- Series: Dogs in Our World
- Paperback: 315 pages
- Publisher: McFarland & Company (March 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786434074
- ISBN-13: 978-0786434077
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,489,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Saluki: The Desert Hound and the English Travelers Who Brought It to the West (Dogs in Our World Series)
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"Outstanding" --The Midwest Book Review
"One of the most detailed, elaborate and curious dog books I have had the privilege to read in a very long time. It is not a single-focus breed book, neither is it a trumped-up recitation of old-school history lessons, or a name-dropper s Who s Who. Rather, imagine a book for an easy chair and rainy day...a story that you will fly through the first time, but return to over and over, to uncover even more nuggets of treasure that continue to entice long after they have been first enjoyed." --The Sighthound Magazine
"A masterful work and I am tremendously impressed with the amount of research that went into it." --George H.V. Cecil, Chairman, Biltmore Farms LLC<br \><br \>"A welcome addition...by chronicling their [British officers] stories you add to the broader picture of British activity in the Middle East."--Zahra Dickson Freeth, author of Kuwait Was My Home<br \><br \>"Duggan...has done so thorough and readable a job as to render any further book on the subject unnecessary." --AKC Gazette<br \><br \>"Long the premier hunting hound of the East, the saluki was virtually unknown in England until the turn of the last century, when Florence Amherst and General Frederick Lance joined with other British officers and travelers to promote Kennel Club recognition of what was then a decidedly exotic breed. Breathing life into this diverse group of enthusiasts--and their salukis--is the work of this well-researched volume. Through 250 pages, the reader joins in the activities of the Amherst family, attends colonial jackal hunts and pays brief visits to such illustrious saluki owners as Sir Austin Henry Layard, Lady Anne and Wilfred Blunt, Gertrude Bell, Vita Sackville-West and Violet and Major H. R. P. Dickson. It is a fascinating journey from the time the sun never set on the British Empire to the darkness of World War II. The photographs are wonderful as well." --Jane Waldron Grutz; Saudi Aramco World
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One of the oldest known breeds of domesticated dogs, the Saluki traveled throughout the Middle East with desert tribes, who valued the dogs for their ability to hunt gazelles. Famously carved into the walls of the Pharaohs' tombs, the Salukis' history intrigued dog enthusiasts in the early 20th century, including notable Edwardians who were instrumental in popularizing the breed and importing it to Europe and the United States. This book tells the story of those who brought the Saluki to the West, notably Florence Amherst, who discovered the dogs while in Egypt and went on to breed 50 litters. The author also features other world travelers who fell under the Salukis' spell, including Lady Jane Digby, Austen Layard and Gertrude Bell. Also covered are lesser-known Saluki aficionados, mainly military officers who became addicted to hunting with their hounds in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt and who sought to replicate that addiction in their home countries.
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There are no stupid Salukis -- those died in the desert 7000 years ago.
Easy to read and difficult to put down.