31 January 1990 Pictured
at 7 & 1/2 years
Can.Am.Ch. Aotearoa Irawaru of Emrys Dan:- Can.Ch.
my "Lady White Stockings" was one of only 2 females in her litter of
7. I was told I would be foolish to keep her no matter how good she was,
as she would only face the same prejudice in the show ring as her great
grandsire Socks because of her white stockings. The other bitch was
larger, with almost no white on her feet, but there was something about
Moana I could not resist. So this time I ignored the advice of well meaning
friends and kept her, and I have never regretted it.
she did face some awkward moments in the show ring when an all breed judge
would go to check the standard to see if it was allowed, then put her at the
end of the line for making him look foolish. But she also had some very nice
wins en route to her Championship under judges who knew our standard better.
She was seldom shown as a special being somewhat in the shadow of her famous
sire, but she did help him win many Stud Dog classes at specialties.
produced 2 large litters, the first by Huhu, and the second , an outcross to
Can. Ch. Blackwing's Oisin bred by Kathie Upton from
Rionnageal hounds, who had combined well with mine in the past.
From this litter came 3 Canadian Champions before the age of 2, Ch. Belleghuan
Aotearoa Guinness, owned by John and Jocelyne Ferguson, definitely the biggest
hound I have ever bred, and a very successful sire, his brother Can.Ch.
Aotearoa Mingo, my keeper, who also produced some fine progeny, and Can. Ch.
at Emrys who I co-owned with Lois
Freedman who produced some lovely puppies sired by Aotearoa Inanga, a Huhu
son, the most notable of which is Can. Ch. Emrys That Touch of Class,
&1/2 years of age, when her second litter was just 8 weeks old she
suffered my first and only case of torsion in 33 years with the breed. She was
one of the lucky ones and did survive, thanks to my observant husband noticing
it quickly, and the expert surgery of my competent Veterinarian.
To have her with me after that until almost 10 years of age was a blessing and
reward enough, but the best was yet to come
of Emrys with 2 of his
daughters, Sandy (Can.Ch. Belleghuan
Kassandra), and Moana".
June of 1997, at 7 & 1/2 years of age she won the Veteran Bitch class of
14 at the IWCA National Specialty in Lake Placid, NY, USA under American
breeder /judge Beverly Little, whose critique was "Beautiful
type, with balance and grace. A lovely head and expression. Well filled front
and brisket, and
nice underline; showing her age a bit in the top line but it certainly did not
hamper her movement which was easy, active, and flawless". Later
that same day she made the last cut in the Gait class along with her grandson
Can.Ch. Lorence of Belleghuan. Then, in September that same year she
repeated her Veteran class win at our IWCC Specialty under English
breeder/judge Dagmar Kenis-Pordham. She
white stockings an asset, and describes her as a " Dark
brindle bitch of substance, with lovely white stockings to offset her dark
coat. Nice head and expression, very true front, excellent top line, croup,
and hindquarters. Good tuck up for her age. Won the class on her free powerful
enthusiastic movement. A seven year old in tip-top condition".
To win this honour at both National IW Specialties in North America in the
same year was a very special thrill, and an exciting finish to the show
career of my "Lady White Stockings".