Darwyn Welsh Terrier Website

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Photoshoot with Parker and Sonya

Ffiona Erskine of Ffire photography did a photoshoot recenlty with Parker and Sonya which resulted in many beautiful photos.  Sonya also did a mini photoshoot with Aaron while he was over there, which I have included one of Parker on the Sydney waterfront.  Check out the link here for a few of the beautiful photos that Ffiona took!

This has helped to inspire me to update Parker's web page that I created for him and Sonya - check it out at this link here.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

9 year old Megan sisters still doing well!

Following my calendar communication with the darwyn pet owners, I heard back from 2 couples that have 9 year old litter sisters (2 separate couples) - both of these girls are called Megan!

The dam of these girls was born in my first litter and she (Tessa) was my first home-bred champion.

The Megan sisters live in Victoria, go to almost every Victoria and Nanaimo area welshie walk, and are well known in their communities.  Their owners have become very good friends and the dogs now are affectionally referred to as "the sisters".  I actually have always gotten a number of updates from these folks throughout the year, along with a few other people that have my dogs in that area,  that have all become good friends with each other.  And me too.  :)
This photo of "the sisters" was taken last month at a get-together of 6 couples that have dogs from me.
When I think of the Megan sisters, and the others that are part of this close knit group (Lily, Haley, Becky, Mandi), and the families that love them, it makes me realise that as a breeder, we can do so much more than simply breed beautiful, healthy, well socialized dogs ... here is proof that we can also help bring other people together, in some cases, where strong and lasting friendshps are built and made.  All it takes is to do the introductions of people that have similar interests and close proximity.  The friendships that I have made, and have helped to create, mean a lot to me.

Thank you to everyone for your kindness, support and love of the dogs that I have placed in your care.

TJ is a star!

TJ at the groomers (click here)
After doing my 2013 custom Darwyn Calendar, I sent out an email to every Darwyn pet owner, since my first litter was born in early 2001 - about 100!  A tedious exercise as I did individual emails, but very worthwhile.  In response, I have received some truly wonderful stories and updates from these awesome pet owners.  I will try to post a few of them here.
To start, this boy TJ (a Parker & Paisa son) lives in Burnaby and has just finished an advanced obedience class.  His claim to fame is that he is featured on the front page of his groomers website! (click here)

The photo to the right is when he first went to his new home.  The groomer is right - TJ is a beautiful welshie!  And, by the sounds of it, a smart one too in a great home.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

2013 Custom Darwyn Calendar now available!

I have included all new photos in my 2013 calendar.  Pictures (primarily from this year) include:
  • Parker is shown in a beautiful photo on the waterfront on one of the beaches around Sydney Australia with his co-owner, Sonya;
  • a few photos of Joe's "kids" having fun with us this past summer - Trooper and Java on various beaches and Tina in our boat;
  • Gracie and Zorro are shown in our garden;
  • Monty is as high as he can get in our 1 snowfall of the year during 2012! 
  • Joe has a couple of professional photos to show him off!
I used mostly fun photos, and a couple of professional photos of our top dog Joe, in this years calendar.  While I have lot's of awesome show ring photos, I wanted this year's calendar to be about how we also enjoy our dogs outside of the show ring. 

Anyone can order one (click here) - so if you want to, go ahead. I know it is early - but here's hoping that 2013 is a good year all round for all of my friends and family!

Trooper on the beaches near Long Beach, BC (Cox Bay)
That was so much fun, going back over some of the awesome times we had during this year!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Darwyn Welsh Terriers - Montgomery 2012: Best of Breed!

American Grand Champion Darwyn Esmeralda in Sanherpinc was BEST OF BREED 2 out of the 4 days for the weekend of Montgomery County Kennel Club - both days were Welsh Terrier Club of America specialties!  Specifically, Hatboro I and Hatboro II (2012).

These picture were taken by myself (Larisa Hotchin) on the Friday show of Hatboro.  I was thrilled to be there, to watch and to be able to take pictures of this beautiful girl, presented flawlessly.
We are so proud of this wonderful accomplishment. There were many really beautiful Welsh Terriers in the ring those days, both in the classes, and other specials.  I am honoured to be Emme's breeder, along with Mr. Bruce Schwartz. 

Much appreciation to judges Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen and Mr. Vesa Lehtonen of Finland, both are considered to be very accomplished terrier judges. 

