Donated to the Whippet Community by Don Frames, Bardon Whippets
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE INTERPRETATION OF THE STANDARD
By J. L. Karas, President, The Whippet Club of N. S. W.
(From the Australian WHIPPET WORLD)
One of the most prevalent mistakes is the interpretation of the topline. This is the idea that the arch of the back should begin at the shoulder and extend past the loin. This is completely incorrect as the area over the shoulder blade should be completely flat with the arch beginning past the shoulder blade with a slight arch over the loin, the highest point of the arch exactly over the loin, all forms of exaggeration to be avoided. Thus any marked degree of arch is incorrect.
The most important factors to be considered are symmetry of outline, muscular development and powerful gait. These three factors should always be uppermost in anyone's mind when observing the Whippet. Another important fact to remember is the appearance of the Whippet. He must convey an impression of great speed and elegance. Thus, if you have an animal who is moving in a mincing or high stepping manner, and who conveys an impression of being "pretty", it is incorrect.
by Kathleen Beargie
While looking up some information the other day in a Handbook of Physics and Chemistry, I ran across an interesting piece of information for dog people in general, but which I thought I'd pass on to WHIPPET NE7S readers. This was a table showing the analysis of the milk of various mammals. The following two analysis are taken from this table:
I have compared the above two mammals because cow's milk is often fed to puppies and grown dogs. There are several things worthy of note here. First the difference not only in the amount of total proteins, but also in the composition of the proteins. Notice that bitch's milk has no casein or albumin in it, and that its total proteins, which are much higher than those of the cow's milk, are composed of other proteins, some of which are listed above. Notice, by contrast, that the proteins of cow's milk are composed almost entirely of casein and albumin. Secondly, notice the differences in the amount of fats and sugars. The sugars consist mostly of lactose, and the fats mostly of olein, palmitin, stearin, and butyrin. Thirdly, notice the difference in total solids, which is correlated with the amount of water, which in turn again is correlated with the specific gravity.
The high protein and fat content and low sugar content of bitch's milk in contrast to almost the reverse conditions in cow's milk is undoubtedly correlated with the fact that dogs are carnivors, whereas cows are herbivors. This also, by the way, shows up in the form of the teeth, a subject which should be covered in several paragraphs, so I won't take it up here* The particular table from which the above figures are taken, does not list any other carnivors, but it does list quite a few herbivors. By and large the composition of the milk of other herbivors is very similar to that of the cow. Other mammals high in total proteins and fat and low in sugar are, interestingly enough, the rabbit and the dolphin. These are not herbivors.
The above remarks are not to be construed that I think that cow's milk is not good for dogs. I am only presenting what to me is an interesting analysis.
Delaware Ohio Kennel Club
Oct. 25, 1964 Judge: Mr. Heywood W. Hartley
Puppy Dogs, three shown. First, John Berger's Kobold Ajax (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Loreli O'Lazeland) Second, Lee Ellen Billings' Flyalong Baron (by Bright's Flyalong Monarch ex Pennyworth Cheers) Third, Charles E. Billings' Flyalong Spitfire (by Bright's Flyalong Monarch ex Pennyworth Cheers)
Open Dogs, six shown. First, Leonard W. Gamber's Pennyworth Bay-Star Maestro (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Ch. Pennyworth Tigrine) Second, Waldwyn Kennels' Waldwyn Lemon Drop Kid (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Ch. Pennyworth Tigrine) Third, Jack L. Acker's Glenhaven's Wild Fortune (by Ch. Glenhaven's Wildwind ex Ch. Julie of Stoney Meadows) Fourth, Thomas Kirchner's Bettebrook Nevermore (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Pennyworth Ebony Princess) Winners Dog to Pennyworth Bay-Star Maestro. Reserve to Kobold Ajax.
Puppy Bitches, one shown, Jack L. Acker's Jacker's Fawnee (by Glenhaven's Wild Fortune ex Traymatt Fedora)
Bred By Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Martha Love's Westmoreland's Irene (by Palmerscross Goldrush ex Palmerscross Stolen Love)
Open Bitches, eight shown. First, Victor & Margaret Renner's Bettebrook Lilliput (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Harbridge Suede) Second, Betty J. Gamber's Pennyworth Bay Starlight (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Stoney Meadows Snow Princess) Third, Robert & Helen O'Keefe's Lady Carmel of Keith (by Harbridge Chamois Ru Sell ex Masked Princess of Spen Core) Fourth, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Upside Down (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon)
Winners Bitch to Bettebrook Lilliput. Reserve to Pennyworth Bay Starlight.
Best of Winners to Bettebrook Lilliput.
Specials, five shown, Ch. Westmoreland's Kimbrough, Ch. Westmoreland's Charles, Ch. Pennyworth Ebony Princess, Ch. Traymatt Rooster Boy, Ch. Stoney Meadows Ferdinand.
Best Of Breed to Bettebrook Lilliput.
Best Opposite Sex to Silver Ho Kennels' Ch. Stoney Meadows Ferdinand (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade)
Central Ohio Kennel Club, Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 15, 1964, Judge: Mr. Hollis Wilson
Winners Dog to John H. Berger's Kobold Ajax (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Reserve to Leonard W. Gamber's Pennyworth Bay-Star Maestro (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Ch. Pennyworth Tigrine)
Winners Bitch to Margaret & Victor Renner's Bettebrook Lilliput (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Harbridge Suede) Reserve to Betty J. Gamber's Pennyworth Bay-Starlight (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Stoney Meadows Snow Princess)
Best of Winners to Bettebrook Lilliput.
Specials, one entered, Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland.
Best of Breed to Victor Renner's Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Best Opposite Sex to Bettebrook Lilliput.
Other class placings not marked.
Marion Ohio Kennel Club
Nov, 28, 1964 Judge: Mr. Maxwell Riddle
Puppy Dogs, two shown. First, Lee Ellen Billings' Flyalong Baron (by Bright's Flyalong Monarch ex Pennyworth Cheers) Second, Charles E. Billings' Flyalong Spitfire (by Bright's Flyalong Monarch ex Pennyworth Cheers)
Open Dogs, five shown. First, Jack L. Acker's Glenhaven's Wild Fortune (by Ch. Glenhaven's Wildwind ex Ch. Julie of Stoney Meadows) Second, Darlene Roark's Talaria (by Ch. Rockabye Blue Boy ex Fawn Lady) Third, Leonard W. Gamber's Pennyworth Bay-Star Maestro (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Ch. Pennyworth Tigrine) Fourth, John Berger's Kobold Ajax (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)
Winners Dog to Glenhaven's Wild Fortune. Reserve to Talaria.
