It is sad to hear the passing of one of our old Champions, even at the age of 16.5 years. Our sympathy to Reina and Tony Clarke on the passing of their Ch Nefisa Baaz of Rhazias. Very much an upstanding dog, with his handler, Reina making a elegant team. As a stud dog he produced Champions here and on the Continent. His grandchildren are caring on the tradition. He was part of a litter produced by Jenny and Steve Macro that saw Baaz and his brother Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk dominating the show scene.
Elaine Stanmore has sent the following on behalf of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club: “The SGHC would like to increase the Database of Saluki DNA which is being stored by the AHT. Many canine DNA tests have now been developed for simple inherited conditions, which have enabled breeds to control these without damaging genetic diversity and research is ongoing worldwide for complex inherited conditions, so these samples are important for Salukis in the future.
At the forthcoming Championship Show, DNA swab kits will be provided free of charge provided the samples are taken at the Show and handed in with a completed form. If anyone wishes to take a kit away there will be a charge of £5.00. Any donations towards the free kits will be appreciated. The fee reflects the indefinite storage of the DNA by the AHT and not the actual kit.
Peter Yardley will be coordinating on the day and can answer any queries. There will be a screened area at the show. The kits contain 5 brush type cheek swabs which have to be briefly dried before placing in the envelope. It is important not to feed your dog for an hour before taking the samples.
You will need to provide a 3-5 generation copy of the pedigree, which will stay with the completed submission form. A KC copy would be preferred, but other versions are acceptable. If any siblings or other relations have suffered with any significant conditions these need to be included on the form. You also need the KC registration number. If any significant health issues develop in your Saluki after the swabs have been sent to the AHT, it is very important to inform them. If you need to do this email:-email@example.com and they will be able to advise. (The AHT sends an acknowledgment which includes a personal reference number for each dog)
It is hoped that as many people as possible will participate.”
Alison Crane has sent the following on behalf of the Welfare “‘The Saluki Welfare Fund calendar for 2018, which features gorgeous pictures of salukis all re-homed through Saluki Welfare, will be available to purchase from the Welfare stall on the SGHC Champ Show on 22nd October at the very reasonable price of £8.50.
However if you are unable to make the Show copies of the Calendar are available by post at a cost of £10 to include postage & packing. Please contact Alison Crane by email on firstname.lastname@example.org to order your copy. Payment can be by cheque or BACS, details available from Alison. All proceeds go to Saluki Welfare to help salukis in need.”
Caroline Pickering has sent the following on behalf of the NSC “The Northern Saluki Club held its open show on Sunday 24th September under judge Lady Ruth Dann Best Dog & Best in Show was awarded to Canerike Vivaldi for Stalwart owned by Victoria Martin , Reserve Best dog, Miskanda The Grey Gadsby Owned by Jeanette Cotterill , Best Bitch Labakan Lacroix owned by Denise Rogers and Reserve Best bitch Classicus Britannia owned by Mary Sanders Parker . Best puppy in show was Ariane Luzia owned by Jeannette Fortnum & best veteran in show was Ch Caryna Cuettes owned by John & Caroline Owen. Following on from the show 6 fun classes were held with all proceeds going towards Saluki Welfare , these classes were very well supported with some fabulous fancy dress outfits and striking 6 legs.
Sue Taylor & Rachel Wray worked tirelessly all day in the kitchen creating wonders, Sue's fabulous chicken & cheesy mash pie was a huge hit, recipes were taken. Deb Steele's Saluki welfare stall did a great trade with the welfare calendar, Christmas cards and a huge tombola . Jeannette Fortnum's stall was a great hit selling knitted animals Christmas trees and a plethora of other lovely items. The atmosphere at the show was very friendly and ringside sportsmanship must be applauded .The hard work and harmony of all the Northern committee certainly paid off in dividends to make this a lovely show.”