April 29, 1987 |
Think breeding is an exact science? "Breed the best to the best and hope for the best" is the old Kentucky axiom. But how about "breed the real good to the awful?" Nonsense, right? Well, not in the case of this year's Kentucky Derby favorite. Demons Begone is by Elocutionist, who won the 1976 Preakness and nine of 12 starts. His mother is Rowdy Angel, who raced 13 times over two years and never won a race. Bill Oppenheim, the editor of Racing Update, a breeding publication based in Lexington, Ky., planned the mating.
May 22, 1986 |
Two federal judges had a good look yesterday at Edward "Fast Eddie" Lawlor, a vice president of the Breed, an outlaw motorcycle club, and apparently didn't like what they saw. U.S. District Judge John B. Hannum jailed Lawlor for up to 20 years for trafficking in the drug methamphetamine ("speed") in the Kensington-Fishtown area, and for possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Later, U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Broderick ordered Lawlor to pay about $100,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
February 25, 2010
KENNETH Phillips says the American pit bull terrier wasn't bred to be man's best friend. Maybe he doesn't remember Pete the Pup from the "Little Rascals," or Buster Brown's Tige. Maybe he doesn't know that Helen Keller had one for a seeing-eye dog, or that Teddy Roosevelt had one. He probably doesn't know that this dog's roots are in England, and came over here with the Founding Fathers. Yes, they were bred for aggression, but never, ever against humans. That came when irresponsible and unscrupulous people got their hands on them.
April 8, 1990 |
The merry, affectionate little shih tzu, an Oriental toy dog that, except for a few scattered specimens, has been in America only since the end of World War II, has skyrocketed in popularity to 11th among all breeds registered with the American Kennel Club. More than 40,000 were listed last year, an increase of 122 percent in a decade. A new book on the breed, The Shih Tzu Heritage by Jon Ferrante (Denlinger's Publishers, Box 76, Fairfax, Va. 22030, $39.95 plus $3.05 handling), is dedicated to the Chinese Empress Tzu Hsi, who during her reign, 1861 to 1908, virtually controlled world access to the shih tzu. She adored the breed and insisted that eunuchs assigned to care for the dogs keep immaculate records of pedigrees, breedings, colors and markings.
September 4, 1988 |
The horse's lustrous, raisin-colored coat glistened in the sun as he strode, his head nodding and legs moving in a rapid four-beat gait, around the dirt rectangle at Walker Crossing Stables in rural Limerick Township. One-two-three-four. One-two-three-four. The gelding's hooves moved in rapid succession at the speed of a trot, but he never broke into the common two-beat gait. "That's called overstride," stable owner Julie Bahr, 41, said in a Missouri accent with a hint of Texas.
October 4, 1990 |
Civil War history buffs may recall the October morning in 1864 that Gen. Phil Sheridan's troops became nearly overwhelmed in battle at Cedar Creek, Va., while Sheridan, about 20 miles away in Winchester, lounged over breakfast. When the general learned of the attack, he mounted his horse and took off for the battlefield to rally his troops: ". . . And there, through the flush of the morning light, A steed as black as the steeds of night Was seen to pass, as with eagle flight, As if he knew the terrible need; He stretch'd away with his utmost speed; Hills rose and fell; but his heart was gay . . . " The exerpt, from Thomas Buchanan Read's poem about Sheridan's successful ride, and written accounts by eyewitnesses, speak to the stength and stamina of Sheridan's spunky horse, Rienzi, which had been given to the general in 1862.
May 10, 1987 |
Cats returns to Philadelphia's Forrest Theater on Thursday, and with it comes the chance to renew acquaintances with a new, younger breed of performer, a breed that has replaced the glamorous musical-comedy stars of the past. The show, booked for eight weeks (it played 16 weeks at the Forrest two seasons ago), comes without a single marquee name, on Broadway as well as on tour. Instead, it depends on an emsemble of 22 young entertainers trained to dance, sing and act, all at the same time.
October 4, 1987 |
A dog fancier will have a difficult time choosing which dog show to attend today. There are many of them, including one of the nation's most important shows, the Montgomery County Kennel Club all-terrier feature. That event, held at the Temple University campus, Butler Pike and Meetinghouse Road in Ambler, is the biggest competition in the world for terrier breeds. More than 2,100 dogs from all parts of the United States and Canada are entered this year. Terrier owners consider a win at Montgomery even more important than one at Westminster.
September 28, 2003 |
Thomas Hinkle has set up his backyard as the "critter corral. " The fenced-in yard exists solely for the amusement of Erin and Patrick, his two dogs. But not just any dogs. They are cavalier King Charles spaniels, a breed that warmed the laps of English monarchy - most notably Charles II, their namesake king - and now seem to have taken the throne in Caln. As if they knew their elevated status, the tan-and-white toy dogs sit on the family picnic table from time to time and make their presence known by barking at neighbors when the mood strikes.