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Pat Rose (Miradel)

I am so sorry to report the passing of Pat Rose (Miradel Miniature Poodles) at the age of 74 on Wednesday 13 July. She passed away peacefully at home with Dennis at her side. She hadn't been to a show at all this year until she made a visit to Windsor just 2 weeks before her passing.
Pat was a lady in the true sense of the word. She worked so hard to produce top quality white miniature poodles with beautiful heads & expressions.

Her first champion & foundation bitch was Ch Stanlyn Cleopatra who didn't win her first CC until she was about 6 years old. A most rare occurence these days! She won a CC at Crufts in 1970.

Not many people nowadays will realize that Pat also had Black Miniatures & the first was Miradel Lochranza Jaquetta whos decendants won well in the showring including CCs. But it was Pat first love, the whites, for which she is so well known. Cleopatra produced Ch Miradel Cleo the first champion to carry the prefix. She was followed by Ch M Cleona. Pat's association with Peter Young had now blossomed into a partnership in which Pat did the breeding & caring whilst Peter did the preparation & handling. Their first champion was "Jamie" Ch M Of Course who sired Ch M Camilla (Jodie) She in turn produced Ch M Chamilla who was then the dam of their last champion Ch Miradel Chamillia with Lotsmoor.

During this time Peter brought over from America a white boy which they, again, had in partnership & in 1997 he became Ch Cameo's Lyca Performance at Lotsmoor.

Pat and husband Dennis were a strong unit & he gave her total support when the Miniature Poodle Club was founded in 1974 & Pat was the secretary, a role that she kept until the last few years when the reins were passed over to Jackie Kitchener.

Pat was a championship show judge & was delighted to have the opportunity to judge her beloved breed at Crufts in 1996. Ch Rocksville The Cool Dude at Glynpedr was her BOB winner with Ch Navarre Is Exquisite taking the Bitch CC, nothing unusual you might think, but the rumour going round beforehand was that she would not give the CC to a white - how wrong a lot of people were!

Pat was of the Jewish faith so the funeral was held at Golders Green on Friday 15th July.
To her husband Dennis & her sons Douglas & Steven & his three children we offer our sincerest condolences from all within the poodle world.

Liz Holmes-Leak

I am saddened to report the death on Wednesday 13th July of my friend and partner in white Miniature Poodles Patricia Rose.

Patricia Rose was a rather unique and certainly unconventional person in many ways, quite shy, utterly meticulous and precise, prinicpled and focused, whatever she did she put her heart and soul into and did to the best of her ability, which was always close to perfection .

The only child to her parents Moss and Renee Kaye she grew up in North West London attending Queens College School for girls. During the war her school was evacuated from London. Slim and petite, Pat graced the London social scene briefly before marrying Dennis Rose when she was 18, after he was demobilised from the air force.

Shortly after her marriage came the first white miniature poodle, which unfortunately died and a replacement was sought quickly , and one was found in Gigi, bought from Evelyn Humberstone. The show bug began to bite and an absorbing hobby formed. Gigi went on to become CH Stanlyn Cleopatra winning her first CC at Crufts under Shirley Walne of the famous Vulcan prefix all the white miniatures have descened from Gigi making the MIRADELS the uk's top winning white miniature kennel ever with more uk champions to date than any other, also during the 70's & 80's many overseas champions too.

Pat toyed briefly with black miniatures, largely Lochranza based again breeding quite a few overseas champions, the most famous being CH MIRADEL MAGNUS who was dog of the year in Sweden and also did well at home with two that got 2CC's apiece, but her heart lay in the whites .She was proud of the success of her dogs and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the show scene, her small bird-like frame often peering around the corner of tent flaps checking the progress of judging.

On the formation of The Miniature Poodle Club of which Pat was a founder along with Ken and Olga Bullock, Daphne and John MacDougall, James and Barbara Currie, Judith and Hank Heron, Rita Gee, Rita Price-Jones,Valarie Fergusson, and Ann Bradley to mention a few (please forgive me of others I am unsure of). Pat with her organisation skills and ability and passion for miniatures made her the obivous choice as honorary secretary and treasurer, a post she held for 25 years .

Also a full member of the Kennel Club after first being in the ladies’ branch Pat was given the honour of judging Crufts in 1996, awarding CC's here she also judged extensively throughout Europe, in the States and Russia.

Patricia was definately a very talented lady, a member of the Institute of Journalists, compiling crossword puzzles for the Evening News and several other journals as well as writing articles. Her command of the English language was exceptional and was an inspiration to all who knew her. A very sensitive and precise woman who did not make close friends easily, but once a friend you were a friend for life. She had the highest of principles and would never knowingly hurt any person or animal and she was a large supporter of many animal organisations and charities for animal welfare and had adopted her own donkey called "Tapestry".

She was always ready for a game of cards, bridge was her favourite and in fact she was still playing up to 10 days ago. Although she had recently had a short stay in hospital Pat's death came swiftly and unexpectedly, mercifully in the ordered and beautiful surroundings of her own home with her adoring husband and her dogs beside her.

She will be very sadly missed by her loving husband Dennis, sons Stephen and Douglas, daughter in law Vivienne and her grandchildren of who she was immensly proud David, Georgina and Joanna.

Many other people who had the good fortune to know her well will miss her too, but for myself I will miss someone I have known for the largest part of my life whose friendship, humour, sharp dry wit, and kindness I cherished and will never forget.

The funeral took place on Friday July 15th.

Peter Young


Mr Jim Neville

IT IS with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Mr Jim Neville.

Jim, in partnership with his wife Gwen, was a stalwart of the breed and of toy dogs in general and campaigned their dogs under the ‘Pleck’ prefix. The prefix had been registered by Gwen’s mother Mrs Cooper, in the 1930s. Jim & Gwen’s most famous dog was Jamestown Sam’s Pride of Pleck who won a total of 7 CCs including the ticket at Crufts in 1977.

Jim and Gwen will be remembered for their involvement with the Birmingham Toy Dog Society and both were instrumental in the formation of the UK Toy Dog Society. Regrettably Gwen passed away in the early 1980s and Jim supported her through a lengthy illness.

Jim’s last appointment was to officiate at the 25th Silver Jubilee of the UK Toy Dog Society where he judged Best in show.

Jim settled into a happy retirement and married a charming lady by the name of Sheila who really cared for and supported him until his death.

To Sheila and to Jim’s many friends and family, we extend our deepest sympathy.

Geoffrey Davies