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                                                                                       Meg Hunter

I have sad news to end 2017.

I have only recently found out that on 29th April, in her 95th year, Meg Hunter passed away in Paisley.  Her funeral was private at Meg’s request.

Meg bred Dandie Dinmont Terriers in the 50s, registering her affix Huntershope in 1955.  Living in Bridge of Weir, which is near Howwood, she knew Betty Lawson Whyte of Mistylaw Boxers and English Setters.  In the mid 60s  they went into partnership and registered their Linister Affix for beagles in 1965.

Betty and Meg regularly attended the Scottish Beagle Club’s shows until Betty died in 2014.

I visited Meg many times over recent years.  Her knowledge and memory of dogs and their pedigrees was phenomenal.  Her house was full of dog memorabilia and she was always a very welcoming host and willing to talk about dogs.

Latterly she suffered from back problems which restricted her as far as long distance travel was concerned.  She was still driving her own little car for shopping outings until very recently. On the last occasion that I spoke to her, earlier in the year, she declined being given a lift to Lanark for the Mistylaw Beagles Commemorative Show in June because of her mobility problems. Little did I know that she would pass away before that show. It is such a shame that none of us knew until now.  I will miss her.

She must be one of the last of that generation from Scotland which included Christine Watson ( Korwin), Anne Cleland (Blairlin), Isobel Miller (Millmar) and Betty. So much doggy knowledge has gone with them. 

The end of an era.

Kathleen Cooper


Well done to Erica Matthew who enjoyed a good day at Banff, Moray & Nairn Limit Show winning BOB and Group 3 with Who Could Win a Rabbit at Carvaha and later Best Puppy in Show with Carvaha Sabatini (photo right).

A very good day at Hound Association of Scotland’s Open Show for Fiona Findlay as she enjoyed a clean sweep in the beagle awards. Rhiconich Jarvis won Best Dog (and BOB) under Ciaran Howell while R. Fionnuala was Best Bitch and R. Lorin was declared BPIB - both under Claire Tanner. Lorin was also awarded  RBPIS under B.I.S. judge Mrs Caroline Friend-Rees.


Attention all beagle owners - Glasgow area especially!
The S.B.C. have been contacted by a company who are setting up a comparison website and are looking for a beagle to take part in a photo shoot in Glasgow. The owner who is chosen will receive £200 for the 2-3- hour shoot and images will remain on the company’s website for around 12 months.
If you are interested please upload a photo of your beagle(s) here :


Double delight for Ella and Fiona Findlay as Ella steered Rhiconich Jarvis to Reserve Best in Show at Irvine on Sept. 2nd. Ella also handled Jarvis in Junior Handling to win Best Junior Handler.
(Proud Granny Fiona is starting to feel redundant, hence photo left)     

A nice double also for Hazel Deans as her, recently turned 10 year old, Ir Ch Barterhound Bouquet for Gempeni JW ShCM won Reserve Best Special Veteran in Show at Lothian on Sept. 9th and then again at Selkirk’s 90th anniversary show the following day.


A general championship Best in Show being won by a beagle is a rare event so well done to Melanie Spavin and Ch Dialynne Peter Piper who achieved the feat at the Scottish Kennel Club, winning BOB under Mairi Brown and BIS under Albert Wight.
Congratulations also to David Craig who achieved another difficult and rare Best Puppy in Show at Bournemouth with Davricard Honeybee following her BPIS, and first CC, a week earlier at Paignton. This was Honeybee’s fourth Puppy Group win overall.
To top off an unforgettable day at Bournemouth,  David also won the overall Champion Stakes with Honeybee’s sire Ch Davricard Harrison.

So you can’t train a beagle? At a remarkable 9 years of age Newlin Anchor Chief AW(S) ShCM has achieved the best Agility result of any Beagle in Scotland by coming in 3rd at Dundee Championship Agility Show on Sunday Aug 20th.
Happy handler Luisa Fallon said that Chiefy had previously made it through to six finals but had gone no further.
However, Sunday’s clear round in the final gave him that remarkable 3rd place overall, just outside the elusive Agility Certificate awards.
Chief’s achievement is all the more remarkable as he has only recently returned to competition after two months off with an injured foot and - as SBC DVD viewers may recall - Dundee is a bit of jinxed venue for the lad with the ring usually (but not this year!) down the bottom of Camperdown Park with the distracting whiff of deer in the air!
We’re all proud of you Chiefy and Luisa, well done!

It has now been 3 days since my gorgeous wife, the most amazing and inspirational person I have ever known, passed away. It has been horrendously difficult for all of the family to come to terms with Fiona's death - Fiona was a huge part of our lives and she is going to be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

Arrangements have now been put in place for Fiona's funeral and myself and all of the family would be delighted if you could attend to give the most amazing girl in the world the send off to the stars she deserves.

Fiona's funeral will be on Monday 7th August 2017 at 3pm at Greenock Crematorium, 1 South Street, Greenock, PA16 8UG. No black ties required.

Thanks again to everyone for all of the tremendous support you are giving myself and the families at this difficult time. With all my love, Stewart.


