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WHIPPET NOTES
COMING RACE MEETS
Sixth running of the American Derby and second running of the Futurity Saturday, September 5th, 1925, at Princemere. Prides Crossing, Mass. .Entries close September 1st, with T. D. Smith, 68 Devonshire St., Boston. Mass.
Brockton Fair Race Meet, Brockton, Mass., October 2nd and 3rd. Entries close September 23rd with S. S. Eddington, 489 Summer St., Boston, Mass.
The Sixth Annual American Whippet Derby, the big race of the year, will again be run on the ideal corner on the estate of Mr. Frederick H. Prince. We greatly appreciate Mr. Prince's courtesy,. as nowhere is there more ideal running and beautiful setting for this event.
The Eastern Dog Club Stakes, as a consolation for those defeated in the preliminary heats, will also be run. As a curtain raiser, the second running of the Futurity will he held. Entries or nomination for this race closed August first, 1924, so that the competing dogs will all be approximately a year old.

The following dams were nominated and these get qualified to run in this race :
Jessie, Percy Summerfield, owner.
Madford Full Flight, Mrs. C. G. West, owner. Madford Flying Snow, Mrs. C. G. West, owner. Moving Spirit, 0. T. Manley, owner.
Millhill Midget, E. Coe Kerr, Jr., owner. Millhill Fascination, Millhill Kennels, owner. Gopher, 0. T. Manley, owner.
Penwood Pearl, M. Dunleavy. owner. Aye-Aye, R. J. Elleray, owner. Stella II., Foothill Kennels, owner. Nomad Jewell of Madford, Foothill Kennels, owner, Niagara Maid, Foothill Kennels. owner Mitzi, Mrs. Pope Yeatman, owner.

Of these thirteen nominations, some good youngsters should have developed.
A very successful race meet was held on August 15 at Newport, R. I., in connection with the Newport show.
Ragamuffin and Zev are two of Nancy of Oxon's sons which have been carrying on her good work, and now we hear of Michael and Miss Raggs, one more generation removed, stepping up into the limelight.

WESTERN WHIPPET RACES
At least one thousand people saw the Arroyo Kennels come out on top at the Santa Barbara Whippet races. The surprise of the day was sprung in the first heat, when Arroyo Benjarry, new to the west, beat the favorite, Mill Tuck 0' Drum. The winner gave Tuck 0' Drum 8 1/2 yards start, and was credited with the full 200 yards in II 2-5 seconds, the best time of the day. The next surprise was the winning of Arroyo Perhaps over the Canadian Derby winner, White Prince, and Stella of the Foothill Kennels, the three finishing in the order named.

POPPY THE LEADING KENNEL OF WHIPPETS IN WALES

Some of the Poppy Whippets

MRS C A MARTIN sends Christmas greetings and best wishes to all her many friends at home and abroad, and may you all have as much fun and happiness from your Whippets as I have. This kennel has had a very successful season. This year POPPY PUPS continued to win. The young blue dog POPPY BLUE QUIVVER, sent to Canada in June, is now a show champion and a racing champion; much to his owner's delight. POPPY PRETTY PETAL has held her own in good company having won 26 firsts and two best in show awards and her first litter are all winners, including a bitch in New Zealand. POPPYSTAR has again won many firsts and was twice best in show. The lovely white and blue bitch POPPY BLUE DOLPHIN for which many offers from abroad have been turned down, is now in whelp to POPPY BLUE QUEST who is siring winners in every litter, and all colours blacks, blue, cream, fawn and parti, a colour for every choice. He is at stud, and bred in the purple.
The hallmark of a good kennel is to be able to bring out winning puppies every year and this the POPPIES have done consistently for over 42 years
under all and every judge. I asked Mrs Martin once, what was the best tonic in the world, and she said "to look, at a new litter of pups."
By the way there are some wonderful tiny miniature smooth Dachshunds, all good winners and at stud.
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Some of the Poppy Whippets

