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1984 AWC Annual Page One
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One O'Clock Mr. Personality
( Ch. Black Oak Bedazzled x Belhound Better N'Better)
"There is an endless list of great sires and dams, who, in themselves or in their immediate background, had what unsuccessful breeders would regard as an unsurmountable fault to his using it as a breeding prospect. Yet the obvious faults in those dogs and bitches mentioned were far overbalanced by their possession of something that was badly needed in the breed - they had a lot to give. Those who breed against faults would turn them down. Those who breed for virtue would use them eagerly. And history tells which are right." — E. Eberhard
One O'Clock is dedicated to maintaining a shapely, well balanced type of Whippet while emphasizing a soundly made, correctly moving hound, as demonstrated by this handsome young dog. Sport is a double grandson of Ch. MorShor's Blazing Finish with obvious qualities of structure and breeding potentialTho ugh he had accumulated 5 pts. as a puppy (always BOW), he's temporarily retired until full maturity and is at stud to selected bitches. Color photos and pedigree on request. Inquiries ALWAYS answered.
THE WHIPPET NEWS
Statement of Editorial Policy
Established by the Editor with the concurrence of the Board of Directors of the American Whippet Club.
OBJECTIVES: To unite those people interested in the breeding, showing, racing, coursing and generally improving the breed of Whippets for the purpose of exerting effectually a combined influence upon all matters affecting the breed. To promote and maintain a high standard of conduct in the transaction of all business connected with the breeding of Whippets.
Material for the WHIPPET NEWSLETTER and ANNUAL is always welcome from all readers, whether AWC members or non-members, and all the material that is used is presented with a minimum of editing, so as to retain the individual style of the writer. Each issue is the result of material sent in by the readers and reflects the interest of the readers.
The articles or material submitted for publication should pertain to Whippets in general, be constructive and free from personal animosities and grievances; further, the material and not the contributor is the basis of acceptance, and the editor will decide the suitability of the material submitted. When sub mitting material, please typewrite or print plainly, especially proper names.
NOTICE: The opinions expressed in the WHIPPET NEWSLETTER and ANNUAL are those of the individual writers and advertisers and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the editor or the AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB, or any group to which the individual writer may belong. Further, the editor of the WHIPPET NEWS cannot be responsible for statements made anywhere in the publication except on the editorial pages and in the editor's personal advertisements.
THE WHIPPET NEWS is the official publication of the American Whippet Club and is available to non-members of the American Whippet Club for a donation of $10.00 per year. This donation includes the WHIPPET NEWS ANNUAL and the monthly NEWSLETTER.
OFFICERS & BOARD
President ................................... Mrs Philip S.P. Fell
Vice President .............................. Mrs Barbara Koch
Delegate to the American Kennel Club Mrs Philip S.P. Fell
Secretary-Treasurer ..................... Miss Carol Willumsen 124 Vanderbilt Blvd. Oakdale , New York 11769
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CLASS OF 1985
Mrs Douglas Arthur ( Wisconsin)
Mrs Barbara Koch ( Texas)
Mrs Cora Miller ( Massachusetts)
CLASS OF 1986
Mrs Philip S.P. Fell ( New York
) Dr Barbara Henderson ( Maryland)
Dr John Shelton ( California)
CLASS OF 1987
Mrs Jean Balint ( California)
Mrs William Dresser ( Ohio)
Miss Carol Willumsen ( New York)
THE AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB, INC.
Founded January 11, 1930
Applications for membership in the American Whippet Club are available upon written request to the AWC Secretary (address above).
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WHIPPET NEWS AND NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Pat Dresser, 1462 Granger Rd. , Medina, Ohio 44256 (216) 239-1829
WHIPPET NEWS ANNUAL EDITOR
Wendy Clark, 110 Tibet Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43202
A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT DOG
A m. Can. C h. Misty Moor's Chalmondoley
Oh such good news!!
Out of Ch. Dunberry Arwen by Ch. Tripletimes The Rumor Has It.
Arwen's children will be in the show ring this year.
ERMA and RALPH KOVACH, MD
American Whippet Club
NAME AND OBJECTIVES
SECTION 1. The name of this Club shall be American Whippet Club.
SECTION 2. The object of this Club shall be:
SECTION 3. The Club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.
