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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


The Magic of Morris & Essex

The clouds painted a grey, bleak backdrop across the show site of the Morris & Essex show. It was cool and overcast, the perfect weather for the ladies dressed in their favorite petticoats atop stunning dresses, all coordinated with a festive hat. Hair was slicked back for the men with a few top hats nestled… read more


Memories of Kim

Last week’s blog was about the Phu Quoc (Thai Ridgeback) an undoubtedly striking and beautiful breed but in my opinion the most stunning ‘ridgeback’ still has to be the Rhodesian. My personal experience of this breed came as a teenager back in the mid 1990s. My girlfriend’s father quite unexpectedly (and at a shockingly young… read more


Meet Bailey: The Ghost Hunting Dog of Savannah

Visitors and residents of Savannah, Georgia, who are hoping to catch a glimpse of something (or someone) otherworldly are getting a little help from a rather intuitiveGolden Retriever. Bailey The Ghost Hunting Dog of Savannah accompanies his owner, Melynda Ware-Loomis, as she leads walking ghost tours of what is considered by some to be the… read more

Phu Quoc

It’s All Been Done Before!

Caught an interesting segment on This Morning yesterday – and it’s not often one can say that! It was a feature on the country’s most expensive puppies and it saw the programme’s resident pup, Clover, joined by four Phu Quoc Ridgebacks. Catherine Lane, their breeder claimed that she was the first European to breed the… read more

A Romantic Myth

It was my birthday last Tuesday and one of the presents I received was a hard to find book on the Boston Terrier, Boston Terriers – The Early Years. Now, I love collecting rare/specialist dog books so I was interested to read in Simon Parsons column about a relatively new book on the Golden Retriever… read more

Newfoundland Dogs Prove Lifesaving Skills in Water Rescue Tests

This month a number of talented Newfoundland dogs had the chance to prove their rescue skills as well as their love of the water when the Genesee Region Newfoundland Club(GRNC), a regional breed club of the Newfoundland Club of America, hosted its annual two-day water test on Labor Day weekend. On the shores of Cayuga… read more

Houston Search and Rescue Dog of 9/11 Fame Set to Receive Special Salute at Fall Fundraiser

Of all the nationally-recognized celebrities taking the spotlight here in the coming social season, it is doubtful that any will stir the heart more than Bretagne, the last-surviving search and rescue dog who gained fame for her work at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001, bombing of the World Trade Center. For her long… read more

The Great Dane

I have several good friends who keep, breed and show Great Danes… and it is one of those breeds (alongside the Borzoi, Irish Wolfhound and Afghan Hound) that, if I were lucky enough to win the lottery, and were able to have the land and a suitable house to accommodate them, I would happily own…. read more

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