THE AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB

 

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


American Whippet Club

The annual meeting of the American Whippet Club was held during the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden. Officers elected for 1962 are: President —Donald P. Hostetter, Vice—President — Eugene L. Jacobs, Treasurer — Harry T. Peters, Jr., Secretary — Calvin G. Perry, Box 393 , Durham, New Hampshire. Club members elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors are: Ralph G. Eyles ( Illinois), Mrs. Dorothea Frames ( California) and Eugene L. Jacobs ( Ill.) Other Board members are: Donald P. Hostetter ( Virginia), Louis Pegram ( Missouri), Calvin Perry ( New Hampshire), Harry T. Peters, Jr. ( Virginia), Miss Judith R. Shearer ( Virginia), and W. Potter Wear ( Maryland).


American Whippet Club Midwest Specialty

This Specialty will be held Friday, April 6, 1962, the day before the Chicago International All Breed show. Miss F. Julia Shearer will judge. The show will be held in the Four Seasons Room of the Stock Yard Inn, Chicago, Illinois.

The Specialty Show Secretary is Harry T. Peters, Jr., Orange, Virginia. Entries close with the Show Secretary, Tuesday, March 27, 1962. For premium lists write to the Secretary or to Donald P. Hostetter, "Pagebrook", Cobham, Virginia.

All regular classes will be offered, with the puppy classes divided. Besides the regular classes there will be a Veteran Dog and Bitch Class, for dogs eight years old or over. There will also be the Get Class and Produce Class. These classes are for three of the G e t of the same Stud Dog or for three of the Produce of the same Dam. The Stud Dog or Dam is not to compete in the ring, need not be entered in the show, and does not even need to be alive. The name of the Stud Dog or Dam must appear on an entry form, and this is the only entry form completed for these classes. The Group of three need not be named or decided on until time for the class. There will also be a Brace Class.


INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB TO AGAIN FEATURE WHIPPET RACING IN 1962

Mrs. C. Groverman Ellis, President, and Mr. William E. Ogalvie, Secretary, have announced they will again feature, as a special attraction, Whippet races at the 61st Annual International Kennel Club Show, Chicago, Illinois, on April 7 and 8, 1962. Mrs. Ellis, who has always been a great admirer of the Whippet, will make available $300 to cover costs of movement of track equipment, with the remaining portion going to Whippets who participate in the actual races for entertainment. Money is distributed based on points earned by those Whippets competing. In 1961, every adult Whippet that ran received points, thus all experienced Whippets compet­ing received cash for their efforts.

The standard grading system will be used, and there will be races for adult Whippet and puppy races for young Whippets, under 12 months. The mid—west Whippet Specialty will be held on the Friday before the International Kennel Club Show, thus those Whippet owners who wish to school or race their dogs on an informal basis on Friday night before the International Kennel Club Show can use the track and equipment, and we will have available a lure and operator. Whippets competing can be entered in the regular classes at the International Show, but if the owner so desires, Whippets can be entered for racing only.

Suggestions have been made that we run four separate official race programs during the two days of the show. The number of race programs will depend largely on the number of Whippets entered and the actual time Whippets are scheduled for judging. We agreed to run at least three programs, two on Saturday and one Sunday afternoon. It was also understood that when possible, five Whippets would run to a race and we would so organize our races that a single program could be completed within 30 minutes in order to hold the interest of the spectators. It will take some 30 adult Whippets to make these races a success, so it is my hope that Whippet owners will, if at all possible, bring as many adult racing dogs as possible. Under the point grading system, the slower and inexperienced Whippets quickly find their level of class, and they, too, stand an excellent chance of covering expenses. Schooling the Friday night before the actual official races should also greatly benefit those Whippets who have had limited track experience.

The International Kennel Club races, in just a few short years, has become the unofficial spot where the winner is virtually claimed as the undisputed champion race Whippet of America. Every high point scorer at the International Kennel Club races has been a Whippet of outstanding racing ability. The first winner, Ch. Whipoo's Whimsy, C.D., a medium size white Whippet with fawn markings, was a brilliant spectacular racer, winning every heat. Following the great Whimsy was Ch. Wingedfoot Dominic, a small fawn English Whippet weighing only 21 lbs. Dominic was a speed specialist out of the starting box and his great early foot gave him superiority to be the high point scorer. The 1961 high point scorer and current unofficial American race champion is Eyleland Peppermint Boy. This is another really great race dog who wins so easily from the best in the United States, that he hardly seems to be extending himself at any point in a race. Peppermint Boy must be at his best this year, as age is no longer on his side, and there are many owners who are just writing to prove they have a Whippet that can knock this racing giant from his throne.

Here are just a few of the facts of past races held at the International Kennel Club Show:

1. Whipoo's Whimsy, undefeated high scorer of the first International Races was a champion on the bench and completed his Companion Dog degree.

2. Seven of the first eleven high point scorers in 1960 were recognized as having completed their American Kennel Club Championship on the bench.

3. Ch. Wingedfoot Dominic was high point puppy of 1959 and the following year was the high point adult dog. In 1961 he was established as the outstanding race Whippet in Europe.

4. Ch. Great Circle Little Alice, perhaps the smallest Whippet competing in the show ring and races in America, finished with a score of 7 points, placing her in a tie for 6th high score out of 18 adult dogs.

5. All 23 adult Whippets in 1961 scored points, showing the quality and competiveness of the Whippet

6. Peppermint Boy was the high point puppy of his year, was second high scorer to Ch. Wingedfoot Dominic the following year, and since that time has yet to meet defeat at any major amateur race meet scheduled in America. Pepper mint Boys litter mate was Best Of Breed at the International Kennel Club Show in 1961.


7. Both Ch. Whipoo's Whimsy, C.D., and Eyleland Peppermint Boy are one dog owned house pets and their owners had never before owned or raced Whippets.

Races at the International Kennel Club Show have brought out very clearly that the Whippet, under the guidance of the American Whippet Club, has retained his natural ability as a race dog, as well as the power and grace to compete against all breeds in the show ring. You do not have to breed one type of Whippet for the show and another type for racing purposes. The Whippet is a race and show dog all in one. What other Sporting or Hound breed can make such a factual claim?

All of you who have taken part in Whippet racing in Chicago during past years know it is all for sport and the betterment of the breed. Whether you have a potential champion, just Whippets that love to run, or young racing prospects, bring them along. Please do not consider Whippet racing at the International Kennel Club Show as just a mid-west racing meet. We urgently need Whippets from every section of the country to assure and keep alive the Whippet as a race dog, the real purpose for which the breed was originated.

Louis Pegram, Racing Secretary

Trophies are needed for the Chicago Races, to be awarded to the winners. Anyone who would like to donate a trophy please contact Louis Pegram, Ralston Purina Co., Checkerboard Square, St. Louis 2, Missouri, and bring the trophy to the races, or send it to Louis Pegram or Eugene L. Jacobs, Mahomet, Illinois.

Please note the Entry Form for the Chicago Races in this issue of the Whippet News and also the Official Rules for Whippet Racing.


* Notes: In cases where these figures disagree with the number of All Breed Shows as shown in the Gazette or other publications, it must be remembered that in some cases so—called All Breed Shows are limited as to Group (only Toys, only Terriers, etc.), or do not give Group or Best In Show awards.

Dr. Scott writes — Herewith the statistics for 1961 together with my usual apologies for any dog, title, or win which I might have omitted or reported incorrectly. If there are errors they are not intentional, but rather human in nature.