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Victor & Margaret Renner's Bettebrook Lilliput (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Harbridge Suede)
Open Bitches, six shown. First, Robert J. & Helen J. O'Keefe's Lady Carmel of Keith (by Harbridge Chamois Ru Sell ex Masked Princess of Spen Cere) Second, Margaret & Victor Renner's Bettebrook Bonita (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Pennyworth Ebony Princess) Third, Victor & Margaret Renner's Renfield Cinderella (by Eyleland Homer ex Ch. Eyleland Crepe Suzette) Fourth, Mrs. Marshall Hopkins' Whipoo's Silver Song (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish)
Winners Bitch to Bettebrook Lilliput. Reserve to Lady Carmel of Keith,
Best of Winners to Bettebrook Lilliput.
Specials, one shown, Ch. San Saba Swiftwing.
Best of Breed to Bettebrook Lilliput. Best Opposite Sex to Glenhaven's Wild Fortune.
The Dan Emmet Kennel Club, Gambier, Ohio
Nov. 29, 1964 Judge: Mr. Herman G. Cox
Open Dogs, two shown. First, John Berger's Kobold Ajax (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, Bettye K. Scott's Humble Acre Side Bet (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's Tar Heel)
Winners Dog to Kobold Ajax. Reserve to Humble Acre Side Bet.
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Victor & Margaret Renner's Bettebrook Lilliput (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Harbridge Suede)
Open Bitches, two shown. First, L. Tom Canale's Gwinny Willow's Snow White (by Stoney Meadows Sports Extra ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland) Second, Margaret & Victor Renner's Bettebrook Bonita (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Pennyworth Ebony Princess)
Winners Bitch to Bettebrook Lilliput. Reserve to Gwinny Willow's Snow White.
Best of Winners not marked.
Specials, one shown, Ch. San Saba Swiftwing.
Best of Breed to Bettye K. Scott's Ch. San Saba Swiftwing (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's Tar Heel) Best Opposite Sex to Kobold Ajax.
Antelope Valley Kennel Club, Lancaster, Calif.
Dec. 13, 1964 Judge: Maxwell Riddle
Puppy Dogs 9 - 12 mo., one shown, Richard C. & Diane J. North's Piperkin's Rusher (by Eyleland Double or Nothing ex Ch. Picardia Poltergeist)
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Carroll Hayhurst's Hollypark Hedge Hopper (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Ch. Piperkin's Patience) Second, John P. Towne's Eyleland Double or Nothing (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Double or Quits) Third, Canyon Crest Kennels' Canyon Crest's Red Fox (by Ch. Bull O' The Woods of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise) Fourth, Albin O. & Hallie M. Torkildson's Sing'n Billy Boy (by Traymatt Nolasco ex Ch. Eyleland Crescendo)
Winners Dog to Piperkin's Rusher. Reserve to Hollypark Hedge Hopper.
Puppy Bitches 6 - 9 mo., one shown, Strathoak Kennels' Strathoak Lady Chiffon (by Strathoak Irish Rhapsody ex Appraxin Red Starlet)
Novice Bitches, two shown. First, Est. of Donald P. Hostetter's Dolly O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, Norman B. Howard's Sugar 'N Spice of Suntan (by Eyleland Double or Nothing ex Ch. Silver Song of Suntan)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Marion H. Woodcock's Snow Flurry of Suntan (by Eyleland Double or Nothing ex Ch. Silver Song of Suntan)
Open Bitches, nine shown. First, Jacqueline Quiros-Kubat Attila's Dragonfly Gypsy (by Caramel of Allways ex Midtsfyns Ilsebel) Second, Lucile & Ernest A. Kubish's Whirlings Velvet Fawna (by Springmere Yours Sincerely ex Ch. Strathoak White Velvet) Third, Liz Scott's Sand Spiral Kindall (by Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom) Fourth, Dorothea & Earl R. Hastings' Eyleland Quick Trick (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Seven League ex Meander Double or Quits)
Winners Bitch to Attila's Dragonfly Gypsy. Reserve to Whirlings Velvet Fawna.
Specials, Ch. Picardia Poltergeist, Ch. San Saba Snedley Snedley, Ch. Ringmore Finisterre.
Best of Breed to Betty K. Scott's Ch. San Saba Snedley Snedley (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's Tar Heel)
Best Opposite Sex to Donald A. Frames' Ch. Picardia Poltergeist (by Ch. Mopalos Speaker of the House ex Ch. The Lark of Meander)
Mrs. C. E. Francis, London, writes, Dec. 8, 1964. As this will arrive in time for the festive season, may I send best wishes and a happy Xmas to all Whippeteers, race or show members from all our friends here.
The last championship show of the year will be held on Dec. 9th and we shall have to see if there is anything unexpected placed in the top honours. At the moment there are several contenders for championship titles, partly finished. It is so hard here to get made up. National Whippet Association had a very good entry for their championship show on Nov. 21st, topping last year's entry by 7. Mrs. Molly Garrish won the bitch C.C. and Mr. Griffiths the dog C.C.; both of these animals were already champions so there was no new ones made up.
Next Saturday the Coursing Club has a meeting at Witham, this is the nearest meeting to us, about 46 miles away. I have entered one in Puppy (a dog) Francescan Golden Rod, (Roddy); he is very keen and I hope he will make a good show. I hope they find enough hares to complete the course. The last one was at Stow -in-the Wold, Gloucester and unfortunatly there were not enough hares to finish the days course. The dogs enjoy the sport so very much and it does prove how fit they are.
Racing this Sunday at Welwyn Garden City and we are now beginning to build up a good little Club. We have started handicapping by time (yards per second) so all finishes are close. All now, and a happy Xmas to everyone.
NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING SHOWS EXCELENT GROWTH IN 1964 by LOUIS PEGRAM
The future growth for National Whippet Racing in America never looked brighter. There were periods during 1964, due to deaths and "those things which just happen to all of us at times," that might have destroyed the plans of less determined and dedicated groups of people. These temporary reverses however have drawn those people interested in the Whippet as a show dog, race dog and pet closer together. Ye as members of sectional Whippet Clubs and/or individual Whippet owners, by improving our communications through the pages of "Whippet Newsy personal letters, and factual word of mouth have learned to speak almost the same language in connection with the Whippet as a race dog, and the holding of National Race Meetings under Rules and Regulations for National Whippet Racing.
During 1964 there were six highly successful race meetings held under Rules and Regulations for National Whippet Racing:
1. International Kennel Club Show, Chicago, Illinois; 84 entries.
2. Mississippi Valley Kennel Club, St. Louis, Missouri; 56 entries.
3. Oregon Dog Fanciers Show, Portland, Oregon; 31 entries.
4. Santa Barbara Kennel Club, Santa Barbara, California; 47 entries.
5. Eyeland Park Race Meeting, Antioch, Illinois; 73 entries.
6 G. Marysville Whippet Race Meeting, Marysville, Ohio; 77 entries.
All of these tracks offer fine racing facilities, but tracks vary in length so that race meetings must be run at a distance from 150 yards to 200 yards depending upon the racing surface available. Racing surfaces are of several types to include soil, turf, and cinders; thus, while certain Whippets were consistent on all types of tracks, others favored only certain tracks. It was with this in mind we started offering the strictly honorary award, based on "special points assigned in advance to each national race meeting." "The Honorary Award of Racing Merit" was to show those Whippets who turned in outstanding performances at several of the tracks where National Racing Rules and Regulations were enforced.
There were numerous Whippets that showed great consistency, but three Whippets seems to stand out during the year 1964; 1-2 EYELAND HOMER (thirty-one hundred National Racing points), CH. ROUGET O’LAZELAND,( twenty-four hundred National Racing Points). These two fine racing Whippets were gems of consistency in
five of the six national race meets. In the Midwest HOMER and ROUGET were unbeaten in 1964, except for taking turns in beating each other. They did however meet defeat at Santa Barbara, California, where WHITE ACRE SAGE was unbeaten in all four of his races. HONER and ROUGET did not –show .their .usual speed from the smaller California starting boxes, but were constantly in the money.
#3- WHITE ACRE SAGE, (900 National Racing Points), has brilliant speed. He ran in two national events winning all of his races easily at Santa Barbara, but interfered at Portland, Oregon. WHITE ACRE SAGE could be the fastest Whippet in training, but must settle down to a constant pattern of running. #4 - WHITE ACRE CAROL'S FANCY, (500 National Racing Points), has a clean-cut advantage as top race bitch of 1964. This female has great speed, but was a victim of poor racing luck.
You will find a final and average rating on Whippets that raced during 1964. The purpose of these ratings is to help Sectional Racing Secretaries in making up their first race program at any National Race Meeting. It must be clearly
understood however that the Sectional Racing Secretary has the right in the first race program to place any Whippet in the Grade he wishes if a Whippet has changed in racing ability at local meetings. We believe the Grades listed are good sound averages, but Whippets do change in racing ability, and every effort should be made to start the Whippet off in as near his or her class category as possible.
Here are the final average Grades on Whippets who raced during 1964. If we have missed any Whippets, please advise me so that they can be included in future grades.
NATIONAL WHIPPET RACE RATINGS FOR 1964
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND KEEP THEM RUNNING IN 1965.
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CH. PENNYWORTH APRIL FOOL PICTURED BB AT CENTRAL IOWA KC ON OCT 4, 1964
UNDER JUDGE HOLLIS WILSON
AT KEOMAH KC THE PRECEDING DAY, AGAIN BB UNDER MR. MAURICE BAKER AND
AWARDED GR2 BY MR. ROBERT WATERS
"APRIL" IS THE DAM OF 3 CHAMPIONS AND CONTINUES HER WINNING WAYS!
OWNER & HANDLER: MRS, EMALIE EWING, WINGS KENNEL, RUTLEDGE. MO.
COVEYDOWN GREENBRAE WAYFARER
YOUNG ENGLISH IMPORT BY ENG. CH. LAGUNA LIGONIER EX ENG. CH. GREENBRAE LAGUNA LUCIA.
FINISHED HIS AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP WITH FOUR MAJORS, ALSO A GROUP WINNER IN CANADA.
STUD FEE $75 (DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM NEW YORK, BOSTON, ETC.)
COL. & MRS. JOHN COLLINGS, WINTERFOLD KENNELS, ROTHESAY, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA
CHAMPION BETTEBROOK LILLIPUT
OCTOBER 25, 1964, DELAWARE KENNEL CLUB, 4 POINT MAJOR BB
NOVEMBER 15, 1964, CENTRAL OHIO KENNEL CLUB, 3 POINT MAJOR BOS
NOVEMBER 28, 1964, MARION OHIO KENNEL CLUB, 4 POINT MAJOR BB
NOVEMBER 29, 1964, DAN EMMETT KENNEL CLUB, 2 POINT WB
DECEMBER 6, 1964, INGHAM COUNTY KENNEL CLUB, 3 POINT MAJOR BB GROUP 3
OWNED BY MARGARET AND VICTOR A. RENNER HANDLED BY ANTHONY J. GUTILLA
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
Badgewood Kennel Reports Betty Fell
December 153 1964
Many roads have been paved with our intention to send you news of us, They must be poorly surfaced, as I believe this is the first word in almost twelve months. We will try to remedy this and bring you up to date.
We have had only one litter this year. Belle Starr produced two puppies in August by Ch. Laguna Ligonier, Adam and Eve, registered Rainsman and Praire Belle.
We were interested to see what litter sisters, entirely different in type, would produce by the same dogs. Calamity Jane had Sewickley and Allegheny in her first litter, Martha Jane, Entertainer, now in Sweden, and Indian Scout who is in America becoming acclimatized, in her second. She was to be mated to Ch. Ladiesfield Topaz, but unfortunately he died. Belle has, by Ch. Ladiesfield Topaz, Colorado. More about her later. Though they are only four months old, Adam and Eve both look like winners. It will be very gratifying if they are.
