Retired Dogs

Shenjela Midnight Flyer JW



On 18th December 2013, our second litter of Shenjela puppies were born. We had mated Neala to Show Champion Lapidary Rebel Rebel. Neala gave birth to five lovely puppies, all boys. We were hoping for another girl to show, but as there were none in the litter, we decided to keep a boy. Luca joined his mother in the show ring, aged just 7½ months, winning a Crufts qualification for 2015 at the Paignton Championship Show in August 2014.

At 14 months, Luca was awarded Junior Warrant, after gaining his last qualifying points at the Okehampton & District Canine Society Show.

Luca is now enjoying a happy new life with a lovely family not too far away in Yeovil.


Charbonnel Show'N'Tell at Shenjela



In 2010 two very important things happened.  Jane decided to retire early after a successful but stressful career in Production Planning spanning 33 years and more importantly it was decided that we should start searching for our second cocker spaniel, this time specifically for show.  In late June 2010 Neala came to join us from the famous Charbonnel Kennel, then three days later Jane retired, what perfect timing.

Neala is such a gentle loving and happy soul with a happy bubbly mischievous personality that not everyone gets to see as she is quite reserved when away from home.
Thanks to her breeding she has been a delight to show and achieved several Best Puppy and Best of Breeds at open shows before she was a year old.  She is growing into a beautiful calm showgirl who I am sure is going to go on to much greater things in the coming years and will in time become the foundation bitch for our future Shenjela puppies.

On 11th August 2013, Neala gained her Stud Book Number under breed specialist, Paul Reed at the Bournemouth Canine Champ Show.

Neala 1st May 2010 - 20th December 2021


Shirlannor Zimtoti Dreamer at Shenjela



Photo taken by Wendy Grist (Kasordon)

When we had to say goodbye to our lovely old golden girl Tilly we really thought we needed a break from dogs so we didn’t plan to have another cocker for a couple of years.  However, after just four weeks of a empty, sad and silent house we couldn’t stand it any longer and agreed to start the search sooner rather than later for our next cocker.

We contacted the Cocker spaniel Club via Derek Shapland for information on breeders with litters available who did all the necessary health tests etc., one of the people he put us in touch with was Shirley Mole (Shirlannor).  Shel happened to be travelling to the Worcester area a couple of days later to take part in a field archery competition (his other hobby) so he stopped off on his way home to meet Shirley and Norman and the rest as they say is history!

Lizzy is a real personality, she has both attitude and character.  She was such a shock as a puppy after our lovely gentle, well mannered Tilly.  At five months old having only attended puppy school we decided that more training wouldn’t go amiss and as Jane was also looking for a new hobby and challenge decided on ringcraft. 

She finally discovered that she really enjoyed strutting her stuff in the show ring when she was about two and she has been reasonably successful, especially at open shows with two Best of Breed titles to her credit.

At five and a half years old, Lizzy retired from the show ring, enjoying life as the family pet that she always has been.


Honeybottom Dancing Lottie


16th April 1995 to 5th September 2008


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