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at Ty Gwyn, Upper Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
Although Mr Harries Jones is best known as an Alsatian exhibitor, yet he owns other winning dogs, including some good Whippets, of which Tatters (shown here) is an example, and some topping Cairn Terriers. Mr. Harries Jones is a great believer in show Alsatians being working dogs, and if anyone wants to see the inmates of his kennels at work they have only to express the request and it will be granted any time. Visitors to the kennels are welcome at any time and I can assure them of a hearty welcome, as Mr. Harries Jones is one of the most genial of men in dogdom. -PHYLLIS ROBSON

By Track sider

FEW dogs enjoy their work as much as the whippet does its racing. Their talent lies in unbridled impetuosity, unsurpassed in any canine sport.
They are bred, encouraged and prepared to throw their whole being into a few moments of adrenalin-fired, energy-sapping glory.

A few moments of adrenalin fired, energy sapping, glory.

The foreground dog is unbalanced and will seem to have trapped slowly.

Gone is the image of the quivering, sensitive, elegant housedog. The whippet on the track becomes transformed into a hysterical, spitting fury, obsessed with an unholy desire to chase a bundle of rags and shred them to pieces. Disappointment is unknown as each race ends in a "kill" with the cloth lure lying satisfactorily lifeless after the mêlée of dogs is dragged from it.

Even before they can draw breath the traps are reloaded, fly open, and a fresh wave of dogs surge down the track to the hurled abuse of their fellows. Straining into their collars the canine spectators make the average football crowd sound like an ecclesiastical conference.

So, if you do not already suffer from splitting headaches, what else can the sport offer you?

First it is directly competitive — 'My dog's better than thine.' Men, women and children, of any age and degree of agility can compete on level terms. Surprisingly it is a very clean sport, betting is forbidden and as a result doping is virtually unknown.

The cost is not excessive. Although fashionable litters command fancy prices, it is still possible to buy well-bred puppies for as little as £30 (bitches usually cost more than dogs).

For those unable to rear a youngster, trained whippets which have failed to make the top grade can be obtained for a small amount. However, it is difficult to buy success. Of the thousands of whippets racing each week, from Cornwall to the north of Scotland, only a tiny proportion become stars.
Being so scarce it is seldom that an established open class dog comes on the market unless it is already over the hill. The object of the sport is not to make money; it lies in the thrill of seeing your dog flash over the line first. In addition it is usually a family pet and is just not for sale.

Entry fees are small, at club level as little as 30p or 40p. These are usually handicap events so that every dog is in with an equal chance. I have even seen a three-legged whippet win a final!

Hitting the lure at over 35 mph.

At opens or championships, £1 is the normal fee and the handicap is designed to find the fastest dog for its weight over that particular distance. The reward may be a trophy or a share of the entry money. Dogs are drawn in heats of between four and six and each heat winner will receive his entry money back or a small trophy. Subsequent quarter and semi-finals will determine the contestants for the major awards, but, depending on the type of event, there could be as-many as a dozen dogs drawing money. The first prize rarely exceeds £20.

Equipment is simple. A good collar and lead, a wire racing muzzle (approx. £1.50) and a warm dog coat to stop those valuable muscles seizing up. Add to this waterproof clothing, wellies and some apres-racing cash and you are set up.

While it is a good spectator sport, whippet racing is for participants and is wholly amateur. If you become interested you must also become involved. All too often the running of a meeting falls on the shoulders of a few stalwarts so be prepared to roll up your sleeves and muck in. It is difficult to say whether owners or dogs get most excited but it is not for those with weak hearts (a friend dropped dead beside me once). If, however you want to scream, whistle, cheer or yodel your dog to victory you can be as uninhibited as you wish. Some persist in wearing the tattered remains of "lucky" garments, while others sport stud advertisements on their T shirts. Dress can vary from the blue serge suits of the older generation of northern pitmen to the affro hairdos of the London boys and the beards of the West-Countrymen. The judge does not need impressing, he is too busy watching the dogs cross the winning line. Remember too that, as one programme put it, "The Judge's decision is final even when he's wrong." Children are always welcome at whippet tracks, many of which have play areas adjacent, or clubhouses (often licensed) in which junior members are allowed. At my own club, the concert room floor is diligently polished each Sunday by tobogganing bottoms.