Many congratulations to Claire Jones who won her first CC in some style at the Beagle Association under Marion Watson with Clairdale Damia.
Mia was also declared Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex.


This year’s SBC Championship Show was a “Mistylaw special” in honour of past President Betty Lawson Whyte.
With Wine, cake and special “spot prizes” on offer, combined with a convivial atmosphere, everyone was convinced Betty would have approved!
Best in Show winner was David Craig’s      Ch Davricard Brandon.
All results and photos can be seen here.

There were, unusually, two Scottish judges for the Beagle Club Champ Show on June 10th in the shapes of Liz Calikes (Dogs) and Lorna Bink who judged the bitches.
Fiona Findlay was glad she made the trip as Rhiconich Finleigh was awarded the Gemark Minstrel Salver - The Beagle Club Annual Points Trophy for Junior Dog.
For results click here.


Well done to Rachel Cuthill who won the Reserve Bitch CC at SKC under Zena Thorn-Andrews with Detrick Firefly over Divinebrae.
Click here to see a video of Rachel in the Bitch Challenge.
All results


Congrats to Fiona Findlay who won the Reserve Dog CC at WELKS under Ann Phillips with Rhiconich Finleigh on April 28th.

(photo courtesy of Devon, Cornwall & South West Beagle Society)

Congratulations to Liz Calikes, who won the Reserve Bitch CC at Beagle Club of Northern Ireland under Joan Lennard with Newlin Mattie JW ShCM, and to Fiona Brannan for taking Best Puppy in Show with Benruadh Beith at only her second Champ Show
The win was particularly emotional for Fiona who showed Beith with the special show lead of her great great uncle Monty - Ch Ardvreck Caerlaverock Von Dapperdawg ShCM - (pictured left) who sadly passed away just two days prior to the show. 
The win qualifies Beith for The Beagle Association’s Beagle of the Year competition in November which Monty also qualified for when this was last held in 2012.

(photo of Beith, right, courtesy of Hazel Deans)

A quick round up from Scotland’s first Champ show offering beagle “tickets” for the new season.

Ch Dialynne Peter Piper was Best of Breed under judge Stephen Jepson and later was awarded Group 3 under Murray Armstrong.
Best Puppy was Serenaker Hot As ‘Ell while local success was enjoyed by Louise Bennett’s win in Open Bitch with Serenaker Sogni D’Oro at Tacomadream ShCM and Fiona and Ella Findlay winning Post Grad Dog with Fallowfield Adored at Rhiconich.
Ella also had a bunch of firsts in the YKC Members Stakes under Nick Bryce-Smith picking up 1st place showing Rhiconich Jarvis for the 1st time on his 1st birthday!
Fallowfield bred or owned dog took 5 of the 14 classes while Claire Jones won two classes, including the biggest of the day in Post Grad Bitch with Clairdale Damia.

All results can be seen here.

photo of Ella and Jarvis courtesy of Lianna Phillips


Hazel Deans’ Gempeni Ballet can now add some letters after her name as her Best of Breed and Group 2 at Clackmannanshire gave her the required points for both her Junior Warrant and Show Certificate of Merit at 15 months of age.
photo courtesy of Sharon Hatton

Congratulations to Rachel Cuthill, and co-owners Serena Parker and Graham Stevens, whose Ch Serenaker Othello JW won the RDCC and was Reserve Best Dog at Crufts for the second time.
A good day was also enjoyed by Susan Arden whose Madika Spot On JW won the Post Grad Bitch class.
Dottie also won the KCGC class where the first three places were picked up by well-behaved Scots owned dogs in the shape of Louise Bennett’s Tacomadream Duchess in 2nd and Hazel Deans’ Gempeni Ballet in 3rd.

Left Ch Serenaker Othello JW by Sam Webster, Right Madika Spot On JW


Claire Jones is understandably “chuffed to bits” after her 15 month old Clairdale Damia was declared Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show at N&MBC Open Show on February 11th. Click here for all results.

Claire and Mia are photographed opposite, along with Judge for the day Kelly Nash, courtesy of Dee Starbrook.

Well done to Jackie Fraser whose Wyvisview Harlequin was Reserve Best in Show at Highland CA Limited Show on February 12th.
Jackie and Birdie are pictured opposite on the day (courtesy of the Best in Show winner.)

A good day at Caledonian for Ella Findlay who steered Rhiconich Jasmine to Hound Puppy Group 3 and then won the SKC / JHA  Best Junior Handler with a Vizsla after winning her 12-16 years class.


The funeral of Linda Gordon (Pat), a dear friend of the Scottish Beagle Club who sadly passed away on January 8th, will be held on Thursday 19th January at 2:15p.m.

Cardross Crematorium
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 Then thereafter at 
 Cardross Coach House Inn 
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Not long to wait for the first of this year’s “Besties”  as Hazel Deans’ Flora - Ir Ch Barterhound Bouquet for Gempeni - beat a large field to be declared Best Veteran in Show at Paisley on January 8th.