanied by Lynne Woolley and seven dogs from Langley, B. C., Canada. The trip south was uneventful in their small foreign car, but the trip home proved to be quite a different matter as they were plagued with car trouble, but with a few minor repairs they journeyed north. Some 80 miles south of Puyallup the car quit, so consulting a mechanic he informed them that the engine needed major repairs and this being Saturday he didn’t think he could do it before the following Wed. She put in a call to Bob and he went to tow her back to Puyallup. Since a tow bar could not be used on our pick-up camper, they decided to chance a tow chain. Mrs. Anson proved to be an expert behind the steering wheel of her car on the 90 mile ride to Puyallup. Since it was Saturday and no possible way to get the car repaired before Monday, Mr. Anson and a friend arrived on Sunday with a tow-bar and towed it some 180 miles home. We enjoyed their short overnight stay, talking over show and racing events. Her car is now back on the road and I am sure it will be a trip to remembered. But if she is like the rest of us she is already planning on next years. Here is a Whippet story that took place at Santa Barbara on July 26th about 9:30 A.M. While sitting at the ring side watching the Whippets being judged, over the loudspeaker the announcer announced "It has been reported that four Tippets have escaped from a blue pick-up camper with Washington license plates". So panic strickened Bob Baumgartner, Les Babbitt, Jean DuVall, Lynne and Jerry Trounce hurried to the parking area in search of the escapers. When they arrived at the pick-up someone had returned Ringo's Ringo and "bite Acres Sage to the camper, and Falconer's Jenny had been taken to the announcers stand. Still missing was Ch. white Acres Cherokee. Someone came up to Les and told him they had seen a brindle and white whippet heading for the entrance to the Polo Field. Les walked in that direction looking between the parked cars. Glancing up admiring a shining black Jaguar with the top down, he was startled to see little Cherokee sitting on the black and white rolled and pleated upholstery with her nose up in the air just like she belonged there.
CENTRAL OHIO NATIONALWHIPPET RACES
The Whippet owners of Central Ohio are planning a National Whippet meet for October 24 & 25, in conjunction with the Delaware, Ohio Kennel Club Show.
A total of four race programs are planned, these to be conducted under the official rules and regulations for National whippet Racing. National Point Ratings will be - 500 1st, 300 2nd, 150 3rd, 75 4th, 35 5th and 10 6th. In addition trophies will be awarded to the winners of both the Adult and Puppy Divisions, together with trophies for the fastest bench champion, dog and bitch. Races will be held at the Union County Fairgrounds at Marysville, Ohio, post time 1:30 P.M. on Saturday and again following the Whippet judging on Sunday. The races should be completed by early afternoon on Sunday, allowing those who have come a distance an early start home. We plan to have this race meet become an annual affair and in the future it is anticipated that these races will be held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, the location of the show.
Entry forms are included in this issue of the WHIPPET NEWS. Reservations for over-night accommodations can best be arranged for either at Delaware or North Columbus. Assistance in obtaining over-night accommodations will be provided. An evening get together is planned for Saturday, with open bar and dutch treat dinner. Details will be given later, however, an indication of those who plan to attend s should accompany the race entries, which are due October 17.
Delaware Ohio is readily accessible by a good limited access highway, Route 71 from the Northwest, Route 23 from the Northeast. Marysville is approximately sixteen miles from Delaware on Route 36 - Route 31 junction. The Fairgrounds are situated between Route 4 and Route 31, North of Marysville.
It is hoped that good attendance and participation will be possible and that weather conditions will be favorable for good racing. You may contact any of the sponsors, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Kirchner, Mr & Mrs. John Berger, Anthony Gutilla and Mr. & Mrs. Victor Renner, for such assistance as you may need.
RACE GROUPS, be sure to send in your news and race dates as well as race results WHIPPET NEWS
CENTRAL OHIO NATIONAL WHIPPET RACES
Rain or Shine
In Conjunction With The Delaware, Ohio Kennel Club Show
UNION COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, MARYSVILLE, OHIO
Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25, 1964
Post Time, Saturday, 1:30 P.M., Sunday, after Whippet judging
Races conducted under the Official Rules and Regulations For National Whippet Racing. All Whippets must be registered or eligible for registration with A.K.C.
