Kate Smith, our latest sponsored member from the show world, tells us a little bit about her dogs and hopes for 2017.
“Alncroft Parson Russell Terriers are owned by myself, Kate Smith, my husband Matt and my mum Michaela Moon but also very much enjoyed by our three daughter’s Jessica, Amelie & Ava!
I started handling, showing and training dogs in the late 80’s with various breeds but started focussing on Parson Russell Terriers in the mid nineties. Our Parson Russell Terriers descend from the Alne PRT’s which achieved notable fame including successes such as crowning the first ever PRT champion in the country. We only breed very occasionally and only when we would like a new puppy to bring into the show ring, despite this, we have achieved the honour of being awarded the Our Dogs Top Breeder award (in the UK) on a number of occasions including 2015 and 2013.
Our main interest is showing but our two eldest girls are very keen on agility, obedience and flyball too, both of them training weekly at our local club. They also compete successfully in junior handling competitions with our PRT’s and Dachshunds.
We have found Akela particularly beneficial and well suited to our dogs. One of them is intolerant of certain grains in food and they have thrived on the Suffolk Duck 80/20. One of our PRT’s fed on Akela since the beginning of 2016 is Ch Alncroft I Spy, Top PRT 2013 & 2015 and Top PRT bitch 2014 & 2016. She holds the record number of CC’s won by any PRT and broke the record in Autumn 2016 handled by our eldest, Jessica!
We rear all our puppies from the age of 6 weeks on Akela and find they thrive on it and absolutely love it! We look forward to 2017, seeing our our new puppies, reared on Akela, make their debut in the UK showring.”
If you feed Akela and have any achievements to tell us about then we would love to hear from you. Who knows, you could be the next sponsored Akela pack member!