Tuscan Red Life Spring Edition 2022 - English version

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Spring, issue 1 - English edition

Susan Seabridge

The Oestrous Cycle Crufts

English breeder and judge, her work is the foundations upon which Tuscan Red was built.

The seasons of our females.

An historical event for Terriers

Introduction to the Irish Terrier Technical aspects

Tuscan Red Irish Terriers Preservation breedership since 2008 Uniting my passion for red wine with that of these marvelous red dogs We look forward to meeting you, please call: + 39 3280211999


Welcome Welcome to this first edition of the Tuscan Red newsletter. The scope of this project is to share the activities of the kennel with the Tuscan Red community and to formally introduce those people who make possible future generations of this rare breed of dog: both the families of Tuscan Red and my colleagues across the world. Moreover, I plan to include articles related to these subjects and have a little editorial fun. All the families who accept puppies or adults from Tuscan Red into their home agree to keep them available as participants in the breeding program that I am constantly researching and building. Our aim is to bring forward new generations of Irish Terriers that conserve the phenotype described in the standard which remains essentially unaltered since its publication in 1876 (In the first stud book prepared by the Kennnel club) and the characteristics of balanced temperament, effervescent and loving that make the Irish Terrier an ideal companion. In this sense I am proud to consider myself a ‘preservation breeder’, a breeder whose objective is to be a custodian of the breed. To this end I adopt as my personal motto the words of the pledge of FCI judges: Integrity, Study, Transparency

Anne M.Tureen



9 The City of Lincoln 19

Introduction to the Irish Terrier

23 Are we

ready for the U litter? 3

15 Crufts

5 Susan Seabridge

13 The Oestrous Cycle


Sujoncla: the Cornerstone of Tuscan Red


2022 represents a return home for Tuscan Red to the breeder Susan Seabridge. From her did we obtain our first Irish Terrier 14 years ago and to her did we come this year to Crufts where she was judging the breed. We found Susan in 2007, the year in which Marco and I came to live in our cottage, Le Lastre, in Reggello with our two cats and our two dogs, the Cairn Terrier Glenn and Border Terrier Emily, two small breeds perfect for an apartment. All the space and land made us think of a larger breed, and my first thought went to an Airedale Terrier, ‘The King of Terriers’ and my companions growing up. Upon reflection, however I remembered my mother’s words: ‘The nicest dog I ever met was an Irish Terrier called Scoogie’. It was natural that my mother knew the breed, since she was born in 1930, the final years of the golden age of Irish Terriers which declined in registration numbers after the mid century. I was curious to meet an Irish Terrier. I did a bit of research and chose the breedership of Susan Seabridge in Lincolnshire. I liked her dogs, and on the phone, I liked her, welcoming, open, and expert on the breed. Arriving in the area the day before our visit, we had a walk in one of the many little stone villages and we met a lady by chance. She was not exactly young, but she led four Irish Terriers easily on leads. We went over to say hello and discovered that it was none other than Lucy Jackson, author of the lovely breed book filled with poems and drawings by herself, and president of the Irish Terrier Association. She introduced us to her dogs and assured us that we could not do better, because there was no better breed in the world than an Irish Terrier!

us for a glass of lemonade on her wooden deck which overlooked the fields. Later she brought us to the little paddock where she let run about ten of her dogs who greeted her and us joyously leaping vertically. They began running and chasing and coming to have a look at the visitors. They were playful, light and elegant in their smart copper coats, convincing me beyond any doubt that this was the breed for me. We came away feeling enthusiastic and about a year passed before the fateful phone call arrived that a bitch puppy was waiting for us. We left for Milan airport where we were guided from one office to another signing piles of paperwork until a sturdy wooden box was set before us. I shall never forget the moment we opened the door and with perfect nonchalance Sujoncla Ghost Dance made her entrance. She started wagging her tail merrily and got into the car as if it was the most natural thing in the world, entering into possession of her family and her new life. Since she was a first-choice pup, Susan had asked me to bring her to a show for an expert evaluation. Therefore, we entered her in the expo at Poggibonsi where she had a favorable evaluation. Thus began our activities in showing, grooming, training, and in the end, my studies to become a specialist judge.