Louis J. Pegram, Racing Secretary
INFORMATION ON ENTERING YOUR WHIPPETS FOR RACING
1. Give full information when filling out entry blank,
2. Send with entry blank $1.00 for each racing Whippet. All entry money to be given as purse money. Wake checks or money orders payable to Louis Pegram, Racing Secretary.
3. Race entries close Saturday, October 17. No post entries. Changes cannot be made at track on October 24.
4. Special Trophies for all final heat winners.
1. Puppy Division - Whippet puppies under 12 months of age as of October 24, 1964.
2. Adult Division - Any adult experienced race Whippet in good standing. Grades A through D.
Mail entries to: Louis Pegram, Ralston Purina Company Checkerboard Square, St. Louis 2, Missouri
DOG FANCIERS ASSOCIATION OF OREGON RACE MEET
The races held at the Multnomah Greyhound Track on Juno 21, 1964, drew an entry of 21 adult and 10 Whippet puppies and 8 Afghans. The adult Whippets were divided into two groups B and C, D grade. Seven B and C grade dogs made up the first heat, fourteen D grade dogs were drawn to make up the next two heats of seven dogs each The ten puppies were drawn to make up two heats of five dogs each. The adult semifinals consisted of 3 six dog heats as follows: all first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth place dogs. Since this was a one day race meet this method was used because of the lack of time, and it seemed to work out well with the 21 adult entries. By using this method only first and second place dogs in the semifinals had an opportunity to run three times. At this meet this method seemed to work out well and five dogs from the original seven dogs from the grade B and C grade first heat were returned for the final heat. The puppies ran only two heats with the first, second and third place puppies making up the final heat.
The track was a measured 200 yards of the 495 yard oval Greyhound track. Weather conditions were excellent, but dry track conditions made it a slow track. With the cooperation from all the owners, Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon, Multnomah Track Officials, Evergreen Sighthound and Western Gazehound members,all races went off smoothly. Judges were: Lester Mickelberry, Larry Clement, Ross Graham, and Louis Pegram. The announcer was Gib Maring and ;EC officials acted as starter, timer and lure operators. The young lady members of the Evergreen Sighthound and Western Gazehound Clubs acted as the seven grooms and they added a bit of color to the event in their white and red outfits. Ladies of the club helped in the paddock getting the dogs ready for the races, and the young men acted as the catchers. We are grateful for all the help that our Junior members do to make those racing events a success. The first three placements in the adult finals were owned by three of our senior high school girl members. First: White Acres Car Carol's Fancy, owned by Carol Baumgartner; Second: Can. Ch. Gypsy's Kelly C.D. owned by Jennifer Anson; Third: Rockabye Gunslinger, owned by Linda Webster.
Mite Acres Carol's Fancy, owned by Carol Baumgartner, winner of the final heat and also the fastest two heats of the day 13.0 and 13.2 seconds, she got off to a bad start in her first heat when she was bumped and finished fifth, but she came back strong in her second and third heats to win first.
Can. Ch. Gypsy's Kelly, C.D., owned by Jennifer Anson, was in great form and scored two firsts and a second in the final.
Rockabye Gunslinger, owned by Linda Webster, wasn't up to his best, but scored a first and two thirds coming in third in the final heat.
Whirlwind Boomerang, owned by Bill Lewis, winner of the races in Canada on June 6th just didn't seem to be able to make it and scored two seconds and a fourth in the final heat.
Rockabye Brandysnap, owned by B. Jones, the puppy who was the winning puppy at Santa Barbara in 1963 won a first in her first heat and a third in the semi-finals. Ch. White Acres Silver Spice, owned by White Acres Kennels, came through like a veteran of his 8 1/2 years to win his first heat in the third fastest heat of the day, 13.4. seconds, but he just couldn't quite make it when it came to the semi-final.
There was an exceptional group of puppies and of an entry of ten only one failed to finish.
Ringo’s Ringo, owned by Jerry Trounce, winner of the puppy races ran like a veteran And won his two heats with ease and in his final he ran the 200 yards in 13.7 seconds which was faster than several of the adult races. Quite an accomplishment for a 9 month old puppy.
Falconer's Jenny, owned by Jean DuVall, second place puppy winner ran well but she just couldn't catch Ringo and scored second in her two heats.