The sport is administered by three bodies of which the British Whippet Racing Association (the largest) and the National Whippet Racing Federation, cater primarily for non-pedigree dogs. These are basically a mixture of whippet and greyhound with a dash of collie or bull terrier providing a "bend sinister" in the distant past. Specialist hybrids, they are also the speed merchants of the track.

Not so fast, but just as exciting, are the pedigree whippets. Their governing body, the Whippet Clubs' Racing Association, admits only Kennel Club registered dogs. They run their own championships and enthusiasts are increasingly breeding for performance rather than looks. At present show-winners do get their share of glory on the track, but it seems likely that a distinct type will evolve.

Their talent lies in unbridled impetuosity

Plumpton.—This meeting, fixed for the 17th Dec., had to be postponed until the 19th, owing to he continued hard frost, which rendered any pursing quite out of the question, but a thaw set a on the 18th, followed by heavy rain. The Great southern Cup, originally intended to be a sixty fourog stake, received only forty-six entries, amongst hem being Doon, Wedding Tour, Woodland King, Carly Morn, Star of Oaken, Harold, Baronet, Salimbanque, Hendon, Colonist, Iphigenia, Croft Tammie, Craigallion, Linda, and Royal George. 'here was not much betting overnight. The favourites for the stake were Doon at 5 to 1, Early Morn at 8 to 1, while the supporters of Wedding Tour and Woodland King had to be conented with odds of 10 to 1 about each of them ; out, unfortunately, frost again set in again after midnight on Wednesday, and continued until after o'clock on Thursday morning, when the ground became harder than before the thaw, and the towards had, reluctantly, to abandon the meeting, greatly to every one's sincere regret : and it must ave been sadly annoying to Mr. Case, the owner of the ground and promoter of the Plumpton meet-rig, and it was hard luck on that gentleman, who ad postponed this meeting from November 12th to )December 17th, in order to secure a good week's sport, nd enable the Lancashire coursers to partake of the benefits of running their Greyhounds in Sussex, which would not otherwise have been possible, as the forager fixture clashed with the Altcar Club Meeting. Some betting took place at Plumpton on the Water-Do Cup, which is fixed for February 18th and following days. The friends of Mr. Stocken, the dominator of Coomassie when she won the Waterloo cup last year, will be pleased to hear that the worthy South of England courser has as good Greyhound to run for him as his last year's Representative. At the urgent request of host of the subscribers to the stakes at Plumpton, Ir. Case has arranged for the Great Southern Cup o be run for (weather permitting) on December 1st. and following days.

The following list of minstures for January includes-1st, Malton, Southminster ; 2nd, Rufford, Whittlesea ; 8th, Parsons-own, Ardrossan, Newmarket ; 9th, Fenton, South Essex ; 14th, Renfrewshire, Southport ; 15th, Gerington, Altcar ; 16th, South of England Club Plumpton) ; 21st, Johnstown ; 22nd, Willington, Kinfrescar ; 23rd, Thornhill, Poston ; 28th, Lytham. THE WATERLOO CUP is the all-absorbing topic. The great question among coursers is who will run Coomassie ? It is rumoured that Lord Fermoy has better Greyhound in his kennel than Zazel, who an second to Coomassie in the last Waterloo cup, and if such is the case his chance for the forthcoming one must not be ignored. Lord Hadliugton has Haidee, Herera, and several others to choose from ; but the hollow defeat of Herera by Highland Mary at Corrie does not make his chance rosy one, unless Haidee is four or five lengths aster than the puppy. Mr. Douglas, who won he cup with Donald in 1876, has a splendid Greyhound in Doon ; but we imagine Plumpton is more o his liking than Altcar, unless his staying powers are improved with age. It is quite 25 to 1 against Ir. Hornby's nomination as far as can be judged at resent, as his dogs, although a useful team, hardly belong to the first rank. Mr. Briggs' kennel is always worthily represented, and no doubt the odds against him will be considerably reduced after the January meeting at Altcar. Lord Lurgan has Countess of Avon and Master Stanley in his kennel, and every one would rejoice to see the owner of the immortal Master McGrath win another Waterloo Cup. Lord tair's kennel has been in good form this season, at no very great superiority has been manifested many any of his representatives. If the Duke of Hamilton's Blackbeard can beat High Seal easily, is nomination is worth a trifle being invested on him, as his Grace's dogs are well trained and looked after, and always run at least respectably. Mr. Winburn has Skipworth and Queen Sybil. The former is a great favourite with his owner ; but the public at large regard Queen Sybil with the most affection, in which opinion we coincide, as, though short of pace, she is a marvellously clever bitch. a a few weeks, however, we expect the secret of Coomassie's nominator will be divulged.

