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(or two blacks don't necessarily make a black)
By Peggy Stancomb
(from Northern Counties Whippet Club Year Book)

Once again I have been asked to write my views on colour breeding, as I have always had, as the late Lewis Renwick used to cell "my paint—box litters". Again I can only reiterate that with Whippets being one of the few breeds that any colour, shade or mixture of colour are permissible, you can make no prediction, nor refer to the Mendel theory.

To illustrate: I have never particularly tried to breed only blues and blacks and tricolours, though I like them and an: pleased if I get a good one.

Since 1937, with three exceptions all my stud dogs or brood bitches have had at least one black parent, but I have had no surfeit of blacks and blues! I started in 1957 with a blue bitch "Tinribs Treasure", who was sired by a black dog called "Rajah" (I bought her for 35/— fully trained including to gun and ferret, and with a perfectly good pedigree!) She visited several studs, including the well known black "Yentocs Beaunoir", but always missed. She then had three successful litters by "The Owlet", "Golden Pencil", and my own first stud dog, "Slippery Sam of Bolney", all of which were fawn. Out of eleven puppies she had four blues, two blacks. One blue bitch "Tinribs Taffeta", became the dam of the blue broken— legged stud dog "Penperdandy" in Wales.

Later, after the war, I dated my (black—blue bred) black bitch "Tallulah" to "Penperdandy". Naturally I was not surprised to get five blacks and a blue and white. However, when I twice mated the same black bitch to my black—bred blue stud dog "Tinribs Nightmoth of Larchwood", she produced 10 creams and whites, and only one black and one blue!

From one of these cream bitches, "Tinribs Tarantella", who has so far had 17 puppies (three litters sired by one or other of my black—bred stud dogs) I have had all silver fawns with the exception of one blue, but no blacks at all!

I mention all this to prove that with a chosen colour, bred both sides for several generations, one does not necessarily reproduce it each time, if at all. The same stud dogs, of course, mated to visiting fawn bred bitches, got a fair average of blues and blacks.

I think this shows the inconsistency of colour breeding, and that however many theories people may have, I have never found they worked: You can only choose the b best specimens and hope for good results, bearing in mind that the make and shape are more important than the colour, which is, after all only one's own personal fancy.


By Eugene L. Jacobs
(American Whippet Club American Kennel Gazette Column)

The American Whippet Standard of the Breed describes the ideal coat as, "Close, smooth and firm in texture." However, most everyone realizes and admits there is a second, less than desirable type coat in Whippets, a heavy, dense coat, and there have been a number of different theories explaining why. As we observe more Whippets, we are inclined to think it is an inheritance for one or the other coat, and climate, temperature extremes and coat care have only a minor influence on coat make—up.

We brought three Whippet puppies at a young age to our kennel, and two of the puppies were full litter mates while the third was not closely related.' The litter mates were a dog and bitch and they came from a kennel that was approximately 20 miles away from where we acquired the third puppy, a bitch. We brought the three puppies to our unheated kennel and the three lived together as a group. As a result, they were handled alike, ate from the same dishes and received an equal amount of grooming. As the three puppies grew and matured into young Whippets, the male was noticeably hairy, while his litter sister was sleek, smooth and flat coated. The third, unrelated puppy was also a flat coated animal. In our opinion, the coat difference is the inheritance for one or the other coat, because their rearing was the same, and yet one dog had a thick, dense coat while the other two did not.

One theory for a hairy, "rough coated", Whippet is housing in unheated quarters, when the temperature is extremely cold and over the course of months, the temperature stays cold. This theory sounds reasonable and on the surface it is very convincing and yet, if this is true, why did one Whippet grow a thick, heavy coat while his litter mate did not? Their housing, diet and care were exactly the same and yet, two noticeably different coats were present.

We attended a mid—winter show with two Whippets. One has the unattractive, long, dense coat; the other has the close, smooth coat. Both dogs live in the same kennel and have the same diet. As we prepared the dogs for the show it was apparent that the many weeks of cold weather had encouraged the dogs' hair to grow to its full capacity. However, the dog that is smooth haired and tight coated, still was very sleek and tidy and the dense coated dog was only slightly rougher than in the summer.

Since we live in central Illinois, our climate is not moderate and unfortunately, we have the extremes in temperature. As a rule, these temperature changes last a number of months and as a result, winters are cold and we have a lot of sub­zero weather, while during the summer months, we have weeks and weeks of hot, humid weather. Through these temperature changes we have observed our Whippets' coats and so far, we have found the same coat make—up present regardless of the temperature. The flat, sleek coated Whippets are just about as smooth coated during the winter months as during the summer and in the case of the dense coated individuals, their coats are generally as mussy and unattractive during the summer months as during the winter. The more Whippet coats we observe, the more convinced we become that coat density is controlled by inheritance, and climate, housing and feeding only increases the density and length of the coat to its peak, as controlled by heredity.

Along these lines I refer to the book, "How to Breed Dogs" by Leon F. Whitney, chapter XIX, "The Inheritance of Coat Characteristics, Coat Density." Mr. Whitney states that the matter of the climate affecting the density of the coat has to be taken into consideration as well as the natural hereditary variation. He goes on to say "Nevertheless, I can say that the density of coat where dogs are raised in the same climate and under the same conditions, tends toward the parent with the thinner coat. In crosses of Elkhounds with both Bloodhound and Foxhound the puppies have been thin coated dogs like the hounds. But here again we have to specify because there are Bloodhounds with coats as nearly thick as Elkhounds but shorter. The dog I used was a thin coated dog. In a general way it is correct to say that the thin coat is dominant over the thick." Mr. Whitney goes on to say that he got segregation, but there was not a nice Mendelian segregation. He continues, "Instead there was considerable variation and the puppies had coats which differed considerably, one from the other. There was not a distinct cleavage. But there is great variation even among pure—bred dogs. I have counted enough hairs to be able to say that the variation is so great that only within rather wide limits can one predict the outcome from any mating. But even so, those limits are indicative of dominance and recessiveness, probably caused by multiple factors. Certain it is that sometimes two thin coated dogs produce puppies which grow very thick coats. This was not a matter of climate or feeding, as all of the breeding has been done in the same locality and on the same diet."

Delaware, Ohio Kennel Club, Delaware, Ohio
October 27, 1963 Judge — Dr. Frederick D. Rutherford

Open Dogs, two shown. First, Louise A. Evans' Seven League's Sunday Punch (by — sire not given ex Ch. Seven League's Song Bird) Second, Margaret & Victor A. Renner's Eyleland Homer (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester)

Winners Dog to Seven League's Sunday Punch. Reserve to Eyleland Homer.

Open Bitches, four shown. First, John H. Berger's Laura O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, Tom Kirchner's Pennyworth Ebony Princess (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Third, Stuart Burford's Siren Song O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Fourth, Mrs. Marshall B. Hopkins' Whipoo's Silver Song (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish)

Winners Bitch to Laura O'Lazeland. Reserve to Pennyworth Ebony Princess.
Best of Winners to Seven League's Sunday Punch.

Specials, one shown, Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland.

Best of Breed to Victor A. Renner's Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Best Opposite Sex to Laura O'Lazeland.

Central Ohio Kennel Club, Columbus, Ohio
November 17, 1963 Judge - Mr. John A. Cuneo

Puppy Dogs, one shown, Robert J. & Helen J. O'Keefe's Eyleland Quickstep (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Seven League ex Meander Double or Quits)

Open Dogs, two shown. First, Louise A. Evans' Seven League Sunday Punch (by Ch. Meander Good As New ex Ch. Seven League Songbird) Second, Darlene Roark's Talaria (by Rockabye Blue Boy ex Fawn Lady)

Winners Dog to seven League Sunday Punch. Reserve to Talaria.

Puppy Bitches, one shown, Barbara Eyles' Eyleland Imprudence (by Meander Indiscretion ex Eyleland Prune Whip)

Bred By Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Quick Trick (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Seven League ex Meander Double or quits)

American Bred Bitches, one shown, John H. Berger's Kobold Formula I (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Whipoo's Wild Honey)

Open Bitches, six shown. First, John H. Berger's Laura O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Paisley (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Ribbons) Third, Mrs. Marshall B. Hopkins' Whipoo's Silver Song (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish) Fourth, Tom Kirchner's Pennyworth Ebony Princess (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris)

Winners Bitch to Laura O'Lazeland. Reserve to Kobold Formula I.

Best of Winners to Seven League Sunday Punch.

Specials, one shown, Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland.

