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Pleased to hear from Sheila Harmer that John is now back at home. He Will need further treatment and is not out of the woods yet but the fact that he is home is reassuring.

The Finnish Saluki club will be hosting a “World Congress” from the 26th June to 2nd July. Following on from that week, The Sweden Kennel Club will host the FCI World Dog Show as well as several sighthound specialty shows. We do not have information on the Saluki Specialty shows at this time but the Swedish Sighthound Club has a web site on which you can check: They will be updateding continuously with information on how and where to enter to the various events and will also, hopefully, give practical advise for visitors to Sweden.

A big congratulations to Finnish Ch Bedu Solange El Hamrah, owned by Pirjo Gronfors and Heli Laitinen. Dot, as she is better known, was bred here in the UK by Liz Steven. She has won the prestigious title of Finnish Saluki of the Year. She is the first smooth in Finland to have won this title. Not to be undone, her brother Bedu Effendi, owned by Gunter and Jutter Kolewe and ourselves was top Saluki Male in Germany. Effendi is also a smooth. We are extremely pleased that both of these hounds have done so well in very tough competition.

Last Saturday. Ladies Kennel Club was our last Championship Show of the year. Its rather a traditional show which we all like to attend and pass out Seasons Greetings cards as well doing a little shopping. There is a holiday spirit about the show which makes it rather special. This year we were second breed in the ring so has a later start which is fine. Upon arrival we were told the West Car Park was closed so round and round we went to find an alternative car park. Eventually we did find the “South Car Park” and walked all our equipment and two well groomed dogs Into the driving rain and the eventually the correct entrance into the show. We understand from American Cocker friends that when they arrived (Am Cockers were first in the ring) that the West car park was full even then.

Finding the NEC was not to difficult in the daylight but having enjoyed a well organised show inside the facility we then had the task of finding the car park in the dark. Besides having to deal with the dark it was, of course still raining. We had asked the NEC representatives how do we find the South Car Park but received a vague, indifferent response. On our hour long trip around the area we were reminded of the poor man that was run over after attending Crufts and it is not difficult to see how, in those conditions, such an accident could happen or may happen again. Traffic was very busy as The Clothes Show was being held there and many cars were arriving for a Pop concert in the evening . To make matter worse the South Car park was totally unsigned, lighting was very poor and there were no safe crossing areas for people and dogs. It is a disgrace that the NEC and LKA are not more responsible in ensuring the exhibitors have safe designated routes to find their vehicles …and of course this did not come cheaply as we paid 8.00 for the privilege. There were buses but what good are they when they do not accept dogs going and coming from a dog show.


Judging Salukis was Mr Nick Bryce Smith. BCC, BOB for her first CC was Mrs EA Matcalfe’s Tasia Esmeralda. Her sire is Ch Timaru Valkyrie at Jazirat (imp) and dam Ch Altaya Tasmayah at Tasia. She was born on 22nd Feb 2003 and her breeder was her exhibitor. RBCC went to Mr A Rawson’s Ch Mumtaz Stellanova JW ShCM. DCC was Dr J and Mrs EJ Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Inqi JE with the RDCC to Mrs B Payne’s Caryna Bacchus at Ilsham. Best Puppy was Mrs JB Cotterill’s Miskanda’s Tiger Lily.

At the show we had DVDs of The SGHC Show. Unfortunately we did not bring enough for everyone that wanted one. Fortunately we have more. We shall have them on sale at the Limited Show. We still await the three-part DVDs of the Symposium. Will write as soon as they arrive

Happy Holiday to all

Helen and Michael Williams





Paul Shimmin has sent us an article that appeared in last Sundays issue of the “News of the World” The article, interestingly, is about the band Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page attended Kingston College of Art in the early Sixties. There he met and became friends with an artist/photographer namely Zacron.

The two friends lost contact with each other until Page contacted Zacron to design a cover for their upcoming album, Led Zeppelin 111. The band had a policy of having different artist design each cover. Zacron took rolls of film of the four band members, in different relaxed situations. Most of these photos have never been seen before. One photo is of John Paul Jones, bass player, at his stockbroker-belt home in Surrey with his dog, a saluki. Looking a the photo I would say it was a lemon and white parti-coloured.



Sheila Harmer has asked us to pass on a big thank you to every one who has written or called regarding John’s illness. Right now John is in the Renal Unit ICU in Portsmouth. He is stable and Sheila sounds most encouraged by the fact that he is in such a good hospital. All our thoughts are with John and Sheila at this time.

Congratulation to Ch Baghdad Foreign Affair of Lokhandar for winning this year at the Welsh Kennel Club Top Dog event. This dog has had a remarkable career. He was born and bred in Australia by Ron Chato and Paula Brockman Chato and was sent to Francine Hadfield. Sadly Francine died soon after his release from quarantine. He than went to live with the Hams and his owners are Mrs A Ham and Mr K Hadfield. He is usually handled by Steve Ham. Foreign Affair started his show career, winning The Pro Plan Junior Stakes at Richmond Championship Show.

From the 4th December we will have the DVDs of The Festival Symposium and SGHC Championship Show. We will be taking some copies to LKA plus catalogues for the Art Exhibition. Prices are 15.00 for the three disc Collection of the Symposium. The price for the SGHC Championship Show will be 5.00 and the Catalogue is 5.00. We have a few mouse mats left so we shall bring them along too. Otherwise we will be selling them either through personal cheques or the club’s Paypal account . For further information either email us at or telephone 01635 268269. Available also at LKA will be copies of the Festival Calendar. No one need be short of items for Christmas presents this year.

As holiday season is just around the corner. It comes with a warning, please Be very careful as Salukis love chocolate and it can be lethal for them.

Its time to start thinking about ads in “The Saluki, Crufts edition” Final deadline is December 31st. The upcoming magazine will have a Festival section more information will be printed and a handout available. Bookings and adverts to Kathy Webb on tel. 01737 353297 or email Editorial to Karen Fisher by the 14th December or tel. 01279 833855

Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club needs Committee members so if you would like more information on what it involves please contact the secretary, Mary Parker on01435 830081.


We have heard that John Harmer is unwell and at the present time he is in Hospital. We all wish him a speedy recovery. As you all know it hasn’t been a good year for Philip Browning in terms of his health. We have been informed that he is much improved and intends to be about more next year.


Alan Lucas Hon. Secretary for Welfare has sent the following “Just to let everyone know that Christina Campling successfully completed the Beachy Head Marathon to raise funds for Welfare. It took her nine hours of hard slog, which can only be described as a terrific individual achievement. Well done to her and a considerable boost to Welfare funds of almost 700, a big thank you to everyone who sponsored Christina’s considerable triumph.”

Does any one have a warm sofa they are willing to share with an elderly Saluki gentleman? Circumstances has found this dog in need of a new home. Ann Blake says he is a lovely boy and will make someone a great companion. Also available are two male dogs between three and five years of age. Both of these dogs have lovely temperaments. If you would like more information please contact Ann Blake on 01727 823360.

One may now see photographs of The Festival on the Festival web site which is At LKA Ian Veal will be bring along some Festival Calendars and we shall have a few mouse mats and art exhibition catalogues for purchasing. They all make wonderful Christmas gifts for dog lovers.

Last Sunday the Committee of SGHC met and Mary Parker has kindly given me the following information regarding that meeting. The Limited Show will be held on Sunday 17 February 2008 Steventon Village Hall, The Green, Steventon, Abingdon Oxon OX13 6AA. The judge will be Mrs Vickki-Ann Tompkins.

Any one who would like to stand for Committee please contact Mary at Articles for the next newsletter should be sent to Ian Veal email AGM for the SGHC will be held on the 2nd March 2008 at White Hart Barn, Godstone, Surrey.



Marie has requested that we put the following information again in the notes as it seems some people did not see it a couple of weeks ago

Following the success of the private Gallery viewing on the Wednesday of Festival week, Marie Bryce-Smith has arranged another visit to the KC. To view the wonderful collection of art & memorabilia on Thursday 22nd November. Several individuals have indicated that they would love to visit the exhibition but would like to be part of a group. The viewing will start at 11.30am with a finger buffet including a glass of wine to be served at 12.30. It has been arranged that several boxes of old photos and the Sarona Kelb album will be available for viewing in the library. The cost is 18.00 per person. Places are limited so first come, first served. Cheques should be made payable to SGHC. For the details contact Marie on 01342 573

Brendan Austin has sent us the following regarding Saluki Calendars“Just to let you know that Ian Veal will be at LKA (not competing), and he will be selling Calendars, just in time for Christmas. This year’s calendar has been well received and copies have gone all around the world. We only have a few left, so please catch up with Ian on the 8th December. To avoid disappointment, you can always contact me via email at or phone Ian on 020 8296 0444 and we will put a copy in the post. The price, 7.95 at LKA or 8.95 Inc p+p UK.

In addition to the Calendars we still have copies of the Saluki Club Art Catalogues available. We shall bring some to LKA. If you are unable to see the exhibition in London at the Kennel Club or would like a copy of this the first collection of Saluki Art and memorabilia, they are available at 5.00 plus 1.00 postage and packaging. We soon hope to have this beautiful collection along side the Calendar on Ebay. If you would like to obtain one, please contact by email on

Last Thursday Midland Counties held their Championship Show. The judge for Salukis was Mrs Zola Rawson. DCC, BOB went to Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW with the RDCC to Mrs V. Tompkins’ Ch Mabrooka Jushua ShCM. BCC for her first CC went to Miss A McIntosh’s Cottonore Sahara. She was born on the 3rd May 2004 and her breeder is her owner. Her sire is Jazirat Saredon of Cottonore and dam Altya Ranee of Cottonore. RBCC went ot Mrs D Garratt and Miss S Oakey’s Cayna Calisto. Best Puppy was Mrs M Parker’s Khalils Rana of Classicus (SWE) Well done all!!

Vicky-Ann Tompkins has sent us an update regarding David Moore and the fire he had a few weeks ago which has devastated his whole life. “Vicky-Ann Tompkins and Sylvia Pass would like to thank all those who have donated to the fund either by post or at Midland Counties Show.

David now has a 'camp' set up on his newly fenced property with several tents providing accomodation for himself and storage for dog food and equiptment etc. He has converted a barn into sleeping / resting quarters for the dogs and has also received a very generous donation of vari-kennels and some dog blankets which will provide cosy beds for winter nights and will also be useful to keep bitches in season seperate. The dogs which needed veterinary treatment after the fire are recovering well and they all seem to have adjusted to their new accomodation and routine.

David would like to express his deep and humble gratitude to all those who have reached out to help his dogs and himself, most of whom he has never, and likely will never meet. He has been truly touched by the generosity of fellow dog people both in the U.S and worldwide. David is now back online as he has received a donation of a lap-top.

We will be keeping the 'David Moore Fund' open until christmas for anyone still wishing to make a donation.

For details phone Vicky-Ann on 01397701704 or Sylvia on 01333 353546.”



Alan Lucas secretary for Saluki Welfare has sent the following: “SALUKI WELFARE NEWS The recent excellent Festival of the Saluki included an auction held at the Gala Dinner, which raised considerable funds, while income from the Lure Coursing day was also donated to Welfare. The Clubs’ Championship Shows also provided space for the Welfare Stall, ably run by Daphne and Tony Parnham, which were well supported in each case. We are indebted to the Festival, NSC and the SGHC committees, plus all the individual helpers for their assistance.

Welfare is also fortunate in having a great deal of support from many people, who either directly or indirectly, provide funds for salukis in need. For example, David Hartley has recently organised a very successful fund raising walk, while Christina Campling is tuning up for the Beachy Head Marathon on October 27th; already money has been sponsored for that. Income is obviously very important to Rescue, as without it, salukis requiring help would not be practical. Thank you to all concerned for keeping finances”

Vicky-Ann Tompkin has sent us the following: “We have heard that world renowned azawakh breeder David Moore ( U.S.A.) has had a great tragedy. His house and all of it's contents caught fire a few days ago and burned to the ground. Unfortunately this included nine of his beloved Azawakh including a bitch in whelp. He was informed while at work that his house was on fire and rushed home with a workmate to find three fire trucks already on the scene, but unfortunately as it was a very old wooden structure they were unable to put it out. The dogs were not able to escape, and unfortunately david arrived home just in time to see them desperately trying to get out of the windows before being engulfed by the flames. As you can well imagine he is completely devastated.

At our last update (early this a.m.) he is sleeping in a one man tent on the property while his friends and helpers locally are trying to repair the fencing so that his remaining dogs do not escape. He has recieved some donations of food, dog food and clothing for himself as well as some dog bedding, but anything else anyone can send or give as a donation will be gratefully recieved. He himself will not ask for aid, but as someone who recently visited his property and spent time with his dogs I feel unable to stand by and do nothing, so am doing this on his behalf. Myself and Sylvia are setting up a 'David Moore fund' and anyone who wishes to make a donation can do so at midland counties show, or if they wish to, can make any cheques payable to the 'david moore fund', and send them to either myself or to sylvia at Amisfield, Langdyke , kennoway, Nr glenrothes, Fife, Scotland.

All donations, no matter how small will be very gratefully recieved.  David's website can be visited on but he has no access to e-mail at present. “

Ch Kasaque Huntress of Sufiena JW has passed away at nearly 12 years of a short illness. Our condolences to her owner Buzz Faber. Tress, as she was more femalely known, has left a wonderful legacy with her two champion daughters, Sufeina Pastel JW and Sufeina Phantom JW. She was also Top Saluki Brood Bitch at the end of last quarter.. On the coursing field Tress was extremely fast and one of our best coursing bitches.

Following the success of the private Gallery viewing on the Wednesday of Festival week, Marie Bryce-Smith has arranged another visit to the KC. To view the wonderful collection of art & memorabilia on Thursday 22nd November.

Several individuals have indicated that they would love to visit the exhibition but would like to be part of a group. The viewing will start at 11.30am with a finger buffet including a glass of wine to be served at 12.30. It has been arranged that several boxes of old photos and the Sarona Kelb album will be available for viewing in the library. The cost is 18.00 per person. Places are limited so first fome, first served. Cheques should be made payable to SGHC. For the details contact Marie on 01342 573


South Eastern Hound Club will be holding a seminar on Saturday 20th October at Joydens Wood Community Centre, Birchwood Drive. Wilmington, Dartford, Kent DA2 7NE .  The topics will be KC Stewards, KC Confirmation Hands-on workshop with Liz Dunhill entitled “Getting the best out of your Dog” There will be a light optional lunch.  For all enquiries contact Linda Aldous, SEHC Tel. 01424217796 or email:
Last weeks notes were a summery of the first half of our wonderful Festival week.  Continuing now, from there to Thursday and the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Championship Show.  Once again the weather was kind to us.  The day started out with a beautiful Arabian Stallion all dress up in tradition gear strutting in front of Loseley House with two groups of hounds (and handlers) walking down the hill. Following  immediately behind the stallion  were Marie Bryce-Smith and Helen Williams happily carrying the Festival banner.  The dogs were all Champions and/or coursing hounds.  When the procession reached the bottom of the hill, the Championship Show was declared open.  A big thanks to Richmond Championship Show who allowed us to utilize their BIS arena for the club show. In one part of the ring the judging commenced and in the other part, the Show Manager had a table along with Festival stands, Magazine, calendar and various other Saluki items to purchase and certainly think about for the future.
Everyone sitting around the ring plus the array of shelter set up for the dogs Was very pleasing.  We were very fortunate to have Mike and Sue Virgo Available to record the day on DVD.  In the near future we shall available these to purchase along with the SGHC Symposium.  We will let you know when all is up and running.
Judging the dogs was Mr Ken Allan.  He chose for his DCC and eventually by agreement with the bitch judge, BIS, Ch Nefisa Baaz of Rhazias ( Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jasirat (imp) X Nefisa Saariyah) owned by Mr AG & Mrs C Clark bred by Mr & Mrs S  Macro.  RDCC went to his litter brother Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW owned by Mrs M Bryce-Smith..
The best laid plans often do not work out so the lunch break was divided between Veteran  Dog, Dog CC and Puppy Bitch.  The lunch itself was provided by The Saluki, the magazine of the SGHC.  There was a lovely array of food superbly served by a cosmopolitan group including the Magazine Committee members  and several of our visitors who were kind enough to help.  There were drinks available provided by Saluki International.
Judging Bitches was Mr Bo Bengtson from California.  He chose for his BCC Dr JA & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Glenoak Izadi (Glenoak Gushyar JW X Caryna Kleio of Glenoak) for her second CC.  RBCC went to Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Shushma.  Best Puppy and Best Puppy in Show was Ms L Dunn’s Ulmarra Shaquira.  Best Veteran also went to the Bitch, Sedeki Nemune owned by Mrs H Cornock.  Best Smooth was Mrs J Hotz-Kolewe and Mrs H Williams’ Bedu Effendi.
Friday and back again at Loseley for Richmond Championship Show.  It seemed strange all the new people invading our territory which we had to ourselves the day before. Our judge was Mrs Tessa Abbott. She chose for her BCC, BOB Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Zofeyah with the RBCC going to Mrs A Faber’s Ch Sufeina Pastel JW.  DCC was Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW with the RDCC to Miss N Quadling’s Kasra Nasuuh at Malenkhai Sh CM.  Best Puppy was Mr N & Mrs ES Stanmore’s Altaya Suhayb.  It was most regrettable that the Saluki did not participate in the Group Judging as Richmond Championship Show had done so much to facilitate our Festival and we had such distinguished visitors from overseas.  Towards the end of the judging plates of sandwiches were handed around, sponsored by the Festival, as we all had to get home and prepare for the dinner/dance that evening.
Tithe Barn at Loseley Park was the venue for the Gala Dinner and a fitting finale of such a special week.  Upon arrival in the grounds one had a feeling of isolation and the darkness became muted light until one heard the sound of conversation, then felt the warmth of the patio heaters and saw the colour of the costumes worn, by those attending. 
The beautiful Barn was decorated with flowers provided by Daphne Tovey and around the room were large posters depicting the history of our historical breed.  Fortunately the evening was warm and everyone could have a glass of wine in the gardens before dinner. Once everyone was seated there followed some short speeches of thanks those that have worked exceptionally hard to make the Festival a success. Gifts were presented to Marie Bryce-Smith and Helen Williams who conceived the idea and continued in organising events right through to the very end. Also there was an array of items arranged by Jenny Ziman on behalf of the Welfare for a combination of a silent auction and subsequently, after dinner, an authentic auction along with auctioneer and gavel.  We must admit that the Auctioneer, Ian Veal, after a couple of drinks to relax, was great fun and the bidding was very competitive, even to the point of receiving telephone bids on one particular item.  We are pleased to say the winner was the Welfare, collecting in excess of 2,000.
There was some time to reflect upon the prizes and the banter, that was stimulated by the bidding process, then the dance floor was made available a singer appeared  and with some enticement from Marie Bryce-Smith the floor began to fill. Within a few minutes I found myself doing the jive with
non other than Beryl Paine. I am no dancer but it was of no avail, Beryl had done this before and with no shortage of energy she twisted and turned across the dance floor. What fun we all had concluding with a rousing chorus
of ‘You’ll never walk alone’ (Probably some reference to walking with our dogs late at night……but I can’t see it catching on???).
And the Festival was not over yet.
Saturday a lure trial and fun day was organized by Sue Snape and Alison & David Crane with proceeds of 128.50 which they donated to Welfare. The course was judged by Gunter Kolewe visiting from Germany.   All Expenses of lure trial and contributions towards the bbq were provided by The Festival.  The attendance was great with about 50 people in attendance.  About 30 dogs enjoyed the day with some only competing in the fun competition and others competing in the lure trial.  The food was excellent even l the four legged  participants had a sausage.  In the afternoon all dogs had another run in reverse direction and a few fun classes.. The next meeting for the BSFA, last of the season witl be on the 14th  Oct. 2007.  Please contact Gary to make sure you can get a run as the lure coursing has become very popular
Michael Williams

Saluki Breed Notes Week ending 12th October 2007
One of my colleagues at work brought me in an article from a magazine which unfortunately I cannot credit as I don’t know which magazine but the article is is entitled “Best in Show”  It says “ Take a lead from our models as they exchange the catwalk  for the kennels to showcase the latest in groomed glamour.  Styled by Arabella Greenhill. Photographs by Martin Parr  In the photos we see Lazer Quadling  standing by what looks like a model with Nicola Quadling and Lisa Hudson with a black and a black fringed fawn Saluki.  Most interesting!
Darlington Championship Show took place a couple of weeks ago.  Sorry to be late in reporting it but with so much going on it’s a case of better late then never.  Judging was Mrs Anne MacDonald. BCC, BOB for her third and qualifying CC was Mrs D Garratt and Miss S Oakey’s Caryna Nashira.  She was bred by Denise Garratt and born on 23rd October 2002.  Her sire is Ch Mabrooka Jayid and dam, Ch Caryna Hera JW.  RBCC went to Mrs JM Pyatt’s Miskanda Cara Mia.  DCC, for his first CC went to Mrs D Garratt & Mrd & Mrs L Stuart’s Caryna Zazma. He was bred by Mrs Garratt and born on 14th July 2004.  His sire is Ch Mabrooka Jayid and dam Ch Caryna Hera JW. The RDCC to Dr J & Mrs L Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Inqi, JW.  Congratulations to Denise on winning the double.  Best puppy was Mrs S Pass & Mrs A Cameron’s Sivendra Abishai.  Best Veteran went to Mrs C Cargill’s Simply Fizzy ShCM
 Driffield Championship Show came quickly on the heels of Darlington.  The judge for Saluki was Mr Arthur Spencer-Bolland.  BCC, BOB was Dr & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Ishaara with the RBCC to Mrs D Garratt & Miss S Oakey’s Caryna Nashira.  DCC went to Caryna Zazma owned by the D Garratt and Mr & Mrs Stuart partnership.  Best puppy was Ms S Steer’s Fernlark Sharaz.
Well done all!!


Last time we were writing these notes we were in a state of elation mixed with concern in anticipation of the upcoming “Festival”. What a wonderful week it turned out to be and from what has been expressed to us, it passed far too quickly. Now its all just a wonderful memory. We would like to recap the events and let you know some of the highlights. In doing so we should mention that ‘Our Dogs’ will be doing a Festival special in the 5th October edition of the paper.

