hard to believe that the Shannmie Kennels started with a redundancy notice and a
decision to take some time off in between jobs, also the decision to have a dog.
The next question was which breed of dog would be our choice; one that
would suit our lifestyle and ours would suit theirs.
decision was made one morning on the way to work. Three little dogs were spotted
on a doorstep and it was known instantly that that was the breed for us.
Then it was a case of doing some research to find out what breed of
dog it was as we knew very little about dog breeds at the time.
the time drew close to the final days at work, an advert was spotted in the local
paper stating ‘Sheltie Pups for sale’ so off we went to see them.
There was a choice between a black one and a brown one. The breeder was
trying to steer us towards the black one, but my eye was taken by the brown one
and that was the one I wanted. The
last day of work arrived and we headed off to pick up our little bundle of
fluff. Toby had arrived and we had
never realised that such a ball of fluff could bring such joy and happiness.
Shannmie Kennel was being born and our interest in the Shetland Sheepdog was on
its way. Books were bought and read
over and over. We found out that it
wasn't a brown dog we had bought but a sable and white.
went everywhere with us. The little
thing was so intelligent, it was so unbelievable, and when he got sick we spent
a round the clock vigil until he recovered.
after a few years, Toby was joined by a blue merle called Sky and a tricolour called
Jay Jay. None, it turned out, were any good for the show ring, but that was how
we gained some experience.
heard from a friend that someone was wanting to find a new home for a tri colour
bitch. We went to see her and Lucy
– Alkalols Little Lucy Locket - joined our little band. She was the first
Sheltie we had in the show ring and we did quite well with her at open shows. At
the time, Championship shows were out of our league.
thought it would be a nice idea for us to have our own Prefix, so we duly
applied to the English Kennel Club and Shannmie Shetland Sheepdogs were on their
way. How did we arrive at Shannmie?
Well, Shann is part of my middle name and Mie is from Michael.
years into showing our dogs, we became aware of something called the Irish
Circuit. This sounded interesting
and we looked into it further. We
met one of our good friends through it. Maureen
introduced us to Ireland and the Irish Circuit.
We spent a few years travelling over to the shows and making up two Irish
Champions in the process. Our first
was Winky (Ir. Ch. Landover Nutshell at Shannmie) who was made up after only
five shows and two circuits. Our new Irish friends threatened to sink the boat
after that. Our second was Charlie
(Ir. Ch. Landover Eirwen JW).
were given the opportunity to move and decided to try our luck in Southern
Ireland. We lived there for seven
years, then due to family commitments, we moved back to England.
the time we were in Ireland, we made some good friends and were delighted to
have made up into an Irish Champion our home bred Collie - Shadow (Ir. Ch
Shannmie Blue Sirroco)
was quite a while before we got settled back into Yorkshire, and we are now just
beginning to get back into the show scene. There
are a lot of new faces around the rings and also the more familiar faces.
now await the future.