MEET THE TREE
.......and Allegria Glori Bound who lives in the USA with her breeders/owners Kim Johnson and Elayne Powers.
Tribute to Pat
Christine Armitt (Brasingamen) writes "It may interest some of your readers to know that we have memorabilia from Pat Thirkell that includes pedigrees from 1945 when she lived in Scotland and bought Penelope of Geronsart from her Mother, Madam E H Maris. 'Geronsart' was her mothers maiden name and also it is stated that she ( Madam Maris ) tried three times to secure a kennel name being successful on the third attempt using Geronsart. On the first of October 1945 Madam Maris bred a litter, the sire of which was Duc of Normandy ( tri-colour ) the dam was a black and tan, Fillette de Fontenay. These were the parents of Penelope of Geronsart. Eventually Pat took over the Kennel-name Geronsart and bred some beautiful Cavaliers of all colours and Pat was renowned for the small and correct size of the cavaliers that she bred. The progeny were particularly noted for the sweet and gentle expressions. Her last Cavalier living with her just before she died was a blenheim called Chrissie and she has gone to live with my friend Marion Baxter who bought her first Cavalier from Pat over 36 years ago. We miss her extensive knowledge of Cavaliers so very much and I regret that our many telephone conversations have been brought to an untimely end.. Pat would have been 90 in May and we were looking forward to celebrating."
The big day started early at 5:30am. After a quick shower, walk with the dog, and brief breakfast, it is a brisk walk to the New Jersey Transit station on a cold winter morning. One hour train ride later there we were at New York Penn station and rushing to Madison Square Garden to be there before 8:00am. The crowd was unbelievable but moved pretty quickly and soon we found our reserved seats. However, despite their price, the seats were not close enough to the ring area. After quick consideration, I decided to go down to the crowd and get a spot ringside while my friend stayed at our seats. While navigating the path down to the ring area, I had to stop and admire the view. The arena was covered with green carpet that gave a feel of importance and elegance. Six rings were outlined by golden posts and purple ropes. Directly above the arena there were big screens displaying 134th Westminster Kennel Dog Show with the purple background and the club logo. Also, the tables were covered with purple cloths with the golden logo. Eventually I made my way to ring 5 where cavaliers were scheduled at 9:00, finding a spot between the TV camera and a large group of Chihuahua enthusiasts. I then met a very interesting person: Ms. Patricia Pittore who had been a big time Chihuahua breeder. Would you believe that she has not only bred 126 champions in her life but was showing dogs at Westminster 50 years ago? Now in her mid 80ties, she decided to show dogs once again and received two awards of merit. I admire Ms Patricia her passion to show her dogs! The judge in the ring was Mr. Joseph F.Jolly III who would also be judging the cavaliers.Next, after smooth Chihuahuas came Brussels Griffons with their funny monkey faces and the Chihuahua fans began to leave. Now I made my way to the front, where I was offered a seat in first row by a nice cavalier breeder – Ms. Erica Vanier. It was a perfect place not only to see the dogs but also to take pictures! It was still not time for Cavaliers but next was the cute King Charles Spaniels (called English Toy Spaniels in the US) with their flat faces and curly coats – 3 were black & tan and one was a ruby. After the Charlies, there was 10 minutes for photos of winners and it was then I spotted familiar happy faces of cavaliers at the ringside. There they were – pretty, smiling faces, wagging tails, wonderful bodies and beautiful movement - entering the ring with so much self-confidence and happiness. It was such a refreshing picture! Chihuahua and Griffons fans who remained at the ring were amazed. I could hear whispers around me say, “What beautiful faces, what sweet dogs!” There were 24 cavaliers in the ring, 12 of which were in the Meadowlands CKCS Club specialty show just the day before. After the first gait, the Judge divided the group into two to carefully evaluate each of the dogs. After careful consideration, Judge Jolly announced his decision and the cavalier showing was over. Now, the winners were waiting for the photographers to capture their images. The winner of BOB, a 6-year-old tri-colour Ch Mondrian VH Lamslag RE, waited on the table, watching calmly. His happy owner, Ms Janet York, never stopped smiling while in the ring. I could swear that even Mondrian had a little smile on his face. The Best Opposite Sex was a little Blenheim, Ch. Sheeba Diamonds are Forever. The two Awards of Merit went to Ch Kavalor Fenway Park, who also got the AOM the day before at the specialty Meadowlands Club show, and Ch Pinecrest Rock the Boat who showered his handler with kisses after getting the award. It was amazing experience to see those beautiful dogs in one place. While I was admiring the beautiful dogs, I was trying to fulfil my assignment - take nice pictures for Norma and Gordon’s ChatterBox. Not that easy taking into account that the dogs were moving (and I am not the expert) and I was using my new long lens for only the second time. After the cavaliers finished showing we wandered around to admire the other breeds but none were as beautiful as the cavaliers! Unfortunately, judges did not share my opinion, as the Toy group winner was a Miniature Poodle. After all that walking for several hours, it was time to stop by the concessions to grab a quick bite to eat where I found it ironic that what was only available were hot dogs at the dog show! We then went to look at the benches where The Westminster Show requires all dogs to be housed, when not in the show ring. I must admit that I was not impressed as the bench area was so crowded by visitors that it felt like Penn station at rush hour or an amusement park in the summer time. It was also hot as the place was not air-conditioned (it was winter!) so the some people had to use cooling fans to help their dogs. Still, many of the breeders were very friendly and took time to talk with some of the curious visitors. Then it was the time to come back home to our own cavalier puppy, Maxi, who enjoyed the dog walkers that we had arranged for that day. Seeing his happy sweet face was the best event! Overall, it was a great trip and amazing experience. I cannot wait to go again next year!