Upon arriving at the City of Birmingham Show the “Festival” banner was flying high letting the whole world know about The Festival of the Saluki. A visitors first stop was to sign the guest book and receive a Welcome Pack. (If anyone has not received a Welcome Pack and would like one, please contact Marie on 01342 327573 and she will make arrangements for you to receive one.) ~Then it was upstairs to the lovely facilities provided by Birmingham for Tea, coffee and cookies. The teas and coffees were available most of the morning. Our thanks to Buzz Faber and Daphne Tovey for welcoming everyone with a cuppa and a smile. Daphne also provided and arranged all the beautiful flowers during the week. Jenny Ziman, Brendan Austin and Ian Veal spend the whole day minding the stands selling festival merchandise and the Club Calendar. Some of these items are still available and you can obtain the calendars from Brendan or Ian on 01932 788040 (evenings) and 020 8296 0444 (daytimes). Halfway through the breed classes, the judge took a break and everyone stopped to enjoy sandwiches which were provided by The Festival.

Later in the day, in the reception area, Jenny, Brendan and Ian were joined by Hamad al Ghanem of the Arabian Saluki Centre. Interestingly, Ian found the following article in an Abu Dabi newspaper “The Arabian Saluki Centre, Abu Dhabi, yesterday which announced that it will participate in the Festival of the Salukis 2007 to be held from August 31 to September 7 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The Arabian Saluki Centre, established in 2002 by Hamad Al Ganem, with the support of the Emirates Falconers' Club, commits itself to both the preservation of the pure bred Arabian Saluki and the traditional way of the Arabian hunting as an essential part of their cultural heritage.”

It went on to say that “the festival week will feature numerous activities such as championship shows, an exhibition of Saluki art, open houses, a seminar and lure trial.”

The Festival kicked off with a welcoming speech from the President of SGHC., Mr Philip Browning. Philip has been unwell and as he was not able to attend the Festival Opening Ceremony, Marie Bryce-Smith deputised, as the Vice President of SGHC, reading his very warm and heartfelt speech. After the opening speech. Helen Williams declared the Festival open. Our judge for the City of Birmingham Championship Show was Mrs Reena Clark. For her DCC, BOB she chose Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW with the RDCC going to visitors from Finland, Ms P Kekalainen and Mrs K Peitsara ‘s, Fin & Swed Ch El Hamrah Taraf-Tahir. BCC for her third and qualifying CC was Mr & Mrs.K Allan and Mr & Mrs P Mahon’s Jazirat Zakiyyah. She was sired by Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jazirat and her dam is Jazirat Shazaara JW. She was born on 15th April 2002 and was bred by her owners. RBCC went to Mary Parker’s newly imported puppy from Sweden, Khalils Rana of Classicus, who was also Best Puppy.

Saturday, 1st September at Jesus College, Cambridge was a Saluki Symposium. As we were unable to attend, Christine Stevens from Australia has kindly sent the following:

“To have a symposium about one of the oldest dog breeds in history in a place that is itself almost a thousand years old was wonderfully inspiring. The venue Jesus College in Cambridge was founded in 1496. It occupies the site of the Benedictine nunnery of St Mary and St Radegund which came into existence around 1138. Speakers for the day were well chosen as they covered a variety of interesting theories and discussions based on fact. Some opinions were controversial but certainly gave food for thought.

The morning session commenced with the first speaker Gertrude W Hinsch PhD who has trained as an embryologist and reproductive biologist. Gertrude gave a talk on where the Saluki evolved from and her discussion on evolution versus domestication was very interesting. Brian Duggan who is Cynophilist and for those that do not know what a Cynophilist is (as I did not), it is according to the dictionary someone that is favourably disposed towards dogs. A Cynologist or Cynophilist concern themselves with canine evolution and breed development. This discipline was virtually non existent prior to the last quarter of the 19 century when purebred canine registries’ began to be organized. It started in 1873 with the founding of the Kennel Club in the UK hence, Brian’s talk was about the first imports of Salukis to the UK in the early part of the 20 century and the connection between TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and the Hon Florence Amherst (founder president of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club UK). Some of the photos presented of the early salukis which had not been published before were very fascinating. Unfortunately Brian had to rush the last part of his talk as time was limited. Carol Tipler from New Zealand was next with her discussion on Feathered or Smooth. Carol conducted a survey and her conclusion was based on the answers that she received. Conclusion - there are no differences between the feathered and/or smooth saluki and that if there are any clear differences they would come from bloodline and environment.

The morning session ended and lunch was served and I have to say the food was in abundance, delicious and well presented. After eating a few of us took a quick walk around the beautiful grounds and before long we were back in our seats eagerly awaiting the next speaker which was Lesley Brabyn of Timaru Salukis. who lives in Northern California. Lesley spoke on preserving the functionality of the Saluki and whether function can be evaluated with field testing. Next was Ute Lennartz who gave a very interesting talk on artificial insemination and its advancement. It is interesting to note that although the Arabs may have used A.I. as early as the 14 century an Italian Physiologist Lazzaro Spallanzani was credited with the first successful pregnancy achieved with A.I. in a dog in 1780.

The last speaker of the day was Zola Rawson who became involved in Salukis in 1961. Zola’s talk was about the past Salukis and where the breeding is heading today and included blacked out photos of top winning Salukis that were not quite correct in conformation. Her discussion was on conformation and movement of the show Saluki and asked the question, is a flashy Saluki correct and is the TRAD (Tremendous reach and drive) movement correct?

After the last speaker it was then question time. The six speakers were then seated and the audience were invited to write their questions down and to whom they wished it to be directed. One of the most controversial questions asked was ‘Are Salukis and Tazis the same?’ This could have developed into a debate as some say yes and some say no. Gertrude Hinsch however stated in her talk earlier in the day that word Saluki was the Arabic term for hunting sighthound and Tazi which is Persian or Farzi is a term used for the same breed.”

Sunday was the turn of the Northern Saluki to host their Championship Show. The show was held in Clay Cross Derbyshire in the mining district. Upon entering the hall everyone was given al warm welcome and a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. These were available all day long. There was a market place of Saluki orientated items to be purchased. Saluki art just seems to continue improving with artists becoming ever more original with their ideas based around this beautiful breed. Judging the show was Mrs Beryl Payne DCC, Best in Show and Best Veteran in show was Mrs A Ham and Mr K Hadfield’s Ch Baghdad Foreign Affair of Lokhandar (imp) His breeder, Paula Brockman-Chato was here for the Festival and had a chance to see him with his wonderful win. RDCC and RBIS went to Mrs K Smith’s Caryna’s Zenith. Best Puppy was Mrs M Parker’s Khalis Rana of Classicus (imp). BCC and BOS went to our own Ch Kasaque Luzhana JW with the RBCC to Ms. S Pass & Mrs k Lauchlan’s Ch Devineerace Anya.

Some of the highlights were the auction of Saluki memorabilia with Jessica Brassington taking centre stage as the auctioneer. With the judging completed we all tucked into a well deserved bring and share and had a chance to chat with the judge. It was a most enjoyable show with the Festival logo well focused.

And that was only day 3. On Day 4, The Northern Saluki Club held their Symposium.

We do not have any notes on that though I hear it was beautifully run in an idyllic Country house. We would appreciate someone letting us have a review of the day.

On Monday evening The Kennel Club hosted a reception for the opening of The Saluki Art Exhibition, in their Gallery, at Clarges Street. All the contributors of artwork, for this exhibition, were invited for a viewing and a finger buffet between 6.30 and 8.00pm. Most of the same information applies for Wednesday when the Kennel Club hosted an Opening of the Gallery for the general public with a buffet lunch and tour. The exhibition rooms are packed with all things Saluki.

From the very classical, a print by Thomas Hudson (1752) of the Saluki Turk with his fifteen year owner to The Byerley Turk (oil) by John Wooton (1682 -1764)

Al medias are included from oil paintings, watercolours, pastels, drawings , mixed media, sculptures and a few of the SGHC’s most precious trophies. Also represented are examples of how the Saluki lends itself to be displayed in pieces of exquisite jewellery. As part of the Exhibition The Library has displayed titles of their very special collection for viewing. Everyone that has seen the “Sarona Kennels Album” has felt privileged to have viewed it. To top it off there is an excellent numbered guide put together by the KC. The Festival has also put together a beautiful glossy catalogue of the items included. Both can be obtained at the KC or the Festival guide can be purchased from Helen (01635 268269) for 5.00 plus p & p. This exhibition will run until mid January.

We will conclude (though the Festival continued) for this week’s notes with the Garden Parties ( it must be Tuesday). Dr John and Lisa Hudson opened their lovely home and gardens for visitors as did we. The sun gods were very kind on this event after the very wet summer. (yes, we planned the weather 3 years ago also). Visitors came from literally all over the World to look at our homes and see how our Salukis live. We were very proud to have so many people and hopefully they had a lovely time just talking, eating and looking.

To be continued next week with the final part of the week and summary.


As Salukiphiles we obviously view the World in terns of its relationship to Salukis. For an example of this we must look towards Jenny Ziman. One of her dear friends saw a greeting card with Salukis on and it was a “must have” for Jenny. This card is particularly nice as on the front you see two Salukis sitting in what looks like an open top sports car. Over their head the card says “For your Birthday“. Inside it says “Two bitches in a soft-top! Have a great day. On the back of the card is written Animal Magic and it comes from “The Original Poster Company Ltd. The reference is UKAM480 Cruising Saluki’s.

When you read these notes we will be embarking upon one of the most important events that has ever happened for Salukis. The following are a few last minute notes about the Festival which is begins today. Please look at the web site for information on the Saluki Welfare’s Silent Auction which will conclude during the Gala Dinner on Friday 7th September. Elaine Ruston has organized items so they can be viewed at the Web site and anyone wanting to bid, can do so before the dinner.

On Saturday 8th September is a Fun day at Falklands Farm near Newbury, Berkshire. The organizer for this is Mrs Sue Snape. This will begin at 12.30.  For the lure trial, barbeque, and other array of competitions like fancy dress.  Sue will be setting up at 11am and would appreciate any offers of help. Her telephone number is 01253 771558

Nicola Quadling, Show Manager for SGHC has sent the folowing:: The entry for the SGHC Championship Show is Dogs 69 making 80 entries, Bitches 79 making 101 entries The total:is 148 dogs making 181 entries plus 36 NFC

Our show is on Thursday 6 September at Loseley Park near Guildford. The dog judge is Mr Ken Allan and the bitch judge is Mr Bo Bengtson from the USA. The show opens at 9.00am and judging is due to commence at 10.30am with the dogs in the ring first and the bitches will follow on after a short lunch break. To open our club show we are lucky enough to have an Arab horse in full regalia along with a rider also in full costume which will lead a parade of champion hounds and coursing, racing hounds from Loseley House down to the entrance of the show, the parade is due to start at approximately 9.45am. If you would like to take part, places are limited, please contact Marie Bryce-Smith on 01342 327573 as soon as possible. Teas and coffees will be available throughout the day. A buffet lunch along with wine and soft drinks is being provided by The Saluki Magazine and Saluki International - so no need to bring your own packed lunch! There will be the usual club stands along with some other saluki trade stands. Daphne & Tony Parnham will have the welfare stall with them, so please bring items fro their tombola. Items for the club raffle are also very welcome. Please bring your own chairs, you may also bring cages/shelters for your hounds (yes, the sun will be shining on the day as a special order has been put in for it!!) Even if you haven't pre-ordered a catalogue, please come to the show managers table on arrival to collect your exhibitors gift which has been given by the SGHC.

The SGHC would also like to thank everyone who has sent in donations for rosettes for the shows - every single class and any specials have been sponsored - thank you very much for all your support it is much appreciated. Also for a point of interest - six awards have been donated by a club member for the festival to be given out at the gala dinner, the awards are as follows: Top Dog, Top Bitch, Top Puppy and Top Veteran - these will be run on a points system at all four championship shows. The last two awards are a little more light-hearted and hopefully fun and will be decided by the panel who have kindly agreed to be watching you all!! Best Presented Handler and Saluki and Best Entertainer! We all know there are some hounds who are real characters and will do anything to show their handlers up in the ring - so if you make the panel laugh or rather your saluki does - then you could be in for a nice surprise!!! For any further information on these awards please feel free to speak to Daphne & Tony Parnham or Marie Bryce-Smith who have kindly agreed to be the panel for the week!! Should you have any queries or want further information on the club championship show please contact the Show Manager Nicola Quadling on 0208 590 8457, 07831 876143 or

Last week we had two Championship Show to compete in. The first was on the Monday at Bournemouth. Our judge was Mrs MH Fulcher. Her DCC, BOB for his 3rd and qualifying CC was Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW. He was born on 14th April 2004. His breeder is his owner. His sire is Min Arabi Laziz Al Caliph (imp) and dam Al Caliphs Madhura. RDCC went to Mr & Mrs D Rogers & Mrs J Watt’s Labakan Lamerie. Bitch CC was Mrs A Faber’s Ch Sufeina Pastel JW with the RDCC to Mr & Mrs Rogers’ Labakan Lenci JW. Best Puppy was Mr C & Mrs M Martin’s Dacfolke Rashid.

The second show of the week was The Welsh Kennel Club. Judging this was Mrs D Copperthwaite. DCC, BOB was Mr & Mrs AG Clark’s Ch Nefisa Baaz of Rhazias with the RDCC to Miss N Quadling’s Kasra Nasuuh at Malenkhari Sh CM. BCC for her first CC went to Mr & Mrs D Everton’s Kasra Nadirah.

She was born on the 26th January 2002 and her breeder are her owners. Her sire is Alaziz Benjamin and dam, Ishieya Kalis of Kasra. RBCC went to Mrs M Parker’s Khalils Phaedra of Classicus Sh CM (imp) with the Best Puppy to Ms Steer’s Fernlark Fleurie. Well done all

SALUKI BREED NOTES 3rd August 2007.

We have been sent the following information regarding the “Festival Calendar” There have been concerns over the calendars format which will be for this year only, Brendan (Austin) is pleased to announce that the photos were submitted and after the Open Show the votes were counted. With a little bit of tweaking here and there, as some of the photos were not of a reproducable standard, The Saluki Calendar - Special Festival Edition is at the printers. You can pre-order a copy now by telephoning 020 8296 0444 and paying with a credit card or sending a cheque made out to SGHC, to Brendan Austin, Pets Place, 105 Central Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 8DY. 7.15, two copies 14.00, (p+p or you can collect from the shows during The Festival). The offer is available until Monday 6th August. After this date the calendar will be 7.95 per copy.

South Eastern Hound Club are holding their celebration 40th Open show on 2nd September at Bewbush, Crawley, West Sussex which also happens to be the 3rd Premier Show – to celebrate the occasion we are offering cake and bubbly for everyone plus lots of prizes and goodies – once again kindly sponsored by Eukanuba, and several breed clubs, SEHC are offering prize money for BIS, Res BIS, Best Puppy & Res Best Puppy And for the nostalgic amongst you, founder member Dagmar Kenis is kindly judging BIS for us.

We hope for our usual sunshine and with ringside parking a bonus we welcome club gazebo’s with the accompanying picnics, some of which have become spectacular!

For a schedule please telephone Val & Gordon Meer on 01435 868408 or Joyce Ridley on 02083 046976 or e-mail southeasthound@AOL.Com - schedules can also be downloaded from and will be available at The Hound show.

Last Tuesday East of England Agricultural Society held their Championship Show. Our judge was Mr Kevin Carter. BOB, DCC was Mr P & Mrs EA Shimmin’s Ch Cranstal Quantum with the RDCC to Dr JA & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Glenoak Inqi JW. BCC for her first CC was our own smooth bitch, Caspians’ L’Aliq Avec Kasaque. She was born on the 28th Feb 2004 and her breeders are MR M & Mrs S Oakley. Her sire is Arab Bahri Shaahin Taali and dam, Bedu Eghypthe of Caspians. RBCC went to Dr JA & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Glenoak Izadi. Best puppy was Mr N & Mrs ES Stanmore’s Altaya Summer.

Spare a thought for Buzz Faber and Sylvia Harms Cooke. Not only is Sylvia suffering from a nasty bug after an operation but the two ladies have lost their  water supplies because of the floods in their area. They have been forced into learning a new life style of boiling water and receiving the daily rations of bottled water. At least they have remained dry and haven’t lost their electricity yet.


Sorry for the recent lack of Breed notes of late but recently our computer died and we have been in the throws of replacing it. Today we have discovered this is not as straight forward as it might be as our new computer cannot be connected to any part of our old computer without new parts. This means Additional purchases and of course more expenses.

We are pleased to let you know that we have some wonderful mousemats with the Festival logo, for sale. Anyone wishing to purchase one, please contact Helen on 01635 268369 or email her at The price is 3.00. As they are so light and pack beautifully we shall take some along to most of the Championship Shows and they will be on sale at the Festival Stand during the Festival.

We are now deep into the show season. South Wales held their Championship Show at the Newbury Show Ground as their usual home in Wales was too wet from the torrential rains. From all accounts it was an enjoyable day and on hound day it was showery but not too bad. The judge for Salukis was Mr Nev Newton. DCC, BOB for his 2nd CC was Mr N & Mrs D Tovey’s Caspians Lancelot of Tirzah with the RDCC to Miss N. Quadling’s Kasra Nasuuh at Malenkhai ShCM. BCC went to Mrs J Minn’s Ch Sufeina Phantom JW. RBCC went to Caryna Nashira owned by Mrs D Garratt and Miss S Oakey. Best Puppy was Ulmarra Shakara at Miwell TAF NAF owned by Mrs L Bleakley.

Last Thursday Paignton held their Championship Show with Mrs Sue Rabey-Wilkinson judging our breed. DCC, BOB was Mr & Mrs AG Clark’s Ch Nefisa Baaz of Rhazias with the RDCC to Mrs A. Ham & Mr K Hadfield’s Ch Baghdad Foreighn Affair of Lokhandar ShCM (imp). BCC was awarded to Mr & Mrs AF Parnham & Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Ch Aliya Rasmi of Amirah. Lusaki Viva Valinah of Zardek owned by Mrs D Derfield won the RBCC. Best Puppy was Mrs PA Spilsted’s Jeshins Dynamic Deva. Well done all!!

The Shimin’s Ch Cranstal Quantum has had a very good year so far in the show ring but his progeny in Sweden has also had an excellent year. Last weekend at the Swedish Kennel Club Hisilome Hilton won the DCC and his sister Halawa won the bitch CC. In Poland another dog from this same litter has won his Polish Junior Championship title. All this at just one year of age.  



Alan Lucas, Secretary of the Saluki Welfare has sent the following  “The Festival of the Saluki 2007 has generously given Saluki Welfare an opportunity to raise funds with an Auction to be held at the Gala Dinner after Richmond Show on the 7th September 2007.  Some items have already been received for which we are very grateful, but, hopefully, without sounding too greedy, more donations would be very welcome.  They need not be saluki related and as usual saluki people will undoubtedly ‘come up with the goods’!  The auction is being organised through Jenny Ziman, who would be pleased to have at least a description of any lots for sale on the evening of the 7th September, by the latest date of August 12th.  The idea is that these lots can then be posted on to the Saluki Welfare website, so that anyone not attending the dinner can make a bid on them.  Thank you for anything you are able to offer, please give Jenny a ring on 01844 343907”


Regarding the Symposium at the Festival.  Di Allan has informed us that  she has had two tickets returned to her so if anyone would like to attend, please contact her. Also there are still places for punt rides (8.00 or 9.00 pay pall) and the three course candlelit dinner after the Symposium.  The price for the dinner is 32.00.  Diana can be contacted at or 01234 708658 We have placed some new news on the web site so please have a look.  Also you can now enter on-line for the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show (Higham Press) and The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Championship Show (Fosse Data)


We received a note from Jeannette Glaister regarding Blackpool Championship Show.  Her Saluki puppy, Classicus Zahir was Best Puppy in breed.  He went on to place 3 out of 33 entries in the Puppy Stakes.  Well done to them.


Last Sunday was Windsor Championship Show.  Due to other arrangements we did not attend though through some very reliable sources  have heard that it was very very muddy.  The judge for Salukis was Mrs Rosemary Lewis.  Her BOB for her second CC was Mr K and Mrs D Allan and Mr P and Mrs J Mahon’s Jazirat Zakiyyah with the RCC to Dr J and Mrs L Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak JW.  Dog CC went to Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW for his second CC.  RDCC was Miss N Quadling’s Kassra Nasuuh At Malenkhai Sh Ch.  Best Puppy was Mr N and Mrs E Stanmore’s Altaya Summer Night  Best Veteran went to Mrs A Ham and Mr K Hadfield’s Ch Baghdad Foreign Affair of Lokhandar (imp)  Well done all





Sylvia Harms Smith has contacted to let us know that her Daisy (Ir Ch, Ch Mumtaz Greta Garbo of Timellie is now an International Champion.  We have also heard that Sylvia now has a date for her hip operations which is the 10th July.  We know she has been in great pain while waiting for the peration, so good luck and a very speedy recovery.


Entries for the Northern Saluki Championship Show can be made on-line with Higham Press.  Their address is Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club, as far as we know, is not as yet up and running but will soon be available at:


The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club held their Open Show on June 10th at  Clere School nr. Newbury.  From all that we have heard the show was a great success.  Further from that comment, it seems that the only downside was shade

And gazebos are the new must have item at this venue.  Judges were Mr A van der Broek from Holland for dogs, Mr T McCrory for bitches and the Referee, Mrs J Reader.  BIS and BVIS on the Referee’s decision was Mrs A Ham & Mr K Hadfield’s Ch Baghdad Foreighn Affair of Lokhandar (imp) with RBIS to Mrs EA Metcalf & Mr M Green’s Ch Zemar Tasia Elouise.  Best Puppy went to Mr N & Mrs ES Stanmore’s Altaya Summer Night with RBP to her brother, also owned by the Stanmore’s Altya Surabaya.  We are very pleased to see that our Junior Handling Classes are having more competitors.  Best Junior Handler was

Alecia Prior.  Well done all!!




SGHC will be holding their Open Show  on Sunday 10th June at the Clere School, Burghclere,   Show Opens at 9am with judging for Dogs at 10.00 followed by Bitches.  The judge for dogs is Mr A van der Broek from Holland and the bitch judge is Mr T McCrory.  Referee is Mrs J Reader. Tea and Coffee  will be available but lunches needed to be pre-booked.  Nicola Quadling the show manager has sent us the following regarding this show:  Total entry is 92 (135) and the breakdown is Dogs: 52 (72) and Bitches 40 (63)  this is slightly up on last year - so members seem to like the venue being in this area.  NFC 29 and in total 4 junior handlers - which again is the highest we have had!  To remind exhibitors the show is on Sunday 10 June 2007 at The Clere School, Burghclere, Newbury, Berks RG20 9HP.  The show opens at 9.00am and judging will commence at 10.00am with the dogs.  There will be short lunch break where we hope everyone will support by watching the Junior handling classes and then the rescue parade.  The judging will then recommence with the bitches.  Those of you who have pre-booked lunches, your lunch ticket will be with your pre-paid catalogue or you ring number at the show manager's table.  There will be tea, coffee and cakes available throughout the day to purchase.  As always, the welfare stand will be at the show, as will the magazine.  There will be a raffle, so any gifts greatly received for the raffle and also for the welfare stand.  The voting for the calendar will also take place at this show - so please support and cast your votes!”