Almar - O Hark to Lisa, owned by Margaret Olson, won her first heat, but in the final heat she only scored a fourth.
Sonna Deep Purple, owned by Jennifer Anson, third place puppy winner in the finals is lots of promise, but just couldn't quite make it and scored 2 thirds in his two heats.
THE WESTERN GAZEHOUND CLUB August, 1964
by R. M. Webster
another Santa Barbara has come and gone; as this will be reported elsewhere in this publication, we do not wish to waste space with our results; however, for those of us who were fortunate enough to be able to make the long trek south, vie would like to place on record our very sincere appreciation of the truly wonderful reception that was extended to us; for many of us, it is not only for the Racing and Showing that we live in eager anticipation from July to July, but the simply terrific welcome that awaits us from our friends in California, who by the countless little, seemingly insignificant, actions do so much to make each successive trip happier and more memorable than the last. Thank you all so very, very much.
The weather here in B. C. has continued to severely restrict our racing activities, however in between the "showers" we have managed to get in some useful puppy training, and to keep the adults in condition.
The ink is still wet in my copy of The North Shore Kennel Club of B. C. Show catalogue, held on August 9th, in conjunction with whom we held a "Sight Hound Booster". As well as presenting trophies for 7 different classes in each of the seven Sight Hound breeds, the Club put on a floor display of Racing equipment, centered round our starting boxes, with a display of numerous racing photographs, descriptive leaflets and literature. There was always, as far as possible, a representative hound from each of the breeds, on the stand. The public reaction was most gratifying, and fully warranted the efforts of the Club members who put so much time and thought into this display. For the record we presented 18 Whippets, 9 Afghans, 3 Salukis, and one each from the remaining Sight Hound breeds. A pleasing result for the "First time out". We hope next year to have more visitors from the U. S. A. We will let you know about it in plenty of time.
Send in your news and views to:
THE WHIPPET NEWS
c/o Mrs. E. L. Jacobs Mahomet, Illinois 61853
EVERGREEN SIGHT HOUND ASSOCIATION RAGE MEET
Olympic Kennel Club August 16, 1964
This was an informal race meet held on part of Renton High Schools Football Field. There was an entry of 20 Whippets and 7 Afghans, making up a race program of 9 adult and 1 puppy *Whippet races and 3 Afghan races. The distance was 150 yards, a bit short for the Afghans and some of the Whippets who run better on a longer track. The turf was just right for racing, but since the racing was not scheduled until 4 P.M. it had gotten a bit warm. Junior members of the Club led the dogs from the finish line to the boxes to add a bit of color to the event. Again the top four dogs were owned by the younger members of the Evergreen Sight Hound and western Gazehound Club. All the judging rings were minus the spectators who had left to watch the racing. Since this was an informal meet with all post entries, all 16 adult Whippets were drawn, disregarding their grade. These made up the first 4 races followed by the Whippet puppy race and 2 Afghan races. The next 3 races were drawn according to their accumulated points dropping the fourth place dogs to save time. (This met with the approval of all three owners). Then the four high point dogs made up the final race, but since a tie existed another 3 dog race was run.
All races scored 5 points for 1st - 3 points for 2nd - 2 points for 3rd.
NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING
(Mid-Year Report and Grades) by Louis Pegram
National Whippet racing is making rapid progress (considering the small Whippet population in the United States) as the large number of Whippets graded for racing clearly indicates. Full credit for this healthy growth goes to the fine spirit and enthusiasm of our Sectional Supervisory Racing Committees, and the many Whippet owners in the United States and Canada who enjoy and support the sport of Whippet racing. Many of these owners and breeders, and certainly your writer included, believe that Whippet racing is a necessity to improve temperament, type, gait, speed, endurance, and the desire to chase moving objects such as small game and/or moving artificial type lures.
While growth in Whippet racing is most satisfactory under the existing conditions, those interested in further gains in this sport should concentrate on the following five points to insure even greater growth during 1965:
1. Obtain new lures and starting boxes. (Will anyone who can furnish either of these items at a reasonable cost, please advise me as soon as possible.,
2. Encourage desirable prospects to own a Whippet or, better still, Whippets for show, race, and pet purposes.
3. All Whippet groups should encourage bi-weekly or monthly race meetings. (Have lots of schooling for green racers and puppies.)
