Following in her illustrious mother's footsteps, Peggy decided to breed and show her own dogs. "My first breed was black Cocker Spaniels. I raised one champion, a male, whose name was Clairedale Sea Biscuit. Clairedale was my mother's kennel name — as I did not have one at that time, I used hers. Sea Biscuit won two Sporting Groups. Over the years I have owned, bred, or shown American Cockers, English Cockers, Whippets, Greyhounds, Poodles, Beagles, Chow Chows, Westies, and a Peke."
Peggy wanted her own kennel name, so she registered Pennyworth with AKC in 1940. "I was fourteen years old. My maiden name was Penney, so I looked it up in the dictionary and at the very bottom of the page it said 'pennyworth' means 'you get your money's worth,' and I sure have! I could not have picked a better name for sure. Pennyworth has been registered for sixty-six years with the AKC."
When Peggy finished school, her mother offered her the job of managing Clairedale, which she did for several years. She was not happy with the changes taking place in American Cockers at the time and decided to get out of the breed. Peggy had had no dog of her own for two years when she saw her first Whippets while showing her mother's dogs at a local dog show. "I saw a lady walking two very different dogs and I asked her what they were. She said, 'They are Whippets'."
Winners Bitch at the American Whippet Club Specialty October 4, 1956
Far left is Garden City Sleepy Mouse
Third from the left, is Pennyworth Lovely Sucess with Peggy Newcombe showing her
This is Winners Bitch as stated above with Garden City Sleepy Mouse
being gone over for the final time by the judge
who ended up being her Winners Bitch
In second behind Sleepy Mouse is Pennyworth Lovely Sucess who was Reserve
Peggy describes what happened after this first brief encounter. "I inquired who the lady was that had the Whippets on lead and found out it was Mrs. George Anderson of the famed Mardormere Kennels in Glen Head, Long Island. I proceeded to walk over and introduced myself, and much to my surprise I found that not only was Mrs. Anderson delightful but the Whippets were friendly and both had lovely temperaments. I was so taken with the breed I made an appointment to see her kennels and two weeks later I purchased my first Whippet, a champion female known as Carefree of Mardormere. Several months later I purchased another from Mrs. Anderson, Ch. Sunny Jim of Mardormere, and from then till now I have never regretted my choice of kennel name, nor the breed I have lived with all these years." At this moment in time, Peggy, who turned eighty years old on the 27th of October, 2006 is dogless again. "For the first time in my eighty years, I do not have a dog — even a Whippet — in my life and I must admit, I am lost."
Best of Winners, at the American Whippet Club Specialty October 4, 1953
Winner Dog is Pennyworth Sunset with Bob Forsyth handling
Winners Bitch is Garden City Sleepy Mouse
The eventual winner was the Winners Dog
Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris
Sire: Impressive of Mardormere - Dam: Ch Seagift Penniesworth
She is shown winning Best Of Breed at the American Whippet Club Speciality on March 30, 1956
Blue Iris was a blue and white and produced some top winning whippets for Pennyworth and other breeders.
The handler showing Iris if you have not already guessed?? Is Miss Jane Camp as she was known as back then.
She now is Mrs. Robert Forsyth
During the early years of Pennyworth, Peggy had several important mentors. Of course her mother, Claire Penney Dixon, was an important guide. Mrs. Anderson was quite supportive and influential during the early years and remained a good friend. Mrs. Newcombe also recognizes Clinton J. Callahan, Frank Brumby, and her mother's close friend, Mrs. L. W. Bonney of Tally-Ho fame, as invaluable resources in her decision-making.
