American Whippet Club
1977- 1978 Whippet News Annual
A special thanks to Heather and Everett Dansereau of Devonair Whippets for this great historical piece.
STRATHOAK pays tribute to our dear "Tessie", STRATHOAK SUMMER BREEZE. She has no real claim to fame except being the dam of the FIRST ARM winner, STRATHOAK SPRING INTRIGUE. She was the recipient of the Kennel Review Award of 1971 for Top Whippet Brood Bitch, having 3 champions finish in the same year, CH. STRATHOAK STARSUN C.D, CH. HIGHLIGHT'S PIED PIPER, CH. HIGHLIGHT'S MONA LISA. Her greatest joy in life was to run, her neatest trick was to grab the lure and return it to the starting boxes.
In 1972 in connection with the AWC Nat'l Race meet at Santa Barbara , at the age of 10 years, Tessie ran a distance of about 100 yards in an exhibition race and was presented a trophy by Gladys Cutter on behalf of the AWC in recognition of her award from Kennel Review. Tessie never took kindly to staying at home while the others went racing! In 1976 at the age of 14 years we took her along for the ride and she showed that she could still chase that "ole bunny", and for the last time ran a short distance of about 30 yards on the grounds of Stoke Field at Santa Barbara between NPR races. The next day, she appeared in the show ring, which she detested, although she had 9 pts including a major, in the Special Veteran Class for her last public appearance.
Shown here with her breeder-owner, Tessie represents 7 generations of Strathoak and enjoys her days in the sun with her grandson, Ch. Fraserfield Waltz O'Strathoak and her double granddaughter Sea Aire Blue Star O' Strathoak.
STRATHOAK KENNELS CHRISTINE CORMANY, owner - 24819 Eshelman Ave.
Lomita , California 90717
8-30-62 We'll miss you, Tessie 1-28-78
This annual issue is really a first . It was the AWC Officers and Board members idea to try to have a fine publication similar to the lovely December, 1974 issue. Those planning this issue hoped that the membership and Whippet fanciers would support this endeavor -- but as the coordinator for this magazine I'm overwhelmed by your tremendous response.
So here it finally is -- truly a pictorial which should be a keepsake for years to come.
Pat Dresser, editor, and I thank you each and everyone for making this issue what you see-- and outstanding pictorial of Whippets for 1977-78.
The delay on arriving is due to many factors- costs and late arrival of ads to name but a few. There was snow, sleet, hail and torrential rains - a nationwide weather front that was unreal. And on the "home front" here at "Runner's" an unbelievable end of the year and beginning of 1978. Including fluke accidents; one catastrophe after another. And on top of it all a total reworking of all the material for the magazine plus an untimely move of locations with the print doing the final work. Thank you for bearing with us.
On my part, this issue truly became a "labor of love" with the help of my son, Rex and experienced friend and past editor of Whippet News, Christine Cormany. It is our hope that your ads are correct, clear and that you are as delighted with the whole magazine as we were in coordinating it for you.
From all the Officers and Board of The American Whippet Club thank you and the best of luck in your field of endeavor with this great breed.
Coordinator and Board Member.
OFFICERS AND BOARD
PRESIDENT: MR. LOUIS PEGRAM
VICE PRESIDENT: MR. ANTHONY J. GUTILLA
SECRETARY: MISS. CAROL WILLUMSON
TREASURER: MRS. MARY BETH ARTHUR
WHIPPET NEWS AND NEWSLETTER EDITOR :
Mrs. Pat Dresser, 1462 Granger Rd., Medina, Ohio 44256 Phone: (216) 239-1829
COORDINATOR FOR THIS SPECIAL ISSUE: Isabell Stoffers 20827 Mesarica Rd., Covina, Ca. 91724 Ph.(213) 332-2190
Selection of the Whippet Brood Bitch
by Louis Pegram
The greatest challenge to any owner starting into the breeding of Whippets is the selection of a top-quality producing brood hitch. There is no way you can select a virgin bitch regardless of soundness, type, temperament or pedigree (family tree), and be sure she will re produce top-quality show and/or race individuals. You might try a computer, crystal ball or ouija board, but your answer will come only after she has produced one or more litters of pups, and they have been properly raised to maturity. Those owner/breeders who have great producing brood bitches have a truly sound foundation for a successful kennel.