We are very honoured and proud.  Thank you.  To read a bit more about Emme, click here.

Monty has his own web page now! GCh Am/Can Darwyn Bruhil's Flying Circus

After watching Monty's littermate, Emme, win BOB 2x over Montgomery County Kennel Club weekend (click here for one of the days at Hatboro), I got motivated to do Monty's page on my website.  Monty is a WTCA National Specialty winner himself, from MCKC 2011.  I decided to do a page for Emme as well.

Click here for Monty's page.
(RBIS Am GCh & Can Ch Darwyn Bruhil's Flying Circus)

Click here for Emme's page.
(RBIS/BISS Am GCh Darwyn Esmeralda in Sanherpinc)

I am forever grateful to Bruce Schwartz for his vision and co-breeding these lovely welsh with me, Santiago for selling Bruce and I their lovely mother Paisa, and to Bob of the New Husken Welsh Terriers in the Netherlands for helping me make this breeding to his beautiful dog, Bill, happen.
Thank you.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Darwyn Welsh Terriers - Montgomery 2012: Java

Java (Darwyn's Special Blend) - my 6 month old Joe x Dora son, made his show ring debut a long ways from home - at the Welsh Terrier Club of America National Specialty in Pennsylvania at Montgomery County Kennel Club.  He was 1st in his class each day, and in the sweepstakes, under breeder judge, Ms. Kathleen Rost, he was Best of Opposite Sex (click here for results)!

To read more about Mr. Java, click here. 
More will be added as he is such a fun dog and Michael and I have done some really fun trips with him this past summer. I'll try to transfer some of those photos from Facebook onto my website over time.
Stay tuned about this promissing puppy!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy 11th Birthday to K-See: one of 2 foundation bitches for Darwyn

Happy 11th birthday to K-See:  BISS Am/Can Ch Saredon Chasing Secrets. 
She's living a wonderful life up in Alaska with a family that runs a fishing lodge.  She enjoys guests in the summer, and runs on the beach (practically her own beach) most of the year around.  I am so happy that I am friends with her lovely owner and I would happily give Katie another retired Darwyn welsh.
K-See's legacy was not only in top show wins (including Montgomery weekend, 2003, and wins with me owner-handled by the late, but great, Annie Clark), but also in her offspring.  Her "kids" that are still either showing, or still in-tact are Dora,  Donny and Zorro (click on their names for details), and up and coming are Jessie and Ella.  She's even represented well by a couple of young boys that are her grandchildren - Java who was very well received at Montgomery 2012 as a 6 month old puppy, and MJ, who is now in Germany.
From all of us at Darwyn, we wish you a wonderful birthday!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Darwyn Welsh Terriers - Montgomery 2012: Jessie

One of Zorro's litter sister's, Jessie, was also shown on MCKC weekend.  Jessie - Darwyn Jesterr's Holding Court, was conditioned and presented by her co-owner, Jane Erdman and is also a Monty x Dora daughter. 
Jane was the only owner-handler in the Open Bitch class, the rest were top Terrier Professional Handlers.  It was a very tough class with some beautiful examples of our breed being presented.  The fact that Jane was "in the ribbons" on Montgomery day was wonderful!  With everything Jane has gone through over this past 6 months, to also get Jessie into coat condition and brought to the specialty was very special.  I got to see a lot of Jessie on the weekend and Jane sure loves her.  The photo above shows how well Jane presented her .... made me a very proud breeder. 
Photo courtesy of Sonya Cornick
It's not just the winning, in this case participation was truly a wonderful thing.

Darwyn Welsh Terriers - Montgomery 2012: Zorro

Zorro was Reserve Winners Dog at Hatboro!
My 18 month old Monty x Dora son (each were MCKC 2011 top winners) was conditioned and presented by Ernesto Lara and his team for the MCKC 2012 weekend. 
Click here to see a few photos that I took.
He is just a young boy, but it was wonderful to watch his effortless movement, see his pretty profile on the self-stack and table, and his confident and attentive (but not over the top) attitude. 
Ernesto has him in absolutely beautiful condition!  I just need to get used to seeing a different head trim that Ernesto does (who was classically trained by Mr. Peter Green in this area), vs. Wood Wornall, who has previously handled many of my dogs over Montgomery weekend. 
I like what I saw last weekend, and I loved Ernesto's set-up and enjoyed being with his team.