With the advantage of her vast experience and all of this support, Pennyworth Whippets were immediately successful. In Peggy's words, "All I can say is Whippets are like peanuts – you can't have just one". Peggy's kennel began to grow. Pennyworth Sunset was Best of Winners at the 1953 American Whippet Club Specialty, handled by Bob Forsyth. In the early 1950s Peggy imported several dogs from England. Among them was Ch. Seagift Pennies-worth, bred by Dorothy Whitwell. Penniesworth, when bred to Impressive of Mardormere, produced Pennyworth's first homebred champion, Pennyworth Blue Iris, a beautiful, heavily marked blue and white bitch. Jane Kamp (later married to Bob Forsyth) piloted Iris to her Best of Breed win at the AWC Specialty in 1956. Iris was not only a successful show dog, but proved herself to be equally talented in the whelping box, producing top winning get for Pennyworth and other kennels.
Mult SBIS & BIS Ch. Pennyworth Mother Goose
Sire MBIS Ch. Courtney
Fleetfoot of Pennyworth - Dam Ch. Ledgend O' Lazeland
Goosie as she was called won 3 American Whippet Club Specialities
Back in her day there were only 2 specialities a year, Chicago an Rock Creek
Well leave it to Goosie who screamed breed type and movement to go out In 1967 and win back to back Specialities at Chicago and then Rock Creek.The Chicago show was won under the late Mrs. Doris Wear of Stoney Meadows fame
and Rock Creek was the late Mr Peter Knoop, which is pictured above.
Her 3rd speciality BOB, was the following year 1968 at Rock Creek, again, where she retired, the The Donald P. Hostetter Memorial Trophy
Goosie not only won specialities, she also won her fair share of Best In Shows, and Hound Groups
under such noted judges, Mr. Percy Roberts, Mr. John Cook, & Mr. Peter Knoop to name just a few
Ch. Pennyworth Starlet
Sire: Ch. Dragonfly's Wingedfoot - Dam: Ch. Pennyworth This One Is Mine.
Starlet was a double Fleetfoot granddaughter.
She was bred by Mrs. Jackie Kubat, Dragonfly Kennel
Peggy picked Starlet for her stud fee puppy from Jackie.
The show was Trenton K.C. back in 1968.
Ch. Pennyworth Caroland Connie
Sire: Ch. Pennyworth Would You Believe -
Dam: Ch. Pennyworth Alice Blue Gown.
Breeder and owner was Miss Carol Willumsen, Willcare Kennels
Connie shown going Winner Bitch at Westminster Kennel Club in 1971
The judge is Mrs Augustus Riggs lV, she is by the way, Mrs. Dina Merrill the actress, sister
Connie's handler on this day was Miss Jeanne Millet
Connie is the great great great Grandmother of SBIS Ch. Willcare's Aged In Wood who is featured in the 90's of this website.
"Our kennel was located in Newington, New Hampshire during the mid-50s to the latter end of the 60s. This kennel was a grand one for its era. The drawing shows just how Peggy felt about her dogs and how they should be housed and maintained. This was definitely a working kennel. The concrete block building was set upon a concrete pad. All runs on the exterior of the kennel including puppy pens were on cement; all other outside areas were grass paddocks. Mother usually kept three to five dogs down at the house.
"The kennel's center of activity was the kitchen and grooming area, which was one big room. All food prep, washing, bathing, grooming, shots, and puppy evaluations were done in this area. There were three restaurant style stainless steel sinks, and two floor freezers, which kept all the beef, as the dogs were fed raw beef and biscuits back in those days. Some of the imported dogs were fed tripe as they were not accustomed to our meats here in the States. Puppies usually started out on a pablum baby cereal and powdered cow's milk, honey and wheat germ. This was cooked on the stove and then cooled. Puppies were usually fed three times a day depending on the size of the litters; some were fed four times. I very rarely saw litters over seven as Mother always said, 'The smaller the litters, the more even the quality.' She hated big litters! This is different from today, you hear of Whippets having eleven to fourteen puppies at a time. The quality of the litter is so spread out, you usually have a mish-mash of pup pies that amount to nothing.
