Saphie & the Abba pups Phadante Dalmatians



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In 1994 Gerry and I went to Crufts dog show and watched the Dalmatian classes being judged. We were so impressed by the beauty and elegance of the breed that we decided that a puppy must join our family as soon as possible. Maybe we could even join in the show scene. Little did we realise what we were letting ourselves in for!! We bought our beloved Daphne (Luccombe Special Attraction) off Irene Haywood from Derby ..( after we had passed the audition, that is).

This 8 week old bundle of fluff and mischief changed our lives forever. The little monster chewed anything she could sink her tiny sharp teeth into , she managed to dispatch several items of antique furniture to the rubbish dump. she was so spoilt she managed to make us believe that it was our fault that she had done it. When she was 6 months old we decided to go to her first dog show. Smitten!!!!!! Every weekend from then onward we were up and down the motorways to different show venues and usually came home with a rosette.

When Daphne was 2 years old we decided with the help of Irene Haywood that we would like to have a litter. By then we had been well bitten by the bug and wanted another Dalmatian. We then had to register an affix with The Kennel Club for our own breed name, this is where the name Phadante Dalmatians came from. Phadante was a very successful racehorse and we loved the name . Daphne had 10 puppies in the summer of 1996 and we kept the one that we considered to be the best bitch and we called her Jemima (Phadante Special Effect).



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