Friday, 28 March 2008

Pair of Aces

I could write a book about this pair. Anyone who knows me will be aware how much they meant to me and sadly both are gone. Everything for a reason I keep getting told but sometimes it is hard to see or understand the reason. But lets focus on the good times. Sunshoo Imaknight Errant Of Barallan came to me at 15 weeks from Carolyn and David Roe. He was going thru the ugly duckling stage but I fell in love with him right away. His movement was to die for! He won Best Puppy In Show first time out at the Northern & Eastern Counties Papillon Club championship show aged six and half months. The following week he won the same award again, this time at the North of Scotland Toydog Society Open show. He went on from strength to strength, won his way thru his classes and at 3 years he won his title. He is the sire of Buffy and Poppy who are still with me.
My darling Daisy, Barallan Jump For Joy was 6 weeks younger than Errol and they went to all the shows together. They were my 'team'. Daisy won well for me too, most memorable being the CC and RBIS at the South Wales Papillon Club championship show (it was the club's Pearl anniversary). If you can have soulmate in a dog then she was it. She seemed to know what I was thinking or going to do before I did! I lost her unexpectedly last year and it broke my heart, I was for giving it all up, no more dogs, no more shows etc. But the unconditional love of the other dogs and the friendship of doggy people helped me thru it. I look to the future now and getting back into the showring, altho I have been there on a number of occasions as the 'Judge' !! But that is another story.


Adnamashan Tibbar At Barallan aka Bunny was a grand-daughter of Marti and came to stay with us. She was a lovely girl, altho could be bit of a drama queen at times! She was mated to Leo and produced my gorgeous Daisy, and later on mated to Errol and produced the wicked witch of the west...Poppy! I sadly lost her last year aged only 11 due to lymphoma of the bone marrow.

The Ladies' Man

Northlyte Galileo at Barallan aka Leo. He loved the girls! He was not shown much as I could never keep body on him, he was always on the go. He sired a couple of litters for me before being re-homed with a lovely family.

Prim and proper she ain't

Our Rosie, better known as Sunshoo Imaprim N' Potter at Barallan is now 12.1/2years old. Photo here was in her heyday when she won Best In Show at the Papillon Club 'Northern' show. A day I will never forget. We were going to Chester for a holiday (dogs too off course) and noticed that the open show was on so entered a few dogs and we were going along for a fun day. Little did we know that by the end of the day, my Rosie-posie would win right thru to win top award! Marion says she is very people friendly, that describes her to a 'T'.

Sisterly love

We must off course not forget the two sisters (and no, not ugly!!). Sally below is Barallan Sweet Little Mystery and on the right is Abbie, Barallan Angel Eyes. They are both nearly 14yrs old now and still with me. Max was their sire and dam was Cleo who went off to stay with Marion and Max.

Smooth as velvet

Barallan Red Velvet was something special. He showed his heart out for me every time, he was only used a few times at stud (dad to 7 daughters in total!) and he loved everbody he met. He could spend hours playing with his soft toys and adored our cat. It caused no end of amusement at the ringside when I used a particular phrase to get his attention!! I won't repeat it here :)
He passed away short of his 14th birthday 2 years ago now and is still much missed.

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Going Solo

Barallan Solitary Man was a real character and won well enough as a youngster. I repeated the mating and this time Sophie had 3 boys and 1 girl. I kept Barallan The Jazz Singer aka Roscoe, his brother went to live with Heidi and the Ness family and the other 2 went to lovely pet homes. Solo was eventually pet homed as he was rather bossy with the other boys and become a spoiled lap dog for his elderly owner.

She was a Showgirl

Her name was Lola, better known as Ringlands O'La la. She was a half-sister to Max and Tosca and came to stay with us. Although she did well in the ring she was happier being a mum like Sophie. Her first litter produced a champion for her breeder and her next litter (sire being Max),we had 2 lovely tri dogs, one went out to america and gained his title there..Am.Ch. Barallan Pied Piper. Her final litter to Ch.Ringlands Squadronnaire gave us 2 girls and 1 boy. 1 bitch went out to Belgium, the other to Norma Staff, who went on to produce champions and the boy remained at Barallan. This was Red Velvet.

Brotherly Love

Max's brother was Tosca, Barallan Beau-Jo-Lais. He had the most gentle of natures and loved everybody. He was my shadow and dare I say, slept on the bed! He wasn't so fond of the showring so I retired him early. Max was quite happy to carry on with that side of things.

Diamonds in the rough

Barallan Mr Bojangles 'Max'. Remembered with great fondness. He went to live with my best friend, Marion. I was a fan of Neil Diamond at the time and named my dogs after his songs. Max was a great character too and went to the Rainbow Bridge aged sixteen and half years.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Next came more butterflies

Sophie was with me for nearly 17 years before she passed away. She was her own wee person and we had great fun at the shows, obedience and even tried agility which she loved. She loved being a mum and our first litter produced 3 lovely puppies, 1 boy and 2 girls. One of the girls, Heidi, went to stay with the Ness family and began their line of Chappell Papillons. Her sister, Melody stayed with me and had moderate success in the showring. Their brother, Solo did most of the winning and won a Reserve CC. Photo shows head study of Barallan Soft N' Silky aka Heidi.

Friday, 14 March 2008

Shall we start at the beginning?

It all started in 1985 when Dongays Star Appeal 'Sophie', came to stay! I wanted a toy breed to show and at home she could lounge about on velvet cushions all day...boy did she teach me a thing or two!! But I was hooked and fell totally in love with this wonderful breed.