Best of Breed to Victor A. Renner's Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)

Best Opposite Sex to Laura O'Lazeland.

The Dan Emmet Kennel Club, Gambier,  Ohio
December 1, 1963 Judge - Mr. William L. Kendrick

Open Dogs, one shown, Margaret A. & Victor Renner's Eyleland Homer (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester)

Winners Dog to Eyleland Homer.

Puppy Bitches, one shown, Barbara Eyles' Eyleland Imprudence (by Meander Indiscretion ex Eyleland Prune Whip)

Bred By Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Quick Trick (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Seven League ex Meander Double or Quits)

American Bred Bitches, one shown, John H. Berger's Kobold Formula I (by Ch. Eyle­land Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Whipoo's Wild Honey)

Open Bitches, six shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Paisley (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Ribbons) Second, Tom Kirchner's Pennyworth Ebony Princess (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Third, James B. Cecil's Humble Acre Winifred (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Whipoo's Tar Heel) Fourth, Margaret A. & Victor A. Renner's Stoney Meadows Nora Doreen (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Winston ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Golden Apple)

Winners Bitch to Kobold Formula I. Reserve to Eyleland Paisley.
Best of Winners to Kobold Formula I.

Best of Breed to Kobold Formula I. Best Opposite Sex to Eyleland Homer.

Kobold Formula I went on to first in the Hound Group under judge Mr. William Kendrick and BEST IN SHOW under Mr. Kendrick.

Danville, Illinois Kennel Club, Danville, Illinois
December 8, 1963 Judge - Mr. Alva Rosenberg

Puppy Dogs, one shown, Humble Acre Kennels' Humble Acre Side Bet (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Whipoo's Tar Heel)

Open Dogs, one shown, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Gregory (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Double or Quits)

Winners Dog to Humble Acre Side Bet. Reserve to Eyleland Gregory.

Puppy Bitches, four shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Quick Trick (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Seven League ex Meander Double or Quits) Second, Barbara Eyles' Eyleland Impudence (by Meander Indiscretion ex Eyleland Prune Whip) Third, Humble Acre Kennels' Humble Acre Tagalong (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Whipoo's Tar Heel) Fourth, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Foolish Whim (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Ice Folly)

Open Bitches, two shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Paisley (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Ribbons) Second, James B. Cecil's Humble Acre Winifred (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Whipoo's Tar Heel)

Winners Bitch to Eyleland Quick Trick. Reserve to Eyleland Paisley.

Best of Winners to Humble Acre Side Bet.

Specials, one shown, Ch. Humble Acre Snowcloud.

Best of Breed to Humble Acre Side Bet. Best Opposite Sex to Eyleland Quick Trick.

Terry—All Kennel Club
December 8, 1963 Jude: Dr. Rex B. Foster

Open Bitches, one shown, Joan Ashby's Winterfold Pennyworth (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris)

Winners Bitch and Best Opposite Sex to Winterfold Pennyworth.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Rocket's Torpedo, C.D.X.

Best of Breed to Kathleen Beargie's Ch. Rocket's Torpedo C.D.X. (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's Sharp Focus C.D.)


Mrs. C. E. Francis, London, England, writes: Very many best wishes for Xmas to all American Whippeteers. Yesterday (Dec. 14) was the Richmond show, Whippets were well represented, Mrs. Fell did quite well with Sewickley, Lady Selway took first, Mrs. Fell second in Post Graduate, my Pearlie Girl was at the wrong end of line, still in Championship shows, one must be glad to get in the line up at all. The dog C.C. went to Mr. R. Hodgson's "Ballaghan Prince Charlie" making his third certificate. The bitch C.C. going to Fred Barnes "Teichways True Love", also her third, I understand. The dog was Best of Breed.

My husband and I are giving up the training school at Potter's Bar at the end of year. Friends and patrons very kindly presented us with a beautiful travelling clock in the shape of a key. A symbol of our winding up. I have now joined Welwyn Racing Club, next Sunday we are entertaining Sedgebrook R. C. from Grantham. On Dec. 1st we entertained Aylesbury Club and our dogs were first and second in each race, rather unfair to Aylesbury as they are a new club, but very nice for our members. Today ( Dec. 15) we had trials, and we did some fair times for the 175 yards. 10 secs. was about our best. Will let you know later how we fare. There is a new "Whippet magazine being produced in the north, and last month they reproduced Louis Pegram's article on racing. This they were able to do as I had loaned them the American Whippet Yews. Will forward you the magazine. It is a small book but next year the editors are enlarging, there are 12 editions and the new price will be 1/ a copy. It is not sponsored and has to pay its own way. Most of the patrons and owners are the miners and working classes from the north and midlands, the southerns are just beginning to be interested. Each Club takes enough copies to cover its members.

Show people here will now concentrate on "Crufts''. Our judge this time will be Mr. C. H. Douglas-Todd, who is desputing for Mr. Ben Evans who is still indisposed. Again, the Season's Greetings to all Whippeteers. Dec. 15, 1963.

R. M. James, Northumberland, England, writes: December 1, 1963, My young dog Ch. Samarkand's Greenbrae Tarragon was Best In Show at the rational Whippet Associations's Championship show held in London last week, 135 actual exhibits were entered making over 200 entries. Next week we go to Nottingham where the Midland Whippet Club are holding their first Championship show, so we shall see what happens there. Incidentally Tarragon is the top winning Whippet for 1963 in Great Britain and naturally I am very proud of him.

Mrs. J. B. McKay, Berkshire, England, writes: Nov. 11, 1963, Many thanks for your Whippet News which is always so interesting. With the show season nearly over - our coursing club is in "full swing". We held our first full stakes meeting on Nov. 2, with separate stakes for puppies, dogs and bitches. Meeting at 9:30 A. H. we had a full programme of 25 Whippets competing, finishing up at dusk. The puppy stakes were won by my home bred dog Laguna Blue Leash. The finalist of the dog and bitch stakes had to divide - on account of bed light. My young dog, Laguna Light Legend, 19;12, 27 lbs. (by Ch. Laguna Ligonier ex Laguna Lurette) a Challenge Certificate winner, was amongst the finalists. He has also proved himself one of the fastest racing dogs in the country.

Best Wishes to all our American friends for Xmas and the New Year.


After occupying its present premises at "221" for forty-four years, The American Kennel Club will be moving to a new location on February 1, 1964. The A. K. C. has leased larger and considerably more satisfactory space at 51 Madison Ave., New York, New York.

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

NOTICE. 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.

The editor received the following letter from the A. W. C. Secretary:

You will find attached a copy of the minutes of a special Board of Directors meeting held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1963.

Points #1 through #4 apply to the editing of the Whippet News so the suggestions covered by these points should be followed in line with the unanimous vote of the members of the Board of Directors present.

All of the members of the Board of Directors present expressed the hope that you will continue to edit the Whippet News, but if you feel that you do not wish to continue as editor as outlined in Points #1 through #3, then it was the unanimous opinion that the publishing of the Whippet News should be "suspended."

Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 7, 1963

Of the nine Directors, the following were present: Miss Judith R, Shearer, Mr. Donald P. Hostetter, Mr. William W. Brainard, Mr. Harry T. Peters, Mr. Louis Pegram.   Purpose: Discuss action to be taken in regard to Mr. Walter A.
Wheeler, Jr. and the future of the American Whippet Club publication The Whippet News.

1. It was the unanimous opinion of all members of the Board of Directors present that the pages of the Whippet News were not to be made available to Mr. Walter Wheeler, Jr. on either a free or paid basis.

2. It was also the unanimous opinion of the members of the Board of Directors present that the Whippet News is a part of the American Whippet Club and the editor should reflect the policy of the American Whippet Club. (The constitution of the American Whippet Club very clearly states the objectives of this organization, and these objectives should be followed by the editor of the Whippet News in editing this American Whippet Club publication.)

3. It was the feeling of the Board of Directors present that the Whippet News was a worthwhile and needed publication in connection with the operation of the American Whippet Club. Unless the editor follows a policy which is reasonable and constructive and in line with the objectives of the American Whippet Club, then we would suspend publishing the Whippet News. This ruling is to become effective immediately.

4. The President requested the Secretary to advise the editor, Mrs. Eugene Jacobs, of the decision of the Board of Directors regarding the Whippet News.

*CONSTITUTION, Article 11: Objectives. Section 1. To unite those people interested in the breeding, showing, racing and generally improving the breed of Whippets for the purpose of exerting effectually a combined influence upon all matters affecting the breed. Section 2. To promote and maintain a high standard of conduct in the transaction of all business connected with the breeding of Whippets.


