I have been around German Shepherds for as long as I can remember as my parents had them as family pets. It was not until after I married and we purchased our own that I really got involved with this beautiful breed.

A local paper was advertising obedience dog training, so off I went. I had never seen so many German Shepherds in one place before. It was wonderful seeing these dogs put through their paces. I was given a leaflet with "Exemption Dog Show" written all over it and I made enquiries as to what to do and was told this was the show side which was different to obedience. I thought that I would like to give this a go and I persuaded my husband to come along to the show with me. When we arrived I was feeling quite nervous, however my husband persuaded me to enter our dog, although to be truthful, I had no idea what I was doing!! My boy was put straight into first place and won Best Puppy in Show (wow I was hooked!!) I couldn't wait for the next show.

I started to venture further afield with him and it was at Maidstone Canine Show that I met up with his breeder, the late Pat Knox of the Ravensbar affix. Pat took me under her wing and soon I realised he was not top show material but he was still a dog that taught me alot about the breed. We lost our boy at an early age to Cancer.

In 1986, I purchased a bitch from the Longvale Kennels, she was by Longvale San Diago, a dog that I had admired, we had some fun with her as a puppy but she didn't carry on her winning ways. Our next purchase in 1988 was an older puppy which was a daughter of Youkay's Putz of Vidbar, "Tassie" as we named her. Tassie was a different type to the previous two, much harder and more the type that I wanted, a lovely moving bitch. I had my first Championship show win with her but her show career was short lived. For a while, I used to go and watch and maybe handle for friends.

In 1993 I was invited to look at a litter by Champion Bedwins Siegaro out of a bitch I handled alot, a lovely daughter of Champion Rosehurst Chris. I was given second pick of the bitches as a thank you for handling the mother to many wins. Rheinmeister Onni turned out to be a first class bitch, admired by many. She was one of Siegaro's best daughters and had many good wins to her credit. She was the foundation of my kennels and the mother to my top producing bitch Delnat Allure and grandmother to Tamarind and Rumours.

In 1989, I was granted my affix "Delnat" (Delnat is our initials, Danny and Elaine Lowe and our daughter Natalie) Although my husband does not like the showring (he is more of a fisherman!) he is always there looking after the kennels while I am away and gets just as excited as I do about our success.

I am an active committee member of the German Shepherds Dog Club of Kent and have started to judge our breed at Open Show level

After being an active committee member for many years, I am now the Secretary of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Kent
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