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The great Sighthound legacy

The great Sighthound legacy 

Summary and translation by Valeria Rocco for "Lupavaro" italian greyhound kennel

Given that I am German, I would like to publish below the translation of a text, taken from "Das große Windhunderbe" which contains an article, also in German, published in the "Zuchtbuch des DWZRV 1963/196450 ″, written by Mrs. Pia Pfleger, owner of the "Springinsfeld" kennel Reproduction, publication and distribution, in whole or in part, of this translation are expressly forbidden without written authorization, as the research work and the following translation from the original language is a long and meticulous job.

yes, an  Italian Greyhound!

I thank the Roman artist Paola Marinangeli for making some of her works available to illustrate this writing.

The great Sighthound legacy

Charles I in 1624 brought the first specimens from France to England, his intention was to cross them with some terrier breeds to give life to a hunting dog of elegant stature. These attempts were also made in subsequent generations, giving birth to the Whippet breed.

During the English Revolution and the beheading of Charles I, all the dogs were stolen and scattered throughout the territory. In Germany the breed has won great honors thanks to Frederick the Great, who was never without the company of his Italian greyhounds; he must have had between 40 and 80 specimens.

Frederick the Great of Prussia adored his Italian greyhounds. His favorites were called "Biche" († 1752) and "Alkmene"(† 1785). Although in the paintings, which depict "the old Fritz", the dogs at his side seem to be larger in size but this is to be attributed to the fact that the Painters tried to give greater effect to the paintings by increasing the size of the greyhounds depicted.
Here is a statue that depicts him with "Alkmene" and "Hasenfuss"
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Happy birthday Lenny!

Happy birthday Lenny!


Time flies, sometimes I don't realize it! On February 13 you turned 14! It seemed like yesterday that you were a little bundle! Happy birthday Lenny, your years do not weigh on you, apart from the small ailments of old age. Know that we want to have you with us for many more years!

Please don't ask me to adopt our dogs, we do NOT call them "Mares" and "stallions". We don't call them “subjects” and, above all, we don't entrust them when they get older. They are part of our family, and as such they are born and die in our home, surrounded by love and affection. Our Little Italian Greyhounds live at home with us and actively participate in family life. Our little ones are born in our bedroom, we have never missed a birth! 

Here he is, the little one Lenny, one of our elderly Little Italian Greyhounds, enjoying a nap in the Latvian. He turned 14 in February and sleeps many more hours, even during the day. It is true that seniors and puppies have many things in common!    

Happy birthday Lenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Lenny Boy! For friends "Lenny B". We look forward to spending many more birthdays with you. You are a special greyhound and not just for your color! You grew up with our children who, now grown up, live on their own and you are always happy as a puppy when you see them again. As a young man you were a real pain in the ass, I still remember your reaction, when as a puppy I put you a collar for the first time: you were scandalized !!! I have not but seen a dog fidget like that to try to get the "disturbing element" off his neck. You're unique little Lenny! Now I'll make you a very good meal while you are already grumbling, as usual. Oh yes, for you, little Lenny, just never fast enough when it comes to eating.