|In spring 2000 I searched for a
of my homepage.
It should be short, pregnant, easy to
the name of my breed Afghan Hound in somewhat way.
I thought "Afghance"
could be my choice, spoken like "Afghans".
What fabolous domain name: www.
I found out that only 3 words
have the ending -gance:
und extrava-gance -
wow, all three are typical characteristics
the Afghan Hound!
And this not enough, -gance
resembles to "grace"
- the fourth allusion to the breed.
is a fusion of the breed name "Afghan
four of the most typical impressions when having the Afghan
Because of the great meanings of
my creation "Afghance"
it suggested itself to write a poem,
that unites all associations
to my mind when thinking about the Afghan Hound and
its graceful elegance, aloof arrogance
and eye-catching extravagance:
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arrogance and extravagance.
eye-catching exotic expression
when gazing into distance
with triangular oriental eye
looking at and through you
as if in memory of ages past;
combining strength and power and speed
within an agile healthy constitution,
where function follows form,
sound in body and mind,
with stunning stallionlike substance
that delights the admiring eye of
aesthetics and fanciers of
stylish beauty and function.
of his noble
unrivaled breathtaking beauty,
about him an air of distinction
full of an aura of aloof dignity
of His royal Majesty
in a rainbow
and an rare unique coat pattern
with full silken coat and short saddle
crowned by the long top-knot,
all the glory flowing in the wind
proudly in a style
of high order
angelike springy floating
with feet barely touching the ground
in a long striding effortless trott
of smooth efficient reach and drive.
of his aloof
this attitude of aristocracy
self-aware independence and
presence of regal dignity,
owning the ground standing on,
but last but not
least an bold
a beloved cute friend of heart and
but with little sense to obey,
a difficult mind not for everyone,
an intensive socialism,
our patient respectful tolerance,
empathised understanding and –
sense of humor.
which unites the
his illusive silken delusion camouflaging
with smooth flowing outlines
the edged angulated, hard sinewy hunter
full of keen self-confidence,
of an well-boned
long-legged animal with fair bent ribcage,
firm muscled back, powerful loin, broad
croup, set under front and long hindleg
lifting the mighty hunter up and ahead,
in the stony desert on the one hand and
the rugged mountains on the other hand
of his rough origin Afghanistan,
explaining the broad variety of types.
includes in an
the Afghance of Afghans,
the grace, elegance, arrogance
and extravagance of Afghans,
to remind the
sense of responsibility to preserve
the outstanding characteristics
of the king of dogs.