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Tiptree Yo Yo and Tiptree Jink
The Whippet (Show and Racing)

The Whippet

THE whippet was originally a terrier used for rabbit coursing. Gradually, however, greyhound and Italian greyhound blood was introduced, and in 1891 the breed was officially classified by the Kennel Club.

They were known as snap-dogs, because they snapped at each other when racing, as track greyhounds do today if unmuzzled.

Even in 1880 they were described by Mr. Raper as being like miniature greyhounds and judged on the greyhound scale. By then rabbit coursing was being replaced by whippet racing, from which the present greyhound racing was developed.

In whippet racing the dogs are held and their masters go to a point about 200 yards away. Each master has a bunch of rags or something similar which corresponds to the lure in falconry.

He waves this lure and calls his dog, which, held by the " slipper " by the scruff of the neck and the root of the tail, gets frantic with excitement. At the start of the race, the dogs are thrown off by their " slippers " and race to their masters, worrying the " lure " when they arrive. To throw the dog violently forward so that he lights on his feet is an art in itself.

It is a clean sport, completely free from cruelty, and the pity is that it is confined to the North of England.

The dogs are handicapped, usually according to weight, and their speed is amazing. Each stride or jump is about 15 feet, and they travel at over 3o miles an hour.
A horse with anything approaching the same speed for size would easily win against cars at Brooklands !

Nowadays, the throwing start is being supplanted, at important meetings, by traps or leads.

The whippet makes a delightful pet.

Weights vary from 11 lb. to 25 lb., 16 lb. being the best show weight.

Ch. Great Circle Holiday
Owner: Mrs. Wendell T. Howell
2100 Jefferson Street, San Francisco 23, Calif

A homebred Californian, who has maintained a fast pace in the show rings, with a BIS, 5 groups, 12 other group placings, and a BOB and 2 BOS at major specialties. Holiday is one of the outstanding coursing whippets, having the speed and intelligence to hunt down a jack over all kinds of terrain. Brown

 

6/1/33

Whippets

T0 the whippet fancy, especially those who are aiding me in the make-up of this column each month, an apology is due. Not knowing in time the correct date articles should be sent into the GAZETTE office, I missed the April issue, and will take this opportunity to advise all those interested that articles must be in the GAZETTE office not later than the twelfth of the month for the next month's issue, so whippet notes and information should reach me on or about the seventh of the same month.
I would be very pleased to have some news of whippet doings from the South, also from Cleveland and Baltimore, in time for the July issue. Will the secretaries of clubs of these localities kindly cooperate? The Whippet Association of California, through its secretary, Marion Woodcock, has sent along its quota for this issue. A vote of thanks is also due this club from the writer for their generosity in sending me a free copy of its magazine Dog Craft each month, which gives all the whippet activities for the month. I appreciate this very much.

One item of interest to my California friends, as so many out there are unaware of the existence of the American Whippet Club, I mention the following. When the A. K. C. book on pure-bred dogs was published, there really was no Whippet Club in this country, so the English standard was published. The Whippet Club came
into existence soon after, and this standard was adopted with a few minor changes, ideal weights and sizes being made a bit larger than the English standard, opinions of the members being that it was inadvisable to hold strictly to size and weight and more beneficial to have a well-balanced dog or more in proportion than a dog of poor development of the exact size and weight.

I think my readers, from their past experience, will agree that this is correct. For the information of all whippet breeders, I am going to give the American Whippet Club standards. For the foregoing explanation of the club I am indebted to Howard S. Neilson.

Males : Weight, 26 lb.; height, 19 inches. Females : Weight, 22 lb.; height, 18 inches.

From the Whippet Association of California comes results of the Pasadena show of which readers can get full particulars in the April issue on page 113. Alf Delmont, who judged the whippets, was highly thought of in his placings.

There has been a great deal of interesting racing at the Arroyo Track, in Pasadena, California, since the start of the year. These races generally are held on Sunday. It is impossible to give all of the results in the GAZETTE, but you may be interested in the major winners. An open handicap on January 15 required three heats, two semi-finals, and a final before it was decided. The winner was Escala Mariam, owned by Joseph Dixon, which had won the third heat and the second semi-final. Escala Mariam won 5 points. F. Matthiessen's Mr. Melody finished second. Then came Peter, the property of J. F. Young. Raggedy Rogue, owned by M. and W. Woodcock, finished fourth.

There were four heats to the open handicap run on February 5, two semi-finals and a final. In this race there were quite a few disqualifications among the new puppies that were racing for the first time The race was a "family affair." Again Escala Mariam was the winner; Fidgety Feet, her sire, owned by M. and W. Woodcock, finished second ; with Racketeer, a nephew, owned by L. and W. Reuland, in third place ; and Raggedy Rogue, a son, in fourth position.

In the race on February 19 there were four heats, the usual semi-finals and final brush. The winner was Lady, also owned by James F. Young. Then came Mr. Melody, followed by Escala Mariam, in third, and Racketeer in fourth place.