Mr. Hayward has sustained a great loss in the death of his celebrated greyhound Early Morn, by remorne—Belle of Gotham, on Monday last, of acute inflammation, the result of a cold, caught at Plumpton. He was a fast, clever dog, and among other good performances divided two Southern rips at Plumpton, and won the Rowland cup at Barton-on-Humber (64 dogs). There are two dogs left of the famous litter by Cremorne—Belle of Gotham, one of whom is Sir. Mayer's Royal George, who, although, a third season greyhound has never appeared in public until this autumn, and has guyed respectably on three or four occasions, and common with the rest of his family is a good-looking white dog slightly marked with blue, and possessed of a fine turn of speed.

Mr. T. Lay disposed of all his greyhounds (expecting Coomassie) last week at Aldridge's, in order that his trainer might devote his attention to the WaterlooCup heroine, who is remarkably well, and now commencing her preparation for her third attempt at a Waterloo victory. ALEC.

Whippet 18-22 inches at shoulder

Whippet photo by AKE WINTZELL
This delicate beauty, a Greyhound in miniature, is remarkably strong and outstandingly fast. For his size, he is the fastest domesticated animal known, having been clocked at speeds as high as 35 miles an hour. And yet his size and cleanliness alone would entitle him to a place in the home for, except when called on to give his all in a burst of speed, he is quiet in manner and gentle in deportment. Height at the shoulder: male approximately 19 to 22 inches—female approximately 18 to 21 inches. Registered by the American Kennel Club in the "Hound" group.

Whippets Photo by Arthur

The " St. Clair" Kennel of Whippets,

The Property of
Mr. and Mrs.
G. MAINE-TUCKER, Westbourne Road, Penarth • Glam.


MR. AND MRS. G. MAI NE-TUCKER have one of the strongest kennels of Whippets in the country. They very wisely started by buying only dogs with the very best blood in their veins. On the show bench they have had a wonderful run of successes with STREAK OF Oxon, which got reserve for the K.C. challenge certificate at Cruft's this year, when there was a record entry. Watford Moon has also a great winning record. There are several youngsters of great merit to come out, and the kennel bound to have a great deal to do wit the prize-list of the coming shows. M. and Mrs. Maine-Tucker are both vex keen, and deserve all the success the get, 'SCISSORS OF ST. CLAIR stands at stud t approved bitches at a fee- of two guinea: He is by Telepathy (Rhyl Boy—County Girl) ex Splash (Watford Bon--Ch Kemmel). - W. LEWIS RENWICK

MANY, perhaps, were not aware till recently that any such breed of dog existed as the Whippet. He is a kind of small Greyhound, with a little Terrier blood in him, and is used for running races in some of the more northerly counties of England, such as Durham, where he is a very great favourite with the working-men. Bets are made at these miniature racecourses, and stakes laid, and the whole affair is governed by laws and regulations quite as strict, and probably just as scientific, as any on the turf, and I'm not sure if I cannot go a little farther and say boldly that those poor working-lads, and owners of the Whippets which are run at races, are just as honest as lords and dukes on Epsom downs. And why shouldn't they have their bit of fun and recreation ?

"The rank is but the guinea stamp,
The man's the gowd for a' that."