If you are going to take breeding of Whippets seriously for show and/or racing, do not select just any Whippet bitch. It is far easier to breed inferiority in purebred dogs than superiority. It has been my observation that the first things to consider in a prospective brood hitch is the individual, and then her pedigree. She should have eloquence, soundness, overall balance, happy outgoing personality and is from a line-bred family (pedigree) that has produced many outstanding winners on both the sire and the dam side of the pedigree. You will have little luck in producing anything special unless individuals in the first two generations of the pedigree are outstanding. The importance of the third through the fifth generations merely shows certain individuals in a pedigree who have been very dominant factors in producing top-quality individuals in the overall pedigree. If dominance is lost in the first two generations, then you will find it very difficult to bring hack the quality that existed in the third, fourth and fifth generations of a pedigree.
When possible, the mature prospective brood bitch should not he too small, under 18-3/4 inches at the shoulder, or too large, over 20-1/2 inches. If the bitch is very small with light bone, select a proven stud dog that has a record of siring most of his puppies, on the large size. The reverse would be true of the stud dog used for larger hitches. Do not kid yourself that color is not a major factor in the show ring. Look for a strongly pigmented color in the brood hitch and stud dog. it is desirable that the color be on a white background.
You may already own a pet quality Whippet bitch. If you love her dearly, you probably will try her as a brood bitch. If such is the case, unless she is the rare exception and produces beyond her own appearance, and overall quality, you can expect a litter of pups about the same quality and appearance as the mother. Your best bet for improvement in puppies over mother, is to select a stud dog of greater quality than your pet quality prospective brood bitch. She may he the dominant factor in appearance of the puppies, or the male could he the dominating factor. If both sire and dam are very average, then your chances are excellent of getting just average quality pet Whippet puppies. Unless you plan to keep the entire litter, you can expect very little in the way of demand or dollars for what must be considered a pet quality mating based on the quality and type of the sire and the dam.
Some of our truly dominant brood bitches produce a high percentage of quality pups from each litter regardless of the sire. Other bitches produce far better pups from one sire as compared to another. When you have brood hitches of this type, you must become a true student of pedigrees and sire influence. This can be a great challenge to the owner, so be prepared to win some and lose some.
We know that what you see in the physical characteristics of a brood bitch is not always what you get in her offspring. Here are guidelines to follow once a hitch has weaned her first litter that will help you determine her prospects as a future producing brood bitch:
1. Was she difficult to breed when introduced to the stud dog?
2. Did she have problems carrying pups up to whelping time?
3. Did she whelp easily or was it necessary for a caesarian section or shots to produce the labor?
4. Did she have a normal size litter of from four to eight pups?
5. Were pups vigorous and uniform in size at birth?
6. Do markings resemble dam or sire or neither?
7. Did she give ample milk and successfully wean all normal pups born alive?
8. Did any of the pups have abnormalities or faults that constitute "disqualification for showing or racing"?
As the pups grow to maturity, watch carefully how much they resemble their dam or sire in conformation, temperament and color. In some cases where an outcross breeding has been used, the puppies might not resemble either parent. Don't let this bother you, as they still will look like Whippets but not resemble their parents. When most puppies of a litter resemble the hitch, she can he considered the dominant factor in the mating. If she throws her good points as well as her faults, she is even more a dominant factor.
It is usually best to let a bitch have two litters before making up your mind to continue on with her as a brood bitch. Many young bitches have problems with their first litter but overcome these problems when bred a second time and are more experienced. If you had great problems with the Whippet bitch during the period of her first two litters, you may not wish to breed her again. If she is an outstanding individual with impeccable pedigree, then you might wish to continue on, taking into consideration the problems that will probably exist with each additional litter. Most normal, healthy bitches have fewer breeding problems when bred every time they come in season. You can expect 30 to 40 pups during the normal life of an average top-quality producing bitch from 16 months to 7 years. If she throws one-half of her pups of usable show and/or race quality, you then have a very strong foundation for a show and/or race kennel.
In many cases, bitches who race or show up to four years of age have slightly more problems when bred the first time. It is best not to allow a hitch to become too old, if she is to be used as a brood bitch. Some bitches can have one litter, and can continue to he shown or raced with few problems. Others have great problems regaining their original outline and form, so when Possible, do not breed a bitch until she is withdrawn from competition. This condition is an individual situation, and a gain there is no final answer until the bitch has produced her first litter of pups and successfully weaned them.
From Left to Right: Ch. Pennyworth Caroland Connie(Grand-Dam), Ch. Pennyworth Alice Blue Gown(Gt.Grand-Dam), Willcare's Montage, Ch. Pennyworth Would You Believe(Gt. Grand-Sire), Willcare's Decoupage, Willcare's Kinsman , Ch. Willcare's Collage(Dam). The 4th generation is three and half months old.
