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WHIPPET
The Whippet is a miniature English Greyhound known as the "poor man's race horse." It attains the speed of thirty-five miles an hour and is used as a racing dog. It is an affectionate, intelligent watchdog. Thick tight feet; great depth of brisket and well-arched loin. Wide between ears; small, fine, rose ears; dark eyes. Height 17 to 20 inches.

Coursing.—Several of our friends, including Mrs. Carlo Clarke and Mr. W. K. Stuart, supported the one-day meeting of the Sussex County Coursing Club last week, but the luck of the stake money went to the Greyhounds of Mr. W. H. Smith, whose team, in charge of Bedford, junr., I met on the platform at Horsham on my way back from the trials in Denne Park last week. The meeting, however, provided a pleasant day for the members of the club and Mr. J. Newton Haley, who presented the Occupiers' Plate this year, got part of the money he paid for Bells of Mirth back again by the division of one of the stakes with Mr. T. Butt Miller's old favourite. He gave only 12 guineas for the Bells at the last Barbican sale, and he should get all that back and a little more besides before the end of the year.

 

Whippets

WELL, here we are at the beginning of a New Year. I sincerely hope 1934 will be a prosperous one to all whippet lovers, especially so from the dog show viewpoint, and, in order to accomplish this, we have to have more entries in the whippet classes this coming year. I am going to give you a short resume of the whippet activities for the past year, to date, as far as my records go. If the fanciers would submit all their whippet information, I could make a more complete report. I have repeatedly requested all whippet information through the medium of this column, and that plea still stands.

During the year 1933, and up to October 22, there were 71 female and 57 male whippets entered at 43 different shows, for an average of nearly three entries per show.
The leading show whippets were as follows: Ch. Sandbrilliant of Meander, Ch. Rosemont Black Jack, Stingaree of Windholme, Cinnamon Skip, Jimmys Fleet Foot Dash, Lady Mildred, Maid of War, Miss Joan of Windholme, and Ch. Silica.

Leaders on the race tracks were as follows : Escala Miriam, Kerryline, Mr. Melody, Fidgety Feet, Tommy Atkins, Big Boy, Musketeer, Lady, Heavy Heels, and Raggedy Rogue. These all are California dogs. Eastern dogs were : March of Time, Rogue, Silver Flash, Valley Girl, Woodland Shadow, Woodland Count, Victory Blue Girl, Faga Bala, Gallant Fox, Bounding Deep, and Pipette.

My directory of whippet fanciers is not progressing as I would like to have it. I have to have the help of all whippet owners before the list can be completed and made ready for the printers. Those who have helped me think the idea is worth while, and will prove valuable. There are certain whippet sections to which I have written for this information, and I would like to hear from them.

Some time ago, through this column, I spoke of the excellent work Marion Woodcock, secretary of the California Whippet Association, was doing in compiling a "Pedigree Book of Known Whippets." Some of you have heard from her on this subject, no doubt; if not, I know she would be glad to receive any help you can give her along these lines. In a recent article, she gives some interesting news of whippets in years gone by. In 1927, Edina Dot went best in show three times; and Lady Wildabelle, Coolridge Sunshower, and Ch. Carlaris were very conspicuous this year also. Marion Woodcock also sends me the following racing news.
On October 1, on the Arroyo race track : in the first preliminary, Kerryline, first; second preliminary, Peter, first ; third preliminary, Big Boy, first; fourth preliminary, Raggedy Rogue, first ; first semi-final, Kerryline, first ; Big Boy, second; and Raggedy Rogue, third; consolation final, consisting of third and fourth place dogs in the preliminary races, Fidgety Feet, first, Black Jack, second, and Puff of Smoke, third.

After these races, Mrs. Glenn Brockman, and Marietta Gregory were hostesses to the members for dinner, which preceded the regular monthly dinner.
On October 15 at the same track : first preliminary, Kerryline was first ; second preliminary, Lady, first; third preliminary, Big Boy, first; fourth preliminary, Escala Miriam, first; first semi-final, Kerryline, first; second semi-final, Escala Miriam, first; final, Kerryline, first; Big Boy, second, and Escala Miriam, third; consolation final, Musketeer, first, Racketeer, second, and Black Jacks Moll, third.

Some more news has been received from Felix A. Leser up at Saranac Lake. He is still improving in health, I am glad to say. Also, I enjoyed very much reading the article by him in the December issue of the GAZETTE on his Eskimo dogs. He, by the way, attributes his improvement in health to these dogs and their training. I am going to take the first opportunity to visit with him, but, oh my, I am afraid it will have to be in the Summer time. It is too cold up there at Saranac Lake for me, no matter how much I would like a ride behind his dog team. I know Mr. Leser would welcome any whippet fancier up there for a good old pow-wow, as he is a true whippet lover after my own heart.

In conclusion, let me again remind you of this writer's invitation to all true whippet fanciers to try and make it convenient to join the American Whippet Club and make it possible, by the money received, as dues, etc., to carry on for the best interest of our breed in fostering more whippet classes at the various shows this coming Spring and Summer.—WILLIAM S. SHORT, 46 Roosevelt Ave., Middletown, N. Y.