4. Understand The Grading System and teach new owners how this system works.
5. Encourage National Whippet Race Meetings in your local area.
You will find listed grades of adult Whippets through the period January - July, 196) . These grades should be beneficial to Racing Secretaries when outside racers are entered for their sectional Whippet Race Meetings held under National Whippet Racing Rules. These grades will be reasonable, average grades for each Whippet who might have raced on one or more occasions during the January through July period. We are happy to report that most Whippet owners now understand how the Grading System works, and it operates on the same basis in every section of the country where Whippet racing is held. Just as a review for any misunderstanding -- here is a quick recap. The Sectional Racing Secretaries make up the original first race program by use of grades furnished in THE WHIPPET NEWS and/or their own information on a Whippet based on his performance in strictly local race meetings. Grade B, C, and D Whippets often improve with additional schooling or sectional racing, and the Sectional Racing Secretary can raise them in grades if he feels they should start in a high class of competition. Seldom should a Grade A Whippet be dropped in class, unless he or she has declined rapidly in ability in a very short period of time. The Sectional Racing Secretary has the right to put any Whippet in Grade A, or in any other category if this Whippet has constantly beaten already graded Whippets on a consistent basis at local race meetings.
After the first complete race programs of a given series of races, all Grades A through D are not used. Whippets are grouped in races of similar racing points with the high point Whippet being considered the equal of Grade A and the low point racers considered as Grade D. This rotation by racing points continues to the end of the given series of from two to four race programs, covering up to a two day period. When the final race program of the series has been run, the very highest point Whippets are then graded by the National Racing Secretary as Grade A, second high point group as B, third high point 'group as C, and low score with Grade D. A Whippet starting in Grade D could end up as Grade Al if he showed consistent winning efforts. Also, a Whippet starting in Grade A could end up with a score which might make him a Grade C, if he showed very poor racing form. The Sectional Racing Secretary should keep in mind, when looking at a Whippet's grade and points reported at any one certain national event held under National Whippet Racing Rules, that if the racer was Grade A at two of these meetings and had a poor race meet with a Grade C at a third meeting, it would seem logical that this Whippet be placed in Grade A or B when the Sectional Racing Secretary makes up his initial race program when National Whippet Race Rules are used. This mid-year grading report, however, is an average and the Whippets should be rated as near to these grades as possible, unless the Sectional Racing Secretary feels that these ratings are incorrect.
When possible, all puppy racers over twelve months or Whippets who have been nonstarters in official races or official qualifying schooling races and have not reached the age of fifteen months -- should start in Grade D. It is well to give young Whippets under fifteen months every chance to develop, but don't penalize certain owners in favor of other owners. Certain Whippets might not actually be one grade or another. For example, Ch. Briarwyn's Blue Stone, Traymatt Rooster Boy and Peppermint Boy are not quite fast enough to beat the very top Grade A Whippets so far in 1964 -- but are too fast for the Grade B's. This type should start in Grade A. White :acres Sage beat our top Grade A Whippets in California and was rated Grade AA just to indicate he was unbeaten during the entire series. Sectional Racing Secretaries should always group their very fastest race Whippets together in their first Grade A race, and this race should always be scored 8 points first, 5 points second, and 3 points third. If there are not enough Grade A Whippets, then the first Grade A race must be made up of A and B Whippets, and possibly even C.
It is most important that owners report when Whippets have finished their Championships and also when Whippets have finished their C.D. degree. If any adult Whippet has been overlooked by mistake, please advise so all Whippets can be graded at the end of 1964.
1. September 25 Pagebrook Downs Meeting cancelled due to sudden and unexpected death of Donald Hostetter, President of the American Whippet Club.
2. October 11 -- Eyleland Park, Antioch, Illinois - Two complete programs starting at 1 P.M. (National Whippet Racing Rules)
October 11 -- Skokie Valley Kennel Club, Northbrook, Illinois - Whippet judging in the morning of Oct. 11; Bow Superintendent.
3. October 24 & 25 -- Renner Whippet Raceway Park, Marysville, Ohio - (National Whippet Racing Rules) Two complete programs October 24 starting 1 P.M. Two complete programs October 25 starting 11 A.M.
