South Carolina's Dog: A Crackerjack Retriever, Trick Artist and Family Favorite
Author: Mike Creel
Category: Boykin spaniel
More than just a hunting dog, the Boykin Spaniel, a breed that harkens back to a sire named Dumpy in the 1920s, has become the official South Carolina state dog. How this little brown dog squirmed its way not only into the hearts of over 12,000 owners, but into political debate, is what intrigued authors Creel and Kelley. Together they have created a comprehensive history that documents the first appearance of the breed, as well as the formation of the Boykin Spaniel Society that established a set of standards for breeding and judging. Also included in this book are chapters depicting the dog in art and literature, as well as advice on naming practices, providing care, field training, and a list of breeders, competitions and champions.
Southern folklife is the heart of southern culture. Looking at traditional practices still carried on today as well as at aspects of folklife that are dynamic and emergent, contributors to this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examine a broad range of folk traditions. Moving beyond the traditional view of folklore that situates it in historical practice and narrowly defined genres, entries in this volume demonstrate how folklife remains a vital part of communities' self-definitions. Fifty thematic entries address subjects such as car culture, funerals, hip-hop, and powwows. In 56 topical entries, contributors focus on more specific elements of folklife, such as roadside memorials, collegiate stepping, quinceanera celebrations, New Orleans marching bands, and hunting dogs. Together, the entries demonstrate that southern folklife is dynamically alive and everywhere around us, giving meaning to the everyday unfolding of community life.
The Bengal is a domestic cat breed with exotic blood. Developed from the Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis, formerly Felis benghalensis) and the domestic Felis catus, this breed can be as much as 1/8 Asian Leopard Cat. The Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) is found in India, eastward into China and down through the Malaysian Peninsula. ALCs were bred to Egyptian and Indian Maus, Burmese and Domestic shorthairs. As the breedings progressed, the offspring were bred back to the ALC. The first three generations of these cross breedings are considered Foundation Bengals. The fourth generation (those with an ALC as a great-great grandparent) is considered SBT (stud book tradition) and is eligible for competition in cat shows. 6 All male Foundation Bengals are sterile. The female hybrids are bred back to male domestic cats. Mrs. Jean Mill of Covina, California, first started breeding these cats in the early 1960s, but abandoned her first effort. She started again in the late 1970s with eight females, all first generation hybrids. Dr. Willard Centerwall, a pediatrician and geneticist at University of California at Davis, provided her with these eight females. With these cats and two domestic shorthaired males (one from Delhi, India), Mrs. Mill established the breed. It closely resembles the Asian Leopard Cat and has championship status in TICA and the ACFA as well as other international registries. TICA registration rules insist that all Bengals in the show ring be the products of at least three generations of Bengal to Bengal breedings.