Chris writes, 'I have attached pictures of Angus (left) and Oban (below).
Angus was a fantastic dog a tireless worker and a real character he would never forget that maggot ridden rabbit or pheasant I had taken off him after what he considered a great retrieve and would climb barbed wire fences with ease up until 12 years of age to bring back to me what he thought I wanted – his trade mark was what we called "half smiles" he would greet you with one side of his mouth curled up so much he had trouble breathing!
Oban (Alices brother) is his fathers double very very intelligent probably more so than Angus (gets it from his mother), a great escapologist, opens doors and lets himself in or out. His latest trick came about one evening after locking him out by mistake I saw a paw coming through a hole cut in a solid wooden door he was, with success, unlatching the door from the outside, again he is a good worker soft mouthed and quiet at the peg and has been very easy to train.
Field Trial Champion Werrion Redwing of Collyers was owned by the late Hon. Mrs Amelia Jessel. Noonie as she was called is in the 7th/8th generation of the pedigree quite a way back. She was our first FT champion after WWII and only one British dog has been made up to FT champion since then. Amelia was always encouraging to novice handlers and came to be a guest trainer at the original Bucks Flatcoat training group, which was held at Dinton Hall and run by myself and ex husband back in the early 1980's. Noonie is another dog who made it well into their double digit age.
Late night puppy cuddles.