(Whippet) A.K.C. 733,004
Meander Farms, New York, New York

The First London Whippet Dog Racing Society is now in a good way, and a very successful meeting was held on the 21st inst., at which several of the newly-flamed rules were passed and members elected. It is proposed to hold a meeting in the West End once a month. This club must not be confused with that lately under consideration, and whose grounds close to London had to be taken on a long lease, the First London Whippet Dog Society being formed by working-men and those who kept the sport going at the Bow and other grounds.

Whippet, Ch. Mica of Meander

January 1, 1909

Whippet and Race-Dog News. 4'
All items of news relating to Whippets should be sent direct to " Red Rag," Bank Cottage, Currie, Midlothian,
and should reach him net later than first post on Monday morning to insure insertion in the current week's issue.

The Drawbacks of the Track.—It is not so long ago that ladies were never seen on a race-course, but now they are almost as numerous as men at the most important race meetings. Their presence, too, has done much to purify these meetings from their low-class associations, end has helped as an antidote to roguery. I am looking forward to some such time in the sport of Whippet-racing to a time when the race-track will permit of the presence of the fair sex and of their active participation in the sport. -There is no blinking the fact that Whippet-racing has got rather unenviable name for roughness of language and but all the same, the Whippet track is no different actions ; from other sports in this respect. Football and other
athletics were once of no higher standing than is Whippet-racing, and though the fact of these being practised at public schools has done much to further their progress and to place that they can now be taken part in them on such a plane and their matches attended by anyone, still, the real cause of their advancement has been the determination of their best and truest adherents to place them on this high plane. And it is this same spirit of ambition that is needed to see our hobby lifted from its pres it looked-down-upon and, in many people's eyes, contemn position to one in which the highest and most participating in the land can take part. It must not be thought from it I have said that I look down in contempt on ^ as I certainly do not. I am one of those who, believe, with the Scottish for a' that," whatever Burns, that " A man's ^ his social position may be. I cannot be blind to the many drawbacks of the track, suppose it is because I am so anxious to see the sport pro ^ I am so aware of these blemishes. Whippet-racing is . .e poor man's sport, I know, and a very bad day it will be when it ceases to be so, but its followers would benefit enormously if it were made attractive enough to draw the ordinary public to the track, and to allow of anyone actively participating in it. The increased interest thus caused would mean more gate-money, and consequently higher prize-money, and it would also mean bigger prices for Whippets, so that an uplifting of the sport would be for the benefit of everyone connected with it. 'I may be a dreamer of dreams, impossible and wild, but to me it seems that what the Whippet-racing sport requires is a central body to govern it such as the Football Association, the Jockey Club, the Kennel Club, or the various other clubs which we all know, such as the Pigeon Club, the Poultry Club, or the Cagebird Clubs do in their respective spheres. Of course, the organisation and working up of such a governing body for the Whippet sport would be a gigantic undertaking, and it would not reach its goal all at once ; but as the others have got there, so would ours, and as the other sports and fancies have benefited, so would ours. The reason I have been tempted to write thus is that I am tired of hearing our sport decried, and I feel consumed by an overwhelming ambition to see the sport of Whippeting holding its own with any and all others. That this could be accomplished I have not the slightest doubt, and I am convinced that the initial steps are really the only difficult ones. After all, there are very few people who can afford to keep racehorses, and Greyhound coursing does not appeal to all because of the killing of the hares connected with it. Britishers are essentially sportsmen, and there is nothing which so appeals to them as racing in some shape or form. A Whippet can be kept by practically anyone, and no one can gainsay the pleasure that can be got out of it. Indeed, were it not just for those objectionable features which I have hinted at in the foregoing, there is not the slightest doubt that Whippeting would rank as the most popular of sports with all classes. Is there any reason why there should not be a Whippet Racing Association, having full control of the sport, and with branches and committees in the various localities where racing is gone in for ? At any rate, I should like to have the opinions of my readers on this subject, as, whether much or nothing comes of it, there can be no harm in discussing it.


The Winning Bitch-Kilree Conceit

Eastbrook Cottage,
Wellington, Somerset.