With the Festival not far off Diane Allan has asked us to pass the following news on.: “ If you are going to have dogs with you whilst you are at the Symposium, please let us know now. If you want a punt ride after the Symposium, the cost will be 8 pounds for a 45 min ride along the backs of the Universities ( 9 pound if they use pay pal). A live commentary will be given throughout the tour.  If they want to book for the candlelit supper at Jesus College in the evening (7.30) the cost will be 32 pounds.”  Diane can be contacted at her email address of or telephone number 01234 708658


Bath Championship Show was held last Bank Holiday Monday.  We did not have Challenge Certificates on offer but we did have classes.  Our judge was Mrs D Derfield.  Her BB, BOB was Mrs A Faber’s Ch Sufeina Pastel JW with the RBB to Mrs S Desforges-Poths’ Bedu Esmee.  BD went to Jazirat Zidane owned by Miss T Farris & Mr M Cosentini.  RBB went to Mr B & Mrs A Buckley’s Mumtaz Sirocco.  Best Puppy was Mr CW & Mrs ML Martin’s Dacfolke Rashid.  Well done all!!

Michael Williams





We received our copy of “Saluki Snippets” this week and what a wonderful and interesting publication it is.  It is compiled and edited by Elaine Rushton and it is “The Newsletter for Friends and Supporters of the Saluki Welfare Fund.”  Our Saluki Welfare Seems to be a very busy and vibrant group with events up and down the Country to raise awareness and funds.  To start the season off on 10th June at the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Open Show there will be a parade of rescued Salukis during the lunch interval.  Co-ordinating this is Miss Anne Blake.  For further information on this please contact her on 01727 823360.  Next event is Saluki Welfare Fun Day on 24th June at the home and kind permission of Norman and Jenny Ziman.  This will include a country walk, bring and share picnic and fun dog show.  The emphasis will be on Fun rather than fundraising. For more information on this please contact Ann Blake (telephone above) or Jenny Ziman on tel no. 01844 343907.


July 7th, and 8th a Saluki Rally will be held at Fields Farm, Audlem Cheshire.  This is a highlight of the Saluki Welfare Fund social calendar and is not just about fundraising again but a great weekend for Salukis and their owners.  There will be novelty classes, lure coursing.  For further information on this please contact Rosemary Lewis on 01270 811070.


2nd September the Northern Saluki Club will be hosting a rescue parade at their Championship Show during our Festival Of  The Saluki.  To take part in the parade please contact the Welfare Warden, Denise Rogers on 01302 77143


On the 15th September, David Hartley will be hosting Walk and Fish and Chip Supper.  This will comprise of a countryside walk followed by refreshments, novelty classes and a fish and chip supper.  All breeds are welcome.  Please contact David at his email address


Finally, Christian Campling will be competing in this year’s Beach Head Marathon on Saturday 27th October.  The walk of 26.2 miles starts at the foot of Beachy Head and goes round in a loop over the famous Seven Sisters. I understand she is determined to cover the distance even if she has to crawl.  Donations for this marathon can be made to Saluki Welfare Fund through the Welfare’s Treasure, Daphne Parnham, South Green Maldon Road Steeple CM0 7RT

Hopefully all these endeavours will create a buoyant bank account for the Welfare but of course what would make us happiest is if we did not need to even have a need for the Welfare.


We received information from “The Saluki” the publication of SGHC regarding a Photograph Competition.  The winning photo will be used as Front Cover of the Crufts issue of “The Saluki”.  Entry is 4.00 per photograph and the closing date is 21st June 2007.  Any photograph or art work, which must be copyright free that includes a Saluki, may be entered. 


Photograph entries can be posted to Diane Duckenfield at 4 Oatfield Road, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 5EP.  Digital entries should be emailed to, emailed entries will be acknowledged (payment by post only) or handed to Karen Fisher, Kathy Webb, Val Prior at dog shows.  Digital photos should be 300dpis.


A numbered noting ship will be included in the September magazine.  Final decisions on the winner rest with the Magazine Committee.





The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club is holding the 2007 Open Show on Sunday 10th June at The Clere School Burghclere, Newbury Berks.  Show Opens at 9am with judging for Dogs at 10.00 followed by Bitches.  The judge for dogs is Mr A van der Broek from Holland and the bitch judge is Mr T McCrory.  Referee is Mrs J Reader.  Refreshments will be available but lunches need to be pre-booked.  So pleased contact the show manager on this if you are not entering the show otherwise platter of Chicken Salad or Vegetarian Quice Salads  including roll with butter, serviette, knife & folk will be provided by “Brendan’s Buffet” for 4.00.



Quality items are still needed for the Festival of the Saluki 2007 stall and silent auction to be held at the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Open show on the 10th June 2007, so please have a search around your homes and support the Festival.  As we will be away and therefore unable to attend the show (it typical

that the trip would coincide with a judging assignment when the show is four miles from our door) Sue Oakley will take over the selling of “cookies” and the cookbook.  If anyone has some spare time and would like to help making the cookies they could contact Helen on 01635 268269.


There are still some tickets available for the Gala Dinner and the Kennel Club Gallery viewing. Ticket sales will opened up to all in June if they are not all sold before then, so please get your orders placed now while you have the chance. There is also still time to offer artwork for the Kennel Club Art Gallery exhibition. Please contact Marie Bryce-Smith (01342 327573) for further detail or to offer support on any of the above. More information can be found on the recently updated Festival of the Saluki website at


The next issue of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Newsletter is due out soon, please take the opportunity to contribute articles and forward onwards to Ian Veal for collation at or he can be contacted on 01932 788040.


The club information has been sent by the new PRO who is Trevor Prior.


Brendan Austin has sent the following regarding The Festival Calenda “The photographic competition is nearly upon us at the Open Show on 10th June.  The support for this years’ calendar themed ‘Bygone Days’ was overshadowed earlier in the year when a few members campaigned against the changes for this years calendar.  Thankfully the support has been tremendous and we have a large number of interesting photos entered already.


Ian and I undertook the challenge of producing the calendar for this year as Kathy Webb stood down.  The reason why we chose a theme was purely for ‘The Festival’.  It was genuinely felt that, for one year only, we could do something different and help promote Salukis and be part of The Festival.


For this years’ calendar we are taking a trip down memory lane, which could easily mean photos taken last year.  We are looking for photos of a group of friends standing by the ringside, maybe holiday or lure coursing photos.  Maybe a photo taken at Crufts in the days when it was at Olympia. The only criteria are that you must have permission to have the photos printed in the calendar, and there must be at least one Saluki.  The photograph can be in colour or black and white (A5 size 6”x8”), and do not worry about your hairdo or those flared trousers, it will make it all the more nostalgic.


There is still time to send entries for this year.  Closing date is 6th June.  Entries can be sent to Brendan Austin, 103 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 7QB.  Or you can email them to and I will print them for you.  There is no charge this year either so you can send as many entries as you like.


Last Sunday we attended WELKS Championship Show.  Salukis did not have Challenge Certificates on offer but we did have classes.  Our judge was Mrs Sue Bounds. BB,BOB was our own Ch Kasaque Luzhana JW with RB to her half sister, Ch Sufeina Phantom JW owned by Mrs FJ Minns.  BD went to Ruwach Zazou Al Monab (imp USA) owned by CM & HV Williams, N & D Tovey and R. Redfern  with the RD to Bamjoeh Baleno von Khrisjan owned by Mrs C Jeffery with the Best Puppy, to Dacforlke Faroah also owned by Mrs C Jeffery.  We were pleased to see Chris Ormsby and have a chat with her.  Sylvia Harms-Cooke was also there struggling as she waiting to have her hip replacement operation and is in great discomfort.




Little news has been sent to us lately so we thought we would tell you about  a recent stay in NYC.  For business purposes I am staying at the Soho Grand in lower Manhattan.  As I have never stayed at this hotel I decided to view their web site.  One of the first things I noted was this was a “pet friendly” hotel and even more important that upon request you may have a complimentary pet goldfish in your room.  I find this quite upsetting mostly because I cannot actually use the service. It would certainly be amusing to show up with a string of Salukis and head straight for the concierge for information on the local dog friendly restaurants etc. However, this is the sort of thing I would like to be able to do in the U.K. occasionally. We can currently take our dogs somewhat cautiously to certain hotels but there is nothing quite like this. The following is a list of services available for visitors: Package Includes:

  Welcome gifts including a toy and treats 

  Kitty litter (on request)  if you're bringing your finicky feline.

  Pet bed (on request)  so your pet can sleep as comfortably as at home.

  Exclusive in-room dining menu available 

  Concierge expert tips  on local parks and dog runs, local pet-friendly restaurants, local pet shops. Plus appointments for grooming, sitting, walking and all-around pampering.


Hound Association of Scotland Championship Show was held in glorious sunshine this year, contrasting with last years unpleasant conditions.  Judging Salukis was Mrs Kathy Webb.  BOB, BCC was Ch Aliya Rasmi of Amirah owned by Mr & Mrs Parnham and Mrs D Copperthwaite.  RBCC went to Mrs A Faber’s Ch Sufeina Pastel, JW.  DCC was Mr & Mrs EA Shimmin’s Ch Cranstal Quantum with the RDCC to Daxlore Asiqa at Kainai owned by Mr & Mrs A Sharp.  Best Puppy was Mrs J Glaister’s Classicus Zahir.  Well done all.


Northern Saluki Club held their Open Show last Sunday.  Judging was Miss Pam Hargreaves.   Best in Show was Mr & Mrs Rogers’ Labakan Lenci with the Reserve Best in Show and Best Veteran in Show to C. Andersson Ch Barakisch Niran Zorshid (imp Swe).  Best Puppy was Al Caliphs Nuray woned by Mesdames K Webb & D. Copperthwaite.  Well done all!


A little reminder that ads for “The Saluki” need to be early for the upcoming issue. Deadline line is SGHC Open Show.  Also please remember your photos for Brendan Austin who will be compiling the 2008 calendar.




















In last week’s Breed Notes we mistakenly stated that at the 2008 Open Show referee was Mrs Pam Wilde.  We should have said that the referee was Mrs Sue Bounds.  So the judges elect are Mr Martin Green and Mr Mark Cocozza with the referee, Mrs Sue Bounds.


Returning to Crufts, we would like to comment about our catalogue and the  last two years prior.  These catalogues are expensive and all three have pages falling out.  The pages we do not look at are fine but the bindings do not seem robust enough for their contents.  Hopefully the KC will have a look at them before next year.


“The Saluki”, the publication of Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club, next edition will be produced to coincide with the Festival so the deadline for the next issue will be early. Final date for articles and adverts will be 10th June 2007 at the SGHC Open Show. Correspondences, article and queries should be directed to Karen Fisher on tel. 01279

833855 or email:  Advertising should go to Kathy Webb on tel. 01737 353279 or email


Have you heard of peternity leave?  It seems that a number of larger employers are offering their staff “peternity leave” to look after sick animals or take then to the vet.  Some award a day or two additional holidays on a discretionary basis whilst others permit the taking of “compassionate leave” ie a pet dies. 


Its apparent that the whole pets issue is potentially quite a large one.  If you worked for Google you would be allowed to take pets to work but if there was more than one indoor accident you would be asked to take them home.  If companies recognized the problems pet owners faced then actually attendance records might improve.





Doreen Stansfield has requested that we inform you that she has not yet returned to Australia and therefore will not be able to compile her Crufts critique until she does.  So she asks all to be patient until she is back home with her computer. It seems from her comments that judging at Crufts is not always that straight forward as one would expect.


At Crufts we picked up the latest copy of “The Saluki” entitled Crufts Edition 2007. Karen Fisher, the editor has compiled a  varied and interesting magazine.  A couple of articles that we found interesting from their unusual point of view was Ann Shimmin’s  “Every Breeders Best Friend” which was a split pedigree book.  Dr. John Hudson has taken a scientific approach to decision making in general as applied to judging dogs.  Advertisements are always a great favourite of ours often telling as much as the editorials.  When you look back at old magazines its fun to relate the adverts to what has actually happened.


Brendan Austin will be compiling the 2008 Calendar which will be available at The SGHC Ch Show at the Festival.  He has some new ideas so we are very much looking forward to hearing about them.  Details for this will be sent our shortly along with the SGHC Newsletter, Open Show Schedule and 2nd ballot for 2010 Ch show.  SGHC has appointed a new PRO and that is Trevor Prior.





Alan Lucas, Hon Sec for Saluki Welfare has sent the following regarding

The Saluki Welfare AGM will be held  on Sunday 25th March 2007 at Weston on the Green Village Hal.  The meeting will commence  at 1.30pm.  “I have just heard that there are road works, closing the access road to the village, which is signed from the A34 and unfortunately the Hall is cut off from that direction. “It’s, therefore, necessary to leave the A34 from the junction signed Bletchingdon and take the B4027 towards that village, turn right when signed to Weston on the Green, followed by another right to Weston, after which you will arrive at Church Lane and the Hall is on your left just past the church.”


The AGM of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club was held at the White Barn, Godstone, Surrey on Sunday 4th March.  A new rule was introduced for our Club Championship Show.  It states that “The championship ballot to elect two judges, one for each sex with the third place winner elected as BIS judge.”


The Club was balloted for Judges.  Judging at the Limit Show 2008, will be Mrs Vickie Ann Tompkins.  Open Show 2008 judges are Mr Martin Green and Mr Mark Cocozza with Mrs Sue Bounds as referee.  Championship judges have been narrowed down to five contenders and they are ( in alphabetical order) Mr O. Davies, Mrs P Everton, Mrs K. Fisher, Mr R. Goodby, Mr M. Williams.  Ballot papers will be sent out near the end of March for the final choice.


Last item on the agenda was to vote on a new rule submitted by the Committee.  It states: “If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the Committee of the Club be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character or interest of the Club, the Committee of the Club may, at a meeting the notice of convening which includes as an object the consideration of the conduct of the Member, determine that a Special General Meeting of the Club shall be called for purpose of passing a resolution to expel him/her.  Any member proved to be using the internet in or any other media sources to abuse or disparage the Club or any of its members will be subject to disciplinary procedures according to Club rules.”


We are sure that it did not go unnoticed that Crufts dog show was last Saturday. It was nice to see a large contingency from Sweden.  We hope they enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Crufts.  It was very nice that Tony Moore was able to make the show and exhibit her dogs as we know she has been unwell.  We wish her good luck with her treatment.  Our judge was Mrs Doreen Stansfield, now residing in Australia.

DCC, BOB was Mr & Mrs AG Clark’s Ch Nefisa Baaz of Rhazias with the RDCC To Miss N. Quadling’s Kasra Nasuuh at Malenkhai ShCM.  BCC went to Mrs FJ Minn’s Ch Sufeina Phantom JW with the RBCC to Miss S. Harms-Cooke Ch Mumtaz Greta Garbo of Timellie.  Best Puppy was Mesdames K Webb and D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Nuray. Well done all!!










SGHC Year Books, agenda for the AGM, Club Accounts and the voting slips have now been posted to all paid members of the Club.  If you have not received your Package, please contact Mary Parker, Hon Sec of SGHC. Our new date for the AGM, that does not conflict with “Mothering Sunday” The Club hopes to have a good turnout.


In last weeks Breed Notes we included a tale about Fargaze Brighteyes.  He owner, Maya Monk has sent in the following regarding that incident. “ I was walking along the Grand Union Canal tow path with Inka off the lead, from Uxbridge direction Rickmanmsworth. A woman cyclist in a dark tracksuit, helmet and sunglasses overtook me and I called Inka who was about 10 meters ahead of me, he looked back, saw the cyclist and bolted. This was a long way before the path goes underneath the M40. I lost sight of him and two fishermen said they saw him racing past and then we saw him on top of the bridge looking down onto the towpath. My heart stopped but I tried to keep calm, climbed up onto the motorway and called Inka, but he looked terrified and ran in the direction of Uxbridge on the narrow pavement of the bridge and the motorway lanes. The noise was deafening as the cars thundered past (it was Sunday morning). When he approached the place where the pavement ends I tried one last trick that I learnt in the training class. I whistled with my whistle, threw my arms about to attract his attention and ran as fast as I could in the opposite direction, i.e. towards Beaconsfield, hoping he would follow me so that I could put him on the lead. He did, but when I stopped running he stopped too, about five meters away from me. He still looked frightened, but I managed to walk slowly towards him, step by step, speaking calmly. You can image the panic I felt inside, but I knew that if I did panic I would loose him. I will never let him off the lead on the towpath again. It seemed safe, because I always put him on the lead long before that bridge. This shows how, if a dog gets frightened, accidents can occur.”


Last Sunday the Limited Show of the SGHC was held in Horam, East Sussex.  The village was quite a hike to get to but everyone there seem to forget that factor and spent a pleasant day doing Saluki things.  Early we heard an announcement that, Club President, Philip Browning would not be able to attend as he is ill.  A card was circulated and we all wished him good luck with his treatment.  Our judge was Miss Cecilia Andersson.  The entry was the highest we have had at this show since 1994.  BB, BIS was our own smooth fawn, Caspians L’aliq Avec Kasaque bred by Mike and Sue Oakley.  Her sire is Arab Bahri’s Shaahin Taali and dam, Bedu L’Eghypthe of Caspians.  RBB was also a smooth,    Bedu  Manon owned and bred by Liz Stephen out of the same sire, as above.  Her dam is Ch. Bedu Bon Mot Juste.  Best Dog went to the winner of the Veteran Dog class, Barbara Biggs’ Ishieya Umniyah.  His sire is Lusaki Farah Falan JW and dam, Ch Ishieya Umniyah.  His breeder is Mr. & Mrs. E. Stansfield. RBD was Miss Tanya Stevens’ Knightellington Ataullah for Rhumli.   Best Puppy went to Mr. J. Starmar’s Fargaze Malbec.


There were plenty of Saluki dedicated items on sale at the Show.  Welfare did a brisk business and The Festival launched there new gift items dedicated to the upcoming event. At the Open Show in June these items will again be on sale or information regarding them can be obtained from Annette Buckley.











Pleased to hear that June Minns is now how home after having open heart surgery.  She is said to be feeling stronger then she has in a long time.  We all wish her a speedy recovery and all being well may see her at Crufts.


In last week’s paper we were saddened to read that Terry Thorn is unwell.  His roots Started with Salukis with his famous Tahawi Saluki Kennels.  Our thoughts are with him and his wife, Zena.


Sylvia Harms-Cooke’s Mumtaz Khamsin of Timellie has earned enough points to qualify for his Junior Warrant.  Congratulation to him and his owner.  Sue and Peter Rabey-Wilkinson have moved (again).  They are now back in Wales and their address is 182 Heol-y-Gors, Cwmgors, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire SA18 1RN.  Telephone 01269 823740. 


Richmond Championship Show will be the last show to be held during the Festival of the Saluki 2007.  Following it, in the evening, there will be a Dinner/Dance .  The Saluki Welfare will be hosting a Silent Auction during the dinner.  Jenny Ziman will be co-ordinating this on behalf of the Charity.  Jenny would appreciate donations of any kind, if you happen to have any spare artwork, could arrange a balloon flight or even a World Cruise, please let her know.  All proceeds with go to Saluki Welfare. Jenny can be contacted via her email which is


We understand that Fargaze Eyebright owned by Maya Monk-Schenk has had a very lucky escape.  Maya took him for a walk along the footpath beside Grand Union Canal. Usually ‘Inka’ goes for a walk in the local park but due to an unfortunate incident where Inka’s legs become entangled with another dog’s lead, Maya decided to take another route.  This footpath runs under the busy M40 motorway. Unfortunately, something spooked Inka  and he took off towards home along the busy motorway.  Maya did a very brave thing, she whistled loudly and took off in another direction.  Luckily the dog turned around and followed her.  Inka is fine but Maya is now feeling 10 years older.






Our telephone here has been out of commission while BT conducted repairs on their equipment so we have had no access to our internet service.  While we were “down” Dr John Hudson sent the following:  “In this week's Our Dogs, the results of the Our Dogs/Pedigree Masterfoods Top Puppy Competition show that our Kasra Tahira Glenoak JW is top Saluki puppy, and top of the Hound Group with more points than any other puppy, and also joint top all breeds, sharing the top spot with two terriers and two from the Working Group.”

Congratulations are due to this wonderful achievement.  Also we note that Mrs A Ham & Mr K Hadfield’s Ch Baghdad Foreign Affair of Lokhandar (imp) was Runner-up in the Veterans competition at the prestigious Contest of Champions sponsored by Pedigree Petfoods.


At our Festival this year we are hoping to record the Symposium and the Club shows. As of this time we do not have anyone to due this so if anyone can offer their services Or could make some suggestions on the best way to accomplish we would appreciate it. Please contact Helen at email:


Nicola Quadling has kindly sent us the following “Limited show on Sunday 18 February at Horam Village Hall, Horam, East Sussex judge Cecilia Andersson. The venue is spacious inside and out with plenty of parking and we look forward to seeing all exhibitors on the day.  Show opens at 9.30 and judging starting with dogs will commence at 10.30, bitches will follow won after a brief interval.  Entry is the highest since 2004; 52 making 64 = dogs - 31 making 37 and bitches 21 making 26 with 13 NFC.  Hopefully the snow will stay away and not prevent too many absentees!  Catering is being provided by Brendan Austin and Michele Antwis and the usual bacon baps will be available for breakfast along with a variety of pastries such as croissants and chocolate du pain etc.  A vegetarian soup and roll will be available for lunch and the usual home made cakes courtesy of Michele Antwis.  If you have unwanted Christmas gifts, now is the time to bring them along to the show and share them with welfare or the raffle - all donations gratefully received!!  Please remember to return any trophies to Daphne Tovey who can be contacted on 01245 472692.  Any further queries regarding the show please contact the Show Manager, Nicola Quadling on 020 8590 8457 or 07831 876143 on the show day.  The officers and committee hope all the exhibitors have a lovely day.


Alan Lucas, secretary of The Saluki Welfare Fund has sent the following: “The Annual General Meeting of the Saluki Welfare Fund will be held at Weston-On-The-Green Village Memorial Hall, Nr Bicester, Oxfordshire on Sunday 25th March at 1. 30 pm.  The village is just north of Oxford and signed from both directions of the A34 dual carriageway.


The meeting will receive reports from the Chairman, Treasurer, Welfare Officers and to consider the accounts.  The SWF Committee Officers automatically retire at the AGM, but are willing to stand for re-election.  All other Committee Members are also due to retire, but again offer themselves up for re-election.  Any nominations for Committee Members, proposed and seconded, should be sent to the Secretary at least fourteen days prior to the meeting.

