SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 26THMARCH 2021
This weekend the clocks jump forth heralding the longer days. Winter has been long and difficult without any opportunity to get out, meet friends, go to pubs or even the library. Last year in February we spent a week in Florida meeting our son, Alexis, daughter in law Katy and our new grandson Zach. There was far more talk in this country about the virus than in the States. They were mainly talking, as usual, Trump said this or did that. Little did we know that it would be a long time before we could meet up again. Fortunately, we have all stayed well, had our injections so hopefully we can meet up in the not-too-distant future.
It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of one of our long-time members of the Saluki community and the youngest founding member of the Northern Saluki Club, Kevin Carter. He passed away on Friday 19thMarch from cancer. He and his late partner Ann Jones made up one home bred Saluki champion, Clearwing Beraq, Whilst Kevin was a championship show judge he judged only once then decided judging was not for him. In later years Kevin has been seen more often in the Manchester Terrier area at Championship Shows. He was the proud owner of the top CC winning Manchester of all time, Ch Digelsa Declaration. Kevin always had a smile on his face, happy to see everyone at the shows. I remember him turning up with Ann at Richmond Championship Show when it was still at Ascot telling everyone how happy he was as he had finally found the polo centre. That was Kevin.
When details of his funeral are known I will post them. Our sympathy to his children who have always been there for Kevin.
David Hartley, Chairman of the Northern Saluki Club has sent the following“As Chairman it is my sad duty to inform you of the death of Kevin Carter earlier today. Kev was the youngest member of the original NSC committee. With his wife Ann Jones he was well known in Saluki circles as an exhibiter and judge..
Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed”
Helena Haywood has sent the following on behalf of the SGHC“Once again, we are opening the entry for Photos for the SGHC Calendar Competition for the 2022 Calendar. Please e mail entries to email@example.com , ensuring that they are preferably in Landscape format and of high definition. Entries will close at the end of May.
A maximum of 5 photos per entrant.'
As well as the beautiful Lavender bags, produced by Pauline Thomas of Gold Embroidered Design for the Club, we are also going to shortly have available, some stylish Bone China mugs, Face Coverings printed with the Club logo and very useful canvas bags ( ideal for use for holding your grooming equipment at shows)'”
We have received the Annual General Meeting of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club in the post along with the ballot for judges for the 2023 Championship Show (Centennial year), Open Show 2022 and Limited show 2022. I questioned the secretary, Carolyn McCormick Smith why it was not mentioned that 2023 was a special year and inquired about the second set of CCS the KC was allowing the club for its special occasion. Carolyn came back with the following which I quote “The ballot is for the regular October Championship Show in 2023. It will be a special occasion, but that should not influence who members vote for.
The Centenary Show in June 2023 is a bit different and is still under consideration.”
As a reminder the Centenary Show and weekend will be held on the Newbury Showground during and just after Southern Counties Championship Show 2023. Hound Day at SCCS will be Saturday 3rdJune and the Club’s day will be Sunday 4thJune. The Club is planning to have their own marquee with all day hospitality, an archive exhibition, merchandise and plenty of entertainment over the two days
The Scottish Kennel Club have received permission from the KC to hold a double Championship Show from 30 September - 3 October.
The group splits will be as follows:
30th September 21 – Working & Hound (May & October)
Friday 1st October 21 – Utility & Terrier (May & October)
Saturday 2nd October 21 – Toy & Pastoral (May & October)
Sunday 3rd October 21 – Gundog (May & October)
Angela Cavell has posted the following regarding Southern Counties Championship Show: “First of all, I should like to apologise sincerely to those of you who have been asking about this year’s show. As you know, I have always prided myself on keeping our exhibitors fully informed but this year I have been in limbo myself. However, I have now received answers form the Kennel Club and Newbury Showground.
It appears that the government is unlikely to lif sufficient restrictions for Southern Counties Championship Show to go ahead on our early June dates. We do not want to let our exhibitors down by risking a late cancellation so we are keeping our fingers crossed for the vaccine programme to continue its impressive progress (thank you NHS). For this reason, we have moved on a couple of weeks to June 25thfor Hounds and Toys. These dates are after the current plan for easing restriction (June 21st) so hopefully we should be clear.” On the SCCS web site it states that schedules will be available from the beginning of April. The exact sate will be posted on the Club’s website, on social media and in ‘Our Dogs’ pages once the final arrangements are in place. The show will not be benched and although sturdy gazebos will be available for judges and stewards there will be not wet weather accommodation.
In next week’s notes I will endeavour to post a list of the show calendar for 2021, which seems to be changing very quickly.
A big thank you to Steve Ham for sharing a lovely photo of Buzz Faber celebrating
her 85thbirthday. She is looking very well sitting with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, which she was given to commemorate the day. Pleased, that she is being well looked after in the care home. More is the pity that no one can visit her yet. Maybe soon.
