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Introduction to Thurness
In 1985 I lost my first dog a minature Poodle at the grand age of 16.5 yrs, he had been with me since my 6th birthday and was my shadow, my soul mate and best friend. 1 year later after the birth of my first child I still felt silly walking down the street with baby in a pushchair without a dog at my side. So when my son was 6 months old I decided it was time for a dog back in my life again.

I wanted a dog that was active, good natured and attractive to look at as well as being healthy. A few weeks later Sally entered our lives and changed it forever. She was a Black cocker spaniel who was great fun for all the family. She could go up the hills for hours, swim like a fish, and would point out a bird regularly. She was wonderful with the baby and even the husband approved of her!

18 months later we had moved to Aberdeen and eventually I was in a position to have a litter from her. By this time ‘showing’ had been lurking in the back of my mind as a hobby for myself to give me a bit of time of from the growing family. However Sally was not a show girl, so we discovered Maureen Horley who kindly and helpfully let us use her stud dog and from the resulting litter then went on to give me tips on grooming and showing. Needless to say when I won my first rosette with ‘Polo’ sally’s daughter I was hooked.

Since then I have had a few litters, and with each have tried to keep the good nature and health that Sally had as well as having a dog good enough to win in the ring. Because of housing and neighbours, I have not been in a position to keep all the dogs over the years and some have been retired to loving homes, to have their place by the fireside.

These days I am lucky enough to be able to say that we have had several winners from this very small kennel, including a CC (Challenge Certificate) and 1st as well as other placings at Crufts. Best in Show as well as Best of Breed rosettes have also come our way over the years.

Last year I was lucky enough to have a litter of Labradors from a Lynwater Bitch called Morag who produced a beautiful litter, she will hopefully have the chance to have a last litter this year when I may well keep one of the pups for myself. Her puppies went to working as well as pet homes and the delighted comments and photographs from the new owners are still flowing back.

Our latest star waiting in the wings for her debut to the show world is Breagh ( Thurness beautiful Dreams), a lovely black bitch out of Whinburn Sweet Dream Baby at Thurness x Sh.Ch. Helenwood Technique who as I type, is the top winning sire in the breed this year.

This year we have moved to the scenic and more rural area known as ‘the Mearns’, here I hope that success will continue in the show ring and business world. One thing is for sure there is lots of lovely areas to go for long walks.