Our comparatively mild summer is over, winter is on its way and from now on the nights will be freezing so your precious whippets really need one or two of our lovely warm coats as standbys all year round. We now have two coat designs, the usual one with ties and another style that is completely reversible, comes up under the chest and fastens over the back with Velcro. The new design is slightly more expensive but beautifully finished. You can see images of the two designs on the merchandise page. Please don’t be fussy about colours for the either of the designs though because each batch comes in different colours. They are made of double polar fleece with a polo collar. My boys live in theirs all through winter whether they are inside or out walking. The wonderful thing about them is that they wash and dry so easily.. ? If I don’t have your size I can easily get one made up and posted out to you. If you are looking for a waterproof coat Elise Brown of Fair Dinkum Dog Coats from country Victoria contacted me to say she makes fleece lined oil skin coats at a VERY REASONABLE price tailor made especially for whippets. Follow this link to contact Elise for more details. www.fairdinkumdogs.com.au or email@example.com
We all like to support Australia owned and made companies don’t we? I am still hearing first hand, “stories” of breeders registered with Dogs Victoria who are NOT abiding by the code of ethics set down by our governing body. You could say these breeders are literally “puppy farmers” breeding under the umbrella of Dogs Victoria. People ring me and tell me stories of puppies and their dams being kept in pretty appalling conditions. Some semi grown Whippets and puppies are totally “feral” and impossible to handle. There are rude breeders refusing to let children use the bathroom and sending them down to the nearest servo. I am guessing it’s because they have crates full of whippets and puppies in their homes that they don’t want people to see.
Be careful of the breeders not willingly to let you, the puppy buyers view their establishments or any of their other whippets. They might suggest bringing a couple of puppies along to a mutual meeting place. They will deliver the puppy to you “so they can view where the puppy is going”. Doesn’t this say that the breeders have something to hide? Alarm bells should start ringing and questions should be asked before proceeding with a sale such as this. If you have even the slightest doubt about the integrity of the breeder with whom you have made contact please do not hesitate to contact (preferably by phone) any of our executive or committee to discuss further. If you are considering buying a puppy, please go through the correct channels. If there are no litters available on our website at the time of your search please contact me or another of our members as there is bound to be litters being planned so please be a little patient. It will pay off in the end. Registered Breeders do not necessarily advertise their puppies on our website but on other websites such as Dogsonline but be very careful. Even though these breeders are registered with Dogs Vic some are not necessarily reputable. Just pass their names by me or any or any of the other contact people on our website to check their integrity before making a permanent commitment. You may see puppies advertised “cheaply” on Gumtree or the Trading Post or other medium these people are NOT REGISTERED BREEDERS.
It’s generally a matter of “what you pay for is what you get”!!!! The “puppy farmers” even have websites advertising that their puppies are “registered”. Ask the question “with whom, Dogs Victoria”? I don’t think so!!!! Check out all the pages on our most informative website. There is interesting information there for all to read, reinforcing the importance of what I have just said. It angers me to hear about whippet puppies being sold through Pet Shops. Contrary to what some people think these puppies are not from registered breeders. A “Pet Shop” is not a “registered breeder”. There are “puppy farmers” out there “supplying” these establishments with puppies. The cost of a puppy through a Pet Shop is no cheaper than buying from a reputable registered breeder. Pet Shops should not be allowed to sell any live animals. This is impulse buying and unlike buying a toaster or TV you cannot return “it” after 7 days because it’s pooing on the carpet!!! Sometimes I pass Pet Shops and see in the puppy or kitten window, “Sale, price reduced” which means that the poor creatures are “growing” so are to some people no longer “tiny and cute”. I shudder to think what happens to these in the end. 99.9% of whippets that end up in pounds and shelters come from these sources, the “back yard breeders” and the “puppy farmers”. You don’t need to spend a lot to feed your whippet. Whippets really don’t need a lot of food to keep them looking trim taut and terrific.
There are reputable brands of dry food available at supermarkets, some Aust owned and made. Wet food!! What about chicken necks? Chicken shops sell these very cheaply. Or for red meat, buy from a reputable pet supplies. NOT one that sells live animals!!! I know Vet bills can be very expensive but shop around, make some phone calls. You will be surprised at the difference. Speaking to various people, I am shocked by the cost some folk pay just for vaccinations and neutering operations. Don’t forget that some dog shelters have Vet services available for a very reasonable price and, at the same time you are helping to support the shelters. If you are going away and don’t wish to leave your whippet in kennels I have a couple fantastic options. There are people who mind whippets in their own homes or will come to your home to stay.
Please contact me preferable by email for more info. As I have said before if you are finding it hard to contact me during the week it’s because I don’t work normal shifts but please try the weekends or Fridays (my day off doing whippety stuff) as I am home most times then. I am more than happy to take your call on any of these days. If you can’t catch me on the phone send me an email or text message and you can also leave a message on my mobile number and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can. The email might be the middled of the night but at least it won’t disturb your sleep. Thank you for your patience lovely people; cuddles for all your whippets and until next time stay safe and “HAPPY WHIPPETING”!!!!!! Rae Mitchelson, Life Member, Breed Information & Membership Officer - The Whippet Association of Victoria Inc
OUR BEAUTIFUL 2017 CALENDARS & DIARIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE NOW!!
Hello Whippet Lovers,
Our lovely Calendars and Diaries are back again this year and now available for sale. Limited numbers are available so please get your orders in nice and early as Christmas presents for yourself or for any friends and family who love Whippets as much as we all do.
Cost for both - $15- each - plus $5- postage to anywhere in Australia. Overseas - POA
Please send me an email to place your order and I can give you DD details or alternatively you may pay by cheque or money order if this is more convenient.
The next GENERAL MEETING will be on Wednesday May 10th 2017, venue to be decided. Please contact our Secretary on 0413 451 454 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. If you are a financial member of the Association your attendance is most welcome.
These meetings are open to all Financial Club members. Your attendance is most welcome. Those attending please bring a plate of something to share for supper. Thanking you. RCM.
I have many email contacts in my address book that are out of date. If anyone has contacted me in the past and I have sent out details of any “special” events or “urgent” emails about whippets in dire straights and you wish to remain in my address book to keep in touch please send me an update of your address if you have changed it over the past couple of years. Thanks heaps whippet lovers. Rae Mitchelson
Video footage from our recent Lure Race Day
Hello Whippet exhibitors and those interested in seeing some great images of our recent Championship Show Please follow the link below to Michael Goulding Photography - hopefully you will like the photos you see and purchase a memento of the Show. http://michaelgoulding.zenfolio.com/
Hello Whippet Lovers Susan Santoro and Sue Delaney had a lovely day at the Melbourne Royal on Wednesday 24 September presenting our breed to “Jo Public”. Please look in Whippet Snippets to see Susan’s report of the day and some lovely images she took of the whippets in attendance. RCM
A reminder to all members
Our financial year now ends on December 31 st of each year. Memberships are due and payable by January 31 st . This should be easy to remember now. Put a note on the final day of your calendar. If you miss out on the first newsletter of the year (or any newsletter for that matter) please check you membership status with me, preferably by email: email@example.com or else call 03 9725 0486.
Dual - $35-, Single - $25-, Junior (up to age 13) $7-
Please make cheques payable to The Whippet Association of Vic. Inc and post to: Membership Officer, Rae Mitchelson , 44/79 Bayswater Road , Croydon, 3136. Membership forms are available for download here
We thank you sincerely for your continued support!!!!! Without you, the members, our Club could not continue!!!!!