Season’s Greetings, Peace and Our Best Wishes
for a Happy New Year
The tiles pictured here on the mantelpiece above our fireplace date back to 1897, and were made by the Providential Tile Works, Trenton, New Jersey, USA
The Fall show and coursing season…
We mentioned in our previous update that some of the successes in this year were generated by Richard and Roslyn who pulled off a Best Puppy in Specialty at the Gazehound Ontario Specialty July 1st under judge Sandra Anderson. Richard dislikes handling intensely, but I was out in British Columbia, so he had to do the honours. However in the excitement he forgot to get a picture. I would never have believed his handling prowess if it were not for the obscenely huge ribbon Roslyn brought back and this photo by Susan Trow who captured them stepping out together.
Our next fun event was the Uxbridge Highland Games. An all Scottish Breeds Show is held in conjunction and 65 dogs were entered. We had Treppy and some puppies there on Saturday to enjoy the mass pipe bands and Roslyn there Sunday. Our Ch. Fernhill’s Intrepid topped the entry to go BEST IN SHOW July 28th and then our puppy Roslyn went 3rd Best in Show the next day. This is not a CKC sanctioned show so there were no points awarded…but even better, Big Trep won a huge cash prize and lots of dog food!
Ch. Fernhill’s Intrepid, running free at home after his BIS at Uxbridge… 61/2 years
The Fall show and coursing season was busy and successful. Indy, now fully mature at 5 ½ years finished his Canadian Championship quickly and in style, with extra points by placing in the hound group several times. He was fourth best hound at the Markham show August 25th , and the weekend after, a Group 2 at Cornwall and a Group 1 also at Cornwall.
Ch. Fernhill’s Turbulent Indigo pictured finishing his championship winning the Hound Group at Cornwall September 1,2001
That was a rather exciting day as not only did Indy win the hound group, but Roslyn won Best Hound Puppy and then went on to a Best Puppy in Show. That qualified her to compete in Puppy of the Year where she distinguished herself in a crowd of 75 Best in Show winning puppies at a formal black tie event held at the end of the year.
Fernhill’s Roslyn in “Puppy of the Year” at Credit Valley Kennel Club Show
Then in October, Rebecca Stone Duff arrived with her father Clark to pick up Rennie. It was love at first sight. Sad as we were to see him go, we knew that he had a wonderful home waiting for him and he would enjoy life on 20 acres in New Jersey.
Rebecca and Rennie
We still had his two sisters Roslyn and Reiba as well as Holly and Havoc. In November when Holly turned 9 months we decided to take her out to a few shows so she could see the bright lights. Little did we realize that she would be a star too! At Ottawa during the “Show of Show” weekend she took Best Hound Puppy!
Fernhill’s Holly Golightly at 9 months going Best Hound Puppy at the Ottawa Kennel Club Show November 16, 2001. It was quite exciting to have the girls do so well in the ring.
However, Holly’s brother Havoc was not impressed…he has a more important agenda.
Don’t think that Fernhill Deerhounds spend all their time on a couch. Tillicum, Torquil and Tyee all went lure coursing this year, but the real honours go to Elvira who finished her American Field Championship and (drum roll) became only the second Deerhound in Canadian history to get her F,Ch. Excellent (F.Ch.X …300 points). For the third consecutive year she was top lure coursing Deerhound in Canada. Congratulations to her owner Nancy Gimblett! Hopefully this spring she will slow down enough to have some puppies.
Fernhill’s Elvira Am.F.Ch. Can.F.Ch.X. Can.Am.C.G.C. and No.1 Deerhound Lure Courser in Canada in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Well done Elvira and Nancy!
That is what a Fernhill Deerhound is all about …. BORN TO RUN!
Five Generation Get-together!
It is wonderful to have doggy get-togethers with friends but not often that it can be combined with a five generation photo session.
Here we have Ellen Pilling with her 12 year old Am.Can.Ch. Lyonhil Elan O’Fernhill, then Deb McNaule with Allie’s son 9 year old Fernhill’s Condor, then Barb has Condor’s 7 year old son Ch.Fernhill’s Intrepid and Mark Fielding has Treppy’s 51/2 year old son Ch. Fernhill’s Turbulent Indigo and next is Linda Fielding with Indy’s 3 ½ year old son Fernhill’s Quaich…all owner handled except for the pro, Mark, who helped with our Indy. What a line up…thanks Allie!