my foundation bitch, bred by Gael Stenton.
I saw her at 8 weeks old, I knew she was special. She
proved her worth in the show ring and as a great producer,
rearing three beautiful litters and passing on her quality
down several generations
in the field, still picking up and working the beating
line at 12 years old.
Gaesten Pinot Roas
Roma from Tarka’s first litter in 1992 by the
legendary Wynsett Jumpin’ Jack Flash.
her moments in the show ring but was happier at home
as Mum’s constant companion. Montecani
Ccesca, my constant companion. She loved life. I have
great memories of her with hordes of children, sitting
on her bench at Crufts, having pictures taken. She loved
walked 11 miles across the Malvern hills, she came to
London on the train when I had my interview for my promotion,
played to the crowds at Discover Dogs and spent days up
on the heath when we were flying model rockets, trying
to retrieve them.
greeted you with a smile, a real dog in a million.
I will never
forget the wonderful times we shared before her life was
cut short, aged 6 years old.
It broke my
heart to say goodbye.Montecani
(centre) on the Malvern hills
with Eva's pups
In the summer
of 2006 we had to say goodbye to Armando Nannina (Nina),
aged 15 and a half.
She was my third Spinone, a bit of a madam and very
stubborn, but a fantastic hunting dog, working up till
the age of 10.
She spent her retirement years living with my mum.
from Bella and Chicco's litter developed an infection
at 11 weeks old and despite all efforts, the vets were
unable to save him. We wanted to put him on the Memories
page for his devoted owners Jon and Shelley. They wrote
these few words. Montecani
was only in our lives for a short time, but in that time
he touched our hearts in a way that will stay with everyone
who loved him forever. He may be gone to be forever young,
but will never, ever be forgotten."
has 4 CC's & 4 RCC's
15th September 1999 - 9th November 2008
Epithelium Nostromo at Hollutrix
(Imp) x Sh Ch Montecani Peaches
Cuba, full of character, very naughty
and was definitely Top Dog at Montecani. Her favourite pastime
was scavenging and running off!
Sh Ch Montecani Cuba
Eva has 3 CC's &
15th September 1994 - 4th December 2009
Hip Score 4:3
Wynsett Jumpin’ Jack
Flash x Gaesten Pinot Rosa Del Montecani
Eva was my first homebred
Champion, also known as 'Raggy'
Always happiest lying by the Aga or out in the Sun, she preferred
a laid back approach to life!
She lived to the grand old age of Fifteen and a Half and is still
Sh Ch Montecani Peaches
has 3 CC's & 1 RCC
2nd September 1997 - 12th February 2011
Hip Score 2:4
Brody Dal Podere Antico at Wynsett x Sh Ch Montecani
Sh Ch Montecani
12th February 2011 I had to say Goodbye to Nando,
aged 13. He was a true Dog in a Million. Never put
a paw wrong thoughout his whole life. He was the sweetest
boy you could ever meet and everyone who met him fell
instantly in love. Not only a Show Champion and excellent
Gundog, he was my 'Big Man' and was so very special
should be that I grow weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for this last battle can't be won.
will be sad, I understand,
don't let your grief then stay your hand,
for this day more than all the rest,
your love for me must stand the test.
had so many happy years,
what is to come must hold no fears,
you'd not want me to suffer so,
the time has come please let me go.
me to where my needs they'll tend,
and please stay with me to the end,
hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.
do not grieve it must be you,
who has this painful thing to do,
we've been so close, we two these years,
don't let your heart hold back the tears.
good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides
you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields
and winter's drawing near. His head is within our hand
in his old way."
Gaesten Pinot Rosa
del Montecani - Montecani Mystique - Sh Ch Montecani Peaches - Montecani
Ava has 1 CC
6th March 2003 - 23rd October 2011
Hip Score 5:8
Sh Ch Brody
Dal Podere Antico at Wynsett (Imp) x Montecani It’s
a Love Thing
Montecani Moon River
Ava knew she was beautiful
and loved to have her picture taken!
In Feb 2008 Ava produced a lovely litter with Babio,
Semi Retired from the ring, but appeared at Crufts 2011
in Veteran winning a second place.
We lost Ava at 8 years old due to vet
negligence, after a routine operation to spay her and
remove mammary tumours. The tribunal went to stage 4
of 5 and the vet was put on report for 2 years, narrowly
avoiding being struck off. It broke my heart and is
something I will never come to terms with.
I wrote these poems for her.
A Year On...
