A 100th birthday tribute
Mrs Pauling pictured relaxing with one of the Cookridge gang
MRS PAULING was born with a love of animals, being brought up in a family with lots of animals around them.
When she married she looked for a dog to share the house with them; this was in the mid 1940s, when they gave 10gns for a black bitch of Keewatin breeding. She was was greatly admired, and so Mrs Pauling started to show her at match meetings, then Sanction shows and gradually Limited, Open and Championship shows, gaining her first CC under Tom Dinwiddie and quickly making her up.
Bimbo, as the bitch was called, bred some nice puppies but unfortunately distemper struck and she lost the puppy she kept, but she continued with her breeding and winning under some of the greats at that time. One of her favourite dogs was Ch Cookridge Otter, bred by Margaret Ward, by Cookridge Roamer out of Ch Careener of Heatheridge, another lady who bred top class stock gaining many titles, Otter was also winning awards at Field Trials.
Mrs Pauling also trained her dogs and worked them, being a regular at the Lane Fox Estate, Bramham Park, where Vic Thompson was Head Keeper, both often competing together at Trials, and she had many happy seasons there.
Otter sired a chocolate son, Cookridge Kim, who also scored well at Trials, and he also sired a black bitch, being Cookridge Gay Princess which, when mated to Tweed of Blaircourt (bred by Margie Cairns), produced six black and two chocolate puppies, one being the first ever chocolate Ch Cookridge Tango, gaining her first CC at the Labrador Club of Scotland under Mary Roslin-Williams, going on to gain eight CCs, six with BOB and two RCCs. Tango’s brother Jasper, a black, was mated to a chocolate daughter of Otter which produced Int Ch Cookridge Cola, exported to Sweden as a puppy and becoming the first chocolate Ch in that country. Tango and Cola, as the first chocolate champions, gave a great deal of pleasure and sense of achievement, but all her dogs gave her pleasure, as did her aviary of tropical birds. Here again her skill shone through in breeding the first ever Crown Pigeons in this country, one large estate’s bird garden had tried without success, but Mrs Pauling’s knowledge and attention to detail achieved it for her.
It was in Mrs Pauling’s kitchen with Wyn and Charles Howarth that the Three Ridings Labrador Club was formed, and for many years she was President until a few years ago when she stood down; now she and Wyn Howard are the Club’s two Vice Presidents. It was at her farm that many of the events took place, especially the Annual Rally (Fun Day); the ground was so well suited for training and was used for such, and for very many years her input into the club has been enormous.
Mrs Pauling has always been a quiet but very determined lady whose love of animals shone through. She moved from Cookridge in the 1940s, buying some land at the side of the A64 not far from Leeds, and built a farm there, but would not allow the bungalow to be started until all the farm buildings had been completed, living in a small wood hut during some severe weather, but as always the livestock came first. They started with a herd of pedigree cattle and pedigree pigs, also producing turkeys for Christmas. Puppies which she sold would come back when owners went away and eventually the cattle and pigs went and all the buildings were converted into boarding kennels, which she looked after with that same dedication.
Her expertise in judging was sought after from many countries, but she always declined the invitations, preferring to stay in her much loved home; in fact, it was extremely difficult to get her away from home at all! I can remember her leaving once for, I think, four days, to some friends in Devon, but we had to promise to move in, and received strict instructions on how to care for the dogs and birds, a daunting task and a great relief when she came back and all was well! She also had two horses which both she and her husband rode around the farm, and this too gave her much pleasure.
Now Mrs Pauling lives in an elderly persons’ home with her nephew Ian, who has done so much for her over the years, as her regular visitor. She will be 100 years of age on the 21st of August, and she has been such a wonderful person in so many ways, we send her many congratulations on her marvellous life, and many thanks for the privilege of knowing her.