Michaelmas Pekingese
(Perm. Reg.)
Est. 1985
   26 September 2018

History of  Michaelmas

Gary Tucker,

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 inten
se 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 capably whelped.

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 to come.

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 his offspring.

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 Winters.

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

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