 

Our " Whippet Wheezer" is Mr. Whippet Wheezes. Will Hally. Halstead, Auchterarder, N.B.
Through his advertisements in Our Dogs, Mr. Richardson has been selling numerous Whippets of late. A lemon-and-white dog and a fawn bitch left the Reading stud for India in exchange for a nice cheque, and Comic, a fawn dog by Comedian, has gone to a fancier in Belfast. Whippet racing is now a firmly-established sport in the Irish port, and the quality of the competitors is rapidly being improved. The members of Dorking Whippet Racing Association have been securing a number of the fastest dogs of late, and Mr. Richardson has sent a speedy Black to a member of that organisation.

The Reading Central Whippet Racing Club still maintains the popularity of its meetings, and as 100 yds. and 100 yds. are the racing distances there, the purely "sprint," as well as the better-staying, competitors have an equal chance of acquiring honours. Messrs. Richardson and Blake have been doing very well with their Young Comedian II. of late, as has Mr. Josey with Nancy Lee. Young Comedian II. has now been sold to a member of the Dorking Whippet Racing Association.
The Whippet Club is guaranteeing half the loss on four of the classes at the Palace this month, while Mr. Frank Wickett and Mr. Lewis Renwick are jointly responsible for another. There are in all six classes, irrespective of brace and team, and the bowls and cups of the Whippet Club are in competition. Mr. H. Halford Adock, who had to forego his judicial engagement last year owing to another appointment, is judging the Whippets on the 21st inst.

An interesting latter from Mr. J. E. Dark, the old Bideford fancier, brings us the information that that enthusiast is now resident in Edmonds, British Columbia. Mr. Dark visited Vancouver Show the ether week. There was a fairly good Whippet turnout there, but the quality was not of the best, the type of exhibit favouring the Italian Greyhound. As is usual with fanciers from the old country, Mr. Dark had the most hospitable time with the Vancouver fanciers, and he is now busy helping to work up the show which is to be held at Westminster. Whippets are a very popular breed in Canada, and Mr. Dark is to set up a kennel immediately he gets properly settled. He would convey, through Our Dogs, his best wishes to all his old West Country "

 

MR. H. HALFORD-ADCOCK.
Photo., N. Taylor, Oxford.

(1931) This well-known. Whippet and Greyhound breeder commenced with the former breed in 1896 at Durham, when he was 15 years old, but three years later he took up Greyhounds, a brace of which were the first dogs he exhibited. These were shown under the late Mr. Theo : Marples at Yeovil in 1900, when Mr. Halford-Adcock came third, Mr. J. J. Holgate's Ch. Fairy being first. Shortly afterwards he devoted himself only to coursing, and while at Exeter College, Oxford, had quite a successful little kennel in partnership with two other undergraduates, and won quite a number of small stakes with the Wantage Coursing Club. His success in coursing was largely helped by his friend, Mr. Joseph Walker, who was then living at Stanton Harcourt, and who afterwards was judge of the Waterloo Cup for some years. In 1908 Mr. Halford-Adcock and his friends, helped by Mr. Walker, started the Oxon and Berks Coursing Club, Mr. Halford being secretary. They ran some most successful meetings, a number of Waterloo Cup winners being represented.

In 1910 Mr. Halford-Adcock went back into Whippets, the foundation of his kennel being the bitches Enid, hich was purchased from Mr. A. Honeybone, and Hyacinth, from Mr. Hall, of Truro, but he had no outstanding success until he purchased Ch. Shirley Sun-star from Mrs. Pacey.

His best-known purchases were those of Ch. Shirley Sunstar, Ch. Willesbeaux, Fortune's Wheel, Carnation, Hyacinth, Ch. Watford Maisie, and Ch. Taffy's Pride. Under his affix, " of Oxon," he has bred Ch. Grace of Oxon and Ch. Barbara of Oxon; Ch. Robin of St. Claire was also bred by him, as was Nancy of Oxon, which with Barbara and others did a tremendous amount of winning in America. His biggest sales were Star Comedienne, sold to Italy for .150; Ch. Willesbeaux, sold to America for £150: and Ch. Barbara of Oxon, sold also to America for lire 125.

For the past seven years he has been back in coursing again, training his own Greyhounds, and last season he divided five stakes.
Mr. Halford-Adcock was chairman of the Berks. Bucks, and Oxon Canine Society (Windsor Ch. Show) for four years, and is now a vice-president of this society, and vice-president of one or two coursing clubs.

His wife, who was Miss Chalmers, of Bath, was also at one time a very successful breeder and exhibitor of Whippets under the prefix of " Sion Hill." Both of them are exhibitors of modern game bantams and Australorps.