In 2022 Susan Seabridge crowned her carrer with an invitation to judge Irish Terriers at Crufts, perhaps the most envied appointment in Cynognostics, (arguably second to National Terrier which arrived on her desk for the following month). Fourteen years after the arrival of our Sujoncla puppy, Tuscan Red presented Migliara at Crufts to Susan Seabridge who The following day was sunny and warm, when found her of sufficient quality to award her we arrived at Four Winds, the name of Susan’s one of the ribbons she had been entrusted to property. Everything was in perfect order both award. inside and out, and the view extended, as the name suggests, in every direction over the open fields to the horizon. First she invited

Passagges from Susan’s Life My first introduction to dogs was at a commercial kennels at the age of 12, Bawneen Dog Ranch was the home of over 200 Poodles, both mins and toys, at the time when Poodles were at the top of the list. It was also the time when breeding terms were unbelievable. My time spent in the meat room cutting up sheep’s heads, taking the brains and tongue out for the puppies together with cutting up lites, smelts and dead calves is something that I will never forget. On leaving school I went to work for the Old Pekin Kennels of Pekingese and through them I also worked for Kabul Afgans. It was whilst there that I met the great Mr. Egerton,

breeder of the Chow Champion Ukwong King Solomon. He also bred Great Danes and they became my first love. The following people gave me good grounding in the show world, Rev’d Davis, Bill Siggers, Jean Lanning, Joe Bradden, Stanley Dangerfield, Ellis Hulme and Dr. Porter and I shall be grateful for knowing them. A break to have my family reintroduced me to horses and working Springer’s, then a chance conversation introduced me into the world of terriers. Airedale Terriers in particular. With the arrival of Glentops’ Aimin High at Sujoncla and her progeny I realised that terriers were something else. I began showing and breeding Airedale Terriers in 1983, and Irish Terriers since 1996. The natural progression took me into owning my own boarding kennels and cattery which I ran for 16 years. My first three Irish Terriers came from Mrs. June Symonds of the Gabledown affix, they

were Gabledown Pocahontas at Sujoncla (Eve), Gabledown Sitting Bull at Sujoncla (Adam), both sired by Champion Edbrios Duplicate, and from the dam Champion Chantalle’s Tanya of Gabledown. Plus an older male Chantalle’s Drummer Boy at Sujoncla (Drummer) Sire Gabledown All That Jazz of Shallcome, Dam Champion Kerrykeel Rose, Drummer being the foundation male from which all my male line originated from, he was also the older litter brother to Champion Gentleman Joe at Dehra who was Best in Show at the St. Patricks Day Show (Dublin). A further three Bitch puppies arrived at Sujoncla Kennels, Kerrykeel Roisin Dubh at Sujoncla (Clara) Sire Champion Edbrios Duplicate, Dam Kerrykeel Chantalle’s Scarlet O’Hara. Gabledown Belle Fleur at Sujoncla (Ester) Sire Gabledown Apache Brave, Dam Penmire Sparkle. Penmire An Coonan at Sujoncla (Blit) Sire Penmire Sirius, Dam Gabledown Roisin of Penmire. Sujoncla are a small select kennels who breed Irish Terriers of quality both for the show ring and as family pets, breeding at all times for temperament and type. All Sujoncla

breeding dogs are tested for Hereditary Hyperkeratosis and are all certified clear. My commitment to my dogs and the world of dogs extends to being qualified to award Challenge Certificates in both Airedale and Irish Terriers at Championship Dog Shows. I have been a committee member of the National Airedale Terrier Association and the Yorkshire and Eastern Counties Airedale Club, and am currently the Chairperson of the Airedale Terrier Breed Council, and a member of the National Airedale judges subcommittee, I have previously held various posts within the Irish Terrier Association Committee. For both breeds I have acted as Rescue Office for numerous years. Sujoncla Irish Terriers have bred numerous Champions both in the UK and overseas including Champion Sujoncla Powder River who when gaining his Championship status became the youngest UK Irish Terrier Champion.

