Ch Irton First Footer
(Ch Ashbrae McNally ex Opinan Baubo by Irton)
Our bitches have always been good at choosing inopportune moments for coming into season and whelping etc and none more expert than Kiki, so it was no surprise that due to whelp around the New Year she should pick the few hours straddling the New Year itself to produce her final litter. Although she started in the early evening progress was slow and by 11: 30, despite much effort, only one live pup had resulted and we were getting concerned. Our vet was on his way out to a calving and decided to call in the way to check – by the time he arrived, just after Midnight, a tiny bitch puppy had arrived and after an injection the last of the litter was born. Naming was easy - Reveller for the first born; Hogmanay for the bitch born just before the hour and First Footer for the dark (well red!) stranger who was our first arrival for the New Year. This proved to be an exceptional litter producing two champions and a dual CC winner – 14 CC's in all.
Dinny – alias Champion Irton First Footer – was retained at Irton whilst his two litter mates (Ch Irton Hogmanay at Ashbrae and Irton Reveller at Ashbrae) went to the Cuthbertson's Ashbrae kennel where both of them have successfully bred on. He proved to be an exceptional Border, handsome, showy, very laid back and well behaved – his only vice being a passion for food!
Mated to his kennel mate, Champion Raeburnfoot Isla at Irton, he produced in two litters Champion Irton Blaeberry; Irton Heskeir (1CC & 5 reserve CC's; dam of Ch Irton Maree and the CC winner I The Darkening); Irton Brandy Butter (reserve CC); Irton Berneray Baywillow (reserve CC and dam of Ch Baywillow Sun Spice) and Dk Ch Irton Cognac (Sire of Int Ch Xena of Limit Stone amongst others).
Like all of the Irtons, Dinnie was a great sportsman and loved walking on the high Fells, staying quite active – if a little portly – into his 15th year he died here at home in January 2008.