Into the winning bracket on March 5 swept a new whippet when Kerryline, also owned by James F. Young, took first place. Mr. Melody finished second, followed by Lady, with Peter in fourth place. Kerry-line also won on March 19, again beating Mr. Melody with Big Boy, owned by Mrs. Anna Pew, in third, and Tag Along, the property of James E. Pew, in fourth place.

Kerryline has a racing record no other whippet has equaled at Pasadena, California. She started racing at nine months of age and has won every preliminary semi-final and final she has been entered in, with the exception of one final when she was beaten at the last yard by a dog named Big Boy. She weighs 14 1/2 pounds and is rough haired. She is sired by Arroyo Benjarry.

Monty, a three-months-old puppy, son of Lady and owned by Jim Young, gave a pleasing exhibition of how a well-trained whippet should behave between the tapes, running true to form and creed.

Another solo exhibition was run by a saluki, owned by Harry Connable. Having been raised and trained with the whippets, she evidently thinks she is a whippet, pounding down the track and grabbing the rag at the finish.

The annual picnic was held on April 30, at Agoura. A good time was had by all. At this picnic a class of instruction was given on the good and bad points of the whippet as set forth in the standard, the group of whippets being gone over by the various lady members and finally criticized by an expert.

Puppy races featured the program on April 2. The entries in the open handicap were cut down to allow time for the puppy race. It was the first time out for practically all of the puppies. There were two heats and a final. The final was won by Dick, which belongs to Gregory & Green. Then came Smoky, which also belongs to the same owners. Third was Black Jacks Moll, the property of Donald Hostetter. James F. Young's Ginger finished fourth.

In the major event, Big Boy was the winner. Then came Rosemont Black Jack, owned by Donald Hostetter. Tag Along finished third. The fourth was Scamper Along, which is owned by Gregory & Green.

Black Jack's Moll and several of the other whippets belong to people who are new to club competition. Their owners are just becoming interested and are starting to train them. They had only seen a ack once before when they were put over very short distances in solo runs.

Moll showed a distinct improvement in the preliminary. The first time she ever saw a track she thought she had to hurdle every time she came to a pin holding up the tape. She jumped straight up in the air, but stayed in her own lane. She did not hurdle at all this time, ran a nice race in her preliminary, but got excited when Smoky caught up with her in final and jumped her tape.

This was the first time Ginger was ever on a taped track in either a practice run or competition. Skipper has had slight experience in competition, having been run with old dogs on March 19, where he did very well with the older dogs to pull him out. It was the first time Dick and Smoky have been run in competition. They have had some training in tapes in solo runs.

Let me hear from some other section of the country for the next issue. And also again from California.—WILLIAM S. SHORT, 46 Roosevelt Avenue, Middletown, New York.

American Kennel Gazette

Springmere Silver Swan

THIS lovely fawn and white bitch, by Grey Owl ex Springmere Fire is litter sister to the sensational whippet dog Great Oak. She 1 been mated to Springmere Colonel's Son, and great hopes are entertain of this litter. Only a small kennel is kept, consisting of a few bite] and one stud dog. Springmere Flip is still going strong. In the months immediately before the war she proved a consistent winner ch. and open shows. Many wins (including best of sex) in big various classes in the hottest competition are to her credit.

Springmere Colonel's Son, by Colonel Ackerley ex Shimmering Shadow, is a handsome fawn and white dog, the sire of several good litters. Fee 2 gns. Strong, well-reared puppies are usually for sale.

Apply to Miss J. Stevenson, Spring-mere Kennels, Blacknoll Cottage, Winfrith, Dorchester, Dorset. 'Phone : Winfrith 210.

Mr. J. J. Holgate's Whippet Bitch, Southboro' Seniority

Canine Law Cases. (1897)

CLAIM FOR INJURIES TO A WHIPPET.

At the Middlesbrough County Court, before Judge Turner, last week, John Humphreys, a labourer, of Varo-street, Stockton, sued John Brand, butcher, of Stockton, for damages to a Whippet bitch, alleged to have been caused by defendant having kicked the animal on March 3. The applicant, who said the bitch was about the fastest in England, claimed £20 as the value of the bitch, £3 10s. for loss by the forced sale of the whelps, and £2 2s. veterinary surgeon's charges, making a total of £25 12s. Mr. G. Barnley appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Garvan Taylor, barrister, for the defendant. Mr. Barnley said on March 3 defendant was in his shop serving a customer when the bitch came up and seized a piece of meat from the counter. Defendant ran after the bitch and kicked it, causing it to drop the meat, and, it was alleged by the prosecution, breaking her leg, the animal running away howling as if in great pain, and eventually died. In consequence of this a litter of pups had to be sold and brought the above-named sum. Plaintiff said the Whippet in question was the well-known straight out runner Blue Gown. He had asked defendant to recompense him, but the latter refused. For the defence, Mr. Taylor contended that defendant never kicked the bitch ; he only shouted at it causing it to run away. He knew nothing more about the matter until he got a bill from the plaintiff. Mr. Awde, a veterinary, called on behalf of the defendant, said he did not think a kick would cause the injuries described. After a lengthy hearing, his Honor gave judgment for £15 for the bitch and £2 for the veterinary charges and all costs. He allowed nothing for the puppies.

