THE AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB

 

A special thanks to Terry Schwartzman of Travlin' Whippets for the Historic contribution to the AWC

THE WHIPPET NEWS

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Volume I December 15, 1957 Issue 4

To Bring You Up To Date

For several months now various departments within the Kankakee Operation have been transferred to Battle Creek, Mich. During this period I was quite conscious of the fact that I would be transferred but under existing conditions it was not possible for me to know just exactly when that move would take place. Under these conditions you can understand that it was virtually impossible for me to secure the necessary secretarial help to publish the Whippet News.

This week it was announced that my department would be transferred to Battle Crock, Mich. under the Post Division. During the next few weeks we will try and locate a place to live in Battle Creek, but it is my hope that my oldest boy will be able to graduate from the local school here in Kankakee . We have quite a large number of dogs and such moves at this are quite difficult especially in the middle of the winter.

In the past I am quite sure that many members of the American Whippet Club, also many individual Whippet owners did enjoy and appreciate the Whippet News. On the whole I believe that cooperation was especially good from the majority of the people who are interested in the Whippet and many of them have expressed the opinion they would like this little publication to continue. While we were at Westchester 's show several months ago we discussed the continuation of this publication and upon finding that my transfer had become final I contacted Mrs. Eugene Jacobs who attended the meeting with us. Mrs. Jacobs is going to do everything possible to continue on with this publication and I do hope that the membership continues to give her the very excellent support which I received.

All of the material received during the past few months will be forwarded to Mrs. Jacobs. I will be looking forward to seeing a copy of this publication around Christmas or just after the first of the year at the latest.

November 27, 1957 Louis Pegram * * *

In accordance with the above, we present this issue of the Whippet News. The format had to be changed and simplified due to expense. We plan to continue the News until such time Louis is again able to take over the paper. We hope he will continue to write feature articles and show reports.

We plan to publish the News regularly, three times a year, in April, August and December. The News depends on you, the readers, for news contributions. Send your news, views and ideas to The Whippet News,

c/o E. L. Jacobs, Mehemet, Ill. Let the News be the way for the Whippet fancy scattered across the country to meet. Some do not get to see others interested in the breed every week, or oven every month, and the News is a way for all to keep abreast of breed news.

We want to keep the mailing list as up to date as possible. Let us know the name of anyone wishing to receive the News. Likewise, anyone receiving the News who would rather not receive this paper, please lot us know. Also, please send any change of address promptly.

FLASH - from the west coast comes news of the California Specialty hold in conjunction with the San Mateo show. Ch. Great Circle Holiday Best of Breed, and Valiant Best Op. Sex. Holiday went on to win the Hound Group under Mr. Burrage.

The Mid-West Specialty

The mid-west Specialty will be held at Chicago in conjunction with the International Kennel Club show March 29-30 at the International Amphitheater. This show is under the management of Foley so be sure and write him if you need entry blanks. Plans are going along very well and with the excellent judge, Mr. Harry T. Peters, Jr., we look forward to a large, quality entry for his consideration. Racing is under the watchful eye of Louis Pegram, and we all can expect this feature to be a crowd attraction and publicity feature for Whippets.

Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell T. Howell

Labor Day weekend was a great day for some Great Circle dogs, the day they got out of the car at last, after a long hot trip from the coast. We stayed with Gene and Sibyl Jacobs in Mahomet, and enjoyed racing with them and all the group there. I thought we had some pretty fast race dogs in California, but the Illinois dogs wiped the floor with us, and while there we never won a race. Congratulations Illinois, and give us another chance.

Whipoo 's Silver Skipper, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Carroll (Red) Bailey won three races both the first and second day. He is a fine true dog, and took to the starting box at once. Interesting to note that none of those dogs had over been started from a box, but slipped by hand, and without exception were so keen that they broke clean almost the first time out of the boxes. Mrs. Juanita Hopkins of St. Joseph, Ill. ran a lovely dog, Whipoo 's Whimsy, C.D., who won a race each day, and was always a contend­ er. He and a top show bitch of the Jacobs ran a very exciting dead heat. The Jacobs bitch is Whipoo 's White Chiffon, who also won several races by quite a margin. Miss Joan Black of Mahomet had a very true running bitch, Whipoo 's China Doll, C.D., and the Jacobs ran Ch. Whipoo 's Silvery Duster, and young dogs, Cockspur, Clown, Tarnish and Sashay.

