In the beginning
One of my early memories is going to Primary School on a Monday morning and writing all about my weekend in my Weekend Events Books. I still have one of these books and every page is full of the things I used to do with the dogs; walking in the fields, setting up agility courses; having pretend shows; grooming them and just having so much fun being with them.
My 7th Birthday was on the horizon and Mum and Dad kept asking "what do you want for your birthday" (people don't ask me such silly questions now...). Of course, I asked for a puppy and Mandy, bred by Jean Curtis, came into my life. She was my childhood friend! I took her everywhere; dressed her up and played with her for hours on end. Mandy was a constant in my life until I was 21...
My 21st birthday loomed and all I wanted was to be a child forever! I suppose that is testimony to a great childhood, growing up in the countryside and enjoying being outside come rain or shine. My parents gift for my 21st birthday was an interest in the Carradine kennel name. That did it! I was hooked; all the way through my working life all I wanted was to be out of the office, playing with my dogs. Now that dream is reality and whilst I still have to work as a Dog Groomer, my life is dogs, dogs and more dogs – wonderful!
Now my life is full of dogs. I keep around 10 Cairns at home with me and tend to have the puppies born with me too – I love having puppies and relish nothing more than deciding on silly names for the pups once they are running about. Although, I go to the majority of the shows without Mum, she is a constant force and voice of reason. She is very much the stay at home partner in Carradine but it has to be said, that I couldn’t do what I do without her. She is my encouragement and always there share the highs and of course, to pick up the pieces. People may think that Carradine is Dawn Inett but Carradine is Rosemary Harrison then Dawn Inett.
I am currently on the judging rota at our local Ringcraft and "go over" the dogs every 6 wks or so. I am also a Committee member for Worcester and Malvern Canine Society. I am Chairman of the Midland Cairn Terrier Club and also Trophy Steward and Year Book Editor for them too. I also manage the Compendium of Cairn Terrier Records.
Judging Cairns started when I was 17 years old and has now taken me all over the world. I have been lucky enough to have judged in France, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Canada and USA. It is a great pleasure to judge Cairns in different countries and I feel very honoured to have been invited and met so many wonderful people on my travels.
Cairns have taken me all over the world but I love nothing more than cuddling up with them on the floor and playing tummy tickle games...