Hello, Sighthound lover!
Can you believe it's almost summer already… and therefore time for the Summer issue of Sighthound Review. It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that we mailed out the Spring edition, but it was actually in early April, so it's high time to make sure your subscription is up to date — AND to send in your ads for the Summer issue, of course.
(The official closing date may already have passed, but if you let Theresa or me know ASAP we'll most likely be able to give you some extra time to get your ad in. One of the good things about working with a "small" staff is that we can do that. It takes us longer to produce each issue, but that gives you some extra time to get your photos and text together also. The Summer issue will be mailed out in late June/early July, so it will be out before the big Summer shows.)
Speaking of the last issue... A LOT of readers and advertisers tell us they are very happy with it. George Bell, who has been a long-time supporter and now is an AKC judge, put it this way in an email: "The paper is better, the covers are better, the reproduction is better, the font is easier to read on heavier stock, and the magazine is much better represented with articles and participation, and new photographers who are better. I noticed the most profound changes in this last issue. The magazine will continue to grow and change…" (Actually the paper and printing are no different than they were before, but if it looks even better we're happy.)
The next issue will include, among much else, reports from the big Sighthound events through early summer both in the U.S. and abroad. The Whippet, Pharaoh Hound and Scottish Deerhound national specialties took place in April, the Borzoi and Irish Wolfhound nationals are in May, and we may even get in an update from the Saluki national at Purina Farms the first weekend in June.
Last year we devoted more than 30 editorial pages to cover the national specialties. Too much? The national specialties ARE important, but there's so much else we want to cover. I'm hoping for a good report and many photos from the ASFA International Invitation in Washington, for instance. And I'm not sure how many hundreds of emails I wrote pulling all those specialty reports together last year… so I really hope the clubs can help this time around. (All clubs want their events publicized … yet almost none of them have a designated PR official.)
It will be a long, hot summer out here in California, at least if the drought predictions are anything to go by. (Have you ripped up your lawn yet? Brown is the new green, we're told, and we are all planting drought-resistant cacti and succulents…) At least we have an exceptional number of great weekend to look forward to. Make a note of the following, both on the West Coast and elsehwere:
June 11-14: FCI World Show in Milan, Italy. Nearly 1,000 Sighthounds are entered, and there's also a separate Sighthound club show the same weekend. We'll be there!
June 25: American Whippet Club specialty in Long Beach, California.
July 23-24: Western Sighthound Combined Specialties, Lompoc, California. Some breeds have moved away, but we understand there will be at least Irish Wolfhounds, Salukis, Greyhounds and Borzoi specialties this year.
August 22: "Sighthound Spectacular" in Santa Barbara, including an American Whippet Club supported breed entry at SBKC. This is the third year for this event: all the Sighthound BOB, BOS and BOW winners on the day (plus Selects in any breed with a supported entry or specialty) compete for big money prizes. Sighthound Review has donated a trophy. Next year's Westminster BIS judge Dr. Richard Meen of the famous Kishniga Borzoi in Canada is the Sighthound Spectacular judge. There's also the "Breeder's Showcase" and a complimentary dinner for all exhibitors and handlers.
Sept. 11: Ibizan Hound Club of the U.S. at Purina Farms.
Sept. 14-18: Italian Greyhound Club of America, Warwick, Rhode Island.
Sept. 20-26: Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the U.S., Warwick, Rhode Island.
Oct. 1: Morris & Essex Kennel Club, Somerset, New Jersey. This famous all-breed show, once the biggest in the world, was not held after 1958 until reborn in 2000. It is now held every five years. Over 100 breed clubs hold supported entries or specialties at the 2015 event, including most of the Sighthound breeds. Over 3,000 dogs are confidently expected, likely an all-time record for a Thursday show.
Oct. 2: Greyhound Club of America, Wrightstown, Pennsylvania.
There's more later in the year, but that gives us all something to look forward to. We hope to see you at many of these event.
Have fun with your Sighthounds!
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