Wow! Banrigh (Ch Drawing Down the Moon to Cusidh) has won the Bitch Championship Certificate (CC) for the third year in a row at Crufts. This brings her Crufts results to:

Bitch CC in 2010, 2011 and 2012;

Best of Breed in 2010 and 2011; and

Reserve Best of Breed in 2012 (Best of Breed Cscarf O'Cockaigne - congratulations).

Banrigh won her third Crufts CC from the Veteran class at the age of seven under Mrs Anne MacDonald. Previous judges have been Mrs Zola Rawson (2011) and Mr Dave Murray (2010) - a big thank you to all. The judges critique was "Ultra femine but strong and beautifully put together. Lover her head, outline and profile movement, which was both true and graceful and she covered the ground easily with a light and efficient action. I didn't expect to find my CC winner in this class but when it came to the challenge, she excelled herself in movement and showmanship".

Here she is in the ring and later in the "wilds" of a NEC car park.

Banrigh in the ring

Banrigh at the NEC

22nd March UPDATE - Truly has had nine puppies - six boys and three girls. Congratulations.

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Breeders Alison Foote and Gordon Crossan are pleased to annouce that Truly Scrumptious (Cusidh Caol Muile) is in whelp. The pups are due around 19th March and the sire is Rod Gillie's Dorrator Gethan (Frank).

Here's a picture of Truly after her postgraduate win at SKC last August (Judge Mrs Nixon).

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Alison and Gordon can be contacted directly on 01786 480148 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Claire (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01592 882241) and we wish them all the very best.

Here's a photo of Banrigh meeting a local snowman this month. She wasn't too sure!

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Meanwhile though her friends were having a great time.

Here's some good news to start 2012 off - Loch Maree at Brylach, owned by Scottish Deerhound breeders Charlie and Moira Spence, has had a litter of twelve puppies on 17th Dec. There are nine bitches and three dogs. Sire is Cusidh Righ Innse Gall so Banrigh (Ch Drawing Down the Moon to Cusidh) and Gille (Ch Greyfriars Gille at Beardswood) are a Great Auntie and Uncle! Congratulations.

For any enquiries please contact breeders Charlie and Moira Spence on 01542 886590. If email is preferred please use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here are some super photos from Colin Priest, taken by Leighton Priest, of the pups and their mum Maree.

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And in the meantime what's Righ been up to?

The Deerhound Club Limited Show held at Alva on 1st October has been a great success. Congratulations to everyone and thank you to our Judge Mr J. Aitken Johnston (Kienford) and to the organisers.

Cusidh Righ Innse Gall won Open Dog, Best Dog and Reserve Best in Show. His sister Cusidh Caol Muile (Truly Scrumptious) won Postgraduate Bitch and Reserve Best Bitch and his daughter Kessoch Marsco at Greystiel won Yearling Bitch and Junior Bitch. Last but not least Cusidh Homecoming won Undergraduate Dog.

Here's Claire and Righ with the Judge Mr J. Aitken Johnston.

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Photo by Gordon Crossan