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The Greyhounds

During the 1950s Peggy also became interested in Greyhounds. She imported her first two Greyhounds from England; Eng. & Am. Ch. Seagift Parcancady Leader and his sister, Eng. & Am. Ch. Parcancady Heatherbelle, sired by Barnaloft Bystander x Parcancady Lady. The pair was bred by Peter George (Parcancady) and owned by Dorothy Whitwell (Seagift). Peggy pur ­chased them from Mrs. Whitwell in 1951 and brought them to the United States on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary.

With Peggy handling, Heatherbelle won the GCA Specialty from the classes in 1951 and again as a special in 1952. Leader was only used sparingly, siring two English and two American champions, and Heatherbelle was never bred.

In 1952 Mrs. Newcombe imported the outstanding black Treetops Raven of Pen nyworth. Although of very good quality, Raven did not complete his title. White and parti-colored Greyhounds were much the preferred colors in the United States in the 1950s. The next two imports were Ch. Seagift Snowfall of Pennyworth and Eng. & Am. Ch. Seagift Swell Dame of Pennyworth.

Peggy's favorite import was Eng. & Am. Ch. Carnlanga Caramel of Pennyworth. Caramel was purchased from her breeder, Jesse Prowse, who lived in Cornwall. Peggy discovered Caramel on a visit to England. Upon Peggy's arrival, Mr. Prowse took her to a quarry pit. At the bottom of the pit was a litter of nine totally unsocialized eleven-month old Greyhounds. As she stared at them in amazement, a gorgeous bitch caught her eye. Mr. Prowse brought her up out of the quarry and Peggy bought her on the spot. Caramel was shipped to Dorothy Whitwell, who patiently worked to social ­ize and train her. She finished her English championship and then traveled to the United States, where she made quite an im­pression on the Greyhound fancy. She became a Best in Show winner and was highly praised by breeders and judges alike.

Two other Greyhounds imported by Peggy were Ch. Treetops Penguin of Pen nyworth and Pennyworth Sensation. Peggy bred only two litters of Greyhounds. The most successful one, sired by Ch. Argus of Greywitch x Ch. Overrun Thou Swell, produced the lovely littermates, Ch's. Pennyworth Peat, Pennyworth Repeat and Ch. Pennyworth Etcetera. Peat was the biggest winner and won BOB at the GCA Specialty in 1971 and BOS in 1972, both times handled by Jeanne Millet. During the time she was involved with Greyhounds, Peggy took an active role in the Greyhound Club and even hosted the Specialty in 1953. By the late 1960s, however, Peggy began to phase out her Greyhounds and concentrate on the Whippets.

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Caramel is shown winning 1 of many hound groups with handler Robert Forysth.  Caramel was another English import Peggy Newcombe found, and when I say found I mean literally. Peggy was in England and went to visit a man by the name of Jessie Prouse, Caralanga Fame, he lived south of England in Cornwall. This was early 1952.  She arrived at Mr. Prouse place and from there Mr. Prouse takes Peggy to a Quarry pit, they proceed to the edge of the pit, and much to Peggy's amazement, down at the bottom was a litter of nine, eleven month old greyhound puppies.  Peggy stared in disbelief and then one dog caught her eye.  Peggy said she was the most gorgeous bitch she had ever seen.  Peggy asked to see her and Mr. Prouse proceeded to bring her up from out of the quarry.  Peggy paid Mr. Prouse and they made arrangements to have shipped to Mrs Dorothy Whitwell Seagift Fame. Upon arrival Caramel had some major adjustments, as from the time she was born, until Peggy saw her, she had no contact with people or the outside world.  The dogs were fed by throwing a half of cow or whatever over the edge of the quarry. With Mrs. Whitwell's patience and guidence Caramel now was learning the ways of the world.  Mrs. Whitwell finished her English Campionship and then sent her on to the U.S. The rest is all history.  The late Mr. Alva Rosenburg said she was the most gorgeous greyhound he had ever put his hands on!!!!!!

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