MRS C A MARTIN,
The Old Vicarage, Marshfield,
Nr Cardiff. Phone: Castleton 449

THE . ."INITIAL"
Whippet Kennel

IN reviewing this small and select kennel of Whippets, pride of place must be given to the well-known young show and stud dog, GREY OWL, whose photograph (taken by an amateur) hardly does him justice. He is a beautifully constructed Whippet, with remarkable shoulders, legs and feet. whilst his outline is quite outstanding. Shown fearlessly in strong variety competition, he has proved himself a good winner, despite his short tail (owing to an accident). His stock show much promise, and some of the most successful Whippet breeders have sent their best bitches to him. They include Mr. R. Bailey's crack bitch, Lady Juliet, and Miss Steyenson's big winner, Springmere Firefly. (Read " Whippet Wireless" in Our Dogs Christmas Number, 1939: also Cardiff show report.)

Golden Orb, the dam of Grey Owl, is a grand pattern and a big winner in good company.

Gay Olive, another lovely specimen and a good winner, is now nursing a grand litter by Grey Owl There are other high-class youngsters in the kennel, and a very attractive Wire Fox-terrier bitch by Whitehall Watchman ex Good Omen.

Visiting bitches receive the personal attention of Mr. Owens, who also undertakes handling and judging appointments. Stud cards on application. Good train service. Station: Tredegar, L.M. S. Railway.

Grey Owl

April 9, 1909

Whippet and Race-Dog News.
My Book.—From the numerous letters my readers have been kind enough to write me it is evident that the Whippet book I propose writing this year will not be a failure because of a non-demand for it. I am assured now that the only possible non-success of my book will lie with its author, and even that seems a remote contingency, so helpful are the many kind and useful suggestions that have already reached me. Some of my correspondents have urged that I confine the work to show Whippets only, and but two have taken exception to my remark a fortnight ago that I intend making my book primarily one for showmen. One of the letters that has reached me contains the following rather remarkable opinions. " I cannot help thinking that the exhibitor of Whippets is too well catered for already ; every writer panders to the exhibitor. The racing dog owner is left severely alone ; in fact, he is despised and rejected by the show fraternity." And the writer continues : " What is wanted is a hardy, courageous dog that can run and stay.' Help us to attain such and your book will be a huge benefit and a great success. Of what use is the show Whippet ? He is mostly of a very nervous temperament, shivery, unhappy. If required to run he would most likely turn tail and run home, and even that at no great speed." There is much in in the same letter, the writer of which is Mr. Mills-Horton, of the Swift Kennels, Southport, that is most sensible and eminently practicable, and I shall deal with these features of it next week, but in the meantime I cannot pass in silence the charge which Mr. Horton very unjustly brings against the show Whippet. I am not going to confine my book to exhibition stock, but I intend it to deal very extensively with the show Whippet, if for no other reason than that as far as the printed word is concerned, the exhibition side of the Whippet fancy has been scandalously neglected. The old sixpenny manual I mentioned some weeks ago contained nothing about the show Whippet ; Freeman Lloyd's work is practically a racing dog treatise ; and the parts of the recent works devoted to dogs which have touched on Whippets have one and all given attention to racing and merely mentioned the exhibition of Whippets. Mr. Horton's unkind remark regarding the " nervous, " shivery," " unhappy " Whippet that cannot even run home at any decent speed, I boldly and uncompromisingly contradict. Mr. Horton appears to hold the erroneous belief, hugged by some gundog owners, that because a dog is a show dog or up to the standard of exhibition, it must, of necessity, be useless as a worker. Now I have raced Whippets for nearly fifteen years, and I have in my time owned big kennels of Greyhounds and sporting dogs, or to be more explicit, gun-dogs. And I have found that, with few exceptions, the best-looking dog has been the best worker. I could give numerous instances in support of my contention, but let the following quite recent example be sufficient for my present purpose. I will be exonerated of any intention of booming my own stock, as I don't require to do so, and I never do so. About a month ago I was walking along a country road with my bitch Sunrise. A group of men from the city were standing at a corner, and when I was passing one of them remarked what a beautiful hype of Whippet Sunrise is, but added that she is, of course, too small and fine for work, and would be absolutely useless for racing. The men had Whippets with them, but they were not show Whippets, only I believe they had quite a good record on the track. There are some people whom it is useless to argue with, and I only said that my bitch had never raced, and was not even trained, but I knew what speed she possessed, and that I thought she could show a clean pair of heels to any of the present gathering. The first speaker asked me if I had any objection to trying her a short distance " just for the fun of the thing," and as the scamper would do my bitch no harm, I was quite willing to accede to his request. I was offered a good handicap, as Sunrise is not much more than half as high as her competitors that day. This offer was, however, refused, and the dogs all started from the same mark. The result was never in doubt, and my bitch, the poor " shivery," " unhappy " show specimen, won without really any effort. If arrogant at first, the men proved ultimately to be thorough sportsmen, and I left them in possession of a greater respect of the model show Whippet than they possessed when I met them. Why, the very points of a show Whippet are just the points required in a working dog ! It is on the ideal race-track winner that the show standard has been formed. And so I could go on, but enough ! We want co-operation between exhibiting owner and racing owner, and not that the one laughs at the dogs of the other. Appearance and utility are not antagonistic to each other. How long shall have to preach this ?

