Missy … A Grand
An Independent Magazine
for all Bobtail Fans N 3/2001
When Colette Hornig asked if I would write about
Missy for her excellent magazine, I agreed
immediately. I feel Missy is such an incredible 'person'
that she deserves to be written about whilst she
is still alive.
Missy … A Grand Old
Ch. Zottels Miss Marple of
Birthday Sweet 16!*
achieved an amazing 51 CC's, 22 Reserve CC's and
14 B.I.S. She became the new Breed Record Holder
during her show career, which since then has only
been surpassed by her son,
Ch. LamedaZottel Flamboyant.
She produced five litters. Twenty-five of her
champions with fourteen winning B.I.S. at All
Breed Championship Shows. Several others are also
But let's start at the beginning. Missy was born
on January 6th 1985 in a litter of 3/3 puppies by
IntCh. Lohengrin aus dem
Ch. Reeuwijk's Filmstar in
She was a fairly big puppy with a birthweight of
480 grams and in those first few days she didn't
seem to have a neck at all. I can't remember why,
but she reminded me a bit of the late Margaret
Rutherford, hence her pedigree name: Miss Marple.
This M-litter was to be my last litter in Germany
and Missy, together with her litter-sister,
Moonlight Serenade, her mum and my other two Old
English Sheepdogs, Ch. Zottel`s Estee Lauder and
Ch. Zottel`s Eagle Has Landed had to undergo
quarantine when we all moved to England on April
The two pups didn`t seem to mind the confinement.
Unlike the adults who were quite badly affected
and homesick. None of my dogs had ever been in a
kennel before and leaving them all there, with
only visits allowed, was very hard indeed.
seemed to take it all in her stride. I`m sure
those six months helped to develop her so very
determined and stubborn character. By the time
they were all released from their prison, she had
already grown an amazing coat which I believe she
inherited from her great grandmother, Fezziwig
Silver Lining. This wonderfully coloured and
textured coat on a puppy caused quite a stir here
She won Best Puppy in Show under Mr. Steve Hall at
her first outing, the Midland Club Championship
Show. This win qualified her for her first Crufts.
Again she took the Best Puppy in Breed award. The
judge was Mrs. C. Pearce.
Now one must remember that Missy and my other
Bobtails were the first non-English bred OES to be
shown in England. The impact this had on the OES
scene was tremendous. Not everyone was able to
cope with "those foreign dogs." Quite
understandable in a way. After all we were still
living in the eighties! Still none of this initial
apprehension towards the "German dogs" seemed able
to stop Missy from winnings at one show after
Sometimes even under judges, who had previously
stated that they didn`t like her.
Her first CC and BOB came from Mrs. Jilly Bennett,
the second from Mrs. Jean Borland and the third
from Mrs. Betty Ince at Leeds Championship Show in
July 1986. That made her a Champion at the age of
eighteen months. Her most notable and impressive
win to me was defrnitely her B.I.S. win in 1988
under Mrs. Ferelith Somerfield at the Championship
Centenary Show of the Old English Sheepdog Club.
With an entry of two hundred and fifty
Old English Sheepdogs it was also the biggest club
show event I have experienced. I still enjoy
watching the video from this brilliant show. It
makes me laugh now, when I remember how difficult
she was to show there.
first BIS under the late Lugiano Bernini
3 1/2 years of age
in the Working Group at Crufts
I said in the beginning she was and still is,
stubborn. If ever I had to leave her on the bench,
perhaps to go to the ladies or elsewhere, I had to
make sure someone, whom she liked, would stay with
her. If she didn`t like the person, she would
subsequently misbehave terribly in the ring. The
same would happen if I had something to eat and
didn`t share it properly with her. Again in the
ring she would give me one of her special looks,
saying "Remember, when you ate all those fish &
chips on your own? Now you'll pay for it." I
promise you, in those
situations no one in the world could have made her
stand still. So I had to learn to share food 50/50
and basically not to go to the toilet unless one
of her good friends would sit with her. I also had
to learn not to leave her at home for too long
with someone she wasn`t too keen on, as invariably
she would show those people that she didn`t like
my being away and the she`d pee on the carpet or
worse, in their bed.
Maybe because of this so special character, she
and I have formed a bond where each one knows what
the other is thinking. She always knew when I was
happy or unhappy and now she is old she likes to
mostly sleep and eat only her favourite food, such
as roast chicken and fish fingers and it`s my turn
to look after her, making sure she herself is
comfortable and getting the quality of life
appropriate for her age.
We`ve had hiccups along the way. For instance,
nearly three years ago she had two massive
strokes. At first it looked as if she wouldn't
recover, but with my brother-in-law`s ever present
help and excellent medication, which she has been
on ever since, she has made it. Until July of last
year she used to walk at least twice a day for
half an hour. Now we just walk outside the house
with her. She has a good sniff around, spends her
penny and comes back inside.
I know to treasure every day now and that soon she
will probably join some of her lovely children who
already are playing on different lawns. I am not
sure how I will cope when that time comes, but I
have promised her that
I will make it as easy as possible for her.
with her granddaugher Ch. Lamedazottel Hello Again, Missy in the standing
Unfortunately we lose Missy in april, 20, 2001 at 16
article was placed with kind consent of publisher -
Colette and Klaus Hornig.
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