Multi BISS Can. Ch. Magmellan Fitzwilliam Avoca "Willie"
Can.Ch. Ballycastle Aotearoa Rata
was my keeper from Rata's litter of 8. I was told I was
foolish to keep him with his white "sock" as he would be penalized
in the show ring, which he was at all breed shows, that's why I got
discouraged and never finished him. However , although there were other
nice males in the litter I was convinced he was the best, with the quality and
presence I wanted. I've never regretted my decision. He was the
first in a dominant male line of AOTEAROA Irish Wolfhounds that continues to
the present day.
sire, Willie bred by Dorcas De Villiers and owned by Mary Morrison was
the first Canadian Bred Irish Wolfhound to win Best
in Show at an IWCA Specialty which he did under Mary Jane Ellis in 1981. The
following year he won Best in Show at our IWCC Specialty under Tom Fiddler
from England. " Socks" won the Canadian bred male class at that
same show. I am rather proud of the fact that I choose Willie to sire
Rata's litter BEFORE these 2 major wins.
him so much for the qualities he has passed on the his descendants, in beauty,
health, and his sweet and gentle nature. One
quality he has not passed on very often is his "smile". I wished I
could get him to do it on command, to show his perfect scissors
bite, but he would only do it when HE felt like it!