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Obituary - Mrs M Y Pauling

Mrs Pauling was born with a love of animals being brought up in a family with lots of animals around them, when she married she looked for a dog to share the house with them, this was in the mid forties when they gave 10gns. for a black bitch of Keewatin breeding who was greatly admired by people, so she started to show her at match meetings, then Sanction shows and gradually Limited, Open and then Championship shows, gaining her first CC under Tom Dinwoodie quickly making her up. Bimbo as she was called bred some nice puppies but unfortunately distemper struck and she lost the puppy she kept, but she continued with her breeding and winning under some of the greats at that time. One of her favourite dogs being Ch Cookridge Otter bred by Margaret Ward by Cookridge Roamer out of Ch Careener of Heathridge another lady who bred top class stock gaining many titles, Otter was also winning awards at Field Trials.
Mrs Pauling also trained her dogs and worked them being a regular at the Lane Fax Estate, Bramham Park where Vic Thompson was Head Keeper both often competing together at Trials and she had many happy seasons there.

Otter sired a chocolate son Cookridge Kim who also scored well at Trials and he also sired a black bitch being Cookridge Gay Princess that when mated to Tweed of Blaircourt (bred by Margie Cairns) produced six black and two chocolate puppies, one being the first ever chocolate CH Cookridge Tango, gaining her first CC at the Labrador Club of Scotland under Mary Roslin-Williams going on to gaining eight CCs, six with Best of Breed and two Res CCs. Tango’s brother Jasper a black was mated to a chocolate daughter of Otter which produced Int Ch Cookridge Cola exported to Sweden as a puppy and become the first chocolate Ch in Sweden. Tango and Cola being the first chocolate Champions gave a great deal of pleasure and achievement, but all her dogs gave her much pleasure as did her Aviary of Tropical birds, here again her skill shone through in breeding the first even Crown Pigeons in this country, one large estate’s bird garden had tried but never succeeded but her attention to detail and knowledge achieved it for her.
It was in Mrs Pauling’s kitchen with Wyn and Charles Howarth that the Three Ridings Labrador Club was formed and for many years she was President until a few years ago when she stood down, now she along with Wyn Howarth are the clubs two Vice Presidents. It was at her farm that many of the events took place especially the Annual Rally (Fun Day), the ground was so well suited for training and was used for such, and for very many years her input into the club has been enormous.

She has always been a quiet but very determined lady whose love of animals shone through, she moved from Cookridge in the forties buying some land at the side of the A64 not far from Leeds, and built a farm there but would not allow the bungalow to be started until all the farm buildings had been completed living in a small wood hit during some severe weather, but as always the livestock came first. They started with a herd of pedigree Cattle and pedigree Pigs also producing Turkeys for Christmas. Puppies which she sold would come back when owners went away and eventually the Cattle and Pigs went and all the buildings were converted into boarding kennels, which she looked after with that same dedication.

Her expertise in judging was sought after from many countries, but she always declined the invitations preferring to stay in her much loved home in fact it was extremely difficult to get her away from home at all, I can remember her leaving once for I think it was for four days to some friends in Devon, when we had to promise to move in and received strict instructions on how to care for the dogs and birds, a daunting task and a greater relief when she came back an all was well. She also had two horses which both she and her husband rode around the farm, this also gave her much pleasure.

She moved into an elderly people’s home some 6 years ago where she was well looked after and had a wonderful 100th birthday party there with her nephew Ian and his wife Susan who have done so much for her over so many years. She died peacefully on Monday 21st July, had she lived until the 21st of August she would have been 103 years.

The Three Riding Labrador Club owe a great debt to our Hon Vice President who so selflessly provided ground for so many events and ave such sound advice on so many things she will be a great loss to us all.

We send or condolences to Ian and Susan and all her family.

Eric Gill