Hello, Sighthound lover!
The Winter 2014-2015 issue of Sighthound Review
has been mailed! It's 144 pages of pure beauty, with hundreds of colorful photos of the world's most wonderful dogs and an exceptional number of interesting articles.
Here's what you can look forward to:
• Editor-at-Large Denise Flaim is interviewing one of the Sighthound world’s most colorful and experienced personalities, Cynthia Boissevain (formerly Madigan). Her Branwen prefix has been known in Afghan Hounds, Salukis, Irish Wolfhounds and Italian Greyhounds for decades, first in her native USA, then in Spain and lastly in the U.K.
• Caroline Coile writes about “Dewclaws — On or Off?” Even coursing experts with a lot of experience disagree about the advantages of having (or removing) the dewclaws of a running Hound.
• Patience Renzulli writes about Whippets and Winter, a time when in many parts of the world the dogs refuse to go outside and look at you sideways if you make them — at least until a deer or a rabbit turns up …
• Gretchen Bernardi reports from the unique, large and unofficial dog show she puts on in her own “back yard.” As she writes: "I know I am not alone these days in finding it hard to maintain enthusiasm for the sport we love … But, on the morning of this special show … I never fail to remember what brought me and so many other people to this sport. And it’s all out there, in my front yard — the beautiful dogs, the good friends and the knowledge that showing dogs is still a great pastime, at least today, at least here."
• An article titled “The Eyes (and Ears) Have It!” by Dan Sayers focuses on how the Sighthound breeds' eyes, ears and expression differ from each other, with photos and Dan's own brilliant line drawings.
• Simon Tien Hansen, who lives in Norway but bred this year's U.S. National Specialty BOB Pharaoh Hound (in his first litter, no less!), writes about the difference between exhibiting in the U.S. and at FCI shows in Europe — as well as the experience of winning, and losing, two 5-point majors…
• "Remembering Chummy, Barney and the rest…" You have to be an old-timer to remember such Whippet stud dogs as Ch. Misty Moor's Chalmondoley (the first Sighthound to sire 100 champions) and Ch. Greenbrae Barn Dance, but there's a straight line from them to later immortals like Ch. Delacreme de la Renta and Ch. Starline's Reign On. Your editor dusts off some memories.
• There is a Breeder's Forum with questions to and answers from the Aerie Irish Wolfhounds of Doug Marx and Amy Benjamin, who have been heavily involved in the IWCA National Specialty BOB winners for five of the last six years. Their answer to the question of whether it's possible to breed dogs for profit is worth quoting: "If our mortgage or car payment depended on puppy sales I believe we would make completely different decisions than we currently make. We would breed every bitch, not just the healthiest, best specimens. We would ship puppies without meeting the owners. We would not answer the phone when there is a problem. We would not sleep at night either."
• Just how many Sighthound breeds are there? Would you believe more than 50? Xigou, anyone? Chippiparai or Bakmull? Your editor has made an inventory and lists all of them, with country of origin, affiliation and official status.
• Speaking of rare Sighthounds, Neil Trilokekar writes about the still mostly unknown (in the West) Caravan Hound, as well as some of the other Asiatic Sighthounds from his native India, with an introduction by David Miller.
• There is a 12-page Specialty feature with reports from parent club shows for Greyhounds, Afghan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Ibizan Hounds, Whippets, Basenjis, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and (yes!) Italian Greyhounds, which we at SR feel most definitely belong to the Sighthound group. We are pleased that a number of high-profile experts are sharing their experiences from the specialties: Rita Bartlett (U.K.), Steve Fisher, Barb Bornstein, Dave Frei (yes, he of TV fame from Westminster), Floyd Gale, Richard L. Reynolds, Lilian Barber, Sari Brewster Tietjen, Tad Brooks, Carol Reisman, Gay Dunlap, Diane Malenfant and Denise Flaim.
• We also have World News from the Europe Winner and Nordic Winner shows with photos. Magnus Hagstedt reports from the Italan Sighthound Club show in Umbria, and Sally Stasytis sends results and photos from Borzoi and Deerhound specialties in Australia. Plus there's a great shot of the winners' line-up from the Midland Whippet Club championship show in the U.K. with 242 dogs entered!
• There is a late report from the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Florida. And speaking of AKC, we are publishing an inventory of kennels that have won AKC's "Breeder of the Year" for Hounds, with photos of all the nine Sighthound breeders who have been nominated. (How many of them do YOU know?)
Then, of course, there's the Letters section (with a reproduction of some rare, century-old Afghan Hound photos), and there are all the beautiful ads, most of them courtesy of our brilliant graphic designer Theresa M. Lyons. My guess is that all this will keep you quite busy for some time…
Happy reading! We hope subscribers will enjoy the magazine when it arrives later this month. Thank you for being a part of the world's leading Sighthound publication.
Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Sighthound
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