CAROL H. WILLUMSEN * 124 VANDERBILT BLVD., OAKDALE, NEW YORK 11769
BEST OF BREED EASTERN SPECIALTY 1977
AM.& CAN. CH. ASTROLOGER OF ALERY
THEY SAY, " A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS" and so be it. The critiques on the Midwest Specialty written by judge Peggy Newcombe was printed in the Newsletter. The Western Specialty was graciously written as judge, Mr. Bo Bengston's impressions were printed in The Gazehound magazine. Hopefully, you were all able to read both of these fine and varied articles.
So you may have noticed there was nothing printed about the Eastern Specialty -- the third of the three National Specialties given by The American Whippet Club. It was held at Ox Ridge Kennel Club, Conn. in Sept, 1977 and was judged by Isabell Stoffers, shown above.
With an entry of 119 it could have beer a great show except the elements were against us -- rain, rain, and more rain, though-out the whole day. Not a fair way to judge such a nice large entry. And I do believe the dogs perform so differently under such soggy conditions. The show grounds were lovely with a huge ring -- but the ground was just to wet. A nice big tented area -- thank heavens for that, for at least I was able to examine the dogs under cover and look at most of the line-up here -- of course that meant that yours' truly was out in the rain for this part of the judging. In spight of it all, I enjoyed doing the Specialty. Thank you, one and all for braving the weather and showing under me in such bad conditions. My BOB and BOS came right from the classes; they didn't seem to mind the rain as most of the Specials did - maybe because they had already been out in it in the classes. A fine group of dogs -- I only hope I have the opportunity of judging some of them again under better circumstances.
Gold Dust Kari
CH. GOLD-DUST'S TWENTY-FOUR KARAT
(Ch. Mor-Shor's Bold N' Courageous x Ch. Gold Dust's All That Glitters)
"Kari" is shown winning her FOURTH National Specialty under the respected whippet breeder judge Mrs. Margaret P. Newcombe.
"Kari" started her Specialty winning ways in 1974 when she finished her Championship by going BOS from the BBE class at the East Coast Specialty under Norman Ellis.
1975 - B.O.S. East Coast Specialty-Gayle Bontecou
1976 - B.O.B. West Coast Specialty-Mrs. J.E. Clark (Hound Group 1-Mrs. Lindsey)
1976 - B.O.B. Midwest Specialty - Dr. John Shelton
1977 - B.O.B. West Coast Specialty - Bo Bengston
1977 - B.O.B. Midwest Specialty - Margaret Newcombe
Our heartfelt thanks to all these judges.
"Kari" is now at home with a litter of 8
CH. HOUND HILL STRATEGIST
Face, Winners Dog at the 1976 Eastern AWC Specialty under breeder judge Larry Shaw, is shown finishing under Barbara Danis at the 1977 AWA supported entry at Huntingdon Valley K.C. A special thanks to these judges and the many others who supported Face through his short class career. As you can see he has proven himself in the show ring as well as a sire. SATURN'S YELLOW MOON from his first litter is well on his way to becoming his first champion get. Face also has a very promising litter out of our SUNDANCE JEWEL OF HARMONY who was RWB at the 1976 Midwest AWC Specialty at Chagrin Falls K.C. He has recently been bred to Ch. Appraxin Emma Peel of Timbar and Stoney Meadows Royal Bazaar. Thank you Janet Wayock, Carol Cioce and Iva Cottrell for sending us these lovely bitches. A very special thanks to Cora Miller for her support.
SATURN'S YELLOW MOON
Both these dogs are at stud to approved
CH. SOFT TOUCH O'LAZEBROOK
finishes her show career with her fourth major win.
After a winter litter to be sired by Ch. Sheridans Marial's Nikita, she hopes to be put into racing condition and join her litter brother KNIGHT KAP O'LAZEBROOK ARM on the track. Owners: Pat Dresser and Anthony "Bud" Gutilla
"LAZEBROOK" Anthony "Bud" Gutilla
RENFIELD LADY O'LAZEBROOK ARM
congratulates her children and acknowledges their sires:
Ch. Marial's Tinsel ARM
Ch. Marial's Kris Kringle (10 ARM points) by: Ch. Marial's King Arthur
Slade's Edie Ann O'Lazebrook ARM Hi Calibre o'Lazebrook ARM
by: Limited Edition o'Lazebrook ARM
Dress Circle Sadi O'Lazebrook (9 AKC points Dress Circle Blue Jean (F.Ch.)
by Ch. Colonial Acres Oz O'Lazebrook
and her remaining three that are excellent spoiled pets!
"LAZEBROOK" Anthony J. Gutilla
HARMONY'S SNOW DANCE
DUE TO AN IMPROPERLY HEALED BROKEN FRONT LEG, WHICH AFFECTS HIS MOVEMENT, SNOOPY'S LATE-STARTING SHOW CAREER ENDED ABRUPTLY.