SECTION 1. Eligibility. There shall be one type of membership, open to all persons eighteen years of age and older who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club.
SECTION 2. Dues. Membership dues shall be $10.00 per year, payable on or before the 1st day of January of each year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During the month of November, the Secretary shall send to each member a statement of his dues for the ensuing year.
SECTION 3. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by these constitution and by-laws and the rules of The American Kennel Club. The application shall state the name and address of the applicant and it shall carry the endorsement of two members, not of the same family.
Applicants may be elected at any meeting of the Board of Directors or by written vote of the Directors by mail. Affirmative votes of 3/4 of the Directors present at the meeting of the Board or of 3/4 of the entire Board voting by mail, shall be required to elect an applicant.
An application which has received a negative vote by the Board may be presented by one of the Applicant endorsers at the next meeting of the Club and the Club may elect such applicant by favorable vote of 90% of the members present.
SECTION 4. Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated:
(a) by resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary; but no member may resign when in debt to the Club. Dues obligations are considered a debt to the Club and they become incurred on the first day of each fiscal year.
(b) by lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member's dues remain unpaid 90 days after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the Board may grant an additional 90 days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any Club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.
(c) by expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VII of this constitution and by-laws.
SECTION 1. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Club shall be held in the month of April, at a place, date and hour designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of the annual meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary to each member at least 14 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for the annual meeting shall be 10% of the members in good standing.
SECTION 2. Special Club Meetings. Special Club meetings may be called by the President or by a majority vote of the members of the Board who are present at a meeting of the Board or who vote by mail, or by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by ten members of the Club who are in good standing. Such meetings shall be held at such hour and place as may be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 14 days and not more than 30 days prior to the meeting. The notice of meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other Club business may be transacted. The quorum for such a meeting shall be 10% of the members in good standing.
SECTION 3. Board Meetings. The first meeting of the Board shall be held immediately following the annual meeting and election. Other meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such times and places as are designated by the President or a majority vote of the entire Board. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary to each member of the Board at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for a Board Meeting shall be a majority of the Board voting in person or by mail.
SECTION 4. The Board of Directors may conduct its business by mail through the Secretary.
DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
SECTION 1. Board of Directors. The Board shall be comprised of nine members, all of whom shall be members in good standing who are residents of the United States.
Three of these Directors shall be elected each year for three-year terms, at the Club's annual meeting as provided in Article V, and shall serve until their successors are elected. General management of the Club's affairs shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors. They shall elect the Club's Officers.
SECTION 2. Officers. The Club's Officers, consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and American Kennel Club Delegate shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the Club and its meetings and the Board and its meetings. The Officers shall be elected from among their number by the newly elected Board of Directors at and immediately following the annual meeting. They shall serve for one-year terms and until their successors are elected.
(a) The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club and of the Board, and shall have the duties and power normally appurtenant to the office of President in addition to those particularly specified in these constitution and by-laws.
(b) The Vice-President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President's death, absence or incapacity.
(c) The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Club and of the Board and of all votes taken by mail, and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Club. He shall have charge of the correspondence, notify members of meetings, notify new members of their election to membership, notify Officers and Directors of their election to office, keep a roll of the members of the Club with their addresses and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these constitution and by-laws.
(d) The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belong ing to the Club. He shall deposit the same in a bank satisfactory to the Board, in the name of the Club. His books shall at all times be open to inspection of the Board and he shall report to them at every meeting the condition of the Club's finances and every item of receipt or a payment not before reported, and at the annual meeting he shall render an account of all moneys received and expended during the previous fiscal year. The Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as the Board of Directors shall determine.
(e) The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held by the same person.
(f) The Delegate to The American Kennel Club shall represent the Club in all matters requiring liaison with The American Kennel Club.
SECTION 3. Vacancies. Any vacancies occurring on the Board or among the Officers during the year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority of all the then members of the Board.
THE CLUB YEAR, VOTING, NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS
SECTION 1. Club Year. The Club's fiscal year shall begin on the 1st day of January and end on the 31st day of December.
The Club's official year shall begin immediately at the conclusion of the election at the annual meeting and shall continue through the election at the next annual meeting. The elected Officers and Directors shall take office immediately upon the conclusion of the election and each retiring Officer shall turn over to his successor in office all properties and records relating to that office within 30 days after the election.