Lincoln, a town on the banks of the river Witham, is truly ancient. Archeological evidence indicates that it dates to the Iron Age. It was a roman colony, but soon saw a decline in prosperity that lasted until the 10th century when a state mint was established there, sparking growth as a center of trade and commerce. Such became the importance of the town that the Norman King William I ordered the construction of a castle to better control the area. The castle today houses one of four extant copies of the Magna Carta signed by the Bishop of Lincoln (Hugh of Wells) one of the original witnesses in 1215.



A first cathedral was built in 1092 but due to various disastrous events including a fire and an earthquake, the final tower was only finally erected in 1311, making it, for over two hundred years, the tallest building in the world. (Please see lincolncathedral.com for details) The cathedral still conserves elements of architectural, religious and cultural importance, among which the library designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1674 stands out. A suggestive atmosphere, it was the setting for two films: ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘The Young Victoria’.


Lincoln è un insediamento sul fiume Witham, davvero antico, reperti archeologici indicano che risale all’età del ferro. Fu una colonia romana, ma attraversò un declino fino al decimo secolo, quando fu vi insediata una zecca di stato, potenziando la sua crescita come centro mercantile. Tale fu l’importanza acquisita che il re normanno William I ordinò la costruzione di un castello per meglio controllare la località. Il castello oggi custodisce una delle quattro copie della Magna Carta rimaste, firmata dal vescovo di Lincoln (Hugh of Wells), uno dei testimoni originali nel 1215. Una prima cattedrale fu costruita nel 1092, ma a causa di vari motivi, tra cui un incendio e un terremoto, solo nel 1311 fu innalzata definitivamente la torre che fu considerata la struttura artificiale più alta del mondo per oltre due secoli (vedi lincolncathedral.com per dettagli). La cattedrale conserva ancora diversi elementi architettonici, culturali nonché religiosi molto importanti, ma in particolare spicca la biblioteca progettata da Sir Christopher Wren nel 1674. Ambiente di grande fascino, ha ospitato ben due volte delle troupe cinematografiche, prima per ‘Il Codice Da Vinci’ e poi per ‘La Giovane Victoria’. Oltre ad essere un centro commerciale, Lincoln divenne famosa per la produzione di lana finissima, particolarmente nelle tinte scarlatto e verde, un prodotto diventato iconico in associazione alla figura di Robin Hood che vestiva ‘Lincoln green’. Oggi questa loNot only a center of trade, Lincoln became facalità rimane un centro amministrativo, una meta di turismo e un cenmous for the production of fine woolen cloth estro di produzione sia the di macchine fuoristrada che di aviti di acciaio. pecially in hues of scarlet and green, product that became iconic in association with the figure of Robin Hood who wore ‘Lincoln green’. Today this city remains an administrative center, a tourist destination and is still a center of industry, primarily automotive, though there is also a specialized production of steel screws.



The Oestrous Cycle The female Irish Terrier reaches sexual maturity at about eight months of age, she will not grow much taller after this period. The best age for a first pregnancy is 2-3 years, her peak of fertility is 3-5 years, though this will wane starting at 5 -6 years of age. (Kurt De Cramer, Breeding is a Bitch; Kejafa, 2014). In the course of a year, she will experience two full cycles, but some bitches have only one annually. The phases of the cycle are: proestrus, estrus, diestrus and anestrus. Proestrus – when a bitch ‘bleeds’. The discharge during this phase is a serosanguinous fluid, initially a light color, after a day or more darkening to thick deep red, then again to

transparent pink at the end. There may be no discharge at all which is called a ‘silent’ heat or suboestrus. The lips of the vulva become swollen, thire appearance resembling that of a small ripe peach. Male dogs notice the change and begin to court the female by sniffing, licking and circling the female then inviting her to engage with him by presenting himself in an energetic pose and eyeing her, all of which, however, the female refuses at this time. This phase usually lasts nine days but may extend to twenty-two. Estrus – The fertile phase. The female now accepts the advances of the male, turning her rear in his direction, standing with her vulva

