Thank you all for your generosity. The response has exceed our expectations and we have passed our target again. We plan to carry on so we can fund one more board and last this will be our 4th board. An announcement will be made in the next few days hopefully about the location of the boards?
Dear Dandie Dinmont enthusiasts,
A group of dedicated Dandie Dinmont enthusiasts has been working for several years
now to establish a Dandie Dinmont Terrier Heritage Trail throughout the Border Lands
of Scotland and England - the home of the Dandie. The trail will take visitors on a
“journey” through the Borders to the places where the Dandie came from and explain the important historic connections of the breed to such places as Kirk Yetholm, Rothbury, Oxnam Kirk, Abbotsford, The Haining and Bowhill, to name but a few.
With your support, we plan to create a series of beautifully crafted Lectern Boards that
will tell the story of the Dandie. Each Board will be site specific and will cover the history, character, and temperament of the Dandie and acknowledge the early contribution of “Piper” Willie Allan as well as the traveller and gypsy folk of the 17th and 18th centuries.
We will explain the contribution of the Border farmers, such as James Davidson, along
with the other early breeders in developing the Dandie we all know and love today. The
important contributions of Sir Walter Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch, and Queen Victoria
will be also be covered and finally how the Dandie is connected to the towns and great
houses of the Borders, such as The Haining, BowHill and Abbotsford.
We already have planning permission for the first board at Kirk Yetholm, the home of the “Gypsy Kings”, which we plan to unveil in June, with others to follow as soon as funds allow. As well as the Lectern Boards there will be a QR code linked to a website, to guide visitors around the Borders, along with a printed Tourist Leaflet of the Trail for distribution to Tourist Information Centres, hotels and guest houses etc.
As you may know, the Dandie Dinmont is a rare breed, on average less than hundred puppies born each year in UK. While they are beloved by their owners and admirers, many people have never had the chance to see one in person. That's why we believe it's important to create a resource that can help people connect with these dogs, no matter where they live.
Our goal is to raise £1,400 in the next 60 days to cover the cost of materials and production for the lectern board plus planning fees. With your support, we can create a unique and valuable resource that will help to promote and create interest in this amazing breed for generations to come.
We are grateful for any support you can offer, whether it's a donation or simply sharing my campaign with your network. Together, we can celebrate the Dandie Dinmont and ensure that this special breed continues to thrive.
Thank you for your support and for your love of Dandie Dinmonts.