SECTION 2. Voting. At the annual meeting or at a special meeting of the Club voting shall be limited to those members in good standing who are present at the meeting, except for the annual election of Directors, and for amendments to the constitution and by-laws and to the Standard for the breed, which shall be decided by written ballot cast by mail. The Board of Directors may decide to submit other specific questions for decision of the members by written ballot cast by mail. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted.
SECTION 3. Annual Election. At the annual meeting for the election of Directors the vote shall be conducted by ballot. Ballots, to be valid, must be received by the Secretary before the opening of the meeting. Ballots shall be counted at the meeting by three inspectors of election, to be chosen by the members present at the meeting. The persons receiving the largest number of votes shall be declared elected. If any nominee, at the time of the meeting, is unable to serve for any reason, such nominee shall not be elected and the vacancy so created shall be filled by the new Board of Directors in the manner provided by Article IV, Section 3.
SECTION 4. Nominations and Ballots. No person may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated in accordance with these bylaws. A Nominating Committee shall be chosen by the Board of Directors before October 1st. The Committee shall consist of three members and two alternates, all members in good standing, no more than one of whom shall be a member of the current Board of Directors. The Board name a Chairman for the Committee. The Nominating Committee may conduct its business by mail.
(a) The Nominating Committee shall nominate from among the eligible members of the Club two candidates to fill the positions of each of the three Directors whose terms will expire, and two candidates to fill any vacancy among the Directors whose terms are not expiring and shall procure the acceptance of each nominee. The Committee shall then submit its slate of Candidates to the Secretary who shall mail the list to each member of the Club on or before January 15, so that additional nominations may be made by the members if they so desire.
(b) Additional nominations of eligible members may be made by written petition addressed to the Secretary and received at his regular address on or before February 15, signed by five members and accompanied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying his willingness to be a candidate. No person shall be a candidate for more than one position, and the additional nominations which are provided for herein may be made only from among those members who have not accepted a nomination of the Nominating Committee.
(c) On or before March 1, the Secretary shall mail to each member in good standing a ballot listing all of the nominees for each position in alphabetical order, together with a blank envelope and a return envelope addressed to the Secretary marked "Ballot" and bearing the name of the member to whom it was sent. So that the ballots may remain secret, each voter, after marking his ballot, shall seal it in the blank envelope which in turn shall be placed in the second envelope addressed to the Secretary. The inspectors of election shall check the returns against the list of members in good standing prior to opening the outer envelopes and removing the blank envelopes, and shall certify the eligibility of the voters as well as the results of the voting which shall be ananounced at the annual meeting.
SECTION 1. The Board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the Club in such matters as dog shows, annual prizes, membership and other fields which may well be served by committee. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the Board. Special committees may also be appointed by the Board to aid it on particular projects.
SECTION 2. Any committee appointed may be terminated by a majority vote of the full membership of the Board upon written notice to the appointee; and the Board may appoint successors to those persons whose service has been terminated.
SECTION 1. American Kennel Club Suspension. Any member who is suspended from the privileges of the American Kennel Club automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this Club for a like period.
SECTION 2. Charges. Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the breed. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with Secretary together with a deposit of $10.00 which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained. The secretary shall promptly notify the Board which shall fix a date of a hearing by the Board or a committee of not less than three members of the Board, not less than four weeks nor more than eight weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by registered mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his own defense and bring witnesses if he wishes.
SECTION 3. Board Hearing. The Board or committee shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant, the Board or committee may by a majority vote of those present suspend the defendant from all privileges of the Club for not more than six months from the date of the hearing, or until the next annual meeting if that will occur after six months, and, it it deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant's right to appear before his fellow-members at the ensuing Club meeting which considers the recommendation of the Board or Committee. Immediately after the Board or Committee has reached a deci sion, its findings shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn shall notify each of the parties of the decision and penalty, if any.
SECTION 4. Expulsion. Expulsion of a member from the Club may be accomplished only at the annual meeting of the Club following a hearing and upon the recommendation of the Board or Committee as provided in Section 3 of this Article. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his own behalf though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the findings and recommendations, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf. The meeting shall then vote by secret written ballot on the proposed expulsion. A 2/3 vote of those present and voting at the annual meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted the suspension shall stand.
