DOGS ... mostly Dalmatians !

I grew up with German Shepherds and throughout my life, I have owned Miniature Poodles
and at one time my four legged friend was a cute little Lakeland Terrier called Dougal.

Nicola with Midas   Ginny with Thomas

My first Dalmatian Midas ("Upjust Canasta Lad" - Colonsay/Tantivvy breeding)
arrived in 1971. He was a wonderful boy with a temperament to match,
and much to everyone's amusement he excelled at indoor show jumping.

dog Thomas  Benson puppy

Midas was replaced by Thomas ("Cragvallie Shikaree"), a lovely boy with, once again,
a superb temperament. With the demise of Thomas came Benson ("Packway Peat")
in 1999 and it seemed to me that his movement might be good enough for the show ring.
His breeders, Gillian & Peter Lucas, confirmed this when we met at Paignton Championship
show in 1999 after which I decided that it might be fun to join the canine showing world.
Benson achieved two firsts at his first Championship show. BUBA 1999, judge Mr D Cresswell.

benson at Crufts  benson black and white dalmatian

And a place in his class at Crufts in 2000 - Judged by Ernie Patterson. Encouraged by
this success and other good results I decided to carry on with this pleasant pursuit.

kate dalmatian dog

Kate ("Next at Knightstone"), a beautiful girl, was kindly given to me by
Pat Kindersley after she had won many awards including 3 Reserve CCs.

Desi Best puppy in Group  Desi in studio

Then came the Washakie girls. I first saw Desi (“Washakie Desert Orchid SHCM” – “Ch
Tollwood Lionel at Kilndandy”/”Ch Washakie Indian Sunrise”) being handled by
Karen Goff-Leggett at a show and realised at once that I would love to show this super girl.
Karen agreed to enter into a partnership whereby I purchased one half of Desi and Karen would
have the first litter. Sadly, although mated to Benson and to Karen’s Paris ("Ch Nutcracker Prince")
no puppies were forthcoming, a great disappointment as this would have been my first litter.

Ginny and Desi  Clara Dalmatian Puppy

Freddy - sire to Clara  Hermione - Mother to Clara

Tilly Desi's Mother

Desi was shown by Karen until she was 9 months old and then shown by myself.
To date she has achieved many open show group places and championship show places
in breed classes, culminating with the award of a Show Certificate of Merit in 2007.

Clara winning 2nd in class at Windsor show  Clara happy with Ginny
Clara (“Washakie Sugar Plum” – “Aust Gr ChPampard Parisian Prince”/"Washakie Smiles a Lot”)

Calra dog   Karen with dalmatians
Clara out and about on Dartmoor.  And seen here with Karen are, on the left
"Mullabouy Miss Chief of Washakie JW" and right is "Ch. Washakie Nutcracker Prince"

Ginny and Clara with trophies

Clara was purchased from
Karen as a puppy in 2008
and shown in partnership, she
has achieved many puppy group
firsts and places at open shows
and a first place at her first
championship show
(Judge: Ann Bliss).

Clara was 2nd in her class
at Crufts in 2009.

Cruft's rosette and winners card

Since then she has been shown
spasmodically due to an injury
to my spine but I hope to
return to the show ring with
her and Desi in 2012.

Aslan dog

Latest news: Washakie Aslan, Clara's litter brother joined the Washakie girls in September 2012.
Shown lightly by Karen, he has one Reserve CC and many first places at championship level.
Thanks to Karen for allowing me to show her beautiful boy.

close up of Desi Dalmatian  close up of Clara

I must thank Karen for the opportunity to own and show these two wonderful girls and Aslan.
They give me so much pleasure and I hope to carry on enjoying the company of so many
kind and interesting people in the dog world whilst showing Desi and Clara.

Shellyhams has been our home for the past 20 years is situated near the lovely
Devon village of South Tawton overlooking Dartmoor

Telephone 01837 840772   e-mail   Shellyhams, South Tawton, Okehampton, Devon EX20 2RG

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