Congratulations to Jenefer Cooper and Aureole at Chapeltower, or Toffee, as Ian called her. Toffee has just won her postgraduate class at Three Counties last weekend. She had been staying up at Craigend with the aim of having puppies with Ronan (Cusidh Homecoming). This would have linked the pedigrees back to Ardkinglas Polka and Pattie who were litter sisters and the foundation bitches of both the Chapeltower and Cusidh lines. A further link were brothers (from two litters) Chapeltower Zog and Chapeltower Zak who were Gr, Gr, Grandparents of Ronan and Aureole respectively. However, ever so dissapointedly for everyone concerned it was to not to be this time. However, it's great to see her back in the ring and doing so well. Here she is with John Francis doing a super job handling her.

Aureole at Chapeltower

Photo by Glenis Peach used with permission

The Cusidhs, especially Ronan (Cusidh Homecoming), certainly don't seem to have any problem jumping. However, Banrigh (Ch Drawing Down the Moon to Cusidh) decided that she wanted to show 5 month old Styx (Brylach Over the Broomstick with Cusidh) a thing or or too. Needless to say Styx manged this low lying log without any trouble!

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We're very pleased to introduce a new Clan Cusidh member - Brylach Over the Broomstick with Cusidh (or Styx for her pet name). She was bred by Charlie and Moira Spence up in  Keith in Banffshire from Loch Maree by Brylach back In December 2011. Our own Cusidh Righ Innse Gall was the sire. She's a lovely character and is settling in well. We've attempted a few photos  (see below) but that's an area for improvement lets say so please check back for progress updates.

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We are very sorry to announce the death of Hallaig (Cusidh Coille Hallaig). Hallaig would have been 10 years old in June and was very much loved. He died at home on 22nd March 2012.

Cusidh Coille Hallaig

Crufts BOB and RBOB in 2010

Hallaig Lure Coursing at Lodge Park - photo J&B Poole and Hallaig's family Ch Greyfiars Gille of Beardswood and Ch Drawing Down the Moon to Cusidh at Crufts 2010 - photo Chris Johnson

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