Our Winter issue that's out now is really worth reading. There's lots about active Sighthounds: An in-depth article about dock-diving ("Making Waves: Splashing Sighthounds and Diving Divas") by Caroline Coile, while Patricia Gail Burnham attended a seminar on "Structure and Movement," which made her write down some important thoughts on this subject. There's a report from the European Lure Coursing Championship by Simon Tien Hansen.
Editor-at-Large Denise Flaim recently chaired her breed's national specialty and writes about the experience in an article that you need to read regardless of if you've ever thought of putting yourself in that position or simply attended a national specialty: "Putting the 'Special' in Specialty" ... (Would you believe 200 specials in the ring, 100-square-foot tents, peacock-themed cupcakes and harp music during the Top 25?!)
Patience Renzulli has submitted a truly "heartwarming" story, and British Sighthound specialist judge Mark Cocozza writes about how much he likes our U.S. specialty shows: "A Judge's View ... from Atlanta and Beyond."
You will love the first story that the legendary Babbie Tongren - she of the sharpest and funniest pen in dogs ever - wrote for The Afghan Hound Review in the 1970s: "And So Began the Saga." We got special permission to reprint it in this issue of Sighthound Review from a new retrospective book.
In our series of interviews with Sighthound breeders we are proud to present a six-page story on the Jaraluv Scottish Deerhounds (and Borzoi, and earlier Afghan Hounds - did you know that Ray Brinlee showed some of the most legendary Afghan Hounds of the 1960s and '70s?). The Brinlees are among the most successful Sighthound owner-breeder-handlers ever, with a whole slew of homebred Best-in-Show winners to their credit. You don't have to be a Deerhound fancier to enjoy reading this or benefit from their experiences.
There's a beautiful cover and a fascinating cover story on the Whippet GCh. Starline's Kurios. Denise Flaim reports from the AKC Eukanuba show in Florida in December (with photos of all the Sighthound BOB winners by Kayla Bertagnolli), while I froze and got rained on but still had a good time at the classic Morris & Essex Kennel Club Show. And although we limit the number of pages devoted to show reports, we're happy to have comments in the Winter issue by Dagmar Pordham Kenis from the Greyhound national, Michael Work from the Basenji national, Terry Chacon from the Afghan Hound national, Patricia Trotter from the Ridgeback national, Rick Weyrich from the Italian Greyhound national, and Eric Liebes by the Ibizan Hound national specialty - with BOB photos from ALL of them!
Overseas news come in the form of photos and results from the FCI European Dog Show in Norway by Simon Tien Hansen, with a special report by Brian Duggan, who judged the Saluki specialty. Simon also sent photos of the Whippet winners from late-year international shows in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden - and we have a VERY interesting article by Anna Szabò, who went to Egypt to show a Greyhound and won Best in Show. Yes, really - they do have dog shows in Egypt!
Add a few exceptionally interesting contributions from our readers in the Letters section, and lots of beautiful ads with gorgeous Sighthounds from all over the world ... and you have an issue that you won't want to miss!
Next deadline is FEBRUARY 15 for the Spring 2016 issue. Enjoy your Sighthounds and Sighthound Review... and have a wonderful 2016!
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