Ideale Whippets

(Gravure uit Modern Dogs)


Owners, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Wear
Stoney Meadows Whippets
Covey Point Farm, R.D. 3, Cambridge, Md.
Snow Queen, whelped May 8, 1956, by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Snow Flurry of Meander, comes from an illustrious family of winners and producers of winners. Her sire is a double grandson of Ch. Stoney Meadows Masquerade, 3 times BOB at Westminster and winner of 2 specialty shows. Her dam is full sister to the dam of Ch. Meander Bob White, and several other top-class Whippets. Snow Queen, BOB at the 1958 Eastern specialty, has also won 3 Hound Groups. She is now (August '59) nursing a litter of four by kennel mate Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint, who is by a litter brother of Snow Queen's sire ex a daughter of Snow Queen's dam. Stoney Meadows believes in line breeding to the best, with a now-and-then judicious out-cross to English stock when necessary to maintain stamina arid sound temperament. To this end, they have imported one bitch and four stud dogs of the best English lines, which are already proving their worth.—Brown

(Whippet) A. K. C. 890,032
Mrs. George L. Shearer
New York, New York


At this time, I feel it not in the least necessary to review the events of what consider a rather mediocre year in the whippet world. In the show ring as well as at the dog tracks, especially in the East, most of the winning was done by veterans. A great number of these old stars should be looking toward retirement, but unless some very sparkling young material quickly appears on the horizon, these older dogs will still have a heavy burden to support on their aged shoulders. Competition in the regular classes for the past year has been woefully weak, and a whippet winning top honors in a hound group during 1938 was almost an unheard of event.

It was just this time last year that I started our column, and before doing so, I paid a visit to a number of the leading Eastern kennels. At each of these places I found an abundance of young material, enough quality and quantity I thought, to make 1938 a banner year. To date very few of these young dogs have appeared in the show ring, and it is my sincere hope that these kennels really have some sensational young stock, but are holding back their best until they have fully matured. If this is the case, we may be on the brink of a very successful show season.

Again, as has been the case for many years, the Baltimore and New York shows will start the year off. For the past few seasons the whippet entry at both shows has been very satisfactory, and from well informed sources I understand there will be another large entry. Should the Baltimore show again have the special racing class for the racing dogs of The Whippet Breeders Association of Md., Inc., it will probably have a much larger entry than "The Garden."

At this time, I am not in favor of such a class. In mid-winter it is much too cold to condition dogs for a racing class, especially since there has been no racing since the summer months, and the great majority of people who own racing whippets really do not know how to fault a dog. The result is, that after the ribbons are handed out, there is a lot of hard feeling which should never exist. Also, just stop and think what a tough and thankless job the average judge has in a class of this sort.

It was my pleasure to meet Captain Will Judy, editor of Dog World, at a most delightful party given by Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Woolner of Washington Grove, Md. During our conversation I asked "just what is wrong with our breed?", and the very good reply was as follows: that most of the dog lovers felt that the whippet make a poor house pet, and that they were inclined to be sulky. I agreed with him that this was the false opinion that so many people had gathered. In return, I gave as my reason for this very apparent lack of popularity the fact that the whippet has been roped, branded, and hog tied a "race dog" by the general public, and this he will probably remain until some very drastic changes take place.

Let's take for example the case of the cocker spaniel, which is now riding the crest of the wave in popularity. This breed is nothing but a form of hunting dog used for retrieving. The average dog owner, who wants a clog only as a companion, has overlooked this fact, and has accepted him as the ideal pet.

If we could only get our breed, the whippet, into a number of desirable homes he would prove to the most suspicious and critical owner that he is all dog, and at the same time a real pet and friend.—Louis PEGRAM, JR., 722 Gladstone Ave., Baltimore, Md.



Owned by LIEUT. HELGE L. WEIBYE, Bridge House, South Queensferry Phone: Edinburgh 24021.