 

Lieut. W. LEWIS RENWICK, of Cardiff is Our Dogs
" Whippet Wheezer," but his country's Call compelled him temporarily to relinquish his literary duties connection with this journal. At the' outbreak ofs war he was also hon. secretary of the Whippet Club. which duties had to be suspended from the same cause. lie is a member of the committee of the Welsh Kennel Club and the Cardiff and District Terrier Society. Whippets have always been his especial fancy, and he has been associated with many bench celebrities, including Chs. Watford Glory, Myth, Poem, Light, Love, and Brumie, Manorley Mimosa, etc. Naturally, Lieut. Renwick has been called upon to judge this breed at our leading shows, at Cruft's taking their prototype, Greyhounds. When war was declared Mr. Renwick promptly joined the Welsh Horse, and served with his regiment at Anzac, being wounded on November 20 last year, when he was invalided home, and is still on sick leave. He had previously served as Second-Lieutenant in the Welsh Battalion R.F.A. Lieut. W. L. Renwick is a member of Messrs. Fisher, Renwick and Co., shipowners, ow Newcastle-on-Tyne. Cardiff, Manchester, and London, and is secretary of the Blaencorrwg Colliery Company.

TRAINER Harold Wright--here with Mrs. B. Lucas has bright prospects for the season at hsi kennels. Right: Mrs. C. Lister is another whose kennel hopes are high. The picture shows her watching a course with Lord Kenyon.

COURSING MAKES A START
By HARRY ARNOLD
High standard in the opening Scottish meeting confirmed by impressions of visits to leading kennels

THE unqualified success of the Scottish national meeting, held over the Duke of Buccleuch's estate at Crookham, Canonbie. Dumfriesshire, which ushered in the 1954-55 coursing season, was a most fitting introduction to a season which holds out every promise of being one of the most successful ever. The success of this Scottish meeting can largely be attributed to Lady Hudson of Waterbeck, who, assuming the duties of secretary of the revived Scottish National Club, has been indefatigable in her efforts to revive public interest in this most ancient field sport in one of its original strongholds.

Although much of the spade work for the organisation and running of this meeting was undertaken by Lady Hudson, she would be the first to acknowledge the great assistance she received from Mr. G. R. Graham, of Ruthwell, Dumfries. Practically every northern kennel of importance was represented by one or more runners at this meeting, giving the five stakes that made up the programme a true representative entry of the best class of coursing greyhound that will be seen out during the present season.

A fair example of the class entered at this meeting may be taken from the all-aged Scottish National Stakes. Out of the eight dogs going to slips for the first round no fewer than three—Mr. C. M. Cohan's Spinning Light, Major G. A. Renwick's Holystone Herdlaw. and the Hon. Mrs. E. W. Brook's Blur—were selected by their owners to represent them in last season's Waterloo Cup.

The eventual winner of this stake, Mr. Cohan's Spinning Light, who received a bye in the first ties after beating Mrs. M. F. de Candamo's Monte Carlo in the first round, and successfully overcame the Hon. Mrs. Brook's Blur in the decider, is a second-season dog by Just Repent out of Frolic Light, bred by his owner and trained at Formby by Harold Wright, one of the greatest coursing trainers of all time, with nine winners of the Waterloo.

MAJOR G. A. RENWICK (whose last-season Waterloo runner Holystone Herdlaw was in the opening Scottish meeting) with Lady Kenyon (left) and Mrs. Scott, wife of the trainer.

The remaining four stakes at the Scottish meeting, the three puppy stakes and the one-course all-aged event, were all run out to short divisions, a most satisfactory result and one which called for the completion of 30 trials. That pays eloquent testimony not only to the quality of game to be be found at Crookham, but also to the excellence of the field and beating arrangements, which had to overcome such obstacles as fields of standing oats, still to be harvested as a result of the abnormal summer.
With this most encouraging start to a new season, and with the knowledge gained during recent visits to such prominent kennels as Lord Sefton's, Mr. E. Baxter's, Mrs. C. Lister's and Harold Wright's, I feel there is nothing unduly optimistic in predicting that this season will be one that will recapture much of the glory of the past. One of the main factors that brought me to this belief was the quiet but clear air of optimism that greeted me on my arrival at each of these kennels, all of which reported a clean bill of health, and had only the general complaint that the late harvest had rendered it almost impossible to hold all the trials that are so necessary in the schooling of the first-season puppies.

At Lord Sefton's Croxteth kennels, Dick Houghton, who trained Mr. H. C. Pilkington's Perambulate when that dog won the 1938 Waterloo, has undertaken the formidable task of following in the footsteps of the late Bob Milligan, whose passing during the closed season is much regretted by all who had the privilege of meeting him during his 21 years with the Croxteth kennels. I found Houghton to be anything but dismayed at his task, and although having been in charge of the kennels only since July 31st, he had all his charges looking extremely well. But, having so recently taken over such an important post, he is in no hurry to rush things, and does not expect to have many runners in the field before the Altcar Meeting which opens on October 20th.