We had hoped to have a litter of Norwich Terriers, but Susie let us down. We bought her two puppies, whom we named Sheila and Reggie after their breeder and her husband, hoping she will take the hint and have her own.
We didn't do nearly as much showing this year. Altogether we went to fifteen shows, Eleven of them were Championship, one open and two limited. Of the latter, one was the National Whippet Club where Martha Jane was Best Puppy In Show, and the other we only showed the Labradors. With them we got a first, second and a third and Best Novice° At the Open show we showed Colorado getting a first and the third in her two classes.
Crufts was our first show of the year. Here Belle Starr was third in Novice bitches out of a class of over eighteen, We were in the cards at Manchester and The Whippet Club with Martha Jane and Sewickley, but nothing spectacular. At
W. E. L. K. S. Sewickley won the Graduate Bitch class, and in doing so was awarded the Fred Jones Memorial Trophy. This is given to the dog, owned by a member of the Midland Whippet Club never having won a Challenge Certificates who has accrued the most points from the time of the last W. E. L. K. S. show. It is a handsome bronze of Ch. Robmaywin Stargazer of Allways. We are very proud to hold it for a year.
Bath was next on our schedule, and what a thrill. We won Graduate Bitch and then the Reserve Bitch ticket. Our first green and white card!
We missed several shows by a trip to New York. While there I judged several breeds at the Long Island Kennel Club show, including Whippets. Courtenay Fleetfoot was my Best of Breed and I was delighted to see him go Best In Show.
Our next show was Windsor on the fourth of July. What a day; Sewickley won her first ticket and went Best of Breed under Miss Gillian Ussher. To top it off, we came home to find our Sweat Peas had won three firsts in a local flower show, the first time we had ever shown at a flower show. It was a glorious fourth.
Birmingham was our next show two months later. Colorado won Junior bitch, Novice bitch and best Novice. Sewickley, Graduate bitch and the Reserve Bitch ticket.
Three classes, three firsts& Plus Reserve C.C. From the Northern Counties Whippet Club show, Colorado came home with two thirds, and Sewickley a second in Limit bitches.
Martha Jane went to the Hound Association show and won Novice bitch and Junior bitch. Sewickley went cardless. This was Martha Jane's first outing since W. E. L. K. S. She had been dreadfully car sick going down the day before, and was fourth in Puppy bitch, though she looked as though she had been wrung out.
The Ladies Kennel Association show was the first show for Noon River, My we were pleased when she was second in a mixed class of twenty-seven puppies. Sewickley won Mid Limit bitches and the Reserve Bitch C.C. Moon River is by Ch. Laguna Limelight out of Sewickley's sister, Allegheny, and was bred by Mrs. K. E. Fisher. Limelight is a full brother to Ch. Lily of Laguna, the dam of Ch. Laguna Ligonier.
At our next to last show, the Midland Whippet Club Championship show, Hark Twain made his debut, winning his three classes, Special Puppy, Puppy and Maiden. He is a litter brother to Moon River. She was third in Special Puppy bitch and second in Maiden, her only two classes. Colorado was fourth in Junior bitch, Sewickley won the Open bitch class and the bitch Certificate& Her second ticket. Mrs. Odell judged the dogs and Mrs. Hodgdon judged the bitches. What a grand show, we not only came home with five trophies and lots of prize money, but won eighteen flower bulbs and six glasses with Whippets hand painted on them, in the raffle.
The last championship show of the year is over, Richmond. A grand finale it was too. Badgewood Sewickley won her third Challenge Certificate, and is now a champion, subject to Kennel Club confirmation. Before challenging for Best Bitch she had won the Open bitch class. Our other entries did well also. Hark Twain was second in Puppy Dog and Novice Dog. Moon River was third in Novice bitch, though not placed in Puppy bitch. Colorado was third in Junior bitch and second in Graduate bitch.
What a marvelous Christmas present for Badgewood Kennels, and our dear "Mother", Copper Penny. Her first granddaughter a champion, and her first great grand children winners. Her granddaughter, Entertainer, was unbeaten as a puppy at the International shows she was shown at this year. We wish her all the best in '65. We are eagerly waiting to hear whether her Grandson, and Entertainer and Martha Jane's brother, Indian Scout has overcome the effects of an east coast summer, and made his debut in America. He cast his coat completely, in order to stay cool.
From all of us to all of you we say Happy New Year!
Kathleen Beargie Reports
November 19, 1964 Arvada, Colorado
Recently some comments from Whippet breeders have come to my ears to the effect that certain blood lines in this breed are spooky and that bitches in general are simply out of this world, being flighty and often having bad cases of the "squats". I feel that by and large this is an injustice to the breed. There are, of course, bad temperaments in every breed. This is an inherited condition and no amount of good handling seems able to correct this. However, most of the spooky temperament attributed to Whippets is NOT inherited, but either learned, or the result of being kept in the kennel too long. All the dogs I have ever had have been house dogs, and all, except one have come to us at a very tender age., I firmly believe that all house dogs, be they pets or show dogs, should have some small amount of Obedience training. Thus, I have been involved in Obedience training for a long time. Being involved in Obedience means that one has also been involved in dog temperaments. This brings one inevitably into contact with Mr. Clarence Pfaffen burger and the ideas he and others have developed at Bar Harbor and at San Rafael, Mr. Pfaffenburger advocates that seven weeks of age is the ideal time to take a puppy into the houde to be a house pet. If this is not feasible, then twelve weeks is the next best time. After this age the ability of the dog to adapt lessens considerably. I can personally say that this is certainly true. Our male house Whippet, Ch. Rocket's Torpedo, C.D.X., arrived at our house when he was nine weeks of age. Because we have treated him kindly but firmly, correcting him gently when necessary, but nevertheless correcting him, he has the most marvelous temperament.
I have seen in a long time. He is not afraid of new situations, he did a creditable job in Obedience and in the show ring, and has traveled all over the country with us on field trips, excursions and outings, enjoying them as much as we do. He has made friends for the breed wherever he has been, because he's such a genuinely nice dog. Let me site one more example. Picardia Priscilla is a bitch with her U.D. Although I do not know this bitch, I am sure that she must not be flighty or have the squats or she couldn't have earned this very advanced Obedience title.