LIEUT. WEIBYE is an old-hand in Whippets who is at present stationed in this country. He had, however, before leaving Norway, a strong kennel of Whippets and Alsatians. Since coming to Scotland he has started a kennel of Whippets, which he hopes to take with him when he returns to Norway. Pride of place must be given to that beautiful white bitch, Samema Mona Lisa, which has done extremely well in the show-ring, considering she must compete against all corners in these heavy variety classes. She is a daughter of Sporting Chance and that great bitch, Samema Dainty Princess, In general appearance she strongly resembles her dam. She scored five first prizes and was made best puppy and best bitch at Edinburgh show, under Mr. J. W. Marples, when she was nine months old. She had also two firsts (including Open bitch) and two seconds, under Mr. Murray, at Falkirk show. She had also a second prize under Mr. Leo. C. Wilson, and was third- best bitch. She is to be mated to Silver Beige of Luss. The dog, Tiptree Flare (Tiptree Glamour ex Tiptree Freesia) is to be put at stud in January. He had two first prizes at Edinburgh, under Mr. R. Martin, and also one first under Mr. Tom Scott when seven months old. Samema Sweet Song (Samema Snowflight ex Springmere Fascination) is another beautiful white bitch which won first prizes under Messrs. J. W. Marples and R. Martin. Dauntless Dolores is a charming fawn bitch by Tiptree Twink ex Springmere Nancy Belle. She has won 30 prizes under nine different judges—viz., Mrs. Hopwood, Capt. Bower, Messrs. Marples, Tom Scott, Harry Scott, Percy Crabtree, W. Hill, W. Burrow, and J. Saunders. She will be mated in January to Tiptree Flare. Lieut Weibye has had already quite a big demand for puppies, and any one interested in same should book as early as possible.


Compliments & Best Wishes the British Whippet Lovers
from the
Misses SHEARER and
Meander Farm • Locust Dale • Virginia


The Whippet Weight.—I have a letter from a
well-known Whippet-breeder and exhibitor, in which he draws my • attention to the weight of the ideal Whippet as given in the rules of The Whippet Club. My correspondent has evidently not seen my remarks on this subject which appeared in this column some weeks ago, when I gave the Whippet standard and added some views of my own. At that time I wrote that I considered that the weight of 20 lbs., as given by The Whippet Club, was excessive and misleading. As my correspondent points out, a 201b. dog would probably measure twenty inches at shoulder, and he agrees with me that such a height is too great. In my opinion the ideal height for a Whippet is from seventeen to eighteen inches at shoulder, and I do not think the ideal should exceed the latter measurement. Of course a 20 lb. dog. might not be anything like twenty inches high ; it would depend on how fat or how thin it might be ; and though it might be taken as a general rule that the weight works out at about 11 lb. an inch when in show form, and neither too fat nor too thin, it cannot he questioned that The Whippet Club's definition is very far from clear. Going solely by weight, as The Whippet Club seems from its standard to do, a novice has no idea as to the required height, and he might easily consider: the ideal Whippet very much a matter of feeding. The Whippet Club's standard is there to teach the tyros and to guide the judicial hands, and I think that whether the opinion I have expressed regarding weight and height is wrong or not, the wording of the standard ought to be more lucid, and give height instead of, or as well as, weight. I have not a doubt that the Whippet Club standard was compiled by far abler brains than mine, and I am not by any means cavilling, but I feel, with many other fanciers, that the wording and phrasing might be made a good deal clearer and more easily understood. The letter I have quoted from was not written for publication, and therefore I do not give the writer's name ; but he is a man with a wide experience, and one well-qualified to speak on this subject ; and as I got so many letters in the same strain, I would respectfully request The Whippet Club to reconsider the weight, and, failing that, to make the wording of their standard more lucid.


Gertrude Lady Decies' Whippet, Manorley Maxim. By Southboro' Signet—Malnorley Mimosa.
(Photo) LT. Fall.

Happy Choice, A. K. C., 629442,
owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank L.
Hutton, Troy, N. Y.


F.R. Delaub
Oil on Canvas
The Dog Museum of America
Gift of Mrs. Paul R. Willemsen
The Golden Age of Dogs


December 18, 1942

To all Friends in America, Africa, Holland, India, Norway, Portugal, West Indies, to all Lovers and Admirers everywhere, where a Tiptree has galloped.

Left: Twice every 22 hours the tide washes their playground clean. and Right: In January, 1929, blocks of ice, capable of carrying a man,
floated down the river.

The Kennel was founded in 1930 by the purchase of Jink and two little bitches from Mr. Evan James, 13, Silver Terrace, Burry Port, who put
a novice id the way of breeding two champions in each of the first three litters, although through misfortune only three ever matured. If Dog Clubs
would take as much care of the novice they would double their membership.

