THE START WITH DOGS

Having always loved animals and dogs in general, I was unable to have a pet as a child, due to my brother being asthmatic. Instead I used to walk our neighbour's dog. At the age of 16 I had a major operation on both my knees, and whilst having a 12 month recouperation period, I was bought a kitten and then a rescued yellow labrador (my brother by then having grown out of his asthma). Treasure was a working labrador, but had been badly treated whilst being trained to the gun and subsequently was then gun-shy. We were her 5th owners and she was terrified of everything and everyone, but it took me 18 months to build up her confidence again, by spending hours and hours working with her, teaching her she could trust again. She lived until she was 12 and had the most wonderful temperament.

When Treasure died, I bought another working labrador pup called Melys.. I started going to obedience training classes with her, where she came on very quickly. Within six months I'd been asked to become an assistant trainer, and the rest, as they say, is history. I started competing in obedience competitions at open level and then championship.

This was when I bought my first German Shepherd bitch (Fallon) who was my foundation bitch. After nearly thirty years of small time breeding of the GSD's, I'm unfortunately now at the end of my line, with only one bitch left.

BORDER BEGINNINGS

The first Border Terriers I came across where with friends who I used to go and help show their heavy hunter horses. They had two Borders and I fell in love with the breed there and then. Border Terriers were not seen around the area where I lived, and when I had a couple come to my training classes my desire to own one was rekindled.
Being an annual visitor to Crufts at Earls Court and then the N.E.C., in 1995 after the G.S.D. judging had finished, my husband and I went over to the Border Terrier stand at Discover Dogs. I was able to show Gus this breed of dog I'd been trying to describe to him - he too fell in love with them.

Having researched and watched the Border judging at several championship shows, I decided on the type I liked and went to Val Furness of the Quatford kennel to purchase a pup. Val made me wait, but I didn't mind as I was serious about the breed, and so 2 years later out of a litter with three bitches, I bought Saffy (Quatford Kiss n Tell at Fehmarn JW). Saffy has had a wonderful show career, the pinacle being Best of Breed at Crufts in 2001. She is the very best dog we could have had in every way. Superb temperament, ideal type, and as we say to her "you're the cause" of the rest of the Borders that we have.


Dinner's first!


Then we do the dishes!


and after that...a nap!

I breed 1 or 2 litters a year in order to keep something for myself to bring on in the show ring. We now have 6 Border Terriers at home, and they all live in with us.
They include Saffy, Ch.Fehmarn Magic Lantern JW (Tag) who was also top male in the UK in 2004, Fehmarn Free Ranger (Barley) who has her stud book number, F.Lochside Love(Rennie), F.Reap the Harvest (Finley) who has his stud book number and F.Kiss n Kuddle (Cimmie).

Fehmarn Kiss n Run (who now lives with friends) was mated to Ch.Otterkin Blue Bayou Conundrum, and produced a wonderful litter which includes Int.Ch./Fin/Su and Lt.Ch Fehmarn King Creole, Fin.Ch.Fehmarn Huckleberry Fin JW and Fehmarn Mint Julep who has produced some superb pups.

All our dogs are consistently placed in championship show level, and in my opinion, are a good representation of the the breed, but then I would say that wouldn't I?!!!

OUR HOUSE

Having been renovating a 350 year old cottage for the past 7 years, we are now running a B&B where dogs are welcomed.


Being located on the side of a mountain in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlooking the Vale of Clwyd, the Snowdonia Mountain range and coast, we are ideally located for walkers, being a stones throw off the famous Offa's Dyke path, approximately 200 km walk from Prestatyn in North Wales, to Chepstow in the South.


The lounge and quite a view!

There are numerous places of interest in close proximity, Denbigh, Conwy, Rhuddlan and Caernarfon Castles (and many others), National Trust properties like Penrhyn Castle, Erddig Hall, Tatton Park to name a few. The biggest and best zoo in Europe in Chester Zoo, Knowsley Safari Park and the beautiful Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno.
3 miles away we have the Vale of Clwyd Gliding Club, all types of watersports including whitewater rafting at our National centre in Bala, fishing (sea, river and farmed) and local swimming pools. There are also numerous birds of prey centres and horse riding facilities.
Why not bring your own horse on holiday and experience the excellent and numerous bridle paths just off our property.

If you bring your dog on holiday with you and need to leave him/her behind for the day to go and visit dog free attractions, then they can stay in our very large 8 run kennel block, where we can look after them for you. Each run has a large indoor and covered outdoor area.

We are Christians, and should you wish help in finding a church to visit, we would be only too glad to help you find one to suit. Our church is an evangelical free church with lively worship, solid biblical teaching and a warm welcome is extended to all.