Thanks to Dr. Scott for the annual Whippet Statistics. We appreciate the time and effort to compile these figures and we are pleased to be able to present this informative and interesting report to the readers of the Whippet News.


NOTICE

The Whippet News offers the right to other publications to reprint material in the News without writing for specific permission, providing a credit line is given.


Troy New York

Oct. 22, 1961, Judge: Mr. William H. Ackland

Open Dogs, two shown. First, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Lumumba (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Second, Frank Parker's Appraxin's Snow Fox (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Whipoo's White Luster)

Winners Dog to Pennyworth Lumumba. Reserve to Appraxin's Snow Fox.

Puppy Bitches, two shown. First, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Kiss-Kiss-Kiss (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Pennyworth Mistletoe) Second, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Betony (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Pennyworth Black Orchid)

American—bred Bitches, two shown. First, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Lady Slipper (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Black Orchid) Second, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Periwinkle (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Pennyworth Black Orchid)

Open Bitches, four shown. First, Frank J. Parker's Renpark's Merry Antoinette (by Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster of Pennyworth ex Ch. Renpark's Verry Merry) Second, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Tigrine (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Third, Janet C. Koch's Windsprite Aphrodite (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Marble Faun ex Ch. Hillgarth Shot Silk of Pennyworth) Fourth, Pennyworth Kennels' Tiptop Snipe of Harwood (by Ch. Fisherman O'Lazeland ex Tiptop Playful Deer)

Winners Bitch to Renpark's Merry Antoinette. Reserve to Pennyworth Tigrine.

Best of Winners to Renpark's Merry Antoinette.

Specials, four shown, Ch. Pennyworth Lady-In-Grey, Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren, Ch. Selbrook Highlight, Ch. Seven League Sunday Best.

Best of Breed to Renpark's Merry Antoinette. Best Opposite Sex to D. R. Motch's Ch. Seven League Sunday Best (by Ch. Seven League Saddler ex Ch. Windholme Mother goose).


Wheaton Kennel Club, Wheaton, Illinois
Jan. 14, 1962, Judge: Mr. Haskell Schuffman

Puppy Dogs, one shown, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Plum Pudding (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah)

Bred by Exhibitor Dogs, one shown, Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Easter Eggbert (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Ch. Eyleland Stoney Meadows Tost)

Open Dogs, three shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Aluminum Moth (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Traymatt Necessary Nell) Second, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Lysander of Briskways (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Eyleland Butter­ cup) Third, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Iron Fly (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Traymatt Necessary Nell)

Winners Dog to Traymatt Aluminum Moth. Reserve to Eyleland Easter Eggbert.

Puppy Bitches, one shown, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Brown Betty (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah)

Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Anamary Compere's Oldemill Classic (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland)

Open Bitches, five shown. First, Mrs. Barbara Fields' Whipoo's Avon Jessica (by Whipoo's Happy Time ex Whipoo's Tea Biscuit) Second, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Elegant Aire (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of meander ex Whipoo's Silken Elegance, C.D.) Third, Gary O. and Judy Morgan's Harbridge Lovely Lady (by Har bridge Rolling Stone ex Laguna Lovely Lady) Fourth, Barre Hill & Bill Graheck's Karmann of the Chase (by Harbridge Knight Star ex Lynridge Lady Fair)

Winners Bitch to Whipoo's Avon Jessica. Reserve to Whipoo's Elegant Aire.

Best of Winners to Whipoo's Avon Jessica.

Specials, one shown, Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland.

Best of Breed to Gary O. & Judy Morgan's Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland). Best Opposite Sex to Whipoo's Avon Jessica.


Eastern Dog Club, Boston, Mass.
Feb. 3 & 4, 1962, Judge: Mr. Harry T. Peters, Jr.

Puppy Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Locksley O'Lazeland (by Ch. Fisherman O'Lazeland ex Ch. Windholme Mary Contrary)

American Bred Dogs, two shown. First, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Happy Go Lucky (by Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster of Pennyworth ex Ch. Renpark's Verry Merry) Second, Calvin G. Perry & Dorothy Doyle's Appraxin's Reynard (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Whipoo's White Luster)

Open Dogs, one shown, Pennyworth Kennels' The Mariner O'Lazeland (by Ch. Raven­slodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)

Winners Dog to Locksley O'Lazeland. Reserve to The Mariner O'Lazeland.

Puppy Bitches, three shown. First, Lazeland Kennels' Legend O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, Pennyworth Kennels' Bettebrook Belinda (by Harbridge Bartsia ex Ch. Harbridge Suede) Third, Calvin G. Perry's Bettebrook Hustler (by Harbridge Bartsia ex Ch. Harbridge Suede)

Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, two shown. First, Irene K. Parker Harris' Renpark's Sixth Happiness (by Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster of Pennyworth ex Ch. Renpark's Verry Merry) Second, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Kiss-Kiss-Kiss (by Ch. Fleet­ing Falcon ex Pennyworth Mistletoe)

Open Bitches, two shown. First, Janet C. Koch's Stoney Meadows Real Mink (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Snow Queen) Second, William Schmick's Laguna Linklady (by Laguna Linkway ex Lily of Laguna)

Winners Bitch to Legend O'Lazeland. Reserve to Stoney Meadows Real Mink.

Specials, two shown, Ch. Seagift Fleeting Fly Half of Pennyworth and Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren.

Best of Winners and Best of Breed to Legend O'Lazeland. Best Opposite Sex to Locksley O'Lazeland.


Westminster Kennel Club, New York, N. Y.
Feb. 12 & 1, 1962, Judge: Mrs. W. P. Wear

American Bred Dogs, three shown. First, Miss F. Julia Shearer's Meander Good As New (by Ch. Meander Bob-White ex Meander Hidden Meaning) Second, Calvin G. Perry & Dorothy Doyle's Appraxin's Reynard (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Whipoo's White Luster) Third, Martha Love's Westmorelands Kimbrough (by Palmerscross Gold­ rush ex Palmerscross Stolen Love)

Open Dogs, seven shown. First, Lazeland Kennels' Beachfire O'Lazeland (by Ch. Surfrider O'Lazeland ex Pennyworth Forget-Me-Not) Second, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Iron Fly (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Traymatt Necessary Nell) Third, Calvin G. Perry's Whipoo's Appraxin Ariel (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon) Fourth, Jacqueline & Stanley Pimble's Glenhavens Wildwind (by Ch. Meander Bob-White ex Laguna Leonie)

Winners Dog to Beachfire O'Lazeland. Reserve to Meander Good As New.

Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, four shown. First, D, R. Notch's Seven League Seren issima (by Ch. Meander Bob-White ex Meander Chatter) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Legacy O'Lazeland (by Ch. Meander Bob—White ex Summertan O'Lazeland) Third, Martha Love's Westmorelands Irene (by Palmerscross Goldrush ex Palmerscross Stolen Love) Fourth, Anamary E, Compere's Oldemill Classic (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland)

American Bred Bitches, one shown, E. May Steiner's Hills Little Audrey (by Hill's Blue Boots ex Ch. Poppypinkpetal)

Open Bitches, six shown. First, Lazeland Kennels' Enchantress O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, Joan C. Weber's Glenhavens Tam O'Shanter (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade) Third, Mardor­ mere Kennels' Classic Beauty of Mardormere (by Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad ex Ch. Honey of Mardormere) Fourth, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Tigrine (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris)

Winners Bitch to Enchantress O'Lazeland. Reserve to Glenhavens Tam O'Shanter. Best of Winners to Beachfire O'Lazeland.