The point I am trying to make is this. Whippets are not generally well known to the public. They are not popular in the same sense as Poodles, Dachshund, Beagles or German Shepherds, to name a few. Sales do not proceed rapidly. This means that a great many Whippets languish in kennels until after the most propitious age for adjustment. This is a breed whose temperament needs to be given the chance to adjust early. This is perhaps more necessary than in some other breeds. I have seen three ':'whippet litters that were raised in the house and were house dogs until sold. Not a single one, be it dog or bitch, was ever shy or spooky. If you have not read Mr. Pfaffenburger's book on dog behavior, I suggest that it is a MUST and an eye-opener.
Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell T. Howell
The Greyhound coursing season is upon us here, and the freezing weather as well. The Whippets are mostly by the fire, but four bitches have managed to do the needfull and one hopes there will be a great lot of pups next spring. I am just back from a very happy trip to America where my Whippet aquaintance went from coast to coast. There was a lovely little red bitch from Stoney Meadows in Boston, called Abby, and then in California I renewed an old friendship with an Irish dog of Mrs. Henderson's and met some of her others as well. The growth of Whippet racing in California seems quite unbelievable and the number of people interested and actively racing is enormous. Perhaps I am getting senile, but it does seem such a short time ago that the Pinckneys and the Stouts and just a few of us were struggling to find Whippets to run in Golden Gate Park, and now you have a national grading system and more than enough dogs to run, Isn't this a very fine thing. I hope we can do the same in Ireland. Every good wish to all Whippet fanciers wherever they may be.
Dr, H. W. Heiser Reports
December 17, 1964 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
This is a little general news regarding Whippet racing here in Oklahoma City, I Know of no other members of the A. W. C. who live in this area. There is, as of now, no active racing club, as such, in this area. However, I have called a meeting of Whippet owners in this area for 12-20-64 at my home, in hopes of reviving the old Oklahoma Whippet Club. I have sold enough pups to people in this area interested in racing to form at least the nucleus of a new racing club. We have been racing here, informally, every Sunday afternoon, weather permitting, since early last summer; several of these owners have shown interest in reactivating the old club, so will give it a try.
Pennyworth Kennel Reports Margaret P. Newcombe December, 1964
Newington, New Hampshire
The last half of 1963 and all of 1964 have been very trying times for all Americans. We have lost many great people, In the dog world, and in Whippets especially, we have suffered tragic loses. Our President, Donald Hostetter, Bobby Notch, and now John Berger. Each of these people contributed greatly to the breed they loved, Whippets. Each, in his own way, was striving for one thing, a better breed, and each for unity in that breed, We cannot hope to fill the gaps their loss has made, but we can make a resolution for 1965, to join ranks and try harder, to forget petty grievances and unite ourselves behind our breed, to be more critical of our show stock, our racing stock, our stud dogs and our brood bitches;, to set our aim high, for a better Whippet, Not Just Another Champion! My hope is that in 1965 Whippets will climb even higher than in 1964 and certainly in '64 they have done well! Both on the track as well as in the ring. This, I am sure, is what Donald, Bobby and John would have wanted for the Whippet. Let us resolve that we will do our level best to obtain this goal.
As you can see elsewhere in the NEWS, we here at Pennyworth have been busy doggie wise as well as non doggie wise.
we started our second youngster off to school this year and our third goes next year. We have built a new kennel with 28 stalls, now grooming room and kitchen. At this writing we have 23 puppies on the place and more expected! I guess busy is not the word, but busy it is!
We have traveled a total of 2)4,000 miles by car, 7,800 by plane. What doing? Showing Ricky of coarse& Ricky at this writing has just won his 27th Best In Show at the Maryland Kennel Club under Mr. William H. Brainard, Jr., and his 28th at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia under Mr. Henry Stoecker; what a thrill it was!
I believe with these wins he has broken the all time Best In Show record (Whippets) held by Ch. Flornell Glamorous and Mardormere Kennels. We are also very pleased that Ricky has two Champions to his credit at this time and several of his get with both majors. His two champions are Pennyworth Bay Starlight owned by Len and Betty Gamber and Pennyworth Burning Dream who finished at the Maryland show with a four point major and Best Opposite Sex to Daddy.
And so, here we are at the end of 1964, we will be sorry to see it go into history, as '64 has been good to us. Tired as we are we wouldn't have changed one minute of it for anything.
In all the hussel and bussel of the year we have heard from breeders and friends far and wide, and were most pleased when we received a picture of my Best Puppy at the 1963 N. C. C. Specialty from Mr. and Mrs. Griffith, the owners of Eng. Ch. Roanbar Star. They informed me that he now has five C. C.'s, what a thrill for them and I am very pleased he has gone on in such a winning way. I also heard that my C. C. bitch has piled up the C. C.'s. Congratulations to both owners.
I sincerely hope my winners at the 1964 A.W.C. Specialty have much success in 1965 and do as well as my English winners have done.
May I close now and wish all doggie folk, wherever they are, a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Strathoak Kennel Reports Christine Cormany December, 1964.
Tragedy has struck again at Strathoak, a double dose this time. Due to unforseen circumstances, Miss Purfield was unable to take Sand Spiral Silk 'n Satin (Candy Spots) and as she had one of the sweetest natures we have known, decided to keep her along with her sister, Midge (Strathoak Lady Chiffon). The white and black male, Timothy, one of the nicest pups we have seen for sometime, developed a most disagreeable temper' To placed him in a lovely home where he was very happy being "top dog". Tire were all very happy and settled now, Midge and Candy Spots were being leash broken, joining the two adults chasing bunnies on week ends and all in all, things were looking very bright and prospects were good. We’re will probably never let ourselves be lulled into such a state again, because that was when FATE dealt her deadly blow. On Friday the 13th, Candy Spots broke her leg, at the pastern joint. This wasn't bad enough, but complications set in after surgery, which was a success, but she developed lung congestion which turned into pneumonia and although "the operation was a success, the patient died". We were of course heartsick, even though we had Midge, there is an empty feeling when we think of dear Candy Spots. Exactly one week later, the new owners of Timothy called, heartbroken. Poor Timothy, like so many Whippets this year, met his end under the wheels of a slow moving car in his own driveway. At this point we felt the end had come, it just seemed more than vie could take and that death had been more than unkind to us this year. However, after a few days we took stock of what was remaining, Midge and of course our black, Summer Breeze (Tessie) and decided it could have been worse and with these two girls we hope that in '65 we can bounce back stronger than ever.
