Over one hundred and fifty Dandie Dinmont Terrier owner and enthusiasts from across fourteen countries including USA, Canada, Scandinavia and Europe are gearing up to visit the Scottish Borders in honour of the 175th birthday of the breed’s founding father ‘Old Ginger’, born at The Haining in Selkirk on 4 June 1842.
The anniversary celebrations, which form part of Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, will take place across three days (2 – 4 June) enabling both locals and visitors to step back in time and explore the ancestry of the breed named after a character from Sir Walter Scott's novel ‘Guy Mannering’.
Activities across the weekend include a ‘Barking Plaid’ Tartan Fashion Show at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel which will see items exclusively styled in the historic Walter Scott black and white tartan fabric for both dogs and owners (Friday 2 June) and a ‘Meet the Dandies’ public event at Bowhill House and Country Estate (Saturday 3 June).
A street parade of Dandie Dinmont Terriers through Selkirk will kick-off the birthday party proceedings (Sunday 4 June) followed by the opening of the Dandie Dinmont Discovery Centre, the Dandie Dinmont Derby and the unveiling of the ‘Old Ginger’ bronze statue by the Queen's sculptor for Scotland, Alexander Stoddart, all due to take place at The Haining - recognised as being the home of the Dandie Dinmont terrier.
Popular locations such as Abbotsford House, Lochcarron of Scotland and Dryburgh Abbey will also be explored by enthusiasts and their dogs throughout the weekend.
Among the rarest dogs on earth and the only breed to have its own tartan bestowed by a Clan Chief the event is also aiming to highlight the plight of the endangered canine which saw only 316 puppies born worldwide last year.
Paul Keevil, UK Coordinator of the event said:
“The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is Scotland’s forgotten dog breed with a dedicated and passionate following of enthusiasts from around the world.”
“The first weekend in June will see the largest ever informal gathering of the breed as we celebrate the 175th birthday of the father of the breed “Old Ginger”.
Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director for the South of Scotland, said:
“The Dandie Dinmont is such an iconic, rare breed, originating from the Scottish Borders, and it is fantastic that the region is hosting this celebration in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
“Scotland’s history and culture are among the top reasons for visiting Scotland and the opening of this permanent tribute to the Dandie Dinmont at the home of the breed demonstrates a real commitment to further enhancing our region’s tourism offering and attracting more visitors to delve into the past and to discover some of the hidden gems and fascinating stories that they perhaps weren’t previously aware of in the Scottish Borders.”
Michelle Ballantyne, Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Haining Charitable Trust said:
"The Haining Trustees are delighted to welcome such a unique canine event to the estate. It is set to be a wonderful weekend of celebration and the Trustees and volunteers of The Haining will be working hard to ensure that 'Old Gingers' home will provide a fantastic backdrop for his 175th birthday celebrations."
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Kelly Ward from Selkirk and twelve Dandie Dinmont Terriers get set to honour the 175th birthday of the breed’s founding father ‘Old Ginger’.