Breeding Problems.—I have been a fairly extensive breeder of livestock during my life, and though many of my fondest beliefs have been at times upset, there is one which I have never had cause to depart from. That is that the prevailing influence in any stud is the dam. I might breed, and I have bred, from sires that have not been exactly in the first flight, but to breed from second-rate females means not only failure at the outset, but continuous failure. There are certain males which have such ingrained characteristics that they cannot avoid begetting them in their progeny, but in nearly all instances the male is a mere cypher. I say there are exceptions, and it is these exceptions which make the possessor of them such a valuable stud animal. At all times and in all species of Eye stock, we have certain males which, no matter what females are mated to them, make a name for themselves as the sires of outstanding winners. Often, no doubt, their record has been very much assisted by the luck that has sent them so many fine females, but no matter, the fact remains that there are from time to time those remarkable winner-producing sires. It is a fact that the majority of the world's clever men have had clever mothers, and this has led to the belief that the dam's influence is mental. That that is true we have abundant proof, but it is also true that the dam's influence is physical as well. Not long ago a friend of mine who is a well-known and successful breeder of racehorses, was asked to look over the stud farm of a new recruit to the Turf. I accompanied my friend on that visit, and the beginner at once showed us the higher-priced stallions he had purchased, and asked my friend what success he thought he would have in his new venture. My friends reply was : " Show me your mares and then I will tell you whether you will have success or failure." Well, the mares were a second-rate lot, and in no way has success come to that beginner yet. And so it is in all breeding. Let the beginner put his money in the ladies of his stud and let the money rather be in one first-rate animal than in three second or third-rate ones. One good bitch it at all times worth half-a-dozen fair ones. I know it is almost a truism among breeders that the correct method of mating is to pair a bitch with certain faults to a dog that has not these faults, but that, if possible, excels in the points in which the bitch fails. Now that would work out all right if the dog had the same influence on the progeny as the bitch. For instance, a bitch failing in brisket and arch, but excelling in neck front and legs, is mated to a dog with excellent brisket and arch, but not particularly good in neck front and legs. We are told that the dog will counteract the bitch's faults and vice versa. But what actually happens in practice is that we get only fair arch and brisket, if even that, and the puppies are not so good in neck front and legs as the dam is. The total result, therefore, is that we have weakened the bitch's good points as far as the puppies are concerned, without getting any adequate return in assured brisket and arch. Or put shortly, we have puppies excelling in no point. My method in breeding has always been : When you get a specially good point in a bitch, see to it that you make sure of keeping it. The bitch I have mentioned as excelling in neck front and legs was really no mere mythical example, but a bitch which was among the first I owned. I mated her to a dog as good as herself in the points in which she excelled, and which was only fair in arch and brisket. The resultant progeny were without exception splendid in their dam's good points, and they were no worse than she in her faults. By this method I had my good points bred in, and so I could afford to mate the young bitches to a dog excelling in arch and brisket, and which might not be quite as straight as themselves in front. I did. "eventually mate them to a dog fair in front but with a very deep brisket and good arch, and which, besides, was bred from parents having his points. I had no fear that the puppies would show deterioration in the points in which the bitches excelled, because these points were already doubly bred in and the bitch had the most influence in any case. All that I expected in the litter was an improvement in brisket and arch, without loss in the points already fixed. The actual result was winners; four in the litter of five. I forgot to mention that the mother of the dog to which I mated my young bitches had a lovely body and arch, and the knowledge of this made me decide on the stud I did. Next week I shall have something to say on the matings that did not turn out. so well and their reason. But what I want the beginner to note in the first place is the necessity of purchasing the best bitch he possibly can. And I am of opinion that, however well the expert may manage the bitch with no pedigree, the novice should make sure of a pedigree if for nothing else than that he can sell the puppies so much
more easily. " RED RAG."