The third days racing we wore joined by Barbara Eyles from Waukegan, and the Steinberg girls all the way from Milwaukee. The Steinberg's had constructed a lure machine, and had been running their dogs at home, but oven so we were all amazed by the way they ran. Traymatt Fidos and Spas ran scratch with dogs who would have given them twelve yards had they been handicapped, as they are much larger and heavier, but the little Steinberg dogs went like the wind, never finishing worse than second, and always within a neck of the winner. Spas and Fides have all the winning will in the world, and I can't think of many dogs that could beat them in handicap. Barbara Eyles bitch, Ch. Great Circle Hester, had not been raced or trained before, but once she got the idea, put up a very creditable performance. For the record, the coast dogs that raced wore Ch. Great Circle Bewitched, Ch. Great Circle Violet, and a puppy, Great Circle The Scot.

What most impressed me was the enthusiasm of the whole group and the fun everyone got out of racing. Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Lorch came, and though they don't own a Whippet, Lorch is to a great degree responsible for the success of the racing in Illinois. He has made a most efficient and beautifully designed lure machine. He has said he will send drawings to anyone interested, and can, be persuaded to construct one for those who lack his mechanical skill. The races took place in the Jacobs' pasture, and were run until dark in the lovely summer evenings, It was altogether a most attractive occasion.

Another racing report is that before the Specialty at Far Hills, New Jersey we ran some short course races, about a hundred and twenty five yards. That was all the space we could lay a course on, and we ran a series of eliminations, the winner being Ch. Great Circle Violet. Though not previously announced the races attracted quite a lot of interest. The most capable timekeeper and judge were the Misses Julia and Judith Shearer.

After the elimination set was over some of the eastern owners put in a few dogs that had never raced before, and their performance was remark able, Doris Wear's now little English dog ran with great enthusiasm, and Agnes Griswold's Coniston Clytie was well up with the leader.

It has been suggested in several informal discussions in the east that the racing enthusiasts form their own national organization. This seems a good idea to many of us, and if enough opinion warrants it, it seems probable we will go ahead and do so. A great many of us have, and will continue to have, equal enthusiasm for racing and showing, and this step should in no way cut us off from the American Whippet Club, of which most of us are members. If we can stay together in this way, and have space in the Whippet News to express our views and interests this step should be positive and in no sense schismatic. Racing will be removed from the hair of those who are NOT interested in it, and by keeping national records, and promoting racing events, we should get a lot accomplished.

The National Championship racing event at the coming Chicago Show is a case in point, and we all approach it with great hope for something out­standing. The fact that the races will take place at the same time as the Midwest Specialty makes it not only appropriate, but much simpler for those of us who have to come a long way, and will in many cases have a duplicate entry of race do g s and show dogs.

There is no racing report at this time from the far west, as all our equipment is scattered from hell to breakfast all over the USA so that other groups can copy it.

Stoney Meadows Kennels Reports
Doris S. Wear

Big excitement—We are off to England tomorrow for a month, so I should have something of interest to write for the Fall issue. On the local front, the follow—up on the Snow Bird—Marathon litter which turned out to be three bitches and four dogs, no monorchids or cryptorchids! All four males are entire and in fact developed at an early age. This as you remember, I reported in the last issue as being experimental risky breeding since Snow Bird 's litter sister, bred to the same dog produced an appalling array of monos and crypts. What all this proves I am not quite sure, however it is interesting and doubtless future generations will tell the tale. Have sold two, the most promising males, from this litter to two gentlemen in Boston who will show them if they develop according to hoyle. Three other Spring litters are eating their heads off here—more about them anon if they are worth it.