All members of the SGHC, the Northern Saluki Club and all rescue owners would be most welcome to attend.





Manchester Championship Show was held last weekend.  The Salukis were scheduled on Saturday which was Hound Day.  Unfortunately this is one of the shows that no longer of Challenge Certificates for Salukis.  Our judge was Mr Paul Singleton.  BB, BOB was our own Ch Kasaque Luzhana, JW with the RBB to Caspians L’aliq Avec Kasaque also owned by ourselves.  Best Dog was Mrs E.A. Macdonald’s Ch Mabrooka Jayid with the RBD to His son, Caryna Bacchus at Ilsham owned by Mrs B. Payne.  We were pleased to have with us at the show, Sharon Gause of Ruwach Salukis from Florida.  A trip to the UK could not be complete without the opportunity of seeing one of our large Championship Shows and Sharon also had the chance to exhibit there.  There were two purposes for her trip, one was to see the UK and the second to deliver a young Saluki male to us.  We are pleased to say he has settled in and joined out pack.


Recently we spoke to Jillian Knight Messenger.  She was due to have an operation in March but they have brought it forward and it should have been yesterday.  We have not heard anymore at this time but we will keep the readers informed.  We wish Jill good luck and a speedy recovery.


Mary Parker’s imported bitch from Sweden, Khalil’s Phaedra of Classicus has now earned her Show Certificate of Merit.  Well done to her!




Saluki Breed Notes Weekending 26th January. 2007.


For reasons we cannot explain out notes of the 19th January were not printed hence

we are including them in this weeks notes. Kathy Webb, PRO for the Saluki Club has sent us through the following: “ The SGHC committee would like to apologise to all member for having to hold the Limited Show at Horam, we do realise that this venue is rather to far to the Southeast of the Country but we were let down at the last minute and a venue had to be found that was large enough (3,000 square feet) very quickly, fortunately this hall meets the criteria. We are desperately looking for venues the requirements are:-
Limited Show, Hall 3,000 sq.ft plus kitchen, disabled access, ample car
parking facilities on site.  Open Show, Hall - 3,000sq.ft. plus kitchen and side room (if poss) large grass area to hold the show outside, disabled access, car parking on site.
Ideally these venues should be North or West of the M25 details can be given to any committee member.”


Kathy Webb and Diane Duckenfield after many years of putting the calendar together have decided it is time to give it up.  Both of them, beside having busy lives are working on the Club magazine as well.  So, we need someone to organize the Calendar for 2008.  If you are will to give it a go or would like to know what it entails. Please contact Kathy or Mary Parker Secretary of the Saluki Club.

Also, please when writing/emailing Mary Parker, Secretary SGHC please make sure she is aware it is for committee business and not private, by addressing your letter accordingly.”


We have just heard that Dr Winifred Lucas, of Srinagar Salukis passed away over the Christmas period.  She had reached the grand age of 95 years.  She has been a legend in her own time along with her daughter, Afton.   Our condolences to her daughter Afton and her grandson.


Adele Haddon as asked us to pass on the following: The NSC have omitted to put details of the Year Book adverts in the Newsletter.  The cost is 10 per page and copy should be sent direct to Beryl Payne or emailed to me at  Adverts need to be received by 31st January.

Saluki Breed Notes Weekending 12th January 2007


Happy New Year!!

 Alan Lucas, Hon Sec for the Welfare has sent the following update:

“The start of a new year seems an appropriate time to thank everyone who has supported Welfare during 2006.  A tremendous number of people contribute in someway to benefit rescue salukis and to everyone we would like to extend our grateful appreciation.


Inevitably costs continue to rise, but good news is that after years of an upward trend in dogs coming in, 2006 saw only half that number of the previous few years, which is a welcome statistic.  Fortunately re-homing has kept pace with intake and this is undoubtedly due to the ability of our Welfare Officers, Ann Blake and Denise Rogers, dealing with matters at the sharp end.


The Festival of The Saluki committee has kindly offered to hold a ‘Silent Auction’ to boost funds at the September Gala Dinner and any items donated for this would be most welcome.  The winner of the ‘saluki necklace’, currently being raffled by tickets sold at various shows, will be drawn at the Welfare AGM, to be held once again at Weston on the Green Village Hall, near Oxford, on Sunday 25th March 2007 at 1.30 pm.”


The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Show will be holding their Limited Show on Sunday 18th February at Horam Village Hall, Horam, East Sussex TN21 0JE.  The judge is Miss Ceilia Andersson.  Show Opens at 9.30 am and judging will commence at 10.30 for dogs followed by the bitches.  Catering will be provided by Brendan Austin.  Hopefully we will have more details closer to the show.




We would like to wish all our readers a Happy and prosperous New Year.  Hopefully if you enjoy reading the notes you will keep them varied and interesting by sending us information to be included.  Mary Parker, Hon Sec of SGHC has asked us to state that when sending her email for the Committee that are clearly stated as such.  Otherwise they are considered private emails and will not be submitted to the Committee.


We have received an email from Christine Stevens who was living here for a few years but has now returned to her native Australia:”The 8/12 was the presentation night for the Queensland Lure Coursing Club and I am very proud to announce that Aust Ch Kasaque Kaenra E.T. or simply Sadik is the top scoring saluki for the year, so on the night he was presented with his lure coursing Field Champion Certificate, Top scoring Saluki Trophy, the Ahmadi perpetual trophy for highest scoring saluki and also the Champion of Champions Perpetual Trophy for coursing.  So his name will be forever remembered along with all the other greats.    Since arriving in Australia in Sept 2004 he has gained his Aust Championship title, and in July this year he did his endurance test and gained his Endurance Title (ET) and now he is a Lure Coursing Field Champion.  Sadik has been coursing for just over twelve months and has more than proven his ability in the conformation ring and as a sound coursing dog. He has given us many hours of fun and companionship and Terry and I would like to thank Michael and Helen for allowing us to bring him to Australia with us. He sired his first litter not long after arriving in Australia and now they are the up and coming contenders in the coursing field and the show ring with Vega, one of his sons living with us beating him twice already in the show ring and on the coursing field.”











Season’s Greetings to everyone.


We would like to send our congratulations to Andy and Clair Chryssolor on the birth of their grandson, Alexander on the 27th November in Washington D.C.  The proud parents are Andy and Clair’s daughter Courtney and her husband Peter.


We are pleased to announce that we have a final piece of the puzzle in place for our Festival.  Mrs. Reina Clark will be judging us at the City of Birmingham Championship Show. 


We had entered and planned to attend LKA this month but as circumstance prevailed we did not make it in the end.  By all the reports we have received it was a festive day.  There were two celebrations, Tony Parnham was 71 years young and John Hudson will be 70.  Many happy returns to them both and just to consolidate the event both the birthday boys extended their celebrations into the show ring. Judging on the day was David Perkins.  His BCC, BOB was Mr & Mrs A Parnham & Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Ch Aliya Rasmi of Amirah.  RBCC went to Mrs S Pass & Ms K Lauchlan’s Devineerace Anya.  DCC, for his second CC was Dr JA & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Glenoak Inqi JW.  RDCC went to Miss D Duckenfield’s Ch Tasia El Imrane.  Best Puppy was Rabia Qurnas Al Rihla owned by Mr PG Browing.

Well done all!!  I have heard from Marie Bryce-Smith that her Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk was pulled out in a very large and strong Champion Stakes Class.  Well done to him!











Its that time of year again when Saluki news seems to be at it lowest, so if you have anything that you would like us to let the World know, please contact us through email or telephone.


We are pleased to now report who will be judging Richmond Championship Show which, of course is part of our Festival next year.  Our Judge will be Tessa Abbott who has kindly come out of retirement to judge this prestigious event.  Our thanks go to her.  We will be posting this information shortly on The Festival Web site along with her CV.


We still need help during the Festival.  There are lots of jobs to do etc so if you can spare of few moments or are will to help in any way please contact us. 





Ann Macdonald has emailed to let us know  that Jean Hay, Janrosa Salukis, passed away this week.  She was in her 94th year.  Her dogs were notable for their coursing prowess as well as being very successful in the show ring.  We always enjoyed chatting with her on the coursing field and at the dog shows.  It is very sad that time has taken another one of the long time Salukiphiles has died.






Alan Lucas has sent the following “NEWS FROM WELFARE”

September will be an opportunity to get your walking boots on as there are two walks coming up.The LATE SUMMER WALK IN THE FOREST is on Saturday 13th September, meeting at 12 noon at Wilverley Plain Car Park (Grid. Ref. 25.01), which is just off the A35 Lyndhurst to Christchurch Road. There will be a picnic, letterbox walk and some fun dog events and further details can be obtained from Barbara on 01425 472286 or Alison on 01725 518790. The WALK AND FISH AND CHIP SUPPER is on Saturday 27th September at Earby (please note the change of date from that originally planned) and all information can be had from David Hartley on 01282 842617. Everyone and their hounds of course, will be welcome to both events.

Last Friday, the Welsh Kennel Club held their Championship Show. The judge was Mr P.G. Browning. DCC and BOB was Miss N Quadling’s Kasra Nasuuh at Malenkhai ShCM for his third and qualifying CC. He was born on the 26th January 2002. His breeders are Mr & Mrs D Everton. His sire is Alaziz Benjamin and dam Ishieya Kalis of Kasra. RDCC went to Mrs M

Bryce-Smith’s Fargaze Persian Punch of Saruk. BCC for her second CC went to the sister of the DCC and that is Mr D & Mrs P Everton’s Kasra Nadirah. Its not often we see the double so congratulation to those involved. RBCC was Mr & Mrs Mackenzie Loughran’s Ch Ishieya Ibyidaad. Best Puppy was Ms C Harrison & Mr F Farrar’s Charrioak-Sagittarious. Well done all!!!

We have received a message from Toni King. She was known to us as Toni Moore but she has changed back to her unmarried name officially so will now be known as Toni King

Last Tuesday we, like most in this canine orientated nation, watched the BBC program “Pedigree Dogs Exposed”. As breeders we cannot understand how some breeds have managed to get themselves into the position they are in.  I site the lovely little Cavaliers. There are test available for both their heart problem and the horrendous problem of their heads being too small for their brain. With technology available why haven’t the breed clubs insisted that members test their dogs and breed only from healthy stock. It was a real wake up call to them. We are lucky with the Salukis. They are a pretty healthy breed. There was a filler in the program in which they used a feathered Saluki running with a smooth. We assumed they put that in so the public could see the form of a healthy animal.

As my vet has said in the past, the closer the dog to the wolf, the healthier the animal We in Salukis have heart tested in the past and there is more testing to be done in the future. We can keep the Saluki healthy, physically and mentally by the breeders being open and honest.

The program referred to The Swedish Kennel Club and some of the steps they are taking to promote healthy dogs. They referred to stopping the in-breeding of brother to sister and father to daughter by not allowing the progeny to be registered. The other step is how may litters a dog may sire. In Salukis this is not a problem as most of our stud dogs do not sire that many litters today. If, however, you look back. and not very far, you will see that often a dog is the “in fashion” dog. As we are a numerically small breed it does not take that many litters to make a difference.

Where the program really let it self down was when it turned to the KCs dark and dirty little secret. Here they referred to the eugenics movement. The allegation is that the KC are instrumental in trying to breed the “master” race of dogs. From our experience most of the breeds have evolved with the help of man to perform a function. The Newfoundland dog needs a thick coat to jump into icy water. The Salukis has long legs and a slender body to hunt and return prey from tough terrain. We do not have a generic pure bred dog but many types to perform different functions.


Having checked back through the results of Leeds Championship Show, we see that we have accredited the wrong Cranstal with Best of Breed. The winner was Mr & Mrs P Shimmin’s Cranstal Quintessence. Well done to her.

We have received he following from Daphne Tovey, PRO for the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club. “Following the recent committee meeting of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club we are pleased to announce the results of the ballot for judges for the Championship Show in 2010 as follows:-Bitches - Mrs Oonah Preece, Dogs - Mrs Ann Birrell, BIS - Mrs Buzz Faber Congratulations to them all.

Members will have received the summer newsletter and a nomination form for judges for the 2011 Championship Show along with this years Championship Show Schedule for Saturday 18th October. The closing date for entry is Tuesday 16th September. You can also enter on line at and Royal Canin have kindly agreed to sponsor us again. Individual sponsorship for rosettes would be welcome and mentioned in the catalogue.”

Last Saturday Bournemouth held their Championship Show. Judging Salukis was Mr David Graham. BCC, BOB for her second CC was Mrs ME Parker’s Khalils Phaaedra of Classicus (imp) ShCM with the RBCC to Mrs EA & Mr P Shimmin’s Cranstal Quintessence. DCC for his first CC was Ms SA Steer’s Fernlark Alsace. He was born on 17th February 2007 and his breeder is his owner. His sire is Daxlore Eron at Fernlark and his dam is Aziz Odeion at Fernlark. RDCC went to Fernlark Midori also awned by Ms Steer. Best Puppy was Mrs J & Mrs N Locke’s Kasaque Nashua. Well done All.


We are in the high season now for dog show with one Championship Show after the other. There was an interesting article in this weeks Our Dogs entitled “Letters from America” written by Barbara Anderson Lounsbury.She writes that because of the escalated cost of gasoline (2.12 per gallon), entries are down at Championship Show but there is a growing popularity of performance events. One of the fastest growing activities is lure coursing. She said that she “watched a lure coursing competition at a sighthound specialty and it was wonderful to watch the athleticism of the contestants, many of whom were conformation champions” We know that the lure coursing here has become quite popular so it will be interesting to hear if there is a change in the tends from showing. As lure coursing is an accepted activity of the AKC, maybe the Kennel Club will take it under its wings in time and then titles can be awarded which will be officially recognized.

A couple of items of personal information. Unfortunately we will not be at the next few shows as half the showing team is laid up. Helen has had an operation on her foot so has been confined to keeping her leg elevated for the next few weeks. She does hope to limp to some shows later in the summer but only to watch. The other item is regarding Sana in Australia. We have written many letters to different relevant Government bodies in Australia and have now heard back from AQIS. We are pleased to say this last letter was helpful, conciliatory and advised that they were reorganizing their arrival system so animals were not left in cages for prolonged periods. They did say they were monitored during the period they were held. However, our argument was always about the time it took to release the animals, out of the cages, before they were likely to have physical or psychological problems.. Hopefully we will hear from other people sending dogs to Australia If AQIS put their actions where their mouth is, then this may be the last we or you hear of this issue.

Last Saturday was the first weekend in August which is the traditional date for The Hound Association. This year it was no different. Our judge was Mrs Jenny Macro. Her DCC,BOB for his first CC was Miss T Farris & Mr M Cosentini’s Jizirat Zidane. He was born on the 15th April. 2002. His breeders are Mr & Mrs K Allan and Mr & Mrs P. Mahon. His sire is Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jazirat and his dam Jazirat Shazaara. RDCC was awarded to Mr. M. McCormick Smith’s Mumtaz Zephyr. BCC, for her first CC was Mrs. M.E. Parker’s Khalils Rana of Classicus (Imp) with the RBCC to our own CH Kasaque Luzhana JW. Best Puppy was Kasaque Miracle owned by us.Best Veteran went to Mrs A Ham & Mr K Hadfield’s Ch Baghdad Foreign Affair of Lokhandar ((Imp)

During the show we had a chat with Hilary Cornock regarding her Saluki,Mumtaz Sea Breeze. Hilary said that her bitch had just qualified for her Good Citizen Gold Award. And added that not many Salukis had managed to accomplish this. As non of our dogs have involved themselves with Good Citizen awards, we have decided to print exactly what Hilary’s Sea Breeeze has accomplished. Congratulation to Hilary and her Saluki

.Exercise 1 - Road Walk
The object of this exercise is to test the ability of the dog to walk on a lead under control on a public highway beside the handler and for the handler to determine the speed of the walk. This exercise should be carried out at a suitable outdoor location and an occasional tight lead is acceptable. The handler and dog should walk along a pavement, execute a turn, then stop at the kerb where the dog should remain steady and controlled. On command they should proceed, observing the Highway Code. When reaching the other side they should turn and continue walking, making a few changes of pace from normal to slow or fast walking pace. The handler and dog will return across the road to the starting point of the exercise. Distractions should be incorporated such as passing vehicles or bicycles, people, wheelchairs, prams, pushchairs, etc.
Note: The turns are only tests of ability to change direction.

Exercise 2 - Return to Handler’s Side
The object of this exercise is to be able to bring the dog back under close control during a lead free walk. With the dog off lead and not less than 10 paces away, upon instruction, the dog will be called back to the walking handler’s side and both should continue together for approximately ten paces. Note: A dog moving loosely at the handler’s side, under control, is quite acceptable and there is no requirement for a halt to complete the exercise.

Exercise 3 - Walk Free Beside Handler
The object of this exercise is for the dog to be kept close to the handler’s side as may be necessary on a walk in the park. This is a test of control whilst walking with a dog off lead beside its handler for approximately 40 paces. Competition heelwork is not the aim, but is acceptable. Therefore, it is only necessary for the dog to be kept loosely beside the handler. Two changes of direction will take place and there will be the distraction of another handler passing with a dog on a lead. Upon instruction the handler will attach the lead to finish to the test. Note: Changes of direction are right and left turns without formality.

Exercise 4 - Stay Down in one Place
The object of this exercise is that the dog will stay down on the spot while the handler moves away for two minutes both in and out of sight. This stay will be tested off lead and handlers should placetheir dogs in the down position. During the test the handler will be asked to move out of sight for approximately half a minute. While in sight handlers will be approximately ten paces away from their dog. Note: This exercise is a test to see if the dog will stay down in one place without changing position.

Exercise 5 - Send the Dog to Bed
The object of this exercise is to demonstrate control such as might be required in the home. The handler may provide the dog’s bed, blanket, mat, or an article of clothing, etc. The handler should place the dog’s bed in a position determined by the Examiner. The handler will stand approximately ten paces from the bed. Upon instruction, the handler will send the dog to bed where the dog will remain until the Examiner is satisfied the dog is settled. Note: The dog is not being sent to bed in disgrace. Where possible this exercise should be tested indoors. The bed used should be suitable for the dog under test and no inducement e.g. toys or food should be used during this exercise.

Exercise 6 - Stop the Dog
The object of this exercise is for the handler to stop the dog at a distance in an emergency situation. With the dog off lead and at a distance, not less than approximately ten paces away, the handler will be instructed to stop the dog on the spot in any position. Note: The dog should be moving and is expected to respond straight away to the stop command, but if moving at speed, will be allowed a reasonable distance to come to a stop.

Exercise 7 - Relaxed Isolation
The object of this exercise is for the dog to be content when left in isolation. During such times the dog should not become agitated, unduly stressed or defensive. The handler should fasten the dog to an approximate two metre line and then move out of sight for between two - five minutes as directed. Alternatively, the dog may be left in a room on its own, provided undetected observation can take place. Examiners should choose appropriate venues when conducting this exercise.Any number of dogs may be tested at the same time provided they are isolated at different locations. It is acceptable for the dog to move around during isolation, however should the dog whine, howl, bark, or indulge in any disruptive activities it should not pass this exercise.Note: Dogs should be tested for their relaxed demeanour in isolation without any prior controls being imposed by the handler. This is not a stay exercise but handlers may settle their dogs before leaving. This is a practical test and no inducement e.g. blankets, toys or food should be used during this exercise.

Exercise 8 - Food Manners
The object of this exercise is for the dog to be fed in an orderly manner. The handler will offer food to the dog either by hand or in a bowl. The dog must wait for permission to eat. After a three - five second pause, the handler will be asked to give the dog a command to eat. Note: The dog should not eat until given permission, however if attempting to do so, it is acceptable for the handler to restrain the dog by voice alone.

Exercise 9 - Examination of the Dog
The object of this exercise is to demonstrate that the dog will allow inspection of its body by a stranger as might be undertaken by a veterinary surgeon. The dog on lead will be required to be placed for inspection of its mouth, teeth, throat, eyes, ears, stomach, tail and feet whilst standing, sitting or lying down as required. Other than mild avoidance, the dog should allow inspection without concern. Note: It is the responsibility of training officials to ensure that only suitable dogs take part in this exercise.

Exercise 10 - Responsibility and Care
The object of this exercise is to test the knowledge of the handler on specific subjects relating to owning a dog. The Examiner should construct questions based on section two and three of the Responsibility and Care leaflet. Topics covered include - other responsibilities, children, barking, dogs and stationary vehicles, vehicle travel, health, worming, the Country Code, miscellaneous, frightening, out of control, biting and psychology of learning. The questions should not be phrased in an ambiguous manner and where necessary, Examiners should rephrase the same question in an attempt to bring out the correct answer from the handler. At the start of each training course, in addition to the Description, handlers should be given a copy of the Canine Code and Responsibility and Care leaflet. There should be a session during which the importance of these topics in every day life situations are discussed. Note: Only one numbered item may constitute a question. The handler should be able to give eight out of ten correct answers from section two and three of the Responsibility and Care

On Tuesday it was the turn of Paignton Championship Show. The weather forecast was dire and the conditions were exactly as forecasted. We must say that the new venue that the Society is using was excellent. The car parking spaces wereIn good condition so that we did not have to wade through puddles to get to our destiny. Our marquee was fine with inside/outside runs. Benches were located near the ring, Even though it was a difficult day weather wise the venue was up to the job. Our judge was Dr Monica Boggia-Black. BOB, DCC was Mrs D. Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW with the RDCC to Mrs A Ham and Mr K Hadfield’s Ch Baghdad Foreign Affair of Lokhandar (Imp). DCC went to Mrs FJ Minns’ Ch Sufeina Phantom JW with the RBCC to Mr A Rawson’s Ch Mumtaz Stellanova JW ShCM. Best Puppy was CM & HV Williams’ Kasaque Miracle. Well done all!!


It is with great sadness that we have learned that Terry Thorn has lost his battle with cancer. He was a real ambassador of dogs. Terry always had time to stop and chat. One of Terry’s favourite stories was about the early days. When the whole dog world was off at Manchester Championship Show, Terry would go to the local Companion Show down the road and win Best in Show. H would then take a page out in the dog press advertising his Best in Show. He got himself noticed alright and worked very hard to become the top judge in the UK being the only person in the UK to have been approved by the Kennel Club to award CCs in all breeds. . He started with our breed and bred or owned 12 Champions with the Tahawi affix. Our condolences to his wife Zena.