 

CH. MICHAEL OF MEANDER (1935)
(Whippet) A. K. C. F. Julia Shearer
Locust Dale, Virginia

 

BENACHIE Kennels
Mrs. K. CHAPMAN
DORCHESTER ROAD, POOLE, DORSET
Telephone : Parkstone 644

THIS very successful kennel of Whippets has certainly kept the breed to the fore at the big shows of 1949. Ch. Pilot Officer Prune (seven c.c.s) is already the sire of two English and one American champion, and has proved himself to be an outstanding sire. His puppies are winning at all the ch. shows, and his best son, Ch. Flying Officer Kite (five c.c.s), has made history by winning the hound group at Blackpool and best all breeds at Bournemouth ch. show. Of Prune's progeny which have gone overseas, one has become an American champion and group winner. two young bitches have won best-in-show awards at the big shows in Australia. Both these dogs are at
stud to approved bitches. Fees 5 gns. and return carriage.

CH. PILOT OFFICER PRUNE

There are plenty of youngsters in the kennel to carry on the good work. A brace of dog puppies, Elf for Freddie and Eye for Icicle, have already done well at ch. and open shows. The latter has been five times best puppy all breeds, and has just been sold up North. where he is sure to do a lot of winning. A white-andfawn puppy, Jay for Jewel, has started her show career in fine style. A good winner at ch. shows, best all breeds at Salisbury, and placed third in the Wimbledon Stakes of nearly 100 entries. She is not yet 12 months old. Tea for Teresa, c.c., best of breed and Sporting Group winner at the L.K.A. ch. show, will later be a valuable addition to the brood bitches.

CH. FLYING OFFICER KITE at Bournemouth ch. show, 1949

Ch. Flying Officer Kite's first litter, out of a Ch. Conquisitor bitch, shows great promise. Amongst them is a lovely fawn-and-white bitch puppy which will be shown in the New Year. Well-reared healthy puppies are usually tot sale, and anyone interested in Whippets is always welcome. Skelton.

 

Whippets, originally bred to overtake fleet game, can reach a speed of 35 miles an hour over a short distance.

Whippet

It is said that this breed was made in England sometime in the 19th century and it is almost certain that the Greyhound played an important part in its evolution. Whippet racing became very popular at the turn of the century when 30o dogs or more were entered in one handicap. The breed was not officially recognized by the English Kennel Club until 1890. The Whippet Club was formed in 1899 to encourage the showing of Whippets.

The general appearance should convey an impression of beautifully balanced muscular power and strength, combined with elegance and grace of outline. Head is long and lean and flat on top, tapering to the muzzle. Ears are small, rose-shaped and fine in texture. Coat is fine, short and close. Whippets make very attractive companionable dogs; they are friendly and affectionate in temperament and their coats are easy to keep clean. Any colour or mixture of colours is acceptable. Height: dogs 18 1/2 in (46 cm), bitches I7 1/2 in (43.5 cm).

WHIPPETS
Whippets are bred for terrific speed. In this country they are used extensively in straight-away races, where the distance is seldom greater than 200 yards. They are also sometimes used in coursing the rabbit. In England they are sometimes used in coursing the electric hare and raced over longer distances. They are filled with sporting sense, and also make desirable house dogs and companions.

DESCRIPTION AND STANDARD OF POINTS

(By Courtesy of the Whippet Club)

Head.—Long and lean, rather wide between the eyes and flat at the top. The jaw powerful yet clearly cut.
Teeth.—Level and white.
Eyes.—Bright and fiery.
Ears.—Small, fine in texture, and rose shape.
Neck.—Long and muscular, elegantly arched and free from throatiness.
Shoulders.—Oblique and muscular. Chest.—Deep and capacious.
Back.—Broad and square, rather long and slightly arched over the loin, which should be strong and powerful.
Forelegs.—Rather long, well set under dog, possessing fair amount of bone.
Hindquarters.—Strong and broad across, stifles well bent, thighs broad and muscular, hocks well let down.
Feet.—Round, well split up, with strong soles.
Tail.—Long, tapering and nicely carried. Coat.—Fine and close.
Color.—Black, red, white, brindle, fawn, blue, and the various mixtures of each.
The ideal weight for dogs is 21 lbs., and the ideal height for dogs is 18 1/2 inches. The ideal weight for bitches is 20 lbs., and the ideal height for bitches is 17 1/2 inches.
A slight deviation either way to be left to the discretion of the judge.
NoTE.—There is no Specialty Club for Whippets in the United States and the above standard is that of the Whippet Club of England. There is also another Club known as the British Empire Whippet Club that is interested in both showing and racing of Whippets. Their standard is about the same as that of the Whippet Club except that they have recently amended the height and weight as follows:
Dogs.—Height, 17 1/2 to 19 inches; weight up to 23/ lbs. Bitches.—Height, 16 1/2 to i8 inches; weight up to 22 1/2 lbs.

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Wecochaconet Calpurina
Owned by Mrs. Dorothy Bauman

WHIPPET

The Whippet is a greyhound that has been bred with terrier and Small Italian Greyhound. He is smaller than the English Greyhound, but has kept many of its characteristics. Consequently, he is, by nature, a hunter of wild rabbit and, by adaptation, of mechanical rabbits, that is to say a racing dog. The Whippet is a dazzling animal who easily reaches speeds of forty miles per hour (65 kms.). Over distances of one hundred eighty meters he is the fastest dog in the world, so one can imagine the
success he enjoys at the track.