HIS STUD CAREER IS JUST GETTING UNDER WAY ! ! ! WATCH FOR HIS CHILDREN
Katie Winters 45 Seca Place , Salinas , Calif. 93901
DRESS CIRCLE NATURAL WONDER
Needing one point to complete his championship, is now living with Beverly and Roger McKibbin of Anchorage, Alaska.
DRESS CIRCLE SOLID ROCK
Just starting his show career, is now owned by Robert Hirschle of Norristown, Pennsylvania.
DRESS CIRCLE THIS ABOVE ALL
(needing a major to finish)
CH. DRESS CIRCLE MASTERPIECE
are shown with their owners, Bob Hammett and daughter Cindy, of Barboursville, West Virgina.
DRESS CIRCLE SIGNED TIFFANY
litter sister to MASTERPIECE, took a major win in the show ring before being sold to a new home in Tennessee.
CH. DRESS CIRCLE WINDJAMMER
was shown extensively in 1971 and did very well in the show ring. According to Gazehound Magazine he was the #3 Whippet in group competition for that year.
DRESS CIRCLE FOXFIRE
was a young dog with much promise. He won 1st in the Sweepstake held in conjunction with the AWC Midwest Specialty in 1975, judge Cora N. Miller, he won a major from the puppy class, then went on to Best of Breed over specials and 2nd in the Hound Group at Detroit, Michigan in October, 1975, followed be another major at Delaware, Ohio before he met with an unfortunate accident. His mother, Cricket Hearth Swan Necklace (a Benchmark daughter), has just produced an interesting litter of blacks and browns. We are hoping there are one or two as good as Fox in her newest batch.
CH. BETTEBROOK BENCHMARK
CH. DRESS CIRCLE ROYAL FLUSH
Pictured here are two of our "Oldies But Goodies", both top producers.
Benchmark, still strong at 11 1/2, has sired 16 conformation champions, 4 obedience title holders, and 3 Award of Racing Merit winners.
announces the acquisition of two outstanding young Whippets
AM. & CAN. CH. PLUMCREEK SHEARWATER
Am.& Can. Ch. Misty Moor's Chalmondoley x Ch. Plumcreek September Romance
Breeder: Mr. and Mrs. R. Lawson
Shear completed his American Championship with a five point major at the Midwest Specialty where he was BOS. He finished his Canadian Championship in three straight shows taking Breeds over BIS and Group winners. (Shear is pictured elsewhere in this annual)
CH. RUNNER'S MAYA OF GAMBIT
Am.& Can. Ch. Misty Moor's Chalmondoley x Am.& Mex. Ch. Runner's Our Own Charisma
Breeder: Isabell Stoffers
Maya completed her Canadian Championship as a puppy with a five point major and BB over Specialty and multiple BIS winners. Maya went on to place Group 2nd at the Metropolitan show.
CH. RUNNER'S CREME DE LA CREME
AM. & CAN. CH. MISTY MOOR'S CHALMONDOLEY
AM. & MEX. CH. RUNNER'S OUR OWN CHARISMA
Pictured winning WB, BW and BOS under Mrs. Barbara Danis.
"Darcy" and kennel mate Turfsides BUTTERUM wish all their Whippet friends the Best of Luck in 1978.
"Darcy" will be Specialed in 1978 by her owner-handler, Mary Mangerson. "Rummy" (sired by 1976's Top Lure Coursing Whippet, Turfsides Joker, F. Ch.) has been bred to the handsome and functional Runner's Beau Geste A.R.M. (13 AKC pts.). We anticipate a late January litter. Information sent on request.
**FLASH: First time out as a Special -- Best Of Breed at Beverly Hills followed the next week-end again the Breed at Long Beach show.
A MULTI BIS producer A DUAL-TITLE producer and has ALWAYS produced
PAWNEE, at ten and one-half years of age, is still producing, his finest are coming of age. It is proven that his quality carries down through generations. What more can you ask from a stud? How much longer does he have to live?
- AMIGO WHIPPETS -
MAGPI PROUDLY PRESENTS OUR LATEST CHAMPION:
CH. MAGPIS BLACK BOTTOM OF HARMONY
(Ch. Dress Circle Aces High x Ch. Harmony's Flamenco Dancer)
We also present this promising young dog:
HARMONY'S WALDO PEPPER OF MAGPI
WALDO is shown going BOW for a 3 pt. major under Winifred Heckman, he has 10 points.
(Harmony's Pogidog of Magpi x Harmony's Odette)