The largest gathering of Skye Terriers for many years met at Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye on Thursday, (July 24) to witness the unveiling of a statue to this very rare breed by HRH The Princess Royal.
Aptly named ‘The Homecoming’ the unveiling of the statue of two life size Skye Terriers was witnessed by over 40 Skye Terriers and their owners, who had travelled from all over the UK and as far away as the USA to join in the celebration of the breed in its native homeland.
Secretary to the Skye Terrier Club and one of the two main organisers of the prestigious event, is Cathie McLeod, from Kintore, who has been a successful breeder and dog show winner with Skye Terriers for many years.
Amongst the 40 terriers at the event were Cathie’s latest dogs, “Andi” and “Murray”. Just thirteen months old, these young dogs are already doing well in the show ring and recently appeared at the Bon Accord Kennel Association show at Thainstone Mart.
The Skye Terrier is Britain’s most endangered native breed of dog. To raise awareness and promote greater understanding of the breed the Skye Terrier Club have spent the last two years raising money for a permanent statue to be created.
The life-size bronze statue of a ‘prick-ear’ and a ‘drop-ear’ Skye Terrier has been sculpted by the renowned, Wiltshire based artist, Georgie Welch and cast by Pangolin Editions, Europe’s leading sculpture foundry. It now stands at a view point looking towards visitors as they walk down a footpath overlooking the water and is mounted on a granite base hewn from a local quarry on Skye and gifted to the Club. The plinth is low to allow visitors, in particular children, to touch and interact with the work.
There is also a new display on the Skye Terrier at the Museum of the Isles in the grounds of Armadale Castle.