Who we all are...

Hi there and welcome to our Harkinleigh website. We are Nick and Gerry and this site is devoted to our dogs, past and present, our (growing.....) herd of Harkinleigh Alpacas and our Highland Cow, Morag! Our Kennel Club registered affix and our British Alpaca Society herd name is 'Harkinleigh', hence the website name. The pages here cover our current dogs, Archie, Angus and Plum the Cairn Terriers and our previous Great Dane, Harvey, who also had his own website! The newer pages also cover our growing Alpaca herd of pets and our first female Alpaca. The pages later on are copies of Harvey's original website. We miss him a lot and he'll always have a special place in our lives - sadly lost at 3 and a half years old, but sleeping tight somewhere warm and cosy!!!

We are based in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. The Cotswolds is an area we love and the dogs certainly enjoy the open spaces, long country walks and relaxing up there.

Here are the doggies!!...



This is a picture of all the dogs relaxing on the sofa...



This is a pic of us and the boys at Crufts 2009....



So this site starts by being devoted to our current dogs - Archie and Angus, the Cairn Terriers - STOP PRESS - as from June 2009, we are also joined by another Cairn, Plum (see her introductory page)!!! This is a new breed for us - previously we've owned an English Setter (Megan...see pics below...).





After Megan, we owned Harvey the Great Dane. We've always had dogs at home with us, and knew soon after losing Harvey that we'd have more dogs. Before having Harvey we spent a long time researching breeds and deciding which would suit our lives best. After Harvey, we knew we wanted 2 dogs together, something that can be difficult with Danes both because of the obvious size issue, but also 2 males together are not always recommended. So back we went to the books!! We'd always both liked Cairns, and terriers in general, but the more we read, the more we decided that Cairns seemed to suit us - temperament, character, looks - they had the lot really! So, we contacted a few breeders (both Cairns and other terriers) and spoke to a few people who had had Cairns for years, and the more we found out about them, the more we started to know that they would be right for us! Then we met Dawn (and Rosemary, the Carradine Kennel) and their dogs, and after that first 'hands on' experience, we were totally smitten with this breed! We knew that one of Dawn and Rosemary's dogs was expecting a litter, and so the wait began......!!



AND after our recent addition with Plum, here is Gerry with all 3 of our lovely dogs on a nice walk in the Cotswolds......introducing PLUM!!!!!...(she's on the right)...



And another one of the 3 doggies...



And here is our first pet Alpaca - Oscar (his pet name....!!). Check out the 'Harkinleigh Alpacas' page for more pics of our growing herd......



And here is the rather magnificent Highland Cow, Morag - she lives with her fold in Chester.....



We hope you enjoy surfing our pages and if you do, please leave us some comments in the Guestbook. We also hope that you find the website fun as that it what its here for! We also like keeping a permanent record of our lives with our dogs and other animals!!!

Nick and Gerry