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Obituaries

Anne Katherine Nicholas

Anne Katherine Nicholas passed away in her sleep on the night Tuesday March 1st, 2005. She will be cremated and the ashes taken to the family home in Troy, NY. A memorial service is being planned for the Spring.

Anna Katherine was in great demand as a judge since 1934. In 1970 she became only the third woman to judge best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York.

She was very popular as a writer having won several prestigious awards from the Dog Writers’ Association of America. Several of her breed books became classics such as The Pekingese, The Skye Terrier Book, the Wonderful World of Beagles and Beagling, the Book of the Boxer, the Book of the Pekingese, and my personal favourite, The World of Doberman Pinschers.

Anna Katherine Nicholas, though small of stature she was a giant both as a judge and a writer. She will be sorely missed.

Clive Davies


Diana Blount
(Rhinog Shetland Sheepdogs)

The death of Diana Blount one month short of her 89th birthday following a short illness, has robbed the sheltie world of yet another of the circle of famed ladies who so dominated the breed and who played major roles in the breeds advancement for a great part of the last century.

Diana was one of the fast disappearing old brigade, whose moral fortitude and honesty were basic accoutrements. With gritty determination, she was self willed, decidedly single minded and not one to suffer fools gladly. She was generous in her friendship but it was not easily granted and it was Diana who decided when it had been earned. A gentlewoman in every sense of the word, this daughter of Sir Edmund Blount was first and foremost an animal lover and for a good part of her life ran a highly successful boarding kennels in Selsdon Vale.

After breeding and showing corgis for a number of years, she fell for the elusive charm of the sheltie and proved to be a highly successful breeder and exhibitor. She never bred dogs on a large scale, being more concerned with her dogs well being and she absolutely adored her long walks around the countryside of her beautiful cottage near Manaton in South Devon, accompanied by her family of Shelties.

Amongst her famous Champions were Ch. Rhinog Watltzing Matilda. Ch. Rhinog the Gay Lancers and the unforgettable Ch. Rhinog the Black Watch.

Her stock was much in demand overseas, indeed Rhinog the Guardian was sold to Sweden where he gained multiple titles and became a hugely influential and successful stud dog in Scandinavia.

Like many of her ilk, Diana was never one to self promote – believing "if they want you they will ask for you". However, she was respected as a judge of both shelties and corgis and in the former had judged all the main Club Championship shows and had officiated at Crufts which she did in 1990.

Diana’s dog showing friends knew her as a warm-hearted person, generous in spirit, rich in her company and with that rare ability to self deprecate and confront the pomposities of life with a wry smile, a laugh, a shrug of the shoulders and the much loved punch line of ‘Who’s for a drink?’.
We miss her already.

Albert Wight

At the time of going to press details of the funeral are not known.

However, the family have indicated that instead of floral tributes, Diana would have suggested donations be sent to:

The English Shetland Sheepdog Club (Contingency Fund)
– Mrs. June Johns, Silver Brook Cottage, Old Wood, Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire, LN6 5UA


Mrs J Irvine

The German Shepherd breed has lost a staunch supporter with the death of Janette Irvine on February 27th. Janette bred many good winners over the years including the lovely Ch Millvins Avalon in the mid 80s.

A hardworking committee member of Clyde Valley GSD Club Janette will be much missed and the club's May show which will be held in her memory. We will be making a collection in aid of Cancer Research at the show and the Club will also be making a donation to the same charity.

She leaves her husband John, son Johnny and daughter-in-law Heather and her adored granddaughters Emma-Louise and Kirsty to whom our heartfelt sympathy.

Jayne Swan,
Secretary Clyde Valley GSD Club