They say dogs look their owners, so I must be unrecognisable,seeing that I have had many breeds in all the Groups
( though not all together) during my life, every breed is unique and has something to offer that the others don't have,
but my main breed has always been the pom and still is so I don't know......
Yes, I have had dogs around me all my life, (also every other type of animal you can think of) and couldn't imagine
life without them. They only ask us for our friendship and respect.
They are not my furry children but are my furry pals.
My first memories of dogs are of Rough Collies as I came out of babyhood.
Today, there are Poms, a Maltese, and a Pug. Also a Siamese cat, who tries to sleep on my face, a hamster, a tank
with tropical fish ( that won't stop breeding) a large ornamental pond with goldfish (that won't stop breeding either),
and 6 hens and Robbie Rooster who keeps them under control or thinks he does, and 2 Kakariki birds in an aviary cage, who
love to get out and fly around.
I believe that, dogs especially, take so much but give back so much more, and enrich our mundane lives endlessly with
their presence, their unconditional love, fidelity, trust and patience and the dear human friends they bring to us.
Through dogs over the years, I have come to make many many wonderful friends worldwide, who, for some reason, are still
around, hahaha Who could ask for more?
Through dogs, I have met and got to know people like Princess Grace and also sold her a dog, and people in Show Business,
and other walks of life, etc.
I have lived abroad, starting in Belgium, where I was sent to learn French for a year, but met (and married) my own Waterloo.:)))
I showed my own dog there for the very first time,
a Cocker Spaniel, born in Wales, Steel Blue of Lochnell, and
in Brussels big Championship show, I put him in the Open and he won, beating 2 champions.
There was no holding me back then, I had caught the bug and there is no vaccine, as we have all found out. I also
had other breeds there.
I showed in Belgium and Holland.
My mentor was Mme Marie Desenfans of the prefix du Domaine de la Ferte, who was a brilliant dog breeder of several
breeds and who won all before her, she taught me so much and in so many diverse breeds, from Yorksire Terriers and Italian
Greyhounds to Great Danes with other breeds in between.
I then lived in the South of France, with my dogs where I had Whippets, 2 Borzois and Cockers, Dachshunds
etc showing the Cockers extensively there, and in Italy, Monaco etc with great success, before moving to Ireland
with some of my dogs.
I have owned, shown or had experience with many many breeds from big Borzois to tiny Chihuahuas ( I had a Tiny
white Chi that was never beaten in his life).
My last 2 Shiba Inus are now in Spain, (the rest are petted out, though my daughter has a litter sister to my Int Ch
I am the Hon. Sec. of the Japanese Shiba Inu Club of Ireland. I have been on many Committees, been a Show Sec but have
more sense now and am on much less. I am a past President of the Pomeranian Club of Ireland and served on the Committee, also
Founder Member of the Bichon Frise Club, The Pomeranian Club of Northern Ireland, The English Setter Club of Ireland, and
the Irish Ladies Kennel Association. Am on a Show Committee too. I brought back The Irish Toy Dog Society which had disappeared,
was on the committee and then Hon Sec. a job more than ably filled now by Evelyn Hurley.
Back to the Shibas, one Shiba was already an Int. Ch. and has since won CACs and CACIBs in Spain and in
Portugal and Gibraltar, by all accounts, and her daughter has been winning too.
My Borzoi bitch, now deceased, Ch Colhugh Caria, bred by Reg Bassett, was in the film "Excalibur" with 2 of her
daughters, one of which, later, went to France. The cast loved them .
My "Princess" a tiny white sleeve Pekingese, went to Hawaii, and was photographed so many times and met so many VIPs
she must have been dizzy.
I would have so many anecdotes about people and people in dogs or even dogs themselves, I would need to write a book.
But maybe no one would read it :)))
I can never thank dogs enough for what they have brought into
my life, there will so many much loved dogs waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge. Something to look forward to indeed!!
On a more serious note, some newcomers into dogs, because of their understandable enthusiasm, are sometimes just a little
bit unteachable, and I'm now too old to know everything, I only knew it all when I was young and inexperienced :))
It is a never ending learning process day by day, and each time that we think we have seen it all, something else
happens, and we need our sense of humour to see us through and not give up. As, unfortunately some newcomers find out, and
that is when the rest of us need to be there for them.
People often glibly say that they are owned by such and such a dog or dogs, little do they realise that they are, or
and they must be prepared to make many sacrifices on their behalf or not have them at all.
I do not like to see the so-called "kennels" and small runs,
the only time these loving creatures see their owners is when they are fed, cleaned out or groomed, (I think this is
cruel, no love of dogs there, dogs need humans) or when they are taken out to a show to win "glory" for their owners.
Of course, there is no harm in showing, dog shows are vital, but not when winning dogs are a status symbol, and
the dog,only a means to an end, and not a living, cherished being, to boost the owner's ego or to help them
become a VIP in the dog world. Or when bitches are only kept to make money, with no thought to their wellbeing, we have to
try and remember that they do not ask to go through all of that . We have to give them the best possible care, both medically
and at home.
I'm sure that there are a few raised eyebrows by now. hahaha
Dog Shows should be fun, a day out, for both dog and handler and if the dog wins, well that's a bonus.
My own dogs are "free range" basically, and no, they are not in any danger and they all get on with
each other, most of the time, they are all close to me, where they can see me and be seen by me at all times. I have playpens,
and an extra run beside the house, ( for necessities), a large patio with some of it covered, a large garden, for lead training
too, and plenty of good country air . They are only confined in a playpen as small puppies, as are bitches in season
etc. The only time they are crated is if they are going to the vet, a dog show or just visiting.
My puppies are well socialised from the nest, they are picked up and we croon to them :)) Later, they run with the older
dogs for a time every day to let them learn the rules of a pack, because they are pack animals, as are we.
They gain confidence, but we must also be the Alpha dog or bitch, to give thema sense of security, and equip
them for their new life after leaving us to go to their forever home.
They are fascinating creatures to observe, it is astonishing what you will see if you take the time to look.
This is nigh impossible with kennelled dogs that only see the walls of their kennels or wire netting of their runs, I
think they do not develop their personalities to their full extent. Eyebrows gone up again?? Or was that a frown?
Far be it from me, to tell people what to do, these are just my opinions and observations from my own experiences.
I have made up champions in the breeds that I have shown.
to be continued........ watch this space......