From everyone here and the Cusidh hounds, a very Happy Christmas.

A Wee Toy Deerhound says Happy Christmas

Wishing you all a great 2017. 

2016 has been a year of moves for the Cusidhs. The English Cusidh hounds have moved from Milton Keynes and are now back living in Scotland. They have settled in Balerno following a period of city living in Edinburgh. Also fancying a change of scenery were the Scottish Craigend Cusidhs who have moved to a house by the sea near Culross. Claire's new contact details are given to the right of this page.

2016 unfortunately also saw the death of Riding the Wind to Cusidh. She was 11 years old and is greatly missed by us all.  

2017 will hopefully see a return of the Cusidhs to the show ring and I am looking forward to my first Championship Show judging appointment at the Scottish Breeds Canine Club on 25th March. Schedules are available here.  

Here are a couple of photos of Styx (Brylach Over the Broomstick with Cusidh) and Wee Dram (Cusidh Drawing Down the Sun) enjoying some walks back in Scotland. 

Please join us by signing our petition to re-designate the Deerhound as the Scottish Deerhound in recognition of their iconic status as the only native Scottish hound. 

We've started a Scottish Deerhound Support Group led by Charlie Spence and Claire Cartmell and have set up a petition on change.org. Please click here to access and support the petition so your voices can be heard. To help generate support and to provide further information and updates we have developed a new campaign web site too (please click here to get to the site) and we are now also on facebook (click here for the Support Group area) and twitter is coming soon. So please stay involved. We will post updates as often as possible. 

This is Charlie Spence above with Ardkinglas Tom and Ladycroft Grey Shadow (both owned by Charlie and Moira Spence) at Guisachan deer forest.This photo was taken for the Shooting Times and Country Magazine in 1994 for the article "The Return of the Purdey Rifle". 

John Ormiston, "The Return of the Purdey", The Shooting Times and Country Magazine, April 21-27, 1994 (John Paul, photographer).  

Craigend House, By Kinglassie, KY5 0UE (Fife/Kinross Border)

A fine early Victorian ‘B’ listed farm house, Craigend House, across the valley from Scotlandwell, with views to Loch Leven, is located 10 minutes from the M90, giving easy access to Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and other centres. St Andrews can be reached in 35 minutes. Kirkcaldy railway station (15 minutes drive and with ample parking) for the East Coast line, has frequent services to Edinburgh in around 40 minutes, and Lochgelly (15 minutes away) on the Fife Circle is also nearby. Ferry Toll park-and-ride can be reached in about 20 minutes, Edinburgh Airport approx 30. There is another park-and-ride in Kinross, with connections direct to Edinburgh, Perth, etc.

We were lucky to have a short stay recently at the excellent Olland's Farm Barn in Norfolk run by fellow Deerhound owners Kim Holt and Mary Ann Stuart. Whilst there we decided to see how Scottish Deerhounds got on in boats! Amazingly we found a day boat hire company (Martham Ferry Boat Yard) who were quite relaxed about the prospect of nautical Deerhounds so off we went. I'm delighted (well relieved actually) to report that Scottish Deerhounds love boats. Captain Dram (Cusidh Drawing Down the Sun) found his sea legs the most easily and quickly whilst First Mate Styx (Brylach Over the Broomstick with Cusidh) preferred a more cautious approach remaining at all times with paws firmly on the deck. Coxswain Hettie, our Lurcher, was instantly at home. They also managed three boat mooring manoeuvres and a pub stop off. So would we do it again? Most certainly yes - so anchors aweigh me hearties!