October 25 -- Delaware Ohio Kennel Club, Delaware, Ohio -- Whippet judging at 9 A.M.; Bow Superintendent.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND THESE TWO NATIONAL RACE MEETINGS !!
THE MAIL BAG
Pamela Arthur, Manitoba, Canada, writes: August 9, 1964 - I don't think there can be a larger area with less Whippets than here on the Canadian prairies. As mentioned in the last WHIPPET NEWS I have recently moved here and am most disappointed to find very few "dog people" exist. There is one puppy in Alberta from MR. J. Watson's "Wyldewhick" Kennels in Vancouver and one nice brindle puppy from "Wings" Kennels in Missouri the beloved "first" Whippet for Mr. K. Lewerenz of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. These two puppies and my four adults represent the Whippet population. However, we hope to increase this number soon. At the Gateway Kennel Club shows in Winnipeg, my Ch. Sonna Rockabye Baby, C.D. won 2nd in Group both days and won Best Canadian Bred in Show on the first day.
Shortly after returning from these shows I had a hair raising experience involving my four stubborn, plucky Whippets. They found a large badger in the field near the house and there was a real battle royal to the death. Try as I could I found it impossible to get them away from their quarry and I had to stand by, horrified as the brave Whippets tackled this creature with 4 inch long clays and a very ferocious disposition. Two of the dogs would dart in and throw the badger in the air and actually shake it (It weighed 35 lbs.) I Then all of them would encircle it and take turns dashing in and tearing it apart. 1,1y husband was amazed as he had seen a smaller badger kill their Collie and the Whippets emerged without a scratch. Further proof of our breed's tremendous courage.
I was afraid the badger might be rabid as there is quite a lot of this awful disease in Southern Manitoba. Two weeks before, my brother - in law shot a rabid skunk just 100 yards from the house.
I agree with Mrs. Collings that there is no better way of exercising dogs than from a horse's back. We are literally miles from any civilization so there is no greater joy than going riding with a small pack of Whippets along.
If anyone would care to write to me I would like to exchange news and views on dogs, as I said before there are no dog enthusiasts in Brandon, so correspondence is the only way I can "talk" on my favorite hobby. (Pamela Arthur, R, R. 7r1, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada)
Mr. Bo Bengtson, Alvajo, Sweden, writes: On the last two days of May, the
Swedish Kennel Club celebrated its 75th anniversary with an international jubilee show. There was a record entry with more than 2,000 actual dogs entered.
The Whippet judge was the Belgian, Count de Robiano, a famous Greyhound breeder on the continent. He had the best entry ever seen in Scandinavia in our breed - 43 Whippets being entered, which was one more than the former record, made in Gothenburg the month before!
The Swedish way of judging differs quite a lot from the American and English ways. First the judge has to grade every single dog as "excellent", "very good" and so on, and to write a critique on every one as well. After that, those who have qualified "excellent" are permitted in the "winners class" where the dogs are competing against each other in the usual way. The winner in this class may be awarded a certificate - full champions may be withdrawn from competition in this class and only compete for BOB later.
At this show, the dog CC was won by a 13 month old English import, Laguna Leader. As it is my own dog, I shall say no more than that he is a clear red-brindle and white, sired by Eng. Ch. Laguna Ligonier, and that he has won 3 C.C.'s and 1 Res. C.C. at his four shows to date.
The bitch C.C. went to a Swedish bred, Tundrans Corvette, this being her first ticket. She is fawn and white and has Swedish dogs for several generations in her pedigree.
BOB and BOS, however, went to two famous champions - Int. Ch. Tundrans Aurore and Int. Ch. Enebos Spinning Barry, respectively. Their pedigrees are quite different, the BOB winner, Aurore again being Swedish bred for some generations, while the dog, Barry, is sired by Int. Ch. Tinribs Trap of Allways ex Ch. Iniskhellor Dainty Lady, and so is a tribute to the English Whippet breeders.
The Junior classes are always interesting, this time more than usual, because the bitch puppy winner was bred by your former countrywoman, Mrs. Fell, of Badgewood fame. This one, Badgewood Entertainer, is a younger sister to lairs. Fell's successful' B. Sewickley, and I brought her with me from Cruft's this year. She is 9 months old, again by Ch. Laguna Ligonier but has American blood on her dam's side. She is very small, and I doubt she would do anything in America at this age, being about half the size of some of your top winners; This lightness in body is, by the way, rather prevalent even in adult Swedish Whippets, I'm afraid.