I often sit and wonder why
A dog so beautiful had to die
A heart so strong
Those eyes so bright
You should not have died, that awful night
Every day I cry and see your face
You should be here, not in that place
Hunting woods and fields with Riv
And the visitors we have, your love to give
There is no sense, I should have saved ya...
I love you so much,
My beautiful Ava…x
On long Summer
She still sees your face
In the golden, swaying field
Your hunting place...
The dive of the Swallow.
The rise of the Lark
She would wait forever for you, as it grows dark
At the end of the walk, an empty lead..
She knows you won't come home..
Your hunting has greater need...
Her face crumples as she remembers those years
When you would come home
And there would be no tears...
hrodite - Sh Ch Montecani
Millenium Gold - Sh Ch Montecani Cuba -Armando Nannina - Montecani
Born: 10th September
x Dragma Noroy du Plessy
Breeder: Colette De Vinck
Resides with Chris Cadman
gorgeous boy had the sweetest, most sensitive temperament.
I just loved him.
His first pups looked very promising.
Nemo went missing and died a tragic death
whilst in the care of his foster home. It touched everyones
heart and I recieved hundreds of messages after he was
found dead. It made me rethink my policy on putting my
beautiful boys in family homes and any future imports
will stay with me. He was a beautiful gentle boy, gone
far too soon.
Born: 15th September 1999
Hip Score 4:3
Nostromo at Hollutrix (Imp) x Sh Ch Montecani Peaches
A Love Thing
said Goodbye to dear old aloof Nova at 14 years of
Nova was one of those
dogs that never put a paw wrong. She reared two
beautiful litters and had much success with her
After a great return to the ring in 2007, being
highly placed in all her Open classes, Nova was
also campaigned during 2008.
1st Veteran Bitch Crufts 2008
Nova retired and has took over her mother Eva's
favourite place by the Aga.
Born: 17th August
Epithelium Nostromo at Hollutrix
(imp) x Epithelium Odessa at Hollutrix (imp)
Breeder: Gaynor Berry
We lost Quiva
at 11 years old. Best Puppy In Show ISCGB Ch Show 2003,
Best in Show ISCGB Open show 2004, both under Italian
lovely, a great show girl and produced two lovely litters.
Born: 20th January 2009
Hip Score 2:2
Montecani Giannini x Sh Ch Montecani Uma
Rubra, another gone too
soon. Operated on for a pyometra, the vet found an
inoperable pyloric tumour and we had to say Goodbye
when she was only 6 years old. It was a terrible shock.
If I ever want to remember her I listen to The Stylistics
..You are Beautiful....because she was.Best Puppy
Leeds Championship Show
Best Puppy Bitch National Gundog Championship Show
Best Puppy Bitch Bournemouth Championship Show
Best Puppy Bitch Richmond
Puppy Bitch Driffield Championship Show
girl and the sweetest nature.
has 3 CC's & 5 RCC's
Born: 11th June 2005
Hip Score 3:2
Ferentum Pirro x Nausicaa dei
Breeder: Irma Bovolo
Resides with Jackie Davies
Now retired from Stud
and the Show Ring
BROWN ROAN DOG 2009
Sh Ch Babiot
Del Mongioie at Montecani (Imp Ita)
We drove to Italy in August 2005 to collect Babio, he spent
6 months in Quarantine and we brought him home in February.
He has settled in well and has a lovely temperament. Babio
has exceeded our expectations in the show ring and has either
won or been placed 2nd in all his PG classes of 2007.
At his first show of 2008, Manchester Champ Show he won
1st Post Grad dog.
He is also siring lovely puppies with great characters.
A great start to 2009, Babio
won his first CC at Manchester Champ
show in January and then continued his winning ways by taking
the CC at the world's greatest dog show, CRUFTS in March!
The all important 3rd CC came in June 2009 at Border Union.
Sh Ch Babiot Del Mongioie at
Montecani 11th June 2005 to 1st October 2017... Very sadly
we had to say Goodbye to our lovely gentle boy, Babio this
morning. He lived a long, happy and healthy life, which
I am so very grateful for, but it does not stop the sadness
and tears as we said Farewell to him... I drove to Irma's
house in Italy to collect him and his sister, Della when
they were 10 weeks old. There was still quarantine in place
then so the pair of them spent 6 months there, with Mum
and I visiting every week. Babio went on to have a fantastic
show career and sired some beautiful pups, so he lives on
in his children and grandchildren, both here and abroad.
