Mt. Paul (Continued)
These three women were my mentors. They provided me with an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and
encouragement. My first Norfolk was a Mt. Paul Anderson son. Anne sold him to me at that dinner party in 1963. I
have gone from that beginning with fond memories and the knowledge I gained in a perfect storm.
Sue Ely, Pinchbeck Norfolk Terriers.
Published with permission from the Norfolk Terrier Annual 2010
Reprinted from The Norwich and Norfolk News Jubilee Issue by Anne Winston - Mt. Paul:
When I first went to shows Len Brumby and Jimmy Butler were my mentors, The two of them really put me thorugh
it. We'd go into a Specials class and Jimmy Butler would be ahead of me and Len Brumby behind me and Len would
say "Oh I hope the judge doesn't look at those awful hindquarters" and I would say "what's wrong with them?" and
them Jimmy would say "Hold that tail up!" They would have me in a sweat over this thing, but they always brought me
an extra sandwich and a water pail and one would hold my dog if I had two. They were wonderful to me. I was always
a nut on temperament. Some of them were difficult especially some of the grown up dogs I imported from England.
They just didn't seem to acclimate. You always had to have everything just right for Miss Perfect.
But the puppies..the showring didn't impress me that much. The whole fun for me was raising the puppies -
housetraining socializing them, having them around people, taking them out to see their reaction to things, and then
at about 8 to 9 weeks picking that puppy that would carry you forward and THEN finding the right homes for the
others. My criteria for puppy owners - off main roads, people without too many children, who didn't have too many
other dogs, people who would take them everywhere, people who wanted something just for their own.
I never lost a puppy, never had a fader, except for Tulip's last litter. She was very hard to breed and had been bred
artificially to Ch. Badgewood's Monty Collins. For some unknown reason she whelped six days early and they were in
incubators, but there was no hope. Sometimes coats were a problem. I once bred a bitch to Mt. Paul Anderson and
got three beautiful "wooly bears". They had coats like a Yorkie. Miss MacFie always warned me not to toy with black
and tans. Apparently the black and tan gene carries the Yorkie coat and it will be soft, long and flowing.
I'll never forget Henry Bixby - he judged the Match Show at Alden Blodgett's one year. I brought in this beautiful
puppy, Mr. Paul Davy, and he said "He is a handsome dog in conformation, but I never touch a terriers with a soft
eye." It wasn't yellow or light it was just soft and mellow. "Never touch a terrier with a soft eye because a soft eye
goes with a soft temperament" and then I could see. Bixby said every terrier should have a hard eye, a crisp, hard
eye. Mouths have been a big prroblem, in Norfolk at least. The thing that bothers me is that judges do not count
teeth and missing teeth are so very, very heriditary
When I started judging I decided you ad to look for type and temperament. It is the breed type you have to have. I
think conformation - if they are bred right they can move right - conformaion is the same in almost any anhimal. And
you have to have bree chraacteristics. Th trouble is everybody has their own preferences and breed what they like.
You can read the Standard and always figure out some way your dog conforms. I must say though tht the last time I
went to a show I was delighted at how much uhniformity there was in the Norfolk all of a sudden. I once worked on a
line breeding with Joy Taylor and out of that came Tulip. She was a very special little girl and I was always trying to
reproduce her In every litter they came. There was Terracotta, Priscilla Mallory's, who won at the Specialty at seven
months, just like Tulip. They came and you just knew, with the diagonal breeding, up and back line breeding. Type
and Temperament...you see I am so hipped on the their being able to go to ground and do something. They have to
be built to manuever th earth and have the temperament that goes with it. One must never forget what they were