Specials, eight shown, Ch. Seven League Sunday Best, Ch. Seagift Fleeting Fly Half of Pennyworth, Ch. Selbrook Highlight, Ch. Seven League Songbird, Ch. Pennyworth Lady in Grey, Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren, Ch. Lucky Penny of Mardormere, Ch. Lucky Number of Mardormere.

Best of Breed to D. R. Notch's Ch. Seven League Songbird (by Ch. Meander Bob— White ex Meander Chatter) Best Opposite Sex to Janet C. Koch's Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Renpark's Verry Merry)


WHIPPET RACING ENTERTAINMENT
International Amphitheatre, Union Stock Yards, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, 1962
RACES CONDUCTED UNDER THE OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING,

Louis J. Pegram, Racing Secretary

INFORMATION. FOR DOGS ENTERING FOR RACING ENTERTAINMENT ONLY

For Whippets with racing experience. Whippets must be AKC registered or eligible to be registered. Entry fee $1.00 per dog for the racing entertainment only. Entries for "racing dogs only" close Tuesday, March 27, 1962. Mail entries, with fees to:

Louis J. Pegram

Ralston Purina Company Checkerboard Square St. Louis 2, Missouri

PUPPY RACES

Trophies awarded to the Grand Winner, Runner—up to the Grand Winner, and Puppy Race Winner.

Whippet racing entertainment will be held Saturday afternoon and evening April 7, and Sunday afternoon April 8.

CASH PURSES OFFERED BY THE INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB OF CHICAGO


OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL RACING

EQUIPMENT

1. The equipment shall be arranged for and/or provided by the officials presenting the races or the race group or club sponsoring the races.

2, The Whippets shall be started from a suitable set of starting boxes acceptable to a majority of those competing.

3. There shall be a suitable lure machine that will enable the operator to keep the lure well ahead of the running dogs. (It is suggested that there be a second lure in reserve, to use should there be a breakdown).

4. All dogs must wear appropriate racing muzzles: The judges shall determine whether a questionable muzzle is adequate.

5. The dogs shall wear numbered blankets while racing, the blanket numbers to correspond with their starting box number. The blanket colors shall bet white number 1 on a purple blanket, black number 2 on a red blanket, rod number 3 on a pink blanket, white number 4 en a green blanket, yellow number 5 on a brown blanket, blue number 6 on a yellow blanket.

6. A finish line must be clearly designated and plainly visable to the judges.

7. A starting signal, such as a flag, must be provided at the starting boxes for signaling the lure operator to start the lure.

8. A suitable measuring device for measuring the track must be provided.

9. A stop watch shall be provided for timing official races.

TRACK AND TRACK AREA

1. The Whippets shall run 200 yards measured from the starting boxes to tie finish line, on a flat straight track free of physical hazards and not loss than fifteen (15) foot wide.

2. The measured track shall be of suitable footing acceptable to a majority of those competing.

3. The track area is the measured track plus the reserved area needed for equipment, dogs, officials and others helping with the races.

4. The track area must be protected from spectators. No person shall be on the measured track, between the boxes and the finish line, during a race.

5. The length of the measured track can be changed for purposes of demonstrations, but all other track conditions arc to remain the same. When times arc taken, the distance run must be stated.

JUDGES

1. There shall be three (3) adult persons acting as judges. The judges for any racing event shall not own dogs running in that event. Each judge shall be provided with a copy of these Rules and Regulations and shall have read them prior to officiating.

2. The judges shall enforce all rules and regulations as contained herein.

3. The judges shall supervise measuring the track.

4. The judges shall check all equipment and the track.

5. The judges shall detemine the winner, second, third and fourth places in

RACING

1. The dogs must be properly trained and schooled and must, in the opinion of the judges, be sufficiently experienced before they can be entered. Any dog that is not known to have been raced in competition must be run in a trial race.

2. Trial races shall be provided prior to the start of the regular races. All dogs in trial races must wear nuzzles and be started from the boxes. (Blankets optional).

3. No Whippet under the age of twelve (12) months shall run in any race other than races provided for Whippets of the same age.

4. There shall be a person acting as Racing Secretary, who will keep a complete record of all races, compute the total points and record and provide the line up for each race.

5. There shall be a person acting as time keeper to time the official races.

6. The entries for the first races shall be determined by drawing lots in the presence of one judge, the racing secretary and two or more owners or handlers.

7. The following races are to be made up as nearly as possible of dogs with equal points. The points shall be awarded as follows: With fifteen dogs or less competing, 1st receives 5 points; 2nd receives 2 points; 3rd receives 1 point; with over fifteen dogs competing, 1st receives 5 points, 2nd receives 3 points, 3rd receives 2 points, 4th receives 1 point.

8. The starter at the boxes shall see that the dogs are placed in the boxes and have a fair start. The starter shall check the blankets and muzzles for fit and security as the dogs arc placed in the boxes.

9. A false start, due t any faulty action of the starting boxes, break in machinery or other cause, is void and the dogs shall be started again as soon as practicable.

10. No race shall be called official unless the lure is in advance of the dogs at all times during the race and if at any time during the race any dog or dogs catch or overtake the lure the judges shall declare it "No Race", and the race shall be run over.

11. A bitch in season shall not be allowed at the track area.

12. The racing muzzles and blankets shall be placed on all the dogs running in a race at the paddock before the dogs are taken to the starting boxes, so they may be put into their boxes without further delay.

13. If a dog bolts the track or runs in the opposite direction, fights or deliberately bumps, and in so doing, in the opinion of the judges, interfers with any other dog in the race, the judges shall declare it "No Race" and the race shall be run over without the guilty dog.

14. If a race is marred by jams, spills or racing circumstances other than rule 13, or other than accidents to the machinery, while a race is being run, and three or more dogs finish out of five or six running, two or more finish out of four running, the judges shall declare the race finished. If loss finish, the judges shall declare it "No Race".

15. If a race is halted by an accident to the lure machine, the race shall be run over as soon as practicable.

16. If a dog bolts the track, runs in the opposite direction, or does not run the entire proscribed distance for the race, he shall forfeit all rights in the race and no matter where he finishes the judges shall declare the race the same as if he were not a contender.

17. If it appears that a dog will interfere with the running of the race because of failure to leave the box, because of accident or for any other reason, the judges shall have the dog removed from the track.

13. When two dogs run in a dead heat for first place, all trophies, prizes and points to which the first and second dogs would have been entitled shall be divided equally between them. Likewise, when two dogs run a dead heat for second place, they shall divide second and third prizes and points. If the dividing owners cannot agree as to which of them is to have cup or ether prize which
cannot be divided, the question shall be by lot by a judge.

19. When determining the final winners of a racing event, any ties in the total number of points shall be decided by run off.

These rules and regulations are to govern all official Whippet races. Racing groups and clubs can conduct their schooling races and special demonstrations as desired.


FROM ENGLAND

Northern Counties Whippet Club

Members 16 Class Limited Show

Dec, 9, 1961, Judge: Mrs. Philip S. P. Fell

Best Dog, Mrs. Jones' Gaynose Festival of Allways (by Ch. Robmaywin Stargazer of Allways ex Shandy of Allways)

Best Bitch, Mr. Thomas' Peach Melba of Yaret (by Briarcliffe Bing Boy ex Baby Peach Pride of Yaret.

Best in Show, Gaynose Festival of Allways.

