Monday, March 23, 2009

English whippets from Virginia

Here are two English whippets from Virginia basking in a patch of spring sunlight near a window. The whippet was bred in England in the 19th century to race and hunt small animals over the moors and warm the feet of miners in their chilly beds. I have heard that a whippet and a ferret used to be required accoutrements of working men in the west of Yorkshire, but I am from the east so I only know by hearsay.

One of mine was sired by an English dog (Nevedith Justa Joker) but the other, Simone, is an all American girl.

On the right is what happens to a resting American English whippet when you take a packet of New York Cheddar cheese out of the refrigerator.

Cheddar, by the way, is the Somerset village where the cheese originated and home to the well-known Cheddar Man, whose death around 7000 BC according to Wikipedia, may have been connected to the cannibalism then practiced in the area. They don't still do that now down in Somerset, do they? It's been quite a while since I was last there.

To the left is Simone's dream.


  1. Those doggies look soooo comfortable. If it was warmer outside, I would join them!

    Stop by & say 'hi'

    `*.¸.*´ Spring!
    ~☼♥ Starbender ♥☼~

  2. Funny that. My dog from childhood -- a whippet/lab mix?? -- adored cheese. But he would turn cartwheels for an apple core.


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