born May 5, 1970

Sire:- Can.Ch.Castleborn Ard Kendrick 

Dam:-Am.Ch Fleetwind Castleborn Clare

Dubs was my first Irish Wolfhound, bred by Susan and Rene de La Roche from some of the last of the Ambleside hounds of Alma Starbuck, and the Fleetwind hounds of Lois Hall.  There were very few IW breeders in Canada at that time, and most of them were still on their first generation bred from imports from England, Ireland, and the USA. The many North American IW's in the 70's Dubs excelled in size and bone, with a beautiful, strong yet feminine  head and expression, with soft, melting dark eyes seldom seen today. On the downside she lacked breadth and depth of chest, and width across the hindquarters.
She really did not like the show ring, which was disappointing for me being so keen to show, but she did eventually finish. I called her the reluctant champion, and returned her as soon as she finished. Some years later when I brought her out as a Veteran her attitude had completely changed. She seemed to enjoy it now, and placed 3rd in Veteran bitches at the IWCA Specialty in Lexington Kentucky in 1978.
I attended 2 IWCA Specialty trying to find the best possible sire for Dubs  and my first litter, and chose the Irish Import Am Ch.
High and Mighty of Carrickmines, imported by Dr. & Mrs. Thomas F Powers to the Powerscourt Kennel in the USA. Although he was not a very large dog his strong, beautifully angulated hindquarters were such a rarity at that time that he was very popular at stud, and had proved his ability to pass on this attribute. Dubs did eventually have a litter sired by High, but alas none survived.  However, I learned a lot though this tragic experience that  has helped me immensely to avoid the needless problem that occurred due to my own ignorance, and incompetent Vets. since then.
Barbara Daley,
Aotearoa Perm. Reg'd. 1970