Taken at Leaning Tower of Pisa - July 2006
Celebrating over 50 years in Cocker Spaniels
Excerpts taken from CC Jenkins “Now and Then”
In 1969 Margaret purchased her first cocker from Alex Murnane of Wattleview; – Wattleview Willa out of Ch Mighty Rare of Ware (UK) & mated Bonnie to Larkana dogs - this started a life long friendship with the Murnane family, as “Pop” was Louise’s godfather, this title passed onto Joy when Pop passed away.
In 1972 Margaret purchased Ch Koubla Katie which did some good winning for her & decided to continue with solid breeding only.
Katie became our foundation bitch and was mated to Hartnett’s Ch Lochranza Goldenfields Poacher (UK) produced Ch Britebay Blackjack (Challenge winner at Adelaide Royal for three consecutive years). Blackjack produced Ch Britebay Black Hope who did extremely well wherever shown, especially under UK specialists.
Margaret then decided to outcross to Ch Sorbrook Candle Glint (UK), using another Blackjack daughter and produced Britebay Battlestar, (Stubbie) the first male to be kept at Britebay. He went onto produce Best In Show winners: Ch Britebay Bright Blend & Ch Bellesam Black Douglas.
In 1989 Margaret's daughter, Louise, joined Britebay. Louise had been helping out in the showing of the dogs as well as becoming a member of the Cocker Spaniel Club of Victoria at the age of eight. In 1992 we imported from England, Ch Jimmison Jonquille, a beautiful gold boy, who has now left a hole in our hearts. Ross certainly made his own stamp on cockers – we have a lot to attribute to this boy. His sons, Ch Britebay Quilles Choice and Ch Stapleton Safari Moon and daughter Ch Britebay Believable have been consistent winners for Ross, all owned by Britebay.
We thank Denise for sending us two lovely dogs to us.
Margaret has been involved in the administration of CSCV by serving in Committee positions. She held the position of Secretary from 1981 until 23 April 2009, was Secretary from inception of the National Cocker Spaniel Council of Australia in 1983 and held this position until March 2005. Louise also has been on CSCV Committee, Vice President, Editor of “Cocker News” and when not on committee assisting Margaret in an unofficial way. In 2007 Louise was nominated and accepted her life membership for the Cocker Spaniel Club of Victoria Inc.
Both Margaret & Louise are currently on Cocker Spaniel Club of Victoria as Secretary and Vice-President.
Margaret is a Life Member of CSCV and was the original Treasurer for K.C.C. Park Committee for six years, as well served on the Canine Health Committee and served on the Library Committee for Dogs Victoria, currently committee member of Yarra Glen Kennel Club. Louise is Secretary/Trustee of Canine Research Foundation & Treasurer of Yarra Glen Kennel Club.
Since we brought out Ross (nicknamed Mr Beautiful), we have added the following imports to our lines:
Australian Champion Claramand By Choice (imp UK);
Australian Champion Jimmison Sun Dancer (imp UK);
Australian Champion Weirdene Witches Brew (imp UK);
and arrived on Easter Saturday 2005,
Australian Champion Helenwood Gaymon (imp UK)
joined our small, selective kennel.
We have also imported semen from Helenwood & Weirdene.
This is quite an achievement as the nomination comes from the Board. We are thrilled!!!
Louise will be on her stand up paddle board - when not a show!
We thank Denise Lumley, Elaine Thomas, the late Richmond Weir, Jackie & Neil (Helenwood) for sending us these wonderful dogs to our home.
Sandringham Football Club has awarded Margaret with 2005 Best Clubperson - which is an honour!!!
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."
- Josh Billings
Please do not text as it won’t be answered
- it takes too long for Margaret to type the message!!!