During these difficult times I hope everyone is ok and keeping their social distances. What worries me most, is our animals. Our veterinarians are working but the accessibility of contacting them then arranging an appointment is not longer simple.
What if the dogs need an blood test or any other test doing, arranging this could be problematic. I have heard that people with puppies, well planned before this epidemic are having difficulties inoculating the pups. Hopefully ‘normal’ will not be far off. The good news is the weather has been beautiful with time on our hands the gardens will all look beautiful.
Jillian Knight Messenger has contacted me to pass on her disappointment regarding her upcoming judging appointment at City of Birmingham Show this year. Jillian states: “I have an ongoing medical problem for which I need treatment but owing to the current nationwide health problems is now likely to take longer. I cannot say with any certainty when it will be sorted, so I have decided to withdraw from my judging appointments in 2020. I can only apologise to anyone who was thinking of entering”
At Crufts I picked up the Crufts Edition 2020 of “The Saluki” the official magazine of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club. This is the first edition by the new editor, Diana Klein. Diana has compiled a beautifully magazine totally related to our breed. One of the most interesting articles was by Maya Monk on training her ‘sighthound’ to do scent work.
Maya sums the article beautifully when she says, in her first paragraph: “During a conversation with another sighthound enthusiast I mentioned that my young Saluki bitch Sascha, Al Zubeyda Mahabbah, is being trained in scent work and that she seems to be very keen on it. ‘But she is not a sniffer dog she is a Saluki and want to run’, was the reply. Yet Sasha is primarily a dog and dogs have a nose. The sense of smell is considered to be the primary canine sense.”
Sir Terence Clark has written an article of “The Journey-Migration and Evolution”. With Sir Terence in depth knowledge of the middle eastern countries he looks at the Saluki types and how they have evolved regionally. A few years ago Michael and myself were on holiday in Sicily. In the evenings we would take a walk along the sea front. For some reason, unknown to myself, all the cats seem to come out at that time and in that particular place which I can but assume was looking for food. Every one of those cats looked identical to each other. They had inter-bred for so many generations that they had established a type. This relates to Sir Terence’s comments on how the type varies in each region.
Highlighting kennels, Joanne Mahon has written an extensive interview with Felix van der Drift on his Canapus Salukis. There is Rescue News by Jacqueline O’Curry entitled “a month in the life of Saluki Welfare”. These are just a few of the article included in the magazine which we are so lucky to still have.
We wish Diana good luck with the magazine, for further information about submitting articles, advertising please contact Diana on telephone 07751061719 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.