Other news in So. Calif. is the formation of the new Southern Calif. Whippet Association. Its Board of Directors are hard working Whippet enthusiasts, some old, some new. Lots of plans are under way for '65 and I believe our Association President has news of the plans to come in this issue.
We were interested in reading in the last issue of Selwyn Blackstone's March Hare. This is the youngster *ho was shipped with Auriga (Bettibet). He had never had any training of any sort and to come along the way he has shows what training and instinct can and will do. This pup is almost a year at this writing, is by Ch. Great Circle Dad Hatter ex our Strathoak Summer Breeze. We hope "Sam-sam" will continue to do well for his owner and justify our faith in him.
White Acres Kennel Reports
All of us at White Acres send "Seasons Greetings" to all.
Not much to report at this time of year. There are plans to have some top racing programs in June and July, one to be in the Portland, Oregon area and the other to be in Vancouver, B. C. We hope that these two events will bring out most of the top Whippets.
Our last show of the year was held on November 15th at Marysville, Wash. It brought out a record entry for this show. There were seven Whippets entered. Winners Bitch and Best of Breed to Doris Ringer's Ringo's Pandomonium. Winners Dog and Best Opposite Sex to J. Ansons Gypsy's Kelly. Reserve Tanners Dog to R. Webster's Stars and Stripes of Suntan. Reserve Winners Bitch to R. Webster's Hollypark Baby Doll of Urray. Even though the facilities were crowded we had a good visit with all our friends.
It was reported that Pamela Arthur is planning to move back to the Vancouver area before the holidays. We are very happy to have her back.
Deadline for the next issue of the WHIPPET NEWS is February 15.
American Whippet Club members send in your reports to the Kennel Reports section. Other readers send your letters to the Rail Bag. Please typewrite or write plainly and print proper names.
Send all mail to:
The Whippet News
c/o Mrs. E. L. Jacobs Mahomet, Illinois 61853
INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB OF CHICAGO TO HOLD ANNUAL SHOW AND WHIPPET RACES ON APRIL 3 and 4, 1965
by Louis Pegram
Mr. William Ogalvie has advised the International Kennel Club of Chicago will again have Whippet races as an added feature. It is his feeling that the addition of Hurdle racing would add much to this fine spectator attraction.
We will operate much on the same basis as in past years. Schooling races for pups, ungraded racers, hurdle racers, and any graded Whippets who wish to school, will be held on Friday night between 7:00 and 9:30 p.m., April 2, 1965. Please do not bring constant fighters, or Whippets who have not had proper race training. We certainly hope to draw a large entry from all sections of the United States, but it is most important that we have clean, formful racing, as we are being paid to put on interesting racing before very large crowds. It is just plain logic, if Whippets do not run well in training, they are not likely to do well under the stress of indoor racing.
There will be four complete race programs. Two race programs on Saturday, April 3, at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and two race programs on Sunday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Hurdle races will follow the regular graded flat races, but hurdle races will not be held as part of the 10:00 a.m. race program on Sunday morning, April 4.
Entries for all races will close on Wednesday, March 31, 1965, and we will take no entries at the International Kennel Club Show. The Whippet race entry fee is 1')1.00 per Whippet and this money will be used to purchase trophies, and here is how the trophy awards will be handled:
1. Engraved trophy for high point racer to be designated as the Mrs. C. Groverman Ellis race trophy.
2. Engraved trophy for the high point racer who has finished his Championship in the show ring, to be designated as the Donald Hostetter race trophy.
3. Trophy for second high point winner.
4. Trophy for the high point racer (opposite sex).
5. Trophy for the second high point racer (opposite sex).
6. Trophy for the high point racer from any state who might have five or more adult entries from that state. (These awards exclude any adult Whippet who might have won a trophy under the first five points listed above. The award would then go to the second high point Whippet from a given state.)
1. Trophy for high point puppy.
2. Trophy for second high point puppy.
3. Trophy for third high point puppy.
1. Trophy for high point hurdle racer.
2. Trophy for second high point hurdle racer.
The International Kennel Club will again offer cash which will be divided on a point basis in all three divisions. Mrs. Eugene Jacobs will mail checks to all winning owners soon after the International Kennel Club race meeting.
It is most important that our hurdle race program be a success. Hurdles will not be over 2L in height, and there will be three hurdles. The quickest way to teach Whippets to jump an obstacle is to keep them on the leash and jump them over a small hurdle while the dog is still on the leash. Then get someone to hold your Whippet while you run a short distance going over the hurdle. Once you are on the other side, turn and call your Whippet. He will in most cases come to you clearing the jump just as you have cleared the obstacle. Do not get the Whippet in the habit of running around the jump. When actually racing over the hurdles, always keep the lure ahead of the Whippet and have the lure either drug over the hurdles or an escape under the hurdle. Be sure the lure always passes over or under the very center of the hurdle.
Every effort is being made to make this our best International Kennel Club Whippet Race meeting ever. Please set aside April 2, 3, and 4, 1965, for the three big days of show and racing at Chicago, Remember, this is an indoor event and weather creates no problem.
HIGH POINT WINNERS - INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB) CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
** WHIPPET RACING ENTERTAINMENT **
International Kennel Club, Amphitheater Union Stock Yards, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4, 1965
(Races - April 3 — 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 4 — 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
CASH PURSES OFFERED BY INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB OF CHICAGO, ILL.
TROPHIES FOR VARIOUS RACE CATEGORIES- (SEE WHIPPET NEWS)
INFORMATION ON ENTERING YOUR WHIPPETS FOR RACING
1. Give full information when filling out your entry blank.
2. $1.00 entry fee for each Whippet - Check must accompany entries to eliminate confusion. Make checks payable to Louis Pegram. Entries close Wednesday, March 31, 1965. No Post Entries. Whippets entered in show must also pay $1.00 entry fee.