Several other imports from England were exhibited, including the famous Ch. Laguna Locomite (another of my imports, he was BIS here last year but was apparently too big for this judge) and Speedwell Barry, a half brother to "Ricky" (as he actually is known even over here;), Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth!
Ingrid, Dunnagan, Flying Whippets, Albuquerque, N. M., writes: Quite a few times I read in WHIPPET NEWS about people moving with their dogs, so I thought this might sound familiar to all the movers, and maybe interesting to some of the none movers. Whoa my husband was Offered a nice job in Albuquerque, N. M. writes: we decided to move, but this time we would do it the smart way. My husband would go ahead and look for the right place to live, in other words, a house that is right for the dogs; I would stay behind, sell the house, and then follow him. At the time we had a litter of 4 Whippet puppies three weeks old, a 5 month old youngster and the 18 month old mother of the pups, plus a black miniature Poodle. The take off went smoothly, after counting hoses, and we were on our way. My husband told me he had just found the right house, way out of town, were I finally had enough room to walk the dogs and myself, overlooking the city of Albuquerque, which is breath taking at night with all the lights on. He said " The whole desert is in front of you, and no neighbours on one side." It all sounded so good, I could hardly wait to get there. The pups were just wonderful, never heard a sound out of them. We drove at night, so it would be a cooler trip. Once at a service station I let the pups out to exercise and nurses and we were asked the question I am sure most Whippet owners are asked a lot of times, "that have you got there, Greyhounds?" When you tell them, "No, they are Whippets" most of them just smile and look at you as if you don't know what you are talking about, "Lady, I know a Greyhound when I see one, and these are Greyhound pups!. And there is the other kind who say, "Never heard of a whippet before".
Well, we arrived in Albuquerque, all in good condition the next morning, and my husband was right, the place he had picked was way out, I thought we never would get there; we finally did, and I must say, it is a beautiful house with a lovely view, but horrified, I sate we had pretty close neighbours on the one side, and no alley way in the back, but the house was so nice, I didn't want to mention the possible trouble to my husband, who only wanted to please us. '.When I walked into the yard I noticed that the yard was not completely fenced, and I had an idea my husband did not see that before. I was right; As it turned out, we could not have used the back fence anyway, because the people who live there also have two dogs, and that would have never worked for sure.
Well, what does a person do with 7 dogs and no fenced yard? That's when my German upbringing came in handy, you walk them; And that is four times a days Lucky, we had a play pen for the pups, but that would not hold them very long, and after a few days, The Lone Ranger climbed out of the pen, as if it was the easiest thing in the world. 7e had brought some lumber from Texas, and after two weeks of a lot of walking, my husband fenced in the pretty large patio, which gave the pups enough room to play, and the grown dogs could use it for their business. But that is when I thought wrong. The two Whippets, and even the Poodle, had a taste of running in the desert and chasing rabbits and each other, and they were not about to change this kind of life for a fenced in patio, and they went on strike! They just would not use the patio/ All right, I gave in, but compromised to walk them twice a day, one hour at 5 in the morning, and one hour at 5 at night.
Just when I had this problem solved, I ran into another one. The older the pups grew, the louder they became. They slept in a double garage at night but came 5 in the morning, they decided they were through sleeping, now was the time to play. Everybody who has heard L. eleven week old pups playing at 5 A.M. knows it so sounds more like a couple of fighting Tigers. Something had to be done. I let them out in their yard, it seemed not quite so loud out there, but still loud enough for the neighbours to hear. I tried feeding them biscuits and thought if they are busy chewing, they will be quiet, but they ate the biscuits so fast, and the extra energy just made is worse. Then it happened. My neighbours came to see me and said "You have quite a few dogs, do you raise them? You know we cannot have a kennel up here", and I assured them that it is just our hobby to show Whippets and have a litter once in a while. Yesterday another lady mentioned us having "all these dogs" and I told her, "Yes we have a few, but I tell you it is much more trouble bringing up children, don't you think? And I think I have the noisiest children". Wouldn't you know, she tells me, "I never hear the children, but I hear the dogs". It is really true, we do have loud children and the only time you ever hear the dogs is in the morning. So we have been thinking, maybe we get blamed for all the other dogs barking in this area, because I know I never hear our dogs at night, and during the day the grown ones never make a sound. My husband and I sat down and talked that 5 A.M. business over, and came up with the idea to take the pups wit me on my early morning walks, that would take some of their fire out of them. But, this way I had to load all the dogs into the car and drive to a nice far away spot, and it worked. The pups loved it, they took care of all their morning playing came home, ate, went back to sleep, without making a sound. I just hope it keeps on working! Now I wonder what happens if they see a rabbit one of these mornings; I know the rabbits here are much bigger than the pups now. Well, we will wait and see!