THE WHIPPET (Show) Tiptree Gold Dust

January 21, 1910

Whippet and Race-Dog News.
* All items of news relating to Whippets should be sent direct to " Red Ray," 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 Coming Classics.—Mr. A. A. de Vere Beau-clerk, the Secretary of Manchester Show, informs me, that Mr. C. Radcliffe has consented to judge the Whippet section at the big championship show in Cottonopolis in March next. We have been very fortunate this season in procuring experts to judge Whippets at the most important shows, and exhibitors must bear in mind that their duty is, therefore, all the more urgent, and that they must, if they place any value on, their fancy at all, send as many entries as possible to these events. To save us from the devastating influence of the terrible all-rounder, it is- necessary that we show our practical appreciation of expert services.

Mr. Cruft has issued his schedule with the usual extensive classification for Whippets, and I hear from him that he is very anxious that the Whippet section at next month's fixture should be much better supported than it has been in the past. Mr. Cruft tells me, and the same opinion is expressed by other secretaries; that, do what he can, he cannot bring - faith the same response from Whippeters that he can from fanciers of other breeds. In short, that however pleased Whippeters may be to see a good classification for their favourites at the big shows, they do not give evidence of active gratitude by sending proportionate entries. An exhibitor, who has had the worst of luck during the season, writing me the other day, says :—" I am going to try Cruft's; it is the, lucky show of the unlucky." And there is truth in that; many a good fancier has come into his own at Cruft's, who has been buffeted about among the cards at other and less important shows. But what I want to impress on the hard heads and the hard hearts of Whippeters is, that whether it be Birmingham, Cruft's, or Manchester, or whether it be Land's End or John O'Groats, it is absolutely necessary for the progress of their hobby that they act more liberally to shows employing specialist judges. One will win and another will lose at these shows, as at others, but both get a run for their money, and the deciding factor in the awards is merit, because the judge knows the variety, and not as at some exhibitions where the judge's chief asset is ignorance and where the mental toss of a coin makes for first or last place. It is futile getting melodramatically furious over the lucky bag results of the all-round judge, if our support of the specialists is merely verbal, and, as far as deeds are concerned, purely negative.

And Other Events.—There is one class for Whippets at Doncaster Show on February 5th next. Mr. J. J. Holgate will judge, and the Secretary is Mr. J. Wilkinson, from whom schedules can be had.

Entries close for Kilmarnock Show on the 28th inst. and as for excellence of management and hall accommodation this show is unequalled in Britain, and as Mr. James Smith, -the Secretary, although not a fancier, has more than a sneaking regard for Whippets and keeps the two classes for them in his schedule despite an annually indifferent entry in the dog class, that if perseverance in our interests calls for anything the way of reward, the Kilmarnock Secretary is entitled to a bumper entry on the 3rd February. The judicial decisions will rest with Mr. J. J. Holgate.

And Other Matters.—The South of England shows usually do well as regard Whippet entries, and at Plymouth this month there was a good turn out. Quality was also well represented in the following winners :-1st, Mr. James' Iris; 2nd, Mr. Browne's Shotover ; 3rd, Mr. Rowland's Corbyn Coquette. In puppies, Mr. Rowland won with Rambler.