3. All Whippets who have not had previous racing records must school to the satisfaction of the Racing Secretary on Friday night, April 2 - Optional schooling races for all graded Whippets who wish to school - 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday night, April 2. Do Not enter constant fighters or any Whippet who has not been trained properly for racing.
4. Drawing to be held Friday night, April 2, 1964, - Owners need not be present.
RACING DIVISIONS :
1. PUPPY DIVISION - Whippet puppies under 12 months of age as of April 3,1965.
(Only experienced puppies)
2. ADULT DIVISION - Any adult experienced race Whippets in good standing under
National Racing Rules - National grading system to be used.
3. HURDLE RACES---- Same rules as above. Whippets can run, if so desired,
in both flat and hurdle races. (Three programs - Sat 3-8 Sunday 3 p.m.) (point system)
REPORT FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
By Elizabeth Scott
The most important and exciting thing that has happened is that there will be A. 7. C. RACING at the Sun Maid Kennel Club show this year.... This show will be held April 10... This will be CALIFORNIA'S second Race Meet to be held yearly..... So to any and all who can attend, we will be looking forward to seeing you.
We had an outbreak of the old disease called LITTERS .... Christine Cormany at Strathoak was blessed first ....Then came Dot Hastings and Liz Scott's litter.... Then to Jack Towne's surprise his Pixie had a litter...(he thought it was a false pregnancy). Then the outbreak continued, there was another blessed event at the Crusonts, this was the smallest litter with only three coming forth...Then the last (to my knowledge) took place at Shamrock Lane Kennels, just about five weeks ago.
A small but industrious group of Whippeteers have formed a small club, called The Southern California Whippet Association. Through this Association we hope to be able to have many exciting meets, and help all to enjoy their Whippets. The first big job they will perform is the arranging of the RACES AT FRESNO...
So 1964 is fast slipping away, and looking back I just want everyone to know how much I appreciated the HELP at the SANTA BARBARA RACES ......When I think about it I just don't know what I would Have done without people like the RENNERS, coming all the way from Ohio, L. PEGRAM, keeping everything on an even keel....Everyone who came and participated and worked were great...I want to invite all of you who came, to come again next year, and those who didn't make it this year, we will expect to see next year.....
OHIO WHIPPET CLUB TO ORGANIZE
In view of the participation and interest of all Whippet owners who attended our Central Ohio races, we are planning not only to continue such activities but to organize our efforts by forming a club of Whippet owners and breeders in this section of the country.
Presently, we are thinking of an independent club which would cooperate with the A.W. C. and individual A. K. C. clubs in developing three or four shows and.. racing meets annually. Furthermore, we visualize that Whippet owners in Ohio and neighboring states of Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kentucky should be invited to become members of the club.
As a first step we propose to have a meeting to organize the club, draw up a constitution, elect officers, etc. You are cordially invited to participate as a member. You may have others in mind who would be interested. Let us hear from you as to your interest, suggestions on time and place for an organization meeting and any other thoughts or suggestions you may have.
I have been designated by the local group to act as temporary secretary. Will look forward to hearing from you.
Mrs. Betty Kirchner
Rural Route 5
WHIPPET RACING ENTERTAINMENT
Sun Maid Kennel Club
Races: Saturday April 10, 1965 .. After Judging of Breed
RACES CONDUCTED UNDER THE OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING, Louis Pegram, National Secretary
All races will be run on a dirt track, the full 200 yards. Puppies will be run the same distance. All classes will be run on Saturday. This is a one day race meet. THERE WILL BE NO WHIPPET ENTRIES TAKEN AT THE TRACK. THE ENTRIES FOR THE RACES CLOSE ON MONDAY MARCH 29
INFORMATION ON ENTERING WHIPPETS FOR RACING
1. All Whippets must be registered or eligible for registration with A. K. C.
2. All adult Whippets must be rated "A" through "D" under the National ratings... All others will be classed "D", unless otherwise classified by the Members of the National Racing Committee.
3. Entry fee of '1.00 per dog, whether entered in the show or not. There will be cash awards.
4. All entries must be in the hands of-Elizabeth Scott, 7960 MoGroarty, Sunland, California, by Monday, March 29, 1965 ..... All races will be filled by draw.
1, PUPPY - Any puppy who has not reached the age of one year by April 10.
2. ADULT Any Whippet of any age who has not been barred from any track in any location.
SUN MAID KENNEL CLUB WILL DONATE TROPHIES FOR HIGH POINT ADULT, AND HIGH POINT OPPOSITE SEX ADULT, HIGH POINT PUPPY AND HIGH POINT OPPOSITE SEX PUPPY.
THE WESTERN GAZEHOUND CLUB
by Richard Y. Webster
30,000 SPECTATORS THRILL TO WHIPPET RACES
As a climax to a very successful racing season in 1964, the members of TEE WESTERN GAZEHOUND CLUB, very ably assisted by a team of handlers from the THE VANCOUVER JUNIOR KENNEL CLUB, presented fifteen minutes of racing by Whippets and Afghans before an audience of upwards of 30,000 spectators who had gathered to see a Canadian Western Conference Football Match between the B. C. Lions and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The racing was due to commence at 8:12 P. M. and continue to 8:27 P.M. between the "warm-up period" and the start of the game. Rehearsals had been held on the field for the two previous week ends, in order to perfect the timing, and a schedule of three Whippet, two Afghan races and a demonstration of Borzoi running were all fitted into the tide limit.
The football teams did not get clear of the field until 8:15 P. M. and immediately the pre-race parade of dogs commenced, as well as six of the more stalwart males getting the starting boxes into position. All the handlers wore white, the girls in skirts and blouses and the boys in Jeans and shirts. Each handler was assigned a dog for the evening, and in the parade, wore a sash to match the colored racing blanket in which each dog was paraded. As well as manhandling the starting boxes, adult members of the Club were assigned duties of catchers, dressers, judges, and supervising loading the boxes and operating the lure, as well as one member describing the action over the P. A. system.
