Good news for Dandie Dinmont Terrier lovers: not only the fundraising objective for a bronze statue of Old Ginger - the breed's forefather - has been reached, but the Kennel Club Educational Trust has agreed a grant of £20,000 towards the creation of the new Dandie Dinmont Terrier Discovery Centre.
Both the Centre and the statue will stand at The Haining, Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders, where Old Ginger was born.
Paul Keevil, UK Coordinator of the Dandie Dinmont Discovery Centre Project, said, "Old Ginger was born at The Haining in 1842 and as the ‘father’ of the breed, it can be considered the birthplace of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Every Dandie in the world today goes back ultimately to Old Ginger. Uniquely, the actual kennels he was born in and the kennel run still exist in the grounds of The Haining.
"It is exciting for us that the trustees of The Haining are not only allowing us to open the Dandie Discovery Centre on this important landmark, but are also making the entire Haining Estate dog friendly. Alexander Stoddart, the Queen’s sculptor for Scotland has been commissioned to produce a bronze statue of Old Ginger, which will be unveiled on June 4th 2017, his 175th birthday."
The breed, with fewer than 100 new puppies registration a year, is among the Kennel Club's list of vulnerable native breeds. It takes the name of a character from Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering, where a man called 'Dandie Dinmont' owned a number of these terriers.
Mike Macbeth, President of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada and international co-ordinator for the project said, "Selkirk and the Scottish Borders are the ancestral home of the Dandie Dinmont. It is therefore appropriate that the Discovery Centre be located in the actual kennel where the father of the breed was born.
"But the restoration of Old Ginger’s kennel was unlikely without funding from the Kennel Club. Those of us in the international Dandie community are grateful for the Kennel Club Educational Trust’s support for the Dandie Dinmont Discovery Centre."
Image by the Kennel Club.