About the Kennels
BRIXTON & TENNILLE KENNELS
BOXTON& TENNILLE KENNELS
Gail O’keefe and Tennille Border Terriers
Tennille Border Terrier started in 1985 when I received my first Border Terrier as a Birthday present from my parents Ch Teca of Patterdale (Teca), bred by Rosemary Williamson of the original Patterdale Border Terriers.
My involvement in dogs was from birth as my Parents have bred and owned Bull Terriers for over 40 years breeding under the Brixton prefix, which we are now carrying on the kennel.
Both of my sisters bred and show Christine with Pembroke Welsh Corgis (Pengavin) Christine has also owned and shown with must success West Highland White Terriers and a couple of Bull terriers as well. Diane my other sister breeds owns and show’s Australian Terriers (Tasdale), Diane and her husband John also own a Boxton Boxer called “Joe”. They have also bred owned and shown Lakeland Terriers, Border Terriers and Bull Terriers.
The kennel name Tennille was applied for in 1986 and the first litter of Tennille Border Terriers was registered on the 21/05/1987, I kept a bitch from this litter which was out of NZ Ch Head Waiter at Dormic (Imp-UK) and Ch Teca of Patterdale a dog from this litter was also sold to Julie Clark of Lester Kennels known for Bull Terriers, Australian Terriers and Border Terriers.
Tennille is a small kennel and I only bred when I’m wanting to keep something for myself to continue on with, this doesn’t always worth out the way I want it too but that dog breeding for you.
I have been lucky for the help, advice and friendship that I have received and made in my years of involvement in the breed, Rosemary Williamson for selling me Teca to get my start and the phone calls from her with advice of grooming and breeding her passing has been a great loss to the breed.
Mary Whittington, Julie Clark and many other New Zealand Border breeders.
Elaine Davies, Robin Knocks and Lucile Corbett of Tonup Kennels (Australia) better known for their Boxers, for importing NZ & Aust Ch Brigand of Brockhole and Lynstt (Brig) and for letting him are used here in New Zealand while he was doing his quarantine. This was also the time when I meet Jan Mace of Eischied Boxers, and re kindled a love that I had as a child for Boxers, with Jan I was able to handle some wonderful dogs and become a part of the Eischied Boxer family for about 6 years when I worked in the kennels as a kennel maid.
The Tonup Kennels also gave me the opportunity to handle a Boxer for them here in New Zealand, NZ & Aust Ch Tonup Wear Ya Wallis (Archie) winning 2 All Breed Best in Shows and also best in Show at Boxer Specialty shows he was a wonderful dog and Show dog to boot.
Robert Bartram of Craigend Kennel to whom I am most grateful too, his knowledge of the breed and the dogs that I have been able to use of his, has helped me achieve so much in my breeding program. I first meet Robert when he Judged the Canterbury Combined Terrier Club show, after the show he offered for me to be able to use Aust Ch Craigend Cheviot Piper, I soon sent a “Brig” daughter over to Australia, Ch Tennille My Sweet Dove and from this litter I had 6 puppies, 3 of which became NZ champions and my lines today continue form this line. At the same time my Sister Diane and I sent over NZ & Aust Ch Tennille Howzat Hadlee “Paddles” to Robert to be campaigned and used at stud over there.
Robert also let me after some arm twisting and a couple of bottles of bubbles, campaign NZ & Aust Ch Craigend Chowchilla here in NZ “Chilla” soon wormed his way into my heart, there are always a few special dogs in your life and Chilla was one of those.
Ch Tennille Free Ticket”T”Ride “Asia” is a “Chilla” daughter and reminds me so much of her father, with the resent lost of “Asia’s” & "Aisa's" mother Ch Tennille Proud”T”Be “Brooke” we now only have 1 Border Terriers at the moment that is Rio Ch Tennille This Way Up.
Boxton & Tennille Kennels is now mainly a Boxer's kennel, I only Have the one Border Rio who is the babysitter for the boxer puppies, with a down size of the kennels and a change in life and work , I now have 3 Boxers and 1 Border Terrier.
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