From what I saw of Lord Sefton's string I expect the best results to come from the second-season dog Scarecrow, unbeaten last season when he divided the Altcar Sefton and United Produce Stakes, whom I would rate in front of Scarlet Fever, Storyteller or Singlet—now in his third season—and all of whom have been kept in training for the all-aged events. Of the many good-looking puppies that will run for the Croxteth kennels I was particularly taken by the April-whelped dog puppy Splendour, a well grown, nicely proportioned son of Large as Life out of the brood bitch Semblance.

At Harold Wright's Red House kennels at Formby, Lady Ohlson's third-season dog Mouth Organ, long-odds favourite for last season's Waterloo, was well on his toes and is sure to play a big part in this season's cup events. The same might be said of the second-season dog Monty of Carmo, the property of the well known Portuguese courser Engr. F. E. S. M. Galvao. Monty now shows little trace of the gruelling he had in the first round of last season's Altcar United Produce. Sir Eric Ohlson would appear to have two very useful dog puppies in Eagle Owl and Exhibit One, both by Large as Life but out of different brood bitches--Eagle Owl being a January whelp out of Eye Opener, while Exhibit One is a May whelp out of Jasmine Rare.

Mr. C. M. Cohan, in addition to his two all-aged dogs Spinning Light and Sailing Light, will be able to call upon quite a number of very useful puppies. The dog puppy Loop Light, the only dog out of a litter of six by Second String–Lovely Lucerne, is at present suffering from an injured hock, putting this most promising puppy out of action during the early part of the season. Mr. Cohan, however, should receive some compensation for this misfortune, as two bitch puppies of this litter, Lift Light and Lunar Light, should turn out to be something a little more than useful. The same can be said for another of Mr. Cohan's bitch puppies, the March-whelped Endmoor Light, by Large as Life out of Jewelled Ring, a finely made bitch who should be able to move on.

One of the nicest-looking puppies in Harold Wright's kennel was the May-whelped bitch puppy Dee Merrythought, a fine upstanding daughter by Large as Life out of Dee Jessica, and whom it would be extremely difficult to fault. Unfortunately this very good-looking bitch has not been entered for any of the major produce stakes, and will therefore have to confine her activities, at least for the time being, to the small open puppy events.

Mr. M. F. Horlock, having decided not to retain all his eggs in one basket, has sent three of his puppies to Harold Wright, these being the two dog puppies Mistley Grock and Gusty and the bitch Mistley Grace, all January whelps by Jugglers Help–Mistley Breeze. Mistley Grace may quite easily turn out to be the best, although she will be seriously challenged for that position by the good-moving Mistley Grock.

At Mr. E. Baxter's kennels at Sarre, Kent, trainer Percy Fear appears to have quite a useful lot. Mr. Baxter has retained in training Extra Bonus, Edwardian Belle, Exotic Butterfly and Expanding Bracelet for the all-aged events, and will be represented in the puppy stakes by quite a nice-looking lot of youngsters. Looking over these youngsters, I would take the brindled dog puppy Erratic Boxer as the best of a very good lot. This May-whelped son of Dendera Reason–Rent Morning is one of the best looking puppies I have seen during my travels. But his public debut will be somewhat delayed, as a cut pad has held up his training.

 

 

THISTLE CROFT Whippets (1950)
Owner Mr. W. R. TOVEY
Oxlease Common, Filkins, Lechlade
Gloucestershire
'Phone: Southrop 226

LAGUNA LUKE OF ALLWAYS
Photo, Peter Wyndham

MR. TOVEY has had a successful year exhibiting and breeding, since I last reviewed the kennel, and certainly kept the breed to the fore at the big shows of 1950, and a grand collection of youngsters is growing up for sale and show. The stud dog, Laguna Luke of Al!ways, is as fit as ever; a fawn by Ch. Sapperley Heralder ex Jovial Judy he has collected 27 wins out of the 32 times exhibited, under the following specialist judges: Messrs. H. Peake, W. L. Renwick, S. Skelton, D. Todd, B. S. Fitter and E. J. Sobey. also Mrs. S. E. Evans, and leading all-rounders. He is siring good quality litters, 85 per cent. bitches, the largest number being nine. His first litter produced Lynda, Lynette and Lynelle of Thistle Croft, all of which have won at championship and open shows. Luke is litter brother to Laguna Lieage. His stud fee is very reasonable, 3 gns.. and he stands 18 3/8 in. The bitches are all in fine fettle, and will be seen at the leading shows of 1951. Enquiries and visitors always welcome. Puppies usually for sale. Visiting bitches receive personal attention. Sam Skelton

DAUNTLESS LASSIE OF BROADHOLME
at 8 months.
Photo., Vandyck Studios, Belper.

