Painting by Terry d. Chacon
"The Hound Group" with Abbe R. Shaw and Multiple Group Winning, Multiple Specialty Best In show, Grand Champion Abaca ShaCone Native Spirit "Apache" is the cover for the last issue of the Afghan Hound Review. Nothing more exciting than to have your painting adorn the cover of an International Magazine. Afghan Hound fanciers from around the world have loved this magazine for over 30 years. It is sad to say that we now have to say GOOD BYE! Which makes this issue the last issue and a true collector's magazine. I am very proud that my painting is on the cover.
When I first started in Afghan Hounds in 1973, yes almost 40 years ago there was a magazine called "Our Afghans" published by Ruth Weddle. It was a cute little magazine and published for many years of which I advertised many times. Later came Bo Bengston and Paul Lepianno who started The Afghan Hound Review. They reached out to the World. I could not wait to get my first magazine which was page after page of all the dogs I had heard about but had never seen. Back in those days we didn't travel far to dog shows. As I became more involved I did start traveling and from ads in this magazine I could not be more excited to see these beautiful dogs in the flesh. Then to advertise a new champion or upcoming breeding was a dream come true.
As time went by Francine Reisman was hired to the publication and she was there to take your ads and help you in advertising your beautiful dogs. I can't tell you the excitement this magazine brought to the Afghan Fancy. Month after month and before the Internet this was our only way of advertising special wins, breeding programs and that special future star. As the Internet became more popular and the immediacy to get that win or breeding out to the world and new people to the breed, the magazine was beginning to lose momentum with some. It was very sad as each issue diminished in size, but it was still full of articles and up to date show results and some beautiful ads. Fran kept it going for many more years but has finally said good bye. The last magazine (cover above) is very special with most of the top dogs being advertised, some new people to the breed advertising and some great articles from the past. A special Tribute to the Afghan Hound Fancy, a coffee table magazine, one you want to share with all of your family and friends. When the word went out that Fran was calling it quits everyone came through to make this last magazine fabulous. It is truly a collector's magazine for the world to see.
Until next time, PLEASE ENJOY THE ART! Terry d. Chacon