A New Beginning
After a long lay off due to a protracted divorce, in 1993 I met my new partner Keith Raper and together we have built a successful breeding showing kennel under the affix of “SHADLIAN”.We have enjoyed much success including many Best in Show,CC’s,RCC’s and Best Puppy awards leading to attainment of Kennel Club Stud Book entries.
Our first true Shadlian Airedale was Sally – Shadlian Uessay. (far right) She has 5 Reserve Challenge Certificates, 1 Challenge Certificate, 1 BOB and 2 BIS.
We have also campaigned Sally’s brother, Billy (Shadlian Red Sox) to 2 RCCs in 1997.(See him left displaying Airedale Terrier characteristics!)We enjoyed many happy years with Sally and Billy until both sadly passed away within five weeks of each other in 2008.They both,together with their younger sister Tiga (1997-2009) were an absolute joy to live with all full of Airedale Terrier “character” !!!
The first dog campaigned after Keith & I joined forces was Tessie (Shadli Temptress).See her left collecting her BIS at Lincoln Canine Society Show. She attained several RCCs and 2 BIS.In Tessie’s first litter there was a fine upstanding young man. His name was “Jake” (see him right in Cruella DeVil’s library)and he went on to become the hero of the Disney movie “101 DALMATIANS” and left us to live in luxury with his animal trainer from the company,Birds and Animals Unlimited, on a ranch in Florida.Another of our dogs “Tex” involved in the same film at Shepperton Studios went off to live with one of the producers and her actor husband.Tex hasinc passed away and in 2008 puppy Mabel(Shadlian In The Pink) went to live with them.
In 1999 we pioneered the use in England in Airedales of artificial insemination using frozen semen.We imported frozen semen from Am Ch Highpoint’s Dakota(below) to be used on Sally and Tiga.More of which later.
We were founder members of both Yorkshire and Eastern Counties Airedale Terrier Club and Russian Black Terrier Club and went on to serve on both Committees.We also served as committee members of the National Airedale Terrier Association and between 1998 and 2000 were instrumental in the preparation of the Airedale Terrier Millennium Celebration held in Bingley,West Yorkshire “home of the Airedale Terrier”
In 1998 we constructed purpose built dog boarding kennels to be known as “Woofers Lodge” which we developed into a very successful and highly recommended boarding and dog grooming business.We sold the business in 2005 to concentrate on breeding and showing our dogs,which we had been unable to do in the intervening period due to the commitment required in running a busy boarding kennel.