Ann and Paul Shimmin attended the World Show and Ann has kindly sent us the following report regarding that visit. “As far as I am aware there were only five UK saluki people at The World Show in Stockholm last weekend - and I am not sure that Helen Graham, in view of her current residency in France, qualifies as UK any longer. However as Helen was exhibiting Daxlore Emir of Fernlark - whom I believe is resident in Italy at present - she certainly brought the meaning of the 'World Show' to life!! Helen and Emir also clocked up a very respectable 4th place in a large Open Dog Class under Mr. Huidobro-Corbett, from Spain. The remainder of the UK contingent consisted of Paul, myself, Di Allan and Ruth Dann - all of us non-exhibitors.

When the entry was published originally Paul and I were both disappointed that it was such a small one (Vasteras next weekend has an entry close to 200 - whilst The World Show entry was under 100 in total). And when we sat down to watch the judging it was obvious that a lot of the well known Scandinavian kennels were not there in any numbers - which was a disappointment. Having seen Bo Bengsten judge at The Festival last year I decided that I would concentrate on the dog judging as I had no idea of the type that he would be looking for and I had also been told that it was likely to be his last judging appointment. We have said over the years that a couple of our Crufts judges should have been given the appointment a lot earlier on in their judging careers - but our Crufts judges have at least managed to remain on their feet whilst judging the classes. Unfortunately for the dog exhibitors their judge seemed to spend all of the time when he was not actually 'going over' the dogs sitting down at the judge's table. Even on some occasions whilst he was watching the dogs complete their triangles etc. After Class 1 it was also obvious when a dog had not passed the initial inspection as he did not even watch some of them on the move - prefering to watch progress in some of the other rings. I actually found this pretty appalling ring manners. Bo Bengsten's ring however was being run immaculately - and somehow even seemed to have more light in it!!! Still not quite sure how he managed that. However when it came to the BD and BB I have to say that I was very impressed with both of them - two lovely clear reds - Amyats Amakan and Ants in Pants, litter brother and sister. Ants in Pants winning (in my opinion) a very worthy BOB. There were parts of the judging that totally confused me and when I asked Bo Forssberg for advice whilst we were all having coffee he admitted to having been confused by the number of dogs in the ring for the CACIBs. We all decided that it must be 'World Show Rules'.

It was lovely to meet up with some of the international Saluki Festival contingent again. Roberto Forsoni (Kan Ya Ma Kan salukis) whose company I always enjoy was over from Italy with an Italian contingent with interests in various breeds - and I spent some time talking to Shuichi Suda from Japan (Vogue) who was taking lots of ringside photos. Both, like us, were disappointed in the numbers of salukis entered. I was talking to Paula Bockman Chato (Baghdad) at the ringside for a while and her fellow countryman Cathy Smith (Catonam) was attending the show with Di Allan. And of course there were the Scandinavian exhibitors - all of whom went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome on their home ground. The atmosphere throughout the show was lovely and both Paul and I felt that we would not have missed it for anything - but Crufts it is not. In fact I think that is the major part of its charm. There are stalls - but they are purely for dogs and dog people. So there are not the huge halls to get lost in - and the massive crowds of people out for a days shopping who become irritated if you have to move your dog amongst them for any reason - that you get at Crufts. The World Show is purely about the dogs - and is all the more enjoyable because of it.

In the evening to round off a very happy day Paul, myself, Di, Ruth and Cathy all met up and went for a meal 'English' pub!! Well, what else would you do in Sweden?? “

Last Tuesday East Of England held their Championship Show at the Showground, Peterborough. Much work had been done to the Showground To improve it. The car park was tarmac and gravel so it would be fine even if it rained. We entered through a large building which opened up on to a courtyard where there were food trolleys and trade stands. The only disappointment was our ring. Without doubt we had the worst ring on the entire show ground. What was wrong was a canvas tarpaulin that divided our ring in thirds. So accomplishing a triangle was near impossible though we could do an up and down on one side. We did not envy our judges who had to asses the dogs under difficult circumstances. Our judge was Mrs D Rogers. BCC for her first CC was Mrs M Parker’s Khalils Rana of Classicus (imp Swe). She was born on the 2nd November 2006 and her breeders are Mr B Forsberg & Mrs E Kallin-Forssberg. Her sire is Swe Ch El-Ubaid’s Ignas Indian Knight and dam Khalils Kaida Bint Kakila. RBCC went to Glenoak Izadi owned by Dr JA & Mrs EJ Hudson. DCC for his second CC was Mrs C Chryssolor’s Tadj Mahal Emrani Izan (imp) with the RDCC to Miss N Quadling’s Kasra Nasuuh at Malenkhai. Best Puppy was our own Kasaque Neeka. Well done all!!

At the show we had with us a young puppy with a smokie or as often referred to a sooty muzzle. There was some comments about it as perhaps newcomers to the breed are not familiar with these markings. During the 1970 and1980s and even the1990s we saw quite a few Salukis with this facial pattern . One that come to mind is Mrs Hope Waters’ Ch Burydown Cleopatra. Ch Burydown Valmiki’ s progeny often had this colouring which of course Cleopatra was his daughter.

In Helen Graham’s notes she mentions the ballet. The Birmingham Ballet Company has been using Salukis in their performances for about the last 6 years. The two dogs in the recent production of Giselle were Buzz Faber’s Kenny and Sylvia Harms-Cooke’s Dazy. The dogs very much enjoyed participating in the production and Buzz would like to let everyone know they had their own “dressing room” . The production was presented both in Birmingham and in Manchester now all, including the canines ballerinas, are on holiday for the summer.

Michael Williams


Last weekend the Annual Saluki Rally was held with proceed to Saluki Welfare. Alan Lucas has sent us the following report: “The advance weather forecast for the weekend of the 5th and 6th July was extremely bad, but despite this, a small village of camper vans and tents had built up at Fields Farm, Audlem on the Friday evening for the Saluki Rally.

On Saturday, the dogs enjoyed lure coursing in the sun, which was only occasionally interrupted by heavy, but mercifully short sharp showers and then the barbecue and picnic took place in the evening. Sunday morning started with more lure coursing and then the Welfare stalls were opened followed by lunch. This coincided with a short spell of rain, which was soon over and the afternoon continued in sunshine for a light-hearted dog show. Some ten classes, each with a different judge, provided great entertainment, with rosettes to four places. The highlight was undoubtedly the Fancy Dress, in which a dozen or so dogs were paraded in the most incredible outfits, a huge credit to the imagination and skill of the owners. David Hartley had the unenviable, if not impossible, task of picking a winner, which finally went to Sue Snape’s pair, Sultan and Soraya. A cup was given for the ‘Best in Rally’ and then Roy Goodby (on his birthday), gathered everyone together for a presentation to Janet Bullock for her work over the years to NSC.

Thanks are due to the hard work of all those helpers who set up and ran the lure, manned the stalls and organised the lunch etc., plus of course, the Lewis family who made the event such an enjoyable weekend and a bonus”

Last Thursday South Wales held their Championship Show. The weather was somewhat kinder this year and there was only the occasion deluge of rain. Judging Salukis was Mr Peter Yardley. DCC,BOB & G1 was Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW with the RDCC to Mrs C Chryssolor’s Tadj Mahal Emrani Izan. BCC, for her first CC went to Mr I & Mrs D Rogers’ Labakan Lenci JW. . She was born on the 20th January 2003 and her breeders are her owners. Her sire is Ch Labakan Ikteer Takha and dam Classicus Zemilyanne with the RBCC to Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Shushma. Best Puppy was our own Kasaque Miracle.

Many of you have asked how Sana, the Saluki we sent to Australia is getting on. We are very pleased to say she is now at home with her owners’ Christine and Terry Stevens. Chris writes that her other dogs are quite shocked that anyone could behave as badly as Sana and still get away with it. As for AQIS, letters have been flying back and forth to find out why it took them 8 hours to release Sana from her kennel. AQIS first response was unhelpful as they tried to bully us into saying nothing; however their Charter states that they welcome feedback by way of improving their services. We will continue on our campaign to ensure that no other dog or cat is treated as poorly as Sana.


The old story of every dog has his day and you hope you are there on your dog’s day was true for Mrs Cargill’s Hadiyyah Najeeb. She has sent us a note regarding an outing to Newmarket & District Canine Society on the 14.6.08. She states that they went intending to compete obedience with Najeeb. You enter Obedience in advance similar to the breed classes but you also have to book in by 10 am on the day. As the event was about a 2 hours car journey from their home, they thought they would struggle to make that time. So they asked one of the other members of their obedience class was to book them in. They arrived at 10.30 and the lady had forgotten to carry out the task, so as they had also entered the breed classes they decided to go over to the breed rings as they were already there, because Najeeb is fawn & white he is normally bath him before a show but that morning he had only a brush which would have been fine for the obedience rings. In the breed classes Eleanor Bothwell (Norcis) was our judge and she gave him BOB, Pam Aldous (Sweetdean/Venquest) was judging the Hound Group in which he got 1st and he went on to get Res. Best In Show. The BIS judge was Mr.T. Johnston (Feldkirk)

Viv Brett is organizing a brilliant day out giving everyone a relaxing break from showing and having a look around a 3000 acre organic mixed farm, with the chance for taking the hounds for some walks, seeing all the conservation work that is done here and for some if they wish having a ride in the combine and seeing us harvesting up close, cows being milked etc seeing the cattle, Cleveland Bay horses, pigs and lovely old farm buildings. Followed by a roast lamb provided by the Estate and cooked by the game keeper. We are very happy for people to arrived Friday afternoon and stay until Sunday if they wish. Toilets will be on site and campers, caravans or tents are more than welcome. All I ask is that people bring food to share for saturday evening as the lamb will need things to go with it and also to feed themselves and bring drinks for the other times. All hounds will need to be kept on leads at all times as this is a mixed farm with a great many sheep and other chaseable creatures!! Hares are my employers most favourite creature and he would go mad if he thought anyone lost control of their hound when one came along! It is the weekend of 23rd August. The farm web site is: I would appreciate people getting in touch with me by email at or telephone number 01980 629203 for directions and any other info they might like.

Last Saturday, Windsor Championship Show was held in its traditional site just below “the castle”. Our judge was Mrs Mary Parker. BCC, BOB for her third and qualifying CC was Mr Il & Mrs DA Rogers’ Labakhan Chantilly. She was born on the 20th January 2003 and her breeders are her owners. Her sire is Ch Labakan Ikteer Takha and dam Classicus Zemilyanne. RBCC went to Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Chantilly. DCC for his first CC went to Mrs C. Chryssolor’s Tadj Mahal Emrani Izan (imp) He was born on the 19th July 2005 and his breeder is Mrs Couneson. His sire was Firuza Heritage for Anasazi (imp) and dam Lux/Bel Ch ~Tadj Mahal Yala Firuza, with the RDCC to Mr M McCormick Smith’s Mumtaz Zephyr. Best Puppy was our own Kasaque Miracle

At Windsor we were given our copy of the Saluki International “The Annual” As we have an interest in Egyptology, Brian Duggan’s articles are one to be read first. In this article he writes about a book written by Lady Margret Amherst, Florence’s mother. At one point his mentions that Lady’s Margret’s late father was Admiral Mitford. This made me wonder if we have a tie up to the famous and not so famous Mitford sister. We know that Forence’s sisters married Lord Cecil and they are from the area near Burford as was the Mitfords. If anyone knows, we would like to hear. The magazine has articles on our Festival which we had last year and wonderful photos from the art exhibition.  There are also articles on artificial insemination, Terrance Clark on the Kazakh Tazi, Almost and Angel 66 and in interesting interview on the Cranstals by Ann and Paul Shimmin. Finally there is al-hurr the noble one. Information regarding subscriptions and purchasing copies can be obtained from Ken and Diana Allan on 01234 708658 or Email:

This past weekend in Finland the First World Congress of Salukis was held. We are hoping to have a report from that event in next week’s breed notes.

Its past time for Ads for the upcoming (Championship Show) edition of “The Saluki”. If you would like to put one in please check with Kathy Webb on 01737353279 for availability.


Alan Lucas, Hon secretary for the Saluki Welfare has sent the following news: “On Sunday 1st June, the weather was kind and the Saluki Welfare Fun Day was well supported, which made for a most enjoyable and relaxed day out. Almost immediately after the above, we have the prospect of the ‘Saluki Rally’ coming up on July 5th and 6th at Fields Farm, Green Lane, Audlem in Cheshire. Last years’ was unfortunately cancelled due to the terrible weather, so this year’s event is awaited with even greater anticipation. This will now be the 21st weekend in aid of Saluki Welfare and as usual, on site camping will be welcome. On Saturday will be lure coursing, followed by a bring and share supper, while on Sunday there will be stalls, lunch and then a fun dog show. The aim of the weekend is not only to raise money for Welfare, but also to provide a pleasurable time to meet and have a chat to others. Everyone is most welcome, if you would like more details, please give Rosie Lewis a ring on 01270 811070. By the way, in the dog show, Fancy Dress is one class not to be missed, so don’t forget your hounds and the often incredible outfits that go with them.”

It is not often that we are upset enough to relate these events in the Breed Notes but on this occasion we would like the whole world to be aware of our grievance. About one week ago we sent a five month old puppy to Australia

to a very dear friend. It is not our policy to export outside of Europe but on this occasion we decided that we would, just because we knew how much this puppy was wanted. As most of us know, finding a home for a bitch puppy is not a problem so had we decided not send her we would have had a choice of where she went or we could simply have kept her here.

Our vet wrote an idiot guide and assisted us through the maize of paperwork. Also the shipping agent was excellent, checking to see if all was well with the preparations. We measured and weighed the puppy then took her to the airport for shipping. All was well at this point, although with hindsight, when we remember looking at her little face and questioned what we were doing to her, we should have just taken her home and forgotten the whole trip.

Off our pup went and we were promised a telephone call as soon as she surfaced. We were told, that would be when she arrived at the Quarantine Station, which is located near Sidney. The plane arrived at 8pm (U.K. time). We waited for a phone call all night but none came. At 3.30am (our time) panic was setting in. Where was our puppy? She had endured a 23 hour flight and needed to be released from her kennel to stretch her legs and be given some food. We are talking about a 5 month old puppy!!. We called Australia, where is our puppy? Apparently still at the airport in a crate. Finally the puppy arrived at 4.30 am (our time) to the Quarantine Kennels. We have written to the Customs of Australia to find out why they kept her an additional 8 hours without food and a chance move around outside the confines of a shipping crate. We are told she is ok.

It is difficult to believe that in this day and age, in a Country like Australia, an animal could be treated so inhumanely. We have been told she was monitored to see if she was ok. If you have any knowledge of airline handling you will know that cargo warehouses are not places where the care of animals would be of any importance whatsoever, so we wonder what form of monitoring took place. To have a Quarantine system seems to be extreme as we know that checks for all known diseases are made before any animal leaves this rabies free country for Australia. However, when we decided to send the pup to Australia we did of course accepted the condition that she would have to go into Quarantine. Unfortunately, we incorrectly assumed that in Australia all dogs or any livestock, would be treated humanely. We can find no reason that it took 8 hours to get that puppy from the airport to the Quarantine Station as she had been cleared by the airline in about half an hour after arrival. One can but wonder how many tea breaks the responsible (or perhaps more correctly, irresponsible) officials had, while that puppy languished In her box.

We have written to all parties and are hoping we will find answers.

Michael Williams


Last Saturday Southern Counties held their Championship Show. Our judge was Mrs D Allan who must have been in great pain as we noticed her arm was in plaster. A chat with Ken explained all, while on holiday Diane tripped on a curb and broke her wrist. DCC,BOB was Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk,JW with the RDCC to Mrs C Chryssolor’s Tadj Mahal Emrani Izan (imp) BCC for her third CC was Mrs EA Metcalfe’s Tasia Esmerelda. She was born on the 22nd February 2003 and her breeder is her owner. Her sire is Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jazirat (imp) and her dam Ch Altaya Tasmayah at Tasia. RBCC went to Mrs ME Parker’s Khalils Rana of Classicus. Best Puppy was our own Kasaque Miracle.

We have also heard that Marie Bryce Smith was at the Rugby 7s last Sunday at Twickenham. She tripped and has broken her shoulder. Not sure what position she was playing but we wish her and Diane speedy recoveries.

A reminder the SGHC Open Show will be held at the Dobermann Club Training & Showground, Hertford Road Digswell, Herts AL6 0BU on Sunday 15th June. Judges are Dogs Mr Mark Cocozza and Bitches Mr M Green with the Referee Mrs S Bounds. Judging of the Dogs will Commence at 10 am with the bitches to follow on. After the judging there will be a bring and Share buffet. To pledge your contribution for the buffet please contact Pip Buswell.

Also a final reminder to anyone who has not voted in the second ballot for Championship Show Judge for the SCGHC. Please cast your vote,


We have received information from Brendan Austin who is running the Saluki Calendar Competition for 2009’s Saluki Calendar: “The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club is holding its annual photographic competition for The 2009 Saluki Calendar, on Sunday 15th June 2008, at The Dobermann Club Training & Showground, Hertford Road, Digswell, Herts AL6 0BU in conjunction with the Open Show.  Judging for the competition will be by public ballot on this day.

Entries, open to members and non-members, are FREE and you may enter as many photographs as you wish.  Photographs should be no larger than A5 size (approx 6x8”).  They may be in black and white or colour.  They should be of a reproducible quality.  Entries should have a SAE for the safe return of your photographs.

The calendar will include photographs from the following categories:In Action, About Town, Head Study, Puppy (ies), Born Free, Just Relaxing, With friends Rescue dog or bitch, Anything Goes and Festive Spirit (for December). The Calendar will also include studies of the Best Dog and Best Bitch

Please send your entries to arrive no later than 9th June to:

Brendan Austin, 103 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Thames

Middlesex TW16 7QB Entries may be submitted via the Internet to (jpeg image preferred).  

Please include on a separate page, the number of photographs (numbered), the categories entered, the name of the dog(s) names of any people that may be in the photograph and when and where taken (if known). 

The person who submits the photographs must have permission if chosen, to have the photos printed in the calendar, (if you are not the owner of the photograph).  If a chosen photograph is not of reproduction quality then the next winning photograph will be used. The organisers’ decision is final.”

The Spring 2008 edition of “The Sighthound” magazine has arrived. Featured is an in-depth article on Hope Waters’ Burydown Salukis. The article commences with an introduction by Erika Tonder, editor of the magazine explaining what the feature is about Then she proceeds with two interviews, one with Jeanna Jaques and the other with Ken Allan and Susan Schroder all who have been involved with Hope for many years. There are photos and comments by former Burydown owners and observers of their favourite Burydown hound. Finally there are the Burydown records on all the litters bred by Hope. The photos are the classic photos we all know taken mainly by Sally Ann Tompson. For further information Erika can be contacted on 01786 825225


We have encounted a few glitches in sending through the Breed Notes but after a discussions with “the paper” hopefully the problems are sorted. We do try and send in contributions to these notes in a timely fashion so please keep the information coming.

Summer is not far off so we were pleased to receive, from Sharon Gause in Florida, this recipe for a natural flea spray. As Florida has lots of creepy crawllie things , if it works there it should certainly work here. Take a BIG fat lemon (the more rind the better) and slice it paper thin. Put in a bowl with a tablespoon of crushed rosemary leaves (or a 6 inch sprig of fresh rosemary) Pour a quart of hot, near boiling water over the lemon/rosemary mixture.Let steep overnight. Strain and put into a large spray bottle. Keep in fridge. Shake well before applying. The d-lemone in this spry along with the rosemary oil will give your dog a beautiful shiny coat and keep fleas and other bugs away including mosquitoes.

The National Dog Championship Show was held a couple of weeks ago in a late spring heat wave. From what I have heard there was no opportunity for the dogs to access shelter away from the heat. Judging saluki was Mr C.K. Thornton.DCC, BOB for his first CC was Mr A & Mrs V Sharp’s Daxlore Asiqa at Kainai. He was born on the 8th August 2001 and his breeder is Mrs. H Graham. His sire is Aziz Pahlavan at Daxlore (imp) and his dam Daxlore Solitaire of Fernlark. RDCC went to Mrs S Steer’s Fernlark Shiraz. BCC for her second CC was Mrs E.A. Metcalfe’s Tasia Esmerelda with the RBCC to Khalils Phaedra of Classicus (Imp) ShCM owned by Mrs M Parker. Best Puppy was Ms VE Stephen’s Caspians Thalia to Bedu. She was born on 23rd August 2007 and her breeders were Mr & Mrs M Oakley. Her sire is Ch Kasaque Jimna ShCM and her dam Bedu L’Egypthe to Caspians. At the same show Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW,owned by Mrs M Bryce-Smith, won the overall Veteran Stakes, in his first attempt, to qualify for the finals which are held later in the year.

Last Friday the Scottish Kennel Club held their Championship Show. Our judge for Salukis was Mr Norman Ziman. DCC, BOB was Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW with the RDCC to Miss N Quadling’s

Kasra Nasuuh at Malenkhair ShCM. We understand that it is this dog’s 10th RCC. They well and truly will be able to wall paper the room with RCCs. BCC, for her second CC is our own Caspian’s L’aliqu Avec Kasaque with the RBCC to her stable mate, Ch Kasaque Luzhana JW owned by us. Best Puppy went to Kasaque Miracle also owed by us.

Pip Buswell has asked us to remind everyone about the bring and share picnic at the Open Show. Please contact Pip on telephone on.01737 762282 to let her know what you plan to contribute. We are also sure that any help one could give on the day would be appreciated.





Second ballots for the SGHC Championship Show have been sent out. Please note that the ballot must be returned to Mr Brophy,who will be counting the votes‘, by the 30th June 2008 note as stated on the ballot.

Pleased to hear that Joan Davies is home from the hospital. We understand she was poorly for quite a while but is now home and hopefully on the route to recovery.

Last weekend Salukis had an opportunity to attend two shows. On Friday, there was WELKS Championship Show. We did not have CCs allocated but there were about 16 entries for judge Mrs Patricia Wells access. As it happened we had a very long day because Salukis did not actually get in the ring until 4.00 p.m. When BOB was declared, officials of the WELKS’ Committee ushered them to the group ring. BOB, BD was Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk with res BD to Fargaze Persian Punch of Saruk also owned by Mrs Bryce-Smith . BB went to Ms M Smithson’s Chisobees Serenarian with the RB to our own Ch Kasaque Luzhana JW.

Best Puppy was Kasaque Miracle owned by ourselves.

Sunday eyes turned North for The Northern Saluki Club Championship Show. The day had a festive spirit as the Club was celebrating its 30 Anniversary Championship Show. Judging was Mrs Clair Chryssolor. BIS went to Mrs S.A.

