The Gang 2009
Bottom: Amber, Treacle, Pepper, Fudge, Jessica, Abigail, Mimi
Nottus Cavalier King Charles Spaniels was founded in 1981 with the
purchase of a Blenheim dog puppy as a pet. Scamp was taken to obedience
training classes locally in Aberdeen (where I lived at the time) and had a
particular passion for a German Shepherd who attended the same classes
(sadly, her name escapes me now). This German Shepherd was going to an
Exemption Show near Aviemore and Scamp and I were persuaded to go along to
keep her and her owner company, and I got the showing bug from that day
forward – having won 1st prize in Dog with the Waggiest Tail. Open Shows
followed with limited success (but enough to keep me interested!).
In 1982 I bought a Tricolour bitch to keep Scamp company and Fearn came
into my life for the next 15 years. Beautiful though Fearn was to me, she
had an undershot jaw and slipping patellas, so she was never bred from and
was spayed a year later.
In 1984 we saw the arrival of a Blenheim bitch (as Scamp had had to be
put to sleep in the meantime) and 14˝ years of living with Hollie began.
She had a high class pedigree but a low class heart so again she was never
Millhill Bonne Amie (Faye) aged
7˝, right, with her great grand-daughter
Nottus Guinevere at Arkond aged about 11 months.
Robbie and Treacle
Third time lucky, in 1987, I was lucky enough to be
allowed to purchase the lovely (and VERY healthy) Tricolour bitch,
Millhill Bonne Amie, from Ellie Mordecai, and at last success in the
show ring quickly followed both at Open and Championship shows. As
an added bonus, Faye produced a litter by Ch Cherokee of Rossbonny
at Delhaze from which I kept a Tricolour bitch, Nottus Naughty But
Nice (Opal). That was Faye’s only litter.
All the present Nottus Cavaliers are descendants of these two
long living bitches – Faye died at just short of 13 years old, still with a clear heart, and
Opal died earlier this year at 15.
Robbie after winning Best of Breed
at Peterborough Open Show
Patsy at 10 months
By careful use of some lovely stud dogs from the Millhill line,
and occasionally adding in other dogs of my choice from Delhaze,
Gayhalo and Pamedna lines, we arrived in 2003 when at long last
a Nottus Cavalier, owned by Mrs Lucy Dawson (a first time
exhibitor), hit heights beyond my wildest dreams when Nottus Hooray
Henry was awarded the CC and Best of Breed at Windsor Championship
Show. In January 2005, Henry was also awarded his Show Certificate
of Merit, a Kennel Club Award gained by wins at Open shows.
Four years on, Nottus Need a Hero ("Fudge") joined the ranks of
Nottus dogs with entries in the Kennel Club Stud Book by gaining his
Junior Warrant at 17 months old.
Henry on the day he won the Dog Challenge Certificate and Best
of Breed at Windsor Championship Show
Fudge shortly before he gained his Junior Warrant in November 2007
Follow the development of these lovely Blenheim dogs and the rest
of the family from my
original brood bitch through the pedigrees and photographs on this
website (kindly designed for me by Lucy and Stephen Dawson).
Robbie at 6 months with his
proud owner, after winning Best of Breed and Best Puppy at
East Midlands Open Show at 6˝ months
Amber with Nickie
at the Suffolk Association Open Show in 2003
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