On a sadder note, I have received notification of the passing of Mick (Michael) Spooner from a heart attack. Mick and his wife Sally exhibited their Salukis in the 1990s. Their prefix was Manzemar. Before obtaining a Saluki they exhibited Afghans. Mick approached us asking if he could have a Saluki as he wanted his own dog to show while Sally was busy exhibiting the Afghans. We offered him a male, as the original planned purchaser had unexpectedly died, that was Kasaque Ezekiel. He was a son of Ch Shamal Kharaz and Ch Kasaque Dharmas. What a wonderful start it was for Mick as he and Zeke accrued 23 CCs along the way. Their second Champion was Kasaque Firuze, winner of 5 CCS. Firuze was a son of Saklawi Baksheesh and Ch Kasaque Dharmas. With the Manzemar prefix the Spooner’s bred three litters. Our condolences to his family.
Anna Freegard PRO of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club has posted the following regarding their upcoming 2021 Shows. “There is much to look forward to, after a difficult 12 months for all. The Committee is keen to welcome you all at the Open & Limit shows on June 27th2021. We are scheduling a Champion’s class so you can bring the whole Saluki family. There is a welfare parade and equally importantly a (un) healthy variety of cakes on offer.
For those of you unfamiliar with the venue, I’d like to reassure you on the set up regarding it’s suitability for a show in this climate. There is a large, open sided marquee with plenty of room for those of you who wish to bring your own set ups. There is a large car park, which can be seen from the ring and you can park as far away from other’s nearby vehicles as you need to. The clubhouse has a serving hatch externally accessible and we can organise a sensible approach to the facilities.
Please join us if you can; we cannot wait to be with friends
Diane Layton-Smith has posted “May I just add that there will be food available all day from breakfast, as we will have to start early, through lunch to afternoon tea. ‘It is rumoured that the ever popular, Bernies’ Jazz Café will be open for business as usual.”
At this show there are usually trade stands, welfare stands, club trophies and raffles, which should make the day out special.
The Northern Saluki Club are planning on holding two AGMs on March 28th2021. These will start at 2.00 pm with the business of the 2020 AGM followed afterwards by the business of the 2021 AGMs.
If you wish to join the AGM you will need to have been a fully paid-up member of the NSC in 2020. To help manage the meeting if you register your interest with John Owen, the secretary, he will then send you a zoom meeting invitation. If you are new to zoom and need advice please let him know. There is no cost for joining the meeting, you do not need to subscribe to zoom. Please register your wish to join the meeting by the 21stMarch to provide time for the invitation.
Following confirmation from the Kennel Club that the NSC may provide members with a subscription holiday for 2021, they have asked that it should be made clear that this only applies to those members who paid their subscriptions for the year 2020. If your subscription remained unpaid in 2020 you are expected to pay to re-join as a member in 2021. Payment can be made by cheque to John Owen, 195 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 8TA.
More from the NSC, they are holding a three-part series on ‘The History and origins of our Saluki’ These webinars will be held over Zoom and lead by experienced members of the Committee and invited guest speaks using both newly created materials and educational materials from their archives This will be accessible for both NSC Members and non-members, including those overseas. Invitations have been sent to those wishing to attend the first session but as it has been oversubscribed, the NSC will be putting on an additions session so they can accommodate all those interested in attending. For further information please firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Anna on 07814 264217
City of Birmingham is unfortunately cancelled because Stoneleigh where they hold their shows is being used for Covid testing and inoculations. What a pity as many breed clubs had also joined them for that date at that venue.
Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show which was to be held on the 21st-23rdMay will not going ahead. They are in discussion to possibly rescheduling the show at a later date this year. Further updates will be posted on the SKC website and their FB page.
Following government announcement Three Counties show believes that they will be able to hold their show from the June 10-13. Other show secretaries are more cautious and feel that this instruction is aimed at organised seated venues and does not apply to dog shows. David Cavill from Southern Counties said in a statement : “ As things stand we are intending to try, but if the WKC* date becomes available we will probably go for that. Southern Counties show-ground committee are meeting regularly to discuss option and we think we have 4 weeks before we have to make a
21stdeadline might be brought back”
*The WKC dates are no longer an option as the Blackpool Championship Show will now be held on those dates. No news on the fate of Windsor Championship Show. It would be quite fun the combine the horse show and the dog show together. It would probably be an organizers nightmare, but fun.
UK Sighthound Sport have announced their revised schedule for 2021. They have said “With so many other shows and activities trying to rearrange and basically a year’s worth of events being packed into a few months, then there are bound to be future announcements of events that will clash with these dates. We have now stick with our proposal and hope to see as many of you as possible at each one. “
21stMarch AGM-Zoom Meeting; Trials day 25thApril at Moreton in Marsh, Glos.
