|Obituary - Anne Evans (Poirot)
It was with great sadness and shock that the Rottweiler world received the unexpected news of the death of Anne Evans (formerly Wallett), writes Chris Window
Anne had been a very clever and influential breeder since the 70's under the 'Poirot' affix and had bred numerous champions and successful producers throughout the 70's, 80's & 90's. Many successful Rottweiler breeders and exhibitors of recent times owe much of their success to the 'Poirot' lines that appear in their dogs' pedigrees.
Anne was not the sort of person to rest on her laurels and in 1998, in partnership with three other breed enthusiasts, she imported the young Quinn vom Kümmelsee from Germany. Quinn had a successful show career and gained his UK Champion title in 2000 thereby becoming the first Rottweiler import to do so in more than 20 years. Anne would often say that she wished she were younger so that she could have taken advantage of the Pet Travel Scheme that was introduced shortly afterwards.
Anne was also a well-respected Championship Show judge of great integrity. When she judged, she did so in a very thorough manner and would give every exhibit the same level of consideration. One would not see the "conveyor belt" style of judging with Anne, she was meticulous in her decision making and she would not be rushed. Not even pressure from the Chief Steward at Crufts could make Anne go faster when she judged both sexes there in 1990, she was very single minded and would get the job done in her own time.
Despite Anne's success in the breed, she was never one to promote herself or consider herself to be of a higher status than anybody else. Social media would not have been for her. Many newcomers to the Rottweiler breed will remember Anne as somebody who gave freely of her time advising, encouraging and pointing people in the right direction. If you wanted Anne's opinion she would give it to you straight, warts and all, but always in a constructive way.
In recent years, Anne had moved away from the breeding and exhibiting side of Rottweilers and instead dedicated her time and energy to less fortunate dogs in need of rescue and rehoming. Anne was the driving force behind 'Rottweilers In Need' and would be seen regularly at events raising money for this excellent cause. The respect and status that Anne had in the breed was very instrumental in attracting sponsorship and donations from breed clubs, individuals and other sources. It is fitting that Anne's final judging engagement was at last year's Eastern Counties Rottweiler Club's prestigious Dog of the Year Contest that raises funds for good causes including Rottweilers In Need.
Anne leaves a massive hole within the Rottweiler community and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts are with her husband John, her family and close friends at this sad and difficult time.