Ch Raeburnfoot Isla at Irton
(Ch Another Scot ex Borbeck Beta by Irton)
By the early 1990's the Irton kennel was growing rather too fast and so it was agreed that our young bitch, Borbeck Beta by Irton, would join Nancy Hogg's Raeburnfoot kennel with an option on a puppy from her returning to Irton. Her first litter was to that very successful show dog Ch Another Scot and a puppy bitch duly returned to Irton. Minnie, or 'Minnie the Pooh' as she was originally known, soon settled into the routine and became a great favourite – finally grasping the elements of house training! In later life she became known as 'Minnie the Mince Pie' – since she was usually full of good things!!
Her show career started rather auspiciously when she won BPIB at the spring SKC on her first outing, sharing the honours that day with Ch Irton Wildfire who was winning her second CC. She had a very successful puppy career which she concluded at Darlington by winning the reserve CC and BPIB, sharing the honours on that occasion with Irton Triannon who was winning her first CC!
" Fryer's Raeburnfoot Isla at Irton, the star of the show, oozed quality, lovely expression & feminine head, good ear placement, neck, correct bone, catlike feet, balanced throughout, carrot tail, lovely rich red colour, thick pelt, excellent movement. Although she had a mind of her own at times, she showed off her virtues when it counted. CC & BIS;"
She was mated twice to Dinnie (Ch Irton First Footer) produceding Champion Irton Blaeberry; Irton Heskeir (1CC & 5 reserve CC's); dam of Ch Irton Maree and the CC winner Irton 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). Her final litter was to Kathy Wilkinson's Ch Otterkin Lyricist to whom she produced International Ch Irton Vituoso who has proved a top winner and a significant sire for his owners in Holland, Desiree Romijn and Aldrik van den Berg.
Minnie stayed here with us at Irton, enjoying a leisurely retirement, spending as much time as allowed sleeping on the bed, but still enjoying a good walk on the fells well into her 15th year.
She died very suddenly in may 2008 and is much missed as a great dog and a great companion.