Affectionate, docile, and joyous, he is a fine companion dog. He adapts well to apartment life, provided that he can often run in the open country. A clean dog, his coat is free from smells and easy to look after. He it good watchdog too, but will defend the house only by barking, not attacking. During the winter months he has to be protected against the cold, but nonetheless, he is a hardy dog and resistant to disease.

The Whippet has a gracious and distinguished appearance and great muscular power. He must
measure between 19 and 22 inches (48 to 56 cm.). A variation of half an inch (1 ,25 cm.) above or below these measurements will disqualify him in a show. All colors are permissible, either uniform or mixed. Among the most common are black, fawn, chamois, red, or any of these with white.

CH. ROB MAYWIN STARGAZER OF ALL WAYS
Breeder: Mr. A. G. Robbins
Sire: Ch. Eveningstar of Allways-Dam: Ch. Mistrals Mrs. Miniver
Sire: Ch. Wingedfoot Marksman of Allways - Dam: Ch. Fieldspring Betony
Sire: Ch. Wingedfoot Marksman of Always- Dam: Fleeting Frieze

Although greyhound racing has taken away most of his sporting limelight, the Whippet is still the "greyhound in miniature" to the mining fraternity and still popular in the North of England.

HEAD: Long and lean, fiat on top, rather wide between the eyes. Jaws powerful and clean cut. Nose black generally, but sometimes in blue coloured dogs a bluish nose: in liver, a nose of the same colour; in whites, a parti-coloured nose. Eyes bright and very alert. Ears, rose shaped, small and fine in texture. Level mouth, the teeth of the top jaw titling closely over the teeth in the lower jaw. Neck long and muscular. elegantly arched. BODY: Shoulders oblique and muscular, the blades carried up to the spine, closely set together at the top. Forelegs straight and upright. Chest very deep. Brisket deep and well defined. Back, well muscled, broad, firm and showing a definite arch over the loin, but not humped. Very neat feet, well split up between the toes, knuckles highly arched, pads thick and strong. TAIL: Long and tapering, when in action carried in a delicate curve upwards but not over the back. No feathering. COAT: Fine. short and as close as possible in texture. COLOUR: Any self colour or mixture of colours. HEIGHT: Dogs, 18 1/2 ins.: bitches, 11 ins. WEIGHT: Dogs, 21 lb.; bitches, 20 lb. K.C. CLASSIFICATION: Sporting.

OTHER NOTABLE CHAMPIONS
CH. Wingedfoot Claire-de-Lune. Owner, Mr. C. H. Douglas Todd. B.O.B., Crufts, 1959.
CH. Wingedfoot Marksman of Allways. Owner, Mr. C. H. Douglas Todd.
CH. Dragonhill Tweseldown Minstrel. Owner, Mrs. D. Cleeve

Blue Boy

Mr. J. Pendlebury's famous Racing Whippet Stud
at Davenport Farm, Pennington, Leigh, Lancs.

THE subject of this notice is an acknowledged authority upon Great Danes and Whippets, ; and what he does not know about either variety is hardly worth gathering. In racing Whippets, too, he has had as much experience as most men, and in his day has owned some of the fastest dogs and bitches on the track. The subject of our illustration is Blue Boy, a 16 1/2 lbs. dog, and one of the fastest of his sex living, which goes without saying when we state teat he is a big handicap winner at both the Borough and Higginshaw Grounds, Oldham, which tracks are the equivalent to the Derby and Ascot courses, so beloved of race-goers. It may be said here that this dog is for sale at the moderate figure of £50. Mr. Pendlebury has exported many racing Whippets in his time and not long ago had the satisfaction of sending out Sidlaw Slow Eyes (a great winner in England under the name of Nelly from Leigh) which on the Pasadena track,California, heat all American records by covering the 200 yards in a secs.; a marvellous performance for a 22 lbs. bitch. Other notable performers which he has sold are legion, and he is always in a position to supply the real goods, for the simple reason that nothing but the very best are considered to be worth keeping at Pennington.

Just the same with Great Danes, there is always something young or old well worth the attention of admirers of the breed.

 

Mrs. E. C. ROUSE'S Spaniels and Whippets, at Southfield, Guildford.

Mrs. E. C. Rouse has for years been a very successful exhibitor of Field Spaniels. Recently she has made most important purchases, and from what I hear is bent on owning a really good, all-round Sporting team. Certainly she has begun well by securing the three dogs illustrated, and so valuable a kennel manager as H. P. Southam. As space is limited I will now briefly describe the dogs.