exposed by flexing the surrounding muscles (pouting or vulva reflex) moving her tail to the side (flagging or tail reflex). It is note wothy that in this phase the vulva is still swollen, but less so than before, the skin is less turgid and resembles an apricot that is not fresh. This phase also lasts about nine days but can in extreme cases last to twenty-two. Diestrus – The two months after proestrus (including the estrus and diestrus) are the same at first, whether the female has conceived or not, since the level of progesterone will rise. Should the pregnancy not occur, however, the progesterone level will begin to fall during diestrus. The male will stop courting the female. If the female has been impregnated, progesterone levels will remain high. The discharge may continue into diestrus but is nearly transparent now. If the bitch has conceived, the pregnancy is 60-63 days (never successfully under 58 when lungs of the foetus complete their development) to the day of whelping. If she is not pregnant, diestrus usually lasts 60 days. Anestrus – A rest period from reproductive activity. From a certain prospective, the turning point of the oestrous cycle is the day of ovulation, which usually occurs the first day of the estrus phase. Though the female may stand for the male as many as 11 days prior to ovulation, she is not fertile until about 48 hours after the maturation of the follicles and their release as ova (ovulation). Looking closely at this process, the final surge of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) will cause the release of the follicles from their seat in the ovaries and these cells will begin their journey to the uterus preparing for fertilization (48 hrs later). Estrogen now decreases as progesterone increases continuously for 25 days then pla-

teaus before slowly decreasing. The progesterone level is the most useful indication to calculate the day of ovulation and therefore the peak of fertility and best day for a mount from a male. On the day of the LH surge the progesterone is at 4-8 ng/ml. On the day of peak fertility progesterone is 20 - 30 or even 40 ng/ml. Practically speaking, when the progesterone levels arrive at 4ng/ml the breeder has about four days to get the bitch to the male. It is usually the female that travels since the male ‘performs’, so traditionally stays in his home environment. The heat of the female is not always progressive, there can be an initial rise of progesterone followed by a decease then a final surge to ovulation, or a definitive lowering resulting in an anovulatory cycle. Therefore, the level of progesterone is carefully followed every two or three days from the start of proestrus. Analysis of heat progress can also be made from a vaginal smear, but the progesterone levels are usually the basis of evaluation, measured easily and quickly from blood samples. Through this monitoring, especially if there is a long distance mating planned, the assistance of a reproductive expert is extremely valuable, though there are few such qualified vets in Italy. Unfortunately, for assistance in the provinces of Italy, it is frequently necessary to travel to a major city to obtain the best reproductive care from a specialized vet. For more information on this subject please consult: 1.The online article: Canine estrous cycle and ovulation (Proceedings), August 1, 2008 by Walter Threlfall. 2. the website:https://www.akcchf.org/educational-resources/podcasts/podcast-transcripts/ovulation-timing.html

Crufts is one of the two most exciting events in Cynognostics. The first is the show with the longest history, Westminster. This New York event began in the Westminster hotel on 8 May 1877. It is also the second longest running sporting event in the USA (after the Kentucky Derby). Crufts, initially held in London, later moved to Birmingham, has two distinct historical phases: the first phase is the group of four shows from 1886 to 1890, events limited to terriers, then from ’91 onwards expanded to an allbreed event. Thus the 1891 show is traditionally considered the year of the first Crufts show which today is vaunted as the largest such event in the world. As Terrier people we are especially interested in the first four Crufts shows when early Terrier breeds such as our Irish were all the rage. The first show was held from 10-12 March 1886 in Westminster, London (not to be confused with the US event). There were 534 entries though, as still happens today, this number does not represent the number of dogs since it is common that the same dog be entered in several classes. There are many curious differences between the management of shows then and now. For example, the dogs stayed at the venue overnight. The entry fee included an attendant who exercised and fed the dogs. Upon payment of a supplement, it was possible to have a special pass for your kennel man to attend your dogs through the night. This was money well spent since it was not unusual for dogs to disappear or be exchanged with individuals of lesser quality, and there were fewer means of proof in the days before microchips! Thirteen breeds were represented at the first show, including the Irish Terrier, judged by J.C.C. Barnett. Already the entries for the second year were up to 700 with about 500 dogs attending. The Irish were judged by A.F.W.W. Krehl. Two of the 260 exhibiters were women, including Mrs. Barton McGuckin who exhibited four Irish Terriers, all bred by herself. There were 59 Irish Terriers in total. Challenge class was won by Mr. Graves with his Extreme Carelessness.