Before I start on my own personal news, I want to make public apology for a "booboo" I pulled in writing my column for the Nov. Gazette. In it I mentioned a number of people who had cone long distances to attend the Specialty, but I missed some. They were Dr.& Mrs. Leo Dory from Montreal , Canada and Baron and Mrs. O. J. deKorsak from way out in the middle—west. I haven 't their address as their bitch was entered in care of Mrs. Pedersen who showed her. I am very sorry I failed to mention them in the Gazette article, which was sent off as usual in a last minute rush to make the dead—line! We did appreciate their effort in coming to the show and hope they enjoyed themselves!

Now for the news of Stoney Meadows, which isn't much. The spring litters have been sorted out and culled to three puppies, two dogs and a bitch from the litter whelped March 1st by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Dagmeer the Dervish; three bitches and a dog puppy, whelped March 10th by Ch. S. M. Marathon ex S. M. Snow Bird. This seems a really nice litter as a whole, and the two (then) best males were sold to two gentlemen from Boston, Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Cleeves at the age of four months. I am hoping they are fulfilling my expectations of them, and are developing into show prospects. Then there are a dog and a bitch from the Epic—Ch. S. M. Fairy Talc litter, whelped April 30th and also a dog and a bitch by S. M. Gay Blade ex Flicka of Ashwood. All these are still teasing us along, eating their heads off, only more than likely, to disappoint us in the end! Heavens, don't I sound cynical! Don ’t mean to be—just realistic, but we always keep on hoping!

We brought back two dogs and a bitch from England this summer and are finding them utterly diverting characters and all three have become "house people” by virtue of the fact that they simply refuse to stay fenced in anywhere! Kennel life, they say, is not for them, and indeed they are such pleasant personalities to have around the house that we gave in gracefully and are enjoying their company ! The dogs may prove interesting as out—crosses for a few of our bitches, the bitch will prove more difficult to breed correctly in order to retain her virtues and improve on her few short—comings. All three of thou have superb temperaments and not a nerve in their bodies!

We have had our usual share of mishaps, broken legs and such, this season, but all seem to be coming along well and otherwise all is well with us. That 's about all our news for now.

Whipoo Kennels Reports
Sibyl & Gene Jacobs

Whippet entries in the mid–west are up, and all indications are that they will stay that way. When we first started showing Whippets early in 1952, it was ours along with Barbara & Josephine Steinberg, with entries of one and two, and maybe three. This last spring there have been entries averaging five and six, with eight and nine not uncommon. Of course this means more points for everyone and more dogs finishing their championships. When we first were showing we would go for almost two years without a major show. Then, as more Whippets were bred and sold in the Midwest, we began having major shows at Chicago. Now there is a Specialty offered at Chicago, and a sizable entry. The Whippet has come a long way, quite fast, in this part of the country, and the list of exhibitors has grown so that the Whippet is represented at almost every show out here.

It would seem that experimenting in the inheritance of orchidism would be a good thing for the breed, as we all run into the problem. However, we feel much harm could be done to the breed and breeders by drawing conclusions from breeding a few, or even a dozen litters as an experiment. We seriously doubt if any one kennel has the time, space, or money to do the extensive breeding needed to draw a definite conclusion as to what lines are carrying the defect, or even what dogs are somewhat responsible. In other breeds where there is an inherited fault, such as subluxation in Gordon Setters and German Shepherds, the breed clubs have set up research on the problem. From talking with members of other brood clubs we have learned that this research is set up something like this Questionnaires are sent to members of the club to determine what university research department and veterinarian is acceptable, and one such as Cornell is decided upon. All information concerning the problem, including pedigrees of the dogs, is sent to the research center by members desiring to contribute and work on the problem. The information is evaluated and the inherited problem is traced to the lines and individual dogs carrying it. This sometimes takes years. Owners of the dogs who sent in the information can get the conclusions and evaluations upon request. All information is kept confidential.

We feel the only way to conduct experiments on the inheritance of orchidism is if the American Whippet Club would set up such a research program.

