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Ch  Wurrabinya Bambarla QC and Natasha celebrating their 1st Birthdays together



1971 bought huge changes in our lives. Our much longed for Natasha was born. 6 days later, our friend and Patron of the Collie Club, John Gerschmay, helped our Alicia over the Rainbow Bridge.  Immense joy and grief.  Peter didn’t want another Collie, so we searched the Advertiser. My Uncle Noel had had Pointers, so we answered an ad. for Pointer pups.  Not so.  In fact, the pups were German Shorthaired Pointers, barely big enough to walk.  Wurrabinya Bambala, Barney, came home with us and was the introduction to a breed in which we still take a great interest. 

A beautiful roan bitch, Himark Emmelina bred by Dieter Kusterman joined our familyEmma was the first of our dogs to establish many ‘breed firsts’ records in this state.  She was awarded Best Puppy in Group Royal Adelaide Show 1972 under well respected UK judge Mr Joe Braddon, the first Royal In Group winner.

The breed has been a catalyst in forming life long friendships, the first being with our eventual partner, Viv Bretherton.  Viv and Bruce Bretherton entered our lives after Viv purchased her Ch Dunfriu Nicola QC, CD, a stunning bitch generously shared with us. 

Christmas 1972 Peter, Natasha, the dogs and I travelled to visit Noel and Aunt Joyce in Sydney, taking in shows in Melbourne en route. We visited Jack Thompson’s Dunfriu Kennels and were introduced to GSPs of outstanding quality and breeding.  Emma was booked to be bred to his Field Trial Ch Dunfriu Kaiser. The litter produced Ch Tirriki Brymer UD, owned by Albert and Trudy Fischer.  Renz was the first Best in Group winner and is still the only GSP to have won the coveted SACA Golden Dumbbell.

In Sydney we visited Sally Hartley (Wildheart), Betty Kindl (Birdacre) and John and Jean Dann (Jagerhaus).  Again, we saw dogs that were to influence the direction in which we would go with our GSPs. Through the Danns, we bred our first litter, Ch Wildheart Jammer x Wildheart Gondafon.

Ch Dortmund Betty QC joined us on Natasha’s birthday and was forever her dog along with a MinPin x Terrier, Mr MinPin ET, trained to Novice trial obedience by Natasha. Betty was the first solid liver to title in SA. She won the GSP Club Top Dog Trophy and Showing Puppy Trophy in 1974.

Betty was the dam of several champions, including All Breeds Best in Group winners, a rarity in those days.

Another solid liver, Dunfriu Dikiri was to produce the foundations for others:

Tirriki Hamal QC, CDX, (Otto) - Drs. Shelley & Chris Arnold (Brioche)

Tirriki Henni – The Partridge Family (Chivago)

Ch Tirriki Meisterwerk QC, CDX - Anne & Garth Raymond (Valache)

Ch Tirriki Mutwillig Myra - Anne & Garth Raymond (Valache)

As the girls reached an age where high school was imminent and Peter wanted a change in careers, the tough decision to no longer keep GSPs was made. Councils were already clamping down on dog numbers, bringing in the 2 dogs per property policy. It was with difficulty that we were able to retain Mini, Luke and our 4 IWS. The older dogs were placed in what we hoped would be forever homes.  Unfortunately, this was not the case. Our much loved Betty and Edel saw their days out where they should have, in the care of those who loved them most.   


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