General News
Auction of Bronze Medallion and Head
Friday, 01 May 2009 14:35

medal-front-smallThe club has been given a bronze medallion, which we intend to auction, all proceeds to go to Glaucoma Research.  The medallion is 1½ inches diameter.  The obverse side shows an engraved Dandie in the, centre and reads "South of Scotland now The Scottish Dandie Dinmont Terrier Society".

The reverse has a leaf pattern around the edge and the words "Mr Wm Walker's Dinah Deans Birmingham 1889".

Please click on the pictures to enlarge.

Our Club Chairman and historian, Janet Roslyn, has done some research into the medallion and has this to say...

 

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The pepper  bitch was bred by Miss Ida Gordon of "Fairfield" Monkton, Ayrshire.  Born on April 1st 1889, Sire:- Ettrick.  Dam:- Princess Jerry, K.C. registered as "Chit Chat", Stud Book number 27758.  She was 2nd in Puppy at Glasgow, and 4th in Puppy at Edinburgh.  She was sold to Mr. William Walker of Heaton Mersey, who changed her name to "Dinah Deans", "Deans" being his kennel name, stud book numbers remain permanent.  She was entered at the Birmingham Show where she won Best Puppy and a special.  The special was the medallion presented at the show in 1889.  Mr. Walker was a member of the Sottish Dandie Dinmont Society, according to the membership list of 1895, he then lived at Flixton, Manchester.
The medallions were commissioned by the D.D.T.C. and given to be presented at shows of which the Committee approved. The Puppy medallions were 1½" in diameter for other classes, but usually Best Of Breed received the 2" diameter size.  There were silver medallions as well as the bronze, each had a full bodied Dandie on the obverse side and the reverse gave the date, venue, owner and dog's name.

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We are also auctioning a Bronze Head, donated to the Club, which is 7½ inches high 5 inches wide.   The head weighs approx 2 kilos.  It is not free standing, but designed to hang on a wall.  Artist is unknown.

 

Bids can be sent by post to the Secretary, or in person at the Championship Show.  The closing date is 3pm on 12th July 2009, at the Championship Show.  The Chairman's decision on equal bids is final.  Postage & packing will be charged for as necessary.

 
Danish Terrier Club donates to Dr Lohi
Friday, 01 May 2009 12:44

 

 

The Danish Terrier Club have kindly decided to donate €1000 to help fund Dr. Hannes Lohi's genetic research project into glaucoma in Dandies.  Many thanks to the club and their committee for this generous donation.  This comes on top of the donations of £2000 each from the DDTC, Caledonian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club, and Southern Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club, and a donation of £9000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

 
Vulnerable Breeds Fun Weekend
Written by Ann Searle   
Saturday, 25 April 2009 21:20

There is to be a fun weekend at Armathwaite on the 30th / 31st May.  Further details from www.nativebreeds.org.uk or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Jeanne and I went last year and it was hilarious, we ached with laughing. There were fun games for the dogs and it was nice to see show dogs and pet dogs rubbing shoulders and all their owners enjoying th experience also. I hope we can field a few more Dandies than our two, as the majority of dogs last year were Welsh Terriers. There is camping available on the field and a bit of accommodation at the local pub.

Bye for now Ann

 

 

 

 

 
Jollygaze Cilla Black wins BIS at Sydney
Monday, 20 April 2009 09:16

Big news from the Sydney Royal Easter Show, as reported in today's Sydney Morning Herald...

A world away at the dog pavilion, 16,000 paws have pranced past the judges over the past 11 days, but all the primping and preparations came down to one final decision yesterday: and the winner was a dandie dinmont terrier.

It was a case of the "best of the best" as the 150 finalists were narrowed down to seven - a pug, whippet, rottweiler, Australian shepherd, labrador retriever, shitzu and the terrier - all vying for the title of Purina Sydney Royal Dog Show's Best In Show.

Ringmaster Peter Higgins said getting down to the final seven was a difficult decision for the judges. "Once you start to include all the other breeds, then you've gotta say, 'well that's a really good whippet and that's a really good dandie dinmont, but how do you [differentiate] between the two?'. That's where it becomes really hard."

But the judge of the final, Ove Germundsen, said the dandie dinmont terrier was one of the best of the breed he'd seen. "When she went into the ring she just said, 'I own this', and she did."

Emma Greenway who owns and bred Cilla the dandie dinmont terrier, said the win was "indescribable". Cilla's grandfather was the top showdog in America in 2005.

"You dream of winning something like this but you never actually think [you will]," she said.

You can read the article here - but you'll have to scroll down past the chainsaw juggling bit.  And you can find the results here.

 

 

 

 
More Dandie Lookalikes in the News...
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 19:40

more-alikeI have just been reminded of a familiar face - actually two familiar and similar faces - in the Telegraph a while ago (click here).  So we become more alike over time?  Perhaps that explains why our Donald has developed a bald patch in sympathy!  Actually that was because I was trying to learn how to strip Dandies and got it wrong - but don't tell Melanie.

 

Paul Keevil, a photographer and artist, believes he and his pet dog Crosby, pictured, are growing more grumpy together as they get older. Mr Keevil bred Crosby - a rare Dandie Dinmont Terrier - and has kept him as a pet for the past eight years.
Not only does he think they look alike, he says they have increasingly developed the same personality over the years. Mr Keevil, 47, said: "I think actually we are growing much more like each other.
"We are both becoming a bit more curmudgeonly as we get older. "We like our own bit of space every now and again. We certainly are not quite as tolerant as we used to be.
"I certainly enjoy my food as much as he does, although I am a little bit more fussy. "Other than that I think I am a little bit more intelligent."
He added: "I think quite possibly pets and owners do grow more alike as they get older. "It may be that there is something subliminal when it comes to us choosing our pets.
"If someone is happy and cheery then their dog is always wagging its tail, isn't it?"

 

"...Mr Keevil, 47..."  When was this written?

Meanwhile, there are rumours of another two imminent TV appearances for our resident media magnet, Mr Keevil.  Watch this space.

 

 

 
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