Steer’s Daxlore Amir of Ferlark for his second CC. RDCC went to Miss N Quadling’s Kasra Nasuuh at Malenkhai Sh.CM who is acquiring quite a healthy collection of Res CCs. BCC, for her first CC, was awarded to Mrs M Parker’s Khalils Phaedra of Classicus ShCM. She was bred in Sweden by Mr B Fossberg & Mrs E Kallin-Forssberg. Her sire is El Ubaid’s Ignas Indian Knight and her dam, Khalils Kaida Bint Dakila. She was born 13th January 2005. RBCC went to our own smooth, Caspians L’aliq Avec Kasaque.

Best Puppy in Show was Kasaque Miracle owned by ourselves. She was born on 13th September 2007 and her sire is Ch Nefisa Samr and dam, Kasaque Jarvah. Best Veteran was Ch Kasaque Jimna Sh.CM owned by Mr N & Mrs D Tovey and Mr CM & H Williams. Well done all!!

The AGM of the Saluki Welfare Fund, held on the 20th April 2008, was unfortunately inquorate. It is therefore intended to approve the accounts during a special meeting to be held at the SGHC Open Show, The Dobermann Club Training and Showground, Hertford Road, Digswell, Hertfordshire AL6 0BU on the 15th June 2008. The timing of the meeting will be arranged on the day to fit in with the running of the show, probably during the lunch break. Club members and Rescue owners are welcome to attend.


Daphne Tovey PRO of the SGHC has sent the following from The Committee. “Our new Show Manager, Diana Allan has visited the Dobermann Centre where we are holding the Open Show on the 15th June and she says the facilities are excellent. We will have a covered marquee for the ring area plus there are two smaller covered marquees, 5 gazebos and 75 chairs also 8 picnic sets (small tables with chairs), a well equipped kitchen and toilets including disabled facilities.

There is a small area designated for disabled parking. The area will be fenced off and cars will only be allowed in if the disabled badge is displayed. The venue is easy to find being only 5 minutes away from junction 6 off the A1. – on the right hand side of the road as you drive through the village and there will be signs out on the day of the show.

There is a Quality Inn nearby (01438 716911) but we have not yet discovered whether they accept dogs. If anyone is a qualified 1st Aider and would be willing to be at the Open Show please let Diana know. (01234 708658)  To help Diana it would be appreciated if entries could be sent in as soon as possible. It sounds a lovely venue and it would be good to have a bumper entry. – See you there!”


Daphne Tovey, PRO for the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club has sent me the following: “We are pleased to announce that Diana Allan has kindly agreed to take on the mantle of Show Secretary. I am sure we will all do our best to help her. Brendan Austin is going to organise the calendar and it’s competition. He did a great job last year and Pip Buswell will arrange a Bring and Share Picnic for the Open Show. She will be looking for offers of help soon and we thank them all very much.

The Open Show will be held at The Dobermann Club Training and Showground, Hertford Road, Digswell AL6 0BU. We hope it will prove a convenient venue for most members.”

The Committee of “The Saluki” is to be congratulated on the Crufts Edition 2008. On the cover is a photograph of Annette and Brian Buckley’s ‘Bunny Patrol’ This photo was chosen as winners of “The Saluki’s” photographic competition. Featured are the new Club Secretary, Festival of the Saluki, Saluki/Tazi-Ancient Breed, Northern Saluki Club’s 30th birthday and much more. I have heard that there are only a few copies of the magazine left and when they are gone they are gone. If you need to renew or subscription or any other queries regarding subscriptions pleas contact the Treasurer, Val Prior at or telephone 01304 823546.

We are pleased to announce that Brian Duggan’s book is to be launced Fall/Winter 2008 at the price of $45.00

It is entitled “Saluki The Desert Hound and the English Travelers Who Brought It to the West” by Brian Patrick Duggan with Foreword by Sir Terence Clark (ISBN 978-0-7864-3407-7 )
“One of the oldest known breeds of domesticated dogs, the Saluki traveled throughout the Middle East with a number of nomadic desert tribes, who favored the dogs for their unparalleled ability to hunt desert gazelles. Famously carved into the walls of the Pharaohs’ tombs, the Saluki have an exotic history that piqued the interests of dog enthusiasts and breeders during the early 20th century, including notable Edwardian men and women who played significant roles in popularizing the breed and importing the Saluki to Europe and the United States.

This book tells the unique, true story of the characters who brought the Saluki to the West, most notably the Honorable Florence Amherst, who became smitten with the breed during a family tour of Egypt and went on to breed a staggering number of 50 litters and 199 registered puppies. The author also brings into the story a range of other prominent world travelers who fell under the Salukis’ spell, including Lady Jane Digby, Lady Anne Blunt, Austen Layard and Gertrude Bell. Also covered in this book are a number of lesser-known but just as dedicated Saluki aficionados, mainly military officers who became addicted to hunting with their hounds in the deserts of Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt and who sought to replicate that addiction upon their return home.”



Sorry about the lack of notes last week but finding that space for sitting down and writing did not appear. It was a combination of looking after puppies that are slowly making their way to their new homes and visitors. All are important but they take their toll both physically and mentally.

Crufts was held a couple of weeks ago. Our judge was Mrs Mavis Roberts. BCC, BOB was Ch Devineerace Anya owned by Mrs S Pass and Mrs K Lauchlan with the RBCC to our own Ch Kasaque Luzhana JW. DCC was awarded to Mr & Mrs A G Clark’s Ch Nefia Bazz of Rhazias with the RDCC to Mr & Mrs I Rogers and Mrs J Watt’s Labakan Lamerie. Best Puppy was Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Ramya Sahir.

We have been monitoring the dog paper looking for Open Shows to enter our puppies. Usually at this time of year there is a great selection to choose from. Unfortunately there are few shows available and of those most do not have classes for Salukis. Please support your local Open Shows as that is the only way we can keep them going.


Ooops we made a error, our apologies to all concerned. At the SGHC Limit Show, Reserve Best in Show was Pauline and Don Everton’s Kasra Tabina; not Fargaze Persian Punch of Saruk as he was Best of Opposite Sex.

Daphne Tovey new PRO for the SGHC has sent the following: “The AGM of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club was held on Sunday March 2nd. The President, Vice President and Treasurer continue in office. We welcome Trevor Prior as our new secretary and wish him the best of luck. The committee members are as follows:- Jenny Ziman (chairman), Ian Veal, Daphne Tovey (the new PRO) and a newcomer to the committee Lorraine Fitzgerald whom we welcome. We are still 5 members short so we will be looking for willing hands to help us. We would like more positive feed back from members – if there are activities or other ideas you would like us to consider please let us know.

We were sad to say goodbye to three committee members, Cecilia Andersson who did a good job on the Health Committee, Mary Parker our efficient secretary and Nicola Quadling who has been on the committee for an incredible 20 years, eight of them as our excellent Show Manager. The President thanked Mary and Nicola for their work and presented them with gifts – we will miss them.

The results of the ballot for judges were announced: Limited show 2009 – Frank Kane

Open Show 2009 – Dibby Derfield, Pamela Hargreave,Ann Barrett (Referee)

Championship Show 2010 –The five candidates who go forward for the second ballot are:Buzz Faber, Anne Birrell, Clair Cryssolor, Oonagh Preece and Adele Walton Haddon “


Please be reminded that on Sunday 2nd March 2008 the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club will be holding their AGM. The meeting will commence at 2pm. Anyone that has not paid their subscription by the 1st of March is not longer entitled to the privileges of membership and therefore may not attend the AGM.

Last Sunday the SGHC Limit Show was held Staventon Village Hall conveniently located just off the A34 which runs between Oxford and Newbury. The atmosphosphere was very congenial. The hall was large enough to accommodate the rings with the trade stands not far off. Outside was a lovely large field which the dogs could be walked. Not far away was a dog compound where dogs could be released to have a safe run. Catering as usual was Brendan and his crew. Every time we looked over at the food counter they seemed to be doing a brisk business. The judge for the show was Mrs Vikki-Ann Tompkin who deserves an award for coming the furthest as she is from Fort William in Scotland. For BOB she choose Mrs ME Parker’s Khalils Phaedra of Classicus ShCM (imp Swe) . Res BOB and Best of Opposite Sex was Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Fargaze Persian Punch of Saruk. Best Puppy in Show was Darquell Salah-Addin owned by Mr N & Mrs D Tovey and Mrs R Redfern and ourselves. Best Smooth went to Mrs SE Bounds Bedu Delphione of Alsahra. Best Veteran was Mr & Mrs C MacKenzie Loughran’s Ishieya Istansaba. Well done all!

We were all sad to read that Terry Thorn has decided to retire from judging.  He is deeply engrained in the history of Salukis from the early days with his Tahawi Salukis. Our thoughts are with him.


Vikki-Ann Tomkins has kindly sent the following: “Gus(Macdonald) died on Monday 28th January at home after a normal day. He and Anne had just shortly before completed the obituary for Arthur Sneedon which was in last weeks paper ( slightly ironic!) , Fiona Grant had visited that afternoon and he was apparently his usual self, in fine form. He had lately spent a short spell in hospital and had been recovering from this nasty flu which has been so widespread. ( I gather it was a fairly peaceful end which is good for him, even if a bit unexpected for Anne)

He is also survived by his two daughters (sorry not sure on names) from his first marriage to Shiela, and he also has two sisters. Anne also has her son Graham and daughter Fiona.

The funeral was held today ( Thurs. Feb 7th) at Clydebank Crematorium and was well attended by family and friends from both his work as a surveyor (apparently he worked on such projects as the Kelvin Hall, and arts centres etc, some quite famous buildings) and also from his life in dogs, with quite a few members of both the S.K.C and Hound Assoc..of Scot. committees attending. “

Allan Lucas, Hon Sec of the Welfare fund has sent the following:

“The AGM of the Saluki Welfare Fund will be held at Weston-on-the-Green Village Memorial Hall, Weston-on-the-Green, Nr Bicester, Oxfordshire on Sunday 20th April at 1.30 pm. The village is just north of Oxford and signed from both directions of the A34 dual carriageway.

The meeting will receive reports from the Chairman, Treasurer and Welfare Officers and to consider the accounts. The SWF Officers automatically retire at the AGM, but are willing to stand for re-election. No other committee members are due to retire. Items for the agenda plus nominations for election of officers are invited and should be sent to the Secretary at Fircroft, 7 Ashley Drive South, Ashley Heath, Ringwood BH24 2JT at least 14 days prior to the meeting. Any nominations must be proposed, seconded and signed, with confirmation from the nominee to stand.

Members of the SGHC, Northern Saluki Club and Saluki Rescue owners are very welcome to attend.”

We had some children visiting here a week ago to see our puppies. Before they arrived they asked their mother if Salukis really had feathers.



Nicola Quadling has sent in the following: “The limited show is on Sunday 17 February at Steventon Village Hall. Vicky Ann Tompkins is our judge and her entry is as follows: Total entry 40 making 53 split by Dogs: 20 making 22 and Bitches 20 making 31. This is the second highest entry in 4 years. There are 25 NFC. Judging starts at 10.30. Brendan Austin is catering for the show and will have the usual bacon baps that alot of people enjoy for breakfast and also pastries will be available as these were popular last year too! There will be tea and coffee and soft drinks available to purchase throughout the day and a chance to get some lunch too! I am sure there will be plenty of Michelle's home made cakes as well!! Any unwanted gifts are welcome for the welfare stall and indeed any gifts for the welfare and club raffle would be very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you all at the show and wish everyone a very happy day.”

In addition we will have a few items from the Festival. Marie Bryce-Smith will have the final few items left from the Festival Stand and we will have the Art Exhibition Catalogues, DVDs from the Symposium and the SGHC Championship Show.




We have just heard the sad news that Angus (Gus) Macdonald of Mabrooka Salukis has died. He attended the Pedigree Chum Finals last Saturday where Ch Mabrooka Jayid was 2nd in the Finals of the Veteran Stakes. Gus was very involved in the 60s and 70s with Afghan Hounds but more recently was seen at the Saluki ring supporting Ann exhibiting Jayid. He judged several hound breeds and has judged the hound group in recent times. Our condolences go to Ann and all of Gus’s family following his untimely dead.

Schedules for Guildford Open Show are now available at the Club’s web site which is They will also be available at


We have received the following note from Brian Duggan regarding the book he has been researching and working on “On Christmas Eve morning, Wendy and I were at the UPS store when it first opened to send my manuscript off to the publisher. Hurrah!

It weighs in at 738 double-spaced pages and 140,175 words (including the bibliography, glossary, acknowledgments, etc.) and has 47 photos. What an odd feeling to know that it is done – and apart from correcting the galleys, there is no more real work to be done on it. Well, that is actually not quite true, as the graphic artist who was making my four maps announced ten days ago that she could not complete the project and quit after almost finishing two of them. She has agreed to do the last corrections on the two, but I now have to find a local artist/map maker and get the others finished to send along to McFarland in the next month (my editor made a special exception in accepting the manuscript with out the maps). So, barring any UFOs ( UnForeseen Occurrences, it will be a proper book next fall. Anyway, the writing is all done, so now I can really relax for the Holidays - and find something new to occupy my newly released spare time.... “

We are very pleased to say that we shall have the DVDs of the SGHC Festival Symposium on this Friday (18th January). They will come in packs of three DVDs and sell at a price of 15.00 plus 2.00 postage and packaging. The system for obtaining any of these items is to send a cheque to the Hon Sec of SGHC Mr Don Everton or these tapes can be purchased by PayPal

by emailing Don at or telephone him at 01799 543383. We also have DVDs of the SGHC Championship Show at 5.00 plus 1.00 p & p and the Art exhibition Catalogue at 5.00 plus 1.00 p & p. Helen will have these items available at Club shows until stock runs out.

Vikki Tompkins auction of three Diamond Dog Collars for the David Moore Fund will be concluding on the 30th January so anyone still wishing to place bids for any of the items should contact Vikki on 01397 701704. Or email at

Currently the bidding is as follows;- Made to order collar worth at least 75, highest bid = 40 Half check black leather collar with multi-coloured stones, as new (see photo) worth 50, highest bid = 20 Second, identical , half check collar No Bids


The Festive Season has now come and gone. Its one of those events we look forward to and before we catch our breath it gone. We must admit we do like the status quo the best. We do wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2008.

The Exhibition of Saluki Art and Memorabilia at the Gallery, The Kennel ClubLondon will close forever on the 18th January 2008. Marie Bryce-Smith has organized a final day to view the Exhibition and see the Saron Kelb Album plus the Saluki archives on Wednesday 16th January. Viewing of the Gallery will be at 11.45am and then a buffet lunch with a glass of wine at 12.30. The charge will be 18.00 Anyone wanting to attend please send a check to Marie for 18.00 made payable to the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club. For reservations please ring Marie on 01342 327573.

Entries for the SGHC Limited Show will be closing on the 15th January 2008.  The show will be held at a new venue which is Steventon Village Hall, The Green, Steventon, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6AA The judge will be Mrs V Tompkins. Judging will commence with dogs at 10.30 AM with bitches to follow. Brendan Austin will be providing food and drink. For further information please contact the Show Manager, Nicola Quadling on 0208 590 8457





Sadly, we must report the death of Clair and Andy Chryssolor’s, Firuza Heritage For Anasazi (imp), at only 3 years of age.  After an 11 month fight against illness, the Chryssolors have lost their Phoenix.  Early in the year he showed signs of having viral meningitis.  This disease is usually quite rare but there has been  a significant increase in canine cases during last summer, in the U.K., because of the very warm weather. Our thoughts are with the Chryssolor’s at this time.


John F Kennedy said in his inaugural speech “Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.”  This can now be applied to the membership of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club by simply changing the word country into club .  It is that time again when we are inviting nominations for Officers and Committee members. The Vice President was elected in 2004 for 3 years so this post will need to be filled.  Also, we will need nomination for nine members of the Committee.  Nominations must reach the Secretary not later than Saturday 6th January 2007.  All nominations must be signed.  The proposer must obtain assurance from the nominee that he or she is willing to serve, if elected.  Successful candidates will be expected to attend approximately 10 weekend meetings which include Club Shows.


Anyone trying to contact  Don Everton, Treasurer of the SGHC, regarding bookings using Pay Pal should use the following email address:


Reading this week’s “Our Dogs” one cannot fail to notice the frequency in mentioning the ever increasing number of stolen dogs.   For example on page 2, a frantic notice that a Chihuahua ran out the front door of a house in South London and a car immediately stopped and took the poor dog.  Page 4, Stafforshire Bull Puppies are taken from Lincolnshire and further on the same page a MOD sniffer dog suffered the same fate. Having had dogs we bred/owned taken twice we can not emphasise strongly enough the pain one goes through at that time.  If ever an expression comes to mind, when looking for a stolen dog, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. One of our dogs, which had been stolen by breaking into a house, was spotted in a residence near Eastbourne, the police went in and took the dog, after pressure was put on them to do so and only after constant confirmation that the dog was tattooed and could be identified.  The police failed to take action against the home owner.  If this same person had stolen a television would the police have made the same decision?  Who do we turn to when our beloved family members are gone?  In a strange sort of way Saluki people can consider themselves fortunate having a caring and resourceful Chief Rescue Warden, in Ann Blake, who unfortunately has had to become an oracle on this subject.  The other very useful contact is Dog Lost. Both are hugely supportive, resourceful and never allow us to give up hope.


This brings us back to this paper last week and the “Our Dogs Opinion” which states Another Cool Million for Clarges Street” The Opinion states that KC members will be asked this week to vote on a proposed 20% rise in registration fees, which are being proposed to change from 10.00 to 12.00.  We, as the silent masses, would like to see the Kennel Club putting some of this increased income back into dogs. One very good method would be by making a concerted effort to stop these horrendous thefts. There are several ways this could be done.  Initiating even more awareness campaigns through the media and putting effort into supporting the bodies that are independently assisting people that have become victims of this crime. By lobbying Parliament, local councils and the police to persuade them to give this crime more attention and greater use of their resources. When our dogs were missing it might have been of benefit if the Kennel Club  had put an alert on their web site.  This problem of dogs being stolen just seems to be increasing and ignoring the problem will not bring about a solution. Anything that can be done by the K.C to assist in finding the missing dogs and helping to support the victims, would indeed be considered a worthwhile reason for an increase in fees.





With the Championship Shows season, mercifully coming to an end, we have a few interesting bits and pieces on what is going on in and around the Saluki World.  Sheila Stoneman has sent us the following:  Christina Campling walked the Beachy Head marathon with three rescue Salukis and raised 200 for Saluki Welfare.  She is owned by four rescues but one decided to stay at home in her bed, with Christina's husband Gary. I believe she had three very tired, but happy dogs when the marathon was complete.


Tony Moore has recently had an operation, is now home and on the mend.  We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her, at Saluki activities, next year.


Jutta and Gunter Kolewe’s Kasaque Khepri has now qualified as a new German Champion and also a German Champion VDH.  They also own, the smooth grizzle dog, Bedu Efendi, who has now won his 1st Jr CC.    It is rewarding to hear that our exports are doing well abroad.


One of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club’s trophies has gone missing.  It is the Bjonarrie Trophy for Best of Breed at Blackpool Championship Show.  The Bryce-Smiths had it by their bench at Midland Counties Show.  After showing, they packed up and when they unpacked they realized the trophy was not there.  If anyone knows anything about this missing trophy, please contact Daphne Tovey on 01245 472692.








Daphne Parnham emailed us with results of the Welfare stall at the SGHC Championship Show. They took in 323.  Ann Blake and Paula Stacey made 178 selling dog coats and dog food thus making a total of 501 for Welfare.  A big thank you to everyone for their support.


 Richard Nouprez, has been in touch, as he is the proud owner of Tasia Eskandari, a son of Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jazirat (imp).  Unfortunately he was omitted from the list, submitted to us of Valkyrie’s successful progeny.  Eskandari has won 2 CACIB, 2 RCACIB, 3 CAC and 1 RCAC.


Elizabeth Kelly’s funeral was held on Thursday 2nd November unfortunately with the timing we were unable to include this in the Breed notes  Donations to the Welfare  and cards can be sent to her husband Paul.  Their address is 5 Cross Post, Chapel Road, Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 5QY.  His telephone number is 01444 882643


Tickets for the Symposium at the Saluki Festival have now all been sold.  If you had wanted a ticket and did not manage to obtain one, Diane Allan is taking names for a “waiting list” so please do not give up and contact her on 01234 708658.  There may be people that have purchased tickets but for whatever reason may not be able to attend.


“The Saluki” the magazine of the SGHC is now out.  Once again the Committee consisting of Karen Fisher (Editor), Val Prior (Acting Treasurer), Diana Duckenfield

(design,layout) and Kathy Webb (Advertising) have done an outstanding job.  Cub events like the Limit and Open Shows are reviewed along with some interesting features.  One was  written by Doreen Stansfield  on the history of the magazine, itself and how we fought to preserve it.  Sue Ann Peitros has written an article of the origins of the American Saluki.  For contemporary history, the magazine is full of interesting advertisements.  To subscribe or obtain a copy please contact Val Prior 01304 823546.


Midland Counties held their Championship Show last Sunday.  Our judge was Mrs Joanne Mahon, giving Challenge Certificates for the first time.  BOB, BCC was Mr S & Mrs J Macro’s Nefisa Bajila for her first CC.  She was born on 22nd March 2001 and her breeder is her owner.  Her sire is Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jazirat (imp) and her dam is Nefisa Saariyah, with the RBCC to Dr J and Mrs E Hudson’s Glenoak Izadi.  DCC was Miss D Duckenfield’s Tasia El Imarne with the RDCC to Mr & Mrs I Rogers and Mrs D Watt’s Labakan Lamerie.  Best puppy was Mr S & Mrs J Macro’s Nefisa Jaliisah.  Well done all.
























It is with great sadness that I must inform the readership of the death of Mrs Elizabeth Kelly.  Paul rang Nicola Quadling to let her know they would not be at the Show last Saturday because Elizabeth was not well and he thought she may be coming down with flu.  She passed away on Saturday 21st October. Elizabeth always had a great smile as she scooted around in her motorized cart. As the Welfare was near and dear to Elizabeth, Paul has asked for donations to be made in her name, to be sent to him, for the Saluki Welfare.  Besides her involvement in the dogs, I understand Elizabeth was very involved with riding for the disabled.


At this time and moment there are only seven tickets left for the Saluki Symposium so if you would like to attend, please contact Diane Allan on tel. 01234 708658.  For details on the symposium and our other events, please look at our web site:


“A bit of a do” The Afghan people are having a gathering of breed enthusiasts who were involved in the breed between 1920 to 1970.  This get together will be held on Sunday, 10th December at Jenny Dove’s Pub, The Swan, Three Mile Cross near Reading.  If you were involved with Afghans and would like to be included please contact Jillian Knight-Messenger on tel. 0208 904-4009.


