I graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College at Edinburgh University in 1984. My first dog was a Welsh Springer that our family owned (or more accurately he owned us!) when I was a student & he stayed with my parents when I graduated. Thereafter I had a wee rescue crossbreed for a while, who sadly died before he was a year old. We got our first Labrador when we moved to Fort William in 1988 when I started to work for Chris Evans the Vet. She came from Gay Buchanan of Trewidden Labradors near Invergarry, and we have had up to 3 Labradors at any one time since then and have bred a few litters as well.
I have managed to have lots of fun & various degrees of success in many areas of dog activity over the years. In the Show ring my dogs have had Championship show firsts (including twice at Crufts), stud book numbers, and have won up to Best in Show level at Open Shows. I have also competed and won at Obedience Open Shows. Our dogs have all had basic gun training & in the past I have braved a few working tests with them. They have also made TV appearances in the popular Scottish series Hamish Macbeth and Monarch of the Glen, which was great fun to be involved with. I have also judged Labradors and other Gundog breeds at Limited & Open Show level since 1994, an activity I find most interesting.
I joined the local Lochaber Dog Training Club as it was then, in 1988 and was soon an instructor in basic Obedience and a committee member. I was instrumental in the Club becoming Kennel Club Registered as Lochaber & District Canine Society around 1993 and have been either Chairman, Show Secretary or Show Manager since then, as well as instructing Obedience and Ringcraft throughout most of that time.