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Obituary: Foster Parker
Heathermount Dobermanns & Chinese Crested Dogs

Foster Parker passed away quite suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday 14th October, although he had not enjoyed the best of health in last few years.

He was born on 9th February 1925 in Toowomba, Queensland, Australia, but Mr. & Mrs. Parker decided to return to England bringing their 3 year old son Foster with them, so Foster was brought up as a true Yorkshire man.

He spent some 5 years with the 15th/19th Kings Royal Hussars, seeing war action in France Belgium Holland and Germany, he subsequently served in Palestine until he was demobbed. After his return he married Enid, a union lasting 53 years in which they shared a passion for dogs.

Foster had dogs all his life, but it was in 1963 he purchased his first Dobermann and it was not long after that the Heathermount prefix was granted. He served for many years on the committee of the North of England Dobermann Club and was instrumental in founding the Trans-Penine Branch; he also served on the committees of other local Canine Societies and he became well-known and well respected. The best Dobermann he bred was probably Ch Heathermount Grenadier.

It was in the 60’s that Enid and Foster developed an interest in Chinese Crested Dogs although they had to wait till 1969 before one was available and they acquired their Staround Mr Wu, by 1971 they also had Winterlea Starba of Crest Haven and Staround Java and their breeding program began.

In keeping with his interest in the dog clubs, Foster was a member of the Chinese Crested Dog Club and was Chairman or Vice-Chairman for some 20 years.

Foster and Enid enjoyed great success with their dogs, with Ch Heathermount Imperial and Ch Heathermount Mecca. Foster was always ready to help others interested in his chosen breeds;
Ch Heathermount Pharaoh of Moonswift was the mainstay of Mrs Bowdler-Townsend’s Moonswift kennel and took the reserve Toy Group at Windsor Championship Show in 1982. They also bred Ch The Master Blaster For Pekiki for Mrs Godfrey, the first powder-puff champion in the breed.

It was in 1982 that Chinese Crested Dogs gained CC status and Foster judged the breed at SKC. He judged at Chinese Crested Dog Club Championship Show in 1986 and Crufts in 1992; he also judged the first Championship Show held by the Chinese Crested Club of GB in 1994.

Foster was a dog man through and through and made a big contribution to the world of dogs. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Enid on her great loss.

Diana Rich