While the Whippet News has certainly been censured, it has, of course, been censored, as several have pointed out, and I stand corrected.

As editor of the Whippet News, I am in complete disagreement with the continued and total censoring by the Board of the American Whippet Club with regard to Mr. Walter Wheeler, Jr., Weston, Mass. I object to the censoring on principle.

Since taking over as editor of the Whippet News in December, 1957, my policy has always been to have the pages of the Whippet News open to anyone, either as individuals or a group, to present all sides of any subject. Material has always been welcome from every reader and all the news received has been presented with a minimum of editing (spelling and punctuation) so as to retain the individual style of the writer. Each issue of the Whippet News has been the result of the material sent in by the readers and reflected the interests of the readers. It has not been my policy to assign, reserve or give space in the Whippet News for any article, subject or topic, This statement of policy has been in each issue of the News for over a year, as the result of the criticism of too much racing news.

Personally, I have not agreed with many articles and letters in the Whippet News, but as editor, all were given space and my personal opinions were limited to our own kennel report. I personally have not cared for the trend in Mr. Wheeler's recent articles. Also, I found the letter from Miss F. Julia Sheerer in the December, 1962 issue very unpleasant, but others enjoyed it. Paul Francis had his say and talked himself out. Wendy Howell has given forth strongly on many ideas. Several writers jumped on some ideas held forth by Motch. It is my opinion that in all cases, the only bad reflection has been to the individual writers, not the Whippet News or the American Whippet Club.

While editor, I worked with the belief that since the Whippet News only went to some 200 readers whose primary interest in the News was Whippets, and that being adults, the Whippet News contributors could and would police or control themselves. and I think, for the most part, this has been successful. We have had several topics that were well worked over and talked out and finally concluded by the subject being thoroughly aired and then dropped — some even ended with apologies. Left alone, I think Mr. Wheeler's discussion would have run its course in due time, for in the October issue there was not one reply to him, and Mr. Wheeler would have eventually had no more to say. I do not think any harm could have come to the American Whippet Club or its members from any article or letter appearing in the Whippet News since it has been clearly stated in every issue that "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,"

With the censoring now in effect, what is to stop a continuation of this unfortunate policy? Who will be next? That is objectionable reading for some, is interesting reading to others. I do not think anyone should set themselves apart to decide what opinions others should have. There is now the danger that if anyone writes anything in the Whippet News that is in any way controversial, or is not in accord with what the American Whippet Club Board of Directors wants to read, the writer will be censored.

After giving the matter a greet deal of thought and consideration, I have decided that I cannot continue as editor of this American Whippet Club supported publication. Since I am no longer in charge of the Whippet News, I am no longer interest­ed in acting as editor. This December issue is my last Any further communication to the Whippet News should be made to the following American Whippet Club Board members and officers:

Donald P. Hostetter, President  "Pagebrook"   Cobham, Virginia  

Harry T. Peters, Jr„ Secretary and Treasurer Orange, Virginia

My sincere thanks to all who have supported the Whippet News during my six years as editor.

Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs

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Whelped March 1, 1960

Sire: Stoney Meadows Epic                                                         Dam: Ch. Eyleland Stoney Meadows Tost

RECORD: Finished in four consecutive shows (4, 1, 5, 5) including WD New England Specialty, Judge: Donald P. Hostetter.

Runner up (to Eyleland Peppermint Boy) Chicago International and Pennlyn Races 1961.
Top American Racing Whippet 1962 and 1963.

SIRE OF: Eyleland Brown Betty, owned by Windholme Kennels, BEST OF BREED AWC Specialty, 1963.

Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Toast, owned by John H. Berger.
Eyleland Crepe Suzette, 74 points, owned by Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Renner. Ch. Eyleland Crescendo, owned by Paul Sykes.
Ch. Eyleland Pianissimo, owned by Paul Sykes.

Kobold Formula I, BEST IN SHOW Central Ohio KC, Gambier, Ohio, bred and owned by John H. Berger.



Kathleen Bergie Reports November 16, 1963 Arvada, Colorado

I read the interdict against Mr. Wheeler and think it entirely wrong for the Board to do this. I am whole-heartedly in support of Mrs. Jacobs? reply. Personally, I am not in whole-hearted agreement with Mr. Wheeler, but do feel he should be allowed to have his say, so long as his remarks are decent and couched in non—libelous language. Also does the Board have the power to do this? The above should not be construed to mean that I agree with Mr. Wheeler, but only that I disagree with suppressing him. I feel that suppressing him will only make a "martyr" out of him and perhaps lead people to believe that there is, after all, some grain of truth in that he says or some real reason why he should be suppressed.

Also, in reply to Mrs. Strauss who wants to know about how to prepare a Whippet for racing with respect to diet and exercise. I am sure that daily roadwork of the type I give Scamper is just the thing. He puts out at least 2 miles at
10 M.P.H. with the first half mile at 30 M.P.H. All this at 5500 feet elevation, a feat that has noticeably improved his stamina. I hope I can come to Chicago next April. I'll then be able to see whether a 5 year old Whippet in top notch condition and trained in a high altitude can keep up with the younger ones.

William W. Brainard, Jr. Reports
November 27, 1963 Marshall, Virginia

Reference is made to unnumbered page, following page 10, in the October, 1963 issue, Volume 7, Issue 5, of the Whippet News received in Marshall, Virginia, November 26, 1963.

Attention is invited to an item under the heading "American Whippet Club Board of Directors Censures The Whippet News" and to the "Open Letter From The Editor Of The Whippet News".

As a Director, duly elected, of the American Whippet Club, having been present at the meeting of the Directors held at Cismont, Virginia, September 28, 1963, I feel it essential to emphasize that no motion of censure was voted. The Whippet News was not censured. Censure is what happened to Senator McCarthy when his colleagues in the Senate judged him and reprimanded him for his conduct and he was left to stand by himself.

If the Editor is confused between the meanings of censure and censor her "Open Letter" remains incorrect and unfactual.

The members of the Board of Directors present at Cismont agreed unanimously and voted unanimously to request that the privilege of the pages of the Whippet News be withdrawn from the use of Walter Wheeler, Jr., Weston, Massachusetts. Mr. Jacobs, Mr. Eyles, Mr. Pegram, and Miss Shearer, Mr. Hostetter, Mr. Brainard each voted "AYE".

It is not my purpose to argue the cause of the action against Mr. Wheeler. The action was taken by the Board of Directors in their best judgment, which is the judgment of the American Whippet Club. The Board requested that notice of its action be published. It was the considered opinion of these Directors that Mr. Wheeler had abused the privilege of these pages which are supported in some part by all the members of the American Whippet Club. The American Whippet Club’s a member of the American Kennel Club and must support its principles and policies.

Censorship is a difficult matter. No censorship is involved here. All that is involved is responsibility, good taste and fair play. I am almost positive that no Director of the American Whippet Club desires to censor, let alone censure the Whippet News or its Editor, both of which have added greatly to the Whippet world. Whippet breeders and exhibitors are entitled to constructive, responsible, reasonable,and factual news presentation, opinion and comments.

Eyleland Kennel Reports
Antioch, Illinois
Ralph Eyles
December, 1963

I have enjoyed the Whippet News since its first issue and at our house it is always read immediately on its arrival. It has been nice to know what is going on in other kennels and to read about the doings of Whippets, both pet and show, everywhere. The letters have been friendly and interesting until recently when sometimes the friendliness has been missing from some of the letters. In fact, a lack of just plain courtesy has been very noticeable.

I know of no Whippet Club members with breeding experience who will take it upon themselves to criticize another breeder as did a non club member in the last issue. Breeders know all about the problems of breeding the perfect Whippet and they do not expect other breeders to have only perfect Whippets.

In our kennel we have had more than 25 litters in the last 10 years but we would not think of writing a letter as nasty as the one written by our western non­member. Were we to want to be so discourteous we would at least have the courtesy to mail it directly to the person we were talking to, and not publish it in the News, the paper of a Club in which we did not have enough interest to apply for membership.

When the Whippet Club is nice enough to open its columns to outsiders the outsiders should be nice enough to be nice. Anyone can write a nasty letter, but not everybody has that it takes to write an apology.

Barbara Eyles December, 1965

My, wasn't the last issue of the Whippet News a bouncing one? It was a wonder the mailbox wasn't quivering when I went down for the mail that day. One never knows where one come uppance will come from, does one?

