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The Foxhound – The First British Pedigree

When I was a child I used to long for the school summer holidays as it often meant escaping down to Midhurst in West Sussex and staying on my Aunt’s family farm. Her uncle was Master of one of the local packs (kennelled on the farm) and I loved watching these beautiful hounds being fed… read more

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Just Nuisance! a South African Great Dane

We have all just returned from a whirlwind trip to South Africa… that’s me, Marc and our Miniature Smooth Dachshund, Alfie. That’s right, our dog went too! In fact if it hadn’t been for Alfie we would never have travelled to Cape Town. Back in 2003 I went on a holiday there with friends; we… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – To Protect and Preserve….

I’ve been ruminating on the Preservation Breeder concept a lot recently. I’ve just bred a litter of German Wirehaired Pointers that (God willing and the creeks don’t rise, as they say) will represent the sixth generation down from my foundation bitch. Frankly, not that overwhelming in the course of 20 years with this line. I’m… read more

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The Earliest Toy Spaniels

IT IS QUITE incredible the role ‘coincidence’ plays in the work of the canine journalist. Last week I stumbled upon an old Victorian plate that depicted three King Charles Spaniels, two of the ‘new’ type and one of the old. I had planned to feature it in this week’s blog and ask readers some questions… read more

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My Borzoi Saviour…

I SUPPOSE it takes all kinds of people to make a world but one thing I could never understand (and still can’t) are those folk who buy a static caravan on a holiday camp… especially one sited next to a windswept tidal mudflat! This is exactly what my father did way back in the 1980s…. read more

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As the Wheels Turn – *Everybody* Started Somewhere

A dear friend gave me the idea for this column with a fun spiel on social media. But it made me stop and think. Many of the winners and placers at this year’s WKC, more so than usual, were friends, acquaintances and/or contemporaries. I’ve watched some of these folks “grow up” in dogs. But every… read more

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The Wire Fox Terrier

Miss Hatfeild’s Morden Bombardment, Morden Blusterer, Ch Dusky Siren, Ch Morden Bullseye. MY LAST blog dealt with Mr Robert Vicary and his famous kennel of Smooth Fox terriers so in the balance of fairness it only seems right that this week I cover his whiskered brother. In the early days it was said that the… read more

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Newfoundland as State Dog – Our Big Day with the Committee

From the Editor:  The NottaBear Kennel had their day in front of the Oregon Senate Interim Rules Committee.  They had a wonderful reception prior to the hearing with everyone wanting to pet the dogs and asking for photo ops.  Their presentation went very smoothly.  In their expanded time, they were able to present the origins… read more

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Mrs H. Handley – Spicer of the Famous Copthorne Griffons

There are a whole host of great names and personalities in the history of pedigree dogs that I would have loved to have met. From James Hinks of Bull Terrier fame, Mr Rawdon B Lee (writer and exhibitor), Captain G A Graham (who resuscitated the Irish Wolfhound) through to Madam Rikovsky (Smooth Dachshund breeder after… read more

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Get to Know Donna Beadle of Eclipse Kennels

  An Interview with Donna Beadle of Eclipse Kennels.  Donna talks about her success in the breed, memorable wins, and Berger Picard breed traits. Where are you located? South of Minneapolis, MN What is your kennel’s slogan/motto/goal? To enhance and preserve the Berger Picard Breed How long have you been breeding & showing? 16 years… read more

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