Breed Notes
Breed Notes, 27th July 2017
Leeds Ch Show was held at Harewood House where there were classes for Dandies but no CCs. Our judge was Bert Easden (Yakee) who had an entry of 13 dogs with 5 absent. He found his BB & BOB in Ch Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit JW ShCM, owned by Barbara Milton, with litter brother Hawkesmill Jefferson at Etsill, owned by Barbara Kurg, taking Best Dog. They were bred by Graham and Margaret Russell. Misses M & E Cavannagh's German Dandies Zorro at Puddockswell was Reserve Best Dog, with Reserve Best Bitch and Best Puppy Etsill Fara, owned and bred by Barbara Kurg. Fara then went onto Puppy Group 3 under David Guy. Best Veteran was Laura Sleight's Cassencarrie Madalaina at Bonnybeck.
 
Club Chairman Paul Eardley took a trip to Sweden to the Nordic Terrier Show to judge Dandies among other breeds. He found his Best Dog & Best of Breed in Ch & Multi Ch Inzievar Wins Gold (Ch Vistca Vian of Hendell ex Inzievar Silver Charm) owned by Kjell and Eva Eriksson, bred by Frances Chapman King. Best Opposite Sex went to Multi Ch Inzievar Glittering Gold (Ch Vistca Vincent ex Avonview Ben Avon at Waitensee) owned by Marianne Blixr and again bred by Frances. It is interesting to note that the sires Vian and Vincent are litter brothers.
 
 
The third day of the Dandie Dinmont Festival was again dry and sunny as we all gathered in the Market Square where a statue of Sir Walter stands in front of the historic courthouse of which Sir Walter was the Sheriff of Selkirk. The Courthouse was opened especially early so visitors could take the tour and 'Sir Walter Scott' aka John Nichol was there to greet the Dandies and owners. Across the Market Square is The Fleece, very significant in the history of the Dandie Dinmont, this is where the inaugural meeting of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club was held in November 1875. In 2000, the 125th anniversary of the Club, a plaque celebrating this landmark was unveiled by the then Club Patron Dame Jean Maxwell Scott, the last living descendant of Sir Walter. Unfortunately when the Fleece changed ownership the plaque was removed and got passed on. The new landlord at the Fleece welcomed the Dandies and owners and even had a special menu with a Dandie slant. A new plaque was installed commemorating the founding of the Club and this was unveiled by Club Chairman Paul Eardley.
 
Visitors then gathered again to be greeted by a piper who lead the parade from the Market Square down to The Haining House where there photo calls and a parade around the House past the dignitaries and Simon took some stunning shots with his drone. 
It was then time for the main event. The pipers lead the procession to the kennel area which, since the first time we visited, has been hugely improved. Paul Keevil introduced Mr Wilson Young, Director of the Kennel Club, who performed the Ribbon Cutting to officially open the Discovery Centre, inside which we saw presentations of the Dandie, its history and development. Simon Rishton had very kindly donated a computer into which you could put your Dandies KC registered name and their pedigree will come up going right back to Old Ginger - remarkable when you think you are standing in the kennel where Old Ginger was born. Back to the kennel area where Mike Macbeth thanked everyone for attending and supporting this venture. She then introduced Michelle Ballantine, the new chairman of the Haining Trust, who unveiled the statue of Old Ginger with the sculptor Alexander 'Sandy' Stoddart looking on. It is a remarkable piece of work. Everyone wanted their photo taken with Old Ginger and their own Dandie. When the Kennel was refurbished there was stone left over and you could buy these pieces with a certificate of authenticity to your own bit of Dandie history, all proceeds going to the Haining Trust. There was also a specially bred fuchsia by J V Porter of Southport called, you guessed it, Dandie Dinmont. These sold like hot cakes so those who were disappointed will have to wait until next year for the new crop.
 
So onto the Dandie Derby. There were 118 Dandies entered with 20 visitors. £364 was raised for the Haining Trust. Whether your Dandie was an experienced racer or not everyone completed the course, some a lot faster than others. It didn't matter really who won; everyone enjoyed it. Thank you to Kenny and Shona Allen for organising this event.
 
To Mike and Paul and all your helpers, this was a remarkably and unique event, the planning, the detail brought history to life, those attending will never forget this adventure you took us on, a very special thank you for all your efforts.
 
Jackie Shore
 
 
 
 
Breed Notes, 20th July 2017
There is a lot of catching up to do on the shows due to the shock closing of Dog World so here goes.
 