Best Puppy, Mr. Halstead's Trinket of Yaret (by Ch. Ladiesfield Topaz ex Dresden Mink of Yaret)

Mrs. Fell writes: I had a marvelous entry with very few absentees. This was amazing as the weather had been ghastly up until the day of the show. It became quite mild so the fog set in.

The quality of the entry was excellent. Wonderful feet on the lot. The majority were free moving, very few "mincers" or "knitters". Heads and expressions were also very good. Scarceley an apple cheek or a pricked ear. The top dog is really lovely, a dark smoky fawn, in the pink of condition. Mrs. Lewis told me later he had best in show at Luton the previous Saturday.

The best bitch was much the same color as the dog, as was the best puppy. A small, beautifully made quality bitch.

The puppy was also small, in marvelous condition for its age. Sound as a dollar, with terrific ring presence.

Another one which impressed me very much was the winner of the Special Open Any Broken Color Class (Mesdames Lewis & Jones' Selbrook Springlight), A beautiful moving dog, well balanced, terrific hind leg. To be hypercritical he was a little wide between the shoulder blades. He had a lovely head, but a trifle bitchey in expression, none the less a lovely dog.

The Special puppy class (puppies 6 to 9 mos.) was magnificent, twenty—five entries. Percentage wise the bitches had it over the dogs in number and quality.

I enjoyed myself thoroughly judging the show. I hope most of the people had as much fun as I did.

I was most fortunate in my steward, Major Glover. He was really excellent. Had it not been for him I doubt I should ever have been finished in the allotted time. Mrs. Hodgson had pictures taken which I believe she will be sending. She and her husband were so kind and hospitable. They really work hard over their show. For that matter so did the committee. They had several raffles, one of which there were 14 prizes. Enough chances were sold to pay for the printing of the Year Book. By this you can judge what an enthusiastic and enterprising group of people they are, how they were able to get 84 dogs and an entry of 203.


The Whippet News

The Whippet News is a non-profit paper sponsored by the American Whippet Club. It is the only publication devoted exclusively to the Whippet, and is sent automatically to all members of the American Whippet Club. It is sent to anyone else genuinely interested in receiving the paper. There is no charge for receiv­ ing the News. The News must help pay its own way with the advertising and by charging to present pictures. This money goes towards paper, ink, stencils, staples and postage. All the work of cutting stencils, running the mimeograph, assembling and addressing the News is done on a volunteer basis.

The News is sent to several Whippet Clubs and readers in England, and there are readers in Canada, Holland end South America. The mailing list is kept active by running a spot check on some of the readers each publication month and request­ing they notify us if they want to continue receiving the News. Several names are eliminated each printing to offset the requests of new readers. Once a year, in the April issue, a list of the readers not members of the American Whippet Club is included in the News. All the readers should check this list.

The American Whippet Club members are featured in the kennel reports section. Those reports are presented in alphabetical order. All other readers have the opportunity to send news and letters which are presented in the Mail Bag section in alphabetical order. Articles of general interest are presented in the front section of the News. The American Whippet Club Specialty Shows and results, race announcements and results, and Whippet results at all-breed shows are also present­ed in the front section. News from English clubs and readers is presented in the From England suction. Once a year, June issue, a membership list of the American Whippet Club is included in the News. This list can be kept for reference.

Material for the News is always welcome from all readers. The ads are presented in the order in which they are received, with "long term" advertisers first. Pictures are used in the order in which they are received and held until there are enough for a complete page. The three generation pedigrees of new champions are presented on a first come basis. Pedigrees will be held until there are enough (two) for at least one page and no more than two pages of pedigrees will be presented each issue.

The opinions expressed in the Whippet News are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the editor or the American Whippet Club.

This explanation of the Whippet News is for the new renders acquired during the past year.



WHIPPET
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 oven. Tooth 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, hold 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 definate 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 definate 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.

DISQUALIFICATIONS

Undershot mouth.

Approved November 9, 1955


NEW CHAMPIONS. This section is a regular feature of the Whippet News. Each issue we will present a three generation pedigree of new champions, with colors of the dogs when possible. Owners of new champions should send in the pedigrees as soon as the confirmation is received from the American Kennel Club. Please include the name of the dog and color, breeder, owner, date of birth, as well as the colors of the dogs in the pedigree. The pedigrees are presented on a first come basis and no more than two pages will be presented each issue.


Avon Kennels Report
William Fields

January 24, 1962 Chicago, Illinois

Proposed revision for Whippet Race Scoring. 1. Purpose As has been noted in various articles from the Whippet News there has been dissatisfaction with race scoring. The reason for this is that with present scoring procedures it is math­matically possible and frequently happens, for slower dogs to come out with a higher match score than their betters. For example, take a three heat match where four dogs run:

 

 

 

DOG

DRAW RACE

POINTS

RUN OFF

POINTS

FINAL PLACE

POINTS

TOTAL

 

PLACE

 

PLACE

 

 

 

 

A

1

5

3

2

3

2

9

B

2

3

1

5

1

5

13

C

3

2

2

3

1

5

10

D

4

1

1

5

1

5

11

In this hypothetical match, although dog "A" had beaten the other three dogs in the Draw Race, all of the slower dogs will have more match points than he from running against peers. At the end of the match we have no meaningful comparison of the entrants by comparing match scores.

2. I propose that the following point schedule be adopted which will eliminate the possibility of this kind of confusion in the future:

PLACE DRAW RACE POINTS

RUN OFF

FINAL

1

76

19

5

2

51

13

3

3

26

7

2

4

1

1

1

This places excessive weight on the draw race but it is the only possible combination of numbers which I can devise which will insure that no dog can ever make a match score better than that of a faster dog. There are obvious objections to this system which I am aware of: 1.) It is a bit clumsy for the score keeper. 2) It seems incongruous that the run off heat should be weighted above the final and that the draw heat, in which chance is such a factor, should be so excessively weighted. 3) If there is a purse, as there is at the International Dog Show, distribution by points would be unfair.

The final objection can be met by distributing the purse by rank, for the dogs. If this were done, I would suggest the following dispersal of the purses

DOG RANK Number

% of Purse

DOG RANK Number

% of Purse

1

15%

9

5%

2

14

10

4

3

13

11

3

4

11

12

2

5

9

13

1

6

8

14

1

7

7

15

2

8

6

 

 

Again, I realize this is an awkward system, but it would appear to rectify the inequity which attends the present system.


Kathleen Beargie Reports December 13, 1961 Denver , Colorado

This will be too late for the December issue of the News, but same cannot be helped. Show news first and then another item that might interest you.

At Terry-All Kennel Club, Mrs. Marie B. Meyer judging, Bobbye went Best of Breed over our Scamper. Puppies, First, Troubles by Rocket's Firecracker ex Piperkins Patience. Open (sexes combined) First, Foggy Weather, C.D., this is Bobbye, litter brother to Scamper. Second, Blue Rocket, this is Vicky, litter sister to Scamper. Third, Rocket's Firecracker, this is Jerry. Best of Breed to Foggy Weather, this gives him a major. Reserve to Blue Rocket.

At Greeley, M rs. Edmiston judging, Chaser went Best of Breed and fourth in the Group. Puppies, First, Troubles. Open (sexes combined) First and Winners,

Foggy Weather, C.D. Second and Reserve, Blue Rocket. Third, Rocket's Firecracker

The record for the two breedings of Jasper (Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander) and Rocket (Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus) stands as follows: 3 C hampions finished (Bull, Scamper and Chaser) and 2 others with points, B obbye with 6 points (2 three point majors) and Jerry with 5 or 6 points including one 3 point major.

