… of Sighthound Review will be mailed out in
January, in good time before Westminster. If you haven't already sent in your
ad by now, it's probably too late — although it never hurts to ask … We may not
go to print before Christmas, because "the staff" (which is basically
Theresa and I) have been prevented from spending as much time in the office as
we should. Don't worry, though, the Winter issue is worth waiting for!
There will be an
exceptional amount of good reading in the Winter issue. Earlier this year we
interviewed Sighthound specialist judge Eugene Blake and have been busy
transcribing the tapes and collecting photographs ever since. Gene has a lot to
say — as of course he should, after more than 60 years of involvement in dogs, handling
top winners of pretty much all the Sighthound breeds and winning the Hound
Group at Westminster with the Afghan Hound Ch. Khayam's Apollo. (As far as
anyone knows, Gene was the first black handler to win a Group at Westminster.)
These days, of course, Gene is both a successful owner-handler of Salukis and
one of America's most experienced and popular judges, most recently for the
unique "Sighthound Spectacular" competition at Santa Barbara Kennel
Club. We can almost promise that this interview, with many rare photographs,
will be a classic.
There is also a
thought-provoking article on "Dual-Purpose Judges" by Patricia Gail
Burnham: Did you know that although there are several hundred AKC conformation
judges for each Sighthound breed and more than 200 AKC/ASFA lure-coursing
judges, less than two dozen of them combine conformation and coursing
qualifications? What does that mean for our Sighthounds long term?
With the Westminster
Kennel Club coming up in February, Caroline Coile has analysed past Westminster
winners, going all the way back to the 1930s, with photos and a lot of
interesting data. Following our plan to highlight the "rare"
Sighthound breeds, there is a special feature on the Sloughi, an article on
antique French Sighthound prints and show reports on the Afghan Hound, Italian
Greyhound and Rhodesian Ridgeback national specialties. Denise Flaim writes
about her experiences as a "new" AKC judge, Sharon Sakson reports
from a Sighthound specialty show at the castle of Pompadour in France, there
are coursing news, an unusually large Letters section — and as usual a grand
selection of ads for the most beautiful dogs in the world …
I think you will enjoy
the Winter issue a lot. Make sure that you get it by subscribing ASAP!
As always, we look
forward to hearing from you.
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