During the first Crufts shows the cynognostic evaluation was also interpreted as a livestock market, in fact the sale value of each dog was included in the catalogue with other entry data. While 41 of the Irish entered were described as ‘Not for sale’ or had no price indicated, two were available for £5, one had the very precise amount of £7.7s one went for £10, another for £20, two for £25, one for £30, six were priced at £60. One dog was entered twice and quoted at exactly £52,10s and two were advertised for £100. Mr. Weiner offered his Springwell Tory, bred by himself for the round sum of £1000.


In the 1891 catalogue when the show was opened to an ever-increasing number of breeds, the first names mentioned in the entry list were those of Her Majesty the Queen who brought four dogs and S.A.R.S.A.S. the Prince of Wales who entered five. The royal dogs were housed in a large separate room where visitors could admire them. There were a total of 2,437 entries by 812 exhibitors, 62 of which were women. Among the exhibitors was Battersea Dog’s Home (the rescue home of which the Queen was patroness). The prize list was 19 pages long, triple that of the prior year which had been only six pages. Crufts garnered ever growing prestige and has since that time remained a mecca for exhibitors and visitors. Here one can find any dog related product including food, toys, equipment, books, decorative items and finery of every description. Above all one finds the protagonists of this extravaganza, the dogs themselves, in an unending parade of beautiful specimens cheered on by an appreciative crowd vying for the best views of the rings. Friday March 11, 2022 there were 64 Irish Terriers judged by Susan Seabridge among a total of 18.227 entries and 16.296 dogs. The dog awarded her BOB, Turith Adonis, owned and handled by John Averis went on to win Terrier group, thus to walk the main ring as one of the seven contenders for the Best in Show title 17 won this year by the Flat Coated Retriever.


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The Context of the Breed The Irish Terrier first emerged during the mid19th century, decades characterized by increasing European nationalism and in the case of Ireland, also by the political and cultural renaissance known today as the ‘Celtic Revival’, a movement within which the Irish people rediscovered their identity after centuries of British occupation. This cultural movement ushered in the bloody war of independence and even worse civil conflict, from which the independent nation of ‘Éire’, in English ‘Erin’, or Ireland was born. The ’Irish Terrier’ responded to the desire of the Irish during the Celtic Revival to enter the rings of the nascent dog world with its own national dog thus the name of the breed and the christening of the first famous example from County Antrim in North Ireland recognized as the ‘Mother of the breed’, Erin, who first walked the ring in 1879.

man, the ‘sporting man’ who required an elegant companion for a ‘quiet day of sport’.

Like the vast majority of breeds, he is a product of the Victorian era, when, for the first time, artificial selection was experimented on a large scale. He is one of the 40 breeds recognized in the original stud book opened in 1874, only one year after the foundation of the Kennel Club in London. His years of glory ran from about 1890 through to the 1930’s though today he is listed among rare breeds and registration numbers rarely rise above 400 in the British Isles or on the continent, in many countries averaging about 50. Thus, it is a breed with a restricted genetic pool, fortunately, managed by a small group of knowledgeable breeders in Britain, the USA and Europe who are dedicated to maintaining correct type as described in the standard. The progressive approach of breeding common in some breeds such as the Bull Terrier is not accepted among Irish Terrier people who prefer a conserThe Irish Terrier was developed to represent the vative and protective practice, curating the origperfect hunting dog, rustic, and versatile, ideal inal characteristics which satisfied the sporting for working in difficult terrain and in extreme world in the 1800’s and also perfectly suits doconditions of cold and rain yet designed to commestic life in families today. mand the admiration of the aristocratic English20

Technical Aspects Both the male and female of the Irish Terrier should measure 45.5 cm at withers with a thick mantle of hard coat over plentiful, soft undercoat, of a copper red color ranging from the rich gold tones of mature grain to ‘brick’ red, (when bricks were hand made). He is a rectangular dog, the ideal length of a dog in size is about 50cm, the head, of equal length with the neck, is roughly 4/10 the height at withers therefore about 20cm long. The topline begins with an arching neck, leading down a high, long withers to a straight back, and the underline presents good tuck up in the ventral region. These are the famous ‘lines of speed’ described in the standard. The breed is a normotype, light mesomorph, mesocephalic with little dimorphism between the sexes. This is a ‘head’ breed for which the typical expression is indispensable to be considered a good representative of the breed. The cranial-facial proportions are 1:1 with a scissors bite, and a small, semi lateral eye of dark brown. The ear is semi pendant with the apex pointing to the outer corner of the eye rather than down vertically as in the Airedale or medially as in the