The following article, which speaks for itself, was called to my attention by a doggy friend of mine because I'd been talking to her about developmental anomalies in particular cleft palates and the high incidence of same in Whippet litters. However, if your inquirer will write Rutgers University and ask for the research they did on Para Amino Benzoic Acid deficiency in rats causing cleft palates in the young, it may answer her question. He did a limited research in this in 1958, after the Rutgers paper was published, on several Siamese queens, and their find­ ings bore out that if a queen is deficient in Para Amino Benzoic Acid at the precise time at which the palate of the kittens is being formed and the cellular demand for PABA is not satisfied, one or two of a litter of five will be born with cleft palates. The Rutgers scientists were able to pinpoint during the gestation period to within 20 minutes when the palates of rats were being formed. If my memory does not fail me, the research was successful in creating a cleft palate in 1,500 successive breedings." (M.J. Greer, Director of Research, Fabulous Felines 141 Lexington Ave. , New York, N.Y. )

I was also intrigued by a statement the Jacobs made in the News that in a certain mating they made, they got cleft palates one time, but not when the breeding was repeated. With all these ideas in mind, I did a little research on pare amino benzoic acid when I was up at school, and had a lengthy conversation with Dr. Chas. Ferris, heed of physiology. What I discovered, though not much, might be of interest to the readers of the News

First of all, PABA is a simple organic acid consisting of an unsaturated benzene ring. Structural formula is as follows:

COOH

NH2

It is very close to some of the sulfonamide drugs - so close, as a matter of fact, that bacteria, which need PAPA often mistake the sulfonamides for PABA and take sulfonamides into their cells. By the time the bacteria have discovered their mistake, so to speak, it is too late, and the sulfa drugs kill them. This explains why the sulfa drugs are such good bacteriacides. PABA is a member of the vitamin B complex and this is what makes it so important. It is known to be essential to growth and development in many vertebrates. It is also a coenzyme, i.e., a sub stance which may be chemically bound to an enzyme and which activates the enzyme. PABA is known to be a coenzyme with some of the folic acids and to be involved in transmethylation and the synthesis of choline. Choline is further synthesized to acetylcholine, the chemical so necessary for the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles. Thus we now see why the vitamin B complex is so necessary for a healthy nervous system.

As the quoted article would seem to indicate, PAPA may also be involved in the closure of the palate in the embryo. Thus administration of the entire vitamin B complex (folic acid is also a B) during the pregnancy of a bitch should vastly reduce the incidence of cleft palate in the produce. .

To return to enzymes, coenzymes, and the role of PAPA in the metabolic processes of the cell - there is a theory extant among biologists, physiologists and genet­ icists that genes act and produce their visible effects by means of enzymes and that the coenzymes act as the intermediaries. Just exactly how this happens bio­chemically is very complicated and would take a book to explain. Therefore, let it be sufficient here to say it is so, thus we now see PABA in an even more impor tant light - as the means where by the gene system acts, in this case relative to the formation of the palate. I point this out because in the past there has been some questions as to whether cleft palates were inherited or not. The fact is that in a few of the cases cleft palate may be due to a faulty gene system which will not allow the cells to utilize PAPA. The vest majority of cases are undoubtedly due to a deficiency of PAPA. This is because gene systems are very stable, and the rate of mutation of the particular gene involved here must be very low, because any mutation here would be lethal, or in any event hardly likely to reproduce itself

The difference between a faulty gene system and a deficiency can be told immediate­ly or almost immediately. If, in any one litter, the incidence of cleft palates suddenly rises and half or more of the produce are afflicted, then it is almost certainly a deficiency.

The above discourse on PAPA is a vast oversimplification of the case, as I realize that most people are not interested in biochemistry or genetics. However, this is my profession, so I am vitally interested in it.


Eyleland Kennel Reports

Ralph & Barbara Eyles

February 1, 1962

Antioch , Illinois

We hesitate to say anything about Whippet racing because we are so new at it and it seems likely that over the years a reasonably workable system has been develop­ed that is fair to all. If we may express an opinion, we would like to - but not about the manner in which the races are conducted for that has been in the hands of those with a great many more years of experience than ours. Our expression of opinion would be about the need for keeping Whippet racing on a fun level. For

us the racing we have done has been fun. It is fun to walk the dogs to the boxes. It is fun to help judge. It is fun to catch the dogs after the race. It is fun to watch the dogs run and it is fun to be part of all the excitement. It would not be fun if winning was the only thing that mattered. If we all can keep from taking our racing too seriously and keep it a fun thing we will find ourselves selling Whippets to people who want to get in on the fun. Make it a serious matter where only winning counts and we all may be selling Whippets to people who do not deserve to have a Whippet, and with whom we cannot enjoy ourselves.

We do wonder if it has been forgotten that the present point system was chosen because it spread the prize money widely to as many contestants as possible, as well as to group the dogs together according to their ability. The present scor­ ing may not be perfect but what is perfect? It is simple and easily understandable some other scoring system might avoid an occasional unfair placement but who is going to carry the adding machine to the races. Another scoring system will probably put most of the prize money on the top winners. Losers as well as winners contribute to the fun and success of a race and it is good to share the prize money with them. Without losers we would have few winners.

Let us all keep our racing on the fun level and have less discussion of technicalities which really amount to criticism of those who do the ground work necessary for successful racing, or worse, sour grapes or poor sportsmanship.

By the way, to answer that question we read in the Whippet News, maybe Tost is the fastest bitch.


Paul Francis Reports January 28, 1962 Cleveland , Ohio

A reply to Mr. Pegram... This reply is in regard to Mr . Pegram's article in the Dec. issue entitled "Size and The Whippet". I do not feel that Mr. Pegram or others can ignore the fact that more and more concern is being voiced among Whippet owners regarding size. We cannot pass off this concern with remarks such as "a standard excuse for people who cannot compete under standard regulations drawn up to fit a breed, or the majority of the animals which make up the standard of a breed." This is not only Mr. Pegram 's answer to those who refer to size, but the contention of others also.

First, let us consider Mr. Pegram's initial assumption, that we have a "standard regulation drawn up to fit the breed." Let us look at the "standard". Size — Ideal height fot dogs, 19 to 22 inches; for bitches, 18 to 21 in. These are not intended to be definite limits, only ap proximate." To stretch a point, and some people not only would like to, but do quite often, anything from an Italian Greyhound to a Greyhound would fall into this category. After all the limits are not definate, only "approximate. Second, let us look at "Mr. Pegram's assumption that "the majority of animals which make up the standard of a breed" should govern the size or standard of the Whippet. This really stretches the imagination: Why draw up a standard at all: If it is only something for the A. K. C. to keep on file, why bother if no one is going to refer to it.

I am concerned with the future of the Whippet and Whippet racing. I do not feel that a healthy atmosphere is developing due to the lack of a definite stand on height in the breed standard.

I really think the excuse for not developing a definite size limit lies with the breeders who do not wish to bother with breeding Whippets which will fall within certain limits. It there were definite limits to guide breeders, in a few genera tions the problem of such great variation in height in litters would be virtually extinct. We will not do away with the runts, etc. expected in even the oldest breeds of fixed limits, however it will be a step in the right direction.

