15th May 2020
Another week of lockdown has passed. The jobs around the house are pretty much finished. Garden looks great all ready for the ‘bee club’ to come and have a meeting here. Of course, that is not going to happen. We shall be hearing soon the new plans for getting back to a new normality.
There have been a couple of judges announced in the KC publication for 2021. Gavin Robertson will be judging at Driffield. Kathy Webb will be judging at Midland Counties. In 2022 Mr A Foss will be judging at City of Birmingham. He is from Norway and this will be his first time giving CCs in Salukis in this country. I would classify him as a ‘all rounder’. Closer to the date I will ask him for a CV.
Two dogs have qualified for their Junior Warrants, they are Natasha Hamilton’s Alishamar Roxane (imp). She was bred by Jessica Cabo & Jeanne de Mey Marie
The second dog is Linda Aldous & Jeannette Glaister’s Jay JP Sea Bird El Panjsher (imp JPN). Bred by Jay Oto.
In my recent notes regarding ‘influential’ Stud dogs I accidentally omitted one of Kafiat’s progeny. John Walton Haddon sent a message saying “ In your recent breed notes I think you will find that Payne & Beeley’s Ch Ilsham Simeon was a son of Kafiat. He was the image of Kafiat and quite often went head to head with him as he matured. He won his 3rdCC at age 11”.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of a Saluki legend, Marilyn LaBrache Brown of Dadaelis Salukis. Her Salukis are well known world wide for their grace and elegance which was paramount in her breeding, not only in her dogs but her beautiful Bengal cats. In the end she chose to specialize in smooths. For many years Marilyn was the publisher of the elegant magazine “The Classic Saluki”. She worked with the Editor-in Chief Sue Ann Pietros and Graphic designer Vicky Clarke to create a glossy publication with sophisticated articles. A real connoisseur’s paradise.
Marilyn started photographing Salukis, Whippets and other breeds in the late 70s. She had an interesting eye for design often contrasting whatever dog she was photographing with the background. She would end up with a stunning photo. That is not to say she took wonderful photos often ringside which were often used in publications
Marilyn was proud of her association with English Salukis. Besides loving smooths she loved chocolates, so she was delighted when she had the opportunity to have a chocolate male which she obtained from Pauline Spilstead. His name was Jeshins Arabis. He was a son of Roubayr Of Barakhel and Tamla Salom. He was born in 1986. Marilyn often posted photos of the handsome male. Marilyn was unable to obtain a judge’s licence in the States because she produced a magazine. Professional handlers, magazine producers are banned from judging as they deem they make their livelihood through dogs and there could be a conflict of interest. That did not stop Marilyn judging here, she thoroughly enjoyed herself judging at South Eastern Hound.
Marilyn continued with her involvement and enthusiasm right to the end. I could go on and on telling you stories about her and involvement in the breed. Unfortunately, the big C took her in the end. Far too early. We send our condolences to her son Damon, his wife and Marilyn’s two grandchildren. Rest in Peace, Marilyn.
Next week I will continue my series on Influential stud dogs.
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