28th January 2022
Buzz Faber’s funeral will be held on Monday Cheltenham Cemetery and Crematiorium, Bouncers Lane, Cheltenham Glos GL52 5JT.
UK Sighthound Sport is organising a Trials day on 6th March at
Borrego Stud, Sezincote, Moreton in Marsh, Glos GL56 9TB
This is open to all sighthounds and is a chance for all to come along and have a go.
Lure Coursing is a fun way to keep your Sighthound Fit for Function and dogs can gain a licence and compete against other sighthounds of the same breed at our Championship meetings.
UK Sighthounds Sport is working to gain KC recognition for our sport and welcomes KC registered hounds of all breeds.
More details available on our website Facebook page and from email@example.com.
Southern Counties Championship Show has posted the following: “ Due to rising costs and other factors (mainly a doubling in price over our 2019 tenting costs ) the Southern Counties Committee reluctantly came to the conclusion that if we were to be able to hold our Championship Show at all this year we would need to go to four days.
It was decided to add the Thursday to our normal dates, as this is a holiday for the Queen's Jubilee and would hopefully be easier for exhibitors.
The Kennel Club have just this afternoon informed me that they have agreed to this and so our Group Splits are now:
Thursday June 2nd 2022 - Gundogs
June 3rd 2022 - Hounds and Terriers
June 4th 2022 - Toy and Utility
June 5th 2022 - Pastoral and Working”
Good News from South Eastern Hound Club. Hickstead Showground has been booked for their Premier Open Show on the usual date of Sunday 4th September 2022. They are very hopeful of scheduling all Hound Breeds reconised by The Kennel Club. In due course the list of judges and breed will be published. He SGHC will be sponsoring this show. I assume we will be having our usual ‘bring and share’ picnic come rain or shine. A really enjoyable day out.
The Saluki World has had to say good-bye to another iconic figure in the passing of George Bell ( Bel S’mbran Salukis). His close friend Darin Collin’s DVM has written about George and his life and times in Salukis. With Darin’s permission I am reprinting this: “ “Dear Friends, George Bell passed away on this day in Yakima, Washington. G was born 26 November 1940. He was 81 years old. George lived a rich and full life in partnership with his wife, Sally. Sally died in May 2005. Together, they were Bel S’mbran. I have the best memories of many a day at their home in Snohomish, Washington, before I knew they were so famous in the world of dogs. In 1985, when I met Jackie Harrington, she insisted that I meet the Bells when I moved to Seattle in 1991. Shortly thereafter, George and Sally departed for their world tour of Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Europe for judging assignments and handed me the keys to the house and car - they said they would be back in a month! Sally always joked that they got a veterinarian as their kennel boy! G&S both had extensive judging careers, both in the AKC Conformation shows and Open Field Coursing. He loved rewarding an OFC dog an AKC Best of Breed award. Twyx was still alive at that time. I was thrilled and read every book and magazine in that house. I mentally photographed every photo, painting, and sculpture in their house, including the bronze by MaryBeth Rogers of the famous, Fanny. Upon their return, Sally said, that in true Arab form, they were going to “gift” me a puppy from the last Twyx x Hawa (bred by Ute Lennartz) litter at the house. My life was forever changed. I would take that Twyx puppy to their beloved Santa Barbara Kennel Club Show to compete for the first time in 1994. G won BIS with Fanny at Santa Barbara KC, an amazing win. On that same around-the-world judging trip, they went to Namibia to meet Laurie Marker and see cheetahs in the flesh, G&S were true global nomads and were intellectually curious about the natural world. Cheetahs were nature’s coursing machine and most closely resembled the saluki in form and function. I was the zoo veterinarian in Seattle and they both were fascinated by my work. George always had a video camera long before such cameras were commonly affordable. Before we had even met, he had packed up his video camera and gone to Borneo, Indonesia, to film the wild orangutan with Birute Galdikas. G filmed random lion, tiger and gorilla procedures at the zoo, which I used for promotional and educational outreach. I have boxes and boxes of his old VHS tapes to this day. They always talked about their saluki friends, here in the US and internationally, including Darrell and Karen Black, who they spoke of often. Sandy Frei and Dave were sighthound/afghan neighbour, great friends and housed G&S when the Bells’ home burned. G and Dave would partner in 1999 for the first video streaming of the Westminster KC Dog Show, which I also joined. Katie Campbell was inner circle for her basenjis, which was a breed that G judged. Jon C. Coe and wife Susan, basenji breeder overlapped with my zoo world, and were spoken of often. G&S loved the African country of origin basenji import story and shared it many times at dinner parties where G was chef. My partner, Kevin Dodge aptly helped out as G’s “prep cook/sous chef” during the famous Bells’ dinner parties. Carole Adley and Hope Waters from nearby BC, Canada, were often dinner party guests, along with Margaret and Ngaire Coe. All of them were/are saluki royalty and G&S made the most of every occasion to entertain them. Food and wine played a key role with G&S and we all met Linda Lew Woo in NYC at the James Beard House for monumental dinners and fun during Westminster weekend. G eon G1 with Fanny at Westminster. G judged salukis in 1994 at The Garden, which I filmed with his camera, which changed my life forever. I’m now with the AKC Canine Health Foundation, which is what I told G in August 2021, the day the photo of him in the wheelchair was taken. That I appreciated all that he had done for me, that I was “paying it forward” and working for dogs now. G was my mentor, friend, influencer and inspiration in so many ways. G had many, many friends in this world. In the end, he lived under the guardianship of his loving sister, in Yakima, Washington. This tribute is my own. I would love it if this became a “tribute wall” to his memory and others would share a story or sentiment.”
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