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Canaan Dogs of Anacan

In Memoriam

Minto's Libyan Jewel
(Sire: Hamadi/Dam: Kaukab-El-Hawa)
15th November 1989 - 13th December 2002
 
Who said dogs can't climb trees? I just get better with age.
Minto's Libyan Jewel
'Bobby'
'Bobby'
at 11 years of age

Richard was living and working in Tunisia buying fresh fish for an English firm when, through some business associates, he was introduced to a clan of Bedouins who had travelled there from Jordan with a pack of free-living dogs following them. One day whilst visiting the Bedouins Richard was asked to remain outside while they held a meeting. He noticed that one of the bitches in the pack had whelped a litter which was being sheltered in a little lean-to set up in the camp for them. With nothing else to do Richard watched the puppies as he waited for the meeting to be over. A few weeks later there was a knock at his door. When he opened it, there was one of the Bedouins with a little puppy in his hands which he gave to Richard as a gift. Apparently because it was noticed that he had been looking at the pups, it was thought he wanted one. As it is considered a great insult to refuse an gift from an Arab Richard accepted little "Bobby" with the thought of letting her return to the wild once the Bedouins were gone. But he fell in love with her character and the relationship was forever sealed. Little did Richard know then what an influence Bobby would someday be in the Canaan Dog breed and his life.

We believe Bobby is the only wild-born dog to have ever been shown at Crufts. Her sound movement and correct shoulder structure impressed many judges and has been passed down to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the first Canaan Dog in the UK to receive the Hill's Top Canaan Dog Brood Bitch award presented in 1999 and she received this award again in 2000! Her contributions to the breed are not to be denied. We are so proud of and grateful to "Bobby" for all she did for us personally, as well as what she has contributed to the breed. She is greatly missed and we can only hope to one day be reunited with her.

Last Updated on the 11th May 2004

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