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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