It was with joy that we watched Ceil and Scott Dove’s beautiful Scottish Deerhound GCh. Foxcliffe’s Hickory Wind co-owned with Sally Sweatt win the Hound group. Very fitting I thought. Then the long wait for Best in Show.
Sitting all through the evening waiting for the finale to be decided was too suspenseful. While it is no surprise to those in the Scottish Deerhound community that Hickory Wind should win Best in Show (chosen by an Italian Judge Paolo Dondina) it is a surprise to many people who haven’t yet made the acquaintance of a Scottish Deerhound. We will all be sorry to see Hickory retire but anticipate joyfully her participation as a veteran where competing Senior Deerhounds are given standing ovations by one and all.
A dog show -even the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club is not the best place to appreciate this most beautiful of dogs. This dog will only really take your breath away when you see it race with grace and joy across a field or know the special bond generally life long formed between Scottish Deerhounds and their human companions. A dog not for small or lonely places- an ever social dog requiring close interaction with his owner.
“In Africa I never had dogs of any other breed than the Scotch Deerhound. There is no more noble or gracious kind of dog. They must have lived for many centuries with men to understand and fall in with our life and its conditions the way they do. Karen Blixen a.k.a. Isaak Dinesen (Out of Africa)