Tang was born on a very
cold, wet windy day in March in 1979. Her mother, Gremlin Soft Steps,
decided that the best course of action when having puppies was to surprise
her owners by not giving any of the usual signs of whelping and having
the first one on our bed !!
Tang was a very flashy bitch and was shown quite successfully culminating
in winning a RCC from the late Joe Braddon. She was mated at just 16 months
of age and, as they say, the rest is history!
Ch. Steynmere Night Rider, known as Badger, was chosen for his short back,
lovely extrovert temperament and for his wonderful showmanship. Out of
this litter she produced the two champion brothers, Brock
Buster and Glory Boy.
As this mating was so successful, it was repeated and another champion
dog was born called Ch. Norwatch
O'Toole of Rayfos. Also in this litter Tang produced a bitch called
Norwatch Bumble Boogie. Bumble Boogie was quite successful in the show
ring and when Stafford Somerfield judged her at Crufts and gave her the
class he offered to buy her. Realising her potential as a possible brood
bitch we declined his offer. We mated her three times and she missed every
Just goes to show the best laid plans
The next time Tang was mated we decided to put her to Guido Von Morsbach
of Wanderobo because we wanted a bit of continental in our
lines. This mating didnt produce any top winners but one of the
bitches from this litter features in the pedigrees of a couple of our
dogs we have today.
For her final litter we chose to use Grouse - he had made his mark as
a top producer and we thought it would be a good idea to use him to try
and produce a bitch for us from Tang as we hadn't kept anything from her
to breed on with. This produced a fantastic litter and on the day Sozzled
and Sloshed were born Eddie was handling
Brock Buster at Bath Ch. Show and Helen was left at home whelping her
beloved Tang. When Eddie arrived home Helen couldnt wait to show
him their new born puppies - he took one look at them and said 'They're
b. . . . y ugly - they look like little mice!!' As we all know these two
children turned into 'swans' and ultimately very famous Boxers!!
The birth of a Legend
Wine, the flashy puppy in the centre of the whelping box.
at nine months.
Helen with Mustang Wine
Eddie bought 'Bonnie' from Marian and Ivor Ward Davies in 1975 but was
bred by Norma Knox of the Donnymoor affix. She was a very pretty young
lady with dark, drop dead gorgeous eyes, (one of the attributes Kreyons
Back in Town of Winuwuk gave to his progeny). She was a very sensitive
character and was clever enough to know every kind of mood we were in.
Her first litter to Winuwuk Milray's Red Baron of Valvay produced Eddie's
first Green Card winner, Sunhawk Winter Frost winning the RCC at Leeds
under Audrey Jenkinson. She also had a brother, a very nice headed dog
called Sunhawk Snow Boy.
Her second litter to Ch. Tyegarth Famous
Grouse produced a lovely bitch called Sunhawk Amber Fern who won 2 Reserve
Challenge Certificates - both under Bruce Cattanach. 'Mindy' was a very
typical Grouse child having a very good head, a good mouth and first class
shoulder and hind angulation.
Her next litter was to a young dog of Joy Malcolm's called Skelder Lomand
and produced another RCC winning bitch called Sunhawk High Society. 'Charlie'
was a striking dark brindle and white bitch and did a lot of useful winning.
Unfortunately, Bonnie's ancestry was involved
in PA. She was test mated back to her brother to try and clear her but
alas produced PA cases, so the good bitches we had could not be bred from.
Due to the ramifications of PA we bought in Sheffordian
Ruby Tuesday as an 8 week old pup. She joined Mustang Wine as our
only two brood bitches.