My fascination with Pekingese began as very young child when
I first saw one belonging to friends of my parents. As I
grew older and my interest in dogs in general increased this
fascination grew into a lifelong passion.
My very first pet Pekingese came in 1970, later a show
bitch, and then in 1974 a puppy, Jamestown Golden Promise
from the kennel of the late Jean Eisenman. At that time my
personal circumstances weren’t such that I could set up
breeding so reluctantly I let her go to a breeder in
mid-Canada who could do her justice.
The prefix Michaelmas was registered in 1985 in partnership
with David Kelland after acquiring a bitch puppy from the
Singlewell kennel of Pam Edmond in England. She was
Singlewell Dovey and when bred to Ch. Belknap Pockets Pasha
owned by Reg and Flora Crane’s of St. John’s, Newfoundland,
produced my first homebred champion, Michaelmas Vikki Chin.
A glamorous bitch with extraordinary fringing, she won
several Toy Groups and a Best in Toy Specialty.
We next bred Dovey to Can. Ch. Algol Shere Khan, a dog we
bought from Ann Tompkins This breeding gave us Ch.
Michaelmas Bara Brith who was a group and Best Puppy In Show
winner under Nigel Aubrey Jones. Bara Brith subsequently
gave us two litters with a Canadian champion in each.
On 1991, we had our first all breed Best in Show win with
Ch. Polina’s Keeping The Faith, a substantial dog bred by
Reg and Flora Crane.
It soon became necessary to consider bringing in some new
blood, and so I approached Barbara Melless of Rodari
Pekingese in Ontario, Canada.
Three dogs came to us from Rodari over the succeeding few
years: Ch. Rodari Dickens of Michaelmas (dog), Ch. Rodari
Charity of Michaelmas (daughter of Ch. Knolland Red Rover),
and Ch. Rodari Katherine of Michaelmas (a daughter of Ch.
Kettlemere Sercial ex. Ch. Kettlemere Night Time).
Breeding Dickens and Charity gave us a lovely male puppy,
Ch. Michaelmas Fairfax , who had a good show career as a
puppy but as an adult developed an intense dislike for the
show ring. Charity’s second litter, by Ch . St. Aubrey Royal
of Elsdon owned by Reg and Flora Crane, gave us a very
pretty bitch, Ch. Michaelmas Theodora , who was a multiple
group placer, including three Group Firsts.
Mating Katherine to Barbarra Melless’s Ch. Rodari Jamie
produced for us in this half-brother/half-sister breeding on
Ch. Ketttlemere Sercial our first homebred Best In Show
winner, Ch. Michaelmas Jamieson. From a breeding of Dickens
to Katherine we kept a bitch puppy, Ch. Michaelmas Marji,
who when bred to Ken Winters’ Ch. Manticore Bransle gave us
the Best in Show/Best Puppy in Show winning bitch, Ch.
Michaelmas Lilli Langtry.
Along the way, David developed an interest in blacks and in
1995 we acquired a black bitch from Jack and June Whitehead
of Wanscara Pekingese in England. Ch. Wanscara Lady in Black
(Ch. Nowai Harvey Moon ex Wanscara Coco Bean), like her
mother proved to be a strong and prolific brood bitch and
produced four Canadian champion bitches.
In 1999 we were very fortunate to acquire Ch. Winckworth
Magic Flute (by Ch. St. Aubrey Amadeus of Elsdon ex.
Winckworth One Red Rose). A dog of outstanding quality that
we had long admired, we were thrilled when his breeder Ruth
Brison of Winsor, Nova Scotia allowed him to come to us. He
produced for us three group winning puppies, including Ch.
Michaelmas Arioso at Polina, a multiple Best Puppy in Show
and multi-group winner owned by Reg & Flora Crane and their
own Ch. Polina Magical Star, herself a group and Best Puppy
in Show winner.
A most significant development was the arrival in 2001 of
Kettlemere Mightnight Sonata from the kennel of Joyce
Shipley in England. Having recognized the strong qualities
of the Kettlemere bitch line, it was with great anticipation
that we awaited her arrival in whelp to Winnifred Mee’s Ch.
Pekehuis Pure Gold of Tenling, a half-brother/half-sister
breeding on Ch. Tenling Golden Arrow of Pekehuis. This
breeding resulted in no less than five bitch puppies very
One of these bitches was Ch. Michaelmas Meg Merrilies, a
multiple Best in Show/ Best Puppy in Show all breeds and no.
4 Pekingese in Canada for 2002.
Kettlemere Midnight Sonata now happily retired with us, has
free-whelped four litters with at least one Canadian
champion bitch in each litter. Here second litter by Ch.
Winckworth Magic Flute gave us Ch. Michaelmas Miss
Moneypenny; her third litter to Ch. Pekeden Perchance gave
us Ch. Michaelmas Mai Kwa and for her third, by Ch.
Manticore Hallelujah produced Ch. Michaelmas Julianna.
In the spring of 2002 Ch. Manticore Summersault
arrived from Kenneth Winters. Between 2002 and 2006, “Sam”
garnered, in very limited showing, many Group 1st placements
and 7 all breed Best in Show wins, making him number 5
Pekingese in Canada in 2002 and number 4 in 2006.
More recently Brentoy Sheff Michaelmas came to us from
Ruby and the late Allan Charlton, thanks to their daughter
Brenda Oades. She has given us a glorious pale fawn
daughter with her mother’s substance and large, clear,
luminous eyes. Still a young bitch, we think the best is yet
Currently Ch. Michaelmas Mai Kwa , a “Sonata” daughter from
her third litter (by Ch. Pekeden Perchance) is nursing a
free whelped litter of six – five bitches and one dog. She
is truly her mother’s daughter. This litter was sired by
Ch. Manticore Hallejuah (sire of Ch. Manticore Summersault),
a smaller type, shapely dog with intense pigment who can
imprint these qualities along with superb temperament on all
We are both extremely honoured to be able to say that “Hal”
and a selection of Manticore dogs and bitches have recently
joined our kennel having been entrusted to our care by Ken
Over the years during visits to England, we were very
fortunate to have been invited to visit some of the finest
British kennel, including that of Mrs. Pam Edmond (Singlewell),
May Robertshaw (Lotusgrange), Joyce Shipley (Kettlemere),
Jack and June Whitehead (Wanscara), Winnifred Mee (Pekehuis),
Brenda Oades (Brentoy) and Bert Easdon and Philip Martin (Yakee).
We are very grateful to them all for sharing with us their
knowledge, their enthusiasm and love of the Pekingese.
Since the very beginning, although interspersed with such
diversions as gardening, dance, other breeds (Labrador
Retrievers and Miniature Wire-haired Dachshunds), and fish
(both tropical and pool) the one constant joy in our lives
has been and continues to be the Pekingese.
Gary Tucker and David Kelland