HOTEL THAT IS CAVALIER
Benjamin, the Cavalier may not look like a guard dog but for Michael Bott, night porter at the Sutton Court Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, the pup is a great comfort at Halloween. Hotel owner, Peter Bennett, claims his establishment is haunted by the ghost of a dog whose owners died in a double tragedy in the 1940s. "Before the building was converted from house into a hotel, a woman fell into a fire and was burned to death. When her husband discovered the body, he died from a heart attack. Two or three times a year, their pet Cavalier can still be seen prowling the corridors, especially on the eve of Halloween." Now Peter insists on leaving Benjamin with the porter to keep him company- along with anything else that may put in an appearance. As well as the spectral spaniel , it is said that in another hotel bedroom when you look in the mirror you see a different face looking out at you- one smoking a cigarette.
Marion Gray from Carnoustie in Scotland has a new look website...same address as before but a different designer.Take a look. www.evarclasicavaliers.co.uk
HOW 'ART' THOU?
The funeral of Ann Webster (TIGRIDIAS) is on Wednesday, 10th March at 12.40pm at Crewe Crematorium. Market Close, Crewe, CW1 2NA.
For those who wish, there will be refreshments afterwards.
Please watch out for a puppy internet scam targeting people’s sympathies. Police have received two reports from Warrington residents who fell victim to the heist on two different websites. In both cases the sellers claimed that a new home was needed for their pet – giving an elaborate story behind the reason for the sale. One buyer transferred £260 via Western Union for a Maltese puppy, which was advertised on freeadds.co.uk but started receiving phone calls and e-mails asking for more cash. The seller claimed his wife had died in a car crash and he was too upset to care for the pet.
The second person responded to an advertisement for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on gumtree.com, transferring £730 via Western Union to cover transportation and insurance costs. The seller then contacted the buyer asking for more money to complete the sale or he would take court action. Neither have received their pets.
Warrington Police comment “This appears to be a well organised and convincing scam.Some of these adverts can be very convincing, but the advice from police is simple - if an advert seems too good to be true, it probably is." They advise people to be on guard when responding to internet adverts and to not transfer cash unless they are 100 per cent certain they are genuine.
SPECIAL SENIORS SECTION
'SUSIE' REIGNS SUPREME
This is NZ Champion Prestonville Shotime bred by Dianne Tyssen in Invercargill. South Island. New Zealand. 'Susie' - rules the roost from her favourite position. She doesn't do much these days, but still loves her walks around our large garden and her favourite time of day is feedtime. Born on 17 May 1995 she will celebrate her 15th birthday in a matter of weeks.
Mary Louise Gregg writes about Bramble Damson Tart of Stellar who celebrated her 15th birthday recently. "At 13 3/4 'Tarty' was heart clear and maintained only a small number until nearly 14. She is a happy and spry girl who loves to play with puppies and flirt with the boys! She still scampers to the door when it is time to come in - except when there is ice on the ground. She hasn't yet tried to climb the tree in the backyard - unlike two of her granddaughters! Her father, CKCSC CH & Can CH Chadwick Foolish Pleasure of Brynwood, passed away just shy of his 16th birthday. I'm very thankful that several other dogs behind her father lived to be 14-16 years old, and that her six generations living here have also proven to have good hearts – her daughter, Stellar Tribble, was heart clear at 9 1/2 and now has only a tiny murmur."
Norma and Gordon
8th MARCH 2010