"Back to the kennel. All dogs were bathed once a week. There was always something to be done with this number of dogs. The kennel would open at 5:30 am and close at 6:00 pm during the winter months. During the summer the kennel would open at 6:30 am and close at 8:00 pm. The dogs' living area was hosed down and mopped with disinfectant every day. Bedding was changed as needed, except for mothers with puppies or puppies being weaned. They were usually kept on newspaper that would be changed as needed, at least two to three times a day. The indoor pens were made of small wire mesh; all outdoor runs were chain link. The indoor pens were 5x8 feet with wood boxes that were up off the floor. All pens had guillotine doors that would open to the 5x30 foot outdoor runs. There were two whelping pens on each corner of the kennel. They were 7x9 pens with a 7x30 foot run outside. The floors had drains throughout the kennel that made it easy for cleaning and hosing down inside. The whole inside of the kennel was heated, for as anyone knows, we had some wicked winters.
"The kennel help consisted of three to four people, including my father who managed the kennel when Mother was on the road at shows, which back in those days was a lot.
"I hope this gives you all some idea as to the scale that Pennyworth used to be. Even though it's not as large anymore, we can still breed or find dogs whose quality is as outstanding as the name."
Ch. Pennyworth Merrie Xmas
Sire: Eng. & Am. Ch. Tantivvey Diver of Pennyworth - Dam: Ch. Pennyworth Burning Dream
This lovely bitch was bred by Pennyworth, and later sold to her dear friend, Mr Calvin G. Perry, Appraxin Kennels
She finished very quickly and picked up numerous breed and group wins, while at Pennyworth and then with Calvin
As you can see she is winning the breed at Westminster Kennel Club, under the late Mrs. Doris Wear,
Stoney Meadow Kennels. Handled by Calvin Perry
Peggy Newcombe found great success breeding Courtney Fleetfoot daughters and granddaughters to Diver the sire of Merrie Xmas
Must have been something in that Bloody English Blood??? Yes in deed!!!
Eng. & Am. CH. Fleeting Falcon
Sire: Fleeting Father O'Flynn - Dam: Fleeting Oldown Snipe Tigger is shown winning the last of his 8 Best In Shows at North Shore K.C. under Mrs. H.B. Hoyt on June 17, 1961. Handled by his owner Peggy Newcombe.. Peggy found Tigger while judging whippets at Crufts in 1959... She gave him Best Of Breed from the 9 to 12 puppy dog class.. This classic orange fawn brindle dog was a Top Sire for Pennyworth and others... Lord!! I can only imagine what we could produce at Pennyworth if we had this Lovely Dog today??? He TRUELY was ALL WHIPPET!!!!
Peggy began to judge very early in her career. She judged Whippets at the 1955 Crufts show, and when she judged at the Ladies Kennel Association in 1957, she awarded the CC to a young brindle dog from the puppy class named Fleeting Falcon. His sire was Fleeting Father O'Flynn and his dam was Fleeting Oldown Snipe. Peggy recognized his exceptional quality and arranged for him to come to the United States after he completed his English title. It happened this way. "Arriving back in the US I received a phone call from John Hutchins, who was a friend of mine, wanting to know if I had seen any good Whippets in the UK worth importing. I told him about Falcon, who I thought had a brilliant show career ahead of him. We both contacted Molly Garrish of the famous Fleeting Kennels, and asked her if she would consider selling Falcon.
"Falcon arrived in Texas and immediately became a star in this country. Even though he was a red brindle and only 19-1/2 inches at the shoulder, John piloted him through a wonderful career, but soon John became very ill. He called me asking if I would take Falcon, as he was dying. He shipped Falcon to me and I showed him one more time to go BIS, a tribute to John. Falcon ended well with eight BIS, which in those days was unheard of for a red brindle Whippet." Tigger, as he was called, was also a top sire for Pennyworth and other kennels. Peggy'scomment about Tigger, "He was truly all Whippet!”
CH. Pennyworth Heatherbelle
Sire: Eng. & Am. CH. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth - Dam: CH. Stoney Meadows Snow Princess.
Queenie as she was called, was my playmate as a child.. She was Ch. Pennyworth Burning Dreams litter sister...
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