After his show career he went to live with Mum returning
to us earlier this year when Mum became ill. It's rather
poignant that we should lose him 2 days before Mums funeral.
I expect they missed each other...
4 CC's & 1 RCC
Born: 10th October 2004
Hip Score 4:3
Sh Ch Fernando
Laerzio by Inostricani x Montecani It’s a Love
Res Best Puppy
ISCGB Ch show 2005. Best Puppy in Show ISCGB Open show
Uma has had a great start to 2008, 2nd in her first
Limit class at Manchester Champ show and also considered
for the RCC. She then went on to gain her stud book
number at WELKS Champ Show in April & then won her
first RCC at Bath Champ Show on the 24th May.
Continuing her winning ways, Uma won the BCC & then
went on to BEST OF BREED at WKC Champ
show in August.Sh
Ch Montecani Uma
Uma wins her 2nd CC & then BEST OF BREED at SKC Champ
show in May 2010.
Just a week later Uma wins her 3rd CC at Bath Champ
show on the 29th May 2010.
Uma wins her 4th CC & BOB at Border Union Champ
show on the 20th June 2010.
Uma is also the noisiest and greediest Spinone I have
Sh Ch Montecani
Uma ‘Uma’ 2004 to 2018
It was time to say goodbye to our beautiful matriarch
this morning….Feeling heartbroken. Its always
the hardest decision to make, but sometimes we just
cant make our beloved dogs live any longer..
When you were born, the vets tried to convince me I
had a cross breed litter as they handed me the box of
pups after your Mum, Nova’s C Section. You and
your colourful brothers, Oscar and Nando were very striking!
You grew into a wonderful Spinone, both in the show
ring and as a Mum. You leave behind a whole legacy that
will continue on…
But..Who will keep the youngsters in order?
Who is going to eat the carrot peelings as I peel veg
for Sunday roast? You loved food so much and these last
few days we shared bags of crisps and lay by the fire
I will miss those wise dark eyes, that gentle face,
your firm but fair way of chastising the errant youngsters.
You were always with me in the garden, always watching
, with that gaze that your Mum and Grandmother both
had.. We became very close in the last few years as
you grew older..
I wish I could tell my Mum, Uma… It makes it even
harder as we always sat and held paws and talked about
memories when we had to say good bye. I hope she was
waiting for you.
Born: 23rd January 2005
Sh Ch Fernando Laerzio by Inostricani x Hollutrix Caianella
At her first Champ
show of 2006, WELKS, 2nd Junior bitch 16 entries!! Judge Breed
Specialist Rod Allison (Mantegna).
Havana has a
lovely character and is a wonderful companion.
'Beautiful Italian Head'
Judge Maria Grazi Poli (Italian specialist)
Produced a lovely litter with Nemo in 2010. ani
Havana (Montecani Havana Nights) 23rd
January 2005 to 20th November 2018.. Tears flowing here
tonight. A time for reflection of a wonderful old girl
who was so loved. My olden, my Han..Almost 14 years together,
but time just caught up with us.
It was always you and me against the world, Havana..That
was our motto. Now it's just me. But we did so much together.
You had great show potential, but you didnt care much
for men (except John), or the show ring, so you were retired
The highlight of your life was your 4 puppies, but the
shock for me that day I caught you in a compromising position
with Nemo was unbelievable. A 6 year old bitch with bad
hips having a litter, not ideal, but we weathered it as
it was my mistake and how you loved those puppies. It
was the best decision I made and those pups were beautiful.
You were my upstairs dog when I lived alone for a while,
that gentle snoring you were famous for, was somehow comforting.
These last two years your rear legs became weaker, our
bond became stronger, we treated falling over as a good
thing and you looked for a biscuit if your rear end ever
failed you. It made you happy in a strange way! One day
you stopped dead on our walk and let me know your legs
just couldnt go that far anymore, so we stuck to the garden
and you were happy with that. Your routine was out twice
a day for a potter, a sniff around then back in and gawd
were you determined if you wanted to go in, you would
take off like a rocket..with me shouting 'slow down, wait
I was happy to lift you up the steps here in Somerset
when your legs wouldnt go and we came down the steps together,
you would wait for me at the top, me holding your tail
to steady you.. I would have done anything for you and
at that time, despite the legs, you were happy with your
These last few days, you grew more tired, your legs more
wobbly, the food you loved so much seemed an effort to
get down. You didnt get up for mealtimes anymore. Usually
you were on your feet like a shot, ate your dinner and
then waited for the bowl of tripe blood that you drank
voraciously, bouncing if it didnt arrive quickly enough!!