Fox terrier. The longitudinal cranial-facial axes are parallel, and it is important that the lines of the head both dorsal and lateral are continuous without dips and valleys and along a single plane, therefore with minimal stop and slight narrowing rostrally. The original standard asks for ‘slight falling away’ not an easy phrase to understand at first. We can read in the negative what is written in the positive: There should not be much fall away – it should be only slight. Thus, unlike the American Staffordshire Terrier, or the Greyhound mentioned in this phrase of the Irish standard, the head is not modeled in a wave with a prominent zygomatic process, but, as we say among terrier people, formed like a brick, straight and even from the cranial region through to the facial region. The Irish has moderate angles, but – fundamental to ergonomic movement – the angles are balanced. Better to find a dog with slightly open angles that are equal fore and aft than as is increasingly common, straight in front and well angled in the rear. The metacarpal angle is very slight not over 10% and the foot is a cat foot, round and compact. The ideal tail is as straight as possible, set on only ‘rather high’ therefore not an extreme as we find on the Fox terrier.


Temperament The temperament of the Irishman is similar to other long-legged terriers, collaborative and self-confident, he has a colorful personality and many ideas of his own but is always ready to play and go out together. He is an exceptionally good apartment dog since his priority is to be with his family with whom he is very, very attached and affectionate. Like all terriers the Irish keeps the farmyard clear of rodents but unlike the burrowing sizes, he is made for the chase (mostly hare and small deer) and is capable of a soft mouth, stopping the animal without mangling it. His nickname ‘The Red Devil’ can create confusion, but if we place it in context of the 19th century it becomes clear that this is a boast of the Irish Terrier to accept no defeat running down his prey. In short, we have a breed that launches himself down steep inclines and over rocky terrain typical of north Ireland yet showing self-command. It is not a breed suited to self-defense or particularly adept at guarding


flock or property, but good at tracking in the wild and searching among the rubble for survivors. Overall, his character is self-possessed, he barks when there is good reason to alert and since the dawn of the breed (circa 1870) he has been described as an excellent companion for children. Care The coat requires regular stripping, which keeps him waterproof and free of shedding. Proper management, as with all terriers, requires a solid basis of training, above all for recall in view of his instinct for the hunt. Developed during the period of great famine in Ireland it is important to avoid a rich diet, he flourishes on very little. The only pathology associated with the breed is Hyperkeratosis for which a genetic marker has been identified and today the population has lower than 1% occurrence even in a recessive form of this condition. Males can commonly develop bladder or kidney stones like many other breeds, but thanks to the efforts of clubs and owners, much progress has been made working toward the identification of a marker for this in the Irish terrier.

“If you don›t have a dog – even one – there is not necessarily something wrong with you, but there is something wrong in your life.” - Vincent Van Gogh Three years have passed since Tuscan Red Mediterra (Hibiki) came four footed into our numerous and ever active family composed of Maria, Massimiliano, Beatrice, Rachele and Andrea. Certainly, there is always something to do with three kids, but why forego the thrill of adding a dog to the troops? The idea of enlarging our family with the four-footed kind, I must confess, was mine. As an ex-cat person (fanatic) I felt it must be the time to expiate my sins. Maria, who had grown up with the hunting dogs of her grandfather in South America, then her Cocker, Nipur, in Milano, was absolutely against the idea, aware of the work involved and the pain of loss. Then: ”a dog in an apartment, never, what about a hamster!” But no, I was on a mission to rectify my dog conscience and when a wise woman meets a stubborn mule – the wise woman gives way in the long run. Once I noticed the first signs of giving way in Maria, I immediately began proposing various breeds consonant with our lifestyle, something dynamic. My choice fell on the Jack Russell, a good compromise (with a little imagination) between the hamster and a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. I did it, I convinced her! We planned to leave for France and on the way home pick up the dog. A perfect plan. We began searching for the right breeder and bumped into the Tuscan Red website. I don’t know how, looking for a Jack Russell, we got to Anne, but it was a lucky stroke! Needless to say, once we came to visit the Irish it was love at first sight. As you all must know, getting a dog from Anne requires no small amount of tenacious dedication and perseverance. More likely that Italy qulaifies for the world cup…. For us it was providential that we made a stopover in Reggello returning to Rome from France in July of 2018. It was a pleasant visit with Anne and Marco, though there was that feeling you get in a job interview, not quite sure if you will be the right candidate. However, perseverance is everything and for us, and it was fortunate that Anne and Marco should be this way. In fact, only nine months later, Tuscan Red Mediterra came into our family. Why the name “Hibiki”? I Well I 23