Spring Champs, 29th/30thMay, Raleghs Cross Somerset (Bank Holiday two day event with BBQ, trials and camping)
Summer Champs 22ndAug at Frampton Glos. (Location to be confirmed)
National Champs 03rdOctober Stratford, Warwickshire
Masha Shaverneva has kindly sent some agility news from Altai. “Like most of the UK we have been hibernating at home since December. The Agility Club has recently announced it’s yearly awards for 2020, which was a much shorter and smaller agility competition season but there still were a fair few KC agility shows during summer and autumn around the UK.
The award is calculated by points gained for clear runs and places at KC shows. I am very proud to report that Altai (Qazal Sarbaz Har Kala Rachi (imp Bel)) is the winner in his competition category – Large Grade 2.” WOW well done to team Altai.
When we allowed to get out and about, an interesting place to visit is The Natural History Museum atTring which was the private museum of Lionel Walter, 2nd Baron Rothschild; today it is under the control of the Natural History Museum, London. It houses one of the finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects in the United Kingdom. It was known as the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum until April 2007. Themuseum is located on Akeman Street, in Tring, Hertfordshire. It is home to two stuffed Salukis. One is Luman, a light red.. The Hon Florence Amhurst did own a Luman, not sure if he is the same one. He was born in 1895 in Egypt and came from the Tahawi tripe. The other Saluki, also a male is Lance of Anatolia. I cannot find any additional information on him.
If you manage to visit the museum then have a look for Barn & Windmill on Icknield Way. The Barn & Windmill was the original home of Don Wiedon and his Sedeki Salukis. He rennervated the windmill joining it to the barn. There was a big feature in one of the Home *& Garden magazines in the 1960/1970s, Don hosted many wonderful parties there, I am told.
The Northern Saluki Club has just compiled a booklet entitled ‘Buying a Saluki Puppy Advice’. It is an excellent publication that gives the prospective purchaser of a Saluki what to look for and what questions to ask. It is available through the secretary of the NSC, John Owen either from their web site www.NORTHERNSALUKICLUB.CO.UK or telephone number 01158 776960.
Further to my comments last week about Windsor Show, the Committee have posted the following. “Windsor Dog Sow is aware of the announcement that the Windsor Horse Show is going ahead of the 1stto 4thJuly the same as the dog show. We are still considering all of our options and will make a statement in due course”
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We have had our first injections which reminds me of the injections we give puppies at 8 weeks. We have to wait for that second shot plus one week before we can put our feet on the ground. With the announcements made last week by Boris Johnson it appears that we will be able to be out and about this summer. With that news I have received a message from Carolyn McCormick Smith that the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club has permission from the Kennel Club to hold their Open and Limited Show on the 27thJune. The venue will be the Dobermann Club Training and Showground, Digswell Herts AL6 0BU. Judging the Open Show will be Carolyn McCormick Smith and the Limited Show will be Susan Rhodes. It has been as long time so we shall look forward to the schedules coming through our mailbox.
OPEN SHOW WINNER (OSW) TITLE MOVES TO END OF DOG’S NAME.
The Kennel Club board has approved a proposal from the Show Executive Committee that the Open Show Winner (OSW) title be repositioned at the end of a dog’s name rather than at the beginning. The OSW award was introduced by the KC at the start of 2019 among a series of measures designed to improve open show scene and recognise exhibitors ‘achievements. Other measures introduced have included the Show Certificate of Excellence (ShCEx) and Veteran Warrant awards as well as breed supported entry classes.
The OSW title is a special award given only to dogs which have won both Junior Warrant (JW) title and the Show Certificate of Excellence (ShCEx) award. The owner does not need to apply for the OISW certificate as it is sent to the automatically by the Kennel Club once the two qualifying titles have been successfully claimed.
The UK Sighthound Sport has had to cancel their Spring Championship for March but they will now be holding it on 25thApril. The Summer Championship weekend will be on the 26-27thJune. On the Saturday there will be trials and a BBQ.
Unfortunately, that date is the same date the SGHC has rescheduled their Open and Limited show. With the loss of 12 months of activities I think the last six months is going to be very busy. The 3rdof October will be UKSS’ National Championships.
UKSS has also announced that they are hosting a seminar on zoom on Sunday 14thMarch 2021 at 10a.m. It is titled Lure Coursing- A healthy & Fun Activity for Your dog with international Judge Geir Hammer (Norway}Topics will include the history, the facts, the rules & regulations, the fun and the future of lure coursing. The seminar will be limited to 80 places on the first come first served basis. To book please complete the form on the website www.uksighthoundsport.com. Tickets are £2.00 please pay by bacs Short Code 30-96-26 Account 31362968. Tickets went on sale on Saturday 20thFebruary. The seminar is aimed at beginners and experience owners alike and is open to all including non member. The duration of the seminar will be 2 hours with a break in the middle.
