Every Kennel name tells a story. Alfie’s is ‘van de Tiendenschuur’ which means ‘from
the tithe barn’ in Flemish. Shadow’s was attributed by the Kennel Club as her breeder
didn’t plan to have other litters. Megan is ‘vom Kornried’, German for ‘from Kornried’
which is the house she comes from in Switzerland.
We were living on ‘Torfheidedreef’ when Alfie came into our lives. It is a beautiful
Flemish word meaning ‘turf and heather street’ - so Torfhiede simply means ‘turf
and heather’ in Flemish.
I started with the Encyclopaedia of Dogs and found a breed that was not only beautiful
to look at but which was described as ‘very gentle, cheerful, amusing and friendly,
inclined above all to playing with children, and, if necessary, defending them.’
I fell in love with the idea of the breed and in seven and a half years of ownership
I have not been disappointed. No two dogs are the same and our four have energy levels
varying from low to very high. However, they are all great ambassadors for the breed