It is very discouragin g, as has been noted by several writers, to have a dog well over 22" or under 18" go up at a show. Many times these animals are sound and quality Whippets, but this again is defeating the purpose of having a standard at all. These exceptions should be weeded out. We should be able to "pull the tape" on these "freaks" without fear of reprisal from others for unsportsmanlike conduct. It is they who continue to show dogs outside of the limit and I don't mean the " approximate limit" who are guilty of unsportsmanlike action. I feel that the "Ideal height" should be adopted as the definite standard. This may hurt a few individual Whippets in circulation, but I feel the owners of these animals should consider the welfare of the breed and the future prosperity and growth which has taken place the past few years, over selfish interests.

As I stated earlier we cannot disregard the growing concern throughout the country for a definite policy with regard to size. I have heard most of the rationaliza tions such as, "color makes a dog look bigger or smaller", "bone structure influences the appearance of a dog", etc. These are just arguments that will continue to cause unrest and ill feeling in the ring and at the track.

Now on to the racing aspect. Mr. Pegram 's contention that Whippets can only be raced in two heats in an afternoon and be at maximum efficiency, may be true. As he stated, his first entry into active Whip pet races started in 1928, six years before I was born. I have, however, acquired all the past records of the Cleve­ land Whippet Club which date from 1929 through 1946. Under the guidance of Frank Tuffley, Whippet racing in this area was a going concern. The club traveled throughout Ohio and the east putting on exhibition Whippet races. Perhaps Mr . Pegram can recall some of these events.

The program set up by the club was the running of preliminary heats of which the 1st and 2nd place dogs were run in a semifinal heat which consisted of 2, 3 or 4 heats depending upon the number of dogs entered. The 1st and 2nd place dogs in these semifinal heats were then run in a final heat to determine the winner. This system might better evaluate the conditions which Mr. Pegram feels constitute a good Whippet... "speed, endurance, desire and training..."

Following is a copy of a typical program of the Cleveland Whippet Club (next page) I do not know whether this type of set—up is the answer, perhaps at a two day event such as the International it could be applied. I do know that there should be some improvements on the present grading system. For instance, at the recent A.K.C. Specialty show in Penllyn an outstanding example of the need for altera­ tions occur in the instance where in a primary heat Meander Ten Four won and received 5 points, Eyleland Cinnamon Roll was 2nd with 3 points, Happy Jacques 3rd with 2 points and Traymatt Aluminum Moth 4th with 1 point. N ow let us look at the final tabulations after which each do g ran in their respective groups.

First and second dogs to run in Semi—finals and Final.

Final Points: Cinnamon Roll 3 points, Aluminum Moth 6 points, Jacques 5 points and Ten Four 5 points. Very revealing! It was proven earlier that Ten Four was a far superior racer than Moth, yet under the present grading system it would appear that Moth was the better runner.

If the 1st end 2nd place dogs were allowed to compete in a five point final race, while only allowing the 3rd and 4th place dogs to compete for 2 or 3 points, this would give a better overall picture of the better do gs in the final tabulations.

I am well aware that the top racing dog at these events usually proves he is "tops' point—wise under the present set—up, but it does not accurately account for the runner—ups. Why should a dog which has placed fourth to another dog end up with more final points, giving the false impression that the dog which placed fourth is of superior racing ability. Under my proposal, Ten Four would have had .5 points in the final tabulations and Moth, 3 or 4 points, definitely a more accurate picture.

Mr. Pegram states that the present grading system "..is not designed to pick winners..." Then just what is it designed for? He again states that "Whippet racing is carried on by individuals...who respect the Whippet as a race dog."

The only way one can respect a good Whippet as a race dog, is if he wins.

I truly respect Mr. Pegram's knowledge and interest concerning the Whippet and Whippet racing in particular. I feel, however, that there were certain discrep ancies and contradictions in his essay which needed clarification. We cannot face a problem with a shrug of the shoulder and hope for it to pass. We cannot condemn others who do not see our point of view and call them poor losers. Please express your feelings as Whippet owners and A. W. C. members through the media of the Whippet News. I'm sure it will be welcomed.


Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendy Howell

January 25, 1962

Co. Waterford, Ireland

This years exciting coursing season is almost over. Ending in February with the Irish Cup. There was a lot of confusion when the ground froze for two weeks over Christmas (the first time in seventy years) and meetings had to be postponed. It all worked out better than expected and none of the Clubs suffered too acutely financially from postponed meetings. The Whippets have been on exhibition at eleven meetings, including Cork, Newcastle and Clonea. Several of the slippers are getting expert at slipping the Whippets. They have been slipped on the reg ulation Greyhound slips, merely by taking a knot in the collar. The outstanding star of this years Whippet coursing (the first ever seen in Ireland) has been Badgewood Annie Oakley at 17 1/2", weighs fifteen pounds. It has been hard on the American dogs who only came out of quarantine in late November, but they respond­ed marvelously to training. G. C. The Scot, G. C. Little Alice and especially young G. C. Wisechild have all turned in fine courses at the various parks. The two most impressive courses of the year were at Clones, following the Desia Cup, and at Newsactle following the Munstu Cup. The Clonea course was won by Annie Oakley who won the run up and got three turns out of the six. Hare escaping. At Newcastle Annie again beat Wise Child on the run up and gained ten of a remarkable sixteen tirns given the hare. Annie also getting a kill. We have arrived at a slipping distance of almost a hundred and fifty yards (Greyhounds get another hundred) and at this distance the Whippets almost always manage to break the hare, that is, turn it for the first time, at approximately the same place as the Greyhounds.

Far more important than details of the actual runs though is the attitude of the public toward these Whippet exhibitions. When we began in October there was much amusement and incredulity. Nobody in Ireland, at least among the Greyhound owners and coursing public, had seen a Whippet. After it was explained what they were, the dogs proceeded to show what they could do At first the Club commit tees and the slippers had to be asked as a tremendous favor to let the little ones "try" and on several occasions this process took so long that there were few spectators left when the Whippets actually ran. I can only report that this has all changed radically. The Irish are a great sporting people and have tremendous respect for a beautiful animal that id bred to do its job. At the last meeting ( Newcastle) Wise Child hurt her shoulder in the first day's grueling course. So many people, about two thousand, were waiting to see the Whippets run again the second day that it had to be announced that they would have no course on account of this accident. I am glad to say the injury was slight and the bitch will be sound for Crufts next week. Several Clubs have telephoned me and asked me to bring the Whippets, which naturally I am only too pleased to do. I mention these things only to show what a good impression the Whippets have made and how warm hearted and sporting people here are to a foreigner with a bunch of dogs totally unknown before.

Under the leadership of Miss M ------ (sorry, editor cannot decipher copy), of gundog fame, and Mr. & Mrs. Dorrity of Whippets, we are formulating our plans for spring racing at Limerick Junction. The venue is a most attractive turf horse race course. We tentatively plan to run them clockwise in front of the stands around the last bend of the course and up to the existing finish line. There will be many details to iron out, not the least of which is getting the right publicity and rounding up all the available house pets in the country to help start the thing going. Handicapping, prize money, entry fees, times and frequency of meet­ ings will have to be discussed. I will have to run all mine of any age and size as we won't have nearly enough dogs. How this all reminds me of the early days of the recent racing revival in the U. S. A., and how I wish Yr. Young, Lou Pegram, the Jacobs and Donald were here to do the racing along with us. I sadly miss Mr. Young's always good a dvice and great encouragement. Perhaps if Earl and Betty Stites were around they could even get up enthusiasm for Afghans in Ireland. Betty Fell is nearer, but still far away though perhaps when we get going we can get a little International competition with England. The main thing is to get it going well enough to get Irish people owning dogs and racing. This will be a hard nut to crack and will take a while. The recent coursing success has certainly helped this effort.

