And Kennel Notes
NZ Truth , Issue 553, 22 January 1916, Page 12
And Kennel Notes
(By "Master McGrath," c/o P.O. Box 691, Dunedin.)
With the New Year the leash is being uncoiled i the kennel, and the dogs are already faring freely on the uplands. Dunedin and Central Otago clubs are presently well on the move. Everything looks promising with these clubs. The same may be said m regard to Invercargill, Nelson, Hamilton and Wanganui. Nelson is desirous or obtaining the Waterloo this season and, already, this club has had a meeting m connection with the matter. Let Nelson remember that not many stakes, but good, substantial straight-out ones, will bring first-rate dogs. Let the money be worth a trip and success is assured. Dave Crushek is still at the head of affairs m Nelson. Good luck, Dave.
According to good old Bob Bland, of the Exchange, Nelson is going to do its best to keep the old game going.
Blenheim is reported to be offering a 50 "quid" stake at Easter.
Harry McArtney, Blenheim, has had two of >Vie Jackson's dogs since September, 1915. Jackson's stuff should shape well.
Bob Bland, mentioned above, and doing .so famously 1n Nelson, is well known m Dunedin. Years. ago he used to train a dog called Marco for old Septimus Myers, the dentist. It is not yesterday that Bill Winn had Witchlock; eh, Bob?
Jack "Boyle, New. Zealand's veteran dog trainer, is still hale and hearty and doing well; he is turning over the "stivers" down Port Chalmers ways. He will be back at- the game long ere the opening of the season.
Bob Bland has secured an On Guard Green Bonnet item from C. Marks Dunedin.
I was very- glad to hear from Mr. R. T. Gardiner, New Plymouth. As the coursing season approaches, Mr. Gardiner and his club shall receive any amount of attention m these notes.
Up North, Miss Wairiki, the clever Now Plymouth bitch, is pretty well known. Her name is a familiar one to me. This bitch ii 1914 met with an accident; she #was playing ajid cut the sinew m the hind leg right through. As a matter of fact she was hamstrung. The general advice was to kill the animal, but her owner took her to Dr. Blackley, who chloroformed her and stitched the sinew together. He thought she would merely do for breeding purposes, but his job had been better than he thought, as last season's coursing meetings m the North Island show.
New Plymouth plumpton was ploughed up last year, so it must be m splendid form for the coming: season. The initial meeting: will come ofl! early m the season.
There are some good saplings up New Plymouth way by Pirate Captain Bulwark Maid, which is good Australian blood, bred by Mr. J. Jenkinson, of the locality. Mr. Jenkinson is also the owner of Masonic, the sire of that good item Katlpo, the prominent winner at NelSon.
In a few weeks there will be some modern hints m these notes re tlje training and feeding of hares matters upon which the success of every plumpton meeting absolutely depend.
llow are things doing round Wanganui?
Hamilton is well alive, the leash being
quite busy there. Grey Gown (Dunedin kennel) has met with an accident, but is progressing favorably. C. Maries, same kennel, has several fine big pups by Comedy King Greenbonnet. I Thoughtful Aggie (Hamilton), m September last whelped to Champion Proof. Much has been said regarding Lord Amans, the black Northern dog. Estimated properly we should say he is a a good honest worker with average speed. I would like to see him this season vindicating his owner's opinion at Hamilton, Wanganui or New Plymouth. What sort of a coursing club is m existence up Auckland way? It is rumored strongly that the majority of the North Island clubs are affiliating this year. It may be a wise move, but one would Hke to see the National Association on a better footing than I see it m Dunedin. If the National Association is really alive to the true interests of the game, why have the new rules been suppressed? They were actually m the printer's hands when they were taken from him and consigned to the shelf. "Master McGrath" is going to keep his eye on the Coursing Association. The said body shall not be shut out from the light of day if last year's bickerings, suppressions and shallow conduct are going to be repeated. All the coursing clubs are well organised and m healthy condition: the governing body the Association alone is effete, backward and practically useless. There is a cause for ail this, and -it should be remedied immediately. It is unfair to the clubs to have such an inert body at the head of the game. The body can, however, be made very healthy by the injection of a new soul.