Entries have now been posted for Crufts 2023. There are 51 dogs, 50 bitches entered for judge, Jenny Macro. Salukis are being exhibited on Saturday 11th March 2023. Our starting time for judging is 10 a.m. Please remember to purchase your car parking ticket directly from the NEC. After the judging everyone is invited to raise a toast to the SGHC honouring their Centennial year.
On 5th March UK Sighthound Sport will be holding their trial’s day. This is for any hound that needs to train and qualify for obtaining their ‘lure coursing license. In order to obtain this license, one’s dog must run alone after the lure. Second and third part is to run with another dog and not interfere with them. There are only two training days a year. For further information please visit the UK Sighthound Sport web site.
John Owen has received an interesting communication from Samantha Brierley: “My name is Samantha Brierley and I am a master’s student of Zoology with Animal Behaviour at Bangor University. My current research investigates vocalisation behaviour in the domestic dog, and its potential to vary by breed regardless of individual personality or environment. I am collecting my behavioural data through an owner-directed questionnaire which asks about the typical vocal behaviour of a person’s dog. We ultimately aim to use our findings to reduce the rate of dogs unnecessarily relinquished to shelters due to unmet or violated behavioural expectations.
The Saluki is one representative of the ancient breeds, whom are much closer genetically to their ancestor, the grey wolf, than modern European breeds. Unfortunately, since the Saluki is such a rare breed, they are routinely underrepresented or ignored in empirical studies. Often, any data we do have for Salukis cannot be appropriately analysed because there are too few individuals to be considered representative. To derive meaningful results from our samples, they must be large enough for us to consider the sample representative of the general variability in behaviour exhibited by Salukis. We currently only have 1 Saluki in our data! Your participation in our survey will allow us to properly investigate the vocal behaviour of this unique breed and represent them adequately in at least one part of the domestic dog behaviour field.
The survey is entirely voluntary and anonymous, and requires approximately 10 minutes to complete. All relevant information is provided on the first page of our survey.
Here is the link to the survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/thedvqs/
Thank you for taking the time to read this request, and I look forward to analysing the Saluki's vocal behaviour!
Samantha Brierley (MZOOL Zoology with Animal Behaviour)
School of Natural Sciences
John Owen, Hon Sec of NSC has sent further information regarding events referring to the NSC.
The entry details for the Northern Saluki Championship Show to be held on Sunday the 16th April 2023 are now available on the Higham Press website. Entries may be made online at www.highampress.co.uk. The printed schedules will be sent out, when received from the printers, if they have been requested. If you wish to receive a printed copy please send me an email with your name and address, to ensure the details are accurate, or ring me on 01159 305473. In an effort to limit the cost of posting please only ask if necessary. We have maintained the low cost of entries for a significant number of years despite many rising costs.
Our AGM will be at Shirland Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton, Derbyshire. DE55 6BB, on Saturday the 25th March 2023, starting at 1.00pm. If any member wishes to nominate members for officer or committee positions or has any proposals for the meeting these should be sent to the email@example.com or sent by post to the hon. secretary. These need to be received by the secretary a minimum of 30 days prior to the meeting. There will have been a brief committee meeting beforehand.
The posts for the Club are as follows: Patron: Mrs J White Elected at the 2021 AGM for a three year term. President: Mrs D Garratt Elected at the 2021 AGM for a three year term. Vice-President: Mr J Owen Elected at the 2021 AGM for a three year term. There are 3 unfilled posts.
Chairman: Mr D Hartley Elected at the 2020 AGM for a three year term. He has agreed to stand for a further year. Vice-Chairman: This was Mr C Lewis who resigned at the 2022 AGM. This post is vacant and nominations are requested.
Hon Secretary: Mr J Owen Elected at the 2021 AGM for a three year term. As in 2022 Mr J Owen will retire from the post of Hon. Secretary at the 2023 AGM if there is a qualifying nomination for Hon. Secretary. The only nomination in 2022 was withdrawn at the AGM.
Committee members: Ms S Oakey and Mrs E Sydney co-opted to the committee in 2022. Their election to the committee to be ratified.
There are 10 additional vacancies for committee members; written nominations with proposer and seconder, and including an agreement to stand from the nominee need to be sent to the Hon. Secretary in writing to be received 30 days prior to the meeting.
Committee members need to have been fully paid up members of the club for three years. Officers of the committee need to have previously served on the committee for a continuous period of two years. The Chairman can take nominations from those present at the meeting, if there are vacancies remaining.
We are very pleased to inform you that Mrs E Sydney agreed to become the Northern Saluki Club Trophy Steward. If you wish to attend the AGM, we will be pleased to see you, but you will need to be a fully paid-up member before the 25th March 2023.