Someone’s head will be rolling in Windsor at the Crown Office. It is really heart breaking that after the year we have had, that, Windsor Championship Dog Show has a problem with their booking for the show venue. Stated on Windsor dog show site are the dates for their upcoming show as the 1st,2nd,3rd and 4thJuly. Looking at the Windsor Horse Show site they say their show is cancelled from their usual date in May to the 1-4 July.
A couple of additional show cancellations for this year are Welsh Kennel Club 2021 Championship Show and the Reading and District Open Show which is usually held a day or two before SCCS at the Newbury showground.
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SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 19THFEBRUARY 2021
Carolyn McCormick Smith, Secretary of the SGHC has posted “The Committee has decided to postpone the Limited Show scheduled for 11thApril till June 20th, and hold it alongside the Open Show. The 2021 AGM is also postponed.
The Kennel Club has now advised that it is possible to hold AGMs by post, so we propose to do that for the 2020 AGM. Papers will be sent out indue course. If that is successful, it may be considered for the 2021 AGM as time will be short on the day of the show”
As the Club is unable to hold a traditional AGM, I assume the Agenda will not contain special business for discussion. This Agenda will be the judges and accounts for
“The Saluki’ The magazine of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club, issue 2021 will come out to coincide with Crufts, as per usual. So, the magazine will be available on hound day which is the 15thJuly 2021. Time to start thinking about those article and adverts. Diana Klein, the editor is available for advice and questions you may have. She can be contacted by email at:email@example.com telephone
07751061719. Deadline is mid May for articles and adverts.
Higham Press have announced they have an updated Higham Press website to replace dog.biz and the old Higham Press website. This website will be launched in stages. The first part of the launch for exhibitors to set up an account. Please click set up an account at the very top of the screen, once you have set a password and filled in your detail click create an account, an email will be sent to verify your account, you will then be logged in. You will need a valid email address to do this, and an email address can only be used once. This will be different to how you set up an account up on dog.biz as you will now have one account for all our dogs and partnerships which you will need to set up there. Dog.biz is still available so you can retrieve all your information, you have 1 month to do this before dog.biz is shut down on 1stMarch 202, If you would like to keep a record of your entry history, please print it off before dog.biz is shut down. If you have any issues or questions, please contact us via email or phone, please bote because of Covid 19 we are only working 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-12.30 and 1.30-4,30pm. firstname.lastname@example.orgTel 01773832390
I had some problems setting our site up originally, then I read that if you add an extra “zero” in the front of your dog’s Kennel Club registration number, it will work, and it did.
A reminder to all Saluki owners to check information on the web site Saluki Archives and make sure all your information is correct and up to date. This is especially relevant to health testing. Also, a reminder to have your dog tested for NCL. We want to irradiate this terrible disease and we can with the DNA tests we have available.
Where were we twelve months ago? The media was talking about a place called Wuhan, that no one had ever heard of. We were told of this strange illness with flu like systems that was attacking the populations and many people were dying. They said it came from a ‘wet market’ there, where strange animals were being killed and consumed. That city was going into a ’lockdown’, what ever that was and they were wearing masks. We were fine here on the other side of the World. No masks. Manchester dog show had just taken place with Boston and Crufts not far off. That is how it started. Now the future is a little brighter with COVID injections. So, once we get past the winter blues and into the spring let us be a little more positive that we once again can enjoy life outside our homes.
On the BBC television program entitled “The Farmers County Showdown” two families are followed preparing themselves for a local farmer’s market. This particular episode was filmed in Wales, with two families, one of the families were pig farmers that had diversified into making charcuterie and other smoked pork items. Towards the end of the program, they showed them at the Farmer’s market. There before my very eyes was the back of a lady with long dark hair holding three Salukis. One was a golden fawn, a second a parti coloured and the third a lighter fawn. Any ideas who they might be?
I was reading through other breed notes in this paper dated January 29th. In the Basset Griffon Vandeen (Grand) notes written by Vivien Phillips she has written about the difficulties of sending a puppy to Northern Ireland. She goes on to state “Another inconvenience for pet owners, Brexit red tape means that owners will be unable to take their pet’s food, if it contains meat, dairy or fish when holidaying in the EU. Vivien goes on to say “Hopefully the Kennel Club and Defra may be able to change those rules, but in dealing with the EU I would not hold my breath. They are even taking sandwiches off HGV drivers in Holland if they brought then with them”.
