CARTMEL - The Beginning

Pat Jones started the original Cartmel kennels and for many years was actively involved with many breeds of dogs. She awarded CC's in the UK as well as judging abroad in several breeds. It was back in the 80's that she obtained from Paddy Holbrook O'Hara one of the first pairs of Portuguese Water dogs to have been sent from Portugal. From then on Pat invested more and more of her time and energies on investigating and preserving this breed and endeavoured to keep the breeding pure to Portuguese blood lines

Following Pats demise in 2008 the responsibility for this passed to Alan & Viv of the Whistbrae Bearded Collies who had agreed to continue Cartmel's existence.

In 2011 Alan & Viv relocated to Lincolnshire settling in New York, just outside Boston (yes in England not the USA!) having found a rural property with some acreage to allow the dogs to relax and show more of their true nature.

No sooner had they got themselves and the dogs settled than the news came that Alan had terminal cancer which led to a big rethink. Plans were put in place and time was taken out for Alan to enjoy the dogs he loved.

Following Alan's death in 2017 Viv started again to look to the future and felt ready to again start helping the Portuguese Water Dog which she did until her death in July 2018.

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