|Copyright: Martina Calvietti (Mirty)
|Date Taken: 2006-01-08|
|Categories: Pets, Portrait|
|Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 55-200 DC|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-01-13 4:38|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Last sunday I went to a dog show and for the first time after seeing many photos I got to see the Saluki in person. Although I have a greyhound myself, I'm not a fanatic of sighthounds but I was captivated by the look of this dog.|
What the Hell is a Saluki?
By *Peter B. Brown
Princeton has its Tiger; B.C. has its Eagle.
Rutgers is the Queensman, a title truly regal.
But from frigid New York City to Kentucky’s old Paduchee
There’s just one burning question — What the hell is a Saluki?
We all know what a Saluki is, of course. But someone, even now, may be sitting in a Newark dentist’s office with this magazine in hand, and he may not know what the hell a Saluki is. Thus, this primer.
The Saluki, or “El Hor”
Origin and Upbringing — Salukis definitely were around as early as 3500 B.C. because there are pictures of them on the walls of 5,467-year-old Egyptian tombs. Nothing else in the world looks exactly like a Saluki, so there’s no mistake about this. Actually, they may date back to Jericho, circa 6500 B.C. Fanciers of the breed contend that the real reason Joshua fit de battle there was to get his lunch hooks on a couple of fine rabbit hounds.
At any rate, no one has yet to come forward to challenge the Saluki’s claim as the oldest pure breed of canine that is friend to man.
The ancient Arabs love him and so did most of the youngsters, who were called ‘whippet-snappers.’ They worshiped him, mummified him, carved his relief on things, and wrote odes about him. Odes better than Isenburg’s we dare say. All over the Middle East Salukis are prized as much as air-conditioned Cadillacs.
So they named him “El Hor” — the Noble One.
Ability — Why is the Saluki so prized? Because he can hunt, baby, and let that not be forgotten. He can hunt anything, in all likelihood, but his Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Iraqi etc. handlers have always preferred chasing desert gazelles. That’s what they trained Salukis for.
Desert gazelles are rated at better than 1:10 for a mile, flat out, but a Saluki will burn one every time.
He hunts mainly by eyesight, which is this case is super keen. His teammate on the hunt is a trained falcon. The bird wheels into the blue and runs post-patterns until he spots a likely gazelle, and then he tracks him on the wing.
Keeping on eye on his spotter and another on the terrain — for stumps, abandoned halftracks and the like — the Saluki peels off, burning toenail. He is at speed very shortly.
One more word about speed. No one has ever put an accurate clock on the Saluki because he tends to cut and slant a lot when on the move. But he is conceded to be the fastest dog of all time and at 45 m.p.h., who’s to argue?
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