WHAT STARTED AS A TEENAGER’S PART-TIME JOB, TURNED INTO A LIFELONG PASSION, FOR WINIFRED MEE. A LEGACY OF GOLD
by Susan Shephard
(First published in Orient Express , a publication of Aramedia Group, approximately 18 years ago.)
By 1987, Sir Guy was a Cham- pion, #1 Pekingese, and Best of Breed at Crufts. In his ca- reer, Sir Guy won 37 CC’s un- der different judges, was Top Pekingese in 1987 and 1989, BIS UK Toy Dog - 1989 and 1990, Supreme Best in Show, Birmingham National - 1989. When asked to talk about her most memorable early show wins, Winnie replied, “My first CC with Petula was March 3, 1972, a day that will live with me for the rest of my life! CH Sir Guy won the Supreme Best in Show at the 1989 Birming- ham National, was BIS at the United Toy Dog Show 1989 and 1990, and was BOB at Crufts, 1987.” To date, Winnie has won 152 CCs. In 1990, a CH Knolland Red Rover son came to England that would influence the direction of Pekehuis. American/Cana- dian Champion Rodari Ori- ent Express was campaigned to his English championship by Winnie. He finished his English championship within four months. “Bobby’s” pedi- gree traces back to Pekehuis breeding on his dam’s side. His g-g-g-grandmother was St. Aubrey Pekehuis Sun- crush, whose mother, Pekehuis Shah Perle, was CH Pekehuis Petula’s dam. Before Bobby’s
W innie began her career with Pe- kingese with Mrs. Ethel B. Par- tridge of the Pekehuis affix. It was during her apprenticeship with Mrs. Partridge that her natural affinity for grooming and training the Peking- ese came to light. To this day, Winnie has proven that commitment, hard work, patience, knowledge, and a deep level of communication with the dog are the keys to success. For nearly 30 years, Winnie cared for and showed Mrs. Partridge’s dogs un- der the affix PEKEHUIS. Winnie won her first Best in Show at Open level in 1963 with Pekehuis Cherokee of Chintoi. Nine years later, in March of 1972, she won her first Championship Certificate with St. Aubrey Pekehuis Petula, with an entry of more than 400
dogs. “Petula” won her third of 35 CC’s the following year. Petula was the Top Pekingese in 1973 and 1976, and Top Pekingese Bitch in 1975. Petula still holds the record for Pekingese bitch CC’s. (Note: CH Petula took 1974 off for maternal duties, producing CH Pekehuis Petal.) In 1982, Winnie bought a Micklee Ro- meo daughter. This bitch was bred to Pekehuis Prince Consort and produced three bitch puppies. One of these girls was bred to CH Some Man of Lotus- grange and produced CH Pemyn Some Guy, who produced CH Pekehuis Sir Guy. Another of the girls was bred to CH Sir Guy and produced CH Peke- huis Sheer Elegance at Tenling. At Mrs. Partridge’s death in 1985, Pekehuis was transferred toWinnie.
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