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by Steve Tillotson July 2012

A Kennel Advertisment by Laurance Peters, late 1930's
1. About The Peters and Tazi and Saki

In his sales piece above, Peters writes -

"Pals to the Pharaohs". These dogs represent one of the oldest breeds known. Tazi of Beg Tute (above) and Saki Of Paghman (a gray female) were brought back from their native Afghanistan by Claire and Laurance Peters Afghan Hounds are intelligent, easily trained, clean, good watchdogs, affectionate, gentle with children. Their fine silky hair does not have the usual "doggy" odor. Prices of puppies and grown dogs on request. Laurance A Peters, Port Blakely, Washington

Laurance Peters was a senior Attorney located in Washington, USA. He and his wife traveled to Afghanistan in 1934. The Peters were also accomplished journalists and videographers and produced documentaries. We believe their assignment to Afghanistan involved some journalistic/videography work for the Afghan government. A copy of their video work was donated to the University Of Washington; we have made enquiries with the University about the video recording but did not hear back from them as yet.

Tazi Of Beg Tute

Tazi Of Beg Tute

While in Afghanistan the Peters acquired two Afghan Hounds, A dog they named Tazi Of Beg Tute after the name of the village where they acquired Tazi and a bitch they named Saki Of Paghman after the name of the village where they acquired Saki. The village of Paghman is located in the Paghman District which is situated in the western part of Kabul Province. Since the 1930's Paghman has been developed as an area that Afghani's retreat to for weekend breaks and is a popular tourist area. It has also been referred to as the summer capital (being close to Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan). Paghman Park was developed during the late 1920's with intentional European assistance and influence. A feature of the park is "The Paghman Arc de Triomphe". We are not sure how much of this gateway to the park remains after the destruction inflicted on the area in the 1970's.

Paghman Park

We have been unable to locate a village named "Beg Tute" but we would venture to suggest that most likely it is in the same area (Kabul Province) as Paghman. We don't know how extensively the Peters traveled around Afghanistan, hopefully if we can obtain some information in the future from the University Of Washington we may be able to track down Beg Tute Village. The Peters had been attracted to the breed Afghan Hound when they encountered one at the French Consul's office in Kabul a couple of years earlier. They had considerable difficulty obtaining these two hounds as the Afghani's stated they were not for sale. Eventually the Peters sought assistance from an Afghan Soldier friend who sufficiently smoothed the water they were able to purchase Tazi. Obtaining the bitch Saki proved equally difficult. Eventually an opportunistic native offered the Peters a somewhat scruffy, weedy hound of poor quality. However they decided to purchase Saki who later back in the USA proved herself as an important brood bitch.

Tazi has been described as "wild eyed and fawn colored" hound, who initially was very nervous of his new owners and the surround, but he eventually settled down with the Peters. Saki was said to have had a "haunting gaze" and always had a poor coat. Her color was described as gray brindle. She was not very extrovert and unlikely to develop as a show dog. These two hounds are very important in the development of the breed in the USA, which we will cover, in a later chapter. By contrast Tazi was shown occasionally and even won a best of breed in 1940 under a judge named W. B. Fletcher.

Another photograph of Tazi Of Beg Tute

Tazi got a mention in "Pure-bred dogs, American Kennel gazette: Volume 72, Part 1" dated 1951. We believe the author was Phyllis Robson, editor of UK Dog World who was a frequent visitor to the USA and an Afghan hound owner, and breed commentator in the UK). Here we have an early mention of colors and the difficulties of understanding them and even describing them -Phyllis Robson writes - "The confusion over color naming in this breed is quite understandable. We have so many colors with so many intermediate shades, and frequently unusual variations. The poor breeder, in listing the colors of a litter, is almost certain to have trouble distinguishing between shades like red and fawn - and if the puppies are young, he may be able to make only the wildest guess at the eventual color of the dog. The import Tazi of Beg Tute must number a goodly number of solid grays or blues amongst their many descendants. The other early import was a dog named Kush De Flandre, described as "blue gray". If he was not a brindle, then he is the only instance I know of in which the solid gray emerged from exclusively Ghazni and Bell Murray lines".

A grey coloured son of Tazi Of Beg Tute

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