Breed Notes, 29th April 2018

There has been a series of articles in The Countryman's Weekly from John Glover about the Rothbury Terriers, the connection between the Bedlington and the Dandie and how they evolved to become separate breeds, and how the Dandie was introduced along the years to many other Terriers. The final article was about Alf Rhodes, who many older exhibitors will remember. He was a dyed in the wool working Terrier man who's first Dandie was Drevaburn Peewit, a pepper bitch in 1972 from Misses Soutter & Greenlees. Cindy as she was known was a small bitch who was a cracking hunter who feared nothing. Lynn, his daughter, tells a story about Cindy killing a hedgehog - not a job for the faint hearted - but they found 2 hoglets from the female which they took home. Remarkably Cindy cared for and suckled them. She never killed a hedgehog again. Alf, or Happy as he was known, was President of the DDTC and a committee member for many years. He was also a Championship Show judge.


The Southern DDTC held its AGM and Open Show at Cricklade Town Hall. The judge was Cynthia Ray who had an excellent entry of 48 dogs. She found her Best Dog & Best In Show in Cloverwood Midnight Blue (Cloverwood Blues And Royals ex Cloverwood Funny Valentine) owned by Jean Edwards, handled by Meriel France and bred by Glen Tinsley. This was a repeat of the result in 2017. Best Bitch, Best Puppy and Reserve Best In Show went to Meriel's own bitch, Miss Sophie Di Luna Caprese at Torbrae. Reserve Best Dog went to Dainty Dandies River Mersey at Lenacourt owned by Vera Harcourt Morris with Liz Jacka Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May getting Reserve Best Bitch. Best Veteran was Beverly Deacon’s Cassencarrie Miss Grace at Pennywave. This years's Dandie Lines magazines were given out to members and others will receive theirs shortly through the post.


The following weekend saw the DDTC hold its AGM and Open Show at Newchurch Parish Hall. Well known terrier man Colin Powell was the judge with a good entry of 35 dogs. He awarded Best Dog and Best In Show to Julie Booth’s Ch. Borderstone Kingman for Lannia (Hawkesmill Indigo from Reidswire ex Ch. Cloverwood Day By Day at Schalulleke ) bred by Wendy Weatherstone. Best Bitch was Cloverwood Duchess May ShCM owned by Liz Jacka Slater and bred by Glen Tinsley. Best Puppy In Show was Glen’s Cloverwood Non Negotiable from minor puppy, with Ch. Cassencarrie Miss Grace at Pennywave going Best Veteran again.


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I have always been very careful about the toys we give our Dandies to play with, but this week we had a scary few minutes with one of our bitches. Connie has had a hard rubber ring for years which she carries about. It originally had a bell in it but we took that out early on so it wouldn't be swallowed by mistake. Well, she was parading it about showing anyone who cared to look, which we didn’t think anything of until we realised she hadn't put it down for quite a while, Billy looked and it was stuck on her tongue through the hole the bell had come out of, like a vacuum it was stuck solid. After a lot of vegetable oil and manoeuvring there was an almighty slosh and it came away. We were sure her tongue would have been badly bruised at least, but no, an hour later she ate her dinner. Very resilient are Dandies.


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