I fed you whatever you wanted to eat on your bed these
last days but it was a struggle to find something you
wanted to eat. I have packets and packets of fish treats,
ham, meat, anything tasty!
It was so hard to let you go and I changed my mind several
times. I cuddled you on your bed so much these last few
days and stroked that old dog soft fur and you would respond
with a paw and a gentle groan, looking up at me with cloudy,
tired eyes. I willed you to turn a corner, get up, eat
properly, prove me and the vets wrong, but life had become
a chore and you were just so tired.
I will miss you already, Havana :'( Your raised bed at
my feet that was yours and yours alone is now being kept
warm by another old dog.
Born: 11th Dec 2009 - 15th January 2019
Hip Score 3:7
Montecani Giannini x Montecani Just Peachy
Best Puppy National Gundog
Looking fabulous and part of the 2012 show team. She is
also doing great in her Gundog work, so willing to please
and very biddable.
(Little) Eva (Montecani Eva
So Peachy) 2009-2019... More heartbreak and tears. Had
to say goodbye to my beautiful big Girl this afternoon,
after a brave, month long battle I knew she could not
win. Eva was a beautiful, big, gentle girl. She never
put a paw wrong and she had the biggest paws, just like
her Grandad, Nando.
Eva was a gazer. One lovely memory is her sitting in the
dark at the top of the garden, just star gazing. I can
picture it now, just the back of her, sitting quietly.
I sat alongside her and she turned her head to look into
my eyes and we just sat there, a perfect moment in time,
forever etched on my mind.
Eva, you made John and I laugh with your battering down
of the dog gate into the living room and then you would
burst in at 100mph and flop down to sleep instantly, warm
and happy by the log burner.
This morning I could tell you were tired. I felt we had
reached the end and those big beautiful eyes of yours
said the same. We sat and held paws and everytime I moved
away, those eyes were on me. You loved Mum, Eva..I hope
she was there waiting for you and you can both dance together
like no one's watching.....
Hip Score 0:0
and Italian Champion Peo x Nausicaa Dei Siccardi
Rio in 2019 after a short illness.
boy Rio, arrived in the UK on 14th April 2008.
Rio had a great character and superb temperament.
Born: 5th January 2008
Bill X Ambra
Breeder: Marchioro Claudio
Ras was imported from Italy in 2016, aged 9 years.
A beautiful placid dog of very old breedlines and
breed type. Unfortunately he escaped from the courier
enroute to the UK and spent a week living wild before
being caught! A very fraught time for all involved!
He has been used at stud and produced a lovely litter
to Malcolm Bevan's Stowledge Allora, of which a male
pup has been retained for the future. It is hoped
his breed type will improve the breed.
After my Mum died, Ras
went to live with my friend Barbara Hill. He had a
lovely year with her before we sadly lost him aged
Born: 22nd April
Hip Score 9:9
Sh Ch Montecani
Millenium Gold X Hollutrix Caianella Del Montecani
Fresca shows great
promise as a working dog.
Still being shown, but is now my main working dog. She took
part in her first Gundog Working Test during 2010 amassing
a respectable amount of points. We also attended a 'Shot Over'
day and Field Trial and she worked on our Local Shoot. We
will be entering more Gundog tests in the future.
Montecani Fran Ccesca
Friday brought us more
sadness with the loss of Fresca..Our Freddie. April 2006-April
After a lovely sunny Thursday, a good day, it was clear at
the end of our walk that something was not right with Fresca
and sadly after vets and tests, we had to let her go Friday
afternoon. We were with her at the end, that tail was still
wagging but her body had failed :'(
Losing 5 dogs in 2 years is pretty much soul destroying and
the moral of the story is if you keep a puppy from every litter,
one day you will end up with a lot of very old dogs!! Babio
was 12.5 years, Uma, 13.5, Havana almost 14 years and Fresca,
Dogs just dont live long enough as we all know but we just
can't make them live much more than their lifespan :(
Fresca was fit right up to the end. Never an illness her whole
life. More like a 2 year old in her demeanour. The only visual
aging process was her greying eyebrows. Every day she was
out with me around the small holding. She loved to try and
catch a chicken or two as they came out of the coop and constantly
banged the nest box with her nose until somone shouted 'Freddie
get away from there!!!!
