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