Chapter One - the Beginning.
A warm welcome from Douglas and Elaine McGuffie. We are a small kennel first established 16 years ago whilst living in the beautiful setting of Lower Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Our dogs are first and foremost family pets with the fun we have showing them being a bonus.
In early 2006, with our 4 sons grown up and almost all having left home, we felt that the moment was right and time allowed for us to add a dog to the family. Fortunately through work Elaine knew Fiona Murray of Tarland whose Golden Sophie was about to have pups. We agreed to take Mac and thus began the "hobby" that would take over our lives.
From an early stage we took Mac to obedience classes run by Golden owner and breeder Rosemary Pirie (Roddenberry) and it was during this time that we looked to expand the interest and fun we could have with him by investigating the show scene. It was pointed out that perhaps we should look to more established show lines, if we were to devote time to this. The decision was made to look for another dog, one that we could show and a companion for Mac.
Arran - (Drumkilty Oisin) joined us in October 2007.
Having the two dogs and spending almost every weekend showing Arran only served to intensify the interest and by the summer of 2008 we were looking to expand the show team this time bringing in a puppy bitch that we hoped would be the foundation of our own kennel. We were introduced the Sue Francis (Velvenya) who had one of her bitches Ramchaine Enchanting in whelp and we were delighted to have Ailsa - (Velvenya Vivid) join us in Milltimber.
We expected that would complete our team although we would hope to add to it, if the right opportunity allowed. Sooner than we thought, because in 2010 we were joined by Colbar Chantilly Lace "Tilly" and we are extremely grateful to the late Barbara Keighley for allowing us to have her.
Our journey took a step futher in October 2010 when Arran's son Drumkilty Urquhart "Archie" joined us.
Our thanks to all the new friends we have got to know over our time showing and for the encouragement and guidance they have offered. We are forever grateful to the late Jenny Wilson (Jenala) for her expert grooming and coaching with our scissor skills!
Chapter Two - the journey continues.
Since early 2010 we planned to make a move South to find a property with more land and within easier travelling distance of most Shows. In January 2013 we moved to near Glencaple in Dumfries & Galloway. This house move co-incided with our first litter of puppies (from Ailsa) and made for a very busy time. From this litter we have kept Milltimber Maid of The Mist, "Milly" and her brother Milltimber Island Mist, "Harris".
In late 2014 we travelled to Co Kerry to mate Ailsa with "Harry" and from this litter kept Milltmber Moondust (Niamh) and her brother Milltimber Moonriver (Fionn).