" DAUNTLESS " WHIPPET KENNELS
The Property of
Mr. S. F. BLOUNT
The Bungalow
Broadholme Lane, Be'per
Derbyshire

A LTHOUGH small, Mr. Blount's kennel is
very select, with the hope that the day is not too far distant when activities can be enlarged. Judging from the quality of the bitches, the future is exceptionally promising. Pride of place must go to PEGGY DAUNTLESS (by Tiptree Jinks ex Joan of Derwentside), now a matron after a successful show career, winner of over 100 awards in variety classes at open and sanction shows, under the late Mr. Sid Simpson, Mr. J. Garrow. etc. She is dam of the winning puppy, DAUNTLESS LASSIE OF BROADHOLME, who has many wins to her credit in strong variety classes, and I am not sure that she will not eventually prove the heroine of them all. The next on view was PARKLAND CORONET (by Tiptree Gold Dust ex Highland Lassie), the winner of many firsts; she is expecting a litter by Champion Manorley Manala and hopes are exceedingly high. Also at stud is DAUNTLESS BOY (Dauntless by Manala ex Peggy Dauntless), a well constructed Whippet with grand shoulders, legsand feet, pleasing outline and sound. Visiting bitches and inquiries receive the personal attention of Mr. Blount. SAM SKELTON

 

MAY 14, 1909.

Whippet and Race-Dog News.

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

The Whippet's Popularity—One of the most pleasing traits of the modern Whippet fancy is the improved influence which is everywhere noticeable at race meetings and other gatherings where Whippet lovers congregate. Except in rare cases, there is no longer the rabble that at one time bade fair to retard, if not altogether ruin, the sport of dog-racing, and I have had sent me four papers published last week, two of which are dailies, one an evening, and the other a weekly, all of which have articles on Whippet racing and training. One of those papers comes from the South of England, another from the Midlands, and the remaining two from Scotland. I am sorry to say that there are still cases of owners buying dogs which have won on distant tracks and running them at their home meetings under other names. There is really nothing clever nor cute in such tactics, which are, in plain language, swindling methods, but so long as human nature is what it is, there will be rogues at race meetings as in all walks of work and sport. While admitting that there are those objectionable people still amongst us, I am also having brought strongly to my notice the vast improvement in the morale of dog racing, which I have spoken of above. I am not, and never have been, a prejudiced partisan in anything ; indeed, my political friends tell me that they are never exactly sure which side I am on, I seem to see the good and bad points of each party so clearly ; and though I have searched for them, I have never been able to come across those " thousands of homes " that have been ruined by Whippet racing. On the other hand, I have had many very striking examples of the elevating force of the Whippet upon its owner, and though I am neither a working man nor a loafer, I am not at all ashamed of my Whippets, nor of my connection with the breed in the show or on the track. And it is not only in the lay press and on the track that we see evidences of the growing popularity of the Whippet ; as show dogs the variety has never been so popular as at present, and there is no denying that never in the history of the breed has there been such a market for high-class and remuneratively priced dogs as there is just now. The most recent notices of sales that have reached me are the exportation to a Belgium fancier of two of Messrs. Honey bone's most promising puppies. One of these is by Mi. Fitter's Wallingford Monk, which, as its name denotes, was originally an inmate of the Wallingford kennels, ex Wallingford Warning. The other is by the same sire and nut of Wallingford Sunbeam. And Wallingford Sunbeam herself has gone to Mr. Holman, of King's Lynn. I hear also that that astute judge, Mr. Holgate, has picked up a typical fawn bitch in Miss May. A fancier, who has seen this bitch, tells me that she " can make circles round the majority of the present winners."

A Munificent Offer.—Mr. Bernard Fitter writes : " I am presenting a cup value seven guineas, to the Whippet Club, for the best brace of male Whippets shown by club members and to be competed for annually at the L.K.A. Show, at Regent's Park, London. This cup to be won three times before becoming any winner's own property, but not necessarily in three successive years, nor by the same brace of dogs. The cup is offered on condition that the L.K.A. provide Open and Novice Classes for male Whippets. I am offering this cup to induce show promoters to increase the Whippet classification by giving separate sex classes in their schedules, and I am championing the cause of the male Whippet because he is so shamefully neglected at most shows. One hardly ever sees male Whippets or stud dogs at the smaller shows, and it is usually only a novice who is bold enough to enter a dog in a mixed class, simply because the novice has not yet learned that a dog does not stand the ghost of a chance of winning against bitches. I am certain that Whippet classes would fill better if the sexes were always divided, as fanciers who possess stud dogs and young male stock, could enter an exhibit of each sex, and so have a double run for their money, to use a sporting phrase. This would induce fanciers to travel farther to shows and also to exhibit more often, as it is hardly any more trouble take two dogs to a show than it is take one "