Champion Chilverton Patsy is a beautiful little white-and-black ticked Cocker, with grand body, front, coat, and type ; he is by Champion Rufus Bowdler ex Beechgrove Violetta. I was greatly struck by his breeding, which is exceptionally good, being a carefully thought-out mixing of the Rivington and Braeside strains. This no doubt, accounts for the success he is at stud ; breeders have found him especially useful for weak-faced bitches. Amongst his wins are : 1st and championship, Hastings ; 1st and championship, Eastbourne ; 1st and championship, Southampton (the judges being Messrs. Harding Cox, R. de C. Peele, and F. Gresham) ; 1sts at Derby, Hitchin, Streatham, Carshalton, Alton, Horsham, Luton, Taunton, Richmond, Orpington, Sandy, Woodstock, &c., &c.

Champion Shirley Wanderer and Champion Shirley Siren


The Whippet, Champion Shirley Wanderer, has proved himself the best show and stud dog of the day ; it would be impossible to name all the winners he has sired. The portrait shows off to much advantage his beautiful symmetry ; and to-day he can, when put down fit, score even in the hottest company ; really a wonderful Whippet considering how he has and is still being used at stud ; yet he retains his lovely outline, and is as clean as ever in neck and shoulders. A few of his principal wins are : 1st and championships, Crystal Palace, Richmond, Cruft's, Westminster, &c., &c.

Champion Shirley Siren is rather a peculiar bi as regards showing, and refuses to make the most of herself unless handled by H. Southam. A very beautiful bitch indeed she is ; with grand liberty neck, and quarters, rare depth of brisket, and exceedingly nice head. Her championship wins were scored at Hastings, Taunton, and Richmond under Messrs. Harding Cox, J. J. Holgate, and W. H. Reeves ; her wins include 1sts at Sandy Carshalton, Horsham, Wimbledon, Norwich, Luton, Derby, Ladies' Kennel Association, and Olympia. With these three dogs and several good youngsters, besides more than one prominent winner in Field Spaniels, Mrs. E. C. Rouse can justly claim to be one of our foremost and most successful lady exhibitors.

 

JANUARY 14, 1910.

Whippet and Race-Dog News.

All items of news relating to ,Whippets should be sent direct to " Red Rag," Halstead, Auchterarder, Perthshire, and should reach him not later than first post on Monday morning to ensure insertion in the current week's issue.

The Value of Individual Merit.—From the letters which continually reach me, it is abundantly proved that the problem of breeding winners is the one that most excites the interest of the novice. And from those same letters I see that at the outset of their careers, many novices get on the highway to disappointment by paying attention to pedigree and nothing but pedigree. One well-known fancier said to me recently : " You may laugh at what you call the over-attention to pedigree if you will, but the fact remains that I can sell the weediest puppy if it has a good pedigree, and I cannot sell the best if it has no pedigree, or no pedigree worth speaking. of." My own experience of sales bears out what that fancier said, but that does not detract from the fact that it is a very foolish policy on the buyer's part, this idea of pedigree first, last, and all the time. I have previously pointed out in these columns that a strain is not the mating together of pedigree animals or merely of related pedigree animals, but the result of the mating together of " selected," related, and pedigreed animals. How non-valuable pedigree can be sometimes was brought forcibly to my mind at a Whippet race meeting not long since. A novice had purchased a dog whose pedigree included a crack racing sire and dam, and whose litter brother had done well on the track, and he had been made to pay sweetly for his purchase because of its relations. He sent it to the best trainer he could find and he spared no money on it way. But what did it all amount to? It was one of those heart-breaking also-rans, that persisted in being somewhere down the track when the winning dog was in its owner's anus. It had no individual racing ability. A few days later a friend wrote me that the bitch he had bought, mentioning the pedigree, which was as perfect as a pedigree could be, had turned out quite a failure in producing winners. I have mentioned this again because my letters of late merit a repetition, and though pedigree is good, very good, it is not everything, and beyond all that, the novice must not run away with the belief that because he has purchased a pedigree bitch, her puppies must necessarily be winners. Sister to the noted champion . . ." may sell that bitch, but it is not a guarantee that she will breed champions.

The Breeding Age.—A year ago, or there-about, I dealt with the breeding age of bitches from the standpoint of early mating, and now under the same heading I ask for the experiences of my readers as to the limit age at which an old bitch will breed. I desire the question answered because I am asked it by a correspondent. No doubt it is to a great extent a question of the individual. A show bitch that has travelled many hundreds of miles or a bitch that has .been bred from every time she came in season, must be worn out sooner than one that has been well taken care of and that has been knocked about neither by travel nor by being bred from too often. I think that it was something like fifteen years ago that a canine authority gave as a rule that no bitch could breed after she was ten years old, and at the time I had a bitch of thirteen years suckling puppies. Naturally I did not mean to breed from such an old bitch which was a " pensioner," but during one of my absences from home she got out and made a misalliance. I do not know if my bitch approached a record, but I should imagine that her case was unusual. At any rate, and apart from my correspondent's question, it would be interesting if readers would give their experiences on this subject.