Speaking as an individual, I cannot agree with the apparent reasons for the American Whippet Club's action in the matter of Walter Wheeler. If the Club feels that Mr. Wheeler's articles have nothing to do with the News and no place in it, that is one matter. If they simply feel that they do not like what he is writing and want to shut him up, that is another. I personally feel, and have for some time, that Mr. Wheeler's articles were more suited for publication in an all-breed magazine than the News. The News is a breed paper, for articles on Whippets and Whippet doings and like subjects sent in by members and persons interested enough in the breed to sit down and write to the paper, via the Mail Bag. Hindsight is easy, I know, but there should have been a statement of editorial policy in the beginning, composed by the Board of the Club. since it is a Club publication. Had this been done, there would have been no question of what was suitable and what was not and the matter of Mr. Wheeler would never have come up. I really do think that Mr. Wheeler's articles should have been sent to an all-breed magazine, if he wished to publish them, and not to the News. I can understand the feeling of the Board or the Club if they feel that these articles are not suitable material for the News.

I am in complete and absolute disagreement with the statement that he not be allowed to publish anything in the future, no matter what it is. If he confines himself to Whippet subjects and Whippet doings and composes his articles with good taste and good sense (and certainly he is not the ONLY one guilty of a lack of both!) he is as entitled to the pages of the News as any other member or non­member. Certainly some of the most vitriolic contributions have come from non-members.

Without a statement of editorial policy, and there never has been one, I do not see how the editor could do anything BUT accept the articles. It would seem to me that it is not too late for the Board of Directors and/or the Club to compose one, now. Any publication has the right to reject articles it deems not suitable to its aims or format and the Whippet News is no exception. Even in the matter of personal slapping at one person or another — such articles could be returned with a mimeographed notice to the effect that they should be rewritten, eliminating personal references, etc. This would remove the editor from the awkward position of acting as a censor.

I do not believe there is anyone receiving the News who does not enjoy it, look forward to its arrival, and hopes it will continue. It does seer., though, that the News has degenerated in tone in recent issues. I am equally sure that no one who receives the News wants it to turn into a petty, bickering, sniping rag. Criticism can be constructive as well as destructive and mainly, it is a matter of how it is worded. It is up to the contributors, non—members as well as members, to contribute articles that are constructive and worthwhile and of suitable nature for the Whippet News — or there won't be any News. The Whippet News did not win the Dog World award for the best Hound publication because the contributors were firing and cross firing at each other but because we were trying to contribute something worthwhile and if there was a difference of opinion it was on an impersonal and well-thought-out basis. That is the value of a breed paper - to bring knowledge to those who are beginning and learning and to stimulate those who began long ago but are still striving to learn more.

Ralph Eyles
December 15, 1963

Because I am a Director I want Whippet Club members to know my thoughts on the "Walter Wheeler? case, if it should be called that.

I am not in favor of expelling Walter Wheeler from the Whippet Club, and the subject was brought up in a Directors meeting. Nor am I in favor of barring his writings from the Whippet News. I do not think anyone should be voted out of the Whippet Club except by vote of the full membership of the Club (by mail). I do not think it should be possible for a few Directors to get together and call it a "meeting" and vote someone out of the Club.

I think any member should have the privilege of having his, or her, letters published in the Whippet News if they are of general interest to Whippet people. Letters disagreeing with the opinions of other members is to be expected but name calling, even by insinuation, should not be allowed and the editor should delete the offending sentences or return the letter and ask that it be rewritten. Opinions should be expressed as opinions and not as a contradiction addressed directly to another member.

I do think the editor should be able to reject letters not suitable for publication in the Whippet News; I do not think such rejection is censorship. All magazines select their stories and articles and use those which are suitable and reject those which are not suitable. I would have accepted Walter Wheeler's first article, but some of the replies should not have been printed.

My own opinion on the Walter Wheeler affair is that a mountain is being made out of a molehill. What he said does not warrant the reaction that he got. Some of the replies he got seemed to indicate that the "shoe was fitting" a little. I can hardly believe that what he said is disturbing the A. K. C., but if it is, then I do think the A. K. C. should do whatever they think they should do. Why should the Whippet Club act for the A. K. C.?

If Mr. Wheeler disturbed the A. K. C. very much it may be that there is more to what he says than I am aware of and if that is true then a full discussion of the matter is in order. I would hate to think that the A. K. C. is not a discussable topic among dog people.

As far as the Directors meeting where the banning edict was issued is concerned, I was there and did not protest so I am partly responsible. However, the matter was not put to a vote and no one voted for or against it. No one protested either and the reason I did not do so is that I was under the impression, from the way he talked, that one of the Directors was an important person in the A.K.C. and that he was speaking for the A.K.C. My thinking was that I did not like the action being taken, but if the Whippet Club was told to do it there wasn't much choice left to me.

It is not my purpose to argue the cause of the action against Mr. Wheeler. The action was taken by the Board of Directors in their best judgment, which is the judgment of the American Whippet Club. The Board requested that notice of its action be published. It was the considered opinion of these Directors that Mr. Wheeler had abused the privilege of these pages which are supported in some part by all the members of the American Whippet Club. The American Whippet Club’s a member of the American Kennel Club and must support its principles and policies.

Censorship is a difficult matter. No censorship is involved here. All that is involved is responsibility, good taste and fair play. I am almost positive that no Director of the American Whippet Club desires to censor, let alone censure the Whippet News or its Editor, both of which have added greatly to the Whippet world. Whippet breeders and exhibitors are entitled to constructive, responsible, reasonable, and factual news presentation, opinion and comments.

Donald W. Frames Reports
December 6, 1963
Bakersfield, California

With respect to the censorship business, let me say that I support Mrs. Jacobs' position completely. I am opposed to censorship on principle and have some doubts that the Board of Directors has the authority to impose it. Certainly I think most exhibitors feel that the quality of judges can be improved. I personally believe that the general run of judges (all arounders and those not associated with the breed) do not know what the standard is and generally harbor misconceptions concerning roach backs, gaits, etc. This would not be helped Mr. Wheeler's proposals and I frankly find no merit in them. I should also like to point out that he has missed one main point as far as I am concerned, and that is the enjoyment gained by the exhibitor in participating and competing actively. When you no longer enjoy taking your dog in the ring nor nervously anticipate the competition you should find some other activity.

With respect to the standard, I feel the A. W. C. should push it harder to the judges. I would suggest that the Club send a copy of the standard to all judges licensed to do Whippets, at regular intervals, accentuating the parts most commonly violated, such as roach backs, gay gaits, loaded shoulders, etc. I know some people will say that the judges will just throw them out without reading them and this will no doubt be true of many, but if we are persistent enough some will read and we will achieve some gain. Also, if we are persistent, judges will in time come to realize that the standard is of importance to Whippet people and will tend to pay some attention to it. Certainly if we do not push the standard more than at present, judges are sure to remain in their present blissful ignorance.

In closing I should like to note that no system ever devised has ridded our society of crooks and politicians. Where there is a will there will always be a way. We can only educate and hope for the best.

Madcap Kennel Reports
Norman Ellis
November, 1963
Fresno, California

Although the windspite of Winsprite is not my favorite columnist in the Whippet News, I must agree with our editor, Mrs. Jacobs, that this censuring/censoring by the Board of the A. W. C. is most unfortunate and seemingly serves no objective purpose. If anything it only serves to furnish the censored individual with another cork for his pop gun. The implications of such powers of censore over the Whippet News appear alarming and unwholesome.

Many of us are anxiously awaiting the day "Marie" (Seven League Syndicate) whelps her litter by Ch. Hollypark Highland Fling. Due to my lack of journalistic talent and some unfortunate paragraphing, some W. N. readers were led to believe that an item of some months back was aimed at "Marie". It was not. Anyone who has had the pleasure of her company knows her to be one of the most endearing Whippets and a possessor of outstanding type. Marie's five owners are doubtless hoping for a litter of ten!

My young dog, Ch. Madcap Bold Minstrel, who picked up before he was a year and a half old two Group 2nds and a 4th, has now picked up a most unattractive gash on the skull. This occured while coursing and though the dog was more excited over his first kill, I was more concerned over the hole in his head: I am trying Vitamin A & D Ointment mixed with teat balm, hoping for a no-scar mend. If anyone has a better cure, please let me know what it is. Thanks.

Unable to show under Mrs. Woodcock at the recent Santa Anna show because of a conflicting Dressage show. This was a disappointment, for her Whippet judging and post critique are well worth the trip. She is always teaching beginners like me something new from her long years of collected experiences.