Figuratively, I shake hands with Mr. Fitter, and not only do I thank him on behalf of the Whippet fancy, but I als congratulate him on the manner, and for the purpose, r which he is giving his valuable trophy. It is only a fm weeks ago that I wrote against the unreasonable handicap which is placed on dogs when competing against bitches.
don't so much mind a bitch defeating a dog when they are of equal merit, but my common sense and my common fair ness rebels when as so regularly happens a good dog i placed below a moderate bitch, simply because it is a dog and because the foolish myth has become a belief in some minds that a bitch can and should always beat a dog. BY nature a bitch always appears the most graceful to the in experienced eye, but that is no excuse for some of the awards we are too often called upon to endure at the hands of judges who are at least supposed to know the points o: a Whippet. Mr. Fitter's gift should do much to help the poor penalised dogs, and it should also be the means of adding a few names to the membership roll of that ver excellent society, the Whippet Club. The annual subscrition is only 10s., and the benefits to be derived from it membership are legion, and even if one only looks at hi fancy from a selfish point of view, he has every reason t join the Whippet Club. Applications for membership shoul be made to the Hon. Sec., Mr. C. B. Payne, Fore Street Hatfield, Herts, or to Mr. W. Hally, Halstead, Auchterarder the hon. Scottish representative. Mr. Fitter's trophy wil be known as " The Okeburn Brace Cup," and I shall giv the full particulars of the competing conditions shortly.

Cutting Puppies' Nails.—Mr. Fitter's bitch, Goosebut Rusmus, has presented him with seven lovely puppies by Mr. Dunham's Shirley Whirlwind ; three of these have been transferred to a foster, and so far all are doing well. And apropos of this, Mr. Fitter adds a wrinkle for novices to those I gave last week. " When puppies are to
days old, their nails should be cut with a pair of sharp scissors, great care being taken not to cut into the quick; or they will bleed profusely. Puppies' nails at this age, very much resemble rose thorns in shape and appearance, and are equally sharp and piercing, therefore, unless, promptly trimmed, they will badly scratch the mother's breast, thus causing her great pain and discomfort.. Sometimes the bitch will even refuse to feed her family, so painful are the sharp nails against her breast. When the puppies are a month old, the operation should be repeated, as the nails of young puppies grow very quickly, and the older the puppy, more vigorously does it use its feet while feeding. "

Richmond Show—and Others.—Richmond Show, on 6th July I hear, providing an extensive classification for Whippets, and I have been asked to make an appeal for support in the way of special prizes or of guaran- tees. At the last exhibition, I believe the Whippet Club lost considerably on their guaranteeing of the classes, and I trust that no such unsatisfactory result will follow Richmond Show of 1909. Who has not pleasant recollections of the annual outing in the Old Deer Park amidst historic surroundings, and I hope my appeal for specials will not be in vain. As one fancier puts it in his letter, " What a splendid thing it would be if all those who win specials would give one or two occasionally. As it is, one- usually finds that those who win most are the least liberal, their motto evidently being, Take all and give nothing.' " This is hardly a flattering accusation, but I am af arid it is true in many cases.

There are three classes for Whippets at Harpenden Show on Whit-Monday, when Mr. R. H. Cleare will judge. Entries close on the 24th inst., to Messrs. Young and Wilkinson, Station Road, Harpenden. Mr. L. P. C. Astley awards the prizes in the three Whip pet classes.at Wantage Show on 27th May, entries for which
close on the 21st. Wantage secretary is Mr. Ernest Wilkins, Springfield House, Wantage.

Whitley Bay Show on Whit-Monday. and St. Columb (The Royal Cornwall) on 9th and 10th June. each provide one Whippet class. At the former, Mr. J. J. Holgate judges and entries close on the 22nd inst.. to Mr. Thos. Hately, 137, Whitley Road, Whitley Bay. Mr. Tom Ashton judges at St. Columb, entries for which close on 26th May, to Mr. H. Knighton-Small, Carioggas, St. Columb, Cornwall.

For St. Helens Show on 27th May, where Whippets have two classes, entries close on the 22nd inst. Mr. George Raper judges.

Next Week.—At the request of numerous readers, I shall give a few hints on training, and also deal with the current prices of nannies. next wank. " Red Rag."

 

CH. FAY
Photo., C. M. Adams

Mr. J. S. D. Harries-Jones'
Whippets, At "Bentsbrook," North Holmwood,
Near Doi king, Surrey.

MANY are the big winners which have passed Mr. Harries-Jones' hands at one time or another, despite the fact that the kennel is only a small one. He held for some time a strong " hand " in Alsatians, of which breed he ranks as one of the pioneers, apart from being recognised as one of the soundest judges we have, having officiated at all our leading exhibitions and trials. The 16 acres of parkland constitute an ideal exercise and training ground. for the dogs.

During the past year or so Whippets have been taken up, and right well have they done for their master. Here is to be seen that really superb bitch, CH. Fey. Almost four years of age, her lovely lines, wonderful neck, perfect front, feet and quarters, and superb shape make her hard to fault. In 1930 she was first and chal lenge certificate winner at Birmingham (Mr. J. J. Holgate); 1931, first and challenge certificate (late Mr. Theo : Marples); and the same honour at the Kennel Club Show (Mr. W. J. Nichols).

Mannequin is another high-class bitch. She has ideal size, deep brisket, well-sprung ribs, and tremendous quarters, and is a natural shower. Her best win was reserve champion at Manchester (Mr. W. J. Nichols). We were shown a highly promising litter out of her—three dogs and a bitch, one a lovely coloured blue showing great promise.

