I AM absolutely heartbroken and devastated to be writing this post, writes Nicola Singh. Last week Pat Phillips (Kelltara), a dear, dear friend of ours, lost her brave battle against cancer.
Pat had a lifelong involvement with dogs and horses, but it was a Rottweiler, Abbey, who started her journey into showing, breeding and judging.
Pat was a knowledgeable stalwart of many breeds; she had a passion for the dog world, and the great show successes that she and Steve had reflected that. She was a well-respected judge, which culminated in her judging Alaskan Malamutes at a club show and at Crufts.
She served on many committees and was happy to share her great knowledge and experience, to the betterment of the breeds. As breeder and co-breeder of many breed record holders and top dogs, her expertise in that field was also clearly evident. She had friends in many breeds, as her interest in learning about dogs was great; she loved to attend seminars and to extend her knowledge.
Pat had many top honours with her Alaskan Malamutes and Greenland Dogs and she formed a great friendship and partnership with Janetta Parkyns (Seacourt) during her time in both breeds. Our lives were changed completely when we were joined by Otis, our first Greenland Dog, co-bred by Pat and Janetta. We’ll always be thankful to Pat for allowing us to start our own journey in the breed and for giving us such great support.
She made up/bred champions in Norwich and Norfolk Terriers, and her proudest moment was when husband Steve handled their homebred Ch Kelltara Topsy Turvey to BOB at Crufts in 1998 under breed specialist Michael Crawley. Another notable achievement was Ch K Dolly Daydream holding 12 CCs, a bitch breed record.
2005 started Pat and Steve’s journey into Pyrenean Sheepdogs, where their mark was well and truly stamped. Their achievements in this breed have truly been astounding and results from their dogs have ranged from being the first PSD to win a puppy group, an adult group, RBIS and BIS, shortlisting in the group at Crufts and championship show group placings. Their full accolades in PSDs are just too numerous to list, bringing the breed firmly to the attention of the judges.
Pat dedicated her life to her dogs and her other animals; she was a true ambassador for our sport and the dog world has lost a valuable, honest colleague. She leaves Steve, daughter Sharon and grandchildren Tori and Jake. My thoughts are with them and her extended family.
Pat will be missed by many and I certainly have lost a true friend. Goodbye Pat, I’ll forever be grateful to you for all that you have done for Stuart and me and all that you’ve taught me over the years.