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Lionel Hamilton-Renwick

It is with great sadness that Pharaoh Hound owners will have heard of the death of Lionel Hamilton Renwick. The breed in this country and indeed all over the world owes him a great debt of gratitude. As a gifted animal artist he had a natural ability for assessing sound, graceful, animals and this surely must have attracted Lionel to the Pharaoh Hound.

In 1968 when visiting the islands of Malta and Gozo he looked at over a hundred dogs. He once related "as soon as I set eyes on (one dog) Tico standing on a stone wall silhouetted against the blue Mediterranean sky I knew my quest was over. This was the dog I had dreamed about." Lionel imported three other hounds at the same time and along with the late Mrs Pauline Block was responsible for establishing the breed in the British Isles. His bitch, Birling Zahara, had the distinction of being the first Pharaoh Hound to grace the, then, red carpet at Crufts in 1971. Subsequent offspring of his were exported throughout the world.

Lionel helped to establish the Pharaoh Hound Club and was its Chairman for seven years, and has been its President for the last twenty-five years. In 1976 following a heart attack he had to give up keeping bigger dogs and with much regret he parted with his Pharaoh Hounds. This did not mean losing his interest or enthusiasm for the breed, and as a championship judge he always held very strong views about the character, breeding, and presentation of the breed when showing. His interest in the Pharaoh Hound Club has never diminished and he will be greatly missed.

Dr Brian Sproule,
Vice-President of the Pharaoh Hound Club

Alexander (Sandy) Schwartz

OUR DOGS is sorry to record the death, following a long illness, of Sandy (Alexander C) Schwarz, co-owner of the Nowich Terrier Fairewood Frolic who won the Westminster Show in 1998.