SPIDER OF TY-GWYN. This reachy fawn possesses natural arch, strong loin, heaps of propelling power behind, long neck, well laid on ideal shoulders. Winner at the Kennel Club and Horsham, and there will assuredly he more to come.

There is a charming young Alsatian dog, by Chief of Chorltonville, in this kennel. He teems with promise in body; he has the best bone, front and feet one could desire in a youngster. G. Skinner, the kennelman, is to be congratulated on the splendid form his charges were in; a harder and healthier lot of dogs could not be desired.

 

Whippet and Race-Dog News.

Hints on Training.—I consider that the puppies' first lessons should begin as soon as they are able to run about. Nearly all Whippets will run from a slipper to their master or trainer without much, or any, education, but more than this is needed on the race track to ensure success. To rank as the final winner at any meeting, a Whippet has to have stamped on its mind the business on hand which is to pay attention to nothing but the rag in its owner's or trainer's hands, to forget other dogs and the spectators, and to think of nothing but of getting to the rag in the quickest possible time. The first lesson the youngster should learn then is to fly to the rag when called, and incidentally to know the meaning of obedience. This is not a lesson that should begin at six months or two months, but when the puppy first takes to running about. When calling the puppies for food the owner should wave a handkerchief in his hand, naturally on a level with the puppies, and when they run to him should allow them to have an enjoyable worry at the rag, or handkerchief, and then feed them. Teach them to come to the rag by always having a rag to wave them to you when you call them, and let them have it to play with and pull about. Above 41, get them imbued in their veriest baby days with the idea that a rag means fun and no end of enjoyment. Then as the puppies get older, take them out singly and see that each one runs to you and grips the rag, play with him with the rag, but always let him have the best of the argument by allowing him to run off with the rag time after time, and make him believe in his young mind that he can easily beat you, and that he is only letting you have the rag even for the minute on sufferance. By this method the puppy is not only taught in infancy that running to the rag is his business (disguised as play, of course), but being taught so young it is a lesson which he never forgets; he is thus also taught obedience, and what is quite as important, he gains by your giving into him when he has possession of the rag, a fund of self-confidence and assurance, which later becomes the courage that is such a necessity in a racing dog. The average Whippet puppy in health is usually such a lively creature that he needs no exercise during the first three or four months of his life except the running and romping with his brothers and sisters. At the age of three months or so, the puppy can be taken for short walks, but these must be merely additional exercise, and must not tire him. Let these walks be on the high road where the surface will harden his feet, and the hard going straighten and strengthen his limbs. If the puppy has up to this time spent his life in a quiet district, do not suddenly rush him into traffic and crowds but gradually accustom him to noises and strange sights. A few visits to a race meeting, merely, of course, as a spectator, will also add to his education by making him indifferent to the cries of the crowds and the " bookies," the barking of the dogs, and all the other sounds that go to make up the babel of the Whippet race track. One ors short gallops in the day, and to the rag, will develop his wind powers and expand his lungs. But always remember that a puppy is a puppy and not an adult dog, and that, therefore, his exercise must be judiciously given, otherwise you will arrest development and make him weedy. " RED RAG."

CH. CORSIAN SILHOUETTE (Whippet) AKC A- I 86,169, Strathoak Kennels, Pasadena, California and
CH. CORSIAN SUNBRILLIANT (Whippet) AKC A-326,409, Strathoak Kennels, Pasadena, California

 

Whippets

THOSE interested in the advancement and welfare of our breed should be enouraged by recent activities in the American whippet world. Various signs appear to designate that our beautiful, sturdy and intelligent little hound is forging to the front and assuming the high place in canine circles hat is rightfully his. Several writers have commented lately on the present `whippet revival." Registrations and show entries are increasing and whippets are receiving high placings in their group. This progress is all the more heartening when we consider that it has come about not through the influence of fashion nor advertisement, but hrough a steady improvement of the breed itself.

In other words, whippets are beginning to advertise themselves. Few will deny, I think, that the whippet n the United States has greatly improved with the past ten years or less. Previously, breeding was too often carried out in an inliscriminate and haphazard manner, with little or no thought of selection or conforming to the proper standard. The results were too often deplorable—dogs without quality or character, unsound, apple-headed, swaybacked creatures with little resemblance to the beautiful hound they alleged to represent. Thanks, however, to the unflagging efforts and intelligence of certain breeders, the present day show whippet has emerged most excellent dog, conforming admirably t o the standard and often outclassing its fellow hounds.

No little credit in this improved condition of our breed is due, I believe, to Meander Kennels' Ch. Sandbrilliant. Imported by Miss Shearer, he made a long and brilliant show career, and, unless I am mistaken, was ever unplaced in the group. Retired to stud, he has been equally successful. His progeny have received not only his general soundness with his ideal head and expression, but also his amazing class and quality. Bred to Ch. Syndicate, he has produced at least six champions. These include such outstanding examples as Mrs. H. P. D. Reily's h. Silica, Mrs. Reimer's Ch. Woodland Princess and Mrs. Shearer's Ch. Fleet. Ch. Michael is also his get, and he is the grand sire of Ch. Clytie. Tribute should be paid also to that grand rood bitch, Ch. Syndicate. She is the proud dam of seven champions and the grand dam of two. I wonder how many brood bitches in Great Britain or America can equal or surpass that record. - E.W. Nash, 45 Wall Street, New York, N.Y.