The dogs ran approximately 125 yards, diagonally across the field, and as soon as one race finished, the handlers were off down the field for the following race. Everything ran very smoothly, but the five minutes lost at the beginning necessitated the elimination of the last race; nevertheless the crowd reaction was most gratifying, and at times the cheering crowd drowned out the P. A. commentary. Post-game comments from the spectators were very enthusiastic, and obviously the crowd loved the racing and were unanimous in wanting to see more.
Incidentally, the B. C. Lions won the game, so a very successful evening was enjoyed by all concerned.
THE MAIL BAG
Pamela Arthur, B. C,, Canada, writes: We've moved again. This time 1,L100 miles back to B. C. That a joy it is to go outside without six layers of clothes on& Our trip back was in real gypsy style. My husband and I, two small children, 14. adult Whippets, 10 puppies two weeks old, in one small station wagon plus all our suitcases, dog crates, high chair and ironing board! Behind us came an old cattle truck with some of the furniture and my two horses, one an open jumper and the other a green hunter. We all arrived safely, but it was a miracle, as the roads from Bauff, Alberta to here were covered in ice with no gravel, sand or salt on them. We came through the Fraser Canyon, which is treacherous at the best of times, at 15 M. P. H. The poor fellow driving the truck had never been out of Manitoba and he was horrified by the sight of the mountain roads.
As you can see by my advertisement, "Pickles" whelped 12 puppies. That a time had with no water or electricity, of course, on that day. I fetched snow to melt for the hot water bottles as the temperature that night was about 20 degrees below zero, with a howling wind. I only kept 10 puppies but they were all of good size and very robust. Is there any record of litters of Whippets over 12: I would be interested to know. Nearly all litters here are large. Either 8 or 9, but I was sure surprised when the "added bonuses" arrived!
Selwyn Blackstone, Franksville, Wisconsin, writes: Everyplace you look we have puppies in our house now. We ran into do many odd problems with our last litters, which were whelped in the utility room that we decided that the next ones would be whelped in the house proper. But problems really arose when three bitches whelped within a few weeks of each other. So, we have three bitches who are not house broken and twenty-one puppies jamming up the normal channels of the house. But it appears to be paying dividends already. The first litter is already past the point that we ran into trouble on the last one. They are really active. I just had to add another foot to the height of their enclosure, which was one foot high from the beginning, as they were all climbing out. They're 141 days old. 17e certainly got a great variety of colors. Mary's litter was split right down the middle; that is, four brindles (varying shades) and four blacks. Angel got what she always does, 10 parti-colors, beautifully marked, with one black brindle. Streak did well on her first litter, and gave three parti-colors, who at this stage are the largest we've had, and in fact they are larger than Angel's pups.
Tell, the new year is practically here, and of course sp is the new racing season practically here. I expect the coming year to be better than the last one, just as the previous years were all better than their previous ones. Of course added interest this year will be the addition of hurdle races. This should prove quite a challenge.
Although our present grading system is much better than any previous ones, most of us understand it is not infallible. People who feel that the system in use creates inequalities should really remember how things were a few years ago.
They should also remember that gradually things have been worked out, and inequalities in matching dogs together are being weeded out. The system that has been gradually developed is one that is needed; one in which the dogs grade themselves by performance with the human element being eliminated. With the larger entries of good dogs now, the system in the coming year should develope to where there are few problems.
The large entry of good to excellent running Whippets brings to thought something probably more important than grading. That is the elimination of chronic fighters. Fighters and intentional bumpers must be weeded off the track at National Meets at the earliest possible moment. This will call for more and better judges on this type of incident. It has become quite obvious that the dogs have improved faster than their owners or the training of judges. Actually, judging is the most thankless job there could possibly be, and it is always like pulling teeth from a tiger to talk someone into judging. Something will have to be done on this subject.
Wallace S. Harlee, Jr., Victoria, Texas, writs: Whippet news is pretty scarce down in this part of the country due to the scarcity of Whippet owners. We had some good shows at Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas this fall, but I must admit that we were disappointed to see that the Whippet entry was considerably smaller than those enjoyed at the same shows last spring. However, it was a real thrill for the Whippet owners present to watch Sam Hearn's Whippet, Ch. Tuff of Blue Beaver win the Hound Group at the San Antonio Kennel Club show. Now that the fall shows are over, we are getting ready for this spring by making our plans for the spring shows and making preparations for a litter of puppies in March. By the way, we were quite elated to learn that the American Kennel Club will look favorably on the organization of local Whippet Specialty Clubs and hope that this will pave the way for the organization of a Specialty Club in the southwest, say for Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Vie would appreciate hearing from other Whippet owners in this part of the country who might be interested in a Specialty Club for this area.
Congratulations on the wonderful job you have done with the WHIPPET NEWS during the past year. I can appreciate the tremendous amount of effort required on your behalf to publish a top breed magazine such as we have in the WHIPPET NEWS and I am very thankful that we have you. Truly, I thought it would be impossible to improve upon the excellent breed magazine we had last year, but you have surely do done the impossible.
Nita Hopkins, Champaign, Illinois, writes, Dec. 8, 1964: This year the Whippet fancy has lost members who were more than ordinarily devoted to promoting Whippet interests. Couldn't or shouldn't the A.W.C. recommend a pause in passing to dedicate a page for listing those who have given so much of their time and efforts in the interest of our Whippets? I am sure we will be acutely aware of their absence many times over. We do as much for our dogs, so why not a note of memoriam for their fanciers?
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Motch a few years ago when we took our Ch. Whipoo's Whimsy, C.D. on the Virginia-Carolina circuit as a Specials Only. I especially remember the time Donald Hostetter offered me congratulations - "You're the grandmother of another champion"!!! The first time I met John Berger he told me: "I sure would like to see Whimsy. He's the only reason I ever bought a Whippet." I remember
Isn't it gratifying to see this WHIPPET NEWS year coming to a close on a harmonious note - with folks even expressing appreciation for each others efforts? How nice is a kind word. THINK!
I still look forward to Gene Jacobs' sketches when I open my WHIPPET NEWS and never cease to marvel at the extraordinary job Sibyl does. And someday we are going to have a son of a whim, AREN'T we, Sibyl?
Jane Langdon, California, writes: Mother's Whippet, Ch. Mopalo's Gay Blade won B.O.B. at the Reno Kennel Club in October and again last week end at Santa Rosa. Best wishes for a happy holiday season.