How to Measure Whippets.—I am asked what is the correct way to measure the height of Whippets, whether tapeline or rule is better. Personally, I do not see how a correct measurement can be arrived at if a tapeline is used; at least, I have never felt satisfied with my own attempts at measuring by this method. Some fanciers use two sticks for the purpose ; one upright and the other laid across the dog's back at right angles 'to each other. The exact height of the animal's shoulders is thus recorded on the upright stick, and that being measured, the height is shown. I have a recollection that a Greyhound or Deerhound fancier of a decade ago, brought out a measuring apparatus something after the above style. The upright stick was divided into inches and feet, and attached to it at right angles was a shorter stick which could be slid up and down the other at will. If I remember rightly the patent was bought by a canine catering firm, but I heard no more of it. Most Whippet judges (not the all-round ignoramuses who " do " the Whippets) can guage the average dog's height fairly correctly, though some exhibits are very misleading in this respect. In this dull season, perhaps, my readers will oblige me with their opinions on this subject also.

Interesting Items.—The Messrs. Honeybone have become so disgusted with the ever-recurring tale of returned entries and cancelled classes, that they have decided to give up their Whippets and devote their time and their kennel space to other breeds. They have already cleared their stock with the exception of Manorley Melody, and she, too, may be sold ere these lines are in print. I very much regret the Messrs. Honeybone's retiral, and their absence will be a distinct loss to our fancy. And the worst of it is that retirals seem to be in the air at present.

I am pleased to hear that Mr. John H. Holt's Spouty has fulfilled his early promise and has made up into a splendid dog. This dog is also proving a success at stud, which is particularly gratifying to his owner, who has always been more enthusiastic over breeding than showing Whippets, and who in his own quiet way is a staunch supporter of the Whippet cause.

Can anyone oblige me with photos of winners on the bench and track, also with a photograph of a race meeting ? I wish those for the illustration of Whippet articles I have on hand, and when I have made use of them I shall return them if desired. I shall esteem any assistance in this
matter as a great favour. " RED RAG."

 

"Champion Manorley Model",
van den Heer F. BOTTOMLEY, Buttershaw.

Whippet and Race-Dog News.
All items of news relating to Whippets should be sent direct to " Red Rag," Halstead, Auchterarder, Perthshire, ad should reach him not later than first post on Monday morning to ensure insertion in the current week's issue.

The Spring Classics.—Mr. Cruft favours me with le Whippet classification for his show in February next, rhich will be as follows : Open Dog, Open Bitch, Limit Dog
or Bitch, Special Limit Dog or Bitch, Novice Dog, Novice litch, Puppy Dog or Bitch, and Brace and Team. As already mentioned in this column, Mr. Botterill is to officiate as judge.

The judge has not yet been selected for Manchester, where he classification will be : Open Dog, Open Bitch, Limit dog, Limit Bitch, Novice Dog or Bitch, Puppy Dog or bitch, and Brace and Team.

Shows of the Week.—Aberdare Show, held on 3oxing Day, mustered a good entry, and most of the exhibits were above average quality. The judge's selections could not, however, be called happy, and it is really past a joke to find a twelve inch Whippet beating better and :correctly size animals. The placings were : Singing Boy, Treherbert Nell, Mieris, Mistress Kelpie, Montana Maid, and Hip Hurrah, and Treherbert Nell is the Italian Greyound thing to which I have drawn attention. Ringside ;elections favoured Montana Maid, Hip Hurrah, and Singing Boy in the order named. Certainly it is not the ringside put the judge's fancy which counts, and everyone is entitled o his own opinion, but after all, there is such a thing as m club standard, or a recognised standard, and a twelve inch sinner does not come within its scope. And why, might I ask, did the judge reverse some of his awards when he came o the Novice Greyhound or Whippet Class?

At Treorchy, another Welsh event, held on the day ffollowing Aberdare, the awards were upset, and Mr. Williams ;ot recompense for the failure of his new purchase to captivate the judge at Aberdare, when Hip Hurrah took 2nd to a Greyhound in the mixed class of Greyhounds and Whippets.

Many good judges consider Manorley Mimosa to equal Manorley Moireen, and it does seem hard lines for Mr. Wicket, her new owner, that she should have come a cropper at the first fence under his handling. At Truro Show, on the 25th, Manorley Mimosa was beaten by Mr. Sobey's Sleet ; the latter was never seen in better form, and stood like a rock while Mimosa wanted firming up, and was inclined to slackness about the feet. On the day's form Mimosa went down, and that is just part of the great game of showing.

Motor Princess followed up her Glasgow win b y scoring over Rampion Lady, an old opponent, at Greenock Show, on New Year's Day, and Motor Queen, a highly promising black bitch puppy, was 3rd. Princess and Rampion Lady are well-known and require no description. Motor Queen was light, just having recovered from an illness, but she is typical in every ounce, and though correctly placed at Greenock, she will not long be content with minor honours. " RED RAG."

 

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Field and Fancy 1927

WHIPPET WHISPERINGS

CHRIS O'LEARY
Secretary, Boston Whippet Association

"Whippet Whisperings" will appear each week. The writer will be pleased to answer any Whippet questions or take up any discussion concerning Whippets in this column.—Ed.

