We are sisters, Wendy Fleming and Caroline Reynolds and each have a separate interest in the Glenariff Affix.
Glenariff, meaning arable Glen is one of the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland were we both grew up and live and have enjoyed for many years. All our dogs have run in the woods surrounding the glen and have played in the clear waters of the streams there.
There has always been dogs in the family and we have be involved with breeding and showing as long as we can remember. As kids we grew up with Standard Smooth Dachshunds, shown under our mother’s affix Craigmore.
Caroline met Clumber Spaniels for the first time on a visit to Crufts in 1989. That was the start and Caroline would not be without a Clumber in her life.
Caroline currently shares her home with her ‘boys’. Romeo and Matthew both from our good friend Jenny Langridge of the Badgermoon Clumber Spaniels and Curly Coat Retrievers. Romeo is now 6 and is the quiet one, happy to sleep with 2 or 3 dachshunds on top of him! Matthew, is a happy young puppy dog, born June 2007 and a great grandson of our Elliott, who we sadly said goodbye to in 2004, aged 12½ years.
For Wendy, a move out of Belfast to the countryside in 1996 was the opportunity to have a dog. Lily our first pointer joined the household as a rescue of just 7 months old. Used to an outside kennel life she soon settled in and is happy stretched out in front of the fire. December 2003, Heather arrived to join the Glenariff team and kept Lily company on the sofa until we saddly had to say goodbye at just 6 year old! Fortunately for Lily we have Basil, who at just over a year old is proving himself to be addition to our show team.
Our most recent additions to the show team are the miniature Smooth Dachsunds. Our mum, Sandra, has had this breed for several years and decided to join us showing when looking for a suitable sire for Dilly’s litter which was born December 2002.
From this litter of 5 we could not resist keeeping both Lulu a shaded red and Eva a black and tan and the rest they is history. Caesar joined us from our good friend Katherine Herrington, Kathington Dachsundsm and not only is he a great dog to live with but he is great show dog and has recently produced his first litter for us.
We have had a lot of fun and success with our dogs. We are particularly proud of Elliott winning Best of Breed at Crufts 2000 from the veteran class, Georgia being the first Clumber Spaniel bitch to win a Group at a championship show in Ireland and Holland, Northern Ireland Gundog winner and runner up in the same year with Romeo and Heather, qualifying Caesar for Pup of the Year and most recently Basil winning NI Gundog Pup of the Year 2009