Mr. Carr of the Carr Greyhound Kennel writes how much they enjoy reading the Whippet News. He continues to be pleased at how nice his young Whippet bitch, The Rockett, is around the house and yard, and what a good show she makes on the training track along with Greyhound pups. A blue- brindle male from the Brushburn–Bob White litter has gone to Colorado to join Rockett.

All those interested in racing should know about the good racing muzzles made by "Red" Bailey of Red 's Leather Shop, 104 East University, Champaign, Ill. They are exact copies of a Greyhound racing muzzle, courtesy of Louis Pegram, made out of good, stiff leather, so the dog cannot get hold of the muzzle and chew. They sell for $6 each.

Juanita Hopkins, a strong Obedience enthusiast, has ventured into conformation showing with good success, with her Whippet, Whipoo 's Whimsy, C.D. Three times shown with plenty of competition end he was Best Op, Sex at Springfield and Peoria, and Winners Dog and Best Op. Sex for two points at Lake Forest. He is off to a good st art. We understand
Nita has Whimsy almost ready for competition in the Open Obedience classes for his C.D.X. degree, and we are looking forward to seeing him out in competition this fall.

Our young Ch. Whipoo 's Wild Honey has two more group placings to her credit. She placed third at Evansville under Gordon Parham, and fourth at Cincinnati under Haskell Schuffman. There have never been many Whippets shown at Cincinnati , Three this year, thanks to Jerome Wilson showing in the classes. At the previous Cincinnati show, we were the only ones.

Whipoo 's Whimsy has continued with some nice wins for his owner Juanita Hopkins. At Kankakee he was Best Winners and Best Breed for two points and went on to place fourth in the Group under Haskell Shuffman, Whimsy was Reserve Winners at the Whippet Specialty.

Over the Labor Day weekend there are three shows offered in our area. There was a nice entry of eleven Whippets at these shows. Our place was the home base for these shows and we had Wendy Howell, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg, and Barbara Eyles here for the fun. Wendy Howell stopped on her way east to the Specialty, for these shows and to do some racing . We have a group-Mr. & Mrs. Carrel Bailey, Mr. & Mrs. E.B. Hopkins, Mr, & Mr s . J . F. Lerch, Mrs. Jean Jackson, and Jean Black. Whippet owners and enthusiasts who have been meeting with us about once a week for racing. Wendy brought her starting boxes, and though this was the first time our dogs started from boxes, they did very well. We raced several evenings during the week, and then on the weekend the Steinberg and Eyles dogs were tried. Those dogs did not have a lot of experience, but soon were racing.

Whipoo 's Whimsy, C.D. finished his championship by going Best Breed at both the Owensboro, Ky. and Evansville, Ind. shows the weekend of Oct. 12 & 13 . This young dog is an excellent example of a tri purpose Whippet, He has his Companion Dog degree in Obedience, he has his championship, and he is a very fast runner on the track, a good race dog who runs true. His owners, Mr. & E. B. Hopkins have clocked their Whippet at 40 m.p.h. with their car. The owners are to be congratulated on the excellent job of conditioning and training they have done.

Mr. C. C. Bailey 's interest in the breed stems from a pet Whippet, Whipoo 's Silver Skipper, who is a very fast true running dog on the track, and always a top contender for first, "Red" Bailey has signed a lease on our brood bitch, Ch. Whipoo 's Brushburn, for one litter. This bitch is the dam of some nice young stock we are starting out; two of her daughters have a major show. "Red" plans to keep a pup and show in conformation as well as running his dogs on the track.

We are leasing another brood bitch, Whipoo 's Silken Elegance, C.D. to Strathoak Kennels. Mrs. Christine Cormany. This bitch is the dam of three champions, and has two other progeny with points. Strathoak should get some nice show prospects out of this bitch.

Mrs. Violet 2, Dory Reports

My first experience with breeding turned out to be quite something, as my bitch had a false pregnancy. Now I am hoping for her next season and better success.