SECTION I. Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws and the Standard for the Breed. Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws and the Standard for the Breed may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by twenty percent of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board of Directors and must be submitted to the members with recommendations of the Board by the Secretary for a vote within three months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.
SECTION 2. The Constitution and By-Laws and the Standard for the Breed. The constitution and By-Laws and the Standard for the Breed may be amended at any time provided a copy of the proposed amendment has been mailed by the Secretary to each member accompanied by a ballot on which he may indicate his choice for or against the action to be taken. The notice shall specify a date not less than 30 days after the date of mailing by which date the ballots must be returned to the Secretary to be counted. The favorable vote of 2/3 of the members in good standing whose ballots are returned within the time shall be required to effect any such amendment.
SECTION 3. No amendment to the Constitution or By-Laws or to the Standard for the Breed shall become effective until it has been approved by the Board of Directors of The American Kennel Club.
SECTION 1. The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 3/4 of the members. In the event of the dissolution of the Club whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of the law, none of the property of the Club nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the Club shall be distributed to any members of the Club, but after payment of the debts of the Club, its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs, selected by the Board of Directors.
ORDER OF BUSINESS
SECTION 1. At meetings of the Club, the order of business so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows: Roll Call, Minutes of Last Meeting. Report of President, Report of Secretary, Report of Treasurer, Reports of Committees, Election of Officers and Board (at annual meeting), Election of New Members, Unfinished Business, New Business, Adjournment.
SECTION 2. At meetings of the Board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by majority vote of those present, shall be as follows: Reading of Minutes of Last Meeting, Report of Secretary, Report of Treasurer, Reports of Committees, Unfinished Business, Election of New Members, New Business, Adjournment.
After 15 years in dogs, Rathkeale is proud to announce our premier litter from first cousins Ch. Rathkeale Natural Affinity (Ch. Winterwhip Peter Paul Mounds x Ch. Winterwhip Antique Brass) x Winterwhip Silver Reward (Ch. Winterwhip Sterling Silver x Winterwhip The Lion's Pride, litter sister of Windspeil). Five girls and three boys were whelped Thanksgiving day; it promises to be a blending of Winterwhip's best, and we are very excited!
Dante is a proven sire - his first litter out of Windsprite Summer Breeze (a Warwick daughter) will debut in the spring. We are extremely proud of Nicki, Bart, Sam and Perry, and will be pleased to present them all.
All of Rathkeale's breeding stock is C.E.R.F. registered clear.
Phil Allen Whippets
We are proud to present our four generations of breeding
Far right: Great-Grand-Dam Ch. Phil-Allen Rhapsody in Blue
Far left: Grand-Dam Ch. Phil-Allen Splendor
Center: Dam Ch. Phil-Allen Rambling Belle
Puppies: Whelped August 24, 1984
The Sire of this exceptional litter is Ch. Khiva's Stage Door Johnny. The five boys and two girls are all show potential and the litter is entered in the 1985 Futurity.
These puppies are the achievement of over a decade of selective breeding of Phil-Allen Whippets. We have produced Champions in each generation and have high hopes for these youngsters.
PHIL HEDGES - ALLEN ODOM
3545 LaMar Place , Colorado Springs, CO 80911 (303)392-9326
Plumcreek Dunberry Holly
(Ch. Plumcreek Chimney Swift x Price-Patrick's New Venture)
HOLLY'S A CHAMPION!!
Holly finished her championship this spring with majors from Mr. Anthony Gutilla (pictured) and Ms. Betty Stites. We (Holly and I) would like to thank the judges (hound specialists, all) who appreciated Holly's qualities: Mr. Anthony J. Gutilla, Ms. Betty Stites, Ms. Carol Duffy, Ms. Lynne Schanzle, Mr. James Prior, Mr. Jerry Watson.
Breeders: Viola & Burton Klein
10 WENDY CLARK COLUMBUS, OHIO
Plumcreek Jumaco Dollar
(Ch. Lidemara's Moonshadow x Plumcreek Black Murr)
MEGAN'S A WINNER!!
This fall, Megan won at 7 of 9 shows straight, going Best of Breed over Specials twice and picking up both majors in one weekend (from judges Catherine Burg, pictured, and Isabell Speight). Megan needs only 2 points to finish in 1985.
