Garbank Lislone Elgar
(Lawpark Bugsy Malone of Lislone - Garbank Riah)
Total Hip Score 13
8/5/ 95 - 00
Photo by Crosbie
Finney was sold as a puppy to a man in the south of Ireland to be shown, but he was never shown. The man's marriage broke up and Finney became a casualty being left to stray for 4 months. Apparently he was often seen roaming the beach or swimming in the sea and people assumed that he was owned by someone nearby. In fact it seems that he was living wild. Locals got to know the friendly dog who came to them with sticks or other goodies. In February 1998 a kind lady who knew him saw him lying at the side of the road. He had been struck by a car, the main injuries being to the head. She took him to the vet for treatment and his tattoo, recorded on the National Dog Tattoo Register data base was found. We were informed some time later, he had been with his rescuer for some weeks recovering, As he was still recorded in our name we were eventually notified. We got the reluctant owner (who declared he'd been "missing for months") to collect him from his rescuer. We drove down the next day to collect poor Finney. We did give the man his money back, less the veterinary expenses which we sent to the kind lady who'd taken him in. The owner, a well known journalist , suddenly thought he could be valuable and got told that he hadn't placed much value on his welfare!
Finney's temperament, which you might have thought could have been impaired by his experiences, was wonderful. He got on well with all our other dogs. He was a superb jumper though and any low points in our perimeter fence had to be heightened. Five foot was nothing to Finney! He loved being a house dog and loved being hugged. You couldn't restrain him for too long though or he panicked. We never allowed him to be used at stud because of this. He had a low hip score and clear eyes and some wanted to use him.
This story of Finney has been told often as it illustrates the benefit of identifying by tattoo. Had he been microchipped we would never have known what happened to him as the vet did not have a reader for Microchips.
Finney was a joy in so many ways. We had just lost his litter brother Rory six weeks before Fin came back to us. It was a bitter sweet journey when we went to collect him. Two months after he came back to us we tried him in the show ring. He took to it from his first outing and at his second open show won BOB and the Group! Within months he had Green Stars with BOB and a Group 2 at Championship shows in Ireland. He went on to win five Green Stars, four of them being Majors, and the Res CC at Belfast Championship Show. All in less than a year. The damage from the clash with the car began to become more apparent and he became increasingly difficult to show. He did not always understand what you wanted of him and would go off on his own agenda - often to the ringside's amusement.
Sadly in July 2000 our lovely Finney had a major stroke from which he never recovered.
A very special and very much loved boy with so much love to give, and he gave it to US.
Garbank Lislone Elgar