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Anne D Charleston

On Sunday 18th June 2006 Anne D Charleston (Nancy) passed away.

At a mere 87 years of age Anne had spent 40 of these as Secretary of the Elkhound Association of Scotland. Few of us will remember her before Elkhounds but it seems that her life was varied and active both in her own right and with her late sister Isobel Clarkson.

Only recently she told the story of one of the first meetings she attended of the Elkhound Association of Scotland where the one person who was of most help to her was a student by the name of Ronnie Irving. At that time the Club was still in its infancy but with her determination and help from many other well known people in the breed the Club achieved championship status in 1975.

Like many other Clubs, there have been the ups and downs but with Nancy at the helm the Club celebrated both silver and golden jubilees. In April this year Nancy decided to stand down from her position as Secretary and sadly only a few weeks later she was admitted to hospital.

Nancy was not to recover and her friends said ‘goodbye’ to her on Thursday 22nd June at a very personal service in Kirkcaldy. At her request there were no flowers but donations can be made to Elkhound Rescue.

Drew Littlejohn
President, Norwegian Elkhound Association of Scotland

Mrs Dorothy Verna Taylor (Wiredot)

1st September 1926 - 20th June 2006

The very sad news has reached me that Mrs Dot Taylor (Wiredot) passed away on Tuesday morning 20th June 2006.

Dot passed away following a short illness at home with her family at her side. Wiredot terriers were deeply based in Lakelands, Welsh and their first breed Wire Fox Terriers, a successful judge as well as breeder and exhibitor making Champions in all three breeds, Dot last judged the Welsh at Crufts in 1995.

A founder member of the Midland Lakeland Terrier Club, Dot was passionate about the club and served on the committee from its beginnings and to my knowledge I cannot remember her being absent from any until this recent illness. Many will remember Dot from the club shows where she worked away behind the scene and then on to greet, mingle and generally make newcomers welcome to the club.

Dot originated from the Black Country village of Brierley Hill, and September would have been her 80th birthday.

On National Terrier day 2007 Reg and Dot would have celebrated 60 years of marriage together following their first meeting in Weston Super Mare during the war years on 1943.

We were not only lucky to have known her but to have had her as a friend, things always livened up when Dot came in especially the committee Christmas parties where the hair was let down a little more than usual.

We send all our sympathies to Reg, her two sons John and Steve and not forgetting the grandchildren of whom she was particularly proud.

The funeral was held on Saturday 24th June at Netherseal Village Church just a short walk from their home. Dot will be very sadly missed by us all.

Joe Ashe