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Jayne Swan (Starhopes)

The world of German Shepherds was shocked and very saddened by the sudden death of Jayne Swan on Friday 23rd June 2006 at her home in Lesmahagow, Scotland.

Jayne had seemed so well at the National Clubs’ two day show on June 10th and 11th, hurrying from ring to ring to take photographs of the winners, but had felt a little unwell in the days following the show. She died from a heart attack while feeding the wild birds, which she loved, though not as much as she loved her Shepherds.

The Starhopes affix has always been noted for good bitches, including Ch Starhopes Mirrelle of Charavigne and Ch Starhopes Kassie, the latter owned in partnership with Neil Johnstone. It was Jayne’s ambition to breed a male champion and this dream was realised when she made up champion Starhope’s Chivalry in 2005.

What a day for Starhopes was the first day of the two day show. A son of Chivalry, Rab MacPhee’s Robuna Quantas Master was best puppy in show, and Starhopes Qualli, which Jayne owned in partnership with Heather MacDonald and David Greer won a large junior class. Rab MacPhee’s Starhopes Xendi at Robuna was 5th in puppy bitch and Starhope’s Xandro co-owned by Jayne and Joanne Cathie and Audrey Forrest. It was a day of which Jayne was justly proud.

Jayne was a respected championship show judge, the very efficient secretary of the Clyde Valley GSD Club and a stalwart of the GSD breed council. She had served on the council’s finance panel for many years and her sensible input will be greatly missed. Her last task for the council, apart from the photographs of the two day show, was to update the rotation of CCs for this breed for the Kennel Club. It was typical of Jayne that she completed it up to the year 2030, so unless we lose or gain a set she has taken this onerous task from someone else’s shoulders.

The cremation service will take place on Thursday 29th June and by request there will be no flowers, but anyone who wishes may donate to the GSD Welfare Fund in Jayne’s memory. This wish came from Bill, Jayne’s husband of many years, and to him the whole breed sends its thoughts and sympathies.

Jayne had many friends who will miss her too, hopefully they will continue to campaign Jayne’s dogs on her behalf.

An appreciation of Jayne’s life will appear in the national magazine and anyone wishing to contribute to this please contact me.

S Rankin