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Obituary - Margaret Harper


Margaret Harper died on June 2, she will be missed and remembered by everybody involved in Elkhounds both here and abroad.

“MARGARET”, “RAVENSTONE”, “ELKHOUND” – these three words go together automatically. Her dogs were her life. She influenced the breed greatly and there can be very few lines that do not include a Ravenstone.

She joined the British Elkhound Society in 1954. She was also Vice Chairman of the Elkhound Club (at that time the breed had two clubs). When the two clubs amalgamated in 1973 to form the British Elkhound Club she was on that committee from 1973 to 1975 and from 1985 to 1995.
Margaret married Ted Harper in 1977 and they have been very happy ever since. Ravenstone holds the record (37) for the number of Elkhound champions owned or bred by a single kennel, the breed record for number of CCs (44) is held by Ch. Ravenstone Hattie, the record Stud dog who sired 11 Champions was Ch Ravenstone Gunnar, the record Brood bitch was\Ch.Ravenstone Silver Gerda with 6 champions.

Margaret was responsible for starting and running Elkhound Day, the only social and educational activity in the club. The running of Elkhound Day was eventually passed over to Elkhound Leisure Klub (E.L.K), of which Margaret was a co-founder, as one of its activities. Both Elkhound Day and the Elkhound Leisure Klub activities raised large amounts of money for Elkhound Rescue and other dog charities.

She was always willing to give advice when asked but did not push it. Joyce and my first association with Margaret was when we took a bitch of mine to be mated to Ch. Ravenstone Kell in 1966, she helped us through this process and we have been friends ever since.

Margaret judged 18 British championship shows and is the only person in our breed to have judged Crufts twice.

Eddie Peffer