Over the weekend, Brenda Rance died. She was a good friend and guide in the world of dalmatians. Brenda and Peter bred Sorrel who gave us Cassia and Zaffre, and ultimately DV and Beren.
Brenda was a very generous friend, her door was always open and the table groaned with home-cooked food. Long conversations about dogs were always on the menu, dogs home and abroad, as she had lived for many years in The Netherlands and since returning to the UK she had judged regularly on the Continent. Hers was friendly face by the ringside at so many shows, watching the proceedings and gathering impressions of all the dogs on exhibition, while in the ring she concentrated on her dog and would help new-comers standing near her.
Many of her friends were like us, people who had Olbero stock as the basis of their kennels. The Olbero influence was wide-spread, here in this country, on the Continent and all the way to Australia.
We feel enriched by our friendship and will miss her company.
Quite a while has passed since there was any news on the Tolutim site.
We could talk about the last year, with its lack of … [fill in the blank as you wish], but I will be silent on the subject (as the philosopher said – Wittgenstein, if you must know – “Of that which we cannot speak, we must be silent.” But there is news which we wish to share.
Tolutim has embraced Dallydyl Code Breaker into its family.
More pictures and news will come. But as we are exhausted at the moment with all the change and activity in the house, it will have to wait . . . .
While Mary and I have been walking the dogs in the snow, Stacey has been busy with her camera in the snow and captured two handsome photos of Frank.
Alas, the snow is now melting, we will be cruising through mud next week. But with March here, it should become spring pretty quick, though there will be fewer flowers on the Japonica this year, as they were hit by the very cold winds and snow.
Casia was born on the 24th July 2003 and died very peacefully on the 20th January 2018 due to old age.
Casia was the consummate show girl who never stopped wagging her tail. The house is quieter now as she was a great talker and the teeth always chattered as we prepared her food. On the other hand, we don’t have to keep all the doors and gates firmly shut and/or locked, as she was great at opening them. She was a truly wonderful mother to her two litters. The first was by Dalehouse Rockafella which produced Ch Tolutim Drambuie ShCM. The second by Ch Fakenham Flash Gordon which produced the CC winning Tolutim Evensong at Narracoopa ShCM. Both of these are owned by Lou and Liesel Thorner.
Although she had a long life and a peaceful end, she is much missed by Stilman and Mary.
Another year has passed and a Tolutim has been on the television. On Utility Day, the Crufts program showed Marcy for a couple seconds in the title credits. That was one highlight for the year.
The results were good. In Veteran Bitch, Drambuie was awarded a second and Zaffre a fifth. In Limit Dog, Yaffle was awarded a fourth.
More important are the interesting conversations that take place around the ring. The meeting up with friends from oversees is wonderful, for we were able to hear what “foreigners” think of the British dogs. It was wonderful to see Helle Hoie at the ringside. She watched her bitch win her class.
Crufts is always a friendly show, with so much interest around the ring and so much conversation as well, so don’t ask me who did what where. We wish all the winners and losers well for the year to come.
Mary and I went with Zaffre to DOTY this past weekend.
We enjoyed the day catching up with friends of long-standing, and meeting other friends who had disappeared from the scene some time ago. So it was a very good day at a show – a very special show for Tolutim because there were three Tolutim dalmatians there on the day.
Tolutim Zaffre met an Irish Champion in the first round and bowed out.
Tolutim Yves St Laurent at Judally also got knocked out in the first round.
Tolutim Drambuie, however, had a wonderful day, becoming the first DOTY Veteran winner, receiving the Peggy Pilgrim Memorial Trophy.
We understand the partying went on well into the night, with a meal and dancing after the juddging was over.