We have just heard that Paul & Joanne Mahon and Diane & Ken All have just lost Jazirat Aliyah.  It is difficult when you loose an oldie but Aliyah was just 6 years.  About a week ago she went off her food and within five days she went downhill so rapidly .  Their vet opened up and found she had a large tumour on her spine and lesions on the lungs.

At the most she, with treatment, she may have lived 6 months.  They felt the kindest thing was to say goodby. 


Last Saturday the SGHC held their Championship Show. Judging the dogs was Ms Marilyn Evill, and judging the bitches was Mr Neil Stanmore with the referee Mrs Ute Lennartz.   BIS, DCC by the referee’s decision was Mrs EA Macdonald’s Ch Mabrooka Jayid with the RDCC to Mr & Mrs P. Shimmin’s Ch Cranstal Quantum.  BCC for her third and qualifying CC was Mrs J Minn’s Sufeina Pastel.  She was bred by Mrs A Faber and was born on 4th March 2002.  Her sire is Ch/Nor Ch/Fin Ch El Hamrah Meharab- Khalifa (imp) and her dam Ch Kasaque Huntress of Sufeina. RBCC went to Mr & Mrs AF Parnham and Mrs D. Copperthwaite’s Ch Aliya Rasmi of Amirah. Best Veteran in show was the sire of the BIS, Mrs A. Ham  & Mr K Hadfield’s Ch Baghadad Foreign Affair of Lokhandar (imp).  Best Puppy was Dr & Mrs E Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak, JW.  Well done all!!



We have just a few reminders for this week.  Please do not forget to send in nominations for judges for the 2009 SGHC Championship Show, at this time, there are only a very few people that have been nominated.  Nominations are also needed for the Committee of SGHC.  If you would like further information on joining the Committee, please speak to the club secretary, Mary Parker on 01435 830081 or email:


The Festival’s “Hospitality” is now being compiled and worked upon for visitor.  Once again, if you have a spare room in your house, and would like a visitor over some or all the Festival, please contact Kathy Webb on tel. 01737 353279 or email:



Saluki Breed notes week ending 13th October 2006.


A couple of weeks a go we requested information on Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jazirat (imp) co owned by the Allans and the Mahons, regarding his dominant influence in the present Saluki Show scene.  We have received this information from his Joanne Mahon.  “Kyrie is now nine years old.  He has been the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Top Stud Dog for 6 consecutive years and he is the current leader for this year.  He has produced 4 litters in the UK; two to Jazirat bitches, one Tasia litter and one Nefisa litter.  His winning progeny are:

Ch. Nefisa Baaz, Ch. Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk, Ch. Tasia Zemar Elouise, Ch. Tasia El Imrane, Finnish Ch. Tasia Eminence, Can & Am Ch. Jazirat Khartoum, Am Ch. Jazirat Khatif, Jazirat Kerani - 1CC, Jazirat, Zadiyyah- 1CC, Jazirat Zidane – RCC.”


Driffield Championship Show was held on Wednesday 4th October  at the Wetherby Racecourse.  We always enjoy visiting North Yorkshire as it is such a rural Gem.  Our judge was Mr. Paul Shimin.  BCC, BOB was Mrs A Faber’s Ch Sufeina Pastel, JW with the RBCC to Mr & Mrs K Allan and Mr & Mrs P Mahon’s Jazirat Zakiyyah.  DCC went to Mrs M. Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk, JW with RDCC to Ms C Andersson’s Ch Barakisch Niran Xorshid (imp).

Best Puppy was Dr J & Mrs E Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak.  Well done all


The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Championship Show will be held on Saturday, 21st October 2006 at The Sports Connexion, Ryton-On-Dunsmore, Coventry.  There will be two rings, so judging for dogs will commence at 10a.m. and bitches a half our later at 10.30.  The judge for dogs is Ms M Evill with 60 dogs making an entry of 82.  Bitches will be judged by Mr N Stanmore with 80 making an entry of 98.  The NFC entry is 47.  A Silent Action will be held with funds going to the Festival and hopefully we will have our Festival Dog Cookies and Cookbooks available.  Welfare will have their stand.  Club magazines and calendars should also be available for purchase.  Please remember to bring something for the Club raffle.    If you need any additional information please contact the Show Manager, Nicola Quadling on 02085908457.







Darlington Championship Show was held last Friday in the grounds of the beautiful Newby Hall.  We were looking forward to walking around their gardens after the judging and were pleased that there was special concessionary ticket was available to exhibitors.  Only one catch, no dogs allowed.  So what to do with the dogs, they can’t be left on bench alone, nor could one leave them unattended in the car as they are at risk from being stolen plus it was very warm outside.  In the end we had to concede that we could not visit the gardens and found something else to do. 


Our judge for Salukis was Mr Denys Simpson.  DCC, BOB was Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW with the RDCC to Mr & Mrs N Tovey and our own Ch Kasaque Jimna Sh.CM.  BCC for her third and qualifying CC was Mrs EA Macdonald’s Mabrooka Janina.  She was born on the 21st December 1999 and her breeder is her owner. Her sire is Ch Baghdad Foreign Affair of Lokhandar (imp) and dam Ch Mabrooka Miraya.  RBCC went to Mrs D Garratt & Miss S Oakey’s Caryna Calisto.  Kasra Tahira Glenoak owned by Dr J & Mrs E Hudson’s went Best Puppy and Puppy Hound Group 2.

Well done all. 


Ann Macdonald was double elated as not only she had made up another champion but this was her 100th Challenge Certificate with dogs owned by herself.  We shall look forward to the champagne celebration.


Most sadly I must inform you of the loss of an oldie.  Liz Stephen rang to say that she no longer has Ch Bedu Camilla.  Our thoughts are with her.






Tickets are now available for the Symposium at the subsidised price of 35.00 per person. The cost includes: admittance to the morning and afternoon Seminar sessions, coffee, tea and pastries on arrival, a sumptuous buffet lunch and a traditional English tea of sandwiches, scones, etc.

As there will be a limited amount of tickets available, they will be allocated on a first- come first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased in British Sterling from Diana Allan ( or telephone 01234 708658) or in any currency, using Pay Pal, through the SGHC Treasurer, Mr Don Everton ( For up to date information on the Festival please check the web site which is

Last Friday, Richmond Championship Show was held.  Our judge was Mrs A Birrell. BCC, BOB and Hound Group 3 (judge Mrs J. Minns) was Mrs A Faber’s Ch Sufeina Pastel JW.  RBCC went to Mr & Mrs I Rogers’ Labakan Chantilly.  DCC for his third CC, thus making him a Champion was Miss D. Duckenfield’s Tasia El Imrane.  He was born on the 22nd February 2003 and his breeder is Mrs E. Metcalfe.  His sire is Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jazirat (imp) and his dam Ch Altaya Tasmayah at Tasia.  RDCC went to Mrs EA Macdonald’s Ch Mabrooka Jayid. Best Puppy was Dr J & Mrs E Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak.  Well done all.


Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jazirat (imp) has proved himself as sire producing top winning children in the last few years.  It would be interesting for his owners to let us know the names and numbers of CC they have won.




At the request of The Kennel Club there will be an alteration in the dates for The Saluki Exhibition to be held in the Gallery during The Saluki Festival.  The Exhibition will commence, as before on the 3rd September 2007 but will now close on the 18th January 2008.  There is still time to submit photos of Saluki Art Works and memorabilia. Forms were sent out in the last posting of the SGHC, or can be downloaded from our web site, www. Submission of art work is open to everyone and will jury by The Kennel Club.


Last Friday City of Birmingham held their Championship Show.  Our judge for Salukis was Miss Nicola Quadling  DCC, BOB and later Hound Group 1 (judge Mr Paolo Dondino) was Mr & Mrs AG Clark’s Ch Nefisa Baaz of Rhazias.  RDCC went to Mr & Mrs I Rogers & Mrs J Watts’ Labakan Lamerie.  BCC for her third and qualifying CC went to our own Kasaque Luzhana JW.  She was born on the 1st March 2004 and her breeders are her owners.  Her sire is Ch, Fin. Nor El Hamrah Mehrab-Khalifa (imp) and her dam is Kasaque Jarvah.  RBCC was Mr & Mrs AF Parnham and Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Ch Aliya Rasmi of Amirah.  Best puppy was Dr & Mrs J Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak who later went 4th in the Hound Puppy Group (judge Alec Mackenzie) Well done all!!







We have had a busy couple of weeks with shows.  Sunday 13th August Mrs CE Cartledge Was judging Bournemouth Championship Show.  DCC, BOB was Mrs A Ham and Mr K Hadfield’s Ch Baghdad Foreign Affair of Lokandar.  RDCC was Ms C Andersson’s Barakisch Niran Xorshid (imp Sweden).  BCC went to the newly crowned Glenoak Ishaara owned by Dr Hudson and Mrs EA Hudson.  RBCC was our own Kasaque Luzhana JW.  Best Puppy went to the Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak.


After the judging everyone was invited, by Nick Bryce-Smith, to Marie Bryce-Smith’s birthday party.  John Hudson made the toast to the birthday girl and we all raised our glasses in celebration.  Then we tucked into some wonderful nibbles supplied by Nick.


By the time we had dusted off our dog showing clothes it was Friday and  the Welsh Kennel Club show.  Our judge was Mrs D. Allan. DCC, BOB was Miss D Duckenfield’s Tasia El Imrane for his second CC.  RDCC was Mr & Mrs EA Shimmin’s newly crowned Ch Cranstal Quantum.  BCC, for her second CC was Mrs JM Pyatt’s Miskanda Caria Mia with the RBCC to our own smooth bitch, Caspians L’aliq Avec Kasaque. Best Puppy was the Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak. We were pleased to see that Tasia El Imrane won Hound Group 3, judge Mr K. Thornton.


After the judging the Hudson’s had a trilogy of celebrations.  Firstly, Glenoak  Ishaara becoming a Champion.  Tahira qualifying, by winning her classes, on the day, for her Junior Warrant, and thirdly, their friend, Ms Williams’ birthday.  We all raised our glasses again and toasted the occasion. Well done all!


The Festival is not far off now, just 12 short months so the schedule for events is getting busier.  We are now looking for some more sponsorship.  What we personally would like Is a “kennel” or a group of friends to come forward to sponsor coffee, tea, danish etc at City of Birmingham Show next year.  It will be a modest expenditure but one would be credited for their endeavour.  Please if you can help, contact Helen on: or tel. 01635 268269.  If this is not your sort of sponsorship but would like to assist please let Helen or any of the Festival Committee know.


SGHC Newsletter should now be with you.  Di Allan has remained as editor even though she is no longer on the Committee.  If you have not received a copy or a schedule for the upcoming SGHC Championship please contact Daphne Tovey on 01245472692.  Please also note that you can now enter the Show on-line.


The Calendar competition winners have been announced: Most Relaxed, Helen & David Graham’s Daxlores; Rescue, Sue & Mags Kench’s  Gemma; Born Free, Martine Smithson’s Cairdean Cassab at Chisobee & Chisobee Seren Arian; Caption, Sheila & John Harmer’s Chisobee Anluan of Ukhaydir; Puppies, Daniela Van de Lichte with Ruweis puppies; Head Study, Catherine & David Murphy’s Leah (rescue); Saluki & Friends, Sue & Mike Oakley’s Teddy & Bedu Amelie Caspians; Saluki Art, Helen & Michael Williams water colour; Group or Pair, Annette & Brian Buckley’s Cranstel Quest, Mumtaz Sirocco and Mumtaz Centurion; Anythig Goes, Ann & Paul Shimmin’s Cranstal Quintessence; Action Pauline & Don Eveton’s Kasra Nadirah & Kasra Nimah of Glenoak.




Kathy Webb, PRO for the SGHC has let us know that the Committee has co-opted Trevor Prior onto the Committe. The Committee has also decided that the charge for Symposium will be 35.00 not 30.00 as previously stated.  Upon reviewing the entire day, the Committee felt that 35.00 would more accurately reflect the costs which include entire day of Saluki talk, with speakers from around the world, plus refreshments.


Didn’t we do well at The Hound Show?(we mean the Salukis)  Last Saturday The Hound Association held their Championship Show.  As was usual for that show we were promised  brilliant sunshine mainly by the weather forecasters. Upon arriving what did we find, drizzle with a very dull showground.  The dogs were judged inside but later the weather improved and the bitches were judged outside.  Our judge was Mrs. Liz Stephen’s allocating CCs for Salukis for the first time.  BCC, BOB was our own Kasaque Luzhana JW with the RBCC to Mrs M Parker’s Khalils Phaedra of Classicus (imp)  DCC for his third and qualifying CC was Ms C Andersson’s Barakisch Niran Zorshid (imp)  He was born on the 18th January 2000 and his breeder is Mrs E Andersson.  His sire is Nor Ch Latif Min El Akbar and dam Barakisch Javedani Liaqat.  RDCC went to Mr P & Mrs EA Shimmin’s Cranstal Quantum.  Best Puppy was Dr JA & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak.

Later in the day, under judge Mrs Eleanor Bothwell, Luzhana won Hound Group 3.  The Viscount Chelmsford Memorial Competiton (for Champions), judged by Mr Roy Metcalfe was won by Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW. And Last but not least Any Variety Hound Veterans judged by Mr Jeff Horswell was won by Mr K Hadfield  and Mrs A Ham’s Ch Baghdad Foreighn Affair of Lokhandar .  Well done all!!

Michael Williams








While writing last weeks Breed Notes I was interrupted and upon returning to finish the job failed to include the breeding of Dr J & Mrs E Hudson’s Glenoak Ishaara.  Ishaara won her third and qualifying CC at Leeds Championship Show.  She was born on 22nd August 2002 and her breeders are her owners.  Her sire is Glenoak Gushyar JW and dam, Caryna Kleio of Glenoak. My apologies for the omission.


Last Sunday, 30th July, Andy and Clair Chryssolor’s property was broken into and their young Saluki bitch, Poem, was taken.  Several Saluki owners and interested parties have been desperately looking for her in the usual places.  A breakthrough came today (Wednesday) with someone suggesting Clair look in the Horton/Datchet area near Heathrow.  Clair knocked on a door to hand the householder a leaflet with Poem’s photo and details. The woman at first did not want to accept it but did finally and looked at it.  She then told Clair her bitch was running wild next to the Reservoir near by.  The next part was more difficult, it was the matter of catching Poem,who was busily chasing anything that moved.  Clair did eventually and now the family is reunited.  The Chryssolor’s would like to thank everyone for helping to locate Poem.  They would especially like to thank Jane at Doglost, Ann Blake, our Rescue Warden and everyone else.  The Chryssolors have sent us the following:

In January of this year our seven foot, reinforced stock fence was cut to a height of five feet with the wires bent away from the garden.  When we discovered this we repaired it and thought we were more vigilant against people who want Salukis.  When will "they" learn that a saluki x greyhound, deerhound, collie, etc., does not make a speedy, endurance, biddable dog! My lovely Phoenix began to become unwell.  Nothing specific, just unwell.  He would recover, then go a little more downhill, recover but not quite regain. An MRI scan two months later, when he could tolerate a general anaesthetic,  showed meningitis with no discoverable known virus. Vet conclusion?  Slow, long term poisoning or a savage sedative overdose which led to a weakening allowing intrusion of an illness.  He is still with us but very ill. His liver is compromised by all of this which is the main concern at this moment.  

Then we had a second cut in the fence, in April,  but by this time Poem was with us our special lady, Phoenix's daughter from Sweden (Benita and Setffan Abu Baqr's) who was raised by Ingrid Romanowski until she could come to England under the Pet Passport Scheme.  Then our precious boy, Phoenix's son Pico, came from Belgium where he was raised by Sylvie and Serge (Tadj Mahal) until he could join us under the Scheme. Again, we thought our radar level had been raised. 

Then, ten days ago, the dogs began that frantic barking that says all is not well.  You all know your salukis tones but when it is at 2.15 am.....we called out to two chaps at our fence and they said they were controlling the fox population then they were looking for their dog and began shining a lamping torch around our garden shouting at us to show our faces so they could see what we looked like.


They left, we called the police and because there was no GBH or gun involved they were not interested but thought we had pretty dogs.  So helpful especially since they didn't know where Marlow Common is. 

My friend and neighbour, Lesley, who ALWAYS takes care of our salukis and lives in our house was in our kitchen on Sunday when she realized there were three not four salukis for supper.  Sometime between four and five "they" made a six foot cut in the fence but, this time, in our woods away from the road.   Andy and I had taken a three day weekend to join our Salukis friends in Sweden.  Believe me, this was the most perfect weekend for us in ages.  A fabulous show, great cameraderie, sportsmanship, great fun.  We had planned a day trip into Stockholm on  Monday with Benita and Staffan.  When Lesley rang with the horrible news we threw things together and prayed for a space on a plane to the UK.  We arrived home at 2.00 am and I went on to our computer.


By morning we had posters designed, were in touch with Ann Blake, saluki rescue, and Helen Williams, Kasaque.  They were my brains, my feet and my spine.  They thought for me.  Ann had the research and Helen had a disaster recovery system, both having lost salukis and they were on tap 24/7.  I cannot believe the support that has come through.  I am still getting calls from far flung areas I haven't been so people are downloading and putting up posters.


A great site is  With a simple push of a button you can download a poster.  I belong to this site and any dog lost in my area goes onto my computer.  They have also initiated a slot on morning TV to publicise this new sport (or however it's classified) and believe me, the more you shout the more attention you get.  This is what helped get Poem back.   


Of course my mobile phone was always with me so after plotting my day I got in my car and began driving, talking and postering.  I followed all leads no matter how vague. Early morning and nights were spent on computer.  I had planned to go to a particular area I'm not familiar with but couldn't find the street so changed my plans and went near Heathrow airport and a huge reservoir.  I asked a lady if I might post a photo on her fence and she said, "why, your bitch is up there chasing sheep on the reservoir".  And there she was. I began running down a lane, kicked off my shoes and climbed a six foot fence.  Running barefoot up the sides of the reservoir (grassed where the sheep graze) I would catch glimpses of her but she was so terrified she was beyond reason and ran trying to escape this new predator.  She flew over two high barbed wire fences and I could only hope I'd manage to get over without puncture.  We got to the top of the reservoir and a concrete edge.  The reservoir is very low because of a leak and the drought and very, very steep. Thankfully, the fence seemed to be a barrier on a slope going down but not the slope going up so she made no attempt to escape downhill.  I don't understand this but that's all right.  I ran for one hour thanking all my hours in the gym but wishing I had shoes.  We finally came to a fence which ended at the lip of the reservoir where she was trapped and terrified.  Poem was several hundred feet from me and leaping back and forth assessing her chances of escaping.  I sat down for the longest 15 minutes of my life, held my arms open and called.  I talked about Phoenix, Pico and Zafi, bonios and chews.  I talked about walks, and home and toys.  Anything I could think of.  Poem never faced me but stood angled and sniffed the air, the ground and watched me.  She would take a step.  Then the whole process would be repeated.  Then there was a little jerk in her entire body and she finally looked at me.  She began a slow and very tentative step toward me but always side on.  She finally lowered her ears and that's when I knew she'd come home.  She began trotting toward me again, still side on, trotted to my arms, curled up and rolled and rolled in my lap.  She refused to stand so I carried her for half a mile, praying I wouldn't slip when I got to the fence and reservoir edge, then found a man who took me back to my car. Pico and she curled into each other and mumbled doggie things never stopping until we got home.  He seemed to present her to Andy.  The other dogs were overjoyed. 

Such a simple ending.  I bathed her and Pico in mange treatment (Helen's info) but when I tried to put a collar on her she threw herself against a wall, screamed and wet herself.  She has bare patches on her joints on one side so I can only think she was bound or tightly collared to a stone surface. She did, of course, bring a selection of passengers home with her. She is very, very thin and dehydrated so is on electrolytes in her water.  She will not be wormed until sometime next week when her system can stand the added stress. The sadness of this?  Someone has destroyed my security, my privacy, my safety and I can't get it back. This is my home where all this should really be taken for granted.  We now have to, yet again, upgrade our security with more lights, more alarms and more cameras.  

Still this is truly A HAPPY ENDING


We have received this note from Caroline & Michael McCormick Smith saying that WE are very sad to have to tell you that our beloved Hector (CH Mumtaz Star Song) died yesterday aged ten and a half after a short illness.  The cause of death was internal bleeding due to degeneration of the spleen, which showed early signs of cancer. This is a grievous blow to us especially coming only a couple of months after the death of our younger dog Harry.

5th August 2006 

In last weeks breed notes we mentioned “Saluki International Annual Issue #1” is available, but omitted the contact information.  If you would like the magazine or further information on the magazine please contact Ken Allan on tel. 01234 708658 or email:


Tickets are now available for the Festival of the Saluki 2007 symposium to be held at Jesus College, Cambridge on Saturday September 01. 2007 at the subsidised price of 30.00 per person (an additional 10.00 per ticket has been donated by the Festival Fund).  The cost includes: admittance to the morning and afternoon Seminar sessions, coffee, tea and pastries on arrival, a sumptuous buffet lunch and a traditional English tea of sandwiches, scones, etc.


As there will be a limited amount of tickets available priority will be given on a first come first served basis.  Tickets are available from Diana Allan. or telephone 01234 708658.


Last Sunday, Leeds Championship Show was held.  The judge was Mrs J Knight-Messenger.  DCC, BOB and Hound  Group 4 for his third  CC was  Mr P & Mrs E A Shimmin’s Cranstal Quantum.  He was born on 17th July 2003 and his breeders are his owners.  His sire is Ch Kasaque Jimna ShCM and dam, Ch Cranstal Incandesence.

RDCC went to Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW.  BCC for her third and qualifying CC went to Dr J Hudson &  Mrs E & Hudson’s Glenoak Ishaara
RBCC was Miss S Harms-Cooke’s Ch Mumtaz Greta Garbo of Timellie.  Best Puppy was Miss Harms-Cooke’s  Mumtaz Khamsin of Timellie.
Well done all!!!






Alan Lucas, secretary of the Saluki Welfare has sent us an update:

“The Saluki Summer Picnic was held on Sunday 28th of May at the Old Barn, Westbrook Hay, Hemel Hempstead, organised by Elaine Rushton with back up from Ann Blake.  Elaine took everyone on a lovely walk over some of the Boxmoor Trust land, there was then a well-supplied picnic followed by a fun companion dog show.  This was expertly and cheerily judged by Jenny Startup, which altogether made for a very pleasant and relaxed day out.