Breeders: Linda Larson & Judy Coward Co-owner: Linda Larson
AFFINITY Carol Juelfs, 56 No. Victoria, St. Paul, MN 55104 (612) 224-6427
CHAPARRAL Jack L. and Connie Eaker, Route 7, Box 452, McKinney, TX 75069 (214) 548-0363
DEVONAIR Heather and Everett Dansereau, RR#2, 1733 Centre Rd., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 2Z7 (416) 659-1188
DRESS CIRCLE Pat Dresser, 1462 Granger Rd., Medina, OH 44256 (216) 239-1829
DUNBERRY Wendy Clark, 110 Tibet Rd., Columbus, OH 43202 (614) 268-1848
FALLOWFIELD Connie Brunkow, 807 W. Washington, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-5846
FOLQUIN B.D. and E.C. Wolkonsky, P.O. Box 253, Lakeside, CA 92040 (619) 443-1655
GOLD – DUST Joan and Bob Goldstein, 5 Klinger Lane , Warren, NJ o7060 (201) 561-3833
KEZO Tom and Ellen Hammatt, 24062 Castilla Lane, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (714) 770-9881
LINDENHALL Kate-Marie Barry, 237 Tiverton St., Fayetteville, NC 28304 (919) 864-2130
PHIL – ALLEN Phil Hedges and Allen Odom, 3545 LaMar P1 . , Colorado Springs, CO 80911 (303) 392-9326
RUNNER Isabell and Henry Speight, 20827 Mesarica Rd., Covina, CA 91724 (818) 332-2190
TOM'S WHIPPETS Tom Yeager, 366 S. Greenwood St., Marion, OH 43303 (614) 387-3697
TUMBRIDGE Mike and Marcey Bashford, 12472 Foster Rd., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (213) 431-5351
WILDFIRE Lori Nelson, 2524 E. Becker Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85028 (602) 971-6887
WHIPPOORWILL Dr. Barbara Henderson, 16200 Burton Lane, Laurel, MD 20707 (301) 490-6598
Stoney Meadows --- Snowflight
THE PERFECT COMPLEMENT
OUTSTANDING TYPE, BALANCE AND MOVEMENT
Litter whelped December 5, 1984 -
Snowflight ' s Traveling (D) and Snowflight ' s Meandering (B)
Gentry will remain here, Mia is for sale.
Extended pedigree and puppy information on request.
The Futurity Concept is totally one of future planning. It is a breeders showcase - a place to display their knowledge of pedigrees and genetics and to culminate the two in a finished product - a beautiful nominated puppy.
The Futurity procedure is as follows: First, the bitch must be nominated while in whelp. Second, the litter must be nominated before it is three months old. Third, indiv idual puppies must be nominated after 3 months of age and before the closing date of the Futurity.
The first American Whippet Club Futurity was overwhelmingly received by Whippet breeders. On a glorious day at Riddle Field in Ravenna, Ohio, James R. Gray, MD (of Elysian Whippets) had an outstanding entry of 94 puppies - 36 dogs and 58 bitches. An AWC medallion was awarded to each class placement and the breeders of Best in Futurity received $300.00.
After Best In Futurity was selected, a Maturity class, which was for exhibition only, was held. There were 11 family groups entered - each family was headed by a matriarch or patriarch and the produce or get had to be consecutive generations. The largest family contained 5 generations.
There was a collectors catelog and a pedigree suppliment to compliment the whole affair. The covers were designed by Linda Christensen. And, to make the day even more perfect and complete, a delicious lunch was shared by the Whippet fancy.
My sincere thanks to all who participated - the breeders, who had faith in their knowledge - Dr. Gray, who passed judgement on their judgement - Phoebe Booth and Pat Dresser, who without them I would not have survived and most of all, to the AWC Board who had the foresight to give the Futurity a positive nod.
Sandra Jones - AWC Futurity Chairman
by JAMES R. GRAY, Judge
The American Whippet Club's decision to host an annual National Futurity was a very exciting and worthwhile one. With a great amount of hard work and creativeness, the first AWC Futurity was held August 24, 1984, in Ravenna, Ohio. The show was a huge success, and the quality of the entry was spectacular.
This event should grow and become the "breeders' showcase" of the year. It would seem to me that every serious Whippet breeder would think it extremely important to be represented - not necessarily from a competitive point of view (many of us are not terribly concerned with first placements, but as a chance to make a public statement about what we believe, a presentation of our creative work. All shows allow for this to some degree, but a Futurity accents the planning and selection of the exhibit, as well as the presentation itself.