We had a show in Montreal and my Whippets were the only ones around. The public was very attracted by them and asked thousands of questions. I hope that it may turn the attention on this breed which is practically unknown this part of the country. There will be a three-one day show at the end of November and I sure hope that some American brooders would care to come. It will be held here in Montreal on Nov. 28-9-30.

I plan to attend the shows in Burlington, Vt. and Montpelier, on July 15 & 14. Gradually I am gaining a little experience and I find it very interesting.

Samuel H. Scott Reports

Some news which may be of interest to the Whippeteers. To have a litter of seven Whippet pups and as near as I can discover this is the first litter of A.K.C. Whippets to be whelped in Oklahoma in approximately eight years. They are by Harbridge Sunstreak (Ch. Sunny Jim of Mardormere ex Ch. Platinum of Stoney Meadows) out of Harbridge Nocturne (Ch. Sunny Jim of Mardormere ex Black Flash of Allways). We believe that three may do well in the ring; two will be shown, if possible, to advertise the breed and, honestly, to make points. Perhaps before too long we will be able to make Oklahoma aware of this fine breed.

Central States Racing Association

On the evening of November 2, 1957 (Saturday), the Illinois members of the Central States Racing Association gave a Whippet racing exhibition. This exhibition was given during the intermission of "The Little Inter­national Horse Show" held in the University of Illinois, Champaign— Urbana, Illinois, Agricultural Stock Judging Pavilion. The Steel: Judging Pavilion is an older, Victorian type architecturally constructed building, kept in excellent condition, well heated and well lighted. The floor is deep tanbark, rolled, wet down and drug with care to put this tanbark into perfect footing for the horses and our Whippets. Over a thousand spectators were at the horse show this evening and had the weather been better, most people thought more spectators would have been present.

For the racing, we used the starting boxes, racing machine and dog accessories–racing muzzles and racing coats. The finish line was a long, rather wide piece of galvanized metal. The horse show Ring Master, Mr. Xen. Hunt, acted as time keeper and person watching for the dog crossing the finish line first, second and third. While our group was given the time to put this racing demonstration on, Eugene Jacobs talked through the public address system giving the public interesting back ground and facts on and about the Whippet as a breed, pet–companion and running breed. He talked about the racing equipment and told the spectators about its construction and make–up.

Six dogs were used at this racing event, three dogs in each race and after this was finished, the two winners were placed in starting boxes and raced against each other. The crowd loved the racing, they swelled into spontaneous reaction when a dog came close to catching the lure, passed another dog on the track or did some feature upon sudden, untrained impulse. The crowd stood up through most of the racing and a number of people were at the show ring edge, hanging over the iron railing. The dogs did not notice the crowd and since this was our first, public, inside demonstration, we were all very interested in seeing if our dogs reacted to the crowd in any way, shape or form.

Before the races, all six dogs were paraded around the center platform, wearing their racing coats. The dogs were allowed to step out in a smart manner to allow the public a better look at the dog in a natural form. These people raced their dogs at this event– Mr.& Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs, Mr, & Mrs. E. B. Hopkins, Mr. & Mrs. C. Bailey and Miss Jean Black. Three of the dogs used are champions, one has points, and two have Obedience degrees. There was such public interest in the racing that immediately after the races, we were approached by a horse show giving club member, from another part of the state, asking if we would give their county fair the same demonstration this next summer.

Each person in the group had a job and it was up to him to do this job. At the try out demonstration the evening before the races, we worked out just what each person was to do and in what order the dogs would run. As a result, there was no delay and the entire racing went very fast with no delay in the entire event. The dogs ran very well and honest. We are very pleased with the results of this first public racing and sincerely look forward in showing more racing to the public in the future. We hope to keep it on fast moving, well organized fashion in good locations.

Northern California Whippet Racing Association
Xenia Romanoff–racing secretary

Here we go again, racing, on April 7, 1957, Sandflea, Millicent, Huckleberry, Daisy. Volo, Valiant, and Holiday. It was a fine warn day, and many people were present. Volo won the first race, time 11:6, and was immediately afterwards stung by a bee. The second was won by Boone (Sandflea) in 12, with Daisy running second. Volo recovered and won the next race in 11: 6 1/2, with Daisy second and Valiant third. The fifth race was the best run, although the time was slow, 1 3 seconds, This race was won by Millicent with Volo second and Huckleberry third. Holiday does not appear in any results, as she was hand started behind the others.