The annual Saluki Rally was held on the weekend of the 8th/9th July at Audlem, Cheshire and hosted by Rosie and Chris Lewis.  The weather was just right for lure coursing on Saturday and there was a constant queue of eager dogs waiting for “their turn” to run, this was followed in the evening by a plentiful bring and share barbecue/supper in the Barn lavishly decked out in Bedouin style by Tania Stevens and Sue Taylor.  On Sunday there was an excellent lunch, again set out in the Barn, with raffles and things to buy while in the afternoon the Dog Show was well supported.  A different judge for each class provided great entertainment, especially the Fancy Dress in which the outfits and costumes would have graced a West End spectacular.  An enjoyable weekend which says much for the background effort that made it all happen.

So what is still to come?  The Lewis’s are again holding a Lure Coursing Weekend on the 2nd/3rd of September at Fields Farm, Audlem, telephone 01270 811070 for more details.  On the 16th of September, David Hartley is inviting everyone to a walk in aid of Welfare starting at St.Peters Methodist Church, Riley St.,Earby.  Contact David at Riverside, 3 Greenbank, Schoolfields, Earby, Lancs. BB18 6QQ for further information.

If you have missed any of these events a reminder that they are all listed in “Saluki Snippets”, the twice yearly Welfare Newsletter.  Available by a subscription of only 5 per year (4 for Senior Citizens) from Mrs Daphne Parnham, South Green, Maldon Road, Steeple, Essex CM0 7RT.”


We have spoken to Daphne Parnham, treasurer of the Welfare Fund and she has kindly informed us that at the SGHC Open Show 260.00 was made and at the Welfare Rally 1305.00.  Ann Blake has informed us that she has 7 Salukis looking for homes.  If you think you have room for just one more Saluki person that she can be contacted on 01727 826944.


Thursday and it was Paignton Championship Show.  Our judge was Mrs Gina Corcoran: DCC, BOB went to Mr & Mrs AG Clark’s Ch Nefisa Baaz of Rhazias with the RDCC to Mr K Hadfield and Mrs A Ham’s  Ch Baghdad Foriegn Affair Of Lokandar. BCC went to Mr  & Mrs A Parnham and Mrs D Copperthwaite’s  Ch Aliya Rasmi of Amirah with RBCC was awarded to Mrs D Garratt & Miss S Oakey’s  Caryna Nashira Best Puppy was  Mrs C Chryssolor Tadj Mahal Emraniizan (imp)


Tuesday, before we had time to take a deep breath it was the turn of East Of England Championship Show.  Our judge for this was Miss Jenny Startup.  DCC, BOB and Hound Group 1

was Mrs EA Macdonald’s Ch Mabrooka Jayid with the RDCC to Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW.  BCC went to Ch Mumtaz Greta Garbo owned by Miss S Harms-Cooke with the RBCC to Dr Ja & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Glenoak Ishaara.  Best Puppy was Kasra Tahira Glenoak owned by the Hudsons.


Saluki International the Annual #1 arrived on our door step about a week ago.  As always it is beautifully presented.  In the Editorial, Ken Allan states that he will no longer be publishing the magazine biannually but it will be published once a year during the summer “in a new bumper format”   Ken writes  “ this premier edition contains over a hundred pages of editorial matter which includes: A great portfolio of photographs taken by Herb Wells’ camera…over the years.  Rodney Thompson takes his Salukis on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada.  Lesley Brabyn shares her knowledge in an in depth interview.  Micaela Lehtonen visits Syria meeting countless beautiful Salukis”  plus reports from around the world.



We have received a note from Chris Ormsby.  She and Murray have moved. They have said this is for the last time.  The new address is Midsomer Cottage 46 Beceshore Close, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos GL56 9NB.  Their telephone number is 01608 651074.  We wish them lots of happiness in their new home!


Last Thursday South Wales Kennel Assoc held their Championship Show.  Our judge Was Mrs Helen Graham.  BCC, BOB for her first CC was our own Kasaque Luzhana, JW.  She was born on the 1st March 2004 and she was bred by Cm & HV Williams Her sire is Fin, Nor. UK Ch El Hamrah Mehrab-Khalifa (imp) and her dam is Kasaque Jarvah. RBCC went to Miss Sylvia Harms-Cooke’s Ch Mumtaz Greta GArbo of Timellie. DCC, for his second CC was Ms C. Andersson’s Barakisch Niran Xorshid (imp) with the RDCC to Mr & Mrs P Shimmin’s  Cranstal Quantum.  Best Puppy was Mrs C. Chryssolor’s Tadj Mahal Emraniizan (imp).  We were very pleased with Kasaque Luzhana was shortlisted in the Hound Group by judge Andrew Brace.  Well done all!!







Mike Oakley has sent us the following harrowing tale


In early June, Sue and I became part of the ever-growing list of Saluki owners/breeders who have had dogs stolen. In our case it was a 9 month old bitch, Bedu Amelie Caspians.  We were very lucky to be able to use a connection in the local gypsy community to locate her and buy her back. She was on her way to Appleby Horse Fair. The case of the three Toy pups you may have seen in the dog papers took place near us and had the same hallmarks. Telling the Police didn’t do us much good. One policeman told Sue no crime had been committed because she had not actually seen the puppy in the hands of the intruders. (So much for league tables).  The man who answered my 999 call said “we’ll try to get someone out to you in two to three weeks.”  They have other priorities.

To us, security has always meant keeping the dogs IN not keeping thieves OUT.  All the cases we know of locally have the same characteristics.

i)                    They were planned and targeted.  They were not the usual opportunistic break-ins.  Everyone locally knows you have dogs – including those you wish didn’t know.

ii)                   We were watched. Ours took place minutes after I drove away from the house.

iii)                 They were prepared: ours came with two large tins of dog food (SOCO couldn’t find any prints) and two leads, one of which they dropped.

iv)                 They obviously had a vehicle.  Try to see it and, if you want to interest the Police, get the number. Sue surprised more intruders ten days later and the fact that she got a number, which tallied with her description of the car and was traceable to a local address at last interested the Police.

We are reassessing our security.  Ironically, we were in the middle of installing 6’ fencing around the whole perimeter (over 700 metres) and putting in new gates when this occurred. But that was to keep the dogs in.  Now we are doing everything possible to slow down someone who tries to get in – padlocks on the all gates, which are not vaultable, intermediate fencing before you get to the dogs and so on.

It induces a bunker mentality.  We are unwilling to leave the place unattended, we are more suspicious of strangers, we are constantly thinking of more ways to deter or stop thieves.  It is a strange way to live.”


Last Saturday, Blackpool Championship Show was held.  The Judge for Salukis was Mrs Marion Spavin.  BOB, DCC was Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW, with the RDCC to Mr & Mrs N Tovey’s Caspians Lancelot of Tirzah.  BCC, for her first CC was Mr & Mrs P Shimmin’s Cranstal Quintessence.  She was born on the 17th July 2003 and her breeders are her owners.  Her sire is Ch Kasaque Jimna ShCM and her dam, Ch Cranstal Incandescene.  RBCC went to Mrs EA Macdonald’s Mabrooka Janina.   Best Puppy was Mr & Mrs B. Buckley’s Mumtaz Sirocco.  Well done all!!


The magazine now has its own web site.  The address is On the site, you will find,  back issues, the current issue and magazine merchandise. A just an early reminder that adverts for the “Saluki” due out at the SGHC Ch Show Deadline is 31st July 2006.


Top Dog and Top Bitch on the SGHC system are Ch Mabrooka Jushua ShCM and Ch Sufeina Pastel JW 





The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club held their Open Show last Saturday at Bradfield Village Hall, nr Reading, in Berkshire.  The Sun Gods provided a most glorious day.  The Show Manager, Nicola Quadling, had arranged for a large marquee which covered most of the ring so while showing, the dogs were in the shade.  Everyone seemed pleased with this rrangement.  Outside the ring the competitors and spectators arranged themselves in chairs with shading from little gazebo’s, backs of cars or under umbrellas.  The usual club stands were there i.e. The Welfare, The Festival and Karen Fisher’s collars and leads.  The Festival stand made just over 180.00.  During the short lunch break a party was held to celebrate Don and Pauline Everton’s 50th Wedding anniversary.  Don and Pauline provided a drink for a toast and a piece of special cake.  They were presented with a bouquet of flowers by the Club members.


The judges for the Open Show were Ms C Potts (Australia)  for dogs and Ms C Seymour for bitches with the referee Mrs D Hintzenberg-Freisleben (Germany). Best Dog and Best in Show was Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW, with the Reserve Best in Show to Mr A Rawson’s Ch Mumtaz Stellanova JW ShCM.  Best Puppy was Dr J and Mrs E Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak with the Best of Opposite Sex Puppy toMr S & Mrs J Macro’s Sefisa Jeevun.  Best Veteran in Show was Mrs Z Rawson’s Ch Mumtaz Desdemona.  Best Junior Handler went to Miss A Prior.


After the judging a most wonderful barbeque had been organized by Nicola. Except for the little incident when the barbeque caught fire and incinerated half the sausages, the cooked meats were quite delicious. There was an abundance of salads to accompany the barbequed food.  While eating the participants had an opportunity to freely chat with the judges.  During the desert, Jimna Tovey provided everyone with a glass of Cava and cake to celebrate his winning his Championship title. 


Kathy & Martin Webb have sent us the following: “Pennyworth Krug died very suddenly on 18th May 2006 at the age of 4 years 4months. He had had a very normal day and was asleep in a chair having been fed an hour or so before, he gave a short howl, Martin went to him because he thought he was stuck, unfortunately that was not the case, he was dead. Vetlab Services performed a full Post Mortem (which can be seen and will be given to the Health Officers) the Clinical Pathologist's comments are:- " The overall picture at the necropsy was suggestive of acute cardic failure and the inspection of the heart is quite suggestive of underlying cardiomyopathy, which could have precipitated an arrhythmia.  The blood results from the blood sample you sent for this animal were unremarkable, however blood testing, based on post mortem samples, are not reliable" (we had the blood taken within 30minutes of death by my own Vet). We would like to thank you all for the many cards, telephone calls and flowers we have received, we are totally devastated by Krug's death and these have been very comforting.”


SALUKI Breed Notes Week ending 23rd June 2006


There seems to be some new toxic elements, easily available, that could be, potentially, harmful to our dogs.  When looking at the “Classic Saluki” site on the Internet we have found this very interesting article about cocoa mulch .  We have seen cocoa shells at the Garden Centres for use in the garden so we know it is available here.  The “bark” is used as a mulch around flowers and scrubs.  My client was the doting owner of two young lab/golden retriever mixes. Over the weekend, they purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. They set the bag in their yard. Their dog Calypso, decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat so she broke into it and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical of her when she would get into something she shouldn’t have eaten. She was not acting lethargically in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly. Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs. Denise (Calypso's mom) wanted me to pass this information along so no one had to experience the same tragedy she went through.  In Loving Memory of Calypso." Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's. They claim "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of  degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it."According to that is not true.Cocoa Mulch contains a lethal ingredient called "Theobromine" which is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this product and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Theobromine is the ingredient that is used to make all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effect to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells suffered severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.”


We were very sad to hear that Michael and Caroline McCormick-Smith have, sadly, lost their Mumtaz Clark Gable at 6 years.  He lived a busy life with dogs shows, lure coursing and hare coursing.  Mostly he will be missed as a good friend.  Our condolences

to the McCormick-Smiths.  Zola Rawson has sent us the following “ results of MUMTAZ CLARK GABLE's post mortem were given to him on the phone by his vet, and they were inconclusive, but the probable cause of death was a brain hemorage, caused by a knock on the head during play in the garden.  The Post mortem report will be sent to the Saluki health Committee in due course.” 

Southern Counties Championship Show was held on Saturday the 3rd June.  Our judge was Mrs Jenny Ziman.  BOB, DCC and 3rd in the Hound Group (Hound Group Judge Ben Reynolds-Frost) was Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk, JW with the RDCC to Dr J & Mrs E Hudson’s Glenoak Inqi JW.  BCC went to Ch Sufeina Pastel, JW owned by Mrs A Faber with the reserve to Miss Harms-Cooke’s Ch Mumtaz Greta Garbo of Timellie.  Best Puppy was Miss S Harms-Cooke’s Mumtaz Khamsin of Timellie. We all sat by the ring side and admired the puppy classes. The minor puppy dog, bitch and puppies classes were full.  What a wonderful sight seeing the future of our breed.  It has been many years since we have seen so many puppies at one time.

 In the Breeders Group (judged by Terry Thorn) The Kasaque grizzles won 1st Hound but had to settle for a second in the competition for Best Group on the Day. We will try again…its fun.


Monday, 12th June Sylvia Harms-Cooke was judging at Three Counties Championship Show.  Her BOB, DCC for his third and qualifying CC was Nick & Daphne Tovey and our own, Kasaque Jimna ShCM.  He was born on the 28th September 2000 and his breeders are Michael  & Helen Williams.  His sire is Int Ch El Hamrah Rammah-Sahir and dam Ch Kasaque Harina.  RDCC went to Miss D. Duckenfield’s Tasia El Imrane. BCC, for her second CC was Miss Pass and Mrs Lauchlan’s Devineerace Anya.  RBCC was Mrs P Cooke’s Kasaque Lydia.  Best Puppy was Dr J  & E Hudson’s Kasra Tahira Glenoak.  Jimna later won Group 4 under Hound Group judge Mrs I Dyke.  Well done all!!


Erika Tonder’s new “Sighthound Magazine” is now available.  The front cover is a beautiful photo of Buzz Faber’s top winning Saluki bitch, Ch Sufeina Pastel standing in a riverside setting, taken by David Paton.  There are interesting articles on all the usual

Sighthound breeds plus a couple of extra ones that we do not usually see in the Hound Group. Each breed has a section in ‘the Year in Review’. You can go on the Sighthound Web site

At or contact Erika at 01726 825225.  Sorry we cannot go into any more detail as our copy has been borrowed.


South East Afghan Racing (SEAR) has a new venue, at least for a couple of months.  Because it is very expensive, I've only committed myself for the third Sundays in  JUNE and JULY.  That's  18TH JUNE   AND  16TH JULY .  This will give me time to get Intertrack teams together and, hopefully with heaps of support  (all other breeds very welcome), we might just break even. The track is in South Ockendon, Essex, so we are back in the right area!  Due to the cost of the track, I will have to put prices up, which I haven't done since I started SEAR in 1990.  We have the track from 1.p.m. to 6 p.m. and I hope to start booking in at 12.30. Directions are attached.  Please ring me for any further info on  0208 422 7756 or  07850  841108,  or e-mail me at :-  or   Maria  Niedzwiedz





The Ballot for 2008 SGHC Championship Show has now been confirmed with Jeanna Jaques judging bitches and Ian Veal, the dogs.  The referee will be Elizabeth Shard. 

The SGHC Open Show will be held on Saturday 17th June at Bradfield Village Hall, Bradfield Southend, Reading RG7 6EY.  Judges are Ms C Potts from Australia for dogs With an entry of 45.  Ms C. Seymour is judging bitches and her entry is 44.. The referee and Junior Handling will be judged by Mrs D Hitzenberg-Freisleben from Germany.    For further information please ring the Show Manager, Nicola Quadling on 0208 590 8457 or email  There will be no break for lunch, judging will continue throughout the day and we will hold a Bring & Share BBQ at the end of the judging, so the judges can join in the celebration and mingle with all the exhibitors.  Plates and cutlery will be provided.  Please contact Nicola to inform her of your food contributions.  Also do not forget to send photos to Kathy Webb for the Saluki Calendar competition which will also take place at the show.

All Trophies won at this show last year, both points and others, make sure they are returned on or before the day to Mrs D. Tovey.  Tel 01245 472 692.


The Committee of the SGHC has written to the Crufts Committee regarding the benches at the last couple of Crufts.  We, and others were posted on the other side of the Beagle ring and their benching.  Our dogs were in a main aisle so it was impossible to see any judging and risky to leave the dogs.  So we saw othing and no one could even find us with the obscure numbering system.  The Committee has also asked us to convey that if anyone needs advice or assistance in any health related issues that they can contact either Jenny Ziman or Cecilia Andersson in complete confidence.

Saluki Welfare has taken in nine dogs this year and five are still looking for homes.  If you can help, please contact Ann Blake on 01727 826944.


Last Monday Bath Canine Society held their Championship Show.  Salukis were allocated classes without Challenge Certificates.  Our judge was Mrs A Moore. BOB, BD was Mr & Mrs Buckley’s Mumtaz Centaurus with RBD to Mrs Bryce-Smith’s Fargaze Persian Punch of Saruk .  BB was Mrs A Faber’s Ch Sufeina Pastel JW with the RBB to her sister (both the person and the dog) Miss S Harms-Cooke’s Sufeina Parador of Timellie.  Best Puppy was Miss S Harms-Cooke’s Mumtaz Khamin of Timellie

Well done all!!





Last Saturday the Scottish Kennel Club held their flagship show.  The judge for Salukis was Mrs D. Cook awarding CCs in Salukis for the first time.  She choose for her DCC, BOB Mrs M Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JWwith the RDCC to Mrs VM Elliot-Ross’ Haddiyyah Samir of Gorewater.  BCC for her second CC was Mrs D Garratt & Miss S Oakey’s Caryna Nashira.  RBCC went to Debineerace Anya.  Best Puppy was Ms S Taylor’s Chisobee Gwerthf Awr Awel at Sirtanome.  Well done all.


The SGHC Open Show is not far off now.  Nicola Quadling would like to know what people are planning to bring in way of contributions to the bring and share lunch.  As we stated before this will be after BIS so we can have a get together with the judges.  In the olden days the Open Show was our “fun” show.  Everyone turned up for a day out with the dogs.  Lets hope this show will be like that. With the new directive from the KC, it will now be possible to bring young puppies along although  they can not be actually exhibited.  Hopefully in next weeks notes I shall have the entry Breakdown.





Kelly Thompson, of IG Rescue, has asked me to pass the following on. She has donated a copy of the Saluki Book to an auction benefiting the Italian Greyhound Rescue.  She asks that one stops by the Biggie Iggie Auction website for a look and consider placing a bid.  The item will be available until Sunday May 21st.  The web site is

http//  Proceeds from book will go to the Italian Greyhound Safehouse Alliance who specialise in the rescue of dogs from puppy farms across the USA.


Last Saturday Birmingham National held their Championship Show in Stafford. Our judge was Mrs O Preece.  DCC, BOB Was Mr P & Mrs EA Shimmin’s Cranstal Quantum for his second CC.  RDCC was Miss N Quadling’s Kasra Nasuuh At Malenkhai.  BCC for her first CC was the dog CC’s litter sister, Cranstal Quaron owned by Mrs S Stoneman.  She was born on the 17th July 2003.  Her breeders are Mr P & Mrs EA Shimmin.  Her sire is Kasaque Jimna and dam, Ch Cranstal Incandescene.  RBCC was Mr & Mrs AF Parnham and Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Ch Aliya Rasmi of Amirah.  Best Puppy was Miss S Harms-Cooke’s Mumtaz Khamsin of Timellie.  Well done all!!  

Mumtaz Khamsin of Timellie, or Jack, as he known in more familiar circles had some time to kill at Birmingham National so he and his mistress entered the “Good Citizen” competiton.  Jack was not only Best Puppy on the day but he now

has a Good Citizen Broonze award at only 8 months. 


While many of the Saluki fraternity we making their way to Birmingham a small group were making their way to Sweden.  Alec Mackenzie, Neil Stanmore, Helen Williams and myself were flying to Copenhagen where we would get a train across the water to Malmo, Sweden.  Helen was judging the Salukis at a Sighthound Show and Neil at the Saluki Club Show.  The rings were large and well situated in front of an old nunnery where on the other side was a lake.  Helen choose for her BOB a black and silver smooth bitch of ten years of age.

She is Ma’Zalek Moannas Ca Ziva.  BOS was the feathered gold, Hislome’s Dicaprio.  Neil’s BOB and Best Dog was Al –Shin Qamar Al Dahabi with Best Bitch going to Acleopatra.






The SGHC Open Show will be held on Saturday 17th June at Bradfield Village Hall, Bradfield Southend, Reading RG7 6EY.  Judges are Ms C Potts from Australia for dogs and Ms C. Seymour, bitches. The referee will be Mrs D Hitzenberg-Freisleben from Germany.  Entries close on Tuesday 16th May.  For further information please ring the Show Manager, Nicola Quadling on 0208 590 8457 or email  There will be no break for lunch, judging will continue throughout the day and we will hold a Bring & Share BBQ at the end of the judging, so the judges can join in the celebration and mingle with all the exhibitors.  Plates and cutlery will be provided.  Please contact Nicola to inform her of your food contributions.  Also do not forget to send photos to Kathy Webb for the Saluki Calendar competition which will also take place at the show.

All Trophies won at this show last year, both points and others, make sure they are returned on or before the day to Mrs D. Tovey.  Tel 01245 472 692.


We have just heard that the animal sculptress, Jan Sweeney, has created two new Saluki bronzes that will appear at the Chelsea Flower Show.  We saw Jan’s work last year and have twisted her arm to make a Saluki.  She has contacted us and said she has made two.  If you would like to see example of her bronzes please go to her web site 


Salukis fared very well last weekend at the East Anglia Hound Show.  The judge was Miss Pam Hargreaves.  BOB and 3rd Best in Show was Nick & Daphne Tovey’s Caspians

Lancelot of Tirzah.  Best Puppy was Zola Rawson’s Mumtaz Monsoon who went on to win Best Puppy in Show.  The BIS and BPIS judge was Robert Greaves.  Monsoon now qualifies for the East Anglia Supermatch. 


The Northern Saluki Club held their Championship Show.  The judge was Mrs Jean Watts.  BCC, BIS for her third CC was Liz Metcalfe & Martin Green’s homebred Bitch Zemar Tasia Elouise.  She was born on the 22nd February 2003.  Her sire is Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jaziraton the 22nd of August 2002 and his breeders are his owners.  His sire is Glenoak Gushyar JW and dam, Cayna Kleio of Glenoak.

RDCC was Nicola Quadling’s Kasra Nasuuh at Malenkhai.  Best puppy was Ms Martine Smithson’s Chisobee Serenarian.  Best Veteran David Hartley’s Kasaque Ibi.


When there is a Club shows, wins are not always posted on the Internet, so we would appreciate letting us know your wins. 

Welks Championship Show was held on the 28th April.  While we had classes, we no longer have CC allocated there.  Our judge was Mrs Olive Thomas.  Her BOB, and Group 2 was Mrs EA Macdonald’s Ch Mabrooka Jayid.  RBD was Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW owned by Mrs M Bryce- Smith.  Best Bitch was Cairdean Cazzab at Chisobee owned by Ms M Smithson.  Best Puppy was Mrs S Des Forges-Poths’s Bedu Esmee.  Well done all!