The now well established back to back weekend saw well known Terrier man Les Aspin judging Border Union giving CCs in the breed for the first time with an entry of 23 dogs. He found his DCC & BOB in Ch Am Gr Ch Pennywise On The Road Again (Am Ch Derrydown Schooners Keeping Up Appearances ex Am Ch Pennywise Cut To The Chase) a mustard owned by Beverly Deacon & Judy Hill bred by the late Cathy Nelson, he also made the shortlist in the Group under Kay Aspin. RDCC went to Puddockswell Augustus Magnussen With Dryfevalley a pepper owned by Ali Cox Purcell and Angie Miller, bred by Ali. BCC was Ch Hawkesmill Jenny For Wilmit (Cloverwood Driving Force ex Ch. Aus Ch Jollygaze Hopeless Romantic For Hawkesmill) a pepper owned by Barbara Milton and bred by Graham and Margaret Russell. RBCC was Scottsbairn Marjorie Bruce a mustard owned and bred by Kjell and Eva Eriksson over from Sweden, with Best Puppy going to German Dandies Zampano at Puddockswell owned by Ali Cox Purcell, bred by Manfred and Monika Rosenbaum.
 
The following day the CDDTC held its Championship show held at Jedburgh Town Hall, the judge was Margaret McDonald Cross with an entry of 36 dogs she found the BCC &BIS in Ch Inzievar Gold Spark (Ch Inzievar Silver Gilt ex Inzievar Gold Dust) a mustard homebred by Frances Chapman King. RBCC was Barbara Milton's Ch Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit. DCC went to Ch & Multi Ch Inzievar Wins Gold (Ch Vistca Vian of Hendell ex Inzievar Silver Charm) a mustard owned by Kjell and Eva Eriksson bred also by Frances. RDCC went to Beverly's and Judy's Ch Am Gr Ch Pennywise On The Road Again, with Best Puppy in Show MyDan'd Wonderful Red Dragon at Puddockswell owned by Ali Cox Purcell bred by Cathi Tower Chriscaden in America.
 
The following week was Blackpool Ch show with Alan Curry the judge who had 12 dogs present he awarded the BCC & BOB to Barbara Milton's Ch Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit her breeding given before, with DCC was the aforementioned Ch Multi Ch Inzievar Wins Gold making it a very successful week for the Erikssons. RCCs went to Julie Booth's Borderstone Kingman for Lannia and Tim & Gill Denham's Dentgate Fire Opal, with Cloverwood Yours Truly Best Puppy owned and bred by Glen Tinsley.
 
Onto Windsor in the beautiful setting of Home Park Windsor where Beverly Deacon was judging an entry of 34 dogs she awarded Ch Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit BCC & BOB owned and handled by Barbara Milton, Jenny went onto be shortlisted in the Group under Ann Ingram. To make it a family affair Jenny's litter brother Hawkesmill Jefferson at Etsill won his second CC he is owned by Barbara Kurg and bred by Graham & Margaret Russell. RCCs went to Bardolynns O'Leary owned by Emma Greenway & Margaret Russell and in bitches Louisa Henry's Trinzy Hair N'Graces who was also Best Puppy.
 
The DDTC held its Championship Show at Nantwich Civic Hall, sadly this will be the last time here due to the selfish and thoughtless acts of exhibitors allowing their dogs to foul the venue and grounds, venues are becoming very difficult to find and this Hall has welcomed Dog Clubs to use its facilities for well over 40 years, but it only takes the few to spoil it for the rest. Sue McCourt was our judge with an entry of 51 dogs DCC & BIS was Ch & Am Ch Pennywise On The Road Again owned by Beverly Deacon and Judy Hill and bred by the Late Cathy Nelson who I'm sure would have been thrilled at Willie's success. RDCC went to Julie Booth's Borderstone Kingman for Lannia, bred by Wendy Weatherstone. BCC was Cloverwood Ice and Fire a mustard by (Am Ch Kings Mtn The Governor ex Cloverwood Tilly Treasure) owned and bred by Glen Tinsley this gave her the title of champion, her first CC was won at National Terrier Club '17 judge Liz Cartledge, the second was Three Counties '17 judge Patsy Hollings. Glen also saw her Cloverwood Yours Truly a pepper win both the RBCC but also Best Puppy in Show. Best Veteran was Kirkhalin Mystic Prudence from Reidswire owned by Rob & Sue Bell.
 
On the same day East of England had classes for Dandies without CCs Meriel Taylor was down to judge the breed but had to withdraw due to health reasons so I don't know who did judge the breed, but the results were BD BOB & B Puppy Dryfevalley Johnny Fox a mustard owned by Mrs Hubbard and Angie Miller. BB was Dentgate Sugarberries at Thystine owned by Mrs Shepard with RBB Bonnybeck Chrystal Cascade at Crackerday.
 
Because there is so much show news this week I will leave the 3rd day of the Dandie Dinmont Festival until next week.
 
There is a new book out on the breed which is well worth investing in. It is called 'A Good Terrier According to Mr Dandie Dinmont' by Jonas Wiborg. Jonas is well known to older breeders and exhibitors - he would visit here from Sweden and handle Dandies for Mrs Jameson and Peggy Hulme. He has also judged Dandies here. Jonas has written 2 previous books on the breed but in Swedish, so it was brilliant that he has now brought this book out in English. His depth of knowledge of kennels and breeding and the detail he goes into is brilliant from the past and current breeders, it should be required reading for all Dandie enthusiasts. If you wish to order a copy e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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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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