U could say that it means ‘The eco of sound’ in Japanese, but quite simply it is one of the best Japanese whiskeys. Obviously, one Irish leads to another and after the first year we doubled up with another beautiful female, Tuscan Red Querciabella (Nikka – yes, another Japanese whiskey) Oh, by the way, this time it was less complicated with Anne. :) Hibiki e Nikka are to all effects members of the family-for me and Maria they are four footed children, for the kids they are companions in play and for walks. Nothing is more thereapuedic than petting them after an intense day, and we have all had tense times over the last two years. Obviously, they are completely spoiled, and the butcher doesn’t know that the three kilos of premium ground beef we buy each week are for them. Soon Hibiki will become the mother of seven puppies and therefore after the stringent selection made by Anne (and Maria) there will be other families joining us in this fantastic group. This experience is also something unique and something I would reccomend. In conclusion, being part of the Tuscan Red family means being part of a community of people that not only love their dogs, but are also there for the other owners, because the Irish Terrier bonds those who appreciate them and draws us a little bit nearer to each other’s lives. 24

The Legacy of Geordan Eye of the tige

• Tuscan Red Brusco dei Barbi (Oscar) • Tuscan Red Mediterra (HIbiki) • Tuscan Red Eola (Beki)

Tuscan Red Brusco dei Barbi, became a father for the second time. The first time was with Tuscan Red Eola in March of 2019, when four puppies were born in the home of Costanza and Guido. Nemo is perhaps the most well know of these due to his showing, and he had the opportunity to become a father himself - of the P litter. Busco dei Barbi, therefore, a grandfather, came in March to meet Tuscan Red Mediterra and this time seven puppies came into the world on 3 May. This pairing is of particular interest in that the parents both carry the lines of Dan Sackos (Geordan). Brusco dei Barbi is the issue of Sujoncla Ghost Dance and Geordan Eye of the Tiger, while Mediterra is out of Geordan Principia (Geordan Firelight x Geordan Eye of the Tiger) by Fireflash Gamekeeper. I hope to find the excellence in morphological structure that Eye of the Tiger had in abundance. The lines of Geordan, moreover, are characterized by a particularly vivacious intelligence. We’ll take stock in a year or so when the technical results will be fully apparent. In the meantime, the seven dwarves are happily nursing with their adoring mother. 25





Image Credits

Cover, Sujoncla Ghost Dance: Scott Collier Page 2 3 3 6-11 12 13 18 19 21

Immages not identified are taken by the author or found on internet without specific reference. Any person with information concering the images used here will please contact Anne Tureen who will make the necessary changes.

Wine Glass: Ilya Gorboruko Portrait: Jovana Danilovic Background: Crystal Huff Susan Seabridge Cathedral from below: Mike Town: Krisztina Papp Hall: Bouvierpagina.com Magazine cover: Bouvierpagina.com Winner Crufts: Louis Allwood

22 Male: Glannagalt Now Peace 23 Drawing of head: Irish Terrier Club of America 23 Geordan Principa: Tommaso Ucciuolo 25 Tuscan Red Migliara: Selene Favretto 26-27 Portrait Hibiki: Maria Mei Family Mei: Max Mei Oskar Sitting and family Sartori: Nereo Sartori 28 Geordan Eye of the Tiger: Jovana Danilovic 29 Hibiki’ tummy inside and out: Max Mei Back cover, a rainy spring day at Tuscan Red