Left is TIPTREE MEE MEE. C.C. and best in Breed, L.K.A., London, 1939 and Right: CH TIPTREE EVON. Unshown in England.


Here is Beauty, Elegance and Grace
The smallest living animal for pace.
Devotion, Gentleness, Cleanliness, Watchfulness—what a Pal for a Lady !

Left: CH. TIPTREE IRIS, C.C. and 1st in Surrey Stakes, Richmond. and Right: CH. TIPTREE VERONICA, Unshown in England.

The above four are all in America. It is regretted that two other Champions have had to be left out of the picture, owing to permission to reprint the American photograph not being received in time. They are TIPTREE HONEY, alias Ch. Flornell Glamourous, "well know from the Atlantic to the Pacific," and her litter brother, TIPTREE NOEL (Ch.). If interested write The Whippets.


December 10, 1909 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 insure insertion in the current week's issue.

The treatment of Distemper (continued).

Coming now to where I left off the previous week, and having the patient in a well-ventilated, warm room of equable temperature, I find, on reading over my notes that I omitted one of the greatest guards against complications, and that is the wrapping up of the sufferer in flannel. As distemper is principally a catarrhal fever, it naturally affects mostly the fauces, the bronchia, and the chest and lungs generally ; therefore special care must be taken to guard against complications in those regions. For this purpose the ordinary Whippet coat is of little use, and my own plan is to take a fairly large piece of flannel doubled, the genuine flannel, not flannelette, and cut two holes about four inches from the part I make the front, with the breadth of the patient's chest between them and each hole equal-distant from each side ; just like a waistcoat that opens down the back instead of as usual, down the front. This is now fitted on the sufferer, and the sides of the flannel brought up round the dog's sides and fastened with safety pins over the back. I cannot give the exact measurement, as individual dogs vary, not only in size, but in general build, so much, that one size would probably only fit one dog, but it will suffice that the flannel comes as far back as the dog's arch and just to where the rug is tied. A bandage of the same material is now pinned round the throat and this is also pinned to the " waistcoat " garment where it meets it at the shoulders, and also in front of the dog's forelegs, for which purpose, the four or so inches of material was left beyond the armholes. An ordinary Whippet coat is now tied on the top of this, and the whole will keep in place for any length of time. Common sense will show how tightly the garment should be tied. To be of use it must not be slack, but yet not tight enough to cause the wearer any discomfort. In all the writings I have read of those who advise this "Little Mary " sort of treatment, I notice the flannel bandage is sewed on—I suppose to ensure its being kept in place. In the case 'of a highly feverish patient there will be a certain sweaty dampness coming from its body, making it necessary to change the flannel every twelve hours, and when the wearer is a dog the flannel is certain to get absolutely wet. I don't know, but it seems to me that a canine patient, no more than a human one, wants to be bothered much when ill and I am sure it does not want to be unsewn and re- . trussed every twelve hours. The safety pin plan does not trouble the sufferer for more than a minute altogether, and I have yet to find the mere man who can beat that time with a needle and thread ! The safety pins cannot come undone and cannot inconvenience the wearer if they are fastened over the back, at the top of the shoulders, and under the throat, as I have described. When changing the flannel, don't forget to heat the fresh lot before putting it on. The flannel is to heat the dog, not the dog to heat the flannel. I am again at the end of my space, and next week I will need to get a " relapse ' back to where I left off last. I side-tracked myself in beginning this week's notes, so that I might answer several letters which the week-end post brought me, and I can only excuse myself for my explicitness generally by the letters which the novices write me asking for full particulars, and not boiled down so that only the experienced ones can understand. I am writing for the novices, not for my masters.
Interesting Items.—The annual show of the City of Glasgow Kennel Club will be held on March 3rd next, when, as last year, there will be two or three Whippet classes, which will be judged by Mr. W. H. Reeves.