It is exceedingly gratifying to hear of a Whippet's victory over other breeds, and the other night, at the London Canine Society's Show, at Camberwell Green, to be precise, Mr. Godfrey's Gaiety Girl, a six months' old bitch and bred by her owner, secured Mr. W. Jeffries' Cup for the best bitch in the show. /Mr. W. Nicholls was the judge; and the award is all the more pleasing when one remembers that Mr. Nicholls is not exactly a Whippet partisan. Mr. Godfrey is comparatively unknown to the great body of Whippet show-goers, and as he has been endeavouring to breed his

own winners, rather than buy them, his bitch's victory is worth recording.

The response to my appeal for Whippet photographs has not been very successful, but I am indebted to Mr. F. W. Howard, Lowestoft, for some excellent photos of Lady Bevan, Winifred Daisy, and Duke of Corton. It may be interesting to add that during 1909 these three won amongst them no fewer than 34 prizes, beginning at Cruft's and going on to Swaffham, Norwich, Lowestoft, and Yarmouth.

The Pekingese and other special numbers of THE Kennel have called forth such delight that I am repeatedly being asked why there is no specialist Whippet number being spoken of. I do not mind admitting that I have bad some such project in my mind for some time, but I have kept it quietly there as I hardly thought that there would be sufficient support forthcoming from Whippeters to carry such a project through successfully. I am more than willing to do the work but, like the ancient Israelites in the land of the Pharaohs, I cannot make bricks without straw, in other words, I cannot produce a special Whippet number unless I have the material supplied to me by fanciers. I shall, however, be delighted to have suggestions from my readers on this subject., and if nothing comes of it there is no harm done. " RED RAG."

FALBOURNE

Mr. W. H. THORNE'S
WHIPPET, FULBOURNE,
At 18, Beaconsfield Road,
ST. ALBANS.

THIS charming son of Oak Masterpiece and Butcher's Assistant was born December 12, 1913, and without doubt ranks as one of our best living specimens. In colour a white dog, with fawn spot on back and left side of face, the following is a description of him : A beautiful-topped dog, with good depth of chest; he has perfect quarters and well-bent hocks; front, neck, shoulders, and feet are all good, is truly built for speed, and the embodiment of work and bench qualities. On the bench he has done well- a fact proved when it is stated that he has won three 1sts the last two years Cruft's.

In the kennel are three excellent bitches, the pick probably being that good bitch, FUCHSIA, who is we known to show goers, and one that is sure to go on ar prosper.

Mr. Thorne has now been breeding Whippets for over six years, and when the war is a thing of the past the team are likely to be better known than even they are at the moment.

 

WHIPPET Standard Visualization, modeled by Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 1909.

Whippet and Race-Dog News.
All items o/ 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.

