Breed Notes
Breed Notes, 23rd June 2017

The second day of the Festival dawned bright and sunny we all arrived at Bowhill to be greeted by His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch, Duke Richard is patron of the Abbotsford Trust and Chief of Clan Scott. A presentation was made to the Duke of one of the models Founding Fathers and group photos were taken in this beautiful setting. Visitors could then split into various groups to take tours of the House where guides were available, most people were keen to see the Gainsborough painting of the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch with the earliest known image of a Dandie sitting on his knee, the painting is huge and very impressive. Other events were a very interesting talk by two Scottish Gamekeepers who gave an insight to the lives of gamekeepers on the estate where James Kerss was head gamekeeper for 46 years, their fight to stop poachers and how Old Pepper was probably trapped in a rabbit snare. An Open Air trailer ride through the estate passed the two Lochs down to James Kerss Gamekeepers Cottage and Bowhill kennels which still house working spaniels and terriers. The cafe was available to visitors and while we sat in the courtyard Duke Richard brought his grandchildren around to each table to meet the Dandies. Too soon it was time to leave and we headed for Ettrick Bridge to Kirkhope Cemetery to be greeted by Rev. Samuel Siroky who held a service of Remembrance and celebration for the life of James Kerss, but for him finding Old Pepper in the trap on Bowhill estate we would not have had our Dandies today. Wreaths were laid from Dandie Clubs worldwide then Blessing of the Dandies present was held using water taken from the Ettrick which runs past the Gamekeepers Cottage, this is the first time that the Dandie Community has had a chance to pay respects to a very important person in the history of our breed, also it was lovely that a direct descendant of James Kerss Christine Worsfold and her husband David were present. So we headed back to Dryburgh Manor hotel where a Barbecue was held attended by well over 100 people all talking Dandies. Next week day 3.

Three Counties had Patsy Hollins giving tickets in our breed for the first time with an entry of 24 dogs 7 abs. She found her BCC & BOB in Cloverwood Ice and Fire (Kings Mtn The Governor ex Cloverwood Tilly Treasure) a mustard owned and bred by Glen Tinsley. RBCC was Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit owned by Barbara Milton. DCC was Ch. Gr Am Ch Pennywise On The Road Again (Derrydown Schooner's Keeping Up Appearances ex Pennywise Cut to the Chase) bred by the late Cathy Nelson owned by Beverly Deacon & Judy Hill. RDCC went to Dainty Dandies River Mersey for Lenacourt owned by Vera Harcourt Morris he was also BP. Southern Counties had Hendrikse Harling from Sweden no CCS here BD & BOB was Beverly Deacon & Judy Hill's Ch. Gr & Am Ch Pennywise On The Road Again. BB was Dainty Dandies Royal Dutch Emma for Lenacourt (Ch Cloverwood Royal George ex Healaval Edderbell from Dawsholm) owned by Vera Harcourt Morris and bred by Conja Bell who also bred the RBD & BP Dainty Dandies River Mersey for Lenacourt also owned by Vera. RBB went to Liz Jacka Slater's Cloverwood Duchess May.

 

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Breed Notes, 14th June 2017

SKC saw Moray Armstrong judging an entry of 21 with 3 absent he found his Dog CC & BOB in Gr Ch & Am Ch Pennywise On The Road Again (Derrydown Schooner's Keep Up Appearances ex Pennywise Cut To The Chase) a mustard owned by Beverly Deacon and Judy Hill bred by the late Cathy Nelson, this was his 3rd CC in 3 straight shows giving him his title, he then went onto Group 4 under Tom Mather. His 1st CC was won at Midland Counties '16 judge Stuart Plane, 2nd Birmingham National '17 Martin Phillips. BCC went to the well known Ch Hawkesmill Jenny for Wimit JW ShCM (Cloverwood Driving Force ex Ch Aus Ch Jollygaze Hopeless Romantic for Hawkesmill) owned by Barbara Milton and bred by Graham & Margaret Russell this was her 14th. RCCs went to Bardolynns O'Leary in dogs owned Margaret Russell & Emma Greenway bred by Mr Bosch and RBCC went to Dryfevalley Miss Muffet who was also BP owned and bred by Angie Miller.

Bath had classes but no CCs Mark Cocozza had an entry of 9 with 3 abs he found his BD & BOB in Ir Ch Xenon Z Roburku Sun at Millerim owned by Les & Anna Milliner bred by Zoja Shejbalova. BB was Cloverwood Duchess May owned by Liz Jacka Slater bred by Glen Tinsley. Reserves went to Dainty Dandies Royal Dutch Emma for Lenacourt and Dainty Dandies River Mersey at Lenacourt who was also BP they are owned by Vera Harcourt Morris and bred by Conja Bell.

What a fantastic few days we had at the Dandie Dinmont Festival you will have seen the reports so I will give my own personal view of events, arriving at Dryburgh Abby Hotel everyone was made very welcome. Even the Dandies had a bag of gravy bones in the rooms. A meet and greet was held Thursday evening where every introduced themselves and a run through the itinerary. The glass models of Old Pepper and Old Ginger, which are individually made so no two are exactly the same, were collected - a beautiful memento of the event. I'm sure further models will be available to order from Paul Keevil in the future. Friday morning saw us at Lochcarron of Scotland Waverley Mill where we were taken on a tour of the mill, known for weaving tartans including the black and white tartan of the Dandie clan it was amazing to watch the very fine yarn being woven and the operators threading yarn back onto the needles and the quality of the tartan. They provide tartan for all the top designers and did the very fine tartan for the Princess of Wales. We then split into two groups, one group went to Abbotsford the home of Sir Walter Scott, tours were taken of the house which to me is very atmospheric standing by Sir Walters desk in the study where he actually wrote Guy Mannering and his many other books, the tour of the beautiful gardens is breathtaking with everything in bloom and beautifully kept, visitors could then enjoy a meal in the restaurant and visit the discovery centre, the Trustees of the estate are doing an excellent job and are to be congratulated.

The second group went to Oxnam Kirk to visit the grave of James Davidson thought to be the inspiration for the character Dandie Dinmont in the book Guy Mannering. A short service was held, with a recorded rendition of The Lay of the Dandie was played with the minister singing the second verse. A direct decedent of James Davidson, Doug Davidson gave an insight into his family and Dandies saying the Dandies way back were tools of the trade and were highly prized but were never kept as pets they earned their keep. Simon Rishton also spoke about the Dandie and its history and then a wreath was laid. The Dandie tradition of a photograph taken of a group of Dandies sitting on the tombstone was taken and Simon Rishton had his drone taking video from above the Kirk which was spectacular. Some of this group then headed to Born In The Borders where lunch was had and then there was a Gin Tasting Tour and a Beer Tasting.

Back to the hotel to attend the Barking Plaid fashion show in the evening in conjunction with Angela Lauder of Scotch Tweed it was hosted by Dandie Dinmont himself AKA John Nichols who kept us all entertained until the models some of whom looked very familiar as they were the staff from the hotel who had "volunteered" along with the Dandies to show the collection. It all went down very well and visitors were able to buy or order garments in the Dandie Dinmont Tweed including collars leads dog coats and tam o'shanters. The second and third day I will cover next week. As you can see they were very full days.

 

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