(maybe the UK is doing the same, who knows)
In next week’s notes I hope to have an update on the future of the SGHC Limited Show which was planned for April. Also, for the SGHC AGM, which was due to be held on the same day.
John Owen, Hon Sec on The Northern Saluki Club has sent the following message:
“Happy New Year to you all. Although in these troubled and difficult times this seems to be a strange greeting, hopefully 2021 will be better than 2020. Normally I would be contacting you with a reminder that your subscriptions to the club are now due. However, the committee has decided to give all the NSC members a subscription holiday for 2021. It was felt that 2020 was a year when the club was unable to provide the normal activities which we all enjoy so much. As a result, we feel that members may not have received the normal benefits of the membership subscription. However, if anyone wishes to pay their subscriptions, they will be very gratefully received and treated as a donation. I also realise that some members may have paid their subscriptions with standing orders already set up. Please let me know if you wish to have this refunded. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you have very generously donated your subscription to the club. Please remember to update any changes of address or particularly email addresses, especially if you have recently gone online. This is the fastest way to contact everyone. I often have delivery failures when I email all the members so if you do change emails addresses please let me know.
I would like to provide an update on the NSC dog shows in 2021. Many of you will already know from Facebook posts, that because of Covid-19, we have sadly taken the decision to cancel the Championship Show, which was due to be held on the 18th April 2021. We have tried to compensate for this by attempting to organise two Championship Shows later in the year. The first of these will take place on the 17th July 2021 as a partnership show with The Hound Association, at Stafford Showground. Dr J Hudson has very kindly agreed to still judge the show. Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide the final entry details yet. It may be that the entries will be online only, and the numbers of entries may be restricted to meet Covid-19 regulations. This is something which will need to be finalised with the Hound Association and will be published as soon as possible. Hopefully by July there may be a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.
The second of the shows is also a partnership show to be held on the 19th September 2021 in conjunction with Darlington. Once more the details of this will be made available later in the year. Mr J Walton-Haddon has kindly agreed to judge on this occasion.
We are still hopeful that our Open Show planned for the 26th September 2021 will be able to go ahead as planned, at Shirland Village Hall, Nr Alfreton, Derbyshire. As before the final details will be made available as soon as the situation with gatherings and events has been made clear. Mr J Johnston-White is the judge. Once more our normal routines need to be adjusted to meet the Covid-19 restrictions. The Club AGM needs to be held in March and is planned for Sunday the 28th March 2021. We have made the decision to organise a Zoom meeting for the AGM. This will start at 2:30pm. It will be preceded by a committee meeting starting at 1:30pm.
There will be two AGMs: the first to discuss the business from 2019 and the second the business of 2020, the meetings will run concurrently. It is necessary to have two AGM’s because of the impact of Covid-19 last year. If you wish to join the AGM, you will need to have been a fully paid-up member in 2020. To help us manage the meeting I am asking that you register your interest with me, the secretary, in the first instance and then I will send you a zoom meeting invitation. If you have not used zoom before, let me know, and I will attempt to provide some advice. There is no cost to the members for joining the meeting, you do not need to subscribe to zoom, but you can register. You will need to register your wish to join the meeting by the 21st March 2021 to ensure you receive your invitation. Finally,I must thank all those people who sent me and Caroline all the lovely best wishes for my speedy recovery following my complete left knee replacement. Before the operation I was very severely affected by my knee. I had stopped being able to walk in the final weeks and was suffering a lot of pain despite massive pain medication. Thankfully, the operation has been a great success (8 weeks on). I am now walking about without crutches and am virtually pain free. There is some muscle and nerve pain which needs to recover but the knee is completely pain free!! The only problem now is the right knee which needs to be replaced next and the leg is now shorter than the left because of the damage in the joint.
I hope you are all managing to stay well and avoid infections particularly Covid-19. This is certainly a difficult time. Our start to 2021 was marred by the funeral of Caroline’s sister who had been diagnosed with terminal liver and pancreatic cancer, but actually died from Covid-19 in the first week of December 2020. So, wishing you all the very best for and a healthy 2021. Hopefully, we will all soon be vaccinated and can look forward to returning to some sense of normality and once more meeting each other in person.”
Birmingham National has announced a change of date for their 2021 Championship Show. Hounds and Utility breeds will be judged on Saturday 25thSeptember. Bath Championship Show will also be changing their dates. Hounds and Utility breeds will now be on Monday 2ndAugust. I am sure there will be more changes in days to come. The latter half of 2021 will be very busy with shows.