A Word on Pedigree.--I am a great believer in pedigree, but I by no means worship it, and I have never, in a fairly wide experience of live stock breeding, ranging from horses to fancy mice, placed pedigree before individual merit. Naturally, given two animals of equal -quality, of which the one has a pedigree and the other has not, or, putting it more correctly, where the •pedigree of one is known and of the other unknown, I would take the one with the known pedigree. But scores of times I have seen purchasers pass by a really excellent animal because it had those fatal words after its name, " pedigree unknown," and lay out their money on a very indifferent animal, simply because it possessed a good pedigree. It is a favourite maxim of the majority of breeders that if an animal has a good pedigree, it has a hundred chances to one to breed winners (although it in itself may be a whole combination of faults), because it will throw back to its winning ancestors. Heredity is powerful, but it is not all-powerful, and, besides, the ancestry that produced a faulty animal will equally affect that animal's progeny. . Breeding on such a system, which is, in short, breeding from pedigree alone, is on the face of it the height of folly. What is it that followers .of such a system expect? Just that the parents' individuality counts for nothing, that its faults are mere accidents or " sports," and that the wonderful power' of pedigree is going to produce winners and none but winners. Of course it does happen on occasion that winners are produced by those methods, but one or two pebbles do not make a beach, and winners so got are very few and far between. And then, going back once more to heredity, by the same line of reasoning that produced these few winners, what will the progeny of those few be? If winners are produced by pedigree alone, by a system of heredity, then that progeny must throw back to the faulty grandparent ! You cannot get away from it, and, further, it is a law of live stock breeding that faults and failings are much more easily reproduced than merits. Not long since I visited the kennels of a man who has been trying for years •to breed his own winners, but without success. I have long admired his patience, his pluck, and his perseverance, but alas ! I cannot extend my admiration to his breeding methods. He has got together a lot of second class animals, but in pedigree they are immense. Talk about blue blood ! Some of those dogs' ancestors must have been companions at the flood with Noah's dove. The pedigree book made me dizzy ; and yet there was not a puppy in that kennel worth a fourth card in a moderate class. The owner fondly imagined, too, that he was " breeding from a strain." I am writing for the novice, and, incidentally, for those who have so far failed to reach their ambition, and I must interject at this point to make clear when pedigree and strain do tell to one's benefit. In the first place, " strain " is not merely breeding from pedigree animals, but from animals related to each other and combining in their blood the necessary material for the production of winners. So that I shall not individualise and hurt anyone's feelings, let me take a fictitious prefix, say, the " Blue Moon." Well, we know that in the kennels of the " Blue Moon " winners can be bred almost at will, and so circumscribed is the blood, otherwise, in this case, the strain, that the owner can tell pretty accurately what the puppies -will be like from such and such a mating, almost before they are born. Members of the " Blue Moon " strain have produced winners for other fanciers, no doubt many winners, and hence arises the belief in the novice mind that a purchase with " Blue Moon " in its. pedigree is bound to give him a litter of winners. " Blue Moon " blood has brought success to many fanciers, and it is a certainty in its owner's kennels. What does it matter though the novice's purchase is " no good for anything but breeding," and what does it matter though its parents are better lost sight of ; what does anything matter so long as somewhere in that pedigree form are the magic words " Blue Moon " ! Now certainly the owner of the " Blue Moon " prefix got success by inbreeding, and so he must have been working with " pedigrees," however short. All of which I readily grant, but neither inbreeding nor pedigree was the governing factor in the " Blue Moon " success. What was it? Selection! The owner of the " Blue Moon " prefix did not breed from his stock that had only pedigree ; he bred from selected stock. How often is the beginner tempted to buy absolute rotters simply because their grandparents were big winners, or their sire was a champion ! " It is bound to breed something good; look at its pedigree ! I Such reasoning would be sound if you eliminate the animal and breed from the pedigree ; but then, pedigrees won't breed. How many animals are there to-day who are eating up money, and the heart out of their owners by the disappointments they cause, who are only kept alive because of their well-filled pedigree forms. A novice is better to purchase a dog with a pedigree, if it has quality, than 'a dog that has only quality and no pedigree, because an unknown fancier will find it difficult to sell puppies from unknown parents, but if the novice is prepared to exhibit his purchase and proclaim its merit to the public, he need not trouble about the want of a pedigree. I know several sires and dams to-day which are of unknown pedigree, but which are of great individual merit, and whose progeny are among the finest of their kind, and whose grand-children are finer still. Get pedigree if you can, but if a choice has to be made between the two, tear up the pedigree form and buy the animal which has the individual merit. That individual merit is bound to come out somewhere. Don't buy pedigree, buy quality.

