The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club has announced that the schedules for the Open and Limit Show will be soon coming through your doors. Though schedules and entry forms for the Open Show can be made on line through Fossedata. Diane Layton-Smith has said that there are openings for stewards at the show. If you would like to assist please contact her on tel. 01208 72927 .
The Welfare Stall will also be at attendance at the show with Christine Harrison in charge. I am sure she would appreciate any donations to keep the stall going. Also, the “The Saluki” the magazine of the SGHC will be available. Diana Klein, the editor has kept the contents of the magazine under wraps. We shall have to see who and what is included in this issue. There will judging of the photographs which will be used in the 2022 calendar. Helena Haywood has sent the following 'Just a quick reminder that the SGHC Photographic Calendar Competition entries are open until May 31st, and will be displayed for voting on at the Limit/Open Shows on June 27th. All entries please by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org' .
With the Limit Show, AGM and the Open Show it should be a busy day after a very long and strange year.
I have just received a message from David Crane, secretary for the Saluki Welfare”
“Saluki Welfare have a need for reinforcements, specifically a Welfare Warden for the South, South West and South Midlands of the country, plus two Committee members.
If you feel you would like to join the Welfare team and can offer your experience of the breed to help salukis in need then please contact the Welfare Secretary at email@example.com ‘’
Simon Parson’s has posted that the judging panel for Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Lyndhurst, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property, in Tarrytown New York on June 12-13 has changed. Because of Covid-19 travel restriction judges from the USA have replaced those from other countries. This has been a concern I have had as I have read through different show schedules here with judges coming from outside the ‘green countries’ which are not many at this time. I looked at Finland, as an example, which has had very few cases, of Covid, they are not on our ‘green list’ at present. They may be after the next review of the traffic light system reviewing countries. According to the ‘Telegraph’ a number of countries have been identified as possible contenders for the list at the next review. It says that popular European destination like Spain, France and Greece are not among them. It lists Finland as one of the countries that could be added in the next review.
So, we shall have to wait and see as will the secretaries/committees of the show societies.
Bridget Croucher, Secretary of the South Wales Kennel Assoc has posted the following:
“After a lot of discussion and thought the South Wales Kennel Association regret that the 2021 show will not be going ahead.
At present the Royal Welsh Showground remains closed and the Welsh Assembly Government have indicated no decisions on large indoor events will be made until late July at the earliest.
With so many general championship shows having been given permission to hold their events later in the year the committee are concerned about the financial impact this could have on our society holding the first all indoor event of the year. The welfare of the dogs has also weighed heavily on our minds.
Plans are now underway for 2022 when we hope to welcome members, exhibitors, stewards and judges back for our usual warm, Welsh welcome.
All judges have been informed and will be offered alternative appointments.
In addition, our 2021 Dog of the Year competition, final to have been held in March 2022, will not take place in view of the lack of local open shows where dogs could have qualified.”
In ‘Our Dogs’ May 2021 there is a copy of an interview by John Williams which first appeared in ‘Our Dogs’ in 1984. John is interviewing Terry Thorn where they were talking about ‘dogs and other good things’. Terry tells the history of his Tahawi Salukis. He said he started out with Windswift Rahman from Vera Watkins. He was told that living with a Saluki would be easier if he had a second, so he acquired another. It seems that the situation was no better so it was suggested that he get a bitch. He says “by 1962 we had three Salukis, the bitch having come from Mrs Skelton-Fortune of Daxlore Salukis”. In their second Tahawi litter, they produced Ch Tahawi Belinda, her sire was Windswift Rahman and her dam Tahawi Susha Riza (She was all Daxlore Breeding). Terry accredited the success of the Tahawi Kennels to Belinda.
At this point in the interview Terry was asked why he choice the affix Tahawi? His response was: “I was reading through a book on Salukis one day and saw that one of the first Salukis imported into this country came from Tahawi tribe in the Saliha desert, so I applied for it as my own prefix”
One of Terry’s interesting comments was “I like the Windswift for movement, Knightellington for type and Daxlore for temperament.” “He stated that one time they had eight champions living in their kennel. *They stopped breeding and showing in 1973 as he thought they could do no more. Thirty-nine champions throughout the world carried the Tahawi prefix. Very interesting interview and I am sure copies of the paper could be obtained from ‘Our Dogs
*The last Tahawi champion was Ch Tahawi Xanthippe of Negma owned by Mrs Gloria Moss. Her sire was Int Ch Tahawi Burydown Zafaran and dam, Ch Tahawi Deidamia.