Dear Devo

Re: Whippet

My friend Ernest Saxtonhouse is something of a 'face' within the local dog racing community. So taken with your 'New Wave Staple' was he that it is now the aural mascot of his yearling, Geraldine (Racing name - 'Brindle Fly'), and is played over the Fordingbridge & East Dorset Racing Club's public address system at some point during every meeting at which the bitch runs.

Ernest is particularly impressed by your in depth knowledge of the rushing size zero sighthound pastime, vis-à-vis the quirky 'motorik chant-along' chorus instructions which so accurately acknowledge Geraldine's need to move ahead, go forward, get straight and try to detect at all times the rapid conveyor belted 'lure' that she is so encouraged to chase in order to reward her owner with a win at odds of up to 7-2 on, much to his 'Satisfaction'. Indeed, he has even incorporated the phrases 'whippet good' (followed by the reward of a cow's ear or her favourite Chewdles Bonibix treat biscuit) and 'you must, whippet' (sometimes followed by a mild admonishing snout tap) into a discipline/health regime devised to achieve optimum fitness within the bitch, and get, as you once again correctly observe, the 'whippet into shape' on a permanent basis. The 'line',

'When a problem comes along',

an obvious reference to the 6" high hurdles sometimes obstructing her path in more competitive fixtures, has been particularly integral to her training, and my happy chum would be thrilled to thank you in person for his working pet's radical 'muscling up' and increased dexterity, should the opportunity ever arise.

Given your spotless 'track record' in purveying animal theme song-cum-coaching aids, may I suggest that you perhaps up your sights and call your next song either 'Greyhound', and/or, branching into the potentially more profitable equine market 'Thoroughbred'. These advancements would be a definite step up in the echelons of expeditious creature wagering, and we'd all like to see you in the Hit Parade again as soon as possible.

It's not too late!


Derek Philpott


Dear Derek,


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