Our next set of races were run at home on the polo field, on May 10th. The Stouts, Nancy Mailliard, John Crimmins, Bill Upton, the Pinckneys, Wendy Howell, and others were present. I was not there. Bill Upton kept all the records, and did a remarkable job, as paper and pens, people, dogs, machine, boxes, etc. were inundated by rain, which poured in torrents for most of the morning. Andrew Dolfino, Bill Upton, and Eddie McGilberry, who was running the machine, got the wettest. Everyone waited under the grandstand while the rain was at its worst. Nancy Mailliard cheered up the group with a few cans of beer, and later in the morning the rain stopped. Boone won the first two races in 12:7, and 13:5. Ti won the third, time not recorded: Then came the worst rain, the timekeeper went home, and after that four more races were run, one won by Volo, the rest not recorded. Thanks to Mrs. Lillian Lewis for putting inserts into the racing coats, as they all shrank to the proper size for an Italian Greyhound.

While thanks are being given, most thanks of all to Scott Newhall, who has reworked the lure machine, and repaired the faulty starting boxes. Mr. Newhall, editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, says that he only wishes from now on to be known as "Scott Newhall, the Whippets Friend". He worked till one in the morning on the lure machine, and quite long time also on the boxes. Everything now functions just right, due to the mechanical ability of this warm friend of the Whippet.

On May 26th we held a series of races at the Del Monte dog show. This is without doubt the loveliest setting for any show on the coast, and the races were a real thing of beauty in such surroundings. The races were held just off the fairway on the last hole of the golf course as it approaches the Lodge. Six races were run, and the large crowd was most enthusiastic. Millicent starred this time, winning the first, fifth, and sixth, in 16, 12:9, and 12:3. Valiant won the second in 14, Huckleberry second. Ti (Pinckney) the third in 13. Volo was second in this race, Daisy third. Ti won the fourth in 12:3 with Valiant second and Volo third. The Stouts, Pinckneys, Pringles, Bill Upton, Charles O'Gara, Jenny Henderson, John Dodds, Eddie McGillberry running the machine, were all present. It was a successful series of races, and a most delightful sight, a sunny day, the Pacific Ocean in the background, and at least three hundred people gathered to watch the dogs. The track was very fast, grass much shorter and smoother than the polo field. We welcomed Douglas and Catherine Pringle who came all the way from Napa County to see the dogs run, and were most enthusiastic. Their dog Valiant, had a good day, going winners dog for four points in the ring before the races. Mrs. Henderson gave a house party, and dinner the night before, and was generous in her hospitality to the extent of having nine Whippets and five people for the weekend. The show was most cooperative and great fun was most certainly had by all. This exhibition racing at dog shows, although quite a problem in planning and transportation of equipment, gets the dogs in the public eye, as nothing else, and when people see the dogs wandering around peacefully after the races are over, they become fascinated with the idea of having a house pet they can have such fun with. We are all very enthusiastic about the idea of going to Chicago next March. Perhaps in my next report I will stop giving the times so you eastern people will wonder what you have to shoot at to beat us.

