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I have been involved with dogs since I was a child when I use to take out dogs for other people as I was not allowed to have one.
I first got started with dogs when my husband bought a black male from field trial line who would have easily held his own in the ring and was sired by F.T.Ch. Avenham Dictator.
I started showing in the late sixties. My foundation bitch was a one year old who was advertised in the local paper. She was a lucky buy in the name of Pebblestreet Rupee sired by Ch. Reanacre Mallardhum Thunder. She had a long life and had I been more involved with showing and seeing good dogs she would have been even more successful as a brood bitch.
My most successful dog was Eng & Ir. Ch. Oakhouse Glenarem Classic who won eleven C.C.ís and five R.C.C.ís. He lived 16 years. He was a Champion in a run of four shows, winning open dog at the third without the benefit of the Challenge Certificate or the Reserve.
One of my best dogs was On the Move to Oakhouse who was unfortunate not to become a champion. He won 2 R.C.C.ís and like other dogs I have owned won their way into Limit classes and nearly out of it, without ever winning a C.C. He sired Sh.Ch. Oakhouse Mocha who won 3 C.C. and 4 R.C.C, On the Loose at Oakhouse 1 R.C.C., One Fine Day at Oakhouse 3 R.C.C., It. & Lux. Ch. Pennington Hilarity towards Oakhouse and many other R.C.C. winners.
At the present time I have Oakhouse in the Offing, 2 C.C. and now eleven years old. Oakhouse Open House 1 C.C. and 1 R.C.C. Oakhouse Office Boy 1C.C. who has sired many champion show winning dogs. All the dogs outlined here being chocolate.
At one time in the early 90ís there were five different R.C.C. winners in the kennel. I would value this record more highly than one champion and everything else unsuccessful. I am also proud of the fact that I have bred more C.C. winning chocolates than anyone else, albeit I have no colour preferences.
I have been judging for many years both at home and abroad and undoubtedly the pinnacle to this is judging Crufts 2004. It can be regarded a great honour and perhaps as the end of an apprenticeship!