Now we are planning another trip, and you guessed it, the dogs go with us, also our two children. We are going to visit the Blue Beaver Kennels in Lawton, Oklahoma. The pups have to meet their daddy, Ch. Bull O' The Moods Of Blue Beaver, and his owner, Mr. Hearn, who is very interested to see the results of this breeding. Mr. Hearn has a race track and 30 Whippets and that is enough for any whippet lover to drive 500 miles with 7 dogs to spend a week end.
McKay, Laguna Whippets, Berkshire, England, writes: Aug. 10, 196)4 - I do enjoy reading the WHIPPET NETS so much, especially the racing news. The racing in England is becoming very popular, especially in the north and midlands, but the really keen racing folk are seldom show exhibitors. One reason, I think, their dogs being well over the standard size. I am one of the few who race and win with my show dogs, certificate winners and champions.
Lori Spring, La Canada, Calif., writes: July 28, 1964- I am writing this letter to try to persuade someone not to obtain a Whippet. That may sound strange as I've loved the breed for years, but I'll explain. I'm trying to keep those lacking the proper facilities from buying a puppy.
My darling little Madcap Magic Circle was buried today and I'm brokenhearted. She was just over a year old, gay and spirited the third puppy I've lost on the streets in as many years. Lost not through lack of love or attention, but because I couldn't provide the proper fencing on the yard and an inquisitive little nose sniffed out an escape and was off to chase a cat across the street in the path of an oncoming car. In makeshift surroundings vigilance is not the answer either. In all three of my losses the puppy was out of sight for less than two minutes. I had just left my little Circe, safe in the back yard and was crossing the living room when I heard brakes scream and raced to find my baby pathetically wagging her tail for the last time on the pavement out front. I couldn't even find her means of escape.
Everyone knows the city is no place for little whirlwind Whippets, but neither is suburbia, unless there is escape proof fencing of a non-jumpable height without so much as a 6" gap anywhere. Anything the least bit makeshift only tempts fate and sooner or later fate wins. If there is a way out of the yard, a puppy will find it, if there is a board to nudge, a hole to dig or a chair to jump from, a puppy will push, dig and jump. If there is a street a puppy will be there. Whippets race off first and look where they're going second. The fact that they're usually racing at full speed when hit only makes the impact greater and their chance of living through it less. It is somewhat hard to expect a driver to miss a streak of lightning appearing from nowhere directly into his path. And lets face it, many drivers do speed on residential streets. They shouldn't, but they do and their chances of avoiding a puppy are even less.
The only answer is to be SURE the puppy can't get to the street. Unless a tentative buyer IS sure, they should not purchase a puppy.
Eyleland Sule Skerry Jenesis, my other puppy is very lonely. Until I can afford to move or install a better fence, Jeni must stay in my cat, when I can't be in the back yard with her. She even escaped the car once when I opened the wind wings too wide. A stuffy car is certainly not fair to a dog these hot California days, and oven though the car is in the shade with windows cracked for ventilation, I know Jeni gets uncomfortable, but I can't trust that fence again.
I have seen other folks with puppies in yards less safe than mine have been, who have never had any problem. They were very lucky and I sincerely hope their luck holds. lane didn't. For those who have lost a dog to a car, the screech of brakes holds a special terror.
Jeni and I are very lonely without happy little Circe, and I live in constant fear that something will happen to Jeni. This is why I'm advising people not to get one of those wiggly, adorable little puppies unless they have a fool proof yard or run, and vigilance that never let down.
The joy and delight that a Whippet gives an owner makes loosing it that much more heartbreaking.
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