WHIPPET CLUBS
WHIPPET CLUB OF AMERICA—President, Bayard Tucker, Jr., Secretary, Harry E. Damon, Short Hills, N. J.
CLEVELAND WHIPPET CLUB—President, W. T. Godley; Secretary, L. T. O'Brien, Cleveland, Ohio.
WHIPPET ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA — President, Freeman Ford; Secretary, Mrs. W. H. Woodcock, 228 North Encinitas Ave., Monrovia, Calif.
BOSTON WHIPPET ASSOCIATION--President, T. Dickson Smith; Secretary, Chris O'Leary, Room 519, 263 Summer St., Boston, Mass.
LONG ISLAND WHIPPET CLUB•Secretary, Alfred Lowenstein, 41 Woodlawn Ave., Rockville Center, L. I., N. Y.
TORONTO WHIPPET ASSOCIATION, President, E. Bramwell, Secretary, J. 0. Storer, 97 Beaconsfield Avenue, Toronto, 3, Ontario, Canada.

BOSTON WHIPPET ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE
September 17—(Tentative date not to be announced until later.)
September 28—New England State Fair, Worcester, Mass. Purse $200.
September 29—New England State Fair, Worcester, Mass. Purse $200.
September 30—New England State Fair, Worcester, Mass. Purse $200.
October 6—Shoe City Handicap, Brockton
Fair, Brockton, Mass. Purse $200.
October 7—Brockton Fair Derby, Brock-
ton, Mass. Purse $300.
October 12—Barre Fox Hunt Handicap, Bar-
re, Mass. (Purse to be announced.)
"Cinders," that I6 1/2 pound Wire-haired Fawn bitch, owned by P. A. and J. B. Draper of Canton, Mass., and imported from England in the summer of 1926 by a Boston Whippet fancier, was crowned 1927 American Derby Champion before the most colorful group of North Shore Society that ever gathered to witness this yearly event. A bitter disappointment to her importer and her owners during the time she was here in 1926 she certainly repaid well the confidence that had been placed in her originally.

Cinders ran in England under her present name and while there was a sensation. She is an extremely nervous whippet and runs well either in tapes or out.
Much praise is due the trainer of Cinders, Harry Alexander of Canton, Mass. Four years ago he started in as a "rookie" but by good hard work and taking many leaves out of the book of that veteran trainer, James Gilligan of Lawrence, Mass., and supplementing this material with "bits" he picked up, here and there, he deserves to be ranked as one of the best there is. Well deserved congratulations were showered on him at the conclusion of the races. -

Less than five inches separated Coomassie, owned by James Gilligan of Lawrence, Mass., from Cinders. Coomassie had conceded four yards handicap to Cinders and while at 150 yards Cinders was leading by three yards, by a tremendous spurt that had the crowd on their feet, Coomassie :almost overtook the flying Cinders.
The time II 4-5 seconds was fast but it must be remembered that the winner ran but 196 yards in this time, while, the second place clog, with a matter of but a few inches ran the full 200 yards in II 4-5 seconds. This time places Coomassie as the only whippet at least here in the east to run the' full distance under twelve seconds this year.
The two Canadian dogs, Gaffsman and Justin-Time, brought on by G. Grass of the Toronto Whippet Association, showed the effects of the long trip and both were shut out ill the prelims. Gaffsman, however, reached the finals of the Consolation Race. Despite their not placing in the money, the first thing the Canadians said, after the race was over. was, "Well, we'll be right here again next year." Real good sportsmanship!

Northern Light, owned by Bayard Warren of Prides Crossing, Mass., was the winner of the Eastern Dog Club Consolation Race, winning quite handily from Diana, owned by G. W. Brookfield of Canton, Mass. and Bell, owned by P. A. and J. B. Draper of Canton, Mass. This is the second year in succession `that the Barberryhiff Kennels have taken away the Consolation Honors Joseph Thompson is the trainer for Bayard Warren and this year has been quite successful with his Whippets, placing in the money nearly every time.

Empress, a little black bitch, weighing but twelve pounds, nine months old and owned by T. Hall of Lawrence, Mass., provided a complete upset in the Boston Whippet Association Puppy Sweepstakes when she swept through a winner over the heavy favorites Lady Abington owned by Lillian C. Pool, and Flying Scotchman, owned by Mary A. Pool, both of North Abington, Mass. This was the first race that Empress had ever run and she is a Whippet that will have to be watched in the future.
The closeness of the two Whippets Cinders and Coomassie is well illustrated by the way they advanced to the finals. Cinders defeated Coomassic in the preliminary heat and then, in the semi-finals, Coomassie turned right around and defeated Cinders. Not more than a foot separated the victor either time. Cinders before the races was a 4-1 favorite to win but after the semi-finals the betting dropped to even money.

Tellem, owned by Joseph Draper of Canton, Mass., was a fairly close third to Coomassie in the Championship Race and Savin Parth, owned by Bayard Tuckerman and T. D. Smith was fourth.

Bad quite a talk with the Secretary of the Toronto Whippet Association and was interested to note their handicapping method. I shall explain it in next week's "Whippet Whisperings."

