New for 2013 is our latest Christmas Card - "The Night Before Christmas" by Artist Julia Reid. We hope you like it. 

The Night Before Christmas

To keep you in the Christmas mood why not have a look here for further ideas. 

This month it's Happy Birthday to Wee Dram (Cusidh Drawing Down the Sun), Grian (Cusidh Ring Around the Sun), Cusidh Treacle Moon at Chapeltower and Rosie (Cusidh Dreaming Spirit). Their first year has flown by. After a difficult start - see here for their arrival at Lomond Hills Veterinary Clinic they are all doing well and thoroughly enjoying themselves. Wee Dram and Treacle Moon live in England now. Treacle Moon with Jennefer Cooper (Chapeltower Deerhounds) in Hay-on-Wye and Wee Dram in Milton Keynes with the English Clan Cusidh contingent.

Here's a snapshot of their recent activities. As ever a huge thank you to Tricia Macpherson, who together with Angus Macpherson, delivered the Cusidh puppies and has taken all these wonderful photos. 

Here's Rosie and Grian out and about in Fife. They are about 5 months old in these photos.


We are absolutely delighted to announce that Cusidh Ard Toirnis is now an International Show Champion. Congratulations.

Toirnis is owned by Kielo Oksanen and lives in Finland with Kielo and her family and other Sandmanscots hounds. We are very proud of everything they have achieved. More details of Toirnis' wins can be seen here and his last CACIB win was in Sweden. The FCI still have to confirm but it is safe to say that everyone here is delighted. Well done Toirnis and Kielo. 


It's been a couple of years or so since the last photos of Clan Cusidh and there's been a few new arrivals so we thought it about time to have another go. First up are actually the "smalls" who complained that the weren't included last time! Claire has run St Hubert's Hound Sanctuary for over 20 years and although now scaled down there are still hounds to help and some that have never left! Here's Claire Cartmell on the left with Blue who is a male Whippet * Bedlington currently looking for a home, Ian with his Lurcher Birkie, Elise with Gypsy and finally Lachlan with his Lurcher Hettie. All of these dogs came in as rescue dogs. They are just fantastic and manage to keep the Deerhounds in their place. 

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Click on the read more for the deerhound generations.

Ruairidh MacRatha of Cusidh*** competed at his first show at the Scottish Kennel Club August Championship show at the tender age of three. This was a very special day for us as Ruairidh is a result of over 10 years of breeding from an original Deerhound * Greyhound mating. Ruairidh was registered as a Deerhound by the Kennel Club last year (click here for some further details) but had not previously been to any shows. However, we decided to take the plunge this year and after a bath and attendance at a couple of training classes in Perth with Claire we hoped he was ready.

So how did it go? Well Ruairidh was absolutely excellent and took everything in his stride. We were surprised how well he took to the ring - in fact he stood better for the Judge than all of the other more experienced Cusidh hounds put together! Then to have him placed second in a strong Post Graduate Dog class with eight dogs present was an absolute delight. Indeed he has now qualified for Crufts. Congratulations Ruairidh and here's to your Great, Great Greyhound Granny.

A very big thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us over the years with Ruairidh and his past breeding and to our Judge Dr Marjorie McKinnon. Here are some pictures of our day.

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