Winsie came to us from Doug and Jean Sheppard in May 1989. She was from the world renowned Cliffhill Kennel. A grand daughter of Ch Cliffhill Julius on both sides, her mother was a half working bitch from the Gwinbernant and Macsiccar lines. Winsie was a dog of exceptional temperament, an intelligent and a very laid back attitude to life. It is on these qualities that we have founded our kennel.
Winsie was never the one to campaign in the show ring, but her working ability was exceptional. In the days when we were totally new to the shooting field she and Kevan would go off every Saturday in the season and come home having had a perfect day. Winsie knew more about the game than either of us, and it is through her that we have grown to love the sport, and appreciate the honour of handling a really good dog.
Winsie was mated to Sh Ch Wardhill Whistling Miller, and gave us Ernie and Poppet, for which we shall be eternally grateful.

Winsie sadly left us on the 20th September 2001. To say that we miss her is an understatement. Every dog that we have in the kennel we owe to her, the many friends that we have made both at home and overseas we owe to her. The hours and hours of fun that we have both showing, working, and just looking after our dogs we owe to her. Without Winsie there would be no Canouan Kennel - Thank you Winsie.

There was a roaring in the wind all night;
The rain came heavily and fell in floods;
But now the sun is rising calm and bright;
The birds are singing in the distant woods;…
All things that love the sun are out of doors;
The sky rejoices in the morning's birth;
The grass is bright with raindrops; - on the moors
The hare is running races in her mirth;
And with her feet she from the plashy earth
Raises a mist; that, glittering in the sun,
Runs with her all the way, wherever she doth run

(William Wordsworth)


Happy Hunting Winsie until we Hunt with you again.

Winsie shortly
before she left us
at twelve years of age


A wet shooting day and
Winsie is keeping dry.
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