On another page of Whippet News is a report on the death of Am. Ch. Tantivvey Viscaria. She stayed in good health and spirits up to the very last and died suddenly. My son and I buried her under a tree where one can look out to the Atlantic Ocean . This was a sea that the little dog crossed twice in her life and had many friends and adventures on both sides of. Whatever anyone may have thought of Yittyjew from a conformation point of view, and I ' ve argued rather heatedly with a few experts in this subject, she gave a great deal to the breed in the few litters she had, which is still continuing in the fourth generation of her descendents. She entered the lists as a brood bitch when size was a paramount problem. She produced some big ones to be sure, but, they in turn produced small ones. She also gave a great deal towards stylish show personalities and last and most important, balance.

My thanks to Miss Clay, her breeder, Mrs. Nell Tomat of California, to Mrs, Sybil Yearsley her previous owner.

Most of all, Yittyjew was a great friend to my mother, my son and myself, and one of the most intelligent, attractive little dogs its ever been my good fortune to deal with. We will miss her.


Madcap Kennel Reports

Norman W. Ellis

December 17, 1961

Fresno , California

Things in general have been quite hectic at Madcap. Two dogs were purloined for four days, about two months ago. The reward hunters were paid off and the dogs recovered. Great Circle Tosca has yet to recover. She refused to eat while in captivity. Four days without food left her in a condition that was suitably weak to allow her to pick up a fascinating, from the vet's point of view, case of Encephalitis. One day she is dying, the next day she rallies. We are trying everything to save her. The latest possible remedies are glucose and insulin; thyroid and calcium; B-12 mixed with chocolate syrup and Karo. All this plus cod- liver oil and various and sundry vitamins. The bitch has never lost her appetite since she came home. This is the one thing that has contributed more to keeping alive than anything else. I don't want to see her lose her appetite, but I do so very much wish she would lose the twitch she has developed to such a fine beat. The prolonged high temperatures evidently caused some nerve damage. She is getting better and now only twitches when people are looking at her. The larger the audience, the better the show!

Madcap Dress Circle, the 7 month old puppy bitch by Great Circle Mad Hatter ex G. C. Star Gazer, won her first two points under Anton Korbel at Tulare a few weeks ago. My dog, Great Circle Skibbereen went Best of Winners and BOS to the Whippet bitch, Canyon Crest's Surprise, who went on to win the Hound group.

The Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno is offering a large program of racing at their April show. As of now it appears we will have three or four regional teams of Whippets competin g for a challenge trophy. The Northern California Whippet people are planning to bring an all white team of four, spearheaded by Robert Henderson's Ch. Mad Hatter and Monte and Patti Long's Mapolo ' s Veneno and Tiberius. Dorthea Frames is working on a Southern California team while Madcap is trying to put together a Fresno team or two Central California teams composed of my dogs and those of the Turners and Donald Frames from Bakersfield. There will also be Afghan racing and Borzoi racing. We have permission to use the race track and grand stand at the fair grounds for the racing. There will be a good deal of local publicity, the proxy of the local kennel club is a T. V. public relations man. Dogs for the races need not be entered for the show. Earl and Betty Stites, long time admirers of Whippets, but owners of Afghans, are furnishing their fine racing equipment and boxes, as is Miss Maryanna Burrows. Miss Burrows has racing boxes with remote controls and separate starting devices for each box. This should be a boon for training the puppies who have not raced from boxes. They need not be released until a few seconds after the more experienced dogs, until they get the hang of it.

Anyone interested in more information on the Fresno races may write to Mr . Harold Schlintz, 3752 E. Belmont, Fresno, California.

Madcap Grand Slam was sold to the Dorich Poodle Kennels of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Moore in Omaha, Nebraska, a few months back. They report that they are completely under Slam's control. Mrs. Moore also reports that Slam is so impresses with Omaha's winter weather that she is knitting her own thermal underwear:

Skibbereen scored a Hound group second at the Bakersfield All Breed Sanction Match. The Basset that beat him went on to win Best In Match.

There was quite a turnout at the Lancaster show of early December. 21 Whippets with 2 absentees. Quicksilver 11 finished his championship under judge Herman Cox. Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise went BOB and Ch. Great Circle Mad Hatter went BOS. Open bitches and Winners Bitch went to Dorthea Frames' Piperkin's Patience. Open Dogs and Best of Winners to Quicksilver.


Traymatt Kennel Reports
Barbara & Josephine Steinberg

February 1, 1962

Antioch , Illinois

Traymatt kennels should have its first two litters of 1962 in early April. Breedin g our two Monocle daughters (Monica and Yell) to Ch. T. E. Herkimer should be fascinating again, found it so when we bred these two to Stoney Meadows Epic. Although Herkie has sired three litters, these will be our first litters by him - looking forward to see what he can do for our kennel. We are also planning to use him on a double Snow Flurry of Meander granddaughter of ours.

A recently acquired dark brindle daughter by Herkimer and a young parti-colored bitch out of Monica will be bred to two of our young studs.

We can vision our summer vacation time already -- Puppies—Play—Pick—up:


Whipoo Kennel Reports Sibyl and Gene Jacobs February, 1962

Mahomet , Illinois

We thought the article by Louis Pegram in the last issue of the News very good and to the point, and we agree with him. The article will no doubt provoke some comments. Discussion is good, we believe, as long as those entering into the discussion know what they are talking about and are familiar and have some expe­rience with the subject. Many people have given Whippet racing very serious though, especially as to the scoring, after participating under the present system, others are all theory with no experience trying to conduct a set of races for entertainment. As far as criticism goes, we quote Stewart v. Pahl from the Reporter, as this is exactly are feelings: "I should like to say one thing about criticism in general -- the right to criticize devolves upon an individual in direct ratio to his willingness and capability in assuming respon­ sibility. I am inclined to disregard anything that is said by those who are not pitching in and helping."

Since Whippet racing is only a sport and since it is on an amateur basis offered for entertainment, and since there is not a lot of money involved and/or trophies, and since the racing is being done for the good of the breed and to show why the breed was developed, that is, as a running dog, we feel those participating in the racing should do so in the spirit of sport and not take the whole thing so seriously. The racing record of a Whippet will not affect its show career, price, or stud fee, as the racing is done today.

In reply to Doris Wear's inquiry on methods of vaccination of puppies. For permanent" shots we have always used the "old fashioned" killed vaccine, three injection method and we continue to use this method, now a combined killed vaccine for Distemper, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis, because it has proved very satisfactory for us. We have never had an outbreak of Distemper in our kennel, where all the young stock is and with a clipping and grooming business we have dogs coming and going all the time. Several years ago we did have one bitch about 8 months old come down with Distemper, found her ill upon returning home from out of town, but she was an isolated case, and had evidently not built up any immunity from the shots nor had she been off the place to build up any natural immu­ nity. She was in a section of the kennel where dogs come and go to the shows and evidently the disease was brought home to her. However, not another of the 10 or so dogs of various ages in that kennel, with runs next to her, became ill and the bitch she was living with, who had plenty of opportunity to come in direct contact with the mucus from the sick dog, did not become at all ill. As a precaution, the Vet did give all the dogs an injection of serum.

Because of all the coming and going of our dogs as well as the dogs of other people, we usually start puppies on serum at about 4 weeks of age and continue this serum at 12 day intervals until the pups are about three months old, when we start the "permanent" shots. We do not give any booster shots, relying on the dogs to build up their natural immunity by exposure at the shows. We do feel that what works for one kennel in one locality, will not work for another kennel in a different part of the country, and the best method for vaccination is the one recommended by your Vet. Our Vet does not want to have any live or modified live vaccine on our place.

