Original Saluki stock

My first Saluki ever was the desert bred Sherrah. His mother Diana was imported in whelp into Holland by Mr.& Mrs. Holtzapfel who used to work for Shell in Mosul, Iraq. Sherrah was born in December 1959. After having won BIS at Utrecht all breed ch.show in 1967, I retired him from the showring. He was an excellent hunter and he was taller than any Saluki male shown today ! Sherrah died at twelve years of age in 1972.

My second Saluki was  “Sahara”, Sherrah’s daughter & my pick of litter out of the all black Moenah van het Woesteland. The litter was bred by the late Mr. Jaap Andringa. Sahara is of course the dam of my first homebred ch. : Samoems Ser Babe Men, d.o.b. Febr.11-’71, sired by the Dutch bred Pascha.

My third Saluki was Chatoen van het Blaauwhek, a red (rescue) male, whose pedigree is of no importance as he was never incorporated into my  breeding program.

My fourth(!) Saluki was the female Burydown Vasha (Tabarka Sirocco X Ch.Burydown Inanna) d.o.b. May 1st 1967. Vasha came to live with me at two years of age. Some time before I was so lucky to obtain her I spotted her for the first time being shown at Antwerp Int. She didn’t perform well at all for her Belgian owner mrs. Van Eeckhout and ended up being qualified  “good”, which means pretty bad actually. The judge in question was none other than Mme prof.dr. M. Donath, whom I consider to be my counsellor in sighthounds till this day, having spent several summer holidays at her renowned Bluedon Kennels, Greyhounds & It.Greyhounds as a schoolboy.  I spoke to Vasha’s owner at the show and invited her to contact me should she ever consider parting with her. Only a couple of months later- mid winter-the lady phoned me to tell sad circumstances forced her to look for another home for Vasha. That very same day Vasha came to live with me at my farmhouse near the German frontier where I was running my boarding kennels at that time. Vasha appeared to have the sweetest of temperaments and quickly settled down.  The rest is history : Vasha became a multiple group winner ( also under the judge that once qualified her “good”) , the breeds first ever BIS winning Saluki female in Holland (Rotterdam ’71)  but she will forever be remembered for being the dam of the multiple ch. Sodom (by ch.Ser Babe Men).

About the grizzle influence in my strain I should mention that my beloved Ch.Samoems Sambinoë was certainly not the first Saluki of that colour I bred, just the first I ever kept and showed to her title before letting her go to GB. Vasha’s gr.dam was the lovely ch. Burydown Elishama, who was a grizzle. From Vasha’s first litter(!) I exported the grizzle Samoems Sapu Lidi to France.