In this week’s notes I will take a short trip back in ‘memory lane’, looking at the breeding history of Kay Perkins and her Pennyworth Salukis. She was very much a success story of a small kennel. When I first met Kay, she and her husband, David had returned to the UK after living in Australia. She said they were ready to settle down now. Kay’s first breed was Afghans which she had shown and bred a couple of litters. She decided along the way that she might prefer to have a Saluki, purchasing a puppy from Jim Kenyon. Jim was showing the lovely Ch Mazuri Lail, a smooth bitch. It was a fairy tale beginning, the little black and silver bitch became Ch Kaus Kezia. Penny as she known went on to win 16 Challenge Certificates.
Penny’s sire was Don Wieden’s Eng/Am/Can Ch Sedeki Barre and her dam, Ch Mazuri Lail. Lail was the first smooth champion bitch in this country. I remember Jim at dog shows, where he would always have his pipe in his mouth usually sitting on a hill watching the proceeding. Showing was not Jim’s thing, coursing with Lail was. Lail came out of the last litter ever bred by Gwen Angel. The smooth line came down from her grandfather, the first smooth male champion, the Henderson’s Ch Kumasi Kommandan. Penny’s sire, Sedeki Barre won 14 CCs and 9 reserve CCs. He went BIS at the Hound Assoc show in 19787. He was top Hound (all breeds) in 1973. He had four BIS at Championship Shows.
Kaus Kezia had two litters, the first litter was to Sue Rabey’s Ch Sedeki Haz. The litter consisted of two males and two bitches. Kay kept a black tri bitch, namely Alexa. When Alexa was thirteen months old she was stolen, they managed to find her in the end but she had suffered a traumatic injury to one of her front legs. Unfortunately, it left her unable to use it for the rest of her life The other bitch in the litter, a grizzle, went to Daphne and Tony Parnham. She became Ch Pennyworth Belinda of Amirah. Her second litter of two was to Diane Merchant Giles’ Ch Shamal Kharaz. They were Ch Pennyworth Katiya and Pennyworth Riaz. Other champions from this line were Pennyworth Katinka, Pennyworth Kassim and the last being the smooth Ch Ermcote Ilex with Pennyworth (s). She was out of Pennyworth Kestrel. Ann Jones and Kevin Carter bred their Pennyworth Katisha producing Ch Clearwing Beraq. Kay never bred for quantity but for quality and I think she achieved that. Unfortunately, she became ill before passing in 2014.
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 22NDJANUARY 2021
Time progresses, we are 6 weeks into our third lockdown. I have heard from David Hartley, chairman of the Northern Saluki Club. David has let me know that John Owen, Hon Sec of the Northern Saluki Club is recovering well from his knee operation. The physio and the doctors are pleased with his progress. He is doing so well that he shall soon have knee two done as well. John would like the readership to know he is available in his capacity as Secretary to help with dealings regarding the Club. He can be reached either through the NSC website or on telephone number 0115 9305473
For many years we have been receiving a copy of the Our Dogs Annual. For those of you that have never had the pleasure of seeing one, they are the ‘Vogue’ of the dog world. Even this year, in the most difficult of circumstance one could possible imagine, they have produced a magazine of 480 pages of exquisite photos and articles. Of course, the first thing one looks for is their own breed and to see if any Saluki adverts are there. Last year for the first time that I can remember there were two. This year there are four, all beautifully presented as one would for our breed. The advertisers are Debbie Copperthwaite, Nicolas Eriksson (Sweden), Karin Hedberg(Sweden) and Michael and myself. Congratulations to the Our Dogs team for pulling the genie out of the hat and pulling this fantastic magazine together. I might say the same to all the advertisers and writers of articles who have contributed.
Congratulations to Denise Garatt, Sharon Oakey and Mr & Mrs Owen’s new Virtual Champion, Glenoak Lunah from Caryna. Lunah was awarded her third virtual challenge certificate by judge, Julie Edwards.
There is a new ruling from the Kennel Club about Grandfather Rights regarding judging. Stuart Smith of Bondor Afghans has written “grandfather rights’ are a term coined from the rights of black American who were allowed to vote if their grandfather could, making it impossible due to slavery.” He goes on “I really wish the KC hadn’t used this term, especially given that the saying cause offence.” For further information on the grandfather rights for judging, please contact the Kennel Club’s web site.
Speaking of the Kennel Club, it would be good if they could use their voice to see if they can influence DEFRA on the new arrangements for international travel with our dogs. This new AHC, we need to have, in order to travel is long winded and expensive both for the vets, who need to fix sick animals not spend all their time filling in unnecessary legal documents. We had a perfectly good system that worked, it did not need fixing. I suppose in a lesser way this goes hand in hand with the problems of Northern Ireland.
I would love to hear from some of my readers, someone must have had an embarrassing situation at a dog show.
This week I will start these notes with a message from David Hartley, Chairman of the Northern Saluki Club: “Just to wish all our NSC membership and Committee a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR and to thank you for all you do for the Club.
