Memories of Altaya Sandpiper

So very special

At 6 weeks old photo by Ken Allan
Pip was the smallest member of our litter of 9 and being the palest of the dogs, he was much admired by everyone who came to see the litter, he also had a strange way of looking you straight in the eyes and holding your gaze. We had promised Pip to John and Caroline Owen, to live with their two older rescue bitches and when they came to see him he looked just right with them and we knew he would have a wonderful life.

John and Caroline seemed to fall into showing him, going to his first Championship Show just to see his brothers and sister, we will never forget the shocked look on their faces when he won a second prize and we told them that he had qualified for Crufts.

In the Show ring
In the showring
(photo by Kathy Webb)

During his life Pip did very well in the ring with many firsts at Championship and Open Shows, he won several Postgraduate classes in Summer 2009 and was beginning to mature so well. Above everything else he was noted for his excellent temperament and always presented so beautifully at the shows. In 2009 he was runner up to top dog in the adult section for the Northern Saluki Club points trophy and helped his owners win the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Ch Sarona Kelb Trophy for exhibitors winning the most points in all classes at Championship Shows.

Doing agility

We were astonished when Pip won his Bronze, Silver and Gold KC Good Citizen Award and became very adept at agility, videos of ‘Pip’ in the many activities he enjoyed can be seen at

In the River Erewash May 2009

At the end of 2009 Pip became unwell and we can only imagine how hard it was to watch his energy slowly fade as the few months went by. At the beginning of 2010 and after a very difficult road for John and Caroline to get a correct diagnosis a bone marrow biopsy revealed acute myeloid leukaemia with a prognosis of a week, he was gently helped over the last hurdle on 26th February 2010 while he still had his dignity.

We will never forget this lovely dog from our final Saluki litter and just wish he could have stayed longer, above all we will always be very proud of him.

Thank you to John and Caroline who tried so hard for Pip, gave him such a full life and cared for him right to the very end.

‘Life is brief, as we speak the seconds go..... hold on to today, think little of tomorrow’

‘Pip’ solid gold
10.10.06 to 26.02.2010
Always in our hearts




All images and content © Neil and Elaine Stanmore, Altaya Salukis

Last update: September 2010