The Mail Bag

Mrs. Richard Cormany, Pasadena, Calif., writes-

As to the racing...I think it is a great thing and it just goes to prove that regardless of all the years of breeding in back of the dogs in the present day pedigrees that never saw a track, the instinct for racing is still there and just needs to be fostered. Racing is one of the greatest attractions at any show and I think a lot of the show clubs make a big mistake in not trying to put on a few exhibition races...I think it will be much easier selling a decent show prospect if the ad reads "trained and ready for the track", lots of people will get more enjoyment from following their hound after a rabbit than getting a white ribbon in the show. The funniest thing that ever happened at one of our shows, yet a bit tragic too. The judging of the breed was in the morning and the judge put up a rather heavy type dog for WD saying he was the best conditioned dog in the ring and a real race-dog type! That afternoon in the heat race the dog collapsed from exhaustion! The typiest dog in the ring went on to win the big race of the day!; proving that a racing dog and a show dog can be good in both fields, without being of two different types... A well built show dog cannot be a poor racer...A racing dog needs stamina and a show dog must be built for speed. I just hope that the type and quality of the two categories don't get into the wrong hands and the breed finds themselves with two different types of dog, like the field spaniels compared to the show dogs. Can you see some of the present day show Cockers in the field, and look at the pictures of the latest field champion Cockers, they wouldn't stand a chance in the ring. Your racing and show Greyhounds are of two different types, at least they were the last time I saw some racing greyhounds, maybe they've improved some. On the other hand, most of the present day Whippet breeding has been for type and quality, stamina has gone by the wayside in some lines. With the racing brought into it, and by keeping away from the real flat backs, which most of the older racers were, build up the stamina in these frail looking figurines and meet the combination should produce a BIS winner that can also win on the track, taking nothing from no one...Show dogs that do well on the track must be strong of loin and quarter and the right laid shoulder will get the dog there faster than one with elbows out etc. Racing will also improve a lot of poor gaits. Half the show dogs don't get the proper exercise to start with. Using those underlying muscles will improve the condition of a good many dogs.

Mrs. Albert E. Van Court writes-

Thank you so much for sending us "The Whippet News". We enjoyed it very much.

Paul Francis writes-

I enjoy receiving the Whippet News very much and of course hope that it will create a greater interest in the breed and tend to bring sectional owners of Whippets into forming their own clubs. This is what I hope will, again, be the case in this area. At the present I am handicapped in that I will be returning to college and am unable to do anything but slight "conversation work" among the few Whippet owners that I know of in this area. We have had a blue male from, the now defunct, Rocket Kennels, for seven years and my sister has just obtained a fawn female from a local dog. We at one time owned the blue female that Miss L. Riley has. As the proverbial phrase goes "once a Whippet owner, always a Whippet owner" applies not only to me, but to my whole family.

Patricia Selway writes

I am afraid I have not been able to contribute much to your news since I arrived in America two years ago from England...I have not had good luck: A very nice little bitch I bred myself, Ballagan Swiftsure, died of internal injuries she received when she broke a leg chasing squirrels in the garden. This was only four months after my arrival in America, a bad start...I had a puppy, Ballagan Twinvious Charlotte, flown out from England from Bobby Jones, of the Allways Kennels. I showed her at the Garden in the Open Bitch when she was only eleven months old and got third. While on a holiday in Maine she was badly injured by an automobile and will never be sound enough to show again...I tried to get a litter from my English bred French Champion, Heathermead Ada, but she had one caesarean dog puppy! I am afraid the Ballagans have not had a very successful visit to the U.S.A...About April we return home and my husband is posted to Royal Air Force, Danferenline, Fife. W e hope that any of our kind friends from America who may visit Scotland will come and see us. It will be with a great deal of sadness that we will leave your country of such warmth and hospitality.

Walter Wheeler, Brookline, Mass., writes

While vacationing in the south, Mr. Burton A. Cleaves and I called on

Mr. & Mrs. Wear at their handsome Covey Point Farm in Cambridge, Maryland, We spent several days in Cambridge, giving us a chance to take quite a fancy to two little fellows Mrs. Wear was holding back for showing. Luckily, Mr. Cleaves and I did not "fall" for the same puppy, for we each had hoped to own his own Whippet. Proudly we drove away from Covey Point with two very sound boys, litter brothers, by Ch. Marathon and out of S. M. Snow Bird (she by Ch. Meander Bob White ex Ch. Snow Flurry). Mr. Cleaves ' puppy is golden fawn with black mask, and my pride and joy is all white with grey fawn markings over eyes and ears. We hope to bring them out at Boston 's Eastern Dog Club Show next Feb., if they continue to develope with the promise which they now display.