Mrs. Motch's National Horse Show championship win in the Working Hunter Division with Esgilde is a prize feather in the Seven League cap. Such training should give the S. L. Whippets a decided advantage in hurdle races: It is interesting to note how many Whippet breeders and owners are also horse people.

Have a new Whippet puppy from the Eyleland Kennels, delivered at the San Mateo K. C. show by Lori Spring and Christine Cormany. Paul Sykes had brought the pup out from the Eyles along with several others. If the dog didn't suit, he could be returned to Mr. Sykes. As luck would have it, I couldn't resist the bright red little guy. The wild creature is by Eyleland Millie Boy Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Bewitched) out of Eyleland Sweet Roll(Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Eyleland Stoney Meadows Tost). I had been told that he was/is an Eyleland "pet quality" puppy. I can hardly wait to see what's sitting around the Eyle's kennel as show prospects! Hopefully he will be the partial outcross I am looking for?

Most, if not all California Whippet enthusiasts are tied down to jobs and profess­ions that keep them busy at least five days a week. Weekends are always too short and entirely too busy. It is hard enough to travel up and down the state, driving from one to four hundred miles (one way) to a Sunday dog show, let alone finding time to also travel long distances to practice racing. It is all very well for Mrs. Howell to criticize our racing performance at Santa Barbara. She is in Ireland.

Dot Frames and Liz Scott have made available to Whippet people, as of the last month, a new set of racing boxes and Marion Woodcock has fixed up a track at her Rancho Suntan at Pearblossom. Sam Scott is trying to get some interest generated up north in his Stockton area. Mrs. Henderson has a track at her lovely place in Hillsborough that she might let us use for racing practice. As Mrs. Howell said, conditions are better than in the past for Whippet training and racing. What is lacking is time and enthusiasm. Mainly, I fear, the latter. What California Whippet racing evidently needs is the return of Wendell T. Howell.

Moc Kennel Reports
Gary O. Morgan
December, 1963
LaGrange, Illinois

First may we wish all a very happy Holiday from all the Morgans.

Being rather newcomers to the Whippet lovers, we certainly devour the Whippet Yews for the helpfulness and personal thoughts included. I find I quite often disagree with some of the ideas expressed, but feel this is the right of free press and free expression; we certainly hope it continues. Most of us can definitely learn from criticism when it is given objectively and with the heart not the blind rage of discontent.

The debate about judging seems easily settled--if a person cannot be a sportsman in loss as well as winning, then the dog sport is certainly not the hobby for you. Conformation id the opinion of one person over the group of dogs before him. As in any other human project, all people, judges, bystanders or entrants do not see the same qualities in the same animal-even animals evidently do not agree or we wouldn't have dog fights!! In my few years of showing I have only once felt that I did not receive a fair judging. I enter a show with the belief that I am to be shown the same respect as the other entrants, to be able to present my dog to its best advantage and to have it thoroughly inspected and displayed. This being done I have been given the opinion I asked for, whether the judge places my dog or not. I like to know why my dog was or was not chosen. As to the ability of myself as a handler - this is another story. All of us are not well suited for this, but I have seen more often than not the fullest cooperation of the judges with people--actually setting up the dog for the owner and often times also awarding the ribbons to the dogs who were not as well handled. It takes much time and training to prepare a dog for showing, often more than obedience or racing. One cannot expect to take his beloved pet into the ring without even lead breaking it and expect to win. I often wonder how silly the animals must feel when they are presented without training--I'm sure this may bring answers and thoughts that I am a bit insane, but I truly believe that an animal likes to be shown at his best and is very proud of his win for he feels your anxiety, and certainly is anxious to please you. Our dogs often do a little showing off for attention and will do the same in the show ring or on the race track.

We have found the Whippet owners to be among the nicest we have met in the dog business and the Whippets have certainly won a place in our hearts. From a beginning of two, we now have eight, have had two litters and are very proud to have five of the six from the first litter racing. We shall see what developes with the last litter at International.

I must add my comments to the racing controversy. In the Chicago area we now have a very good racing program - at our Coursing Club races we have a good number and variety. I feel the variety in size certainly makes a difference. Racing the large dog against the small, the results are not usually too hard to predict--saying this I certainly do not intend to condemn either group, but feel they are different groups. With the point system used this year any dog with 7 or more points went to the handicap races--this is fine and when we have only a few dogs should be for public interest, but now we have enough in each group to divide it into two classes. This has been done here for several events, one class being for over a certain weight or height and the other under it. This will help keep those of us who have small dogs interested and keep entries up. I think this will also help to keep the racing Whippet and conformation Whippet the same type animal. In many breeds the division has been made and has hurt the breed. If we have the good of the breed in mind at all times, I think we can work out a compromise suitable to all, and give the dog his satisfaction also. This is the advantage to the Whippet - he can be the house pet, show dog and excite all with his track ability. The change of the age limit for puppies in my opinion was presented at a bad time - changes should be made at the beginning of the season so we will all begin evenly. This will help to stop the bickering.

I realize this is only the beginning for Whippet racing and good rules and definite  rules make for successful events. I believe these will be worked out soon. It would be helpful for us to know what results will be used in forming national ratings, if these are to continue, however I tend to agree that it isn't really fair to those who live impossible distances and when the dogs are only a hobby it is often impossible to take the time from home and job. Could these be regional or according to the number of races entered?

I might add that the mechanist of the family has made lures and starting boxes and would be willing to do so for others at a nominal fee. All information by request (G. O. Morgan, 6210 Wolf Rd., LaGrange, Ill.)

See you in April. (We have a couple extra beds we would be glad to see in use at International time.)

Strathoak Kennel Reports
Christine Cormany
November 21, 1963
Pasadena, California

We have just received our October Whippet News and find that it is hard to believe the action taken by the A. W. C. Board of Directors against Mr. Wheeler. Like Sibyl Jacobs, how is one to know where censor begins or ends. However, I feel that Mr. Wheeler brought this upon himself, when he made his point (if he did!) he should have stopped while ahead. The fact that the News is not wholly supported by the A. W. C. or members, readers and subscribers are entitled to a "free press". The A. K. C. doesn't even hand out such disciplinary action, handlers at most are slapped on the wrist with a three month suspension, depending on the extent of their "crime". We really do hope the Board will reconsider their action, otherwise I am afraid we might lose our hard working editor and her spouse and this the News cannot afford to do. They have done a terrific job in bringing the News from a few pages to the size it is now. We have all helped a little, but the larger part, and the hardest, has been done by the Jacobs. Let us continue to give them our whole-hearted support. Constructive criticism does not hurt anyone, if so, they shouldn't be in the dog game. We have noticed several times newcomers have asked on hints of raising puppies, grooming (which was covered nicely a few issues back) handling, racing, preparing for the show, etc. If something of this nature was followed through with, I believe the matter of "personalities" would be dispensed with.

We realize it is not unusual for a bitch to wait until 18 months or two years before coming in season, but often when kennel mates come in one after another, the rest follow. This was not the case with our Strathoak Starglow, a disturbing fact to us as we had planned on breeding her to a Starsheen son (she being a Starsheen granddaughter). A few days ago I took her to our Vet., a most remarkable reliable man. He examined her and the result was a blow indeed, he found her too small in the pelvic area and advised against even trying to breed her as we would surely run into complications. His advice was to have her spayed and find her a good house as a pet. So part of our breeding program goes down the drain. Another phase though is on the way, we are anxiously awaiting a litter from our black Summer Breeze by Mrs. Henderson's Ch. Great Circle Mad Hatter, a white dog with fawn ears. The combination of black to white should be very interesting. We are also hoping the combination of bloodlines will be just as interesting. This litter of course will put us out of circulation for a few months, but feel the wait will be well worth it.

