What does the name
ABER = at the mouth of and the first four letters of ABERDEEN, where Sandy and I met, and both of us were born and brought up.
DON = the river Don, and also the first three letters of my Mum's surname, and my son's.
My name is Anne Massie
I am a Founder member of the Brittany Club of Great Britain, and a past committee member. I was Treasurer for 13 years until 2011, then again from 2017 till my second retirement in February 2020. I am presently Secretary to the Judges Committee assisting our BEC (Breed Education Coordinator) in keeping judges details up to date and inaccordance with teh latest Kennel Club regulations
I have been Judging the breed at CC level since 2000, and give presentations and arrange Breed seminars on the Brittany.
Prior to that I judged all other breeds in all groups at Open Show level, and have long had an interest in gundog training.
I have been on a number of Gundog Committees, and was for five years General Secretary and Treasurer of Lothian and Borders Gundog Association.
The ABERDON Affix was held jointly with my late husband, Sandy, from the 1970's till his tragic and untimely death in 1991. Sandy and I showed Cocker Spaniels from 1980, and Brittanys soon after. We trained our Brittanys to work in Aberdeenshire, going on the occasional shoot and working test.
After meeting my late partner, John, in 1992, he became interested in working our dogs too, and trialled one of our bitches, Gigi, with some success. He also shot over her and a couple of our other dogs, including his German Wirehair, Hester, on our own, and neighbours' farms
How we got into Brittanys
Anne, Sarah, and Sandy
(on our daughter's Graduation)
Anne and John,
at an open air music festival