...there was the cutest Wire Fox Terrier puppy in the world living in Central, South Carolina with her breeder, Alton Pertuit. Al has owned and bred a number of very good Fox Terriers under the FyreWyre prefix, Wires particularly, but also Smooths. It was my great good luck to be able to observe Al's dogs at shows here in the south, and around the country, and I was impressed with how sensible they were as well as how handsome. Upon talking to Al I learned he had a special bitch out of hisCh. FyreWyre Hellzapoppin' sired by his Irish import, Ch. Blackdale Confidence. When I saw little FyreWyre Daystar, it was love at first sight, and I went home to beg husband Jack to allow me to bring home another dog. Now Jack had grown up with a Wire, but he didn't think we needed one along with all the Kerries, so he suggested maybe I better wait. I had been so enchanted by that little puppy bitch, that I burst out crying and that was it! We both went down to pick up little "Venus" and Jack found himself owned by another Wire!
Fyrewyre Daystar winning Best In Sweepstakes at The Wire Fox Terrier Club of the Central States in May,1988. Earlier that same year "Venus" was Best Puppy in Show at the Tailwagger's Mighty Match over an entry of 300+ puppies!
"Venus" went on to finish her championship always owner/handled with a group placement from the classes.
I will always remember the comments made by the late Ann Brown Brownstone Wires,(at left)
"That little girl empitomizes the Wire temperament, full of herself, completely naughty...but just so damned cute!"
Little "Venus" only a few months later winning a major.
I can't begin to thank all the people who were instrumental in teaching me about the breed, especially "Venus's" breeder, Alton Pertuit of FyreWyre.
Thanks to all who have offered instruction and encouragement including Peter Green and Ric Chashoudian.
photo by Phoebe 1987
photo by Sabrina 1988
...and at right, the last time "Venus" allowed me to fuss over all that stripping and conditioning...not to mention my asking her to behave!
She is shown winning an award of merit at the American Fox Terrier Club Specialty in 1995 from the Veteran's class.
Venus showed like a youngster on that day, as she did every time she entered the ring. She absolutely loved trying to "push her weight" around with all those other young "whippersnappers", and I was proud at how well she stood up against the younger bitches, this with 3 litters under her belt. She's certainly aged better than me!