Louise Borst-Borreman (August 2015)
When on holidays in Ireland as a child I would stay with my aunt and uncle, Barbara and Con Bradley, in Newbridge, County Kildare. They always had a Wheaten bred by Maureen Holmes (at the time I had no knowledge of that of course). From day one I fell in love with this dog. I loved the colour and the sheen of his coat and the specific touch (sensation) when going through the coat with my fingers. Moreover Finn was a very loveable animal. So you could say I know the breed since a “yard made a coat for me” (10/12 years of age). I just did not know they were called Wheatens!
What first attracted you to ISCWT?
Their lovely temperament and the wonderful coat did totally capture our hearts immediately.
How many years have you been involved with the breed?
29 years; since 1985.
Are Wheatens your original breed?
No, we had Afghan Hounds, Smooth Collies and Bouvier des Flanderes when we saw a Wheaten for the first time at an International show in Malmö in March 1985 but since 1999 we have only had Wheatens.
In your opinion which is the best wheaten owned or bred by you?
It is hard to pick one since there have been so many wonderful dogs with their own personality during the years, like "Mister" our first homebred Wheaten to become champion.