Overdene Piganoussa

in whelp with her 2nd litter - July 2009

in whelp with her 2nd litter - July 2009

photo by: Merriol Haselden

Aoife with her grandchildren - April 2014

Aoife with her grandchildren - April 2014

photo by: Merriol Haselden

with grandson, Noah - 22.6.12

with grandson, Noah - 22.6.12

photo by: Merriol Haselden

Owner : Overdene Golden Retrievers
Breed : Golden Retriever
Birthdate : 8th November 2003
Colour : Golden
Health Tested

Health Tests

  • GR PRA1 : Clear - 24th January 2013
  • GR PRA2 : Clear - 24th January 2013
  • Hip Score : 10/11 = 21 - 22nd February 2005

Aoife was one of only two bitch puppies in her mother Kyriaki's 3rd litter by Mesdames Williams & Gough's Wilgem Star Designer, and there was little to choose between her and her sister (Overdene Faradonissia), with whom we have now sadly lost touch.

As a puppy, Aoife was very different from most previous Overdenes. Unlike her mother and older sisters, she was the "finished article" from a show perspective at only 9 months, and with her late father's superb movement – but nothing could persuade Aoife that the show ring was a good place to be! Mostly ruining her chances with her delinquent behaviour (her handler got used to being embarrassed – fortunately!), she did nevertheless manage to be in the cards most of the time at her early shows, including a Best Puppy in Breed – a huge shock at the time!

Aoife's first couple of attempts at motherhood came to nothing, despite there being no reason for her not to have a litter. On paper, the 3rd attempt should have come to nothing too, but as the result of a 5-second "blink and you've missed it" (but nevertheless planned) liaison with Mrs A Fanning's Brensham Observer in April 2007, Aoife whelped 10 puppies in the space of 6 hours one June night, and proceeded to astound us all by her maternal abilities. The "tomboy" came good! We kept the only bitch with us at Overdene (just in case Aoife never gave us another bitch puppy!), and even if Aoife didn't sober up at the experience, her delightful daughter, Niamh (Overdene Niamh Chinn Óir) was the easiest of puppies to raise.

But sadly, hopes that motherhood would calm Aoife down were dashed when she returned to the show ring six months later - as naughty as ever, a real fidget, which no amount of lovely "straight and true" movement can make up for. C'est la vie!

Aoife did a wonderful job in raising her 2nd litter of 10, this time by Mrs H R Lindsey's Hindringham Hot Pursuit to Bramblyn (Lancer to his friends) which arrived safely on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 (see litter page for details - link below). We kept Grian (O Aoibhgréine) at Overdene and she now has her own page, too.

Aoife finally returned to the show ring again as a Veteran and has qualified for Crufts 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, although she only went to the show in 2014. We were thrilled in August 2015 when in her last Veteran class at a General Championship Show, Aoife placed 1st, aged 11¾ - her first 1st prize when she hadn't been the only one entered, and a lovely way to "retire" (although she may still make appearances in Senior Veteran 10+ years classes at breed club Championship Shows in future). "Norty Aoife", as she is known, has done much for us over the years, and we are glad that our direct line descends from her, and her lovely mother, the late Kyriaki (O Astipalaia) whom we still miss.

As is the case with all Overdene breeding bitches, Aoife has been DNA profiled.

Pedigree

  • Parents
  • Grand Parents
  • Great Grand Parents
    • Wyvan Merrigo Likely
    • Cornish Cream Curl
    • Dovedown Royal Sovereign of Bridgefarm
    • Deerflite Witchcraft
    • Sh Ch Tokeida Starstealer
    • Owlery Athanasius at Horham
    • Pondcroft Sean of Bryanstown
    • Bryanstown Ingerid
  • Great Great Grand Parents
    • Muskan Most Likely
    • Wyvan Gypsy Charmer
    • Deerflite Clay
    • Beauleighs Silver Glow
    • Sh Ch Rusway Sonnie Jim at Bridgefarm
    • Dovedown Play Misty for Me
    • Deerflite Clay
    • Deerflite Delicious
    • Streamrise Todu
    • Hingstondown Miranda
    • Stolford Mazurka
    • Bobbie of Owlery
    • Ch Bryanstown Gaucho
    • Pondcroft Samantha
    • Guella Golden Hind
    • Bryanstown Donna
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