Hopefully at some point in 2021 the vaccinations will be completed and we will be able to meet up in person. Meanwhile stay safe it wouldn't be good to have come this far and then get infected.”
January means renewal of subscription time, so please remember that the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club and the Northern Saluki Club dues are due this month. SGHV membership dues need to be paid to Mrs C McCormick Smith, The Old Vicarage, Grove Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 1DB. Costs are single membership £14.00 (Overseas £16.00), joint membership £22.00 (Overseas £24.00) which means two adults living at the same address, Members without Salukis £9.00. Junior membership is available to person under 21 in full-education. The Northern is still in discussion about their subs and are planning to discuss it at their next Committee meeting.
I have received a copy of The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club newsletter winter 2020 with Season’s greeting and Best Wishes for a Healthy & Happy New Year to all our Members from the Committee. It states that the Club’s shows are still scheduled for 2021- The Championship Show on 17thOctober at Stoneleigh with Denise Rogers judging, the Open Show on 20thJune at Digswell with Carolyn McCormick Smith judging and the Limited Show on the 11thApril at Steventon Village Hall with Susan Rhodes judging. After the judging at the Limited show the 2021, the Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held. It is noted that this is subject to change. Information goes on to say that special business items for the Agenda should be sent to the Secretary, (see above address) to arrive no later than 28thFebruary 2021, but if it is not possible to hold the traditional AGM, then the Agenda will contain no special business items for discussion. I have written to the secretary, Carolyn McCormick Smith regarding a clarification of the last statemen, she has kindly sent me the following:
The ordinary business of the AGM is to receive the accounts for the previous year, the results of the ballots for committee and judges at Club shows, reports of Club activities and to appoint auditors to certify the accounts.
Anything else such as rule changes or items that members wish to have discussed is ‘Special Business’. While we might be able to approve the formal items at a show, as has been done before, unless we can hold a sit-down meeting that people will actually attend and be prepared to discuss motions put forward by members or the Committee, there is no point having such motions on the agenda. The restrictions of Covid have disrupted much of our lives and the SGHC is no exception. I’m sure that everything will return to something like ‘normal’ eventually. “
The Kennel Club has issued a statement that “Cancellation of licensed events until at least 28thFebruary 2021”. Let us hope that by April we can see the backend of the lockdowns and we are racing towards ‘normal’.
There have been few highlights of 2020 dog showing season but I will try and review the information I have thanks to The KC Breed Supplements. In the first quarter which is January to March 2020 we had 30 puppies registered from five litters. There were three importations, one from Netherland, one from Germany and one from Ireland. There were two Junior Warrants, which were Alishamar Rozane (IMP BEL), and Jay JPSea Bird El Panjsher (IMP JPN). One Show Certificate of Excellence to Vadana Amira S Berega Turi (IMP ROS) and one Veteran Warrant to Ch Ulmarra Tropical Ice at Winton. There were three Salukis confirmed clear of NCL, no failures.
The second Quarter was from April to June. There were 9 puppies registered from two litters. One Export Pedigree issued to USA. Two Salukis were confirmed clear of NCL, no failures. The third supplement was shorter because of the difficulties of lockdown putting together the document, as most KC employees are working from home, so they include just July and August 2020. There were 19 puppies registered from 2 litters. One Importation. Five Salukis were confirmed clear of NCL and no failures. So, comparing, 2019 had a registration of 78 and 2020 for the same period had 62 registrations.
Finally, the secretary of the SGHC and I am sure the same goes for the secretary of the NSC, if anyone is planning on breeding a Saluki litter to please let the secretaries know as they do receives enquiries from time to time.
Click here SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 7th January 2021
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I go cap in hand as I have missed a couple of weeks Breed Notes due to other commitments in our life. Now we are in lockdown tier 4, and the business of Christmas has all but passed, I will endeavour to make sure there are notes every week. I would like to take the opportunity at this time to thank all those who have contributed to these notes so that I could keep going during these darkest of times. My biggest thanks to Jillian Knight Messenger, who has allowed me to collaborate with her brilliant Afghan notes. We have both tried to give the readership something either historical or topical. Who could of ever predicted that the world would be in the position it is in now. Unfortunately, it looks like we are not out of the woods yet but with the vaccination program already underway and ramping up, we soldier on waiting for normal.
Our dogs have not suffered from the pandemic, they have enjoyed having us home more. This reminds me of a cartoon I saw of a dog hiding on top of a kitchen cupboard with his paws over his eyes. As the rules stated, we could take the dog out for a walk, this poor dog had so many walks with each family member that he was hiding just in case someone else wanted him to go out for yet another walk.
Now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, there are changes in how we can travel with our pets. Pet Passports will be required for travel between GB and Northern Ireland. (It appears that is all Uk issued ones are good for) The government rules say for those travelling from England. Scotland and Wales to the EU the following applies :
1.You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped.