Round the Ring.—It is with great pleasure I note that Mr. E. J. Sobey is the judge elect of Whippets, at the Kennel Club Show, at the Crystal Palace, October 19th. To make use of a vulgarism, Mr. Sobey has probably forgotten more about Whippet culture than the average fancier will ever know, and we can rest assured that whoever are the winning owners at next month's great doggy carnival, the prizes in our division will go•to standard exhibits, and that merit will have its due reward. Until the K.C. rule making a prefix an individual property, Mr. Sobey and his father (the latter a specialist in Greyhounds and the owner of many a champion), shared the Cornish one of " Treyew " for their stock. Now Mr. Sobey fils has no prefix, but the names of all his stock begin with the letter S. This, what may be termed an alliterative method of canine cognomen, is used by nearly all the coursing men; thus at the past Waterloo Cup, the winner was Mr. Dennis' Dendraspis, and the runner up was Mr. Sykes' Such a Sell. I do not believe in changing the name of a registered dog, and one that it has become known by, but I wish that Whippet owners would imitate the coursers' plan when registering a dog ; it is a guide to ownership, and besides it is much more interesting. For instance, Mr. Hally has Hip Hurrah, Happy Humboy, and Happy Heart, and then, still keeping the H in one name, he proposes to christen one of Sunrise's puppies Hazy Morn, a reminder of its dam, and another Humming Bird, a reminder of its sire, Verulam Warbler. Next " free advertisement " please !

My hearty congratulations to Mr. Ord, whose Smilax won the special for best in show " at Tow Law. It was a well deserved success, and a triumph for the whole Whippet fancy. Just previous to her victory, Smilax had been " run in " on a charge of " vagrancy " ; (at her time of life one can hardly say she was merely " lost "), however, her owner arrived in time to pay her fine, and save her from imprisonment. Second to Smilax at Tow Law was the Duchess of Seaton, Mr. Musgrove's well-known and often described bitch. Cherry Lass (Armstrong), was 3rd ; she has good brisket and forequarters, but is a bit small, and her bad tail will always handicap her.
Again congratulations ! This time to-Messrs. Honeybone, whose Manorley Mesmer won the sporting dog special, any variety except Fox-terriers, in keen competition at Kidlington Show. Mesmer is very racey, has beautiful arch and front, and plenty of -power behind ; neat in neck and head. 3rd to the same firm's White City, straight in bone and well set on ground, not in the best form. 2nd and res., Baker, with Chislehurst Belle and Whitney Wanderer ; the former a shapely red fawn of nice quality, little sprawling in feet.

At Darlington Show, Pretty Polly (Mutrie), a good going fawn and white, won ; she has nice type and quality, and stands well. 2nd, Lady Warkworth (Fairman), fawn, good chest arch and front, does not move so well behind. 3rd, Sweep (Johnson), black, as its name, a neat little thing, and nice in front, but wants stamina, and does not look so speedy as winner. Res., Hilyer's Chance ; V. H. C.,. Ashton's Floss; Davies' Spot.

Midget (Andrew), good quality and nice all round merit, won at Wolverton ; 2nd place went to Kemp's Blue, on the small side and lacks bone ; 3rd, Green's Pretty Jane, was the popular selection for 2nd place.

In the Greyhound or Whippet Class at Abeydove, Mr. Hurley's Montana Maid was 2nd, a typical bitch, possessing a shapely body of nice size, and she stands firmly and well.

Greenock Show, always good for a brace of Whippet Classes, will be held on January 1st, 1910. " RED RAG."

 

The "BOLNEY" Whippets

of Mrs. C. M. Sugden
at Mouse Hall, Bolney
Sussex
Tel, No.; Warninglid 219.

BOLNEY STARSHINE Left and BOLNEY SPRING SONG Right

MRS. SUGDEN has been breeding and exhibiting Whippets with great success for 6 1/2 years. Some of the stables and outbuildings at Mouse Hall, a beautiful old house, have been converted into comfortable and roomy kennels, and upon the occasion of my visit I found all the dogs in Al form. Mrs. Sugden, who is a very expert horsewoman, exercises her little racing dogs with her horses, which accounts for their hardness and fitness.

Seagift Surprise of Bolney, aged 6 years, by Ch. Boy Scrounger ex Seagift Shot Silk, is the foundation-stone of the kennel. A very nice bitch which has gone best in show three times, with a well chiselled head, obliquely placed shoulders, perfectly straight forelegs, good bone, a deep brisket, well sprung ribs, nicely arched loin and well bent stifles.