We received the following letter from Nip and Tuk Collier( male Whippet litter mates living with Arnold D. Collier, Brooksville, Florida) : Our boss has asked us to write you... We sure like our 30 acre run. No snow, lots of rabbits to chase, gophers (land terapin) to dig out of their burrows, quail to flush, squir rels to tree, lots of callers and company to pet us and with whom we shake hands. Myriads of flying grasshoppers and bugs to spring at.

We seldom bark and when we do it means business. One warm fall day we sure put out the alarm. Everyone knows our bark means we are in trouble so the boys came to see what we wanted. There was a familiar sound from a clump of palmetto. The boss brought his revolver (a World War I German lugar) and a six foot diamond back rattler with 13 buttons got a hole smack in his head.

The next day just after we attended ceremonies in which we were presented huge knuckle bones for life saving, we heard another rattle in the same location where the day before we flushed the deadly enemy. So we turned in the alarm and an exact duplicate scene took place. This time the culprit was nearly seven feet long and had ten huge buttons and four smaller ones. It was the mate, as native saying goes, of the former in search for its companion. Since then we go down to the spot several times a day but haven't encountered any more troublesome fellows. We know the difference between the non poisonous snake and the bad fellows so we don't take the time to even bark at them.

On our 1st birthday Sept. 5th, each one of us had a small angel food cake (not iced) with one lighted candle on each cake. It was the first and only time we have had anything other than our regular diet. We gulped them down so fast we didn't even taste them. On Christmas we had a stocking on the tree. It was filled with Purina Chow and we ate it just dry instead of softened with meat broth or milk or eggs.

Yes we admit we are spoiled and we have a few bad habits. One is we like to dig under the fig tree and rose bushes. Another is we don't like the cats to drink out of our water fount. No one knows what breed of dogs we are. The boss sure does for he observed our sterling qualities when he was the house guest of Lord and Lady Ragland of Monmouth, England, on whose estate were many Whippets. The boss formed at that time, a Whippet complex. He tells everyone the many ways in which we are superior to any other breed. At his signal we race through the azalea thicket, then across the brook and back up the drive. Our guests get a big thrill out of this and never fail to say " Never saw anything so exciting".

The boss says you—all are out some postage on getting him the Whippet News which he enjoys so much. So here is a $ from each of us. It may help out a little.


White Acres Kennel Reports
Pearl Baumgartner

February 1, 1962

Puyallup, Washington

Here it is time for the Feb. issue of the News and we haven't sent news since the August issue. These last few months have been slow when it comes to dog g y news. We haven't attended a show since Nov., and weather conditions prevents us from racing, but with spring just around the corner, things will be picking up.

In the last News there were several articles concerning the size of racing Whippets Here in this area all the dogs we run are in the 20 to 30 lb. class. To my knowledge we do not have any that will go over that. Ch. White Acres Silver Spice, a 6 year old will weigh 30 lbs. and he is the fastest we have here at the kennels. Ch. White Acres Cherokee and Ch. White Acres Sylvia will run him a close second, Cherokee, a 2 year old will weigh 21 lbs. and Sylvia a 4 year old weighs 26 lbs. They love to run and never know when to quit. Cherokee has two litter brothers who weigh 26 and 30 lbs. and she just walks away from them in a race. Ch. White Acres Snow Flurry, a littermate to Silver Spice, weighs 21 lbs. and she was up with the best of them, but she had to be retired as she has asthma. We will match our dogs against the best of them. Both Silver Spice and Cherokee did very well at the Santa Barbara races and we traveled over 1200 miles through terrific heat to attend these races and they won first and third in the finals. I think there are a lot of things that enter into making a good race dog. Desire is the most important, some never make a good break from the boxes and then some of them never get used to wearing a muzzle.

We would like very much to come to Chicago in April and run our dogs, but it is quite a distance to travel, then too Mike (our son) is due home on leave from the Navy at that time.

They have formed a Gaze Found Club in British Columbia, so we hope to have several competition Whippet races with them this summer.

Since Seattle is having Century 21 from April to October, we hope any Whippet News readers will plan to stop by for a visit with us here at "White Acres". We are only 35 miles from Seattle and the coffee pot is always on the stove.


Windsprite Kennel Reports

Walter Wheeler February, 1962 Weston, Mass.

Here at Windsprite we have much for which to be grateful. We were most fortunate in renting an attractive 8 acre place on well planted nursery land. A chain link fenced yard provides an area for much needed free exercise for our house dogs and a plan for enclosing part of the acreage may furnish ample running space for young stock.

Bob, our Ch. Stoney Meadows Marble Faun, is now hitting his prime at 5 years of age. Only Whippet owners can appreciate the joy we experience watching this superb animal move and pose about the house and yards.

Reading the definitive work on the breed just published (The Popular Whippet, by C. H. Douglas Todd, Popular Dogs Publishing Co., London, 1961) has been most gratifying for me , as the author adopts the arguments I presented for the breed's ancient lineage in 1958 ("The Historical Whippet", Popular Dogs, February, 1958). Mr. Todd, perhaps the world authority on the breed, also traces Whippets back through the centuries in old paintings found in English museums and carries them back with certainty even to Graeco—Roman days! Though perhaps some art historians museum goers and art students may never have seen a live Whippet, they can supply a great deal of information about the breed's ancient history. The book can be secured from Robert L. Wentworth, 12 Millard Street, Suncook, New Hampshire for 14.75.

Our beloved Betty (Eng. & Am. Ch. Hillgarth Shot Silk) recently whelped a husky litter of three silver—grey puppies by the 10 year old Ch. Pennyworth Sunset. As long as line breeding to a good specimen here in America is difficult with this bitch's background, we had to try another outcross, but instead of consciously balancing weaknesses with outstanding qualities, we have this time tried doubling up on the stron g points. Both Betty and Sunny are fawns out of silvers, both have true fronts, deep briskets and extreme angulation of hindquarters. Sunny has a reachy neck, excellent ears, a strong, cleanly chiseled wedge head and great substance. Although there are tentative plans for the little ones, I'd be delighted to hear from anyone interested in these particular bloodlines. Betty is by Eng. Ch. Seagift Speedlight Mustang out of Hillgarth Silver Suntan and Sunny is by the imported Ch. Seagift Sunrise out of Pennyworth Expectations, an out­ standing silver by Ch. Vanguard of Mardormere out of Ch. Carefree of Mardormere.


THE MAIL BAG

Selwyn Blackston, Racine, Wisconsin, writes:

I sure hope we have numerous entries for the Chicago races and that everything goes well. I realize that it will take much effort to get up for the International show and races, and the Specialty show also, and hope that I will be able to contribute some help....Here are some of the particulars of the Milwaukee show: 10 entries, but one was withdrawn (Com­pere's Oldemill Classic). Winners Dog, Steinberg's Traymatt Iron Fly. Reserve, Blackstone's Sege's Tiger. Puppy bitches (three entries): Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Brown Betty. Bred by Exhibitor, Ralph Eyles, Eyleland Sweet Roll. Open Bitches, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Matchless Monica. Winners Bitch, Eyleland Sweet Roll. Reserve, Traymatt Matchless Konica. Specials, Josephine Steinberg's Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer, Gary & Judy Morgan's Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland. Best of Breed, Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland.

Hope everyone in the mid west gets out in support of the Specialty Show.


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