Edain and Gelert of Ambleside, postcard, SAR Archives AC20_10m. This painting of Edain and Gelert, the first breeding pair of Irish wolfhounds at Rathmullan, was commissioned by the White sisters from artist Olive Rush.
“Gelert of Ambleside was our first wolfhound,” Elizabeth told Arthur Frederick Jones during his visit to Rathmullan in 1934, which he described in the American Kennel Gazette. “And what I at once learned from him,” she said, “was the unusual gentleness and trustworthiness of the Irish wolfhound with the human race. Gelert’s trust in the human race was so absolute and touching that I at once saw that he could be trusted never to bite or snap from nervous fear or surprise.”
Amanullah of Kandahar, SAR Archives AC20_09t. According to The Complete Afghan Hound, the most successful show Afghan of the 1930s was Amanullah, who “picked off groups and best in shows like bones from a plate.” Not only did he reign supreme in the Southwest, he also bested all eastern competition. By 1940 Amanullah had amassed nine best in shows.
Join us on the afternoon of June 15, 2019, for “the Hounds of El Delirio,” celebrating 80 years of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter at the School for Advanced Research. The open house and community celebration includes a walking tour where you can see the cemetery, the old kennel building, and the other treasures of the SAR campus: