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Percy Whitaker

The announcement of the death of Mr Percy Whitaker filled me with great sadness. He was a ‘gentleman’ in every sense of the word. His contribution to the world of dogs should always be remembered as a real connoisseur of dog flesh. He showed and advised on breeding over many years to owners of large kennels during his long association with our four legged friends. Polite when showing, he carried this trait into the judging arena. I first met him very early in my showing of Basenjis; his knowledge was incredible. He found in my late husband and myself avid listeners.

I was most fortunate at having met and listened to Mr Whitaker and other great dog people of the past who were employed or associated with great ‘hobby’ kennels which would be likened to racehorse stables, Hound kennels and to a certain degree livestock farming. It was instilled into me at an early age whether on pad or hoof that breeding must be carefully followed to produce stamina, flesh and appearance. The excuse is made that they could or can afford it but when making such statements no account is taken that these hobbies generate employment. These hobbies would not be worthwhile unless the owners or staff had the ‘eye’ for the best. It is no good taking up anything unless one’s heart is in the job and be prepared to learn from mistakes but particularly to listen to people who have been through the ‘mill’ such as Mr Whitaker. Nowadays nobody listens whole-heartedly. How fortunate I was to have met such a person who not only had personality but deep down knowledge and affection for the world of dogs.

Jayne Wilson Stringer

Lionel Hamilton Renwick

An importer of Dobermanns and Pharaoh Hounds and well renowned for Miniature Pinschers, Lionel and I (I feel I have a right to call him by his first name) met early on in my life with dogs. First and foremost was his undying love for miniature ponies, a hobby at which he excelled and I am sure that there are others more informed than myself who will extol his virtues in this field. My tribute to him must be in Dobermanns of which he was one of the first importers and Pharaoh Hounds with which he was associated early on. Both of us were members of the Pharaoh Hound Club at its commencement and to his death he was President with myself supporting him as one of the Vice-Presidents.

He was extremely fond of the breed and judged the first time Challenge Certificates were awarded to the breed. This honour took place at Crufts where sometime later he was to have the honour of awarding best in show at this Top Dog Show in UK and possibly the world. He also had the honour of winning the Toy Group at Crufts. No mean feat.

My real memories of him, however, are the times that we went down to Monaco shows. Lionel was a dab hand at producing meals on route whilst I did the driving. On one occasion we went to see the Carmargue Horses and as I was very tired at driving, stopped and found accommodation at Arles. It was late and after settling our luggage into our rooms on the first and second floors of a particularly good hotel went out to find somewhere to eat.

Eventually we went down a small alleyway with a restaurant open. As was his wont he pushed me in first and I told them who we were and could they help us. ‘Yes’, was the answer but I then had to tell the owners that we have very little cash on us and asked for just one course. We were regaled with a five course meal and the proprietor sat with us, nobody else there, wine and liquors flowed and they would not take money for anything.

You may say this has nothing to do with dogs but we did take in the horses and three Monte Carlo shows and dinners and on another occasion went to Venice. We extended our knowledge of dogs and I learned a lot about the various breeds that Lionel judged. To extend one’s insight in such a way was beneficial in a lot of ways. We had great fun on these trips and also during drives to Pharaoh Hound committee meetings where we discussed the breed (not always agreeing) where its future lay and what we could do to further the breed in all ways. His death is a terrible loss to the breed because there are very few original members alive.

My memories of Lionel are of fun and knowledge and I sincerely hope he did not suffer too much. You Lionel should always be remembered for together with a few others putting the breed on the map. I trust that others will tell of his recognised ability as a painter of horses those of the late Queen Mother included. I particularly like the one of the Grand National and look at a print every day. I begged him to paint his famous Min Pins but whether or not he did so I do know. He will be sadly missed in the Pharaoh breed. He has left me with wonderful memories.

Jayne Wilson Stringer

Mr Arnold Leadbitter

It is with great sadness that I report the death on January 29th of Mr Arnold Leadbitter, Vice President of the Manchu Shih Tzu Society.

Arnold was a quiet reserved gentleman, but had the true Yorkshire character. He was reluctant to take centre stage except with his dogs.

The Shih Tzu world has lost one of our finest breeders, so many of today’s leading kennels owe their success to the Greenmoss dogs, it stretches worldwide.

My first memory of Arnold some 30 or so years ago, I had just won my first CC and he remarked, “Well done son, you are getting the hang of it” I was more excited about his remarks than winning. We who knew him have felt privileged to have done so.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife.

John Carter, Chairman Manchu Shih Tzu Society


THE FAMILY of the late Jim Peat wish to thank all Dog Clubs and the many friends of their brother for all Mass cards, sympathy cards, letters of comfort and floral tributes. The support of his friends from numerous Breed Clubs was much appreciated.