Bolney Spring Song, aged 3 1/2 years by Ch. Conquisitor ex Seagift Surprise of Bolney, has several times gone best in show in hot competition and I personally make her the best bitch in the kennel. She possesses a long and lean head, dark eyes, small rose ears, a long neck, well let into oblique shoulders, the best legs and. feet, excellent depth of brisket, a arched loin, well bent stifles and muscular thighs.

Some trophies won by various breeds from "Bolney"

Slippery Sam of Bolney, a fawn litter brother to Bolney Spring Song, is a best in show winner, and is siring excellent stock at a fee of 3 gns. There were in the kennels at the time of my visit two very promising litters of puppies by him. He has a flat head, a long muzzle, a reachy neck, natural arch of loin, and graceful sweep of stifle.

Seagift Satin of Bolney, aged 2 3/4 years, by Seagift Seafoam ex Blue Bel Lar, is an all quality blue hitch of ideal size, with neat head and ears, good neck, shoulders, legs and feet, 'excellent breadth and squareness of back, and nice arch of loin, and she also covers plenty of ground. She was best bitch in 'show at Croydon and Polegate.

Bolney Starshine, aged years, by Golden Pencil ex Silver Lady of Luss, is a young fawn bitch that went best puppy at Polegate, and won well at Lewes. She excels in depth of brisket, spring of rib, breadth of back and strength and breadth of hindquarters, which possess plenty of driving power.

The blue fawn dog Bolney Sussex Sprite, now aged 15 months, by Happy Landing ex Bolney Spring Song, was only 9 months old when I went over him, and at that age he was a definitely promising puppy, with neat head and ears, a long and clean neck, good shoulders, front, legs and feet, nicely turned stifles and well let down hocks.

Left is Slippery Sam of Bolney and Right is Seagift Satin of Bolney (Photos., Thos. Fall.)

Mr. W. DAVIS
Whippets
125, Orchard Road
Erdington, Birmingham

WYEMERE COLLAR OF ALLWAYS

1949 Advertisement
Sire : Tiptree Glamour
Ch. Tiptree Noel
Tiptree Namomi
Tiptree Pickes
Tiptree Stella
Dam: Wyemere Silkie
Jink J
Tiptree
Tiptree George Lady Lillian
Lovely Rose of Luss Ch. Willesblair
Heatherslade

The fawn dog Wyemere Collar of Allways, winner of five reserve c.c.s, was best in show at Birmingham. He has wonderful neck, shoulders, legs and feet ; very deep brisket and perfect size, and is a great sire. Fee 4 guineas.

This small kennel has been most successful during 1949. The feature is quality. Mr. Davis gives personal attention to visiting bitches. Puppies are usually for sale.
Sam Skelton.

 

OWING to coming pressure of political work, Mr. Will Hally (Red Rag) will have very little time to devote to his Whippets during the coming months, and, therefore, offers for sale his grand winning golden brindle dog,

HIP HURRAH

who has won and can win in the hottest competition, and is a proved sire of lovely puppies. Hip Hurrah is one of the finest dogs ever benched, and has the best hindquarters of any dog alive; he has great bone and lots of style; he stands straight and steadily on the best of legs and feet. Age 18 months and over distemper and all puppy ailments. Will be sold cheaply to a good home and a genuine fancier. All particulars from the owner, Mr. Will Hally, Halstead, Auchterarder, Perthshire. Hip Hurrah is by Stranger ex Sunray.
This is your opportunity! An ideal dog is for sale. 2713
THE KENNEL (1909). LTD., at their Offices, 65 South
7 Holborn. WIRES: " Doggrel, London." November 1909"

 

''CHATTERIS LASS"

Mr. J. Pendlebury's Whippets
at
Davenport Farm, Pennington, Leigh, Lancs.

The World's Fastest Whippets have been sold from these Kennels, both in this country and America, and they have still several big Handicap winners for sale such as the 50 Guineas Melox Cup winners and the Champions of the Eastern Counties 1922, Docuras Pet Lilly 1923, Vinces Lady Lightfoot 1924 and Roses Chatteris Lass just beaten by inches.