This is a saluki.
The saluki is an Egyptian sight hunter that can run 35 miles an hour and is possibly the oldest dog breed in the world.
Yes, Southern Illinois is known as Little Egypt...but no one knows exactly why.
And for a long time, few people outside of this region knew what a saluki actually was...until the 1967 basketball season, when Walt Frazier and the SIU team defeated Duke, St. Louis, Texas Western, and Louisville. The Newark Star-Ledger's Jerry Isenberg wrote:
"Princeton has its Tiger. B.C. has its Eagle,
Rutgers is the Queensmen, a title truly regal.
But from frigid New York City to Kentucky's old Paduchee,
There's just one burning question - what the hell is a Saluki?"
The answer came when the team returned from New York City with the NIT trophy. SIU's
News Service Director Pete Brown penned this in rebuttal:
"Old Duke has its Devils Blue; St. Louis plays its Bills.Texas Western digs the Miners like there's gold in them thar hills.
But from Loo'ville on the bluegrass to St. Peter's on the bogs,
The scene was bad last winter; they all went to the dogs."