15.07.89 - 29.01.06
Tri Colour Border Collie
My current dogs are Kipper and Dodger, Kennel Club names Stoneymarsh Don’t Stop Me Now O.W (Obedience Warrant) and Stoneymarsh Wish Upon A Star. Both bred by our friend Anne Marshall.
Kipper is a grandson of Daley and his registered name came about as I had always said if you could describe Daley in a song it would be Queen’s well known song Don’t Stop Me Now.
Dodger is nephew to Kipper and also a Great Grandson of Daley.
Daley came to live with us in September 1989 at the age of 10 weeks. I was a little late collecting him as we had been on holiday. From the day I got him in my eyes he was just special and I considered myself very lucky to have him.
In the litter there was just one bitch and one dog puppy born and I was actually third in line for a dog puppy, I was heartbroken. When circumstances changed for two other people and Daley became mine I was over the moon, I wanted to shout it from the roof tops. Daley was the apple of my eye from that day on.
He had an awesome pedigree behind him which was quite something to live up to but live up to it he did. He raced through the classes and was C only at only 22 months old, qualifying to work Championship Class C before he was 3 years. His final qualifier being a win under the late Paul Gavin.
He soon started getting placed in the ticket class but all the while he was getting stronger and stronger until eventually he decided he didn’t need a handler at all, he could do it all by himself, literally!
It took an awful lot of work to convince him that I too was part of this team
but finally on the 20th May 1995 everything moved into place and we won our very first ticket at the Scottish Kennel Club under judge Eileen Lyons. This gave us our first Crufts appearance in March 1996.
I was so excited but also worried, what if Daley could not cope with the atmosphere? Many lovely, well trained dogs fall apart in the big ring but Daley walked through the door at the NEC and grew to 10 feet tall. To him, his public had arrived just to see him. We had a super day and finished 7th overall.
We didn’t qualify for the 1997 Championships despite many places but during the summer of 1997 after four reserve tickets we finally got our passport to Crufts again, under judge Pat Evans (Watson).
The rest is history as they say. Daley went on to win Crufts Obedience Championship Dog 1998, something I could never even of dreamt of. Thank you to Lynn White who thought Daley the best dog on the day.
He was certainly a very special boy with which I had a very special bond.
I miss him every day but he will always live in my heart.
Daley, Jacko & Daleys nephew Eddie on the right
My handsome boy.