Miss Florence A. White, whose Whippets were so successful at the recent Palace show, tells me that though Irish Terriers are her special breed, she has always had a great fondness for Whippets. Miss White, giving her views on present-day Whippets, says :—" I dislike a tall one, and I there is a tendency to get them bigger than they should be. Personally, I like a bitch not more than 17 1/2 in. and a dog not more than 18 1/2 in. or slightly over. Naturally, being a Terrier fancier, I think that front feet and pasterns want improvement in the breed as a whole, though we have some excelling in those points. Hindquarters do not strike me as what they used to be, and that is what made me buy Blue Wonder. I am inclined to think that many judges go too much for the front of a dog and take hindquarters as a secondary consideration, forgetting that propelling power comes from behind, I consider the fancy generally is greatly improving and that Whippets are now getting into the right hands...."

Mr. Thomson, of Muirkirk, N.B., will, no doubt, be pleased to hear that his late dog, Tom II. (now Westgate Jack) is carrying all before him for his present owner, Mr. C. Mussarred, of Westgate-on-Sea. Jack's latest achievement was winning a valuable silver cup in a 160 yards handicap, decided by the Isle of Thanet Whippet Association, at Westgate-on-Sea, on Thursday, December 2nd. Jack, as usual, was on the scratch mark, his opponent, in the final, being Mr. Gipson's dog puppy, Jimmie, in receipt of 21 yards. Among other prizes secured for its present owner by Jack are the following : Twice the much-coveted President's Cup (to be won three times), twice Mr. Chandler's Cup (to be won three times), the Sarre Handicap (carrying with it the championship of East Kent), the Westholme Handicap, and the Boncey Handicap. Surely a splendid record. RED RAG.

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Whippets Booming in California

Whippet races are in great demand in California. Long Beach, Beverly, Midwick and Glendale are all considering having these fast little devils compete, and chew the rag—even climb a lamp post to get it, as Freeman Lloyd once told a story. I've seen men climb higher than lamp posts for nothing after celebrating. Freeman Ford, John Matthews, Jr., Chris. Shuttleworth and Harry Robertson are doing much to make this sport popular, and it is to these men that the credit for California should go. These dog races can become as popular as boxing for the raising of funds for charity or any good cause; if conducted properly, fair and honest, as they certainly are in California; not for the dollar, but for the real sport that is in it. All that is needed is a good sport writer to be secured to give it the fillip all over America, and this could be contributed by a fund from all owners and any others so interested in the game. They could be eagerly sought after and prizes of real value in money would be offered. I, for one, and I know of others who would gladly help to put it over for the good of the cause in our own little way. I say this because my heart and soul is in the dogs. I love them and try to do all that's possible to the best of my ability, and I know that Field and Fancy was out to do all they could. Have you cuts or material? Send them along; we have the time.

A treat was my visit to the famous Foothill Kennels owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Matthews, and so ably managed by Mr. Walter Freeth and Walter Freeth, Jr. The approach to this kennel at Monrovia surrounded by ondulating hills and valleys gives one a feeling of rest and repose, the Racing Course two hundred yards long of grass, as smooth as velvet, the lovely home of the manager all equipped with electricity, for light, heat and cooking, with every appointment perfect to simplify the work. The kennels which gave me the last word for kennel arrangement, was an education. The Foothill Whippets have defeated all the local dogs and are fast making history for their justly proud owners. Mr. Freeth brought out several of the fast runners to demonstrate, among them some smart youngsters, still in pickle, but will add zest and go to the Foothill colors. These Whippets have attracted the attention of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, and an exhibition was staged for their honor a short time ago, at the Fairbanks studio. Pictures were taken of the races, in addition Walter Freeth and Walter Freeth, Jr., were in the films. So enthusiastic were the great film stars over the racing that they have arranged to stage a benefit race in the near future. Plans for the coming event are now being completed.

The Newest Sport to Invade Pictures Is Whippet Racing, and Its Two Chief Exponents Are Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. This Picture Shows Them with Two of the Fastest Racing Dogs in the West, Stella II, Held by Doug, and Tuck o'Drum, Held by Miss Pickford. These Dogs Attained a Speed of Approximately 35 Miles an Hour. They Are Owned by John Mathews, Pasadena Millionaire.

Owned by Mr. Freeman Ford, One of the Leading Fanciers of the Breed on the Coast