I don't want to delve into a case of "personalities" myself, but would like to answer Mr. John Mansfield of Sacramento. Norman Ellis and I don't always see eye to eye on the same dog or dogs, he has criticized mine and vice versa, but we still remain friends (I hope). Mr. Ellis has not been in Whippets a great number of years and if I were in his shoes I'd be pretty proud of the record established by the inmates of his small kennel, and it is not a kennel in the true sense of the word. Mr. Ellis picked Skibbereen as a puppy the day he was born, not because he KNEW he was the best of the litter, but because the pup appealed to him. He was at the time looking after the dam, Ch. Great Circle Holiday while her owner, Wendy Howell was abroad. It was probably the combination of bloodlines and pure luck that Skibbereen developed into the respectable specimen he is. This dog has not had a fantastic career of Best In Shows, Group wins, etc., but he has had s consistant career. As a young dog three years ago he came from the classes, under Peggy Newcombe, and took BOS at the Western Specialty, an entry of over 4o. The next year under Donald Hostetter, from the Specials class, he was again BOS, an entry of over 45. This year under Wm. Brainard, in an entry of over 4o, he was BOB, his son was WD and finished and a daughter was RWB. Skibbereen then won a strong Stud Dog Class of 4, all champions but one. The son, since becoming a Special, has placed in the group several times gone over an import in Specials, more often than the import over him. However, Mr. Ellis HAS NEVER had a handler en the other end of the leash and to place in the group here without a handler is a feat in itself. Also, the dogs shown by Mr. Ellis are not flashy particolors, but plain fawns, of various shades, and it is hard for a fawn to place in the group almost anywhere.
Mr. Ellis, I believe, like myself, is limited to space and time, neither of us can spend endless hours breeding and taking in all of the shows like so many breeders do, so we try to make the best of things with what we have. As Mr. Ellis knows, I do not particularly care for Skibbereen in some respects, but will say this, he is one sound dog and is one of the soundest moving dogs around. As to the bitch Mr. notch sent out hare, I have seen her as many others have, she is well bred, agreed, but she has yet to make a record such as her dam. Offspring very seldom follow the path of their parents. We all start with a dog we got from someone else, the fact that Mr. Ellis started with one from one of the nicest bitches on the West coast (and she made herself felt in Eastern competition too) from Mrs. Howell, speaks well for him. Some just have the time, ways and means of promoting e line, others have to go along and do the best they can. I believe under the circumstances of limited time and space, Mr. Ellis has done very well and can look at his dogs and their records with pride. If Mr. Ellis wasn't "kennel—blind" he'd be a most unusual person!

I was most interested in Peggy Newcombe's remarks about running gear. It is apparent that weak rears are becoming more frequent here. What the cause is is hard to say. I know a sound dog when I see it and I know from observations that some aren't moving the way I think they should, but what causes them to move that way is out of my field, it would take study and research to ascertain if some of the movement is hereditary or from environment. Some are single—tracking, others although not cow—hocked, the hocks move close together, some even have a tendency to cross to a degree. Some fronts leave a lot to be desired too, some are a bit too wide and have a tendency to move like a Bullterrier, others are narrow,and when moving the legs have a habit of crossing or weaving. It would be most interesting to have some of our breeder—judges write of this and if anyone knows of a reason for the cause, maybe we can eliminate it in some way from our breeding operations. We also see a few with loose shoulders and a small number out at the elbows. All these are tied in with the bone structure of the animal, we know, but to what degree can we trace it to breeding or environment.

December 9, 1963

I've have just learned of the death of one of the nicest people we have known for many years in Whippets, Bill Woodcock. In the early years of California racing end shows, the Woodcocks were most active members, if memory serves me right, Marion was Club Secretary for around 10 years! Our sympathy to Marion at this time of her loss.

December 11, 1963

Our Mad Hatter—Summer Breeze family arrived, yep the colors are interesting all right! We had hoped for a black and white particolor, we got our black and white but not all on the same pup: Two black males, one with a white muzzle, a silver male, a fawn female and an all white female with ONE black ear! They weighed in 5 hours after birth at 4 ounces! At this tender age, they are just terrific puppies and look as though they are going to make up in quality what they lacked in coloring schemes!! We can dream can't we!! The solid black male we tenderly call Almost Didn't Make It  As this was "Tessie's" first litter, she was watched very carefully and checked every 5-10 minutes. She was resting comfortably and not too far along in labor. I heard her tearing up the papers and making ready. I checked, nothing. I went back 10 minutes later to find the papers spotted with blood, she was too. I hauled her out of the box and checked the torn papers, there was our pup, smothered, buried and abandoned!! I cut open the sac, cut the cord and started rubbing, it seemed hopeless to try even that as the little thing was just limp and not a sign of breath. I gently opened his little mouth and started blowing, we managed to get some mucus out and at this point he gasped! I started massaging his little tiny ribs and continued blowing, then he squeeked! Tessie then began to take an interest and started to wash his face. However, for the next hour we felt he was a goner, he had the horrible little "death cry" of a weak or sick puppy, but by the time the 3rd pup arrived the little rascal was in there pitching and trying for food. It is now midnight and he is 11 1/2 hours old and at this point I would say he is a good risk for survival! But he Almost Didn't Make It!! The fawn is an interesting color, she is sort of golden and yet there are dark shades and she COULD be a light golden brindle!: Time will tell. The last born, the black with the white muzzle is a spitten image of our old Ch. Corsian Silhouette, so it has taken 7 generations for a repeat in color and markings: As of how we call him Junior!

All of us here at Strathoak, including our fat, fluffy feline, wish the best of everything for everyone in 1964.

P. S. Next day, Dad had been in to check on Tessie and brood this afternoon, while I was at work, and bad news. Almost Didn't Make It didn't make it after all.

Jack Towne Reports December 11, 1963
La Crescenta, California

Mrs. Howell's comments on the races held in conjunction with the Western Whippet Specialty show are entirely justified if one accepts her philosophy as the spirit under which most of us in southern California race. I don't believe that we feel the same way about racing that she does.

She believes that the races are held primarily as a public exhibition. They're not. We race the dogs because it is fun to watch them runt because contests are fun, because the dogs enjoy running. We do it for ourselves and for our dogs. Not for the public, not for trophies, not to win, but for our own personal enjoyment of the dogs' joy in running and the social give and take of an informal get together with friends. All other considerations are peripheral. She may make a judgement that this is bad — if she does, so what? We are achieving our goal. If the spectators want a nice, orderly, professional presentation they can go to Arizona or Mexico and watch the Greyhound races. If they want to join us in our fun they are welcome, if they don't like the way we do things, we don't care.

She also comments that a poorly presented race will give the breed a bad name and cut into the "box office" for future races. I simply do not agree with the former — it is not true and, as stated above, we don't really care if we have an audience.

As for her comment that if one is not interested in training and conditioning Whippets for racing one should not own Whippets. This can merely be dismissed with "ridiculous." It is just another judgement on her part. She is entitled to make it, but by making it she does appear a bit absurd.

I don't know how she ever got the idea that a challenge was issued to another country. There were some Canadians at the races. They were very nice people and we liked their dogs. We are looking forward to seeing them and chatting with them next July. But issue a Challenge? Never!

Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Turner Reports December, 1963
Newport Beach, California

We'd like to add our comments to those we are sure you're receiving. We feel we must lodge a strong protest to any censorship of the Whippet News: In the past we had thought that perhaps it might be wise to editorially "delete" character assassinations written by various members - But this, To censor a man's ideas or suggestions for betterment of the breed and/or the dog world in general defeats one of the purposes of our outstanding paper.

We thank Mr. Wheeler for sending us a copy of his censored article and find that we agreed with it — in part at least, possibly in whole. Maybe this is because we are in the Novice category. But this is really not the point here — one's agreement or disagreement is immaterial. The point is - if new ideas can be withdrawn from view, discussion and rebuttal by a few members prior to submission to the club members as a whole, heaven help the American Whippet Club and our breed.

Mrs. Howell's comments also were a blow to the ego of all of us southern California racing participants. The conduct of our races has improved markedly in a short time and we have been quite pleased with our progress. We know we have a lot to learn but our performance at Santa Barbara was certainly nothing to be ashamed of. To us it seemed an improvement over the Del Monte races of 1959 — our first year in Whippets.

Whipoo Kennel Reports
December, 1963
Mahomet, Illinois
Eugene Jacobs

As long as I have been a member of the A. W. C. Board of Directors I have been surprised at how informal the meetings are. Frequently the Board meetings are conducted under pressure to adjourn with not enough time to discuss topics, and the Whippet News crisis Board meeting was one of the few when the business of the meeting was announced ahead of time. Generally speaking, there has been a noticeable lack of parliamentary procedure. It has been particularly annoying to have one of the Board members walking in and out of the meetings, depending upon the subjects discussed. This spoils the continuity of the meetings, breaks the train of discussion and thought, is discourteous and is insulting to the members present and the business at hand. This informality is not an unusual situation, but is the usual procedure at all the Board meetings I have attended.