CH. RED RHYTHM
(Whippet) AKC A-398,998
Mrs. George A. Anderson
Glen Head, Long Island, New York
Photo by Wm. Brown

 

The Dog World Annual 1947 251
OWNED BY
Lieut. H. L. Weibye, F.Z.S., Ragnarok, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland
Phone: Lothianburn 2 Telegrams: Weibye, Roslin Stations: L.M.S., and L.N.E.R., Edinburgh

WHIPPETS have been maintained here since 1937, and Lieut. Weibye took his first Challenge Certificate in 1939 in Norway. Since then the kennel 'has won over 300 prizes in this country alone. Two Whippets bred here and exported recently to Sweden have already been awarded Challenge Certificates in Sweden; they are Warrior King of Sagaland by Sporting Chance ex Samema Sweet Song, and Bring More of Sagaland by Silver Beige of Luss ex Samema Mona Lisa. Birth Mark of Sagaland, a lovely red and white litter-brother to the Certificate winner Bring More, is a winner in breed classes under specialist judges and was awarded 2nd prize at Birmingham open show under Major Gunn. He is by Silver Beige of Luss ex Samema Mona Lisa. Crash Dive of Sagaland by Tiptree Flare ex Dauntless Delores is fawn and white and carries the stamp of his superb breeding. He has won numerous prizes and was in the money at both championship shows this year. These two dogs are at stud at a fee of 4s. Samema Mona Lisa by Sporting Chance ex Samema Dainty Princess (Certificate winner at the first championship show) has been shown fearlessly and has won over thirty 1st prizes. She is so far unbeaten in her breed. Her first. litter of three have all done well in the show ring and one of the bitches is the Certificate winner Bring More. Samema Sweet Song by Samema Snowflight ex Oxted Dainty Maid is also a consistent winner and produced six winners in her first litter of eight. Dauntless Delores by Tiptree Twink ex Springmere Nancy Belle is a lovely fawn bitch with over fifty prizes to her credit. She produced five winners in her first litter of six.
Well Known of Sagaland by Sporting Chance ex Samema Sweet Song was well named as her numerous prizes show. She has been best in show and best bitch on several occasions and was best puppy bred by exhibitor at the first open show after the war. Kandy of Sagaland belongs to Mrs. Weibye and has matured into a beautiful bitch. She was also in the money at the championship show in London and is a litter-sister of Well Known.

BIRTH MARK OF SAGALAND and WARRIOR KING OF SAGALAND A Certificate winner, Sweden 1946

Puppies out of the home-bred bitches will be shown at the end of this year. No puppies are sold till it can clearly be seen how they will turn out, and if they show any decided fault they are sold as pets only to good homes. During 1946 the kennel exported Whippets to Norway, Sweden, and Holland and a great future is predicted for the exports in these countries.

This kennel also has the beautiful yellow Labrador dog Poppleton Golden Flash of Sagaland by Poppleton Golden Russet ex Modney Crocus. He is now 21 years old and has matured into one of the best yellows in the Fancy. Lieut. Weibye has had numerous offers for him both from this country and abroad, but through his charming nature and high intelligence he has secured a place for life here and Lieut. Weibye says that he is not for sale at any price whatever. He has won over thirty prizes, among them 1 sts under Messrs. W. East, J. Garrow, P. R. Smith, R. Robertson, L. Brown, D. Mackenzie, and Major Gunn. He attracted great admiration at the Labrador championship show at Reading where Countess Howe awarded him 3rds and 4ths, and is siring glorious puppies and averages 7 1/4 puppies per litter. Stud fee at present £6 6s. Flash was best Labrador at his last four shows.

SAMEMA MONA LISA and her last litter of puppies

Lieut. Weibye has built up a reputation for running his kennels on a very sound basis and is particularly anxious to give buyers who cannot themselves inspect the dogs a square deal. He is frequently requested by overseas buyers to purchase dogs of different breeds on their behalf, and has been well rewarded this year by the news that, in addition to the above-mentioned Whippets winning Challenge Certificates, the Cocker dog Aberthaw Argus, and the Smooth Fox Terrier Halan Torment, won the superior awards when shown by their new owners. Argus won his Certificate in Sweden and Torment won both the Certificate and the C.A.C.I.B. (International Beauty Certificate) in Oslo under Miss Pacey, and in Copenhagen under Mr. Neville Dawson. Lieut. Weibye has orders at present for dogs and bitches of seventeen different breeds and will consider buying first-class specimens of most breeds.

As Lieut. Weibye will be travelling abroad for a considerable part of the year all correspondence should be addressed to the kennels and not to him personally.—P. R. SMITH