She was the messiest drinker ever, flooding the floor with
every drink..the towel under the kitchen waterbowl has stayed
dry since Friday.. :'( She would bark for water.. I miss that
She would bark if she was on a raised bed and there was a
dog laying in front. She was a polite, non pushy dog with
She was a heavy breather though..bit much sometimes as she
followed you about the garden!!! :-D
Fresca did quite well in the show ring but her favourite pastime
was working and we went on numerous Hertfordshire shoots in
her lifetime. Her first shoot in Somerset, she was rather
rusty though and managed to clear a whole drive after following
two errant spaniels!
We attempted one working test as I had got her near perfect
in training, but on the day she decided she she could not
remember any of it. First time nerves perhaps! :)
She was a kind and special dog. She liked to stick her cold
nose in your eye socket and offer you one of her enormous
paws to hold. We often quoted the line from the film I Am
Legend to her 'What the Hell You Doin Out Here Fred!' She
loved that, it made her bounce about!
I have cried buckets since we said goodbye, I couldnt face
anything for a couple of days, but after a text from Olwen
to see if I was alive and talking with Helen and Pat on the
phone, I felt a bit better put things in perspective. Fresca
has gone, but she had the best life, living well into old
age for a dog and was so loved right up until her final breath..
Born: 19th February 2007
Hip Score 4:5
Sh Ch Babiot Del Mongioie at Montecani (Imp Italy) x Sh
Ch Montecani Uma
Siena is such
a sweet girl, but just a little bit mischievous!! She shows
a great aptitude for working and has a strong hunting instinct.
Produced a lovely litter to Montecani Giannini in 2009 &
another to Italix Octavious in 2011.
Now fully mature and such a typical Spinone.
12th January 2020 I had to make that hardest decision for
my old dog.
I am grateful that she had a long and healthy life, but
inevitably old age always catches up. Why oh why do our
finest companions only live such a short time..
Siena 'so small' as she was once known(Mum used to laugh
at me 'but she's huge?!) lived for food. If there was food
available, Siena was there, barging through anything in
her way. She had no spatial awareness!! Siena would stop
at nothing for food thats how I knew she was ailing over
these last few days as I coaxed her to eat. I did what we
all do when caring for a poorly dog, buying in every tasty
morsel possible in the hope she would eat and all would
be well again. There is now cooked chicken, venison mince,
trays of Forthglade etc lying sadly redundant in the fridge..
Siena's gentle gaze, always watching me these last few days
and her desire to be near me was stronger than ever.
It was Mum's Birthday yesterday, hence the double sadness
I hope she was waiting with a gravy bone for Longface as
she called her.
This morning Siena's slow feed bowl is laying still on the
side. She went though so many of them as she would break
the plastic picking them up and dropping on the floor to
get the food out quicker!
There's no me yelling steady as Siena ploughed her 42kg
(so small not!!) towards the bowl stand for dinner, completly
unaware of her 'old dog' legs or anything in her way..in
fact I would always say if I fell over enroute to the bowl
stand, Siena would very likely eat me too!
There won't be random bowls, spoons, knives, washing up
bowl etc lying around that Siena had carefully lifted from
the worktop/sink and left on the floor!
Unware of her Laryngeal paralysis, there wont be anymore
dashes to the vets for antibiotics when she stole things
as simple as a cooked parsnip which parts of ended up in
her lungs causing aspiration pnemonia!! , Oh and the clever
way she could pluck something from an open oven,something
she learnt in later years !!
Born of two Show Champions, she wasnt a show dog but had
two beautiful litters including our biggest litter of 13
born by C Section..Mum and I sat at the vets as the nurses
kept bringing pups for us to revive, looking at each other
thinking how many more ?! She did a grand job with both
litters, rearing them all on her own and her love for her
youngest daughter Cuda carried on all thoughout Siena's
Siena likened herself to a lazy matriach, often telling
the other dogs off from her sofa as they wandered in and
out of the room! That bit we wont miss!!
She was my old dog and things just seem so quiet when everyone
wandered in after our walk.
The loss of a pack member is always so hard. I had no sleep
two nights ago as I sat with her, stroking her head, she
nuzzled into me and I made that decision, also hoping that
the vet could work some magic and that old dog would rally
as she had done many times over the last few weeks. But
this time old age was upon us and that wonderful old dog
slipped away peacefully with me by her side..
Born: 6th December
Dei Morenici x
Breeder: Simone Tinti
Resides with Tracy Coxhead
in the UK in April 2013
Stud Book Number
Born: 21st June 2011
Hip Score 3:3