The notice for the most recent A. W. C. Board meeting in Philadelphia, December 7, 1963 (during the Philadelphia dog show) was received by me on Monday, December 2, 1963. Entries for this Philadelphia show had closed and we had not entered dogs at the show, and we would not be attending this show. On such short notice and the fact we didn't have dogs entered in the show, made it impossible for me to attend this meeting. Since this was such an important meeting, to discuss action to be taken in regard to Walter Wheeler and the future of the Whippet News, I feel that more notice should have been given and the meeting should have been held at a more convenient location for all Board members to attend. The time and place of the meeting was such that only those Board members in the immediate area could attend. It would have only been courteous for the meeting to have been held where the editor could have been present and asked to join the Board for questioning and the possibility of changing the editorial policy and a compromise on the Walter Wheeler situation.

I am resigning from the Board of Directors of the A. W. C. and have resigned from writing the American Whippet Club column in the A. K. C. Gazette.

Sibyl Jacobs

During my six years as editor of the Whippet News I have always been available to the Board of Directors of the A. W. C. for any discussion of the Whippet News. Financial and progress reports always have gone out at the end of each year. My editorial policy, based on the right of individuals to express themselves, was stated in the issues of the News since October, 1962, but was never questioned by the Board or a change discussed. I am sorry that my six years as editor did not warrant being called into the Keswick Board meeting for consultation on the possibility of forming a new policy and a possible compromise on the Walter Wheeler articles.

It seems to me that the A. W. C. Board should have someone among its members who could take over as editor of the Whippet News, and I suggest William Brainard or Mr. and/or Mrs. Ralph Eyles. I will be glad to answer questions and do whatever I can to help the new editor take over the duties.

Sibyl & Gene Jacobs

Our heartiest congratulations to John Berger on his Best In Show, attained with a bitch of his own breeding which he handled himself!! We are proud the dam of the winner is our Ch. Whipoo's Wild Honey.

Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon whelped her litter sired by Ch. Lysander of Briskways the middle of December. She looked huge and we kept saying she would have eleven puppies, and so she did - unfortunately the eleventh, a male, was born dead, but we have ten puppies busily nursing, nine females and one male. "Tillie" as we call the mother, is from an eleven puppy litter herself, and it was this, her fourth litter, before the number was repeated. All the puppies are white with fawn markings on the head, and a few have some body markings.

With regard to the American 'Whippet Club and those members who do not like the racing "element" in the Club and/or want the Whippet racing entirely seperate from the A. W. C., we would like to call attention to the fact that racing is included in the A. W. C. Constitution under Objectives and Membership, as follows: Constitution - Article II: Objectives, Section 1. To unite those people interested in the breeding, showing, racing and generally improving the breed of Whippets for the purpose of exerting effectually a combined influence upon all matters affecting the breed....Article III: Membership, Section 2.

Active Members: Active members of the Club shall be individuals who are interested in the breeding, showing or racing of Whippets.

Also, with regard to the American Whippet Club, we are withdrawing from all active participation in the Club. We will continue to show and race our Whippets whenever possible and hope to be able to meet and talk with many of the Whippet News readers at coming shows and racing meets.

White Acres Kennel Reports
Pearl Baumgartner
December, 1963
Puyallup, Washington

Here it is another deadline date for the Whippet News and I haven't gotten my say written, do here it is. I am very disappointed in the Board of Directors of the American Whippet Club for barring Mr. Wheeler's articles, as I really looked forward to reading them and all the comments for and against. I am sure that most of us realize that some judges are political, but just hate to admit it. Then there are some judges that just don't know the breeds they are judging, others have types they like and dislike. most of us feel that the shows could stand some "Cleaning Up", but the solution should be that of the A. K. C., but exhibitors can help by boycotting judges that are too political. If we went to dog shows just to win we would have quit many years ago. I attended my first dog show in 1926, when at that time my mother was exhibiting Cocker Spaniels. In those days they had 3 day benched shows with one judge doing all breeds. At that time shows were few and far between, so when we went we usually took a bench full. We have seen many of the so called breeders come and go and there are not many of the "Oldtimers" left in this area. In these times with so many shows and high entry fees, we can pick and choose the shows with the judges that will judge our dogs and not us. Eight years ago when Carol (our daughter) was 6 years old and she was showing a Whippet puppy, one of our well known judges told her she was starting a bad game young. There are not many families who have three generations showing dogs in the same ring. I am sure I "Voice" the opinion of many in this area concerning Mr. Wheeler's articles, and if this censoring continues who will want to write, as who knows who will be next?

The Whippet Club of New South Wales
Max Krumbeck, Hon. Secretary
October 28, 1963

Just received Vol. 7 Issue 4 of the Whippet News, for which many thanks. Have read with interest details of the many racing activities going on in the States.

We have just made a major breakthrough here in N. S. W. in the racing field. For some time now we have been negotiating with the N. S. W. Greyhound Breeders and Owners Association to permit the Club to stage an exhibition race on one of the Greyhound meeting nights at Harold Park. Finally, last month it was agreed to, and we then went into a "flap" to ensure that we selected dogs that would not let us down.

Harold Park, incidentally is one of two leading Greyhound and trotting race tracks in Sydney. The manager of the Park asked that we trial run the dogs — I think this was to convince him that Whippets would run He had never seen one previously, and although enthusiastic about the idea, had, I feel, some reservations

The trial night came and the dogs put on a magnificent performance. We had three races of four dogs each over a distance of 170 yards. All dogs finished, and in reasonably close formation. This gave us the all clear for the following Friday.

When the big night came, the only calm ones about the place were the dogs — well that is until they heard the whine of the "bunny". :post of us owners had a fit of nerves, for we all felt that this was IT, and the future of racing in N. S. W. largely depended on the success of this exhibition. With a failure we certainly had no likelihood of future races on such a large scale. There were about 7,000 people present and we had our "spies" scattered amongst the crowd!! Reporting back later, they said that when the Whippets paraded around the course (led incidentally by two Italian Greyhounds) there were many sarcastic remarks, and apparently most people expected a comic turn. However, after the first race, it was a different story altogether. With the second event, one of our leading dogs really put on a show by coming up with a quick burst to take the lead and win — this really had the crowd on its toes, and the roar that went up was something worthwhile hearing as far as we were concerned.

At the end of the final race the dogs were given an enthusiastic round of applause. We all relaxed, and decided that it had been worth the trouble.

A recent import to Australia is a son of Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth, who I note is continuing with successful wins in the States. We are looking forward to seeing Briarcliffe Rameses in the show ring in the near future — if he does as well as his father, there will be soma rejoicing. Rameses was imported by our Club President, Jack Karas, together with Ian Payne.

I know I've said this before, but conoratulations again on your very fine whippet Yews. I think this is a fantastic effort on your part, as I know the trouble involved in getting out our own 8 or 10 pager. It is a wonderfully newsy paper, and of great interest here.

We have had an increasing number of enquiries here for puppies lately and this is something entirely new. In fact, just at present, there are no dogs available between a couple of weeks and 12 months.

Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell T. Howell
Co. Waterford, Eire

On a recent visit to the U. S. A. I heard about the doings with the Whippet News. This Mr. Wheeler has been denied the facility of our magazine by a vote of the Board of Directors of the American Whippet Club. If you will remember the history of the W. N., Lou Pegram started it and had to give it up very shortly due to pressure of business. At this time the Directors and others in the A.W.C. were almost unanimous in their unwillingness to take it on. Sibyl Jacobs took it over on a shoe string, worked hard and brilliantly, and made the tremendous success it now is, enough indeed last year to win a national award. From the very outset the editorial policy of W. N., as repeatedly published in it, is to accept any and all articles and letters that are in any way pertinent to dogs and our breed. Why should Mr. Wheeler, however silly anyone feels his articles are (a thought with which I wholeheartedly agree) be the cause of suddenly putting our paper under the control of the Directors of the A. W. C., opposed to its editor's all time policy? In the first place, this action of the Directors is entirely out of order in being horribly rude to Sibyl Jacobs, who has worked hard and well for the paper. Had her opinion and advice been asked about censorship, and had she seen fit to agree, that would be another matter altogether. Many of us, including myself, have written articles almost scurrilous, sometimes foolish, controversial and ill judged. The result has been a sprightly paper, full of controversy, full of ideas and usually rather funny. Who would the Board like to censor next? I feel so strongly against this action of the Board that I am writing to the appropriate source at once, resigning from the American Whippet Club, of which I have been a member for a long time.

