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One of the greatest trotting horses that ever raced was a gray gelding by the name of Greyhound. He won 71 of 82 heats and 33 of 37 full races. His other achievements, which included setting the world trotting record in 1938, won him a place in the Harness Horse Hall of Fame in 1971. Other types of sighthounds are also extremely fast. Whippets, for example, can actually go faster than Greyhounds for a longer time, but it takes them a while to build up to top speed. Borzois are the next fastest, followed by Salukis, then Afghan Hounds.
As mentioned in Chapter 2, Greyhounds were held in such high esteem by the Egyptians that they were never sold but were given as gifts to dignitaries. This practice was one way the Greyhound began to make its journey around the world. C. The great Queen Hatshepsut sent an expedition to the land of Punt, located in what is now Somalia at the south end of the Red Sea. She was especially keen on acquiring myrrh and live myrrh trees as offerings to the god Amon. ” The exchange gives a good example of how rare and valuable the Greyhounds were.
Dogs, for example, were protected from being killed. Anyone violating the prohibition was himself condemned to death. In fact, dogs were held in such high esteem that only three types of work were considered worthy of them: assisting in hunts, assisting in war and acting as temple guards. Dogs were not even used as shepherds—that “lowly” position was filled by slaves or children. It was not at all unusual for a favorite dog to be mummified and buried in a special canine cemetery. A noteworthy fiscal policy of the time provided that tax revenues be used to fund these canine funerals and cemeteries.