I was extremely sorry to learn of the news of the sudden death on February 26 2007 of Ch Rocksville The Cool Dude at Glynpedr, aged nearly 14. Dude was the UK's top ever winning White Miniature Poodle.
Co-owned by Paul Williams & Raymond Boatwright, he was sired by Ch Suraliam Playing The Fool ex Suraliam Razzmatazz at Rocksville and bred by Jenny Shaw of Rocksville Miniature Schnauzer fame. He was black bred back to his G/G Sire Ch Navarre's Executive, in fact the first white to appear in his pedigree was "Rigsby's" G/G/Dam Ch Wharfholm Lizzlan White Bride! He was first owned by Ralph and Sue Holmes (Suraliam), he was seen by Paul and the rest, as they say, is history.
Dude, as with all whites, was slow to develop, but first hit the winner's enclosure with his 1st Res CC at LKA in 1994. His 1st CC and BOB came from Harry Jordon at Bath 1995, his title then gained in three straight shows. He ended the year at Top Miniature winning 12 CCs and a Group 4. In 1996 he added another Top Miniature with 10 CCs plus Group 2 and Group 3 placings. 1997 (Top Min again) saw another 13 CCs plus Group wins at Three Counties and City of Birmingham with several Gr 2 and Gr 3 wins.
Dude also qualified for the Pedigree Ch Stakes Finals and was Reserve BIS at BUBA. 10 more CCs and Top Miniature were gaining in 1998 together with five group placings. His illustrious career ended at Crufts in 1999 with CC and BOB (the third time he had been BOB - 1996/1997/1999) To add to the drama he sported a new trim - continental - all his other CCs had been won in the traditional Lion Trim.
Not used at public stud owing to a contractual agreement he is the G/Sire of a CC winning white.
He was always a showman and loved his dad, Paul, to bits, and remained with him, living as his number one pet, until his death.