I am shocked at the rudeness to Sibyl and the arbitrary bad form with which the matter was handled. Let us hope Sibyl will be willing to continue the paper independently. If so, I for one would be only too glad to offer whatever financial support I can to help out, and en article from Ireland for every issue, if that will be of interest. One would hesitate to take the trouble to write anything if one's copy must be sent to Virginia for editing and censorship.

Boxing Day show in Dublin...the green star won by Mrs, Smythe from the north with Iniskhelter Ronatur, reserve to G. C. Wisechild. My dogs went up in a hackney in my absence in America, and were ably shown by Miss Noreen Twyman of Irish Wolfhound fame. Three days before I left poor little Great Circle Blarney of Badgewood, a bright brindle bitch, got into barbed wire, and tore open her whole side from shoulder to hip. I am not usually squeamish about such things, but really couldn't look at it. My friend Mrs. O'Shaunessy and I made a had dash up County Limerick and were fortunate to find the news had preceeded us. In a little pub at a remote cross road Mr. Johnson a Vet. from Rathkeale met us, and with poor little Whiskey knocked out on the kitchen table, in two hours time he pieced her together magnificently with forty odd stiches. Happy to report complete recovery, and she will be back at the shows soon. We were lucky.

Best of luck to everyone in 1964.


Selwyn Blackstone, Sege Kennels, Franksville, Wisconsin, writes: It is with a certain amount of apprehension that I write this:

What has bothered me most about the censoring of Mr. Wheeler is that "It was the unanimous opinion of all Directors present". I would have expected that some one on the Board would have objected to such an unfortunate decision, on principle alone. I have made controversial comments before, but now there will be the threat of being censored hanging over me everytime I say or write anything. So, it is with that certain amount of apprehension that I do write on.

Unless I misinterpreted what Mr. Wheeler wrote, I believe he tried to make a point of how fair Poultry shows were, in general. It so happens that we have a Whippet breeder in our area who breeds and shows poultry. His comments have led me to believe they have the same problems we have in dog shows. Also, I feel that Mr. Wheeler is confusing dishonesty with the judges preference for certain types or qualities, or with a judges emphasis on certain qualities that the breeder or owners do not feel should be emphasized. It appears that the majority of Whippet breeders cannot agree fully on the interpretation of our standard. How can we expect uniform interpretation from our judges?

I believe it is a great "American Custom" to criticize national ratings. They find fault in picking the top football teams in the nation because of inferior or superior opposition. They find fault with the All—American choices. They find fault with the Indianapolis 500 being awarded too many national points. Of course we must follow convention and have someone find fault with the news, stimulating National Scoring System for racing Whippets.

The Whippet is bred for speed. I enjoy testing its speed against others. Having some guide for making comparisons between my Whippets and others across the nation, enhances my enjoyment. I am very close to two of the big meets, but my type of employment and low finances make it inconvenient to make the others ( although we will try to make as many as possible), but certainly I am not going to deny others the enjoyment of competition under a National System.

I would never agree that racing meets be scored with equal weight. Some will always draw a larger entry then others because of location, number of major point shows in the vicinity, and the fact that some areas have more racing enthusiasts than others. It would seem most inequitable to score a meet that has an entry of thirty (50) local dogs, the same as a meet that has an entry of eighty (80) and draws most of the top racing animals.

Something was said about location of top meets. My curiosity is aroused about how many entries would be attracted if held at the exact geographical center in the United States. I don't believe location is as important as how many entries can be attracted.

Anything that gets the Whippet owner out of the house and gets his Whippet off the sofa, etc., to be presented in public, is a stimulus to the breed. The new scoring system and new division of classes tends to do this. Of course, these items are not yet perfect, but, as with anything, they will be improved upon. I know first hand that people are impressed with the fact that the Whippet is so useful as family entertainment because he is so versatile. Being able to compete with their family pet is definitely an attraction.

I do not believe that individuals make any sport a "blood sport" over trophies or small prize money. Anyone who will compete "for blood", so to speak, would do so without anything at stake. Not even a finish line is needed for them. Because Whippet racing is becoming more organized does not mean it is becoming downgraded. With the mounting entries, organization and rules are needed to give everyone their fair chance on the track. Trophies are awarded in the show ring, but I don't see any comment on that being "for blood".

Before I close there is just one more subject I would like to touch on, "with apprehension".

It is difficult enough to get good judges in the show ring as well as on the track. It is even more difficult to hold onto the good ones. To virtually leap out at them with criticism before the echo of their words in judgement have died down is not only unsportsmanlike and uncivilized, but shows a lack of intelligence also. We want the judges opinion or we wouldn't compete under them. If we are not willing to take the good with the objectionable choices, we shouldn't be in competition!

I especially enjoyed the judges critiques that have appeared off and on in the paste I realize with the abuse that some are heaping on our judges, it takes either great courage or complete foolhardiness for a judge to do this. I sincerely hope to see more of them in the future.

Mrs. J. Hamilton Coulter, Huntington, Kew York, writes: December 8, 1963, A hearty bravo for the editor's Open Letter in the October issue of the Whippet News on the subject of censuring. I am neither a member of the American Whippet Club, nor a Whippet fancier and exhibitor, but I am interested in Whippets and I gain much pleasure from reading the Whippet News. If I thought this publication was subject to censorship, arbitrary censuring of opinion, and inimical to freedom of expression, I would not wish to continue my subscription. There are many things in the world more important than Whippets, but few things more important than freedom of the press.

Perry Hewitt, Pasadena, California, writes: December 8, 1963, I am presently the owner of Mr. O'Toole, formerly Strathoak Carry Dancer. It would probably be more nearly correct to say that I am presently owned by Mr. O'Toole. Previously I had been skeptical of a Whippet for a pet, but when Christine Cormany talked me into taking O'Toole, all of my fears were soon put aside. He is every bit as good a pet as other breeds that I have had and a heck of a lot more fun to be with than most. Christine's husband and I have on several occasions taken to the desert for some jackrabbit hunting end his (the dog) enthusiasm for the chase is a thing to behold.

In closing let me say again that I enjoy the breed very much and also hope that in the near future some of the people who have stopped us on our nightly walks to admit O'Toole will at least think seriously of getting a Whippet for a pet. I might also add that I have enjoyed all of the whippet people that I have met.

You have a very interesting magazine and I enjoy it very much.

Jayne Langdon, Alameda, California, writes: December 5, 1963, I have been doubly disturbed by the editor's editorial in the October issue of the Whippet News, particularly in the light of the events of November 22 and since then.
This terrible tragedy has made many of us stop and think of our responsibilities as American citizens and to the principles guaranteed to all of us by the Constitution. One of these guarantees (besides the right of trial by jury) is freedom of speech. Above all, we must maintain these principles and the right to free speech must not be infringed upon.

You are correct, Mrs. Jacobs, who will be next? Will I, a non-member of the American Whippet Club*, be censored because in the past I have disagreed with one of your regular contributors, an A. W. C. member.*One of the 150 paid subscribers.

I might suggest Mr. Wheeler consult his attorney as I suspect his constitutional rights have been violated and he has cause to go into court and sue for damages. In the meantime I will continue to support the editorial policies of the Whippet News and hope the Directors of the American Whippet Club reconsider their rash and foolish action.

Mrs. Doris Ringer, Snohomish, Washington, writes: December 13, 1963, Since I am not a member of the American Whippet Club I feel that I have no right to remark upon any action taken by the Club. However, since I have been privileged for several years to receive and enjoy the Whippet News maybe this could just be count as a "letter to the editor".

I just want to say that I agree with the editor. I believe that the test of any organization or Group is that group's ability to survive the give and take of ideas and opinions. People being what they are, there is always going to be some disagreement on some subject, but I firmly believe in each person's right to express his opinion and to do so without any "danger" to himself. Growth comes from exposure to new ideas and maturity from the ability to disagree - and still remain friends: Frankly, I enjoyed reading the pros and cons in the paper. There are others out here who feel the same (and were going to write, though whether they will or not I don't know). I think you have made a very fine paper and sincerely hope that you continue to guide it for a long time to come.

Our group of fanciers has finally organized formally. Our new name is the Evergreen Sight Hound Association. We have a nice group, about 50 people counting husbands and wives, and quite a few Afghans included. I'm sure that Pearl Baumgartner is going to mention this in her report to you. We are all very enthusiastic about the Association and some of the members are driving up from Portland, Oregon for the meetings.

Hopefully I look forward to meeting you in Chicago next April - if - our present plans continue to mature. We are really excited about the trip and at this point it seems pretty certain that we will go.