In 1999, I started my research into Bedlington Terriers. Having decided I wanted to get involved, now I had to locate my foundation stock. I had been "in" pure-bred dogs since 1982, and realized that I am very picky about the quality of my dogs. I wanted to start with the best, and develop a plan to breed outstanding dogs.
At Chelsea Blue Kennels, I found an imported male Ch. Isotop's Storm Warning, who had an outstanding coat, was small, typey and had a great temperament. I arranged to purchase a dog from his first litter, planned with the 1998 Pedigree Award Winner, Ch. Chelsea's Blue Cameo, a nice dog in her own right. This dog, my first Bedlington, became Ch. Jewelbox Diamond Jim CGC. Brady finished his championship by the time he was 9 months old, and was ranked in the top 20 in the breed the first year he was shown. He inherited his father's outstanding temperament, small size, lovely breed type and fantastic correct coat with lovely color and excellent texture.
At the Louisville KY Floating specialty, I fell in love with a bitch whose sound movement just blew me away. She won three 5 point majors in fours days, and in one weekend was Ch. Wrightwyn's Told You So. I contacted Samantha's breeder, Brent Wright, to get my second Bedlington from him. Brent was not planning a litter at the time, but after seeing video of Samantha, he relented, and repeated the breeding that had produced her. This combination of Can/Am Ch. Touchwood Myra of Wrightwyn with Can/Am Ch. Dejeune Out of Texas really clicked. From the first litter, it produced three 1-1 champion bitches, from the second litter, my 1-1 bitch Cocoa finished her AKC championship by the time she was 10 months old, becoming Ch. Wrightwyn's Puttin On The Ritz. I have based my breeding program on the strong foundation of these bitches, the four sisters. Three of the four appear in Ashcroft pedigrees and have had an impressive impact on my breeding program.