‘You’ve got to have a dream, if you want to have a dream come true’
Scrolling above you will see…..
My second home bred Old English Champion Earlstoke Rock Steady.
One of my imported Tibetan Terriers American Champion Dolbrooks Jumpin Jack Flash.
The most amazing Italian Champion Cotonbrie Oh Sole Mio – the greatest and most important ambassador of the Coton de Tulear breed in the UK.
How it all began
Since I can ever remember I always dreamed of owning an Old English Sheepdog in my young days, however my parents didn’t desire a long coated dog as much as I did so I grew up around Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Some years later once I had flown the nest and married my husband a distant 40+ years ago it was inevitable that the first addition to our family would be an Old English Sheepdog and we bought one from the Shepton kennels, we named her Sophie. We loved her dearly albeit that she was somewhat as mad as a hatter.
When she was around 3 years old we accidentally stumbled across an advert that we found telling us that there was an Old English Sheepdog show in Chepstow. We went along and watched, talked to all the lovely people and from that day on we were addicted to dogs and dog showing. In those early years we had our mentors who were always more than happy to shower us with all their expertise and experience and I can’t thank them enough for all their words of wisdom over the years.
My very first showdog was a daughter of the famous record holder Ch. Jedforest Don Carlos and she was called Kayellnjay Hot Gossip; she notched up a Junior Warrant and three Reserve Challenge Certificates. I kept a female from her first litter of two girls and named her Ch. Earlstoke Naughty but Nice, Daisy for short and she accumulated 84 junior warrant points and became the first Champion that I bred. My second Champion Earlstoke Rock Steady – out of Naughty but Nice by Oakfarm Oberon very nearly didn’t make it into the showring, I didn’t show her at an early age and once I decided to show her she was attacked very badly by a Rottweiler whilst she was out with my daughter; I thought that her confidence would have been shattered when she was around the big working dogs, but I needn’t have worried, once the wounds had healed it was amazing how her confidence wasn’t scarred in the least and I made her into a Champion at three consecutive shows.