Friday, 12 May 2017

Dandie Dogs on Parade

OVER one hundred and fifty Dandie Dinmont Terrier owner and enthusiasts from across fourteen countries including USA, Canada, Scandinavia and Europearegearing up to visit the Scottish Borders in honour of the 175th birthday of the breed’s founding father ‘Old Ginger’, born at The Haining in Selkirk on 4 June 1842.

The anniversary celebrations, which form part of Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, will take place across three days (2 – 4 June) enabling both locals and visitors to step back in time and explore the ancestry of the breed named after a character from Sir Walter Scott's novel ‘Guy Mannering’.

Activities across the weekend include a ‘Barking Plaid’ Tartan Fashion Show at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel which will see items exclusively styled in the historic Walter Scott black and white tartan fabric for both dogs and owners (Friday 2 June) and a ‘Meet the Dandies’ public event at Bowhill House and Country Estate (Saturday 3 June).

A street parade of Dandie Dinmont Terriers through Selkirk will kick-off the birthday party proceedings (Sunday 4 June) followed by the opening of the Dandie Dinmont Discovery Centre, the Dandie Dinmont Derby and the unveiling of the ‘Old Ginger’ bronze statue by the Queen's sculptor for Scotland, Alexander Stoddart, all due to take place at The Haining - recognised as being the home of the Dandie Dinmont terrier.

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