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About Tratante

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  1. This was the last Bill Brightmore Patterdale that I had and that's a young me in the background, this was around 1980. He gave it to me to breed from as the temperament was perfect and he worked well but he would try and kill any other dog. I worked him here in the south and sometimes in the Lakes, he suited me as I like to work alone.
  2. Looks like a dog I owned around 79, beddy whippet with a bit of bull.. wish I could get my hands on another one!
  3. Found these old photos of Bill, Doug and Stan when we were at Bill's place, he is holding a dog that he gave me. The photos of the terriers are non-descript northern working terriers photos taken around 1979, the black small lurcher is one of the best lamping dogs I ever had and tough as old boots.
  4. I had two dogs from Bill, one was a black and tan bitch that was average the other was a black rough coated demon. It was too aggressive with people and decided to wake from sleeping by my feet one evening to turn into a Tasmanian Devil. I made the mistake of trying to pick it up by the scruff and was too slow, it took lumps out of my hand and arm, it didn't live with me after that. Last time Bill and I met was just after Christmas 1980, and after a great day at the farm we spent the rest of it trying to drink ten pints of Marsden's Pedigree at the pub over the road which I think was the
  5. Yeh, it was a good show and the weather was great, a few small lurches about and saw a great 3/4 grey x collie.
  6. Just got back from the Surrey Game Fair but only a few good dogs about, not many running dogs. Saw these terriers at the show, I did like the Patterdale's, shame they weren't worked, the owner of the Plummer's said that they worked.
  7. Last one on this subject.... honest! The 'Tiger Cage'....
  8. Yeh! Still the same by the sounds of things....
  9. It was, remember the lion cage?
  10. Bloody great times! Still going through the book and bottom left looks like your dog?
  11. I've returned to the UK after many years away and going through my mountains of junk and found this book Lambourn. Doug Cooper, Plummer, Mike Douglas, Mad Jim the Blacksmith and a few more dog men every year, wish it was still going. Wonder what happened to Geoff Battans?
  12. Its all part of the madness that is the human race.Breeds due to too much showing and little or no field testing has lead to a huge amount of dogs /breeds unable to do the very job that they were bred for many years ago so ....shame on the kennel clubs and their toffy nose breeders.Many Many years years ago if the dog didnt fill the bag or couldnt do the job for which it was bred..... it was culled.A wild dog isnt required these days we in fact have plenty of good working stock out there but we need to stop looking for some MAGIC cross or breed and fine tune and hard cull the ones we already
  13. Couple of grand? Sod paying that for a dog! Forest of Dean Redneck's plan sounds best idea, any beddie whippets about?
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