Bayard Tuckerman Jr., President of the Whippet Club of America, under whose auspices the Derby is held came near missing his first Derby. Mr. Tuckerman had been in attendance at the funeral of Mr. Kirkwood.


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Editor of the Kansas City Star, who had died suddenly while he and Mr. Tuckerman were at the races in Saratoga. Mr. Tuckerman left Chicago Friday night and arrived at the Derby in time to see the finals run-off.

The races were held on the estate of F. H. Prince Esq., at Princemere, Prides Crossing. The setting could not have been better and the weather was perfect.
Ten puppies competed in the Sweepstakes and all but one ran as true to the lanes as veterans. This one was in the outside lane and when he calmly turned around and ran the other way he created quite a bit of fun

THE SUMMARY
AMERICAN DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP
PURSE $300
Second heat—Won by Foxhall, owned b, Wm. Yates, North Arlington, N. J.; second Gaffsman, owned by G. Grass, Toronto, Can .day. Time-12s.
Third heat—Won by Northern Light wned by Bayard Warren, Prides Crossing Mass. ; second, Shepherdess, owned by Robes Sweeney, Lawrence, Mass. Time-12 I-5s.
Final heat—Won by Northern Light ; sec Second, Diana ; third, Bell. Time-I2 I-5s.
BOSTON WHIPPET ASSOCIATION PUPPY
SWEEPSTAKES. PURSE $50
(Distance 100 yards)

First heat—Won by Empress, owned by T. Hall, Lawrence, Mass.; second, Lad: Abington, owned by Lillian C. Pool, Nortl Abington, Mass. Time-6 3-5s.
Second heat—Won by Flying Scotchman owned by Mary A. Pool, North Abington Mass.; second, Bell, owned by P. A. and J B. Draper, Canton, Mass. Time-6 3-5s.
Final heat—Won by Empress ; second Lady Abington ; third, Flying Scotchman Time-6 1/4's.

Officials—Race committee, T. D. Smith B. Tuckerman, Jr., F. R. Edington, Bayard Warren, Chris O'Leary and Paul Draper.
Judges—Chris O'Leary, Frederick J. Alley James W. Appleton and John Tuckerman Starter and handicapper—K. S. Stevenson Clerk of course—T. D. Smith. Clerk o Scales—Frederick J. Alley. Aides—John S Parker, Henry 0. Phippen, Oliver Wolcot and Henry Phippen, Jr.

First heat—Won by Tellem, owned by Joseph Draper of Canton, Mass.; second, Barberryhill Margaret, owned by Bayard Warren, Prides Crossing, Mass. Time-12 3-5s.

Second heat—Won by Flying Scotchman, owned by Mary A. Pool, North Abington, Mass. ; second, Savin Parth, owned by Bayard Tuckerman—T. D. Smith, South Hamilton, Mass. Time--12 4-5s.

Third heat—Won by Harry, owned by J. P. Clancy, Winthrop, Mass. ; second, Cloud, owned by George MacPherson, Boston, Mass. Time-12 3-5S.
Fourth heat—Won by The Ghurka, owned by F. R. Edington, Boston, Mass.; second, Lion, owned by P. A. and J. B. Draper, Canton, Mass. Time-11 4-5s. Sec
Fifth heat—Won by Cinders, owned by P. A. and J. B. Draper, Canton, Mass.; second, Coomassie, owned by James Gilligan, Lawrence, Mass. Time-12 2-5s.
First semi-final heat—Won by Tellem ; second, Savin Parth. Time 4-5s.

Second semi-final heat—Won by Coomassie ; second, Cinders. Time-12s.

PURSE $110
First heat—Won by Diana, owned by G. W. Brookfield, Canton, Mass.; second, Bell, owned by P. A. and J. B. Draper, Canton,
Mass. Time—I2 1/2s.

 

DECEMBER 10, 1926.
Whippets
The Property of Miss M. Chalmers,
38, Sion Hill, Bath.

FRECKLES OF SION HILL

THERE is no one more fond of her dogs than Miss M. Chalmers, and the care and attention she gives em is clearly depicted in the wonderful form all the mates of her select kennel show either at home or the bench Miss Chalmers has only been in e breed a few years, but by careful selection of her stock she has now a splendid collection of high-class hippets. At the recent Kennel Club Show Miss Chalmers had a great triumph, winning both challenge certificates with FRECKLES and NORA OF SION HILL. ch a success comes to very few kennels. Both these gs are of very high class and there should be many more triumphs awaiting them. Perhaps equally as good is PATRICIA OF SION HILL, a big winner (twice best Whippet in show), and I venture to say that she is one of the best of her breed. LADY JANE OF SION HILL is the favourite, and she, too, has done very well on the show bench. There are other Whippets of great merit, too. Salukis have been added to the Sion Hill kennel, and at the last Saluki Club show Moti of Sion Hill and her sister were both good winners.
There is no doubt that in a few years' time Miss Chalmers' name will be one to conjure with in Whippets and Salukis. W. LEWIS RENWICK.

NORA OF SION HILL. and PATRICIA OF SION HILL. Photos., Tons Revelry, Wantage