2.Vaccinate your dog, cat or ferret against rabies – your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated.
3.Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.
4.Visit your vet to get an AHC for your pet, no more than 10 days before travel to the EU.
Reading further it says that the certificate required for entry to the UK will be valid for four months but for only a single journey. This seems a tad bureaucratic
The government guidance also says 'For UK nationals living in the EU:-
If you’re living in the EU and plan to travel with your pet using a UK-issued pet passport, you should speak to your vet. They’ll help to ensure you’re compliant with EU Pet Travel Regulations. If you have a pet passport issued by an EU member state, you can use it to bring your pet to GB.'
For anyone that is interested, the German Sighthound Festival, Donaueschingen will be held on Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August. Judging Salukis will be Per Lundstrom (hound specialist) from Sweden and Paula Bockman-Chato (Baghdad Salukis) from Australia. It is really a fun event to attend with two very interesting judges.
So for "this week on the soap box”
There have been many postings on the social network sites regarding concerns about their once most sacred veterinary surgeries being gobbled up by equity companies and large corporations. Results of these purchases has not necessarily meant that the general quality of treatment has reduced but has had an effect in other factors. One of the resulting factors is that the vets have quotas of how many clients they need to see, as there are now bottom lines with investors who want decent returns. Especially now with lockdown, the vets need to get the pets in as fast as they can and on to the next. It is quite sad to see the young vets, who are at the bottom of the pyramid working under immense pressure, to see as many patients as they can in the shortest amount of time. Looking at one large corporation, which is probably the largest single own corporation in the world, which has rapid growth in animal care is Mars Inc. They are the owners of Snickers, Mars Bars, Pedigree, Royal Canin and James Wellbeloved. To name a few. Under their Linnaeus umbrella they have bought five veterinary referral practices. They are Anderson Moores, Dick White Referrals, Northwest Veterinary Specialists, Eye Vet, Veterinary Specialist Scotland. Another group is IVC Evidensia which has over 380 practices in the UK and circa 180 on the continent. So how does this affect us, the owners, exhibitors and breeders of dogs? Well, with the knowledge of this first paragraph put aside, we need to look at pet insurance.
As we have never had insurance for our dogs, I will keep this very rudimentary. Basically, when a person buys a dog from a breeder they are given a form allowing them so many weeks free insurance on their puppy and if they care to carry on with this, the insurance company is more than pleased to take their money. Every insurance company, under the sun, now seems to offer some kind of ‘pet insurance’. Pet insurance is to cover any accident, illness or most mishaps your dog might encounter. With the vet practices being taken over by these large corporations looking for a good return for their investments, the cost of veterinarian procedures has escalated, and the insurance is covering these additional costs. The positive side of this is that the surgeries now have more up-to-date equipment, be it for x-rays, scanning, endoscopy blood tests and operations. Meanwhile the costs of the canine health insurance is escalating along with the costs of treatments. I have checked one insurance company and the cost per month for insuring a pure-bred dog is £68.35. If we insured our five dogs we would be looking at £341.75 per month or £4,101 per annum. These costs start to creep up every year, in some breeds at an alarming rate. The insurance companies do not seem to quibble about the costs of the individual surgical charge for their procedures though there is always an agreed excess, which as an animal gets to old age, generally, is the stated excess plus an additional excess of up to 20% of each total claim.
On top of costs for the services the vets provide, in the last few years, the vets have come up with a new 'pet care plan’, for their clients. A typical ‘plan’ costs about £17.00 per month which is £204.00 per annum which includes : annual health check and vaccinations with a vet, six-month health check with a vet, 12 monthly supply flea and tick prevention, 12 monthly supply of worm prevention, a free microchip, free nail clips with a nurse, free anal gland expressing by a nurse (dogs only), 50% off the cost of kennel cough vaccination, 10% off the cost of neutering, 10% off the cost of all pet foods. This totals up so that including the health insurance and health plan to £85.35 per month or £1,024,20 per dog per year excluding food and insurance excesses. As a well seasoned dog owner I do not think the £17.00 per month would be of value to me.
It seems as if everyone wants a bite of the apple. If you tell someone with a 10 year old chihuahua that you do not think they need an annual vaccination, unless they are going into kennels, the reply would be that the vet’s offer the service as they think it is necessary. Also why are the vets offering microchips when all puppies are legally required to be chipped before leaving their birth place?
So, no wonder the new cash cows are the veterinarian surgeries which are either still independent or being bought up by the large corporations, who expect clients to spend more than ever before, and often guilt trip them if they don't agree to their latest money spinning plans for their beloved pets care.
Once again, if you have any interesting thoughts, observations or stories to share, I would be most appreciative if you could send them to me.