With the accompanying published pedigrees of the entries, breeders have a chance to study breeding methods and sources of specific genetic traits. Seeing pups at three months of age, as well as older ages, one can study developmental trends within various lines as well. I would encourage all Whippet breeders to consider this annual Futurity a very im portant show to exhibit in, and perhaps more importantly, to watch closely and study. The placements may be interesting, but the real value will be in the study of the entry to learn what's happening in the American Whippet.
As the Judge for the first AWC Futurity, I was most impressed by the over-all quality of the entry. Those who have expressed worries about the decreasing quality of the breed - and I have been one of them - would certainly be reassured after studying this entry - and I am.
The concept of the Whippet was presented from many points of view, and almost all were valid. Naturally, I judged from my own point of view, but there were pups who were un placed on the day who may well be among the great Whippets of the next few years. One of the really interesting results of being an active breeder for quite a number of years is knowing the minds of fellow breeders and their thoughts on the breed. As I went over these pups, often one would not quite suit me, but I was well aware that another breeder-judge would find it to be outstanding.
The Futurity was presented to perfection. The setting, the weather, and the organi zational clarity were all remarkable. I had a grand time and must express my thanks to Sandy Jones, the Futurity Chairman, who was responsible for it all. I also want to thank the stewards, Mary Jane Frank-Smith and Frances Hembree or their excellent help.
GENERAL REMARKS: I have already stated that the overall quality of the entry was truly remarkable. It is also true that problems are still with us. One problem I was surprised to see in such numbers, was overshot bites. At least fifty of the entry had bites that were 1/8 inch over. None were up to 1/4 inch and disqualifiable. Probably most of these will close to scissors bite by maturity, but it is worrisome and not, usually, a common developmental variant. Interestingly, none of these pups appeared to lack underjaw when viewed in profile with the mouth closed.
Lay-back of shoulder blades was generally very good, and only a few shoulder blades were too short, but there were several pups with short, straight "upper-arms", which placed the front legs too far forward.
The third problem that concerned me was the number of pups with small, almond-shaped eyes, obliquely set. This is very foreign to correct breed head type, nd there were several. Pigmentation and eye-color was excellent and only one or two of the dilutes had eye color lighter than ideal.
On a more positive note, I was most impressed that the large majority of these pups were sound. Movement (and training!) was spectacular for such a group of oungsters. With very few exceptions, the side gaits were low and reachy, very typical. Feet were good. Tail carriage was good. Generally the whole group was correct in type and structurally well made and balanced.
3-5 Month Dogs - First placement to Target's Tattle-Tail (Ch. Karamac's On Target x Karamac Spunswift Eliza). This puppy excelled in balance; beautifully made-up structurally, he was very sound going. He has lots of visual appeal as well; attractive color and markings and a real Whippet face. A litter sister also placed well in her class. Tattle-Tail was my eventual choice for Best Opposite Sex to Best in Futurity.
5-7 Month Dogs - Both of these youngsters were flashy red-brindle and white. First to Affinity WW Hi I'm Spencer (Affinity Hi Madam I'm Adam x Winterwhip Gift of Gold). This is a houndy pup of correct type at an awkward stage of development. He has lovely, ex tended movement.
7-9 Month Dogs - Out of this group of very nice pups, first placement went to Myne's Creme de Mint (Ch. Delacreme Avante Garde x Ch. Snowflight's orcelandof Myne). This striking grey-brindle pup was outstanding in many ways. He has a lot presence, beautiful silhouette. He is a very promising show dog.
9-12 Month Dogs - First in this class went to Broadstrider's Local Hero (Ch. Stoney Meadows North Star x Stoney Meadows Royal Plaid). This fawn dog is a good sized dog and lacks only maturity for an outstanding career. He is correct in almost every way.
12-15 Month Dogs - Jumaco's Majic Stunner (Ch. Plumcreek Walk on Water x Ch. Jumaco's Bur - bon Street Jazz) won this class, hard pressed by his litter brother, Appraxin Magic Jethro, who placed second. This brindle dog caught my eye with an absolutely correct silhouette, attractive head and size, and very balanced movement. He was presented in hard athletic condition and was a real joy to go over.
3-5 Month Bitches - This was the class that literally stunned me as they walked into the ring; one after the other, beautiful babies, each well trained and sparkling. Far and away, this was the most difficult class to judge. Every single one was a top quality Whippet pup. Placement was finally made on details of structural balance.
First placement to Devonair's Ingrid (Gambit Frisbee x Ch. Devonair's Farah Faucet Minor). This brindle bitch just barely edged out her sister, Devonair's sabel, who placed second. They were both of excellent type, very well made and good movers. I would prefer a larger rounder eye on both.
5-7 Month Bitches - First placement of a striking bitch of proper outline and type, Patric's Purely Pleasure (Patric's Mark My Word x Ch. Patric's Ilivia Arukch). She is very sound and extends beautifully going around.
7-9 Month Bitches - First in this class went to one of the most beautiful pups I saw all day, Stoney Meadows Gymnast ( Ch. Stoney Meadows Pay Off x Stoney Meadows Royal Snow). This bitch is everything I look for in a Whippet bitch this age: absolutely correct type, outline, with sound, balanced movement. If I could have placed a "runner-up" to Best in Futurity, I would have given it to her. I heard no negative comment later about the fact that she had no eye-rim pigment on the left side. In light of her many outstanding virtues, I did not consider it important at all.
9-12 Month Bitches - First placement to an exquisite pup, Morshor Plumcreek Moment (Ch. Plumcreek Walk on Water x Ch. Morshor's Crown Jewel). This dark brindle bitch is correct type exemplified and she is very sound. She lacks only maturity and the smoothness that comes with age.
12-15 Month Bitches - This was also a stunning class of very correct Whippets. The winner, Heatherlane Black Eyed Susan (Ch. Plumcreek Chase Manhattan, CD x Ch. Stoney Meadows Painted Lady) is astounding. She is beautifully made structurally - everything fits together in perfect balance. She is sound and moves around the ring like she owns it. In addition to all the basic quality, she has all the extras; color, flash, sparkle, and a remarkable smoothness of finish.
She was my Best in Futurity.
After the judging of the Futurity, there was a maturity class for exhibition only. In this class the entry is shown with his or her descendants, for several generations. Here again is an excellent opportunity to study a bloodline or breeding program from one generation to the next. There was one entry of 5 generations. It is an extremely interesting idea, and certainly the class was well received. I hope this year's Futurity is the beginning of a growing and popular tradition.
JAMES R. GRAY
BEST IN FUTURITY
HEATHERLANE BLACK EYED SUSAN
at 17 months
(Elysian Peachtree Parade x Kirklea Pewter Plate)
Bred by Dr. James Gray and Larry Shaw, this lovely youngster has 9 points in very limited showing. He has won under Carol Willumsen, Dr. W.S. Houpt, Dr. Harry Rymer and Dr. Asa Mays. He also has BIM wins at Specialty and All-Breed Matches. He will be staying home for the winter to finish maturing, but we are really looking forward to showing him in 1985. Danny is co-owned with Dr. Gray.
MAURICE & MAF Y WOULFE 6 Sneider Rd., Warren, NJ 07060 (201)356-7466
Elysian Lion' s Share
(Elysian Summer Storm x Elysian Escapade)
Ch. Elysian Like An Angel
(Elysian Summer Storm x Elysian Escapade)
CH. ELYSIAN GEORGIA PEACH
(Ch. Hound-Hill Brattleboro, CD x Ch. Elysian Glorya Rejoice)
Peach is out taking the breeds. He is shown placing in the group under judge Frank J. Homeyer, Griffin KC.
MANY ARE CALLED A-FEW ARE CHOSEN
Peach is at stud to approved bitches.
CH. ELYSIAN GEORGIA PEACH
AND HIS SISTER
A FEW MARTHASVILLE
Peach and Marty-Party sibling rivalry. Peach going Best of Breed while his sister takes Winners Bitch for five points under breeder-judge Mrs. W.P. Wear. A week later Marty-Party is shown going Best of Winners under breeder-judge Mr. Anthony J. (Bud) Gutilla. Soon as she picks up two single points she will retire to the sofa to dream of playing in the snow. A winter breeding is planned with Ch. Hound-Hill Hot Ice.
MANY ARE CALLED A-FEW ARE CHOSEN
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